Barbetta Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overly pretentious with small portions that were not very good. Out of our three entrees, only the lanb chops were up to standard. Certainly not worth the money.

JP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the waiters were very attentive. The restaurant seemed crowded so we were a few minutes late arriving at our show. But overall - very good.

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too pretentious and overbearing
Food is very good

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had wanted to try this place for a long time and just happened to be in the neighborhood that evening. I got there earlier than my reservation and wasn't sure if they would be able to seat me, but that was not a problem. I walked into the lovely dining room and there were only two occupied tables. It turns out that the room just cleared from everyone that went to the theatre. It was a lovely evening and I'm happy I finally got to dine there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I was disappointed that it was a pre-set price for menu option which was not clear when we reserved. They let us order a la cart for the kids but it was still SO expensive. So many wait staff standing around and I felt too conspicuous in the big dining room - a bit stuffy - with all elderly people. I love the tradition but I think it needs something fresh to liven it up.

n
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were looking forward to dining at this restaurant prior to our broadway show. Nice location & seemed charming. I had the mushroom risotto, my husband the sea bass. Both dishes were average. Our waiter was inattentive & a bit curt. restaurant was not busy. We were underwhelmed.

BC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the old-world ambiance and atmosphere of this classic Italian restaurant.

SS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world elegance at its finest!!

S
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I used to dine here many times in the past (last time being probably 5 years ago) so I was looking forward to coming here again. Overall - I would recommend this place but only when they are not in pre theatre mode.
The food was very good as always but I was not expecting to only have the pre theatre menu available as this was not mentioned anywhere. From what I was told this is due to the time of the res (6:15pm). They did accommodate a request for an item off the regular menu but we were made to feel like it was a big pain. The service was not like it used to be - ex: I asked 2 different times for a sommelier to come over so that I could get some recommendations for a good bottle of wine and he never came over. Possibly the service was off because others were rushing to get done before the show, not sure. They were good about bringing out a birthday dessert for my girlfriend.

DI
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner before the theater. Eduardo and all of the staff were amazing.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious, but the waiters were not friendly at all. I asked for a wine list and received it 10 minutes later, but he never came back to ask what I wanted until the entree came.

s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Barbetta after seeing a Broadway matinee. Everything was spectacular, from soup to nuts. All four of us found the food, service and ambiance to be superb. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Q
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My husband had the pork from the pre theatre menu And had a hard time chewing it I had the chicken and not allot of effort went into presentation and taste. Maybe their regular menu is better but we had the theatre menu and I don’t think I would go back.

BS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a classic restaurant. Food was fantastic and service was wonderful. If you LOVE old world charm this is the place for you. Setting is an original "Manhattan mansion" and you feel the history. Pre theatre menu great.

SN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A NYC gem! One of the best restaurants in a city of great restaurants! Consistently excellent food with outstanding service!

v
Pittsburgh
124 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the scallops. Wow - excellent taste and texture. We shared a appetizer and dessert and still reasonably priced. It was too cold to sit outside but the second floor dining room is lovely.

E
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

While the food was good and the ambience was good, when it came time to pay the bill it took forever even though at the beginning of our meal we said that we were on a time schedule to go see a play. I asked for the check three different times and when it finally came I asked for five dollars change and for them to keep the rest. It took 20 minutes to get that five dollars back. This caused us to be late for the show. Every time they had to go into the kitchen for transactions. I think it would be much better if they had their payment equipment outside the kitchen and somewhere convenient.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quick get together with my best friend from college. I had to find a place you can depend on for fabulous food and great service. Love the attention, and I want to say vintagy atmosphere. Had the fresh mozzarella for a change. Delicious. I can’t believe this restaurant has been open over 100 years, again the vintagy feeling. Great spot.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Ambiente particolarmente datato, avrebbe bisogno di un rifacimento del look . Cibo buono ma quando tornerò a New York non lo sceglierò senz’altro . A questo prezzo questa città offre di meglio

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful and nice location. Wasn’t loud too. Food was ok

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant

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DD
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This restaurant is wonderful. The history behind it is so cool and the service is EXCELLENT! They went out of their way to make sure we had a great dinner before the show.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I write this review as a gentle reminder to please polish the rough edges up a bit. I love this place, however it is not cheap, so little things mean a lot.
Our waiter LITERALLY berated a co-worker in front of us and then went on to tell us what a slacker his co-worker was. Inappropriate.
During our meal, a server (or Busboy) LITERALLY whisked away an empty chair from our table. Didn’t ask. Didn’t explain. Just took it and left us with a naked table, with no consideration.
Fish entree, although a nice cut, didn’t seem fresh and smelled fishy.
Half of the pre-dinner entree items had up-charges attached to them. And there was no regular menu offering. Don’t offer a set price and then bait and switch.
You HAD to choose your dessert when you ordered your entree. Sorry, but I would like to decide how to end my meal AFTER I’ve had it, not before.
Most of these issues were small, however our entire party was a bit annoyed by the end of the evening.
Owner/manager: Please do not rest on your history alone. Live up to your glorious reputation and uniqueness. You’ve earned your respect for many years - please do not let it slip away like so many NY icons before...

ED
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful restaurant! Very charming and the food was very good! Definitely want to come back!

AF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In one word, it was Superb! I went with 3 friends before matinee, we all ordered different dishes, we tasted each other’s and all loved everything we had! The Hudson Valley apple dessert was great!!!

D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The room is lovely. We went for a pre-theater dinner and ordered off the prix fixe menu (though it is not necessary to do that, if you want the regular menu, just ask for it). The food was very good (not great, but we did not expect it to be in pre-theater mode.) We thought the prix fixe menu was a good value at ~ $60 pp for appetizer, main course (some had surcharges), salad, dessert and coffee. The waiters were very efficient, which is comforting when you know you have got to leave at a set time for the theater like everyone else in the place! Yes, it was a little rushed. But that was appropriate and indeed comforting under the circumstances.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make the occasion so special. It was our kids (7yo and 10yo) first time in the city, and Barbetta made sure they were given royal treatment. They even brought out free desserts for the kids!! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the ambiance and service!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal. It was relatively quiet for a Wednesday night. The food and staff were outstanding.

DW
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great historic place close to theater district. Excellent food and service

GD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience at Barbetta! Everything about it was PERFECT! We can’t wait for the opportunity to return!

C
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Pretty retaurant but overpriced and not worth the cost. Food was OK, not great, and portions were small.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food was great the ambiance was like no other

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very courteous staff, good food and portion sizes. Prompt service. Thoroughly enjoyed it , very nice cozy atmosphere.

W
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess and waiters went above and beyond to help us navigate the menu and provided wine recommendations. We felt at home.

HM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, personal service. Excellent menu. Beautiful outdoor seating in secluded backyard- a real gem!

D
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent but menu was limited. They did not offer the full menu and this wasn’t clear till we sat down. Could not order from then main menu, but had to order from the fixed menu.

BS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent Wait Staff (especially Joey)!!! Their pasta is excellent - but other dishes are about average.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My wife kept asking for tea but it never arrived. After many attempts to find out why it had not arrived, the waiter eventually came over to say they did not have the particular teas. It took only a few seconds for my wife to find an alternative among the teas that were available. We could not understand why we had been forced to go through this ordeal.

JM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had another wonderful pre-theater dinner at Barbetta. The food was excellent, the wine selections varied and you cannot find a restaurant with nicer atmosphere. The staff is very professional and they always insure that you will get to the show on time. Highly recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
455 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Old time Italian restaurant that is convenient for pre-theatre dinner. We like the set menu and the atmosphere, with very good professional servers. You should try it if you are in the area and going to a Broadway Show.