Babbo Ristorante

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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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vipJackVent
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was delicious and nicely presented. Service was excellent and professional. Overall we loved it and recommend dining here.

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Get somebody else to choose the music, please. That was horrible.

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josepha
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service were perfect

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JayK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

really inattentive wait staff. Inexcusable for a serious restaurant...

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DanH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. We had the paired pasta tasting menu.... the closest to grandma's naples meat sauce. Great evening with excellent service.

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vipMichaelS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Menu is a little funky but service and quality were excellent

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viplvillanueva
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent!! Ambience was kind of unspecial and outdated

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Jai1978
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Layers of flavor in each dish-impressive how innovative Babbo has remained after all of these years!

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jamk
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time there, the food and service was exceptional. We will be regulars!

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vipKarolineZ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truffle tasting is amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

used to love the food here but the last three times, it’s been mediocre. like an average restaurant. service too. so sad. i guess all great things come to an end.

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vipEileenS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant every time I go there. Food is great, atmosphere is great, service is great!!

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Roberto
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Babbo never disappoints. The originality of the dishes and their presentations are as good, if not better, than what you can find in other Italian restaurants, frequently for a lot more money.

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vipalexeater
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babbo is amazing. Second visit as good as the first. Octopus appetizer was excellent as were the pastas. The rosemary olive oil cake is not to be missed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian NYC restaurant barnone!

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vipParis4
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything great - EXCEPT for the sommelier who was arrogant & condescending. Was celebrating my birthday with my family & his attempt at being helpful was offensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I felt that Babbo was overpriced for the experience my girlfriend and I received. Cold bread, small mussels and weird fettuccini. The lobster spaghettini and cheesecake were delicious, but our overall experience here was definitely not worth the price. Honestly, we had better food and experiences in other restaurants in New York that cost us a third of the price. Likely won’t be back.

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vipMarkus
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are consistently superb. It always gives us a wonderful dining experience. One area of improvement needed is their storage of red wine. They obviously don’t keep it in a temperature controlled unit. This results in a bitter taste.

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Michael
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around. Food, service, ambience all ellectent. Exceeded our expectations.

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gabriele
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant never disappoint, food, service and ambiance was excellent...will be back over and over again.

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IanE
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venison is decadent, the lamb chops melt in the mouth.

The wine is exquisite. Service (Joseph D) is attentive and excellent.

A special place for all occasions.

Eagerly waiting the re-opening of this national treasure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babbo never disappoints! The Tonnarelli with black truffles is a must.

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vipChefMarkD
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job on food and service, Amazing!!! Can't want to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent restaurant, the food delicious, very good price, and the staff very, very, friendly
We liked very much and will return by sure
Thanks for an wondefull night

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vipKizdar
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

In my early 20s and had the pleasure of double dating with my dad/step mom here on a Sunday night for my dads birthday dinner. We were definitely the loudest in the restaurant.

Food was excellent, from the appetizer salad, octopus & pork pyramid pasta, to the main course truffle pasta, pork gnocchi and branzino, and finally, olive oil cake dessert.

Italian, old-world ambiance, with solid service! Special occasion type of place that’s worth the price, albeit on the higher end!

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vipmargot
Montreal
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant. The food is fabulous. Lots of choice, and all of them are wonderful prepared with the best ingredients. Excellent sommelier. We loved the whole experience. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ We will be back as soon as possible !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and very well coordinated service!

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vipBrianQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Took 45 mins to seat us after our reservation time in a very tightly packed space. Probably a high quality establishment but I have yet to experience it to the fullest. Food was pretty good but not stellar. The actual waiters were very professional but overall service was more than lacking given the price.

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Dave
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

In a day and age where you live and die by your food this was a death by numerous swords. Starting with the amuse bouche of chickpeas on crostini was tasteless. First appetizer Mussels "alla Tarantina" suspicious out of the shell mussels were not fresh and inundated with julienne of veg. Carpaccio was passable. Beef Cheek Ravioli was good. Then the entree Fresh Tonnarelli with Parmesano and Black Truffles, now one would think that at this time of year when Truffles are in season that there would be a wonderful fragrance and a nice taste. What was served looked like a pile of chopped up portobello gills on top of the Tonnarelli and was tasteless. So we get to my entree which was the Sea Scallops which were on first bite so tainted and wreaking of ammonia that any amateur in the kitchen should have noticed and not served and thrown the entire batch away as it almost made me sick. It required me to order Coke with Lime to try and get the taste out of my mouth. Needless to say they scurried asking if I would like anything else to which I replied absolutely not trying to get the taste out of my mouth. The rest of the evening of course having been ruined was bribery with deserts and Biscotti and Cookies when what should have taken place was a resounding apology and the check has been taken care of Mr. ........... This failure is the responsibility of Mr. Bastianich to not train staff how to handle this situation and an effort to save a customer from this type of experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was simply amazing ... service is not aligned with the check ... lower level place have better service but the quality of food and taste of it make this a second aspect .
Overall was a great dinner but again service need to improve way more

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viprgd18
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - well prepared and presented - a bit pricey but it is NYC!

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HossGoldstein
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for her birthday and we had a wonderful experience. Everything was fantastic including the food, the service, and the ambiance, but the one thing that is often overlooked but that we really appreciated was the size of the table. All too often two person tables leave very little room for drinks, plates, silverware, and candles to fit comfortably, causing a shuffle of items throughout the entire meal which is a pain. The two person tables here offered amble room for everything which added to the experience. We would definitely come back and highly recommend it.

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DanQ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4