Bistro La Baia

4.5
190 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bistro La Baia, BYOB, offers traditional and creative Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, featuring small plates, homemade fresh pastas, and other homemade from scratch flavorful dishes. With a wonderful outdoor seating and an inviting ambiance, this BYOB is great for any occasion.
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RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience

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GG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, very small, quaint restaurant with awesome food, great prices and it’s a byob... this is such a great restaurant with great service, will return.

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PK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!.... my only complaint would be that the space was tight very close table settings some would call it very cozy.

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CW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went before a show and all had a great dinner. Great menu choices and very good service. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I wanted to go out for restaurant week so we chose to try a new place. The service was great- they valued the customers and multiple people checked in with us throughout our time there. The food was also delicious! I recommend the meatballs!! It was a quaint place with a homey feeling. We’ll be back!

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t
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful. If anything, there was too much food. My husband and I took our pasta (3rd course) home and had a second meal. As we were leaving, the younger and much noisier crowd started arriving. We were glad the noise level was more appropriate for us geezers, earlier. Also the fact that it is a BYOB is much appreciated. We will certainly return often. I can't wait to bring my son and daughter in law, who live in San Francisco where the food is spectacular, to Bistro La Baia.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual !!

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v
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice staff, good menu options for Restaurant Week. The room is small (very small) so if you're looking for a quiet dinner with privacy, you won't find it here. But if you want a good Italian meal at a good price, I recommend it.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love it, food was delicious, nice and right temperature. Service was great, very friendly we will go back my daughter can’t get over the side dish of pasta she still talking about it. Thanks for everything.

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TD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We had a great time.

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f
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Had dinner during Restaurant week, so hard to judge what the menu etc. would be like otherwise. Veal with mushrooms was very good. Caprese salad would have been better with better tomatoes. Worth a return visit.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall the experience was good. As someone who has dined at many Italian restaurants both in the states and Italy I would say the food was average to slightly above average and taste and quality.

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PM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a wonderful neighborhood place, BYOB and fairly small. It is usually fairly quiet and good for conversation, although the last time we were there, there were two tables of 8+ people so it was noisy--not typical. Food is good and menu has diverse Italian dishes. Service is excellent. Mainly, this is a pleasant local place for a reasonable casual dinner.

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LT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The restaurant looks like it was a travel agency or salon of some sort that was barely converted to a restaurant. That being said the food was very good.

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j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My biggest complaint with this and most other restaurants is this. If you have specials to offer, take the time to list them on a separate menu. To be honest, the room was so noisy it didn't understand most of what my server was saying.

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MS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was bland. Service was attentive but couldn’t make up for food. We will not be going back

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my mom's 81st bday - cozy quaint venue and wonderful service - staff made the night special :)

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FG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is delicious and the attentive wait staff are great. BYOB too!! Wish it were a tad bigger as it is tight quarters. But it is nice due to friendly eaters nearby.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food!! Out of this world...

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square and strolled over to La Baia for a dinner to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. The food was awesome. The owner and woman waiting on us treated us like family, and we had a wonderful dinner. La Baia is small, quaint, and an obvious favorite in the neighborhood. We prefer this to places packed with tourists. We will definitely return for dinner soon, and highly recommend this little gem to anyone visiting Philadelphia! We would love you to open La Baia in our city, Washington, DC!

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot. Friendly service and delicious food!

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BV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best BYOB restaurants in the city. Food is excellent with nice size portions and wonderful flavors. Owner is always there and adds a nice touch to the experience. Service is friendly and accommodating. They make adjustments to your choice of meals if possible. - Great eating experience.

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D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and so was the service, restaurant is very small so noise level was loud, but to b expected

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly service, feels like you’re in someone’s dining room. We had an excellent night out.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and tasty !!

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l
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was way too noisy for the size of the place; they need some acoustic muffling wall hangings...but the food was great!

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HG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small quaint restaurant located in Rittenhouse Square. Portions are large and the service was excellent. We are monthly customers and will be returning more frequently. Lobster ravioli and the chicken marsala were to die for.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little spot for a cozy and delicious night out with friend! Food was excellent and well priced, and the service was outstanding!

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KA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our visit was outstanding. Food was out of this world and HOT! I love when food comes out and it's steaming. Every bite was amazing. Our waitress was lovely. Cannot wait to go back!

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L
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Cozy and the owner/staff were great! Awesome food. The vibe was overall fun and comfortable. I definitely recommend this as a date night or a group dinner.

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J
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Bistro La Baya for a PreTheater dinner on a Tuesday night. It was quiet. The service was friendly, welcoming and attentive. Everyone liked their apps and entrees. My Pasta Arrabbiata was perfectly cooked and spiced. My rule: If the Pasta is homemade and cooked perfectly al dente, then I am a customer for life. Can’t wait to go back.

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c
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food but can be noisy

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

We arrived for our reservation at 6:30. At 7:45, the owner asked us to leave so they could serve the next table. We had paid the bill within 2 minutes of him asking that. I have never been to a restaurant where we were rudly asked to leave. Especially at an Italian restaurant after and hour and 15 mins! It was so rude.

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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall everything was good I got the gnocchi and it needs a lot of work wasn’t smooth at all and tough but tried other people meals and they were great!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and the food is amazing! one of the best Italian in the city. Place is small and cozy and had the opportunity of meeting the owner and he was such a sweetheart! Will continue to come back for great Italian!!

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SP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Only disappoint was that we didn't realize it was BYOB and cash only. However, worked out just fine. We were celebrating a bday and it was fun. Food was quite good and felt like we found a neighborhood gem.

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f
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

We made the mistake of going on a Saturday night, when the restaurant was full. The noise was deafening—so loud, our eardrums ached. (Seriously). The food is mediocre, and even though the prices are fair, the food is simply not good enough to overcome the horrible atmosphere. It is a very small place, and the owners are trying to fit more diners in than the room comfortably accommodates.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My best friend and I went here on a recommendation from another friend. I’m so glad we decided to dine here! The food is superb! It’s a little noisy and crowded, but in the way you expect a great byob to be! The pasta was fresh, the grilled octopus was tender, and the service was wonderful. I’ll not only come again and again, but I’ll highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves amazing food!

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R
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful hole in the wall Italian spot! The server tended to us well and created a romantic ambiance even though we were the only couple there at the time. Brought tiramisu for my boyfriend’s birthday. Worth every penny, we will definitely be back in the future

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ML
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were very impressed with the quality of food and the service at Bistro La Baia. Our soup, salad and entrees were excellent! I recommend Bisto La Baia.

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