Barbetta Restaurant
Barbetta Restaurant

Barbetta Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://barbettarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2122469171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm-2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dream Team de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: Pianist evenings from 6:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Btwn 8th & 9th Aves
  • Public Transit: A,E,C,1,R,N,S
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Barbetta Restaurant
Celebrating its 108th Year, Barbetta is the oldest restaurant in New York still owned by its founding family. Barbetta is also New York's oldest Italian restaurant and the oldest restaurant in the Theater District. This three-fold distinction has earned it landmark status by the Locali Storici d'Italia. In a glittering interior decorated with 18th century Italian antiques Barbetta serves the cuisine of Piemonte, Italy's northwestern most region. In summer, its exuberantly verdant garden with century-old trees and scented with the blooms of wisteria, oleander, jasmine and gardenia make it a most sought-after site for al fresco dining.
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Barbetta Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
241 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (164)great for outdoor dining (154)special occasion (152)neighborhood gem (74)notable wine list (68)fit for foodies (62)great for lunch (57)good for groups (36)scenic view (28)great for brunch (19)late-night find (15)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Service was fast, almost too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Service was fast, almost too fast. The main course came instantly after the appetizers.
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  • Our food was served in 1 minute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Our food was served in 1 minute which leads me to believe that most things are totally premade and waiting to go to the customer. Nothing was inedible but it wasn't good either. The room is tired looking - maybe it was beautiful once but that was a long time ago. It was very overpriced for what one got and I certainly wouldn't go there again or recommend it.
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  • We were not overly impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    We were not overly impressed with the Pre Theater food. Service was very good and atmosphere was nice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looks and feels and tastes
    EclecticGuyVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Looks and feels and tastes suspiciously like a tourist trap.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I booked an early table, 5:30,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/29/2008
    I booked an early table, 5:30, so we wouldn't be rushed out for our 8 PM show. They were aware of our show time and that we weren't in a hurry. We were nothing but rushed the entire time. They practically threw the food at us. the appetizer was ok but the entree was dried out chicken which I had to send back, risotto which was soupy and could have come from a box and my husbands polenta was tasteless and soupy. I didn't like that we were forced to order from a prefixe menu when that was not mentioned either in Zagats or on their website. Obviously the food was pre-cooked. It was hands down the worst dining experience for that money I have ever had.
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  • Unfortunately, there were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Unfortunately, there were problems with the continually opening door to the garden area, which on that night was very cold. Repeated requests to close it resulted in no action and we had to change tables. One of the "historic" entrees we desired, wild hare (part of the current promotional anniversary menu), was not available. The special request for a birthday dessert was not observed at all. Throughout the meal, there was a pianist playing semi-classical music, very well, but creating too much volume for the room. Though the food quality was good, overall, the meal was way too expensive for the numerous flaws.
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  • Always curteous, even when
    SPC4art
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Always curteous, even when we are rushing them to make a show!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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  • Such a lovely restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Such a lovely restaurant, especially wonderful because it was withing walking distance of the theater, so it REALLY took the pressure off of getting to our 8:00pm show. Outside dining was an unexpected treat. Food was beautifully presented - I would definitely recommend and return again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Service was slow. We spent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Service was slow. We spent 2 1/2 hours at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our meal was delicious. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Our meal was delicious. Service was very nice. The garden is delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had an amazing meal outside
    BurbfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    We had an amazing meal outside in the garden. The food and service were superb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A disappointment in the pre-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    A disappointment in the pre-theatre menu. Lunch menu is better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very much appreciated the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Very much appreciated the wait staff seating us, as requested, in a somewhat secluded area. Expensive, otherwise a highlight evening.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have eaten at Barbetta many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    I have eaten at Barbetta many times and have never been disappointed. The service is top-notch and the food wonderful. I highly recommend Barbetta for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Good for pre-theater, we got
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Good for pre-theater, we got there at 7:00 and we were able to get out by 7:45 after full meal, ambiance is great, smaller portions, food selection not so good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All was fine (service, food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    All was fine (service, food, etc). We are really looking forward to eating there again!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely, if a bit worn, restaurant.
    MartinVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Lovely, if a bit worn, restaurant. Food good and service fine. Bar at entrance and if patrons loud, as it was the night I was there, it can be annoying. Excellent pre theatre experience.
