Branzino Italian Ristorante
Branzino Italian Ristorante

Branzino Italian Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.branzinophilly.com/
  • Phone: 2157900103
  • 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 2157900103

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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Branzino Italian Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (59)neighborhood gem (53)romantic (51)special occasion (45)fit for foodies (40)good for groups (25)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Lovely evening in the garden!
    ToryV
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We recently had dinner in the garden with friends- beautiful weather, flickering candles, great wine and incredible food. Each of us had a different dish( veal, pasta and fish) and I have to say that everything was outstanding. Our server was wonderful- just attentive enough without being intrusive. We have been here once before and plan to add this to our short list of favorite center city restaurants. Love that it is byob.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the outdoor garden.
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was wonderful to be able dine outdoors in a protected courtyard garden - quiet and beautiful. The food and service were outstanding as they were before but now the ambiance is much improved. I also like the new larger room. I will return and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lori
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Absolutely love this place. Have been here at least a dozen times!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great location
    Ckinz
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From the moment we walked in until the moment we walked out the staff was warm and welcoming the food was fabulous and very fresh! We had the arugula salad which was to die for I was craving it again the next day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the perfect meal
    larryjVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    that's what our friends said as we finished. we were eating in the back patio/ outdoor area, with lovely shrubs, lights and other romantic ambiance. ask for the branzini whole fish, roasted (?) or the veal dishes. also order the sauted calamare. very tender and tasty and a welcome break from the typical fried version. the owners are actively involved to make sure everyone has an enjoyable meal. no worries there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    DirtyDozen
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My party of 5 had a WONDERFUL time - loved the food and the intimacy of the restaurant. The Spicy Lamb pasta, the Duck Confit pasta, the Roasted Shrimp and Calamari, the list goes on and on - our meals were amazing! Great flavors and portion sizes. Oh! Don't forget it's a BYOB!!! Would definitely come back - had a great time at Branzino!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointing . . . .
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We've often eaten here, living in the neighborhood, with mostly very positive experiences. But the evening we ate at Branzino recently, with another local couple, was terribly disappointing all around. My wife has an allergy which was thoroughly explained, but her fish came out with the forbidden allergen regardless. The other two orders of Branzino were cold. All evening, our server was no where to be found, to the point where twice we had to get up to find someone, first for pepper, then to replace a piece of silverware that was taken with the appetizer but not replaced. The woman in charge (owner's wife? carrying a child) was actually rude when we complained, nicely, about the wrong entrée (relative to the allergy).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very impressed
    sorella5
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We celebrated my sister's birthday dinner at your restaurant and we were all very impressed. The service was fabulous and the food delicious. From the moment we stepped in until the moment we left, everyone was so welcoming. I will definitely suggest this to family and friends. I will definitely go back. I loved the outdoor patio....so romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good for groups.
    Phillyfood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    When I first called Branzino to schedule my birthday dinner they were awesome. They took our reservation for 10, no problem. Same when I called back to say we had 13. They were very nice. We had a delicious dinner then the check came. As a group of 20 somethings, no one is able to cover the meal so we all put our credit cards out. The waitress then told us that you could only us 2 cards per check and she was unable to split the check. This would have been fine if they told us ahead of time! BOTH times I called no one mentioned it so none of us had cash! After an hour of haggling and rudeness, they agreed we could use 4 cards. Some friends owed each other money, another hour was spent figuring out the math. We FINALLY LEFT, annoyed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the ambiance
    Chris
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    4 of us really enjoyed the outdoor dining and the weather was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a double no home run
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great decor and outside space for Philly. We ate outside and we sat without menus. Waiter came over offered comped glass of wine since we did not bring our own. He was very busy and it showed since we did not get menus for over 5 min. That was a downer. He made the mistake up by offering dessert which was good. My scallops were fantastic (special). The pasta was fresh and light. The apps were delicious. I just wish the guy next door wasn't running a generator and service was not off.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and more
    Eats
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This family run restaurant was welcoming with outstanding food and service. We only wish that it was in our neighborhood. Staff was friendly and the Menu and specials were well worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Branzino
    PhoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best Branzino around. Garden terrace is lovely. Zealous staff will go slowly if you ask. They aim to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    ook8802
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was delicious and we sat in their beautiful outdoor garden. The wait staff was also pleasant and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Branzino Italian Ristorante
    curveVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Warning: as of today, OpenTable description does not mention BYOB. Waiter poured complimentary glasses of Chardonnay, but being my birthday, I would have preferred champagne. Food... Braised lamb shank was excellent - moist, tender and flavorful. Side of goat cheese polenta was delicious, creamy and light. Mushroom pasta special was bland and unexciting. Pasta was hard on the edges, ricotta filing was light, but lacking truffle flavor, sauce texture was granular and tasted like uncooked flour. Seating: Original table option by hostess was at the bottom of the stairs, packed in. Fortunately, waiter whisked us away to the beautiful dining room. Later, they seated a party next to us with a member who smelled like a gym bag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    PhillyGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First time diner at Branzino. Love the BYOs. The food was delicious, service was attentive but not intrusive and the ambiance was truly elegant. The dinner menu is extensive while also a number of interesting specials. We had grouper and veal shank which were perfectly cooked. I am anxious to return to try some other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible Food
    ashoener03
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I came here on a Wednesday for dinner for the first time. We sat out on the back patio which was lovely, you would have never known you were in the middle of a city. The food was incredible. Each person I was with ordered something different from the menu and we all tasted one another's. Every dish at the table was wonderful. Everything is reasonably priced and even more convenient is that the restaurant is a BYOB, so you won't rack up an expensive bill on drinks! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flavorful Food, Fabulous Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We ordered the crabmeat ravioli for the appetizer (good thing i didn't order it as the entree or else we would have still been hungry as it was only a portion of 6 medium sized ravioli's) the Branzino whole fish and veal shank for our entrees with a side of the goat cheese polenta. each dish was superbly seasoned and each bit was full of flavor and tenderness. We ate in the back outdoor garden which was nice and not too crowded so the noise level was moderate. I will definitely be coming back here for the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food & service!
    farmerLou
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    my family and I all picked something different from the menu and then we had a little taste of each others plate and they were all great combinations of food. along with the fact you could bring your own wine to save $ on a bar bill the serves was help full and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was just ok
    Dollymama58
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We sat outside in the beautiful garden. Waitress was very nice. Placed our order and it came out in shifts. We had a 530 reservation so it was not busy. That is why I gave it an ok rating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Renee
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very nice place to take a few friends after the theatre o to just hangout for the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nicely Priced BYOB
    CTurtle
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food is always solid. Not haute cuisine by any means but honest Italian fare that starts with great ingredients and a kitchen that obviously cares about what it puts out. The staff is attentive and helpful but not overbearing. A gentleman who I assumed was the FOH manager or GM was vigilant over his staff and filled in any piece of service that may be needed when they were not around. Cheers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful!
    CsViewVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner in the garden last night. sublime atmosphere and great service. thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Al fresco urban pleasure
    Curiouspalate
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our evening at Branzino was all we hoped for, as repeat diners who look for something new as well as favorites. We were fortunate to obtain a garden table on a gorgeous summer evening. My special chilled carrot soup with a blueberry compote topping was A pleasure, as was the shared signature Branzino filet, perfectly cooked and delicately dressed with good oil and capers, and accompanied by grilled sliced zucchini--a small and spare presentation that pleased the palate and eye. The staff is warmly attentive as ever. Tables around us, ranging from singles to groups, provided a subdued, congenial hubbub. A pleasure indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good find
    EatingOut
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Branzino is a classic Italian place, with a nice variety on the menu. We appreciated that though it's not casual dining they didn't balk that we brought our 11-month old. There were a couple of other families with children, and it didn't seem to be a big deal--but these were families whose children behaved generally well in public (i.e. there were no little monsters running around). We sat on the terrace in the back, which was lovely. The staff was attentive, and the food was good. Not the cheapest nor the most expensive option (approx. $40/person for appetizers+dinner+dessert), but a very pleasant experience in all aspects. We'll surely return--mainly because it is a place you can bring your children while still eating quality food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner for two
    Steve
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is the second time I've had dinner at Branzino. Both times I've found the food and service to be excellent. Plan to eat there again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Artmar
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a fabulous experience. The food was outstanding, the ambiance outside was exactly what we were looking for, and Phillipe was a hoot. Great, great time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unkept promises
    disappointed
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I requested an outdoor table for a larger party and the person I spoke with said it wouldn't be a problem. When we got to the restaurant they told us they don't accept requests for outdoor seating because it's first come first serve and also wouldn't seat a larger party outside. Therefore, we had to sit inside where it was extremely hot and stuffy. They did have the ability to seat us outside since it wasn't crowed yet but said the open table was reserved for another party. Interesting that in one breath they said they don't accept requests for outdoor seating but they were presently holding a table for a group that didn't show up for at least an hour. Service was very poor and our main course took over an hour to come out.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Branzino
    radlad
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to Branzino several times before and anticipate many more inasmuch as we have just moved to the neighborhood. Branzino constantly meets expectations; we have never had a less-than-enjoyable meal/time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    sylvia
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Everything was exceptionally good I would definitely go again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A great restaurant, but has become inconsistent in both food and service. The food is good, but much better sometimes. Service varies more often.
