Bacaro

4.6
549 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Rustic Venetian tavern for sharing cichetti, Venetian-style small plates paired with Northern Italian wines. Covertly located down a little winding street a block south of Canal. An inside and outside staircase both lead you to an underground catacomb of exposed brick archways with wooden communal farm tables, illuminated by soft lighting and warm candles reminiscent of the streets of Italy.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Caitlyn amazing server. Downstairs quieter. Upstairs great bar but small area. Amazing food. Would be great place to rent out for parties too. Best hood.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I read wonderful reviews about the ambiance, the food and the service only to be rushed out of the place because they booked a larger party two hours after our reservation. The weitress openly told us that they have a party coming and we need to be done by then... Skip this little hole, there are plenty of beautiful places with welcoming service, who want you business. Absolutely disgusting!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful hidden gem. As the old proverb goes....you can't judge a book by its cover" the outside of the restaurant does not compare to what's inside. A wonderful small bar is on the first level with an outstanding list of happy hour drinks ( glass of wine $6 ). Downstairs, the restaurant is very quaint and inviting with the perfect amount of lighting highlighting the brick and stone walls. Service and food was excellent with the waiter giving us recommendations on the dinner menu. Will return In a heartbeat!

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EL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spaghetti Nero was amazing! And the spicy meatballs!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Always have a wonderful time here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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C
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the single most romantic, warm Italian restaurant in Manhattan....period. The food was incredible. The service, awesome, the atmosphere, just incredible, as if we were transported to Italy. Great little bar upstairs (and downstairs) too! Love, love, loved this place. We vowed to visit it everyone were in NYC. Well done guys!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was great

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p
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great, intimate spot casual enough for friends and impressive enough for a date

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BD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great romantic place for a couple. Food and service are amazing.

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JS
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was set up so perfectly on Valentines Day. Beautiful long burning candles with rose peddles on every table.

And as always a delicious meal and fantastic wine list! Thank you for a wonderful evening...

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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went to Bacaro on Valentine's day to celebrate "Galentine's" day!

First off, the reservation process was seamless! I reserved through OpenTable and was able to get a table for 8 people. When our party grew to 12, I called and they were so accommodating to change our number.

Now for the ambiance, I couldn't have picked a better location perfect for the occasion. Bacaro has a rustic, romantic vibe that was perfect for Valentine's day. They had red rose petals and candles everywhere that made the whole restaurant so cozy. We were seated at the basement wine cellar and had a semi-private area for our big group.

Service was outstanding! Our server was knowledgeable and everyone who helped with our table were so attentive. We had someone in our party who ran really late but they didn't rush us.

Now for the food, everything we tried were really good! For starters, we had the Burrata and tomatoes, the presentation was ok but it was well seasoned.

My friend had the mushroom Gnocchi, which I tried and was so tasty and tender, it was really yummy!

I had the pasta in Cuttlefish ink, it was also very tasty but the Cuttlefish was so tiny. I think next time, I will have the gnocchi instead.

They also had a great happy hour with their select wines for $6, that was totally worth it!

Overall, we had a great time at Bacaro. What a hidden gem in LES!

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for an intimate date! I went for my birthday with my girlfriend and it was exactly what we wanted. Quiet, intimate, and rustic. Food and drinks were great!

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super charming place in the Lower East Side. Good to know about it!

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d love if they did more vegetarian dishes but I love this place

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. L Althought we were surprised by the large strong pieces of garlic in the string beans.
The noise level was a bit on the loud side downstairs, I lost my voice at the end of the meal. Otherwise the food was excellent and I would return many times.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food and great service. An undiscovered gem.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Seated a bit before our reservation. Tended to well by all staff. Tables were small and very close to one another. Dining space trapped noise so it got quite loud because of the two large tables in the room. Food was delicious and worth every dollar. Drink prices were a bit high for me so I didn't drink, but the selection was vast. Bathrooms were well kept. I loved the little spicy meatballs. And the polenta was astounding. The bread they give you is also good, but the olive oil to pair... Not so much. Might be a bit calmer on weekdays, would love to go again if less crowded.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience as always

