august
august

august

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.augustbyo.com/
  • Phone: (215) 468-5926
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:
    Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Maryann Brancaccio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wharton St.
  • Public Transit: Take the Broad Street orange line to Federal st, walk one block south to Wharton St., then one block east to 13th.

    broad street C bus to wharton st. walk one block east to 13th.

    we are located on the corner of
    13th & wharton sts.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from august
The restaurant on the square ... Columbus Square ! An Intimate, Romantic, Cozy with Character BYO in South Philadelphia. Top Zagat rated for food and service. Chef Maryann Brancaccio puts her twist on classic Italian.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
august reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (37)romantic (29)special occasion (22)good for groups (7)hot spot (6)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Restaurant
    Labs
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We ate recently at August for the first time and it was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. I had the veal and my husband had halibut and they were both prepared perfectly. For dessert we shared the Crete brûlée and it was the best we ever had. Our server, Lauri was excellent, she was professional and courteous. We will definitely be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for the neighborhood
    StarvingartistVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Food was uneven, italian soup was good as were the roasted pepper appetizers. Two of us had jumbo shrimp with pasta and while the shrimp were excellent the pasta was very tasteless and too underdone. Only time I can remember adding salt to an entree. Service was pretty unfriendly too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency is Delicious
    CMonroeVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is probably my 10th visit to this restaurant. Every visit I always think it can't possible be as good as before, yet it is, every time. I can't say enough wonderful things about the service, the food, the ambiance. This is my go-to restaurant I use for recommendations to others, and even for my clients. It's a BYOB and it kills the other italian restaurants in South Philadelphia. Skip the expense of the places on Passyunk avenue and stroll past the park to this restaurant that has stood the test of the time without relying on a PR firm to get it's name out there. You will thank me later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy South Philly BYOB
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This was a cute and cozy South Philly Italian BYOB. The ambiance made it very intimate from the dim lighting and the pillows on the benches. We got the artichoke and scallop appetizer which were both very good. The menu is kind of a typical Italian selection, so I was hoping some specials would stand out to me, but the veal was very tasty. My friend said the fish was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    LittlemoVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Cozy little restaurant with great food! Started off with the artichoke appetizer, my husband had the roasted beets-both were wonderful! I had the Sea Bass and my husband had the Veal with mushrooms for our main courses which we both thoroughly enjoyed!! Everyone was really friendly and our waitress was great! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a pleasure!
    Stella52VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I found this spot on a friend's recommendation...and have returned many times. It is like going to a dear friend's for dinner: absolutely comfortable & absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REGULAR CUSTOMER
    BOBBIE
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    THE FOOD AND SERVICE ARE STILL AS GREAT AS EVER. CAN'T WAIT TO EAT THERE AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food!
    JoedrrtVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    If you like a small authentic Northern Italian neighborhood gem with a small menu and consistently good food, go to August.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    love that it's byob. great family owned/run neighborhood spot. the escarole and bean special was delicious- much lighter without the bread in the usual panna cotta. the fish special was delicious and the rigatoni with sweet and hot sausage was the best i've ever had, and we have wonderful italian restaurants back home in new haven. would definitely recommend. if you're looking for a quiet evening, it's a bit noisy as it is very small and with the kitchen open to the restaurant. we had a table in the corner so it was a bit quieter there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Gem
    PhillysPhinest
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This place is totally under rated in an area of the city with great restaurants (like Laurel). Having just spent the previous week dining at Napa's finest (French Laundry), I couldn't bring myself to give it 5 stars. But for a local place, it really exceeded my expectations. We were a party of 4 and all of us enjoyed every course. The deserts definitely stand out, but the scallop appetizer was great as well. I had the ribeye special- which also was excellent. Great place for small groups, anything beyond 4 is going to be a tight fit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cannubi
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    solid not overly fancy menu: food prepared very well. Quiet, nicely laid out. Very comfortable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Food
    frugalshopper1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Philly. The food is as good as it gets and the menu and specials change each week. Coupled with attentive and caring service it is a real winner in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic BYOB!
    CMonroeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My dinner date and I are still raving about our entrees: Sausage Bolognese Rigatoni and a Ribeye steak cooked perfectly. We also ordered the scallop appetizer and finished with a homemade bread pudding to die for... This restaurant has stood the test of time and consistently delivers on food, atmosphere, and professionalism from the servers. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    CdkatzVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    After eating here multiple times it's about time I leave feedback worthy of this restaurant. Good, quality food is what you get every time without fail. This place has a cozy, intimate atmosphere and friendly staff. The scallop appetizer was done just right with a creamy interior. The ribeye special was cooked correctly with the seasoning on point. Not to mention, all the desserts are homemade! (the apple tart addition to the menu put me in the mood for autumn). We will be coming back to this byob soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous from start to finish
    Jule
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The hostess and wait staff were incredibly friendly and professional. I highly recommend the artichoke appetizer--it was incredible. The special Halibut in pumpkin puree and the fettuchini with lobster fra diavolo were fabulous also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely place
    FineDiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Small byob (maybe 10-15 tables) on the corner of a classic South Philly block; a friendly, intimate atmosphere if you are looking to have a superb dinner with a few friends, a lover, or a client. While intimate, private and quiet, the music isn't blasting so you can actually hear each other without shouting. The service was top-notch, attentive, friendly, but not intrusive. I'm not sure it's a great place for kids only because I didn't see any there. The food was excellent and the prices reasonable given its quality: $90.00 for a party of three (not including liquor, of course).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    ...but not great either. It looks very cute from the outside but the inside is not very impressive. It is definitely a cute piece of South Philly history with endearing qualities. However, overall the menu is overpriced for a neighborhood family restaurant. It gives the impression that it would be a "special occasion" kind of place and the food does not live up to that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Memorable August
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Dined with an old friend and enjoyed every course. Great scallop and hearts of artichokes apps - the Caesar salad was not their equal but the veal was tender and delicious. My companion enjoyed his pasta entree equally. We closed with the banana bread pudding - amen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in the city!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As always, the food was delicious and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweethappiness
    Sweethappiness
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went on a Sat night. Arrived 15 minutes before reservation time and was seated immediately. By end of meal restaurant filled to capacity. All staff was very prompt, courteous and very pleasant. Food was excellent and ready immediately. Therefore no time between each course to relax for a moment and prepare for the next course. Felt rushed and ate very fast. Turning the table over quickly seemed more important than dining experience. During the week, experience was totally opposite. Not filled to capacity, food was great, staff attentive and there was time between courses to relax a few moments. Will definitely return, but during the week. Don't forget they only take cash and it's a byob.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Skip1426
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Once again a fantastic meal as always! Would sends all my friends there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little gem in South Philly
    PhillyPhoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very cute and homey place. The friendliest staff. The food was incredible! I had the scallops app as my entree and it was superb. My dining partners had calamari app and arugula salad, both which were outstanding. The also had excellent pasta dishes. The desserts were fab. Panacotta was to die for. They said they would email me the recipe. Outstanding banana bread pudding. I highly recommend. I will def be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never fails to deliver! Bravo!
    JoedrrtVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've now been to August at least six times and we've never had less than a 5-star experience here. Maria and Maryanne maintain the highest standards in food, ambiance, and service. They have a small menu, are BYOB, Cash-Only, but you can order anything here and be surprised at the ways in which their kitchen prepares your meal. And, you'll probably love it! Thank you Claire, Kelly, and Taylor for the great service. (excuse any mis-spellings!) Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret treasure
    RxfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Do I enjoy the dinner or deserts or the attentive service best? Can't decide. All excellent. This restaurant makes u feel like u happen to have a good friend that just happened to be an amazing chef. Friendly. Great creative food. Luv this place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrif!
    steve
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I tried the place for the first time-- and thoroughly enjoyed it. My veggie meatballs appetizer was outstanding, and my wife's peppers and cheese was equally delicious. I had the penne pasta with tuna-- an excellent choice. The flourless chocolate cake we shared was light and the perfect cap to the dinner. Wonderful server (a PAFA senior) who was completely solicitous-- and never intrusive. In all, a wonderful dining experience. We'll be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 85 reviews are from the august reviews archive.
