Balthazar

4.6
6507 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The table for me and my wife is really bad.
The garçons was a very bad service, no timing, don’t happy service. Really bad experience, since years a go is a great restaurant. The table for me and my wife is really bad.

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MC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a sure visit every time we go to NYC. The service, the food, everything is outstanding. It is not for the frugal consumer, but it's not out of range for NYC either. One of our favorite places, without a doubt.

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

We are visiting from Singapore and Our experience at Balthazar has always been a positive one. The food is always great. And the best part was the attentiveness of our server. She was always smiling and patient with our requests. I have been dining at Balthazar since 2008 and will not stop dining here whenever I visit New York!

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g
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always make a pilgrimage when in NYC, and Balthazar never lets us down! A+ again!

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply delicious with attentive service.

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

Fabulous. Dinner and service were perfect

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

amazing place, great service, outstanding food

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

Husband’s birthday

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SP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service. Very friendly staff. Went with our kids and staff went out of their way to engage with them. They gave our kids complentary Shirley temples if they tried to pronounce the French entrees. We passed on dessert but they gave us a dessert on the house anyway. Salad nicoise and branzino were outstanding. Mussels were not as good.

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CC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

es un clásico, la comida es muy buena y el servicio igual

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CN
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very loud and uncomfortably crowded. Q

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JK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious breakfast/brunch spot with great energy.

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D
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Basic restaurant. Not such great as we thought about. Service is not the one expected if you are coming from Europe where servit amd hospitality is one step forward.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

An $18 cocktail should not come in a wine glass filled to the brim with ice and garnished with a plastic straw and browning lime wedge. Food was fine, but nothing to write home about. Service was impersonal and robotic feeling.

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Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio y ubicación. Sabor de platillos muy ricos.

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JP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had made a reservation but when I got to the restaurant, it was discovered that my reservation was for 7:30 am not pm. The hostess was great an got us a seat in about 15 minutes

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mater’d was very accommodating!

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Been going there for years, for the good food and the stellar service. Had the worst waiter I've ever had there this time - rushed, borderline hostile, acted irritated when we'd make a simple request or ask for more information. First time, ever, at Balthazar that that's happened. I'll find another bistro in future. It's not as though there's a scarcity.

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MS
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, service, food quality, price, everything was excellent!!

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came for lunch today with my family, the food was very tasty and the service was attentive.

We were running very late for our reservation but they still accommodated my family with an amazing table.

The wine selection is also great and affordable.

Would recommend to any brasserie lovers

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JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Is Balthazar slipping? I love the place but my last visit wasn't fun because of a disconnected waiter who lacked the professionalism I expect in a place like Balthazar and sort of threw the food at us. At 9pm they were out of the Monday night lamb special, which was half the reason we came. My cocktail was excellent and the same for the steak but the snails were haphazard and in 3 cases required an engineering degree to extract them from their shells. I go to Balthazar 6-8 times a year but this last visit was a downer.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buen servicio! Pedimos dos platos para compartir y sin que lo pidiéramos nos trajeron todo en dos platos separados para que pudiéramos comerlo cada uno por su cuenta.

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Acapulco
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

En esta ocasión la comida no estuvo tan rica
El servicio no estuvo muy bueno, la mesera estaba con mala cara.
El vino no me gusto.

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CF
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was completely full even on a weekday afternoon. Both the duck and the salmon were delicious as described. Thankfully the hostess kindly assigned us a corner table providing a slightly less energetic environment. Reservations are definitely required.

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife’s birthday dinner. Great food. Decent waiter service. A bit to close to other patrons but it’s NYC.

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IM
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tight seating, but so great overall that we went back the next day.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Cross-Atlantic family reunion worth $500!!

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H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Balthazar Always delivers

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place in Soho is way overpriced. 2 orders of simple Eggs Benedict, one Bellini, one cafe and one OJ and One creme brûlée. Bill was 102$! For two! No special anything. Bread was cold n doughy. Table Bread wasn’t suitable for a brunch at all. Doubt if I’d return. Not for brunch or breakfast, at least.

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PF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We'll be back. We went for brunch and everything was great.

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TK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Balthazar it is a special place with great food wonderful staff and atmosphere ! I the maitre de is fabulous

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SF
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistent. You can not go wrong at Balthazar. A bit crowded and cramped at times. Would benefit from removing a few tables so you are not on top of your neighbor, but still a great spot.

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RR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Balthazar’s. Great food. Great ambiance.

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Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the food here! It’s definitely one of our favorite lunch places when we get to NYC.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have been there several times before, but this time we were very disapointed. Our steak was like hard gum.

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d
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't visited Balthazar in several years and it was even better than I remembered! The food was amazing, and the service was beyond outstanding. Our server had her hands full, so multiple other staff stepped in to make sure that we were never left wanting for anything. Love the ambience and can't wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Steak frites was very chewy at medium rare. Excellent friseé salad, great desserts.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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FC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered a burger and for it being Balthazar it was just OK and the fries were cold. I brought a Producer here and it was disappointing rather than impressive. Thank you.

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