Imperatore

4.5
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394 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Fine Italian restaurant and Mediterranean grill.
Presented in a warm and cosy atmosphere, it is a great stop for all occasions including the after work pint, awkward first dates and Moms 60th birthday celebration.
Impertore offers a very varied cuisine and you can enjoy fresh and homemade products such as meat, fish, legumes and our fine and delicious handmade pasta.
Our restaurant is BYOB!

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What 394 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DonnaF
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time for my sister-in-law's birthday dinner. Everyone was impressed with the menu selections. The caesar salad presentation was incredible and very delicious! Every entree was presented well and tasted very good. We will definitely come back and bring our friends. Kudos to the chef! The service was wonderful and friendly.

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vipGreggt
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Keeps getting better each and every time. Langastino apps are a must have. Still the most tender veal in a three state region. Dole sole didn’t have a single bone, which is very welcomed. Service has gotten much better and Dominic remembered us from previous visits. Will continue to dine here at least 1 x a month if not more. No room for dessert this time. See you soon.

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Lisa
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was great-our server was helpful and attentive. The only disappointment was that my salmon and risotto was overdone and dry. Should have sent it back but we had waited a while...next time I will send it back.

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vipNeossaurabi1209
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always exquisite experiencing authentic Italian foods with very friendly service. My number one choice for business and personal meal.

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vipAYWT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will def add to our regular places to go.

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MarilynE
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with Imperatore both the food and atmosphere along with the service were very good. It was way above many neighborhood restaurants.

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vipblue2
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and live entertainment was a special bonus we enjoyed listening to. Thank you for the nostalgic songs you played.

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BarbaraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come alone as a couple or bring guests regularly. It’s our favorite. The burrata and pastas are fabulous. Dessert is always perfect.

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vipoysters
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional. Servers all personable. We enjoyed Jennifer during this visit. Dover sole and halibut were delicious. It was my girlfriend’s first visit and she complimented all. We will definitely return.

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vipHANNA
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was our second visit to Imperatore. Our first experience was much more positive . It’s is a nice neighborhood restaurant with good service , pleasant place to dine . What was disappointing this time around was the quality of their veal chop special- two of us ordered it but both servings were extremely fatty - I do not recommend to anyone for 44 dollars ! Pretty overpriced for what is served .
We pointed this fact to server but restaurant made no effort to address it in any shape of form - disappointing!
From my experience quality establishments are judged by how they resolve problems - Imperatore did NIOT !

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vipJRubin
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Had both specials- Burrata was mouth watering. Red snapper with lobster and crabmeat over a pasta was delicious as was a fruit tart for desert.
My waiter was very attentive and timely. Not rushed.

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vipellenV
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second meal was as good as the first, both excellent. From the appetizer specials to the desserts, we were a happy group of 5 and will return.

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vipSouthernbelle
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ceaser salad had too buch dressing and the lettuce did not lok very fresh, shoever it was tasty.
The lobster and crab filled pasta was a small portion and over priced. Nothing special. I would not order this again. The orange roughy topped with crab and a sauce was declicious and a good value.
Service was good and the atmosphere was nice.

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BusyBee
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Imperatore several times, twice with friends, and none of us ever had anything that wasn’t delicious, from soup to salad to appetizer, entree and dessert. The service is very attentive and knowledgeable. We especially like dining in the room with the guitarist, whose soft and mellow medleys add significantly to the relaxed experience.

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pattib
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have been there several times but not for awhile. It was better than we remembered. Especially the potato soup. We will be back next month with out of town friends.

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vipMegW
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprising little gem! Beautiful setting and cozy ambience made even more special with live music. Food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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footsie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal a lot. Tasty, creative, but not over the top. We've been before, and we'll go back.

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Jimbo
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is our three time at Imperatore which should speak for how much we enjoy this great restaurant. This time there was live music with an acoustic guitar player playing instrumental songs. Great atmosphere to a wonderful restaurant.

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vipSDrobz
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I have been to this restuant on several occasion food always EXCELLANT! this time upon arrival the hostess older female with curley hair was not great.At first she asked our names took menus out and then proceeded to walk towards back of restaurant , never saying to follow her finally after she waved at us did we then follow- Its winter and frankly cold night I asked to hang my dress over coat and she said NO hang on your chair. The bus staff seems young and inexperienced leaving some used plates on table while cleaning off others -
Over all food always excellent , filet of fish table side by Sam excellent !
Should have coat rack somewhere - and maybe this hostess needs to go to manner school!
Otherwise great night.

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vipNishi
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this restaurant and so enjoyed everything from sumptuous entrees, made to how you like it, excellent service and attention to all we asked for and a dining room that is very welcoming. we look forward to returning for many more dinners and enjoy trying different offerings. We wish all the best to this lovely family run unique restaurant in our neighborhood.

