Balthazar

4.6 based on 3626 reviews
Cuisine Type French
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood SoHo

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About Balthazar

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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Menus

  1. Breakfast
  2. Lunch
  3. Brunch
  4. Raw-Bar
  5. Dinner
  6. Supper
  7. Desserts
  8. Wine
  9. Cocktails

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4.6
Excellent
Based on 3,626 reviews
Noise Level
Moderate
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Attentive and helpful waiter assisted us with our questions, tending to our needs like magic. All four of us agreed this was our best experience and most delicious meal we encountered in the. city. High praise indeed! We'll be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

overpriced for sure ($12 for a bottle of Heineken, really?)....always crowded and lively which is nice BUT tables are so close so a lot of bumping going on....food is good....has held up well considering they have been at it for 20 years...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance, great food, great service and great value. You can't go wrong at Balthazar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Traveling to NYC. It was great!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lately it has been rather average. The greens in the Salad Niçoise were soggy.,The creme brûlée was tasteless. Shame.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was superb.\n\nDaytime outside drilling - a temporary situation.\n\nIt's still worth making your way inside

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

10 years ago I dined at Balthar for the first & only time.\nThat wonderful dining experience has stayed with me.\nI returned this past week for a quiet celebration with 2 dear friends.\nBalthazar did not disappoint\nOur waitress was lovely with the right amount of spunky!\nOur food and drinks were Devine.\nWe three were very happy and I was thrilled to slide into my 6th decade glowing in the ambiance of Balthazar.\nThank You.\nJudiS

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great menu options, server was very friendly and knowledgeable...felt a little rushed out to 'turn over to lunch service' per the server who seemed to take over for our original server. All in all would return (this was second time).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is an 'institution'...we dine here every time we are in the City and have never been disappointed. Great staff and great kitchen!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is not the same like old times... my beef was tasting butter...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The night was perfect from the moment we walked in the door.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great brunch place. \nWould definitely return again with my family.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent!! Everything was delicious!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Over rated food, over crowded, would never return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a wonderful time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been going to Balthazar for years! The food is always perfectly cooked and the service is fantastic without being overbearing. Cannot wait to go again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Crowded, very noisy but excellent food (salmon and salads were delicious) and great vibe. We had used OpenTable but reservations did not appear on the book. Seems to have happened before because staff was not surprised and we were asked to show confirmation. Maitre d' was helpful and showed good humor and aplomb in a very busy/stressful environment. Service spotty. Waiters could be more friendly. Yes, I know you have tons of tourists coming but you want to see locals again, right?

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

60$ for a cold mac and cheese and cold onion soup! Bad service! Turist trap...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love going there. Food is always great. The staff is so friendly and accommodating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service, recommended for brezal fast

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

sophisticated gem, with great service, great food, worth it just for the ambience.\nonly downside is the tight seating, and occasionally getting sat next to the entrance /door.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a great, fun, special time with the family. But also very pricey.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful service. Delicious food. Great atmosphere. Always.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am always impressed with just how good the staff are. Incredibly well trained, friendly and professional. Food is darn good too and the place always buzzy and lively. Plus it looks gorgeous inside. I took a star off simply because the French onion soup was way too cheesy to be traditional but am guessing that it's catering to US palates.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Duck & lobster risotto were both outstanding. Waiter helped us find a great burgundy. Service was paced to perfection.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always try to go to Balthazar when visiting the Big Apple. Authentic French bistro fare in the heart of Soho. Food and service are very good...much larger portions than you get in Europe so come hungry!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very good and so was the service. I think slightly overpriced. Deserts were the highlight. Unfortunately, the entire exterior seems to be under construction ,so it was a bit of an eye sore.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar was great as always - steak & fries ... great quality, adequate price level, very stylish atmosphere and great service. 5*

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always it fulfilled our expectations. Great food, great atmosphere, great service, and the noise makes it feel lively. Would recommend it to anybody.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I got food poisoning from the scrambled egg puff pastry, so I already feel it's hard to recommend this place. Will you get food poisoning if you eat here? Probably not, but was the egg puff pastry good enough to say it's worth the risk? Uh, NO. \n\nMy party and I also tried the chocolate doughnut (Not worth it, the chocolate doughnuts at the ordinary doughnut shops taste better) and a scone (hard as a rock and crumbly). \n\nThe waitress also kept saying everything was 'the best' this or that (clearly wasn't) and tried to tell me how to eat my egg puff pastry which I found annoying--is it that serious if i want to eat the egg and asparagus separately from the puff pastry itself? \n\nAll in all, I read great things about this place and went in with high hopes, but from my party's experience at the restaurant (and mine, uh, after...) we will not be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar hasn't changed in the past 10 and more years! Consistently delivers great atmosphere, outstanding food and good service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was there other times. Always good. This experience was good but not great. Waitress polite but in bad humor. Other helpers very polite and kind. Will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server was great and friendly. Restaurant was a little pricey but food was excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Longtime Balthazar fan but frustrated this last time with long wait to get a drink -- we were sitting at our table waiting 35 minutes to get something other than water.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went with two of our kids during a president's weekend staycation. Hadn't been in years. The building was under massive exterior construction so much so that they needed arrows to show you where the entrance was. Table was fine and service was ok. Food was just mediocre given price and reputation. There are a lot of good French bistros, no reason to ever come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Felt like we stepped into France in the middle of NYC. Went for 9 am Saturday breakfast and place was very busy so make reservations. Loved the atmosphere and classical music, high ceilings, fresh flowers & gorgeous floor to ceiling mirrors but best of all, the warmed up chocolate croissants & oatmeal scones.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thanks for making my daughters birthday so special!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I went for brunch and loved it! We both had the eggs benedict (predictable, but delicious). He had the monkey bread and I also had the cinnamon roll, which we both agreed was delicious. Service was friendly and prompt. I definitely recommend making a reservation as it can get crowded, especially at brunch. The only downside - and a minimal one at that - was ongoing construction of the exterior, which wasn't pleasant and I would have appreciated a heads-up about, especially given that it was our first time. But we would happily return the next time we're in the city!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is one of my favorite NYC restaurants. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is inviting. It is my go to place to meet friends who are visiting from around the world. All have loved it. I have years of fond memories starting with a date with my husband before we married, to taking my young son to meet other moms for weekday brunch to celebrating special occasions with friends and parents. It is delightful any time of day or night.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

They did not honor our reservation and we stood around like fools after talking to 3 hostesses and a manager. We finally left without eating! After dreaming about getting back to NYC to go there after our visit before which was amazing. My my how things change! For the worst!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the place!!! Great food!! Great service!! I accidentally made reservations for the 11pm instead of the 11am. They were so nice and found us a table and there was a hour wait!! It was so nice of them. Super accommodating. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a delicious brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome. The perfect setting and great food. Thank you.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fell in love with my whole experience. The food was impeccable and the service was amazing. Thank you, Charlotte!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, professional service and French dining. Great for the afternoon casual or late night special occasion. Had the Balthazar Cheeseburger. Next time it's the Moules Frites!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too manic for my taste. In spite of having a reservation, we had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. The service is good but very rushed. Servers kept knocking into my chair and the seating is very tight. The food is ok. Definitely not worth the hype.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks...you just can't go wrong at Balthazar! The brioche French toast is terrific! The front of the building is under renovation, so it was a little noisy. But the construction should be over by summer. Service is great, as always! A very well-run restaurant. Treat yourself!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service was great

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

this time the food wasn't as good as on other occasions. Service was very good. I don't think i will return

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Underwhelming food and inattentive service. Will not come back here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, very good service !!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent choice, great food and service, expensive, noisey

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to celebrate a birthday over Sunday brunch and it was everything we thought and more. We were concerned going out with our one year old but the service and food was great. Highly recommend Balthazar and booking well in advance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great lunch

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

There is construction immediately surrounding this restaurant, including full throttle jack hammers, which makes a daytime meal here impossible to tolerate.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Oh Balthazar you still have it! Still an enjoyable experience after all these years!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Efficient and attentive staff . Nice decor. Average food. Great location.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had made a reservation one month in advance and reconfirmed it two days before, but I was seated more than half an hour after my reservation time. During all that half an hour, the hostess was seating other people but me. She sat couples who arrived after me, and all the time was giving me the 'they get seated, you don't' nasty look. The funny side was the French co-host was totally on her side, and avoided me each time I asked when I was going to be seated.\nWhen I started to speak aloud and demanded to be seated, they got unconfortable and re-checked my reservation, and found out that I truly had a past timed reservation.. they thought I had a reservation an hour later than the real time. The waiter was nice and the food was ok, but the experience was awfull. Such an attitude.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service. Great food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food. Beware Pomme purée is mashed potato and NOT apple purée. Tables quite close together.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A true classic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and place! Always perfect and staff is awesome.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food and the ambiance IT's the service that is what is outstanding!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was one of the most disappointing meals we had in NYC. Our table was not ready, the reception area was crowded and the front desk staff was rude. Food was served well but overall the food was overpriced and not outstanding. Sorry it was just not a good experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place never disappoints. From great food and wine to fantastic service. Our server, Levi, was fantastic. Pointed us toward some great wine (at a good price!) and toward the mussels which were amazing. The place is PACKED. Tight quarters, but that's par for the course in NYC, and pricey--but a great spot for food, people watching and amazing energy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a delicious dinner! The staff was really nice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a little bit too Noisy but still a must-see!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We dined at Balthazar with our three adult children and had a fairly good meal but overall unsatisfying experience. The food was a mixed bag. The plat de jour, short ribs, was good, as were the lamb T-bones, but the steak tartare appetizer was quite disappointing. We enjoyed our cocktails, but the recommended bottle of wine was mediocre at best, confirming my long held opinion that the French wines we get here in the U.S. are inferior to what you get in France. The ambience reminded me of a traditional Brasserie, except more crowded. I had the misfortune to get the outside seat and got run over by wait staff and guests more times than I could count.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had an excelled experience at Balthazar. We stopped in for breakfast and enjoyed the whole experience. I will definitely be back next time I'm in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everyone -- from the maitre d to the sommelier to the wait staff -- was fantastic and accommodating and helped make the evening special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great. Can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always exceptional. The Short Ribs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot, crowded but got seated on time. Outstanding food and service. We ate goat cheese, octopus and shrimp cocktail for appetizers and skate and trout for dinner, all terrific. For dessert apple tort which was excellent as well. Would definitely go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A little cramped , but very delicious and vibrant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar will take you back to Paris. The food, the service and the decor could be found at an excellent restaurant in France.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great brunch \nWife's birthday and they even gave us a treat

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classic French brasserie with vintage decor and ambiance reminiscent of Brasserie Lipp in Paris. Been there twice for brunch. Consistently, absolutely delicious - a real treat. Service is top notch too. Allow your waiter to guide you on their signature dishes. Worth every penny!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good place, good french food selection, very good bread, overall a bit too expensive for the quality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this authentic French Bistro. Food was fab and service was spot on. The servers know there product, wine included. Its worth the trip. This place set the bar high!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A nyc must when you visit\nMake rez for weekend brunch well in advance\nCozy authentic 'sort of' atmosphere considering you're in SOHO \nAlways fun\nGreat cocktails\nSit at the bar fir best service if you're not staying long

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was amazing as was the food! I cant wait to go back again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Xcellent food and service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's like an evening in Paris without the long train ride. The bouillabaisse is incredible. The wine list can get pricey - for a good value look at the Provence reds and try one of the two lowest cost bottles - both great choices and a good way to keep the night more affordable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing - as always... and that's what makes it so amazing. We had steak, moules frite, lobster bisque and profiteroles. Each course was better than the previous one. And such fun too.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good but not as expected for the price.\nService it's outstanding \nTo much noise, difficult to engage in a conversation

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pretentious and waiter was rude

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food never disappoints. Consistently good and the fries are not to be missed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Late night dinner felt like 8:00 in most cities.\n\nBalthazar is one of our favorite go to spots when staying in Soho. Get your reservation early as it is hard to get in at the last minute.\n\nThe space is tight and some tables are very close to one another. Not the worst by most NY standards.\n\nWe have never had a bad meal and our overall experiences have been positive.\nWe look forward to returning soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here for a birthday dinner but this place is not good for special occasions. Its very casual and better for lunch or casual dinner. \nWe had the duck confit, papadelle with wild boar, french onion soup and goat cheese tart. Food was solid and good but it was nothing special for an iconic nyc restaurant. Prices were high for the food.\nThose 4 items cost $150 with tip and we didnt have drinks or dessert. \nTake your money elsewhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent restaurant with tasty food and attentive service throughout. Family meal on our first visit to New York , hopefully will get to visit again in the future !! Thank You!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Breakfast but they are doing construction on the building and the jackhammering was intense and annoying

