The Little Owl

4.9
2928 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.

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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 2928 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarissaK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful. Every dish was amazing! I highly recommend.

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ClaireM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Wonderful outdoor table and ambiance!

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vipLois
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always flawless!

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Christa
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely outside seating, great service interesting and delicious drinks and a wide variety of seasonal vegetables. No trouble eating for this vegetarian.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and wonderful food. Can't beat it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! I went there with my husband and baby and it was a lovely meal.

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cher
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our first dining choice when visiting NYC from Texas. Every dish is creative, seasonal, fresh, and DELICIOUS!

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vipPattiR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always! Even in the rain, they managed to make it warm and welcoming!! Thank you

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vipsas140
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and experience. Truly a neighborhood gem.

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vipCarolinaF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always, staff super attentive and sweet and food superbly delicious :)

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vipbrunchie
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice brunch selections. Food and service were good. The outdoor seating was comfortable in the rain; not too squashed.

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CharinaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Customer service was AMAZING! Food was really good too and prices super low for how good the experience is. Will be back for sure!

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KentS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food, presentation and the people who work there is always top notch.
Siuch good food!

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AlanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Love this place. And the staff. But lunch was truly bad. Oily and limp French fries inedible. Soft shell crab sandwich tasteless, as if they’d totally forgotten to add spices and salt.
Too bad. Because everything else here is so wonderful.

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Bruncher
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Little Owl is just as charming outside as it always has been inside. The food is as good as ever. The servers were short-staffed but did a magnificent job nonetheless. No cheap, but worth it.

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vipChefmarc
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and drink octopus, brocolini halibut and crispy chicken. If in west village nice place to dine.

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vipRobertK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here regularly and have run out of adjectives to describe the food , service,and ambiance
Captures the vibe of the west village of the 1970’s when we first lived here

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FaithC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and so was our meal.
Everything we ordered was delicious and wait time between courses was minimal.
Would recommend The Little Owl to friends for sure.

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vipGregory
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best haddock I have ever had. Meatball sliders continue to be great.

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PattiR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely every time we go!! This time we had lunch on a weekday and it was just fantastic. The staff, the did, the ambience... everything. Just amazing!!

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vipLapdog1
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good. Like most NYC restaurants now they are short staffed.
Very nice service. Small portions but that isn’t a bad thing. Lovely little restaurant in a lovely corner.

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Mare
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The maitre d' was so kind, attentive, and informative (even knew the Latin names of the displayed flowers!). Miguel, our waiter, was patient, accommodating (food sensitivities), and timely. Our water glasses were always promptly refilled (90° day). The ambiance was lovely, relaxing, charming, and perfectly conducive to connecting with your company. Now, the food! “To die for” doesn’t seem appropriate to say anymore... but my goodness, The Little Owl absolutely has the best food in all of the West Village. Even the parts of the meal that I would usually push aside, were absolutely divine (The little salad that that meals are displayed over). To top it off, we got to see a little show performed by traveling musicians! Overall, it was the ideal dining experience.

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JK2019
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to sit outdoors for brunch and it was perfect. Nice to be able to book ahead.

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vipUESfoodie18
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always s a treat. Love this place even during these crazy times

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BrittaniS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the waitress was really nice and had great style. She was fast and quick. The happy hour deals were amazing

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GailF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the Little Owl. The Caesar’s salad was so good that we bought the Chef’s book just to get the recipe. My husband and I both had delicious dishes. And, our server - who may have also been the hostess was wonderful. Will be going back

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MeganB
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a bit more of the expensive side but well worth it - one of the best restaurants I’ve been too.

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TamL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to eat and then take a picture in front of the Friends apartment. Waiter was attentive and food delicious. Food is a little pricey compared to the portions but worth it at least once for the ambiance.

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vipMeganA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food rivals the vibe here. Both are top-notch. The staff is incredible as well!!

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vipVillageDiner
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was the latest of many visits to The Little Owl, but my first since the pandemic. The restaurant has coped inventively with the limits of pandemic dining. We were greeted enthusiastically by the convivial hostess and seated promptly. We ate outside in one of the uncovered sidewalk tables, as opposed to the enclosed street tables, on a brisk evening. But we were totally comfortable from the heat lamps above us and underneath the table. We started with broccollini as an appetizer and a caeser salad (both excellent, although not especially creative), followed by the salmon (perfect) and the halibut (excellent). The main dishes were nicely plated and served with tasty finishes. We had a reasonably priced 2015 Langhe from a small but interesting wine list. Service was very friendly and efficient. Overall, the restaurant has not lost a step from pre-pandemic days. We will certainly return.

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vipjohn
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We ate outside on a lovely, cool day and had a great, unhurried lunch with friends. The waiter was a bit overstretched but otherwise fine. Their outside set-up is excellent - tables well spaced and comfortable, heaters just right for the weather, easy time conversing with neither traffic (minimal) nor other guests competing for attention (despite a full crowd). Food was excellent as always. We all had different entrees: black bass, skirt steak, Caesar salad with steak, and pasta with shrimp.

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Jennifer
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure little owl.. glad to see you not only survived covid but are better then ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's day

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vipEatingismything
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gilbert is fantastic!! Food and service are impeccable
Was raining as we sat outside and didn’t even notice
Always love it and will definitely be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always the best. Service, food, and setting. Love it!!!

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Brad
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must stop every time we come to New York! The food, service, and ambiance is terrific, and the outdoor dining experience was every bit as wonderful as eating inside. Can’t wait to return.

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vipMadisonM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best experience here! Would 10/10 recommend and go back!

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JesusR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despedida o bien venida ???
Casual ... pero a la vez romántica ...
Cita de desayuno con sabor a cena
Fue wow !!!
Nunca deja de sorprenderme este lugar !!!!

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vipDnvDiner
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for an 8:00 and the host gave us some Prosecco while we waited of our table. He apologized for seating us “late” at 8:05. The outdoor seating is fantastic, with dividers between each table and a roof that makes each space feel intimate. The food, as always, was fantastic.

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 2928 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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