Babbo Ristorante

4.7
2526 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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B&B Hospitality Group's flagship restaurant, located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, opened to great acclaim in 1998 and is as bustling and popular as ever. It offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. An epic, landmark wine list, an exciting, quintessentially New York dining room and expert, attentive and cordial service make a table at Babbo one of New York’s prized possessions.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week, lunch is Tuesday through Saturday 11:30am - 2pm, dinner is every night. Last seating is at 10:45pm Sunday-Thursday. Monday to Saturday the bar opens at 5pm, dinner service starts at 5:30pm, last reservations 11:15pm. On Sundays the bar opens at 4:30pm, dinner service begins at 5pm and the last reservations are at 10:45pm.
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Phone number
(212) 777-0303
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Batali
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street
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Parking details
Street parking in front of the restaurant is available after 6pm. The nearest garage is GMC, between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal Street and can be entered via Eighth Street or Waverly Place.
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Public transit
West 4th street subway station (8th street/Waverly Place exit): A,C,E,B,D,F and M trains. We recommend traveling at the back of the train if coming from uptown, the front of the train if coming from downtown, to find the closest exit at the station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking

Private Dining

Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's flagship restaurant, located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. Let Babbo host your next birthday, anniversary, rehearsal dinner or corporate event!

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Sun - Thu 10:15PM - 11:30PM
Fri - Sat 10:30PM - 11:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.5

Babbo is still the best place to feel good in this town.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 2526 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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5.0Dined a day ago

Always a great experience. Food wine and service were outstanding. After you have been here a few times you will zero in on a few dishes that are so good you have to get them every time you go.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Bloody amazing. One of the best meals o have ever had. Service outstanding.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. There is not one thing on the menu that is not good.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

If I can give a 6 or even 10 stars on every category I would. This is my go to place for special events. From entrance, wait staff, appetizers, music, main course, drinks, our exit everything was top notch. My love and I really felt welcome. Everyone felt genuinely happy that we were there and happy to help with any questions.

Wait staff’s energy is fantastic, friendly, happy and very welcoming.

Thank you for a memorable night.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

This place is overrated. Quality of food is inconsistent w the $. Music is waaaay too loud & strange. Sorry, but wasn’t our thing at all...

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Very slow service, but quick to clear food not yet finished. The pasta entrees were excellent. The bread was dry and the crust was burnt.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Was looking forward to returning to Babbo for diner. The food was delicious but unfortunately the service was not so good.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The food did not disappoint. Delicious cocktails, pastas and seafood. The service was impeccable, but lacked a personal feeling. Lighting was a bit bright for such a high end restaurant.

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1.0Dined on August 10, 2018

This restaurant is competely over rated and over price! So much expectation of this 5 stars and $$restaurant, but so disappointed with the food. I have to sent back my pasta dish twice because is was truly not up to standard and terrible!!! You expect your $25 pasta dish be yum and delicous but it was VERY DISAPPOINTED! I would not recommend anyone go to that restaurant only if you think throwing $300 dinner is nothing for you. Then good luck!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

There's a reason why it's hard to get a prime-time reservation and that the final $ amount you pay is high. It's worth it. The room is lovely and quiet enough to feel like you're not at all in a room full of other people, the service could not be better, and the food? Glorious.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

I found it hard to handle blasting Rolling Stones music. I don’t mind the music but the loudness was off putting. You could hardly hear each other or the waiter 😱

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Had impromptu lunch with girlfriend -every aspect was super, with lunch menu just perfect. Wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Garganelli and burrata were amazing.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Babbo has become outdated. Everything about the evening was old and burdensome. Although we have been there a number of times, our last experience felt like an ordinary dinner. Our waiter got the drink order wrong and tried to blame us for his mistake. Maybe because other pasta places have improved, there was nothing special about the ravioli and squid pasta we had at Babbo. It is time to modernize the place and the menu.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great place with the best Italian wine menu in town

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Everything was perfect

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Food was AWESOME , just a great experience overall

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Some of the best Italian food you can find in NYC without a doubt. Excellent, fast, and kind service. My only complaint is that the loud blues playing over the speaker seemed out of place. Not saying that the music should be Vivaldi, or classical at all for that matter, but some quiet guitar or jazz would seem like a much more appropriate match for what is truly an excellent menu and impressive wine list.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Rock and ROLL Italian! Not the value of Becco but boy do the flavors pop. Best Italian wine list in town. Lovely two story location nearWashington Square in old Coach House digs. Young and hip and not showing any age despite Mario Batali flame out.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had lunch at Babbo yesterday before our Broadway show. We have been here before and it did not dissappoint. The drink/beer menu is very nice. The lunch menu has a few selections but I am sure eveything on the menu is delicious. I ordered the Pork Belly Pyramid, my wife had the pasta bolgnese and my daughter had the Beef Cheek ravioli. We all absolutely loved our meals. The fresh bread and olive oil is also amazing.

Love it! Eveything is super tasty!!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Excellent dinner! Great food, great service! The whole family loved it!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

I had somehow not been to Babbo and arrived with high expectations. Those expectations were more than met. Service was exceptional and every dish was a great experience. I will definately be back.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Still the best restaurant in town!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Delicious, great service, wonderful woman sommelier, and a fun bar!

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We've been to Babbo many times. We usually do the pasta tasting and loved it in the past. This time, there was one dish that everyone at our table hated. It was a pasta dish with some type of arugula pesto. It was so bitter you could barely eat it. I had to scrape off all of the sauce. My husband is the least picky eater I know and even thought that the sauce was horrible. I'm not sure why they have this on the menu, but for the price of the tasting menu, all of the dishes should be amazing. They aren't.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The entire staff was wonderful and the food was sublime!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

AMAZING DELICIOUS AMAZING STAFF HAD SUCH A GREAT DINNER!!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Meal started out with a wait for our table 15 minutes after our reservation. Gentleman at the front quickly offered a couple of glasses of Prosecco as we waited. He was very pleasant and an obvious pro. Food was tasty and service was dry, but attentive. Sommelier seemed full of himself, maybe because I ordered a $90 bottle and it wasn’t anything special perhaps? I wanted to try Bastianich’s wine seeing as he was part owner. Opened the bottle, said 2 words to me and then never saw him again. He almost seemed disgusted with my choice. Left a bad taste as it was obvious he didn’t give AF about us. Don’t see a master sommelier medal in his future that’s for sure. The wine was pretty good actually! Waiter was pleasant but with zero personality. Assembly line service. Not sure how they got a Michelin star to be honest. Might just be riding it from the past. All in all it was an OK experience. Expected more. $600 bill for 4 people which included 2 teenage girls.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Everything was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Great as always! Wonderful food and stellar service. The tasting menu was great and the premier wine pairings did add to the experience as our sommelier said that it would. The evening was very enjoyable from start to finish.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Service was a bit too relaxed for
Me.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The Black Shrimp pasta and the whole grilled branzino were phenominal.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food and service was great. It took them 45 minutes past our reservation time to seat us because people took a long time at their tables, but the staff was very apologetic and sent out multiple complementary items to make up for it.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The only real negative was the experience waiting for our table. The host advised us get a drink at the bar but it was impossible to even reach the bar because it was very cramped and people were eating their dinners by the bar. It was a very unpleasant 15 minutes.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

As usual, a fabulous meal with great service in a lively, but comfortable atmosphere. Babbo is first on our list in a city of fabulous dining experiences! It is just consistently excellent, live it here and highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

As with all Bastianich restaurants

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Sommelier was knowledgeable, but lacked warmth and connection. Came across a bit self-indulgent. The food service was rushed. Otherwise, the dishes were delicious as expected and the wine pairings were thoughtful and of exceptional quality.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

One of the best meals I've ever had in NYC! My wife and I went to Babbo to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Outstanding food, fantastic service, and the prices were surprisingly reasonable.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The oxtail gnocchi and the grilled pork chop were very good. The goose ravioli was a bit undercooked and the octopus was fine. The music was to loud. As a whole we expected more consistency in the quality of the food, some was very good, some so so.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Definitely overpriced for the service and food.

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