Barbuzzo Restaurant

4.7
4673 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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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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

Dinner better than lunch! Loved it in March for dinner, not so much this last time for lunch.

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SV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Usually a great spot but the food was not hot and not up to par. The gnocchi was just okay and the meatballs did not taste fresh.

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a great place but inside is SO BADLY LIGHT that I could not read my menu. I think it is unacceptable to have that dark of an ambiance for someone enjoying trying to enjoy a meal, despite what the preference of the manager or owner or designer of the place is. It doesn't allow one to see their food, their menu or each other as well as one should.

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BL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time dining out, Tiramisu was great!

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MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Love this restaurant, but you need a flashlight to read your menu- lighting needs to be tweaked, unless you’re hiding something. Server very nice. Most courses were delicious but I found some of them lacking composition:

Beets salad had (8) little pieces beet and a mountain of beet greens- completely unbalanced

Arancini was delicious

Octopus was disappointing- had to dig for pieces of octopus and there was so much dill in the dish that you could not taste anything else

Meatball- were difficult to eat, cheese had congealed like it sat in the window too long. Flavor was not anything special

Tartare - we never got it and had to remind the waiter- removed it from the bill and offer busing on the house nice gesture.

This was my 9th time at this restaurant and I love this place, and I know how successful it is, but you need to tighten things up be for I drop $175 again.

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

Everything was great! Loved the food, service was phenomenal, and location is super cute as well! It’s a bit dark inside so if you want some light, sitting near the windows is great or outside is nice as well!

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SC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

small, well curated menu and everything was DELICIOUS.

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l
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a WOW! restaurant because of the quality of the food. The menu is interesting and the food is thoughtfully planned, well-executed, and well-described by the waitstaff. The food far surpasses the tightness of the space and the relative darkness of the restaurant (aging eyes here). Waitstaff is attentive.

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C
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a negative experience here and was able to bring my boyfriend for his first visit. The drinks were great (because not everyone makes a decent old fashioned), beef tartare excellent and not too large of a portion, the meatballs were perfect and the budino absolutely delish.

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BB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Barbuzzo and have never had a meal disappoint. I went with a friend. The restaurant was crowded, but you are easily able to have conversation.

We started with mixed drinks that are always well made. Mushroom crostini is a dish where thick, toasted bread is piled high with greens and wonderfully woodsy mushrooms. The meat balls are the best anywhere! Two huge meatballs made of short ribs and pork, stuffed with cheese and spices. Just delicious. We also had fiduea which is like paella and is absolutely wonderful. Mussels and shrimp perfectly cooked.

Of course Budino for dessert is a must. There is no better combination of sweet, salty, smooth, and creamy than the Budino made at Barbuzzo.

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MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool vibe! Good quality food but limited menu. Service very good!

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K
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food with attentive service - the physical space is very narrow & tables are very close - but the food & excellent menu make up for the space

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MM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Although the food is tasty, this restaurant is extremely loud and our server was not very attentive. In addition, the food took awhile, which is not helpful when you’re on a business lunch hour.

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j
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was very good. Server was ok, not much personality and didn’t acted concerned or really respond to the problem we had with two drinks with tonic were flat. She said there was no problem with anyone else who ordered a drink with tonic. Other than that I would definitely go back.

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Really nice menu, but the food was just ok. Flavors in fideuas were a little odd/didn’t totally complement the shellfish. Pizza was fine but crust was excellent.
Good drinks, nice (but super loud) inside, very slow service.

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

Good food and great place!

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I met an associate for lunch at Barbuzzo, and it was a comfortable and suitable place for a business lunch. The food was great and was delivered in a reasonable amount of time. The service was friendly and professional. I would have preferred to be offered something other than french fries to go with my sandwich - otherwise, I have no complaints!

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Belgium
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Despite having made a reservation very well ahead, we got the worst table in the restaurant.
Noise level extreme. No suitable for conversation. Food mediocre, wine and service more or less okay

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O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Barbuzzo did not disappoint - it exceeded our expectations. Our favorite dishes were the ricotta, the octopus, the lamb neck pasta and the apple bread pudding. Service was outstanding. The timing of each plate throughout the night was attentive and spot-on. Our waiter gave us just the right amount of attention. The noise level was high when we first arrived, but other tables cleared out pretty quickly and conversation became more ambient noise. I would absolutely come back and will be recommending Barbuzzo to friends.

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

I’ve been looking forward to eating dinner at barbuzzo for a while! The ambiance was great, but the food fell short of expectations. Most of our dishes were too salty and tough to eat. Luckily we shared all our dishes it was only a small portion each.

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oat Risotto, Roasted Beet Salad, Gnocchi, all equally outstanding! Would not hesitate to return!

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t
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about the restaurant was great except its so tight! Literally in the other tables conversation. Bumped the entire meal.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great but not phenominal. Tapas style. Very crammed !

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M
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High demand restaurant so it's recommended to make reservations. We were seated very quickly near the front. Service was friendly, informative (of the food), and efficient. We had a vegan and carnivore at the table and the menu choices robustly covered each. Food came as it became ready and quite tasty.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Philly. Highly recommend the beet salad to start. The cheese platter is good. Their pastas are all excellent!
I would also save room for dessert. The budino is a must have! Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was amazing.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great as always. The drinks were superb, though the cheese board was not our favorite

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KK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and fantastic food, particularly the mushroom pizza. Great service.

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PM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Love that pizza from a wood fired brick oven.

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food but slow service. Still a wonderful experience!

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SD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing Food! Great atmosphere.

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C
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We go just for the Buddino...but the rest of the food is pretty good too. And I love their cocktails! Was disappointed that the arracini wasn't on the lunch menu, but what are you gonna do?

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JZ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, diverse and unique flavors, serving portions and sizes encourages Sharing and variety

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BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice mixture of dishes on the menu. Cocktails were excellent.
Quick seating and service. We were looking for something different and we found it.

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r
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous last minute Easter dinner on a beautiful day !

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MG
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bright beautiful day but we are seated in some dark back corner that we had to use phone lights to read menu. Food. Ok. Overall “meh” 😒

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and priced well. Service was lovely but it’s definitely snug inside. Only a foot or so in between tables.

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LR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we had was amazing. But the octopus salad was the most amazing experience! Fork tender and so flavorful.

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LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Food is consistently fantastic, the folks working there are kind and attentive without being pushy and even though it's loud in there, it's not obnoxious noise

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