Girasole - Philadelphia
Girasole - Philadelphia

Girasole - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.girasolephilly.com/
  • Phone: 2157322728
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Angela Iovino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: There's something special about entertaining in your home. Hosting guests at home - be the family, close friends, or business associates - can make for a memorable and especially convivial gathering. At Girasole, we ensure that home entertaining is an enjoyable and carefree event for hosts. We interpret your personal view and feel because It's your party and you should enjoy and savor it as much as your company. That's why we take special care when creating at-home events - they are often the most personal statement a host can make.
  • Private Party Facilities: Girasole Restaurant & Bar offers private dining for any occasion. Business breakfast and meetings, luncheons, dinners, celebrations & wedding. We have 2 distinct private rooms, including our of-the-art Private Dining Suite that can accommodate up to 100 guests for casuals gathering & up to 60 for seat down dinners. We also offer cozier semi-private dining for more intimate groups. Menus, wine and other offerings can be customized to create a perfect event for your guests, whether it is for business or celebration.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle 2157322728

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad street
  • Public Transit: Bus, train, taxi, subway.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is on premises offered by the Symphony House. There is a cost associated.
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Boutique authentic Italian Mediterranean restaurant & bar.
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Girasole - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.8
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (13)romantic (12)good for groups (6)notable wine list (5)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Angela Iovino the best Italian Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Angela Iovino is the best Italian Chef in the city of Philadelphia. And unlike the gentleman currently crowned so by our city’s rather pedantic food critic, Mrs. Iovino is always in the kitchen and employs the dual paradigm of Italian cuisine: simplicity and freshness. The carpaccios are membrane thin and ultra fresh, tomato sauces are made with fresh tomatoes, pastas- many made on site- are perfectly cooked, and secondi start with the highest quality cuts of meat or the freshest fish, each prepared with exquisite skill and in generous servings. And there is no finer ricotta cheesecake to be found in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were using a Living Social Voucher. Everything on the menu was available. Service was excellent. Some entrees were sold out but there were numerous options. We would return. Also, we visited the Ashton Cigar Bar on 15th & Walnut. Don't miss it. It was a fantastic way to end a great evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great location
    MaryPVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Centrally loacted near the Avenue of the Arts it's convenient for shows as you can easily walk amongst venues. The restaurant was rather loud and the service was slow. Some menu items were unavailable and the server did not alert us in advance they were out until we both ordered them. But the food we were able to order was tasty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!!
    TweakieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were very pleased with Girasole-the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Girasole is a cozy restaurant with a lovely bar. I highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food | terrible service
    BigpartyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I'll start with the positive - food is pretty good. But that's where it ends. The wine list consists of 6 choices, either very low end oor very high. Nothing in the middle. The staff is quite unprofessional for an establishment with a somewhat high price point. I've gotten better service at a local bar or a Friday's. But what put me over the top was the tipping policy. After our large party (11) received the bill, I was fully expecting an 18% gratuity automatically added, as explicitly stated on the menu. However, I was taken aback when I saw a 20% tip added to the bill and, when asked why, one of waiters nonchalantly mentioning to us that we could add more, as if a $150 tip for the poor service was not enough. I can't come back here...
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  • Jill
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The bronzino baked in salt was excellent on both occasions I dined there. Eggplant appetizer was excellent, the mixed seafood, mostly squid, appetizer was good. The chocolate mousse was excellent. Service was good not fantastic. The wine list is not extensive but it is also BYOB. Pleasant ambiance and well located close to Broad St
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good food, everyone enjoyed their meals from apps through entrees. Very quiet on a Sunday night. Great find will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Less than Impressed
    Phillygal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have to admit it has been a number of years since I last ate at Girasole. Walking in i was impressed with the new interior design but that's where it ended. The menu was tiny and the portions were even smaller. The appetizers were fairly tasty and each of us ordered pasta as our entree. The portions were small at best for what was charged. The cavatelli was pretty good but gnocchi was the best item ordered. We ordered one dessert since we were celebrating a birthday and it was nothing special. I was saddened to see this restaurant empty on a Saturday night at 7:30. But I can also say it will be awhile again before I visit Girasole again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food but service was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was amazing. Our server forgot our drink order (we were his only table). The drink we got (a negroni) had way too much bitters in it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't disappoint
    CenterCityPeopleVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been regular diners since the restaurant opened. It has rarely if ever disappointed us. Great food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Willbeback
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a great meal. Both food and service were very good. It is so close to the music venues that the location is perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food - Service is lacking
    njfoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was excellent, from appetizers to salads to pasta dishes. Would definitely return but hope for better service....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster from All POVs
    Dilly
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We got there and the guy puts the menus on the table and asks us what we want, I ask to order drinks first. Then he comes back and asks what we want again, I say are there any specials - he opens his book and proceeds to read word for word the specials. The Carpacio was good but not served correctly, and the main consisted of about 1/8 pound of overcooked cavatelli. I have been to the AC location multiple times and have always had a great experience - I would never go back to the philly location ever again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service
    mike
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were there an hour and 15 minutes on a Thursday night before we got our entrees!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater Eats
    motherdaughter
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We arrived about 5 minutes late for a 6:30 reservation, and the dining room was far from full. Although I had written on our Open Table reservation that we had tickets to the orchestra at 8 pm, the staff apparently did not read the note because they did not bring our fresh pasta until 7:52 pm, after a long hiatus following the appetizers, which came fairly promptly. When we complained to the manager about the delay, she said that the fresh pasta was cooked to order, and, had she known that we were going to the theater, she would have recommended a 6:00 reservation, or a menu item that was not cooked to order. Excuse me? Fresh pasta? I think it usually takes 3 minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    kitty358VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was excellent, the homemade pastas and sauces were great. The only negative thing I have to say is the Chocolate Mousse, it was not very good especially for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pre-show dinner
    HotAirVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The tuna and beef carpaccio were fabulous. Our fish entrees were quite good as well. You can get in and out efficiently.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not waste your money here.
