Bistro La Baia

4.6
230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bistro La Baia, meaning "The Bay" in Italian, is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving delicious homemade traditional and creative Italian/Mediterranean dishes.
With a light and inviting ambiance and a wonderful outdoor seating, this BYOB restaurant is great for any occasion.
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Mon - Thu 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:30PM - 10:00PM

What 230 People Are Saying
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SM
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service from Marco, our waiter. Ordered the rice ball appetizer which was delicious, along with the eggplant parm meal, wild salmon dish and lobster ravioli. Everyone enjoyed their meals and would definitely return.

NC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We dined with a group of eight people and the everyone enjoyed their food. My chicken marsala was tender and flavorful but the best dish at our table was the lobster ravioli. Very good! Service was efficient. This is not a large restaurant and it is BYOB, so if you want wine or beer with dinner but sure to pick it up before.

SS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was delicious. Service was great. The place itself could use a little decor

KH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This hidden gem is right around the corner from me and one of my go to spots! The food is fresh and always hot (crucial). The service is always great and the entire team is happy to have you and go above and beyond to service! Do yourself a favor and add this to your list!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Good food. Not enough staff and noisy. Both complaints may be due to large 14 person party in small dining area. Food was worth it though.

TS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, everything was perfect. This is a wonderful place to go with great service. I look forward to going back.

IM
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Would not think of making a reservation here again. They didn’t honor the time and staff was very ignorant. Too many better byob restaurants in the area. A few better restaurants within a few blocks.

c
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

food is very simple but tasty, although not all of it is hand-made (but to be fair, they do not claim it is). Service is really nice, it's a cozy place and affordable for a bite

HC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of the best dining experiences I've ever had! The food was unbelievable and the service went above and beyond any expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, service was meh. It’s a hole in the wall place

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro La Baia is a charming family owned Italian restaurant with great service and delicious food.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice small neighborhood restaurant. Great Italian food at a reasonable price. That large blank wall is begging for some artwork! BYOB.

PG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Couldn’t have asked for a more attentive staff for our celebration dinner. The food was fresh and delicious and we appreciated the gluten free pasta options as well. It was a bit annoying to learn upon our arrival that the credit card machine was down and everyone had to scramble to get cash once at the restaurant.

BK
Philadelphia
204 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is really good. This a cute neighborhood BYO with a nice selection of menu options. We sat outside on a very nice evening and that was lovely. We loved the mushroom appetizer and the pasta and meat selections were very well prepared. It’s ” another” Italian restaurants Philly, but a good one and the prices are very reasonable. We will go back.

BB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Two friends who hadn't seen each other in a long time (one moved out of the country). Plenty of time to chat and sit and enjoy each other. Delicious food. Terrific service. Quiet ambience. We had a lovely evening. Thank you!

Barbara Berry

BH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian. Wonderful servers. Enjoyed the whole experience.

RJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Plain ambiance, but the food was good. We went late afternoon and had the place to ourselves. If going to the theatre later it makes sense as it is close by to the theatres.

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

This was quite possibly the best dining experience I ever had. They are very attentive and accommodating and the food was so fresh and authentic. The owner/hostess was willing to adjust our meals however we wanted and everything we ate was delicious. I would definitely recommend this quaint bistro to friends and will most certainly go again when back in Philly!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samira is a talented and kind server and makes the experience so wonderful. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere is beautiful.

ZZ
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at dinner. Outdoor seating. No corkage fee and very nice waitress! Great value! We’ll be back!

TM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have visited Bistro La Baia multiple times, each time getting better. Out door seating was fantastic, clean table with quiet street view. Lovely service and delicious food. Staff is knowledgable on food, wine pairings (BYOB) and specials.

DD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great Value! My wife and I enjoyed dinner at Bistro La Baia, a great BYOB restaurant on Friday. I had Pork & Beef Meatballs and she had Caesar Salad for Appetizers. She had Lobster Ravioli and I had Pappardelle vodka sauce with sweet sausage for main course. Food and service were excellent. My wife said it was the best Lobster Ravioli she's ever had. We will definitely be visiting in the near future.

LG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many wonderful restaurants in Center City but we keep going back to La Baia. Good menu items, good specials, cozy atmosphere, friendly service. Will be back!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was DELICIOUS!!!

BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was beautiful. The food was to DIE for!!!! The service was beyond excellent especially since we stayed all the way until close. 10/10 recommend. We will be coming back!

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first time here and we thought that the food, service, and value were outstanding! The fact that it is byob only made our experience that much sweeter. We felt, however, that the noise levels could be improved by having more decorations on the walls to help soak up sound. Except for a couple of pictures, they were very sparse. A fairly large and noisy party ( for this size restaurant) was seated after us, and my dining companion and I were unable to hear each other after that. But the food was wonderful! We will definitely return!

S
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, a nice, relaxing, romantic dinner outside - couldn’t ask for more!

SF
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We wanted an early dinner after a long day of travelling and walking around Philadelphia so the small family restaurant was perfect. The food was superb and the service friendly and a good time was had overall - pity about the rain and getting wet!!

Bistro La Baia
Responded on May 5, 2019

Thank you for dining at La Baia and the kind words. Kind regards, Reed and the team.

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TL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice ambiance, particularly on a week night when the restaurant was mostly empty. Food was OK. Tomatoes were a bit mealy but main course was good, if predictable.

AB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small and intimate with excellent food and service!

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Quality of food was not good. For the price you can get the same thing at a much common restaurant. I was definitely disappointed.

Bistro La Baia
Responded on April 4, 2019

Robbie, I am sorry to learn you did not like our food. We work hard to provide an excellent experience for each of our guests and my staff and I attended each of the tables multiple times to make sure our guests were enjoying themselves. Will you kindly share what you had so we can use this to see what went wrong and improve? As an aside, it would have been great if you had let us know you did not like you food so we could have offered you something else.

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S
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous relaxing dinner

Bistro La Baia
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you Susan. We appreciated having you dine at La Baia and hope to see you soon.

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MD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be excellent. The owners are lovely and the food is delicious. Will be back!

Bistro La Baia
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thanks for your continued patronage. It's always great to see you and your family.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service!

P
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, very responsive to our special requests for a large group. Excellent cuisine. The restaurant had a European feel to it - intimate and lovely. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

RV
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Lovely server. Just a bit too tight and too close to the entrance which kept us a bit chilly. Otherwise , would definitely recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best chicken Picatta! Incredibly tasty seafood soup.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Had an app special that had very little taste. The eggplant parm was great, gnocchis were mediocre. Service was slow but it’s a cute byob for a low price. Probably won’t go back but wasn’t a bad experience.

EW
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this neighborhood bistro. Food is delicious, service is caring and the atmosphere is warm.

EG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good gnocchi and pomodoro and the homemade tiramisu was one of the best I’ve ever had

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