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The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

4.8
4.8
4358 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Victor Café is an Italian restaurant that cultivates old traditions and seamlessly blends them with new ones. With classic Italian dishes and unforgettable live music, we invite you to join us for many enjoyable evenings for years to come.

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple reservations made for the same party cannot be seated together. To book large parties that are not available by default on OpenTable, please contact the restaurant directly.
When booking, party size should encompass total number of guests, including children. We try our best to accommodate special requests, however they are not guaranteed.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 16:30–20:00
  • Phone number
    (215) 468-3040
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Victor Cafe contains a grouping of intimate dining rooms which offer seating for a maximum of 135 people. Inquiries for smaller groups are also welcome. Special events may be booked for lunch or dinner. Cocktail hours with hot and cold butlered hors d'oeuvres may be arranged. We believe you will find the Victor Cafe a most unique dining experience.
  • Private party contact
    The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040
  • Area
    South Philly
  • Cross Street
    13th Street & Dickinson
  • Parking Details
    Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.
  • Public Transit
    Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station
  • Entertainment
    Live opera seven nights a week by talented professionals as well as students.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 4,358 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Ambience

  • Philadelphia

    Best Ambience

  • Philadelphia

    Best Value

  • Philadelphia

    Hot spot

  • Philadelphia

    Good for special occasions

4,356 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, and awesome little interludes of opera from the talented servers

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  2. JohnC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    Overall3Food5Service4Ambience5
    My husband and I have enjoyed Victor’s for many years. Food is consistently very good. In addition, we love the atmosphere with the wait staff singing. However, this time we receive it almost directly across from the bar – this 2-seater booth really should not be a seat., for many reasons. First, if you’re in the seat facing the door, it is near impossible to see the wait staff as they are singing. Secondly, there is almost always consistent loud noise from the bar. Last night’s bartender – Chelsea (who sang beautifully) made a racket! That’s putting it lightly. Needless to say, my husband and I had an enjoyable evening, but it was dampended a bit by the noise of the bartender and also wait staff as they ‘clunked’ their glasses against the top of the trash throughout the evening (to empty them?)

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Travelled from the UK for my Dad’s birthday. The food and the service exceeded all expectations. Accommodated us well and the opera was outstanding.

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  4. JoAnne

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Great food, ambiance, and entertainment from the opera singing wait staff. It never disappoints.

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  5. eatingvortex

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5
    First time eating here; the food was fantastic. Our party had the porcini ravioli, fra diavolo, a lamb special, spaghetti rusticana, and the frutti di mare - all delicious. Also started with the arancini and the burrata, and added a polenta side - the polenta was particularly smooth and creamy. Good wine list too. Over the course of two hours we had five great opera snippets, with a short explainer at the beginning of each to put it in context. Excellent experience!

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  6. PatriciaT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Always an amazing dining experience! Food was delicious, service was friendly and super attentive, and the ambiance is warm, cozy, and inviting with spectacular Opera performances. Plus as a Rocky fan, their connection to the franchise is remarkable and endearing. A very special place.

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  7. JeanneA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    It was an amazing night with my family! The food was really good. All 4 of us enjoyed what we’d ordered. And the bonus of exceptional waiters, bartender, and numerous servers was a breath of fresh air! BUT, the singers???? AMAZING!!!❤️❤️❤️

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  8. Slowservicestinks

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    The performances were an amazing addition to the delicious food and it was not so frequent or long that it was disruptive to conversations. The performer gives a background on the song that he or she will sing and it is under 5 min. Very attentive and efficient service. Highly recommend to visit for a special occasion or a romantic date!

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  9. EaglesWonSB52

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Dinners were delicious, but the Singing by the Performers was Outstanding. A true Experience. Totally enjoyed the evening.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Absolutely amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. kennethY

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5
    a very enjoyable experience. Staff / performers were great

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  12. LesP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    My wife and I visited Victor Cafe with our daughter and her husband.... wanted to treat them to a nice dinner on the way to the airport. They are both in the music industry and they loved the Opera song performances by the staff. Food was great, ambiance was great, and service was fantastic as well. We always have a nice time at Victor Cafe.

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  13. EricS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food, great arias. What more could you ask for?

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Highly recommend, it’s an experience like none other!!

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  15. JoAnnO

    Philadelphia

    79 reviews

    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    We brought out of country visitors and what a treat. Braydon (sp) was a wonderful server and his voice amazing. We will be back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Fantastic Place! Great ambiance and the waiters and waitresses sing opera!

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  17. LauraC

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Food & service was excellent!

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  18. pmbp145

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    We have had so many special occasions at The Victor Cafe. Where else can you have a fabulous dinner with incredible ambience and great opera singers. This place is magical and every employee there is so sweet!!!

