Balthazar

4.6
6906 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food took over an hour and a half to arrive. $14 salad was tiny with virtually no dressing. Restaurant was overall very expensive and slow and very loud. I wouldn't recommend this place.

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

It was my birthday, so we decided to dine in balthazar with my friends. I ordered onion soup and it was disgusting...salty sour taste and way overpriced. Second i ordered escargot and it was ok, marseille offers way better escargot for price. I got steak and it was all in pepper pieces and tasted like school cafeteria meal. After all i left a note that it was my birthday and my friend mention it, but noone cared and even said happy birthday i even not mention bring a piece of cake like it usually goes. Very disappointing

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J
Charleston
80 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place and great location. This is the third time my family and I have been here after a chance walk in to get coffee one day. We have always had lunch or brunch and never had a problem. The salads and Eggs Norwegian are always a hit with us. We always make it a to do place when visiting NYC. Just make sure you make a reservation!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

The service was poor and rude

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

My daughter and I celebrate our joint birthdays at Balthazar almost every year for as long as I can remember.
Unlike many restaurants, Balthazar remains exactly the same - it hasn’t aged in any way. Nothing shabby, everything and everyone as fresh as the day it opened. Food consistently wonderful - my favorite meal is breakfast , but this was our dinner / always finished with the amazing crepe brûlée.

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m
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A New Yorker restaurant like no other
A nice touch of french but New York down dip
Excelent meal
Perfect service
Tipical and charming ambience

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Richmond
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great staff from the time you walk I the door. Very good food and a vibrant restaurant. Will definitely go back when in town.

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JK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Meh.....
Was ok and expensive

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s 14th birthday & I made the reservation a few weeks in advance for the 4 of us, post soho shopping. When we arrived for our early 6pm reservation, we asked if we could sit in the small banquette across from us.. but when hostess asked the Mgr. he quietly denied us. Our waiter, service & meal were all magnificent - just as we’d hoped! Sadly the banquette sat vacant our entire dinner.. would’ve been nice to have sat there instead comfortably but c’est la vie. Next time I’ll be sure to request one in advance. Love the ambiance, their escargot, steak frites & creme brûlée. A truly special birthday. Thx!

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

My granddaughter and I have come most years to Balthazar’s in July to celebrate her birthday. We haven’t been for a few years.
The last time we came, there was no attendant in the Ladies room. It was SO messy!! Great this year to see an attendant back! Aside from that everything was wonderful, and such a lovely tradition!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for breakfast in NYC. Super special place. We come every time we are here.

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Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food & service were perfect!

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n
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is always a solid choice for a great meal in Soho. The food was delicious and the service was good.

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b
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would have preferred to have some more lunch type options on a Monday brunch menu. It was a bit of a surprise to me that there were no options until 12noon on a Monday. Otherwise it was amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must stop every time I am in New York. You can never go wrong with Steak and Fries at Balthazar. The service is impeccable and they are also attentive! Last night I had some escargot and I accidentally flicked garlic sauce on my dress. I used my napkin and dipped it my glass of water and tried to rub it off. Half a second later a woman helping out came with a glass of water and a cloth. That is just wonderful service and a testament to their attentiveness.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined at Balthazar several times, and have always enjoyed the experience.

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TP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

It’s hard to reconcile the delicious food with the completely disinterested service. Balthazar used to be extraordinary, now they’re just one of many.

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

It was okay...watery salad and little table space. Good waiter ... little else of note.

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JE
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & service! Loved the atmosphere. We will definitely return the next time we are in New York.

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JU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch and it’s just an enjoyable place in Soho.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Overall the place is alright. I was disappointed considering it's one of the most well-known restaurants in the city. Given the reputation and price points of the food, I expected the meal to be amazing but it was okay at best. There are a lot of other restaurants I would recommend over this one. Definitely won't go back.

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N
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service and ambience. But noisy but lively. Pricey side.

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YL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Remind them to put less wine in moule frites

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time with friends. Service was fabulous. Moules Frites especially yummy.

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KP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love visiting Balthazar every time I'm in the city!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice nice nice nice nice

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London
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Hair in our food; restaurant clearly double booked itself, so service was sub par compared to the usual. The manager took the dish with the cook’s hair off the bill, but it’s still disappointing, as we loved coming in often, but will most likely stop for a while.

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AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were thrilled with the quality of service and the entire experience at Balthazar. We can’t wait to go again.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. Split the chicken with shrimp appetizer and 2 incredible desserts. Pricey but good for a special occasion, in this case celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday.

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Puebla
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Reservamos por la celebración de un cumpleaños, sin embargo nunca llevaron el pastel ni vela ni nada

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K
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been quite a few years since I had lunch here, and dinner here did not disappoint. It's great to see that it's still the lively and delicious spot. We arrived early on a Friday night but were warmly greeted and promptly seated. French onion soup was quoted as "best in the city" by 1 reviewer and although husband had it night before, he ordered it again! And it was fantastic! Wonderful broth and lots of cheese. Steak pouveiree with frittes were wonderful as was my branzino. wine list offers great selection. Peach tart finished off a fabulous dinner. Will happily return here.

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AA
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I would recommend more out of nostalgia. Has become too expensive. $28 for a small plate of pasta isn’t “value for money”

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CP
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Too noisy and the food is not bad but too expensive for the quality. The waiter was nice though

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In NY on holiday

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HS
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I loved this place! The food was excellent but our service was fantastic! She made our dining experience excellent. My daughter and I said we would dine here again everyday to have the service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buena, nos atendieron muy bien

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Very noisy, short space at the table and short menu.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Whenever in ny , go there

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

We loved the branzino

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always reliable. Delicious, but not earth shatteringly wonderful. But highly enjoyable with gracious waitstaff.

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