Casta Diva

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located just steps away from the Rittenhouse Square Park, Casta Diva brings to the table simple yet perfectly executed authentic Italian dishes, always using the finest locally and seasonally available ingredients. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to this elegant and sophisticated trattoria and enjoy beautifully prepared seafood and meat dishes, as well as pasta, desserts and bread made in the house. One of the "best kept secrets in Philadelphia" according to the Zagat review. Please note Casta Diva is a cash only business.
For blocked times you can call the restaurant for last minute accomodations and possible cancellations.

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1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious & service outstanding! We love Casta Diva!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Good service!

OT
Hamburg Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband and I dined here years ago and liked the food, but felt it was a bit loud. We decided to try it again and were pleasantly surprised with the entire night! Great service, delicious food and comfortable atmosphere. I highly recommend checking this one out!!

BC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very understaffed in which my wife and I were pouring our own wine and bottled water. They never refilled the bread basket throughout the entire meal. Overcooked the veal chop special which I then had to wait an additional 15-20 min for the refire. The second one was barely medium, still overcooked, and the chef came to the table to check himself and had to ask if it was any better. Keep your cash!

PR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Cold bland dry stale tasteless food. Really subpar experience.

D
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and beautifully prepared. It is evident that the chef owner cares about the quality of his ingredients and his food. Service is excellent without being intrusive. This gets our vote for best restaurant in Philly. It’s always a treat to eat at Casta Diva.

WE
Philadelphia
206 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Casta Diva. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful. Food was fantastic. The Burrata crostini was phenomenal. A wonderful combination of creamy burrata, roasted peppers and perfectly toasted crostini. The calamari was exquisite. It was incredibly tender and perfectly cooked. The tomato & olive broth was perfect. The manicotti special was delightful. Very light. The ricotta/spinach filling was very good. The fettucini with bolongese sauce was delicious. The sauce was a nice mix of meat & vegetables. The poached pear dessert was the best. The staff is a strong asset here. The restaurant has a quiet sophisticated vibe. Space is tight but you have sufficient space to be comfortable. Wish all italian byobs could be this pleasant.

C
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll be back! Enough said!!! 👌💫🥂

MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service. Best artichokes in town.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh pasta, amazing service, and friendly atmosphere. A perfect place for valentine’s day

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Valentines Day dinner. Experience was good

HP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

everything we had was cooked to perfection. kiera our waitress was extremely helpful and courteous. i am so happy we tried this place. we had the crostini ceasar salad (with actual anchovies!!) and the free range chicken/lamb. the bread was ah mazing as well. the chicken melted in your mouth - it is not common that chicken is cooked this well. i think the only suggestion i may make would be to add cheese to the olive oil or make it available (ricotta, parm) but it was excellent overall!!!

DM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentines with 2 other couples and everything was great! Dana was so friendly and attentive. Will most definitely be back!

CB
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casta Diva is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. Our Valentines dinner was extraordinary. Hail to the quail👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

DT
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!!

RW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Loved the menu, awesome food, friendly and helpful service. A few minor hiccups, but nothing worth getting hung up on. Small place and so a bit crowded. Cash only.

CO
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous... as always!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and diligent, attentive staff.

MM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fresh, perfectly prepared plates - unusual offerings such as wild boar

JM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a gluten-free diner and the restaurant’s GF pasta was wonderful. We’ll be back!

L
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Casta Diva has been one of our "go to" places for years. The Caesar is one of the best in Philly and the pastas are great. Salmon dishes are generally very good; my Wife lives the Lamb Chops.
the Calamari appetizer is very good too.
Being a BYOB is right up our alley.
Service is very attentive.
It is cash only, so bring the greenbacks with you.
Enjoy!

MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food design and presentation was elegant. Small size of space made it feel personal and that you were dining in a major American city. Desserts were special!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great experience.

C
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Casta Diva for a few years, and it was every bit as great as I remembered. Even though small, the noise level was quite low and we didn't feel that we were on top of the next table. Food was flavorful and authentic, and the service was friendly and very good! I highly recommend this restaurant. Favorite dishes are their mushroom soup (no cream, non-dairy) and the pappardelle with wild boar.

