Chiarella's Ristorante
Chiarella's Ristorante

Chiarella's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiarellasristorante.com/
  • Phone: 2153346404
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View
  • Special Events: Baby Showers,Rehearsel Dinners,Birthday Parties, and any type of catering you may need, we will be happy to assit with! Choose Chiarella's to make your special event a day you will not forget!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Passyunk Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Chiarella's Ristorante
With over 35 years in the restaurant business, Dina Chiarella DeFino and Thomas DeFino have brought the taste of the "original" Chiarella's to South Philadelphia. Come enjoy dishes from the original menu started in Wildwood,NJ by Jimmy Chiarella in 1970,along with our new menu prepared with a new age flair. Bring your favorite bottle of wine, sit in front of the fountain, and enjoy your dinner! Thomas Defino boasts about 30 years of restaurant experience covering every facet of the industry. He assisted in making the Chiarellas dining experience an unparraled one in the Jersey Shore area. He also brings a knowledge of Philadelphians and what they love to Chiarellas. His winning smile and pleasant demeanor should be reason enough to enjoy a trip to Chiarellas.
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Chiarella's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)romantic (10)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great neighborhood eatery.
    SeashoreDiamondsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food, was terrific. Service was very good. Street parking can be a problem in this area which has a vibrant restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great times
    patrn
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We took my husband there for his birthday after reading other reviews about it. It was everything and more! Excellent food, affordable prices and a warm cozy atmosphere. Tommy and mark made us feel right at home! Everyone's d inner was delicious.,from the soups and salads to the entrees. I would definitely recommend chiarellas to any one looking for the real deal ltalian. Thanks to all for a wonderful evening!! We will be frequent fliers for sure👏👏👏
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chiarella's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Eating at Chiarella's was a very pleasant experience. The food was very good and the service was also good. The setting is nice and the overall experience was a memorable one.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    jan48
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had a delicious meal there a few nights ago. The calamari came out hot, was very crispy and tasty. I had the linguine with sauteed shrimp. The lemoncreme sauce on this dish was out of this world! Two others had one of the specials, flounder and shrimp francaise that they both enjoyed very much. My nephew had the rigatoni bolognese - he cleaned the plate and it was a large portion! Finished up with tiramisu. A great meal; can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Treated like part of the family
    DannyB
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We loved this Chairella's. The food was excellent.. service was great as well. Tom makes you feel at home... like your a regular the first time there. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We have already started recommending Chiarella's to our friends and family. We look forward to going back. Very reasonable pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing
    Mahopac1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Fine ambience good tasty food and excellent concerned service
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patrice
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I love Chiarella's! When I was little, I used to visit all of my relatives in South Philadelphia. The nicest time to visit was Christmas Eve. This restaurant is the total nostalgic experience. The main windows overlook the neighborhood and at Christmastime, it is spectacular! It isn't "fancy" but it is truly an authentic South Philly experience. The food is delicious. The service is unmatched. Tomasino is such a sweetheart. He even allowed my family to be seated before they were officially opened during our first visit. It is a truly down home experience. I took my Dad there for Father's Day and he said he would never forget it! (Guiseppi...85 years old...of course he loved it...he grew up around the block from there!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very, very impressed
    RobLin
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Found this restaurant online and made a last minute reservation through Open Table. The food was excellent - authentic Italian with quite a few specials to chose from. We were way too full for dessert, but the soup, salad and entree's were outstanding. A very nice, friendly staff that was attentive and treated us like family. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great experience and Ryne Sandberg was there the same night my family was there!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy
    CATaylor
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    True Italian Food. Once you have eaten here, it will be hard to eat Italian food anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sue
    Samalin
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I just returned from Italy so I was in the comparing mood. I had the special, "Orecchiette". Excellent!! I also ordered a desert, took a picture of it and it was in the same form and just about the same taste as the desert I ordered in Italy. So Yummy. Service was great even though they were busy and running around doing everything, their attitude and service remained great. Couldn't ask for a better Italian Restaurant. Even the music was just the right volume. Heard it but not over powered so we could hear each other.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    dorphilVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    we often go to Chiarella for straight forward Italian food. They use good quality ingredients. Consistent quality. The servers are friendly and accommodating to the clients. Try the veal dishes they are excellent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little glitch didn't ruin a thing
    JeepGirl
