Barbounia

4.6
3093 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GabrielE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Your place is great! I was there at the pre-opening party with Simon. We love the place, but it is a little too packed inside and the acoustics make it very difficult to have a meaningful conversation at the table. But overall it is a fantastic experience!

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vipSarahB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We unfortunately had a terrible experience at Barbounia. Seated at a table outside, a maskless, shirtless man on the street started badgering us. A waiter tried to urge him to leave, but it was not enough and the man actually grabbed the food and bread right off our table, and no other staff came over to help or move us. We left the table on our own and reseated ourselves inside. We were then told by the manager, hostess and waitress that we would be "taken care of" after this disruption - and they reordered all of the food that we had ordered outside (which we were halfway done with) but were then forced to pay for our entire second meal and drinks, in full, anyway. Nothing was comped, and when we tried to discuss the matter with the manager after, he fought with us about why anything should be taken off the bill. We would never have even come inside and gotten more food if we had known that this would be the outcome. PS - this was just a party of two, and 3 items were ordered! The customer service was awful and there was no reason why we should have had to pay for everything. The whole experience took over 3 hours and the waitstaff, hostess and manager were all not communicating with each other or us. The only time this has been my experience with the new "outdoor dining" experience and I am surprised that a restaurant like this was not more protective or accommodating for its patrons.

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sassyclassychic
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We sat inside and it was a little noisy but cooler than outside. The food was good, but the service was uneven. Service started out pretty attentive but as the night went on, it was hard to find our server to get the dessert menu and order dessert. We then had trouble getting our bill since our server never came back to check on us. Eventually, we had to flag him down on our own. I noticed we weren't the only one having trouble with service last night. I'm not sure if it's just an off night or a shortage of staff, but it got a bit frustrating as the night wore on.

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MichelT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods was excellent & delicious, servers was nice, feel very comfortable & enjoyable.

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EllaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Everything was delicious. Would definitely recommend.

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TamB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Everything was great, except for the music, which was way too loud considering how big this restaurant is, and how many people already filling the space with their voices. And the louder you put the music, the louder people start to talk.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Terrible food.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s good place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The service that we received tonight was horrible, we waited 15 minutes before someone came to ask us for our order and another 15 minutes before someone came to give us the check.

I ended up getting the duck shawarma which had black rice as a side dis

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The hostess was SPECTACULAR & kind.
She went above & beyond while being sincere.
As a returning patron, that is very much appreciated.
My apologies for not knowing her name.
She was a brunette with hair in a bun, wearing a green tank & pleated cream ankle length skirt on June 17th, Thurs evening.

The ambiance is always STELLAR at Barbounia.
It’s amazing how they maintain impeccable consistency.

The food was delicious & came out in a timely manner.
All of the servers accommodate as a team by helping every table as if it’s their own.
Such a delight EACH time I dine there.

Thank you Barbounia for your classy, considerate, consistent staff.

As a former hostess of different high end restaurants in Chicago, I must give a nod to Barbounia’s management.
It is essential to have excellent back of the house management to execute such PLEASANT, seamless front of the house staff.
The employees actually appear HAPPY to be there. JUST WONDERFUL!


Looking forward to my next visit.
❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The greeting by the hostess and team was excellent. Very accommodating and friendly.
The waiter was not interested in our table. Drinks came out late and after several follow up requests. He was chatting with a table of young girls. I hope it was worth his time and they tipped him well.

Love the restaurant and the food is excellent, but the waiter should be working at Friday’s.

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vipGatsby
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was delicious, but the staff seemed entirely overwhelmed. Our waiter seemed to blame us for the many mistakes he made while eventually “correcting” them with an attitude of annoyance.

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Dana
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Absolutely TERRIBLE service. We were totally ignored and it took forever to get our main meal. So sad to report this, as it is a pretty restaurant and the food was lovely.

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vipLubnaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food combined with great energy and great company led to a great evening!

