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Barbetta Restaurant

4.2
3108 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Celebrating its 108th 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) 246-9171
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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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Public transit
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Entertainment
Pianist evenings from 6:00pm
Additional
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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What 3108 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
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3.8
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

AMAZING
Everything about this restaurant was AMAZING

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is one of the prettiest re

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A New York City classic italian restaurant in the theatre district. Beautiful dining room, attentive staff, fresh ingredients and outstanding entrees. Relaxed atmosphere and diners are encouraged to take the time to enjoy a cocktail, savor an appetizer, appreciate the entree and complete the evening with fresh brewed coffee and Italian desserts. Well worth the visit.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were very pleased with our pre-theatre dinner. Staff was excellent and no problem getting us out in time for our show. Would return. Room is beautiful! Relaxed dining in an elegant, quiet room , which is unusual for a pre-theatre dinner.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Went after reading the review in The NY Times. The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. Truly a lovely elegant dining experience

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have dined at Barbetta many times. As always it was outstanding. The mostly-Piedmont Italian cuisine, decor, atmosphere, and service are all consistently outstanding. Our waiter this time was a real entertainer! Their full wine list is superb. One of the largest, most-complete Italian wine selection I have seen, spanning Italy and a wide range of prices. The waiters and sommeliers can offer excellent suggestions.

For the main course try the braised beef, the filet mignon (with amazing potatoes!), or the crab. The waiter urged us to ask if we wanted something not on the menu. For dessert it is a really tough choice between the chocolate espresso cake and the chocolate mousse. Best to get both. :)

This time there were four birthday celebrations within a couple hours!

Very well located for pre- or post-theater dinner.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance was fabulous. The food was well prepared and presented well. However, the quality of the fish was off. A little fishy smelling and fishy tasting. This is my second visit and I experienced the same off quality with the meat main course during that visit. The service was excellent and we didn't mention the dissatisfaction of the main course. Two of us ordered the salmon and we both felt the same way. I would go back because it was in total a good experience. The pre fix menu was lovely.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We went for lunch before a matinee, right at noon, when it opens. We had plenty of time for an entree and dessert. They did not have a special lunch menu, so what we really had was dinner. For a dinner, the prices were fine, but for lunch it was pricey. The food and service were what I would expect at that price level, very good, but not extraordinary.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely wonderful! Had a truly excellent meal and delightful service in this one of a kind, historical jewel box. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

What a surprise to have had a lovely meal at this old restaurant that my parents used to love. The room is beautiful. The wait staff courtly, the salads and pasta we ordered were delicious and well prepared. Our only issue was with a very nasty hostess who was not pleased that we wouldn’t check our costs. We almost walked out but are glad she didn’t dissuade us from revisiting this special spot. Noisy, crowded Becco be damned as we’re heading back here next show.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

This is an elegant restaurant with delicious, well-prepared and beautifully presented Northern Italian food. The staff was attentive but not intrusive, and there is a lovely outdoor garden for outdoor dining (that is if Spring ever comes to NYC!). Although the pre-theatre tables were filled, the dining room remained quiet enough to actually have a conversation. All good. We will return.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The head waiter was the rudest man ever encountered in a restaurant. We were treated with dismissive hostility throughout the evening.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Barbetta is a romantic, charming, old-school classic on Restaurant Row in the theater district, with an outstanding Piemonte wine list, very good northern Italian food, spacious seating, and live piano music in the background. I've lived in Manhattan since 1997 and didn't know it existed until it was written up in the New York Times recently. Glad to have discovered it! The fresh Piemonte salads and pastas are particularly recommended. Took my husband there for a special birthday, and it exceeded our expectations.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful and the garden is really pleasant.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This a pre-theater food factory at fine dining prices. We sat down at 6pm and were out by 7:15. We felt very rushed. Initially, We couldn’t get anyone’s attention to get a cocktail. Then once we had ordered the courses came out faster than we could eat them .The service was confused and chaotic. Three times we watched waiters try to serve other tables our food. Maybe things are better after the pre-theater scene is past, but i would never come here again. Also the food was just okay, nothing special. However, two meals and two glasses of wine came to $200!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My favorite restaurant in the theater district. The food, service and décor are outstanding. My most recent visits have been for the pre-theatre dinners - and they are truly professional. The pre-theater menu has a wide selection of appetizers, main courses, and desserts. They have an outstanding wine list filled with interesting well priced Italian gems.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

In a word : EXCELLENT!
Sat outside in the courtyard, beautiful setting. Edwardo took excellent care of the birthday girls.. will go again & again!!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Is was ok very expensive and unfortunately a large crowd made our dining experience unpleasant...

