Barbetta Restaurant

4.2
3487 reviews
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Celebrating its 112th Year, Barbetta is the oldest restaurant in New York still owned by its founding family. Barbetta is also New York's oldest Italian restaurant and the oldest restaurant in the Theater District. This three-fold distinction has earned it landmark status by the Locali Storici d'Italia. In a glittering interior decorated with 18th century Italian antiques Barbetta serves the cuisine of Piemonte, Italy's northwestern most region. In summer, its exuberantly verdant garden with century-old trees and scented with the blooms of wisteria, oleander, jasmine and gardenia make it a most sought-after site for al fresco dining.
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OC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The best part of this experience was that the wait staff were very friendly--although they messed up our order, they went out of their way to fix it. However, the food was extremely disappointing. Very salty, low-quality. Seems like this is mostly a tourist destination for out-of-towners visiting the theater district.

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AB
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

When we arrived, we were disappointed that the a la carte menu was not available and a set dinner was the only option.
We felt rushed to order as though they were turning tables.
The food was excellent and the wine was good.
Towards the end of dinner we felt forgotten about and nobody came near or made eye contact.
We got someone’s attention and asked for the bill, it arrived including a gratuity already added even though there were only two in our party. The gratuity was more than we would have given due to the less than good service.
We will not go back to Barbetta.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Eduardo was excellent!

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ZC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eduardo was very engaging and was that way with every table he attended to. Food was some of the best I've ever had. I'll be back VERY soon.

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H
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Randomly stumbled across this restaurant and it was excellent. The ambience was classic & elegant. The food was flavorful, light & filling. Would highly recommend this place and will definitely be returning.

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DK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual!!

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MS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

BLAND. We went on vacation and just so happened to be during restaurant week. We tried multiple courses off of the selected menu and everything was bland - no flavor at all. I am giving this 2 stars simply because the pork and beef were cooked well. The food was overpriced and the experience did not make up for it. The decor was straight out of the 70s and the tables were tiny. Waitstaff were attentive but clumsy. This is a tourist trap! I do not recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Business dinner with clients - food was outstanding - service was good- old world charm decor, excellent wine, all made for a pleasant and wonderful experience at Barbetta

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and beautiful.
No wonder this restaurant has been open fir100 years.
Other establishmemts, take heed!,

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H
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful restaurant with impeccable service. We were there this time for NYC Restaurant Week. It was a nice menu with lots of choices. I ordered the pork entree and found it extremely salty. I was heading to the theater so I couldn’t drink a lot. (No intermission in our show)! I was very thirsty all night. This salt thing seems to be a big deal now with chefs. I watch a lot of cooking shows, (I’m not bad myself), and they tout adding a sprinkling of salt on top of a dish after it’s been cooked and seasoned. The rest of the meal was very pleasant, though nothing I could rave about. I wouldn’t go back for their regular à la carte menu as it’s too expensive for the quality of food the four of us ate.

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LH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The restaurant week menu did not include dessert. The salmon plate that I ordered had very little food on it. I ordered a dessert and discovered when it arrived that it had nuts in it and on it. This was not indicated on the menu and I am allergic to nuts . It could have been a disastrous experience

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PS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, old fashion ambience with food that was plain and special.

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MM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gorgeous place for pre-theatre (or post-) dinner, in an 1880s townhouse. I don’t know why I never tried it before...very elegant, and blissfully calm inside. Fine food with an Italian touch. I’ll be back!

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent. The atmosphere is beautiful and makes you feel like you are in Europe on special vacation. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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FH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Quality of the food does not merit the ambience. Weird choice of side to the braised beef we ordered - some kind of tasteless pastry - as well as deserts that look utterly unappetizing and taste equally as plain. Would not come back or recommend to anyone - not worth the price.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For a Friday dinner during restaurant week, the place was quite empty. You would expect some soft beautiful italian music in the background. No ambiance.
The food was basic and no presentation. The selection was quite poor.

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PP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, especially the mushroom ravioli and the cooked-to-perfection chicken breast, and the Caesar salad was the best I’ve ever had. The bread in the bread basket was a little dried out but the accompanying hummus wonderful. I watch Lidia's cooking shows routinely so had high expectations - I was not disappointed!

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NY
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner went well. Not a lot of tables filled on a very cold night. The place was almost too quiet and we hate noise! No music in the background. The restaurant is a beautiful historic place with excellent food, especially the venison. The staff are a bit too stuffy, especially the room captain. Service was attentive, however. Nice touch with a birthday dessert plate of chocolate mousse.

