Barbetta Restaurant

4.4
3616 reviews
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Italian
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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbetta Restaurant is my favorite restaurant in Manhattan. I have lunch in their beautiful garden patio a few times per month. It is truly a wonderful experience, with fabulous food, phenomenal service and exquisite surroundings. The interior dining room is simply elegant as well. This restaurant is perfect for any occasion, be it a day out with the girls, a pre-theater lunch/dinner, or the celebration of a very special event. From the street, you would never know how lovely the restaurant is. This restaurant is a MUST!

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbetta is always consistent, the staff is welcoming, the food clean and delicious...and the ambience is delightful, inside the beautifully appointed and comfortable dining room...or outside in their world class garden...Simply, always a wonderful experience !!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Great service and lovely service. Food was excellent!

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KE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely marvelous dining experience in the garden. From our welcome at the entrance to the attention to detail was outstanding. Tito was so attentive and a true gem. The service personnel made it a wonderful experience. The food is a culinary delight. The beet salad was over the top, the risotto trio was a standout, and the espresso chocolate cake was a chocolate lovers delight. Don’t miss this dining experience. This was my second visit and I arranged it from MS.

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C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in lovely, quiet outdoor garden setting. Leave two hours to enjoyed an unrushed meal if going to a show.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great

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B
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Service was superb My only slight disappointment was that pre theater menu was all that was available until 8:00 o’clock pm — although there was a nice selection and very reasonably priced, we should have been informed

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MH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled upon this place and in so glad we did. It was fabulous!!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice quiet Old World restaurant with very good food and friendly sommelier. Indoors is warm,, inviting and spacious. First time outdoors was fantastic- fountain, vines, trees - very peaceful and quiet. It was hard to remember we were in Midtown.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our luncheon at Barbetta Restaurant was very pleasant and quiet, as we were the only patrons eating inside (a few tables were also occupied on the very pleasant outdoor patio). The service was attentive, but not obtrusive and we enjoyed our lunch salads and risotto. We selected the risotto with mushrooms which was well-prepared with lots of mushrooms which lent the dish a smokey, woody taste which was not unpleasant, a delicious beet salad, and sliced strawberries with a creamy smooth zabaglione. We very much enjoyed the pleasant surroundings and recommend the restaurant for a variety of different occasions. It would serve them all equally well, I am sure.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took people who had never been there and all of us had a wonderful evening. Like nowhere else --- very memorable.

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London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great classic NY Italian restaurant. Good pre-theatre menu, lovely outdoor patio and wonderful smartly dressed servers. Felt like going back in time and we loved it. Will be back. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience.

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

We ate outside in the garden. First time we had the price fixed lunch. Delicious

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were seated in the garden area which is lovely but this was the best thing about the night. We had to wait a little too long on someone taking our order and the food when it came was at best okay. Given the provenance and pricing structure we expected far more from the evening and left a little disappointed.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming and dependable. Its all about sitting outdoors, so go when that is possible.

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BA
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a pretty restaurant, especially the outdoor seating. We chose from the pre-theater menu. The table was outside which was very pleasant. The table had bread and butter, breadsticks and some some small parmesan rounds. The parmesan appetizer was different and tasty. To start my friend had the soup of roasted puréed vegetables and I had the the whole wheat penne with meat sauce. Both were good. Then for the entree we both had the L’Arista which is roast rack of pork, roasted potatoes and giant runner beans. This dish was especially good, we both enjoyed it. Dessert was yummy, the lemon and pistachio tart for me and my friend had chocolate cake. I had tea but I wish the tea selection was better. It was extremely limited. The service was pleasant and efficient.

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OT
New York Area
261 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A strange evening. Restaurant was nearly empty, but service was spotty and strained. Excellent food as always, but overall odd. Chalk it up to an "off" night. We'll be back.

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o
Philadelphia
165 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I found it to be a good decent value pre-theater wise. It is very convenient two lot of the Broadway show since it is on restaurant row.

