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The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

4.8
4.8
3835 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Victor Café is an Italian restaurant that cultivates old traditions and seamlessly blends them with new ones. With classic Italian dishes and unforgettable live music, we invite you to join us for many enjoyable evenings for years to come.

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple reservations made for the same party cannot be seated together. To book large parties that are not available by default on OpenTable, please contact the restaurant directly.
When booking, party size should encompass total number of guests, including children. We try our best to accommodate special requests, however they are not guaranteed.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 468-3040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Victor Cafe contains a grouping of intimate dining rooms which offer seating for a maximum of 135 people. Inquiries for smaller groups are also welcome. Special events may be booked for lunch or dinner. Cocktail hours with hot and cold butlered hors d'oeuvres may be arranged. We believe you will find the Victor Cafe a most unique dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040

  • Neighborhood

    South Philly

  • Cross street

    13th Street & Dickinson

  • Parking details

    Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station

  • Entertainment

    Live opera seven nights a week by talented professionals as well as students.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 3,835 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Philadelphia

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  1. C

    Cheiffee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Loved the place the food was amazing service was a little slow getting to us but it was a full house so I understand the live single from the people that work there was unbelievable will I go back Indeed I will thank y’all for having us
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best experience with our daughter and her beau tonight! My in-laws used to go to Victor’s when they dated in the 40s. Carrying on the family tradition!
  3. DC

    DaniCA

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place!! I live 1 1/2 hour from Philly and would definitely go there just to dine at the Victor Cafe!
  4. JG

    JohnG

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Was disappointed in the food. We have eaten there before and we were excited to return. We are from out of town. Food was mediocre at best. The service and entertainment was amazing. Hopefully they will make adjustments
  5. d

    djhrick

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven't been to the Victor in many years and are so glad we returned. The food was delicious! The service was perfect. The outdoor seating was comfortable and well thought out. And the singing was sublime. We will go again soon.
  6. RP

    RussP

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great overall experience with the singing and the rowhome ambience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute gem. Loved everything about it.
  8. TD

    TonyD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Victor Cafe is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia! As a huge fan of ROCKY, Italian food, and Italian opera, there is no better place! The food is amazing, the live opera singing is INCREDIBLE, and frankly if you're a ROCKY fan there is no better restaurant on earth! Can't recommend this place enough!!!
  9. A

    Arthur

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fantastic evening, the staff were very kind and sang beautifully and the food was delicious. I truly recommand this restaurant (even if you're not a Rocky fan !).
  10. F

    Foodist

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a special place. I won’t visit Philly without a stop at The Victor Cafe. Magical.
  11. M

    Mark

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming here annual for our anniversary and it is always an amazing time. Definitely a hidden gem in Philadelphia!
  12. b

    breezyitalianlady

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had relatives visiting from Florida. They loved the food, authentic Italian and very well prepared. But they were just blown away by the opera singing waiters and waitresses. Such an experience for them. So glad that I was able to provide them with this amazing slice of Philadelphia. So proud of my city and its unique offerings.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Everything was great but I wish the waiters sang for my daughter who I was celebrating her birthday. They used to do it but I guess not anymore which is sad
  14. MS

    MelissaS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Victors for dinner and were blown away by the delicious food, amazing entertainment, and ambiance of the restaurant. Staff was super friendly and attentive, food was delicious and fresh, and the opera singing from staff was amazing. The notice level in the restaurant was perfect as you could easily have a conversation without a ton of background noise. This is definitely going to be a regular eatery for us!
  15. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Something you will never get at another restaurant. With the food, the wine, the music, at some point I thought I was in Italy.
  16. DK

    DougK

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Visited for the Rocky scenes and left absolutely impressed with the servers singing opera and overall ambiance and wonderful food! A must dining experience!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The Victor Cafe experience is one of a kind and not to be missed. The singers are all top notch and the restaurant is bustling, and full of life. My meals there have just been ok. I owe that to an Italian mom who was an amazing cook! I’ve had both the chicken piccata and the seafood Dido et Aeneas. They were a little disappointing. However, the roasted beet salad was delicious and friends had the Prince Igor, wonderful! Also, I’ve tasted the Spaghetti Rusticana and it was also very good. The lemon ice for dessert is a must.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Victor cafe!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots to visit when we come to Philly. Such a unique experience-great service and great performances!
  20. DF

