Too noisy and difficult for someone who is gluten free and eats no red meat.
Creative tasty food. Wish there was more lighting. It was hard to read the menu.
We went to Barbuzzo for Father's Day and had a reservation for 4 people. I originally asked if we could move the reservation from 6 to 6:30. They claimed they had no other tables, which didn't really make sense because they had our original table. Anyways, we ordered our food and two plates came out about 15 minutes before the other two plates came out. What I had an issue with was that I got a pasta plate that came with about 5 pasta noodles, for $19 dollars. Which apparently is a plate designed to share. We would have gotten about 1 noodle each. Which i thought was crazy. I mentioned it to my server that the size of the plate and food was crazy small and he said that's just how it is. The server was very nice, so none of it was his fault. Definitely left feeling a little annoyed.
Honestly, I was very disappointed. Not only with the restaurant, but with Open Table. Barbuzzo has been my favorite restaurant in Philly for over 5 years. Every birthday, milestone, even my engagement has been planned there. We tried to make reservations for Friday evening to celebrate my birthday, a tradition me & my fiance have. Open Table had marked all times besides 5pm or 9:30pm as Premium. When I called to the restaurant to see if this was just an Open Table thing the man on the phone said their only availability was those two times (5pm and 9:30pm). We decided to take the premium reservation at 7pm because we knew it would be worth it. I reluctantly traded in 800 (hard earned) Open Table points for this. I had never done this before and honestly, it felt very exploitative. When we got the restaurant, it was empty. It was the emptiest I've ever seen it. Multiple two & four top tables available at 7pm and those tables stayed available. Why did I have to use 800 points on a reservation when I could have just walked in and got a table? On top of that, our waitress seemed very distracted. She brought over wrong drinks multiple times and when we (very politely) corrected her on her mistake, she took it very offensively. She insisted we told her something else and then she blamed the bartender. It took forever for us to get her attention when we needed something and again, it was practically empty! My Fiance also called the restaurant earlier saying it was my birthday and for a dessert to be taken out with a candle in it. We had to order our dessert (which I thought was weird because normally they just bring it out) and it was served without a candle until we were halfway through it, then our waitress brought over a small espresso cup of sherbet over with a candle in it. No apology for the mix up at all.
Overall, I am disappointed with our experience at Barbuzzo. If I'm paying for a premium time slot through OpenTable, I expect the service to match.
Always great dining here!
Delicious food before a show at the Walnut. The place is small and tables are tight, but the staff is amazing and the food is divine. Bring people who like to share. Try the beet salad and the budino dessert to accent your meal.
Fun restaurant!...good small plates..good pizza...
One if not the best Mediterranean restaurants in the tri state area! Trout tartine and octopus are on point and there are always great wines by the glass and craft beers on tap. Desert was delectable and the selection of ports and sherries ice the cake. Always worth the drive from the shore or a stop after a convention or sports event.
I’ve been here for dessert before (the to die for budino) however finally made it here for dinner and it did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was outstanding and the service was very friendly as well. I especially loved the ficco pizza, the agnolotti, the budino and the bread pudding (the goat cheese ice cream with it was sublime). Highly recommend.
Amazing app and mains, but the waiter Disappeared for 30+ minutes after we ordered our dessert. The “cold” dessert was warm and the “warm” dessert was cold. Both were terrible because they had obviously been sitting for some time...ice cream half melted and everything. So disappointed because we usually love coming here.
Our waitress was great. The chessboard & drinks were excellent. Otherwise, the rest of our meal was ok. Place is narrow and they pack you in.
Really delicious food, nicely served. We told our server we had to leave by 7:00 to catch a show and he made sure it happened.
Really small dishes.. undercooked pasta.. the salad was lettuce leaves not even chopped.. kinda disaster.. and really weird pizzas, if u are Italian DON'T order the pizza.. my advice
We found Barbuzzo while my wife was attending a conference in downtown Philly. It is a very easy walk, perhaps 15 minutes, from the Downtown Marriott. The food was quite good, but, on a Tuesday at 6:30 PM, the place was packed and very LOUD! The layout is primarily a set of booth seats along a very long wall with chairs on the opposite side of the table. The chairs are very narrow, thus the room's capacity of diners is increased. Good business plan; not terribly customer-friendly. The food, however, was excellent! My wife is no friend of hot spices and her dish had lots of red pepper flakes. There was nothing on the menu that identified this. A disappointment.
Their PERA Pizza is so good. Love this place.
The food and service was great. Very loud and some crawling bugs on the wall near our table! Freaked me out, upsetting my enjoyment of the food
Still a great place to dine. Great food and great service. Still going strong. I highly recommend and can't wait to return.
Excellent food and wine, and good service. The only glitch was our two main courses did not come to the table together as they should have.
Wonderful food and great, responsive service. Pasta dishes were superb.
The food was great, but enough with the rustic BS and turn on the air!!? It was just too hot.
The food was great! We had the mussels, octopus and Branzino! It was a bit dark and hard to read the menu. I tried to use the candle but had to use my phone flashlight. The service was good! Knowledgeable servers! I would definitely go back!
