Babbo Ristorante

4.7
2926 reviews
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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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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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4.6
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4.5
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4.2
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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

INCREDIBLE experience! The food was outstanding and the service made the experience even better. Such an amazing vibe and ambiance. The upstairs seating felt as if I was in my grandmother's family room. Thanks for a wonderful time! Will be back soon!

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Little expensive, especially the wine prices.
But the food was really delicious and creative, compared to typical Italian restaurants.

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CB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I had heard so much about how amazing Babbo is, and maybe this set my expectations too high, but the meal was absolutely but forgettable. This isn’t to say the food was bad, it was just fine. But it was only fine. It was not some amazing Italian where the flavors were both subtle and bold, unique yet classic, and all around a joyous experience for your senses. Not worth the price for an italian meal that is only decent. Glad I now know that if I want an unforgettable Italian meal I should stick to Lilia. Now THAT was an unforgettable meal.

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ES
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Wasn’t impressed. Was expecting a lot better quality food based on its rating.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Disappointing given the reputation. Seated 25 mins after apt time., seating was poor and on top of other people, food items were either delicious or lousy. Buffalo mozz appetizer was terrible, the fileted Branzino was fresh and flavorable but had way too many bones. The warm apple tart was cold. The octopus was perfect, the Bolognese was just okay and the Duck was very disappointing. Heard from a colleague his steak and other dishes were also disappointing but that his pasta with mushrooms in a butter sauce was delicious. Anyway, too uneven. I'll go elsewhere next time.

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JA
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

There was nothing exceptional in anything we had to eat at Babbo. The wine was presented by their wine steward who suggested the most expensive Chianti where the one I eventually chose was a nice choice. The appetizer course was adequate. The enter was totally uninspired. Served dry with no flavorful sauces, the meal was a struggle. Dessert was great. Overall,Babbo is overpriced and over hyped.

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YL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was excellent and the menu interesting as always. And the service perfect except for the points below. However, perhaps in an effort to maximize daily productivity, they refused to first take an appetizer order, and allow us to order the rest later. That’s not acceptable in this kind of place, especially for a 9 pm reservation. We asked for an explanation and got no response except that one of the main dishes takes a while to cook. My other main complaint, voiced at the restaurant too, is that the music is too loud. It’s a bad habit of many restaurants.

In any event, I still think it’s a great restaurant, a beautiful spot still attracting beautiful people.

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d
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

The food was very good, but the noise -augmented by overloud music-was horrendous.

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New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's become a regular with us. Exceptional in every day - a classy place that knows how to treat customers. Nothing is ever a problem - no reservation, they'll fit you in. Gracious,accommodating - never make you feel rushed or unwelcome. The ambience, the music (they play WHOLE albums, not curated playlists) and the food is just the best. I would rather eat here more than any place else right now. It's my fifth visit - I loved the Crispy Sardines, Gnocchi, Ravioli, Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Lamb Shank!!!!! (my husband and I share, so I can comment on a lot!) Wonderful wine list too.
Cannot wait to go back!

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K
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was very good except one pasta because some of spaghetti were uncooked, I guess it is just a mistake. Anyway, I recommend to try here, foods were delicious and service was good too. If I visit NY again, I want to visit here again.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Nice size portions
Too much salt on all of the food
Good service

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant in New York City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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E
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner at your restaurant Saturday night had a lovely time all of the food was very tasty and the service was off the charts it was great my only criticism is the size of the portions just wasn’t enough to satisfy my hunger

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h
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Babbo has been a reliable "go-to" restaurant for us in NYC over the years, they are perhaps slipping a bit but still are great. On our most recent visit we had the pasta tasting menu and wine pairing; some outstanding high notes but also some surprising quality control issues out of the kitchen. Nevertheless a great value compared to other NYC venues at this level.

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SA
Tampa
100 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

UNBELIEVABLE MEAL with IMPECCABLE SERVICE!

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YV
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Appetizer (octopus) and main (trout and skirt steak) were fantastic. The olive oil cake for dessert was very dry, and when the manager asked if we had enjoyed it (it was his recommendation), we mentioned that it had been dry. We were disappointed it remained on our bill. Otherwise the service was good.

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service, terrific top-floor setting for a birthday, and of course, delicious food. Kudos to our excellent waiter, who was well-informed and sensitive to our guest with food allergies. We were all delighted to be treated to such a fine celebration at Babbo!