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We chose Chiarella's for a special dinner before a concert in the city. I of course scoped out all the coupon sites and found them on restaurant.com, purchased a deal and off we went. When we sat down, we were informed they no longer accepted restaurant.com deals(not the first time I've encountered this, and I do not blame the restaurant!) We weren't going to let that ruin our evening so we ordered and kept going! The food was fresh and delicious, the staff was friendly....just like family. Their "gravy" is perfecto! Great little spot in the city, we will definitely be going back again!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try it
    bobalfi
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    was in town for a concert,looking for an italian reataurant in south philly. found this online, had reservations for 430,as they opened. seemed a little caught off guard by us coming in, but it went well afterwards. wife had a portabello mushroom appetizer in a sauce that was delicious. meals were good, quickly served. they didn't have a liquor license, so wine was on the house from Tom,i assume the owner. and they had Sinatra music playing, a perfect touch. nice crowd for that hour on a monday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beginnings
    Mark
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The dinner menu had many great offerings and none of them disappointed us. The food was great, the service was friendly and the staff did not rush our group. The price was a very good value for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made mom happy
    suburbandiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mother's Day 2014. Even though they were very busy we were seated after only a 5 minute wait. We were early for our reservations. The staff promptly came up to our table. The menu is a nice size. Everybody in your group should find something to eat. The specials for the day were extensive. We ordered the Veal Gia ( veal & shrimp ), pesto pasta, stuffed pork loin. All came to the table hot. The veal dish had a side of pasta. The pork came with mashed potatoes. The sauce from the veal Gia would make it great to be served directly over the pasta instead of a side. The pork was stuffed with rabe and cheese (very smooth and complimented the pork very well). Even though they were very busy we were not rushed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    onlythebest
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was truly one of the best meals I've eaten in a long time in Philly.Vetri,Modo Mio and the saloon don't compare.This was excellent food ,great portions and outstanding service.The veal dishes were amazing as well as the pasta dishes and salmon and pasta.We went for my daughters birthday and it was truly a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but food was good
    BerSher
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had dinner here when we were in Philly a couple of weekends ago. The food was average and it was so loud we couldn't even carry on a conversation. Next time, we would ask to be seated in the front room of the restaurant. The waiter was very nice. We didn't know you had to bring your own wine. He rounded up two glasses for us and didn't even charge us. Very nice! We would try the restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another amazing meal
    Hockeymom
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Chiarella's never disappoints. The food is absolutely incredible every time!! Everything is fresh and authentic - including the owner who is very visible on the floor and makes the experience even more enjoyable. If you want a real So. Philly experience, I would definitely recommend Chiarella's.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was delicious. Nice night out with Friends. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Keeper
    Kate
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food was delicious - service was super - South Philly hospitality - party of 8 - everyone left happy :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    celebrated Easter with the family and they made us feel like we were home and mom was doing the cooking
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since March 30 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Chiarella's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • The eggplant parm is out of
    Stephoto
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The eggplant parm is out of this world and the salmon melts in your mouth like butter!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    Glensidefoodie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We read mixed reviews, but this did not disappoint for great Gravy! Carbs before 20 mile run at a BYOB! Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prepared with love
    happy2Bhere
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I'd only eaten at Chiarella's once before, and was so happy to have a chance to visit again. I live in San Francisco, come to Philly now and then, and having a meal at Chiarella's is one of the highlights of my visit. The food is always amazing, fresh and delicious, made with love - you can really taste that. I felt nourished on so many levels. I'll come here as often as I can, there's nothing like it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of S. Philly's best
    TonyMorelli
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    A unexpected trip into the city was met with one of the best dining experiences in recent memory. Having known and dined at the Chiarellas at jersey shore, our expectations were high to have the same dining experience. S Philly Chiarella's didn't disappoint. The food was outstanding and the environment friendly and welcoming. The overall taste of each entry and app was splendid but it was the fact that you could taste the quality of each individual ingredient that made you know that these people know what it takes to cook Great Italian dishes. Only disappointment was coming away knowing that we missed out on some great food for the last 8 years not knowing of this place. Have a lot of making up to do!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good reliable Italian byob
    81564VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is a good reliable Italian restaurant where everything is good and reasonably priced. The wait staff is very helpful
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff problem
    Tammi
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Good food and service but staff fighting in kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We took advantage of East
    Peanut
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We took advantage of East Passyunk's Restaurant Week and was not disappointed! Staff was amiable, food delicious and we had the best ricotta cannoli.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impression was a great one !!