Food was excellent, as our party consisted of 3 Chefs we were impressed with presentation as well as taste. Service was also very good and staff was knowledgeable of menu and specials. They like to pack them in so seating was close but once your settled its still comfy. Noise is expected so come prepared.
Very nice ambience and terrific selection of vegetarian fare.
So delicious!!! I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful service - Doug was our waiter, and was attentive, and helpful. He gave us excellent recommendations for wine, appetizers, and the main course. This was our first time at Barbuzzo's and the food was phenomenal. Cudos to the chef, and all of the waitstaff. Friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and the food was so good I was transported to a happy place! Thank you for making this a memorable trip to Philadelphia, and a great date.
An outstanding restaurant - will definitely return next time I'm in Philly. Best mussels and octopus I've ever had and I've had plenty. Everything was on point. Go.
I came here because it was so highly rated, and because they said it was "Mediterranean" which I like. It's pretty hopping--had to make reservations several days in advance. We got there early and they seated us right away.
We ordered three dishes between us. The waitress said it was "small plates" and recommended several apiece, which put the price tag from "very reasonable" to "moderate." The cauliflower pizza was excellent, though if you're at all sensitive to gluten, the delicious, chewy dough may make you regret it later. They served it with dried oregano blossoms and chili oil in adorable little jars. We also got the gnocci, which was quite good. The flank steak wasn't as good; the meat was cooked nicely, but most of the other things on the plate were a miss, either not tasty (pistachio pesto) or inedible (tough leek greens).
I'd describe the atmosphere as "cozy." There's a lot of wood and the lights are dim. That and the smell of woodsmoke (from the pizza ovens) makes you feel like you're in a hip cabin in the woods. Tables are very, very close together, so if you're not trim and able-bodied you may have a very tough time of it. My daughter and I are both pretty lithe, and I still felt cramped and in danger of running into people. I honestly don't know how they can accommodate disabled people, or if they even try.
I think the pizza and pasta was the thing to recommend about this place. Your vegetarian friends can find things to eat here. The waitress made a point of asking about food allergies, which I thought showed extra compassion and professionalism. The menu had an extensive wine list, a few craft cocktails, what appeared to be a full bar, and some beers, though if you didn't want booze your options were Pepsi products or water.
We enjoyed our visit to Barbuzzo. We were seated at the bar overlooking the cooks/chefs. It was fascinating to watch, but hot and frenetic. Your server is behind you and it is not possible given cramped quarters to see each others faces much less make eye contact. Food was delicious -- we particularly recommend the octopus. It was perfect. The beet salad was large and tasty. The crispy chicken thighs were also tasty if not particularly distinctive. Presentation is not high on the list of attributes for this restaurant, but so it goes. Gluten free options are limited and staff is ill equipped to handle requests. The kitchen was obviously too busy to worry about GF needs, so careful ordering is a must. Even then issues can arise. Our waiter served us a budino without the cookie crumble, but later appeared to advise the crumble is incorporated into the pudding. While she promised she wouldn't charge us for the dessert as she took it away, the celiac in our group had already encountered a few crunches in the pudding. Celiacs should avoid this restaurant.
Food was outstanding
A great meal and overall experience. The pear pizza, octopus and bone marrow sausage all were excellent and highly recommended, but the sheeps cheese pasta with braised lamb shank was simply out of this world. Save room for the budino---sensory overload is the only way I can describe it.
Great place - a little too dark. Expect to use the flashlight on your phone to read the menu.
I forgot what good service was until I got to Barbuzzo! It's been a while since I've had someone be able to so expertly explain the menu. The food was absolutely delicious and it was the perfect spot for a special family meal! Will definitely be returning, soon!
Lovely lunch with coworkers. We had the ricotta, antipasti, beet salad, meatballs, and margarita pizza. All dishes were excellent.
Loved the atmosphere and open kitchen, very cool and food was outstanding!
The food was fine, but overall we were disappointed. The grilled octopus was mostly potatoes and greens with a few bites of octopus thrown in. Likewise, the roasted artichoke dish was mostly bread and unremarkable vegetables with only 3 or 4 small artichoke pieces. We did enjoy the marrow sausage and the lamb pasta dish, and I liked the negroni cocktail varieties. I didn't feel that service was overly friendly, and the place was so loud that it was hard to hear my partner across our small table. It was all right, but I doubt we'll return.
Barbuzzo has always been one of my favorites but this meal was extremely salty, some of it almost inedible! I was really surprised and disappointed. I hope they can work some flavor back into the dishes without the need for over-salting.
Server never introduced herself, had to ask her name. This was after waiting about 25 minutes in a virtually empty restaurant for her to take my drink order. Noticed she didn’t introduce herself to the couple sitting next to me when she came to their table. Sounds like she needs some retraining. Food was good and not overpriced at all.
Great place 👌🏾
Gnocchi was amazing. Service wasn’t so great. Took really long for waitress to do anything.