Barbetta Restaurant

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3712 reviews
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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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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter meet my special request. Food was exceptional.

CN
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are NYC residents and get to go to many restaurants. If you are going to the theatre, this is one of the best in the Theatre District. The food is always excellent and the prix fixe menu gives you plenty of choices. Try to get to talk with the daughter of the original owner of this 113 year old establishment who is usually at her own table near the bar to get some insights of the history of this wonderful restaurant.

PE
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An old time NYC restaurant in a brown stone. Looks and feels like you are walking into some ones residence and I think you are. The food is very good, classic Italian. The service is old world and excellant. Truly a NY experience. And you can actually talk to your table mates thru dinner or lunch. Dinner enjoys a piano accompaniment. Good value. A dynamite place for pre or post theater.

F
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a must in NY

RH
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable Experience. The building is historic and we walked into a traditional interior but were welcomed immediately by attentive staff. We opted to eat in the garden and it’s just beautiful to be outside and our waiter Tito was charming and polite. It was the last Friday of Restaurant week and 42 dollars was 3 courses. Food was great service and atmosphere extraordinary we will go back. The staff could not have been more hospitable. It was refreshing in the Theatre District.

E
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enchanting outdoor dining around the fountain in mid-August. Eduardo treated us like family and regaled us with his great stories and recommended the gnocchi as an early starter. Light, fluffy delicate little pillows in a rich cheese blanket. As promised, they are the best in the world. Mushroom risotto was a winner at the table full of rich earthy flavor. Can’t wait for another excuse to return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere in the garden. Can’t tell you’re in NYC.

p
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group raved about MOULIN ROUGE and then had a fabulous dinner at Barbetta! This day goes down in the memory books.

v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at this Italian spot on Restaurant Row. Never disappointed, very attentive staff. Try the poached pear for dessert, it is to die for!

CB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was wonderful. Real old school Italian, beautiful décor and amazing food. We were there restaurant week and had a wonderful menu for $ 42.00 each. Every item each of us ordered (we were 5) was excellent. I had the salmon, which was the best I ever had. They also have a garden with tables but it was rainy that day. Another reason for me to go back. Best of all, as I was leaving, I noticed a picture of a young couple in the front of the restaurant. The maître d told me it was the owner and her husband when they were young. The owner was at a table and I was introduced to her, a beautiful more mature woman whose husband has passed away. I was thrilled to meet her and brag about her restaurant. It's definitely worth going and I will definitely return.

MA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

RESTAURANT NEEDS SOME REMODELING. FOOD JUST OK.. DOES NOT JUSTIFY PRICES

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing restaurant I have ever been too! The outdoor seating is so intimate and makes an occasion date even more special! The food was absolutely amazing. I have never spent so much on a dinner before, but it was more than worth it!! Truly an outstanding restaurant that I would go to again! We got the Gnoccheti, Paillard of Chicken, and the Filet Mignon. It was a birthday dinner and they even did a special dessert for the occasion. I am so happy with the experience I had.

TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food portions were small and they did not participate in restaurant week as of Saturday’s.

l
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with lovely atmosphere. Top notch, extremely attentive service. But the food was mediocre. Expected really good food for that price and that ambiance. Nevertheless, it was a good experience.

DC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our pre-theater dinner at Barbetta was outstanding, from the service, which was attentive from the moment we walked in the door, to the ambiance in the garden courtyard, to the meal itself, which was excellent from first course to last. I can't recommend Barbetta highly enough.

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The garden at Barbetta’s on a sunny afternoon, an oasis in midtown Manhattan, is as close to being in Italy as you can get in NYC. The pastas are al dente and delicious, the vitello tonnato one of our favorites, and the desserts—the torts di nocciole is the essence of hazelnuts. If you want the felling of being in a private giardino, a restaurant with warm and attentive service—there is nothing to match the staff and kitchen at Barbetta’s.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, terrific.

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional experience at Barbetta! I brought my daughter and 4 year old twin granddaughters for dinner on Friday. We were warmly greeted by everyone when we entered and chose to sit in the beautiful garden. Everyone was very attentive and kind, treating us all like special customers! Eduardo was a gem, checking to be sure we were happy. The children’s dinners were brought out quickly, so they did not have a long wait as we enjoyed our drinks and first courses. The food was beautifully presented and wonderfully prepared. The rustic pork dish and the swordfish were delicious. I cannot say enough about how well we were treated. There is a special old world charm about Barbetta and a warmth and comfort that one cannot find in many New York restaurants. We enjoyed a perfect, relaxing, delightful time at Barbetta and plan to return many times!

KD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and they made the evening very special. We sat out on the patio and had amazing service plus food and wine fantastic. Next time we are in NYC we will be back!

k
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and great service but portions are smaller and prices have gone up, $19 for Crispella appetizer is crazy and wine by the glass is very pricey now??