L
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Maybe because it was restaurant week but the bronzino was just mediocre.
However, i am going to try it again and see if the food is better non restaurant week.

MP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great pasta, everyone enjoyed their meals, great service. Will be back to sample more of the pasta.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love ‘this place! Chef/owner is truly amazing
Food best in Philadelphia

s
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was incredible- was a little loud inside the restaurant. We ordered lamb medium rare, came out medium well, not sure where the mixup was but there was no more left so we ordered the boar which was very good.

K
Philadelphia
166 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for restaurant week, although we have been here many times before. We both thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. He ad the beet salad and wild boar shank. I had calamari and bronzino for dinner. The portions were very generous and the food was delicious!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and everything was great. The Gnudi was phenomenal!! We had a younger gentleman as a server and he was so sweet

AC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casta Diva is one of my go-to places in Philadelphia. It’s about half a block from my home — I can see it from my window — so I often think of it as “going downstairs to grab dinner.” I try to get there about once a week. Steve is a fantastic chef. His veal chop and his pork chop are outstanding. All of his pasta preps are outstanding. His Pappardelle al Ragu Di Cinghiale is the best I’ve had outside of Florence, and his gnudi, sort of a ravioli without a pasta shell, are like eating cheese-flavored clouds. I’m a pretty serious cook myself, but his work is outstanding and his prices are incredibly low, so this is a quick, easy, and inexpensive alternative to preparing my own dinner. He has access to the best beers and wines in the city — anything you want to bring! — with no corkage fee. I’m not sure how he survives with food that good, prices that low, and no revenue from wine, but I hope he stays open for as long as I live in the city. Great place for a romantic evening, for a thank you dinner for junior colleagues, or for a celebration. It’s a great place for dinner with a book and a great bottle of wine by myself, which I have done on countless occasions. It does get a little loud on weekends between about 7 and 9, so I try to come late when I come on Saturdays. In summary, great food and great value, with wonderful staff.

TD
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The place seem cozy at first but we sat near the window that had a very bad draft. It was unknown that the place only take cash. It would have been appreciated to have known beforehand instead of having to go to the nearby 7-11. The facility isn’t handicap accessible. The waitress/host wasn’t welcoming. We felt rushed about ordering but the other servers in black were helpful. We went for restaurant week and the menu seemed exciting but the food we had seemed a bit one note. The portions left us still hungry after we left. Overall, it was a okay experience. Not bad but not exciting. For something in the Rittenhouse area, I’d expected something a bit more elevated. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t come back.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding
The restaurant was slammed for restaurant week and was still incredible Had the lamb I could have that every night it was soooo good

SL
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I live very nearby, I have never tried this restaurant in spite of hearing wonderful feed-back about it.

So glad that we finally went! It was restaurant week and we went for a 6pm reservation. It was quiet when we arrived but the place was jumping when we left...loved it!

Note: BYOB (terrific) and cash only (must remember to bring cash!)

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were just amazing

L
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why this place is a "hidden gem", I have no idea! I have been coming here for years and it has always been incredibly good - excellent.

AG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a delightful find! An intimate BYO just off Rittenhouse square has formidable cuisine and service to match. From the simple free range 'airline' chicken breast prepared 'en timbale' to mountains of rope line mussels perfectly paired with fennel and pasta, to the definition of Medium Rare Temp for lamb chops, everything here is delightful and reasonably priced.
Bring some of your favorite Vin, it's a terrific place to pop the cork and let the flavors mingle!

w
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good downtown restaurant. Fair prices. BYOB and the wines were handled and served properly. Will be going back again soon

S
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I stopped going here several years ago and now I remember why. My fish was dry and way overcooked, husbands pasta dish lacked flavor, and dining companions meals were mediocre. . Food was expensive for a BYOB.

M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner with our grown children whom we see infrequently. A special time everyone loved what they ate.