Barbetta Restaurant

4.4
3909 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipoldenoughtoknow
San Francisco
200 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't wait to go back on my next visit to NYC.

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vipJenniferH
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Ambience is tired. Food was good. Staff was attentive. Expensive.

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MarciaB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had been there 9 years ago and had a wonderful evening. The restaurant has seen better days. There were very few people there but they seated us way back in the corner. The food was below average and the dining room needs updated as does the entrance and the bar area.
We had a very special evening nine years ago and were looking forward to going back for a nice evening. We will not go back, which breaks my heart as it has been so diminished that it almost ruins the memory of a great time the first time.

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vipFoodie58
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I try to go to Barbetta when we go to a Broadway show in the area. The pre-theater price fixe menu has wonderful choices and is just the right amount of food. The service is always great.

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IreneB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

After a business trip to NY, went to this restaurant with a coworker. Picked it based on on-line pictures, and did not have time to see any feedback. The place looked ok - nothing special. The service was less than mediocre - even rude. Waited forever for someone to take our order. When I asked for recommendation, the waiter said "everything" and walked away. For the prices they charge, the food was just ok, but for the prices they charge it was definitely not what I expected. Very disappointed!

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GuillermoC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente Restaurante, perfectamente ubicado y el Filete con Vino tinto y el Risotto de Mushroom espectaculares!! acompañados de Vino Tinto Amarone una delicia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and great food! Very close to the Hamilton theater

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GoSox
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very romantic, dim lights, not too loud...the piano player was phenomenal and added just the right touch. Wait staff was attentive and the head waiter was very friendly. We had the 'pre-show' menu for $58 each...well worth it.

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MerylM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great waitstaff and delicious food in theatre district.

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vipThomas
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderfully made Italian cuisine. Great service and professional staff. Will be back soon.

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vipluvgoodfood
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent, the surroundings are beautiful and from another era. Eduardo made the evening even more special. By the time we left, he was a close friend. It was also exciting to see Glenn Close and Andrew Lloyd Weber having dinner together.

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LianaN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quaint NYC pre- or post- theatre staple. This place definitely has old NYC charm but doesn't sacrifice quality for a theme or style. The food is second to none and the atmosphere is a must see for anyone visiting the city

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vipLornaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eduardo was a fantastic host. Always enjoy dining there

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mazmart21
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great Birthday dinner last night. The ambiance the decor service and food was excellent. Big shout out to Eduardo who was a gem and very helpful with menu selection and choices.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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vipMissingTheMenu
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a weird review. The food was fine. But there wasn't the correct menu! Hostess and wait staff were excellent: pleasant, knowledgable, attentive. I made a reservation for more than 2 hours before curtain-time, to allow plenty of time for an unhurried meal. I reviewed their OpenTable menus online and we were looking forward to ordering some attractive specialties from their full dinner menu. BUT... when we were seated in the main room we were told only pre-theatre menu ordering was allowed, meaning many of those anticipated full-menu dishes were not available. I've double-checked their website and other resources and nowhere does it say that only pre-theatre prix fixe dinner will be served in that time window. This is strange -- I expected to pay as much as $300-$400 for upscale entrees and drinks and wine -- but I paid only a bit more than half that amount and here I am complaining. I suppose I just don't appreciate misleading information from an established restaurant.

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CarolynL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We arrived to empty restaurant and it filled fast it was loud service was slow and for some reason there was a prefixed menu that we were unaware of. Overall the portions were small and I did t enjoy the food at all. Disappointing and expensive restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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tracy4313
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with a gorgeous, historic atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre

Great service

Exceptional food

One our favorite places in the theatre district

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vipvhurteau
Berlin
38 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Compared to other Theatre District restaurants, Barbetta is decent.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Susan
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 !

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RoxxyBlues
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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

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elag
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.

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JoyceM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Elizabeth
New York Area
31 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.

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vipdileavy
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.

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GriffinO
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 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!

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Fuzzy57
Miami
5 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!!

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vipDannyG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLindy23
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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

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william
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!

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Barbetta Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 3909 OpenTable diners.

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