Babbo Ristorante

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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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BH
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service - get the ravioli!

LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

GP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
5 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.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food
Very dark restaurant without much ambiance

OT
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fue mi 3era ver que visitó este maravilloso lugar aunque entiendo que por el flujo tan alto provoque que el nivel de servicio sea un poco diferente, esta vez éramos 2 parejas y 3 platos estuvo perfecto y 1 muy muy salado aún le doy 4 de 5

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LD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Babbo is an excellent restaurant giving you great service and absolutely delicious food. The only thing Babbo lacks is ambiance. The decor is simple but pretty but the music is horrible. I have been to Babbo many times for the delicious pastas and have visited Mario Batali restaurants at multiple locations and the music is always the bad common factor. It is extremely loud and the the genre does not fit the atmosphere. We live all genres of music but hard rock is not the type of music I would expect in a restaurant of this quality. If I wanted to hang out in a bar and drink a beer than yes that would be fine. I felt like we had to speak loudly over the music which made us feel a little tense instead of relaxed. I would suggest changing the music and lowering it a little to be background music o my.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friends reunion

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DG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as always!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Staff was not attentive. Food was not nearly as good as in past.

s
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food atmosphere and service were great. I’m a repeat customer and my daughter loves this place. She cane all the way from overseas to dine here. This restaurant was on her list of must visit while here. The atmosphere is very cozy and the staff is excellent. Wait time for service is basically now. As soon as you walk in someone’s there.

KZ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, will visit again next time in NYC :)

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantasric service and food. Top notch. Blew away Rezdora in an apples to apples head to head comparison

RA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Babbo, for such an amazing meal! The perfect way to end the year!!

SP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

I was so disappointed. I remember this as bring a grand, coveted restaurant. But it’s lost it’s luster. Food was good. Service was excellent. But the music was so loud. As if you were in a teenage pizza joint. Loud 70’s music. And I mean LOUD. I called the manager over and he apologized saying this was the preference of the owner. He had heard this many times.

People, there are so many stellar restaurants in NYC. Skip this one. There are so many better options.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing Restaurant!! Food was out of this world, service impeccable & staff top notch!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian that I have ever had. Professional service.

M
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The maitre d' is curt and unapologetic. We had a reservation and he made sure to tell us there are other people waiting with no commitment to how long it would take to seat us. We were seated about 25 minutes after our reservation time, which was fine, it's the holidays and it's hard to time everything perfectly, but there is a way to handle that messaging, which clearly the maitre d' is not skilled at. More importantly, as I was speaking with the hostesses, he pushed them aside (physically) to jump in. Not sure why, but it was rude and abrupt and I honestly felt bad for the hostesses, who were already helping us. Lastly, I will say, it was our wedding anniversary, I requested a quiet romantic table, but instead we were seated downstairs in a super loud area with the music blasting. I found the whole experience sub par given the reputation that Babbo seems to carry.

SC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Babbo! Friendly, well informed sommelier helps make the wine list feel smaller

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Really quite poor execution. Salty everything. Seating cramped.

AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I’ve eaten at Babbo. The food, service and ambiance were excellent!

JH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Some of best in NYC. Calamari appetizer, skirt steaks and rabbini with garlic were excellent. Portions are appropriate. Would recommend to all visiting NYC. Having traveled to Italy much of my life, very true to trattoria style dining.

r
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the pasta tasting menu which was delicious. Great ambiance with a nice romantic vibe.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Music was great, inluding Killers hits, but too loud for an elegant dinner. Service good but we were never asked if we wanted a cocktail.. the sommelier preempted any option.

GB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. Great staff and food. The place was decorated perfectly for Christmas. Did a wonderful job recognizing our sons birthday.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience we have ever had. Waitstaff above and beyond. Food so amazing I have no words. It’s the place to go!!!! You must experience this restaurant!!!!!

C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Especially accommodating for our anniversary dinner and Babbo’s interest in giving usan exceptional evening of dining. Courses had touch fine cooking with a focus on highlighting special treatment of both traditional standards and house favorites. The wait staff and others handled the evening flawlessly.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service has stayed high quality, but the restaurant has become more casual over the years, with people often coming with kids. This is not necessarily bad, but has definitely changed the vibe.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent food, one thing spectacular, great sweetbreads!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent black bass and scallops. The wine list by the glass is great. Long wait though when it’s busy. Give your self time. Great service. Five stars. The best place in all of New York.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sehr leckeres italienisches Essen und sehr netter und aufmerksamer Service. Pasta war ausgezeichnet

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service from start to finish. It is one of our favorite Italian Restaurants

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