Babbo Ristorante

4.6
3520 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 3520 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
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4.5
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. The staff was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

LB
vipLindaB1kanobie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!

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vipnashvegas
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of my favorite eating spots. Portions, food, flavor, and Service all wonderful. You cannot beat the extensive wine list and the knowledge of the Sommelier .
The flavors and the portions are wonderful. My only complaint is that I’m usually too full to order dessert and the noise level is quite high and does not lend to having a conversation with your dinner partner.

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Anonymous
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My requested an indoors but without asking or my authorization my reservation was changed to outdoors. It was warm outside and with a strong possibility of rain. They ended offering bar seating or a booth near the bar. I chose the booth, which was next to the door/exit. It was fine but not great/what I expected.

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Natasha
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, the staff were very attentive and the food was fabulous
I would highly recommend

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Leonardo
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food and drinks

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Brooks22
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner in the upstairs room which was filled with light on an early summer night. One of our diners had a few food restrictions and our server was very knowledgeable and was helpful in making suggestions to accommodate his needs. Food was fresh and fairly portioned. I enjoyed the music which was atypical for an Italian restaurant and more like a Greenwich village bar.

JP
JosephP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good wine list over 80 pages knowledgeable staff. All food is authentic Italian good times

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vipJ123
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Disappointing. Used to be the best Italian food in the city.

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Dobbs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

good, average, without being excellent. very classical, no surprises. We were expected a better experience given the price of the meals. Service is correct.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was exceptional, albeit the sizes of the main course entrees have notably shrunk in size. Waitstaff very professional and on their game. The same can’t be said for the myriad of managers, hosts, hostesses and sommeliers - who were aimlessly tripping over one another - while trying to appear busy. Our table was located behind the host / hostess stand and there were so many of them hovering around that our chair was inexcusably bumped into at least half a dozen times? In addition, for some inexplicable reason the Restaurant was playing Led Zeppelin and similar heavy rock music at a perplexing high volume throughout our meal - a bizarre choice of very loud music to be playing while trying to evoke a white tablecloth, fine dining experience? The food and waitstaff service is so good and people so starved for indoor dining, that it appears all of these missteps are being overlooked not only by us patrons, but by the ownership too.

DM
vipDianaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining experience I’ve had in a long time. Food was a total disappointment

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IsabelT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in the city. Food always good. Service spectacular, cant get enough of it.

EL
EricL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the grilled octopus, Buffalo mozzarella, black spaghetti, beef cheek ravioli, spaghettoni, and semifreddo for dessert.

Everything was delicious from start to finish. Highlights for us was the grilled octopus, beef cheek ravioli, and spaghettoni.

We also got a nice bottle of reisling that was recommended by the sommelier and it complimented the dinner perfectly. The service was on point and we never felt rushed.

5/5 experience. Would definitely come back again.

FM
vipFoodieMom
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as ever!

SM
SigalM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good restaurant! Great service, with perfect dishes.
Perfect pasta, the asparagus was Devin!
Highly recommended ♥️

HS
HilaryS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the pasta tasting menu and were seated outside. Delicious food, friendly service, and perfect early summer weather -- it was a lovely experience!

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EmanuelP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. A big plus for me is that they have sweetbreads on the menu, one of my favorites. The service was professional and a birthday in our group was recognized. It's pricey but all good.

HH
HelenH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Ordered the tasting menu and it was fantastic!

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vipErajZ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Did the pasta tasting, which was definitely more than filling. Worth it, but just make sure you come in hungry and on an empty stomach as you will leave very full & satisfied!

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vipxxxx
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food5service4ambience2

Things were great until they cranked up Led Zeppelin to ear— splitting volume - requiring shouting to be heard. A manager smugly stated ‘that’s how the owners like it’. Apparently the owners couldn’t care less about their guests. Possibly just trying to drive diners out to make room for the next round. Horrible way to end a meal.

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scf40
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

One of my favorite places- may be working out post covid kinks in kitchen.. Service was very good-cocktails, first course and pasta course outstanding- both of our main dishes were lacking. Duck a bit boring- pork chop was tough as a shoe. Over all a nice night despite ‘protein’ selection.

BM
vipBrianM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding in every way possible. Great food, great service, wonderful ambiance.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from everyone we had contact with! Pasta portions were huge

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jonathasn
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of a kind in the city. Great food and service, a wonderful place to experience a true NY evening. A gem of a place!

HP
HeatherP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Our server really did not know too much about the menu. The music was inappropriate and blasting. I have had some excellent experiences here in the past but was very embarrassed to bring family here. I will not be going back to Babbo in the future and do not recommend it.

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Daniela
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best lamb I have tried, outstanding quality of the meat. The pastas are also very good.

JJ
vipJJNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I stop dining at Babbo about 3-4 years ago because the blasting music they play. Not only is too loud but the genre is not a suitable one for the type of restaurant they are. Seems intentionally so patrons don’t talk as it is close to impossible without screaming. It is a restaurant not a dance club. When confirming the reservation I reminded them about my concern and was assured that it wasn’t like that anymore... well I find out the hard way, because it was if not worst. The unpleasant situation was expressed to the management and nothing was done about. This time was the last!

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LauraM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall it was ok. Food was good. Service was good.

PF
PeterF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Babbo. The food is excellent, drink menu extensive, and the music adds a nice touch. The staff knows the menu very well and can adjust mostly anything to your liking.

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vipNancyC
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. Background music was loud.

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vipEVFoodie
New York Area
314 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit since the end of 2019 - and it’s better than ever, with some new, delicious menu additions, and the same friendly and attentive service. We sat outside in one of the “bungalows” that was as well-ventilated as any of the new structures we’ve been in. And as compared to sitting indoors, which was buzzing with a full house on a Saturday night, the outside was quiet and serene. Of course, it was a bit chilly, but the overhead heaters worked well, and it was nice of feel a cool breeze moving the air for us, and the other three tables for two.

We started with the arugula salad, followed by a new pasta - ravioli stuffed with a purée of pear, and sauced like a cacio e pepe pasta, followed by a special of soft shell crabs. A side of the new mashed potato dish was delicious. And we finished with one of several new desserts - a rich and satisfying chocolate caramel tart.

We will be back - and soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectation - every course was fantastic

CM
vipCherynneM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the food went along. Absolutely loved all of our plates.

GT
GabrielT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Reserved a table in advance and they put us outside with homeless people asking us for food and water. Plenty of tables inside available. Would not consider eating here again. Food was mediocre, service was excellent.

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vipGerry
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the wine som Luis was fantastic. He found superb wines from the depth of his cellar. Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. It was a family reunion and our waiter Mark was excellent, courteous and solicitous. Answered all our questions and extremely helpful with the food allergies by one in our group. All food and wine pairings were spot on. Look forward to our next visit.

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DavidK
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had the sea bass which was nice, I had the branzino which was really good, soft, moist and flavorful! My wife and I changed dishes and she finished the branzino. My son had the sirloin. My son is not a sirloin person but he said that this sirloin made him understand why people eat sirloin. Beautiful restaurant but choice of music was questionable, we were listening to Queen do ‘We will rock you’ I like Queen, but it’s not dinner music!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The appetizer that I choose was out of stock! The branzino for main no tasty... plane

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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 4.6 stars by 3520 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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