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance, service, and food were all first-rate. Our waiters were very attentive and not overbearing!

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KD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic historical NY restaurant. Elegant, old world decor and service. Food was delicious. Restaurant was empty after theater. We were practically the only ones there, which was fine. It's the equivalent of a very fine old school hotel restaurant with excellent quality food. I look forward to returning.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Barbetta is a beautiful looking restaurant. That said, our group of four felt as if we were intruding. We did not feel welcomed by our waiter. Our reservation was at 4:30 and we arrived ten minutes earlier. It was bitter cold. The only person who made us feel welcome was the gentleman behind the bar. He took time to talk to me about the history of Barbetta, which is fascinating. Our waiter ignored us so much that I felt compelled to ask him if we did anything to offend him in any way. He was clearly taken aback and apologized for any miscommunication. My guests all agreed that he was curt, unfriendly and inattentive. Our birthday celebration was dampened by our visit to this restaurant. I read about Barbetta in a NY Times article before our visit and looked forward to dining in this landmark restaurant. I dine frequently in NY as I am an avid theatre fan. I will choose a different venue on my next visit unfortunately.

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LL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was not as expected. I expected an excellent meal during restaurant week and was disappointed. Pasta was dry even with the sauce.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to Barbetta for 30 years. Whether pre-theater lunch or pre-theater dinner, we always have a great meal with superior service

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found the service and food to be outstanding. The room is absolutely elegant as well. We had a wonderful time dining there. We’ll definitely be returning soon.

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TJ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at this amazing restaurant. Considering how so many places come and go in New York City and considering how this restaurant has been in business since 1905---clearly, they are doing it right. Impecable service, scrupulous attention to every detail, and delicious food choices. No wonder it's a family favorite. (And most of us are not even Italian!)

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service. Matre d was wonderful very attentive

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SG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We had a large party on a Saturday. The only meal available was the prix fixed and out of the 8 or so entrees only 3 were included without additional cost. We had a you g adult who got charged 58 for plain pasta???. Service was slow. We sat for nearly 45 minutes before the order was taken. No one was offered coffee when dessert was served.

On the positive side, a beautiful room and nice music. We didn’t go for a “value” meal but for what we paid, it truly wasn’t worth it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre dinner. Arrived 15 minutes late due to traffic, but was given a very nice table within a few minutes. Friendly staff, great food. Will definitely be back!

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an exelent food and service. Great setting. Would defently go back, can’t wait until warm weather to eat outside.

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P
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most wonderful, old-school dining experiences I've enjoyed in NYC! The food and service were exceptional. We can't wait to return!

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BG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Barbetta never disappoints. Very glad to have had dinner there again. Tried some new dishes -very pleased.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great culinary experience. Service was old school and perfect. Pasta cooked to perfection. The signature gnocchi were like eating clouds. Very light and delicious. Wine list second to none. Highly recommend.

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N
Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very old world decor. The menu showed when each item was originated and many items were quite old. Fittingly the items we ordered were very traditional to the point being boring and not very tasty. The wine was good but expensive and a modest pour at best. In reviewing our menu choices we had to admit there was nothing else we saw that was more appealing than what we ordered. Overall a very disappointing evening.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived a block away from this restaurant for over 30 years and this was the first time I have been here. Decided to try it during restaurant week and boy am I glad I did. The old-school, first class charm was above and beyond my expectations. The food,and the service all top-notch. We will certainly be back.

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NK
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went on restaurant week and there was a prix fix menu. The entrees were prepared prior and just dished up. We should have ordered from the regular menu.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very, very pricey for just okay food and minuscule portions. But the deal breaker was the rude and disinterested service by the captain. When asked questions about the menu, he grunted unintelligible answers; when asked for what wines were by the glass he literally tossed the menu at my wife. In an area with dozens of restaurants any where would be a better choice than this place.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the ambiance, service and food. I went during restaurant so was limited to the menu. I will return to see the entire menu

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of best nyc restaurants I have ever been to

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PF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Barbetta and it didn’t disappoint. Our group of 3 went for an early dinner after a Broadway matinee and it was just what we were hoping to find. Beautiful and elegant with an “old New York” vibe it was quiet enough to have a conversation without raising your voice. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. I would happily return to and readily recommend this NYC treasure.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps the outstanding restaurant experience in some time. The place is 113 years old, for Pete’s sake. The food on the plate is uniformly brilliant. I’ve been a Saucier. This joint has a Saucier. Reduction is my central tenant and Barbetta’s Kitchen cuts no corners. The Wait Staff and Sommelier were wonderful. Go while you can. White-on-White Salad and Rabbit.

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