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
131 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (77)neighborhood gem (64)romantic (61)special occasion (52)fit for foodies (49)good for groups (29)scenic view (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Not prepared for Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Decent restaurant but was sold out of many items on restaurant week menu .... not the best way to showcase the restaurant :-( Food was decent but lacked charisma (nothing special). Would not go back for second try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant
    T4two
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have dined here several times. Our friends originally introduced us to this restaurant when they hosted a private party here. We have never been disappointed -- it has always been a pleasurable experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Dinner All Around
    GatorNeil
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Came here with our daughter and her 3 roommates for dinner during restaurant week. Everything about Branzino was wonderful. The food, atmosphere, selections, service were all fantastic. The only small complaint and what kept me from giving 5 stars were the portion sizes. My salad was quite small and the butternut squash ravioli entree, while excellent, was also small. Even after dessert and coffee (also excellent), I still found myself a bit hungry. Not sure if they adjust their portions for restaurant week? But again, everything about this restaurant was truly outstanding. And the outdoor courtyard is a huge bonus in nice weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining in philly
    foodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went for restaurant week ....phenomenal Bronzino, but the tiramisu was best we ever had. Very friendly staff. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinning in elegance
    lobos
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were seated by the window in an elegant townhouse room with a crystal chandelier. We were coming anyhow but were pleased that they extended the restaurant week menu for Saturday evening. The three course meal was wonderful with three of us having the branzino....they prepared differently then we were used but the crisp skin and moist fish was fabulous. We brought friends who had never been there but will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor seating
    Love4philly
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Seating outdoors was perfect and enjoyable. I would return any day. Restaurant week menu was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst service
    katebenz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    we were sat at 8 and the waitress came at 9:15. did not say hi or sorry for wait.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food Rushed Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was outstanding. The waitress very nice but the experience was marred by the manager rushing us out of the restaurant even before we had finished our dessert because of Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungryVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hard to judge during Restaurant Week -- so many people came and went I don't know how there was enough food. I spite of that our service was timely and polite. Food was good, esp. the Bronzino.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cassie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Loved the restaurant especially the outside dining area and best of all, the food was excellent. They offered the best selection that I have ever seen for Restaurant Week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Patio
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had dinner on the patio, outback, surrounded by plants and pretty lighting--a quiet escape from center city! And delicious food from appetizers to dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Hellosusie2501
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a great dinner at Branzino on Wed. night. It was restaurant week in Center City. The $35 menu was extensive and featured all of the restaurant's special items. Service was great, too. The plus, was that 6 senior citizens could talk to each other and hear each other. We were, by far, the oldest people there, but the diners were well-behaved and interested in a good meal. BYOB helped keep the prices down. Definite repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful first visit, fabulous food, outstanding service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We always return to BYOB expecting a great meal and we were not disappointed. Both the branzino and osso bucco were excellent. We prefer eating upstairs in the front room as it tends to be a bit quieter
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JG From Philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went there with high hopes. The service was so slow and bad took 45 min for app. Then another 1/2 hr for salad. When entre finally came its hard to have a fair assessment of the food when you are so annoyed. The food was pretty good, but not extraordinary. The closest parking lot closes at 11 so if you use it best give yourselves plenty of extra time. The Prime Rib restaurant around the corner a much better choice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went really early and were basically the only ones in the restaurant. Great service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We are outdoors in their back area which is a very nice area to sit. The service and food were excellent. Highly recommend. Just remember they are BYOB which we forgot!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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.