Babbo Ristorante

4.7
2762 reviews
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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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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.
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Miami
98 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was extremely attentive, pasta with mushrooms and charred beef tongue was extremely tasty and atmosphere was lovely. Not the 1st time there and we will be back many more times.

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SE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Loved the sommelier. We had an amazing night!

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the ambiance is always lovely. The food was mostly wonderful. The pastas were a bit bland and served Luke warm.

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Knowledgeable sommelier, Ren.

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v
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Used to be better or perhaps it was simply an off night. Pasta courses were merely warm and entrées lacked the usual refinement of prior meals.

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

Excellent overall experience

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WB
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. How all Michelin star restaurants should be (but are often not)

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was amazing. The waiters were very hospitable. However, the sommelier was condescending and rude. The music was not in keeping with the ambience of a traditional Italian restaurant and enoteca and was also too loud to be able to carry a conversation at a table of 4. When we passed along this criticism to upper management, they became very defensive and made it clear that they disagreed and had no intention of taking this as a consideration. There’s a more appropriate way to take customer criticism even if you have no intention of changing.

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BB
London
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned after long absence (we are UK .based)
Fabulous welcome and food
..loved it

We first went after a recommendation and we would recommend very highly, in turn.

Only tiny drawback is the limited washroom facility

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dare I say, this is one of the best (if not thee best) Italian resturant in NYC. It’s big brother, Del Posto, may be its only real competition. Food, service, and staff are all top notch. That said, consistent is it’s middle name. I’ve dined here numerous times yet keep coming back for its sheer greatness. As always, Babbo is an experience!

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FB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was very underwhelming given it’s reputation, proteins were under seasoned, brussel sprouts were over cooked with large chunks of pancetta

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding
A little loud but alive and vibrant.
System to sit at the bar could have been clearer.
I would walk-in more if I was comfortable about how potentially long the wait was.

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had the tasting menu. The lone pasta dish was the star of the show, everything else was just ok. We did not enjoy our first dessert which was noticed by on of the staff, and the maitre d brought us a different selection of desserts which was nice. Overall ok but ultimately underwhelming

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic place all around. First time back in almost 10 years and so happy to see nothing has changed in terms of quality and service. Service is top-notch, food is all around incredible. Every single employee we interacted with was helpful, friendly, and warm. Made it a very special night for a birthday celebration. I was incredibly impressed to see employees in the back using gloves to handle the food even when no one was looking. Makes me feel good about food safety and cleanliness here. This place is a neighborhood institution and I give it my highest recommendation.

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RE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious. Service was outstanding and the Sommelier terrific. Thanks for a great night.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great through the years, in terms of service & cuisine.

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EZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Babbo is still a great place to dine, although the downstairs scene was way to noisy and crowded. But the pasta is still the best in town and I hope to visit sooner than later.

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GF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere! We will definitely be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

I will love Babbo again when Mario Batali is bought out. I cannot fully enjoy a meal here until he is.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of NYCs best.

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BB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit (as always). Great food and special service. The waitress upstairs is very professional and helpful and really knows the menu. She steered us in good directions.

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DC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations, but still a 40 minutes wait due to previous party not vacating table. Bartender was friendly and generous with pours. Kitchen prepared special appetizer for us on the house.

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BC
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Food was superb! Will definitely be back!

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was there on a second date. Had asked for a quiet table and got Table 2 which seemed cool. Ordered the arugula salad and chestnut ravioli. Both excellent. Had a couple Bourbon cocktails, the Manhattan Nero. They didn't carry Makers and the brand recommended I had never heard of. Our server had a heavy accent and was hard to understand and wasn't the most friendly. The second server seemed more consistent in his serving. He was also adept at serving the drinks in metal shakers with some theatrics. Although they asked about coffee (I had tea), they never mentioned dessert, nor brought a dessert menu. Didn't think anything of it at the time since I was enjoying the time with my date, but it seemed like a real miss. The maitre d' was a real pro and old school. You don't see many around like him anymore.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere here was very good. But I honestly do not know if the food was delicious. I ate steak, but the meat was too tough. Also It was uncomfortable because my seat next to the bathroom.

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k
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed the pasta tasting menu with wine pairings and we were so glad we did. One of the best meals we've ever had.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, lovely atmosphere, helpful and friendly wait staff. We loved this restaurant!

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service is excellent. The only thing about The Smith is the noise level. Hard to hear the person sitting across from you. Great place to go after work.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been to babbo numerous times throughout the years and on this last visit I feel like it has lost its touch a bit. I felt the appetizer and our main meat entree was great but the pasta did not live up to my expectations or my memory from previous dining’s.

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TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Eaten here 50 times... tonight the truffle menu was awful... could have been mushrooms...Not a Batali restaurant any longer. Awful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Went for anniversary dinner and they made it extra special. The food and service were both incredible.

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BR
Washington DC
140 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sadly, Babbo is a shadow of its former self. One of our favorite NYC eateries over the years, the experience this time was a true disappointment. We opted for the traditional tasting menu with wine pairing. After a 3 1/2 hour parade of mediocre plates, parsimonious wine pours and inattentive service, we realized that Babbo will forever be a memory. Farewell.

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Vibe is good and service is good. Food is average or poor.

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M
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As usual it is very rare that you have a poor experience at Babbo. As usual our food was superb as well as the service. My only complaint is the music playing in the background. It is loud and annoying. If I wanted to hear music I would attend a concert. I came to Babbo to enjoy the food, service and the company I was with. I will definitely return but something needs to be done about the background music.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service...Every single bite especially the pork chop and a grilled octopus

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GF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t eaten at Babbo in many years. Everything was fantastic. Truly a great way to start off a weekend in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday
Great experience

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

The food was some of the best ever. The Duck was the best. The all Italian wine list takes you on a tour all over Italy.

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TH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and always a great album playing to create a fun ambiance. I love Babbo!

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

Sometimes it's a good idea to try the specialty of the house and, or dishes that have been highly recommended by others. Such was the experience of the Bucatini all'Amatriciana at Babbo. The deep rich flavors of the guanciale used in the red sauce explode in your mouth and create the memorable tastes you hope for and just put a smile on your face. Excellent bread here also, with perfectly crisp crust that wasn't too hard to bite and a chewy slightly sour dough interior. We had the octopus appetizer which was cooked to perfection, not an easy task, and the rabbit which was also very good. Perfect, friendly, professional service as well. We'll be back! Again.

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