Sarabeth's West
Sarabeth's West

Sarabeth's West

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sarabethswest.com/
  • Phone: (212) 496-6280
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 3:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Tea Time: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Myers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Carlos Blanco 2124966280x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz on Thursdays from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 80th and 81st Streets
  • Public Transit: 1 train to 79th Street, B (weekdays only) and C trains to 81st Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sarabeth's West
Known for its colorful homestyle cooking, warm atmosphere and family-friendly service, locals and visitors have felt at home at this very first Sarabeth’s location for nearly 30 years. Among many other cultural attractions on the Upper West Side, we’re within walking distance of The American Museum of Natural History, The Beacon Theater, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Central Park and Riverside Park.
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Sarabeth's West reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (56)neighborhood gem (54)great for lunch (38)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (25)kid-friendly (20)special occasion (14)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (8)romantic (7)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good food
    coreyman97VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was very good but the rest of the experience was lacking. If it's cold out, you will freeze if you sit anywhere near the front of the restaurant. The inner door takes about 10 minutes to fully close as it's on a hinge that takes forever. We asked to switch to a table in the rear and they couldn't accommodate us in the beginning, but we did switch after about 15 minutes. We ordered a bottle of red wine that was actually HOT when it arrived. I asked the server and she said it was in the basement which is very warm. A first! The management really needs to get their act together and train the staff. The different courses were consistently delivered to the wrong people. We had to ask a few times for the coffee we ordered. Though we were 3, the 4th place setting stayed there the whole meal. Not a big deal, but it shows the lack of attention to detail during the entire evening at Sarabeth's West.
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  • We were not disappointed
    UWSlover
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Sarabeth's is a well-kept and well-run establishment with excellent food and good service. Compared to many restaurants in the neighbourhood, it is rather spacious and not that noisy. We had the lobster dinner; excellent and a lot of value for money. Service was excellent. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Lots to choose from. Very homestyle. The omelets were great. We were a bit disappointed in the french toast, nothing special. But they have great salads and muffins. The atmosphere is really cozy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    heureux
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We've been coming here for years. Unfortunately the years have taken their toll. This place ain't what it used to be.
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  • Good food, but poor planning
    MardiVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    When we arrived here at 7:30PM on a Saturday, Sarabeth's was out of lobster *and* tuna, which affected at least 5 dishes on their menu. My husband was unable to order the meal he wanted. They also ran out of ingredients for their cocktails, forcing me to select a drink that I wasn't nearly as excited about. That part of the meal was very disappointing. The food that we were able to order was very good, and the Prix Fixe was a lot of food for the money, so we were satisfied with that. One odd thing is that it was crazy hot in the restaurant. It was about 45 degrees outside, and at least 85 inside the restaurant. So hot that I was forced to leave the meal twice to go stand outside without a coat. Very uncomfortable.
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  • nice brunch!
    sammicatVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    food, service & atmosphere were very good. The menu had changed since I'd been there awhile back, & prices are higher - $12 for the tomato soup!!?? - but the food was better than I remember, & portions seemed a bit more generous... Also, I wanted the oatmeal, but menu says it's only served til noon, so I was disappointed : ( The menu also says breakfast is 8am-3:30pm, & I would've thought oatmeal would be served til 3:30... Anyway, I had the Farmer's Omeletter instead, & it was very tasty.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Always satisfying
    SpangleNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Chicken salad was very tasty, with just enough dressing to add flavor. My friend's omelette was substantial and the corn muffins delicious. Excellent gelato and lemon sorbet. Despite being very busy, we were able to linger without feeling rushed, to indulge in a second cup of coffee. Service was very attentive and our water glasses were constantly replenished.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was looking forward to this...
    Gemma
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    They took our reservation and they even called to confirm our arrival at 9.45pm on a Saturday night ('very nice' I thought). When we got there, promptly at 9.45, we were informed that the kitchen would be closing at 10pm and we "should hurry and get our orders in." As my family and I were having a mini reunion in the city, there was no way we were going to rush what little and precious time we had with each other. We left and dined at a restaurant across the street. There, the food, ambiance and staff were great! In my opinion, I should have been informed during the confirmation call that our dinner could potentially be a rushed one. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this establishment since I have not had the full experience.
