The Little Owl

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2494 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
This charming 28-seat West Village restaurant has quickly become one of the city's most sought after reservations. Joey Campanaro's simple-yet-inspired American-Mediterranean cuisine, warm hospitality, and a friendly and professional service team, helps create the quintessential New York dining experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Inquisitive guests can peek into the kitchen and watch Joey create his signature dishes, including Gravy Meatball Sliders, homemade Ricotta Cavatelli and of course, The Little Owl's famous Pork Chop.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve with us! We will be offering an optional seasonal prix-fixe menu for both brunch and dinner service based on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. $45/person for 3 courses.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Day with us! We will be offering our seasonal Brunch menu from 10-2:30pm & Dinner from 4-10pm, in addition to off-menu specials. Hoot Hoot! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

$150/person three-course seasonal prix-fixe menu. Cancellation policy: $75/person charge for reservations cancelled within 48 hours of Tuesday, Dec. 31. Sunday, Dec. 29th is the last day to cancel your reservation without incurring a charge. $150/person charge for failure to attend/cancel.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2494 People Are Saying
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JS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant in the city. Very cozy (a little too cozy some nights), the staff is warm and professional and the the food is a knockout. Order the pork chop; it will ruin every other pork chop in the world for you.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meredith was great!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAzing!! Fun, ambiance and friendly staff. Close quarters.

EJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our dinner here.
Thank you Catherine and Theresa and everyone else that makes it such a wonderful experience consistently!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So phenomenal. Quaint and charming. Excellent food and outstanding service. Made our daughters 12th bday a real treat!

c
Austin
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our favorite place for dinner in Manhattan. This last trip we stayed near Central Park, but decided we couldn't do NYC without going downtown to the West Village for The Little Owl! Fresh and delicious - ALWAYS.

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is beyond divine. Service amazing. The best!!! Have the chicken!

c
London
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, service and wonderful food .. a real treat

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was a cold Monday night, I purposely seated on the opposite side of the door but I was still feeling a lot of cold air coming in every time a new guest was coming in.
The food was good but $44 for main course in such a restaurant is I believe to expensive

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for brunch with my fiancé. Had an absolutely incredibly meal. The restaurant is much smaller than I expected but once we were seated I didn’t even notice anymore. Did not feel like people were dining on top of each other or anything .

The food was also amazing . We got the mushroom omelette and the poached eggs- both were cooked to perfection and so tasty .

We also ordered the beignets to split. Now I was expecting New Orleans style beignets and that’s not what they were. More like super amazing donuts which was totally fine by me . But if you’re expecting Cafe Du Monde style treats- that’s not what these are. I still recommend them because they tasted amazing and the raspberry and Nutella on them was incredible .

SW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Owl turned out to be everything I had heard and wanted it to be. Truly a wonderful local place to eat a fine meal in a great quiet atmosphere.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give six stars I would!

NR
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tiny neighborhood gem with amazing and creative food!!

ME
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice little place in the West Village. I had beignets and my friend as poached eggs. Both were tasty. the ONLY downside was tables kinda crowded in, but that's a NYC thing more than the restaurant's fault.

RT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, idyllic West Village icon. Always a pleasure to dine here … food top notch and very much appreciate the friendly "can do" attitude from the dedicated hostess, servers and kitchen chef/staff. Couldn't have had a nicer time for a special occasion such as this (Thanksgiving). We look forward to the next time the winds blow us through your curtained doors. Thanks again, Little Owl!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Great food, lovely service, my go-to Mew York restaurant.

SF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't let the faux Friend's hype (not pushed by Little Owl) put you off. Unique, creative e dishes. Intimate, quaint neighborhood atmosphere. Warm and inviting. What a delight.

b
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Manager was obnoxious. Waitress was cold. Food mediocre at best. Space incredibly cramped and uncomfortable. Will never go back.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our very favorite spot in the West Village!!👏👏👏

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting the Friends buikding

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again The Little Owl hit it out of the park. We arrived on a super busy Wednesday evening and we were greeted like old friends. Our short wait was handled with good humor and glasses of icy cold Prosecco. The small space is part of it’s big charm. Our service was superb, our meal perfection. We ordered the melt in your mouth Pork Chops and the delicious Sea bass special with lobster risotto. We split the generous and perfectly cooked scallops to start. Don’t miss out on the warm cinnamon Beignets for dessert! They were melt in your mouth amazing. A special touch of The Little Owl are the grade school pictures of everyone who works there on the wall above the bar. It adds to the family feel among all of the staff. Love The Little Owl!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the coziest, friendliest corner restaurant in the West Village. Service is wonderful, food delicious and amazing ambiance.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

We love Little Owl and make it a point to have dinner there when we travel to NYC. This visit, however, was so disappointing. The service the gentleman provided was so terrible. It did not warrant the price of the meals. If we are paying the price, the expectation is not only that the food is terrific, but the overall experience is top notch. The service was so below par that we are seriously contemplating a return trip.

AC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Owl never disappoints! Always delicious with great service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The hostess was a bit rude and the portions are very small for the price, but the food is always delicious.

w
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, cozy and lovely. A great experience overall.

BF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the little owl. They always get it right! Brunch is great but you MUST have a reservation. Small space so walking in is not recommended. Every dish I have tried is superb, so go with a couple friends and split a bunch of stuff.

EV
New York Area
294 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect meal....and with friends, who’d never been to Little Owl before. They couldn’t stop raving about the food and the warmth of the welcome and the service. Still our favorite restaurant in NYC

HC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The matre d was too busy with a regular customer who arrived after my party to greet us and take our coats properly. The waitress was perfunctory and spilled water when pouring. The water waiter was the only one with any real politeness. The food was disappointing; I have eaten here a few times in the last three years. It is not the quality I remember and is also now very expensive. We had one of the meals removed from our bill. Sadly, I will not be returning as there are many restaurants now serving better cooked food, with more congenial staff.

EH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! The service and food was fantastic. We ordered an app, main course, and dessert and everything came out in a timely manner. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful as always!’

MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and cute venue! Our waiter was extremely professional and nice

DW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yummy, big portions. A nice, chill spot for lunch.

DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little corner restaurant. Sat at the bar on the end by the window - comfy chair, nice view. I had the Duck app and eggplant parm which were outstanding; wife had the veal stew, good flavor but heavy on the noodles, light on the stew. Nut allergy eliminated many of the dessert choices, so we skipped that course. Overall, highly recommend.

AN
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazin food in an amazing location as always. The food is always so tasty and fresh! Great work!

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Although seating was extremely tight, had to get up to allow diners to get past and my jacket got splashed with water, the whole experience was otherwise quite pleasant.
The food and service were excellent!

CD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the world. So very, very special. The food is great and the staff is even better. Consistent every single time I have been there.

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Charming spot. The people could not have been nicer. All five of us enjoyed our dinner. The sliders were a Big hit.

B
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Little place with really good food and service! Its popular so book a table, totally worth more than one visit.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great!!

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