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Branzino Italian Ristorante
Branzino Italian Ristorante

Branzino Italian Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.branzinophilly.com/
  • Email: luan@branzinophilly.com
  • Phone: (215) 790-0103
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Luan (215) 790-0103

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Locust & Spruce
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We validate parking with Expert Parkway Lot of Pullman Garage on 1617 Chancellor St.
A word from Branzino Italian Ristorante
Branzino Italian Ristorante is a Classic Old World Italian restaurant located in the heart of Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. We Specialize in Fresh Seafood Dishes, Seasonal Pastas, and Exquisite Meat Dishes to satisfy the most refined Tastes. At Branzino, we combine the Italian art of eating with an old world tradition of hospitality. Come join us and taste the Art of the Old World Italian Tradition.
And now we are offering to our diners outdoor seating's in our garden. Something rear to find in center city. Partial Sun, partial shade, between the beautiful flowers and the Summer breeze you'll feel like you are dining in the gardens of Tuscany. Come and dine with us and forget about the every day rush and stress, and if it is a special occasion or a business meeting, dinner with your family and friends or private party up to 55 people, if you give us the opportunity,we will make those hours memorable.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great food; wonderful service - what more can I say except go - you will not be disappointed"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food and service were superb and the strolling guitar player was a nice touch. The noise level was difficult in the large dining area. Next time the carpeted area."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Branzino has a beautiful setting, and the food has been consistently interesting. Loved pine nut and cauliflower mixture with scallops. Tasty desserts"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Another nice meal with friends at this pretty restaurant in a townhouse near Rittenhouse Square. Food well-prepared and servers attentive. BYOB a plus."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was good, my branzino was delicious. However, our service was very slow. One of the dishes was salmon and it came out pretty raw, so it had to be sent back; normally restaurants would give you a complimentary dessert for their mistake. Nothing. The servers didn't know who had what dishes. We had to ask for bread, a few times. Not sure if we would go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was delicious, I had the scallop special that evening which the scallops were seared perfectly, could have been more to the side dish but I was happy to not be overly full as I was going out afterwards. My girlfriend had the scolopini sorrento i believe. She enjoyed that quite a bit as well did I as I had her last couple bites. My only complaint would be that we were so close to the table next to us that it felt like we were dining with them not next to them, but it wasnt really a big deal. Overall it was a good experience and I would return in the future."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A fantastic BYOB in Center City Philadelphia. The food is awesome, the service was fantastic and the restaurant has a number of very quaint and pretty rooms. During the late Spring and Summer, the patio is a fantastic place to enjoy dinner."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a great dinner there. The staff was very friendly even though they were a bit short staffed so things took a bit longer. Great option for BYOB and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Attentive service, great food, BYOB .... Our 2nd visit & as memorable as our first -- would send friends and would return ourselves"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was decent. We ordered the namesake branzino dish, a salad, and the rabbit pappardelle. The rabbit was slightly overcooked, and the branzino was somewhat bland. The salad was relatively basic. The service was good, and the ambience was sub-par. The furnishings had an old, outdated feel to them. Also - The meal was decidedly overpriced. Not recommended."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Service was marginal to good. Lamb Shank - excellent. Restaurant web site menu does not agree with in-house menu. Maitre-de was unaware of this. Didn't give me a "warm fuzzy".. Why should I be the one to suggest his visiting his own web page?? Duh !!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was very good. Evening special was a red snapper - very tasty. Portions are small but adequate. Presentation was very nice. BYOB which is a plus. Restaurant has two levels with a somewhat private room on the side. Larger room in back was noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation and hear our server describe the specials. Service was lacking. We sat with our finished plates in front of us for at least 10 minutes and had to flag down someone to clear them. Same for dessert and the check. Server did the best she could but it was obvious restaurant was understaffed and for a Saturday night it was not a plus. We traveled 25 miles to meet friends and had reservations so this was not the best experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were very impressed with all aspects of the dinner. My wife and I arrived 1/2 hour early and my son was to meet us at the appointed time. We were seated and our waiter opened our wine bottle. We said we wanted to wait for my son before we looked at the menu. We were left to ourselves and made to feel at home. My son texted to say the train was running late, so we ordered appetizers. When he arrived, he had some of the appetizers and we ordered dinner. We had time for coffee and dessert before leaving for the theater. The food was excellent, the service personal and polite, and the value superb."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant. Food is well prepared and nicely portioned. Very good service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Melts in your mouth!! Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. A great night for our party of four."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I've eaten here frequently for several years and it's always excellent. This past week I had osso buca that literally melted off the bone. It was so tender that a knife wasn't necessary. Most importantly, it was delicious. One of my companions had the same dish and it was equally as good. The other two diners had salmon cooked to perfection. As always, the servers were knowledgable and very prompt. This place is a constant winner. Eat there."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We had a fantastic meal, everything brought to our table was simply delicious. The highlight was the egg yolk ravioli appetizer. It was perfect. Despite a challenging evening with a full dining room, we were well attended and cared for. I look forward to visiting there again in the future."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've lost count how many times I've dined at Branzino's but this last time was no different from the rest. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was so personable that he made our dining experience even more enjoyable. The food is always delicious! The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I absolutely love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "You will not find a finer restaurant in Philadelphia. It is byob so the price is right. Our party of 8 were thrilled. Salads ans desserts notable the main course Bronzino and the pastas are great too. Superb service"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant with a wide menu of perfectly prepared food. Will be going again in the near future!