    2ndStreet
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    My cousin and I decided to visit this restaurant during Restaurant Week. We were seated right away and were greeted by locals that had been dining as well. The owner came to the table and introduced himself. He was very nice and wanted to make sure we had a feast experience. Our waitress was equally as nice and have us quality service. The food came out quickly and it was !! I absolutely recommend that you try this restaurant . It was everything we hoped it would be and more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Yolotango
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Three of my girlfriends and I dined at Chiarella's during Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week. We were all pleasantly surprised by the food. The soup was good the salads were good, but the entrees were amazing. I had the Chicken Chiarella which was one of the best entrees I have eaten in my life. Two friends had a the pork rollatini and one friend had the Tilapia. Everyone was raving about their meals. The service was fast and friendly. We would all go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My overall impression is somewhat
    PhilMeup
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    My overall impression is somewhat diminished by the fact that we were seated next to a very large (probably 20 or so) - and very loud - child's birthday party. Next, there was no bargain associated with the $35 restaurant week prix fixe; i.e., what was offered would have cost the same if ordered off the regular menu. And the escarole soup - while good - was served in a small cup, not a bowl. In addition, the Caesar and house salads featured far too much of the "ribs" and "ends" of romaine (vs the "hearts"). The bread was horrible. Come on !This is South Philly - you should be able to come up with good crusty Italian bread ! The frutta di mare, however, was quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent neighborhood spot
    Tazz
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Everything was excellent...food was tasty, service was friendly and attentive. We were there for restaurant week and were able to sample many different items at our table...none disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a party of 4. Some
    Nat1VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We were a party of 4. Some of us liked it and would go back. The others thought isn't was just fair. I guess it depends on what you order.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    the food was very good and the people that serve you were very plenty. Was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and comfortable dining
    DSUN
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    This place really surprised me. Started out with owner Tom, very pleasant and courteous. The restaurant was out of my expectation when I traveled out to Philly this past week. A down to earth pizzeria looking restaurant has welcoming staff and tasty food. I love to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food like your Grandma made
    Italianguru
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    What a great find this was and the staff is amazing. You're treated like family and feel like your at your grandmothers Sunday dinner. There is no stuffiness and be ready for some good food. Hardest decision was what to order as everything seemed so good. Will be back multiple times. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's loud but it grows on you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It's small and the regulars are loud, but the food is good and the atmosphere is warm if you're in the right mood. The owners and staff are very nice and make you feel like you're being welcomed into their home. Decently priced entrees too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VDay
    KevinD
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    If you're looking for good Italian cuisine, this is the place. Family-run place, awesome. Brought me a more expensive dish then I ordered, began eating it... was then rewarded with my original order to-go, on the house... so I had two meals...... I found this charming/accommodating. Not bad prices, for the quality. Just a really nice place run by nice people. Highly suggested.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good BYOB spot
    Vday
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a good BYOB spot in philly. Goid friendly service
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate