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About Barbetta Restaurant

321 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Celebrating its 108th Year, Barbetta is the oldest restaurant in New York still owned by its founding family. Barbetta is also New York's oldest Italian restaurant and the oldest restaurant in the Theater District. This three-fold distinction has earned it landmark status by the Locali Storici d'Italia. In a glittering interior decorated with 18th century Italian antiques Barbetta serves the cuisine of Piemonte, Italy's northwestern most region. In summer, its exuberantly verdant garden with century-old trees and scented with the blooms of wisteria, oleander, jasmine and gardenia make it a most sought-after site for al fresco dining.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Btwn 8th & 9th Aves

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 246-9171

Website:
http://barbettarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Pianist evenings from 6:00pm

Parking Details:
Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
A,E,C,1,R,N,S

Executive Chef:
Dream Team de Cuisine

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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Details
Daily 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

Barbetta makes available its verdant garden and spectacular palazzo-like interior for large receptions and weddings. For smaller parties Barbetta offers the patrician rooms of its 1874-1881 Townhouses built by the Astor family preserving their period details, fireplaces & magnificent wood paneling.

Barbetta Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (77)
Special Occasion (53)
Good for a Date (49)
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Romantic (47)
Authentic (46)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Cozy (22)
Notable Wine List (20)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Business Meals (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Live Music (6)
People Watching (6)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Waterfront (1)
Casual (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wait staff were not friendly or welcoming. Food was only fair and the prices were expensive .

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

After reading the history of Barbetta in the NY Times I knew I had to return. I had been there before when I worked in the neighborhood. It is a tribute to "old New York". There are very few building left like this in NYC - old world charm and quiet and, beautiful dining room. Food was excellent and it was a great time being there again. Must re-visit soon again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

This historic and charming restaurant was a staple for my family pre-theater throughout my childhood. I returned there with my parents pre-theater this week for a wonderful and delicious lunch. The mozzarella and cherry tomato salad and the mushrooms with lemon and olive oil were terrific. The salmon and pacific bass dishes were superb. We were not disappointed by dessert. The chocolate cake disappeared from my dad’s plate. The lemon and pistachio tart was to die for! This is a gem that continues to deliver Fine food and attentive service in a memorable setting!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

It was my first time at this iconic restaurant. It looks a little stuffy in the pictures, but it really is quite charming relaxed. Granted, it's not a jeans and t-shirt sort of place. The service is flawless, you are never rushed and the meal flows perfectly. The food was delicious. The pre fixe menu really is quite a good value. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Party of five for a girls night out, and every single one of us was beyond happy with the food, service, and atmosphere. Throwback to Old World Italian restaurants. We'd love to come back in the spring or summer to experience the patio seating.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2018

Charming. Old world old school classic Italian restaurant. Great room, ambiance, piano, service and food. Open since 1908 or something like that, it is a real throwback but in a wonderful and special way. We will be going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2018

I was disappointed that only the price fixed menu was available to us

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 16, 2018

The atmosphere is fantastic and the restaurant is beautiful. In addition, the food is exceptional and I would recommend it to anyone. I found the service to be somewhat lacking. The server is somewhat short in his willingness to describe the dishes, important to us because they were somewhat out of the ordinary. In addition, the server did not come back to check on us after the food was delivered and we never had the opportunity to see the server again. It didn't affect our enjoyment of the restaurant, but the server, who appeared to be a long-timer, was out of sync with the establishment.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We wanted to fall in love with Barbetta, really we did. After reading a charming article in the NYT, my husband and I couldn’t believe that as long-time New Yorkers we’d never dined there. I made a res for Valentine’s Day.

It was an enormous disappointment. The service was atrocious. And, I mean ATROCIOUS. We sat at our table for 15 minutes before any staff even approached us. When our order was finally taken (and curtly so), we asked to see the wine list. The waiter chucked some abbreviated, Xeroxed list at us, ostensibly to help us make a selection more easily, but we wanted the full list. It took another 10 minutes to get it. Meanwhile, completely mediocre starters arrived: for me, a beet salad that can be ordered pretty much anywhere; for my husband, some tagliatelle with marinara — at least the pasta was cooked properly. While we waited ANOTHER 30 minutes for our entirely forgettable sliced steak, the sommelier deigned to mosey on over. He was nice, but he seemed like he couldn’t understand why we were asking him questions about various wines on the list. We just gave up and ordered a Vermentino for @$45/bottle. One we’ve purchased at our local wine seller for a fraction of that price. Dessert was a lackluster panna cotta.

Oh.My.God. The whole experience was awful. And an enormous let-down. While we certainly weren’t expecting a Michelin quality meal, we would’ve been more satisfied and had more fun at Shake Shack.

Never, ever again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

My gf and I didn’t enjoy the food. The special occasion was for Valentine’s Day. The food came out very bland. We were the youngest couples there. I didn’t expect this from Barbetta restaurant. Very mediocre. The bill was staggering compared to what we had was similar to baby food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful ambiance, terrific service . Food was very good, although the desserts sounded much better than they tasted- this was surprising.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