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vipAnnaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Barbounia! A great convenient place that's lovely and the food is delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love this place! Many years of great meals and ambiance. Doesn’t look is sparkle. Delicious and fun

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vipRKB17
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was enjoyable and food was a little rich.

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vipBalserbaby
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The bottle of wine we ordered was very good, and the wine person was helpful.
The appetizers were okay, but the lamb ketfa was greasy and dried out.

MJ
vipMrsJ
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We didn't come here for years, even though we live in the neighborhood. Somehow we had an assumption that it was just a hot spot where they emphasis was on the design and loud music for the "scene." But their ample outdoor seatings (20th st is often closed for cars) looked very attractive for us to return after years.

We were surprised how excellent the food was. And dishes, especially the appetizers, are pretty big. The smoked pureed trout was wonderful, with their delicious flatbread. Octopus was super tender. No knife was needed for the short rib tagine.

The staff was friendly. While we didn't care to hear any music while sitting outside, it was fun for people watching. Two out of three white wines (the varietals we often drink) by the glass were not great. But while the outdoor seatings are available, we imagine coming back to enjoy it.

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ChristinaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner here! The vegetarian tagine and espresso martinis were amazing.

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vipMrNonrev
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrifying. Terrible menu. Terrible prices for size. Wait staff refuses to wear masks. So did the manager. Horrible experience. Huge rats as well

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiting staff very attentive to review the hosting , but overall all good ! Busy place

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Ridiculously and unnecessarily loud. Full restaurant of chatter was overwhelmed by loud music. After 15 months we want to connect with our friends, not be blasted by music while we are eating. Asked twice (nicely) if they would please turn down the music.

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vipharobed8
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The new outside seating options are a nice alternative to the buzzy indoor /bar dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

They were so pushy. I don’t like it.

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emily
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was too loud and too hot inside the restaurant

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CampJ
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is spectacular. Terrific service also. Would highly recommend.

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vipDavidW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Service was very spotty. Hostess was very rude as was the gentleman who sat us. Took forever to take our order, but once it was in the food came out quickly. The family next to us left before ordering because no one came around to take their order while others were arriving later and already being served. While waiting a very long time for our order to be taken, different busboys repeatedly came by to drop off apps that were ordered by other tables So not very organized. But no complaints about the food. Everything was delicious. And on another note, when you calculate tips, the percentage is to be applied or pre tax not post tax.

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vipRobertM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night and we sat outside. Food was amazing!

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MC21
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Sat outside hot and ignored. Food was delicious service abysmal. Found it pricey even for Manhattan. Don’t
Mind paying for food when service is good can’t stand too when it’s not . My wife asked what kind of beer they had waiters response was “only a few”. And he legitimately didn’t know what kind nor did he bother to go and find out. Won’t be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Went there for brunch. Drinks were good, wasn’t lucky with my main entree pick-Lamb Kebab Pita had no flavor at all, very plain. Service was good.

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vipMeganM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always enjoy Barbounia. Great space, decor, and food. The volume of the music was way too loud though.

MR
MikeR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

So expensive it’s not Worth it
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vipLeeez
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second time dining here, food was amazing both times. Dessert was incredible. Good service, beautiful scenery. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and our overall experience was superb. Thanks again to the staff and the chef for an amazing evening. See you again soon.

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Hctechny
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Got outdoor seating. The food and the palm trees didn't feel like you were in the mist of NY City.

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vipmags
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

we ate outside...surprisingly not noisy at all...had to wait for our bill longer than we wanted to, but the food was worth it...outstanding, as usual

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vipFashionistaNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience. Best strawberry mojitos and seafood.

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vipGTownBoy
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The menu has changed at the restaurant but not online. The new menu has much less options. Had we known the menu had changed we would not have dinned there. It will be our last time eating here after the past 4 years.

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vipCaroleI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was super flavorful and well prepared. Highlights were the spreads, granola/fruit bowl and the salads! Bravo, so well done. We will be back.

FAQs

Barbounia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 995-0242.

Barbounia is rated 4.6 stars by 3093 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.