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C
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbetta is a wonderful walk back in time with excellent food wine & service. The decor inside is right out of The Leopard and the patio is one of the loveliest in NY. GO,

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LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very tired decor. Soup was very salty. “Signature” roasted pork was dry and creme caramel was a disaster. Nice waiters but very disappointing overall experience.

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RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience!! Will definitely return!!

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HH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant. The food was perfect. It was a very romantic night.

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AP
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent upscale Italian restaurant servicing Piedmonte style foods. Elegant Dining room or garden dining available. Great staff.

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d
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

no food was edgy....fish was off...not enough time to exchange....pre theatre menu

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JA
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, beautiful out door garden. The food was very good.

They got us on our way quickly so we were on time for the 8:00 pm show.

A very good experience but, like many restaurants in the area, not cheap.

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hesitate to write an ecstatic review about my favorite spot in all Manhattan because then it will get mobbed and I will never get in. However, in the interests of fairness, I am obliged to say that this is the most delightful spot in the city. Exquisite décor, sumptuous food and a staff that anticipates your every dining need. If you sit in the garden during nice weather you will be transported to a tiny villa in Tuscany...soft lighting, lush green trees, babbling fountain. It's all there. Do NOT ask for Eduardo's section because he is my waiter and I do NOT want to share him with anyone else. Sitting in Eduardo's section is like having a favorite uncle guide you through the menu. For example you will order the grilled chicken breast and he just might say, "An excellent choice but tonight, I think you would be more likely to enjoy the veal Florentine." He is ALWAYS right. Undoubtedly THE best waiter in the city. To summarize, there are many very good restaurants in the Big Apple but this is the best.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-matinee lunch on the patio - perfect!!

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre-theater experience! We would definitely return.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Welcomed back like family. Our "go to" place before the theater.

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San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Twice in 10 days we had dinner here and both times it was delicious and the service was very good!!

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PS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe is one of the best bargains in the theater district. $58 for appetizer, main course, salad and dessert. And it's all good. If the weather is nice, go out into the beautiful garden.

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D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since it was a beautiful day with comfortable temperature, we asked for a table in the garden. It made the meal even more enjoyable. The waitstaff was very friendly and very acccomodating. The food was served in a timely manner and was delicious.

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c
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been to Barbetta any number of times, but never in nice weather. We had a lovely three course lunch in the beautiful garden. The service was perfect as was the meal. I hope we can go again while the weather cooperates

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MG
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is an amazing piece of history and elegance. We both chose dishes that had been on the menu since 1906. Truly special.

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TL
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Barbetta's. The Prix Fix menu was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the entree of lump crab. Very tasty. Eduardo, our waiter, was superb and very entertaining. And we had a perfect night for outdoor dining on the patio.

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite, if not our favorite restaurant in the City. Always feel special when eating at Barbetta. The roasted rabbit was exeptional! Can't wait to go back.

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted, seated, and treated to a wonderful evening. Service was on point from beginning to end. Pre-theater menu offered many delicious options. Outdoor seating was wonderful on a warm spring night.

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant and everything about it. It had old world charm with delicious, fresh food. The crab was the best I’ve ever had and the desserts were so original and tasty. The staff took their jobs very seriously, we didn’t want for anything. Pricey but well worth it!

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My reservation was for my birthday. The staff and service was impeccable. The food was spectacular which I ordered from the pre-fixe menu. The woman who owns the restaurant came to my table to wish me a happy birthday. I was treated like royalty. I had ordered a glass of Pinot Noir which I was not charged for. Then the entire staff came to my table and sang Happy Birthday and also presented me with a beautiful chocolate mousse cake with a candle! Everything was exceptional. I can’t wait to go back! Thank you Barbetta Restaurant.

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U
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been dining at Barbetta’ s for over 40 years it is always wonderful but when you can eat in the Garden it becomes magical. The food and service is always 1st rate but the setting makes it a 5. Our friends from Canada loved the whole experience.

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