The Little Owl

4.8
2816 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Little Owl offers bold-flavored Seasonal Mediterranean cuisine with friendly and professional service. Currently, they offer outdoor dining only against the backdrop of their treasured and storied West Village. 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 2816 people are saying
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FrannieG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, except I do recall some poor (radio-like) music being played in the background. If they insist on playing music outdoors at Little Owl, I’d suggest that they just play something like classical or solely instrumental, not music with words - like soft rock, or even classic rock (which I normally like!). But recorded music with lyrics is inappropriate for fine restaurant dining.

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MB18
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great outdoor dinning both from an ambiance and social distancing perspective.

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vipNYCfeinschmecker
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great dining experience (very good food, very good service, nice ambiance, but a salad, an entrée, and dessert with two glasses of wine and no sides will set you back $140 (with COVID charge, tax, and 18% tip).

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Deniserod
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We got seated outside, but there were no heaters on our table (the ones beside us had). Coffee was watered down and downright cold, food was a very small portion and cold as well. Orange juice was completely sour. Had the chilaquiles and eggs were overdone and guac did not even cover 3 nachos. Very dissapointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was so warm! And the food was, as always, magnificent.

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vipCat16
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved dining at The Little Owl. Super warm outdoor heaters, spaced out with plastic shields between and delicious wine and food!

MG
vipMarkG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

Great service

best outdoor dining in NYC

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JoelleK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking the reservation was easy, we were greeted warmly, waiter explained all the dishes, The wine menu is great. Our dinner to desert was delicious. Thank you.

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AubreyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour! And such a cute setup.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was really good, service could’ve been better.
I waited a long time for the bill and then he wouldn’t refill my coffee as often as I liked.

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vipOlivia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best outdoor dining setup yet -- was 20 degrees out but was able to take off my coat and not have frozen toes. Food was amazing too and actually stayed warm the whole time unlike some of my other outdoor dining experiences elsewhere.

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vipKatieH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wine! The outdoor dining set-up keeps you extra warm.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff took a lot of precautions. they do charge a covid relief fee but i understand why. great food and service, def. a good outdoor experience—lots of heaters!

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CMB1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining due to Cuomo. Our first time outside in the middle of winter and it was actually perfect. Food amazing and awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

JG
JohnG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joey is amazing. Get his cookbook. Outdoor seating is warm.

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ElizabethB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with a party of 4 last Saturday when it was about 35 degrees at 6pm. The heaters are FANTASTIC - two per table. We were literally sweating. Do not worry about being cold, even if you're a baby with the cold (like me). The food is delicious, wine was great, and service is amazing. Such a cute area and really fun. Would go back any day. Made a reservation through Open Table which was easy. Overall incredibly impressed with my experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Really special evening. Wonderful service and super duper tasty. Order 3 deserts like we did!

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vipkarenn
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific, warm and festive, great to have this little gem in the neighborhood, maybe I should keep it a secret. Food was delicious and service terrific.

MB
vipMarissaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a pleasant and delicious dining experience!

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NicoleL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so delicious! they had ample outdoor heating

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vipmmyl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Highly recommend this for brunch

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kevins
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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Sam12
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, delicious food, would strongly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service. They also have a great outdoor setup, the night we went the real feel was 17, but each table has its own overhead heater as well as one to aim at your legs, we were very comfortable considering how cold it was.

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LisaS
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger ever, lovely server, great outdoor seating set up. I'm so happy we braved the cold because brunch warmed us all up:)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10!!! Excellent burger and Caesar salad

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shawnb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They’re trying

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Soph
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. I come here with a group, and every single time we are blown away by the service. Jordan is outstanding!

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vipNadia
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner experience in a covid world. They have good winter structure outside with heaters. Service and food were great as always.

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vipLzksu
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor with heaters at each table. Food delicious as always. Nice to see it’s busy still with outdoor only option.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience5

The server forgot my entree. Then it came undercooked.

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vipemily
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Portions were very small for the price. Two tiny tacos for $23??? And the chilaquiles looked like a plate of flamin hot doritos. Waiter forgot my companion’s poached eggs and took forever to bring out.

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vipMarina
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've loved the little owl for years but were SO IMPRESSED with the outside dining situtation. Food and service was just as amazing as ever and the dining felt very safe with amazing heaters. COVID set up was so impressive and on a cold night we were warm and well-fed. Thanks to the amazing little owl team working so hard to make that happen!
The pork chop never disappoints with a couple new additions to the menu. As delicious as always! Can't wait to be back!!!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Four of us had dinner and four of us felt sick afterwards. Not a good sign.

MG
vipMarkG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner.

Great food.

Incredible staff

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CathyM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating has heater at your feet and above. So glad to be able to take off my coat and eat comfortably and really enjoyed the delicious meal. Has catch of the day fish entree LOVED. Would totally go back again.
The wait staff attentive and sweet.
Yes totally support NYC restaurants and their staff throughout this pandemic!

DA
vipDANIELMARKSCOHEN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely and romantic. Appetizer was so good I almost ate the plate it came on. Main course was a little less exciting. Maybe the chef was a bit off? Hard to judge in a pandemic, everything is suboptimal - I mean, we were eating OUTSIDE IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER. Ambiance is still great. We will always return.

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lilyseye
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Made a reservation and got a table inside the partially enclosed tent. There were plastic partitions between each table and each table had it's own heater - it was quite lovely, and very comfortable.

The french toast was good, but even for NYC standards was a bit small for $15. My bellini was also $15, and with Little Owl choosing to charge the COVID recovery tax (5%, which I'm not necessarily against), my small brunch came to $40 with tax. It's a lot to ask for eating in the elements, but the service was very good and it was nice to have an in-person meal with a friend!

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vipPattiR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Food was amazing! Service was lovely (thank you Katie!!) They have done their outdoor space better than most! This lifetime NYer just found her new favorite!!!

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 4.8 stars by 2816 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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