About Barbuzzo Restaurant
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday to Saturday: 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5pm - 12am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets.
Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station
Marcie B Turney
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Barbuzzo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I've eaten here alone twice while on business in Philly and both times I got the feeling the solo diner is bottom priority. Happily for Barbuzzo, they are always busy, but for me it impacted the service. Servers were distracted and pacing was off. But the food is excellent and so is the value (although they make up for it in the price of wine).
I had heard rave reviews of the budino dessert, which was definitely well deserved and the best part of the meal! Otherwise, I had the brussels sprouts and the gnocchi, which were saturated in butter and not very flavorful. Also the restaurant is small and cramped, and the service was a bit rushed, and sometimes condescending. I heard you can order the budino to take away, which I might do next time rather than sitting and eating at the restaurant.
Disappointing sums it up. Of the four small plates we orders, only one was really good and three were so so. One dessert was good, the other just okay. If you like really small tables and enjoy being seated on top of other diners, Barbuzzo is fine. If you can tolerate dim lights, you'll like eating here. Finally, if you tolerate a high noise level from both music and conversation, this is your place.
Unfortunately we were sat in the back next to the oven and our eyes burned the whole night. The gnocchi was greasy and the short rib could have been tastier - it was also the last to be served and not hungry by the time it came. Too long of a wait for our food. Way too crowded and needs more ventilation.
This was our first time at Barbuzzo, and we want to go back. The squash tortellini was the best of the dishes that we chose, but that is not to disparage any of them. The restaurant is tightly packed, so try to get a table next to the wall so you don't get bumped.
The ambiance is wonderful, but they need to work on their service and food arrangements a little more. The pizza was all right, but the salad was pretty tasteless. What WAS pretty awesome was the bone marrow dish - get that if you're in the mood for a more unique experience! In general, the cuisine is quite far from Mediterranean proper, so just FYI, don't set your expectations in that direction.
Always Excellent cuisine & service. The cheese & charcuterie boards are always amazing. The vegetable dishes unique & savory. We had the meatballs & short rib, both were delicious. The cauliflower & leeks with cheese saucy so so good. The root vegetable salad was light & refreshing. Specialty cocktails are always great. Brady, the bartender always gives my husband & I exceptional service. We prefer to dine at the bar.
5:00 reservation and we were seated immediately. We had theater tickets and told our server. Since this was tapas food it was served as soon as it was ready. The food was excellent for sharing. We did not feel rushed and enjoyed the experience. I certainly will return.
I can always count on Barbuzzo for a great meal. The tables are definitely close together but to me that is part of the experience. Unfortunately this visit we were placed right in the front of the restaurant by the door and though they have a curtain around the door it didn't exactly go to the door so our table was FREEZING. It was bone chilling every time the door opened. We were just unlucky with our seat but it really wasn't a great experience. Besides that the food and service was great!!
Went for restaurant week and had a great lunch. Tight quarters and very little moving room within the restaurant, but who comes for that anyway. The sheep's milk ricotta is very delicious and well flavored. I loved the balsamic mixed in with it. Had the swordfish as my entree and again very delicious and tender. Lots of flavors in the sauce and loved that the fish came on a skewer. I was surprised that the raved about salted caramel budino was way too sweet and could not be finished, but the tiramisu was the shining star of the meal.
Went for restaurant week. It was a great way to try multiple items off the menu. The gnocchi is incredible. I picked two different reds to try off the wine list which were superb. The service was great. The ambiance was okay. They place is tiny, sort of reminds you of a NYC restaurant, but I would definitely go again!
I took advantage of restaurant week with a friend. The food was great, ambiance causal and rustic, with a lot of happy noises. The only small issue was that it was pretty dark, and hard to read the menu or see what the dish looks like. Had to use a flashlight, but it was great overall!
We have been to Barbuzzo several times. We just can't stay away. The service is always excellent. The food is top notch. We have our favorites but everything we have tried is delicious. The prices are very reasonable for what you get. You will not leave hungry. Highly recommend for friends or a date night.
My boyfriend and I came here (for the second time) to enjoy restaurant week and, wow did we make a good choice! To start, the complimentary sheep's milk cheese with toasted bread was delectable. Then, my generous kale pesto salad was popping with flavor and color. For an entree, the swordfish was not only soaked with flavor, but was an extra special treat because it only is on the menu during restaurant week. The budino for dessert was so rich but also amazing. Overall, I think Barbuzzo is honestly one of, if not, the best restaurant in Philly.
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