The Little Owl

4.8
2170 reviews
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American
This charming 28-seat West Village restaurant has quickly become one of the city's most sought after reservations. Joey Campanaro's simple-yet-inspired American-Mediterranean cuisine, warm hospitality, and a friendly and professional service team, helps create the quintessential New York dining experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Inquisitive guests can peek into the kitchen and watch Joey create his signature dishes, including Gravy Meatball Sliders, homemade Ricotta Cavatelli and of course, The Little Owl's famous Pork Chop.
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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu was amazing ant the seafood was perfectly prepared. It was very noisy and hard to hear over the din.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect and good for pre theater at Cherry Lane--the best little restaurant in NYC!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Definitely worth sacrificing for the tight quarters. Food is excellent!

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MK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special seasonal menu. I had the special which was very tasty. The noise level got really high though as the place filled up.

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DC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Owl still great
...though I wish they still gave you 3 sliders instead of 2 but whatareyagonnado? Pork chop awesome & it’s all still worth it.

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PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely, cozy restaurant. Excellent service. Menu is too meat heavy but good.

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ES
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Great ambiance and service. Food excellent

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SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an early morning breakfast. I was lucikly seated even before my reservation time, serivice is good, food is good too (not large portions). check out their bathroom too. it was so cute. Staff was very accomodating, appreciate it.

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G
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Little Owl! Yes,it's small, quaint & very popular.Reservations are a must as there is always a waiting line.The staff here are very friendly & go out of there way to make all feel welcoming & comfortable.But the real star is the food & the chef. The menu is spot on with fabulous choices. The food simply fresh & fabulous.

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TJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh, The Little Owl gives enormous pleasure. The tempranillo by the glass was quite good. I had the bucatini and my friend had the eggplant parmigiana. Superb as was the friendly but not hovering service.

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NO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, warm service. A go to spot for a special occasion.

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GE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Best French toast ever and the pork in the enchiladas is so tender and flavorful!!!

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our table was right next to door so it was quite chilly. Prob best to request a table in one of the corners.
Brunch was yummy.

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this charming place. It’s like a great friend.

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EV
New York Area
259 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A simply brilliant evening - food, service, ambience - everything. If there was a 6-star rating, that's really what this meal deserves. From the welcome by the extraordinary host, to the friendly, informed and engaged service from our server, to every bite of every course, this evening confirmed for us - once again - that Little Owl sets the bar so high, few restaurants can compete with it. Less than an hour after we returned home, we booked another table for three weeks in the future. We'd like to go more often, but, in some ways, the pleasure of dining here is even greater after some time has passed since ine's last visit.

TRULY SPECIAL!!!

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PE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gear spot!

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K
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place
Charming and small but vibrant
Food and drinks outstanding selection

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem of a restaurant. The staff are all delightful. Worthy of 3 Michelin stars! Absolutely enchanting!!

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S
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our kids and their BFs treated us to lunch and it was amazing. Nice little place with great food

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quaint little restaurant with an abundance of atmosphere and quirkiness.
The team there really do look after you and nothing is too much trouble.
The only criticism and it is only small is the olive oil isn’t the best so don’t bother dipping your bread in.
Well worth a visit and I’ll recommend the restaurant when I’m back in England.

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8
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly service, cute location. Would return without hesitation.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meatball sliders are to die for. The strip steak in the mushroom parpadelle was amazing. Then the chocolate soufflé was the best I’ve ever had. 5 stars as always. Love this place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved it!
Delicious food and wonderful service!!
Can’t wait to go back.

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LA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem of a neighborhood restaurant. Tiny, but delightful. Brunch is outstanding. Wait staff is excellent. It is NOT a place for a quiet conversation.

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MA
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Owl is one of our favorite restaurants and did not disappoint. Great service, food, gracious and warm interaction. We had a wonderful citrus salad, roast chicken and a fantastic pasta with veal. The room has a great vibe but an intimacy that allows for conversation. We try to go a few times a year and wish we could get there even more.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh, flavorful food! We had a Saturday lunch reservation that was running a bit late, but they were professional, kind and attentive regarding the issue. We had a lovely time.

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CI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all regards

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P
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to brunch on a Saturday. Food was excellent as was the service. Possibly the best omelette I’ve ever had.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our favorites for brunch!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cozy gem with delicious food and the best service. A regular splurge for every nyc trip I take!

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Booked this restaurant as our two teenagers love Friends, sadly it had no relevance to Friends except lots of people taking photos outside. Service was great and friendly staff, food very tasty but our chicken dish was small for the price. Great Chips.

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B
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Intimate neighborhood restaurant in West Village. Food was absolutely delicious with interesting and diverse menu choices. Service was on spot and attentive. Do not look at the desert because you will order something! Wine selections are good, but limited. Wish we lived in NYC as this would be a go-to place for us.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The coziest little brunch place!! The service was amazing and the food was INCREDIBLE. Highly recommend the French toast!!

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MD
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the ambiance and food here but the service wasn't up to par this past visit.

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BR
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Lovely atmosphere. Lovely service. I travel from SF to NY a couple of times a year and one constant is to always try to have a dinner at Little Owl. It’s so perfect in every way!

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EG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anytime we visit the city, we never miss the Little Owl. Of course the meatball sliders are wonderful... but the brick chicken..... one of the best things ANYWHERE.

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L
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Special neighborhood gem that always delivers with excellent food and service

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Felt rushed by the server through the entire meal. The risotto had no taste despite the truffle, super bland.

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J
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday & Valentine’s Day

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way

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