When we arrived for our 6:00 pm reservation the hostess had already crossed off our name and apparently gave our table to a different party. She then offered us to sit at a table in the foyer to have dinner on a low table. That would hot have been satisfactory. No matter how successful a restaurant is, or how long it has been in business, it should always treat customers with respect; they failed.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I love Barbetta. We come here when we come into NYC for a Broadway show. It is quiet enough to have a conversation, great service, great food. Classic brownstone setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A restaurant that never disappoints in food preparation and presentation. Atmosphere is quiet and quite conducive to a fine dining experience. I have been coming to this establishment since I was 20 years old and I am now 62.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Barbetta offers some classic elegance and great food to the restaurant row in the New York City theater district. The food is classic northern italian and its preparation and presentation are flawless as is the dining room staff. Truly a wonderful experience to complement a day at the theater.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A romantic setting with old world charm of a pasted age. Excellent food, an extensive wine list with some reasonable prices, and attentive, courteous service, and an overall very pleasurable and pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The staff were very friendly and attentive.
The food was ok it wasn’t delicious it was just ok.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food quality was mediocre at best and definitely overpriced. The menu is difficult to read and I was just looking for familiar words.
The staff personnel are really nice and pleasant, but they need to get some younger generation staff. The restaurant has lots of potential but for now I would never recommend this place to anyone.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and good times.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I read an article in the New York Times and decided I wanted to try dining here. The meal was during Restaurant Week. As soon as I walked in the owner came to greet me and personally showed me to the coat room. Although I was first to arrive the owner took me to my table (not like some other places that refuse to seat you till everyone is there). When I got to the table there was only the restaurant week menu (not like another famous restaurant that only gives you the restaurant week menu if you ask for it).

Our waiter was great and extolled the restaurant week menu and said if we wanted to see the regular menu he would bring it. I started with a salad that was excellent. I then had a beef stew over polenta. It was the tenderest cut I have had and I would bet that is was boneless short ribs. I had delicious strawberries for dessert.

I definitely want to return here as I had a great experience. It is nice to be made to feel at home.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I made the reservation for nostalgic reasons (I went there as a teenager and in my twenties and thirties with my parents). I am now in my 70’s and I was distressed to see it has no coherence in design; the food it stuck in the 60’s...it was dreadful.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was an outstanding restaurant with history, chosen for its long-time family ownership. We were greeted warmly, the service and food were outstanding, and the staff was particularly helpful to my mother who was using a walker. We are glad we chose to dine here pre-theatre.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We went there during Restaurant week. Our entree choices were not adventurous, but the meals, setting, and service were exceptional. Great old-school charm. Bravo!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I was as impressed by the old world charm as I hoped to be, but food was a happy surprise...old fashioned, but beautifully executed versions of traditional favorites, with generous portions of the highest quality, cooked and presented with finesse. I’ll return for the food as well as for the unmatched atmosphere and ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

This was one of the WORST restaurant experiences we've had in years. The food was bad to inedible. The acrid tomato sauce on the "homemade" pasta was right out of a can, and not a good can. Likewise with the chocolate "mousse" --tasted like cheap instant pudding mix. The service was unctious or perfunctory to indifferent. We went for Restaurant week, out of curiosity, and it was much worse than we expected. Having tried another landmark, old-school place, Delmonico's, a week earlier (& had a great meal), we decided to give Barbetta a whirl... disaster! This place should not still be in business. Given the state of restaurant options in NYC, it's amazing it's still there. And, too bad. I'm sure once-upon-a-time it was pretty good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Read the January 2018 article about Barbetta in the NYT and tried it during Restaurant Week. Truly a stroll down Retro Lane. Great location for a 1940's movie and the food was 2018 excellent! Also great location for a before or after theatre dinner. I can't believe I just discovered it, right across from Joe Allen's and Orso.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Hadn't been back for many years even though I live in the City. Glad I returned because the ambiance is great; staff well-trained and the food quite good. I saw so many things on the menu I would have liked to eat and will return. The gnocchi were excellent like the soft pillows they should be rather than the bullets I've experienced at other places. We had roasted rabbit, a dish that's not a standard on most menus. It wasn't like my Polish grandmother's which relied on a light cream sauce, but was tasty all the same. Have decided to get back there soon and to start to eat through the other interesting dishes.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The restaurant feels very old-world, with excellent food and service.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The recent dinner was one of many I have had over the years, Barbetta is always a pleasure. It is intimate, beautiful, and always the scene of fine food. It would easily be in my top ten in New York.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Lovely room, very refined setting. Perfect location to dash off to a Broadway show after your meal.
Food was excellent, as was the service. Beautiful Italian restaurant. I had Salmon which was cooked to perfection, medium rare. It was a great experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Lunch with friends before a show
Service was just okay.
Food was just okay
Dining room was beautiful, but dated

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with nice ambience. Food was outstanding and so fresh!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Strange as soon as you walk in- I have no idea how they have been in business for so long. The smells are different in each room - it was so bad we had to leave.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a wonderful time at Barbetta before going to a Broadway show. Our meal was fantastic, especially loved the salmon in cucumber sauce. The ambience is also to die for!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Spectacular food, service and atmosphere! An instant favorite!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

what a shame, many years ago I was very lucky to be at the same restaurant and Jackie O was there. Everything then was beautiful.
Now it has becomea turist thing.
TOO BAD!!!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Had our usual excellent dinner and super service in a wonderful setting.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Barbetta is unique, joyously unchanged over the long period I have been going there. After a relatively long absence, I returned last week twice to find the food as good as ever, the staff friendly and accommodating, the sommelier knowledgeable and the atmosphere elegant but comfortable. May it somehow go on forever.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Fun, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Worth a visit to check it off your list of historic or legendary NYC restaurants. The ambiance and decor is nice. The waitstaff is impeccable. Sadly the flavors of food are only so-so. Nothing extraordinary.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This lovely restaurant was just a gem to find and enjoy in the heart of the city. My friend and I come to the city 3-4 times a year and try all different restaurants and Baretta made us both smile! So civilized, classy, old world without being “stuffy” and obviously has a chef who takes pride in his creations. The food was extremely healthy overall yet very gourmet and not heavy at all! A lovely place to dine and that it was restaurant week made it very affordable!! I felt like I was in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam again! Charming!!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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