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
Service was average. We were totally uni ...
Service was average. We were totally unimpressed with the food. Many things were just warm but if you waited for server to check they would have been ice cold by the time they come back. Initially they brought the wrong arancini and when we told them there was no apology but a simple oh this is wrong. They cram you in like a can of sardines. I will say they did bring drinks quickly but of course, it drives the bill up. Best thing was salted caramel budino. Not sure I'll ever go back.
Reservations were at 5:30 on a Friday. ...
Reservations were at 5:30 on a Friday. A bit too dark and loud for our taste. Very crowded. The plates are small, the pizza was good, pasta was outstanding, and the beet salad was delicious. Bundini and gelato were very good. A bit pricy and very trendy as it took us a while to get reservations.
This was our second trip to Barbuzzo, th ...
This was our second trip to Barbuzzo, this time for lunch rather than dinner. Once again, we were verry happy with our experience. We got the cheese board, the meat board, a beet salad, and the chicken breast appetizer. All were delicious. Drinks were great too, as was the caramel budino for dessert. The service was very good. The only real downside (and it's not that big of a deal) is that seating is pretty tight in certain spots. We will be happy to go back when we get another chance!
We loved our meal at Barbuzzo's. The foo ...
We loved our meal at Barbuzzo's. The food was inventive and delicious. The cheese platter was astounding. Not a place where you expect a chef to display the most creativity, but this was a delightful gustatory adventure. The shaved winter root salad was heavenly, as was the signature dessert (which we split; it was plenty for two). I had the bronzino fillet. It tasted (felt) like it had been frozen, but it was fresh and not at all fishy. My dinner companion had the lamb shank which was a generous portion, and was cooked to the point where the meat just fell off the bone. (Tasty, but not for folks who want their meat cool in the center.) Our waitress was attentive and alert, and the cooks in the open kitchen all seemed engaged and enjoyed making meals for a very busy restaurant. Our only complaint would be how dim the place was. Early in the evening (before 7, I think) the lights became so dim we couldn't read the menus, and even seeing what was what on your plate was difficult. This was not a serious mar to a meal that we will likely remember for quite a while.
The food was amazing! The service, not s ...
The food was amazing! The service, not so much. It took a half hour for us to get our third course. When I asked our waiter when our food would be coming, he only said, "The food comes out as it is prepared". The problem was the table to the right of us, which was seated after us, got the same dish I ordered much sooner than I did. The table to the left of us, which was seated even later than the other table, got the same dish my husband ordered much sooner than he did. I was annoyed that the waiter didn't apologize for the significant delay, especially when somebody obviously made an error. The bussing staff was very good. It was only the waiter and the long wait we were unhappy with. Since it was our wedding anniversary, and we didn't want any unpleasant interactions, we chose not to complain to the waiter or to the manager that night.
NOISE DARK SALTY-- that sums it up here! ...
NOISE DARK SALTY-- that sums it up here! My review won't matter because there's a two-month in advance reservation time line but I will provide it anyway. It is extremely noisy. We were seated in a dark corner in the back. And my food was way beyond salty. I mentioned how dark it was to the waitress and she said "lots of people say that" and I asked for an additional table candle and she said "we don't have any extra". I ordered the Branzino. Barely edible because it tasted as if a salt shaker fell on it.
I would definitely go back to Barbuzzo. ...
I would definitely go back to Barbuzzo. The food was wonderful as was the service. The restaurant is extremely dark, however, and many people had to use the flashlight on their phones to read the menu. Too dark; but the food is worth it!
Sharing plates, the recommended strategy ...
Sharing plates, the recommended strategy, provides nice variety in flavorful, satisfying options. My wife and I (mid-60's) definitely skewed the age demographics. On a January midweek evening, the joint was jumping. The narrow space, hard surfaces and packed tables (plus the unnecessary music) contributed to a loud, high-energy experience.
Superb food at reasonable (but not cheap ...
Superb food at reasonable (but not cheap) prices. Everything that my wife and I had was great, particularly our main courses, the stuffed meatballs and the bronzino. Ambiance is a bit too dark and crowded, but the quality of the food more than makes up for it. I'm anxious to go back soon to try other dishes on the menu.
Overall, very good. The meatballs were ...
