The Little Owl

4.8
2316 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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BU
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for special occasions; we’ve been going for 10 years. Food is consistently amazing, no matter what you order. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The space is small, but comfortable.

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DV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect (as usual)... always delicious and the service is great.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant with really friendly staff. We asked the server for their signature dishes and they did not disappoint! We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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SW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfection.

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g
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Brunch choices were done well. Great egg and lox scramble, brioche french toast and bacon. Only downer was beignets were delicious doughnut holes not New Orleans beignet. Service was very attentive. Plate and utensils were changed which is always appreciated.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe and food!

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an all around GREAT little gem of a restaurant!
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great place.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service!

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TS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at The Little Owl. We had the beef carpaccio, branzino and lamb. It was all very good. It’s a small restaurant. Definitely make a reservation.

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MA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Owl was so wonderful. I called ahead to let them know that I was stuck in traffic and was told not to worry. They would seat me when I arrived and all would be fine. The food was absolutely divine. The service was wonderful as well. I highly recommend "The Little Owl" to anyone who wants to dine finely. Five stars and I will be back!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to The Little Owl several times, and it is consistently good food and service. One of my favorite places in NYC!

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

Wonderful service and overall dining experience. Exception food. The best!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe one of the best meals I have eaten inside any restaurant. A small space, great playlist (which you can listen to on Spotify) but maybe they can turn the volume down one number. Definitely make a reservation. I would easily return.

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HH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great night out in NYC. Picked this based on reviews and did not disappoint! I had the special which was a bass and my husband has the lamb and both were delicious. It’s a small restaurant and the service felt very personal. Will definitely return.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, pricey for the portion size. Great service. Sat by the window and as the exterior was used in Friends there was constant people taking photos during your meal. Ruined the ambience, felt like you’re in a fishbowl

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b
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all our hostess Theresa always is accommodating and feels like an old friend....every meal we have had was delicious... what can you say about meatball sliders and eggplant parmigiana... and the sauce!!!! Every fish dish was also superb... that is why we keep coming back!!

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TM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cute place, great atmosphere - food was delightful and plentiful. Didn't rush us.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Salty food but bread pudding was delish

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CC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent- excellent food, wine and friendly staff.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful, special place. Real neighborhood gem. Wonderful food, welcoming service. Just first rate.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating lunchtime anniversary, they went out their way for us, in the middle of the day, to allow us space to unwind and toast. It was kind and generous of them to do that.

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Z
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

good food but very bohemian atmosphere. Nice staff.

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MY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such an adorable restaurant with amazing dishes! Chilaquiles is simple and spicy, great eggs. Bacon is a must, same with the beignets. Definitely will be coming back!

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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A dependably delicious place - a bit noisy, but the food, service, the windows and the food - always fantastic

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AI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been dining at the Little Owl since it’s been open. It never disappoints!!

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LG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love your restaurant but do wish it was a bit quieter. It is really hard to have a conversation with 4 or more people.

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SW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute reservation for 8:45. We arrived 30 min. early and were greeted with complimentary Prosecco while we waited. Lovely table for 2 and Jorge was exceptional. The corn soup tasted like the corn was just picked and the juices squeezed into the soup. Yummy, but not overly heavy. The sunflower salad with golden beets and toasted sunflowers was lightly dressed. It was a nice starter. Pan seared Monkfish with brown butter and leek risotto was the special and tasted like it just came from the boat to the restaurant. Super fresh and not over cooked. The Albariño was a perfect choice to go with the fish. We split the chocolate cake soufflé with espresso gelato. It reminded me of a molten chocolate cake, but lighter and the gelato paired well. Finally, Jorge treated us to Little Owl’s take on a beignet. It was light and had a lovely tangy rhubarb sauce. While not a New Orleanian’s idea of a beignet, it was tasty. Looking forward to returning next time we are in the city.

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D
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friends suggested Little Owl as it was their favorite in the Village. Loved everything about our experience.

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k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried at The Little Owl was amazing, and the service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back, and highly recommend it to others!

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and excellent service. A small, intimate venue. Drinks were expensive and the wine list was minimal but the rose turned out to be the drink of choice. It made for a perfect evening.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was so nice and the staff were excellent. We had brunch and the food was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere were completely enjoyable!

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CG
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant in picturesque Greenwich Village. Delicious food and good service. Happy to finally get a reservation at this popular spot.

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a small little gem of a restaurant. The owner Chris was extremely nice and accommodating. We decided to wait for a table and he brought out cups of champagne for our inconvenience. It’s a hard reservation but definitely worth the effort

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JS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and service! A charming little place that will continue to make our list for upcoming visits when we are in the city

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot. Excellent ambience, service and food. Eat here if you can.

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Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really cute restaurant with tons of natural light and lots of charm. Food was terrific and service was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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DM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great little place. Great food. Loved the fontina biscuits. Loved the neighborhood too. Perfect Sunday brunch

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