Barbounia

4.6
2569 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Barbounia is an oasis of modern Mediterranean cuisine, influenced by the food and cultures of Greece, Southern France, Morocco and Southern Italy combined with a beautiful chic ambiance and a welcoming staff. Under the direction of Partners Alon Jibli and David Sasson, the restaurant is said to “move into Manhattan’s top tier of Mediterranean’s” as stated eloquently by Bob Lape of Crain’s. Barbounia is open daily for lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.
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JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect, very good service, we will definitely visit again!!

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EG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

First, the food was very good. Some of the Middle Eastern dishes were made differently than the usual, and we all (8 of us) were very pleased with the flavors, the presentation, ..., everything about the food. A bit pretentious to bring out the food in covered plates, but, well, okay. A bit surprising when the waiter lifted the cover on my plate of fish for me to find two small pieces of fish "swimming" in a delicious broth. I enjoyed it all, and, not one to try to bust my gut, was quite satisfied with the portions. But the prices for all this were a bit out of line with my expectations. So, if you're going to have a better dining experience if the prices are higher, increasing your respect in some way for the place, go right ahead.. But I don't think I'll be returning. Also, I'd prefer a place where the acoustics are not meant to make it as loud as possible, as so many of the newer places are. Nice for them that it seems to sell more drinks, but I couldn't talk to most of my party, nevermind be able to hear the wait staff try to explain anything from more than 3 feet away. Always a relief to get out to the quiet streets of New York after dining in a place like that.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, server made some great suggestions. Place was bussing.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious! Service was great!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good for brunch on sunday
choose the AP over the Rolex. The women there actually know the value
good place

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was poor.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambience!

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PB
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

While the food was above average, it was not worth the above average price. The shakshuka was small, the eggs were all overcooked and it did NOT come with pita bread. Service was slow despite there being lots of staff spread across the restaurant. There are better middle eastern and mediterranean eateries in the city with prices that reflect the quality of the food, service, and experience. Yogurt and granola was very good, I'll give them that.

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

the location is really great, we enjoyed the food and the few downside were it was really crowded at the entrance/reception area when you first walked in; also each table is a bit too close with one another. Overall it was an exciting place to visit, and i will recommend this place.

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GA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fav restaurant in NYC, for many years , great music , food is fantastic!

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l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food; a bit loud, as usual

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QP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, decent service, but way too loud for basic conversation.

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LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice variety of food, and nice wine selection. Quite loud room, so conversation can be a challenge but fun ambiance. Waiters were all very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service excellent

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Made a 3:45 reservation for 3 guests and was not told that kitchen closed at 4 and orders had to be placed by 3:50. Ordered mimosas and was charged the “bottomless brunch” price. We received no refills. We were rushed through our meal. Poor communication, poor customer service. Extremely disappointed.

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GS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I used to love Barbounia. However, our last visit was a complete letdown. Not because of the food but because of how the staff reacted to our appetizers "only" order. We did not want any mains BUT ordered TWO bottles of red wine, two 6-item-mezzes, a $20 dessert, an additional dessert and cappuccino. The bill ended up to be well over $300. Still, we left with an uneasy feeling of being bullied for no reason. Won't be back. Sorry!

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DZ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A celebration dinner, needed a nice wine and the waiter definitely pointed us in the right direction and helped us pick a spectacular wine that was not $400. Unbelievably loud. And sit on top of the next table if you are on the side and not at a middle of the room table. The portions of food are enough that you can share and still feel like you had a chance to truly enjoy the absolutely delicious food. Could be the best Greek salad in the city. Just wonderful. Eggplant dip was delightful and the bread is a good accompaniment. We asked to try a cracker that comes with the cheese platter, and a waiter said it's good to know the right people as she dropped some off for us. The we were charged for the crackers. The Branzino is filleted properly, no bones, and again, enough to share. My friend already made another reservation. Yums.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food place and service! Would highly recommend and the bread is UNREAL.

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San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is very creative. The flat bread is fabulous but we order the flat bread of the day which the waiter told us it came with sausage but disappointingly it came plane which was very good so no big loss.

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TM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Atmosphere was lovely. A little noisy but not terrible. The service was extremely slow. Wants to order appetizers and then order dinner and they said we had to order it all at once. The service was very slow. Food came quickly once we ordered but they were slow to fill waters and asking us if we needed anything. Drinks were very expensive.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional experience that transports patrons without air travel because of the wonderful cuisine, service and ambiance. It was a fun evening for us who were there for a birthday celebration. The noise level is quite high so do not expect a quiet dinner unless it happens to be relatively empty that evening—- not likely. Barbounia should never be empty!! It is just too good!!

