Babbo Ristorante

4.5
3704 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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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 3704 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I used to LOVE this place. Unbelievable the pasta tasting menu, I would come twice a year. This last time was disappointing, the food was just “good” which for a $250 dollar a person dinner is not good enough.
Every dish here used to be a delight, amazing, now is just “good”, What happened? Did they lose their chef?
I am really sorry, but I can think of many other places with better Italian food than this for that price. Will miss this….maybe Carbone?

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vipVincentE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Music was loud and completely misaligned for a holiday dinner in NYC. Food was very good but overpriced. Service was exceptional.

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Morgan
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sommelier was so helpful in finding us the perfect bottle of wine and the pasta was delicious. Will definitely be coming back.

DG
vipDianeG
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful meal and enjoyed very much. Would have preferred seating upstairs as very very loud downstairs

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Food is not the same as yesteryears. It was good, not great. Service has gone way down as well. Service was meh and overall dinner felt rushed. Also, we dined as a party of 5, got the tasting menu and were surprised they changed the desserts served when the menu had the olive oil cake without even asking us. We had to get them to change it back. It will be the last time we dine at Babbo, that’s for sure. Just a tourist trap now it seems.

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vipRLFIII
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The restaurant is unnecessarily loud. Like really, really loud. Also, I know it was an accident, but the Somm knocked over an entire glass of water into my lap when retrieving the wine menu from the table. Her response was “oops, I’ve been so clumsy lately!” and the incident was never mentioned again or acknowledged. I was soaked. The food was very good, sort of an interesting menu. Beautiful, large stemware served with the wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Outdoor seating huts are not nearly as enjoyable as other restaurants’ huts. Sit inside or don’t go.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was perfection! She gave us the best recommendations, was attentive but not overly on top of us and was hilarious to boot. What a pleasure last night was! Also, amazing music selection. We’ll be back asap!

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vipbirdwins
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crudo, wagyu carpaccio, beef cheek ravioli, black pasta, sweetbreads. All delish. Tiramisu was good too. Nice wine. Very attentive and engaging service. Have been before. Will go back.

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Thomas
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently a favorite and never a disappointment

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vipdonlopeaguirre
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The old institution that is Babbo is still cranking out amazing meals. The prices have gone up since I was last there a few years ago, and with the same quality of everything else, the overall value has depreciated a touch. With that said the people who cook your food know what they are doing, the service is just right, and the ambiance fine. We sat upstairs so we couldnt hear the music, which at Babbo tends to be a value add to the experience, if you like 80's post punk alternative, which we do. Highlights were the octopus app, the bolognese, and the mint love letters. The olive oil cake to close out the night is just right. 3 hungry men, one app, 5 pastas, 2 desserts, all shared - them bellies full! GO - it is pretty much a "cant miss" night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

worst experience for price ever

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Several menu changes , certainly missed the pasta with Pancetta and parsnips but everything I ate was great!

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vipRAMINANNA
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service and ambiance. Thank you

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vipMannski100
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit and food was amazing,. Server could have warned about serving size. Could have shared they were way huge! Overall was great.

MM
MaxiM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was amazing!!!! great experience as always! incredible food, experience, and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and service.

SB
SjBarszowski
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your looking for authentic Italian cooking done properly, this is a religious experience. Everything on the menu is visually as appetizing as it gets. The flavors presented are diverse and unique yet nostalgic and warming. The sommeliers are very knowledgeable and bring unreal pairings to the table. Highly recommended.

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humtai
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Babbo is really outdated! It's a tourist haven but local New Yorkers know that the restaurant has overstayed it's status. I was really hoping to find the old Babbo from 20 years ago---but alas, the service, ambiance and food quality experience made it tough to shake-off the drab feel of the place. The food is good---the pastas in particular--but for the price the value equation is very questionable. There are too many better alternatives in the city.

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vipPants
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Impeccable service. The waiter recommended a great wine that was reasonably priced and the wine glasses and presentation of wine was awesome. The black spaghetti was our favorite but all good was great. We shared all of the pastas and our waiter planned the serving order perfectly. Looking forward to our next time!

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vipricabite
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wagyu carpaccio was amazing.

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vipPeter
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner. Delicious food, excellent service and ambiance. It’s pricey but worth it. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

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vipdamtangolady
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will always return now on my list of NYC new spots.

CG
vipCrisG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Poor dining experience. Apps were good but entred were not good snd the music selection was heavy metal for fine dining. Has lost its charm

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ChristianS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meal. Sebastian’s knowledge and passion made it that much better. Thank you.

CM
vipChefMasterKa
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Used to go to Babbo every month & love all their dishes. Since pandemic this is the first time we go back, frankly, we are quite disappointed. The food quality and the taste not even closed to their level. Price wise is increased quite a lot especially the appetizer. If only price adjustment and able to keep tasty good quality, we will not be disappointed. Not sure we want to go back, at least not for a while!

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MonroeP
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipgreggh
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not enough superlatives from fantastic front desk to amazing knowledgeable wait staff to a top rated sommelier … service here was over the top excellent despite the packed house. Oh and the food was amazing, brought out hot directly from the kitchen with each dish cooked to perfection with flavors to die for. Rarely do you get your money’s worth at these high end establishments anymore but we walked out of Babbo with a $1400 bill incredibly satisfied. Nice job!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I celebrated my birthday here.. it’s a west village staple, thought we’d go here. It was okay not what I expected. Glad, I checked it off the list. The service was fantastic. The waiter(s) gets 5 stars! The grilled octopus was overcooked, the tripe & beans was tasty. The beef cheek ravioli was the best!!!

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DanielD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent - the music was just too loud - we had a table of 7 and really had tough time having conversation.

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AmyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Great food, horrible seating!! They sat us right next to door that was constantly swinging open for outdoor seating. Freezing- they should really rethink their bar seating.

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SueC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and fantastic service. It never fails to deliver!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Service was good, but the food…tasting menu was terrible.

JM
vipJustinM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not good. Not a place that held onto its crown from 2000s rage. Pasta was bland and pretty flavorless. Branzino and wine list wears only thing decent. Don’t recommend.

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SolomonH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service fun and friendly
Eat the Cheek ravioli
The Ricotta cheesecake was a religious experience

JJ
JJXX
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our indoor reservation had been switched to outdoor on a very cold night. Eventually we were seated inside. An allergic member of our party was served food she was allergic to by staff on two separate occasions. Appetizers (prosciutto and raw fish dish) and wine were sublime. Primi and segundi were solid but not extraordinary. Prices reasonable. Lovely for a local place but not worth making a long trip. Waiter was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in the city.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was a little underwhelming. Wine was good but overpriced after we asked for a price limit (by $30). Service was prompt and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner for my daughter - the food was amazing!

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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 4.5 stars by 3704 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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