The Waverly Inn
The Waverly Inn

The Waverly Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.waverlynyc.com/
  • Phone: 9178281154
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:45pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:45am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ashley Merriman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waverly Pl
  • Public Transit: A, C, E, L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue. 1, 2, 3 to 14th Street and 7th Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Waverly Inn
Established in 1920, The Waverly Inn was reopened in 2006 by Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter along with Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode (of the Maritime and Bowery Hotels) and Emil Varda. Tucked into the ground floors of two adjoining townhouses, the dining room's red booths, fireplaces and low amber lighting provide an attractive and cozy hangout for the city’s best and brightest. Chef Ashley Merriman’s menu features American classics alongside contemporary seasonal dishes using organic, local ingredients.
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The Waverly Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (65)neighborhood gem (61)special occasion (51)fit for foodies (38)great for outdoor dining (32)notable wine list (28)hot spot (25)great for brunch (14)late-night find (11)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wait staff and sommelier were very attentive and helpful. However, plates were unceremoniously delivered to the table - dessert was practically tossed by the server. Tables were very close together; noise level was exhausting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant in the city
    hamatosse
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    From the lovely ambience ( it was late, we sat outside) , to the delicious food and the professional kind service...the whole experience was grand.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Ambiance A+, Service meh
    WineDineWestVillageVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been to the Waverly Inn a few times. The ambiance is awesome. Inside is very cozy, dim lighting, fireplace, cool paintings, feels authentic.. the garden is really romantic and unique. The food is delicious, however, each time I've been, the server was very impersonal and just wanted to get us our food and get us out. Also most recently, I made a 10pm reservation and wasn't seated until after 10:30pm which was kind of annoying. I would love to come back with friends and/or family if we would be treated better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the waverly
    rb134
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    took my wife to the waverly inn saturday evening for her birthday . we were greeted by a friendly and more than courteous staff. read some mixed reviews so this was a nice surprise . our waiter was in training and did a great job. my only complaint is when we arrived the place wasnt crowded yet , but they still sat everyone ( especially the couples) on top of each other. otherwise it was a nice night .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here
    NYCeatsVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The Waverly Inn is great. If you're price sensitive, it's not the option for you as most dishes run around $30.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deliciousVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    pot pie very good ditto on hamburger food good service good murals beautiful the but is great outdoor space need citronella candles for mosquitos
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service was great, food was eh
    BKfoodlvr
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    we were beyond excited to try the waveryly inn after heard hype about it for years. we went on a friday night in the summer. service was great, the waiter was very attentive. we sat at a table in the garden that was lovely. we ordered some grilled octopus and gnocchi and crab cakes. the gnocchi was great. everything else was just eh and the drinks were also not so fantastic either. it was definitely a nice, romantic spot but the food left something to be desired and wasn't worth the high price point.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kvetch
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The restaurant is too dark to appreciate the mural or read the menu. Service great, food very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Place To Dine
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Waverly Inn is a beautiful restaurant. There are a few tables located just outside the main entrance offering the perfect dinner spot to enjoy people watching in the West Village while enjoying a very good dinner. Inside is a beautiful bar and dining room. But behind the dining room is an open air garden area for that perfect place to have your dinner on a summer evening. The food is very good as is the service. The menu is diverse and the overall restaurant is definitely a treat. This is a place to which I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Meal
    AllergyDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I was excited to finally check out The Waverly Inn. It was one of the best meals of my entire life. Everything was amazing down to the charred grapes to the ketchup with a side of fries. It was a Sunday night in August so it was not busy but quiet and romantic. I had read reviews in the past that the staff was rude and unfriendly but I found them to be very nice and accommodating. If you get the opportunity you should go. So worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Waverly Inn still a classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was excellent and the service impeccable. However, the noise level was high and disturbing. I would have preferred more space between my table and my neighbors, and a little more light.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    EstherD
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had a wonderful cosy meal with good friends, the food was great - didn't push the boat out for the $65 mac and cheese though - perhaps next time. Will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow down!
