Barbounia

4.6
2628 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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New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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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
35 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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in NY when I visit!

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OT
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! The hummus is out of this world as is the Turkish eggs. Plus the bottomless Bellini deal can’t be beat

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J
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic.....Food Environment and Staff . Good scene .. . Mix of Music.

Have been Barbounia patrons for a number of years and always satisfied “plus”.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

On an impromptu trip to NYC for Mother's Day weekend with my fiance, my cousin's wife recommended Barbounia as a nice place to grab some non-American cuisine. She being an ex resident of the neighborhood, I took her info seriously and made a reservation for 8:45pm on a Saturday. We arrived a bit early as we planned to walk the area to identify some after dinner options. As we arrived the rain began and we decided to see if we could be seated early. I knew it would be a slim chance since there were no reservations available for the time-frame we arrived within. To my surprise they were quickly able to happily seat us in a beautiful corner table overlooking the entire restaurant. The food was delish (we had the duck shawarma and the lamb chops). Drinks were great and it didn't require us to leave any body parts as payment. This place just became one my favs after one trip. Thanks Barbounia for the help in making my lady's first trip to NYC a great one.

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B
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly. The wait staff was attentive. Our early breakfast/brunch was enjoyed by all. The portions were substantial. I enjoyed the arugula salad that came with my eggs Benedict very much. It was a bit pricey but I would return. I checked out the "lunch" part of the menu and I will be visiting for lunch in the near future.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbounia is my go-to for dinner with friends, colleagues, and dates. Never disappoints. Ordered the tomato and fennel soup this weekend--savory and refreshing--I hope this becomes a staple on the menu.

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ER
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Long wait for food to arrive

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WH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our food took more than 40 minutes to arrive, and our waiter was nowhere to be found. When we did finally flag him down, he shrugged and said the kitchen was backed up because of a party in the bar area. No other explanation was given, no accommodation was made, no acknowledgement. Very disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our wedding anniversary we tried Barbounia as new patrons and we pleasantly surprised....the food was fresh, super tasty & hot.....the service was excellent & friendly.....we will absolutely dine there again.

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

Great spot for lunch. Excellent menu, food and service. Highly recommend

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

Friends dinner, good vibe and ambiance but not too crowded and no hassle. Perfect venue.

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JA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful place, classy, high in. jalapeno cocktails were amazinggggg. Waitress very accommodating, spend alot of money but the steak was very good & fresh. Menu not that selective but I was impressed.

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

The food was great, but service was so slow. We waited almost 20 minutes for our plates to be cleaned and had to beg for a dessert menu. By the time they cleared the table, we had no time for dessert. Atmosphere + food were enjoyable, but I can’t go back to somewhere at that price point with mediocre service.

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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The tables are very close together but the food is great!

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LM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was very crowded but our table was ready when we arrived for our reservation. Service, food and ambience were all great. The only negative was the restaurant was extremely noisy.

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MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pleasant setting. Friendly staff. Quick service . Very bad acoustic. Very high noise level. Quality /price : poor

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AJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

been here several times....I invariably order the lamb salad, which is excellent....my guest ordered some other lamb dish she found to be just average....but the place delivers on service, ambience, etc....so I will continue to go back

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