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, drinks & service were very good too, and ambiance was very nice (although would have liked to not sit on a bench that was also connected to another 2-person table next to us that made it awkward for those people to get in and out each time), but it was quite loud due to a huge party of about 20 women in the next room that we’re not conscientious at all of other diners (a couple even came into the area we were sitting in and sat next to us bc that party was so very loud). Also, my card was charged the wrong amount a couple of times after mentioning it to the server, so instead of mentioning it a third time and seeming like a pest in order to try and even out the correct amount to be charged plus ample tip we did the math on both receipts and left notes, but I was still charged the wrong amount so it looked like I didn’t tip nearly enough - now will have to call to try and explain the situation and get it fixed. Would return due to the ambiance and food, drinks & service, but hoping for a little better overall experience next time. Would still recommend - ask for downstairs table with chairs, not the bench.

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CL
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff was very professional, welcoming and accommodating,,,we arrived very early for our reservation...and they got us a table right away despite being busy...food was incredible and ambiance wonderful. We will be back for sure.

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurants for a special occasion. Prices not perfectly balanced with quality but the venue is worth the money.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and had gnocchi, Milanese and Baratta .
The only disappointment were the spicy meatballs. Great experience

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time coming here and both times were exceptional. The staff is very friendly, attentive and accommodating. They made sure my girlfriend had a wonderful birthday experience between the two of us. We live nearby and are discussing becoming regulars!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We were disappointed in the service overall. Before we finished appetizers our dinners arrived. We had to ask to have our food be held. When we advised the waiter that he could serve he took his time to clear our plates and serve our dinner.
We felt rushed through our dinner and At the end of our meal while we were finishing our wine the hostess proceeded to clear everything including our napkins and hovered over us looking for payment.
This venue should do a better job making their customers have a satisfying dinner experience.

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NG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Would have rated it 5 stars except for a table of very rowdy and silly young women. Food was completely italian

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place with great, innovative food. Really cozy on a snowy night.

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SB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Have been to this restaurant 3 times and never disappoints. The basement ambience is soooo cool. Rustic, Exposed brick, warm and really cozy. The food is always good and so is the service. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Would totally recommend

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Young, fun, wine cellar ambiance but the flavor falls short. Bread to start, ciabatta wwith a bottle of olive oil, meh. Ordered asparagus with egg and fried oysters, asparagus was covered in bechamel sauce with a non runny egg and fried oysters were just alright, no real seasoning there. Black in pasta with 1pc of squid on top was garlicy, but not terrible. Rabbit Lasagna was overpowered by the bechamel sauce, you wouldn't even know you're eating rabbit as it tasted like nothing. Decent cocktails and tiramisu wasnt bad. Might return for a nightcap if that.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak

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N
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely meal, had a wine reco by B's main waiter after ordering a not-so-great-Barolo, but thought
acoustically could use some improvements.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Amazing food. Perfect spot. We had a great experience and will be back soon...and a lot.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The music volume is a little too loud.
It also needs more light in the staircase.

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X
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Special occasion family dinner for 8 people - perfect spot, private conversation, great food and wine.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unpretentious, good quality food and wonderful ambiance.

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely impeccable service and food! Their small room for large groups is simply gorgeous and storybook worthy! Bacaro is such a gem and I cannot wait to return!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This is a pleasant place, but I found the food bland. Ordered a rabbit lasagna that tasted strictly of cream sauce.

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious, the ambiance was one of a kind. The service was fine, but not the friendliest. The place wasn't busy but the staff seem impatient at first.

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LH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfectly cooked - the sole in particular was a stand out!

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p
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was my second time at Bacaro and it was even better than I remember it! we had the autumn salad to share, and the shrimp with polenta as an entree. Not only was the food great, but the carafe of wine we had was amazing too, especially for the price. The atmosphere here is romantic but casual and contemporary , not stuffy like so many wine bars and ‘date restaurants’

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