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    romantic
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  • Most of the food was quite
    MayraVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    Most of the food was quite good. My pasta starter with meat sauce was terrible. Was this canned sauce?? The chicken in pomegranite sauce was outstanding as was the choice of wines and dessert. Service was good and friendly.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wine list was extenisve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    The wine list was extenisve but a bit expensive. More mid range choices would be nice. Also we were not aware we had to choose from a pre-theatre limited menu. It would have been nice to have had the ability to order whatever we wanted. With a 5:30 evening meal, it would have been nice to have had the option of lighter dining and not a full 3 course meal. The service was excellent and the downstairs dining room lovely. We were upstairs however and had a very unstable table that rocked uneasily when we moved. It made the meal seem precarious. I would recommend Barbetta, especially for regular dinner, not rushed pre theatre.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • It is an old fashioned restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    It is an old fashioned restaurant that is a nice change from all of the hot spots that currently exist. It reminds me of when I would have a special meal with my family as a little girl. Great service and they got us out in plenty of time before the theatre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • We went for the pre-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    We went for the pre-theatre fixed price menu and the food and service were outstanding. The biggest wine list I have ever seen for those who want to go off the $25-$50 wine list for theatre-goers. The garden in back is a must for those who want a special experience when the weather is right. Can't wait to go back and use the full menu. The way we were treated, you would have thought we were "regulars".
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Service..Excellent; Ambiance....Gre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Service..Excellent; Ambiance....Great; Disappointed that two (2) desired menu items were already gone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I absolutely loved the atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    I absolutely loved the atmosphere created by the staff and decor of the restaurant. The staff were both professional and very pleasant. Not forgetting the food was delicious and served quite quickly! Have recommened Barbetta to my Parents who will visit the city in October. All the best, Sarah Woods
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We think this is a very romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    We think this is a very romantic restaurant -- in fact, this was our second visit there, and we went specifically to celebrate our engagement. Both times we've gone after the theater rush (~8) and it's been relatively empty, quiet, and peaceful. Big beautiful dining room that doesn't feel like you're on restaurant row in Manhattan at all. Elegant, good food, and a very good find all together -- not too expensive, as better restaurants go. We like it a lot!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • over 100 years old and still
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    over 100 years old and still going strong! The room, the service, the food, the whole dining experience is so outstanding you'd think you were in another time or place. What more can I say?
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great for pretheatre dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    Great for pretheatre dining. Lovely setting, convenient location. Staff is very attentive and knows how to keep you from missing "the curtain".
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  • Barbetta has continued to
    Susie
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    Barbetta has continued to provide superb food and service in all the years I have been dining there - almost 40 years. The great thing is that it is in the theater district so we get a twofer.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food and service are terrific.
    CacsVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Food and service are terrific. The garden is lovely when the weather's warm. A great pre-theater place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great for pre-theater (especially
    Love2DineVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Great for pre-theater (especially for out of town guests to see old NY Italian).
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  • Mechanical service and attention.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/21/2007
    Mechanical service and attention. Uninspiring food and presentation and services. Quite ordinary.
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  • This place has declined terribly.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2007
    This place has declined terribly. We had horrible service from a young man who knew nothing about the menu, had a cold and wiped his nose on his sleeve. Ugh...
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  • Pricey, bustling, old-fashioned
    RCSEsqVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2007
    Pricey, bustling, old-fashioned Italian restaurant. If you're loaded you won't be disappointed. Fine choice before hitting a show. Servers were attentive but a bit too pushy. Piano music makes for a delightful visit.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Have had much better meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/29/2007
    Have had much better meals at this restaurant. Must have hit a bad night. Outside dining area is fabulous. Sorry that we had a bad food experience. Will think twice before going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Actually sat outside on this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/20/2007
    Actually sat outside on this visit. For the indoor lunch it was quiet the the room is beautiful. For this particular visit I sat outside where there was a more party-like atmosphere but very enjoyable - even a singer serenading a birthday girl. I did not particularly like the meat dish with a vodka sauce. I'm still not sure what kind of meat it was. I believe they consider it one of their signature dishes. I have had other meals at this restaurant that were more enjoyable. I had problems getting my Open Table points even though I mentioned Open Table when I entered the restaurant.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The evening started off well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/19/2007
    The evening started off well and the food was fantastic. Only towards the end of the main course the staff decided they all wanted to go home!! It was only 9.45pm and as wife and I were celebrating and having a romantic night out, we had ordered fine wine which the waiter had de-cantered earlier. Then the waitress started to clear up around us huffing and puffing as if to say clear off! We then had a waiter pour all the wine from our decanter in to both our glasses full to the brim. For the next half hour their was silence, not a member of staff could be seen! We could not order desert or coffee? So i walked to the reception and found somone sitting on a chair and he tried to hide! Anyway to cut to the chase, it took an hour for co
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • From the uneccesarily pretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/2/2006
    From the uneccesarily pretentious greeting to the ridiculously overdone dining room to the overpriced (and wrong) bottle of wine to the disgusting food, Barbetta is absolutely the worse dining experience I have ever had. The food is inedible--over or under cooked and seasoned/sauced within an inch of its life. The service is haughty for no reason and when we asked for another bottle of wine b/c they had brough the wrong one, we were reprimanded.
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