Babbo Ristorante

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Italian
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  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List
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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SJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Babbo used to be a magical place. Exciting food. Luxurious. Now it's just another good NYC Italian restaurant. Crammed into a space so small that we had to sit NEXT to each other rather than across the table. I ended up with a neck ache as I ate my rather ordinary linguini and clams. The service was excellent. So was the coffee. And the desserts were sublime. But something special has slipped away.

e
Portland
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Italian restaurant with 60s hippie music in the background and way too many servers. And this caused the noise level to be way high. But the food was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable service. The restaurant was busy and we didn’t feel rushed. Wines were exceptional

CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The Allman Brothers?? Blasting in an Italian restaurant? The Rolling Stones? Tastes like Tuscany, sounds like frat.

l
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beet salad, beef cheek ravioli, lamb -- outstanding. Service -- outstanding. Excellent in every way.

GM
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoy eating at Babbo. We always order four or five pasta dishes to share., sometimes with appetizers and side dishes. Always delicious and tough for all of us to agree on our favorite pasta. The rigatoni gricia, pappardelle bolognese, pork belly pyramids, beef cheek ravioli and gnocchi. For dessert we had the chocolate pistachio cake and olive oil cake with gelato.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The food delicious. Service excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good. Nothing to rave about. Not much of a selection for an Italian restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience with exceptional food

BR
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was extraordinary from the moment we entered and guided to lovely table under a skylight: under the stars.
Susan: our Server was unusually attentive and shared her precise knowledge of various courses. She selected a perfect wine on the first try.
Particularly good were the Arctic char in Brodo and the Black Spaghetti with ...I am not sure. The prices were unexpectedly far lower than we expected. Certainly we will soon return!
Thank you for lovely festive evening

JS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was perfect. The service was better than perfect. I will remember this meal for a long time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner at Babbo for my boyfriend birthday

d
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food was good, but music selection was ridiculous. The restaurant has a classic feel and upscale elegance, yet the music being played (too loud) was bad Rolling Stones (their disco garbage from the 1980's) and other rock. I love rock. I was raised on rock. But this restaurant needs soft jazz or Sinatra. The music does not match the ambiance at all, and was a distraction.

MP
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Babbo was wonderful. It is classy, modern flavors with a touch of the old world.

BR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Manaf was wonderful, the pasta tasting menu was delicious and well worth the cost! Everything was well balanced and Manaf explained the wine pairings beautifully. We had a very special birthday celebration thanks to this meal. Thank you!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

N
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good and service was outstanding

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect date night!

P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Although I requested a quiet table we were initially seated in a noisy area upstairs. We were moved downstairs upon my request to a table where we could sit side by side.

The choice of music was questionable - 70’s Rock !? And it was high volume.

Generally, the table service was good except for our waiter who seem irritated.

The food was excellent.

JD
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Braised short rib cavatelli, goat cheese tortelloni, followed by a grilled pork chop for two and finished with chocolate covered pistachio ice cream. The wine sommelier was able to match my wives white wine craving exactly and the cheese pairing for both pasta dishes could not have been better.

S
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The service was excellent! The chicken was extremely salty for a couple of the individuals in our party of 4. Overall, this was a nice place. Thanks.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

babbo is always a wonderful experience. don’t lose that special customer service touch pleaas

CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was PERFECT! I come here every few months with my girlfriend and it never ceases to amaze. Our server Michael was wonderful! He was kind and attentive with an excellent sense of humor. The sommelier Evan was knowledgeable and friendly, not even slightly pretentious, which unfortunately often comes with the territory. It's a bit on the expensive side but worth every dollar! By far one of the best restaurants in NYC!

MF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Pasta Bolognese -YUMMY! The dessert was perfect- a peachy delight!

L
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing and very authentic Italian food. We had 2 different pasta dishes and shared the fantastic cheesecake for dessert after the waiter’s recommendation. All waiters were really attentive and kind and we had a wonderful experience. Would love to come again sometime :-)

T
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best steak in the city!

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was fantastic! Staff ensured that every detail was addressed. Food was delicious and well portioned for value offering

M
Toronto
55 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Just cannot beat this restaurant for an overall great dinner experience,,,,we have been returning there for years and we love the consistency of the restaurant,,,our pre dinner drinks,appetizers.. wine and main courses were fantastic....job well done...we will be back

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Heaven. RUN dont walk.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing!, the flavors were impeccable balanced, the wine was so good. The service was on point at all times. We enjoy the restaurant’s layout and decor so much. We highly recomend the Grilled Branzino and the Goat Cheese Tortelloni and for dessert Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. No wonder why the well deserved Michelin Star. Thanks!!!

s
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious! Though sad that they no longer serve the osso bucco for two, the scallops were perfectly done, and the lamb chops were a fine replacement. The black spaghetti with crab was a terrific appetizer - flavorful pasta and large juicy chunks of crab. The bar still tuns out some of the best cocktails around (I recommend a Sazerac Rye Manhattan), and the wine selections will be ample for any combination of dishes you might have. And, definitely don't skip the dessert! The Tiramasou creation left our guests very happy and wishing for more, while we felt the Olive Oil Cake was bliss. Guess you should try them both to see!

S
Western NC
40 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 1

The service was great. The noise level was obnoxious for a restaurant that is supposed to be a high end dining venue. I did not enjoy what sounded like heavy metal music. The food is not up to what it was 10 years ago. I will never go back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I was able to get a reservation on the same night we ate there. Some of the best service we’ve ever had at a restaurant (and we’ve been to many high end places). The food was excellent. We highly recommend Babbo; you will love it!

RL
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another spectacular meal! This is my third trip to the restaurant in the past 30 days! The service, food , atmosphere , consistency and value are hard to match!

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was spectacular. The food was amazing. I highly reccomend this restaurant.

EV
New York Area
286 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A superb meal, with excellent service. The special pasta with tomatoes, which returns to the menu every summer, is smoke, fresh and out-of-this-world delicious. The whole branzino and the scallops we had for main courses were excellent, and the desserts, hazelnut chocolate cake and a warm peach “upside down” cake were amazing. If you can, sit upstairs while there’s still some early evening light in the sky. It’s a real treat - can’t wait to go back.

RT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and staff. They serve late, which we love. One of our go to spots in Manhattan.

G
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We were seated at a table in the flow of wait staff to the tune of over 40 bumping my left elbow per minute . We were offered another table but why was any couple seated in that crowded busy table? Poor choice by the hostess. We waisted $70 on uber fairs from upper east side.if a better table was available why were we seated there to begin with? Arrogant restaurant!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DE
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and attention to detail from every level. Wines by the glass great, and every dish we tried was superb.

S
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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