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every time I am in NY we come to this restaurant. Love it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved brunch at Balthazar!! We had experience lunch and dining but never brunch...it was great:)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything, service, food, ambiance was very good, but nothing stood out as exceptional. It is still a place to see, and if you are the type, to be seen. Of the placed we dined in NYC during our 4 day, 3 night stay, I'd put Balthazar well down the list but can't say anything bad about it. It just wasn't as good as the others.\n\nIf you do a little work with Open Table, Zagat or other sources of review, you'll find those 'hidden gems' that don't have the name that everyone knows. But, I will say that for any first time visitors to NYC who want to see where Carrie and the girls from Sex and the City dined, it's a 'must go'.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Michel helped make our 9th annual anniversary dinner special. He advised pacing out the meal a certain way and some wine choices that were great. The menu at Balthazar was better than ever- the salmon and lamb t-bones were the perfect late winter night meal. Awesome.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband tried the steak and fries, supposedly the most popular dish. He found the steak quality is poor and not worth for the money. The lobster risotto was delicious and the lobster was fresh. The mussel was bit overcooked that the mussel flesh was tiny. The octopus salad was delicious and sauteed skate was fresh and good. \n\nOverall, it is over priced and over rated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A New York City institution - a little like stepping back in time in Paris, France. It's pricey and a little noisy but well worth it. Service is friendly and appropriate. Food is delicious casual French comfort. On our Saturday night visit two strollers should have been left outside and parents should re-consider bringing the babies but otherwise don't miss a great experience at Balthazar!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious for brunch! French toast was amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing atmosphere and great French Cuisine. The bread was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Was one of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent meal. Delicious food, warm service, and you feel like you're in Paris, not NYC. Great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is an Old world French bistro, emphasis on OLD... it was perhaps a brighter day, but the place could use some sprucing up! I recently went to Paris and it is similar to Paresian fare, but portions are smaller and the price tag is mighty, I have lost my fascination with the place. For me, it's time to move on!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was good , just not fantastic .

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

After visiting Balthazar in London we had high hopes but were totally disappointed. The restaurant was almost completely empty and remained that way for the duration of our visit, yet for some reason we were sat in the corner on a tiny table and were incredibly cramped. \n\nI had a mimosa which was 90% orange juice and was horrible, and my husband had a bloody mary. He has been recommending Balthazar London for their fantastic bloody Marys since we went there, but said that the same drink here was vile and watery. He didn't finish it.\n\nI had buckwheat pancakes which were nice but with a soggy and bitter salad on the side, and my husband had poached eggs with avocadoes on toast. The toast was bread, and the poached eggs were almost completely raw. He ate a mouthful or two and then pushed his plate to the side.\n\nWhen the waiter came over to take our plates he hesitated and asked if my husband had finished, clearly surprised by the amount of food remaining on the plate. He decided not to ask if everything was okay and instead disappeared off. I find this type of 'service' incredibly disappointing.\n\nWe then asked for the bill which was just over $110 not including service, which I found unbelievable. What seemed to bump up the price considerably was the bottle of water we had - which was $8!! $110 for eggs on toast, a cheese pancake, two coffees, a bottle of water, a mimosa and a bloody mary, all of which were totally below par, is outrageous. We were also in and out within 25 minutes - this is obviously the sort of business they want!\n\nI would avoid this like the plague, but if ever in London do visit Balthazar there which we have been to a number of times and is a completely different restaurant altogether!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is hands down my favorite eating experience in New York - quality service compliments a charming atmosphere and an amazing menu!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

lamb wasnt delicious as much as i expected. It wasnt my type I left most of them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best bet in soho if you re a fan of Parisian steak and frites , ambience is Paris in New York

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a lovely experience was given a booth for my birthday as requested which was very nice. Our service was top notch and pleasant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the old new york vibe of Balthazaar. There are so few places in New York that have a truely authentic style that has the energy of Paris and New York! Well done as the brits say:)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Its a little hard to find because of the construction, but every cabbie in NY knows where it is. The food is just outstanding and its an icon. Not cheap, but lots of fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, noisy and a bit cramped. Service good, nice wine list. Overall nice experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Simply the best!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

If we consider the cost of a plane ticket to Paris, then a $26 Eggs Benedict in NYC might be acceptable. Otherwise, 2 english muffins, a piece of ham and 2 eggs are grossly overpriced. Yes, Balthazar is Paris without the parisians. An incredibly beautiful place buoyant with energy and people. Go to the bar, have a drink, look around, say 'ah, Paris', to yourself and go eat elsewhere.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Over priced and over crowded. Good food and a great buzz but no room to move, sit or eat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous. Everything was very good. I loved it. Great food, Incredible wine list. Very good services.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always high quality food and service. Not easy to get reservations, but opens late. Noise level a bit high and tables are too close to each other.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar never ceases to amaze! Yet another beautiful meal! My two out of four in our dinner party shared steak frites, I had chicken and my other friend had the burger. It was amazing, very tasty and great service. Highly recommend!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent always.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Met a friend for a pre-movie meal on a Friday night. I had the blue cheese burger, my friend had salmon. We were both pleased with our choices. I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc which was excellent, if a little pricy...$23/glass. I'd go back & I'd order the wine again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had not been to Balthazar in ages, but are delighted we returned. The service was excellent and the French brasserie cooking delicious: traditional, yes, but with light modern touches. My frisée aux lardons was the epitome of this French appetizer, served in just the right portion to allow me to enjoy my main course. My companion had an octopus ceviche that was outstanding; no octopus has ever been more tender and nicely seasoned. The daurade was well-cooked and the tarte tatin as caremelly as one would expect. The serving staff — from the host and hostess to the waiters, runners, and busboys — are true professionals: we got a table where we wanted to sit, never had to wait for anything, from cocktails to dessert, and had our table paper changed promptly and flawlessly between our main course and dessert. The atmosphere is lively and fun, but not too hard on the ears. Delightful evening. We'll be back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dissapointed. Didn't deliver great food neither great service. Very noisy and high priced. Try The Standard Grill instead.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious, excellent service, beautiful food... as usual! Every single trip I do to NYC , I book a table at Balthazar and I'm never disappointed . A must go. Thank you

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The french onion soup and salads we had for lunch were delicious, and the service was outstanding. The whole experience was fabulous! We'll definitely be back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tables are to close together, no privacy at all, food was ok but nothing special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent as always. Energetic, exciting and a great place to people watch and enjoy seeing New Yorkers socialising.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We came here because some italian friends suggested it after their visit. Everything here worth the visit, the place is cool and elegant, nice people around, good food and kind service. We'll definitely recommend to other friends visiting NY. Thank you

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The appetizers are delicious the entrees just barely \nmeet the mark !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

!!!!!!! I love it

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

place was half empty they gave us a poor table was constantly run into by the waiters and bus boys not enjoyable at all

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never disappoints. Amazing service and delicious, well prepared meals.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service! Expensive but worth it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

i went there for my birthday and it was great! overall food is good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been there four or five times and the food is always very good

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar, London or New York, never fails to please with great cuts of meat, service, and a Soho/Bistro buzz. This was our second time at the New York Balthazar, and just as good as ever. Had just arrived from UK, so went for the comfort of Steak Frites - perfectly done, perfectly filling. Friendly service throughout. Recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had another very good meal at Balthazar. Overall a very pleasant experience but prices are a bit on the higher side

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Haven't visited Balthazar since 9.11\nUsed to work for Keith at Odeon years ago also spun vinyl at Lucky Strike \n( another great spot ) I'm glad I took my partner to celebrate his birthday, brought back lots of memories as not much has changed there, still one of the best. \n\nThanks for a great night,\nOscar

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Place is beautiful but too crowded. The tables are too close for comfort.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, one of the best duck confit I have ever had. Over priced however

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Despite all the new restaurants that open in NYC every year (and the few among them that never make it past the immediate buzz), Balthazar keeps packing them in with its hard-to-beat combination of ambience, service and food. A great place to meet whether you are a party of two or a party of ten.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is always popping. it feels like nyc of days gone by.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend and I went for weekday brunch. We had amazing experience and would love to go back for sure. Delicious food and wonderful service!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best French food in manhattan.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visiting NY and had the best experience in terms of food quality, service and atmosphere. The best!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our favourites whenever we are in New York. Food is great but expensive. Always a buzz in the room. Service always efficient and friendly.

5.0
Excellent
Dined Apr 29 2018

FAB as always⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️\n(compared to downtown Tao the day before wich was a real disappointment)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A favourite from years ago and when visiting recently we found it still very good, we had a great night, as ever.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I hadn't dined here in twenty years, and it was just as good. The service was impeccable, we never wanted for a thing. Whoever opened the oysters we had was a consummate professional, they were a thing of beauty. On the down side , it was noisy, I think I would prefer breakfast or lunch here, and the table was tiny.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect NY experience! Delicious and fun. Loud and pretty!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

To begin, I was happy that our reservation was promptly honored. Our waitress and other staff, including the manager were attentive and very accommodating. The food was a great delight, on both the preparation and presentation levels, and the cheese cake desert is just out of this world- DELICIOUS! I plan to return very soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrate Life! The steaks frites are remarcable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brilliant love it Visiting from Australia could not be happier throughly enjoyed the experience

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A neighbour hood favourite - the food was good but not brilliant - it was very busy and if you don't make your booking within 15 minutes, they do give your table away.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We sat 15 min late and we're treated complimentary champagne. That's why we come back everytime. Superb service!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my 20 year old son. I wanted to take him to a famous restaurant as a special treat and we enjoyed very much! \nIt is very expensive, but the food was delicious. We were seated right away even though it was extremely crowded. \nWould definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent as always., a fun place to come to when we're in town.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was outstanding!!! Wait staff was attentive and made the evening a great night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I felt like I stepped into a typical restaurant in Paris. Ja'dore this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our top picks while visiting New York..will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sunday evening dinner. Very busy; table was ready upon arrival. Nice Sazerac from the bar my son had a local beer on tap. Pleasant waiter. Nice bread, food is great. I had onion soup & the special; Coq au vin which was wonderful. My son had the soup as well & the Steak tartare. We also ordered fries that were hot & great. I had a Saint-Émilion buy the glass that went well with the chicken. We finished the night with coffee & calvados. Always a good time here. Never a bad meal. Atmosphere is fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been going to Balthazar's for over 16 years. It has been consistently good. The Balthazar salad with the truffle vinaigrette is my favorite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambience and fantastic service love the food and quality definitely bring friends here for brunch again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love eating here. There is always a great mix of people and this night we even made some new friends.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Steak was low quality,and overcooked despite clearly stating medium rare. The mushrooms were undercooked and tasteless. Luckily the fries remain as good as in the past. Expensivemess does not justify remembering previous and better food experiences ( a couple of years ago).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing! The atmosphere was great for all occasions. Our waiter was a ding dong but I'm sure they all aren't like that. The hoste was very attentive. And everyone's attitude was positive and polite. I can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took my daughters for the first time - Everything was perfect. Unbelievable service! West Coast oysters & Seafood Ceviche super Fresh! Onion soup perfect. Moules & Frites all very very good! Thank you!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's overpriced for the service and quality of food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a pleasure. Great food and service. There's a lot of noise but I like the atmosphere

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lively noisy fun and authentic bistro cuisine. Friendly service and good late night find.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great time as always!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious as usual :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The steaks were very disappointing for the price. The steak au poivre tasted like cardboard. I have had better steak in bad roadside truck stops. They have a lot of nerve charging over $40 for their steak.\n\nAll other food served was executed competently but with an over $500 price tag I think the diner deserves better food.\n\nBest,\n\nCharles

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience at Balthazar. I had a steak, wife had the salmon special. Desserts and coffee were great. Our server was helpful and very nice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance, food very good but not great, was expecting more from the reputation of this restaurant. Service attentive. Overall a good experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food and memorable service by Charlotte!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food a service Magnificent!!

