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La Viola

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$$ - $$$
City Center West
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253 S 16th St Ste A, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3350
+1 215-735-8630
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cash only, at least the last time i was there it was. I've eaten there many times when in Philly, it's right across the street from my favorite bar Monks! La Viola is one of my favorite Italian restaurants.

Thank zole2112
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tight fit, but definitely worth the wait. We were at La Viola East, which seats upstairs. La Viola west (catty corner almost) seats in the basement, There were so many people in the restaurant I didn't really get an idea of the decor. Service was superb. Food was very good and I will go back. Perfect Italian food. Probably the... More 

Thank Sharontwfl
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

WoW what a suprise! Small but service and dishes were over the top! Perfectly prepared authentic Northern Italian home dishes. Reasonable priced menu and don't forget the salutes Calimari to share. I had the veal over pasta with a spicy marinara with olives and capers in a tuarine for $17 it was insane and perfect. BYOB but stafe was polite... More 

Thank Robert G
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Actually, the one we visited for restaurant week is across 16th street at 252. The resturant week menus are identical, but La Viola West is, to me, prettier. Both are BYOB. We went for the $20 special menu. For the first course, I enjoyed the homemade buffalo mozzarella plate, my husband liked the caesar salad, and my cousin loved the... More 

Thank retiree59_11
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Near Christmas I took a large group of friends to LaViola for a Christmas celebration. I was disappointed that when we arrived we were asked to wait outside in the cold night air while they prepared a table for us, even though I had made a reservation weeks in advance and confirmed a day before. We were all put at... More 

Thank Ron J
Cape May Beach
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495 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We knew about BYOB but were surprised about the cash only and didn't find out until finished, so we were adding up our coins..... The only other complaint is how packed it is. I could not get up to go to the bathroom without asking 6 people to get up. That is a bit uncomfortable for everyone. But, I guess... More 

Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I just ate at La Viola for our New Year's eve dinner. It was one of the best meals we've ever had. My arugula pear salad was delicious and my husband had a lobster bisque which was divine. For dinner we both had pasta dishes that were cooked to perfection and we finished them off with homemade... More 

Thank Maryrose826
Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

A charming BYOB within walking distance of the Academy of Music, Merriam Theater and Kimmel Center. Outstanding food at a reasonable price. The venue is small, a little too loud to be called intimate but a great destination nonetheless. Enjoyed an 8:00 reservation after the show, with a party of 7. Each dish was exquisitely prepared. Fresh bread, warm to... More 

Thank Len37
Cary, NC
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We were in Philadelphia for the evening to attend a concert in which our granddaughter was performing & had dinner at La Viola. It was delicious & delightful. This BYOB establishment was as good as any restaurant at which we've eaten in Philadelphia & there are some pretty good restaurants in Philly! There were 6 in our party & everyone... More 

Thank JackieCary_NC
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I and our friends had a marvelous meal here. The veal was spectacular and we cut it with our fork. Service was top notch. Will definitely come back.

Thank Rich424

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 253 S 16th St Ste A, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3350
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-735-8630

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?