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Chiarella's Ristorante
Chiarella's Ristorante

Chiarella's Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiarellasristorante.com/
  • Phone: (215) 334-6404
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!)"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Fine ambience good tasty food and excellent concerned service"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "True Italian Food. Once you have eaten here, it will be hard to eat Italian food anywhere else."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great experience and Ryne Sandberg was there the same night my family was there!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening, especially after realizing that the restaurant was featured on Kitchen Disasters with Gordon Ramsay. Clearly much has improved since then, but some of the problems remained. Large Italian-American entrees doused in tomato sauce still dominate here. A crostini appetizer was a nice attempt at a more sophisticated menu, but didn't altogether succeed. The couple who owned it were squabbling mildly in the bar at the front of the restaurant, so some things haven't changed! But it was pleasant, so I can't complain!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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!!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "This is a good reliable Italian restaurant where everything is good and reasonably priced. The wait staff is very helpful"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Nice night out with Friends. Would go back again. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was delicious - service was super - South Philly hospitality - party of 8 - everyone left happy :)"
    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"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The eggplant parm is out of this world and the salmon melts in your mouth like butter!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We read mixed reviews, but this did not disappoint for great Gravy! Carbs before 20 mile run at a BYOB! Excellent!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Good food and service but staff fighting in kitchen."
    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!"
    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!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "the food was very good and the people that serve you were very plenty. Was a good experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This is a good BYOB spot in philly. Goid friendly service"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Plenty of South Philly charm, with good food and casual but attentive and friendly service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was slow but it was Valentine's night and I'm certain a quite a bit busier than usual for them. Still the waiters worked hard and were very friendly. The options were very classic Italian and very good."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014