Valbella

4.7
1100 reviews
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Italian
The trendiest Manhattan restaurant in the Meatpacking District with contemporary Northern Italian cuisine made from the finest ingredients. The attentive and knowledgeable staff always provides impeccable service, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy your dining experience.
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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM

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

We had a birthday celebration for my wife and it was fantastic! The food & service were excellent!

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JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful as was the friendly service. Only drawback is they really had no less pricey wines. The cheapest house was still a little costly. Otherwise an absolute gem.

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L
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Valbella and our server, Peter! Outstanding food and service! Absolutely beautiful atmosphere.

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S
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I didn’t have a good experience and disappointed with this establishment. Services are mediocre for a high-end restaurant. This was my wife birthday’s dinner, which has been notice on reservation, not a words from server when we finally have our dessert. Server constantly coming to the table asking do we want dessert while we had just finish our main entrée and enjoying our dinner drinks. When asked what kind of dessert (bear in mind, dessert menu not existence) he will name around 7 to 8 so fast that we have no clues. Food were tasteful and well balance, cocktail drinks are excellent, Martini is perfect when it is cold and chill on glass.

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j
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best NYC Italian Restaurant (outside of Little Italy) located in the heart of the meat packing district. We had the veal and shrimp entrees along with the best Caesar salad ever ( topped with excellent slice of Parmesan cheese. Waiter was timely with our cocktails and stayed on top of our table throughout the night. Reservations are a must and they may ask for a credit card upfront. Look forward to our return.

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k
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful anniversary meal. Great table and service and the food was fantastic from the baked clams, grilled octopus to the Napoleon for dessert

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F
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Why would you have such a huge wine list, but then not have all the wine you offer. The waiter was annoying. He kept bothering us about the dessert when we didn't even have the appetizers yet. The scallops were delicious, but the pasta was still clumping together. The octopus was chewy, and the signature veal dish was tasteless. The waiter didn't even ask why half of the octopus was still on the plate when he cleaned it from the table. After 8pm the noise level wass so loud that you had to scream across the table.

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PK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. We had a great meal. Its not inexpensive but it’s NYC. I don’t mind paying for great food and service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VALBELLA is one of my favorite places in NYC. Amazing atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food. Love it

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t
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. The food, service, ambiance. A great place for dinner!!

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and fabulous food. Definitely a fine dining experience.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks! Great food and great service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner and amazing service.

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H
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food very good and service too. A little pricey even for New York. Wine list was incredibly over priced.

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h
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valbella is truly a fantastic restaurant; one we go to frequently when we visit NYC. The food at Valbella is just amazing. Each dish is made of fresh and marvelous ingredients- with perfect seasoning and presentation. The service is always on the mark as well. Great timing on service, attentive but invisible, always gracious. The wine list is carefully curated and the desserts are delicious.

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous as always. Peter and Doggie were consummate professionals and made me feel very special and tended to. I highly recommend Valbelka mestpacking.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my family from Seattle for a true NY Italian restaurant service and quality experience. Excellent experience! Will be back

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D
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Absolutely NOT a fine dining. This restaurant can’t even seem to approach a table with 15 free waiters and a “maître d”. No thanks. I’ll just walk a few blocks and go real fine dining where service is first class.

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JS
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a Perfect night with incredible food.
Lived up to the very fine reputable from the wine to the specialty desserts. Celebrating a retirement and it was just a perfect night.

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JK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A birthday occasion, selected because we hadn't been there before and the meatpacking district is within walking distance. Excellent service, good food (we had the Porterhouse for 2, and Kumamoto oysters were available). An expense account probably would have helped. We will go again.

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D
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

With a father who ran a family restaurant outside of Milan, and having been raised on authentic Italian food, I maintain a very high standard -- which I test by ordering pasta with a Bolognese sauce. Here, it simply didn't pass muster. The texture was wrong, with oversized chunks of celery, the consistency was watery, not creamy, and the taste was essentially non-existent. It was flavorless. The pasta itself, Pappardelle, was fairly good -- it seemed fresh, but was a little overcooked. Maybe I got them on a bad day, but I won't be going back. Not at these prices. Sad to be so disappointed given the other reviews I've read.

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great!

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D
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neapolitan might have been the best dessert I’ve ever had - I eat out often and rarely do reviews but this was special

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w
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I've been at Valbella before so it is easy and safe when you want to celebrate a special occasion and you do not want to err; just go to Valbella; Valbella meatpacking district in the Village it is really a beautiful restaurant located on the trendiest location in town. We celebrated birthdays before at Valbella's and were very pleased and content. -We like things slow and we do not want to rush, so we asked in advance to have the whole dinner paced out and smooth, and so it was. We met again with David the Restauranteur and owner which it was nice so we exchanged a couple of words. The restaurant I must say it is beautiful, as well as the food is delicious, we took an early booking but as the night advanced it became quite lively and full. I would recommend this location to anyone who would like to have really night out or celebrate that special day. There were some exceptions though.!!
We did not have a dessert, just because we were pleasantly satisfied without much room for a full dessert platter, besides at every restaurant of this category and holding high standards as Valbella is, there is always an attention on their behalf for the person celebrating a birthday at the end of the night.
this was not the case this time at Valbella and it really left me somewhat disappointed and sour
both me and my wife I must say . And do not take me wrong, it was great and enjoyable until then but I guess I took for granted that Valbella would live up to other NY best restaurants standards with a note of appreciation and farewell, a small plate of cookies, a lit birthday candle, a bon bon , just anything to seal the night in a good and cheerful gesture.-

This small detail that they fail to deliver would have accomplished a lot but instead it took a big slice of the enjoyment at the very end. Pity indeed pity !!!!
Greatly disappointed guest:
Walter Casaravilla

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RD
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool place in Meatpacking District. The food and service were great. A really good place to bring friends and family.

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening at Valbella. The pasta dishes were very tasty and the fish fresh as always.
A last minute late reservation, and we were unhurried and treated like family. Always a great choice!
Hope to be back again soon!

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I was disappointed in the initial service , only in regard to where we were seated . We had a reservation on the early side , to celebrate our anniversary . We we directed , probably to one of the worse table locations in the restaurant (right in front of a computer station ) We notified the restaurant way in advance of our occasion . When we requested a different table , it was only slightly better , now in front of an emergency door . Didn’t bother getting a photo of us , with such an ugly backdrop .

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F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, excellent service, staff will go above and beyond to make sure you get the food you’re in the mood for, even if it’s not in the menu! Best Italian restaurant in NY!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second time there and I loved their specials for the day. But quite disappointed on the lobster/crab ravioli (not too fresh due to early preparation since we had it at the end of the day, late evening dinner). I will go back there again for their specials for the night.

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MH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both excellent and the noise level was reasonable! Highly recommend.

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience .

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Very expensive. Overpriced. Waiters with attitude. Beef carpaccio served with balsamic glacé? The lamb was good, but the Dover sole over cooked. In the other hand my dessert , the soufflé, under cooked. I won’t came back

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I have been to Valbella in the Meatpacking district 4 times now I think, but I don't think I will be back. The food is good, though the buratta I had this time was tasteless. The wine list is extensive and vastly overpriced. The big complaint I have with the most recent visit was the service was awful. I get that the server make more money when pushing wine, but he "dumped" it in our glasses like he was pouring water from a giant jug, mixing wines from two different bottles in one glass, and opening up additional bottles to pour before asking me. Most of the restaurant was overrun with a business event, and my party was sequestered in a corner (fortunately I guess), part of the small minority in the crowded, loud place without stick on name tags hastily drawn upon with colored markers left on tables. They should have not taken additional reservations if they knew the place was virtually sold out with a business outing. The food is reliable but certainly not worth the poor service, overpriced wine, and general feel of a fast-food restaurant on steroids.

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CM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

David and Franco were wonderful but our waiter was not very friendly and felt he wanted us in and out. Not reflective of what we had experienced when we last visited this gem and was disappointing in our special celebration. Put a little damper on our visit. Unfortunate.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a place to penny pinch.
Know your wines, list is very extensive and expensive but a fabulous selection.

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DD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The Food itself was perfection 10/10, but I personally felt that the waiter was a bit arrogant and tried to take the high ground and talk down to me/us. I may be new to NYC, but I'm certainly not new to fine dining. The wine list is notably expensive. Yes this is NYC but fine dining in Central London is just as prestigious if not better, but with a more reasonable selection of wines from £40- £500, not $60-$3000! And they didnt even gave a Malbec!
I like Chateuneuf de Pape too, but that was hugely overpriced compared to the UK.

In summary, a great foodie place, but be prepared to break the bank over a few glasses of vino. Just felt uneasy as the staff were more interested in serving the loud obnoxious group adjacent to us, clearly flashing the dollars.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant in the world.

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n
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I throughly enjoyed our dining experience at Valbella. Although we arrived early for our reservation we were seated right away. Our waiter was very good and service was top notch. I had endive salad with pears and gorgonzola. The salad was crisp aand the pears were delicious. I had almond crusted chicken fo
r my entre which was amazing. For dessert we had pistachio tartufo with rasberry jam inside. Just delicious. Highly recommend Valbella but what was above and beyond good service was when the manager of the restaurant came outside to find us because I left my cell phone and glasses behind on the table! Thank you so very much for returning them to me. It was so good of you!

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around. First-rate service, fabulous food.

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