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La Viola

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
City Center West
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253 S 16th St Ste A, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3350
+1 215-735-8630
Today
16:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
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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Cape May Beach
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475 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Durham, North Carolina
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Thank Maryrose826
Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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118 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Len37
Cary, NC
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Thank JackieCary_NC
MEDIA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Thank Rich424
Georgetown, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent restaurant off the beaten path. Waiters speak Italian and food was authentic Italy with large portions. Make sure to bring your favorite wine and they will open for you since it is BYO vino.

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Thank Susan C
Elkins Park/Philadelphia
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Coming reservation-less near 6pm, the manager and wait-staff genuinely went out of their way to find a table for the two of us just before the main rush filled the room. Having changed dinner plans at the last minute, we were without B for this BYOB...but an enterprising waiter brought a glass of wine for each, with a half-bottle, all... More 

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Thank jstritz
Philadelphia
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105 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The food was very good. However, seating is extremely tight. We were to be seated in corner and asked to moved. All seats are literally next to another. Two other parties asked to moved after we arrived. On a personal note: I like a relaxed atmosphere when I eat. The manager began to drill down the greeter during the description... More 

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Thank Quaker1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Made reservations during Restaurant Week so the crowd was expected. It was evident that the wait staff was experienced because every table was filled and you could feel the organized frenzy. Our food was delicious......you didn't feel like you were being given lesser choices bc of RW. La Viola is a Philadelphia staple.......

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Thank Denise J
Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Very so so, would not go a second time service was good food was mediocre at the location we had dinner they did not except credit cards which we were unaware of fortunately we had cash

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?