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About Barbuzzo Restaurant
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday to Saturday: 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5pm - 12am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets.
Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station
Marcie B Turney
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Barbuzzo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Found this gem by accident. Read several reviews and it lives up to its reputation - an interesting menu and very good food. We dined for lunch and ordered two delicious pasta dishes with a side order of not-to-be missed grilled bread. Next visit we’ll try the amazing looking pizza. This is a popular restaurant and reservations are a must!
When I originally called for a reservation, for my first time there, I asked for a booth. I'll see what I can do I was told. Arriving there I was told there are no booths. What? Why was I led to believe that then. No response. The restaurant was extremely dim ( maybe to hide the imaginary booths) and we were seated at a small table with an extremely hard backed chairs. Very uncomfortable. We ordered pasta. Me gnocchi, which was swimming in oil and a very small portion. Not much of a garnish My friend had the tortellini. Same problem. Was this place tapas and I just hadn't noticed? Apparently not. Just tiny portions. No bread. I guess so you'll continue ordering more small portioned oil filled platters. Almost forgot the salad. Shaved fennel, With an overabundance of caraway seeds. The dessert, while tasty and very sweet seemed like something from a malt shop or pre made and shipped there. Certainly not homemade. It was handed to us OVER TOP OF THE ADJACENT TABLE AS I STRETCHED MY HAND OVER TO REACH IT FROM THE SERVER!!! All in all, I would not return and would not ever recommend this place. The hype on this place is ridiculous.
I had been wanting to try Barbuzzo for awhile based on the wonderful reviews. Absolutely lived up to it's reputation. Food was phenomenal. Great wine list. Our server was knowledgeable and personable. We had a great time ordering lots of things to share. Can't wait to go back again!
Small restaurant. Very busy. Gracious and attentive service. Cozy-tables are close together but I didn’t find it intrusive. It’s pretty loud so It’s not for a quiet romantic dinner. the service and quality of food is very good. Definitely splurge on the tiramisu for dessert.
Barbuzzo is my number one recommendation to people coming to Philly. The food is outstanding. The roasted and raw beet salad is beyond compare and you haven't lived until you've had the Caciocavallo stuffed meatballs. The pan seared Brussell sprouts and the pan seared gnocci on the dinner menu are out of this world. Great wines and knowledgeable staff. I will say that the hosts/hostesses might make guests feel more welcomed if they smiled and actually seemed pleased that folks were coming into the restaurant, but don't let that stop you. Go, eat, drink, and enjoy!
I order salads everywhere and almost always change up ingredients, rarely encountering a problem. I asked for pickled cherries instead of beets and got a nasty no. Then I asked for extra greens, no, she said, I can omit the beets. Nothing like trying to,accommodate your patrons. Will not return.
Let me start this with, I have been to barbuzzo about a dozen times over the past 4 or 5 years, and usually love the ambience, food, drinks, and of course the salted caramel budino, but this experience left me with the conclusion that the overall quality of the food has diminished (become problematically inconsistent) enough to warrant not coming back for anything more than the premade budino and perhaps a cup of coffee.
We ordered the pan seared brussel sprouts, the meatballs, the UOVO (pizza), and the seared chicken thighs. We also had a quartina of wine - the tempranillo. and then the cote du rhone.
The first thing to come out was the brussel sprouts quickly followed by the meatballs. The meatballs themselves were fine, but the cheese garnish was not melted (to be fair, so much of it was cold that its difficult to determine if this was the intent of the kitchen). The sprouts were bitter and undercooked. When we told our server, he took back the brussel sprouts, but did not seem to keen in hearing our feedback as to what the main issue was. The eventually returned about 15 minutes later with the entry of the rest of our food. They were delivered without any apology or softening statement - and unfortunately, were just as poor / cool/ and bitter as the first batch of sprouts.
It was also really annoying that the server made no attempt to course our meal, or maximize the real estate of our two top. We needed to request water as the server was not attentive enough to see we had finished our bottle of water, and we had to request new setups when the previous course was cleared, and our server didnt realize we needed new utensils and plates.
The fact is, if the food was epic, it would have been fine to offset the transgressions of a food server that is not very observant, but frankly, not one thing with the exception of the budino matched our previous expectations of this this restaurant.
This is hands down the best restaurant I have ever been to. Our sever was great and recommended us delicious dishes. We were a party of 4 and shared 8 meals. Portions’ sizes were from small to medium, but all of them were super yummy. We ended our dinner with the tiramisu and the salty caramel dessert and they both tasted superb. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely go back when in the area. The noise level was moderate.
The service was excellent and the atmosphere was chic and fun !!! We Split The Margarita Pizza and The Roasted Beet Salad...Both were enough to share and we thought the pizza was delicious and the salad was fresh and loaded with flavor...For Entrees we had The Chicken Thighs and The Bay Scallops over Bucatini Pasta... Both were delicious.. Can't wait to go back.. The prices were moderate for the food.....Definitely worth the money.......
The only down side to this restaurant is the waaaay over priced wine list !!!
$66 dollars I think was the lowest priced bottle wine....We've seen much better prices in fine restaurants in Manhattan....I stuck with Beer for dinner and my Husband got his wine by the glass. ....Other than that I highly recommend Barbuzzo
This was our second trip to this high energy spot, with close seating, substantial decibel levels, an open kitchen that employs the extras from Breaking Bad, and oh yes some excellent Italian-leaning offerings. We began with a shareable-sized pizza, and moved on to our separate main plates and then an outstanding caramel budino (pudding). We expect to return for a third visit.
Good overall; the hits were countered with a few misses. Meant to order Roasted Acorn Squash Salad but mistakenly ordered Fall Salad. It was a major disappointment; left more than half of it. Roasted Beet Salad and Ricotta starters were very good. The gnocchi as well as chicken thighs both excellent. Tufoli seemed to be missing the pork. Enjoyed Budino for dessert.
Food was great and so was the service . The lights were practically shut off ... You had to read the menu with your cell phone .
But the major drawback and the reason I will not return or recommended this place is because you literally are packed in there like sardines.
They table next to you is literally inches away from you . There is no way to have a private conversation, and the servers literally need to step between tables while running food and serving guest .
I really enjoyed the food and the service was good , but the clustering of tables was a major turn off . Also all food comes at separate time , since there is no where in the kitchen to set up the food.
My suggestion is take out a few tables and increase your prices a few cents . I understand that you want to make every single penny possible . But honestly this was like being on a airplane
Probably one of my favorites places in Philly. Its a pretty small place, but so worth the money time and experience. The food is always delicious and freshly prepared. The place is always busy so I would recommend making reservation.
Amazing Octopus platter. Great Anti-pasta platter for lunch. Very tasty gnocchi and other kinds of pasta that restaurant offers. Yammy pizzas. Quick service. I would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys great service and really fresh locally sourced ingredients. One of the reasons I keep on coming back to this over and over again.
Overall great food their salted Carmel Budino is wonderful, however , the portion sizes are very small for the price with every item, and the amount of grilled octopus in the “grilled octopus Mediterranean plate” is minimal. The Hostess was professional but she seemed annoyed in general and with us asking if anything had opened up earlier than our actual reservation time, I.e our Reservation was at 9:15 we showed up at 8:35 and wanted to know if they were any cancellations. Though they were able to accommodate us. On a different day and occasion I have been turned away when asking if we could come just for dessert and there were clearly open tables because it was late and the dinner rush was gone.
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