Babbo Ristorante

4.6
3597 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 3597 people are saying
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vipAbovepar
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Are outside to be safe. Sidewalk dining is better than nothing, but not the same experience as eating in the restaurant. The food was good, but not great. One standout was the warm carpaccio, it was outstanding. Steak was tough, scallops were OK, desert was good.

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NKKG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Way too loud to talk. Wouldn’t turn down. Asked to be moved away speakers, told no. Excellent octopus and scallops. Mediocre pasta. One was gummy. Wine list pricy even for so-so wine. Wouldn’t go back without earplugs. On second thought, wouldn’t go back.

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vipGregoryI
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

For an elegant restaurant, playing LOUD rock and roll just doesn’t fit. Not to mention, very annoying in that kind of atmosphere.

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vipRichardS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Outstanding food, pleasant service, but the loud 80s rock music spoiled our enjoyment. Unfortunately, the management proved unresponsive to our polite request to lower the volume.
I’m a big supporter of all the Bastianich family projects but I’ll never return to Babbo. This wasn’t a “fine dining “ experience.

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vipSkiier
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

I didn’t mind the loud music too much at first, although it was hard to communicate with the server and I found the treble mix too high. But then they started playing the beastie boys at the same loud volume. My party could not even talk over the loud obnoxious music. I asked them to change the music and I was at first ignored. Upon further insistence the volume was reduced slightly. I won’t be returning to this place.

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vipNiles
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience1

I was really disappointed with the ambiance in this restaurant. The music was so loud that it was impossible to have a conversation. We mentioned this to the waiter, who said he talked about the loud music level with the manager, but the manager apparently said that is the way the owner (Batali?) likes it. Well - I don't care if the food is excellent - there is simply no point going to a restaurant where the music is so loud that you cannot talk to others at the table. This is a restaurant - not a night club. So, I will NEVER go back to this place. There are so many great alternatives in New York!

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JohnP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent, especially the olive oil and balsamic vinegars. The olive oil gelato was super. Sitting outside was good, but the table was not really steady. Service was spot on at all times.

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vip21152
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Time to close shop.. once one of our favorites. We actually settled the tab and left to eat elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food and drink was amazing, I only wish the music wasn’t so loud.

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vipEveVV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Food was superb. I had the argula salad, bolognese and garganelli - the pasta was so fresh and light. There was an amazing wine list and a very helpful sommelier. Entire staff was very friendly and on top of it.

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vipCeciliaM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I felt Babbo was not what it used to be, especially the food. I was disappointed with the pasta, although the duck was very good. The mushroom garganelli was very too buttery and not very "truffled". You can skip the corn creme brule with popcorn; the ricotta cheesecake was very good.
The music was loud, old, and a nuisance. It was cold inside.
My comments are, of course, relative to the price

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vipNipTucker
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All in all it was a fine meal. Had previously been better. Everything seemed pretty expensive and we still left hungry. The waitress was nice and knowledgeable.

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viphima
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Babbo has been on a long decline for some years. Right now it is of course a very challenging time to run a high-end restaurant but they are really filling tables way beyond the capacity of their waitstaff. They have some rediculous tables in the middle of the sidewalk that they should really get rid of. Food is spotty but the wine program is still going strong - recommend getting a few simple dishes and make use of the excellent sommelier.

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BrettR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and had the pasta tasting menu to celebrate our birthdays in their Covid enclosure. Everything was delicious, only downside were some fellow guests who seemed to be impossible to please and toxic. But that’s more of the them problem than the restaurant!

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vipAngus
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and experience.

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vipNeighbor
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I love Babbo, right now they are trying to accommodate everyone outside and inside and our server was a total pro but completely unable to manage everything she was trying to manage. The music was anxiety causing and verging on hard rock. Sadly, I doubt I’m racing back even if the food was superb.

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AyushT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babbo is great! Perfect for date night/birthday — pasta tasting menu with reserve wine pairings were fantastic, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out

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vipGranitB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food is delicious. Service is okay, attention to detail needs improvement as well as the hospitality aspect.

We will be back, hoping for more hospitality and welcoming feel next time.

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vipDanaR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the music got very loud - not for elegant dining on a Saturday night - defintely for a yougner crowd

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vipJoannP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service!
Exceptional food!
Best octopus I have ever had!
Cannot wait to return on next trip to NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Kind of feels a little stale. Not as extraordinary as it used to be.

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SteveT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish the food and wine were all outstanding. A real privilege to dine at Babbo.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Not all of the servers/staff were wearing mask… which is odd given delta. But everything else was fabulous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

I’m a regular here and our waiter was no where to be found. I do have to commend the rest of the staff but service at our table was lacking. Also the food was not as good as it was a few weeks ago.

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SteveR
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service is without peer, the food fantastic, great wine list. We will keep coming back.

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Ahnold
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If you want ambiance, go here. Food was just ok, nothing life hanging, not bad.

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ruggero
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. But tables were excessively crammed together. There was little air conditioning. No bread at the table. Mixed experience

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ConnieA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very knowledgeable about wine pairings. Food was amazing.

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ChristineS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful but outside dining experience could have better. I think they did what they could to ameliorate effect of eating on the sidewalk.

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MatthewM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is, of course, excellent, but the folks at Babbo seem to think that it can only be enjoyed with loud music that does not fit the setting. Are they trying to prove something?

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RobM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and attentive staff. Celebrated a b'day for my 10 year old. Very sweet with her. She loved it. We all did, party of 5.

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vipCarl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good - the only issue was that we had a table of four, and one of us was vegetarian and we wanted to do the tasting pasta menu and they were not willing to switch out a couple of the pasta dishes for our vegetarian friend or allow only three of us to do the tasting because they were unable to accommodate our vegetarian friend. So my friend felt guilty, and we did not want her to feel guilty so we ordered the pasta tasting menu, and forced her to order another dish so that she did not feel left out.

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vipRomulo
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vipDaniellep
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service never disappoint. Can't wait to go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice ambiance and professional staff. Had the black sea bass with mussels and it was OK. The place was bustling, loud, and it seemed like everyone was in a hurry. Felt rushed. They knew it was our anniversary, and gave us a sweet treat at the end because of this. A nice touch.

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 3597 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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