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  • Very accommodating
    VirginiaKW
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I asked to move from one table to another before my brunch companion arrived. When she did arrive, she asked to move again. I was embarrassed and apologized profusely, but the staff was completely accommodating. And the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great spot, with usually consistent food. This experience left me underwhelmed. They took at least 5 minutes to offer us water, and I had to flag down the staff to take our order. Food was ok, though a tad underseasoned.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely Restaurant
    Yankeefan1VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant is defined by the service. There was not a moment when our water glasses were not filled. Our waitress, Warby Parker glasses and cannot remember her name, was delightful. The food is simple but is probably more of a brunch spot. Dinner is a good option for a quiet evening with friends. We were able to get in at the last minute and treated extremely well. Would love to try for brunch.
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    good for groups
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  • delicious, excellent food
    noonisVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and good service as per usual. Sarabeth's doesn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ladies lunch!
    NJlady
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Perfect place to relax after museum visiting. Delicious food yummy drinks. Relaxing atmosphere. Great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Perfect Family Get Together
    FoodieFunNJ
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We hadn't seen our daughter's in-laws since the wedding two years ago. The six of us got together at Sarabeth's on the Upper West Side and had a great evening. They gave us a great banquet table in the back. Lively without being noisy, the atmosphere was perfect for catching up. And the food and service was excellent. Recommend Tuna Tartare to start, also great big but light homemade chips with the tasty Crab Meat Guacamole. Shrimp Risotto and Snapper were favorite mains. And don't miss the "Pickled" Bloody Mary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mid-week Brunch
    HealthyMealChoicesNYC
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My server accommodated my dietary needs and answered my question about meal preparation with a genuine smile.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Love Sarabeths
    Rubell
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Been her before. Great place for a nice pre-concert dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Good experience
    AnigVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Hadn't been here for dinner in quite a while and was pleasantly surprised at both the quality of the food and the service. An all around positive dining experience.
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  • always great
    teevoz
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Sarabeth is reliable and consistently excellent. Fresh, tasty, and beautiful - they take care with details. Special dietary needs met perfectly, with a smile. Upper West Side at its best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Never Again for Dinner
    ssbelltxVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Both food quality and customer service were not up to par. We ordered goat cheese ravioli that came out seemly microwaved. They were hard and chewy. They did exchange it but we paid for the new dish which was find if the manager would have at least come over to check on us No such luck. Ill stick to brunch.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My First Visit, But Not My Last
    BKtheRetiree
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Sarabeth's West has been an Upper West Side staple for many years, yet I never visited. So, I took the opportunity to have dinner with a good friend - good move. After our dinner, I was sorry to have waited so long to try this restaurant. The restaurant has a really pretty and calm interior, making a great first impression. And by the way, the food was outstanding. My kale caesar salad was fresh with a strong parmesan coating and creamy and delicious sauce. My friend's garden salad was enormous, but also filled with fresh, colorful ingredients. Our entrees - his shrimp risotto, my lamb shank (Fred Flintstone-sized) were the best we've had, no joke. A delicious chocolate truffle cake rounded out a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Perfect place to endulge
    TheDamaja
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My wife and I are calorie counting fanatics, but we like to loosen the belt a little bit about once a month to indulge in a nice big meal. This was the perfect place to get the job done! We both carb'd up on some cheesy goodness. I had the adult grilled cheese & tomato soup and she had the lobster mac & cheese. We were both satisfied!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great visit
    Friends2see
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Met friends from CA who I hadn't seen in 5 years. Food was very good and our waitress was most pleasant. We spent 3 hours catching up and never felt like they were anxious for us to leave. Highly recommend this restaurant.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Came here for a weekday lunch with my (cranky, impatient) grandfather who was in town visiting. Our server was incredibly patient and helpful and made sure he was taken care of and had everything he needed - whether that was a few extra seconds to look at the menu or a cup of just ice. The food at any Sarabeth's location is consistently great. The franchise has become my new go-to spot whenever relatives are in from out of town - there's something on the menu for every palate, it is always delicious, and the service is superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Ok
    AngVoy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was good, especially crab guacamole. Pleasent server, atmospere didn't impress.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely WONDERFUL!
    jesslovesgreatfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at Sarabeth's this September and could not have been happier! The lobster Diavolo is incredible, the tomato soup is the best I have ever had and the dessert--chocolate truffle cake-- was excellent too! We had great service and everyone loved their meals. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great breakfast!