    Tally10
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My two girlfriends and I were so pleased to be seated in the garden on a summer night. Our waiter was lovely. The food was fine- perfectly good but nothing special. The most unfortunate part was how rushed we were to order and consume our food- various waiters and bus boys trying to take our plates clearly before we were done. And then the maître d offered us each a glass of champagne at the bar because they wanted to give someone our table. We were there for MAX 2 hours, not to mention that the restaurant was completely empty inside. Terrible place to choose to sit with your friends and relax and catch up. Could never justify going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Local ....
    Cliff
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great food and style ....but way to noisy for intimate type conversations
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at The Waverly Inn
    DowntownGirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Thank you so much for always being so accommodating to me and providing such an unforgettable evening. I always enjoy coming to The Waverly Inn and you never disappoint in service, ambiance, and delicious food, not to mention an incredible wine list. Whether its meeting the boyfriend's parents, dinner with friends or taking out a client, The Waverly Inn is always an impressive choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HO-HUM
    crankyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was lovely sitting on the front patio but the service was so indifferent - kind, but indifferent. The lovely waiter was totally in the clouds. And when I am being offered something that is not on the menu I would like to know the price of it and not have to ask how much it costs. The information should always be offered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT really makes me cranky that one would presume I don't need/want to know. Food was ok but for $65 I might have like a scrap of bread with my 1-inch square crab cakes and glass of wine! C'mon!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OVERPRICED
    Bewitched
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very nice location, bit snotty manager to take you to your table. Professional, friendly waiter. Restaurant is TOTALLY overpriced. I took the Dover sole, which had the size of a slip sole and was priced 60 Dollari, undercooked haricots verts on the side.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ah, the Waverly
    Annie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I used to go here as a kid for the chicken pot pie. Thanks be, it's still on the menu, along with much more. Avoid the $60+ trendy stuff and enjoy a superb burger, gnocchi with mushrooms, iceberg lettuce salad and the smaller, happy dishes. The sides -- especially the old-fashioned creamed spinach -- are excellent, as is the wine list. Outdoor tables are fabulous for brunch. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Foodaddict
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Amazing food, great service in a gorgeous low-lit room. Cool vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, that's all
    NYCdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Although the food was prepared well, the overall atmosphere was just ok. Nothing about the ambiance of such a very historic restaurant would make me care to return. There is great food all over the city; there needs to be more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best experience ever!
    Phenomenalfind
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    From beginning to end, this dining experience was top notch. An experience in culinary pleasure. A must!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    Sebastien
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    What a place! Super charming from the outside, once you get in, you have a dark, romantic bar in front of you. The decor is superb, the atmosphere is cozy like an old & upscale Pub in middle of Scotland. Let's get into what we hold our breath for: food. Just outstanding, you don't need any other word for it. A foodie treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb dining
    Godofadvertising
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a brilliant night at this wonderful place. Fantastic food, fantastic wine and fantastic staff. Even the e-mail conversation prior to our visit was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    MIssMcClore
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Wonderful experience. Food was amazing. The bread they brought before the meal was delicious. Very warm quaint environment. Seemed a place that would be really cozy in the winter. Low ceilings, tables are fairly close together. It really had the feel of an old inn. I felt like a wench was going to come by with ale any minute. Expensive though so... bring your black card.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waverly inn
    Diner420
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Waverly inn has a great staff and everyone was very friendly. However, their food has become boring, overpriced and mediocre. If you are going to splurge on expensive fare in the city there are a lot of better options. However, out if town guests and parents tend to love the idea if going to The Waverly Inn, even if their day has passed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for Father's Day
    Malibu
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    was hoping for a calm, delicious outdoor celebration and that's exactly what we got. The server was a sweetheart, he was very nice to the kids, they put us out in the back garden which was just perfect and the food was delicious. Blueberry pancakes were delish, also had the yogurt and homemade granola which was phenomenal (if yogurt and granola can be phenomenal...)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    K2ZFoodie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Love that the list has small plates and large plates. Easy to share. Everything is seasonal and unique. It was my first time dining there and had the trout. Outstanding! Would love to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely but questionable seating
