The Little Owl

4.9
2849 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Little Owl offers bold-flavored Seasonal Mediterranean cuisine with friendly and professional service. Currently, they offer outdoor dining against the backdrop of their treasured and storied West Village with two tables indoors for parties of 2 to 5 guests. Both their tented area on Bedford Street and their sidewalk seating along Grove Street are equipped with heaters for guests' warmth.

Little Owl is a corner gem with a big pork chop and an even bigger heart—your home away from home. And the perfect place for an early Sunday supper- with Sunday dinner reservations now available at 4 pm.

Thank you for being a part of our Little Owl Family.

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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2849 people are saying
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vipMatthewL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fanfriggantastic for a date night!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Our waitress tried to charge double for our meal and clearly expected we would not notice. Food was decent. Would have gone back for the ambience but will never go back given this experience with our waitress.

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vipJanet
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. Multiple heaters keep you warm outside on cold days.

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CMC1978
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional. I went two nights in a row and got different items both nights. The eggplant is so light and tasty! I enjoyed the beans as well as the beet salad (though it could have use more beets). The highlight was the halibut. The texture of the fish and how they got the aioli to crust was unreal! And then on a bed of pea shoots and corn!?! It was a spring delight!

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Eliz
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating, great service, excellent food

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Lenny
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Its just the perfect little charm in the west village.

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vipMELLEBELLE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. We had such a great night. Recommend for a date or a birthday celebration. Great ambiance.

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vipAmandaL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and service. I already booked another reservation to come back!

MG
vipMarkG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience — incredible staff — amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit - good food service and relaxed atmosphere - understated quality

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Really Greta experience

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vipJaimeL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

good food, nice service, a little pricey for more of a casual vibe, but overall good spot

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RebeccaS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been a favorite for years! The food is delightful and the service is great!

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MicheleM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Little Owl. The food was delicious. I had eggs, grits and avocado toast. SO good. The staff were wonderful and helpful and the outside seating was really helpful.

If you pair it with the Friends Experience, it makes even better

You won't be disappointed

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vipAdamLipson
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Owl has been in my neighborhood for many years. My wife and I dined for the first time. They treated us like "regulars". If you love bistro food, you'll love Little Owl. They have incredibly well trained and helpful staff. They have a nice selection of wines and the food is well presented. Go and enjoy!!!!

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LisaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful leisurely lunch! First time out. thank you

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forestgrace
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Are handling COVID restrictions very well.

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John
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb chops and skirt steak were fantastic.. order the fries on the side for all to share. Fantastic overall experience.

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Bill
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great food and great service! Definitely going back!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant within a 20 mile radius. A must go!!

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vipfoodie4life
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

meatballs! fish tacos! ceasar! amazing service. awesome block.

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vipBBGNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing night out - the food was excellent, the service spot on and I cannot wait to go back. To help those coming to eat there soon, we started and shared the meatballs (yum) grilled octopus, and eggplant parm. Dinner included steak, pork chops and grilled fish (dorado) and none disappointed - sides were the green beans which had such an amazing sauce, the delicata squash, and the potatoes and Brussel sprouts. Dessert did not disappoint either - those beignet bites melt in your mouth and the cheesecake - both were to die for. A great birthday celebration out and we will be back again.

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MariaJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and outdoor heating! Recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside with heaters. It was a cold afternoon, so the heaters were perfect! Jorge, our server, was amazing! The food was delicious.

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EllenD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat to have a quiet outdoor lunch after not having a restaurant meal in 13 months. Delicious, pleasant waiter, safe ... perfect.

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Anna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing service and delicious food!!! Thank you guys for such a special evening. Stay safe and well!

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KevinY
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing, great food and great outdoor dining set up

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love every time we come. Best hospitality, service, food. Feels like home....but better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the wine to the apps to the entree...it was a true delight. Our server was amazing. I have been very careful where I eat during the pandemic and I have always felt safe at Little Owl.

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JenniferR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How fantastic was that? Hadn't eaten out in months due to the pandemic, and what a pleasure it was to dine at The Little Owl. This felt like such a personal dining experience and the food was every bit as delicious as we had imagined!

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vipMarkG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best outside dining in NY. Great food. Greet service and REALLY good energy

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SarahS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience at The Little Owl gives off the perfect west village vibe. It's where you find the quaintness you go to this neighborhood looking for. I highly recommend the kale pesto tagliatele and really love that it comes with an option to order an appetizer portion. The outdoor setup was great, I was able to take off my jacket under the heat lamp and I felt completely safe eating here.

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vipcrippynyc
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Little Owl has done the best COVID outdoor seating of any restaurant I know of. The investment they made - it looks like they’ve put in an additional power box just for the outdoor tables - have made it a very pleasant place to dine, even when the temperature is in the 30s. Moreover, it’s safe; the space is NOT enclosed but is instead entirely exposed along the front, meaning it’s not “indoor dining in a parking space” but is instead truly outdoors. I am so appreciative of the efforts they’ve made (and the food and service were excellent as well).

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vipCRay
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Skip the overpriced dinner and come for brunch instead — huge menu of every good sweet or savory brunch staple plus a few unique ones, super reasonable prices, and easier to get a resy (and warmer temps during daytime if you’re doing winter outdoor dining on their street during Covid like I did here). Would recommend the poached eggs on biscuits and the bellini for brunch! Our host and waiter were also both attentive and kind, even on a cold and busy Saturday afternoon at peak brunch.

Heating for outdoor winter seating was also very good, lots of heat lamps above the tables hanging from the roof, and one at floor/foot level for each table. Enclosed on 1 side, plus small partitions on each side of your table.

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MichaelT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food, nice service. Would definitely recommend.

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BillB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their outdoor space is not only nice looking but extremely well-heated. Very comfortable! And the food was excellent

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ElizabethE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great octopus and fries! They did a grey job with outdoor dining and Covid restrictions. We were warm and felt safe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every moment. Service was awesome- friendly and professional. Good was spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the Little Owl for dinner in February 2021. I arrived slightly ahead of my reservation and was able to enjoy a drink at a standing table while waiting. The restaurant was backed up so I ended up waiting a long time and after my scheduled reservation time to be seated. When I was seated outside (my preference), I was comfortably wearing a t-shirt because there were plenty of heaters.

I ordered a creamy beef tagliatelle that was a daily special as an appetizer. It was splendid, and the portion was generous for an appetizer. I ordered the filet mignon for my entree and was thoroughly satisfied as it was prepared to my specification and was well balanced with traditional mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe. The drinks were enjoyable as well, in particular, I enjoyed their take on a Negroni which includes spritzer to make it bubbling.

Although I waited a long time, it was very generous of the staff to comp my meal (and to insist, even after I offered to pay for the drinks at least), showing that they truly care about their customers, treating them as neighbors! Strongly recommend based on the quality of their food and the commitment to their guests’ experience.

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vipOwenB
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service by Maggie and our servers although it seemed like a crazy night there as we were sat almost an hour late. Food excellent. Love this spot and they made my friends birthday one to remember.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Little Owl using the Order Online button. The Little Owl also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 741-4695.

The Little Owl is rated 4.9 stars by 2849 OpenTable diners.

The Little Owl does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.thelittleowlnyc.com/collections/little-owl-gift-cards.

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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