Balthazar

4.6
6167 reviews
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French
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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The Infatuation
7.6

The incredible People Watching available at Balthazar makes scrunching into a tiny table and overpaying for brunch totally worth it. Say whatever you want about this place, you can’t take away the fact that the kitchen gets it done.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 6167 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

En general bien, solo la carne estuvo algo dura

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every aspect !!!!! 12/10!!!!! I would come to Balthazar over and over and over again!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family trip to NYC

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

It is a great place for a drinks but the food was not in line with our expectations. Stressed service and not really a great evening for Balthazar I’m afraid.

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AJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Food was fine but nothing to talk about sadly. Upset stomach after lunch. Noise level annoying.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience! Amazing and fast service!! Food was delicious.

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Apart from the attentive and friendly wait staff, the rest of the meal was a huge disappointment. Overpriced and overhyped. Food was subpar for the price.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

For breakfast - it was pretty terrible. Super basic and could get better eggs really anywhere else. Not work the fancy price of $20 per plate. Staff was wonderful.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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LO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is very good and the fresh flowers lovely....but the noise level is TOO much! Plus the tables are too close together. I was elbow to elbow with the guy at the next table.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap but excellent bistro style food of generous portions. Good bread.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous!!!

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CF
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and service. They were above and went beyond because we had to extend the table for 2 to 4 and they happily moved us to a booth- I was beyond grateful. Balthazar always is wonderful.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delish food, amaze atmosphere, server seemed disinterested but overall AMAZE experience ;)

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ZA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorit place in New York, try to celebrate my birthday there every year!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I really liked our server tonight. She was helpful and provided enough service without hovering. Food was great.

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RS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waited a month for a reservation. Service was terrible. They barely refilled our waters let alone asked for cocktail refills. It was a special occasion and honestly not at all worth it. The steak frites were just eh. I’m from Atlanta and overall our customer service and food quality is amazing at a restaurant level like this. It seems that there are so many choices in nyc that no one has to raise the bar.

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m
Adelaide / SA
64 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been awhile since we've been to Balthazar, took friends who never have, and it was a very pleasant evening. Still serve the best bread in town. My steak tartare was terrific as was my pork chop.

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been going to Balthazar for over 17 years and I have always ADORED the place. It has outgrown its allure at this time. The dishes are ridiculously overpriced and the ambience is just ok.
Don’t forget your roots as a NY Brasserie, Balthazar!
Cool it with your overpriced dishes (French onion soup at over $15..come ON!) and get back to what we all love you for.. the feeling like we are at a Parisian Brasserie that is fun and reasonable.

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NF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A forever favorite. Fantastic food outweighs constant crush and hectic service.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! Everything was fantastic. They were busy but managed to pull off timely service, I really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere

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Cologne Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday !!!!

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LB
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was there for my Birthday celebration. I've been celebrating since it first opened 20+ years ago. Service by Megan was excellent. It was an evening I will never forget. Thank you Balthazar Team!

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service! Everything was perfect. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu which was very helpful for us, since we had many questions about the different dishes.

Everything was cooked to perfection.

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RW
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hoppin’ place! Servers were out of this world! It was a bit loud but that made us feel a part of the place. Food was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place

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AB
Western NC
70 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite, especially for lunch or brunch. Wonderful place, outstanding service. fit for foodies as well as families. thank you for bringing Paris to NYC!

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great... food was good
Me and my husband enjoyed our meal
But nothing spectacular

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It’s an iconic place. The food is ok but overpriced. Service was great.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT night at BALTHAZAR - service, food, ambiance - 100+++

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Didn’t meet expectations based on prior visits while visiting NYC. Service too hurried and robotic.

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CF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is literally one of my favorite restaurants in the world, love this place!

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - loved the food and the wine recommendations. Will definitely go back.

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1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Extremely loud and chaotic

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

We always liked to have lunch or dinner at Balthazar but this time the food was disappointing. The bouillabaisse was just a mash of overcrowd vegetables and fish in which nothing could be clearly identified. The croutons were useless because the ‘soup’ had no liquid to soak them in.
Sad, the bouillabaisse used to be so good.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That Balthazar is a GREAT French Bistro/Brasserie in SOHO NYC for any occasion, and any season. The service is very friendly and kind. The food is superb! Balthazar is the kind of place where you ALWAYS come back. This restaurant has always an important place in my heart and in the city’s dining history. Well done👍🙏

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

So disappointed with our experience. Came to New York for my 40th birthday from Belfast and had a poor experience. I had been before and recommended to my family who were with me and they were disappointed. Food came cold and uncooked. Waitress uninterested when we nicely complained. Then we were charged extra for the hot food which was resent. Paid it anyway as couldn’t wait to leave.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and first time there for breakfast.

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Brazil
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent, very good place.
Good food

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