    Lata
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We bought a $59 Travelzoo coupon for Girasole apparently for a value of $124. The portions and variety of food was simply below standard. After speaking with another couple, also patrons at the resto that night using the Travelzoo promotion, they said their portions were totally sized down from a previous dining experience. I called twice to speak to the owner but she has so far not called back. The servers were pleasant enough but no need to spend your money here - coupon or not!!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was good until I found a piece of steel wool in my food. After that, I could not eat anything. I did bring it to the attention of our server and she offered to bring me another dish, but I declined. She did take the meal off of my bill. I would be afraid to go back, as I would be searching my food to see if anything was in it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Not worth the money. Do not filet a whole fish for you. Just drop the bread plates on the table. Did not split a salad as requested.
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  • girasole
    cn71
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very good food; excellent service.Delightfully quiet so we could talk with our friends
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Okay Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The ambiance of the restaurant is good. You walk in, and there is the bar, and then seating towards the rear of the restaurant. The restaurant itself is on the smaller side, but it creates a cozy atmosphere. It took a while for us to get water when we first sat, and then to get our drink order. I'm not sure if they were understaffed, but considering that it was not overwhelmingly busy for a Saturday night, fairly slow. The food on the other hand definitely made up for it. The Burrata Italiana and Tuna Carpaccio were outstanding. The Burrata Mozzarella was soft and flavorful. For dinner we had the Prime Sirloin, and the Tuna. The meat was cooked well, and the balsamic sauce was great. The tuna was served with a white bean puree. yum
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
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  • Service was great, timing way off
    Lilbit
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Made a reservation for a bachelorette party. They could accommodate a party of 10 and had a menu that could satisfy everyone. Our waiter was superb but the food took so long to arrive (about 45 minutes to an hour) it cut into our dancing time. The food was delicious, but again the delay was a problem. Definitely stop by if you have time for a long leasurely meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduate dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We went to the restaurant on a Tuesday. We were the only people in the restaurant when we arrived at 6:30. The food was good, especially the eggplant appetizer. The service was lacking. The waitress had never smiled or asked if everything was okay. She never asked if we wanted another drink.
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  • Service was lacking
    Misty8745VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I booked this restaurant to host a dinner for business colleagues, and I have to admit I was embarrassed due to the level of service. Drink refills were slow, one order came out wrong, and the server did not smile much. I think she was training, so maybe she just needed to be supervised more closely. The food itself was very good, as was the ambiance. We just got unlucky with our server.
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  • Good, but weird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Used to be at a different, warmer location. Food is really very good and the service is friendly, if a little confused. Very cold, modern interior with sleek, spindly European chairs, which is fine if you're a sleek spindly European. If not, they're wobbly and your foot will fall asleep. It's a great kitchen but the rest needs work.
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  • Boring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The decor was dark and uninspiring. Girasole - sunflower nowhere to be seen. Colors black and white. Food ok. Service was inattentive.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 469 reviews are from the Girasole - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • A Nice Night at the Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was excellent as always. I had the gnocchi and the tuna at the bar. Sunday night was a quiet time to interact with the friendly staff. Thanks TJ, for remembering the broccoli rabe.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Kimmel dining
    psd17
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Bar is cozy. Food is good and service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Travel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We live in the building above Girasole. When we travel overnight, our tradition is to have a meal at Girasole before catching a car to the airport. We arrive relaxed, can decline the meal on the plane, and arrive refreshed. Once again, Girasole did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • feeling at home
    Maria
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was my 3rd visit - perfect setting for getting together w/good friends and being able to just talk without so much background noise. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This is a wonderful Italian restaurant with excellent pasta & other specialties as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Neighborhood Gem!
    Angelica
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Anyone who wishes fresh pasta enhanced by different piquant sauces, meats and seafood will certainly enjoy dining at Girasole. The menu selection is great. We enjoyed the entrees as well. Small and comfy but sometimes quite an energetic noise level. A gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual the food was tremendous.
    CenterCityPeopleVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    As usual the food was tremendous. We can't wait until they put in the pizza oven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little flavor
    bengenda
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The restaurant is a pleasant room, but on a cold night the opening and closing of the door makes dining a bit uncomfortable. Our pasta was lovely (supposedly hand made on premises) but the sauces were bland. The mark up on wine is 4 to 6 times retail and the wine list is very small. Service was a bit fractured. We had two different servers and they blamed each other when my husband's dessert was forgotten. I doubt we will return.
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  • Great pre-concert/theatre spot
    Jerseydiner
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Nice menu, including daily featured items. Something for everyone. Food, service, cocktails/wine selections all very good. Kitchen shows care in plate presentation. Great place for early supper before a concert at the Kimmel Center. Will return and can easily recommend Girasole to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fresh and beautifully prepared
    Charlie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We arrived early at 5pm and there was not a soul in the restaurant. The decor was lovely and the staff inviting. We were a large party and ordered right away. By 6pm all the tables were filled and many of the clients were already getting their entrees. One party had finished their entire meal before we received our entree. When the food came, it was delicious. It was luke warm, but so fresh that you almost didn't mind. ( I did a little!) I would strongly recommend Girasole, but maybe not for a large party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tucked away on pine street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Tucked away on pine street is Girasole. We are returning customers and this restaurant is consistent and never seems to disappoint. Whole fish selections de boned table side, house made pasta to leave you craving more. Our servers are friendly and always on point. A plus dining experience always
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great-As Usual
    TeunisVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We have dined at Girasole 8 or 9 times and always find the service and food outstanding. There location is perfect for a pre-show dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.