Barbetta Restaurant

4.2
3437 reviews
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Celebrating its 112th 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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Valentine's Gala Dance to Live Music by the Felix Swing Band after 8:30 P.M. Eat Your Heart Out: a Multi-Course Menu from Cupid's Kitchen
$70. Pre-Theatre (music) $85.00 after 8:30 P.M. music & dancing A deposit of $50.00 required with your reservation. Not refundable after February 7th.

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CJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited New York for the weekend and found Barbetta on Open Table. Great atmosphere, great food and friendly, family feel. Really good presentation of the food - especially the prosciutto and melon starter. The live pianist is a nice touch, too.

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HC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner. Very tasty. Nice atmosphere in an old classic setting. The meal was quick to get us to the show on time!

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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put, AMAZING! Everything was perfect. From the ambiance to the food. Our hostess was a blast!

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k
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only negative is they only offer a pre-theater menu on a Saturday and I really wanted to order from the full menu.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful dining room, elegant. Divers scallops were very bland. Chocolate mousse is delicious!

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SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The ambiance, cuisine and decor was exceptional. My only disparaging comment was that the service left a great deal to be desired. It was Wednesday evening and with a 6:00 reservation, it was fairly full and by 9:00 we were only one of three tables hat were occupied and still the service was abysmal ! My tip, which as you know is the acronym for "to insure prompt service" reflected my displeasure !!! I will return, however, not at that servers station.

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OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Have been many times and always enjoyed. This time, not so. We had a reservation for 6:30 and arrived about 6:15. All rooms, upstairs and main level were full. Seated upstairs, in doorway, between two main rooms. Only one water glass for two of us. Waiter promised another but it took three requests to maitre'd, waiter and busboy before it arrived. Staff buzzed by constantly but not for us. Twenty minutes for drink order and we were encouraged to place dinner order. Asked that we have sometime with drinks before meal arrived but that did not happen. Such a disappointment on so many levels. Overall, entire interior needs sprucing up and good cleaning, especially stair carpet.

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KA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant did a great job with the pre-theater menu and crowd. Food was good but price/value ratio was high. There are so many options out there now probably wouldn't pick it again.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Sorry but this place is very tired and dirty looking. Food was mediocre at best and not inexpensive. We love the two restaurants across the street, Orzo and Bar Centrale but thought we'd try something new... Big mistake. Very disappointing all around.

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EO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s a reason they have been around for over 100 years. Perfect place for pre-theater. In and out without being rushed.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Pre theater dinner. Staff treated us as if we had never been to a restaurant before.

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ZB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barnett’s is one of the most classical and stylish restaurants in NYC. Glamorous charm of Old World.

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g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Can always count on Barbetta for good food and service. Best of all it’s conducive to quiet conversation.

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d
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Barbetta Saturday night with an old friend. I hadn't been there in about 30 years. A boss of mine took me there for my birthday back then. I remember thinking it was expensive but very elegant. Well it still is as elegant or even more elegant than I remembered. It was such a pleasure to be sitting in a restaurant with that old charm feeling of being back in Italy. The two tables are very nicely placed where neither party has to look at a wall and we were sitting right next to each other which made conversation very enjoyable. We tried the pre fix menu which included appetizer, entree, dessert, and coffee. It was all wonderful. The restaurant is first class. The servers are very knowledgable and friendly. We felt very welcomed. I would highly recommend this gorgeous restaurant on the infamous restaurant row.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pre theater dining experience. Grand dame of restaurant row

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The head waiter on the second floor was miserable. Rolled his eyes at every question we had about the menu. Mediocre restaurant at best.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food in a place with the ambience of a nicely decorated church basement. The decor may have passed for fancy in 1960, but in 2019, the ceiling tiles are dirty, the radiator covers have screws sticking out, and public schools have nicer bathrooms. Most importantly they have a culture that does not understand the importance of "choice", to today's customer. They had a prix fix only(limited menu) policy before a certain time that is not made clear on the website. This was a birthday celebration mentioned in the reservations and mentioned by them when we arrived. At NO time was the birthday person given a choice of dessert, and was brought something they would not have ordered. We were told this was complimentaryx but we would have happily bought a slice of what we wanted, NOT what they could palm off on us. NO REASON TO EVER GO BACK.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot for pre theater dining. My husband and our friends love the elegant ambience. Eating on the garden patio in warm weather is also a treat.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at Barbetta. the Matri'd Shahin Ahmed was very warm and welcoming. Food was excellent. We had the prefix menu which was a great deal . The crab meat and the rabbit was so delicious.. dessert was terrific. Service was excellent , the staffs were very attentive. highly recommend Barbetta. I will surely be back to Barbetta soon....

