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Barbetta Restaurant, New York, NY

Barbetta Restaurant

4.4
4.4
3910 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Celebrating its 116th 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Dessert

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Lunch Wed, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 246-9171

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dream Team de Cuisine

  • Private party facilities

    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. Please contact Suzanna for more information and booking at barbetta100yrs@aol.com or 212.246.9171.

  • Private party contact

    Suzanna Gardijan: (888) 805-1130

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    Btwn 8th & 9th Aves

  • Parking details

    Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    A,E,C,1,R,N,S

  • Entertainment

    Pianist evenings from 6:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Menu

$38

1st Course

  • Insalata Fantasia ~ Fantasy Salad of Baby Greens, Julienned Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers and More

    • Soup of Puréed Roasted Vegetables

      • Garganelli in a Tomato and Basil Sauce

        • Whole Wheat Penne with a Ragu of Meat Sauce ~ a Delicious Pairing

          • Frappé of Melons ~ a Frothy Mixture of Melons and Berries, a Refreshing Seasonal Drink

            2nd Courses

            • Crespelle alla Savoiarda

              • Linguine al Pesto in The Authentic Style of Genova

                • Broiled Atlantic Salmon with an Herbed Sauce and Cucumbers

                  • Paillard of Chicken with Fennel, Fennel Greens and Oven Roasted Tomatoes

                    3rd Courses

                    • Mousse of Orange Bittersweet Chocolate

                      • Pears in Red Wine alla Piemontese

                        • Strawberries with Zabaglione

                          4th Course

                          • Coffee

                            Last updated: February 3, 2022

                            What 3,910 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.4
                            4.4 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.4Food
                            • 4.5Service
                            • 4.6Ambience
                            • 4.2Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                            1. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              We had a lovely pre theatre dinner. The only thing that was disappointing was the only thing they offered was a price fix dinner. I was looking forward to trying the scallops but they were not offered. Everything we had was delicious…… beet salad, caprese salad, swordfish, penne in meat sauce, baked apple and lemon Pistachio tart. Cocktails were very good as well. Setting and wait staff……Both had old world charm.

                            2. MW

                              MarkW

                              New York Area

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              2.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall2food1service3ambience5

                              Nice room. Food like a wedding hall overpriced for what it is.

                            3. KF

                              KorissaF

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              The outdoor area feels like you are transported to Tuscany. So beautiful and the service was perfect for a pre show meal.

                            4. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall3food5service3ambience5

                              We ate in the garden which was beautiful. The food was delicious. But the service was very slow and the maitre d’ was extremely rude. His attitude and words were unacceptable. Too bad because the restaurant is gorgeous.

                            5. TR

                              ThomasR

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              As always, this great Piedmont restaurant was wonderful for after pre theatre dining, with outstanding food, service and atmosphere

                            6. NF

                              NeighborhoodFoodie

                              London

                              123 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              123 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very good pre or post theater dinner.

                            7. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Dallas

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was wonderful. Perfect meal before seeing Hamilton.

                            8. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                              Awful. I booked this reservation days ahead and stated in my reservation request that I was in a wheelchair. They approved the reservation. I’m from out of town. When we got to the restaurant I couldn’t get inside the building. My wife went inside to ask hoping they had an accessible entrance and the person inside just said no and didn’t care we booked the reservation clearly stating I use a wheelchair.

                            9. JS

                              JohnS

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderfrul experience. We will return. Even when not going to the theater!

                            10. J

                              Jeffm

                              San Francisco

                              46 reviews

                              5.0

                              46 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Every time I eat here the food is wonderful, the staff extremely welcoming and professional, all in a beautiful room. I recommend the lamb chops.

                            11. M

                              Mahler7

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful. Treated like royalty. Sit on the patio if possible.

                            12. SA

                              StephanieA

                              Montreal

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We went here for a pre theater meal. My husband had the salmon with cucumber sauce and I had the crab. Both were excellent. The fixed price theater menu includes an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.

