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Branzino Italian Ristorante
Branzino Italian Ristorante

Branzino Italian Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Everything was exceptionally good I would definitely go again"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "A great restaurant, but has become inconsistent in both food and service. The food is good, but much better sometimes. Service varies more often."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Been here many times and never left disappointed. The food and service is outstanding. Bring a bottle of red and white."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I dine here a lot but the last two times the service was horrible. On valentine day we arrive at 6 pm weren't served dinner until 930 pm didn't get to leave until 11 pm. A 5 hr ordeal. Had to suck it up because we wouldn't have found a place to eat on Valentine day. To add insult to injury waiter disappeared for 45 minutes. Repeatedly asked others to get my check. Got check 45 minutes after asked. I was previously there a month before on a Saturday. Service was slow over an hr to get meal served. Wait staff disappeared. It is a shame because the food is excellent, but sine they expanded their dinning area the service has come to a stand still. Bad management to blame. It will be a while before I go back. I use to live this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My husband and I took four friends out for dinner. The atmosphere was great and the food delicious"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Hard to get an outdoor table, but hard to beat. The risotto and the branzino were both excellent."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Passed this place a few times on my walk into the city. Decided to take my mom here for mother days. Beautiful patio and fantastic food. Would highly recommend it! The patio has a great view and service was also excellent! This will be my new spot for occasions and dinners with friends! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went there with the friends for the Mother's day celebration. We asked to be seated outside, and it was a great experience. Food is great, outdoor seating is amazing. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My husband and I had not been back to Branzino for some time, but realized we should come here more often! Excellent service complements very good food, and we enjoy the elegant ambience. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I had been there before with my sister years ago and remember it was very good. My husband and I went for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. Very good traditional Italian food with a little something special. Sizable portions and reasonable pricing, too. My only complaint is that we were a little cramped with the other patrons, but even that wasn't a big deal. Just made it a little easier to hear each other's conversations."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "It's a shame that it was so loud and the food took so long, because the food was delicious! Good Italian is not hard to find in Philly so it needs to have an ambiance to bring me back. It's too loud for a romantic date let alone for my group of 6 to talk. Unless you are specifically looking for a Byob, I would not recommend it."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We are enjoying the new look of Branzino. As always we order the filleted branzino but added a rabbit ragu as a side dish which was fabulous."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We asked to be seated in the garden on a lovely spring night and it was a great choice. Attentive service and excellent pastas."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Stumbled on the restaurant while looking for a reasonably priced, somewhat casual business dinner. Branzino was an excellent find, and everyone was pleased. Plus, it wasn't loud, which was very important. Selections were a little different, but delicious. Just remember to bring your own wine!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Food was exceptional. Service was just ok, nothing special. We were one of the last reservations and you could tell the server wanted to go home. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We were blown away by the friendly, attentive service, the delicious food and the incredible ambiance! The Swordfish, Osso Bucco, Salmon and the Branzino were all terrific. Eating outdoors in the garden on a beautiful evening was really perfect. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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