Barbuzzo Restaurant

4.6
4783 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.
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BS
Dallas
83 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really excellent meal. We shared the Ouvo pizza and the Casarecce pasta and both were very, very good. And the Budino dessert was excellent as well. Highly recommend this place.

JM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Do not miss the BUDINO dessert. Best you will ever have.
Excellent service.
Food is excellent.
I love the dried oregano buds they serve with the pizza so you can break them up and sprinkle them on. DELICIOUS!

LL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great for sharing small plates. The broccoli dish was the table favorite.

KO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food itself was delicious and the service was wonderful - but the price for the portions?! Insane. The hanger steak was cooked perfectly, but for $23 it warrants more than TWO BITES (4 bites altogether, between a couple). The noise level and tables were also a little too loud and a little too close, but I could handle that if the prices or the portions were more appropriate for the value. I don’t necessarily plan on returning, which is a shame, as I truly enjoyed the tastes.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, the staff followed our request to stagger the plates coming out. Definitely save room for dessert!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going there since 2015, never a doll moment with the food and drinks.

k
New Orleans
42 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Barbuzzo.. Consistent every time I visit this little gem of a restaurant .. Friendly and Professional Staff.. Excellent Food .. nice atmosphere and just outright Cool !

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Have been to this restaurant several times over the last 5 years and each time seems a little bit less great than the last. I’m not sure if its management or chef changes or just simply the fact that the owners are so well established and have a good reputation they can let things slide. Either way, it was good, but not great. Will consider other places in the future for friends get together a rather than an old standby.

G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was way too dark in the restaurant. It was so dark that my wife and I needed our cell phones to read the menu.

MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our faves in Philly, this was our 3rd trip in a month

EC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are amazing every time I come here. The only complaint I have is that we came for happy hour and while the food is discounted, the portions are also smaller. Maybe I’m wrong, but I always assume happy hour food is discounted, not just cheaper because it’s less food. But still would definitely go back, but probably won’t aim to be there for the happy hour and just do the regular menu.

i
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience. Our waiter was excellent and the food was perfect. Thank you making my friend so happy on her birthday.

DD
Philadelphia
225 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous always great try a pizza the trout a pasta dish and a salad wonderful service great wine list and the salted caramel dessert is truly memorable

RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ricotta and the pizza are delicious. Cocktails were a little bit disappointing, specially the Negroni (there was no ice!!!) and the Aperol Spritz (too sweet).
Cleaning is also not their high point, we asked glasses and plates to be changed, because they were not clean.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Lunch, great food, and great service. favorite restaurant in philly!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Because of their center city location, Barbuzzo is a popular destination and we haven’t been in years. The seating is tight, however, food is still great and the service is excellent. The recommended wine was spot on and our server Shane was outstanding. He coursed our meal perfectly, which is rare for a tapas-style restaurant. He also made my husband’s bday more fun. I noticed him with the other tables near us and he did not miss a beat. I’d recommend this restaurant and look forward to going back.

r
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Great Service. Great bar. Our waiter, Shane, has been praised in previous OpenTable reviews and they weren't kidding. This guy is for real. He is one of the most attentive, informative and kindest waiters we have ever had. The only glitch is that Barbuzzo is a "small plates for sharing restaurant" and I am old-fashioned and have never understood that concept. A few small plates restaurants that we have been to have failed. When you order something, you never know how much or how little food you are going to get and I don't like to share my food with anyone and I don't want to eat anyone else's food. Give me the appetizer and entree that I ordered and I am happy. Having said that, the food at Barbuzzo is delicious and creative. I had the Fideua, which is Catalonian paella with noodles instead of rice and I am still thinking about it. It was awesome. I like it more than paella.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Came here 2 times in the past month. The first time my friends and I all got sick after eating here, they seem to have some sort of sanitation issue. The second time the waiter was terrible, didn't come by once after he took our order and the restaurant wasn't busy. After when we got our bill I left him a ~13% tip because of the crappy service. He has the audacity to turn and say "wow really." Unfortunately I can't find the receipt with his name on it but I will keep looking. Seems like this place has been going downhill. Would no longer recommend it.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great! We didn’t need to wait very long for the food. Small plate style. You really can’t go wrong with any of the items on the menu. Definitely worth checking out for a special occasion!

R
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, pizza, risotto, meatballs all delicious!

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DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lively place with fantastic food. Just the two of us for a fun/casual dinner out.

l
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

With so many dining options in Philadelphia, this restaurant needs to up its game. It is overcrowded and hot, while the food is just okay and way overpriced. $15 for a tomato cut into 4 wedges, a little bit of fresh mozzarella and two small pieces of bread. Outrageous.

DF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always live this restaurant!
It is wonderful!
Delicious food.
I am always glad to visit

DM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! The arancini, stuffed meatballs, and Calabrese pizza were excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

The food was fairly expensive for what it was. Much better dining options exist in Philadelphia for the price. Won't be returning....

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service. Couldn’t have been happier! Great date night.

J
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Barbuzzo for anniversary dinner. I was very impressed by the food-- we had the arancini, the meatballs, and the spelt pasta. All were delicious, but the meatballs were especially so. Then we had the caramel budino for dessert, and while I had read rave reviews online, it was not my favorite dessert. All in all the dinner was delicious. My one critique is that it was extremely dark in the restaurant, to the extent that it was very difficult to read the menu, and when we were finished at roughly 8:30 pm, it was actually brighter outside than it was in the restaurant.

NW
New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu. All items have own flair.
Has a hip vibe but tolerated the older generations.

EB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shared appetizers and several pizzas. Everything was delicious. Really enjoyed our visit.

GM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reservation was shortly after the restaurant opened. Employees were polite and service was prompt. Place was quiet enough for us to have a conversation without yelling. Food was really good and served in appropriate portions.

JP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went to dinner with my father and we both enjoyed it immensely. Split the tuna crudo, then he had the Tufoli and I had the Gnocchi. For desert he got the fruit sorbet and I had the budino (obv). Only note is that it was quite dark inside, we had to use phone flashlights to read our menus. Food is delicious and prices are not bad at all. Portions are reasonable as well.

N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Shane was amazing his energy and enthusiasm for the food was just right. I highly recommend the budino for dessert.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious. One plate better than the next and was so reasonably priced. Loved it so much. Can’t wait to go back and try more.

p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit here, food, service were amazing. We did feel a little rushed, each plate delivered to table when ready, and there was no break. Additionally it was quite loud, but did not affect the wonderful time we had. We'll definitely return.

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

It was good overall. Chefs counter isn’t really a viable seating option. Food and drink were phenomenal.

PM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed with our lunch at Barbuzzo. We went there with the expectation that it was Mediterranean tapas restaurant. There were only two small plates offered on the lunch menu (one chicken and one fish). There were other appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and pizzas. It really didn't seem like a tapas place. I had the mushroom pizza that was very good, but I've had better. The food overall was good but nothing exceptional. The worst part of our meal was the service. Our waitress was very slow to come take our order. When she finally came, she didn't mention any specials to us. I learned later of the specials overhearing another waiter share them with customers. There were only three of us, and she managed to forget to bring a drink that my son ordered. The waitress was not friendly at all. I've rarely experienced such lousy service at a restaurant. The restaurant was surprisingly busy. I'm sure we would have enjoyed our experience at Barbuzzo more if we had had better service. With all the great restaurant options in Philly, we don't plan to return any time soon.

A
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked the small (and medium small) plates and the choices. Interesting salad/vegetable dishes. We shared the chitarra pasta dish which was delicious. Our two-top was cozy and the service impeccable. Good drinks too.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I’ve been going to Barbuzzo for years, and my experience this week was the opposite of every other experience. The grilled octopus was mealy, the whipped ricotta like cream cheese. Our bottle of red wine was above room temperature and needed to be chilled. Our service was mediocre as we tried to communicate these issues to our server who seemed apathetic to our feedback. Didn’t even want to stay for the budino as I didn’t want further disappointment.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Every single dish was exceptional. But the noise level was so high (around 7:30 on a Wed.) that we couldn't totally enjoy the experience.

O
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 4th time... every time is great.. love the food, service, and atmosphere!!!

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