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BARRA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://barraphilly.com
  • Phone: (215) 238-6900
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH - 11:30am - 4pm Monday - Friday

    DINNER - 4pm - 11pm Monday - Thursday
    4pm - 12am Friday & Saturday
    4pm - 10pm Sunday

    WEEKEND BRUNCH - 11am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Michael Berninger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us about our offsite catering options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd St.
  • Public Transit: PATCO & SEPTA primary location 8th and Market Street with access to New Jersey, Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Subway. SEPTA bus 21 runs east and west via Chestnut Street & Walnut Street for local travelers as well.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking is available is street level lot at North corner of Front and Chestnut. Garage Parking available on 2nd Street between Market Street and Chestnut Street. Metered Parking available on Front Street between Market & Walnut Street
A word from BARRA
Translated as "bar" from Italian, BARRA provides guests with a quality, casual style trattoria & bar; where guests can expect a fun energetic atmosphere, professional service, and bold genuine flavors

BARRA's beverage program introduces guests to our creative cocktails, select wines, and an eclectic collection of local craft beer on tap.

At BARRA guests will enjoy a combination of creative antipasti, fresh salads, and many choices of innovative & shareable italian influenced plates & pastas paired with our delectable coal fired pizzas.

BARRA also features a private special events space for any occasion.

BARRA will combine unmatched quality & value in everything we do, from a delicious & fast power lunch, to a great dinner get together with friends or a late night snack.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Early dinner before the theater. Food was adequate, but nothing special. For tourists visiting Independence Hall and other historic sites in this neighborhood of Philadelphia it's a good place to get a pizza."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Went around seven thirty on a Saturday and it was nice and quiet. It wasn't very busy at the time so the staff was very attentive to us and very friendly. The calamari was fantastic and the steak was great too. Would definitely recommend"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food is absolutely great but hey have the worst servers on the planet. Completely moronic individuals who lack any and all social skills."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Good food, friendly and efficient service. Seated quickly. Prices reasonable."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Lunch crowd was small but the food was quite good. Enjoyed the beet salad. I would come back for lunch or dinner. It seems like it would have a lively dinner crowd and had a nice bar area."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The sallmon with Farro and mixed veggies is excellent and a great value at $16. The service was also Excellent."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great pizza! Had a cheese and and Hawaiian. fr lunch.. found the place on open table and gave it a try."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Went for dinner at 9:00 on a Saturday. We were told that they were about to start "late night" (DJ/dancing, etc.). We said that was fine and asked to sit outside then and they were very accommodating. We ordered the Americano burger, Mac and cheese pizza, and a Caesar salad. Everything came out pretty quickly since we were pretty much the only ones there and it was all really delicious. The $10 burger and beer combo was great. Instead of fries or a side salad you get a Coors Light draft and the Americano burger. Overall, the food and experience were great. I think if we go here again it'll be at an earlier time though."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "There was nothing "wrong" with the food - it just could have bee better. The echo is terrible. There was a group of 8 and then the two of us. They were VERY loud, plus soccer was on, plus Michael Jackson playing in background. So we really couldn't wait to leave"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I found Barra through OpenTable and I can't stop going back. Their burgers are, I think, one of the best in the city. My gf had the asparagus and prosciutto pizza and I have to say it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The service can be inconsistent but the last 3 times I've gone it's been above average. I have yet to try anything on the menu that isn't delicious. Even the olive oil they have on the table is better than you'd expect. Definitely worth trying out if you can!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've eaten here 3 or 4 times and have never been disappointed. The pasta dishes are excellent and reasonably priced. We had a late request for a large group and they accommodated us with no problems. The restaurant becomes a nightclub though, so you need to eat before 9pm."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I went to Barra on a recommendation and happy that I did. I met up with two of my girlfriends for brunch and the head chef was at our table talking about his specials. He gave us some of his special "shut up" spicy sauce which was delicious. It's spicy but has flavor. Myself and one of my girlfriends ordered the Oven Baked Burger and my other girlfriend ordered the chicken and waffles with mimosas. The chef surprised us with a quick dessert he threw together of fried dough balls covered in cinnamon, raspberry, and chocolate drizzled on top. We loved our food and looking forward to going back to try other items on the menu and try the connected hookah lounge next door."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Americano burger was made to perfection and the linguini & mussels in white were very tasty!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The burgers are wrapped in a thin coat of pizza dough and baked in the pizza oven. Delicious & worth going for! Salads were also fresh and good."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Had dinner at Barra, usually have done lunch. The food was vey good and service great. Pizzas are truly excellent and salads are fresh and tasty. "
