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Barbetta Restaurant

3041 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Celebrating its 108th 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Italian, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 246-9171
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dream Team de Cuisine
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Cross street
Btwn 8th & 9th Aves
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Parking details
Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.
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Pianist evenings from 6:00pm
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Barbetta makes available its verdant garden and spectacular palazzo-like interior for large receptions and weddings. For smaller parties Barbetta offers the patrician rooms of its 1874-1881 Townhouses built by the Astor family preserving their period details, fireplaces & magnificent wood paneling.

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Daily 7:00PM - 10:00PM

What 3041 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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linda125 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Wait staff were not friendly or welcoming. Food was only fair and the prices were expensive .

princess (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

After reading the history of Barbetta in the NY Times I knew I had to return. I had been there before when I worked in the neighborhood. It is a tribute to "old New York". There are very few building left like this in NYC - old world charm and quiet and, beautiful dining room. Food was excellent and it was a great time being there again. Must re-visit soon again.

vipmanhattanmom (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This historic and charming restaurant was a staple for my family pre-theater throughout my childhood. I returned there with my parents pre-theater this week for a wonderful and delicious lunch. The mozzarella and cherry tomato salad and the mushrooms with lemon and olive oil were terrific. The salmon and pacific bass dishes were superb. We were not disappointed by dessert. The chocolate cake disappeared from my dad’s plate. The lemon and pistachio tart was to die for! This is a gem that continues to deliver Fine food and attentive service in a memorable setting!

vipFit4foodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

It was my first time at this iconic restaurant. It looks a little stuffy in the pictures, but it really is quite charming relaxed. Granted, it's not a jeans and t-shirt sort of place. The service is flawless, you are never rushed and the meal flows perfectly. The food was delicious. The pre fixe menu really is quite a good value. I will definitely go back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Party of five for a girls night out, and every single one of us was beyond happy with the food, service, and atmosphere. Throwback to Old World Italian restaurants. We'd love to come back in the spring or summer to experience the patio seating.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Charming. Old world old school classic Italian restaurant. Great room, ambiance, piano, service and food. Open since 1908 or something like that, it is a real throwback but in a wonderful and special way. We will be going back.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I was disappointed that only the price fixed menu was available to us

vipLarry (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The atmosphere is fantastic and the restaurant is beautiful. In addition, the food is exceptional and I would recommend it to anyone. I found the service to be somewhat lacking. The server is somewhat short in his willingness to describe the dishes, important to us because they were somewhat out of the ordinary. In addition, the server did not come back to check on us after the food was delivered and we never had the opportunity to see the server again. It didn't affect our enjoyment of the restaurant, but the server, who appeared to be a long-timer, was out of sync with the establishment.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We wanted to fall in love with Barbetta, really we did. After reading a charming article in the NYT, my husband and I couldn’t believe that as long-time New Yorkers we’d never dined there. I made a res for Valentine’s Day.

It was an enormous disappointment. The service was atrocious. And, I mean ATROCIOUS. We sat at our table for 15 minutes before any staff even approached us. When our order was finally taken (and curtly so), we asked to see the wine list. The waiter chucked some abbreviated, Xeroxed list at us, ostensibly to help us make a selection more easily, but we wanted the full list. It took another 10 minutes to get it. Meanwhile, completely mediocre starters arrived: for me, a beet salad that can be ordered pretty much anywhere; for my husband, some tagliatelle with marinara — at least the pasta was cooked properly. While we waited ANOTHER 30 minutes for our entirely forgettable sliced steak, the sommelier deigned to mosey on over. He was nice, but he seemed like he couldn’t understand why we were asking him questions about various wines on the list. We just gave up and ordered a Vermentino for @$45/bottle. One we’ve purchased at our local wine seller for a fraction of that price. Dessert was a lackluster panna cotta.

Oh.My.God. The whole experience was awful. And an enormous let-down. While we certainly weren’t expecting a Michelin quality meal, we would’ve been more satisfied and had more fun at Shake Shack.

Never, ever again.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My gf and I didn’t enjoy the food. The special occasion was for Valentine’s Day. The food came out very bland. We were the youngest couples there. I didn’t expect this from Barbetta restaurant. Very mediocre. The bill was staggering compared to what we had was similar to baby food.