  • Highly Recommend
    MayT
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good service, nice atmosphere, delicious dinner. I recommend the following: fried shrimp, sea bass, pork chop. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Tried August and it's truly a gem. Everything was perfectly cooked and delicious. Two of had the barramundi and loved it. The other two had the steak, two different temperatures, and each one was exactly as ordered. We all loved it but don't forget to leave room for the amazing desserts. We are still talking about the coconut cream pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't be disappointed
    Gipe
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    August has charm, along with amazing food and an attentive staff! What more could you ask for?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • August is "hot".
    lobos
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It was a first time visit and the food was wonderful....we did not leave a drop. I had the scallop appetizer which was done to perfection. We met the owner/chef Mary Ann and watched her cooking in the small open kitchen. Our waitress was a delight too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost its edge
    Media
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It has been a while since we were at August since there are so many great Italian restaurants in Philadelphia, but we have taken August off our great Philadelphia Italian list. The food was OK but not great. On a Saturday night at 7:30, there were only four tables of two occupied and when we left, that was down to six people. Others must be feeling the same way. They also need to state clearly on their website that they are a cash only place; fortunately I had sufficient cash with me. Parking is also a problem in their neighborhood.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    No complaints, but I've had better meals - even here. The pastas were a bit bland and a little too al dente.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SallyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    August serves good solid Italian food, much like you might have growing up in an Italian family. The dishes are straight forward like roasted peppers or beet salad for appetizers. And pasta Bolognese, veal fillets and fish for mains. Excellent Farangalis bread as well. The food is not going to blow you away but you will also come out satisfied and not disappointed. Great if you attending Theater Exile down the street.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre Theater in South Philly
    Stella52VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I cannot believe it took me as long as it did to first go to August, but this was my 5th visit, and it (like the nearby Theatre Exile) never disappoints! New favorite dessert: sambuca whipped cream in espresso...
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
    lsbtravelVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We enjoyed a very lovely meal here before attending a show at Theatre Exile which is only one block away. However they do not accept credit cards which is inconvenient and they do not mention it anywhere until you open the menu and in the tiniest type at the bottom it says "No Credit Cards" Really, who doesn't accept cards these days?--- I had plenty of cash so that wasn't a problem but I like to charge all my purchases and get Free Airplane first class seats!!!!! So I'll be going somewhere else---there are MANY very nice restaurants within a block or two---where I can earn points!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CharlieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We dined here when first opened 11 years ago..had a nice meal then and a nice one again this weekend. Don't know why we waited so long. Nice vibe here with well prepared dishes that thankfully are not trying to prove anything. Service was warm and responsive and the women owners are very hands on. Only complaint it that the noise level when crowded (and it probably is often crowded due to its small size) is intruding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Philly Gem
    SJDiner1VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This was our first trip to August, and we were not disappointed. The food was great, and the prices very reasonable. Very small and pretty noisy but we would not hesitate to go back. BYOB, which is always good. You may have to drive around a bit to find a parking spot. South Philly is what it is!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food were great
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    we forgot about this restaurant. Have not been here in a while. Food is still outstanding as is the service we will be back again. Parking is a problem take a cab if you can if not you will find if you drive around enough, it's still worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good good; felt a tad
    ddinerVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very good good; felt a tad rushed but service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    dzl101VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Always good, off the beaten path. You can count on an excellent meal and friendly experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD BUT . . .
    LouiseNVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food is consistently great. On a recent Saturday night the noise level was so high, it was difficult to have a conversation with my dining partner. The small size of the restaurant did not help. Aside from the noise level, this was a very enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.