Barbuzzo Restaurant
Barbuzzo Restaurant

Barbuzzo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barbuzzo.com/
  • Phone: 2155469300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday to Saturday: 12pm-3pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 5pm - 12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Marcie B Turney
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sansom
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets.
A word from Barbuzzo Restaurant
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Barbuzzo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
409 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (320)neighborhood gem (206)hot spot (166)special occasion (115)romantic (99)great for lunch (89)vibrant bar scene (62)late-night find (61)great for outdoor dining (61)notable wine list (45)great for brunch (25)good for groups (19)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Wonderful!
    2eatisdivine
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Inventive, creative menu, perfectly prepared....attentive yet unobtrusive service....above average noise level
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant week lunch
    Luvcitylife
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went for lunch. Lot's of choices in a week that doesn't have to work so hard. They easily accommodated my requests. The food was well crafted, cooked well and delicious. Only problem. The tables were very close together. The single person at the next table chose to move, I'm sure because she heard everything we said and may not have found us interesting. Or maybe too interesting?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more..........
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Recent lunch at Barbuzzo, a hot spot in the neighborhood. Filled up quickly, literally lined up at the door for the 12 noon opening. The spot is charming but it is difficult to read the menu in the poor lighting. The tables are very tight and so close together you are literally dining with your neighbor. The metal chairs very uncomfortable. The food is good but differs from as described on the menu with regard to listed ingredients. I felt disappointed in that the experience did not really measure up to the reviews. Was expecting great but really just average/good. Given all the more interesting restaurant choices in center city, do not plan to return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Time & Still A Charm
    warewithall
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful menu and wonderful room with great and very friendly service. First time we sat at the counter watching the kitchen hard at work. That was very fun. This time around we took a table and it was just as great and the food was just as I remembered. Delicious and....well.....DECLICIOUS! We do not get to Philly often but every time we do it is on our absolute TO DO LIST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I almost wishbI started my meal at dessert, because their salted caramel budino is one of the top 5 desserts I have ever had! All the food tastes carefully prepared, and was absolutely delicious! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Barbuzzo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Being a vegetarian, I often find myself in a corner with the menu and nothing that I can eat. Fortunately, that didn't happen at Barbuzzo. In fact, the restaurant week menu had amazing options for me [that's right multiple dishes!]. I had picked it, being a foodie that I am, because of its different delicacies and great location. Let me tell you, serving a vegetarian didn't stop Barbuzzo from pulling all the stops. I was wowed at every single course all the way up til the end. It was just a spectacular experience and I cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WandererVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wood fired pizza is great and salads quite good. Vibe is fresh and noise level high but not too high for conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    avalone
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I went to Barbuzzo for Restaurant Week and they were very accommodating! My date was almost a half hour late, but they still let me sit down at my table and order a drink while I waited for her. They did not rush me or keep coming to bug me to try to see when she was coming. They were very kind and were just making sure I was enjoying myself. The food was out of this world and the drinks were great. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. Definitely will be going back sometime in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner
    LisaG
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Came here with friends for restaurant week. There were great entree items on the menu, and we split all of the appetizers. Sea bass was superb. Service was great. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went for a birthday lunch, it was during restaurant week and they were busy but service was still good and the food was on point. I got the watermelon salad which was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Appetizers and dessert were very good. We had Kale and beet salad and Vegetable antipasta for appetizers and the Salted Caramel Budino for dessert...both were delicious. Our main course, was just mediocre. We had the Sunday supper pork ragu and the Salsiccia Pizza. Both dishes were a tepid temperature. Clearly, the dishes had been sitting before being served to us. The dishes themselves were uneventful. The service was polite but slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went for restaurant week and really enjoyed the food. The ricotta was great as well as the burrata appetizer. Had the gnocchi for my entree and it was delicious but a small portion and the budino lived up to the rave. I will def be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbuzzo Rules? Customer Service
    RidiculousRules
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Upon being seated we were told that our entire party (5 people) would either need to ALL order from the restaraunt week menu or everyone would need to order from the normal menu. This sent all of us into a very awkward scenario. I have never heard of this in the many years I've participated in restaraunt week. We had to do some careful considering since we had two people who didn't want that much food and had dietary restrictions. The service was Fair however for lunch they should speed things up a bit since many folks have to head back to work. I was not impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Killer kale and beet salad, yum pizza with fungi and octopus . Glad they offered both restaurant week option and regular menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    RedWine
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Barbuzzo's cooks and staff really out-did themselves with their Restaurant Week menu. Everything was tasty and fresh and paired nicely with the wine (I ordered the tempranillo). I highly recommend the pear and walnut salad (really, they should just add it to their fall menu) and the gnocchi. Our waiter was very attentive and personable, and did a great job describing and talking up the dishes without over-selling. The kitchen service was also very quick - a pleasant surprise for Restaurant Week, when we all know it can get a little crazy. Overall, I highly recommend Barbuzzo, and I'll definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meatballs ever!