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1.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Old and very dated atmosphere. Waiters spoke poor English and were difficult to understand. My spaghetti had a hunk of pasta glued together like it had been at the bottom of the pot. Meal wasn’t hot.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

the restaurant is beautiful. the food was very good. the service was not good. we felt we were not given attention and sometimes the waiter was rude. we had to ask more than once for a few things.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was really mediocre. This is our second time, and we remember being much more impressed the first time. The decor is very tired, and the clientele just as old. There’s a difference between charm and stale.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My college student grandson and I ate here before the theater. The restaurant is beautiful, the service is excellent, the food delicious, and I could hear every word he said because there was no noise level at all, no background music, no clatter from the kitchen. It was heaven. I can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of the finest dining experiences we have had in many years. Truly outstanding on every count

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Enjoyed pre-opera meal in old world, classic dining room. Eduardo could not have more gracious, informative and engaging. The food was delicious, the wine superb!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It was Just ok. It wasn’t bad but nothing to impress me. Menu is old fashioned and dated.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was really really average. Quite overpriced for the amount of food. There was a lamp plugged into the wall on our table. The bread was cold. I was really looking forward to surprising my husband for his birthday, and this was a major disappointment. Very over-rated.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Lovely experience. Our dinner was excellent and very good service. I felt it was a bit pricey but I’m not used to Manhattan prices. That being said we enjoyed our time there and felt our dining experience to celebrate was worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent service,
Knowledgeable staff,
Very good house wines,
Would return for a another visit-

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I took my kids here for lunch prior to seeing "Waitress" at my daughter's request, we were celebrating her 16th birthday. The restaurant is classy and elegant, yet very simple and inviting. The staff was very attentive and we were fortunate that there wasn't a full house with the main dining area only 1/2 full. Despite the two wanna-be Trumps sitting a few tables away being unnecessarily loud and rude (as Trump would likely be) singing their own praises to their yuppie parents, we all enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the entrees and desserts that we ordered. Only regret is not coming a little bit later in the season so we could enjoy the outdoor patio and seating area.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Got there at 6pm and was asked if we were going to the theater. Told them yes but 8pm show around the corner. Ordered a drink sat and few minutes later he asked and we ordered. Had app and main course served within 25 minutes. No one spoke good English which isn’t a problem unless they don’t get it right. Head guy no help. Used to be a go to but now gone way down hill. Had scollops but were soft and flavorless. Wife had crabmeat which was a B- sorry to say we won’t be back. BEST PART. gave the hat check lady 5 bucks and she never stopped talking to her friend orb said thanks!!! See ya !!

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

If you aren’t planning on getting the prix fixe dinner, the service is extremely poor. It was clear that they did not care about our table from the moment we asked for the a la carte menu. They never came back to ask if we’d like more wine or to refill our waters. There was a sense of disdain from the waitstaff toward us even though we would have ordered more had they given us the opportunity.
I would not recommend dining here to anyone.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Eduardo was charming and the rest of the staff worked hard and efficiently. We came in at 6 for an 8 pm show and had plenty of time - I think 6:30 would have also worked. The setting is charming in that it is old, authentic and has lovely interior trees in pots. The handmade pasta appetizer, crab main course, and creme brulee were our favorites. I agree with another post - your bill will likely be higher than you thought because most options on the prix fixe have unexpected fees. Don't go if you have to stick to a strict budget. If you have flexibility, this is a very nice, old-world experience. We had a very nice time.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Such a gem of a spot. Eduardo, our waiter, could not have been more charming. The entire experience was delightful and a must if in NYC

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Beautiful atmospheric romantic interior in special landmark brownstone buildings. Professional and attentive service. A quiet oasis from the bustle of NYC. Terrific authentic italian fare. Beautiful private back garden for summer dining.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Loved this place. Maitre D was wonderful. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Old World charm - delicious food and wonderful service.

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Avoid at all costs

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great option for a pre or post theater dinner. The ambiance is good old fashioned Italian restaurant. Great ambiance and food. We took our ten year old grandson for a pre - play dinner. The staff is great at moving dinner along at just the right pace to get you out on time without making you feel rushed

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Barbetta has been a favorite of my family's for three generations. It is charming, elegant, and friendly.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Past their prime. We were the only diners there when we arrived after a Broadway show on a Friday night. One other party showed up later. I'm sure the staff greatly outnumbered the diners. The menu on Open Table differed substantially from the menu that night. I know they've ben around for 108 years, but I predict that unless something changes they're not going to make it another century.

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