Babbo Ristorante

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Italian
B&B Hospitality Group's flagship restaurant, located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, opened to great acclaim in 1998 and is as bustling and popular as ever. It offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. An epic, landmark wine list, an exciting, quintessentially New York dining room and expert, attentive and cordial service make a table at Babbo one of New York’s prized possessions.

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
Ambience
4.2
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Babbo never disappoints! The Tonnarelli with black truffles is a must.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelent restaurant, the food delicious, very good price, and the staff very, very, friendly
We liked very much and will return by sure
Thanks for an wondefull night

K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

In my early 20s and had the pleasure of double dating with my dad/step mom here on a Sunday night for my dads birthday dinner. We were definitely the loudest in the restaurant.

Food was excellent, from the appetizer salad, octopus & pork pyramid pasta, to the main course truffle pasta, pork gnocchi and branzino, and finally, olive oil cake dessert.

Italian, old-world ambiance, with solid service! Special occasion type of place that’s worth the price, albeit on the higher end!

m
Montreal
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant. The food is fabulous. Lots of choice, and all of them are wonderful prepared with the best ingredients. Excellent sommelier. We loved the whole experience. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ We will be back as soon as possible !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and very well coordinated service!

BQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Took 45 mins to seat us after our reservation time in a very tightly packed space. Probably a high quality establishment but I have yet to experience it to the fullest. Food was pretty good but not stellar. The actual waiters were very professional but overall service was more than lacking given the price.

D
Western NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

In a day and age where you live and die by your food this was a death by numerous swords. Starting with the amuse bouche of chickpeas on crostini was tasteless. First appetizer Mussels "alla Tarantina" suspicious out of the shell mussels were not fresh and inundated with julienne of veg. Carpaccio was passable. Beef Cheek Ravioli was good. Then the entree Fresh Tonnarelli with Parmesano and Black Truffles, now one would think that at this time of year when Truffles are in season that there would be a wonderful fragrance and a nice taste. What was served looked like a pile of chopped up portobello gills on top of the Tonnarelli and was tasteless. So we get to my entree which was the Sea Scallops which were on first bite so tainted and wreaking of ammonia that any amateur in the kitchen should have noticed and not served and thrown the entire batch away as it almost made me sick. It required me to order Coke with Lime to try and get the taste out of my mouth. Needless to say they scurried asking if I would like anything else to which I replied absolutely not trying to get the taste out of my mouth. The rest of the evening of course having been ruined was bribery with deserts and Biscotti and Cookies when what should have taken place was a resounding apology and the check has been taken care of Mr. ........... This failure is the responsibility of Mr. Bastianich to not train staff how to handle this situation and an effort to save a customer from this type of experience.

OT
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

Food was simply amazing ... service is not aligned with the check ... lower level place have better service but the quality of food and taste of it make this a second aspect .
Overall was a great dinner but again service need to improve way more

r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food - well prepared and presented - a bit pricey but it is NYC!

HG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my wife here for her birthday and we had a wonderful experience. Everything was fantastic including the food, the service, and the ambiance, but the one thing that is often overlooked but that we really appreciated was the size of the table. All too often two person tables leave very little room for drinks, plates, silverware, and candles to fit comfortably, causing a shuffle of items throughout the entire meal which is a pain. The two person tables here offered amble room for everything which added to the experience. We would definitely come back and highly recommend it.

DQ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The wine list is amazing! Restaurant interior is classy. Great Italian food, but in NYC there are so many wonderful Italian restaurants, too. High standard to be met in this food category.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Babbo has been one of my favorites in the Village for years. We came for Sunday brunch to celebrate a birthday. The food was wonderful, as always, but the service was really off. Everyone there seemed exhausted and irritated and wanting to get their shift over with. Disappointing at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good pasta.

TH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant. I go every time I am in NYC and it does not disappoint. I love everything but the octopus is the best!!!

S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Cockles in spicy red broth reminded us of our favorite restaurant in Venice!

We told the waiter that one main course was too salty...only suggesting that he tell the chef. They took it off the bill! Very classy. We look forward to returning.

a
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice food, nice service. Great cocktail and wine suggestions.
A few things easy things to work on, the seats felt worn out and pretty uncomfortable. And no dairy alternative for coffee felt a little behind the times...haven’t experienced that for a long time. They over charged us for a drink but promised to reimburse us.
Nothing is perfect but they got the hardest part right which is the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Babbo never disappoints. The ambiance and mood set the stage for an unforgettable journey for your taste buds. You can taste every ingredient and the food shines. The service is impeccable and everyone is served at the same time. James the waiter is awesome and the staff knows the menu inside out. My favorite restaurant hands down for over 20 years. Can't wait to go back!

K
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Top class service and exceptional food at Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca for Valentine's Day! Every dish was excellent and every staff member we interacted with brought the highest level of service from the small stuff to the big. Grilled octopus, cavetelli, branzino, lamb chops, Olive oil cake/gelato.

JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming here on occasion for over 10 years and the quality has not diminished in the least, always an enjoyable experience

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our casual Saturday afternoon lunch at Babbo was everything we have come to expect of this outstanding dining spot. We were greeted warmly including a welcome from the Sommelier who recalled our wine selection and conversation from our prior visit several months earlier! The winter menu was lovely with many savory options including a truffle tasting menu (which we passed on) and the pasta tasting menu which we have had previously and loved. The grilled quail was excellent as was the buffala appetizer. We stuck with simple pasta dishes for lunch paired with a lovely northern Italian white (Le Due Terre) that opened up beautifully as the meal progressed. A glass of Brachetto and some biscotti and we left completely satisfied. After many years Babbo continues to deliver refined Italian dining at the highest level. Just terrific.

l
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful visit. Creative and tasty dishes you will not be disappointed. We ordered grilled octopus which was fabulous as were the pasta dishes. Looking forward to a return visit.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience4

Great food!

KZ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I love Babbo. It has an old school ambience with excellent service. Thus time I ordered the Sphagettini with one pound lobster but I was not impressed because it just tasted like a typical tomato sauce sphagetti. I would probably try Gargenelle next time because it’s one of the specialty there.

JJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great wine list and good Italian food.

ZO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Noisy, The flavor of the food needs a A lift, kind of bland, overrated

z
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Would recommend to anyone.

l
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

Expectations were high for what is supposed to be one of the best Italian restaurants in New York. High notes: nice dining room, great service. Low notes: I make a better amatriciana....watery sauce. Average steak, average branzino, the wild boar sauce was mostly tomato. The food lacks in originality, attention to detail is poor.

DG
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Never disappoints

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food good music

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sons birthday age 28

2
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is fantastic. The noise level has increased over the years and I wish it were quieter. The loud music seems quite unnecessary. The service is lovely too. It is an excellent restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service

OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure. While almost 40, Babbo remains a top spot despite the departure its notorious chef. Service remains is very good to excellent. Seen so many new faces over the years San maître d’ who is a master.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always incredible food and the service is very attentive and friendly. Definitely a great place to celebrate a special occasion. I had the Pappradelle bolognese and the homemade pasta was cooked to perfection as always!

v
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Expected much better from top chef owned restaurant. Food was good but didn’t wow.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Five stars

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

That was my husband's big birthday dinner. We all were from out of town and was late a little bit for our reservation time. But they handle everything so elegantly, smoothly. It was a special occasion for us and it really was success.

CB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go to Babbo once a year and this time we enjoyed the pasta tasting menu with the vintage wine pairing. The pastas were unique and interesting and the wines were a caliber above what we usually enjoy. Thank you Babbo for your excellent service and outstanding food and wine!

O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Tooooooo. LOUD!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

“Everything we heard about this restaurant came to fruition; welcoming staff, warm environment, delicious and savory food, fortified wine list, meticulous table service and overall pleasurable experience.”

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