    ScarlettJez
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went to Barbuzzo for my birthday, which always seems to fall during restaurant week. We were seated promptly for our 5:30 reservation and our server was extremely attentive. We decided to order from the regular menu and started our meal splitting a Margherita pizza, which was quite tasty. My boyfriend ordered the rosemary pork and I had the stuffed meatballs. The rosemary pork was delicious, but the meatballs were to die for! Overall, the food was incredible and the service was excellent. My only complaint is that I felt like I needed shoehorn to get into my seat. The hostess had to move the table to let me in. Just way too close for my comfort but the food will bring us back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barbuzzo
    Valerie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great experience! We went there for restaurant week and the food was great! They also had a great wine list to go with the restaurant week menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not amazing
    ajswai
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Enjoyed the restaurant week menu, very nice choices and good portions. Waitstaff not terribly attentive but this was not a problem and we were sitting outside which may have played a role. Food was yummy but I wasn't blown away (after seeing reviews I was prepared for amazing). Enjoyable but won't make our list of places to get back to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Jenn
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was our first time here, and we will absolutely be back. Beautiful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food for the Deafened
    Dane
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was delicious and inspired. Noteworthy were the tender pastas, the sausage, and the stuffed squash blossoms. The atmosphere was hip and cozy. The food is served as it becomes ready. This was fine overall, but there were a couple of overly long delays on top of a wait to be seated despite our having a reservation. The real knock on this establishment is that it's too loud. Because the pace of our being seated and served was so leisurely, we ended up going across the street for dessert rather than endure the cacophony any longer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A complete 180!
    Doodle
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We returned to Barbuzzo after dining there a year ago. It's conveniently located within a few blocks of the theater we were attending. It wasn't until I stepped in the door, that my feelings of regret came back to me. The restaurant is very dark - you have to read the menu by the light of a small candle on each table. The tables are small and extremely close to each other. A largish man or woman would have difficulty squeezing into their seat. Although I was asking myself, "Why did we come back here again?" I quickly had an attitude change! The menu offers tapas (small plates to share) - the most FABULOUS food, artistic presentation & unique pairings I have ever eaten. NOW I remember why we came back! Go! It's heaven!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a perpetual favorite
    passion4fdVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Love the food, never disappoints- Fresh, well prepared, tasty dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot, and not in a good way
    dmphilly
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Unfortunately, my latest experience at Barbuzzo was very disappointing. We had a reservation, were seated promptly but uncomfortably at a very cramped table. One half hour later, after ordering and beginning our meal, we were both sweating and asked for the AC to be turned up. We learned from the waitress, that the AC was broken. Now these things happen, but when it's 88 degrees outside, I think you deserve to be told upon arrival that it will be hot. Ruined our meal -- we ate some of it and then left quickly to go somewhere cooler. No apology or accommodation offered. Not very customer friendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service lacking
    YoungLizzy
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner with my mom and siblings; food was great, we ordered a total of 5 dishes to share. We finished everything! The zucca pizza and gnocchi were our favorite. The budino was amazing. We had some questions about the menu and asked our server for help choosing some dishes, and she didn't really say much to help us pick. She just kind of picked some 'best sellers' without telling us what made them so special. Luckily everything we ordered was really amazing, so the server lucked out. I'm sure that everything on this restaurant's menu is great. I definitely will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Find!
    SWABVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great food..everything from salad to entree was delightful.Salted caramel budino was to die for...wish I lived in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday evening at Barbuzzo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We thought the service was very good. It was hot in the back of the restaurant where we sat by the kitchen area, probably a function of the hot temperatures outside. We would suggest balancing the air conditioning a bit better. Also need more candles or other lighting as room was very dark and made reading the menu difficult. The food was delicious and served at a good pace. We thought the wine was unexceptional for the price we paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fourth Visit to Barbuzzo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    In the past I would have given all 4's, but not this time. It was a very hot day and the host put me and my dining partner all the way in the back by the ovens. This wouldn't have been bad in and of itself, but the AC was not working properly and the heat was unbearable. We asked to change tables and they moved us, unhesitatingly. The server was very rushed and did not take any time with us, as in the past, explaining the menu items. The timing of the food being brought to the table was extremely erratic. We waited an exceptionally long time for some things and other items were brought out rapidly, filling our table with service items. I'll probably go back in hopes of future experiences will be as good as the past ones I've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goodfood
    KindSir
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I liked it. Nice energetic place. The food was good, but will need to go again. The Sheep's Milk Mozzerella was amazing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sharing?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Out waiter informed is that Barbuzzo was ment to share.... Um.. Ok? My mother and I ordered a pizza, mussels and pasta to split. Without asking, the waiter brought us our pizza first... Ok... Even though we intended to eat all three at the same time. fine- our fault for not specifying... however 30 min later!! the mussels arrived. But where was the pasta? We then flagged our waiter over and asked him. He responded , oh I didn't know you wanted them together? Huh??? First off the portions are SMALL! Why would be want each item individually? I have a background in hospitality and for the life of me could not figure this out. I left irritated and tired. A basic dinner took over 2 Hrs! I don't think I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • dinner at barbuzzo
    foodjunkie11
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    have been to barbuuzzo many times and they never disappoint
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Ate outside and had a delicious dinner. Small courses, so order many. Only downside was inside seemed a little dark and noisy. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lagniappe
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Overall, I enjoyed the meal in a somewhat cramped space. The restaurant fits into a fairly tiny, shotgun style floor plan with the bar and kitchen occupying the left wall, and diners seated in various configurations on the right. The small-plate style welcomes sharing, and with the options, this makes for a perfect date spot. The food met expectations with every course, although the beet/kale salad proved more kale than beets. Of all the dishes, the star of the night was the grilled octopus salad - words really can't describe how much I enjoyed this plate. A dish worth returning for - it was that good. Highly recommend when visiting Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointed
    MaryKay
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Barbuzzo is our go to spot in Philly. Never been disappointed. The beet salad and the short rib meatballs are our current favorites. Oh, I almost forgot the budino for dessert.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barbuzzofan
    foodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I understand what the hype is all about. My boyfriend and I went for his birthday, good ambience, great service, and a good selection of "normal" food items with an exotic flare. We had the bruchetta with rhubarb plum as well as cheese plate for appetizers. Topped it off with arincini balls and the mushroom pizza, delicious! Got busy pretty quickly especially for a monday night. Make a reservation to be safe. Definitely recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING
    Kaden316
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Can't wait to go back! The seating can be a bit snug but so worth getting close to your neighbor. Food and service were tops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fabulous!!
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is my girlfriend and my favorite restaurant for more reasons than the food and atmosphere! We saw the restaurant when dining at another one of their restaurants and decided it try it out the next time we came in town. We are never disappointed when we come... the food is always amazing! The service is always superb... Definitely looking foreword to the next time we are in the city to have dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ptl2
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I come to Barbuzzo often for the food!! I love the food here. I would recommend a slightly friendlier service. Sometimes the noise is too loud due to tables being too close to each other but the food makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Foodie's Paradise
    Rhmoco
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I found this restaurant using Open Table. The menu looked interesting so I thought I'd check it out. The restaurant did not disappoint. The food was delicious. Menu choices were eclectic. Every dish was thoughtfully prepared and the tastes were soooo good. I loved the atmosphere and the waitress was very nice. I will definitely dine there again. A foodie, someone who enjoys trying new things and can appreciate non-traditional pairings of food, will totally appreciate this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid.
    luvAA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of my favorite spots in town. Love the sheeps milk ricotta and every dish was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great meal
    chickVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It just keeps getting better here, food and service are great, can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic