Babbo Ristorante

4.6
3628 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, Babbo 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3628 people are saying
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vipVicki
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent, but I am not sure it was worth price. $30 for one of the cheapest glasses of red wine on their menu is a bit too much.

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vipallychunk
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

My fiance and I got legally married on very short notice yesterday and were able to get a high top table by the bar last-minute to celebrate. I've always enjoyed dining at Babbo, so expectations were high for my new husband (who had never been). The food was wonderful and we had a very nice server and a helpful sommelier. However, service was spotty -- I think they forgot about us from time to time :( We waited a long time in between courses and they forgot that we ordered a secondi and brought us dessert menus after finishing our pastas (and after waiting for about 15 minutes with empty plates in front of us). We had to remind them that we had another course coming! We also had to refill our own wine glasses all throughout the dinner as well. We had it in our reservation notes that we were celebrating our marriage but no mention at all. Coupled with the spotty service, it was a bit of a disappointing experience for a $600 dinner for what should have been a really memorable night for us.

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vipdjnyc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I did the Pasta Tasting Menu with the Riserva Selection wine pairings, and it was exquisite. I loved every pasta dish and thought that the portions were the perfect size.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Let down all around

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at bar. Amazing but it is always amazing here

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The sommelier was fantastic

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vipdrose
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for our anniversary. It was excellent. Only disappointment was we couldn’t do the pasta tasting unless all did it which was a bummer

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RichardA
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience1

The food, room and service were excellent. However, the entire dinner was nearly ruined by the LOUD inappropriate music. Roger Daltry and the Who screaming about teenage angst at top decibels almost caused us to leave. However, the host was kind enough to move us to an upstairs table where, even though the music was the same, the volume was tolerable. Whoever is in charge of the music needs to rethink what is appropriate for the over 40 crowd in the late evening.

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Bethh
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an "event" meal - my daughter's birthday, and what a perfect venue for a celebration! We had the pasta tasting menu and 3 of us also opted for wine pairing; it did not disappoint. Each pasta course was delicious and was paired exquisitely with an Italian wine. The entire wait staff was knowledgeable, and our lead waitperson was delightful: my daughter knows CA wines and our waitperson equated the Italian grape(s) used for each wine with a corresponding Napa wine grape. This small kindness greatly enhanced our evening's enjoyment. Finally, instead of just the listed dessert, we were served four different desserts, each of which paired perfectly with our dessert wine. My daughter and I have enjoyed several wine pairing menus in NYC, including one at the late and lamented Felidia. This experience was every bit as memorable! I highly recommend Babbo. Whether you go for a tasting/pairing experience or "just" for a delightful meal. Babbo will not disappoint!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing especially when considering the blending of spices and flavor combinations. The wait staff was well supervised and abundant as well as professional. The interior dining area was well appointed and excellent for it’s rather small size. The wine was fabulous and the waiter was knowledgeable about the selection of wines from Italy. This was our third trip to this restaurant which we will always visit when coming to New York. This is our top restaurant destination for New York.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Music was too loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing appetizers and pasta. Rigatoni with pear and pecorino the best!! Great cocktails too!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, good service, and there was great energy in the atmosphere. The only negative is that their drinks and wine were prohibitively expensive.

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vipColleenG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The wine sommelier was incredibly informative and helpful, without being pushy.

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Unionst
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding start to finish. Best octopus I have ever tasted (incredibly tender), the bucatini all’amatriciano was perfect (very Roman). Impeccable service that is very and relaxed (a young staff with bright smiling eyes). One small nit on the music, I prefer the din of a NYC restaurant over music any day.

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MillieR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable experience. The pasta tasting menu was superb. Service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely exquisite. Outstanding food, particularly the octopus and the olive oil cake. Unforgettable meal.

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FoodieGalore
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem always delicious

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DrewR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Service was actually little too fast. Otherwise amazing service. Also GREAT gluten free pasta! Homemade!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wife’s birthday . We were vegetarian so not much for us to eat besides pasta. Our kids are the steak which was amazing. The wine selection is awesome

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vipcritic
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Exquisite food. Top notch wine list. Attentive, knowledgeable, and charming servers. All of which were diminished by the shockingly loud music. Why does one of the best Italian restaurants in New York play music as though it were a dive bar? Conversation is very difficult. I definitely want to return, but I hesitate. My ears need to stop bleeding first.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I have been coming here for a long time and was excited to return. Sat upstairs per usual. The service was not where it used to be. The wait staff kept getting their sleeves and getting their hands in my drinking glasses - not covid safe and actually just not sanitary. Was an actual chore to get someone to clear the table. But honestly worst part, the music. Blasting what sounded like 9 inch nails/angry rock music. Could not hear anyone and very very very poor choice in music. This is not what I remember and am embarrassed for suggesting this for my celebration. This was my favorite restaurant. But the music was unbearable. When asked to turn it down no result. I truly don’t mind loud NY atmospheres but this is simply beyond reasonable for a restaurant at this level and a dinner that expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly restaurant with good food will recommend to friends. Thank you

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vipCherylL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food did not live up to our expectations. Rabbit ragu was excellent but burrata with squash was underseasoned and the beef loin was tough. Was also advised by our waiter that the corn with it was still peak of season and it was not. Overall underwhelming. Wait staff was excellent and the playlist was fire, though.

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KatherineJ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef cheek ravioli is flawless. The special this night was a crusted veal chop that was melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The wine selection was beyond ample and sommelier recommended wine for our meal was on point. Dessert was delicious and the perfect ending for our meal. Over all, another great meal. My only question is how is this place not more packed!?!

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SyedH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Impeccable service. Great attention to detail. felt welcome. Food was 'personalized'. All requests were honored. COVID protocol was followed. We loved the evening. One suggestion: music could be less loud!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding offal, Negroni, and Amaro selections.

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SuburbanVegan
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was at the highest level. We were able to eat outside which is what we wanted. It helped that the weather cooperated.
The menu had lots of great choices, the food was very tasty, the wine selection was beyond the best and service was very attentive without being overbearing. An outstanding establishment for a special dinner.

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vipMadison
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The only issue we had was that the music inside was very loud.
We had to change our table to outside.
Service was outstanding and the food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday dinner here! Food is delicious and the menu was adventurous, staff was great with explaining foods

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TracieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Music is really loud...
Tables are tight. The food is fantastic though!

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HsooH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.
The octopus was fantastic. Very tender and a little bit of crispy texture at the same time.

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vipemily
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s as good as it always has been

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Anniversary dinner

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vipJulieG
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service. Perfect date night restaurant.

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Me27
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent but service was a bit off. Table outside had no legroom on one side of the table.

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Bill
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was ok but not so great. We have eaten there several times and this time was just average.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always.

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GayleM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babbo is a truly remarkable place. I have enjoyed Babbo for many years but haven't been in a long time, and it has not changed at all. Every single item of food was perfect - fresh ingredients, balanced flavors, subtle textures. It feels as if every tiny aspect of the experience - food, wine, service, ambiance - has been thoroughly considered, then re-considered, and tinkered with until it has reached its fullest potential.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Food and service were great. The music was way too loud and inappropriate. We listened to The Rolling Stones and John Cougar Mellencamp at an upscale Italian restaurant. We will not go back.

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Babbo Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Babbo Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-0303.

Babbo Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 3628 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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