Babbo Ristorante

4.6
2732 reviews
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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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Sun - Thu 10:15PM - 11:30PM
Fri - Sat 10:30PM - 11:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.5

Babbo is still the best place to feel good in this town.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service is excellent. The only thing about The Smith is the noise level. Hard to hear the person sitting across from you. Great place to go after work.

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TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Eaten here 50 times... tonight the truffle menu was awful... could have been mushrooms...Not a Batali restaurant any longer. Awful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Went for anniversary dinner and they made it extra special. The food and service were both incredible.

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SF
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sadly, Babbo is a shadow of its former self. One of our favorite NYC eateries over the years, the experience this time was a true disappointment. We opted for the traditional tasting menu with wine pairing. After a 3 1/2 hour parade of mediocre plates, parsimonious wine pours and inattentive service, we realized that Babbo will forever be a memory. Farewell.

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Vibe is good and service is good. Food is average or poor.

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M
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As usual it is very rare that you have a poor experience at Babbo. As usual our food was superb as well as the service. My only complaint is the music playing in the background. It is loud and annoying. If I wanted to hear music I would attend a concert. I came to Babbo to enjoy the food, service and the company I was with. I will definitely return but something needs to be done about the background music.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service...Every single bite especially the pork chop and a grilled octopus

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GF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t eaten at Babbo in many years. Everything was fantastic. Truly a great way to start off a weekend in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday
Great experience

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RJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was some of the best ever. The Duck was the best. The all Italian wine list takes you on a tour all over Italy.

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TH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and always a great album playing to create a fun ambiance. I love Babbo!

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P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sometimes it's a good idea to try the specialty of the house and, or dishes that have been highly recommended by others. Such was the experience of the Bucatini all'Amatriciana at Babbo. The deep rich flavors of the guanciale used in the red sauce explode in your mouth and create the memorable tastes you hope for and just put a smile on your face. Excellent bread here also, with perfectly crisp crust that wasn't too hard to bite and a chewy slightly sour dough interior. We had the octopus appetizer which was cooked to perfection, not an easy task, and the rabbit which was also very good. Perfect, friendly, professional service as well. We'll be back! Again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

1. We had a reservation at 8:15. One member of the group came 12 minutes late but we were not seated until 8:45 pm!
2. We ordered and it took over an hour for the food to come! We ordered veal so we were warned it may take ~45 mins but it took way way longer than that! We had to ask multiple times if the main course was ever coming. One time we asked for an estimate on how much longer the food would take and we were shakily told 10 minutes (in reality it was 30!). One of our guests had only aloted 2 hours to the meal but with the delay in seating and the absurd wait time for entrees he had to get the veal to go! Not an ideal way to enjoy a $140 veal chop! Totally unacceptable!
3. The dinner was for a birthday. This was noted in the reservation and when the hostess called to confirm the reservation. No mention of a birthday was made by the waiter or hostess. Was not even mentioned at the restaurant at all. Not sure anything is done for special occasions... but why ask in the res for no reason.

Services way below expectations of a Michelin star establishment!

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RM
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Mediocre, not worth the Michelin Star

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

Server was super friendly

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Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Experience was great! Highly recommend. Look out for the number of servers...we never knew who our server was because so many attended to us! I think that was the norm!

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j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the tasting menu which was nonpareil. The service, attention to detail and explanation of each dish was exceedingly efficient. We found the sommelier to be knowledgeable and helpful with a pick. Only drawback (and I’m certain it was only specific to this night because I’ve been here before) was our hen came out a little cold. We were given a new piece each but I have to say this shouldn’t happen if you are asking for everyone at the table to get the tasting menu so as to keep the kitchen on track with all the dishes. The food and service, as always, was excellent though.

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good italian restaurant. Extremly good winecard. Service is excellent. But unfortunately the music is too loud!!!

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EG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Buona location , calda e accogliente , si ritrova un ottimo Made in Italy di classe ,sia per il Cibo che è ottimo sia per qualità che per qualità prezzo , sopratutto valutando dove ci troviamo .
Camerieri molto preparati e disponibili , accoglienza simpatica , garbata e professionale .
Un piccolo appunto sul vino , servito sia con l’antipasto che con il secondo a piatto già iniziato , in più il bicchiere di vino importante che accompagnava a seconda portata , è Stato spillato con il coravin non davanti al cliente , anche se la bottiglia è stata garbatamente e gradevolmente lasciata in visione sul tavolo .
Dolce e caffè offerto , segno di accoglienza più italiana che newyorkese , molto apprezzato come gesto .
Due piccole cose che non sono critiche , ma solo pensieri , erano anni che non ci tornavo , sempre un ottimo posto .
Carlo

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HF
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We have fined here 3x before and I would give it 10 stars if I could for those dining experiences. This one, however, the wheels fell off. It was New Year’s night so the staff seemed to not be the regular crew at all - sloppy, not attentive, service didn’t match the caliber of the restaurant or come close to our previous experiences. We will still go back...just not during a holiday

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening, and delicious food. This was our anniversary dinner and they made it special.

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J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, great portion sizes for a fine dining restaurant and lovely wait staff who went over and above to make our experience a memorable one. Special mention to our friendly waiter who was very accommodating of dietary requirements

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was not as expected..
They need to sharpen up their skills in the kitchen.
Tired

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ML
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Walking into this restaurant, parting the entrance drapery reveals a warmly lit, near magical NY West Village ambiance. Nonetheless it was stressed as the 9-930pmish seatings were getting served and ‘they’ were running :15 minutes behind. No worries—we had a delicious wine by the glass (the wines are Very Good!). We were seated by the outstanding host & hostesses but the server was cranky in speaking with my date & I. Food arrived in good time but veggie sides (contorni) were over cooked and cold. Pasta dishes were only ‘ok’. Overall good but the experience was below expectations.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Couldn’t believe I spent the money on this place. Trashy techno music, gave us dirty wine glasses for a super expensive bottle of wine. Awful.

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, impeccable service, super inviting atmosphere - top notch across the board!

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V
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas celebration in the City

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R
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overpriced, the food was not what I was expecting...
Tasted good but nothing spectacular, good ambiance, good location, and excellent music!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible service and bland food

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AC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Nice variety of hearty Italian fare. Service was great. Beautiful location. Generous portions and delicious food. Price was very reasonable. Definitely get an after dinner coffee =)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday experience

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brian and the rest of the staff members were delightful. Pasta was excellent.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Did the pasta tasting menu and nothing stood out. All decent dishes but nothing to write home about

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, atmosphere and drinks. The prices are incredibly reasonable considering the extremely high quality of service and food. It’s great for special occasions, but affordable enough to go out just for a nice night out.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience - a must visit when in NYC

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Entrada y pasta .....salada

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly well done from start to finish. Attentive staff and and excellent service. Food was great too.

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OT
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere, definitely recommend for a nice night out

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing!

I came here for my birthday with my boyfriend and couldn’t have asked for more. I indicated on Open Table that we were celebrating a birthday, and was asked what I wanted to drink almost as soon as I sat down. The complimentary glass of prosecco was a great way to start the dinner.

For appetizers we got the chestnut crepe filled with mixed mushrooms and the beef carpaccio. Both were lovely.

For dinner I got the homemade gnocchi with oxtail ragu and my boyfriend got the spaghetti with lobster. Both fantastic.

The staff was super attentive and the sommelier was knowledgeable and gave us a yummy recommendation on a reasonably priced wine.

Our sever Matthew, made our night even better, being not only nice but personal as well.

Great place with great food! It’s a must!

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