FB
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason this restaurant has been operating for over 100 years. It is excellent, and very friendly — from the owner to the lowest staff members. This a comfortable, informal place though it is full of history and wonderful antiques. It offers excellent food and drink. Barbetta is a real gem and a personal favorite.

CH
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

the food was ordinary and very small portions. The service was excellent. Because the food was unremarkable we will not return.

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbetta Restaurant is just as lovely as we remembered it . The old world service is spectacular. A family member has food allergies that were easily managed. The menu and food were stellar. We were a group of six and everyone was very pleased. We ordered from the three course Restaurant Week menu. We were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary which the staff marked with beautiful desserts. Before leaving we had the honor of meeting and speaking to the lovely owner, Laura Maioglio. Love this place.

AW
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, in particular was exceptional. Also the restaurant week prices made the dinner a very
“Good deal.”

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very old old school. Pasta dishes nice. Expectable. Main courses tired. Could be Restaurant Week menu not up to par. Somewhat disappointing. Service helpful.

DM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful!

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. Such nice atmosphere; quiet- easy to carry on conversations. Very good prix fixe pre theatre menu. The swordfish was amazing.

A
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice price fixed menu

TR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

You can tell the staff cares very much for the menu, history and customers. It has a charming elegance and a great place to put you in the mood for a night out or a show. The menu was out of this world, with traditional Piedmontese choices. We spent over 3 hours there and we could have stayed all night.

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

We went here for lunch on my birthday and it was restaurant week. Sat in the garden - beautiful setting. Tito, the maitre de couldn't have been nicer, the food was excellent, service was first class. Ordered one desert to share and to our surprise they brought out another one w/candle & Happy Birthday written around the plate in thick chocolate.
Just what you would expect from oldest restaurant in NYC that's been getting it right for over 100 years!
We'll be going back very soon.

r
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The front door is poorly handled/inattentive. My drink order got "lost." The head waiter is intrusive with his own stories. The bar didn't know what a Gin Fizz was.
Chicken Tonato came as paper thin slices of chicken and a glut of (good) tonato. ie the main dish was all sauce. This is usually made with veal, but chicken will do if it weighs in. Minimal. Cheap. Strawberries Zabaglione arrived as a dollop of (good) topping but perhaps 3 thinly sliced strawberries. Minimal. Cheap. Dessert was sauce. Coffee was terrible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner before a show

b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the sommelier took great interest, was very helpful..the assorted fresh pasta plate was outstanding...this is how a restaurant should be run

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

If you’re vegetarian, be careful. We made it clear to hosts, servers, etc., more than once that we are vegetarian. We even asked specifically what ingredients were in the appetizer that we ordered. Still, the appetizer was served to us with an anchovy sauce. We both took a bite, and were disgusted. It was definitely NOT appetizing - not the way we wanted to start out the meal. We were offered no compensation for the mistake. Despite this, Barbetta is a Beautiful restaurant, and the rest of the food was good.

BD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Aging well. Good for pretheatre. Prices moderately high. Best value is during restaurant week.

RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

They have a limited pre-theater price fixed menu to choose from. The prices are high (e.g. the least expensive bottle of red wine was $50) and the quality was just OK. There are many choices on restaurant row, I suggest choosing a different option. I certainly will next time.

AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was just a weird experience all together. It’s seems very upscale but when you look closer things are off. There was a cobweb hanging on the sconce above my head, the paint on the walls is chipped, the fake plants are in the way forcing some diners to duck just to get to their seats, and tables around the sides have lamps on them that are plugged into the wall which leaves a cord running down the middle of your table that you have to navigate around.
We got there early at 4:30- ish and it was just too quiet. They needed to pipe in some music or something because it made everything feel stale and left us feeling like we were on display because our conversation could be heard. It got better about an hour later when the dining room filled up and they had a pianist come to play.
Also the way the menu is presented is very strange. It’s written saying they only have a 3 course option- so you have to pick an appetizer, entree, and dessert. But we overheard a waiter for another table explaining that things are available a la carte...but the a la carte prices are not printed on the menu. Also, our table was never given this explanation we just got to overhear it. This made it seem like they didn’t want people to know things could be ordered a la carte and that they wanted to force you into ordering the multi course dinner.
We were waited on by an inconsistent team of people who showed up whenever they pleased. We also had to wait a very long time between courses- 15-25 minutes each time- even when the next course for both of us was a salad of greens, olive oil, and salt- which doesn’t take that long to make. I was also personally annoyed by our waiter who grilled me about my choice of dessert- I just ordered their fruit plate. He was very offended that I didn’t want a proper dessert and wanted to know why I wouldn’t order something else because “you can make fruit anytime”. If it’s on your menu, why does it matter what I order!

JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An oasis of culinary delight in the middle of Manhattan.

JI
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. The food was very good and and the ambience was very nice. I would recommend to sit outside during the summer as the garden is very beautiful.

FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner in the garden. Beautiful!

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