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1511 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4501
+1 215-545-7661
12:00 - 21:00
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Toronto, Canada
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126 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Here is the deal. The custard is not good. Pretty flavourless. Go somewhere else and get just soft serve ice cream instead. HOWEVER, the Italian water ice is absolutely amazing. I thought it would just be a glorified slush but it's not it's so much more than that. You have to try it. Strawberry mango, absolutely delicious.

Thank MisterRoadTrip
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1,666 reviews
1,034 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Get the lemon ice and ignore the rest. All the other ice flavor are artificial and taste like crud. I'm eeikus and serious.

Thank Alzor S
Alexandria, VA
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1,602 reviews
832 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 515 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2015

Try the gelato combined with Italian ice for a special taste or choose the soft ice cream with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavors. I opted for a swirl, combining chocolate and vanilla for a tasty treat on a warm May day. The huge cone was a bit difficult to maneuver so I sat on an old bench in front of... More 

Thank jeffl499
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52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Too much sugar! The BEST Water Ice (Italian Ice) is around 13th & Oregon ... Pop's Original South Philly Water Ice! No one can top them! I drive almost an hour to get there, & drive right past 3 Rita's! I LOVE Pop's!

Thank Joni W
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2012

Great little place where they let you try some of the different flavors before you commit to one. Used to get a coupon in the mail and when we did we would walk down to try a new flavor of Italian ice - it's Philly thing to do. Needless to say if you have a sweet tooth and it's a... More 

Thank PeripheriesPassport
Miami, Florida
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122 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2012

This was my first visit to Rita's and it was pretty good. I liked the idea of the marriage between the Italian ice and the gelato. It worked very nicely and did the job to cool me down on what had to be the hottest day in Philly. The locals love this place, and I would agree that it's very... More 

Thank Yoyoforever
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2012

The Water Ice at Rita's is a staple in Philly. They are everywhere, and for good reason. Good water ice when you want it. I like the Gelati when they mix the Ice cream and water ice. Also, I think Cherry is the best.

Thank Koedrick
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 February 2012

Their italian ice mixed with the custard is the BEST! I love every aspect of Rita's! Will not go any other place!

Thank Jonathan A
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Reviewed 6 February 2008

EVERYTHING there is great!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1511 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4501
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-545-7661

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?