Babbo Ristorante

4.7
3457 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 3457 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The best time, the best service - great vibes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

In times of covid, I understand that restaurants have to do the best they can making a comfortable
Outdoor space. Unfortunately, when it rains and is chilly, it becomes more difficult. Our main issue is that the two hostesses were not friendly or welcoming. In fact, we found them to have an attitude, and with a fine restaurant like Babbo
that came as a big surprise. Luckily our waiter made up for it. He was amazing. However, the hostess is the first face you see and they set the tone. Here I would suggest they put someone with a personality of the very friendly waiter up front. With a 300 bill for 4 people, I probably would not go back.

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KeithD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was very good ,the porterhouse for two was excellent. Wonderful Tuscan wine. The service was outstanding , we truly enjoyed our dinning experience. The chocalete desert was also excellent !

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vipemptynestcapades
New England
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots in the city! We love it for regular NYC dining as well as dining for our whole family on special occasions such as Mother's Day. The food and service are outstanding! We cannot wait to return.

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vipSusanD
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exquisite and the service friendly and impeccable. A wonderful place to dine.

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vincentp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service were excellent and atmosphere was good..

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BicycleJoe
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful restaurant, top of the pops,
Felt like we were on a movie set Vogue'ing up and down the stairs.
The food was superb, the wine choices were right on and in exhaustible,
our servers were on cue and generous with the truffles.
We went to celebrate our mothers, my Mother and I both worked in the family bakery with Erminia when Lidia and I were barely 14 years old in 1968

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vipHilaryE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent and we enjoyed the outdoor dining.

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vipAndreasG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The music was so loud that you really had to yell over the table to have a conversation. Nothing against a lively atmosphere, but I little more "laid back" on the music would really improve the noise level and the atmosphere. We had several pasta dishes, all were excellent other than the Spaghettoni with lobster. This was served with a tomato sauce (even though on the menu it said "brodetto"), the tomato taste was way to dominate for the fine lobster. Tone down tomato, add a bit of broth and white wine, or just stick to "brodetto" and this dish would have been perfect as well. Babbo is remains a "must have" as restaurant in NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Food and Jon the waiter. Back ASAP

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DaveNYC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in NYC outside of Italy. Kids licked their plates clean.

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vipFpalau
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Appetizers were amazing, entrees were ok but nothing spectacular. Service was exceptional!!!

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vipDianeG
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing night. Of course the food was amazing. Literally the best pasta ever. The was a special tuna that knocked us out too. And the wine-what a list. Our waiter was fab too. All around 5 star night.

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vipFoodieForYou
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Nicotra elevated dishes that were already amazing. He's a great addition to the Babbo Family. Love him and his well-trained team.

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vipLynn
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, creative dishes, attentive , knowledgeable service, nice ambiance. And they have some gluten-free pasta, beautifully prepared. We will be back!

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vipJennifer
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never skipped a beat! Always a consistently amazing meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo yummy :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing dinner. The garganelli pasta and the stinco veal shank was out of this world

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vipWillajane
New York Area
201 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Warm staff. Perfect food. Great cocktails and wine.

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vipPK2100
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Ambiance is lively and great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server Susan was outstanding. Food and drink suggestions were perfect. Not a lover of the side by side seating.

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WynnS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here for a last minute night out with my bf and we got a rez for 9:45 pm. Restaurant was packed with people, it was a very fun vibe. The music was a little loud for me, and I’m 26 so not old ha, but think if you’re with a group trying to catch up it would be better to get a table outside. It was fine because we’re together all the time but again probably not ideal if you’re trying to have a conversation with a group at a bigger table. The food and service were AMAZING - don’t sleep on the pork chop, it was the best I’ve ever had.

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JacquelineG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Terrible and honestly very upsetting. I brought my fiancé for their birthday and the music was deafening. I make no exaggeration and it gives me no joy to share that I spent $400 for a dinner at a restaurant where Motley Crue and Billy Idol were literally blasting for the entirety of our meal. Why didn't we leave and go somewhere else? Because it was 8:30pm on a Saturday night in NYC. Without a reservation, it would be pizza slices and in retrospect, I would have much preferred that romantic simplicity over Babbo. I was so disappointed and my partner was as well but too well mannered to complain when they knew the effort I had put into wanting it to be a good experience. Sad.

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Karen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Father noise level in the bar area where I had been told over the phone would be quite in a “booth” was so loud you could not hear anyone speak. The service was horrible - and had to wait for our 8:00 table until 8:45. The lobster tomato pasta was like it came out of a can at a supermarket. Horrible. We had to flag down a waiter for any service - even to get the bill. The absolute worst. Never again.

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vipAmandaL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience1

Restaurant called to make sure we turned up on time otherwise table would be given away. Restaurant then didn’t seat us till 30 mins after our reservation time. Told to wait at bar, but unable yo have a drink & music was so loud our ears almost bled. Sides for our Entrees came out 10 mins after we’d finished our meal. Ordered dessert & only one arrived. The food was excellent - the experience was not. Ive never been to a restaurant where the music was so loud you couldn’t hear your servers or the friend sitting beside you. Wont be going back or recommending to anyone

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vipHKSCPS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was brilliant.
Food was somewhat disappointing.
Pastas were just okay.
Seafood and duck were delicious, but venison special was an absolute failure. Two very thin medallions which were so overcooked and dry they could have been small hockey pucks. The lamb chops were charred black on the outside and raw on the inside.
I would have thought that at this level of dining the food would have been more consistent as it has been in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We dined at Babbo many times and this time was different. It lost everything we loved about it.

I was told the only tequila I could order was $425 per 2 oz pour because everything else was sold out.

My pasta that I get every single time was so hard I couldn’t chew through it. I sent it back and the replacement was barely better.

We made the manager aware of all instances and they didn’t even offer us a complimentary drink or anything. It was just like “ well this is what we are post covid”. I’m sorry that’s not a great excuse. We’re all in this together and if we’re going to spend $400+ on dinner for 2 there is an expectation to be met.

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vipcfooddiet
Atlanta
82 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the truffle tasting menu for my husband’s birthday.It was lovely sitting outside, if a little chilly and damp because all the heaters were overhead. The service was excellent. We liked everything The pastas were delicious! The olive oil cake was a tiny bit dry and the cheese course was overkill but otherwise a truly excellent meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got violently ill after the 211.66-dollar pasta tasting with wine pairing.

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KeithA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to go for light and tasty Italian! I highly recommend!

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GregoryD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Interesting menu, great wine list. Service was also very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food and service!!!!!

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Jade
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and it was great. The food was delicious and the service was attentive.

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vipEileenS
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant- the food, the service, the ambiance! My only complaint is that the music is about five decibels too loud...and a lot of hard core rock which makes it even more annoying....

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BrianA
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great night out- we sat by choice in the outdoor kiosks which were fine, tables were a bit close but the had plexiglass (does plexiglass kill COVID?) service was very good, the food was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!!!

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vipGerardoB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Disaster. Bad service. Octopus was not soft. Ravioli were cold. Bad location of the table in the street.

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vipZizinets2
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is a creative genius, taste and texture were 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 4.7 stars by 3457 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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