5.0
Excellent
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was superb, excellent service and a classic environment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I used open table to book a table here but after reaching there we found out that our table is not book. Fortunately it was not that busy day, so we managed to get one but definitely opentable did not work for Balthazar.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant was recommended as a great place for brunch. The physical restaurant was lovely but noisy and bustling. The food was way overpriced for pancakes and eggs and there was nothing exceptional about the food. In fact half the table (6people) didn't enjoy their meal at all. Very disappointed, won't go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food, service, and atmosphere spot on... \n\nPerimeter banquettes are the way to go if available\n \nService friendly and accommodating once seated ...\n\nA bit annoying when dining with a lady who was very pregnant and waited, standing for 20 minutes to be seated for a 5:15 ressie in half empty dining room... \nnot sure if this is best plan even during shift change...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waitress was amazing. So different from other places in NYC

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was a bit disappointed. While the food was good, it was extremely expensive and there are many other restaurants that I believe I could have gotten same in. Also service was not good, extremely crowded and we had a reservation and still had to wait. While it is a trendy place, not worth the expense. I wasn't Wow'd by it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was fantastic.... just your greeting staff could have been more pleasant and professional.\n\nWe will most definitely come again!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as usual! Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Absolutely the best cheeseburger in Manhattan. Impeccable service. Can't wait for our next trip to the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every meal here is impeccable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We hadn't been to Balthazar in over 10 years and celebrated our 12 wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the ambiance reminded us of our first anniversary in Paris. Balthazar's menu has several French bistro classics. Their frites and pomme purée are divine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Four of us gathered for a Saturday family get together in a cozy booth. The wait staff was courteous and helpful. The room is beautiful with large antique mirrors. I recommend the onion soup and short ribs. We hope to return again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went to breakfast for our first time. Very good eggs benedictine and herb, bacon and cheese omelette. Superb coffee and juices. The service very good. Still, one of the best decor in the french style. Overall, this continue to be one of the best restaurants to repeat in each visit to NY.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Difficult to get into, yet difficult to leave. Noisy and over-crowded, yet tremendous buzz. Few smiles from the staff as they rush around, yet service on the ball. Food outrageously priced, I doubt many French come, but simple classic dishes perfectly cooked. Irresistible, really enjoyed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing restaurant, service exceptional and overall experience was lovely. Def worth the visit

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a wonderful brunch on a very cold, snowy day. Actually had several courses, with a dessert and drink course after our initial savory order. Was so delicious, and great French taste and feel.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

amazing brunch perfect place to meet with friends from out of town

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar used to be one of my favorite restaurants & I've been going for years especially for breakfast. Unfortunately it's significantly declined.\n\n1. Service - basically you're pushed out the door. You put your fork down & staff is there to remove your plate. You sit back for a second & the bill is on the table. What happened to sitting & leisurely enjoying your meal w/a friend?\n2. Quality of food - food appeared 2 minutes after we ordered - meaning it was reheated not made fresh. Cafe au Lait was mostly water very little Lait. Bread basket shrunk. Omelette rubbery. Probably related to point 1.\n3. Price - over priced for 2nd rate food in what is now a fast food restaurant \n\nGo to Penelope's if you want a really good breakfast in New York!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very noisy and expensive for what you get but nice for a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bitter Sweet dinner, love the decor and the lovely atmosphere of the place however my steak au poivre was a disaster thick and hard to cut. I guess it was bad luck on me because everybody I know who came here had a great experience. Special note the staff who was fantastic to answer immediately my disappointment by changing my steak and gave many apologies. Lorraine and the head lady were just very courteous and professional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food and atmosphere. A favorite of mine when I visit New York. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinners and will always return when in town.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food, service and place are amazing. The restaurant is not inexpensive but worth if to go.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terrible check in process with the host, which took 15m to speak to someone and then another 30m after the actual reservation to get seated. Server was not at all knowledgeable about the wine list and had a terribly rude attitude. Great food as always though.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Birthday celebration lunch every year for about 15 years and live in Maryland! Love the decor, location, service and fabulous food choices! Will be back every chance I get; one of my all time favorite NYC restaurants and I highly recommend it to everyone 💗

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is a fun place to eat every once in a while. It's usually quite busy and noisy--so no intimate conversations here. But the food is good if not astonishing and the atmosphere of an old-style French bistro pleasing and fun. Pretty pricey for what you get.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a pleasure - great setting, great food, good service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Silly prices for ok food. Complete tourist trap but I can't really complain, I was a tourist!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is realy good , chairs are so small , but as the food is so good , we enjoy a lot

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favourite restaurant in NYC, i love everithing ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food great as always. Service was very very good. Love the place

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice atmosphere. Food was overrated. Service quite slow. A bit disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food at Balthazar is always well balanced. Service is always quick but not rushed. The place screams old world but not old and it just gives you that comfortable vibe. That's why it's a Nuh Yohk classic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We used to love Baltazhar and always looked forward to it on our trips. We found the food quality is certainly not what it used to be and my husband who can not eat red meat was disappointed they no longer served the dbl cut pork chop. My Steak Frittes affair at Baltazhar has come to an end. The Maitre D' however was awesome. Our server was average and lacked persona....The bellini has fallen in quality i sent my first one back. We decided this was our last trip to Baltazhar and then met a local who told us the might changed and it has become a tourist trap. We are foodies and will no longer be returning. The local we met told us of some upstanding new French Bistros what would not disappoint.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic atmosphere and always great food. Love it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice authentic atmosphere. Food is delicious. Lobster risotto suggested

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great! We ate the Lobster Risotto, Foie Gras and Onion Soup and loved it!\nThen we took the Duck Confit and the Steak Frites and it was so good!\nThe wine was accurate with the meal and the whole ambiance was pleasant!\nWill defiantly come back and recommend!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Didn't get our food was given to another table in error asked for rum and coke gave me just coke hot chocolate didnt arrive. Had to ask again. Food was good apart from stale hard bread. Onion soup was good cod was amazing. Staff realised there errors and apologised.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great breakfast spot for business or conversation.\nAlways bustling and lively.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great beakfast !!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a fav! I've been coming here for 17 or so years and its always fantastic! The ambiance is wonderful - energetic, hip and gorgeous. The food is always outstanding. (Love that caramelized onion and goat cheese tart!) This time, we went with our three small children and they were so accommodating and helpful. Definitely family-friendly. The prices are high, granted, but it is well worth it for a great brunch or dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Heard over than many times, and finally I got Balthazar. Had an egg benedict - one of very classic brunch menu and it tasted very good. Especially the sauce and the potatoes was savory. \nChristmas decor was nice, I felt like dining at Paris. One thing, spaces between tables were narrow.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even with a reservation it was like waiting to get into a club but there was no velvet rope. I know it is a NY institution but It was insanely busy, everyone thinking they were more important than the next and shouldn't have to wait. The food was mediocre. Leave it to the tourists and go somewhere where you can relax and enjoy good food without the desperate clamor to be seen.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good and service was delightful. Looking forward to coming back with family and friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always enjoyed the food and atmosphere \nNext visit to NY we will book only in this\nRestaurant lunch dinner , repeat 😄

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Arrived early, the restaurant managed to seat us although they were busy. Enjoyed the burger.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's amazing, after having so many bad meals in NYC that certain restaurants keep up a standard that along with the ambiance and the service consistently add up to an experience that I remember as a good one. Balthazar improves the night and makes it more festive. And it has been successfully doing so for decades.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

After arriving we were quickly seated since we had reservations, otherwise the place was crowded. Food quality is good and promptly serve. I will go back again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely favorite restaurAnt - have been going regularly for decade or so.....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An amazing place... we've been going (my Wife and I) since 1999... Our first date!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was everything we'd hoped for and really enjoyed the service! It was top notch! I have to be honest though, there were 4 of us and none of us were pleased with our food, dry and flavorless was the consensus. Sorry...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar never fails to impress. Everything about it is wonderful. The food, ambiance, service are always stellar. It has the perfect combination of friendliness, warmth and joy. Always have a swell time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and excellent friendly service\nWaiters are very professional

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in NYC as everything on the menu is far above standard. Do have the duck confit and the escargot. Also try the tower, it is so fresh and tasty your mouth will thank you later.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food, fabulous service👍

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All was great! Service was great and foods were excellent. We liked the bread as well. Definitely visit Balthazar again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place with so magic atmosphere!\nWill recommend to all of my friends!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservations are necessary. Great atmosphere if you like a lively scene. Service was excellent and attentive. A little disappointed that something on the menu- the quiche- was out at such an early time (we were there at 11am). Overall, loved it and left with some great pastries from the boulangerie attached.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never fails! Always a terrific experience both food & service !!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very crowded but the food was good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is an authentic bistro. It gives one a feeling that you are in Paris. The service is good. The food is what one would expect from a bistro, nothing more. It is a bit pricey, but everyone should have this New York experience, once. Make sure to make reservations.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been here several times and was exited to share with my family. The 5 of us were seated a a table that was wedged in an aisle and meant for 4 people. My husband waited for over 20 minutes for a black coffee and out server gave us a huge attitude about how it wasn't her job to get hot drinks, only the cold. She hovered around our table waiting for us to order after we told her we would wait to order until the coffee came. Finally she went to get the coffee herself and acted like we owed her a favor for getting it. While the food was good as always, I was so disappointed with the experience, I'm\nnot sure I would put this on my 'must eat' list he next time we visit NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is a great dining experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were excellent

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Big disappointment in every way \nI can hardly believe they have recommended it to me, it even seems like a joke in bad taste

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a very nice family dinner to celebrate the holidays, ages 10-83, all very happy and the service was outstanding

5.0
Excellent
Dined Apr 29 2018

Well, this restaurant is a shining gem! We are three Aussies who booked from Australia to enjoy this restaurant and were'nt disappointed ! Great vibe, staff are friendly, efficient and have a sense of humour! You can't miss this place for a great dining experience! Make sure you book so you're don't miss out! 👍🇦🇺💁🍾

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived roughly 30 minutes before our reservation on Christmas day and the hosts were more than happy to accommodate us. Not only was the atmosphere lovely, but the food was delicious and our server, Levi, was the friendliest and most efficient to take care of us in a long time. We will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We ate at Bathazar on Boxing Day with our family and had an absolutely fabulous meal. There was a lively and vibrant atmosphere and the food was delicious.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went as a family of five - all adults who know and enjoy good food. We felt the focus was more on creating a Parisian bistro ambiance, than on the food itself - which was OK. With that, and the prices (which have a NY premium expectedly ) being not cheap, we felt underwhelmed. Nothing was bad. We might not pick it again with other good choices available in the City.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My all time love ❤️ (rip Pastis). Balthazar #1

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is delicious and the service is incredible!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place was gorgeous but the food was not as wonderful as I expected. The steak was dry. But had fun anyway.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Heartwarming breakfast in Christmas morning. Unforgettable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were in New York for Christmas, and our brunch was delicious! We were seated right away, and the server was attentive. Our meals were wonderful! This is a great place for excellent food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had breakfast and was seated promptly with great service. Food was served fairly quickly and was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as always!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A fun tasty brunch on Christmas Morning. Oysters, bloody marys and monkey bread followed by delicious eggs Benedict

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A must for breakfast if your visiting New York

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An Outstanding place to dine! wonderful staff! Great Food. Great Coffee....A must when in NYC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

17 years later and still one of the best I've ever tried.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent brunch!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I reserved the table for my birthday a month ahead. Everything was great except we had a table by the door with a big crowd. If I go back, I'd try to arrange a table away from the front door. Otherwise, it was delightful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food. It was Friday and I got the Bouillabaisse special. Highly recommend. Escargot was delicious as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every time we visit Balthazar is an unforgettable experience . Food and service are always excellent. The only disappointment is trying to wait at the bar. Even when a seat becomes available, the bartender always has somebody 'waiting' for the seat. It never fails!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classic New York Bistro. Tables are about 1 inch apart. No room for your coats. Service is really good. Food is great - anything on the menu is good. We've eaten here about 6 times. Had breakfast and lunch here. Love the Bouillabaisse and the Profiteroles.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cramped, loud and overpriced for the quality ah but this New York

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We liked the scrambled eggs and pastry combo. We have heard a lot about it and it matched expectations. But the place is tad too costly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent place to go and enjoy a great meal with friends and family. Service is amazing and always a pleasure to visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

the best in NY for me, the food is great, the service is great and the ambient is the best. Thank you Balthazar!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and atmosphere! Our reservation was for 5:30 and we arrived early at 5. We were hoping to be seated early but the restaurant doesn't serve between 5 and 5:30 because they reset for evening service. We travel to the city every year and always try and eat at balthazar. Love the Duck Confit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was impeccable 5 star service and great atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Christmas Day brunch

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant for brunch and lunch...cozy kind of a tight space but the food taste good and is pretty quick as well. They forgot one of my items a couple of times however the staff is friendly. I would definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Christmas Day brunch here was lovely

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was good. Unfortunately the eggs Benedict I ordered were over cooked.\nnot as good as expected.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our family had a special Xmas Eve Day Brunch here! The staff - in general - was outstanding in creating a holiday sensibility, and our waitperson, Eli, anticipated our every need and multiple questions; we felt real comfy - amplified by tastebuds-stimulating food (liver and foie gras mousse, and ooh-ahhh main plates in a champagne- and Apple Manhattan-oiled festive mood). If you're seeking an au courant NYC dining venue, 'this' be it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a great place! A bit crowded at times, but that is because of the great food, service and atmosphere. Table was ready within 10 minutes of our reservation time and the place was packed. The trout was outstanding and substantial. My girlfriend ordered the steak burger and she said it was the best thing ever!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance and service at a cozy corner table made this a perfect evening. As for food, Balthazar consistently does the classics right, and I can't ask for more than that. For what it does (i.e., traditional French bistro), Balthazar is best in class!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Got a bottle of wine and the Seafood 3 tier platter and was fresh, delicious and simply amazing!! Had coffee and espresso to finish off a perfect meal!\nPriceless...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service throughout our meal despite the restaurant being very crowded for the holidays

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good but nothing spectacular. Very similar to other french restaurants I've been to. Loved the atmosphere however. Service was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classic, beautiful, french atmosphere and cuisine. Perfect for any time of day and any occasion. Friendly hosts and great waiters. The food is delicious as were the cocktails! You will feel like you stepped out of NYC and into Paris. I visit Balthazar every time I visit New York. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot to celebrate Christmas with my girlfriend. The mussels and oysters were amazing and our server was great. The place was a perfect start to out night in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All ways good ambience and delicious food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food at Balthazar--from entrees and salads to desserts and coffeee--is incredible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I wanted to try Balthazars during a recent first time visit to NYC. We enjoyed the food, wine, great service and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

So, so!!! I don't want to be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Restaurant lived up to the prior reviews. It was exquisite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been dining at Balthazaars's for at least 15 years and we love the food, ambiance and service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was great, service was very professional and patient

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant was half empty. Food arrived very fast. We expected a more extensive menu of meat dishes. If u r looking for a great steak there are better places in NY.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic place, escargots, onion soup and lobster risotto are amazing. \n A must when in NYC...

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visited NYC for our anniversary. Balthazar has been one of our favorites there for many years, but no more. The quality and service have slipped, for our second straight visit. We were seated in front of the entrance, with ice cold air pouring in to make us (and our entrees) very, very cold. My steak was very tough, same as last time. I'm afraid we will say goodbye to this old friend who has lost his way.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As expected, excellent. Very attentive wait staff and good food. Thanks, Aaron

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about this place was great; food, good selection of wine and spirits. All good. Except for one thing. The place just isn't that clean. It is not 'dirty' but just needs a good top to bottom clean as settled dust can be seen in some places around the restaurant, in particular the bathrooms. If you can't be bothered to clean these places that we can see it always makes me question what the kitchen is like.\n\nOtherwise a great evening. I'm just a stickler for cleanliness...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with my family on our first night in New York - fantastic way to start our holiday. Great service, food was tasty and the atmosphere buzzing. Loved it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everybody recomend us to go there if we where in NY. They were not wrong. Breakfast was delicious, service perfect. I would say it was kind of noisy but it didn't affect the conversation. Thanks !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent from start to finish, always outstanding food and service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had reservations a week in advance for the mid afternoon and still had to wait for 20 min. for a table. The place was packed and tight. Several birthdays being celebrated and some very loud patrons. \nI had their house salad which was a bit soggy and the home made pasta with wild boar which was very filling but not something I would order again. My partner had the lobster bisque and loved it and the Mac and Cheese which I also tasted. It had great flavour but was surprised at the small size and there was more watery sauce than cheese. \nGreat decor and it makes you feel like you are in Europe. Wait staff very professional and cool considering the huge numbers of people in there and cramped quarters. We marvelled at their control with such high table turnover. \nNot a place for a quiet romantic dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Michel was our server the food was outstanding his recommendations were superb! It was a treat to see that this NYC staple has maintained the quality in both food service and ambience that you'd expect

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Would definitely come back.\n\nLively atmosphere with lots of happy people. Happy waiters as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went here for our first morning breakfast while back in nyc for a two day trip. Great athmosphere and the quality of food was excellent. Our only issue was an alarm going off every 5-6mins. It was loud and it took away from an otherwise positive experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love coming here around Christmas with a certain group of friends. We try to make a tradition out of it. Everything is great except that I wish it was a little less noisy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to the restaurant several times over the years and thought of taking a client for a special holiday lunch. We normally dine in midtown but thought Baltazhar was worth the trip. It was not. My steak was so undercooked (I ordered medium) it was bordering on raw. The client was pressed for time so I did not send it back. The desserts were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful experience!!! Delicious duck confit!! Fantastic wine selection!! Excellent waiter!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

On the 'you should go' in NYC and certainly a lovely place. Very buzzy...and some might say packed in. Check brunch menu before going...if a non egg eater, it is limited. But enjoyed the visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is simply a must in NYC. It's an incredible experience and fantastic food. Today my best friend and I venture to Balthazar for our traditional Sunday brunch in search of pastries. We were not disappointed, from the fantastic ambience to the treats ( pain au chocolat, almond croissant and brioche) which I kept dipping my half in my cappuccino bowl! Simply wonderful. I later indulged in steak tartare, which was phenomenal! By far the best I had in a while, very close to my fathers, and that's saying a lot!!! Thank you Balthazar for wonderful morning...definitely coming back and highly recommending to all.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Way too loud and\nCrowed. We were unable to hear each other. Not a fun place considering the price. The food and service, however, were very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Impeccable service and great food make this an wonderful choice. The fresh baked breads, awesome fries and deserts are just part of the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always worth the visit. Food is fantastic and the overall experience is just wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely worth the wait. The food was delicious! I will definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is my quintessential lunch spot for the holidays. It embodies the frenetic and festive spirit that only New York can deliver. I love the hustle bustle vibe, French bistro decor, champagne, seafood and more. Go for the Steak and frites, burger, oysters, salmon and any dessert on the menu, and you can't go wrong. I love this spot, it truly is special.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We hadn't been to Balthazar in years. We ended up having a wonderful time. The food -- moule frites and eggs norwegian -- was very well done. The atmosphere was fun and energizing. Our server was wonderful. I spilled my port and our server, all on her own, brought us another glass. All in all it was a fun experience with very good food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

our favorite always every chance we get to a special festive dinner with friends. Love the steak write

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding service, cuisine and ambience...looking forward to returning soon! lovely!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Food, Amazing Steak ! Beautiful restaurant !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Historic and a must do on a ny tour...great French cuisine, goat cheese tart delicious!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really good food. But so expensive if compare with another greats restaurants in NYC.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Once a NYC stalwart, now clearly a tourist trap. Over-priced, too busy and with the expectation of a 20% tip, no debate no leeway, I'd say that eating out in general but eating in this restaurant is just too much of a rip off. I appreciate that there is plenty of evidence to the contrary - impossible to get a table - but when you do you are squashed in on top of another table. There are better restaurants in NYC. I won't return anytime soon. It was meant to be special and it was anything but.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful meal at Balthazar! Was my first time dining here, and I will be back. Service was very good, food wonderful and the atmosphere is terrific. I will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great vibe, great food. Loved it. Would definitely repeat. Almost like dining in an actual Paris bistro!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excelent as always. This time i was a little disapointed with the filet ou poivre. Not very soft and kind o dry. Sorry.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's sad to see this nyc staple fall off so badly after all of these years. Horrible service, fire alarm testing, bad service, rushed terrible fast food. Can no longer take breakfast meetings there. Rapidly deteriorating and gone from 5x a month to no more....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Saturday lunch at Balthazar had become part of our annual Christmas visit to New York. \nWe have never been disappointed. \nGreat food and lovely service. See you next year.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful Sunday brunch spot: eggs benedict were just the best; brioche French toast is to die for; couldn't have had better service; can't wait to go again!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tables were very close and noise level high. Food was mediocre as was service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pastries were cold, not fresh. Egg dishes were good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a must go every time we go to New York 4 to 6 times a year. We recommend our friends to go all the time. Great bar and great food, so we do the bar first then the dining room!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar has a great, movie-set quality room in French retro 1920's/30's style, convenient for dinner in Soho if you're there anyway, and runs like clockwork with very professional service. However, the culinary problem is also that it runs like clockwork. It is a food factory designed to pump out a lot of food very fast for a lot of people and make a lot of money very fast. Fast food for hundreds with high turnover is not what French cuisine is about. There are far better places to go in NY for French bistro fare, for the same price or lower. I've eaten at Balthazar quite a few times. The hamburger for around 20$ may be good, though I haven't tried it yet. I wouldn't go back there for anything else. Why drop 200 for a three-course dinner for two at a place where the food is, as bistro fare, third rate? Even if the room is splendid. Try eating at Balthazar one night, then go the next night to Alain Ducasse's NY restaurant. Same price point, far better food. Unbelievably better. Balthazar is for people who don't know any better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful , very French. I would believe I was in a Paris bistro. Stacey our waitress was knowledgeable & had a spunky Nyc attitude. She knew the menu & made great suggestions . I can see why this is such a popular restaurant - be sure & reserve early. Very hard to get in & I tried about 5days out. Mussels & frites were outstanding

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have to admit I was very disappointed with our holiday brunch... while my sons enjoyed their eggs Benedict and my husband his French toast I was extremely disappointed with my eggs and corned beef hash. I honestly had only one taste of the hash and that was it for me....it really was not good at all... For this reason, I will not be going back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful French ambiance, great food, excellent service, crowded in a nice way. Only problem we found the noise level disturbing, hard to have abnormal conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Twenty years and counting! Still one of the consistently best dining options in the city. The food, service and ambiance are still as fresh as when Balthazar first opened. Can't wait to try Augustine!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What fun we had at Balthazar! It was crazy busy when we got there at 5:00 p.m. Our reservation was for 5:45 and they were unable to take us early, but that was okay because we went shopping in the neighborhood. When we arrived back at 5:45 it was mayhem at the front area and we had to wait in line for about 10-15 minutes. I don't know if it's always like that or if they were just discombobulated that evening. We were seated at a very comfortable table for 4 and the energy of the place was intoxicating! One table was singing Christmas songs and it just added to the spirit of the season. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals which included French Onion soup, shrimp cocktail, moules frites and duck shepherd's pie. Try them all if you can because each person raved about what they were eating! Service was quick and efficient. Dessert (crime brûlée and pots de creme) and cappuccinos were also delicious. This was one of our dining highlights of the long weekend and we look forward to dining here again the next time we are in the City. What are you waiting for? Make a reservation!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

So hectic and stressful. Service was slow, food was only ok. There was a table of drunk men singing next to us and a family with toddlers on the other side of us. Very disappointing because it was my sisters birthday. Would never go back w so many other options in NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Go on Saturday night, the braised ribs are awesome!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderfully lively, my umpteenth time here and it never disappoints. Classic French comfort food. Before my last breath I will alway crave one more visit to this icon of the NYC restaurant scene.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Old favourite eat here every time in NYC\nNoisy but that's part of the buzz it's the soho schene

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a table at 14:15 and I had my table at 15:20, one hour five minuts delayed!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went as a couple at 10pm on a friday night in december. We had a reservation, but arrived 25 minutes late and the restaurant was full. Nonetheless we were helped (in french please!), and got our table. It is a very lively restaurant (some might find it noisy), part of the New York scene for many many years. We appreciate the french bistro look and menu. We had a beef tartare with french fries. De-li-cious. And the service was very professional, attentive and diligent. We highly recommend and will definitely go back again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is always on our itinerary when we come to New York. It is one of our favorite places!!! Delicious food, very friendly service and always accommidating!! Wonderful atmosphere!!\nHighly recommended!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too busy and too noicy. Had to wait 45 mins for the table in a crowd even though we had a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a fun place to be. Food is so well prepared and interesting. Seafood is so fresh, so delicious. Sometimes the people watching is wonderful!! Can you say Vogue!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was not a nice experience, we had made a 2:30 pm reservarion for 4 with 3 days of anticipation, even though we arrived at 2 pm we were not seated by 3:15 pm. The host just said they were late on schedule and he could not do anything for us, he was very rude. We were visiting NY and we had to leave the restaurant at 3:30 pm without eating or even being seated. Big disappointment!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food! We loved the appetizers (onion soup and the frisée aux lardons salad). The steak frites was very good too, unfortunately the steak aux poivre a bit less so. Ambience was somewhat loud/crowded but the food and great service made up for it. All in all we really liked it here and they did a great job surprising my wife with the cake I had brought in.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant very cool in Soho.Service perfect, good meals, amazing sea good!Not cheap, good quality/price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food, couldn't ask for more! Flavors were perfect, portions appropriate, everything cooked to perfection!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

When we arrived we were told that they had lost our reservation. We had to wait for a long time before they could give us a table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Remains consistent and top notch over the years

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've eaten at Balthazar three times over the last 15 years and in my opinion the restaurant has run its course and is no longer that special soho restaurant. The service was great and the atmosphere always fun but the food was frankly not very good. The pappardelle had very few noodles and too much sauce and the meat was hard and not very flavorful. I'd give that dish a one star. We also had the beef tartare and it was just nothing special. The meet was not that flavorful and it seemed to use spice to try to give it any kind of special flavor. Beef tartare should rely on the quality and preparation of the meat itself. The burger that should normally be a staple was overcooked and the bun was soggy. I had the special fish which was a durade. The fish was cooked fine and the flavor was average over a simple bed of carrots. Nothing special and never A first bite where I look forward to the next. It seems like it has become a tourist destination relying upon its reputation of yesteryear.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

wonderful atmosphere either for a date or a dinner with friends

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The only female bartender Ksenia made my stay feel less like a machine and actually like a person She's amazing. Balthazar cannot be faulted for anything except for making people feel like cattle and being too loud and boisterous. PLEASE fix your banging wooden doors that make awaiting in the vestibule area unbearable. Please remember that all staff have to treat the customers like real live people having an experience in the present moment--Balthazar is Balthazar not just because of its food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this tradition in Soho. I have brunch here every time I am in NYC. It's really fun. Food is fantastic. Service is good. Great place to start shopping in Soho.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service!!!! Food was fabulous. This place has been around for years for a reason!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic dining experience in every regard ... We try to get a reservation in advance of every trip to NYC!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food as usual. although presentation was poor. Why would anyone pile baked beans over toast and bacon - you end up with a soggy mess!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and service. Small portions and constuction all around the place. .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My first experience of Balthazar was in London and I loved it -- have been back several times. When I found this branch in NYC, I made reservations, hoping for a similar experience to the ones I've had in London. And I was not disappointed. The steak/frites were outstanding -- perfectly cooked and wonderfully full of flavor. Service was excellent -- you never feel rushed in spite of the obviously very busy staff. The restaurants seem to be packed -- always! Depending on where you're seated, the noise level is either manageable or not. If you're looking for French Bistro food, this is the place. All in all, an excellent experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, this restaurant does not disappoint. The food and service are truly superb and give a truly European feel to the experience. This is reliable and great relaxed dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always Balthazar is amazing: I always visited it for dinner, but this time my only option was breakfast and it was as good: an onion and gruyere quiche was delicious as was the capuccino and cranberry bread. KUDOS !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Go. Just go!! Don't walk, run. You can thank me later.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a pleasure. Great authentic French Bistro fare, excellent service and always someone interesting to talk to.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect brunch on a saturday morning. Very busy and lively. My husband was disappointed there wasn't a croque madame on the menu, but they happily obliged him and made him one. They also modified my meal for allergies very easily. Can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as always! The service and food were perfect as usual. Still my favorite restaurant in NYC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lunch date in NYC! The seafood tower was amazing!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was great and decorated beautifully for Christmas. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always love this place and this time was also great. Love the buzz and vibe. I had the Amish chicken which was really tasty with Brussels and baby onions. My friend had the moule frites which were good - hard to make them amazing. And she had the profiteroles which were filled with ice cream not cream and she loved. Not amazing food this time but very good and always a great atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chicken for two is best I ever had

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food, exquisitely cooked cote de boeuf, fantastic attentive service, superb ambience.\nExpensive, especially if you are not used to New York prices, but one can not knock the quality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a place to be..... beautiful people, excellent food, wonderful service and a lot of charming!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was a lively place and our meals were very good but our waitress was not friendly or helpful at all! We had our daughters with us (12 & 14) and you would have thought they were aliens. Felt like they wanted us in and out too fast. Not many items on the menu for kids either.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just not worth the buzz. Meal with 2 kids (burgers) and 2 glasses of Chablis came to $275. Plus tip put us over $300. Steak was under cooked. Fries were great. But if I'm going to spend that kind of money, there are many, many other places to consider. To their credit, if they can charge it and get it, why not?

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I remember this restaurant being lovely a couple of years back. This time round, although we had one of the better tables the restaurant seem over crowded and therefore excessively noisy. The food was OK but not amazing for the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. I've been there 4 times and the staff is always amazing. I recommend the chicken with gnocchi if you are dining there for dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were in the neighborhood and happened to pass by around dinner time. We didn't have plans to eat there so we didn't have reservations. The line was long to get a table yet we stood in line and tried. Unfortunately no table was free and the wait was ridiculous so my husband and I went outside to discuss which restaurant to try next. As we were flipping through yelp for ideas, we decided to see if there were any reservations available on open table for Balthazar. To our surprise there was one spot left and it was at the right time so we booked it, walked back in to the see the host and he escorted us to our table. My husband just had lunch at Balthazar the previous week and he was so excited that we got a table at the last minute. On top of that, it was his birthday so we got to celebrate it at Balthazar. We had the lobster risotto for the appetizer, a bottle of wine and the roasted chicken for two for dinner and a chocolate cake for dessert. The service was exceptional and a lot had to do with our server ( didn't catch her name). Everything we ordered was perfect, however the dessert was the least favorite of them all. It wasn't bad, but everything else was exceptional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An excellent celebration meal. Service just a fraction fast to clear plates for a restaurant of this calibre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always awesome, and has been consistently great since at least 1999! :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always fun! Delicious food. Excellent service. Warm and welcoming. Never miss a visit when in NYC !!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice food and service !! A little bit too noisy but i survived !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food and great service! Definitely recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this restaurante, the ambient y the best, lamentably they do not have my reservation...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place for breakfast/brunch. Also worth it to go to their bakery next door.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a 'must stop' for us when visiting Manhattan. My wife has traveled to France for years and says Balthazar captures all that is good about french country cuisine. It IS her favorite restaurant in NYC! Have celebrated our 30th Anniversary there with dinner as well, with perfectly paired wine selections and very attentive service!\nWe highly recommend this bistro, especially if shopping in the Spring St. area!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall, an excellent restaurant with excellent food and good service. The only negative was that it is very loud, to the point where it is hard to have a conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always Balthazar doesn't disappoint. Had a lovely dinner with friends and of course enjoyed it. I ordered the mussels and unfortunately they were a bit chewy so I sent back but the flavor was amazing. Got the lobster risotto instead. Absolutely delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Though we were quite late for a 6 pm reservation we were greeted very pleasantly and treated as if they really appreciated our company . I think it helps to call if you are going to be late but how one is greeted from the moment you enter is very telling of how your evening will go. All The staff was most pleasant , fun and upbeat. I spilled my drink twice on paper table cloth and they acted as if it was a common occurrence and brought a fresh cloth . The meal was delectable ...we both devoured the roast chicken w very crispy skin and fought over the crunchy bits of cone French fries. It's worth the advance reservation!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual this is one of ICONIC spot in NYC.. I love the ambience the vibe and the food! I can't wait to go back in with my love!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A very memorable dining experience. My wife and I went for brunch. The menu is original and has a lot of variety so it took us a moment to decide what to order. Everything was superb. Flavourful and well presented. The ambiance is elegant but cozy. Packed on Sundays. Our table was great. The service was perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Expected...food good and served as expected...no surprises here. A cash cow for the owner as hundreds of tourists flack in to stand and wait and wait. Reservations a must. Probably everyone should eat there once. Grilled salmon and onion soup very very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the place! Too expensive but I love it. Every time I go to NY I try to go to Balthazar.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately we came back to Balthazar as I loved it so much the first time... But the experience was totally the opposite!! My Salmon was not fresh and was still frozen from the Freezer... The Service was not personal & it was a place filled with tourists! To avoid...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always enjoy eating here - the atmosphere, the food- just a fun place to be.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never fails is -- always wonderful and memorable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Packed at lunch. Seated right away. Outstanding food and service. Exceeded expectations. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Balthazar. Whenever visiting NYC, we gotta go for our steak tartare and the ambience. Please never change

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a small problem with my friend's meal and the staff could not have been more accommodating in trying to resolve the issue. I love the fact that the staff is so nice and not overbearing or stuffy like some New York restaurants. I highly recommend!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is 3rd time but the food was the worst but the service was good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The entire staff was exceptionally helpful and accommodating. The food was delicious and the ambiance can't be beat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very enjoyable evening but I am just talking more stuff now to make it up to 50 characters

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Worth the high cost of the food for the elegant, Parisian-perfect atmosphere. I appreciated that the waiter didn't mind at all when a friend requested that the kitchen cut out excess bread inside the bagel (even if I myself was a little embarrassed by the request).

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The breakfast meal here was good but not worth the high prices on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited on a Monday night and the restaurant was packed, very vibrant feel about the dining room which is very art deco in the arrangement. I was not overly happy with our small table for two however the maître d notice I was not comfortable and moved us into a very nice corner banquette, that is a good maître d! Food was fantastic although we only managed the roast whole chicken & veg and nothing else as it was huge. Chicken was beautifully cooked and is brought to the table for you to inspect prior to being served to you all nicely cut up. \n\nGreat restaurant would defiantly return if back in NYC and recommend to anyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great for celeb spotting!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience. Food was amazing--we had oysters, French onion soup, burger, cod, and a few other dishes. The food & wine were amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice food. A little bit noisy and over crowded.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have always loved Balthazar but the prices are getting far too steep for the portion size and offerings and I'm not sure I'll be back for brunch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

excellent as always! not sure how they d it after so many years it is still packed, service was great and food delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant were extremely accommodating - this was a very busy Saturday night and they managed to find us a table at 8pm instead of our initial 5:30pm booking. Thank you Balthazar! A great welcome and a very cosy snug table for four by the bar. This is a very popular restaurant and the atmosphere was buzzing. Our waitress was very efficient. Great food and wine. A very good choice for a very special birthday celebration.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service and the food outstanding , just felt they were in a hurry to see us go!!!! I love a space between appetizers and the actual meal!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very disappointed indeed.....Having used the one in London since it's conception I presumed that the original in NY would be fantastic....how wrong I was. Was given a table right by an open door on a chilly evening, no coats were taken so had to sit on them throughout the meal.\nThe meal, well it was served by a non smiling waiter who clearly hated his job- the mussels starter had I would say a good third of them missing from the shells and no.....they were not in the liquor as I hunted feverishly......gutted quite frankly as I had a plethora of restaurants to choose from.....in my short stay......bad choice.\nThe doorman was the best experience overall- polite- friendly.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambience is very good as is the service, but the food is overrated and not worth the wait for a table in my opinion ( I had a booking so wasn't a problem but I wouldn't wait if I didn't have a booking ). I ordered my meal, went to the restroom and the food was there when I returned, never have I had food arrive so quickly which does not feel right.\nThe service was very good as expected and the restaurant looks beautiful this time of year with the Christmas decorations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing! Ambience, service, food; obsessed with the chocolate pot de creme! Cocktails were wonderful (old fashioned & Bellini martinis)!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing. Loved our visit and look forward to our next visit.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to this restaurant many times and will continue to go back when our party has an odd number because of the food. \n\nI would say, is it would be great if they focussed on the customer experience, specifically how the tables are set out, as opposed to their bottom line. They cram people in, which basically means you are all sat on the same table. No privacy for a conversation. I will not return when we have an even numbered party because of this. If you have an odd number in your party you are afforded the luxury of a little more space. When eating here, three is certainly not a crowd - a delightful charm actually.\n\nIt would be a much more enjoyable experience if they had one or two fewer tables.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fab restaurant filled with the holiday spirit! Our family enjoyed a perfect breakfast during our Thanksgiving holiday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for Friday Brunch. Very lively and crowded place but great people watching and excellent food and drink. My friend had the Oyster bloody Mary and Corn Beef Hash.. I had the Eggs Meunere - my food was the lightest eggs I have ever had .. with mushrooms in a red wine sauce .. I'll have again.. it was excellent. I had the champange cocktail and then had to try one of the pastries .. just to taste.. really fun place and great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What an amazing experience! We are travellers from Australia who were after a nice French Bistro experience and, weren't we taken back! The food was absolutely delicious, classic/hearty French cooking down to a Tee. The portion sizes were huge. We had the steak frites and confit duck - both were spectacular and highly recommend! The wait staff were are also great. Extremely tentative constantly checking up to see if we were okay and provided great conversation and advice on the food. Could not rave about this place more! We will be back again before we leave!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch with my wife at Balthazar was fun, leisurely, energetic and tasty. The room was full, and busy when we arrived for our reservation. We were seated early, in spite of a very crowded space. Our open table reservation put at the front of the line, the walk ins did look to have a bit of a long wait. Our brunch items were all delicious, but what we appreciated the most was the total 'no rush' feel from our server, Mustafa, we couldn't have felt more comfortable. Balthazar is expensive, but I must say we are looking forward to returning.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was great overall. Had a small issue with one of the waiters, but the manager was extremely accommodating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome! We love this Bistro!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My absolute favorite restaurant in the city. It's crowded, noisy, bustling but such a fun experience. Waitstaff is experienced and friendly. Food is fabulous..steak frites is delicious..

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Having been a number of times for special occasions we were very disappointed in the quality of food this time. Sautéed fish turned out to be more similar to deep fried and steaks were undercooked. Sadly we won't be returning again. Appreciated the staff apologised for the poor experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I booked this restaurant in London before travelling to New York to celebrate my birthday - the Maitre D thought it funny to tell me there was no table. Not very funny.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every time we visit New York we save some time to visit Athens Balthazar and enjoy everything it has to offer.\nGreat time there with my family . :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favourite restaurant in NY - you need to make a reservation - it's always super packed !! The food is amazing ! Fresh seafood , perfekt onion soup , perfect Mules Frites - the atmosphere is real French ! Very good service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food, good service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were visiting from out of town. Bartender was not attentive but waiter provided good service. Snails were tasty but extremely small. We came due to a recommendation and food wasn't as good as we had experienced elsewhere in New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From start to finish everything was great.Place was decorated for Christmas,beautifully.we went for brunch and got seated right away.Very busy for a weekday

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So good! We love it here!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was tasteless and without any sophistication. I ate duck and my company had cod. As Swedish, we are spoiled with so many restaurangs that are top level without being a 'fine dining restaurant'. Therefore, I am often not completely satisfied with a restaurant visits abroad. My advice to the management. Come and visit us in Stockholm, book 6 months in advance a table at Little Ego, taste, experiance and learn !! There are many more restaurants that you can learn from in Stockholm. Good luck!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to eat and have fun, party atmosphere and a great buzz

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The costumer is mistreated! Hostess in bad mood, told us to wait in the bar and forgot us there. By the third time I asked her, she got us a table! Too few courtesy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had been wanting to try Balthazar for many years and finally made it. The place was packed to the gills with noise level to match. Service was very friendly and very efficient despite the size of the restaurant. Salt cod brandade was decadent and the steak frites was terrific. Worth a return visit to try other things on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our favorite spot when we're in town. This was our first time dining late after the theater and we totally appreciated the quiet, sparsely occupied dining room. Our waitress was very helpful with wine selection and food recommendations. As always, top notch!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great place for brunch, lunch and dinner. There was a good selection of oysters and we all had a different egg dish for brunch. Pastries were great too. The service was good- quick to refill coffee and clear dishes.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We travelled from the UK to NYC and read up on the top things to do. One of which was visit Balthazar. Place was busy when we arrived and we were squeezed into a table which had to be moved for us to sit down and then pushed back in. No getting up unless you wanted to upset a neighbouring table. I was so close to the next table I accidentally touched the person eating next to me twice. Service wasn't bad and ambience was nice but very loud. Waitress brought the wrong glass of wine as she couldn't hear us properly. I was really disappointed with our main course, I had Amish chicken which was raw in the middle and my friend had a steak with a vein pipe in it which put her off the rest of the meal. We were not charged for these meals which was good but it ruined the evening for us. Glad we can say we have been but wouldn't go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always reliable. Balthazar is one of a very few authentic French brasserie in ny. The wine list is varied and well priced, the food is excellent and their oysters are always fresh and appropriately cold. The wake staff is friendly and professional. All in all a diamond of a place. I've been going for decades and will continue to do so.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit to Balthazar and it was amazing!!! We were seated within minutes of arriving on a Sunday at 11:00 but we did have a reservation. It was packed and lively, super friendly waiters and host. Our food was fantastic. We had the eggs in puff pastry, eggs Benedict, french toast with fresh grapefruit juice and coffees. I only wish I lived closer so I could enjoy it more often. I will just look forward to visiting Balthazar on my next NY trip.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved this restaurant! First of all, we were 30 minutes late for the reservation and they still sat us at a great table. The food was AMAZING! and the waitress was friendly and helpful when taking our order. The ambiance was lively and fun. \nI would definitely recommend it and go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The tables are too close together so you have to move your chair every few minutes (e.g., when someone leaves their table, when waitstaff is trying to serve dishes, etc). Aso, waitstaff had no room to maneuver so they bumped into me a lot (not their fault). This also inadvertently caused food to spill on me. However, the food was excellent, our waitress was attentive, and the ambiance was lovely. I would recommed Balthazar for folks who do not mind dining in very close quarters.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this restaurant. It is like a piece of Paris dropped into New York and this was our second visit. The service this time wasn't quite up to our first experience. The waiter seemed less interested in our table and the one next to us than in a big party that was too loud and spilling into others' space. Balthazar is also exceedingly crowded. You feel like other people are sitting at your table, it's difficult to move about the restaurant and it's really loud. That said, the food is wonderful, the atmosphere is unique and certainly most of the staff are superb and caring.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've eaten at Balthazar three times now, for a lovely dinner with my mother, for lunch with girlfriends, and with my husband and teenage children. It was fabulous all three times. The selection of foods is extensive in all three menus. The service impeccable. We even tricked our son to try the steak tartare and he loved it. The price is a good value fir the experience and the delicious food. I highly recommend Balthazar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you like Paris you will love this place! It is so real, so authentic and so delicious! Onion soup, escargot- they've got it all!! And it's all delicious!!!\n\nEnjoy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service and the food is always consistently good. The menu has options from salads, sandwiches to delicious entrees - I am a fan of the pan roasted atlantic salmon and the ham and gruyere sandwich. Dot forget the pomme frites - they are never greasy and always cooked to perfection. Try one of the hand crafted cocktails too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! The food is always good. I go here every time I come to NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is very French in decor and ambience. The food was quite good, but overpriced for what it was. I had a very ordinary omelette for $20. We were in and out in about 20 minutes. Service was efficient and polite. It's a way to enjoy Paris in New York.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun atmosphere but tables are tiny and far too close together. We had to apologize to the couple seated next to us when we sat down! Nice menu selections but quality should have been higher for the prices being charged. The steak was tough, the salad looked like it had been poured out of a bag and a little dressing thrown on, and the haricots verts were past it. The spinach, on the other hand, was excellent, as were the fries. The service was also very good. Lively atmosphere and people seemed to be having a good time, but difficult to converse due to the noise level.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Short Ribs were amazing and the fries!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my third visit, it's becoming a must when in NY. Everything about this restaurant is appealing; greeting, food, service, decor, ambiance. A gem!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food and service. A favorite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am thrilled to have finally gone to Balthazar - it was perfect - thank you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classic French Brasserie. Beautiful vibrant decor and service. Absolutely delicious, lovely lunch!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great food and great service. The style of service can seem brusque, but it works for the french cafe vibe. The servers are attentive, extremely polite and professional. The food is mouthwatering and such a delight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dinner and the service was amazing! Some of the seats and tables are quite close together, but for just the two of us it was still nice. Would definitely dine here again when I'm back in NY!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious scargots, and Bistek au povre

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this charming little place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lobster risotto is a must. Steak frites were also very nice but I found myself wanting more of the risotto!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was average.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you want an early lunch, don't go here because they will adamantly refuse to serve anything but the breakfast menu before noon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came for a birthday celebration. Have always loved Balthazar but we were disappointed this time. The food was not as good as we remembered. Love the place, the atmosphere, the service. Felt the price was too high for food that was just ok.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very expensive and nothing special \nDisappointing from the isolated table

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Way overpriced. Drinks were more ice than alcohol. You sit practically on top of the next table. Not worth it for the exorbitant price for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! Literally everything. Salad, entree, dessert, service, ambiance - all simply top-notch! I always make a stop whenever I'm in NYC.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too stressful and noisy for a business lunch. xxxxxxx

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best steak I have ever been served! Anywhere. Succulent all the way. We had great service and the bill was a pleasant surprise!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

As frequent NY visitors, B is one of our FAV's ... never disappointing !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food but tables extremely close together !! \nHad to get up from table several times to let people out from table next to us.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unbelievably crowded at lunch! The noise level was overwhelming. Tables are so close together that you have to make sure you are eating the food on your own plate.\nThe bread is excellent but everything else is very pricey and not a good value. \nAt lunch there were many tourists and ladies who lunch celebrating birthdays. \nHaving been here many times over the years I do think the food has deteriorated and the appeal is to out of towners.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Onion soap was fantastic steak frites was very generous portion and very good with lots of fries. Duck was succulent. Blackberry smash and fresh 75 was delicious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Then staff has always gone above and beyond to make sure our meal and experience was an incredible one.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

as usuall great place in NY with an incredible wine list. a must in NY, for bkfast lunch or dinner!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great Bistro dining and a setting where there is a real feeling of French bistro albeit a very large and noisy one. Out of town guests loved the food and service was great despite noise and crowd. Very popular and a fun place for holiday lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good and the service was outstanding, even though the restaurant was very busy during lunch hour

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulously vibrating with New York Vibe & of course great food, wine & service...favorite every time I'm in New York!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

perfect restaurant to meet a good friend for lunch. Love the warm ambiance and old world feel. Excellent service. Food outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always try to get a reservation here when we come to NYC. Great food and good memories from prior visits. Staff is great at all levels.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great fun

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar was recommended by a friend. The service and food was wonderful and I kept expecting to see some celebrities. I'll definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place, food is great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

There's no room enough and so the tables stay too close one to another! The restaurant was not crowded but they put costumers tight to each other! More flexibility would do some good! The food was as expected!! Very good as always

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My first time finally to this great classic. Worth many more trips.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I first heard of the Balthazar from their cookbook. Always had a desire to try this place and it exceeded my expectations of what I expected the food to be. Classic French, great atmosphere, excellent service. One of my favorite dining experiences. Tip: order a French martini and the duck confit. You won't go wrong. Highly recommend a visit; I will be returning the next time I'm in NYC / SoHo

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite New York restaurant. Wonderful ambiance , great food. I highly recommend the duck confit

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Could a restaurant be more NYC? Balthazar is great - celebrity spotting, fab French bistro food, solid wine list. Steak frites with maitre d' butter and Bearnaise sauce are a must.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good is amazing. Heavy French influence. Escargot some of the best I've ever had. Eggs Benedict also delicious. Tables are very close together. High ceilings make for a noisy environment but not too bad. Food and service more than make up for it. My second time dining. Will definitely be back!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservations for my birthday lunch on Monday, Nov 14th. We arrived right at opening lunch time (12pm). The host squeezed us in the far left corner of the restaurant next to 2 tourists who were taking up the whole booth, even though the majority of the restaurant was empty. The server was nice, but kept interrupting and hounding us to order as the place began to fill up. After about 15 minutes we decided to order an appetizer and entrees. Immediately after ordering, a loud banging and drilling began outside of our window. I remember noticing there was a construction sign outside when I was walking in. This did not stop the entire time we were having lunch. We could barely hear ourselves speak and it was extremely distracting. \n\nOur appetizer came and went and it was now 45 minutes after ordering our entree's that we still had no food. A man with a heavy accent, assuming the manager, came over and said that our meal would be right out and he apologized. I explained to him that we ordered over 45 minutes ago and I had told our server when ordering that I had to leave by 1PM (which it was 1:02PM) leaving me no time to eat. I had ordered the pork chops, a $40+ dish that I now needed to scarf down if I wanted to get to my appointment on time. He mumbled something inaudible because of the loud drilling and banging that was coming through the wall, and walked away without a chance to clarify. \n\nAnother FIFTEEN minutes, now over an hour since we ordered, our meal came. It was good, but I unfortunately had only 2 bites before having to ask my server to pack it up. Not only that but our bill was almost $200. I was so upset. I had been planning on coming here for some time and it was the worst service and experience I've had in Manhattan, especially at this price point. I would not recommend anyone to come here based on how I was disregarded.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time there. Fabulous like the first time. Food is outstanding and service from Maitre d to servers to bus people were top-notch and most important, friendly!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

To crowdy and to noisy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had yet another fantastic meal here, we came for breakfast and everyone was so attentive and thoughtful , I'd always return here , great food and service to match

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I were visiting New York and thought we would check out this classic establishment. We absolutely loved the vibe as soon as we walked in. Tons of buzz, great lighting, romantic booths, etc. The server was sweet and attentive. The wine was delicious and the appetizer was fantastic. We both ordered steak frites as our main course and were not impressed. Absolutely nothing to write home about. We frequent Mon Ami Gabi in Chicago and both agreed we would rather have steak frites there than at this much pricier option in New York. Disappointing final dinner in this fabulous city.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We never skip Balthazar when we are in town. This time the food was great as always but our waiter kept trying to make us order more and it got to a point where is was awkward and unpleasant. \nWe will of course be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our service was fabulous--the waitress was so helpful in helping us navigate the menu, since it was our 1st visit. She was wonderful w/ our 12 yr old son--he left saying, we have to go back there! impeccable food. Will be on our must-do list for breakfast/brunch on future NYC visits.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I live to dine at Balthazar each time we visit NYC. It has become our tradition and it never fails to satisfy our palate.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch was delicious and the service was wonderful. Not sure it was worth the price, though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

a steady charmer; very good food , served professionally in a french brasserie type restaurant. definately recommend . make sure to make a reservation- i noticed several diners being turned away.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The attention we received from our server throughout the meal was outstanding.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is solid and consistent on all aspects. One of my favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible birthday celebration at Balthazar. The Salad Nicoise and Cod dish were over the top. Fresh oysters and shrimp. I felt like I was in a brasserie in Paris!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

... for a true French bistro in New York. Expect it to be packed at any time, making conversation a bit tough, but that is part of the energetic atmosphere. Service is prompt and professional. Our steak frites were great and the trout got rave reviews. Onion soup and goat cheese tart were classics for starters, and the lemon and mascarpone mousse was the perfect way to close the evening. Try for a booth on the side of the room, a bit more space.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Make reservations! No matter what time of day it is or what day of the week, it is always packed! Be prepared to sit in close quarters (nothing new for those who have dined in NYC before) but also be prepared for some fantastic food! \n\nA little on the pricey end but well worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to have lunch if you happen to be around Spring St. The place is around for many years and still great food nice ambiance

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual, this restaurant is reliable in terms of quality and service. I would recommend adding some special to the breakfast menu. If you a regular customer, sometimes you want something new. Still, the menu is versatile and great. I usually eat there breakfast so I can't comment on other meals, but I keep coming back, which says something.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The tables are very close and makes service a challenge, nevertheless our bus person dropped a knife on my husband's flank and then spilled a large amount of water on my foot and shoe, and he didn't even notice. The food was ok, but not worth the cramped space and careless service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall a wonderful meal and great menu, but one must be prepared for being elbow-to-elbow with the other diners during prime time. The wait staff does an amazing job navigating the space they have and being responsive but an intimate dinner is not possible unless you are considering off hours.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We got a small booth for the 3 of us; I think it might be the best table they have but the whole evening we struggled with our legs(why such tight seating??). I like the high ceiling that was a big plus. Waiter service is very good; great selection of wines. \nEscargot was ok, if you order it make sure take them out of the shell and let them soak in the sauce to get some flavor into them. The salads are good, my salad had an egg on top, I was sorry I ate it. The prawns and crabmeat was very good.\nThe steak we ordered I did not like at all, my family said it s not bad; the mushrooms were okay. I liked the chocolate pot de creme and my son liked the creme brûlée. But I won't be back, I prefer their sister restaurant, it's very tight there too but the food it much better and the steak exceptional.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bustling but fun Saturday night dinner party for 7 to celebrate a birthday. The look, ambience and menu is authentic French. All the food and service was great, and you pay for it. It's a happening place and worth the occasional splurge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthasar is an instItution - in a GOOD way. It's one of the few American venues that actually FEELS like a French brasserie. The menu isn't adventurous, but if you want a great place to camp out with your Sunday morning paper, you can NOT do better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance, the food, the waitstaff, decor.... everything was over the top. I could have eaten there every night and been completely happy. It was so cozy. It was after theatre and we were told to take our time. So refreshing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as always. A bit quieter than usual, but expected because of the Marathon weekend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My nephew was a chef in NYC until he bought a farm in NC. He introduced me to Balthazar a few years ago, and I never visit NYC without going for breakfast. I actually went two days in a row on a visit.\n\nI always start with a coffee, one of the donuts of the day, and sometimes chase that with a Pain au Chocolat. This visit I had the scrambled eggs in puff pastry with wild mushrooms. It could not have been more delicious. \n\nBalthazar is the gold standard of French Bistro dining. The waitstaff is professional, the ambiance lively but unobtrusive. \n\n***Be sure to go the bakery next door to take some of the treats home. Do wait in line because it's worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, Balthazar serves up a great night. Our server was attentive, responsive and really sweet. Great food - the oysters are always my favorite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun, lively place with great service and decent food. Great late-night option.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

After all the years, Balthazar still delivers a great meal, fun atmosphere and very good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

we took my mother in law here for breakfast as part of her 70th birthday weekend treat - service was brilliant as always and they even put a little birthday candle on her plate and wished her 'Happy Birthday' This place is so vibrant and welcoming

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a hit with out of town guests, very beautiful spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice ambiance and though very busy, attention and food was great and all in a timely manner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A must if you're ever in SOHO. One of the few places that I can honestly say everything on the menu is amazing. Always come here every trip to NYC. See you again soon!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My trips to New York are never complete without a trip to Balthazar. It is New York with a French twist. Great food and the buzz of city people. Don't miss it!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's just ok for basic french food at an astonishing high price....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

FOOD is key here, everything Ive eaten is really wonderful, but it is definately expensive and not for anyone that is just looking to dine casually, it is also CROWDED with tourists, but is worth it, since the food is SO good, their oysters are one of the best ive had in a while.\nGO NOW

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious & great atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everyone loved their food and our server was wonderful

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent. I went twice during my last business trip to NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Still love the place, but took over 45 minutes for my wife to get her salad and me my ham and cheese sandwich.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very accommodating- plated shared dishes separately. Steak and risotto were delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Warm, friendly, efficient service. Great atmosphere. Food well presented and delicious!!!\nI will return!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

$60 for a bowl of granola and a pastry basket was too high . There are no eggs on breakfast menu just granola oatmeal and pasties. The bread basket had two good items the rest cold and hard not what I expected I wanted over the top fresh from oven pastries not cold bread

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As every year in our travel to NY we we todos to Balthazar. A great place with nice ambiance , food and always a good place to visit in the City. If you have todos been there you should go !!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar was great. Food was excellent. Atmosphere was very good. The service was absolutely excellent and made the experience great. I would definitely come back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Noise level crazy, food we ordered was good however $45.00 for fish stew and $28.00 for a 6 inch chicken breast with polenta and greens? We came to dine at a NYC food icon and the service was great however the only thing I could figure out was it was a great place for the ladies who lunch to display their Chanel, Gucci, Armani, etc. shopping bags while they ate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been to Balthazar several times over the past 10 years and always enjoy it. Breakfast was absolutely elegant. Felt like we were in Europe! Service was spectacular.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice atmosphere. Steak frittes was good but my steak was overcooked a bit. The fries were amazing! I'd get the burger if I returned--looked amazing. The cheesecake was yummy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was a very good French bistro experience similar to France

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my 'gp-to's' when I am in NYC. Its always yummy. Their French Onion soup is the best in town. Burgers, Chicken, sandwiches all great. Breakfast is also a must.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar has been my favorite NYC restaurant since Keith McNally opened it. The food is superb; the service impeccable and the front staff are always accommodating with reservations. The selection of food is second to none as is the quality. I have also given birthday parties and other special occasions there. Perhaps the most attentive restaurant in NYC. Don't miss it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food! One of the best meals I've add for a long time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This reservation was a NO-SHOW, the number of people increased and I asked the restaurant to help me accommodate and they told me they would call me back. I am still waiting for that phone call. As I always say 'Rudeness does not make you fancy...It just makes you Rude' and I think this restaurant has not yet learned that lesson. \nLet's wait until people get tired of it and they will call looking for business and will add nice people on the reservations department.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good wine, fabulous dessert but overpriced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Looks like only one place in the NYC,Penn Station on pick hours.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a great place to Dine in New York. Excellent food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food and the ambience. Feels like I'm in France.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love coming here and love the atmosphere. We did have trouble getting seated and had to stand in a pretty long line. Not sure how threat could be fixed but the line moved fairly quickly. I had the ham and cheese sandwich which was excellent. The French fries were crispy and wonderful. Presentation is very nice.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have be coming to Balthazar for years and think I'm done. The food was not presented as lovely as in the past and came cold to the table. The waiter must had been new because he didn't mention that the 'artichokes' which was the reason for ordering the specific egg dish was not available that day . This isn't an inexpensive place for breakfast but it can be fun to people watch and have yummy bread and pastries. Not this time and I was truly disappointed with the entire experience. Save your money and time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

They were accommodating to our young children and the drinks were perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best brunch we've had at Balthazar. The avocado and salsa toast was so savoury. Our kids loved the donuts. There was an incident with a psychiatric individual coming in off the street which was handled extremely well by the all the staff in the restaurant. Kudos!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What an AMAZING French Restaurant!!! EXCELLENT food and service!! Escargot=Perfection,Beet Salad=Amazing,Pepper Steak=Like none I have ever had before. Cooked exactly like ordered and tender,Lamb Shank=Fall off the bone and melt in your mouth,Gruyere Grits=A delectable DELIGHT! THANK YOU. Will be my go to every time I go back to NYC!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our faves!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You know it's great when it's hopping at 11PM!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were perfect as always. Just wish it wasn't so loud!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I always have lunch or dinner when in New York. I love the food. The wine list is very good also. But the place is very noisy. The chairs are so close the you can listen for others people conversation. This is not a pleasant thing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've walked by this restaurant so many times & it's always busy! We have a love of French food so we had to try it out! We booked in for 6pm on a Tuesday eve & we arrived 20 mins late! Traffic! They said nothing about our tardiness & showed us straight to our table! The restaurant is quite large & open plan with a lot of tables but we still felt quite private. The wine list is a little overwhelming for choice but the waitress printed us in the right direction! We had 2 guests visiting from Ireland & they wouldn't be that adventurous so I think they were worries where they seen the menu! But I assured them that there was plenty of 'safe choices' once you translated them to English! I had the Goat cheese tart to start & it was delicious! I had the duck confit & again superb. My only critic was the large amount of mushrooms! I had the lemon mascarpone mousse for desert & it was class! My husband had the 'Cuisse de Lapin' for mains & was expecting big things since it was a special but he said it was nice but nothing to write home about so a little disappointed with that. Overall a lovely restaurant. My hubbie would return as he seen lots of other choices he wants to try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Balthazar! Great food and service. Tried brunch this time for my son's 18th bday and it was perfect. They made it special offering him any pastry on the house and sang happy birthday. Nice touch! We will be back again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent ambiance and service! Perfect for our Valentine's Dinner!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is very nice and the ambiance is good, but in general we felt it was overrated and the food was not that great, far from a real French Brasserie

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We come here every time we are in New York. A fantastic french restaurant with a great atmosphere. The line at the door says it all!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really love this place!!! I've always had a great time there, good food, nice waiters everything ok! For lunch or dinner!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seafood platters best in NYC. Impossible to reserve specific tables even when given advance notice.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food but way overpriced...\nHad a nice brunch but nothing exceptional.\nTourist trap.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in New York. I recommend it to everyone. I just wish I had carte blanch for all the people I have sent there. You are always on my social media posts. I only have a problem with the lines... I very often go by myself for a glass of wine at your bar. In the winter I have your fab soup d'onion - its my special time to myself, seating at your bar having my soup and vino. Thanks for EXISTING! ;)

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Stressad waiters. Loud noise level, like being in a big market place. Unfortunately no restaurant atmosphere. It was a waste of 'money'.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just an amazing place.. Everything is great! We were running late due to traffic but we called and when we arrived the host was very friendly because we had called and gave us a great table. Tried the eggplant sandwich .. Delicious

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

First visit, despite several trips to Manhattan. Made reservations for very late lunch ( or very early dinner) and it was perfect, It was quite lively when we arrived at 4pm, but by the end of the meal at 5:30pm, it had slowed to a delightful hum. We were seated a few minutes after our reservation time, but were given a great banquet for our patience. Bread service is not to be missed. Warm bread with slightly softened butter. My sister opted for the perfectly cooked steak frites (medium was not overdone as it sometimes is in the Midwest.) Béarnaise sauce was decadent. I enjoyed the Toasted ham and Gruyere sandwich, especially as the bread was delightfully crusty and soft at the same time, with the true taste of butter. My sister enjoyed a great Manhattan. I had a lovely glass of Pol Roger champagne followed by a Ladoucette Pouilly Fume. We finished off this excellent repast with Pot de crème and crème brulee. Sauntered out, only to stop at their bakery next door to buy chocolate croissants for breakfast the next day. Would return again in a heartbeat. Reservations definitely help make the meal seamless.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had an entree of delicious oysters an amazing egg benedict with smoked salmon 😀

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I ate at Balthazar when visiting NYC with a group of girlfriends, and the experience did not disappoint! The French onion soup was flavorful, the bread was soft and delicious, and the Salad Niçiose was perfect to pair with the soup. The ambiance was authentic, like we were at a cafe in Paris. I would definitely go back and recommend to everyone!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite NYC food spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere, wonderful waitress, great food, but our open table reservation was lost so we had to wait half an hour. Other than that, we had a great time!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were visiting New York and this restaurant was highly recommended by my sister in law. It had wonderful ambiance but the menu was limited and the food was not worth the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My girlfriend has been talking about Balthazar for months prior to our trip to New York. The first item we ordered was a frisse salad. It exceeded all expectations. We enjoyed a delicious and perfectly prepared steak and frites for our main course.. For dessert we enjoyed a delicious apple tartin. It was a little loud inside but that's the price you pay for dining at a very popular establishment. We were extremely happy with our dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The lady (can´t remember her name) was really nice to us! She was in a good mood all the time!\nIt was my sister's birthday and she brought her desert with a candle on it so that we could sing happy birhtday!\nVery delicious food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great onion soup and duck!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Simply the best

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was canseled

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the place that you want to take people for brunch in NYC if you want to give them bragging rights. Weekend menu is a little bit more diverse with more fancier options (love the nutella tartine).\nOne of my favorites and love going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great\nWine food service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best. Love love love

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another favorite \nConsistently great \nFood drinks atmosphere still crowded & seating at 10:30pm so worth it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Doesn't get better than Balthazar \nBest service food always great \nWine etc

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Simply the best

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A bit of a zoo at the hostess desk, but great food at reasonable prices. Loud. Great bar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Really enjoyed the evening

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An amazing breakfast after running the new york marathon, perfect for re-fueling :)

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Weekday menu not as good as Brunch on weekends. Service was great but food was a disappointment. \nIt's incredible how easy you can screw up a breakfast.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service were equally superb. Great place for breakfast. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everyone that visits Balthazar loves the environment, likes the food, always returns and claims the restaurant to be one of their favorites,

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food overrated, miserly portions, highly overpriced!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had made a 6:00 reservation, but for some reason we were not seated until 6:45. The host and hostesses could clearly see that I was truly annoyed, and we were offered free champagne. Our dinner was delicious, and they also comped our dessert and cappuccinos. We did not ask for or expect this. And we are grateful for their obvious concern and attempt to make things right. My skate wing was great, with lovely fresh salad on it, and the ice creams were outstanding. \nBalthazar has been in business for years (we have been there several times in the past fifteen years (it's a spot we love whenever we visit NYC). They should know how to book tables and take reservations. I am grateful for their concern and consideration, but this did happen. It's fortunate we didn't have plans after dinner. We would have had a problem if we did. \nAnd the noise level was really hard to bear.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful experience as always! Thank you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good and expensive

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Almost every time I visit New York I just feel that I could not skip over Balthazar. It would feel like cheating. I just like it some much. This time was special, since I had managed to get the whole family together. I am from Northern Sweden, and as it happened, I helped a group of ladies at the neighboring table to take a picture of them, AND strangely enough they were all friends to my sister (also from northern Sweden). Yet another Balthazar memory for life.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There are some restaurants that fully understand the whole experience of dining out. This restaurant hit the nail on the head in all aspects . The host recognized that our reservation for 6:00 had extended to 6:15 without our complaining and promptly brought us each a glass of champagne and an apology. (We were seated only moments later) . The wait staff were very knowledgeable and helpful concerning the menu. The food was delicious and timed properly making the entire event from beginning to end an experience worth doing again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My fiancé and I got engaged at Balthazar last week and they were very accommodating. I messaged ahead of time and our waitress was all prepped and ready to photograph the moment. The staff were delightful and the food was, as you would expect, delicious. A breakfast/brunch must do for anyone visiting NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Patrons of La Coupole in Paris will love Balthazar! Excellent brasserie style food well presented with attention to detail, my wife and I have never been disappointed with the food or the service. For a fine Parisian meal without paying the air fare, Balthazar is a great choice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Breakfast at Balthazar was the perfect way to finish my NYC trip. Friendly staff and a warm inviting atmosphere. The perfect blend of French style and taste in the modern city of NYC the staff were attentive and friendly. I am excited to make my way back to this lovely city gem!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great service. They really appreciated my friend's gluten allergy & had several good meal options on the menu. The duck confit was to die for. Very buzzy place & I will go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is amazing in all respects. From the moment we walked in the door we knew we had found a special house. The food was exceptional, the most wonderful duck I have ever tasted. The staff was attentive but not overbearing. The manager Jason deserves appreciation as he top notch, observant of his responsibilities but subtle and professional as he watches over. He was very kind to us and was sincerely genuine about his passion for Balthazar and the industry. We were the last to leave, but never felt hurried. We felt valued and appreciated. They acknowledged our 25th wedding anniversary.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is an unique New York experience! There is no other restaurant in the U.S. that has the great French brasserie ambience, energy, cuisine and service. It is also open for breakfast running until late-night dinners. Love this place! Always a fun go-to place for regular dining as well as birthday and special occasions.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time at Balthazar... Great experience! Our waiter was wonderful, timely and very polite. \nThe waffles with berries are fabulous!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

LOVE THIS RESTAURANT. I'VE HAD LUNCH HERE SEVERAL TIMES AND EACH TIME THE FOOD AND SERVICE HAS BEEN WONDERFUL. ALWAYS CROWDED SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A RESERVATION. IF YOU ARE SHOPPING IN SOHO THIS IS IS A GREAT SPOT TO GRAB LUNCH. I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND BALTHAZAR!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere service and food.. awesome dining experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really grateful for the reservation organization. I booked and we came 10 mins in advance and were seated.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is Balthazar- you sit in top of each other and you are thankful!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was looking forward to make it back to this' mock- grand- wanna -be French -old school like brasserie à la Coupole style' , to celebrate my French arse B'Day with my little family of 2. The energy level was certainly there, and I was immediately reminded that there is a high price to pay to hang out there when I heard '$17.50' from the bar tender for my Riesling!! OUCH. I must say the second glass was very generously poured. Thank you!\nWe were shown to our table very swiftly thanks to our open table reservation done only the night before to find our selves right by the towering raw bar! So oysters we had and delicious they were. The onion soup was very average, their liver mousse is as steady as it gets. Nice very buttery skate wing, that justifies the high slip , I guess . The Trout garnish could use a make over and /or more butter to warrant it's tag. I remember the once sublime duck Parmentier to be sexier than the current cast iron paesant style presentation. Oh well..\nA pitcher of 'Cotes du Rhone' is a no brainer choice to limit the damage before you get Hit big time with $13 a pop dessert! Chocolate tart with no much pastry cheffing to support it and what happen to my favorite sorbets!! FLAVORLESS. The room energy and the happy mood of my tight family made up for it all. Will we be back??

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unbelievably delicious, great service, lively atmosphere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was excellent. Alittle too noisy.\nFood was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tough to maintain high standards here given how long this place has been around but we had another great (early evening) dinner here. Very attentive service - everyone from the maitre'd to the busboys/girls.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice experience but ... very touristy, overpriced (for the food quality), too popular for its own good

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a night stop in NY and brought my 5 year old son for a late dinner!The service was great and he loved it.My favorite restaurant to invite a NY newcomer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service. Delicious dining. Great maitre'd - seated on time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Consistently good. Food, service and knowledge of food is just great! Love it here!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous French fare\nCan't go wrong for Breakfast Lunch or Dinner\nFeels as if you've been transported to Paris walking through the door

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although the seating can feel cramped, that is one of the many things that makes this classic NY restaurant feel like you are really in NY. We had a great lunch as always, wait staff was on point and wonderful to us. We remain excited to come back. Oh, and the bloody mary - divine!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The absolute best for business entertaining or flat our fun. Great food. Service. Attention to detail.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was no surprise that we had a great dinning experience, as we have been there before and we have enjoyed it every time. Yes, it is noisy as it is typically crowded but this adds to the festive experience which accompanies the delicious food. Would recommend it to anybody. - CY

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a very safe bet!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We're from Washington state and enjoyed the time and food there.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Energetic, noisy restaurant. Always fun to go once in awhile. Truly an experience

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my 3th time in Baltazhar but not as well as before, The service not well , like in hurry and not taking care of you. The food nothing special

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is usually a go to pick for us when visiting New York. But we will not return for a long time. We were celebrating a birthday which our waitress knew about. Yet our meal ended with nothing but the check. Portions on the coc au vin were teeney....part of a wing and a small thigh. Our bussboy was attentive but the waitress was distant and overall service was lackluster. ....End result was a really disappointing, expensive birthday dinner. A bright note were the pomme frite which are still outstanding.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wine was worst..

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I always order duck confit, delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazar is always a treat. It's a French bistro in the heart of New York City. If it was in Paris, it would be one of the best restaurants over there as well. It's noisy and energetic, so if you're looking for a quiet spot, go elsewhere; but it is one of my favorites for both business dining and a night out with my sweetheart.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Couldn't honor my reservation so left. Was a mad house at the door and didn't seem to even realize we had a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Spent the weekend in New York with family. By far the nicest meal we had during our trip. Good menu to suit all tastes (including fussy eaters). The waitress was attentive and friendly. We arrived half an hour early for our 10pm booking and they took us right away. Definitely going back next time!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very poor foods , the meat was like a shoes...\nThe service super fast like a fast food...\nI am great to god that I don't have eat the fish food ...so I wil go in hospital.\nI never back....!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lively fun environment. Feels European. Cool crowd of all ages.. Casual dress. Great service. French onion soup and creme brûlée were out of the world. Loved the beet salad, and the pork shop special and skate were tasty and portions were generous. A plus. When we did not like our first corner table, they kindly moved us--no big deal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seafood tower was great, but everything else we ordered was subpar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice food, crowd place but comfortable one. Probably the have a amazing brunch. The lobster risotto and the tartare steak were overwhelming.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend and I very much enjoyed our dinner at Balthazar -- excellent service and outstanding food. I just felt it was slightly expensive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been coming to Balthazar since it opened. We live in Newport Beach, CA but love NY and come often. Balthazar is a truly authentic French Bistro. The food is exquisite and it's amazing that the service is so good considering how crowded it is. Our only complaint is too many tourist and often they're rude, underdressed and loud so it does take away a little of the special experience Balthazar use to offer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were served a delicious brunch and treated to very attentive service. Our server went so far as to check with Balthazar's adjoining bakery to satisfy our specific requests. We would recommend Balthazar to any and all of our foodie friends and NYC vacationers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was ok brasserie food in typical brasserie decor setting. BUT sat down and left for dead...no drink order taken, NOTHING for 20+ minutes.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Balthazaar is a timeless restaurant that you can't miss going to if you're in Soho. I work around the corner and find myself there at least once every two weeks. In the classic french fashion its quite slow so I wouldn't suggest going for a work lunch or if you're pressed for time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best places in town to dine in - a true landmark and definite must-dine-at.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Food is amazing and the service fantastic but it's a little over priced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is good but the space betweet table is very small and too much noise

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent as always. We had a 5.30 reservations and the staff made sure they got us in and out in time to make our show. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot for brunch with friends. Good food and friendly service

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

he restaurant was very busy and you were packed in like sardines. the table next to us was that close we ended up speaking to them, as it was hard not to.. overall experience = Overpriced Communal Dining. Food was just ok, I've eaten better French food for half the cost and more room available. I would not be looking to recommend the place to people that wish to have good French food or wish to have some privacy at their table. \n\nThe escargot, which I thought would have been a signature dish was a little disappointing, as very little garlic and also chewy