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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 have had plenty of 5 star experiences at Barbuzzo, but my visit this past weekend wasn't one of them. The restaurant was LOUD!! It is a small place and fills up quickly. But aside from the noise from the patrons (there was a party behind us that was screaming at times), we were seated close the bar, so the sound of the glasses/plates crashing against one another added to the noise. I like a vibrant scene - but this was over the top. The pacing of the food delivery was off as well. It took a while to get the first course and then nearly thirty minutes between when our starter and the pizza was delivered. We hadn't even finished the pizza when everything else (pasta, main course) came out. So, we weren't very hungry at that point. It is probably a good thing we weren't hungry as the octopus entree had three measly pieces of octopus in it. You get much larger portions of octopus in other restaurants' small plates/appetizers (i.e., Vernick, Wm Mulherin). It was mostly fennel, celery and cucumber - which is a bummer given the prices of the dish. We'll be back based on prior good experiences, but will probably not go on a weekend and definitely won't be ordering the octopus.
Loved every second of it! My girlfriends and I ate outside in the early evening! We ordered olives, beet salad, and the sheeps milk ricotta to start with wine and sangria! We split a pizza, the mussels & the branzino. All were incredible, but the true standout was the mussels dish. The broth was a bit spicy, served with charred corn and sliced garlic and I could've drank the entire bowl. Another standout was the beet salad! In general, the outside was very fun & we could freely chat and laugh as loud as we pleased. Inside was dimly lit & very romantic. Both would've been great, however, for the occasion, outside suited my needs a bit more! I will be returning!
Bring a flashlight and ear plugs. A tan menu background with small print in a cave like dwelling is challenging.
If it is true that you eat with your eyes first, we must have skipped the first course. It's a shame because the food was very good and in just the right proportions for sharing.
The noise level in this wooden crate was exceptionally loud.
Service was excellent and flow of entrees timely.
Correct the environment and it's a nice go to place.
I made reservations based on the reviews i read. The dining experience was way better than anticipated. The sound level for business meeting was appropriate. The food was out of this world, Not one bad fork full. The Octopus was best ever tasted and the gnocchi and skirt steak was awesome! The four of us loved tasting all the different foods. And then to finish it off with the Salted Caramel desert - oh boy was that good! A New FAVORITE.
Had a wonderful time at this restaurant. Shared 7 plates with 4 people and it was plenty. Good wine, friendly service. Fast pace atmosphere. Worth going and going back. Just make sure you have reservations in advance. We went early evening and by time we left the place was packed. Enjoy!
The food is delicious, I have liked everything I tried on the menu. Service was really good despite it being crowded. Food comes out quickly. The Feta cheese or Ricotta cheese dishes are delicious. The homemade pasta is also fantastic and the pizza is really really really good.
High praises for Barbuzzo, indeed! We dined here pre-theater (the Forrest Theatre is a 5 min walk away). This tapas style restaurant offers creative tapas and outstanding service. My husband and I shared 4 tapas: the charcuterie board (wonderful selection of meats), the grilled asparagus, early spring salad and a chorizo pizza. All were delicious. The flavors in the asparagus and salad were complex. When asked about the ingredients, the server was able to explain the various unusual ingredients. This small neighborhood restaurant was bustling and somewhat noisy but okay since there was only 2 of us. There is seating on the sidewalk outside as well. Will definitely be returning and sharing my recommendation with others. Well done, Barbuzzo!
We enjoyed a terrific meal here recently before heading to nearby Lantern Theater - great vegetarian and pasta options. I know they'll never do this but I'd love to see the restauranteurs renovate to make the seating a bit more comfortable and less crowded.
My boyfriend and I came here for a last minute bite. We were able to get a reservation within 15 minutes of coming there and they sat us right down as we got in. We started off with the cheese plate which was good. The we split the aspargus dish and the gnocchi. Gnocci was definitley my favorite ! Great spot ... definitely coming back!
Barbuzzo's food was amazing as usual. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the city. However, on this visit our server was very slow. We had to wait 15 minutes before we were offered water. He had to reconfirm our order and the order of the table next to us. I had to request the dessert menu and the check. The bussers were doing a great job, but the waiter wasn't. Maybe he was covering extra tables that night. Also, we sat in the middle of the restaurant and it was very loud. We could barely have a conversation. They could use sound panels.
I will still go to Barbuzzo for the food, but this time my overall experience was not excellent.
I love Barbuzzo- i have dined here before- while its hard to accommodate a large group of more then 4 they will do there best. It is a great date night place. the bartender could have been bit more friendly he poured the wrong wine (i order what he gave me a red) and give me a bit of attitude.
Loved Barbuzzo! Steak tartar was amazing. Definitely would recommend any of their pizzas or pastas, so fresh! We were seated outside, which was a little crowded on the side walk BUT it was a holiday so we understood. Seemed a bit dark inside but very beautiful. Waitress was polite and had some great recommendations.
The meal at barbuzzo was great - we got the ricotta, branzino, and the maiale pizza. Would recommend the branzino of the three. The bread with the ricotta was a little burnt but possible it is supposed to be like that. The branzino was cooked very well - skin perfectly crispy. The pizza could have had a bit more prosciutto but was overall very good and very very filling.
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