Balthazar

4.6
6044 reviews
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French
Balthazar is a traditional French Brasserie with a bustling railway station atmosphere. Our kitchen serves a variety of meat and poultry dishes including: Duck Shepherds Pie, Roasted Chicken and Steak Frites. Balthazar specializes in seafood with an array of fish entrees and a complete raw oyster and shellfish bar.

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The Infatuation
7.6

The incredible People Watching available at Balthazar makes scrunching into a tiny table and overpaying for brunch totally worth it. Say whatever you want about this place, you can’t take away the fact that the kitchen gets it done.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here. I've been many times and always return when visiting the city.

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JH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent at the table. The bartender was surly. Overall, it was loud and not worth the wait.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and design.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to eat here. Great selection of food, desert and drinks.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great meal
Good food good service

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy

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F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a trip into the city just to dine here. Our fourth time here, and this place never disappoints! Love characteristics of the old building it’s in, and the energetic vibe of all the people there. Food is all top notch from appetizers to desserts. Looking forward to next time already!!

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy heno el mejor el mejor

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A no-miss when in NYC! We always make sure to go for either lunch or dinner.

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TS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I remember ordering a salad and an appetizer. The fresh lettace was clean and the lite dressing made for a nice salad. It was not a heavy dressing. My appetizer was squid...delicious and I didnt feel full. However because it was my birthday I ordered a dessert. I ordered a meringue with fruit on it. (I havent seen Meringue on a menu in many years). It was delicious! Coffee was so so...I have a feeling I got what was left in the bottom of a coffee urn or a coffee pot. I luv this restaurant for its energy!

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We love Balthazar’s but our breakfast experience was significantly below our previous times. Food was not excellent and was served lukewarm. We’ll be back but not for breakfast.

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

food was just ok especially considering price point

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GM
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a NY favorite. Always a good meal and a good experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Hostess was a little rude. Service otherwise was great.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Table is Too crowded .... however, food is good

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SB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Bathroom was overflooding and the ambiance wasnt very comforting

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t
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place almost never disappoints; it gets crowded and loud, but food is very good, the service professional, cocktails are creative and the wines (even by the glass) are well chosen. Not a cheap place, but I've paid more for less quality. The mille-feuille with blueberries is perfection.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The decor is interesting and the servers attentive. I found the food salty and unrxciting but the worst part was the noise. My friend and I had not seen each other in a year but were unable to have a real conversation because we didn’t want to scream above the noise level. If I had known how noisy it would be I never would have made the reservation. I don’t plan to eat there again.

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PE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in all ways. Attentive & excellent service, delicious food. Beautiful decor. We loved it!!!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Was much better 5 years ago. Food is not as good as then and the same also for dervice

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Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, very fresh and delicious. Service is excellent. The only downside is too noisy and a lot of people. But definitely will come back for delicious food.

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our 4th here each year when we visit New York from Australia we come. Never fails to disappoint. Very busy but once seated you can relax. Great food and wine choice

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MT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food and as always great service

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SO
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a great choice on eating at Balthazar. The breakfast is remarkable from the beginning.

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bustling awesome dinner spot. With Parisian vibes we chatted the night away. Duck confit was outstanding, salmon and prepped steak were delicious. Highly recommended, will make it back even though we live in San Diego.

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LO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Everything was pretty well done except the duck confit...was served out of the deep fryer to crisp it I am assuming but the fryer oil was old and it had a really not so pleasant taste. Overall a decent experience.

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AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

La comida deliciosa, las porciones demasiado grandes, mi esposo y yo compartimos un platillo y una entrada, nos hubiera gustado probar algo más pero ya era demasiada comida, el servicio bueno pero los meseros muy sangrones y los tenías que estar buscando

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an enjoyable evening. The service was professional. The food was delicious. The noise level was a little loud.

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JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Standard reliable food. Safe bet. Very noisy.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a Top 5 restaurant for me in NYC. The food and atmosphere cannot be beat. Brunch is my particular favorite, and last Sunday's visit did not disappoint, from our perfect Bloody Mary's, to the escargot, and Eggs Benedict - all superb. Brought friends that had never been and they loved it too. Until next time!

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k
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husbands birthday. Service was awesome!

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TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely , lively and yummy. Service good.
Only complaint tables are too close together, can’t have a private conversation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The brunch was terrible. The pastries were hard and stagnant. They put it in microwave after we asked to heat it and it was boiling hot on the outside and hard in the inside. The pastry my egg dish came on was hard as a rock. I asked for a steAk knife to cut through and it still was impossible. I gave up so I ate the eggs and I gotta tell you they tasted like boxed eggs, Not fresh eggs. My dish was 30 bucks. What a terribly disappointing way to start your wknd and what rip off. This was my first review btw. I just had to say something.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One more wonderful brunch for our nephew's Birthday 🎉

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c
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent I loved the escargot drinks amazing staff was great as well

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Wine options are also great. The only negative point was the noise and the excessive number of tables. Restaurant was overpacked, you could not have a nice conversation. And leaving the restaurant was also a challenge: tons os tables on the way.

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TD
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Balthazar in terms of decor and menu is akin to an authentic Parisian brasserie. The food is good and satisfying as is the wine list. The service is highly attentive and knowledgeable. Changing the highly authentic paper tablecloth after the main course and before dessert is rarely done in Paris and is disruptive to conversation. Sitting cheek by jowl with the people next to you is indeed authentic as far as French brasseries go but the result of cramming so many happy patrons in the large space was noise of snow-blower proportions. We were there on a Saturday evening and I warrant it would be quieter for lunch, brunch, and other times in the week. I unhesitatingly recommend Balthazar for a good meal.

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P
Hawaii
54 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Checking in with hostess was too chaotic. Otherwise, the food and service were excellent

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There was a considerable wait to be seated, however our party was not alone in the confusion. I realize that the restaurant is a massively popular business, however over 30 minutes to wait for a reservation can be bothersome. We were given complementary flutes of champagne for our inconvenience. Service and food was wonderful.

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