Balthazar

4.6
6748 reviews
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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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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.
What 6748 People Are Saying
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!

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

Perfect dinner to celebrate 16th Birthday!!!

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T
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Although the food was good, it was on the expensive side for lunch time dining. We also were not pleased with the service at all. Our waiter kept filling our water glasses every two minutes and spilling water all over us and the table because he was in such a hurry. It was quite annoying.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

muy buena la comida y el lugar

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KB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I think this restaurant has had its day and been taken over by much better places to dine. It is living on its popularity but doesn’t come up to standard any more. The food was average, the service not great and it was expensive for what it was. It was recommended by lots of friends but none of them had been for some time. I wouldn’t go back, not because it was bad but because there are much better options in NYC.

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m
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though 7 pm is early for dinner, it’s a great time to go to Balthazar before a show. We were there the other night before seeing “Slash” at Joe’s Pub, and brought my brother visiting from Boston. We had celebratory oysters and great conversation, in a quiet spot on a banquette.
Balthazar has become a family tradition over the years, the mise en scene always just right, designed to feel a little like old New York, a little like old Paris.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm goat cheese and caramelized onion tart is a must -

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Gorgeous restaurant

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience, food good enough, a bit loud

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

We belong to the category, which is coming to the restaurant to taste, to be surprised. Nothing surprising in menu. Good taste, fresh food. Could be because of branch. Noisy. Decoration is nice, typical brasserie. Expected a bit more. Previous visit was about 12 years ago.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

delicious food, 100 points for escargot, beef tartare and french fries ... A little bit disappointed with the eggs florentine, actually they were nothing special for their price. I think everything is too expensive and the restaurant is too noisy. Despite this, You can feel the french atmosphere and i would go back again!

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a divine dinner at Balthazar last visit to NYC and really wanted to try their Sunday brunch. It did not disappoint. We loved everything we ordered but especially, the warm goat cheese tart.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent. Classic staple in every NY trip. Only good things to report. Don't miss it!

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NF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and kind service. Delicious food. Wonderful ambience. A fabulous time was had - cannot wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place. How could you not?

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w
New England
91 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

paris bistro's are much smaller and more intimate. with that said, the food was good but it was a little crowded.

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DS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but not amazing. Wine was good as well. Good place for casual dinner

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SJ
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a good time great time. Thanks to the patient lady who had to change my drink 3 times until I was satisfied.

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FC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good service, ideal for brunch, I recommend this place!!

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Dinner was very good and definitely would recommend going to Balthazar. It is not inexpensive, but we knew that going in. The ambiance and energy of the building compliment the food and make for a great dining experience. The service was professional but a little distant - probably due to the amount of tourists they deal with on regular basis.

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D
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointingly downhill in the last few years. Feels like it's coasting down with higher prices than the food or experience merit. Onion soup was way too salty. Fries were not crisp and popping. The muffin of the eggs benedict wasn't worth eating. Tables were jammed, being knocked by waiters regularly.

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KD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go to Balthazar when in nyc

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N
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great omelet ... gluten free bread was great

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very very loud. But food and service is amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great salad !

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J
London
15 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Special occasion request was ignored even though I could see it was written on the booking at the front desk. No Belinis available and served kit royal in a tumbler. table opposite us had champagne flutes and belinis disappointing service . Was so much better last time we visits but going down hill and no attention to detail re celebrations

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

Amazing!! Love this place and will definitely be returning in the future!

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h
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and service was good. The place was quite noisy other than that everything was great

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KS
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was delicious and the lady who served us was a delight - friendly and really knowledgable. But the noise level was unbearable. We couldn’t wait to escape it. Such a shame really.

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner on the last evening of our week long stay in New York. The Steak Frites was delicious and the Creme Brulee was the best I have had anywhere. The restaurant was loud, but we really enjoyed our dinner.

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LH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The waiter Jamie started off fine but after he took my order he decided to ignore our table. He checked in just once to see if the food arrived and never again. He did not ask me if I needed a 2nd glass of wine. I did need one but he was not around. He also did not ask us if we needed anything else/desserts. The busboys helped out by bringing me the dessert menu and warming the bread which came out cold to our table. The food was good and the busboy was very attentive. Jamie did not do his job and had a bad attitude.

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MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and NY vibe, which is great, except for the noise.

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WH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and helpful staff and service-- Wonderful atmosphere and ambiance-- I would go back happily anytime-- Is expensive but a great experience and meal. Also, take away items from bakery were outstanding--

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h
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A classic buzzy lunch place, great for people-watching, but also maintains a high quality in its classic dishes. We had excellent salade nicoise with rare tuna and a well-balanced combination of ingredients; and a quality eggplant panini. Can be crowded and hard to get into and tables can be very close together. But it is a place that always feels good to come back to.

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M
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great birthday breakfast for our twin daughters! They really enjoyed themselves so much and loved the special attention and first class service. The food was amazing as always.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is average, but it’s expensive. The wines are super expensive for their quality. Service is average. The place is neat and has good touristy atmosphere.

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everyone must go to Balthazar at least once in their lives.
I go everytime I'm in NY!
Thanks
Ewan

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KG
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wait staff was inattentive at first but it was change of shift. Second waiter was much better. I asked that first waiter if he was eager to get home. I think he got the message and was much better. Food was really good. Would go again.

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b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This was a somewhat disappointing trip to Balthazar. I have always enjoyed a breakfast meeting here, but this time it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The potatoes in the side dish were soggy and everything just seemed a bit more worn than usual. Hopefully this was just an off day.

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DM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my son's 18th birthday. Food was amazing! Between us we had escargot, Balthazar salad, Branzino Provencal, Petit steak, Grilled trout. Everyone loved their meals. We had a variety of tastes/diet needs and everyone found something. Service was attentive. Lovely evening.

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