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h
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I was with a party of 5, and when we were seated, we were put right up next to two other tables in an otherwise empty dining room. Music was way too loud. The size of our table was inadequate to serve the food, much less the drinks and plating. The service was rushed and overly attentive -- servers were constantly interrupting us to pour water in between us and ask us if we were ready to order our food. Given that we couldn't even talk to one another at the table unless we were screaming, we tried to focus on the food. Unfortunately, it was definitely hit or miss. The shrimp appetizer's seasoning was unappealing and left untouched. The flatbread with tomato and cheese was a hit, but for $24? C'mon, that pricing is ridiculous, especially in NYC, that has great pizza everywhere for much less. I will actively tell people to NOT go to this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

They need friendlier staff !

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JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food quality, service and atmosphere. In a city with so many options, you won't go wrong with this one!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Not the place for a first date.

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c
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mediterranean brunch. Good bottomless mimosas service, fun vibe with lots of energy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lively restaurant serving good Mediterranean cuisine with zest. Good cocktails and attentive service. Great place for a boisterous dinner with friends and family.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was excellent, food was even better! Must get the mezze trio (spicy feta, hummus & green tahini)! The dessert was also delicious

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OT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the most fun a sexy restaurants in the city!

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b
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and so was the service. Yes, the prices are on the expensive side but for a special celebration or event, the atmosphere and the food created a great experience. Can't say it is on my regular night out list, but surely for special guests or celebration.

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and interesting wine list. Cocktails are hit and miss depending on the bartender. Note: it's quite lively and loud even on a Wednesday evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and desserts!

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p
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

This was our third time eating at Barbounia, and we had always enjoyed the food and ambience. This Sunday Brunch experience was painfully loud and disturbing. We won’t be back.

We had reservations and were taken to our table when we arrived, but then had to wait standing by the table for a couple of awkward minutes because the manager was standing by our table trying to calm down an angry customer at the next table. The tables were so crowded together that we couldn’t sit down until he left. Once we settled in and got the menus, we noticed how loud the music was. It was a busy Sunday brunch crowd and they were all having to yell across the table to be heard above the music. When the waiter came to take our orders, he had trouble hearing what we were saying , so we had to point to the menu!

It was extremely difficult for the four of us to have any conversation at all at our small table. Then unbelievably, they cranked up the music to the max with Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” as the wait staff surrounded a table. We literally had to put our hands over our ears, it was so painful. They then brought our appetizers . . . Market vegetables, bread, hummus, green tahini, eggplant . . . All delicious. As we were finishing the appetizers and trying to have a yelled conversation, they cranked up the music Again with the “Happy Birthday” song! We sat there incredulously with our hands over our ears, again. Thankfully they brought our food within the next ten minutes, and we decided to eat quickly and leave. I was disappointed that my mushroom omelet was very bland and had very few herbs that I could see or taste. As we were eating our main course, they cranked up the music to the max a THIRD time, playing “Happy Birthday.” The ambience was like a loud TGIFridays! We left as quickly as possible, went around the corner to the Old Town Bar, and had a beer and very enjoyable conversation.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for a boozy brunch! Food is delicious, large portions, and champagne cocktails are always flowing if you choose the unlimited drink option!

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B
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved this restaurant from the start, several years ago. Every dish is beautiful and delicious. Expert and daring preparations from the kitchen make your meal outstanding. The grilled octopus is succulent and wonderful. The tuna crudo is sublime. The wild mushroom and truffle flatbread excellent as are the hummus, lava what and tahini. We all loved every bite. Great bar and even excellent desserts if you have room. We cannot wait to return. Our servers were all excellent and really cared for our table. Bravo to all at Barbounia.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and ambiance was great. We ended up sitting at the bar because it took a little too long to get a table ready, but they allowed us to start our bottomless while we waited. Once we decided to stay at the bar, the bartender was very attentive. Overall, excellent brunch!

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing decor, food and service. The spicy feta and smoked eggplant were so delicious!

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k
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fav restaurant in the city. Great food !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Will be back soon

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BS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. The food is delicious and we always over order!! It’s loud. Service is great. The feta is divine and so is the lamb..... the fresh warm bread is delicious! We love it here. Kid friendly if your kid enjoys yummy flavorful food :)

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