                            13. JR

                              JRMM

                              New York Area

                              21 reviews

                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Lovely, attentive staff. DELICIOUS food. Great for pre or post theater. The garden is beautiful if weather permits. Nice bar and wine selection. A pre-theater dinner menu is offered for those who wish.

                            14. J

                              Jaybee

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Service was great. Food was excellent. Not the standard options. Seating outdoor patio was lovely. Inside tables were really close together

                            15. K

                              Kaycee

                              New York Area

                              19 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              19 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                              Barbetta is one of our favorites for a pre- or post-theater meal in the Theater District. Seating in the courtyard is a seasonal treat, of course - but the upstairs rooms and the main dining area all have their charms as well. The menu is reliably delicious and the service is quick when needed and unobtrusive when it’s not.

                            16. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              London

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                              The food was inedible! They serve bad wedding food for $70 per plate not including drinks. Never subject yourself to this experience!! I don’t know how they have stayed open.

                            17. MT

                              MaryT

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I went to Italy 30 years ago and it felt like I was back. Everything was delicious. Food was perfect and friendly staff. I would like to come again. The pasta was fresh and delicious. We tried the rabbit and I would highly recommend this dish.

                            18. PH

                              PaulH

                              Washington DC

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Dinner and a show

                            19. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Antonio

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We chose Barbetta to enjoy an upscale ambiance for a small family reunion and it was PERFECTION!

                            20. w

                              whiskers

                              New York Area

                              68 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              68 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had dinner after the theatre. We had a lovely table next to the courtyard window. We chose the price-fix menu and enjoyed our dinner.

                            21. JG

                              JoelG

                              New York Area

                              31 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              31 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This is a very elegant restaurant. We sat outside in their patio which was quite charming. The service was superb . We all had the pre-theater prix fixe dinner, one salmon, one swordfish, one chicken, with mozzarella di bufalo—-all excellent. We all loved it!

                            22. EO

                              EllenO

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                              The restaurant is lovely. The only disappointing thing was a regular menu was not available before 8:00PM - only a price fixed menu

                            23. EM

                              ElizabethM

                              New York Area

                              92 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              92 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                              Barbetta is a must for any New Yorker. We were treated to the option of dining in the garden on a lovely spring afternoon. It was beautiful. The food is consistently good and the service attentive and respectful.

                            24. C

                              Connie

                              New York Area

                              7 reviews

                              4.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall4food2service5ambience5

                              Lovely ambience, beautiful garden and excellent service. Unfortunately the food was disappointing.

                            25. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Atlantic City

                              31 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              31 reviews

                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food and amazing service! Absolutely delicious!

                            26. N

                              Nyer

                              New York Area

                              56 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              56 reviews

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had a wonderful dinner last evening. The food was superb with gnocchi which were airy and delicious and terrific rabbit. The wine list is extraordinary and well priced. The service was gracious. This is an old New York restaurant which people often forget about. This is a huge mistake. It is in the theatre district and open both before and after the theatre. Make a reservation!!! You will not regret it.

                            27. BL

                              BrianL

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall3food1service2ambience3

                              Three arrived or a birthday dinner (no theater). Excited to be at the oldest family run restaurant in NYC with many firsts. Upon arrival, they only had a pre theater menu. When we asked for ala carte menu, they said you can make any entre ala carte. Charged $32 for a small plate of garganelli with red sauce which was so bitter (burned garlic and basil) it was inedible. When we addressed it, the response was "everyone else likes it." They were kind enough to take off our bill. My beef dish looked like shredded beef pressed into a mold, with gravy on top. Flavorless but for the sauce. The polenta was the consistency of wallpaper paste and had a hard glaze over the top that was difficult to cut through with a fork. The hash brown was in the shape of a Christmas tree (in April?) and was deep fried so long it was hard throughout; couldn't cut it. The service was quick...due to the fact that they wanted to turn the table. Ambiance was ok, but dated and thread-bare. Patio looked lovely, but would not make up for the food quality. The rolls and the wine were good. Overall, it was like a wedding factory and I was thoroughly disappointed ( "meat/fish/pasta....dessert" ....drop check......"NEXT!") Perhaps my expectations were too high for a theater restaurant?

