Balthazar

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$31 to $50
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Please join us for Thanksgiving at Balthazar! We will be open for brunch from 9AM until 4PM, and dinner from 5:30PM to midnight serving some fabulous Turkey specials!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 7423 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always my favorite stop in Soho.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balthazar will always have a special place in our hearts. It is the place my husband and I had our first date and we go back every year on our anniversary. This year, we celebrated year #13 together! Balthazar - the place, and food, the staff, has always been fantastic. We look forward to coming back every year! Thank you to everyone there - you all always make our experience a memorable one year after year.

Just one small request....can you please please please put the short ribs on the menu on November 17, 2020? :)

TG
Montreal
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can be sure that I am here for brunch any time we are in NYC. Love the vibe and the food is outstanding and consistent. Never disappoints.

AS
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balthazar is the best breakfast in town. We jus love it !!

a
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, very pleased with the service (hostess, wait staff etc.), and the food.
Great dining experience!

RS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Balthazar, and it was -- once again -- a memorable experience. The food was delicious and the service was like a well-choreographed dance. Our water glassed never lacked for water, the pace of the food delivery was just right, the our waiter was professional and yet wonderfully personable. We will go back as soon as we are able.

DH
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I hate to be negative but Balthazar has definitely lost its pizzazz. As one reviewer pointed out in any earlier review, it really has become just a tourist trap riding on its former glory. I must agree. One wouldn’t mind putting up with the noise and crowds if the food compensated but sadly that just isn’t the case any longer. There were three of us dining and we all felt the same. The appetizers were just fair. Two onion soups (nothing special) and one goat cheese and caramelized onion tart which was lukewarm at best with hardly any onion. We all ordered steak (two au poivre and one petit). Again, nothing very special. The steak au poivre is $49. For that you expect perfection, but it was just mediocre at best. Dessert (chocolate pot de crepe) was passable. I will say that the service is still very attentive and friendly but it’s just not enough to overcome the uninspired food. For those prices, there are just too many other great places.

CA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

best place in soho, good seafood, good drinks, best vibes

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balthazar’s remains one of our favorite brunch spots. The service, food, and ambiance are consistently excellent!

MO
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Services was disgraceful - stuff couldn’t have been more unfriendly

You take a reservation time, hound people to confirm it and then make you after 1/2 hr past reservation time for a ‘table to open up’ - why take a reservation when you obviously have no intent on honouring that time

For the privilege of waiting I was sat in a sardine box in top if everyone else in the restaurant

I’d been to your restaurant many time before but this was beyond bad

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our dining experience here!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had dinner-My husband had the burger and I had the duck confit with a side of mashed potatoes. Everything was great, but the potatoes were especially delicious when mixed with the red cabbage, fruit compote, and balsamic-ruby port sauce. The service was outstanding, the restaurant itself was very noisy but lively. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting New York!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best there is

C
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Balthazar ! Anytime I can bring people there I do! It’s always a hit with everyone!

SJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overpriced and quality of food wasn’t worth it. Dry duck even more dry coq au vin. $18 cocktails that were made with cheap ice that water them down immediately. Every else in the city, that price affords a hand chipped ice block and well crafted drinks. Service was slow. And the tables, as all should expect, are so close together that you’re practically dining with strangers

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great vivid place with a French bistrot feel. Noisy, as expected, but very nice lively ambience with great food. Worth a visit for sure!

ML
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great oysters and a very nice onion soup. A stunning room and perfect location. The service has room for improvements - we waited 25min to be seated even though we has a reservation. With a fully booked restaurant every day - they should know how to handle this. Don’t visit if you’re in a hurry - but overall a good experience.

FE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been sure to visit Balthazar every time I visit NY since I moved away many years ago. It's always been a special experience. This time was disappointing. The oysters were OK, the steak frites mediocre. The very first time I've had a disappointing meal. As a result, the high ticket price seemed not worth it (also the first time I've regretted the expense). Wondering if their quality control is slipping?

SA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and brilliant service! The waiters were all top notch and very professional. Balthazar certainly is deserving of its outstanding reputation!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!

KK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for us, and for our out of town guests. Great atmosphere, great food, and great service! Be sure to leave room for the profiteroles.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wait staff was disorganized, occasionally hurried, occasionally neglectful. Food was superb.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super meal, food excellent, wine expensive but lovely. Definitely be back.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got seated promptly when requested and service was top notch. Waiters and staff look happy be there.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Noisy place

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The experience was fantastic except for the seating process. We had a reservation, arrived on time and had to wait in line with this without reservations in an overcrowded entrance space with a lot of very frustrated people. The host was very pleasant and was working hard to resolve the situation.

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a Soho staple. Food was excellent & was the service & energy of the restaurant. They are ALWAYS packed but somehow make it work!!!

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

À super host that welcomed us that evening. So much love and fun. He came by our table several times. He made the evening. I love that kind of interaction. Sorry I didn’t get his name. But I will remember him for the next time.

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. My very favorite !!

N
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service & great food. Tables are close together so challenging getting on & out, & for servers to get around - also noise level high. But overall was great. I loved the Branzino.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was very busy, tables are tiny & space is cramped
But I do realize that’s how it is there.
It was loud but in a fun way, was very hot also

AJ
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was wonderful! We will be back! The eggs in pastry puff is a must have!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, lively atmosphere and exceptional food!

PT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very tasty. The tables were crowded with people. It became somewhat noisy when the restaurant filled up.

CW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place in NYC we dined twice on our trip.

OO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, good service, fairly good food. Definitely overpriced for what it is - one can find food with similar quality in NYC very easily, but not in the same atmosphere. As long as you know you are paying more for the ambiance than the food, definitely go. If value for price is the biggest criterion, I would not recommend it.

AJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food service atmosphere
Best Duck Confit and Short Ribs in the world

DC
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my come to all time favorite restaurant each and every time I come to New York. It’s that perfect little piece of Paris on Spring Street. But with true New York flare! The food, ambience and overall vibe is fast pace and exciting. Go!!

H
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant is a classic "tourist trap". The food was average at best. I had onion soup that felt as it was seating on the shelf since morning and was quickly reheated. For the main I chose some chicken dish that was thin breast, with tomato sauce and covered with a bunch of greens. Nice décor but not coming back.