Babbo Ristorante

4.6
3558 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 3558 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience. We did the tasting menu and had a sommelier help us choose our wine. I loved everything

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GregV
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food at Babbo was no where near as good as it was 10-15 years ago. The service was ok. It’s very clear to see why they no longer hold a Michelin star

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ABC123
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food & great service - only thing is it was definitely too cold inside. Uncomfortably cold at times.

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vipStella
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and Great Service.

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vipJoelP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Loved everything!

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milo
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a new york experience, so glad we booked dinner for our daughter's 15th. Service is very good, helpful and attentive but not interrupting. Food was excellent we had the 5 course pasta taster and the portions were reasonable and just delicious (just know it's very expensive). The wine list is 78 pages, thank goodness for the sommelier!!

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vipLorenK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Noise level on the first floor was LOUD. Music was pumping. Guessing this is done to keep the crowd young?? Will not return

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor location and food at babbo is magnificent. The octopus was perfectly prepared and the pasta dishes were expectedly good. The olive oil cake was out of this world. Lucas and the team did a great job of making us feel welcome and taken care of.

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vipBrandon
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in nyc - active and great energy but fine dining at the same time. Service and food at a level you can’t find many places

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

They blasted an entire Ramones album during dinner. Don’t get me wrong the Ramones are legendary, but definitely not the ambiance I expect during a $$$$ date night at an Italian restaurant… and I mean it when I say they BLASTED it. It was hard to have a decent conversation over Joey Ramone singing “now I wanna sniff some glue”

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vipGeneP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the pasta dishes and my chop I will definitely be back The atmosphere was very lively

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AndreaS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and excellent wine selection, food is fabulous!

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Dian
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the dinner and the service was excellent however the music was much to loud I asked that they lower it and they did for a short time and then again so loud I could'nt really have conversation at the table

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful! Worth the wait. Will definitely be back❤️

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vipRebeccaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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EllenJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure eating dinner at Babbo. The food is delicious We especially enjoyed the crudo and the rack of lamb as well as the semi freddo.

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ScottG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Really disappointing. Ordered 4 different pastas to split between 2 people. The Lobster Spaghettoni was very earthy - too much parsley, no flavor and lobster was very tough. We actually had them take it away barely eaten. Parsley is used as a main ingredient it seems in all dishes, rather than garnish. All dishes lacked flavor. No garlic, no flavor, just blah. So many great Italian places in NYC…this one should be avoided. We were excited to try it and it didn’t deliver. Even the chef’s appetizer thingy was bad…bland and flavorless. Total disappointment. Try one of the thousands of other Italian places in NYC first!

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Sara
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining here

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The food was very good. But the type of music and the volume of the music spoiled the evening. Not really sure what type of atmosphere management is attempting to create. The music will keep me from going back. Way too loud and venue inappropriate. I have been to Babbo more than 20 times. So very disappointed in the “atmosphere”.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and nice waitstaff

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vipSeasonedTraveler15
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I have to say I did not have the experience others had. I’m sure some people had a great time. But why did some have a great time and others not? I had been to Babbo many times before and enjoyed the experience. This time, it was barely recognizable. We were seated on the level of the bar, but had reservations, I thought, for the upper room. The music was too loud. Asking the server if he thought the music was loud, he said “yes and it will only get louder.” This is fine dining? I happen to have a decibel meter on my phone and it registered 110! I truly should have excused myself and left. Things got worse as tables were seated around ours and I was literally closer to the next guest than my friend across the table. I could hear the people next to me screaming at their friends better than my friend. The service was simply people not caring about what they we’re doing. We requested the sommelier to help with the wine but was given a huge book with sticky plastic pages and hundreds of wines. We just went for an easy pick and got a Chianti. No help from anyone. The person bussing the table came by to clean the table top of crumbs spinning a spoon across the table. He pushed a bunch of the crumbs around and got about 50% in the spoon. Never really looking down at the table, he scooped the crumbs into the lap of my friend!!! The man couldn’t even hear my friend gasp as he was “breaded.” We had ordered and after cleaning off, just wanted to go. We couldn’t hear one another, wait staff was not present, cynical or covering us with food. I was horrified I had brought a friend to this place expecting “fine dining.” Plus, the pretentious practice of having the sommelier taste my wine and then decant it while putting the dregs in the decanter only seemed to get the sommelier a chance to drink more wine that night than we did. I did bring this to the attention of our waiter. The solution was to bring us cookies? Vergognatevi!

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vipRobertF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Too noisy!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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viphaley
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very loud and difficult to carry on a conversation without leaning in to one another. Maybe I’m just old tho. :)

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ReynaS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food and wonderful and quick service. Perfect for special occasions.

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HaleyM
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've visited Babbo a few times over several years and it has yet to disappoint! Great ambience, wine, food and service!

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vipAmirk
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, one of the best italians in the city.

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vipJustFolks
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with excellent service. The food is also very good, though not perhaps as exceptional as some reviews indicate. Still, a good choice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Didn’t live up the the hype. Music was at a level that made conversation difficult. The food was average at best.

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NYCAlo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We are NYC residents. We have eaten at Babbo numerous times in the last 10+ years. Food was noticeable less tasty yesterday. Unfortunately, dishes seems more french leaning rather than high end, rustic, delicious Italian as it used to be. Waiter was excellent but entire dinner was every rushed. They brought out antipasti within 5-10 minutes of serving our cocktails. We were quite disappointed. Not the waiter's fault. Seems like a restaurant management decision. Very good that Batali is gone. But keep the food and service as good as it used to be during his time.

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vipDoctaTom
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Music was a bit overwhelming. Everything else perfect as always

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vipBlair
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Just excellent!

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Yokokaiki
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 dishes with wine paring corse was excellent. I strongly recommend this restaurant. Great atmosphere and service. I especially enjoyed Cina alla Genovese and Coniglio alla Ligre, but everything was scrumptious 😋

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vipNYer
New York Area
207 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that came to the table was excellent. Great drinks and pasta and fish and meat and service!

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vipInteriorsman
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Dinner would have been even more enjoyable if the rock music selected had been a better, less frenetic selection. Made it hard to have conversation. The interior decoration also seems to want a freshening for sure.

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vipemtwo22
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Black spaghetti with crab? Nirvana. Blackest "black" pasta I have ever had--cooked to a perfect al dente. Lovely attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. The staff was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not the Babbo of old!!!! Bring Mario back! His omnipresent’s is missed ! Won’t be going back

FAQs

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 3558 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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