The Little Owl

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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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MY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such an adorable restaurant with amazing dishes! Chilaquiles is simple and spicy, great eggs. Bacon is a must, same with the beignets. Definitely will be coming back!

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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A dependably delicious place - a bit noisy, but the food, service, the windows and the food - always fantastic

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

We’ve been dining at the Little Owl since it’s been open. It never disappoints!!

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LG
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love your restaurant but do wish it was a bit quieter. It is really hard to have a conversation with 4 or more people.

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SW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute reservation for 8:45. We arrived 30 min. early and were greeted with complimentary Prosecco while we waited. Lovely table for 2 and Jorge was exceptional. The corn soup tasted like the corn was just picked and the juices squeezed into the soup. Yummy, but not overly heavy. The sunflower salad with golden beets and toasted sunflowers was lightly dressed. It was a nice starter. Pan seared Monkfish with brown butter and leek risotto was the special and tasted like it just came from the boat to the restaurant. Super fresh and not over cooked. The Albariño was a perfect choice to go with the fish. We split the chocolate cake soufflé with espresso gelato. It reminded me of a molten chocolate cake, but lighter and the gelato paired well. Finally, Jorge treated us to Little Owl’s take on a beignet. It was light and had a lovely tangy rhubarb sauce. While not a New Orleanian’s idea of a beignet, it was tasty. Looking forward to returning next time we are in the city.

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D
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friends suggested Little Owl as it was their favorite in the Village. Loved everything about our experience.

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried at The Little Owl was amazing, and the service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back, and highly recommend it to others!

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

Amazing food, and excellent service. A small, intimate venue. Drinks were expensive and the wine list was minimal but the rose turned out to be the drink of choice. It made for a perfect evening.

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

The atmosphere was so nice and the staff were excellent. We had brunch and the food was delicious!

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

Food, service and atmosphere were completely enjoyable!

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CG
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant in picturesque Greenwich Village. Delicious food and good service. Happy to finally get a reservation at this popular spot.

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a small little gem of a restaurant. The owner Chris was extremely nice and accommodating. We decided to wait for a table and he brought out cups of champagne for our inconvenience. It’s a hard reservation but definitely worth the effort

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JS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and service! A charming little place that will continue to make our list for upcoming visits when we are in the city

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot. Excellent ambience, service and food. Eat here if you can.

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OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really cute restaurant with tons of natural light and lots of charm. Food was terrific and service was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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DM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great little place. Great food. Loved the fontina biscuits. Loved the neighborhood too. Perfect Sunday brunch

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I cam to this place recommended by a friend as a "Solid" brunch in the West Village, need to say I was disappointed as my expectation was high. The place is a lovely small restaurant but food was very average.

Service is nice.

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CC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second lunch at The Little Owl and it was again wonderfully delicious.

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OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food. I typically don’t eat red meat and never eat pork chop because too dense and dry. Lots of hype about their pork chop and a strong recommendation by my neighbor, I decided to try it ...I was hungry. I LOVED it. Moist and flavorful. When it was brought out my immediate reaction was wow, a double cut....no way I can finish it. Well I not only finished it I overcame my reluctance and picked up the bone and ate what was left in the bone ...the best!!!!!
I’m definitely going back again

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D
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding service. The food is very fresh, well plated and flavors are perfectly layered. We will definitely be back! Highly recommended!

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NY
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch at Little Owl.

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Thanks!!

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EV
New York Area
276 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each visit here is SO wonderful, it’s hard to come up with new superlatives. I can’t think of another restaurant where the bar is set so high in anticipation of our visit, and then is exceeded every time. Every bite was delicious, and the welcome and service were as warm as ever. A total pleasure and we can’t wait for our next visit - this Saturday night!!!

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ML
Miami
84 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in the neighborhood. I love this place. It always delivers. Today, I had to laugh at my Arnold Palmer. LOVE this glass.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place and food.

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DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an incredible meal here, great service, really feels like a family-run place. Meatball sliders were exceptional. I only wish the music wasn’t quite so blaring!

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G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely dinner but uncomfortably loud.

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MK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a perfect place for a relaxing meal with a few friends. Service is unpretentious and efficient. I always feel like they truly care about my overall experience.

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NK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Actually the noise level was too loud, but they don't let you comment on this for the survey (energetic???really? no, loud)....My husband and our friends had an unusual experience at The Little Owl as our reservation, for 9:15 pm, was on an evening of a major thunderstorm. When we arrived the small restaurant was packed, and the two areas which would seat 4 people were both occupied (one table was paying their bill but did not want to leave). The gentlemen who was responsible for seating guests couldn't have been better -- he gave us free glasses of champagne, and watched very carefully and seated us as quickly as he (politely) could -- it took about 15-20 minutes (not terrible for a busy NY restaurant). Our server was excellent and I found the food & wine absolutely superb. I would have give the restaurant a 5 except for the overly-loud music in a cramped space (all restaurants in NY are like this -- I wish they'd tone it down!).

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CH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, amazing food, and fantastic service. We had a great night at the little owl and are looking forward to go back.

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JG
Guadalajara
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful time. Don't rush. The staff is great and also not in a hurry.

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SF
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE The Little Owl. Our favorite restaurant in NYC!

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N
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Only issue was that we had to wait 35 minutes even though we were on time for our reservation.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in NYC for 2 years, one of the best meals I have had here. Everyone that works there is very friendly and accommodating as well.

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SK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's beautiful, with windows all around so we could enjoy the sunny day. The staff is lovely and welcoming. The decor is charming. The food was excellent. Most of us had breakfast food, but my eggplant parmigiana was the best I ever had. I say that because I wanted cheese left off the top, which restaurants can rarely do. They prepared it that way, and that left the most delicious roasted eggplant with no cheese and delightful tomato sauce. Their salad dressing is light and lemony.

They only have one dessert, which they put a birthday candle in for us. It is really great, but you should note that there is only one dessert ( it was basically donut holes with raspberry filling and nutella outside). A success of a birthday lunch!

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KB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zero complaints! We had a delicious brunch here. The food was well done, flavorful and perfectly prepared. Get the gravy meatball sliders, they are outstanding. Both dishes we tried were delicious though. Service was very friendly and attentive. They do a great job of making you feel welcome and at home. The space is small, but noise level was okay, even quiet considering. It's cozy, but feels fun dining in the "Friends" building and the walls of windows adds to the ambiance. They still had seating at 10am when they open for brunch, but they started to fill up. We had a reservation and would definitely recommend one if coming later mid-morning or for dinner.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place for the discerning pallet
My wife and I were looking for a delightful epicurean respite, and we got warmth, great food and delightful service, a cozy atmosphere in a wonderful neighborhood setting

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Small, intimate setting. Service excellent. $100 bill for breakfast for 2, including main, one shared side, one beverage and one cocktail each.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere in this cosy small restaurant, delicious food and friendly staff!

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