La Collina Restaurant

4.6
923 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
La Collina has delighted diners with world-class cuisine, service, and ambiance for more than 31 remarkable years. Classically-trained staff serve a selection of the finest old-world recipes in an atmosphere of casual elegance, while attending to every detail.
Located just off the Schuylkill Expressway in Belmont Hills, La Collina boasts spectacular hilltop views. The bar offers a unique atmosphere with live entertainment and dancing on weekends. This gem is known as one of the most romantic restaurants on the Main Line.
La Collina specializes in fresh seafood and veal dishes. Its signature dish, Dover Sole, is a delicate, tasty fish that is uniquely grilled, and served tableside. In addition to our Dover Sole, our daily fresh-fish specials include Branzino, Norwegian Salmon, Pompano, Orata, soft-shell crabs, Langostina, and other delights from the sea, depending upon availability. We are also known for our veal sirloin, veal porterhouse, ossobuco, and chops.

Buon Appetito!
What 923 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first time to this restaurant. The food was outstanding.

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vipPaulaD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our special birthday celebration was wonderful in every way! La Collins was the perfect venue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Went late and kitchen seemed to be closing so felt a bit rushed

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vipDisappointed
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Used to love this place but…I understand things are different now due to the pandemic but this whole evening really sucked, nothing like it used to be. We had a res but showed up early, we got seated (before 8pm on a Saturday night) and were rushed to order because the kitchen was closing…we thought, “gee good thing we showed up a half hour earlier then our planned reservation.” About 20 mins later after we rushed our order and the house lights were turned up (signaling everyone to eat up and go) another table showed up and casually ordered. Confusing…also confusing was the level of rudeness from the waitress. Every response was snarky. We literally could not stand her and when do you have that kind of reaction to a server! They are always nice. The food also was bad, clams casino tasted like they’d turned after sitting out all day, crab meat in the pasta was spongy and watery-appeared to be imitation. Folks at La Collins, if you’ve been at it too long and the zest for being in the restaurant business is gone, just close. Don’t go down like this. You’re better then that.

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LouO
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great culinary experience - one of our favorite restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service was really good. Food was decent. We sat outside and probably should have asked to be moved inside because there were so many spiders above us dropping to the floor and hanging or crawling above us. It was honestly the reason we did not stay for dessert.

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vipBarbaraK
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An old favorite. Still great., Food is excellent. Friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and wonderful waitresses and waiters!

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vipTandCouttodinnerin9
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

While most of the wait staff were attentive the dining experience overall was disappointing
Plates and glasses were cracked and chipped
The clams casino were tasteless
We received only four slices of mozzarella while the table next to us received a whole bulb
My Dover sole was way over priced and it was not filleted in front of me which is part of the experience
Also way too many bones
The Jewish apple cake was dry and flavorless
We were so excited to enjoy a nice dinner and left not happy

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vipJack
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and good knowledgeable service equals a good time

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vipArthur
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Soft shell crab special is the best

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was amazing. The food was worth every bite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Collina and are so glad to be back in their dining room with its crisp white tablecloths, old-works service, and classically prepared Italian dishes. It felt like a homecoming, if anyone in my family could cook that well!

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vipJoan35
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to for birthdays and anniversaries. Great food and attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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BeeCee
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good service good. Thought it was cheap to bring my girlfriend a mocktail (canned pineapple juice) when she said she didn’t drink and asked for water and then add $3.00 to our $400 bill for dinner for 4. Could have let that go.

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vipMerlee
Philadelphia
186 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Felt good to return to one of my favorites of the past 50 years when it was BAFFA'S. The
valet was immediately at the car door to assist my friend who has difficulty walking & had the car waiting when we finished! Everything we ordered was well prepared and served beautifully. Even with a full (and chatty) room we were asked several times if we needed anything.....and the desserts? WOW!!!! WELCOME BACK BAFFAS!!!

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Maria
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been hearing from close friends for years that this was a restaurant I would love. And at long last, my husband and I wanted to have dinner with a friend who loves Italian food (and was in Rome, Venice, Florence as a student). We chose La Collina, and the experience was memorable. Terrific food (Dover Sole for me, Veal for my husband, and pasta with clams and shrimp for our friend). Delicious food, expert server, just a perfect evening. We were not rushed and it felt like the restaurant experiences I have had often in Italy myself. We'll be returning often.

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vipKicksnCvl
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've past LaCollina a thousand times driving on the Schuylkill Expressway and always wanted to dine here. I'm so glad I made a reservation to have dinner with my boyfriend. The service was fast and courteous. The food was delicious and well portioned (we took half of our main entrees home). And the ambiance was beautiful! We could look out to the city and not even hear the noise of the expressway. We shared the fried calamari which was nicely portioned and lightly battered. I put some on my insalada mista, which was a large portion. My boyfriend had the wedge salad and it had a nice amount of blue cheese dressing. He had the Penne alla Vodka which was delicious. I had the Shrimp Provencal which had about 5 shrimp and a lot of rice but it was tasty. My boyfriend loves apple cake, so it was a treat they had it! We'll go back because it was worth the trip!

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NicoleH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal experience — as it is everytime. La Collina is consistently wonderful. From the food to the service, everything is top notch. This is easily in our top 3 favorite restaurants. We even had our wedding here! It is our go to for date nights, special occasions, and dinner with family. Can’t wait to come again! Our meal, server, wine, service, desserts, and overall experience was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got our special table in the B room. Food was amazing as always!! Angelo and Antonio, the two best servers, made us feel like we were right at home the whole time.

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Pammy
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent attentive service! Cannot wait to return!

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SallyT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at La Collina at the start of our vacation in Philly and loved it so much that we ate there again on our last evening. The Dover sole is delicious, and they debone the fish at the table.Actually, all the meals we had are delicious and the service is exceptional. Thanks for the lovely experience, La Collina!

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vipTrialgirl
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not sure why this restaurant is so popular. Food is average and overpriced, wine list is average and overpriced. Best part of restaurant is the valet who amazingly shoehorns cars in to irregularly shaped parking lot

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merri315
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I came for our anniversary and were treated to the most delicious dinner and dessert we've had in a long time. We were seated in a cozy corner by the window, and right next to the live guitarist. It was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! We were looking for a place to celebrate my daughters graduation and decided to go here. We were a party of 7 and from the onset the staff were very attentive but not hovering. We did appetizers for the table - eggplant rolotini, fried calamari and one other. All were excellent. The calamari was lightly breaded and cooked to a light golden perfection - not over done and chewy as so often is the case. There were a couple of salads ordered and the one that rated the best in the group was the Gorgonzola cheese one - out of this world. Everyone had a different entree and each was cooked perfectly. I had the Fra Diavlo with lobster and shrimp and there was.a perfect balance between the flavors and the heat. Often there’s so much spice it over powers the flavor of everything in the dish but not this one. One guest ordered the veal chop and it came out cooked to the proper temperature and was delicious. There were several deserts ordered and shared and the best was the peach sorbet that comes out INSIDE a hollowed out peach.

It was pretty busy when we arrived but the service flow from apps to salads to entree had a very nice rhythm to it. We didn’t wait long for drinks and they were very attentive for refills. Everything came out hot and together and we were never rushed.

It was an excellent overall experience. My only regret is we didn’t find this place 4 years ago when my daughter was a freshman.

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vipBarry
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic classis Philly Italian food in a local and very friendly upscale casual atmosphere

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rosek
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was delicious! It came out quickly & cooked perfectly! The service, which started out great, quickly went downhill. I had trouble getting my water filled, dirty dishes were left on our table & our server seemed more interested in chatting with another table than checking on us. I will give them another try in hopes that this was not the usual experience for the restaurant.

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JodiO
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely outstanding! We had a party of 4, had mostly seafood and one veal dish. Each dish was better than the next! Will definitely return!!

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MaureenL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location for a special occasion meal! Our graduation dinner was terrific!

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Joanie
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always enjoy dining at La Collina, food and service are always excellent. Unfortunately, the prices have risen to the point where we can only dine there for a very special occasion. The music at the bar was fun - it was great to hear live music again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this Restaurant!

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vipinounvme
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good, nice ambiance and great service from Karmin.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent. Just excellent!

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Kaitlyn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! I love that the restaurant was filled with Italian food lovers. The host & server were very helpful with recommendations. Amazing experience, we will definitely be back soon.

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MichaelS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you are looking for Good meal
Excellent service
Great value LaCollina is the perfect place

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GabrielT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is good but nor great. Service traditional nice but not worm. Nothing special.

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SteveD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time there, had a b'day dinner with my girl friend. Menu is perfect, something for everyone. Service was awesome and they are very accommodating. Will be back definitely!

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minicoop11
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this as a recommendation from our hotel. Very lovely and attentive staff. Food delicious and authentic. a little pricey but worth it.

FAQs

La Collina Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 668-1780.

La Collina Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 923 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.