Don't Tell Mama NYC

4.2
1623 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seating was tight. Had 3 course meal from price fix menu ($32 pp). The meal was good, not great, but worth the value, Drinks were NYC pricy $11 for wine $13 for liquor, so bill was almost double of the price fix. The service was good, not overly attentive. Due to tight space it got rather loud.

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F
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It was ok. Maybe the ambiance would be a little better if it's cleaner.

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MR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome. I purposed to my girlfriend here the staff helped out in playing her favourite song on the piano bar which was amazing, great atmosphere and the manager and staff where great. Food was really nice couldnt reccomend this place enough.

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

Valentine’s Day

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B
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun gathering with friends. Good food and wine. Outstanding service! Highly recommend.

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BF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is small but quaint and pleasant. Food, drinks, and service were excellent. Recommend for pre-theater or any occasion as long as group is 4 or less.

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MK
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My meal was satisfactory, if pricey. The service was warm and also satisfactory. The location is perfect for pre-theatre dining.

However, I'm currently debating with Open Table because I should've been credited with 1000 points (as was the offer when I made my online reservation), but only got 100 points. I don't know why this discrepancy happened, but it has tarnished my view of the restaurant, as well as of Open Table...

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service! Lamb was delicious, steak was more cooked than I ordered it but still tasty.

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PC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I came here for an early dinner between the Harry Potter plays on Sunday, and was seated promptly although I arrived a little early for my reservation. I had the mixed salad, BBQ spare rib and the lemon meringue pie with coffee. Food was fine and the service was very professional. Since only 1 or 2 other tables were occupied at time, the place was quiet. This is a handy place for bite if you are attending the theatre nearby.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful time again at Don’t Tell Mama. My salmon portion was very small. I felt they should have picked a bigger piece or maybe even combined 2 pieces since they were so small.
But it was delicious. Our waiter was great. We had a lovely dinner.

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KS
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm, very busy atmosphere. Waiter was nice but had lot of responsibilities to deal with. Food was very tasty, presented nicely and arrived warm! Would return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was great — the service was okay — it was very noisy, difficult to have normal conversation. The piano bar was awesome....

I would come again.

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T
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great location right off Broadway. A fun atmosphere, good service and good food. Given the choices of restaurants in the area, I would probably not return and would try somewhere new.

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AJ
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved dinner at Don't Tell Mama. My salad and Shrimp Scampi were outstanding, and there were ample wine choices -- we loved the pinot noir we ended up with. Service was friendly and prompt. We would definitely go back.

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J
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

The food was just okay and the portions were small. The best part of the meal was dessert.
It is a small room and there was a family of 14 with small children. The noise level was impossible and we ate as fast as we could to get out of there. I understand that is not the fault of the restaurant but they should let patrons know when they book that kind of group. Other than that group and two tables it was empty. I will not be returning. The staff was very nice but could not overcome the noise and the food.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great, as we were running late before a show and needed to rush a little bit! Our server made sure everything came out quickly, without feeling rushed, and we still made it to the theater with plenty of time to spare! The food was tasty, the restaurant was quiet, especially for a Sunday night. Overall, great experience

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience for four at Don't Tell Mama NYC. Duck with couscous was delicious! Drinks were bigger and cheaper in restaurant than at bar. Wait in piano lounge was cramped, but nice music. Restaurant is small, so seating is close. The staff was super friendly and accommodating. Overall, nice evening.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Hidden gem for theatre-goers.

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LS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would eat here every night if i could. Food was amazing. I would have never found it, if not for open table. Everything was awesome!!

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j
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was fine but the service and speed were pretty bad. We had to ask for everything. From water, to bread, to another drink. It was very frustrating. It appeared they were understaffed. We made our reservation for 6 and I had to take my dessert to go since we had an 8:00 show.
My salmon was tasty. The lamb chops were very good too. You just have to be prepared to wait or give yourself a lot of extra time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a great server. Service was very prompt. Food was good, but nothing special.

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SK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Beef short ribs were delicious. Would go again in a heartbeat.

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LG
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal in the restaurant section - which assured us of a great seat in the adjoining piano bar where the extremely talented pianist, Paddy, accompanied the wait staff who would break into song and/or take the mic after 9 pm. 'had an absolutely wonderful evening in NYC's theater district.

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IL
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the first time based off the recommendation of a friend and absolutely LOVED it. The ambiance was great, the food and drinks were delicious and then our dessert was phenomenal. We each ordered something different so we could taste the others (4 in all) especially the Chocolate Prada and we thoroughly enjoyed each of them. The cost was also reasonable for the quality we received.

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c
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to a cabaret performance and wanted to stay in same venue and the restaurant had a nice varied menu so we stayed and all was fine and convenient

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us stopped in pre theater in January. We had been here once before in the summer and every table was taken plus a long wait. This time we found it pleasantly uncrowded. The food was delicious and the service spot on. We were not rushed out at all (probably due to it being a slow night, but still we appreciated it). As native New Yorkers we feel we found a gem and would return again.

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SL
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Don't Tell Moma! It's the place place on Restaurant Row and love all the regular customers who have been coming back for years.

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d
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Location super convenient being in theatre district. Service was terrific, very attentive and the drinks and food arrived in timely manner. Quality of food just ok. Chicken over cooked, dry. Ravioli was tasty but overpowered by the sauce.

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T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a theater goer. I always have dinner before any show. This weekend I was attending two plays. I was trying not to spend my average of a $100.00 per meal. I have to say that DON’T TELL MOMA did not disappoint. I had the lamb chops and my friend had the duck w/couscous. I really enjoyed the lamb chops. They also split a salad for us, which was great. The winner of the evening was the cream brûlée’s! Made fresh and obviously not sitting in the refrigerator all day waiting to be torched, the custard was light and the glaze was thin! The coffee was great also! I would go back again! I met my cost at way below $100.00.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! The food, service, and ambiance are superb. The combination of locals and tourists, the quality of the food, and the entertainment next door make Don't Tell Mama part of our NYC plans on every trip.

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G
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a family visiting from Edinburgh and couldn’t have chosen a better venue for New Years. Food was good, service was good but to top all of that we enjoyed the singers / piano player and the regulars that made it overall a very enjoyable night.

It was raining outside and the ball drop became a no. As said couldn’t have chosen a better venue. Thanks guys n gals and all the best for the future.

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RA
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place good food and the piano player nice.

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N
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place. On the small side. Good food. Good service and a good value.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a chance and made reservations after a show and was pleasantly impressed by the food and the waitstaff. Will definitely return. There is a club in the rear that looks like a good time. Bathroom could be cleaned up a bit - otherwise great 👍

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. Excellent food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall great restaurant. Small portions and no extra bread which would offset fish dish with no carbs. Waitress was spot on. Many choices on menu for all.

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a
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diner. We tried the Christmas prix fixe menu $45 per person. Ordered the lamb and my partner ordered turkey breast. Both were delicious. Dessert was chocolate mousse cake. Yum. One feedback was the Moscow mule wasn’t served in a copper mug like I used to. Other than that great dining experience.

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Ryan was fantastic!! He was kind, efficient, patient (one of our party was not so nice). I loved the food, the atmosphere everything about the restaurant. Food was great, drinks were great !!! We had a great Christmas Dinner.

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RT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Christmas Day dinner at Dont Tell Mama, the food was outstanding, the team crewing for the day were amazing and nothing was too much trouble and the whole thing including a lot of drinks and a 4 course meal for two (that we couldn’t finish, SOOOO much food) was under $150.

We’ve also been to Don’t Tell Mama for work events and dinners on a normal evening and the shows are amazing, funny, talented and completely worth losing an evening too.

Can’t recommend this place enough for anything and everything you want to do.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay for the price. The fish and steak all came out over cooked although My bf said his lamp chops were very good. Probably wouldn’t come back here.

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