Don't Tell Mama NYC

4.3
1604 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s Theater District. New American Cuisine with a world-class atmosphere and a seasonally changing menu offering the freshest ingredients resulting in something for every plate as well as choices of delicious desserts and a wonderful selection of fine wines. Piano Bar & Cabaret Rooms are also featured at Don't Tell Mama. Founded in 1982.

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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Hidden gem for theatre-goers.

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LS
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would eat here every night if i could. Food was amazing. I would have never found it, if not for open table. Everything was awesome!!

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j
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was fine but the service and speed were pretty bad. We had to ask for everything. From water, to bread, to another drink. It was very frustrating. It appeared they were understaffed. We made our reservation for 6 and I had to take my dessert to go since we had an 8:00 show.
My salmon was tasty. The lamb chops were very good too. You just have to be prepared to wait or give yourself a lot of extra time.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great server. Service was very prompt. Food was good, but nothing special.

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SK
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent! Beef short ribs were delicious. Would go again in a heartbeat.

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LG
5 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal in the restaurant section - which assured us of a great seat in the adjoining piano bar where the extremely talented pianist, Paddy, accompanied the wait staff who would break into song and/or take the mic after 9 pm. 'had an absolutely wonderful evening in NYC's theater district.

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IL
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for the first time based off the recommendation of a friend and absolutely LOVED it. The ambiance was great, the food and drinks were delicious and then our dessert was phenomenal. We each ordered something different so we could taste the others (4 in all) especially the Chocolate Prada and we thoroughly enjoyed each of them. The cost was also reasonable for the quality we received.

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c
165 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We went to a cabaret performance and wanted to stay in same venue and the restaurant had a nice varied menu so we stayed and all was fine and convenient

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LS
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Two of us stopped in pre theater in January. We had been here once before in the summer and every table was taken plus a long wait. This time we found it pleasantly uncrowded. The food was delicious and the service spot on. We were not rushed out at all (probably due to it being a slow night, but still we appreciated it). As native New Yorkers we feel we found a gem and would return again.

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SL
23 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love Don't Tell Moma! It's the place place on Restaurant Row and love all the regular customers who have been coming back for years.

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d
18 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Location super convenient being in theatre district. Service was terrific, very attentive and the drinks and food arrived in timely manner. Quality of food just ok. Chicken over cooked, dry. Ravioli was tasty but overpowered by the sauce.

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T
48 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’m a theater goer. I always have dinner before any show. This weekend I was attending two plays. I was trying not to spend my average of a $100.00 per meal. I have to say that DON’T TELL MOMA did not disappoint. I had the lamb chops and my friend had the duck w/couscous. I really enjoyed the lamb chops. They also split a salad for us, which was great. The winner of the evening was the cream brûlée’s! Made fresh and obviously not sitting in the refrigerator all day waiting to be torched, the custard was light and the glaze was thin! The coffee was great also! I would go back again! I met my cost at way below $100.00.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always! The food, service, and ambiance are superb. The combination of locals and tourists, the quality of the food, and the entertainment next door make Don't Tell Mama part of our NYC plans on every trip.

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G
8 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were a family visiting from Edinburgh and couldn’t have chosen a better venue for New Years. Food was good, service was good but to top all of that we enjoyed the singers / piano player and the regulars that made it overall a very enjoyable night.

It was raining outside and the ball drop became a no. As said couldn’t have chosen a better venue. Thanks guys n gals and all the best for the future.

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RA
40 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place good food and the piano player nice.

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D
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took a chance and made reservations after a show and was pleasantly impressed by the food and the waitstaff. Will definitely return. There is a club in the rear that looks like a good time. Bathroom could be cleaned up a bit - otherwise great 👍

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love it here. Excellent food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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J
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overall great restaurant. Small portions and no extra bread which would offset fish dish with no carbs. Waitress was spot on. Many choices on menu for all.

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a
24 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time diner. We tried the Christmas prix fixe menu $45 per person. Ordered the lamb and my partner ordered turkey breast. Both were delicious. Dessert was chocolate mousse cake. Yum. One feedback was the Moscow mule wasn’t served in a copper mug like I used to. Other than that great dining experience.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter Ryan was fantastic!! He was kind, efficient, patient (one of our party was not so nice). I loved the food, the atmosphere everything about the restaurant. Food was great, drinks were great !!! We had a great Christmas Dinner.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had Christmas Day dinner at Dont Tell Mama, the food was outstanding, the team crewing for the day were amazing and nothing was too much trouble and the whole thing including a lot of drinks and a 4 course meal for two (that we couldn’t finish, SOOOO much food) was under $150.

We’ve also been to Don’t Tell Mama for work events and dinners on a normal evening and the shows are amazing, funny, talented and completely worth losing an evening too.

Can’t recommend this place enough for anything and everything you want to do.

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K
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food was okay for the price. The fish and steak all came out over cooked although My bf said his lamp chops were very good. Probably wouldn’t come back here.

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JN
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food and excellent, friendly service in a nice location. Highly recommended!

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CP
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Ordered the duck for dinner. By 5am the next morning I was sick as can be and spent the entire day sick in the bathroom.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

I was disappointed in the food...the menu looked great, lots of offerings, but my meal was without taste and looking at the rest of the meals at our table of 10, nothing looked very appetizing . As a family we had a great time, but I wouldn't go there again.

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NC
38 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place in the heart of Restaurant Row. The service is attentive and very pleasant, delicious selection of fresh fish, always wonderfully prepared, and the GM of this place came over and asked how the table was doing several times. Really enjoyed the personal touches through out the evening, and I cannot recommend this place enough. I'll always return when i'm around this neighborhood. They're also very aware of of pre and post theatre needs if you come here before a show or after.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good. Location great. Casual and fun atmosphere .

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AR
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic spot! Great food and service. Must get dessert!

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K
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came as a group of 4 before going to a show. We sat at a table in the bar area so we could hear the music. Fun atmosphere. Food was delicious! I split an entree with someone in my group - I would not recommend this. Portions are not huge. We opted for dessert and it was a great decision. All 4 of us got something different. Cheesecake and lemon meringue were by far my favorites. Would definitely go back! I wish I remembered out waiter's name because he was fabulous!

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RL
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The bartender prepared an excellent Manhattan.
That should have been the meal.

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D
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This place is a hidden gym on restaurant row. The service was amazing and they were very attentive. The food was good and having a prefixed menu was delightful. I would say that the drinks are a little pricy but still good drinks none the less. Overall had a great time here with my boyfriend for his 25th birthday before seeing a broadway show!

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Z
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere excellent service. Very speedy service with great entertainment

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Y
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

This is the second time I have dined at Don't Tell Mama, and I was extremely disappointed. The service was deplorable and the food was mediocre.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food and location were excellent!! Server was a little slow and inattentive for having 1 table!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A quaint place with fun character. I had the seafood pasta - wasn’t impressed but it was palletable. Will come back and try a different dish another time

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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TS
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I always have a great time here and then I stay for the Caberet!

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Staff, the food, atmosphere, always pleasant and Friendly!!

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AV
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place. Fun at the piano bar. Food was brought quickly so that helps getting to the theater on time.

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L
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner before the show was delicious ,so we came back after the show for drinks & the live musical performances, which were awesome

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