BARRA
BARRA

BARRA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://barraphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2152386900
  • 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: American, Italian, 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
BARRA reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (16)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (9)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)special occasion (2)romantic (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Old City Find
    OutAndAboutPHLVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went there recently with a client and we all ordered the salmon. They were all cooked to perfection, served with delicious mixed veggies. The service was also hospitable and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice spot
    Yost7
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst servers
    SlipperySkitchVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, efficient service
    barbara
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good food, friendly and efficient service. Seated quickly. Prices reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch was very good
    BaldBabsVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for lunch
    OutAndAboutPHLVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The sallmon with Farro and mixed veggies is excellent and a great value at $16. The service was also Excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Pizza
    add1VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great pizza! Had a cheese and and Hawaiian. fr lunch.. found the place on open table and gave it a try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not too bad...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    queenbee
    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
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    SlipperySkitchVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Knight1889
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looking Forward to Going Back
    Phillyangel215
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 233 reviews are from the BARRA reviews archive.
  • True Neighborhood Gem
    db06
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Everything on the menu is great. Try the burger, it will change your life.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The Americano burger was made to perfection and the linguini & mussels in white were very tasty!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The burgers are great
    OutAndAboutPHLVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good!
    KandKVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super nice
    Super
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Super nice place to eat in with the lovely environment and tasty food with super nice service and romantic restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Husband and I decided to
    AMC75201VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Skip this place
    Jfiato
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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!
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  • staff was extremely friendly.
    jackie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't Dissapoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't get points for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    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.
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  • decent
    jode1045
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fair, the pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
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  • Good, not great
    diningoutVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    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.
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  • Bad food... boring place
    EstroVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    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.
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  • Philly experience
    missyVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Service great staff very friendly - salad was great but overall food not great
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian food in Old City!
    grmartin
    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.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    Noels143VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Service was bad and all food ordered was served room temp. My coffee was even cold. Not a fan, won't be back.
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  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    I'm glad I went to Barra as it was great. The food, the pricing and the service was very good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Brunch-
    nancyVIP
    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
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  • Pizza on a Saturday Night
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Julia36
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food very good; not over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
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  • After theatre lunch
    Anon
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good
    Suse
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Service was terrible. took as really long time for the food to arrive to the table. No refills offered for drinks.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Yobacor
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet