Barra Rossa – Philadelphia

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1825 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
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Barra Rossa is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family, or for a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 40 Italian wines served by the bottle, glass or half glass. Begin your meal with a sampling of Italian meats, cheeses and olives. Next, try several of our signature hot and cold small plates. Then, choose from a selection of our wood-fired pizzas and pastas, or one of our signature entrees. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm and Friday/Saturday night 9pm-11pm!

Creative and traditional dishes are brought to life with local and fresh ingredients. An extensive wine and specialty cocktail list pairs with each dish to complete the dining experience.

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Monday Thru Friday Happy hour and Late night Snacks

Starting Mar 26, 2019·Sun-Thu 16:00-17:30, Fri-Sat 16:00-17:30 21:00-23:00

Enjoy $6 bar bites and Drink Specials

What 1825 People Are Saying
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vipBrightside
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The coronavirus kept people away so our small party had the entire upper floor. The service was terrific and very good food. We've been here several times before for lunch before the Walnut Street Theatre play. Barra Rossa is a partner with WST so you'll receive a discount.

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vipFoodieBaker
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a great spot for drinks and food on a weekend night! I booked it for eight women for a reunion dinner, and we were sat downstairs in the bar area by the door instead of the nicer upstairs dining. That was disappointing as I booked it based on the picture and reviews I saw online. The experience is different downstairs (although same menu). The food was good and our server was attentive! The prices match the service and the food, so the value is there! Don't hesitate to eat here, but be sure to be specific in your reservation if you want to be sat upstairs. We had the glow of the street light and the view of the public bus stop for our reunion dinner in place of the second-floor city views.

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NatalieI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great thank ms

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Dirty space, beat up, needs somecattention

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AnnaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. Drinks and lunch were awesome. Thank you!

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Strom
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food. Gluten-free options.

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vipJSENC
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Normally, we have been very pleased to eat at Barra Rossa. This time, the salads failed to arrive and the main courses had to be returned to the kitchen. When we finally got to them, they were lukewarm.

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MaryEllenB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barra Rossa is my go-to restaurant when I visit Philadelphia. Not only is its service top notch, but it offers many gluten-free options, so it is a treat for me to be able to go out and enjoy a pasta dish--the Chicken Abruzzi is fabulous!

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good
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. The downstairs was a bit noisy but we were seated upstairs which was a good deal quieter. Nice place to take parents or a date. Would go back!

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Todd
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well located traditional Italian restaurant in the City Center. 5-10 minute walk from any major hotel. Bustling atmosphere creates a great vibe. More casual than fancy making it the perfect place to kick back and enjoy some drinks and great food. We sat in the 1st floor bar area with brick walls & plenty of glass to do some people watching of passersby. There is a second floor dining room as well. Our server, Mike, made our night even more special. He was prompt, friendly, attentive & knowledgeable. Between the 3 of us we ordered meatballs, zucchini fritta, veal parmigiana, chicken parmigiana & raviolis. The red sauce was bright & delicious. The wine list has plenty of selection from both Italy & California. The prices were moderate & affordable for the quality of amount of food. All in all a great time and will definitely consider Barra Rossa next time in Philly! Salute.

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DonnaP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful treat before a play.
It makes each visit a marvelous day!!

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vipKSSS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had a dinner while visiting Philly. Sat downstairs - not sure if it's different upstairs but the downstairs feels like a fairly basic pizza place - maybe a bit warmer. Nice big comfy booths. Pizza was just OK - it wasn't quite a crispy thin crust though they said it would be. Husband had the gorgonzola gnocchi which was nice. The gorgonzola wasnt overwhelming and the fig balsamic broke it up nicely. I'm not sure the gnocchi was freshly made though. Overall a simple easy place for a no fuss dinner with decent food to leave you satisfied.

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vipLaurettaO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I am always hesitant to go to restaurants on busy days such as Valentine’s Day, sadly the friends galentine’s dinner did not impress. My food was luke warm, fries under cook, Mac and cheese was not impressive. If we do go again we will stick to the pizza and wine.

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Isola
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Bread crumbs on the seat. The pasta was more like a soup, and I never received a dish I ordered.

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JohnnyCPhilly
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Went here because they had Gluten Free options available. We paid $50 for a $13 bottle of red wine. The 'bread" came out, flat pieces of dry pizza crust. The Gluten Free bread for my wife, for $2, was obviously gluten free pizza dough. Penne Alla vodka lacked flavor. Basically red sauce with cream. No pancetta, which is typical of vodka sauce. Side of meatballs with ricotta were just ok... Bottom line, the food is edible but not at that price point. The highlight was the wine. Service was good.

KC
vipKatieC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!

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DonnaM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely Pre-theatre meal. We let our waiter know when we got in and meal was served in a timely manner and food was delicious. We were able to get to theater with time to spare and never felt rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were warmly greeted by the hostess and the manager. We were seated immediately. My husband ordered from the prefixed menu and my son ordered a vegan pizza. They both loved their meals. I had the pear salad and soup which I enjoyed. Service was complete in less than an hour - we made it to the Walnut Theatre in time for our show.

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arpy
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always very pleasant atmosphere. Dinner pre-theatre menu very complete and good value. A.bit loud but tolerable. Pleasant service. Great location for pre-theatre!

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RoeM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We have dined here since Nick was there and always enjoyed the food. Sunday's dinner was the best meal I have eaten there. It was the pre fix menu... Lentil soup, Lobster fra Diavolo and cannoli. OUTSTANDING!!!

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Quinntendo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are many different options from healthy to more decadent. The pizza is great and the salads are sizeable. You can definitely find some great plates to share with a date or friends.

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vipkbeans
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Service was meh. Sat at the bar for about 10 minutes before being able to order a cocktail. My drink was awful. Ordered a margarita. It came without “homemade” sour mix. Anyway. Dirty dishes on adjacent tables were not cleared. Probably won’t go back again.

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bernadetteD
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was just OK. Calamari and zucchini appetizers were very oily. Friends who ordered spaghetti and meatballs liked it. Eggplant parm was disappointing. Pizzas looked good. Keep your dinner simple and you’ll be ok.

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TatianaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Disappointed. Ambience was not what we were expected and the food was even worse. Nothing special to note, just blah.

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vipfoodjunkie11
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have eaten there many times.
food always good and always consisstent.
our waiter was outstanding, warm and friendly!!!

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JasmineV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious gluten free options!

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CraigF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We’ve had Michael several times now and have enjoyed his knowledge and humor. Got the price fixe menu- nice selections and left there pleased.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t say that about the show.

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vipPeteD
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always an enjoyable experience! Great salad, roasted beet and goat cheese with grilled salmon, wine, coffee, totally satisfied! The others in our group of 4 also enjoyed their choices. Only complaint was the lack of pear in the pear salad. They split a slice of the creme brûlée cheesecake which received rave reviews.
Waitstaff is always attentive without being overbearing. We will not hesitate to dine again in the near future!!

A little tip, if you would like a quieter dining experience, request upstairs seating.

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BarbaraC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food and service upstairs space open and cheery with lots of light

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vipMike
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, The server was very attentive. We told him we had a show and he made sure we were in and out quickly but did not rush us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was not good, service was worse.

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vipSusiee
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was not up to par and I asked for fish cooked well and it was rare

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Rfstx
Chicago
12 reviews