Minetta Tavern

4.6
2273 reviews
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French
Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River.

Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists.

Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern."

We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village is home to some of the best steaks, chops, burgers, and overall feel good vibes that New York City has to offer.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very happy with the food and service was impeccable...very pleased

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger is 🔥

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OT
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server was a little rude at different points through out the meal but we know this is a rare occurrence. Our previous meal have always been great. Back waiters were stellar as usual!!! Food was amazing as usual! Burger was better at our last visit but it was a busy Friday night. We will be back the next time we’re in town.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Promptly seated, food came out quick, waiter was knowledgeable and made good suggestions. Will definitely go again

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

Always an amazing time at Minetta Tavern! I love everything about it. The food, the drinks, the staff and the atmosphere are all on point.

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

Always the best burger!

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

I love this place so much - it's painful. I mean I feel physical pain when I'm not eating there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was just OK and overpriced.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought it deserved the Best Burger in Town title. Super nice service too. Great experience.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place. Great service. EXCELLENT $30 burger that came with the crispiest we asked for all chocolate (you get a small coffee, vanilla, & chocolate) and the server noticed immediately that we got the standard one and immediately replaced it. We both had salads for starters which were fresh and generously portioned. I’d go back in s heartbeat - next time we visit the city!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, came back after a 4 year absence and couldn't have had a better experience.

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TV
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, from appetizers to dessert... Employees are very friendly. Food is delicious. Recommend it.

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LH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The black label burger was quite good. It was a plain burger that hit all the right spots. Nothing fancy but worth every penny. The fries that came with it were equally refreshingly good. They were everything I would wish for in McDonald’s fries but also much more elegantly cooked and seasoned.

The burger and the fries didn’t come with any condiments. Not even ketchup. I wonder if that’s intentional.

The service was ok. The waitress was a little pushy when we wanted to skip the appetizers. But when we weren’t happy about the croissant being cold, she immediately brought one warmed up to us on the house.

TLDR: get the burger.

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RM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger in NYC! No debate. Possibly best burger in the U.S. I have never had a burger experience like this. Perfectly charred in the outside to where you quite literally get the same taste every bite. Just incredible.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Burger was great. Steak was excellent. Wonderful experience.

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot in Greenwich - can’t beat the atmosphere and coziness. Food really good and service fantastic

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Today was my third time in Minetta, always the food was wonderful. It's worth the visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was good but did not prepare our steaks to requested temperature, did not send back it would have been forever to correct. . My husbands burger was raw not cooked, that was not how he requested it prepared. Was seated at a booth right by the service station and kitchen, servers kept coming though every two minutes with dirty dishes. If they seat you their do not stay, request another table or leave it is absolutely not worth it. We also waited almost an hour for our food. No one cleared our dirty dishes. Would not return.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Expensive but delicious !

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CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was clueless, served our party wrong orders and was being rude.

Food was a little bland.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely incredible, waitstaff, and entire experience was spectacular.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only the burger was recommended!
cocot, salad were not that special.
overall recommended!

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burgers are all they’re cracked up to be, and our waiter (Tony) could not have been sweeter. Definitely going back

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family & I were in the city enjoying Christmas festivities. Minetta Tavern was a wonderful addition to the day!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere was fantastic, service was great, but food was disappointing

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my wife. They did a great job

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger in NYC bar none

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally enjoyed Minetta Tavern. The food was wonderful and the service was friendly, warm and truly efficient. Had brunch prior to a holiday concert, I was early for my reservation which did not cause any issues and we were not "hurried" out. It was a lovely experience and I would go back to try so many wonderful dishes I had no room for! Great experience.
The noise level a bit high but not too uncomfortable

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t get enough of this place. It’s just so good. The cocktails were perfect, the Bone Marrow is possibly my favorite thing in all of NYC. And the Black Label Burger.. just incredible. We were there for my girlfriends 35th Birthday and they put us in the best little corner booth. The service was fantastic- they even gave us a dessert with a candle on the house! Highly recommended!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Minetta Tavern. Our party of four

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ME
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Grilled oysters (with pancetta-fresno chili butter) were excellent. We both ordered the Black Label Burger, (Rare). Waited 45 minutes between appetizer and receiving the burgers, both of which arrived Medium. Server never came to check on things so not only did we not have a chance to address the issue, but after waiting so long we didn't want to wait any longer to eat (we had already waited 30m past our reservation time too). Disappointing for a place that prides itself on this burger, let alone at $33. Ambiance is great.

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N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Celebratory lunch with my nephew. We ordered a bloody mary and a diet coke that took ten minutes to arrive. Very strange bloody Mary which appeared to just be made wrong. Burgers were excellent as were the french fries! Service was slow and although the waiter walked past our table quite often (seated near kitchen pickup window), never offered to refill water or ask if we wanted a drink. Have had better table and bar service in past visits, this was an off day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved my seat by the door in the back room! Very fast service and homy vibe

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Burger was great. Bone marrow app good. Steak frites and Pommes Anna were mediocre

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Black Label Burguer. Old school restaurant.

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JG
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Foie Gras and Bone Marrow are amazing. Exceptional service. So classy, but not stuffy . Warm, friendly, delish .

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Burger is best ever!

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S
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic raw scallop starter as well as scallop entree. Love this place!

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IP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Nothing special. I had the burger which is considered one of the best dish in their menu and wasn’t that good... it wasn’t easy to digest. Lots of fries and little quality. I had way better burgers in my life and they were definitely cheaper than the minetta burger.

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

when I explained I had modified my reservation over the phone to accommodate 3 instead of 2 to the matre'd, he gave me this incredulous look and told me to go get a drink at the bar, waving me to the bar. The words 'please' and 'thank you' are non existent in his vocab. When we are finally shown to our seats, no one gives us menus for 10 mins and when the waiter shows up , he asks us if we have any questions. And we said we need to see the menu, he responds 'how did this happen' without apologizing for the wait he put us through. The only reason this review gets a 3 star is the bone marrow, which was luxurious and perfectly cooked and prepped. The Black label burger is overrated. I think shake shack was better and the service at shake shack is far superior.

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