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Bistro La Baia

1700 Lombard St, 17th Street and Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1519
+1 215-546-0496
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Mediterranean, European
$$ - $$$
1700 Lombard St, 17th Street and Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1519
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1. Quaint BYOB
"Do not pass this one up! leave room for dessert!"
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2. Gracious Hospitality
"excellent food and a very friendly owner and staff"
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3. Visit Again and Again
"Looking forward to going back again"
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

This is one of our favorite BYOB restaurants in Philadelphia, one that we frequent with friends rather regularly. It is surviving recent ( Jan 2018) changes in management. The chefs are supposedly the same. They are trying slowly to upgrade the layout and appearance of...More

Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Upon our fourth or fifth visit to Bistro LacBaia, we were disappointed to learn that the owner had sold the business. It had been a delightful neighborhood bistro, with excellent food and close to the Kimmel Center and Avenue of the Arts. The new owner...More

Thank Dianne H
Reed H, Owner at Bistro La Baia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Dear Dianne, thank you for dining with us and please accept my sincere apologies for your last experience. It could have been me that you described as the annoying host, I am not sure but that doesn't matter at this point. We have been very...More

Reviewed 31 October 2017

Went for a late dinner (9:45ish - they close at 11) on a Friday and were barely acknowledged when we walked in. We could tell right away that the staff was very annoyed as we were the only customers there and probably the last ones...More

Thank mitchrappsdaughter
Reed H, Owner at Bistro La Baia, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you for your candid review. I had noticed the same pattern while dining there; great food but spotty service. It so happens that I just bought Bistro La Baia and I am working hard to change the service culture. Would love to host you...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017

So we were looking for a BYOB in Philly, which can be difficult sometimes, and came up with this little gem. No, it's not the plush elegant dining experience, it's the quaint intimate restaurant meant to enjoy. The seating may be tight for some, but...More

Thank scarlom4
Reviewed 25 December 2016

A neighborhood Italian BYOB that can either be described as cramped or cozy depending upon your mood. The food is very good and the portions are large. Two appetizers will easily feed four and if you don't want to take home leftovers, I'd suggest sharing...More

Thank pookala
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This used to be one of our favorite haunts when we lived in Philly and it did not disappoint. We came in early without a reservation and were promptly seated and greeted very kindly. The service was amazing! The food was just as good as...More

Thank Dollface23
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Been to this place twice first time meeting a braided manager during dinner who was arrogant and rude. Smashed dishes on the table when bringing entrees and desserts, also tried to assign outside seating even tho the outside seating was meant to be first come...More

Thank Maggie W
Reviewed 15 May 2016

My husband and I dined at Bistro La Baia for the first (and last!) time on Saturday night. The place is very narrow and tiny, and the surly, unsmiling hostess led us to a tiny table near the entrance, close to the (open) door, in...More

Thank Anita B
Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Was there tonight for my buddies wedding rehearsal dinner. First of all the service is bad and the waitstaff/owners are rude! The food is average at best. The place is so small u can't even move! I will never go back

Thank Evang123
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Our waiter was excellent and even though we went during restaurant week we just had great service and what a varied choice of food on the menu. Five women were all happy with the appetizers, entrees and of course the dessert! We were so happy...More

Thank jhmattiola
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1700 Lombard St, 17th Street and Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1519
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Centre West
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-546-0496
  • E-mail
Bistro La Baia has been delighting our guests for two decades in our corner of 17th and Lombard Streets in Center City Philadelphia. A home away from home for our neighbors, and a popular destination for visitors from both out of town and the region, Bistro La Baia is the place where we treat every single guest as part of our family and ensure all have a great time. Under NEW MANAGEMENT since the begining of 2018, the new owner, Reed and his team, welcome you into our home.
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