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Super nice place to eat in with the lovely environment and tasty food with super nice service and romantic restaurant"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My Husband and I decided to try Barra and take advantage of the 1000 points reservation. The food was good but not great. The service AWFUL. It took over 20 minutes to receive our drinks. We received one entrée BEFORE the appetizer and salad. The second entrée arrive 30 minutes or so after. We were not offered refills, a second cocktail, bread, or even told about the specials. The tables to our right and left received better and more attentive service. I am not sure what is going on there but we will not return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Me and my girlfriend made reservations at this place, and were disappointed. The food was mediocre and overpriced. My raviolis looked like they had been sitting out for a while. Also, the fact that there was a large bachelorette party, and spill over from people wandering in from erin express bar crawl made our night less than enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I made reservations on a Sunday at 1:15 for a friends 30th birthday three days in advance and we were totally ignored! We all (6people) ordered entrees directly from the menu with no add ons or changes. 45 minutes later still no food! When we asked about the wait we were told everything was on its way. 10 minutes later the server brought out 2 of the 6 entrees with cold hard food. We asked to speak to the manager and he was unapologetic . As the rest of the food was slowly brought out we all questioned the incomplete presentation i.e.: eggs with no hash browns, veggie benedict with no veggies etc. Finally we just decided to leave without touching the food. Very disappointing considering how much I love the sister restaurant BIRRA!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "staff was extremely friendly. However, as the restaurant became more crowded the skill of the staff became very obvious. For example, she brought a cup of hot water with the tea bag already emersed and no saucer in which to put the spent tea bag. When asked for more hot water since the tea was stronger than I like, she brought a little demi-tasse cup of hot water. She walked back and forth twice past our table without being able to drop off the dessert. We had allowed 1 1/2 hours for dinner, and we ended up running off to get to the theater in time. Although we had announced our theater discount, 15%, it was not taken from the bill. The food was very tastety and ample and i would most likely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I came here as a late minute reservation on Valentines Day; being there were still reservations available I was skeptical...but the place smelled amazing...the service was prompt and the service was excellent...wasn't noisy at all...and the Chicken Toscano was pretty good...and do try the Blood Orange Margarita if that's your thing...."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "They have brunch on Sundays, but don't make a reservation and expect to get points. Anything on the separate brunch menu won't count as an entree. Very disappointing and makes no sense as the items are comparably priced."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant per a groupon. Food was decent. Wine list not too extensive. Had the salami cheese tray as an app. Was nothing to brag about based on price. Cheese not too great on its own. We actually took some of them and crumpled over salad. Meats were okay. I had the filet which was cooked spot on. My boyfriend had the penne and meatballs which he said was average. Best part of dinner was the homemade tiramisu."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was fair, the pizza was good but everything else was mediocre. Went last week and the pasta was bland, went this week and the chicken parm was over cooked."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I had the meatballs for an app and they were good, the sauce has a little kick to it. They were not that hot though. The caesar salad was a little heavy on cheese and light on dressing but wasn't bad. Also, I got the filet. It was a good cut of meat. I ordered medium and was a little more medium well but close enough, was not worth having an issue with. I noticed they split the filet in half from the side, I guess to check the center, but have never seen that done before. They did not give me a steak knife and I was using the regular knife. The cut was tender enough it wasn't an issue. My friend's salmon was a bit over cooked & described as chewy. We were among only 2 tables in the place so you would expect a little better."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "wow... the lasagna had the flavor of a ready made lasagna you buy in the frozen section to warm at home. it wasn't bad, i like this flavor but this is not what i expect when i go to a restaurant and pay good money for my food. also, the bread was dry and stale. really not good food. the restaurant was empty (for a reason) and it felt gloomy there. they own the hookah bar next door so the smell of the hookah came to our dining area (as there's an open door connecting them) and it didn't smell nice. the server was good though and very friendly and service was fast and efficient. but food and ambiance... wow, not good at all."