Balthazar

4.6
6491 reviews
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French
Balthazar is a traditional French Brasserie with a bustling railway station atmosphere. Our kitchen serves a variety of meat and poultry dishes including: Duck Shepherds Pie, Roasted Chicken and Steak Frites. Balthazar specializes in seafood with an array of fish entrees and a complete raw oyster and shellfish bar.

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The Infatuation
7.6

The incredible People Watching available at Balthazar makes scrunching into a tiny table and overpaying for brunch totally worth it. Say whatever you want about this place, you can’t take away the fact that the kitchen gets it done.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

An $18 cocktail should not come in a wine glass filled to the brim with ice and garnished with a plastic straw and browning lime wedge. Food was fine, but nothing to write home about. Service was impersonal and robotic feeling.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mater’d was very accommodating!

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JT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Been going there for years, for the good food and the stellar service. Had the worst waiter I've ever had there this time - rushed, borderline hostile, acted irritated when we'd make a simple request or ask for more information. First time, ever, at Balthazar that that's happened. I'll find another bistro in future. It's not as though there's a scarcity.

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MS
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, service, food quality, price, everything was excellent!!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came for lunch today with my family, the food was very tasty and the service was attentive.

We were running very late for our reservation but they still accommodated my family with an amazing table.

The wine selection is also great and affordable.

Would recommend to any brasserie lovers

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JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Is Balthazar slipping? I love the place but my last visit wasn't fun because of a disconnected waiter who lacked the professionalism I expect in a place like Balthazar and sort of threw the food at us. At 9pm they were out of the Monday night lamb special, which was half the reason we came. My cocktail was excellent and the same for the steak but the snails were haphazard and in 3 cases required an engineering degree to extract them from their shells. I go to Balthazar 6-8 times a year but this last visit was a downer.

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

Muy buen servicio! Pedimos dos platos para compartir y sin que lo pidiéramos nos trajeron todo en dos platos separados para que pudiéramos comerlo cada uno por su cuenta.

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Acapulco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

En esta ocasión la comida no estuvo tan rica
El servicio no estuvo muy bueno, la mesera estaba con mala cara.
El vino no me gusto.

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CF
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was completely full even on a weekday afternoon. Both the duck and the salmon were delicious as described. Thankfully the hostess kindly assigned us a corner table providing a slightly less energetic environment. Reservations are definitely required.

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife’s birthday dinner. Great food. Decent waiter service. A bit to close to other patrons but it’s NYC.

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IM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tight seating, but so great overall that we went back the next day.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Cross-Atlantic family reunion worth $500!!

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H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Balthazar Always delivers

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place in Soho is way overpriced. 2 orders of simple Eggs Benedict, one Bellini, one cafe and one OJ and One creme brûlée. Bill was 102$! For two! No special anything. Bread was cold n doughy. Table Bread wasn’t suitable for a brunch at all. Doubt if I’d return. Not for brunch or breakfast, at least.

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PF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We'll be back. We went for brunch and everything was great.

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TK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Balthazar it is a special place with great food wonderful staff and atmosphere ! I the maitre de is fabulous

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SF
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistent. You can not go wrong at Balthazar. A bit crowded and cramped at times. Would benefit from removing a few tables so you are not on top of your neighbor, but still a great spot.

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RR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Balthazar’s. Great food. Great ambiance.

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Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the food here! It’s definitely one of our favorite lunch places when we get to NYC.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have been there several times before, but this time we were very disapointed. Our steak was like hard gum.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Steak frites was very chewy at medium rare. Excellent friseé salad, great desserts.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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FC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered a burger and for it being Balthazar it was just OK and the fries were cold. I brought a Producer here and it was disappointing rather than impressive. Thank you.

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JB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch! Delicious food!

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IM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

THE best breakfast in New York. Certainly the most civilized.

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Great service. We arrived early, ab out an hour ahead of our reservation. They were able to seat us, but the table we were given was in a crowded area with barely enough room to squeeze by either side between adjacent tables. I guess it may be the norm for NYC but seems like way too many tables for the floor space available. Felt very claustrophobic. Otherwise, I may have given this place 5 stars. Waiter (Edwin) was very attentive.

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JL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for my girlfriend’s birthday. She got the mussels and I got the branzino. Both were excellent. The place was a bit crowded, but service was great and overall we had wonderful time.

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LS
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good by very noicy!

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Have eaten here several times. Haven’t has the desserts in quite some time though.
And for $14, I expected to be wowwed
Instead it was a huge disappointment
1 scoop of chocolate that was just ok
( really, just 1 scoop for that amount)
And chocolate cake that was dry and tasteless

If it weren’t for that I would have rated it higher

Desserts are way, way overpriced for what you get
Thats on top of a menu thats steeply priced already

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OT
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Un clásico con SoHO. Clásico y delicioso. Es un must

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I
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this location and the vibe. Great spot for informal business lunch.

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C
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server! Engaging, professional and knowledgeable! Rare these days! Food was amazing - especially the bread basket!

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been a guest there since 1997. Once again it was perfection. Thank you. —Thane Boulton, Founder and Publisher, Thane & Prose New York

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it as soon as got through the door. Fab, buzzy atmosphere. Lovely server. Food absolutely perfect. Very, very happy we booked following too many recommendations.

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Seated us at a bad table then made us wait over 45 minutes for a better table “because he forgot about us” otherwise I love Balthazar.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The onion soup was delicious.
Balthazar salad was OK.

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R
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much easier than flying to Paris with food and an atmosphere that will bring Paris to SOHO

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JJ
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There are so many other wonderful restaurants in SoHo/Nolita to enjoy that have better food, atmosphere and service without the hype of the name.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Iconic NY restaurant. Food is great. Service impeccable. Love it for breakfast. Go for lunch during the week for people watching!

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