The Little Owl

4.9
2900 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 2900 people are saying
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4.8
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMeganA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's day

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vipEatingismything
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
9 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
15 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.

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FDAG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was friendly and did not rush us. Also made excellent wine suggestions without going overboard on the price. The food was fresh and nicely presented- overall we had a memorable dinner despite a rainy evening.

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vipMarkG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu — great food

Amazing service

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henrys
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the Little Owl for our 21st Anniversary Dinner and the whole experience was phenomenal -- wait staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, food was fantastic, and ambience / energy was very high. I def recommend!

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vipamywestvillage
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super restaurant! Great servers, great food, terrific outdoor socially distant seating, heaters to keep you comfortable when it's cool.

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vipLauraOBrien
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best table in the city in my opinion. Food is outstanding. A welcome respit, a delightful dinner. I would eat here every night!

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Malitia
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sliders are great. Wholewheat pancakes not my fav

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vipSky1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Halibut was amazing. 10/10 as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The waitress wasn’t great. She forgot half our order and claimed she “didn’t hear us”. Would’ve been avoided if she actually wrote our order down.

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

Great customer service and the poached eggs were SO good!

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BubblyVic
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The little owl is one of my favourite spots in NYC and it never disappoints. The food is delicious, their seasonal vegetables a hoot and honesty their fontina and sausage biscuits are otherworldly.

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vipAliM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food with the most charming restaurant and kind staff

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sheila
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am still dreaming of the corn dish!! Everything was delicious and great mood!!

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KERRYW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, everything we ordered was perfect. The octopus paired with the egg salad was delightful. Highly recommend

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vipRoadwarrior3
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing to get back to the Little Owl! The meatball sliders were amazing as usual! Loved the outdoor seating!

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Waverly
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot as always! The food here is SO good, the service is always great and friendly, and it's adorable. The outdoor is nicely set up with personal heaters per tables (not applicable to high tops which are lined up next to the bigger tables, but the heaters reach). It's not a cheap place to eat so the value for the food is really more about the quality of ingredients and how good it tastes here vs the portions (which are tiny compared to the price). Just set your expectations accordingly ;)

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vipcrippynyc
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best outdoor dining setup in Manhattan, I think.

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vipNYer
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch at Little Owl. Food, service ambience all perfect .

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vipThesp
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a number of times. Always a good one to have in the repertoire.

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DanO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extremely charming setting (great outdoor setup) and delicious house specialties (try the sliders!) - also recommend getting and sharing several appetizers. Service was a little slow (several dishes came out at varying times and drink order had to be placed twice) but otherwise a solid place in the Village!

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BigAD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a spot! First time dining there after hearing about it for a while. Food was great-- the lamb chops were memorable and the calamari was honestly best I've had. Service was attentive but relaxed. Outdoor dining setup was a dream.

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vipGrace
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The steak is AWESOME. Same with the corn and the sliders, but the best part is the picturesque little corner of the West Village that it sits on.

Will definitely be coming back!

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vipSfdc
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food: GREAT
Service: ALWAYS GREAT
Portions: Quite generous!
Warmth and atmosphere: Great as always.

We're never, ever disappointed. Thanks Little Owl!

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vipDaniel
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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CaitlinH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little spot! The service was great they were so friendly.
Food was delicious - the beignets are a must have!

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MariuxiT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Made a reservation for brunch but the host said they didn’t have it when my friend arrived and just didn’t try to accommodate. After speaking to someone we were able to be seated.

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vipMichaelaD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable - kind, attentive, quick.

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vipKarenK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service!

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vipMatthewL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fanfriggantastic for a date night!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
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.

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 2900 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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