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  19. LoveParkLady

    Philadelphia

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4
    Excellent birthday dinner! We've been here many times before and it's always been fantastic, so I chose Victor Cafe for my 71st birthday dinner last night. At first we were seated at a very cramped little table, but were almost immediately moved to a much better table (without even asking), after the maitre 'd said that even HE felt claustrophobic looking at us scrunched-in at the first table. Our server, Patrick, was really efficient and friendly from start to finish. He also sang an operatic piece in German and was wonderful. But the food was the star of the show. I had the butternut squash soup, which was about the best I've ever had in a restaurant. I wish I could have taken home a couple quarts of it. My entree was sweet potato tortelloni in a butter-sage sauce, and it, too, was really good, if a tad hard around the edges. The portion was generous. My husband gave the food a solid 10 out of 10. He had the pasta diablo with shrimp and said it was delicious (I am allergic and couldn't try it). The portion was really large. He also had the caesar salad, which was huge. We were too stuffed to have dessert, but the restaurant gave us each a small glass of prosecco to celebrate my birthday, and a group of servers came by and operatically sang Happy Birthday to me, which was a sweet ending to a really good couple of hours. We love this place!

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  20. RoryW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    I love this place. Always entertaining and a very special treat!

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  21. MarinaB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    As always, everything was wonderful at the Victor Café!

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  22. RoseleeM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5
    The Victor Cafe is a wonderful spot. The opera singers are fantastic and so enjoyable to listen to. The service was wonderful. Unfortunately, I found the meal to be not as enjoyable. I order pasta with braciole, sausage and meatball. The braciole was tough to chew and very garlicky. I did not finish it. The sausage was hard to cut with a knife. I didn't finish it. I ate the meatball and some of the pasta. For an Italian restaurant, I found the meal to be poor. I would recommend Victor because, thanks to the opera singers, it made the trip worthwhile.

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  23. MadelineL

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    The waiters who sang are so very talented. I wonderful dining experience. Will definitely come back again. Our party of four loved it very much!

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  24. MelissaK

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    The whole experience was amazing from great service and food to amazing opera singers. Can’t wait to go back next time we are in Philly.

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  25. AlannaI

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    I can not recommend The Victor Cafe enough! It is a must for anyone visiting Philly (or if your a local that has yet to experience this brilliant place). The atmsphere is cozy, the food is excellent and the staff are beyond talented .

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  26. Steve

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    One of my all time favorites ! Any time I’m in Philly I will try to go here. Food and service are too notch ! The singers make me think of my Mom singing and listening to Italian opera my entire childhood. Bravo !!

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  27. AbbyDog

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5
    I hadn't been to Victor Cafe in years, but when I returned it was exactly as I remembered it. The atmosphere takes you back in time, the service is incredibly friendly, and the singing is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. The food can be hit or miss, but who cares when you're having a unique and wonderful experience? The risotto and salad were just OK, but we loved the bread and pasta and fish specials.

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  28. CraigM

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Great service, such fun ambiance and food was excellent! Go here for a great experience.

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  29. Irisheyes

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Great Italian food. Servers/singers are wonderful. Special place

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  30. KathyB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    It’s always a special experience at Victors. The staff is incredibly helpful and talented.

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  31. Dante

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2023

    Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5
    You will not find a more unique restaurant in the world.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Amazing experience all around. Definitely coming back.

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  33. LorettaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Excellent service & very helpful, talented & friendly staff

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  34. Tory

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4
    The service was fantastic! Little did we know that the servers are opera singers and break out into song throughout the evening. All were excellent! The food was very good and good size portions. I would return.

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  35. sha0714

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    This place is an icon. It's one that should be on your bucket list. You can have delicious food while listening to exceptional opera singing waiters each do a performance. The food delicious! I had the salmon on a bed of farro mix with vegetable and spices with drizzle balsamic dressing. Other guest chose veal and seafood linguini. The calamari appetizer I also recommend. And, finished with tirimisu and creme brule. Everything excellent!

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  36. OlivierO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Amazing opera-dining concept with enthusiastic staff.

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  37. traveler

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5
    this place is one of a kind. the servers are also classically trained singers, and an opera aria breaks out approximately every half hour.

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  38. PaulB

    Hungary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    I admittedly came here due to the Rocky connection, and I have to say on that part I was not let down, it’s just as I’d expect it. However because if this I came across a gem of a place. The service is great and the food fantastic, then the singing…… just amazing!! What an experience! This place is a a must visit if you come to Philly, it’s so entertaining and the vibe is amazing….. and if you are a Rocky fan then you will love it.

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  39. HonestReviewer

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    Very unique and historical restaurant, 100 years old, in South Philly, parts of Rocky movie was filmed here (name of restaurant in movie was changed to Adrienne’s), food is really good, waiters/waitresses sing opera around every 15 mins, extreme talent. Very kind staff. Tons of photos on walls, visit upstairs while you’re there, valet parking.

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  40. CathyM

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5
    What a wonderful evening! The food was delicious but the performances were incredible. We kept getting chills! It was made personal when our own server performed and we got to congratulate him following his song. When I got the bill I was surprised by the value. We will definitely be going back and will bring friends.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia is rated 4.8 stars by 4358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

1303 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    13th Street & Dickinson
  • Area
    South Philly
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 16:30–20:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.
  • Public Transit
    Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live opera seven nights a week by talented professionals as well as students.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 468-3040
  • Private party facilities
    Victor Cafe contains a grouping of intimate dining rooms which offer seating for a maximum of 135 people. Inquiries for smaller groups are also welcome. Special events may be booked for lunch or dinner. Cocktail hours with hot and cold butlered hors d'oeuvres may be arranged. We believe you will find the Victor Cafe a most unique dining experience.
  • Private party contact
    The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040
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