The Little Owl

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2467 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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we have created a prix-fixe holiday dinner featuring traditional favorites & seasonal specialties: $95/person. Cancellation policy: $45/person charge for reservations cancelled within 2 days of Thursday, Nov. 28; $95/person charge for failure to attend/cancel.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 2467 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, cozy and lovely. A great experience overall.

BF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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
1 review
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!!

SO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Just a great place. The burger is phenomenal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small and crowded. However, the branzino with lobster paella was outstanding.
Excellent wine list.

M
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food , went there because of the série , to surprise my daughters
Climatisation Too cold in the space
Lot of noise , especially because of the music level

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In NYC with my granddaughter. This is a beautiful small restaurant which is under the building featured in the TV programme Friends. The setting, the atmosphere and the food were all perfect. In my favourite part of town. Highly recommended.

NG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is freshly served! even all the way to the orange juice being freshly squeezed. I originally came here because im a huge fan of friends but the food was actually the best breakfast i’ve had on my trip here

OT
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such an incredible gem !!

BF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came here for our anniversary dinner and the food was really good, but what stood out the most was the incredible service. We felt very well taken care of and the whole staff was professional and warm. We really enjoyed our dinner here.

HF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little place with great food & friendly service!

PB
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE this place. We randomly stumbled upon this spot a year ago and we have been hooked. They food is innovative and flavorful. The staff is friendly and all around great. The Little Owl is a neighborhood favorite and the repeat clientele solidifies it’s place as a Village standard. If you’re lucky enough to get the corner window seat, congrats!

BR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Little Owl a few times over the years, should come more often! The hostess let us sit down before they officially opened for dinner. Service was terrific, very friendly. Food was great- my husband said it was the best eggplant parm he ever had. The vegetables are always spectacular too.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Experience did not match the rating on this restaurant. Very unimpressive experience and food.

JW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Lovely little place but felt very rushed. We spent around$70 for brunch and as soon as we had the last mouthful the bill was placed and everything cleared. We would have appreciated maybe 10 minutes to digest our food before leaving. We pre booked - there were a few people waiting outside who hadnt so we shouldnt have felt the need to leave immediately. I noticed “locals” drinking just coffee who were left alone and not forced to rush. We even had to ask for another coffee! This was the only thing that spoilt our visit as the food and place lovely just felt like i was on a production line.....

KO
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s not often as a non meat eater to have a menu with so many fish and vegetarian options it was hard to choose. Everything was delicious! Friendly service and relaxed ambience. Loved it.

RF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We had booked a reservation at 5:15PM for my birthday thinking that the restaurant would be quiet.

We had eaten at the restaurant in 2015 and found it a quiet space for conversation with wonderful food.

We were shocked that the cozy restaurant space has transformed into a noisy venue with loud music and conversation. It was discomforting and unpleasant for dining.

SI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to place! Always delicious, no matter the time of day or menu, and I love the cozy atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!!! The Parmesan eggplant is a must!!!!

DD
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was exceptional!
Great food from beginning to end 👍

J
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! As usual. Best place nyc.

EM
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s very conducive to a comfortable meal with friends. The Turkey meatloaf and the chocolate soufflé cake were delicious, service was good, and the sun streaming in through the large windows was lovely.

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We changed the booking time and the owner was very polite and accomodating! He offered us tea and prosecco while we were waiting for our table to ne prepared! The street is very special and the place has such a good vibe!
Simona

M
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always amazing.

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our anniversary. The staff hit the mark with their attentiveness, notwithstanding that, the food was excellent. I highly recommend The Little Owl.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We will definitely return during our next visit to New York City!

A
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing place. One of my most favorite meals in my life. Outstanding food, such a warm welcome.

PM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I think I would recommend the little owl as food & service was ok. But the price for what it was, was very very high. I wouldn’t say it was a high end restaurant, food ok, nothing really special special. But was charged nearly €500. We went to better restaurants and was charged a fraction of that price. Overall I would recommend but would warn them about the price.

SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small wait but totally worth it. Friendly, quick service and a great atmosphere for a brunch vibe. Romantic as well.

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