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  • Excellent dinner
    MariaA
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My first time at Branzino although its located just a block from my apartment. Initially we weren't happy with the table where they wanted to sit us, in the front room, but then they offered a better one in the bigger room which is lovely. It was quite busy but noise was not overwhelming. A shame we couldn't sit in the courtyard which is very inviting as it was full. Food was delicious, I had the branzino which they filleted . My friend had a veal dish, also very good. Service was very attentive and friendly. I'm very glad to have such a nice BYOB near my place, for sure I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner on a Friday night
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Dined here with two friends last weekend on a Friday night. Food was good and came out quickly. Loved that it was a BYOB, however the noise level was SO loud, and I couldn't understand the waitress' accent when she told us about the specials. I am 25 so noise doesn't bother me for the most part, but I literally couldn't hear my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oasis in the Centre of the City
    edzio
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What a pleasant and surprising find. We were taken to the rear outside seating area, surrounded by very lush and green vegetation, which did not make one feel that one was in the centre of a city. Service was excellent and enthusiastic and the food was very good and nicely presented. Didn't realise that it was a BYOB - no problem! The staff managed to retrieve a bottle that had been left behind. Couldn't do enough for you. An extremely delicious meal in a very pleasant environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food in Center City
    Ernie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We visited Branzino after seeing it on a list of outdoor dining hot spots in Philly. The food was very good, with great bread and olive oil/balsamic side plate for dipping, followed by the roasted whole chicken with smashed fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts and the spaghetti neri. The serving sizes were perfect, the food tasted great and the plating was very attractive. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service
    HolyCow
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had dinner with a few friends in their rear open dining. Food was great and so was the service. Nice place. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food Served with Style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Took out a group of friends and business associates and could not have picked a better place. The friends arrived on time, but the business associates arrived considerably late through no fault of their own. The waitstaff made great use of the time by opening the wine I had brought so it could breathe and describing the menu and specials of the house. The 30 min. wait passed easily with great crusty bread accompanied by evoo/balsamic. After our guests arrived and had finished apologizing, we were able to help our charming server as we already knew the menu. Everyone's meal was superb and the atmosphere conducive to great conversation. Enough noise to create excitement, but not to hinder listening. I cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    BunnyLadyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The patio was lovely and the added befit was the music coming from the wedding venue next door. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Terrific Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband and I dined last night to celebrate my birthday. We were in the city for a show, selected Branzino based on reviews...and we weren't disappointed. The ambiance was lovely and the staff extremely attentive. When I got up to use the restroom I had remarked on the garden seating I saw online and the hostess took me on a little tour! (the skies were threatening rain or we would have asked to be seated outdoors...very charming). The food was delicious although some of the portions were small for the price. Arugula salad delish, we split the crab ravioli (get the full serving if you want to share) and the stuffed veal and branzino (both generous portion) were excellent! Thank you to our server Francois for a wonderful bday dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    ProudPghMom
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our family was in from Pittsburgh to celebrate our son's graduation from Law School. Branzino was recommended by a friend and it was a wonderful choice. The service was exceptional, as was the food. Everything was served in a timely manner and they accommodated the children with off the menu choices. Branzino's made our celebration complete.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.