Balthazar

4.6
6326 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
What 6326 People Are Saying
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2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was sooo yummy! Service was fantastic! and the restaurant was beautiful.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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JE
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omgoodness WE LOVED EVERYTHING about Benjamin Steakhouse Prime. Made it by mistake. Always ate at the sister restaurant Benjamin Steakhouse, high testosterone!! Well Benjamin Prime is ROMANTIC, BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS-VERY ATTENTIVE STAFF—my husband and I celebrated our 50th anniversary. We felt so comfortable with the 30 age group to us!!! The staff knew it was our 50th and REALLY MADE US FEEL SO SPECIAL. by the way the peas and onions are our favorites!!!!plus surf and turf and lamb chops !!! Thank you BSP♥️

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous time

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AO
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yo, personalmente amo el lugar, es popular, entonces es ruidoso, pero a mi me encanta

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I got a salmon that was uncooked but they fixed that in a heartbeat and everything else was great!

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

This time we went for ;brunch. Menu a bit limited and while good, it was not outstanding or especially French in content. Eggs tend to taste the same, regardless of the menu of origin. Serice ecelent and management especially accomodating to handicapped guests. Very nice and much appreciated. I wold be more inclined to recommend for lunch or dinner.

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

My favorite spot in the city for breakfast.

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ES
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great! Ordered monkfish and manager ordered steak au poivre. The ambience was a bit noisy, but cool. We saw some actors we recognized. The server was miserable so it made the experience a little less enjoyable.

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

Best service. Food was to die for! Can’t wait to go back!

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LP
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waiter!

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C
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make a reservation! The staff was very friendly and the food great!

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m
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pricey for lunch but food was really good. Orders were brought out quickly . We had onion soup, tuna nicoise, shrimp cocktail, eggs Benedict and beet salad.

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SF
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was good but Food overpriced and not worth the money. Definitely better places in NYC more deserving of the price. Tables also extremely cramped.

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GM
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must-visit place in NYC. It's like stepping off the busy streets in SOHO and landing in a Paris bistro. Delicious food, gracious service - despite always being packed. I was seated right on time with my OpenTable reservation, even though I was a solo diner. I will continue to visit Balthazar again and again.

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MM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We asked to add an egg and avocado as you can do according to the menu, we got everything dismantled in separate plates, the presentation of the food was poor. The price was too expensive compared to the service and food we received

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious we go every time we come to NYC.

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SC
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Fernando was our main waiter and made our evening extra special!!!

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorites anytime we are in the city! We always make it for eggs Benedict!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall great French option. Atmoshphere is historic but very loud. Burger is great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my family including 3 teenagers. All left satisfied and full.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is a classic! Has the same happening vibe as it did 20 years ago. We went for brunch on Sunday and had to wait for our table (reservation necessary) but the people watching was great and staff apologetic. They brought us a glass of champagne on the house once we were seated. Waiter was great. Meal was very good. Will for sure stay on my NYC list.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lively brunch for our last day in NYC

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting with excellent service and well prepared food. A little on the expensive side for he fare. But, I think worth it. Highly recommend it.

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XX
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is amazing! It is definitely a go-to and return-to restaurant. The service is totally on point. We loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service good but food was tepid and not very exciting. French fries were burned and food nothing special and very over priced.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing seafood platter. The small one is big enough for 2

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MP
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated right away. All servers were pleasant. Food delicious.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening out. The onion tart was fabulous and all entrees were great. We were a bit time constrained and the waiter accommodated us perfectly without making it seem rushed. Love the decor and ambience!

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TO
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed Balthazar for my birthday as a family of four. My husband ordered salmon and it was very good. My children ordered the steak and split it. They enjoyed it. I ordered the French onion soup and it was great. For desert we split the profiteroles, and it was not our favorite. I wish we would have ordered differently. Our wait staff seemed distracted, but still nice and helpful.

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D
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Balthazar was my favorite restaurant in NY since more than 15 years,and ı always liked the food and ambiance .
My last visit was a dissapointmemt..the food was bad,so was the athmosphere.
It is not mu favorite restaurant anymore and ı decided not to visit Başthazar for a long period of time

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS AMAZING!

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FF
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a pre theatre dinner here: steak frites with haricots vert and bearnaise sauce. Perfect!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super location, food and outstanding service by very professional staff!!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had to wait 30 minutes to get seated even with a reservation, come earlier than your reservation! Walk ins...good luck!

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OT
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So terrible. We had a reservation and when we arrived the staff just expected us to wait 40 minutes anyway. We are new yorkers and been here a lot but that level of entitlement is unacceptable. It shouldn’t be expected we can wait for a reservation we made due to whatever bottlenecks the restaurant is experiencing. They also prioritized several other clients that came after... possibly because we were young and Asian. Not acceptable. Do not recommend for anyone with a schedule or have important clients

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c
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

terrible su sistema de atención y cumplimiento de reservaciones.
Abundan los influyentes y "conectados"

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I'm giving Balthazar this poor review because I'm very upset on how we were treated this Friday March 8 when we went to the restaurant for lunch. We have been coming to Balthazar at least once a year when we visit NYC. It has always been one of our favorite restaurants. This Friday I had a reservation at 1:30 but showed up at 2:00 pm because there was traffic getting to Soho from Times Square. The person at the reservation desk didn't want to hear my explanation and said too bad you missed your reservation. The only table I can give you for 2 is in the corner next to the front door. This table was not even fit to have 2 glasses on it let alone have lunch for 2.

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g
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still great after all these years. Service is perfect. A fun, bustling atmosphere.

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T
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lingered...food exceptional and our young server patient...friendly and overall wonderful! Never a trip to NYC without Balthazar

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