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Had the grilled zucchini and my favorite the Diver scallops. This restaurant has been opened since the 1900’s, dining here feels like I’m in a scene from Great Gatsby ! Simply phenomenal experience.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food very good. It’s a bit pricey, I would recommend for a special occasion.

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NY
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did was superb, and very well prepared. I had the rabbit, and my first had the rack of pork. We both had the main salad. All were wonderful, as were the complimentary rooms and breadsticks. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Though in the expensive side, I highly recommend the restaurant.

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

This was the most disappointing dining experience I’ve ever had. The menu on open table is outdated and it certainly felt like a bait and switch. Extremely overpriced for a appetizer sized portion they were passing off as a 30.00 entree! Ample amounts of salt and pepper were needed. This restaurant is dated and clearly being run by an out of touch owner. Decor is dated, menu is beyond overpriced, short wine pours. The only positive was good service, they should find a better restaurant to work at!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Overpriced

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M
London
63 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful prixe fix menu for the theater

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JT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Barbettas is always wonderful. The staff ,starting when you walk in ,being seated and through dinner are always very pleasant and professional. It is always our go to place in NY.

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J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic atmosphere. Wonderful food. Overall delightful.

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EK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Barbetta! It’s a special place. I came here to celebrate my best friend’s birthday and enjoy a pre-theater meal. Barbetta is warm, elegant and welcoming. As they say, “that don’t make them like this anymore.” The food was excellent and the service utterly charming. Don’t wait for a special occasion though. Barbetta is good on any occasion!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Place feels like it’s stuck in the past. Service is ok.
Food is average. Would not go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service & an awesome sommelier‼️

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MR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FROM THE GREETING AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PRESENTATION OF THE BILL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN- BARBETTA'S LIVED UP TO THEIR REPUTATION FOR WONDERFUL SERVICE, FOOD AND HOSPITALITY. GO AND ENJOY !!!

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Selected at last minute and recommended by hotel. Good service but just average food

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Waiter was aggressive and acted annoyed by our group after we told him to split the group into two checks because we were two families. We should have not felt this way considering our bill was over $1000.

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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service, and ambiance. A real treasure!

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LF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I was honestly not impressed with this restaurant at all. While I very much appreciated the history of the place, the service was not on par with the ambiance or the bill. I think they could have dusted the wine bottles a little, while still maintaining the integrity of their age. The waiters continuously gave us the wrong food at our table and we had to switch with each other. The wait staff never came to check on us at any point during the meals and the food was fine, but certainly not worth the money. It’s probably the first time I regretted paying the amount I did for a meal. At the end, about 4-5 tables for each other’s bills and had to figure out who’s was who’s on our own. I won’t be coming back here.

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EK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Overpriced junk food. The antipasto sampler was a random throwing of pieces of prosciutto salmon and some raw veggies- hardly a real sampler. Food was ridiculously priced and not tasty.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our honeymoon dinner. It was delicious. Everyone was super accommodating to my diet needs... they have a set dinner before show menu to pick off.. but I didnt see anything I wanted so they arranged so I can pick off the regular menu.

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T
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a warm, romantic, and classy restaurant. Very old-world North Italian, with excellent and refined food. We come for special occasions, like a special anniversary, and have never been disappointed.

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DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was highly recommended to me. I was extremely disappointed. My food was very bland, 7 pieces of crab, no sauce and wild rice. I expected a nice presentation - my food was just thrown on my plate. I had the beet salad, again very bland as I expected coat cheese on the salad. The beets appeared to be canned beets and I expected fresh beets. The salad served was terrible, lettuce on a plate with a very bland dressing - not worth eating. We paid $150.00 with tip, definitely not worth it.

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o
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Worst meal in NYC, quite the disappointment. - tasteless appetizer to dessert. Factor in exceedingly high prices for bland food and it is a waste of good money. Actually my friend sent her main lobster back it was so bad. The saving grace was the waiter did not charge me for it. Save your money and eat elsewhere.

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