Don't Tell Mama NYC

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Pre/post Theatre
Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s Theater District. New American Cuisine with a world-class atmosphere and a seasonally changing menu offering the freshest ingredients resulting in something for every plate as well as choices of delicious desserts and a wonderful selection of fine wines. Piano Bar & Cabaret Rooms are also featured at Don't Tell Mama. Founded in 1982.

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Prix Fixe $35

3 course meal. appetizer, entree and dessert

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 9 May 2019

Ends: 10 May 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 16:00-22:45

Prix Fixe $38

3 course meal. appetizer, entree and dessert

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 May 2019

Ends: 4 May 2118

Availability: Fri-Sat 16:00-23:30

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Mon - Thu 4:00PM - 5:00PM

What 1756 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it x staff amazing. Eat laugh I’ve had in ages 👍🏻

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Family holiday dinner out

LW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Our server always made sure that we had what we wanted, suggesting drinks and appetizers. He checked on us enough without being a nuisance. The food was also excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was not good. My shrimp linguine was swimming in butter and was barely warm. My friend had to send back her spaghetti and meatballs because the the meatballs were frozen. The manager never came over to apologize and rectify the situation. The server did, in the end, us a free drink but I would not recommend this place for the food.

FP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and great service, drink prices are high though so you want to avoid after hour drinks

M
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made a reservation at DTM based on its selection of entrée salads and were not disappointed. Shrimp scampi with linguine and mozzarella caprese were up to par, but the prix fixe market salad and pan roasted salmon were above average. And the prix fixe brownie dessert, taken to-go, was as elegantly presented in its paper take out box as it would have been on a plate. Our Italian pinot grigio was very good. So was the service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Even the 9 year old boy got the piano bar vibe.

S
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to get dinner before a show. The staff is always friendly and helpful. The meals are delicious and varied. I like the garlic bread and the spaghetti and meatballs. The specialty cocktail are work trying. The Chorus Lime cocktail is really good.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Truly disappointed in our experience. The restaurant was away from the music and the food was sub par. We made reservations but didn’t need to at all as it was empty. Our foodie kids ended up with pasta. Bleh. The only good thing was the garlic bread. We will not visit again and we don’t recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Restaurant was fairly run down. Soda machine was non-functional, lights went out in our part of the restaurant, food was not terribly fresh. It was empty in this restaurant, and I’m understanding why.

RH
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Foodwise, nothing to write home about. The fixed menu was fine and good value for the neighborhood, but it was as dead as a door nail; I thought it would be a good after show place. Not so much....but, their music bar next door is fantastic and a compulsory NYC experience. It was jam-packed AND because we'd eaten at the restaurant they saved us seats up front...so, in fact, it was worth it. I would totally recommend the place and even eating there if your expectations are lowish. (The music bar really is great and fun and all the staff sing).

KJ
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was just really bad... the spaghetti and meatballs were worse than pre-prepared, my son’s pasta was in the list bizarrely tasting oil/butter. The bread wasn’t even good. The only act of kindness was that the waiter brought us our check (rather than offering dessert menus). Wow. Really awful.

b
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience and this visit easily lived up to expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The garlic bread was fabulous.

G
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We booked long in advance and they would not put us in the area we booked. We felt as if we were being a nuisance just being there. The food was very average. Like made from a can.

RG
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

terrible will not go back. we used to love this restaurant but will not go back. we had a reservation for 5:30, we went early at 5:15 and the host put us in the walkway outside, it was freezing. I asked to move like 5 times, since the restaurant was empty, he said he was saving those seats for other reservations, even though we were there first. food was poor as well. the only good thing was the waiter

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

LM
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was superb and we enjoyed the piano bar afterwards. Our waiter was really good and went out of his way for us.

EV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall our experience was very good. We ended up sitting where the piano bar was located and enjoyed music from 7:30 pm on, even though the piano bar didn't officially start until 9pm. There was a hiccup when we arrived early (7:15) for our reservation. We were originally seated at a table that was in the path of all servers. When we asked for a different table, we were told we'd need to wait until our reservation time, even though there were available tables in the piano bar area. It took a bit of convincing, but we were able to be seated there and the rest of the evening was enjoyable and the service was good.

HF
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food is good but the noise level is such that you can't have a conversation.

ML
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

For a simple dinner and an affordable 3 course meal, I would recommend. If you're looking for a special place for dinner with outstanding food preparation and flavors, I would recommend elsewhere.

F
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I went for a pre theater dinner. For appetizers we shared the house salad and the chicken spring rolls. Both were delicious and ample size. There were three spring roll! Dinner for me was the Chilean sea bass. For my son the shrimp over pasta. We also ordered steamed broccoli. Too stuffed for dessert we left very satisfied with our meal.

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and reasonable. Service was excellent. Atmosphere was relaxing and welcoming.

NH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for pre-theater dinner. Nice Prix fix selections and the food was delicious. Server was attentive

KH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

small thing - but the waiter didn't offer us bread to start the meal. Given that I was starving it would have been nice.

JG
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere , easy walk to restaurant , great waiter and delicious food !

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We had to request to change our table - we were seated in front of the doors to the restrooms - very inconvenient especially with a reservation made two weeks in advance. But the change was made all was well.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and Josh was a friendly and attentive waiter. Will stop in again when in NYC.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy atmosphere, the food was good.

SB
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was average at best and did not justify the high price tag. Only really booked the food because we wanted to see the show. Emailed ahead as it said that a table could be reserved for diners, it wasn't. Didn't get a seat so left without seeing the show. Disappointed as visited from. U.K. And unlikely to come back to New York. Service from our waiter was excelllent.

DC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff and food at Don’t tell Mama are excellent, but the highlight is the Piano Bar.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter and quick service. Well done

H
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Adequate but overpriced food. Inexperienced and clueless wait staff. The piano bar is fun for a while but very very loud, and the performers are a bit too taken with themselves. Basically this is a tourist trap.

RR
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wasn't what we expected. Was led to believe the wait staff and bartenders performed while serving. They had a piano bar next to the restaurant, but it wasn't really all that interactive. Food and service was good though.

F
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

food was so mediocre and disappointing. I would not go back again.

CP
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding small cozy restaurant, great food and staff. This place has a wonderful piano bar with great singers!!

BB
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quaint resturant near the theater district. Great service. Oue server, Chase Slovak was outstanding.

TS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very good and attentive===Restaurant located in former brown stone--nice
atmosphere--ambiance--My wife had a steak which looked great--All in all, nice experience
We have gone several times in the last year

a
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was a cut above what you might get from some of the more visible places in and around Times Square. Service was great and the drink menu was really well done. Great location for a pre-show meal without sacrificing quality for location.

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