The Little Owl

4.8
2363 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents in town

GI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger out of this world. Pizza

MB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Owl was so charming and the staff was so friendly and accommodating. A very tiny restaurant, but the food is delicious and worth a visit!

m
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute restaurant but it’s a little overrated. The tables are really close together so be careful when you are getting into or out of your seats. The host is really nice as was our server. It’s a small restaurant so plan in advance as there may not be a reservation.

k
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual. Went for wedding anniversary but we go for regular nights out too. Charming lively and lovely room.Great pro staff working every job. Food is just always perfection. We split two entrees - lamb T bone and branzino. Both were wonderful. Also has salad w peaches and green beans and bread pudding. Every course was outstanding. Just go!

g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service and wonderful wait staff

n
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The first few times I've been here it was so delightful. Everything was perfect. Perhaps something was just off on this last visit, but we had to wait longer than expected for our table, we were brought food twice that another table had ordered, and the eggplant app which had always been so delectable in the past was just so so. Louder than usual. The woman running the ship was very accommodating, bringing free drinks for the wait time, brought an extra salad on the house due to a mix up in the order, etc. Issues happen and I always assess on how they are handled, but for this gem, we wish they hadn't occurred in the first place.

KC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Owl never fails to deliver the ultimate dining experience. You are greeted at the door so warmly, the service is so friendly and responsive, the food is exceptional and the ambiance is inviting. We were so happy to be able to book a table for our day in the City and look forward to being there again.

LM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place, dinner and people!

G
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to this restaurant twice, and both times were exquisite. The food is outstanding, the service is wonderful, the ambiance is exactly what dining in New York should be like. I highly recommend coming here to eat!

NB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Effing delicious. Nice peeps as well. Charming atmosphere.

DT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great little neighborhood dining experience with delicious food, cool vibe, and attentive service.
Highly recommended.

WV
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot we have walked past many times-- Seated a bit late, but the owner/mgr was extremely attentive and made sure we had some libations while waiting!!! Excellent food and most likely the best cavatelli I have ever had-- Sorry Aunt Marie!!

We will return. ;-)

FL
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. Super friendly staff, excellent food- specials were so tasty. As with the 5 times we’ve been there before, you have to wait even tho you have a reservation. But they make it up to you with Prosecco and the ambiance is worth it!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Except for the long wait even with a reservation, brunch here was simple and easy! Talking and catching up with my sister was easy with low/normal ambient volume. Service (once we were seated) was excellent and food was delicious. Love that there’s natural light coming in from two walls of windows, too,

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy an early dinner at The Little Owl. The Halibut and pro chop are consistently superb!

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful bartender waiter!
Hostess was annoying. We sat in the middle and she bumped us every time she came by.

RS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was so good! service was attentive and friendly, great suggestions by our server. We had the sunflower salad, roasted corn side dish and branzino for the main. Peach cobbler for dessert was overly sweet and buttery and the peaches did not shine through, but everything else was terrific (and the waiter did try to steer us to the bread pudding). Wine suggestions were also right on point.

VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really liked this place!
My only critique would be the high noise level. I think playing music only raises the gral volume so people need to talk louder to be heard. This is a small romantic place, where you want to be able to not have to shout.

H
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been several times. Great, small, excellent service, killer food.

S
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Gracious and elegant and warm and delicious. I can't wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Little Owl. We have been there a number of times and it never disappoints!

VN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always, just don’t love how you know you’re being pushed out when they abruptly bring the check as soon as they clear your plates.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had such delicious French Toast! Perfect texture

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tremendous dinner experience with the great staff.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, superb friendly service!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, great food and caring servers.

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a terrific restaurant that has stood the test of time--longer than a decade. I had lost it in my regulars, have refound it, and plan on never losing it again.

v
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really cute spot and wonderful, intimate room. The food was very good - as was the service. I really liked the music selection - it added to the ambiance (and my growing up in the 70s nostalgia) although it did take a turn during the entree where they switched into DePeche Mode and it did give me a little bit of a downer. My wife and i were visiting from Boston without the kids, and had a lovely meal.

OT
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best complete dining experiences this summer.
We LOVE Little Owl.
Don’t miss the sliders; although there were so many delicious options this summer that we saved them for chillier weather.
Great Spotify playlist too!
GO!

CL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Patient and attentive staff. Will be back anytime we’re in NY.

LJ
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food. It's a small place, so tight quarters. Beer and wine only, so no cocktails, but decent wine list.

o
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid food. A bit overpriced. Service is excellent

EV
New York Area
283 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another superb meal - we can't say enough about the combination of delicious food, attentive and friendly service, and an ambience that makes you feel as if you've arrived at a dinner party with 25-30 strangers, all of whom are people with whom you share a love of the simple things in life.

a
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best restaurant in NYC!!! The Little Owl is in an amazing, quaint neighborhood, excellent food, friendly staff. Only bad part is its sometimes hard to get in, sometimes you can go early and sit at the (small) bar.

BC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and energy. As Los Angeles residents this will become a go to for future visits.

EV
New York Area
283 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a superb combination of good food, friendly service, and warm ambience. It seems that everyone who works here takes pride in their job, and there's a sense of being welcomed into a community of like-minded individuals. Great early summer evening meal. Can't wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy hidden gem

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service. It was our first time, but it won’t be the last!

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