    tartarecarnivore
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It was an early dinner 6:45PM, and the restaurant section in which I was seated, the garden, was mostly empty. Notwithstanding, instead of spreading out the incoming guests, we were seated on top of one another while leaving several groups of open tables. Perhaps this is their protocol, or they were preparing for larger incoming parties, nevertheless it felt awkward.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Place To Dine
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    My wife and I were joined by a business acquaintance the other night and we enjoyed a very good meal at The Waverly Inn. My wife had the oven roasted halibut that she thoroughly enjoyed and my business friend raved about the chicken pot pie that he said was the best he ever eaten. I ordered a double portion of the appetizer steak tartare for my main dish and it was outstanding (spicy and infused with truffles). Our meal was wonderful and the evening was very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it but
    MMOODVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    1st time there with friends, food and wine excellent and the atmosphere was great! Only concern was it was very muggy in the bar area and hot. Other than that I'd go again and often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyalloveragain
    ShaShaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    i've eaten here mostly for brunch -- which is quite lovely and i enjoy anew every time. This time i brought out of town guests for dinner. a beautiful summer evening we wanted to sit outside -- we got seated in the lovely glass topped courtyard - the breeze wafting in from the opening. ambience was excellent, service - as always was extraordinary and the food was absolutely delightful! we shared appetizers +oysters - which were fresh and succulent, then each ordered a fish/seafood course - and in each case we were completely delighted with our choice and flavorful preparation and the esthetic of the dish itself. I look forward to returning soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a charming spot
    funwithfood
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    With great service and great food. The environment is fantastic. Quiet and slightly animated in the same time . A gem in the Village
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • less than inspiring
    NJfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Did not have the best experience taking a new business associate here. Service was inconsistent and forgetful at times. A framed picture fell on my colleagues head from the wall, and the manager made a joke about a lawsuit instead of asking if everything was ok. The dining room was loud and we were seated next to the entrance to the kitchen, so traffic was an issue. I would request a table window if possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 359 reviews are from the The Waverly Inn reviews archive.
  • once again -- awesome!
    AviEatsOutVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    One of my favs in the W Village - I always pick this place for a first date. Consistently wonderful and amazing service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Krisa
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was our 3rd time back...we eat there each time we are in NYC. Menu is very interesting and food is top-notch....not the typical fare that one finds in most other restaurants. The Grilled Octopus appetizer is to die for! We love the atmosphere and ambiance...will keep The Waverly on our must-do list. Thinking that the next time may be in the winter months....suspect the ambiance would be just idyllic in the snow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    coral27
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Stopped in last minute for an early dinner. Food, service and garden was all fantastic! So glad we went...highly recommend...really lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rrr
    revue
    Dined on 5/22/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful brunch
    Bellabrava
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The terrace setting for brunch is outstanding. The service was top notch. The food was foodie stuff that I can't easily make at home, not the usual boring brunch fare. Loved it - one of my best NYC brunch experiences in years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pasted it's peak ...
    FoodieNeighborsVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    While the sun room is gorgeous, the mural was magnificent... that's all about it. The food was mediocre and servers were Not well trained.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Treated like losers!
    LeeDVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We booked a 6:30 reservation on Open Table. When we arrived at the restauant, the dining room was completely empty. We were seated at the worst possible table, right next to the kitchen door. We asked to move to the adjoining table. Shortly therafter, two additional people arrived and, although the restaurant was still completely empty, they were seated at the table adjacent to ours, so close as to appear to be a foursome. They could hear every word of our conversation and vice versa. It ruined our evening (and the restaurant was largely empty when we left as well) It is too bad becasue the food was quite good, as were the drinks. Very helpful sommelier. That said, we will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate