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About Barbuzzo Restaurant
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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 been here several times and never had a bad meal. In fact, I've never tried a dish I didn't like. Standouts from my most recent visit included the sheeps-milk ricotta starter, beet salad, octopus, and of course the budino (one of my favorite desserts in the city).
It was great, the food was fantastic. I got the Brussels sprouts, the ricotta and the lamb ragu. For dessert I got the salted caramel budino. My only complaint was that the table my friend and I were seated at was tiny, there was no room to move and I felt stuffed in a corner.
We enjoyed our cheese plate with a side of olives and the grilled vegetable sandwich. The salted caramel budino lived up to its reputation and was outstanding. We ate lunch at 12:30 on a Wednesday and the noise level was deafening Even our waitress lamented not being able to hear while we were ordering, so this is definitely not a place for a quiet date. The seating is rather cramped (we were at a two top) and in order for us or others at the two tops to exit, we were always being bumped into, or bumping them which is a little awkward. FYI, we liked the food, but the menu is not extensive so best to check it out before you go lest you are disappointed.
I took my mother here for her birthday. Even with a busy atmosphere and high noise level, our waiter was extremely attentive and quick to respond to all of our questions and needs. Food is excellent - well-balanced flavors with creative choices (bone marrow) among classics (lamb shank). Our waiter recommended 2-3 dishes per person and this was a good amount. We left feeling full but not overstuffed. Prices were very affordable for the level of cuisine and service that we received. I would definitely recommend to friends!
Took my adult son out for lunch, I came from N.J. and its worth the drive, great fresh menu, different items to choose from and good service. Been there a few times and I have never been disappointed. Actually in May we are having his rehearsal dinner catered upstairs.
Heard good things about Barbuzzo and decided to have lunch there. Seating is cramped and limited to reservations so be ready to either sit at the counter or wait. I had pasta which was $14. Husband had grilled veggie sandwich and salad [menu said fries]. Basic basic flavors, nothing worth the price. Service was delayed and overly casual for the price point. Dessert was $9, the highly-spoken-of budino. Was best part of meal but was only a custard parfait topped with unsweetened whipped cream. Won't be back. Shame, because it was so highly recommended.
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.
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