Barbetta Restaurant

4.4
3296 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 246-9172
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dream Team de Cuisine
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Cross street
Btwn 8th & 9th Aves
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Parking details
Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Pianist evenings from 6:00pm
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Barbetta makes available its verdant garden and spectacular palazzo-like interior for large receptions and weddings. For smaller parties Barbetta offers the patrician rooms of its 1874-1881 Townhouses built by the Astor family preserving their period details, fireplaces & magnificent wood paneling.

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

Classic old New York. Sophisticated and friendly, food is excellent, service is beyond par, very professional. I recommend 100%

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GM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed the pre-theatre menu. While fixed rice, there were many selections available. Our main entree selections varied from pasta, to fish, and pork. Each was excellent.

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JJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was WONDERFUL to say the least. The staff were so kind, the sommelier’s recommendation for wine was PERFECT and the meal was truly delicious. I’d go again in a heartbeat and will be strongly recommending this restaurant to everyone I know in NYC.

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

We had a wonderful pre-theatre dinner. The appetizers and entrees offered on the prix fix menu were wonderful, with generous portions, and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend!

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

Never disappoints. Ate outside for first time. Like dining in a piazza in Italy.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good and eating there felt like being a part of history. There was no music and it was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night. The service was great, wine and food were delicious! We ordered bigger portions thinking we’d take home leftovers but no to go boxes necessary. Clean Plate Club!

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MR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The staff at Barbetta couldn't have been nicer or more prompt and if your goal is to get to the theater they do an amazing job at moving your meal along. We didn't know that the fixed price menu is mandatory from 6-8pm and probably wouldn't have gone if we did because we don't usually all order three courses. That said, for NYC the $58-$68 per person cost wasn't crazy and though the choices were limited, they were well executed and all really good.

The ding I have for this famous, oldest family owned restaurant in NYC is that at least the upstairs, where we were seated, has an atmosphere of benign neglect. Big fake flowers in vases laden with dust and wine tucked into wall shelving with even more dust. Everything in those rooms feels past its prime as though you are the guest of a great aunt who refuses to get a much needed housekeeper.

Again though, if your goal is getting decent quality meal and to your seats with time to spare, they get the job done very, very well.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very happy overall. Looking to eat there again. However, we would like to order from full menu of items offered.😊

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LE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There's a reason this is a restaurant row standby and has been around for over 100 years - food was delicious, the space is very nice (albeit a touch dated) and the service is personal

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined pre-show last Thursday. Eduardo, the Maitre De, paid very close attention to us and our needs. Not only that, because we were interested and inquired, he told us much history of the restaurant, including stories of dining celebs (Liz Taylor and Richard Burton!) and politicians. He gladly arranged for lamb chops as part of our pre-fixe meal for a small extra charge. It was cooked perfectly-all of the food amazing. This was a very SPECIAL dining experience which we will never forget. We will definitely go back and share the experieince with frinds and family. Don't miss this wonderful NYC gem!! THANK YOU to Laura and Eduardo!!

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LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, wine, ambience, and service are on point! This restaurant is a historical gem on a cool street. The terrace is romantic and breathtaking!

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We througherly enjoyed our dining experience at Barbetta. The food was excellent, the service was prompt and the servers were pleasant and professional. We especially enjoyed when the maitre de Eduardo came and talked with us. He was very pleasant, attentive and answered our food questions. We had the pre-theatre dinner. We had many choices and we made out play with time to spare. The garden setting was beautiful! We will be back soon!

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything outstanding, but too expensive. Food and service excellent. But do you have to charge automatically the tip for groups (we were five)? I wrote down a 50 dollar tip in top of that without realizing that the tip was included. I think tip should be decided by customers.

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CK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Barbetta's for over 25 years and it is our favorite restaurant in NYC. Eduardo, Suzanna and Laura Maioglio, the owner, have always made our experience phenomenal. We have celebrated our loved ones birthdays and accomplishments, dined before the theatre and I have also had numerous corporate events, even renting the entire space for a client event.

The food is wonderful and my favorite dessert (for over 25 years) is the poached pears in wine. There is something nice about having some things stay the same!

Elegant and wonderful-you cannot go wrong at Barbetta's!

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio was beautiful and we had a wonderful sweet 16 birthday dinner!

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D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining in the Barbetta garden is one of the best possible ways to celebrate a theater date. The food is superb, the foliage lush, the tables nicely spaced, and you feel well cared for. Highly recommended.

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We took our 13-year-old niece before a Saturday matinee and had a lovely time eating in the garden with the peaceful fountain right behind us; it was hard to believe we were in the heart of midtown because it was so tranquil. Two of us had the pasta with pesto—a dish that has been on the menu for over 100 years—and it was delicious. Definitely two thumbs up!

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MJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

For tourists only. Long past its prime. The Barbetta that once was is a distant, distant memory. The price isn't worth the overall experience.

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JL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Landmark restaurant with long history, great food and service.