                            28. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Hawaii

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was exceptional! Service was outstanding, Eduardo was personable, knowledgeable and friendly. We had a vegan in our party and he went above and beyond to accommodate. Will definitely return, perfect meal before a Broadway show!

                            29. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Perfect for a pre-show dinner! Staff is extremely attentive and the food was great!

                            30. JM

                              JanetM

                              New York Area

                              40 reviews

                              3.0

                              40 reviews

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall3food1service3ambience3

                              Lovely outdoor setting and quick service didn’t make up for poor quality of food. Chewy swordfish and gelatinous beet salad. Disappointing.

                            31. D

                              Dinnerfortwo

                              Charleston

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Step back in time with authentic New York Italian! Room is stunning, service was impeccable and I highly recommend the lamb. Perfect date night or special occasion spot

                            32. JK

                              JohnK

                              New York Area

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This is real old school Italian restaurant - great menu, experienced waiters, beautiful room - perfect for those who enjoy a fine dining experience

                            33. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Minneapolis

                              14 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              We’ve been here many times pre-theater and always love it.

                            34. LM

                              LindaM

                              New England

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 14, 2022

                              overall3food3service5ambience5

                              One for the history books. Barbetta charms as it provides a unique look-back at days of NYC past. We enjoyed the beautiful period decor and lovely garden, the formal but friendly and attentive service, and the interesting and varied Piedmontese receipes selected from its 120 years in operation. Quiet and relaxed, we enjoyed well prepared and standard dishes such as a delicious melon with proscuitto, venison with apple and pear, pasta with pesto and chocolate budino. The divers scallops were excellent but a potato cover clashed with the bok choy centerpiece. Somewhat convenient to the theater district.

                            35. BC

                              BillC

                              West Palm Beach

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                              overall2food2service4ambience5

                              Several years since last dining—-greatly disappointed in food quality Garden Ambience great Suggest reduce number of entrees to concentrate of serving best quality for a fewer number of entrees My wife had the steak—-overcooked and over seasoned! I had the rabbit that was tasteless ! Super Tuscan Wine suggested was low quality—-sommelier not on site! We would not return and would not recommend

                            36. LT

                              LisandraT

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The pre-theatre dinner menu was perfect. The crabmeat and the bass were absolutely delicious. Staff were attentive and kind.

                            37. MT

                              MeganT

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall2food2service2ambience4

                              The restaurant was beautiful, but the food was sub-par for the price. And they overcharged us by $200 and then tried to tell me I was mistaken and the price was correct. After a few back and forths they relented and gave us the correct bill. Wouldn't go back.

                            38. g

                              general

                              New York Area

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Lovely atmosphere. Attentive service. Great food

                            39. RG

                              RobertG

                              Atlanta

                              3 reviews

                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              Classic Italian in ambience, staff, menu and food. Because it is not nouveau Italian (to mix languages), you will find pre-theater seats here last minute but won't be disappointed.

                            40. j

                              jayr

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              professional staff, romantic, softly lit, good portions, felt like going back in time while in the dinning area.

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                              • Staff is vaccinated

                            FAQs

                            Barbetta Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 3910 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Google Map for Barbetta Restaurant

                            321 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              Btwn 8th & 9th Aves

                            • Neighborhood

                              Theater District / Times Square

                            • Hours of operation

                              Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Lunch Wed, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Italian, Dessert

                            • Dining style

                              Fine Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Smart Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.

                            • Public transit

                              A,E,C,1,R,N,S

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Dream Team de Cuisine

                            • Entertainment

                              Pianist evenings from 6:00pm

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (212) 246-9171

                            • Private party facilities

                              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. Please contact Suzanna for more information and booking at barbetta100yrs@aol.com or 212.246.9171.

                            • Private party contact

                              Suzanna Gardijan: (888) 805-1130

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