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The Ten Bells

4.6
4.6
58 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Romantic, casual, comfortable natural wine bar. Unusual selection from small producers matched with an international tapas menu, charcuterie and oysters

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Basque

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sunday 3:00pm-12:00am Monday-Friday 5:00pm-2:00am Saturday 3:00pm-2:00am

  • Phone number

    (212) 228-4450

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Francisco Javier ORTEGA

  • Catering

    The Ten Bells has 2 private rooms that can fit 35 people for sit down dinners or 60 people for cocktail parties

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Orchard and Ludlow

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    J,M,Z and F trains at Essex street stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 58 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. T

    Tominga

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good value, lovely food, great natural wine and attentive service.
  2. MS

    MargaretS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A variety of interesting and tasty dishes, nice ambiance.
  3. EC

    EllyC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good time!
  4. B

    Berry

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We were put in the back room. Long waits between very small dishes. This wasn’t a great dinner yet we walked away with close to $100 per person.
  5. RV

    RafaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Ten Bells delivered a flavorful and accessible experience in a warm atmosphere where our team could enjoy food and conversation. The intimacy, discussion, and laughter we shared in the space you created was incredible. Thank you for honoring my special request - one of our teammates took it home as a keepsake of our night!
  6. MC

    MarcC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service in NYC !
  7. MV

    MonicaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time at Ten Bells! Threw a party for my fiance's 30th birthday in the back room with about 20 guests! The room was cute, atmosphere perfect and we enjoyed great service from Fernando. He was knowledgable and helpful with wine choices and attentive throughout the night bringing us fresh glasses and lots of water! would def recommend for small gathering of people who love natural wine :)
  8. SM

    SarahM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at The Ten Bells. We were a large group and they accommodated us at a long table. The food was uniformly delicious and the service was attentive. Will definitely come back!
  9. RB

    RosalynB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Was happy with everything except the volumn and type of music played. Would have loved Spanish guitar or Spanish singing. Hate to have to shout over dinner
  10. NM

    NataliaM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always lovely, great atmosphere and authentic Spanish tapas.
  11. SO

    SteveO

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The happy hour specials are great. We then ordered a ton more of food and I was shocked by how inexpensive it was. The staff is wonderful and helpful. If you get a chance defenitly try this place.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! A good happy hour
  13. NM

    NataliaM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this little jewel that I wouldn't have found if not for their oyster happy hour! great service and nice atmosphere. will be back soon :)
  14. TK

    TatjanaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food and a cozy atmosphere. The bar was packed but The dining area was pretty nice. The quality of food was very good and the price of both food and wine was very reasonable. The service was a little slow, but other than that: I’d go back!
  15. BT

    BeanTownDiner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great wine. We had a huge group and the wait staff accommodated us expertly. I will absolutely be back!
  16. T

    Tylito

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as it always is!!! The food, service, scene and the eclectic crowd make this a wonderful experience every time I go!!
  17. E

    Elised

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great authentic spanish food but not only, extensive choice of wines, great service, very nice evening
  18. T

    Tylito

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique place with an eclectic vibe, old world charm, new world spirit and delicious foods that range from the freshest oysters on the half shell to sumptuous tapas to a wine list that will satisfy any palate. Excellent, knowledgeable, and attentive service and perfect location.
  19. GK

    GKNY27

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great night all around. Went for a birthday with a bunch of friends and the setting was perfect. Food was fantastic.
  20. CS

    ClassySuzy1

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very pleasant locale, a winebar with an interesting selection of wines emphasizing Spanish (no liquor), tapas and oysters with a happy hour deal of $1 oysters. Unfortunately on our visit they had only of the three kinds of oysters that they usually offer. Tapas were creative and excellently executed. All reasonably priced. Very pleasant staff.
  21. c

    ciscokid16

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice.. but very LOUD! Service was very good.. nice guy - Nick. Food was good. Very Dark inside.. can be very tight in terms of seating. Overall a good experience.
  22. s

    sarahw

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant in the city but boy does it get crowded
  23. SD

    SaraD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful wine bar with both great wine and fantastic tapas! The octopus and the steak tartare are among my favorites. Super knowledgeable and helpful staff.
  24. PT

    PaulineT

    Dublin

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good wine, good food, and nice service!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a party of ten for a birthday celebration and they gave us the beautiful back room to ourselves. The atmosphere was intimate, the service was friendly and timely, and the food/drink was delicious. The salmon tartare, the crab meat and avocado, the croquettes, and the shrimp nachos were our favorites from the night. Would definitely recommend for large groups. So fun!
  26. ED

    EdnaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The Happy Hour was great. The location was accessible to my friends for a get-together. The ambiance had a nice old-world feel to it, but a tad dark. The waiter forgot our dessert until we reminded him, but up until that point, service was good and prompt. The long table could have been "partitioned" better so that we were not too close to the next group. The food was delicious. Overall, I gave it 4 stars for the reasons stated above. I will go back again.
  27. MM

    MaryM

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I, though older than most of the Lower East Siders that frequent The Ten Bells, love this place. The tapas are fantastic, and the wine selection is splendid. The atmosphere is perfectly comfortable and cozy, like your favorite bar, the service is friendly and relaxed. Recommend the chorizo and the raclette on bread with pear! To boot, the place is a great value.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday. Very nice and attentive. Would absolutely recommend
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place! Thank you for making my birthday celebration so special! Enjoyed it to the fullest!
  30. AS

    AmandineS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good service with a good French style service ! We order some wine which was not cold like we like, so the server offers us a first glass of white wine. So good wine ! Food was good. Good recommandation about the burrata with honey for our dessert. Chocolate moelleux was amazing too. Really good diner there, we will come back ;)
  31. BK

    BKeater

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We reserved last minute for our party of 6 and the perfect cozy table was ready and waiting for us in the back. It's louder and more crowded in the front area so I was nervous about how comfortable we were going to be. Apparently there was no need to be! The back area for larger parties was cozy and quieter--the perfect place to catch up with friends on a rainy night. The service was great too! Our waiter was very accommodating with all of our varying preferences for wine and food and helpful. All in a all, a fantastic night!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Incredibly rude service... couldn’t even get a word in with the server who made the entire experience almost unbearable.
  33. j

    jdanyc

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine selection. Go as a group and get some bottles to try the really fun stuff. Service is busy but friendly and attentive. And they know their wine.
  34. IP

    IsabellaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is my all time favorite spot for a chill yet hip vibe, in which you don't sacrifice quality of food or quality of wine. I don't know what it is, but this place keeps drawing me back for whenever I need that perfect downtown wine bar experience, without the snobbery.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My entire party of 10 people was late by 30-40 minutes (some even later) which is often the breaking point for any restaurant! I received nothing but kindness and patience from Ten Bells though. The service was impeccable in this regard.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food and ambience was really good. We ordered a Rose but the description on the wine menu didn't mention that it had orange. It wasn't bad, but was very unexpected, so one of the couples with me didn't like it.
  37. TW

    ToddW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local spot to grab after work dinner and a drink. Very cool vibe. I did not eat but the food looked great from afar. Highly recommend it.
  38. r

    rellim73

    Dallas

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Super fun, casual venue with an awesome selection of natural wines and good tapas style food. I love the peppers stuffed with tuna! The place can get quite loud, so one should realize that the vibe is more of a bar than a restaurant.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Cute quiet birthday dinner. Food and wine was amazing. Obsessed with the crab and avocado plate and the mac & cheese!
  40. WP

    WillP

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The wine we had was wonderful, a suggestion from the server. The food was quite good. Our first and last interactions with the staff were disappointing. Checking in for the reservation was confusing - no clear person to speak with, servers and bartenders all rushing by, no one asking us if we needed help for several minutes. When I got the attention of the bartender he seemed slightly annoyed and curt. Our server during the meal was fine, not particularly warm or inviting, but not rude. Leaving at the end of the meal, less than 90 minutes after we arrived, a different server asked us to leave as she needed to seat a large party where we were located. Granted she may have been seeing if she could move us elsewhere. I had been looking forward to Tell Bells for a while, as I work in restaurants and with natural wine but the service won't have me rushing back.

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The Ten Bells is rated 4.6 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Orchard and Ludlow

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sunday 3:00pm-12:00am Monday-Friday 5:00pm-2:00am Saturday 3:00pm-2:00am

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Basque

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    J,M,Z and F trains at Essex street stop

  • Executive chef

    Francisco Javier ORTEGA

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 228-4450

  • Catering

    The Ten Bells has 2 private rooms that can fit 35 people for sit down dinners or 60 people for cocktail parties

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