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VM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening at Barbetta’s. We saw Hamilton & the restaurant was just a block away. Staff could not have been nicer and ambience was amazing. We had a price fix dinner that was an amazing value for mid town Manhattan. I would recommend and also return when I am going to theatre.

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LN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our third year in a row coming here for a special occasion - a friend passed away and a group of us get together to honor her memory. The wait staff is great and the outdoor patio is lovely.

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JO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, authentic traditional selections at a fair value considering the area of town. Surprised to find such a gem that hasn't gone corporate. Wines by the glass seemed a bit overpriced - Barbera, Barolo. Was not offered seating choice - was escorted outside. Inside/bar for a drink first would have been nice. Great job getting us out in time for theater. Pre-fixe could have offered more options for proteins, desserts.

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CJ
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edourdo and the entire staff welcomed us for a lovely evening of quiet romantic dining in their hideaway garden among the towering buildings...amazing!! Just steps away from Times Square. Food and drink superb!

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice location and set up. Service is impeccable, food is good, and price are reasonable. Very romantic choice :)

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Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Would have been a great experience except for the slow, unfriendly service. They literally threw the food on the table without a word. It felt like an assembly line. What a shame as the food was excellent & the restaurant lovely. I won't be returning.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for pre theater dinner and to celebrate a birthday. Good food, beautiful dining room. Service could have been a little better.

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OT
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a treat but Barbetta was especially wonderful for our visit. The garden is one of the most magically beautiful spots in the city and the food was delicious. The service was simply perfect. Thank you so much!

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EC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined here for a business dinner at 8pm on a Friday night. We just landed at JFK from LA and was pleasantly surprised to have them check us in earlier than our reservation at 7:30pm. We were a bit concern with our attire since we weren't dressed in formal attire. I was dressed in a pair of dark denim jeans and a blazer. They happily seated us in our preferred location: the outside patio. And it felt like we were on a getaway away from New York. It was interesting how quiet this space was! For a minute, we forgot we even landed in New York and thought we were still in LA. The ambiance was quiet, sophisticated, and romantic. I ordered a combo (1/2 pasta and 1/2 of something else) for dinner. We also ordered a bottle of wine and some appetizers, including two desserts. The restaurant was pretty quiet for a Friday night. But for us who just came from a long flight, we couldn't have been more happier. It was a nice meal for us to relax and settle before we start our weekend business trip in busy New York.

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T
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. The wine list is outstanding, get the sommelier to recommend the correct pairing with your dinner.

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S
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely surprise on Restaurant Row. There's a beautiful courtyard tucked away behind the townhouse.

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f
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, a must

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B
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there with friends last week, and have been there before. The food and service are consistently outstanding. The staff is attentive without hovering. A gem in the city for before theater or anytime. I will be back. Thank you!

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KN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice and classy place, fast and pleasant service, some items from the menu were not available, food was good not great, a bit overpriced. Overall, positive experience.

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Denver
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Desserts were amazing. Baked pear (I know, it sounds ordinary) will astonish you. Waitstaff Fine with post-theatre coffee & dessert. Sit in Garde in back if possible.

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Reason for one star on food was no option for zero. Garden lovely and wait staff professional, extremely overpriced food and wine was horrible. Simple Italian plates e.g. pasta, salad, glass of wine - shockingly ordinary and this is a stretch. Had seen The NY Times magazine review - old cash register in the cover - go for that, nothing else! Shocking experience.

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S
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Classic restaurant with lovely northern Italian food. Spacious Italian splendor decor. Went at 10 o'clock after theatre There was just one other couple in space that could accommodate 200. A bit sad and lonely for a 100 year old plus dowager of Restaurant Row I would like to try Barbetta again when not in the dog days of summer to see if it can attract a more vibrant , you know you are dining in NYC, crowd.
Pesto similar to what Ive eaten in Genoa,

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K
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!

Fabulous food, fabulous service and fabulous atmosphere. What a gem in the middle of the theater district.

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SO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Barbetta to celebrate two birthdays before attending a show. The service was just outstanding, with highest compliments to Eduardo who was so attentive and a pleasure to talk to. We all chose from the theatre pre-fixe menu and were thoroughly delighted with every course. I had the jumbo lump crabmeat sauteed in sherry which was mouthwatering. My husband chose a medallions of beef that were very tender and flavorful and my daughter had a delicious pasta dish. While we had already ordered our wonderful baked peaches for our dessert course, the house sent out two beautifully decorated Happy Birthday plates with rich chocolate souffle complete with candles. The pianist then played Happy Birthday and everyone sang. I can't wait to come back to New York to eat here again. We all left feeling we had been to visit old friends who could really cook!

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AP
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Not your typical Italian restaurant. Barbetta specializes in food from the Piedmont area of Italy. "NO PIZZA". Looking for an Olde New York Restaurant with lots of class? Try Barbetta. You will not be sorry.

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o
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food, décor, ambiance, table placement, service, location. A true treasure. The owner is on the premises and mingles with the guests, which is charming.

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