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vipDLK23
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time there and will definitely be going back. The food was very good and the service was terrific, for our Valentine dinner. I had the sole special, that I had them filet in the back and there was not a bone in it!!
My husband had the grilled chicken with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella then baked in oven. It melted in your mouth.

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vipBernie
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Very creative menu. Owners are very anxious to please

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JosephM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest dinners in a long time. Every course was a treat.

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aba1964
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Guitar player was wonderful. Great meal - will definitely be back.

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Dublindoll
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff is extremely gracious and attempt in every way to make you comfortable. The food is good. The dessert while good could use improvement the description do not truly describe the items as there presented but every effort was made to address that once the problem was stated and not a huge issue. It is a lovely gem unexpected location but a great find.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I made a reservation for a party of seven. We were looking to a fun night out, just the girls. I have been to the restaurant before and really enjoyed it. Our waitress was good. However, there were several instances of poor treatment throughout the night. The person playing music insinuated that we were too loud and a group of divorcees, which we are not. Three people ordered fish and asked for it to be fileted off the bone in the back, but they did it in front of our table instead. One of the fish had many bones in it and my friend could not eat it. We gave a generous 20% tip (It was approximately one dollar shy of a full 20%); however a young man working there asked us to consider tipping more and said “it’s not advanced math.” We were totally taken aback by that comment. My friend called the next day to report this and the various instances to the manager, who seemed shocked on the phone and said he would speak to the owner. When my friend received a call back, the manager said to let him know the next time we were in and he would take care of us. That is not an acceptable response. Frankly, the young man who asked us to tip more and said it’s not advanced math should be fired. That is a horrible way to treat customers. Second, they should have given us a generous gift card if they think we should return to the restaurant. Given the poor response, we will spread the bad news about the service and are very disappointed. This would not have happened to a group of men.

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vipNeossaurabi1209
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place for my business meetings over quality food! Superb!

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DavidS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always

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vipSally
Atlantic City
31 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Never been here on at SAT night and glad. Service wasn't nearly as good! Had to ask for more water several times, ask for ice for a bottle of white wine and other things. Just not what I have experienced before and brought 3 other couples with us this time!

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LisaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers do a fabulous job explaining the many specials from memory. There are plenty of delicious choices.

All four in our party enjoyed the appetizers, main courses, and desserts.

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vipDiningPro
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite go-to place in Blue Bell. Food is always excellent and the menu has a great variety, something for everyone. Service is also excellent and they pay attention, without being intrusive.
Highly recommend, but do make reservations and remember it’s BYOB .

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19THHOLEDINER
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food, service and ambiance at Imperatore

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, we will definitely return!!

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vipMARTINB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our "go to" BYO restaurants in the area. As with many good and popular restaurants, it can be quite busy especially on weekends so we really enjoy going on quieter off nights. On Wednesday the soft live guitar music adds to the ambiance. The grilled Roman artichoke heart special is outstanding and the special entrées are always delicious.

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MicheleO
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Imperatore was recommended by a friend and I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought the food was absolutely delicious and I was very impressed. I thought everyone who worked there was also very good and very nice and friendly. I will definitely be back!

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vipCaptain
Philadelphia
169 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at this local Byob. Went for lunch at 12:45, and we were the only people there

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vipalstrooper
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit and we will return. The service was just right - attentive to our needs but very relaxing. The food was outstanding. Everyone in our party enjoyed our meals, everything was fresh, made to order. One in our party had several diet restrictions and the restaurant handled it perfectly. We enjoyed the live music, so nice that we could still easily converse. It's BYOB, so nice to not have drink orders pushed, the focus was all on the delicious food. So many specials! Our only issue - the dessert prices were too high for what was offered. They were nothing overly special. We will skip dessert next time and are excited to see what dinner specials are offered when we return.

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Docmel
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have been at this restaurant multiple times. The food is consistently very good. Always fresh, use really good spices, always tasty. It is not five-star fine dining, but always an enjoyable experience. My wife had an orange rufy fish dish which was absolutely excellent.
Will definitely be back.

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RichC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The salads were OK. The Dressing on the Caesars wasn’t very tasty and my wife’s salad had too much dressing. Recommend the dressing be ordered on the side. The entrees were very good, but my wife’s chicken was a little tough. My sea Bass was excellent

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SharleneP
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice experience! The $44.00 special Rib Steak was a shock when we received the bill . We loved our selections and loved the Restuarant . In the future we will avoid the specials ! I purchased I a gift card as we were leaving. We are looking forward to a return visit

FAQs

Imperatore offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 646-8500.

Imperatore is rated 4.5 stars by 394 OpenTable diners.

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