Balthazar

4.6
6999 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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 6999 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente cena y el lugar inmejorable

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

Excellent service and great selections.

BJ
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is such a wonderful dining experience while in NYC. The restaurant is a dining treasure. Wait staff has been employed for years. I love the feeling of being pampered. The food is super.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

overcooked steak for two was very disappointing especially at $145

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

Great atmosphere and service. Food was very good - one of the steaks we ordered was a bit undercooked but we didn’t tell waiter so that is on us

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Execelent!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always, it’s been five years since my last meal there and it was everything I wanted it to be

P
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! Food was prepared extremely carefully - lot of food allergies in our party - and everything came out great. Our waitress was outstanding as well.

KU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It is always great to go to Balthazar. We have been dining there for many years.

great restaurant. Thank you

L
Miami
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant with authentic Parisian feel. Will definitely be back!!

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a second time that I meet with this client at the restaurant. It was perfect. Great food and absolutely fantastic staff.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and location. Foods are good overall, but most dishes are too salty

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Overrated tourist attraction

D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you can't be in Paris, well at least there is Balthazar!

r
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite spots in NYC! Food is always delicious. It is an energetic, lively fun restaurant.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food took us right back to France- authentic and delicious! The service was exceptional- I couldn’t believe it. Every aspect of our dinner was exceptional. I’d recommend the mussels and fries as well as the chocolate cake.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and great service. There was a long wait (15 minutes) even though we reserved the place. But this is because the restaurants is so popular and people seem to really enjoyed there. The wait time was more than compensated with the excellent food and nice service once we got a seat. I will return to Balthazar for special occasions.

o
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pricey but entirely worth it, delicious food and incredible ambiance

H
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prices were high, but the service and the food were outstanding!!

KR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always order the steak frites and it’s always great! It is a 41 dolars dish but it is perfect, the meat was cooked really well and the atendence was great! I had made a previous reservation and when I got there I was imediatelly send to mu table, very organized.

SE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Balthazar has lost it's luster a bit. ...or maybe everyone else has gotten that much better?

JM
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, always perfect service.

NY
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and delicious, consistent and legendary

AR
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our reservation was for after a show at 2230 but they accepted us a bit earlier which was great.

Service is very good.
We ordered a couple of steaks. Have definitely had better. 1 was ok and the other totally overcooked. They replaced it very fast.

Burger was very good.

LE
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was ok and slightly over cooked

Service was impeccable and made up for the food issue

Would visit purely on our interaction with the service host

f
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Spanish octopus was the tenderest I have ever eaten.the salmon and brazino fish was superb. My wife loved her creme bruleemy daughter really enjoyed her duck Condit.A class act all round.

NW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Branzino is well cooked and balanced flavor. Wish duck plate was duck breast instead of the leg.
Foie gras was amazing my fav, better than some I tried in France. Mix crowd due to locations, expect alots of tourists. Attentive service and beautiful aged french cafe vibe. Didn't like the onion soup, very burnt and super salty.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant despite its being less than perfect. Fire alarm is frequent and gets old, they don't seem to serve a steak cooked medium (always medium rare or even rare) and the price point is a smidgen high. However we love it regardless. Go!

LA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It has lost its charm. Feels like a McDonalds. Go somewhere else.

VC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoy the food and atmosphere but the noise level is high

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, but there were two questionable oysters in the oyster plate.

P
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Host notes my table request and gave me one of the best tables. Made me feel like an important customer. And everything else was great as usual.

AK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite NYC restaurant for the past 20 years!

LT
Adelaide / SA
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed my dinner at Balthazar... food was good, service was excellent!

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

Bello lugar, y buena comida.

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NY
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Saturday night date night: Really surprised the escargot was just “off” - we didn’t get ill, but dish didn’t taste fresh. Signature salad was just ok - is usually great. Goat cheese tart and chicken were sublime. Espresso remains best on island, while the dessert was not at all memorable. Hoping this was just an “off” night for this restaurant we have enjoyed since it opened.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very nice experience overall. Just like visiting a busy french bistro in Paris. Very high quality food, we had a three course dinner, and everything was cooked to a high standard, and much care had been put into the presentation as well. Very nice menue, with just the right variety and number of choices.
The noice level is a bit high, but then it always is in a french bistro in France, so it fits. The service was very good! Friendly, attentive and service minded waiters, the only thing that did not meet up to our expectations for that kind of restaurant and price-level, is that we did not get to taste the wine before it was poured into our glasses...We will be back next time we visit NewYork!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simplemente excelente , calidad , precio y servicio

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was wonderful. I started with the escargot. While they were difficult to get out of the shell, the flavor was fantastic. My spouse had the duck- very good but could have used a bit more sauce. I had the steak frites. Rare as ordered and the bearnaise sauce was ethereal. Of course a mountain of frites! The service was spot on- the waiter was not intrusive yet always there when you needed something. I will return. Surprised it was so crowded on a summer Sunday evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great reasonable french food

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