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Service great staff very friendly - salad was great but overall food not great"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I'd never heard of this place before I made the reservation. I was going to a movie with my mom at the Ritz Five and we wanted somewhere nearby for dinner. The food was excellent, and so was the service. I'll definitely go back next time I'm in Old City."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Service was bad and all food ordered was served room temp. My coffee was even cold. Not a fan, won't be back."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I'm glad I went to Barra as it was great. The food, the pricing and the service was very good."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "The kitchen took 30 minutes to cook eggs and pancakes for 4-we were the only ones in the restaurant. The omelets were dry and bland-the pancakes oozed raw batter when I cut into them. We will never go back- shame-it is a pretty place"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had a nice time at Barra. It was the last game of the Eagles' playoff attempt so maybe that's why we were the only table that night. The appetizer was good but the pizzas were much, much better and our server was very nice, attentive and accommodating. While the one half of the restaurant seems like it's always a night club/ hookah lounge (a hookah lounge in an Italian restaurant with Frank Sinatra blaring...?) the part we were in converts from a restaurant into an extension of the club next door. Overall, the staff is great, the food is good, but I'd leave the ambiance behind."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Went with a group for NYE and had a great experience. We had 9 people and everyone ordered something different and loved what they got. The service was good too."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went to Barra for an early dinner on New Year's Eve; even though the restaurant was not crowded my family of 4 was placed alone in the back room near an exit door. We were quite cold and when I asked if we could sit in the front room (which was nicely decorated and seemed more desirable) we were not accommodated. A few minutes later some others came in and we were all squeezed in to that one part of that back room (they were setting up for a New Year Eve party). The food was very good, service good. Not eager to go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This place strives to do everything right but doesn't quite hit the mark. The ambiance is casually hip and the menu has a good mix of food, from pizza to traditional Italian dishes to a few aspirational items. They make a good meatball and the short rib ravioli was a change of pace, but unfortunately both felt as if they were sitting around the kitchen waiting to be heated up. The tiramisu was extremly disappointing, tasting as if it was a defrosted frozen dessert. Mind you, I'll take the occasional slice of Sara Lee, but don't charge me $8 for it. The service was friendly and they let us linger without complaint. You can't beat the location close to Penn's Landing, but maybe it is best to try the pizza."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I took my family here after the theater for lunch. It was very quiet and the place was warm and cozy. The server came right away but she often disappeared for long intervals at a time and we had to ask the other server several times to find her. The pizzas were excellent! I would not recommend the goat cheese salad as I saw very little goat cheese in it. The chicken parmigian was pounded and cooked so long that my husband thought it was veal. The chef was very courteous and quickly cooked him another one. We did not drink any wine but they were not cheap at around $9 per glass. The selection on the menu looked great and we would come back again."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Service was terrible. took as really long time for the food to arrive to the table. No refills offered for drinks."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "My wife got the baked Penne, which were really heavy and very fat. Furthermore, the texture was very dry which made us think that it might have been frozen food at some point. I got the Penne with shrimp and Vodka sauce. I could have done better with fresh pasta and sauce from the Italian market. Good if nothing else is open or if you come as a group with low expectations. Service was nice though."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Myhusband I went to the Barra's prior to going to a local theatre in the area. Selected this restaurant based on reviews. The food was good (not great). The service was very good. We were actually done eating earlier than we anticipated. Would try it again but not the best Italian food."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I was in rehearsal with a group of friends and we decided to go out to lunch together. I looked on Opentable for what was available and this menu appealed to us most, so we went here. The food did not disappoint and there were large portions--the white mussel appetizer was especially delicious, and we shared it amongst four people--and i was impressed by the marinara sauce on my shortrib ravioli. Great spot, we were the only customers at the time so I cany say much for their service and noise level, naturally the former was impeccable and the latter nearly silent."
    Dined on 12/21/2013