Balthazar

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6772 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.
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JH
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect location for the perfect, downtown, Sunday brunch to entertain an overseas visitor.

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j
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a very nice Father's Day brunch at Balthazar. We did not have to wait to be seated and once we were able to order, our food did not take a long time. Portions are ample and the food was very good. We will go back.

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but not great. And the prices were very very high which therefore makes the food not worth what we paid. The service was okay but I had ask several times for refills and to have the check. I would not recommend this spot.

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m
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We haven’t been to Balthazar in years. Not quite as remarkable as it was in the past with some special touches missing now.

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RS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Buen ambiente, la comida bien, pero no sorprendente

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B
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The venue is nice, the service is quite good, the food is fantastic, but... it was freezing! I dont know why, but this made us uncomfortable and we decided to leave as soon as we finished our desert.

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JK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been here a few times in past visits to the city. Feels like they are sitting on their laurels a bit nowadays - atmosphere lacks warmth and food decidedly average - esp for the price. Disappointing first night experience back in the city

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun scene. Food is very tasty and the service is very good. Great option in SoHo. Would go there again.

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

Balthazar is always a choice when we are in NY but now was different because we met Luis from México. So Nice and was a pleasure to be served by him and we will not forget. Thanks.

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

I made the reservation to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Since I couldn’t be with her, I wanted her to go someplace filled with special memories that we share. Balthazar’s was my first choice, and they didn’t disappoint. My two daughters went together, and the birthday girl was treated like a princess. Tbh, that is how we’ve always been treated there. The food was delicious and the iced lattes were superior. It was yet another delightful visit to this NYC gem!

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fathers Day Celebration

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

We have been to Balthazar multiple times. The service is always impeccable! The food is always well presented and delicious. We have tried about everything on the menu over the years and you can’t go wrong with anything. We see familiar faces each time we’ve been here. It says a lot about staff retention in an extremely cut throat competitive restaurant business.

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

Food and ambiance was perfect as usual. When paying I was told their system was down and they needed to charge me manually; ended up checking my bank statement to see that I had been charged 5 times for a total of $850. Had to call the restaurant 3 times before I was contacted by the general manager. He was very friendly but I was really disappointed to have had to reach out multiple times (and deal with unfriendly staff that did not even so much as apologize for their mistake when I called) in order to get the issue sorted. Love Balthazar but will not be returning for a while.

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

Alway a classic.

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

Incredible restaurant for date night and the food (steak frites) was delicious. The only downside was the tables were slightly closer together than ideal, but this is probably typical for any restaurant in NYC. I’d highly recommend this place!

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

Awesome experience for our trip to NYC with family and friends!

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T
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!!

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D
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great in every way. A real treat every time!

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t
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and great service - always visit when we come to New York

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NY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came here for dinner for my birthday. Great food, NYC scene, very lively atmosphere.

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DH
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Visited for lunch. While still very good, I would have to say not up to their usual standards. It was extremely crowded so maybe that’s why, but I found the service to be a little lacking. The food was nothing special. I ordered oysters and a grilled ham and gruyere sandwich. To be perfectly honest, the sandwich was more akin to diner food.
Still very expensive. Maybe dinner is more appealing.

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c
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner to celebrate 16th Birthday!!!

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is unique. Always French always a big joy..

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T
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Although the food was good, it was on the expensive side for lunch time dining. We also were not pleased with the service at all. Our waiter kept filling our water glasses every two minutes and spilling water all over us and the table because he was in such a hurry. It was quite annoying.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are not local to NYC, but, we always try to visit Balthazar when we visit. My wife could live on their breakfast bread basket alone. One of my "go-to" dishes is the Nicoise salad. Although, we always have a wonderful experience, this last time, the restaurant went way, way over and above what was reasonable to make our visit special. First of all, we had a reservation for four people. We hadn't heard back from our friends (a mom and her toddler), so, they found us a lovely table for two. Halfway through our lunch at nearly 1:00pm, our friend and child arrived to a packed restaurant. Amazingly, the staff quickly got together and moved our food to a larger table, brought a high chair for the baby, and continued on as if it was nothing out of the ordinary. OMG, it was so amazing. Balthazar took a difficult situation, none of which was their fault, and made it work. I will never forget that. I honestly cannot imagine many restaurants being so understanding and accommodating with a full restaurant during a peak dining time. Needless to say, my wife and I love Balthazar even more than before. Here is a restaurant that has been a SoHo gem for decades. They probably could rest on their laurels, but, they haven't missed a step in the quality of their food or their service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

muy buena la comida y el lugar

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KB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I think this restaurant has had its day and been taken over by much better places to dine. It is living on its popularity but doesn’t come up to standard any more. The food was average, the service not great and it was expensive for what it was. It was recommended by lots of friends but none of them had been for some time. I wouldn’t go back, not because it was bad but because there are much better options in NYC.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though 7 pm is early for dinner, it’s a great time to go to Balthazar before a show. We were there the other night before seeing “Slash” at Joe’s Pub, and brought my brother visiting from Boston. We had celebratory oysters and great conversation, in a quiet spot on a banquette.
Balthazar has become a family tradition over the years, the mise en scene always just right, designed to feel a little like old New York, a little like old Paris.

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l
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything great, food, service... what a place!!!

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Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm goat cheese and caramelized onion tart is a must -

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Gorgeous restaurant

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience, food good enough, a bit loud

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DM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We belong to the category, which is coming to the restaurant to taste, to be surprised. Nothing surprising in menu. Good taste, fresh food. Could be because of branch. Noisy. Decoration is nice, typical brasserie. Expected a bit more. Previous visit was about 12 years ago.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

delicious food, 100 points for escargot, beef tartare and french fries ... A little bit disappointed with the eggs florentine, actually they were nothing special for their price. I think everything is too expensive and the restaurant is too noisy. Despite this, You can feel the french atmosphere and i would go back again!

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a divine dinner at Balthazar last visit to NYC and really wanted to try their Sunday brunch. It did not disappoint. We loved everything we ordered but especially, the warm goat cheese tart.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent. Classic staple in every NY trip. Only good things to report. Don't miss it!

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NF
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and kind service. Delicious food. Wonderful ambience. A fabulous time was had - cannot wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place. How could you not?

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w
New England
93 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

paris bistro's are much smaller and more intimate. with that said, the food was good but it was a little crowded.

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