Desnuda - Brooklyn

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Seafood
Desnuda Cevicheria interprets a Latin American culinary staple for New York's palate, using traditional & innovative methods and ingredients to lightly cure fresh fish, infusing them with latin and japanese flavors. Our cocktail and spirits program highlights South American spirits such as pisco, cachaça, and agricole rhum with both traditional and modern cocktails designed to complement the food.

With careful attention to ingredients, atmosphere and service, we strive to bring our customers a uniquely enjoyable experience at Desnuda in the heart of Williamsburg.
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MW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Really interesting fusion and combinations, great atmosphere, and funky and fun without being overwhelming. Fun for small groups and dates!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a tremendous dinner at Desnuda. Salmon belly, octopus and smoked oysters were favorites but everything was good and the specialty cocktails are great as well. Highly recommend this spot.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyster Happy Hour! And staff amazing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A very noisy place. The tables were sticky. Drinks were overly sweet. The food had no taste with a fairly high price and came in tiny portions. The waitress serving us pushed us to order more food and drinks but couldn’t care less about how we liked the food or getting us some water. On top of that, there was barely any AC in this place. We were sweating the entire time. Overall, it was a rip-off. Spend your money somewhere else.

KC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food and drinks were excellent, specifically the Pisco Sour, Oysters and different Ceviches. The service was so-so and the space was not suitable for a large party. We had a reservation for 9 people and were seated in an enclosed booth. In the back half of the booth there was absolutely no air flow and there was a low, slanted ceiling - so the people sitting at the end of the table were not only sweating, but their heads hit the slanted ceiling if they were not careful. We ordered plates to share as was recommended by the waitress. The food came out as it was ready, each dish came out about every 10 minutes, so with 9 people we each got about one bite from every dish - we were starving! The waitress should have offered more guidance in terms of how to order for a large party, but she was vague and seemed too busy to engage. After 2 hours, we were uncomfortable and still hungry, so we left and went to an Italian restaurant down the street to have actual dinner. I would recommend this place to go on a date, or if you are looking to have some good, light food with your drinks, but definitely not as a place for a group dinner.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dinner. Drinks and food were delicious. Everyone had a favorite and were blown away at the quality of food. Music was very very good and our waitress went above and beyond.

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Super delicious. Great ambience. Excellent service.

NF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service only downside was sitting at the bar the fumes from the stove made my eyes tear and my clothes smell

NA
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience and the food was excellent

R
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience4

The party sitting next to us were HORRENDOUS, they disrupted the entire restaurant, screaming, standing, moving up and down, hovering around our table, it was very obnoxious and the wait staff did nothing to calm them down or compensate the other diners in the restaurant, especially us. We had to cut dinner early and leave the table, I even had a desert planned to come out and that did not even get a chance to happen. We have dined at this restaurant before and absolutely love the food but this experience was really terrible. I just wish even a “I’m sorry” was given to us, let alone a free round of drinks or an appetizer for free, or better yet telling the out of control party to sit down and shut up! Very disappointing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

I made a reservation for 7:30 for a table. When we arrived they sat us at the bar although there was an empty table available. I was told that they were overbooked. However, I’m staring at an empty table at 7:30. So how exactly do they decide whose reservations they honor?

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was excellent, but the service was so bad we were bonding with the table next to us about it. Fun music, but extremely loud. Expensive night given that we left hungry. Better to think of this place as a pitstop for cocktails and Happy Hour oysters on the way to dinner.

PP
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Everything was good but not great. Service could've been a little better with drinks only. It was quite warm in our booth on a very hot day and a little loud. All in all a good choice though.

J
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The waiter was incredibly rude. He made comments multiple times about what we're ordering that were meant to provoke and annoy us. Also, even though we reserved a table, after making our order, he told us that he should have just seated us at the bar since we didn't order much even though we explicitly said we wanted to sit at a table. The table next to us told us he was being rude and unreasonable to them too. Overall, horrible experience. Ruined my night and the waiter really needs to be fired.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! All seafood, mostly raw. 80s music. Had a great time!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Food was outstanding. Staff was very friendly. Highly recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great date spot

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Did not know what to expect. A small place that has aamzing food. Not a huge menu but excellent one. The cocktails are unique and really good. Service was amazing and the owner/boss was very nice.

g
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great drinks. will deff comeback soon

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Great ceviche, interesting sides. Fun decor in small space. Terrible waiter and music so loud you had to shout at the person next to you. Would go to another restaurant by the chef but wouldn't return to this location

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was phenomenal. Best fish in Brooklyn! Super fresh and the sauces are amazing!

JM
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Small cozy neighborhood place, recommended by a friend. Well the oyster alone are reason to come hear! Good mix of cocktails and some decent wines.

Came for the oysters but loved the skirt steak and baked clams were out of this world. Service was friendly and attentive

will definitely be back1

Q
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing !!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour! The seared tuna and salmon dishes are amazing! Also great celviche!

KP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The space is really great. However, the food is just not as good as the one in Manhattan. The portions were smaller. Overall, it was disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great server, food and drinks were delicious. We’ll be back on 5-18th..:)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Food was good as always, but venue needs better ventilation for the hot plates. Odor bothered us the entire night, making the experience unpleasant, we couldn’t breathe in there. Our clothes still smell of food. EV location has a similar issue, but not as bad...

MR
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good, but the service was really bad. They took to long to bring our drinks to the table. And was our first time and she didn't even explain us the menu. and how the restaurant works.

J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent seafood options all prepared very nicely. The happy hour was an exceptional value. I'm looking forward to going back.

CG
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

What a surprise this was. Cerviche at a new level and a cool, hard to find space. The Bartender will take you there. Try the Rosemary's Baby. The Yellowtail Tiratido is Killer and the lobster and Clams w/ Chorizo are way boss. Never been to the EV location. But this place is solid.

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Happy hour on point and excellent service.

KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was out of this world and the food was far better than our group expected. The ceviche and shrimp was amazing

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great music, great ambiance

M
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was really hazy given majority of the kitchen is at the bar, but the food (strip steak!) was delicious. Drinks were pretty tasty too. Cozy corners to sit in with groups were fun. A bit short-staffed on ordering, but given it was NYE the waitress was kind and let us stay quite long at our table.

R
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for dinner with my wife after having a group holiday party there two days prior. The food continues to be outstanding. The staff if friendly, the ambience is casual and attractive. The music was a little loud but the owner turned the volume down when we asked. Excellent overall.

k
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Great food extremely noisy

VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a restaurant. Keep coming back for the salmon and tuna ceviche. Must try the tea smoked oysters. Great staff with an awesome bartender. Great for celebration or impressing a first date.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Didn’t get to eat. In a basically empty restaurant, the music was so obnoxiously loud my friend and I were unable to talk. I asked the bartender if he could turn it down, his response:
“Well then the lights would be too bright for someone else, you know what I mean?”
No.
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JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Fresh. Delicious. Unique. Memorable. Ambiance was weird in a good way. The service was delightful. I sincerely can’t wait to go back and do it all over again.