Barbounia

4.6
2647 reviews
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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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have dined at this restaurant a number of times over the years - it has always been a favorite of ours. We ordered a number of appetizers and appetizer specials and they were all very good.
My only reservation about the experience had nothing to do with the service nor for that matter the restaurant, but with the loud, somewhat colorful language being used by the 3 young men at the table next to us. The language, while colorful, wasn't the issue but the volume with which it was being projected. Everyone likes to have a good time - but I don't need to hear every syllable of someone else's conversation. There's no way the restaurant can deal with this - it's just the way it is.

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FJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party really nice as uyal

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AD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

VERY LOOOOOOOUD !!!!Cant carry conversation. Likely noise bouncing off walls. Very crowde, best for younger professional crowd that want to see and be seen. Yes, it is costly.....$22 per martini and all other choices on menu similar. No bargains here.

Good side, good and well prepared food.

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f
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, excellent and attentive service.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

really always high scores in every regard...and that bread/so good!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family getting together.

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

No A/C made it very hot in the restaurant

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RL
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. The service is excellent and prompt. Nice atmosphere. Great location.

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JD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Pride Brunch with Kids. Are we crazy? The team helped to get us seated and work with our family with six people. No problem. Drinks were awesome. And everyone was nice. Missed the sharing plate with the pancakes for the kids but it happens.

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BG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, staff and service are a great experience - but the noise level is beyond tolerable and for this reason alone I would not plan to return any time soon. The Happy Birthdays on repeat with loud music and drunken reverie were a bit much....especially in the afternoon....this is not a late night speakeasy after all.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

SO warm in this restaurant. I’ve been here multiple times at different points in the year because the food is good and the drink deal is very sensible, but we’re always sweating through the meal and we are wildly uncomfortable. I’d think this place would benefit from an updated HVAC system because everyone around us were sweating and making makeshift fans.

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OT
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing as always but it took 25 minutes to get out reserved table! But the food and overall service made up for it!

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Barbounia very much. The cocktails and wine were very good, and the service was excellent. However, we were disappointed by the branzino dish we each ordered. The branzino itself was tasty, but the accompanying vegetables were lukewarm, and the green beans were not sufficiently cooked.

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VC
London
54 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our team of 6 had an amazing experience. Great food, excellent service. Desserts were incredible!

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

Always good food!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Terrific for a business lunch.

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e
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent excellent excellent. The food is creative and tasty. Service was superb. It was our third time there . Tried the lamb kebab first time. It was great. Our table's favorite appetizer was the fried cauliflower. Love this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service is great. But everything else isn’t ideal

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our engagement dinner! Got the best table in the house that oversees the entire place. Best table to get the full ambience of the place!

Service was outstanding. Very attentive, great recommendations!

Food was delicious and big portions!

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m
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food but service was spotty. Took forever for someone to come and take our order a then an additional 45 minutes to bring our food. Brunch should be a lot quicker than that.

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GP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, the reservations coordinator was extremely accommodating. Second and most importantly, the food here is delicious. The octopus was delicious, as was the cauliflower appetizer. Even the bread and sticky rice were par for any other establishment. The fish was well cooked. I would go back here in a heartbeat, and am recommending it to all of my friends.

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CS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Barbounia was fabulous! Went with a friend for drinks and dinner and it was so delicious and fun.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, the atmosphere was great, and our server Arman was the best. He was quick and helpful by recommending many different food and wines. We visit Barbounia often and have always left happy but Arman made us feel extra welcome like we were home! 100% would recommend

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great food, ambience and service. My only complaint was portion size was small, and when we requested more cous cous for our $45 fish entrée, where they only gave us a tiny bowl to go along with a huge bowl of broth, we were charged $10

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

Great service. Very attentive staff who all do their best to make certain your getting everything you need.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks! Try the Holy Sweet Hummus for dessert!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good ambiance and a great after work crowd with great food and beverage choices

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SA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit, again very please all around.

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MM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and everything was absolutely incredible!!

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Z
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Recommendation depends on the friend. Some would like it others not! That said, my out of town guests were very happy with the choice of this restaurant; they loved the food and atmosphere. Staff was most accommodating and pleasant.
Major complaint is still the noise level, (one of my guests is an acoustic expert and immediately pointed out that little has been done to lower and improve the sound level); moreover, the prices are a bit high given the variety of restaurants available in the area, at more reasonable prices. I am not likely to invite guests there in the future...a $300 tab for 3 people was not on my horizon.

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SE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Ambiance was nice, well lit and welcoming but the noise leave was out of control. Hard to have a conversation across the table. The service was absolutely the worst service I have had in New York City. I had to raise my hand several times to get a water refill and order our appetizers and main meals. The food was subpar, nothing special. Dips tasted generic and the main meals were thrown together. Looks like a great place from the outside but not worth the stress of service and food.

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MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, good food, great service and ambience...will definitely come back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing service and a beautiful ambiance. Our server was exceptional and very accommodating

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R
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere. Only negative is that the wait kept pushing more cocktails and food.

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CC
London
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was lovely, the food was delicious.

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

Amazing staff so much more we want to try!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

They made us wait 45 minutes

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A little noisy but the food was good, wish there was a little more space between tables!

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was superb, noise level was way too high. Last few times we were off to the side and seemed not as loud. Spent the entire time shouting to be heard. we were told they would divide the main dishes as we were sharing. That did not happen and was awkward to do at the table. If you want a quiet meal this place is not for you

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