Babbo Ristorante

4.7
3435 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 3435 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WynnS
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here for a last minute night out with my bf and we got a rez for 9:45 pm. Restaurant was packed with people, it was a very fun vibe. The music was a little loud for me, and I’m 26 so not old ha, but think if you’re with a group trying to catch up it would be better to get a table outside. It was fine because we’re together all the time but again probably not ideal if you’re trying to have a conversation with a group at a bigger table. The food and service were AMAZING - don’t sleep on the pork chop, it was the best I’ve ever had.

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JacquelineG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Terrible and honestly very upsetting. I brought my fiancé for their birthday and the music was deafening. I make no exaggeration and it gives me no joy to share that I spent $400 for a dinner at a restaurant where Motley Crue and Billy Idol were literally blasting for the entirety of our meal. Why didn't we leave and go somewhere else? Because it was 8:30pm on a Saturday night in NYC. Without a reservation, it would be pizza slices and in retrospect, I would have much preferred that romantic simplicity over Babbo. I was so disappointed and my partner was as well but too well mannered to complain when they knew the effort I had put into wanting it to be a good experience. Sad.

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Karen
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Father noise level in the bar area where I had been told over the phone would be quite in a “booth” was so loud you could not hear anyone speak. The service was horrible - and had to wait for our 8:00 table until 8:45. The lobster tomato pasta was like it came out of a can at a supermarket. Horrible. We had to flag down a waiter for any service - even to get the bill. The absolute worst. Never again.

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vipAmandaL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food5service2ambience1

Restaurant called to make sure we turned up on time otherwise table would be given away. Restaurant then didn’t seat us till 30 mins after our reservation time. Told to wait at bar, but unable yo have a drink & music was so loud our ears almost bled. Sides for our Entrees came out 10 mins after we’d finished our meal. Ordered dessert & only one arrived. The food was excellent - the experience was not. Ive never been to a restaurant where the music was so loud you couldn’t hear your servers or the friend sitting beside you. Wont be going back or recommending to anyone

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vipHKSCPS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was brilliant.
Food was somewhat disappointing.
Pastas were just okay.
Seafood and duck were delicious, but venison special was an absolute failure. Two very thin medallions which were so overcooked and dry they could have been small hockey pucks. The lamb chops were charred black on the outside and raw on the inside.
I would have thought that at this level of dining the food would have been more consistent as it has been in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We dined at Babbo many times and this time was different. It lost everything we loved about it.

I was told the only tequila I could order was $425 per 2 oz pour because everything else was sold out.

My pasta that I get every single time was so hard I couldn’t chew through it. I sent it back and the replacement was barely better.

We made the manager aware of all instances and they didn’t even offer us a complimentary drink or anything. It was just like “ well this is what we are post covid”. I’m sorry that’s not a great excuse. We’re all in this together and if we’re going to spend $400+ on dinner for 2 there is an expectation to be met.

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vipcfooddiet
Atlanta
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the truffle tasting menu for my husband’s birthday.It was lovely sitting outside, if a little chilly and damp because all the heaters were overhead. The service was excellent. We liked everything The pastas were delicious! The olive oil cake was a tiny bit dry and the cheese course was overkill but otherwise a truly excellent meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got violently ill after the 211.66-dollar pasta tasting with wine pairing.

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vipKeithA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to go for light and tasty Italian! I highly recommend!

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GregoryD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Interesting menu, great wine list. Service was also very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food and service!!!!!

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Jade
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and it was great. The food was delicious and the service was attentive.

ES
vipEileenS
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant- the food, the service, the ambiance! My only complaint is that the music is about five decibels too loud...and a lot of hard core rock which makes it even more annoying....

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BrianA
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great night out- we sat by choice in the outdoor kiosks which were fine, tables were a bit close but the had plexiglass (does plexiglass kill COVID?) service was very good, the food was outstanding

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!!!

GB
vipGerardoB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Disaster. Bad service. Octopus was not soft. Ravioli were cold. Bad location of the table in the street.

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vipZizinets2
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is a creative genius, taste and texture were amazing!

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vipronc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. I waited too long before visiting this icon of a restaurant. Will return soon.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food , service and atmosphere was outstanding.

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vipGiovanni
Puerto Vallarta
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance made our Easter lunch very special!

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DanielH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall, I like this place. However, I do not like that they require that you order all of your food at once.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We’ve been regulars at Babbo for almost 20 yrs. It was a sad moment, ordering our favorite classics, the beef cheek ravioli, sweetbreads, and others and seeing completely new dishes come out. Tasty, but not at the level of the classics. We couldn’t find other favorites on the menu at all, like the goose liver pasta with balsamic brown butter. The waiter was very good, and explained to us they were temporary pandemic measures. But it was hard to escape the feeling that we’ve come to the end of an era. Here’s hoping for the recovery. Until then, wasn’t worth the $350 price tag for two.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday gray food great dessert great environment

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vipVandDdineout
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Good pasta. Good wine.

Lots of good touches with amuse bouche from chef

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

This is always our go-to restaurant when we want a special experience. The service and the food never disappoint!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience! Bravo!

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Buzz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were just perfect. The quality of the food was excellent as always. Is always a treat to dine at Babbo!

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jillf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

SERVICE AND FOOD WERE GREAT, VERY CUTE OUTDOOR SET UP.

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vipDavid
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way. Sweetbreads ++good. Great cocktails. Outstanding carpaccio.

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vipFoodLover73
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Packed house and they tried to seat me upstairs (I don’t like

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vipavidfan1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite of food special and delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Astounding meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Very accommodating and helpful staff. I would thoroughly recommend. The whole meal was A**

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Reserved a high top. Were given a low top though there were high tops available.
Staff were running around. Bartender looked bored.
Ordered their special. Medium rare duck which came very rare.
This place did not resemble the great reviews I read before coming. Just lackluster.

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vipCheunger
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good Italian spot. Very good for dates. Food at reasonable prices as well.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good, but they ran out of special we wanted and it was only 6:30pm. Music bordered on the loud side and was unusual choice for upscale restaurant. Service was excellent.

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happydiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish

MC
vipMattC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Sat on street, was a little chaotic, food good, but not that memorable. Sadly, was first time I had been to Babbo in 10 visits, where it seemed pretty average overall.

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vipsandybeachpaws
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always feels welcoming - we go because my partner lives for the Tripe accompanied by their lush Barolo - my tuna and salmon crudo was spectacular

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 4.7 stars by 3435 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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