Barbetta Restaurant

4.4
3874 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Celebrating its 115th 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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Juliegl
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had been there in the past and couldn’t wait to return to NYC to dine there again. We were somewhat disappointed, unfortunately. Service was only mediocre, despite having adequate numbers of staff and the food was “just OK.” Don’t thin we’ll go back, sadly

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ChristopherV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. Dated decor

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JoFe
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Website showed a regular and a pre fixe menu. They only had the pre fixe and there was very little I liked. Pasta was ok but sauce seemed baked on- kept under a warmer too long? It was very noisy but I understand that it was 6:30 so a lot of theatre people. Overall it felt like an assembly line of pre made courses.

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db99040
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It appears they only have prefix dinners. for prices in New York 70.00 is pretty good but very limited choice and the food was just ok. We advised that we weren’t going to a show but that didn’t matter. Just pre fix dinner and fairly Fast service

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Susan
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and meal were excellent. The atmosphere was very relaxing. It was close to the theater.

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vipsuzy
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely garden, delicious lunch and fine service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with amazing service!

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vipGuimauve
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent choice for pre-theater. Surprisingly high quality food given the large number of meals they are serving in a short time.

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McRae
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best gnocchi I have ever tasted, wonderful. Classic old school Italian restaurant. We’ll done.

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ShawnG
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful decor with good prices that don't break the bank and a place that's sure to impress any person you're trying to take here

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LizD
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best food I've had in Manhattan in a long time. But we did pay for it. Food and ambiance was outstanding, but it was expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gathering for a birthday celebration. Everything was divine! We dined in the outdoor garden. Perfection.

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vipNTB444
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Barbetta is magnificent, the garden is absolutely divine. It seems like everyone comes pre-theatre because by 7:45 it was absolutely empty. Nevertheless, it's a very special place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in their beautiful garden before heading to a show. The food and the service were great as well. Great place for a special occasion, or to take friends from out of town for an authentic old New York restaurant experience.

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PaulP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An NYC classic that’s perfect for grownups to enjoy Pre theater.

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vipFredG
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing restaurant we've eaten at many times over the years. A perfect place for a pre-theater meal. We are so happy they have reopened after being closed during the pandemic. It's like they didn't skip a beat. Wonderful as it has always been.

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AnnaB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really good! A gem to find in NYC. We ate outside which was awesome. Really enjoyed our conversations with the hosting staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Definitely a special place, even in NYC.

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Elp0306
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were able to book a table at the last minute which we really appreciated. The ambience is beyond compare. Our food was delicious, however, we were rushed because there must have been a miscommunication somewhere between taking our order and getting it to us. We had indicated we had show tickets but it still took us over 45 minutes to get our second course which was salad served to us. They ended up bringing it with our dinners and we shoveled down our desert while waiting for them to return with our credit card receipts. Other than that, it was delightful, beautiful, and I would absolutely return.

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vipNeighborhoodFoodie
London
93 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre-theater dinner.

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vipLanaM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food, not a lot of options. Looks like a tourist trap
People who work there have no knowledge about their alcohol selection. I ask what kind of tequila they had and could not get an answer.

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JanetS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Barbetta was an excellent experience. The food was delicious, the ambience was very pleasant and the service was very good. I would highly recommend Barbetta to those wanting a NY experience with a European flair!

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Nelle
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service.

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vipCarolS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbetta remains a beautiful, classical, charming restaurant with the consummate professional staff serving a lovely well prepared and served meal. We have been there many times and are happy to be back to enjoy their spectacular dinner followed by theater!
Thank you!!

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vipLawrence
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Business meal with guests from Turkey. Extremely disappointed that the restaurant could not give us a printed receipt with the restaurant name on it for our dinner, making it impossible to claim the money back through our expenses. They were also not prepared to give us the cash we paid back so we could get a receipt from paying by credit card payment as they had locked the drawer and were not prepared to open it to get our concern resolved. The staff were more interested in going home than making sure after spending over $700 that we could get this arranged.
The food was good but not excellent. The place is fantastic such a shame.

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vipPaulG
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Walked into this reservation with little to no expectations. It was in the theater district and that’s why we chose it. When we showed up the place seemed deserted. We were escorted to our seat by what I could swear was one of Joey Tribiani’s sisters from Friends. Tight leather skirt and big hair 😄. The patio is a magical oasis in the middle of NYC. The food was great and a good value. Prix Fixe menu has several good choices, we had the fillet with a red wine sauce. You get an appetizer, main course, salad and dessert. We’ll be back!

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vipQuita
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal in the lovely garden. The food was very tasty, and the staff was friendly, efficient, and went the extra mile to serve us. Mr Ahmed, the maitre d, was especially helpful.

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chrisd
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Menu choices limited. Food was just average, for that price...
Too many other better options available in the area

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LeighP
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My mother abs I had an in between dinner hour meal here. Our server Elvis was delightful. We both enjoyed the recommended wine, pasta and desert. I didn’t care for the braised beef dish. The menu was only pre dinner prize fixe, which was a disappointment. Loved the ambiance however.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for an after-theatre dinner with my best friend who was visiting from out of town (she grew up in NYC). Was blown away by the old school ambience, delicious food, and attentive, professional staff. We enjoyed the pre-fixe menu and for two of us, with a bottle of wine recommended by the staff, the bill was only $285. Would definitely come back to enjoy another meal at this classic establishment.

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vipCharlesH
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We ordered the price fixe menu.

The pasta was well past al dente and there was so much sauce that the pasta was swimming in it. They had already shredded Parmesan on it instead of asking if we wanted any.

Both entrees and the salads were lackluster.

The chocolate moose was great. The lemon tart was not.

I have dined at Barbetta many times prepandemic. It is not the kitchen it used to be.

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vipFrankly
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good, and on a value and venue basis, is a 5-star experience. It's a beautiful old room in a building comprised of two famous townhomes joined together. Yes, certain elements could stand updating, but I didn't find that a detractor. And, it's one of the loveliest outdoor garden experiences in NYC.

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KathyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters had never eaten there and were very impressed with the service quality and presentation. Its an experience that everyone should have at least once!

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LoriN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a special occasion, which is an annual thing, and the food was delicious tasting and beautifully presented. The staff were all wonderful. The garden is lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the garden. Wonderful for pre thester

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Bit pricey for pasta and meat sauce -

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DCNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

You don't go strictly for the food. A wonderful old school NY experience where they make you feel special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Beautiful garden, excellent wine list.

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LisaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Barbetta and will be back!

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WendyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal in a gorgeous room, with excellent service.

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Barbetta Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 3874 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.