Babbo Ristorante

4.7
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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 5:00PM - 5:45PM 10:00PM - 10:45PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good pasta.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food!

KZ
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love Babbo. It has an old school ambience with excellent service. Thus time I ordered the Sphagettini with one pound lobster but I was not impressed because it just tasted like a typical tomato sauce sphagetti. I would probably try Gargenelle next time because it’s one of the specialty there.

JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great wine list and good Italian food.

ZO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Noisy, The flavor of the food needs a A lift, kind of bland, overrated

z
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Would recommend to anyone.

l
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Expectations were high for what is supposed to be one of the best Italian restaurants in New York. High notes: nice dining room, great service. Low notes: I make a better amatriciana....watery sauce. Average steak, average branzino, the wild boar sauce was mostly tomato. The food lacks in originality, attention to detail is poor.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food good music

2
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is fantastic. The noise level has increased over the years and I wish it were quieter. The loud music seems quite unnecessary. The service is lovely too. It is an excellent restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. While almost 40, Babbo remains a top spot despite the departure its notorious chef. Service remains is very good to excellent. Seen so many new faces over the years San maître d’ who is a master.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible food and the service is very attentive and friendly. Definitely a great place to celebrate a special occasion. I had the Pappradelle bolognese and the homemade pasta was cooked to perfection as always!

v
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Expected much better from top chef owned restaurant. Food was good but didn’t wow.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Five stars

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was my husband's big birthday dinner. We all were from out of town and was late a little bit for our reservation time. But they handle everything so elegantly, smoothly. It was a special occasion for us and it really was success.

CB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Babbo once a year and this time we enjoyed the pasta tasting menu with the vintage wine pairing. The pastas were unique and interesting and the wines were a caliber above what we usually enjoy. Thank you Babbo for your excellent service and outstanding food and wine!

O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tooooooo. LOUD!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

“Everything we heard about this restaurant came to fruition; welcoming staff, warm environment, delicious and savory food, fortified wine list, meticulous table service and overall pleasurable experience.”

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Excellent food.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Noise level too loud

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good but Eh. Not as special as I thought.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite NYC restaurants.

J
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babbo was incredible. The food, our server, the ambience- everything. Babbo didn’t disappoint on any level- especially the food!!

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Everything was perfect - the atmosphere, the food, the service, the experience.

VB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This was a highly recommended place by my foodie friend, who admittedly had not been here in awhile. The restaurant was pretty empty for lunch, which was a bit of a surprise. The initial service/welcome was great, and the afternoon was off to a promising start with the great beef cheek ravioli. Moist, flavorful and el dente. For the main course, we had the grilled octopus, and grilled pork chop. The Octopus was not charred, but burnt, to the point that the acrid taste of smoke made the dish almost inedible. The pork chop took forever to come out - which is ok if the meat is really well prepared. No such luck, it was overly brined, and lacking flavor. As a side we ordered the Brussels sprouts, which also lacked flavor. The pancetta however was burnt again, and incredibly salty. For desert, we had the pistachio semifreddo, which was a bit too bitter, over powering the delicate flavors one would expect from such a dish. These dishes were recommended by the wait staff, so that made it even more disappointing. I would definitely not go back, or recommend this place to anyone. I have been to a ton of fine dining places, and this is not one that makes that qualification.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and wait staff were wonderful...food presentation was perfect

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had early reservations 5:30 after a matinee. We were excited to try the black truffle tasting menu. It was a delicious food experience. The staff is on point but the vibe is not stuffy.
Popular music on as it got busier over the course of our dinner. Be prepared for $$ if your looking for the tasting menus. It was worth it.
My new favorite.

L
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The last time we were here almost a decade ago we had the Chef’s tasting menu. This time we did the Pasta Tasting. Delicious!! Jose was so super nice explaining each dish. I love the personal touch of dessert! Very nice place for a special occasion.

BH
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service - get the ravioli!

LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, James was amazing and made the evening special.

GP
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, service and spectacular food! Very helpful owner who adjusted our sitting time and table due to unforeseen delays in arrivals. Will definitely be back to sample more cocktails and delicious food. Thank you so much !!

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw Robert Downey Jr there having a late lunch w Remi Malek, he spoke and was cordial, always watchable, understated, believable actor. Babbo as usual was great, don't miss the truffle tasting menu.

KK
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely be back. I had lunch here but I will return for dinner. I just hope it won't be too long before I am back in NYC. The staff was very helpful, the food was simply delicious, the atmosphere was perfect. They took really good care of our table.

SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. A special place.

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening at Babbo. Tried the pasta tasting menu and each dish was delicious. The pace of service over 7 courses was flawless with only momentary pauses between each course. The tasting menu was a bit pricey but well worth it. I’ll be back.

l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Babbo used to be the Italian Restaurant where you want to be for a glamours night out. I'm sad to say it is now an overcrowded and very expensive place for tourists. I invited a friend of mine for her birthday. We all dressed up. Upon arrival, we found an overcrowded bar where people were having full meals, with tons of waiters coming in and out and with no place to stand. The music was way too loud and didn't match the type of restaurant. The decor over all is dated. The service is experienced trying to look professional. People around were dressed in t shirts on a Saturday night. It felt like we were in a restaurant off Times Square. The food was ok but super expensive. Not a place where I will go back or invite anyone soon

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service

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p
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is OUTSTANDING!!! Every we ordered was amazingly delicious!!!
Can't wait to go back! Would definitely recommend!!!

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in New York. The hosts are wonderful and warm. The food and service were phenomenal

S
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the best pork chop in NYC Restaurant. I went there few years ago had the lamb chop it was outstanding.

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