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food was good. Music was ridiculous.

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O
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lamb was cooked unevenly. I ordered medium rare, but two were rare. Service was efficient, if a bit cool. Tables are very close together. Food is high quality but ambiance and food preparation was a bit lacking for the price. Recommend for a business dinner, not for a special occasion.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excelente comida y muy buen servicio.

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b
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Taking good friends for lunch

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SN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

What used to be one of the best pasta restaurants in New York is now at best average. The new management team has failed in keeping this institution relevant with the departure of Mario Batali. The food is mediocre at best the service has gone down hill. Extremely overpriced subpar pasta and entrees.

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a nice dining experience.
One suggestion would be to tone down or eliminate the background music.
We found the volume of the music being played very distracting.
The music being played, coupled with the ordinary noise level of the dining room, made it difficult to carry on a conversation.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

I can’t even begin to describe the disappoint in the food . The pastas lacked any flavor , as did the appetizers and mains. I would skip going here if you want a high quality meal. I brought my in laws here hoping to impress them. The service was attentive and we valued only that.

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E
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Tasting menu was okay, some highlights but some let downs. Kitchen was inconsistent with speed and lamb dish was cold. Overall a good meal but with a couple of dish errors, wrong dish, ingredient substitutes without service acknowledgment, I would not return. Sommelier was excellent and the highlight of the night (server very good as well) which is why I give service 5 stars.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really good pastas. Service a little slow at times

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect, as always. Let’s hope it remains a neighborhood mainstay.

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KK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our all time favorites! Amazing hospitality and very accommodating with allergies (specifically nut/peanut). One of the few places I can actually ENJOY dessert :)

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NP
Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was outstanding-- regularly filled water glasses, excellent and clear recommendations from our servers, quick response to any requests. The food was also terrific.

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SV
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Babbo’s is still ‘that’ restaurant! Had an early Sunday evening reservation which worked out great since we had some good waiter-time before it started getting really busy. The Garanelli pasta dish was my favorite and the beef cheek ravioli was a close second. We went with sharing the lamb chops as a main course and they were seasoned to perfection and tender. I will definitely go again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The restaurant was fantastic, the service and food were amazing, unfortunately our neighbor was unaware that indoor voices were a thing and we were subjected to his (obnoxious) musings all night. Otherwise everything was perfect.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We hast a great evening with perfect food and a gorgious and charming service. We will come again

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WE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Could not have been more perfect and special thanks to the wine steward

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambience, FABULOUS food but being told by the waiter that we couldn’t have additional Parmesan or salt was slightly irritating, luckily we found a waiter who obliged. Also, a carafe for $50 should work out to more than 2 glasses of wine.

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, interesting food, give yourself permission to explore The menu. service off the chart. Mark was very attentive and helpful.

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J
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

At 8:15 PM on a Wednesday evening, at an upstairs table, the noise level was so loud we couldn’t carry on a conversation. However, by 9:30 PM we were having a lovely time together. The waiter suggested perfect wines to go with our chosen dishes. He suggested we share a pasta between the four of us and we shared a salad and two entrees in order to taste several menu options. Our choices were terrific and the amounts were perfect for a late evening dinner. So glad we chose Babbo for our last dinner in NYC.

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p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Not stuffy but yet elegant. The pastas are amazing and the entrees couldn’t have been better. We had the duck (breast rare, leg and thigh crisp) others at the table had lamb chops and beef tongue. Both perfectly cooked. The octopus appetizer was tender and delicious as was the buffalo mozzarella. All in all an outstanding dining experience.

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 3Ambience 1

Music was beyond annoying. Loud and heavy. My stomach was not having it with it. It was stressing to say the least.

Also hostess had an unkind attitude.

Food was good, sommelier was great.

Server made mistake on order and we felt like unattended our food took way longer than anybody else. There was gaps of very very long time in between meals. I like paced meals an d a bit of time in between courses but 20 min is too long.

The experience wasn’t good. Not coming back.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb! Mussels, octopus, mozzarella, gnocchi, and orecchiette all perfection

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New York Area
410 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I live in the West Village and we occasionally treat ourselves to an amazing meal at Babbo. This time was another perfect meal and lovely evening. Service and ambiance are wonderful. This is clearly one of New York's finest restaurants

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