Barbetta Restaurant

4.2
3511 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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian restaurant that is old school. Waiters wear tuxedos, service is outstanding and the maitre de was marvelous, a very attractive female. Gus is a great bartender as I was early for dinner and he makes a very nice drink, not afraid of putting enough alcohol in as other restaurants seem to be a little weak in their pours. It is expensive but worth every penny.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised! Old School Italian restaurants have disappointed me in the past, and theater district restaurants can be iffy. Glad I brought my parents here before Broadway. Food was good- nothing crazy- but the setting was beautiful and old school and we could actually hear each other across the table- a rarity in NY on a Friday night.

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TT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend came into town to see a play. We wanted something special and this was it. Everything was perfect. The food was hot and delicious. I would definitely go back and highly recommend this restaurant.

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HO
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing. The waiter said the gnocchi would change our lives and it absolutely did! Wonderful place!

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N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant with authentic Piedmontese food, very good for both pre-theater and for a celebration. There is a pre-theater menu for $58.00 with a lot of selections as well as the option of ordering off the menu, and an extensive and good wine list.

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S
San Antonio
28 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We dined at Barbetta before Pretty Woman. We have dined here ever year during spring break. The location is iconic and beautiful. However, the wait staff constantly rushes you. We barely sat down before they wanted to take our order. After ordering a bottle of wine, they tried to take our order. We told them we wanted to enjoy our wine but the continued to hound after us. Another problem is that none of the waiters speak English very well so that is a problem. I had the scallops which were very unique in their presentation but just warm. My husband had the pork but it was grossly undercooked. The salads, however, were very good. With so many other choices in NYC, we won't be back.

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this historic home/restaurant. So beautiful. We arrived on time and our family of 8 adults was immediately seated at a round table. Our family came from Montana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida to meet in NYC. The ambiance was wonderful and the service was perfect. The food was very good -- we enjoyed the scallops, flounder, and steak. It's lovely to find a restaurant that doesn't have loud music and cold, metallic atmosphere. We highly recommend it.

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W
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We came here for a family birthday celebration and several other families had the same idea on the same night. There were very few couples. While it was a Saturday night in New York, the feeling was more Sunday afternoon in Italy -- not a bad thing. As is well known, the restaurant is over 100 years old, nothing trendy here. We tried a variety of the specialties from the Piedmont, including several that have been on the menu since 1906. Everyone enjoyed their meal, but the food was nothing out of the ordinary. It also is overpriced. The attraction at Barbetta is time travel.

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p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Between the ambience, the food, the service and the warm greeting we always receieve, this is by far our favorite theater district restaurant.

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DG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a treasure. Excellent food and great beauty inside---like traveling back 100 years.

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a
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbetta is old school gentility. The staff makes you feel like you're the only ones there and serving you personally. Food is special and delicious. Suzanne takes care of business...Laura the owner is there on occasion but oversees all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Food was awful. Tough meat, sauce tasted burnt. Beautiful building but don’t go for pre theater dining there are so many better choices for good good.

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GM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends/family and I had a wonderful experience at Barbetta. I would give it all stars for all of the categories mentioned. Experience started with a warm welcome by Melissa who took our coats and from there on it got better. Particularly enjoyed the service and the ambiance. The piano playing was great and we did not feel rushed or concerned about anything. Great evening. Thank you.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Italian food in a long time! Highly recommend.

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G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Barbetta never ceases to delight with its old world service, wonderful (and deeply Italian) food, and the care they take, in this case, to let a couple celebrating an anniversary lunch on a cold and quiet day feel like the restaurant was open just for them.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very very old world, not in a charming way. Terribly overpriced.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Worst food I have had in a long time. I would have sent it back but it was obvious that all the food was pre-prepared and it would have just been swapped with an equally inspired plate.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive wait staff. The set menu before we saw a show worked out very well. Every course was delicious.

