La Padella Ristorante

4.5
432 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
tradition & luxury

Cash Only


7309 Ventnor Ave
Ventnor City, New Jersey 08406-1956
What 432 People Are Saying
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4.5
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodlover
54 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great little neighborhood place! Owner is great and overseeing things.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful summer night to eat al fresco. Wonderful dinner and service, and very nice people too :)!

SG
vipSheriG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dinner was excellent.

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vipEnjoyeating17
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were good. I would recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The only thing I totally forgot about was cash only. Luckily I had the cash on me but I would have been very embarrassed if I didn’t!

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vipJoGo
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. It seemed like they increased the outdoor seating but were unable to increase the staff. This led to us waiting almost an hour for our appetizer. They were out of a number of menu items including Pelligrino and lemonade.

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vipFranni
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great meal!

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vipFoodie62
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a fabulous meal with friends while dining outside.

JB
vipJosephB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent dishes

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Jason
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. And excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

They need more servers & this isn’t bc of covid. We went to this restaurant in 2019 & same issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Helpful hardworking staff- dedicated. Very service oriented. Pleasure to dine here. Must go!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Just an overall horrible experience. They were short staffed, and over-booked. They were not prepared for the reservations they had. I am a long time customer of this establishment and typically do not complain unless something is really wrong. There was no host/hostess to greet people. They ran out of bread. The bathroom was overflowing which I had heard was an issue for three days. The servers were over-worked and could not keep up with the tables. People were anxious and waiting for their food. We actually left mid way through the dinner since we had no food and could not use the bathroom. The restaurant is two blocks from our house and we used to go every weekend and now will never go back. I understand there is a shortage of staff in the industry so book accordingly. Keep the customers who come happy. Don’t charge an extra $4.00 for bread because you have “ran out”. People are reasonable but you need to be fair and reasonable also. Too many good places to go locally to ever go back here.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unfortunately we had a poor experience Monday evening. The staff were very kind and we felt bad for them but we waited very long for our food and it was not the usual high quality we have had in the past and expect for the price. It seemed as if they accepted too many reservations.

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Zoey
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent and the waitress was great. However, the restaurant had no working restroom. For an upscale restaurant, I was extremely disappointed in this aspect. In addition, the food took an excessive amount of time to be served. It was over an hour until appetizers and nearly 2 hours until dinner. However, our large party was satisfied with our meals and the waitress was friendly and lovely. I would assume the restaurant would consider a complimentary dessert or something due to these issues, which hindered the evening. I would consider returning because the food was good.

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vipLeslie
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari Appetizer is fantastic, love the addition of shrimp and hot peppers.

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vipAlibaba
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was much better than past experiences there. The fish is so so - you should probably order pasta there. The calamari appetizer was very good though

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SaraS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We sat outside, around the corner and staff was extremely attentive. We had an issue with one dish and server was extremely apologetic and accommodating.

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Happydiner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Absolutely wonderful Italian food. The grilled calamari is a must though to warn you: you’ll never want to order it anywhere else again. It was that good.
Next time we’re in the area we’re definitely coming back.
It’s byob and the waitstaff are friendly and well-informed.

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KathiD
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This was the worst dining experience I had in 7 years of dining in Ventnor. First, a requested lemonade was never served. Secondly, the wait time for our entrees was 1 and 1/2 hours long. One server apologized. Thirdly all the sauces were the same basic tomato sauce, there was no trace of a blush sauce on the lobster ravioli as had been promised. All of the sauces were way too salty. The mussels were inedible either too old or frozen. All of this for some very expensive entrees.

There were 2 good things. The appetizers were great and the waitress had the foresight to bring the dinner of the child in our party her dinner with our appetizers.

One member of our party complained because the service was also terrible. Unlike any good restaurant would do we were offer, no type of compensation.

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LisaC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was excellent!

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vipMerleS
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got seated very quickly. The service and food were very good. The fried calamaria appetizer was delicious. I had the shrimp and risotto and my husband had one of the specials, loberster ravioli with crab. Both were very good. We were full and did not order dessert. Highly recommend.

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Caren
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We ordered the special of the night - red snapper with shrimp and clams. The snapper was fishy and the clams were salty

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fabulous service!!!

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vipSherry
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst meal in years.

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vipBarryS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always delivers a great dining experience! What a way to start off the 2021 beach season. We’ll be back again and again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it there! It was our first time and we were pleasantly surprised that we’ve not been there previously. The host was amazing and has a great personality!

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vipJohnsons
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect night! Food, service - all a delight. Justina is amazing! We love her. Thank you for always making our experience so wonderful!

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Mitch
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The owner couldn’t have been nicer. My wife and I sat outside and it was getting cold. We didn’t feel comfortable eating inside. They packed our food and comped us dessert. The food was incredible. We highly recommend this restaurant

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vipSheriG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service.

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vipNancyS
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good but it was strange when we walked in because it didn’t seem open. Outdoor chairs were piled up it was hot and music wasn’t on. We were told there wasn’t any ice that night and we needed it for the drinks we brought. We had to walk across the street to get some. It eventually cooled down and the waiter put music on. It turned out to be a nice dinner but started out a little rocky.

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vipScottA
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint neighborhood reasonably priced, wide variety and great food. Superb service! BYOB. Always a great night out!

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vipLeslie
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaPadella is a neighborhood BYOB and must go to when in Margate/Ventnor. Shrimp Risotto is #1 on my list. Gnocchi are great but definitely need to be a blue cheese fan.

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vipJenniferL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Padella was amazing. We had our own booth in the top corner. The food and service were outstanding! We will back again when we visit the area.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
373 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good
This time excelled
Love coming here
Very good quality
Safety precautions taken

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MPMedford58
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

This is the third time we have been at the restaurant. I really enjoy the food but the service is horrible. We waited for at least a half an hour for our first course. We then waited an additional 45 minutes for our main course. Our reservations were for 7:15
and we finished dinner at 10:15 . That is way too long.
Will not be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

7:15 reservation and got our appetizer at 8:30. Our friend ordered iced tea and we had to ask waitress 4 times before she brought it.

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karenc
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Good was delicious. There was four of us and everyone had a great meal!

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TommyL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal at La Padella this past Sunday night. Started with an appetizer of Frito Misto which was lightly fried calamari, shrimp and small pieces of breaded hot pepper.. I had a fish special of flounder franchise over cappellini with a light lemon sauce, was delicious!! My girlfriend had a Veal dish with roman artichokes,shrimp, capers,lemon white wine sauce over capellini!! Was delicious!! Our server, think her name was Elena, she was one of the best servers we've ever had, very friendly and professional with a beautiful smile!! Highly recommend la padella for a great meal and service, we will be back!!

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vipDinerus
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed La Padella outdoors dining experience. The lobster ravioli was excellent full of lobster and shrimp in the sauce. The bread was awesome and the oil fresh and perfect. We also tried the veal but wasn’t a big fan of that particular dish. That being said I would have no hesitation eating there in the future.

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La Padella Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 432 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.