Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia
Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia

Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caffevalentino.com/
  • Phone: 2153363033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Catering options are available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wharton St. & Moyamensing Ave.
  • Public Transit: Septa 57 drops off at the front door of our restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free street parking available surrounding the restaurant and on Moyamensing Avenue.
A word from Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia
Beautiful Italian BYOB, and a staple for the last 7 years in the Pennsport area of South Philadelphia. Traditional cuisine and fresh pasta dishes are what make this little known gem so special. Formerly part of a trio of restaurants, Caffe Valentino now stands and shines alone after its new expansion: Caffe Valentino seats 45 downstairs in its rustic first floor dining room and a maximum of 100 guests in its elegant second floor dining room with full, open kitchen. If you haven't dined at Caffe Valentino before, it is a definite "must try" for your next dinner out or family gathering. Great for large groups as well as romantic dining.

Chi mangia bene, vive bene!

Who eats well, lives well!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)romantic (15)special occasion (15)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Friendly service, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant is about five blocks from me and at the top of the list to go check out when I move to South Philly about eight weeks ago. With all the great restaurants in the area I just got to check it out last night. Soon as we walked in, it smelled delicious! The service was awesome ...they brought over water and wineglasses and after pouring took the white to the back to keep it chilled. Food came out timely and was awesome. Very happy this restaurant is close by... Definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Each visit to Caffe Valentino opens another door to culinary delight. The food is simply superb from a pasta dish to a seafood dish. Sam has to be the best waiter in Philly. They are tops in our book!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Authenic Italian Food
    foodlover
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The home made pasta with shrimp a mushroom sauce was excellent. The special salad with grilled octopus was also excellent. This restaurant was recommended by a friend who is a foodie. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The only complaint I have was being charged $8.00 for a bottle of Pelligrino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I would highly recommend. Great food, good prices and service was very good. Im definitely returning for future meals. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable meal
    Bback2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first visit and will be the start of many more. The great service was only seconded by the excellent food. The fried calamari was simply the best we've experienced. Lightly battered, crisp on the outside but soft and tender inside. My wife and I both ordered the two fish specials of the night which were Orato and pan-seared, sushi grade tuna. The Orato was brought out whole and our server proceeded to skillfully fillet the fish at the table. Both entrees were tasty and prepared perfectly. We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jlynn
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I have dined here quite a few times and have always had great food and a wonderful time. Sam and Heather always provide excellent service and the owner Cosimos has stopped by our table to chat numerous times. Such a great neighborhood spot for us, with delicious food and warm & friendly service!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodLover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was good and the place is beautiful. The food was okay, It's a little to pricey for the quantity of food they give you.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing night
    BYOBGuy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    When we stepped into Caffe Valentino we were welcomed with a warm greeting. We were immediately seated and the service was great. We did not feel rushed to order and the server was politely available when necessary. Not intrusive. The food, from appetizers to dessert, was excellent. The tiramisu was the best I've ever had! A special note to the singing of the wonderful Happy Birthday by the server/owner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    FirstTime
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I love everything. No complaint. My server Sam was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our first time at the restaurant. The staff was outstanding and the food was very good. We all had a great time!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Mackie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised with Caffe Valentino. I was expecting the standard south Philly byob experience. I have to say, the food was definitely above average and the service was incredibly pleasant. I was very happy to have such a great time here for my birthday. I would recommend the dishes we had which were the eggplant rollantini, vegetable antipasto, and the chicken Valentino. All very delicious. The atmosphere was great. Even though you're still in South Philly, they had the large windows open so the air was flowing. It was really really a great dining experience overall and is definitely worth a try if you're looking for a better than average BYOB in the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An authentic Italian restaurant!
    JoedrrtVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I love Valentino's.......been there 5-6 times. Especially in warm weather. They open the big windows and have tables on the sidewalk. Service has always been just right. And there's no problem parking right on Moyamensing Avenue. But, go there for the food. The kitchen knows how to cook. I always see a short, older lady working back there, and she seems to be the master of the kitchen. They also have a wood-burning pizza oven, recently installed. Great pizza. This restaurant could be at home in the city of Rome. But, they're BYOB as well. Bring a nice bottle of Italian red or white. Get the Tira Misu, an espresso, and sit back and enjoy the end of dinner at Valentino's! You'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    In the heart of South Philly, Caffe Valentino stands out as one of finest Italian restaurants. Food is outstanding and service is impeccable. Just like eating with family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Another exceptional meal at Caffe Valentino. The Bronzino is superb amongst all the other specials to try. Service as always top shelf.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • byohunt
    byohunt
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I think I just ordered the wrong thing. The best thing I ever had there was a pizza. The food as a rule is mediocre. The Saturday night grilled special was really bad. If I go there again it will be for the pizza.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite Italian Restaurant
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined at Caffe Valentino for the first time, for our third Anniversary. It was such a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely devine, and the service was so generous and helpful. We definitely will be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 83 reviews are from the Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • Food was very good!
    crackcrabVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The charm of this byob restaurant is nothing compared to the friendly service and the delicious food. We sat at an open window table and was greeted by the owners. I ordered the Beets with goat cheese, arugula & walnuts with a strawberry vinaigrette that was refreshing and flavorful. My man ordered the caesar and enjoyed it as well (he wished it had anchovies). Entrees were the chicken alla valentino which looked and tasted delicious, while I had the special - Shrimp in a light sauce with papperdelle noodles. The pasta was cooked perfectly and melted in my mouth. Dessert was the homemade chocolate mousse. This is true mousse - thick, chocolately and airy. The whole experience was outstanding. We will be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • coming home to South Philly
    NickVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We have become a regular more or less to Caffe Valentino. Returning to South Philly is coming home for me. Returning to Caffe Valentino is similar to returning to family. Always warmly greeted. Then the feast begins. Don't bother to read the menu. Just listen to the daily specials....and they are superb. Just bring your favorite wine, sit back and relax and let the wait staff take over. Heather is top shelf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a favorite in Philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Caffe Valentino is reliably excellent time after time. Nino guarantees a fine meal with great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Simply a superb restaurant in the heart of South Philly. If its not on the menu....ask for it. They will accomodate you. Sam the waiter is top shelf!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • caffe valentino
    1psuVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Better than ever. Food, service, excellent as always. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • How can you not like this place?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Everyone is friendly and welcoming. Definitely a neighborhood gem. This is not your typical Italian (BYOB) bistro. It is better than that. Sure they have pasta but Italian food is not just pasta. They know how to make food with flavor from their fresh green salads to the sea bass filet-ed table-side, everything was a joy to eat and share. If you are especially fortunate, you will get to meet Cosimos, the owner. Every ounce Italian, happy, kind, cares for his customers and passionate about his food... and can not talk unless he is moving his hands. Such a pleasure to be in the same room with him. :) You are missing out if you have never tried Caffe Valentino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic times
    Terrell
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The restaurant is clean and appealing upon entry. There was not a lot of traffic in the restaurant so our conversations did not require yelling. All the food we were presented looked and tasted fantastic---so much so our conversations became muted once the food arrived. The menu is not expansive so you are not inundated with choices. The luxury of BYOB brings an additional positive to atmosphere. The staff was attentive, helpful and courteous. Overall, a great experience and will definitely look to return for a romantic evening with my lady in the near future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Chris
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was top notch. The moment we walked in the door we were greeted by the owner, we were seated promptly and provided excellent service throughout the meal. The food could not have been any better and easily rivals any Italian restaurant in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Enjoyable ......
    FranW61
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Just a can't go wrong dining experience .... great atmosphere, great food and great service. The staff is exceptional and the owner and is wife are great. Love this place !!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous BYOB!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great place to eat alone or with friends. Always greeted warmly and the pizza's are outstanding. Pasta dishes delicious...especially the seafood & linguini! Their Burrata is to die for! This is a great place to eat alone or with a group of friends. They always accommodate no matter what the situation. This is a gem in the heart of South Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    italianlover
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We have eaten at Caffe Valentino a number of times and the food has always been excellent. At our most recent visit, the staff was friendly and welcoming and the pace of the meal was very well timed. We went during Center City restaurant week and were so happy we skipped that scene for a comparably priced but much more enjoyable meal in South Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • although i liked the ambiance
    foodlover
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    although i liked the ambiance and service was very good, i was disappointed in the food. My beet salad was smothered in dressing, which was not very good. My entree (chicken cutlet) was just ok. I think they could use a new chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Years question mark............
