Balthazar

4.6
6017 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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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bustling awesome dinner spot. With Parisian vibes we chatted the night away. Duck confit was outstanding, salmon and prepped steak were delicious. Highly recommended, will make it back even though we live in San Diego.

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LO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Everything was pretty well done except the duck confit...was served out of the deep fryer to crisp it I am assuming but the fryer oil was old and it had a really not so pleasant taste. Overall a decent experience.

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

La comida deliciosa, las porciones demasiado grandes, mi esposo y yo compartimos un platillo y una entrada, nos hubiera gustado probar algo más pero ya era demasiada comida, el servicio bueno pero los meseros muy sangrones y los tenías que estar buscando

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an enjoyable evening. The service was professional. The food was delicious. The noise level was a little loud.

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

Standard reliable food. Safe bet. Very noisy.

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

This is a Top 5 restaurant for me in NYC. The food and atmosphere cannot be beat. Brunch is my particular favorite, and last Sunday's visit did not disappoint, from our perfect Bloody Mary's, to the escargot, and Eggs Benedict - all superb. Brought friends that had never been and they loved it too. Until next time!

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k
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husbands birthday. Service was awesome!

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TB
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely , lively and yummy. Service good.
Only complaint tables are too close together, can’t have a private conversation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The brunch was terrible. The pastries were hard and stagnant. They put it in microwave after we asked to heat it and it was boiling hot on the outside and hard in the inside. The pastry my egg dish came on was hard as a rock. I asked for a steAk knife to cut through and it still was impossible. I gave up so I ate the eggs and I gotta tell you they tasted like boxed eggs, Not fresh eggs. My dish was 30 bucks. What a terribly disappointing way to start your wknd and what rip off. This was my first review btw. I just had to say something.

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

One more wonderful brunch for our nephew's Birthday 🎉

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

Food was excellent I loved the escargot drinks amazing staff was great as well

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CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Wine options are also great. The only negative point was the noise and the excessive number of tables. Restaurant was overpacked, you could not have a nice conversation. And leaving the restaurant was also a challenge: tons os tables on the way.

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TD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Balthazar in terms of decor and menu is akin to an authentic Parisian brasserie. The food is good and satisfying as is the wine list. The service is highly attentive and knowledgeable. Changing the highly authentic paper tablecloth after the main course and before dessert is rarely done in Paris and is disruptive to conversation. Sitting cheek by jowl with the people next to you is indeed authentic as far as French brasseries go but the result of cramming so many happy patrons in the large space was noise of snow-blower proportions. We were there on a Saturday evening and I warrant it would be quieter for lunch, brunch, and other times in the week. I unhesitatingly recommend Balthazar for a good meal.

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Hawaii
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Checking in with hostess was too chaotic. Otherwise, the food and service were excellent

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There was a considerable wait to be seated, however our party was not alone in the confusion. I realize that the restaurant is a massively popular business, however over 30 minutes to wait for a reservation can be bothersome. We were given complementary flutes of champagne for our inconvenience. Service and food was wonderful.

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NF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Live in the neighborhood
Been there for years . I am there for convience and when out of town visitors “have” to go there. Just taking the time to review it - how soulless is the experience
There are other issues related to management that makes me not want go back

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O
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating here every time we are in the city, but it was our first Sunday Brunch. As expected everything was terrific. You can't go wrong.

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RV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a superb breakfast. Impeccable service and charming interior. Great neighborhood to walk through afterwards. Worth the detour.

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ET
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar always makes the everyday special. A delightful room with delicious food

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BA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit. Most favourite tower of fresh delicious first quality seafood! Fois gras was the finest. Duck was most tasty . Love the hustle and bustle of the place. Part of its charm. Attention to detail is important. Wait staff is excellent. Almost invisible as food and plates appear and magically disappear at just the right time.

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CG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, service amazing, best ever. I woul recomend this restaurant for any visitor in NY

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

No pueden dejar de pedir los postres son realmente una delicia

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e
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always fun and reliable

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VB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food.seafood was so fresh steak anc fries great. Our waiter was so friendly and helpful with wine selections. Loved it

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and excellent service! I had a lot of questions and the server was super patient and extremely helpful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food and service. Staff is gracious and well trained. Food is fresh and consistently delicious. Have been coming to Balthazar for many years and it is a quintessential NY experience. Bravo!!!

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D
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy this restaurant when we go to NYC. Always consistent and good quality food. The atmosphere is always exciting and lively.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!!

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A wonderful dining experience. Visited for breakfast after 4 years and was served with utmost patience and kindness.
I observed that the restaurant is looking a tad dilapidated and some refurbishment and upkeep won’t be bad yet retaining the classic look.
I went next day to the Balthazar deli next door and the savouries I picked up were delicious. Carried the jumbo cookies for back home I would go back over and over again on each trip of mine to NYC , to both to the Balthazar restaurant and the bakery.

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St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for breakfast and was seated ina fabulous banquet in the back, a total view of everything! The bowl of cappuccino never disappoints and the food hot and delicious. Great as always!!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab service Fab food wonderful staff 👍

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F
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few places I've known and loved in NYC for 20+years. Got our first table the month it opened, never been disappointed. Check not for the faint of heart, but worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Great just very noisy

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantástic!!!

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CP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar did not disappoint! Amazing French food at an iconic spot. Paris in the middle of Soho!

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Way too many tables crammed together. You are so close you can touch the people around you. Feels more like a cafeteria than a restaurant.

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

Went to celebrate my daughter's 25th Birthday and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was. Would DEFINITELY go back. Already started passing on the word to others. Thanks Balthazar!!!

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

The menu options, the food selected and the service were all outstanding! A tad tight for seating but we were fortunate to have lovely fellow diners at each side. A fantastic evening1

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Stupendous!! Service was alert + seamless. Ambiance is cozy, Food was delicious.we loved the entire dining experience. Brunch Saturday!!

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