    DavidF

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved the operatic singing by members of the staff. Cozy and charming place.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time as always.
  22. J

    Jennifer

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Evening out with my sister dad and mom before Elton John concert! Food was excellent! Service was awesome especially since we were on a time line and 11 minute drive to citizens bank park afterwards. They also have very convenient valet parking! Fun perk was the opera singers which are also your wait staff !
  23. C

    Cocorico

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A special place for a special occasion. The food is good - entertainment exceptional - It was great to be back at the Victor Cafe.
  24. T

    Thoughts

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Food service and staff Very talented Opera singers. Very unique
  25. m

    marc

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! Food just ok wasn’t my favorite.
  26. C

    Clement

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even if they only had great food and great service, we would love Victor’s. But, add to this beautiful renditions of selected operas, sung around every 20 minutes by profession opera singers and you have a truly unique experience. This is our favorite restaurant!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amaaaazing! Fantastic service, singers & experience!!
  28. GV

    GinaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem. A must go to!! Food was fabulous, service was great and the atmosphspere and entertainment was magical. We loved it.
  29. NG

    NelsonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place... you should go there in @Philly!! Great food, environment and Opera performances..
  30. SM

    SteveM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique experience of opera and great Italian food. The veal chop was excellent
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time! Our server, Chase, was amazing and very attentive. The food was delicious, the opera singing was absolutely beautiful, and the service was great and friendly. It was my sister-in-laws birthday and they put a candle in her dessert which made it extra special. What a special place. Thank you!
  32. SR

    StephR

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Victor Cafe never disappoints. The food and service are excellent. The atmosphere is so unique, and the opera signing really puts it over the top. Will definitely be back!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the appearance of the place to Quality of the food. The victor cafe should be a stop for everyone. Really enjoy the lounge on the second floor. I’m looking forward to my next visit.
  34. l

    liza

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    62 anniversary
  35. A

    Adrienne

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I love this place so much. It’s a really special neighborhood spot. Great classic cocktails! Some dishes are better than others, but overall It’s a great time.
  36. s

    steeveedee

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    We love Victor Cafe but were very disappointed on our last visit. The outside dining is great and the service was especially good, even for a very busy Saturday evening. The singers were fantastic, as usual. But the food was truly lacking. The Italian Wedding Soup was greasy and the pasta in it was clumpy. Our entrees were lacking seasoning. I had my usual Pasta Caruso, and the pasta was dry and not cooked enough. The chicken liver seemed overdone and one piece was not clean and I bit into a bitter piece that ruined the whole dish. My GF got the special crab ravioli and the champagne sauce was bland and not very tasty. We usually really like our meals, but not this time. Although the bread pudding dessert was very good. We'll be back, but maybe not on a busy Saturday night.
  37. EM

    ErinM

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    We’ve eaten here many times and brought friends who had not. It was disappointing because most of the food was pretty bland - especially the risotto that three of us had. We waited nearly 30 minutes after being seated before our order was taken. On the positive side, the desserts - crème brûlée and bread pudding - were fantastic. And the outdoor dining is very cool. We particularly enjoyed the performances on the balcony.
  38. PQ

    PestoQueen

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time surprising my family from Texas! The service was amazingly friendly and the food was great. The talent of the singers was very impressive. Brought tears to my eyes. Their passion for the opera was definitely present. Highly recommend!!
  39. LZ

    LarryZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Charging $2 for a refill of ice tea was tacky as was serving water in a plastic cup.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Opera singing is just phenomenal!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia is rated 4.8 stars by 3835 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

1303 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross street

    13th Street & Dickinson

  • Neighborhood

    South Philly

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Live opera seven nights a week by talented professionals as well as students.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 468-3040

  • Private party facilities

    Victor Cafe contains a grouping of intimate dining rooms which offer seating for a maximum of 135 people. Inquiries for smaller groups are also welcome. Special events may be booked for lunch or dinner. Cocktail hours with hot and cold butlered hors d'oeuvres may be arranged. We believe you will find the Victor Cafe a most unique dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040

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