The Little Owl

4.8
2145 reviews
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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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh, flavorful food! We had a Saturday lunch reservation that was running a bit late, but they were professional, kind and attentive regarding the issue. We had a lovely time.

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CI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all regards

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P
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to brunch on a Saturday. Food was excellent as was the service. Possibly the best omelette I’ve ever had.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our favorites for brunch!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cozy gem with delicious food and the best service. A regular splurge for every nyc trip I take!

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London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Booked this restaurant as our two teenagers love Friends, sadly it had no relevance to Friends except lots of people taking photos outside. Service was great and friendly staff, food very tasty but our chicken dish was small for the price. Great Chips.

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Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Intimate neighborhood restaurant in West Village. Food was absolutely delicious with interesting and diverse menu choices. Service was on spot and attentive. Do not look at the desert because you will order something! Wine selections are good, but limited. Wish we lived in NYC as this would be a go-to place for us.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The coziest little brunch place!! The service was amazing and the food was INCREDIBLE. Highly recommend the French toast!!

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MD
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the ambiance and food here but the service wasn't up to par this past visit.

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BR
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Lovely atmosphere. Lovely service. I travel from SF to NY a couple of times a year and one constant is to always try to have a dinner at Little Owl. It’s so perfect in every way!

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EG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anytime we visit the city, we never miss the Little Owl. Of course the meatball sliders are wonderful... but the brick chicken..... one of the best things ANYWHERE.

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L
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Special neighborhood gem that always delivers with excellent food and service

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Felt rushed by the server through the entire meal. The risotto had no taste despite the truffle, super bland.

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J
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday & Valentine’s Day

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great very great

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MA
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to eat here! The staff is friendly and the food is excellent.

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JC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Intimate dining in delightfully cozy atmosphere. Food was delicious though not distinctive. Would go back. Loved the neighborhood in which the little owl is located!

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Owl is our favorite restaurant in the city and has been our go-to at least a couple of times per year around our birthdays. Experience was perfect as always!

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New England
43 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and perfect service. The staff is very personable and efficient which along with the well prepared food makes a delightful dining N.H. experience.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was wonderful. In addition, I happen to mention that it was my birthday and I received the warmest, loveliest reception. Not only did I get a complementary drink and a complementary acknowledgment of my birthday, but they were very very warm and friendly people I was dining alone and I felt very welcomed in this lovely restaurant.

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LL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little place in the West Village. Great food and excellent service.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was very enjoyable. We loved our server(Jen) and the food and service were excellent. Can’t wait to return and to see her at 54Below.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Coming back for sure

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B
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment I first ate here, maybe ten years ago, I’ve always loved the vibes and the dishes they serve out at this small, West Village mainstay. It’s part of a group that also includes The Clam, which is also consistently ace.

Had the most delicious skate sandwich with coleslaw and tarragon last weekend at Little Owl. It was epic.

Check it out.

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EV
New York Area
257 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back for dinner here after a long hiatus. Simply superb - the food, the service, and, most of all, the welcome when we arrived. Every bite was delicious, from the sliders and pear-blue cheese salad to the main courses of salmon and halibut to the dessert of bread pudding. Yes, it's an expensive night out, but worth every penny. We can't what to go back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very welcoming. It’s a lovely intimate setting and the food was delicious. A really nice touch from the chef giving us a plate each with each of the two dishes we were sharing! Also a great place to visit if you’re a fan of friends, the block was the block Monica’s flat was set inside.

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IA
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was GREAT. The service was outstanding. A little noisy, but we could not have had a nicer evening.

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TJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Little Owl offers the best service and the finest food in a jewel box of a restaurant that I will return to again and again -- as long as I can get in!!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food great service

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TB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always memorable. May be slightly easier to secure brunch reservations. A go-to fir a relaxing Sunday.

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MH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Lobster “bisque” was not a bisque at all - thin as broth. Food overall was rather pedestrian at an expensive price.

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MS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very quaint restaurant located at the bottom of the Friends apartment building. Very small a quite tight when crowded, but the food is awesome and very unique! Great place to bring a date or your wife.

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AB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Ordered the pork chops and parts of it were ice cold. Also got the risotto and it was definitely under cooked—> very very al dente

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PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time at the Little Owl and food and service is always superb!! This time we felt is was extremely congested and noisy. Maybe Friday night is just too busy for us!!
We still loved our experience and will return!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It’s good food and nice place but I’m not fond of places rushing me out with giving me the check even before I’m done with my dessert drink (cappuccino). I was there for like an hour! Give me a break. You should give people 2 hours for that kind of price.

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CR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever i go to NYC i make a point of eating at The Little Owl! Have been many times and have never been disappointed . Menu changes with seasons and food is always unique, fresh, and delicious!! Staff is friendly, courteous, and helpful. Restaurant is very small so make sure you make a reservation in advance. You will not be disappointed!!! Enjoy!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy small space gets noisy but food good.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to New York we have either lunch or dinner. It's just one of those friendly little restaurants you just love going back to over and over again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place!

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