Bar Tabac

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
79 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
French
Bar Tabac has brought a vibrant energy to the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. It caters to all on Smith Street, embodying on its corner site the spirit of the Tabacs in France, the small storefronts and annexes to bars, where people buy lottery tickets, chewing gum, and of course, tobacco. Bar Tabac may not actually sell tobacco, but the lively camaraderie, the classic ‘60s bar, the antiques, all conspire to transport you to a place in France, where, granted, they might not all know your name, but…give it some time. Live music six times a week, storied brunches, and the ever-satisfying Bistro Food keep everyone coming back. And always keep in mind the intimate back room, away but not apart, from the lively bar, the atrium skylight, the glow of the candles
What 79 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
KF
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Just know ahead of time that they only accept cash or AMEX and you’ll be ok. Service was great!

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice food and friendly atmosphere. Smelled like cleaning products around our table, which ruined the vibe a little.

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great
We shall return
Thanks

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a small wedding party (8) and they gave us the back room which was a bit quieter. Staff were always present and helpful to everyone and the food was delicious (second time coming here). This is one of my favorite places to eat when visiting family in NYC, don't miss out, especially if there's a high school jazz trio playing the night you're there.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were each served the wrong food and then made to feel as if it was our fault! We were given a small discount, pretty much had the check thrown on our table and absolutely no apology was made. It was my daughter's and my last night on a trip to NYC and a very upsetting way to finish. I would absolutely not recommend this rude restaurant to anyone.

i
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful. Even the table next to us had food that smelled amazing.

b
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nothing not to like at this place.
All good every time.

G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There was a band playing Thursday night so it was hard to hear. We sat in the back room which was better. The food was delicious. The service was good. We did enjoy the music. I am sure we will go again.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and good happy hour specials. A nice layout to the place. They seemed understaffed and it took a while for someone to take an order between apps and main course. Overall though, delightful.

r
Tallahassee
86 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is kind of neighborhood watering hole, but has a very pleasant staff and a varied menu. For lunch we had ceviche and returned for more the next day. a decent wine and beer list compliments daily specials, like the ginger and tomato soup which they were kind enough to serve chilled. Definitely casual and laid back, but worthy of a stop.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place, good food at reasonable prices. Wine list limited. Very enjoyable place. We have returned for 5 times now

JA
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was great and the ambience of the place is fantastic. However, on the night we where there, they might had been short on staff, as the service was extremely slow and we where confronted with a server with an attitude when we politely asked about of food after 25 minutes of wait. We can understand peak hours, short staffing issues, etc. we are reasonable people, so please don't annoy your customers with showing them an attitude! a simple "I'm sorry, we are short of staff today" would had defused the situation. Instead, we left the restaurant with a bitter-sweet taste in our mouths...

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great ambiance. The service was fantastic and the menu had a nice selection of dishes in addition to the daily specials

ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner - especially dining outside along Dean Street

MA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I searched for somewhere with ambience and easy to find location for 2 sets of cousins coming from Europe-this was it! They held our table for 8 people, made food accommodations and took a really great picture of us all to boot! Oddly enough we all ordered burgers-delicious, and a minor mistake on the chef's part was remedied with beverage comps! Live music trio playing in the bar area and a delicious cocktail while I waited for my relatives to arrive definitely made me feel that I chose the right place!

r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

good food and service. We came at 1:30 and were able to get the one table remaining. By the time we left there were several tables available. If possible come for a later lunch

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good food. Service at outside table a little sporadic. Was told artichokes in salad fresh but they weren’t but otherwise everything very nice and had a great time.

LC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely French 🇫🇷 cuisine and love their French wines. The only minus is you either pay with cash or Amex since they do not take Visa or MasterCard

BJ
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feels like Paris in that they have loads of outdoor tables and the welcome dogs. We love It!

m
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bar Tabac was a fine place for brunch. Visiting a friend in Brooklyn for the weekend, we came here for Sunday brunch before leaving town. We had the avocado toast, french toast, and baked eggs. Everything was decent. Service was ok - a bit slow, but friendly. Overall, nothing was bad about the experience but nothing was outstanding either. I wouldn't say no to coming back, but I would probably try new places on my next visit.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent.

GF
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch offerings were all excellent and slightly better priced than dinner

VV
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there for lunch this time. We had dinner at Bar Tabac many times before and have always left happy so we figured lunch could not be any less, and we were right. We were four with a 3yr old and had ordered all different plates.
All arrived after a short wait, well presented and well prepared. The perfectly seared tuna in the salade nicoise was sitting on a fresh bed of greens and other fresh accompaniments, the hamburger was cooked a perfect medium rare and served with some nice crispy and tender french fries, not greasy at all, the baked eggs with feta cheese was very tasty and moist, and they had nicely substituted the ham in my Croque Madame for some nice ripe slices of tomatoes, as requested. The Croque Madame was done with a nice sharp cheese and stayed crisp and not soggy! Thank you for a great lunch! The staff was very friendly and attentive, as always! Merci pour un bon dejeuner en bonne compagnie!

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Place was dirty. Bathroom wasn’t clean. Service was terrible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant eating experience. Lively crowd, food was very good. Try and snag a table outside for people watching

FM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great brunch with my parents who were in town visiting and locally-based cousins. Food was excellent and the staff were kind to put us at a big table in the back which was quieter since my father can find the noise challenging. They gave us plenty of time to linger and chat. Very much enjoyed. Great for a group.

CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service, a bit noisy.
Do not enjoy the live music... too loud.

JD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Nicoise salad. The salmon burger was fire too!

BJ
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating outside here with our pup! Feels like Paris❤️

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Tabac is the perfect neighborhood French bistro: very cozy, with excellent food and wine. We were visiting from out of town and loved everything about it. My moules frites were extraordinary and my husband’s hangar steak was great. We will definitely return if we stay nearby again.

KZ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with an authentic feel to it. Cosy seating. All of our (lunch) food was delicious.

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, authentic, unpretentious.
Had a great time here. The execution of the dishes was great, the flavors were right on point, the service was warm, accommodating, and welcoming. The overall atmosphere was very relaxing yet it felt special... Felt like I was in Paris :)

d
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent lentil salad and hanger steak, yet the waiter got the order wrong not just once but twice, and we ended up waiting a long time for entree #2 to re-arrive.

EL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to place! A great local French treasure.

S
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Tabac was very relaxing and the food was surprisingly good. My friend and I had a 10:00 AM breakfast on a Sunday morning and there were only a few other customers and the restaurant was playing nice music and my friend and I were able to relax with great service and have drinks and very solid food for an affordable price. Great spot for an affordable brunch alternative without sacrificing quality of food and not having to worry about very crowded or busy.

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Once a favorite place for us but not any more. Food disappointing, service slow and certainly not value for money. Staff were nice helpful courteous but iys lost its appeal. That said it was very busy but it was a Friday night....

BB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

French onion soup was excellent. Cheese had great taste. Service attentive, not intrusive.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great Happy Hour location - snacks/drinks are good and well-priced! Dinner prices don't match the quality, but they have great live music and the ambience is refreshing. Staff is also pleasant. We had steak frites and a curry couscous entree that was satisfactory but not particularly memorable.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood french bistro - great drinks, good food, fantastic service.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, service as well. Cocktails were a little sweet but otherwise no complaints.