Don't Tell Mama NYC

4.3
1795 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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WE ARE CURRENTLY SHUTDOWN PER NYS/NYC HEALTH REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID-19 - WE HOPE TO RE-OPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s Theater District. New American Cuisine with a world-class atmosphere and a seasonally changing menu offering the freshest ingredients resulting in something for every plate as well as choices of delicious desserts and a wonderful selection of fine wines. Piano Bar & Cabaret Rooms are also featured at Don't Tell Mama. Founded in 1982.

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4.3based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.4
service
4.1
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3.8
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Beverly
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four of us had an early dinner at Don’t Tell Mama on a Saturday between matinee and evening theater performances. Service was friendly and efficient. The restaurant was fairly crowded and pretty noisy due to bar crowd and piano singer. Food was good, everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Waiter was attentive. Good value for a NYC restaurant.

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Dadam
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable

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jacco
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the drinks were divine! Pre-show dinner; we showed up a half hour early, but no problem!

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vipskim
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

For dinner, this is typical of the quality of restaurants in the theater district -- the food is mediocre but the service is prompt and the prices are reasonable. We ordered the $38 prix fixe, with salad or appetizer (indifferent bruschetta), choice of entree (her bowl of Israeli couscous and a moderately spicy sausage that is not what I would call "chorizo" wasn't bad, but my chicken breast with demi-glace as dry and chewy), and choice of dessert (my lemon meringue pie was terrible, lots of gelatin and very little lemon flavor, on a crust that wasn't brown).

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today
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

we got the prix fixed meal for dinner and it was a good bargin

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IsabelleG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place to eat and get a fun show after.
Only thing, we were not able to pay with cards that night (only cash) so we haven’t stay as long as we would wish.

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Patricia1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific time. Service was excellent, as well as the ambiance. The plates were delicious. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium-rare. The piano bar next door was a real good time. Definitely be back!

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SierraG
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I came on vacation and was told to try this restaurant and honestly I was very disappointed. Service was trash and the food was not worth the price I paid .

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JacD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

After reading great reviews, booked this restaurant hoping to eat an early meal whilst listening to the piano - from 7pm- and then enjoy the “acts”. Turns out the restaurant is in a separate annex to the piano player so it is just a small and quiet restaurant. Set menu food was lovely. We finished our meal just before 9 pm and went into the piano bar area and it was packed solid with bar users. No seats/ tables spare so we left. Such a shame to leave as it looked great and had a fab atmosphere. Perhaps I needed to do more research on the venue but only chose it for entertainment.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day dinner date. Everything we were looking for. Intimate environment. Tasty food. Friendly service. Highly pleased overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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RudyL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We ate in the restaurant. Service was great but the food was just average. The decor is also old and worn. Could use an update.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was great, food was great, but the host that I made contact with originally seemed a bit off. For example, when I met with my friend at the front door, he just gave him the nastiest look and I’m not sure why. It was like a look of disgust. Didn’t feel comfortable talking to him from that moment on.

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vipScottL
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easily the best spot on Restaurant Row. Consistently good.

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RaimundoT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I went to the restaurant because a friend was singing in the cabaret in another room connected to the restaurant. I don't vision myself returning the food wasn't great, and the cost of the food was over charged. I won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Broadway show

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ShaneO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is almost always a stop when we are in the City. Great food. Resonable prices. Excellent service. The value is also great except I was surprised by the drink costs. I had a Manhattan which was $14. I didn't think that was too bad but my wife had a single shot of peach schnapps and orange juice for a fuzzy navel and it was $16- more than my Manhattan. We were surprised by those costs. The service wasn't particularly good at the bar either (this is the piano bar). The bartender was nice enough but we sat way up by the door and he rarely got up to that end to wait on us. We also observed a lot of people coming in and standing for quite a while waiting to be seated only to then be told they could sit anywhere and order at the bar. With that said, it was our only weak experience in that bar and the restaurant side was outstanding as always. Very consistent. We look forward to visiting again.

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CaronN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Next time we will come back at night to watch a show there. Service & food was very good.

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Napa
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The sign is a little misleading. I found the restaurant during a previous visit to NYC, and the sign/advertisement seemed to advertise a restaurant where the wait staff, were also singing. May have been my misunderstanding but I read reviews, etc and felt the dinner featured singing staff members, much like the Stardust Diner. Food was good but with so many great restaurants in the city, would not be a top choice. Very quiet, not trendy at all.

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vipsfgever
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved everything about it. Will definitely return!

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IrvF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant dinner experience.

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vipJamesE
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Bad experience all around after wanting to go here for years. Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for Christmas dinner here for a group of 8 adults and 2 children. The food was very good. Service was brilliant.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for our 3rd Christmas dinner. Great service. Great food. Great venue.

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Goforit
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was excellent value and service was great. We wanted a quiet, relaxed, family style Xmas dinner, and our expectations were surpassed. Thank you!

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vipChristopher
E. Tennessee
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food, good drinks, good attentive service.
We had reservations and were seated immediately.
Seating is a little tight.
Ambiance is ok.
Overall it’s a nice spot to have a nice meal.
Close to shows. I would definitely go back.

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RebeccaG
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really warm and friendly staff, and the maitre d found us a fantastic table in the piano bar for after dinner. We'll worth it for the music! Main show started at 9, but warm up act was fab (and created a good ambience as it was a little quieter). The main show was super fun with all the staff joining in and taking requests

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DevraW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very pricey and very mediocre food. Door kept opening for no apparent reason, the bread basket was conveniently brought with just enough for one hard stale piece for each person. No offer to refill. Nice enough waiter by not very friendly

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JonathanP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This review is only concerning the restaurant portion of this establishment as we did not partake in the bar or cabaret-space. The dining area is small, but comfortable. We selected the pre fixe menu option during our reservation, but we had to tell our waiter about this as he wasn't aware when he took our drink order. I would think this would be something the waiter should be made aware of beforehand. Speaking of drinks, we were not informed on the menu or by the waiter that soda did not come with free refills. We hadn't thought to ask since every other restaurant we'd eaten in while in the City offered free refills, so this made for quite a surprise when we got our bill. The appetizers were good, but the vodka penne entree was a bit undercooked and therefore somewhat chewy. The dessert options were limited to 2: the walnut brownie was quite tasty, but the lemon meringue pie had a very store-bought quality to it. Overall, I'm glad we can say that we've eaten at this iconic NYC location, and we'll most likely be back for a drink or a show, but I don't think we'd do it again for a meal.

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vipMaracharese
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I wasn't very happy with the seasoning of my food, was a bit bland, but my guests were very satisfied and we had an amazing time. the drinks were delicious! I would go again

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MichelleC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding - portion size was slightly smaller than expected for the price, but delicious. The wait staff was lovely - friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Can't beat the location on Restaurant Row! We ate on the quieter, restaurant side of the establishment. There is another side that has the live music and performances - know there's definitely a bar over there, but didn't ask whether or not could have eaten dinner on that side too. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this place!

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Gertie
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Empty,cold restaurant.
Half way through meal, a performer came out and then room filled with her audience, all standing around and filling room!
Promised a seat in bar to listen to live music, no one came to get us or offer a seat after half an hour left.
On booking told them a Birthday, waste of time, very poor, no atmosphere and certainly no celebration!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing I had the garlinc bread and penne ala vodka and it was amazing

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AdsUK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Always enjoy visiting Don’t Tell Mama NYC but I was disappointed on this visit. I booked in advance for the evening of my Birthday for a meal. When we arrived we were seated at a table which was positioned on the tiled floor right next to the door. Each time a customer or staff member walked by the table my chair was knocked. I asked to be moved and this was arranged so that we were moved to another table. It was just disappointing that the restaurant even expected customers to sit at a table in the foyer area - it was a shame as it’s not the normal service I receive from the restaurant.

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vipHarrisH
London
30 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Better than expected food. Decor and noise level wasn’t that good.

room next door is great, post dinner

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AlexandraA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was superb. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening and terrific food!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theater dinner. Great location and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it x staff amazing. Eat laugh I’ve had in ages 👍🏻

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