Babbo Ristorante

4.7
2874 reviews
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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 10:15PM - 11:30PM
Fri - Sat 10:30PM - 11:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.5

Babbo is still the best place to feel good in this town.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 2874 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal and experience

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not as good as we were hoping. The food was flat and uninspired.

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FA
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the food, service, and atmosphere was absolutely phenomenal. Will stop by every time I visit New York City!

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wait staff was excellent as was most of the food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous! very special place, perfect for a birthday. great service.

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U
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black spaghetti was excellent! Sea Scallops dish was amazing - scallops were seared perfectly. Lamb shank was extremely tender and moist. Warm apple sottosopra dessert was delicious. Paired with a Bastianich red wine (approx. $45). Wonderful meal.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous from start to finish. Didn’t have that tacky Mother’s Day feeling at all. The great ambience, innovative dishes and impressive wine list paired with Joe’s knowledge and accommodations helped make our anniversary dinner spectacular!

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LI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We waited 25 minutes despite having a reservation. The irony is that they called and reminded us that if we are late we would lose the table. The service was poor with us having to wait long before someone took our order. Although the food is great, this isn’t a place I would frequent since good/great food is available in plenty in NYC.

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AF
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Everything was absolutely perfect. My wife and I hadn't had dishes like Babbo's since we were in Italy. Outstanding.

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m
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good experience. Pasta dishes were very good. Main courses were good but not great. Service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and creative menu

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MB
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we were celebrating our honeymoon we were made to feel very special and unique. We observed similar levels of attention for the other guests. The homely feel and high quality delivery left us positively delighted!

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OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top choice to celebrate and enjoy a culinary treat with multiple staff attention.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Music is sometimes not according to restaurant theme.

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o
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This dinner was planned weeks in advance, given the difficulty in getting reservations at this very popular up-scale dining option. A rather modest (in size) store front opens up to a large, bustling restaurant with both downstairs and upstairs tables. Servers seemed to be ubiquitous, running back and forth, but that didn't seem to generate much attention to us once seated. Once things were underway (drinks/wine, salad, entrees, dessert) things proceeded in a timely fashion. Our server was efficient, but lacked personality with a somewhat uninterested demeanor. Entrees were mid-30s in price and very good (swordfish and black spaghetti with crab meat); appetizers, sides, dessert were relatively more expensive as were cocktails and glasses of wine such that for two, we easily approached $200. The menu options are very good, and in many cases unique. This was a very good experience; having done it once, we would return with the benefit of this trial run--overall, a memorable experience--o assist us.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. For the price and reputation, not the value I expected.

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BJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great late night dining experience. We all really enjoyed it. A bit loud but we could still talk and hear each other.

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very crowded, but that was expected, drinks and wine pour a bit on the skimpy side, waiter was very good and so was food.

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CS
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love every single bit of it.

It was a shame we were in a rush so only had one course but the service was first class and food was delicious.

Will be delighted to visit again :)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, restaurant on 2 levels and we opted to eat
Upstairs which was quieter. Large selection and generous
Portions. Four of us loved our dinners and drinks. Service
was perfect and we celebrated our friends 80th birthday. We
all could hear perfectly/- not too loud in restaurant.
Delicious pork chops, pigs feet and huge portion of
lamb chops. The menu also has many pasta dishes that
are excellent.

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DB
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Always consistent and offers the freshest seafood. If you like small, intimate non-chain restaurants, this is the place to book!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was a pleasant enough place to spend an evening but very expensive for what it was. We knew it was an expensive restaurant and are happy to say those kind of prices for an excellent meal but this was no more than average. We have eaten as well at less expensive restaurants and much better at similarly priced ones. The wild boar ragu was particularly disappointing as it tasted like a very ordinary stew.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an Easter lunch and a 30th birthday. Guests were from out of town and absolutely loved Babbo.

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG!! Best restaurant we have been to New York so far! They pay really close attention to detail from the food to the service. The low lighting was relaxing and the throw back tunes they were playing we're very nostalgic.

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l
Nashville
62 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Getting together with friends. It was wonderful food and great time.

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London
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service in this place is incredible, very attentive and friendly. Wine lovely will love the choice of wine was huge, like a naughty bible. Started with the goats cheese tortellini and was incredible and was very excited by the rest of the meal because it was really amazing. But after that amazing start the beef cheek tortellini and pappardelle Bolognese were very underwhelming, just a bit flat, felt the pappardelle was slightly undercooked for my liking. The octopus was nice and to my amazement even had my partner eating it who tends to steer clear of any “monsters from the ocean”. The mascaponi cheese cake was lovely but the saffron panacota needed some texture like a salted caramel tweel or something as the only texture coming from the dish was the unpleasant dried apricot. Feel some more thought needs to go into the dishes to elevate them to the next level.

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MW
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Selected some specials, swordfish crudo, artichokes along with several more pasta dishes to share. Rabbit Ravi dish was one of the best I have ever had though we did find a bone in the dish. Beef cheek dish was also outstanding. Disappointed in the lobster dish, very tough. Bucatini was ok, I have had better. Deserts were great and service was excellent. Overall a very good experience but certainly did not do everything as well as I expected.

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V
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was a bit slow, we waited more than usual. The restaurant is very dark which disappointed me because we went to have lunch. So the ambiance of darkness in the day is not very pleasant. I would recommend this restaurant just for dinner or at night because of the light and also the menu looks much better for dinner.

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LT
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Pastas are simply amazing

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a birthday dinner with my daughter. Fantastic service!

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R
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, festive atmosphere (not quiet but not deafening. Unfortunately, the food was only ok. Even the pastas, a former stand-out here, were only fair. Pork, branzino, and squab ok. Mostly, the food lacked flavor and interest. Cocktails were very good, Bastianich red wine at $45 a bottle also very good.

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MN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Friends gathering for NYC trip. Great food, service, location, ambiance. The noise level was off the charts and they could have made a better choice for dinner music: Nirvana ‘s greatest, really?

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a really tasty dinner for two to celebrate a birthday. This food was amazing. I’ve never had better pasta.m and the motzarella appetizer ... so good! 100% impressed. Only critique is that it was super loud.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lamb and octupus appetizer. Wine was superb. Wonderful ambiance and service.

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J
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Each dish explained , delivered as anticipated. All positive.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, classic italian. Chield friendly. No problem sharing dishes. Great service.

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had high expectations for Babbo and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent. For appetizers we had the grilled octopus, Mozzarella and the Swordfish special and we were highly impressed with all of them. For entrees we had the beef cheek ravioli, goat cheese tortellini, garganelli and the swordfish and everyone was extremely pleased with their dishes. The wine list was intimidating but there was a sommelier on hand who was very helpful. Overall, the service, food and ambiance were an amazing experience and I would highly recommend. Cannot wait to go back!

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G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always enjoy sitting at the bar to eat when we visit Babbo. The bar staff is excellent in regard to service and interact wonderfully with Babbo's patrons.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had our in-laws visiting and my father in law has Parkinson’s. I didn’t know there was a second floor in the restaurant or else I would have wrote a note to avoid the second floor. My father in law is 75 years old with Parkinson’s disease and have to use ski sticks to balance his walks. They clearly saw he was not in his best condition to climb the long flight of stairs but insisted we had to sit on the second floor because we didn’t make a special note. The restaurant was not that busy as we took an earlier reservation. It was really disappointing that they couldn’t accommodate an elderly man with a disability. We were happy with the service. All the pasta dishes were great as well as main. My mother in law’s lamb chops were not that impressive.

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