The Little Owl

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$31 to $50
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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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New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, service and ambiance, but loud. Poor acoustics

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

Fantastic meal. I had a delicious pork chop, my wife a beautiful piece of halibut... the service is as always wonderful.

BB
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great neighborhood place with wonderful ambience, amazing creative food, excellent service. It was also fun watching the tours look at the 'Friends' apartment building.

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

Great little spot, the food/service was wonderful!

2
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

went there for anniversary. reservation was 7:30pm but 30min wait.
last time I was here was a decade ago so didn't remember who noisy there could be.
I hate to shout but had to communicate w my partner.
food is excellent yet was not very comfortable due to noise and elbow room space btwn tables

GG
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a lovely dinner after the theater. Food was excellent and service attentive. Small restaurant with many delicious options.

FD
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After many years of wishing that I could eat at the Little Owl, I finally got my wish and was not disappointed. The service, food and atmosphere was outstanding, and I had a great lunch. Thank you Eduardo.

NM
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, the Little Owl never disappoints! We started with gravy meatball sliders (tender, flavorful meatballs), and fries with aioli (always yummy!). For mains, two of us had the crispy chicken (this is a staple at Little Owl and is prepared perfectly - the skin is salty/crispy/crunchy and the meat is tender and moist), and two of us had the lamb t-bones with greens and fontina mashies - soooo good.
If you want a perfect dining experience and delicious meal, the Little Owl is for you!

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Welcome experience at door, service and food all great. Seating was very cozy you are nearly touching elbows with table next to you from many seats. Noise level very high (Saturday) mostly gave up on normal conversation.

SK
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing time. The ladies were very friendly and got us seated after a short wait. The food was so yummy and the cocktails too. Would definitely go back again

FP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The hostess was very friendly and accommodating, a rarity in nyc!

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday brunch! We had to wait for our table and the hostess was beyond gracious. She brought us drinks and beignets while we waited . The food was perfect.

B
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cute place in a great location. This was a repeat visit and both times very enjoyable. A little odd they charged for toast with our order - it should have been included.

JC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Will go back again and again.
Staff amazing and hardworking...spreading remarkable hospitality!
Food spot on!

H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Loved it!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I love this restaurant, but was disappointed when we arrived on time only to see that they were giving our table away to others without a reservation. We were a group thrilled to see each other and had much to chat about in anticipation for our dinner - but this was disappointing .

GD
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Love the intimate atmosphere. Negroni cocktail was the best. Scallops special with peas/corn was delicious. Don’t miss the fries! Highly recommend.

M
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we arrived for our reservation our table was not yet ready so they put some seats outside, poured us some prosecco and even came out with a little bowl of fries. They kept us informed and offered a different table but we held out for the corner which was ideal. What a difference it makes when a restaurant focuses on customer service. Keeping us updated and providing a snack and drink was a perfect touch. The meal itself was wonderful from the tuscan bread with olive oil to the marvelous, not-to-be-missed meatball sliders to an amazing peach and almond crumble topped with mascarpone ice cream. It is a little space with a sweet atmosphere and great service. If I'm in New York - I try to visit The Little Owl.

Y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, and the service was phenomenal!

DJ
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always incredible here, and I will be back for more!

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the little owl any day of the week for any meal

GG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing meal! The steak & the snapper were both bursting with flavor. The desserts were delicious too. Charming & quaint. Perfect place to celebrate our daughter’s 13th.

D
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, all the dishes were to perfection
My skate was to die for

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The bad: we had reservations, but still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated.

The good: the hostess was very gracious and comped our appetizer, dessert and coffee. She also gave us an additional dessert, beyond the one we ordered.

As always, the food was outstanding.

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always, always, always amazing...every.single.time!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a reservation but had to wait outside for 30. Place is tiny so I get that it’s hard to estimate when people will leave. My salmon was a little plain but good. My boyfriend really enjoyed his fish dinner and everything else was amazing.

DK
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit to this little gem of a restaurant near the Christopher Street PATH Station was as good as the first time. We arrive a few minutes before our reservation at 6 PM and the restaurant was already crowded. The service was good and we did not feel rushed. Although a bit pricey, the food and presentation were excellent. The only downside is that the restaurant is noisy.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful experience at The Little Owl - from our hostess bringing us water outside while we waited for our table to be ready to a candle being placed in our brunch French Toast to celebrate a birthday. I already am planning my next visit because the service, the food and the atmosphere were all exceptional.

MG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I am consistently surprised that I don't like The Little Owl more than I do. I keep going back, thinking that I've had an aberrant experience, but again have a just ok meal. Nothing bad, but nothing really good either. Did I order wrong? Have a bad table? Everyone else seems to like it more than me.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This place has been very very special to me as well as my family. I haven't been here for many years, probably first visit since 2014 or 2015 for dinner. The most disappointing part was food itself. Though we picked somewhat odd selections for brunch, it still wasn't meet the moderate level. My surf-turf taco wasn't fresh and beignets were so tiny. They might have better lunch or dinner menu. But, if the quality of food goes this bad, less desire to return. However, I loved the open door with well ventilating air quality and fresh atmosphere. Service was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents in town

f
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attentive service. It is a very small space and very loud. But such good food. We had the tomato burrata special as a starter which was good but not exceptional. My husband had the lamb which is probably the best lamb I have ever had- wishing I had ordered that. I had the halibut which was very light and very tasty. Dessert was the bread pudding which was very sweet but not too chocolaty. I would definitely go back!!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The little Owl was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday! The food was delicious (though the halibut slightly overcooked), the ingredients fresh, the service excellent, and the best ambiance. Thank you, little owl!

SF
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service!

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.

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