Barbuto

4.7
1377 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Barbuto is a casual Italian Eatery in the West Village featuring the seasonal green market cuisine of Chef Jonathan Waxman. We accept reservations for parties of three or more and all parties of two are accommodated on a walk-in basis.

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8.5

Barbuto has been a West Village staple for a long time. Hit it for the pasta, the roast chicken, and the scene of single people hanging at the bar.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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EV
New York Area
259 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been here in almost a year. Stupid us!!! Simply wonderful in every level (except maybe for the noise...but that's always been the case here). Superb food, great service and a Tomm that buzzes with energy. Delicious bruschetta and a Brussels sprout salad to start, followed by steak and fish with sides of carrots and the most wonderful roasted/fried potatoes. Not to be missed.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Everything we ordered was fantastic. Thought the restaurant would be a little less crowded at 2:30 but it was full and popping. The sounds really bounce off the walls in the space, wouldn't recommend taking a person who is hard of hearing.

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AB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I love Barbuto. I’ve been going there almost monthly for years. Food is outstanding! Unfortunately the last few times we have had rude waitresses. Last nights first waitress was awesome, but a shift change must have happened and we literally were stuck with a woman named Sasha and she was HORRIBLY rude. She ruined our bday celebration. I think the establishment needs to spend more time and money finding better wait staff.

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

Excellent food from start to finish. Cool space and vibe.

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RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is delicious, it's a great spot...but I'm really disappointed at how crappy our service was. TL;DR: waiter had worked a double that day and was trying to flip our table ASAP by telling us we had to order everything at once, and would tap his hands on the table waiting for us to make up our mind. NYC is already fast past enough as it is, let us enjoy enjoy an Italian meal with the way the Italians intend: AT OUR OWN PACE.

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RJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit and equally amazing as the first! Love the informal setting and ambiance. The food is amazing. As an entree there is no need to look any further than the chicken, which I would not normally choose as a discerning diner but here its is quiet simply stunning as are the potatoes.

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LC
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Professional service, good food, nice staff, comfortable airy room. The chicken was good and the kale salad delicious!

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service!

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CN
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good after so many years! Extraordinary comfort food!

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was actually disappointed. Been looking forward for a while and the service was less than mediocre and a flat glass of prosecco served to us certainly does not warrant the cost of the glass not the reputation of the owner. Server hardly smiles, the host and bartender looked bored. And the owner JW was sitting in the corner. He also was not warm. The staff is a reflection of their environment. Scallops were fantastic but have certainly had way better experiences. A true bummer

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The location was perfect for us since we were coming from the Whitney Museum. Also strategically located near high line entrance. We went for lunch, 4 ladies. The menu was so limited we struggled with it. The salad with hanger steak seemed like the only choice we could find agreeable. The kale salad was great but it didnt have an option for shrimp or steak so it was not filling enough. There shouldve been more options.
Not cheap. lunch for 4 with 6 glasses of wine ran about $200.... Service was very good, friendly and accommodating. Place was very cool and I think in spring with open glass garage door panels and out door seating is probably fabulouse. Easy access to parking garage and entrance on west side highway.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The JW chicken was awesome (big portion too!). Everyone enjoyed their food, and the service was very nice. This was a business lunch, and it was a good choice. I would recommend and will go back.

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KH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food & fabulous service made even better by the chef/owner himself in the kitchen!

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

Food was fabulous although the portions were snall

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DP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were told to try the chicken, I would say you have to try the chicken...amazing. And how often do you say that about chicken. Pasta's rocked, appetizers where all stellar and the wine list was an inexpensive joy! When the food is this good you rarely see a wine list that has a decent bottle under $100. Barbut's list hovers at about $60 with some great choices, albeit not a ton thereof. Go, you will not be disappointed.

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

Always phenomenal! The food is to die for, the ambience is top-notch and you may get lucky and have a celebrity sighting. Bobby Flay was seated a few tables away from us.

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

It's a West Village experience with plenty of energy. The food quality is unpredictable in terms of flavor but always expensive. Still, we always enjoy our gatherings here which must be due to the light and ambiance. Also, we live across the street so convenience probably factors into our appraisal of the restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Way too loud but totally delicious

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent, everything was tasty and it will definitely go into my recommendation list. Points of improvement: the service was a bit rude; a little bit of training would improve. Also they should include a 2nd door at the entrance to avoid cold air coming into the restaurant.

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Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great food and vibe. Good wait staff and cool place. We try to go every time we visit New York.

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, perfect for an afternoon lunch with siblings.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbuto is a great place to dine with friends, family or even go on a date. The food is delicious and the ambiance is lively and fun. I recommend Barbuto to everyone I know who visits town.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always first rate. One of the best restaurants in the West Village. Love it.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a bucket list dining experience.

Chef Jonathan Waxman's expression of rustic Italian left an impression one that I will not forget. From the complex and delicious brussel sprouts salad to the perfectly cooked chicken, my mind was blown by the attention to detail and flavors from this delicious meal. Thank you for making our NYC trip even more special!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated parents bdays!

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch Food: Fabulous Chichen, duck confit, carbonara.

Desserts: Heavenly tiramisu, blood orange sorbet

Service: Wonderful

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

Amazing food

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IB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is not good for gluten free patrons. There are very few options. The menu was very limited in general. We waited more than an hour for our entrée. We were told it was because they wanted to clean the grill so there was not gluten on it. This didn't make sense to us. When we finally got our food it was very good.

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KE
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent Italian food.

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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

waiters not the friendliest but food keeps me coming back.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a hit! Great simple food, lovely staff, perfect ambiance.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cool space, friendly vibe, attentive staff, nice range of menu items, and really good coffee!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Waxman’s famous chicken—overdone, nothing special
Steak—good but laughably small portion
fish—truly outstanding

ambiance—it’s a great room in a great neighborhood with a creative, well to do crowd. buzzy and fun.

service—a deal breaker. long wait for initial contact, didn’t seem that they knew who had our table. even then, inattentive, distracted, disinterested even. waiter nowhere to be found for long periods of time in a restaurant where you can see to all four corners.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience! We tried the JW Family Dinner, the chefs selection of exceptional choices from the menu, including the rightfully popular Kale salad and roast chicken. Both were exceptionally delicious. No one left hungry, everyone can’t wait to visit again!

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TV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our experience was very positive. We came to Barbuto with high expectations and were not disappointed. On arrival we felt welcome. The service from start to finish was professional and efficient. We ordered the swordfish with pumpkin squash and smoked cabbage, the roast chicken, and finished with cranberry and lemon sorbet. The roast chicken, a very large half chicken was succulent, smothered in salsa verde, which gave the meat a lovely moistness. You could smell the smokiness of the cabbage when the swordfish came to the table. It was perfectly cooked. The sorbet was definitely a palate pleaser. The cranberry was creamery and the lemon was perfectly tart. A great combo. We’ll be back when we’re next in town. Thank you, Barbuto!

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PT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner, lovely atmosphere, great service, very fun spot.

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O
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a healthy and delicious New Year’s Day lunch. Lots of choices, excellent service, and we feel we are off to a great start in the New Year. The chicken was superb!

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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Barbuto over 20 times. Consistently the best Italian restaurant in the West Village - buzzy without being pretentious, great service without being fussy. Especially nice in the spring and fall with the walls flung open. The food is always fantastic. Thanks for being our neighborhood favorite, Chef Waxman!

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MH
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We spent New Year’s Eve with our teenage daughters at Barbuto. Kale salad was the best we’ve ever had, pasta bolognese fantastic (teens liked it too) and gnocchi and steak very good. Highly recommend Barbuto.

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