The Whitby Bar and Restaurant

4.7
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459 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, inside the Whitby Hotel located in the heart of New York's upper Midtown, offers modern American food in a uniquely eclectic setting. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, The Whitby Bar and Restaurant also features an extensive cocktail and international wine menu, and classic English afternoon tea.

Reservations made on Opentable are for a la carte dining or Afternoon Tea. If you would like to join us for cocktails and bar snacks, the lounge area is open seating only. If you have a cocktail reception inquiry for more than 8 guests, please call the hotel directly.



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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.1
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K
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

The Whitby Bar and Restaurant is a beautifully decorated warm space with natural wood floors and the usual Kit Kemp decorating - layers of fabrics, beautiful art and artifacts. I was excited to dine at The Whitby because I am a huge fan of Kemp's London hotels and restaurants. Unfortunately, the service was a bit flat and the prices are stratospheric. The bar was super lively (we dined in the dining room behind the bar) and I will go back for tea. The dinner is a mix of comfort food and yummy small plates - just WAY too expensive for what it is, sorry to say.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Just too expensive, alas

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

the ultimate in chic, modern, comfortable & cool in an afternoon tea experience!!!

LB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Very pricey, though it's a pricey part of NYC. Food is nice, but not exceptional. Service is also very nice.

CM
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time visiting this restaurant. We went for high tea and it was fabulous. A bit pricey but worth the money spent. From the moment you walked into the restaurant, were seated and placed your order, everyone was so pleasant. I recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a nice get together, with family and friends enjoying good food, pleasant atmosphere and a leisurely meal

CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience!

C
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We were greeted by very warm and welcoming hosts. We had a lovely table where we could hear the music and enjoy the lovely front room atmosphere. I enjoyed it so much I’m coming back tonight. I hope I’ll be able to enjoy the front room again. (The band that played was very good.)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful setting for tea! Service couldn’t have been better.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply perfect!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing ambiance, food and service. Lovely live jazz music.

w
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

Bad night, or not what it used to be? Don’t know, but this place used to be impeccable but something has certainly changed, not for the better. Too bad.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere with modern eclectic Devore. I took my wife for her birthday and they treated us very nicely. Even dressing up my gift on a desert tray. Nice portions as well

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice ambience. Beautiful china. Attentive server but when he went to his break nobody checked on us anymore.
The sweets were not very good. A pumpkin pie in December? Left overs?
Sandwiches were good, scones very good.

M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

fabulous decor and food
Our server was nice and attentive one on one , but no one was watching the room. We constantly had to flag down staff in order to get additional service for items like more water, another glass of wine etc

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

C
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A perfect spot for a lovely breakfast.

The day before, I had breakfast at a highly rated and more expensive venue, the air was stale, the orange juice was canned, the coffee was weak, the scrambled eggs were cold and inedible, and there was a very limited selection on the buffet, no fruit, no oatmeal, just some old scrambled eggs, greasy sausages and cold, limp, saturated french toast.

The Whitby, on the other hand, was wonderful. I couldn't suggest an improvement, although I think they might want to charge higher prices given the excellence.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite dining and hotel destinations!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Service was horrible. The area we sat in wasn’t even busy but it seemed like the waiter could care less about serving us. We sat for an hour before getting our food, after an hour we let him know we had a show to get to. Food was served cold shortly after we let them know.

LG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rare to find a gem of a restaurant with an invitingly unique decor, that doesn’t make you feel you are local.

Well presented dishes with flavors that make the experience memorable.

We will definitely go back, thanks for making my anniversary special...thoughtful touch on the dessert - appreciated.

PV
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff was nice, the ambiance was great! Had mimosas but others had food and it looked good!

l
Jackson Hole
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This place has really funky decor that somehow works. The service was very good and we liked our meals there. It is located inside a hotel.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Everything was lovely, although the service was noticeably slow during the first 30 minutes. Perhaps the restaurant was unusually busy, or perhaps they were having an off night. But once things got into gear, it was flawless. I'd return in a flash.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Didn’t acknowledge the birthday special occasion

DK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, superb ambiance. Service was a bit slow and cocktails were a bit overpriced. But otherwise, I would highly recommend it.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Quiet Sunday evening in a delightful dining room. Service was forgettable largely because our (vegetarian) waitress forgot all about us, having first delivered a treatise on all the good vegetable dishes on the menu.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!! Wonderful Staff, Beautiful Experience. Food is Devine!

CF
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

Hunter is always the best but ordering bar food we received 15-20 minutes later. What’s going on? Usually everything is great.

JO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, beautiful room, an overall A+++ experience. One of the most enjoyable Thanksgiving Days ever!

FK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

As returning guests, we had a positive experience at the restaurant, although the service was not up the the level we had experienced on previous occasions. The waiter was very inattentive and slow. We will return, however.

EC
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful room and wonderful food. Unfortunately my steak was overcooked but the manager sprung into action and was able to come up with my second choice entree within seconds. She and our server were very gracious and right on top of things. That's the true test of service -- when something goes wrong!

BE
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Experience was fantastic! We were at a table in the center of the room right where the servers pick up drinks and the computer is for checkout so it was a little less “atmosphere” than the other tables. Waiter was new but kind and attentive. Food was out of this world amazing!

OT
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Katy and the entire team go out of their way every time to make it special. Food and service excellent.

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and impeccable service. Wide variety of food choices. All delicious.

BW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a good experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and the food were excellent.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and food. Everything was great

TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Drinks were not tasty, bar food was not hot, generally the wait staff was terrific

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Waitress had to be literally summoned 6 times to the table - as she never once stopped by herself to take order, reorders, water, or check. However, before asking whether we were finished (we were not) cleared off a half full cheese platter. Restaurant was half empty as this was between 330-430pm there was no reason to be so busy.

EJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always - perfect for lunch or afternoon tea; dinner of course and late night drinks and snacks. Never disappoints

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place.

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