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RH
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Barbetta is a lovely setting, but nothing else really distinguishes it from any other place on Restaurant Row. It was my Sex d visit, and I probably won’t return. Too many other restaurants in the Big Apple.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Beautiful dining room. The food was very good, but the portions and quality were not commensurate with the prices. We had a good time and might go back. It's the kind of place where you're paying more for the experience (service, pretty dining area, etc.) than the food.

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T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 2nd visit. This time we sat in the main dining room which is old school NYC elegant. Great staff. Wonderful lamb chops. Great wine. Great coffee and dessert! One of the best CREME BRÛLÉE that I’ve had in this City. If you’re into fancy eating prior to a play in the City...this historic landmark restaurants ( NYC’s oldest family owned restaurants) this is the place for you!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy to have another wonderful meal at Barbetta! The staff was very nice and the food was delicious! Can’t wait to return for another great meal in the future!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was perfect.

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OC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The best part of this experience was that the wait staff were very friendly--although they messed up our order, they went out of their way to fix it. However, the food was extremely disappointing. Very salty, low-quality. Seems like this is mostly a tourist destination for out-of-towners visiting the theater district.

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AB
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

When we arrived, we were disappointed that the a la carte menu was not available and a set dinner was the only option.
We felt rushed to order as though they were turning tables.
The food was excellent and the wine was good.
Towards the end of dinner we felt forgotten about and nobody came near or made eye contact.
We got someone’s attention and asked for the bill, it arrived including a gratuity already added even though there were only two in our party. The gratuity was more than we would have given due to the less than good service.
We will not go back to Barbetta.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Eduardo was excellent!

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ZC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eduardo was very engaging and was that way with every table he attended to. Food was some of the best I've ever had. I'll be back VERY soon.

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H
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Randomly stumbled across this restaurant and it was excellent. The ambience was classic & elegant. The food was flavorful, light & filling. Would highly recommend this place and will definitely be returning.

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DK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual!!

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MS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

BLAND. We went on vacation and just so happened to be during restaurant week. We tried multiple courses off of the selected menu and everything was bland - no flavor at all. I am giving this 2 stars simply because the pork and beef were cooked well. The food was overpriced and the experience did not make up for it. The decor was straight out of the 70s and the tables were tiny. Waitstaff were attentive but clumsy. This is a tourist trap! I do not recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Business dinner with clients - food was outstanding - service was good- old world charm decor, excellent wine, all made for a pleasant and wonderful experience at Barbetta

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and beautiful.
No wonder this restaurant has been open fir100 years.
Other establishmemts, take heed!,

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H
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful restaurant with impeccable service. We were there this time for NYC Restaurant Week. It was a nice menu with lots of choices. I ordered the pork entree and found it extremely salty. I was heading to the theater so I couldn’t drink a lot. (No intermission in our show)! I was very thirsty all night. This salt thing seems to be a big deal now with chefs. I watch a lot of cooking shows, (I’m not bad myself), and they tout adding a sprinkling of salt on top of a dish after it’s been cooked and seasoned. The rest of the meal was very pleasant, though nothing I could rave about. I wouldn’t go back for their regular à la carte menu as it’s too expensive for the quality of food the four of us ate.

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LH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The restaurant week menu did not include dessert. The salmon plate that I ordered had very little food on it. I ordered a dessert and discovered when it arrived that it had nuts in it and on it. This was not indicated on the menu and I am allergic to nuts . It could have been a disastrous experience

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PS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, old fashion ambience with food that was plain and special.

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MM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gorgeous place for pre-theatre (or post-) dinner, in an 1880s townhouse. I don’t know why I never tried it before...very elegant, and blissfully calm inside. Fine food with an Italian touch. I’ll be back!

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent. The atmosphere is beautiful and makes you feel like you are in Europe on special vacation. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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FH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Quality of the food does not merit the ambience. Weird choice of side to the braised beef we ordered - some kind of tasteless pastry - as well as deserts that look utterly unappetizing and taste equally as plain. Would not come back or recommend to anyone - not worth the price.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For a Friday dinner during restaurant week, the place was quite empty. You would expect some soft beautiful italian music in the background. No ambiance.
The food was basic and no presentation. The selection was quite poor.

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