Barbuzzo Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will only be offering a special tasting menu on New Year’s Eve for dinner. Regular menu won’t be available. The 4 course menu will be $75 per person. ALL PARTIES ARE SUBJECT TO BE SEATED ON OUR 2ND FLOOR, WHICH IS NOT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE. Cancellations after 12/29 may incur a fee.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Barbuzzo! My boyfriend and I try to come whenever we can. Their food is comforting and high quality. The ambiance is always cozy. Definitely a must-go for any italian food lover.

I’m particular their mushroom gnocchi and margarita pizza is amazing!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Our waitress was just not nice and condescending.

The food was awesome...service disappointing this time

TA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and come here all the time! The food is delicious and the service is great as well!

c
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love Barbuzzo and it will always be a favorite of ours. The food is always amazing and the staff is always great. My only complaint is that it can be tough to sit near the door on winter nights.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. Just a little noisy.

R
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crowded, like a NYC restaurant. Conversation difficult but food and service ample and excellent.

PE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, I loved that atmosphere, the drink selections were abundant, I had a glass of Merlot and a glass of Cava, both from high quality vineyards and not expensive. For my starter we choose the margherita pizza (good portion for sharing) and it was amazing, for condiments they offered fresh oregano and chili oil, these two paired really well with the pizza. Entree's here are meant for sharing, we ordered the halibut that came in broth of capers.... Amazing and an octopus salad that was unbelievable. To top it all off we had caramel covered bread pudding with goat milk vanilla ice cream. Everything was amazing, portions are perfect for sharing with two people and the prices are good... I am definitely going back to try other items on the menu.

d
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This is one of our favorite spots but this time service was way off. One persons food showed up about 10 minutes before anybody else's, and trying to get the server's attention took a long time.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate seating with an open kitchen to view and smell all the delicious dishes being prepared. Service is amazing from a well educated staff. Excellent portion sizes and extensive drink menu

SN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent. The main server was incredible. There was a second server helping with drinks and they kept messing up our drinks. We were a laid back group so no one complained. The restaurant was packed and it was quite warm, and very little room. However, we do love this restaurant and would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family style Mediterranean food. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. The food is excellent. We had the beet salad, sheep's milk ricotta, grilled octopus, mushroom toast, and flake steak. Everything was seasoned perfectly. I would recommend reservations.

j
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The restaurant serves good food but their policy of bringing out food when ready was disconcerting. A side dish was served before the appetizer and my husband received his entree 10 minutes after I did. The bill was much higher than expected. We won’t be back. They won’t miss us.

MA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant is small and therefore feels tight when having to maneuver between the tables to enter and exit through the front door. Overall, food and atmosphere were both excellent.

MR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress and great food! Seated promptly at our reservation time. Short wait for food to arrive once ordered.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome great server

FF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding, different, extremely tasty, and healthy.

KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Reservation was made for 5, saying that it was a work event. According to my team, they were placed at a cramped 4 person table. We were interviewing for a new faculty impression, and I'm afraid this didn't leave the best impression. :(

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food- came out at a quick pace. Good service as well.

MG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

one of our favs to frequent in philly. Love getting the usual items, meatballs, gnocchi, pizza and mixing in a few new dishes like the Autumn salad or octopus.

VB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. Will definitely be back.

JK
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated immediately at our reservation time. Great cocktails (mentioned and Basil Lemonade). Grilled Octopus was outstanding. Loved the Uovo pizza. Budino dessert is a must. Our water Shane was worth the price of admission. This place never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here for our 25th anniversary trip to Philly and had a wonderful time. Food was amazing especially the meatballs and the carrots. Really everything we are we loved including the wine on special. Our waiter was so friendly and attentive even though he was so busy. Perfect night. Tables are very small and close together but that’s my only complaint.

MR
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just wow. Had a great night with friends here, we ordered the meatballs, finochhio pizza, tagliatelli and the gnocchi. They were all delicious. On top of that, the cocktails were fantastic. And the caramel buddino of course, to die for. There was a slight problem with the card and getting charged the wrong amount initially but it was quickly fixed and our waiter was great about it. Love this place, only downside is you basically have to make a reservation a month in advance if you want a secure table for a group.

F
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was decent, service was not the best. However, it was a nice, quick lunch place where it wasn't so crowded and rushed during lunch time

GN
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter and food

RY
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Celebrated my husband's birthday and we were quite excited as it had been a while since we last dined at Barbuzzo. The food was outstanding and my husband said it was one of his best food experiences. We shared a lovely pasta dish and two vegetable dishes - pasta caccio charred broccoli, and sweet potato w harissa dish and all were just wonderful and went well together. He celebrated with a tiramisu and enjoyed that very much.

As for the service, wow, very disappointed. It took a long time to place our drink order and it although it was a busy Sat night it just seemed there was a lack of attention or blasé quality about our server and that was the vibe for the night. It could have been a negative if it wasn't that the food was so good.

We'll be back but next time opt for the bar.

LR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So delicious and special. The waitstaff could not have been lovelier and the food was amazing. Just what you would want from a night out. Can't wait to go back!!

S
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We bought our friends from the suburbs here to enjoy some of what we feel is the best food in center city. From the velvety butternut squash soup, to the cauliflower pasta and veggie grain burger, everything was delicious. I love a good Old fashioned and the bar made it perfectly, not cloyingly sweet. Our friends enjoyed their Manhattans as well. Tiramisu for dessert as well as a stop for chocolates next door. Jamonera, Lolita, Bud& Marilyn’s, at each we have had a culinary experience well worth the money.

AG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Budino is the best item on the menu. I would also recommend the ricotta

TH
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbuzzo never disappoints. The small plates let you try several inventive dishes. The beet salad, pizzas and the stuffed meatballs are all great choices. The pastas are all delicious as well as unique. The craft cocktails are delightful but make sure you save room for dessert as the Salted Caramel Budino is truly a Happy Ending:-)

AH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a date. Service was great and food was great, as usual.

CT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is a bit cramped, but not uncomfortable. (Our pizza was actually flipped over by a patron in a puffy coat, but we got the idea it happens often and the staff took it in stride and had us another in 15 minutes!) Service was lovely and efficient--support staff were on their game. Fantastic wine list. Great meatballs. Only disappointment was a pizza with a soggy bottom: too much sauce + fresh mozzarella made it soupy. Overall, would totally recommend.

RS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I always love the food at Barbuzzo. There are classics that are almost always on the menu and rotating dishes to fit the season. The only downside to dining at Barbuzzo is how crowded the space can feel.

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The antipasti platter never disappoints. Consistently fabulous food....salted caramel budino is to die for.

PS
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There are so many things to try here, everything was delicious. Love there pizza as an appetizer. A must for newcomers ....enjoy!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Second time to this place. The food was really disappointing and it was so hot in the back! I was sweating over my meal. The tables are way close together the chairs hurt my rear and the waitstaff is brusque. They did take my entree off if the bill and the server apologized, without me having to say anything, for being a bit rough and I appreciated that. The whole thing just felt like a scene and it wasn’t enjoyable.

D
Minneapolis
180 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dining as a group of four, it was easy to share the olives, cheese board, two pizzas, wine and dessert for under $200 - a pretty good value. The pizzas were both great, but hands down, the budino and apple bread pudding were to die for. The only down side to the restaurant is the noise level and closeness of other diners, but we were prepared for that based on the reviews.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Tim, the bartender, was EXTREMELY RUDE tonight... as I was leaving, he literally starred me down and refused to help me until he could attend to the 2 (two!) customers in line behind me. I was shocked and completely dumbfounded by his inappropriate behavior. I still cannot believe a such a well-known and popular restaurant would allow its’ employees to treat a customer so badly. It was a terrible way to end an otherwise awesome dinner this evening.

E
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a good dining experience at Barbuzzo. The staff is professional and the dishes are consistently innovative and delicious. The roasted beet salad with kale was the star this time.

A
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the gnocchi in particular. Fantastic.

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