Overall, very good. The meatballs were delicious, but one (of two) was really charred. The soup was very good. My husband ordered a pasta dish which was good, nothing special. The salted caramel budino lived up to the hype.
We were running 20 minutes late for our ...
We were running 20 minutes late for our reservation and called to let them know. Above and beyond service they held our table. Food is always excellent (very rich though). Nice ambiance for a busy city restaurant. Only recommendation would be to improve the wine list. No Cabernet selections that aren't a blend? Try to hit this spot everytime I am in the area.
We went for New Year's Eve, it was a pri ...
We went for New Year's Eve, it was a price fixe menu, $75 for 3 courses. I thought it was a little pricey, but the quality made up for it! Can't wait to go back and try other things. The staff was great, accommodating of dietary restrictions as well.
Everything was amazing. Unbeknownst to ...
Everything was amazing. Unbeknownst to us (we didn't get a notification with our open table reservation), there was a fixed menu for New Years and we brought our young kiddos. The manger and lovely waitress did a wonderful job accommodating us. Thank you for a great meal!
We enjoyed our birthday lunch very much. ...
We enjoyed our birthday lunch very much. Waitress put a candle in our shared tiramisu without being asked. Food was very good--good for sharing. Atmosphere was cozy and comfy. I have already recommended it to others and will return when the opportunity presents itself.
The place has a good design to it, being ...
The place has a good design to it, being very visually appealing. Moreover, the staff and the attention from all employees is outstanding, they make you feel welcomed at all times.
However, the plates are actually small and intended to be shared (a sort of "tapas" or "Petisco" sharing style), thus don't come in with the idea of having a large portion.
Barbuzzo is a favorite restaurant of my ...
Barbuzzo is a favorite restaurant of my daughter's so when visiting Philly I felt compelled to try it. Really delicious food, interesting cocktails, etc.
It was fun but I found it rather noisy - had a very young feel to it too.
Definitely need a reservation for this restaurant!
Came here to celebrate our engagement. F ...
Came here to celebrate our engagement. Food and cocktails were excellent and great for sharing. We had the pear salad, stuffed meatballs, gnocchi and tiramisu. All delicious. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. The interior is a little cramped but we had the best spot tucked into the back corner where we felt cozy.
We found this place based on Yelp review ...
We found this place based on Yelp reviews since we were from out of town.
The best gnocchi ever!
My wife and I also ordered the roasted bone marrow, stuffed meatballs, and buduni. I've had roasted bone marrow before at different places. I recommend providing more bread for it and not to put it at the bottom of the plate.
However be warned the space is tight. We got a really cozy spot near the door. A lot of the other tables were also pretty tight. So you may experience people shuffling to their seats.
The food remains excellent but we were ...
The food remains excellent but we were rushed through 3 courses in one hour. The bill was deposited unasked for while we were midway through dessert. That is simply rude. Unfortunately it was a special occasion for which we had driven from out of town. Next time we will go to Fork where service is vastly superior.
Barbuzzo Is regarded as a destination re ...
Barbuzzo Is regarded as a destination restaurant but I found it to be the caliber of a good neighborhood place. The cheese board was tasty and my wife's antipasti plate was excellent. But the tables are sized for kindergarteners and have almost no space between them. I also found the service to be lacking. The waiter was overwhelmed and we were an afterthought. And the pound cake bread pudding was nothing more than crumbled cake stuck in the oven and topped with what was purportedly lavender ice cream. Sounded good on the menu but was a leaden disappointment. As there are surprisingly few choices for lunch (for fine dining) in Center City, my experience at Barbuzzo was a real letdown.
The food was delicious and cocktails wer ...
The food was delicious and cocktails were tasty - the tables were so close together though, and a couple of young college boys were sat in the small table next to us and totally ruined our date night vibe. We were headed to the orchestra, and they were headed to the Flyers game and were excited the server didn't card them... so there's that.
We were very late, not accounting for th ...
We were very late, not accounting for the horrendous Philly traffic, but this place did hold our reservation (thank you!). It was recommended to us by a chef friend. We went as a family of four, two adult boys with us.
The ambience and service were good, the food uninspiring. It tasted fine, but not what was anticipated as a better place to eat in Philly. There are so many places to eat in Center City that I'm not sure I'd go back.
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