Balthazar

4.6
6797 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food & service were excellent as usual. My only compliant the portions were smaller than they used to be. You should get more for the price.

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h
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Was left disappointed with the quality of the food at Balthazar. I was expecting a lot more. The food wasn’t special and left much to be desired. We ordered the escargots (which was the only thing we enjoyed) and the steak and duck.

It was also extremely loud inside the restaurant.

The service however was excellent.

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

Going to Balthazar was a true treat. Our waiter was appropriately attentive without being annoying and he was very knowledgeable regarding the menu. Food was well prepared, quite tasty and fresh. As an added bonus, we were seated next to a celebrity which made the evening that much more memorable and festive. I highly recommend this energetic and bustling French bistro!

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TV
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. I'm hard pressed to find something comparable for a special ocassion. The wait staff is impeccable, and the food always is fantastic. I told them we were having a leisurely birthday dinner for my husband and the really let us relax and enjoy ourselves - no rush. It was perfect. Highly recommend.

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

Quintessential NYC brunch experience!

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Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful.

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OT
London
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on all fronts. Menu could be improved with better clarity about which dishes contain wheat, dairy, etc.

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

Couldn’t fault one thing - good was excellent, service excellent and ambiance too. Will definitely return on another trip to NYC

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KF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and quick to come out - can be a bit overwhelming at popular dinner times with the noise level, but it was delicious and good service regardless.

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N
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. I have been here twice and both times were great. Steak Frite is my favorite at this place. Service is wonderful but I do recommend reservations.

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

Inventive menu, but would have like to have seen more options

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

A group of us met for a birthday dinner. The waiters could not be more accommodating. The split dishes and were very attentive
Would definitely go again

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KD
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never go to NYC without having brunch at Balthazar

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JA
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. Sauces were very flavorful and brought out the best in the appetizers and main entre. Our waiter led us through our choices by offering his insights from working at Balthazar for 20 plus years. I ordered the escargot. He brought me toothpicks saying sometimes those creatures get stuck and need to be coaxed out. This will help. Fun. And what sauces! We chose a great wine together. It’s nice to have help in a new restaurant. Anyhow, this place is great. Enjoy.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great French food. Great service. A bit loud, but the food was with it.

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NM
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute artsy cafe

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You made our wedding dinner(post elopement) phenomenal!!..thanks so much!

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GH
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Always go there when visiting New York. Last time was 2 years ago. Surprised the lunch menu has changed to basically a short order type menu. Not worth the $60.00 cab ride to get there. Too many great places in the Times Square area where we always stay.

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is one of New York’s best casual dining spots. The entire experience is fantastic. It’s fun and energized. Sophisticated, yet casual. It’s downtown cool with European flare. I love Balthazar. It’s a mood changer. A vibe setter. A better maker.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and great people watching at Balthazar.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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JH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect location for the perfect, downtown, Sunday brunch to entertain an overseas visitor.

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j
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a very nice Father's Day brunch at Balthazar. We did not have to wait to be seated and once we were able to order, our food did not take a long time. Portions are ample and the food was very good. We will go back.

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but not great. And the prices were very very high which therefore makes the food not worth what we paid. The service was okay but I had ask several times for refills and to have the check. I would not recommend this spot.

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m
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We haven’t been to Balthazar in years. Not quite as remarkable as it was in the past with some special touches missing now.

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RS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Buen ambiente, la comida bien, pero no sorprendente

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The venue is nice, the service is quite good, the food is fantastic, but... it was freezing! I dont know why, but this made us uncomfortable and we decided to leave as soon as we finished our desert.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been here a few times in past visits to the city. Feels like they are sitting on their laurels a bit nowadays - atmosphere lacks warmth and food decidedly average - esp for the price. Disappointing first night experience back in the city

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun scene. Food is very tasty and the service is very good. Great option in SoHo. Would go there again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is always a choice when we are in NY but now was different because we met Luis from México. So Nice and was a pleasure to be served by him and we will not forget. Thanks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made the reservation to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Since I couldn’t be with her, I wanted her to go someplace filled with special memories that we share. Balthazar’s was my first choice, and they didn’t disappoint. My two daughters went together, and the birthday girl was treated like a princess. Tbh, that is how we’ve always been treated there. The food was delicious and the iced lattes were superior. It was yet another delightful visit to this NYC gem!

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G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fathers Day Celebration

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Balthazar multiple times. The service is always impeccable! The food is always well presented and delicious. We have tried about everything on the menu over the years and you can’t go wrong with anything. We see familiar faces each time we’ve been here. It says a lot about staff retention in an extremely cut throat competitive restaurant business.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food and ambiance was perfect as usual. When paying I was told their system was down and they needed to charge me manually; ended up checking my bank statement to see that I had been charged 5 times for a total of $850. Had to call the restaurant 3 times before I was contacted by the general manager. He was very friendly but I was really disappointed to have had to reach out multiple times (and deal with unfriendly staff that did not even so much as apologize for their mistake when I called) in order to get the issue sorted. Love Balthazar but will not be returning for a while.

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IO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alway a classic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible restaurant for date night and the food (steak frites) was delicious. The only downside was the tables were slightly closer together than ideal, but this is probably typical for any restaurant in NYC. I’d highly recommend this place!

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La calidad y Servcio excelente ,la comida deliciosa ,el lugar ,ambiente ,todo espectacular,realmente quedamos encantados con Balthazar mega recomendado ,súper nice

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KH
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience for our trip to NYC with family and friends!

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T
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!!

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