    NycTourist
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went on the recommendation of a friend and it was a great stop before heading over to the American Museum of Natural History.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor food and expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    bad service, brought our steak our before we had finished apps, then took it away for over 15 minutes and brought it back COLD!
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  • Meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    .. I had to schedule last minute a 9 am meeting place with a vendor from London ... this place worked out very well.. thank you
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Yum!
    foodfiesta
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The lemon ricotta pancake was excellent. The crab cake sandwich was awesome. You could taste real lump crabs in it. Seafood Cobb salad was great but a bit pricey. However, we ordered Peach Crumb Pie for dessert. It tasted peach in a can and the crust was stale. We only ate vanilla gelato which was served along with a pie. Gelato was good. We wished that we had ordered just gelato instead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Piggies
    Puggie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Pretty good food but way overpriced for breakfast. The quality of the service has really declined. It wasn't busy when I was there, but it was impossible to get a second cup of coffee or the waitress' attention. I'm looking for a new spot.
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great breakfast! I highly recommend ordering the extra basket of muffins... excellent!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • weekday late breakfast
    RYTTER
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Parked right in front of the restaurant. Made reservations 4 or 5 days in advance. Got a table right in the middle of the first floor, very noisy as voices were coming from all around us. If I had known, I would have preferred to sit at either side of the room and not the middle, but the table we got was what was prepared for us and the sides were all filled. Had out-of-town guests and met them in Manhattan. Called ahead concerning food allergy for one of the kids, they were understanding and completely accommodating - wonderfully assuring. The food was normal, but considering the price, the cost performance was probably low to average for Manhattan.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Very Accommodating!
    karenkayeVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had asked for a quiet table for conversation and we got exactly that. Service was ver good and patient with special requests, indecision, diverse orders, etc. all the food was excellent including the crab and guacamole appetizer recommended by our server. I only had an appetizer after having a large lunch earlier in the day so I would love to go back and try some of the other options.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group
    Mnydines
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Made reservations online had two people drop and they did not give us a hard time. Our server never rushed us and made sure coffee was hot! Food delicious and plate changes were not an issue. Highly recommend.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UWS Staple
    nycmommaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    You can't beat the lemon ricotta pancakes nor the four flowers juice for brunch. Very consistent. Good to beat the rush though because the lines re crazy long.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing day
    Disappointedx1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    this was my second visit this month . Today the steel cut oats did not appear to be steel cut, they were the normal size of oatmeal flakes and very soft and creamy rather than the consistency one finds in steel cut oats. The granola was overpopulated with sunflower seeds. Lastly my companion and I had to raise our voices to hear each other because the noise level was so high including children crying
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    LilIKe
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Delicious all around. The Biscuits are perfect. Shrimp risotto and Red snapper were divine. Cookies so, so when compared with the main meal. I would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 71 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 722 reviews are from the Sarabeth's West reviews archive.
  • Yum plus class
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had brunch. The food choices excellent and food delicious and generous. Not rushed was able to chat.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Concert Dining
    Missionbride
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went here for a concert at Beacon theatre, so we unfortunately didn't have time to try any of the appetizers or desserts. But the creamy tomato soup was very good, it is very rich though. Our server was nice and offered to split it for us which was just the right amount, if we had each ordered one it would have been too much soup before eating a full entree. We had the shrimp risotto and the roasted chicken both were good. If we go to another show at the Beacon we would go to Sarabeths again.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • SARA BETH'S IS SCRUMPTIOUS
    bevcowVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wonderful wonderful wonderful. met friends for dinner. we each had something different: filet mignon, lobster prix fix, lamb shank, chicken. each dish was prepared to our specifications. we so enjoyed our meals. the only drawback was the noise level. it was very difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic