Babbo Ristorante

4.6
3011 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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MZ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always, from the food to the service to the management. Everything was fantastic.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Posto davvero ottimo! Personale molto gentile e preparato. Molto consigliato a chi vuole godersi un’ottima cena e/o pranzo

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EZ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Babbo still has the best pasta in town, great wine list, and an excellent staff. It may have lost just a touch of it's luxe vibe, but it still is one of my happy places.

ND
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Caprese salad I ordered as a starter was very fresh. I also ordered a dish called Mint Love Letters, which were ravioli made with mint and spicy sausage. It was amazing. The waitress was knowledgeable and not the least bit condescending. Overall, a wonderful experience.

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

Very good food and attentive service

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

We took our two small children for a spur of the moment dinner at 9:45 because it’s summer and our kids love fancy meals and cooking shows. It was still romantic and the staff were very charming. We love the music and the feel of the place. Food very similar to kind I grew up on, done very well, feels fancy but still fun.

SB
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary on saturday and everything was amazing. The service and care we received was just wonderful! We would definitely go back!

DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic.

l
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My last time at Babbo was over 7 years ago and I loved it then. However, my recent dinner there was just average. It has lost its charm and needs some type of reinvigoration both with the food and the environment. Wine list was great and service was very good but overall we were disappointed and I would not go back...unless something changes.

JS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Babbo is in full form and remains a favorite for personal and business meals or eating solo at the bar. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome

LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food (baby beets, mint love letters, sea scallops, grilled lamb chops,topped off with cappuccino and chocolate hazelnut cake), very attentive and personable server and waitstaff - a lovely experience and definitely one to be repeated!

PW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babbo went above and beyond our expectations. Service was next level. We went for my boyfriends birthday, and they were so attentive. Everything we ordered was phenomenal. Would recommend this highly

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Topnotch service and delicious Italian! The lamb's tongue vinaigrette is amazing. The mint love letters is exquisite! We had a great wine from Tuscany with the help of a very knowledgeable sommelier. We can't wait to be back.

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

Although the service was good, it felt as though the food was overpriced and lacking flair. Don’t try the pig foot Milanese appetizer- it lacked any semblance of taste. The lamb chops are recommended however. First time to this establishment but likely not going back.

a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

9th visit. Better and ever! This place puts all
Other pasta places to shame.

P
Yorkshire
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Had many tasting menus but never a pasta one. Excellent quality and flavours and accompanying wine pairing was superb.
Well done

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to spend our 25th Wedding Anniversary! Can't wait to go back. Pasta Tasting with Wine Pairing is the way to go.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service outstanding, we booked the last seating for lunch, never felt rushed

HN
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We have been to Babbo several times and returned to celebrate my husbands birthday. While some dishes were wonderful (crispy sardines, fregola with corn, pastas) some were just average. The ambiance did not feel as elegant or intimate. It seems as if they have added tables so they are closer together and feel less intimate, and people were not all dressed for a top restaurant...some in sneakers and casual clothes (at 7pm on a Friday night). The service was excellent as always. Unfortunately, we probably won't be back as there are several other excellent and elegant Italian restaurants in NYC.

M
St. Louis
40 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Babbo, it’s one our favorites in New York, great food, great service, great atmosphere, great night!

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

Friends Birthday

LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well above expectation. Food was fantastic and service immaculate. Babbo has now become one of my favorite restaurants. 5 🌟

k
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Too bad. This restaurant use to be top draw. Now it’s run of the mill and way to loud. The choice of music is insulting to their patrons.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place- second time and will be 3rd for sure!

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Babbo is a very good restaurant. Upon our arrival, we were greeted and seated in a professional manner.
Our waiter, brought over our menus and explained the specials for the evening. The service was very very professional. The wine menu had excellent choices. We chose to have Prosecco which was excellent. The chef sent to our table a tasting from the kitchen, which was marinated chickpeas, and it was tasty. Our entrees were prepared very well, but a tad on the salty side. The music played was inappropriate for this restaurant (Classic Rock Music)! Overall it was an enjoyable experience, the attentive service, ambiance, and the culinary delight should be experienced by one and all.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible and the servers were super friendly. We enjoyed it a lot.

t
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Once again Babbo does not disappoint! We had the pork belly ragu special and the seasonal vegetables with burrata pasta. Yum!!

1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was even better than expected. Wonderful that it's keep up with the quality and standard after 21 years.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Killer vino (Rosso de Mont), b+ food -- did the pigs foot Milanese (VERY fatty, but tasty) and the beef cheek ravs (pasta on point but beef cheek was almost minced -- no structure); not bad but not great

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and wine and good service. Would go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service& good atmosphere

KT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing experience. Couldn't recommend the Pasta Tasting Menu with the Riserva Wine Pairing. Super knowledgeable staff and sommeliers to make this a world class dining experience.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

No way this is a one star Michelin restaurant
They have no clue

SF
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. The service was impeccable. My wines were extraordinary. The loud and intrusive music, however, made for difficult dinner conversation and we opted out of dessert and coffee to go home. It simply was not relaxing.

a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific and loved the ambiance. Very romantic.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We opted for the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The pairings were perfect! Our server was so engaging and wonderful.

TS
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We arrived early to the restaurant, but there was nowhere to wait for a table. We could not sit at the bar to wait because bar seats were reserved for diners, so we had to go out walking around the neighborhood in 95 degree heat. When we came back to the restaurant at our reservation time, we had to wait for 15 more minutes standing. When we were finally seated, the service was very slow and it took forever to get a drink and water. In addition, Babbo plays loud music which kills the ambiance in my opinion. When we finally got food, it was very good; however, I would not go to Babbo again because it was such a pain.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babbo exceeded all expectations and was reasonably priced for a Michelin 1 Star restaurant. Definitely will return.

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