    Protector1020
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I can't say if the experience will be the same on a normal day. The atmosphere on the first floor was nice, but we were seated upstairs in a large open room near the kitchen. There was a large facade where the cooking was done which dominated the room. The atmosphere did not work for me. There was a limited menu for NYE; we shared a good but extremely small antipasto for two, then had two excellent but very small lobster ravioli each, the main course was an excellent rack of lamb and I had an average veal with Prosciutto and finished with a very good Tiramisu. Overall the food was average, small portions, very loud (NYE maybe), but the two servers were excellent, very sharp and very friendly. I probably would not go there again however.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Opera and Pizza
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    In Valentino's you can get live opera and brick oven pizza in the same place. How often does that happen? The staff is fantastic (opera singer included). The food is divine. The prices are unbelievable -- given the menu and quality. It's worth repeat trips and we do repeat -- every chance we get. When in Philly, make Valentino's a must!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    Reeses
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Wonderful pizzas and exceptional white mussels and appetizer of mozzarella stuffed with ricotta on greens. Special thanks to Cosimo for being the kind of host who makes a visit special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrendous wait time for food!
    LoveBYOBs
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We had been to CV on a couple of occassions the past 3 yrs. The owners are cordial and welcoming. The food was very good. The ambiance of the small downstairs DR is nice. We've never been upstairs. Not sure how large it is. We hadn't been to CV in awhile & after our most recent visit this past Sat. night, we remember why now. We had a 7:15 reservation & were seated promptly. The soup appetizer arrived fine, but there was a loooong wait for our entrees. It was about 8:45 when we were finally served and we were starved! The DR is small and not sure how busy they were upstairs, but this was the 2nd time that we experienced an unacceptable wait for food. Maybe they need a kitchen up there. Sorry, but we don't plan on going back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was so good , went
    SoninlawVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    The food was so good , went for lunch and went back for dinner !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner with
    uwilllvit
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Another great dinner with friends our favorite place to meet
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Saturday Night Spot
    southphillygirlVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The two times I have been to this restaurant, the food was always of high quality. Our waiters were good and they explained all the specials and food items on the menu very well. The downstairs area was a little cramped upon our second visit due to big parties. My only complaint is the guitar player. It is quite tacky to go around to each table asking for money on a plate while you are eating. I think a tip jar should be put at the front of the restaurant and patrons of the restaurant should not feel forced to contribute. That was quite awkward. Good BYOB restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad
    WhydoineedtoenteranicknamVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Sounds questionable, but really... it wasn't bad. Wasn't too exp, but wasn't cheap. Wasn't delicious, but was tasty. Menu was fine, but not interesting. Service was competent, but not flawless. And setting was pleasant but not cozy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My girlfriends and I have
    Dinner42
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    My girlfriends and I have only few restaurants to which we will never say "no." Valentino is always a YES! This is truly a neighborhood gem that not only stands out, but stands above - way above! The service is extremely professional and the food is excellent. And it is a BYOB. Great of a date with significant other if you like a classy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left feeling satisfied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    As soon as you walk in you feel as though you're walking into your Italian grandmother's house for Sunday dinner. Their service was great and food delicious! I would highly recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Good as any in Rome.....
    JoedrrtVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Authentic Italian fare, service, ambiance. The food was delicious and simply prepared. Nice choices on the menu, and Specials. Clean place. BYOB. Easy parking on the street. Very reasonably priced. We go out to dinner every Saturday night, and this one's a keeper!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They did it again...
    RJOPR
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    This is not our first trip to Caffe Valentino. We had a dinner meeting there. The three meals were excellent as was the service...and a BYOB to boot. Can't be beaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.