Barbetta Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Celebrating its 113th 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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were excited about trying this historic restaurant, but all in our party were very disappointed. Food was not hot and didn’t live up to expectations. Perhaps the staff has gotten complacent. We were told the long delay in service was because they had three floors of customers to serve, but for a restaurant in business as long as this one, that explanation rang very hollow.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Looking at the pictures on opentable and on yelp thought this was the perfect place to take a date especially since they had a prefix menu and a swing band scheduled. This place was dry and disappointing in every way. The waiter that serviced us had a dirty uniform pen marks and stains throughout. Place was quiet as can be felt like a library. Food was forgettable and tasteless. Swing band non-existent there was a violinist but that wasn’t what was advertised. The downstairs where the swing band was supposed to be looked like the ballroom scene in the shining. The people in the movie had more life than the people in this restaurant. This place was labeled as a sure fire closer on this day it was not good thing this wasn’t a first date.

OT
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Valentine's Day with my woman. We had a fabulous time!

t
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE DINED AT BARBETTA FOR VALENTINES DAY AND ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE. WHEN YOU WALK IN YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THIS PLACE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 110 YEARS. THE CHARM AND AMBIANCE WAS WONDERFUL. BY LOOKING AROUND THE ROOM, IT WAS CLEAR THEY HAVE A LARGE LOCAL FOLLOWING. THE MENU WAS PRIX FIXED AND DELICIOUS. WE WILL BE BACK AGAIN TO SAMPLE THE REGULAR MENU AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR COURTYARD SEATING. THEY HAD A JAZZ TRIO PLAYING MUSIC AND IT WAS SO FUN SEEING COUPLES TAKE TO THE DANCE FLOOR BETWEEN MEAL COURSES. WE WERE ASTOUNDED BY THE PRICE TOO, VERY REASONABLE! IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL WAY TO SPEND VALENTINES DAY IN THE CITY AND WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND BARBETTA!!

OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre

Great service

Exceptional food

One our favorite places in the theatre district

v
Berlin
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Compared to other Theatre District restaurants, Barbetta is decent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black tie service. Service as would be expected. Wonderful food. Reasonable price fix menu.

S
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to eat at Barbetta at least once on our annual February trip to NYC and it never disappoints !

RB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had dinner there pre theater. My friend had never been so we decided to go and enjoyed it immensely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Very dated interior and service. Charlie Brown and Hello Kitty as bathroom markers wee trashy. Asked us about wine 4 times in 5 minutes. Won’t be going back. Fine for before a show but not worth traveling for.

Not for the young folks

e
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t go to Barbetta. Service is indifferent & rude. Food is atrocious - worst dining experience we’ve had in years.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great service.. Would definitely recommend this place..

E
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I finally made it to Barbetta, my friend & I were very excited to try it out. We have both been to many high end places in NY & this was a disappointment. My appetizer which was pasta came out cold, it was good but not warm at all. The entree Braised beef & poached pear were both good.
The Captain/Waiter Ramon ruined the experience for us. He was rude, abrupt & needs to learn how to speak & communicate with people. Also the coat lady was too aggressive for us, she demanded out coats, very weird. I am not really sure how so many people gave good reviews, I will never recommend or go back, too many other places to try with better service.

d
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely experience. Eduardo, our waiter (or, perhaps the head waiter) definitely added to our evening. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
The ambiance is that of an elegant parlor.

GO
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eduardo made the experience for us. My fiancee and I went to Barbetta for her birthday. He was so kind and funny and made sure we had a great experience. He's been working there for 49 years and we're all lucky to have him around. Come for the food and decor, get charmed by Eduardo.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable and I non rushed pre theatre dinner during restaurant week, so it was a particularly good value. Very traditional setting from a more formal yet comfortable era. We had a small table for two complete with table lamp and fresh flowers. Wait staff was very professional and attentive. If you are fortunate enough to get Eduardo you are in for a real treat. He is professional, personable, engaging and filled with the history of both the restaurant and neighborhood and has been at the restaurant for 40 years . He alone is worth the price of dinner!

JM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome awesome awesome. Always consistent. Staff always respectful and courteous. I'm a native New Yorker not a transplant and find home here. Bravo!!

DG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite New York restaurants---northern Italian food--incredibly beautiful inside.

L
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. The service was outstanding. Yes the decor is a little dated but the restaurant has been in business for113 years. The filet was cooked perfectly and the crespelle appetizer was so good. It should be an entree. The espresso fudge cake was a chocolate lover’s dream. Go there and enjoy.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere And food was amazing!! First time in NY and had amazing meal!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Is this anonymous? If it’s anonymous I will write an experienced description if not then I will just say that this was not the Barbetta that I expected or experienced in the past

We were shuffled to the coat room others were seated before us and we were taking upstairs to a room which looks like Becco my friend and I were seated at a small table side-by-side we were not a couple one of the servers kept banging into me with his hip as he served the table next to me because it was so close we were being questioned repeatedly as to whether or not we wanted more Pellegrino or cocktails and the person told us his manager was watching to see if our glasses were empty

Finally the nicest waiter moved us to a corner after the appetizer where we had some room to sit that was the worst table for two friends getting together I felt like I was eating the man’s beard next to me

My friend was served the wrong entrée she never said anything I just realized it this morning

Waiter was wonderful the rest disappointing

The zabaglionE was lacking in the custard cream

Steps don’t work for everyone my friend could not go up and down more than once

I love Barbetta I was disappointed

Please keep my thoughts anonymous thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was okay but not worth the money. Some of the staff was rude.

w
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

the chicken and pasta dishes were excellent. salad was hood too. the beef was dry and not very tasty. the staff were kind and very accommodating. i would definitely come here again!

R
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Pre theater dinner

AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to all the crew for wonderful hospitality and opening kitchen for a chef visit with Rocky

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good but minimal. Service was very efficient but servers had no personality. It was like an assembly line, in and out as efficiently as possible. Wine was extremely over-priced. Won’t go back.

B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Thought the menu was a little boring & ambience dated.

CE
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is good, pasta is fresh and decor is beautiful.

JK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good meal from the restaurant week menu. Very traditional place but everything done well.

CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You fill like you’re dinning at home. Beautiful restaurant. The maître d’ hotel was so kind.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going here pre- theater for over 35 years. This was my first return visit in a while and it was as good an experience as my first time. A great dining alternative even if your not going to the theater.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellwnr as usual - always a treat when I go into the city

JB
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, quiet even though restaurant week. Food very good but not great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great place! Food was amazing and it was resturant week too which was a plus . Love the atmosphere, I felt like i was truly in Italy.

WD
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We went post-theater and had the prix-fixe menu.
Although the place is pretty inside, the food was tasteless and the service was rude and sporadic.
They were in a rush to take your order and then left you sitting there with dirty plates until we flagged a waiter and asked him to clear.
With so many good restaurants in the area, I would think twice about going here.

M
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The service is old school with coat clerk at entrance. Amazing ambiance and worth a visit!

JW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Added to our family memorable theater experience! Appreciate that they allowed us to share entrees and divided the food on plates before delivering to the table.

CM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I had wanted to try Barbetta for many years. I was very disappointed. The food was brought out too quickly making it feel rushed. I ordered the Sea Bass which was very watery with little flavor overall. I asked for a latte to end the meal and was brought something closer to espresso that tasted burned. I asked for another with milk foam and was brought the same drink as the first time. No one came to ask if it was OK even though there was only one other table with guests. I left the drink full and they left it on the bill. The bathroom was dirty as well with a garbage can knocked over and it was the beginning of the evening so clearly not something they check on. I think they need a lot of help to get it back to what I was told was once great.

V
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food is good and the service is attentive. Decor is a bot presumptuous and the maitre d has a bit of an attitude and not very attuned to your needs. In general a fair experience and we would go again.

d
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Disappointing experience. Food was underwhelming for a MICHELIN star restaurant. The service was brutal. Great support staff, but waiter seemed mad at the world. Bummer.