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

The team at Balthazar was incredible! They worked hard to accommodate a special request and make the evening extra special.

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

Amazing ! La nourriture le service le beau monde ! Tout était parfait

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JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch! Great atmosphere in a fun neighborhood.

AH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Booked Balthazar after it was recommended to us for a first trip to NY. Food and atmosphere were great. Attentiveness of staff also good but found the manner of our waitress quite abrasive and she just wanted us in and out ASAP. Shame as everything else was very enjoyable.

JK
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

DB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We were really excited to check out this Nyc staple but after checking it out, none of us can figure out why it’s so beloved. I’m starting to wonder if real New Yorkers actually go here or if it’s just a tourist trap. The meal I ordered was pretty close to terrible. The “ceviche” was more like jarred marinated Italian seafood antipasti (definitely not freshly prepared), the chicken (their specialty) was ok but not exceptional and the pavlova was a store bought, hard meringue with some gooey berries. Super disappointed. The staff wasn’t friendly and, while I could maybe see that this could be part of the “old school charm”, the plastic table coverings and fake floral decor left much to be desired. I’m not quick to leave a bad review but if you’re looking for something special, this probably isn’t it....

PB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on recomendations and was not dissapointed. Food was perfect and nice environment. But if you want a quite romantic dinner, then go somewhere else. Quite busy, but we loved it 👍

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

Balthazar is a must every time I travel to New York. Love their Onion Soup and steak Frite.

B
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Balthazar to pieces!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best French fried in New York

PE
Miami
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were very happy to have made a reservation to the always busy Balthazar! We were thrilled when the hostess led us to a real table tucked in a corner from the noise and crowds. My mussels were very good, with an ample supply of French fries. The rest of our group seemed pleased with their sandwiches. Our waitress was very busy and not as attentive with beverage service, but food came out promptly after order was placed.
We'll be back for the wonderful menu selections and frenzied ambiance!

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

Breakfast here is the best, the only downside is how loud it gets here. I wish they’d put in some acoustics

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Terrible food, experience. Very pretty but would not recommend

TO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was bad. Ordered a wine from 2013 but got a 2017 - print error in the wine menu I was told. Food was not as you would expect from a restaurant with this reputation.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing- from start to finish! One of our must stops while in NYC!

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

my favorite choice for all celebrations and non celebrations...terrific energy, appropriate noise level, great food and service, best bakery next door. perfect!!! always my first choice!!

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

Great fun, good atmosphere, fantastic waitress - a fab night out in NYC!

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

Perfect place for my birthday lunch !
Could not have gone better !
Always a pleasure !!

CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Balthazar. I used to go every time I was home for a holiday on the night before returning to school and 10+ years later nothing has changed. It is bustling and high energy while maintaining class but not taking itself too seriously. Escargot is perfect!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Very expensive and small sized dishes without any good reason. The food is just average and nothing special about it that justifies the price.

P
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great as well as the ambiance!

n
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It feels like you're in Paris!
Always beautiful, fun, very French.
Great breakfast/brunch.
Be sure to reserve..

CC
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Seattle and hadn't been to Balthazar since our wedding day in 2009 - thanks for making it just as special 10 years later! We had a fantastic meal - delicious food and wonderful service from start to finish! And thank you for introducing us to Bearnaise sauce! When we asked one of the many servers near our table for aioli, he kindly brought Bearnaise as well and got us hooked! Can't wait to come back!!

TM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal - all of us enjoyed our selection for lunch... Chicken Palliard was great as were the mussels.

OT
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fave. Gives the impression of being forever unchanging and...always delivers.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

When we arrived we were immediately seated. It was in a crowded space near the front entrance but this is what we expected. Right as we sat down the waiter spilled a drink on the tables right next to us. Therefore the first 15 minutes were spent with waiters changing the tables and cleaning the mess. This was right on top of us because the restaurant is very crowded. We did not get any service other than water for the first 15 minutes. Service was poor and did not match our expectations especially for the price. The atmosphere did meet our expectations but that was the only thing that did.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Nothing changes with Balthazar and that’s a good thing. Great food and service. Pricey? Yes, but so isn’t everything in NYC.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to special occasion restaurant and we love it every time. Superb!

e
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is a New York gem!! From start to finish of your dining experience one cannot beat this bistro for its ambiance, excellent service, and most of all menu. This has been a five star experience each and every time we are in New York.

O
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Every dish we ordered was heavy handed on salt.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as usual!
It was my husband’s birthday and we brought a cake, my only disappointment was that they gave us smallest slices of our cake and did not even ask if we want the rest or not. It was a bit rude. However the service, food and everything was great.

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Reservation at 9 Ordered at 8:50 Folks seated after us were served their meals before us Kitchen staff needs to get it’s act together Not worth going back Disappointed

AN
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Balthazar was one of my favorite restaurants, I was excited to go during my trip to NY but it was really dissapointed.

The service is really bad, the air conditioning was to high, the food was not that good and overall the service was really awfall

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything & everyone!

Z
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is top notch. Truly enjoyed dinner at this restaurant.

FH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The energy, the wait staff and the food were superb. The escargots were perfectly prepared with the right balance of garlic and butter. The salmon was crisp on the outside and warm soft on the inside. The apricot tart was so good I could have licked the plate! But did not want to disrespect the environment

SN
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so personable, food was delicious, ambience wonderful!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Server was rude. Didn’t put order in. Never apologized.

JM
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night! Great food, ambiance and service. Will return.

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