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "In every aspect this restaurant failed on quality of service. Wait 20 minutes for a menu, wait another 20 for someone to take your order, wait 40 minutes for your meal, and nothing about it was worth waiting for."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food & service were excellent, the portions were generous, and the ambience was perfect."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal at Branzino. We were there on Valentine's Day. There was a 5-course dinner special that night. The food was outstanding! It was a very romantic spot. The service was very slow that evening because it was packed for Valentine's Day, but we didn't mind it at all. We would definitely go back to try more things on the menu!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had reservations on valentines day and we get tot the restaurant and still had to wait 2 hours past our reservation time to get a table. Once we got a table it took them another hour to just take the order. It was not organized and they clearly overbooked guests. Food was average but then again we were getting food at 11pm. I would not go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Made an 8:30 reservation for Valentine's day, and did not get seated until at least 9:45. It was a BYOB, so in order to compensate the people waiting, the servers gave us glasses and opened our bottles while we waited. There is no lobby, so dozens of us were crowded throughout the restaurant, overcrowding people while they dined on their own meals. Maybe i would go back if i wanted to go somewhere nice for a birthday on a weeknight, but going there for a major holiday was a huge mistake that i will not be making again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great BYOB spot. Excellent pasta, great service (even on a busy valentines day), and nice location. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "they overbooked and we ended up cancelling reservation due to the long wait times."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were there for Valentine's Day, and as other reviewers shared, the kitchen was so backed up that our wait was absolutely awful. We were there for 3.5 hrs, and some of our dishes weren't served as described on the menu. The food was good, but really with such an awful wait and having other diners standing next to us waiting for their table, the manager should have been giving discounts of some sort. People were leaving left and right due to the back up in the kitchen."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ruined our Valentines Day..hour and half wait with a reservation. Also 2.5 hour wait to eat and they removed the "Valentines Day Menu" from the list to order. Will never be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was very please with the decor but that's were the positive things end. Management overbooks the resivations causing over crowding in the resturant and people standing over tables while people try to enjoy there meal. Kitchen is very slow causing the food to be served luke warm. Servers are polite, work hard, and end up apologizing for the wait and slow kitchen. Would not return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was Valentines and they took over two hour to take our order - apps at 3 hours - we asked for bill and left before entrees. maybe on a regular night this may be a great restaurant, but on Valentine's all they did was ruin our night - they simply we're not prepared. I won't be returning!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been to this resteraunt previously. Food is always good. This was a VD dinner. It was a set price and fixed menu.The food was good and waitstaff professional and friendly it was obvious the kitchen was totally unprepared. Took over three hours for dinner!! We were seated at 6:00. Got our dessert a little after 9:00. At one point I looked around and about 12 tables were still without any food!! Those around us were complaining and I saw several people just leave money on the table after 2 hours and walk away. When we left I heard people in line complaining they were still waiting over an hour and half past their reservation time. I could not wait to leave! I am sure the waitstaff took an earful! I will never go again on a holiday!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Branzino was obviously more interested in overbooking for Valentine's Day than providing a positive experience for customers. The night could have been the basis of a Jerry Seinfeld episode. Despite reservations, it took an hour and a half to get our first course. We had to ask for bread which came with no butter or oil and only a small portion of bruschetta. We had to ask various waiters or the hostess for each course as nothing came on its own. They brought the entree before the salad and when we questioned it, they set the entree over a warmer, which was hardly edible after sitting out a very long time. Finally, when we asked for coffee, they said the machine was broken."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our 5 course tasting took just shy of 4 hrs. Several time we went more than 45 min before seeing a server. When we did manage to flag one down they wouldn't fulfill our requests (e.g., water, silverware). The food was very tasty, but it's harder to enjoy that when you don't have utensils and there's 45 people standing around your table waiting to be seated for their reservations from an hour before. If you have to eat here, stock up on the byo part because you can't expect anything from the waitstaff."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent! You won't go wrong here. Get the marinated artichokes if you like arties and The Branzino was again spectacular !"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We were four diners and we all thought the food and service were outstanding. What a wonderful dining experience. Three of us had veal dishes and we all thought they were among the best veal dishes we have eatern."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We tried multiple appetizers and loved the all, especially the scallop special. We were all pleased with our entrees. Overall experience was very nice. Will go back for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The 2nd floor table was perfect for our party of 8 with a moderate noise level. However, the general consensus of the dinner group was that the food tasted average and the portions were small. I found a hair buried in in my pasta meal. My meal was replaced (I barely ate it the replaced meal). No adjustment was made to the bill until I mentioned something, at which point the waiter resisted saying like "we replaced the meal , didn't we?" . Another person (the manager?) came out with the adjusted bill and apologized. All in all, an evening I would rather forget."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Food was very good, and the service was attentive. I'd absolutely go back."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This place wasn't good for reasons other than the food. They sat us right next to the door on a freezing night and there was a draft every time someone opened the door. We paid with half cash/half card and they charged the card $40 extra. When we asked about it, they said it must have been the girl who took the check to process it in the back (not our server). Then they grilled us on who actually took the check from the table because they needed to fire that person for apparently taking the money. Having worked in the restaurant business for years, I know that if a situation like that happens you deal with it when the customer isn't around. Left a really bad taste in my mouth about this place and I definitely won't be going back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014