Barbetta Restaurant

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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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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AF
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food was great the ambiance was like no other

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
451 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

CK
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the beginning of the evening to the end our experience was exceptional. The service was professional yet very gracious and personal. The setting is beautiful and the food delicious—altogether wonderful.

A
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We booked a table at Barbetta for after a Broadway show. When we arrived, there was a private function downstairs so we were led upstairs. It was quiet, barring the loud air conditioning units buzzing and keeping the rooms freezing, uncomfortably so. The ambience was strange and not relaxing at all. A loud door kept banging closed making me jump. I asked the waiter what vegan options they had or dishes they could omit dairy to make vegan and he was really dismissive and unhelpful. For almost $30 a pasta dish we expected them to be delicious but they were average if that. This was the worst dining experience we had in New York and a real disappointment.

TB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat. However, it was a disappointment that the garden and Main room were closed for a private .

t
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Terrible service. Waiters do not talk. Removed our plates while we still eating without asking. Never refilled glasses. Food was bland, no garnishes, poor playing. So disappointing.

DR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Wonderful setting. Dessert on patio garden-beautiful ambiance.

JK
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience in NYC in Years! Service exceptional, the swordfish the most delicious I have ever had. Waiter Eduardo was wonderful.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fine. My mother loved it

OK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

When we arrived we stayed that we were not pre-theater and not in a rush. However service was very rushed, retrieving plates when we were hardly finished. The waiter who took our order was unpleasant as if doing us a favor by taking the order.
The room is very noisy, the food was good but not excellent
We will not go back

G
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special in every way.
Tourist or native New Yorker, don't miss it!

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely after theater dinner in the garden..... wonderful!

DJ
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for pre-theater lunch and outdoor courtyard was very pleasant. We enjoyed our lunch and attentive service from Tito. We’ll be back!

LN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come every year and sit in the lovely garden to remember and honor a lost friend. The food is delicious and beautifully presented.

RB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine. We were seated outdoors in the garden which was beautiful. Joey - our waiter, was second to none. Will definitely visit again!

RM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor patio was ideal on a perfect day. Great service relaxed pace. We will make this a regular visit when in NYC.

JT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant stands the test of time. The last time I was here might have been over 20 years ago on a business trip. Now I have brought colleagues from one of our other offices here for a good Italian experience. Barbetta did not disappoint. We were seated in the garden. It was a beautiful night. We sat down at a great table. There was both a pre-fixe dinner theatre menu ($58 for 3 courses) and the ala carte menu. The same items are on both. And it is truly worth it to op for the pre-fixe. But we opted for the larger menu. We first ordered smoke salmon and proscuitto and melon. Both were excellent (I wish I had a bagel for the smoked salomn.) We then split the fresh pasta with tomato sauce. Excellent and fresh. Thiis was followed by lamb chops (tender), bracciolo (could cut with a fork) and grilled swordfish which was some of the best swordfish I had in ages. We followed this with another round of the fresh pasta and tomato sauce (it was that good). Finally we split three desserts - lemon torte, hazlenut cake, and poached pear. Excellent. Nothing bad. Superb. The prices are reasonable for the atmosphere, the presentation, the food and the experience.

They do have an excellent wine list. We had two bottles of the Barolo. It was perfect with the meal.

For a special occasion this is the place - and it is right on 46th on Restaurant Row. It is also good for before a night at the theatre. The pre-fixe menu is excellent and worth the try.

It wont be 20 years before I return.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was TERRIBLE, except another server who wasn’t responsible for our table saw how bad of a time we were having and came over to check on us. His name was Tito, and the only reason why I’m giving this restaurant a 4 star rating instead of 1 star.

LM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was very good. The service was awful. Great prefix for theatre.

DK
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This dinner was date night before broadway play at the oldest restaurant in NYC still owned by founding family. Nice atmosphere. Good food. Ala carte and pre-fixe menu. Moderately priced at $60 per person plus drinks. Servers ok. Felt rushed and served like a cruise ship dinner. Great to experience once.

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbetta remains one of the true treasures of Manhattan pre-theater dining. Particularly on a nice evening when the garden is open, you are transported to pastoral Italy. The food and service are always reliably good. This time, we showed up half an hour late, we’re seated and served promptly, and arrived at the theater with time to spare. Although the restaurant was very busy, they handled the diners with grace and aplomb.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

When we arrived, our hostess seated us at a table for two against the wall and we were shoulder to shoulder with the other tables. To call it cozy would be an understatement. The decor is rather tired and worn out.

Rather than receiving a basket of bread, which is common in an Italian restaurant, each setting had a small roll and breadsticks next to it. It felt more like a catering hall than a restaurant.

If you plan to visit Barbetta on a Saturday night, be prepared for a limited, pre-theater menu. Since this restaurant is in the Theater District, I expected they would have this offering, but when I had looked at their website earlier, it didn’t specifically say this was the only menu option.

The fixed menu offers selections for 3 courses for $58. While the food was good, I found the portions to be rather small.

After our waiter took our order, he never came back once to ask if everything was satisfactory or if we needed anything else.

When the last course of dessert was served, we realized the waiter never took our order for coffee. We had to ask a bus boy for coffee because our waiter had disappeared.

This restaurant likes to boast its long history, but perhaps it’s time for some changes.

AP
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant Italian cuisine Food. Not your run of the mill Italian restaurants. Great service and an excellent caring staff.

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