Girasole - Philadelphia
Girasole - Philadelphia

Girasole - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.girasolephilly.com/
  • Phone: (215) 732-2728
  • 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
70 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (27)romantic (23)special occasion (17)good for groups (9)notable wine list (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food; very poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was good. I had the burrata salad and the chicken. We also had the gnocchi. The dishes were well prepared but portions a bit on the small side for the price paid. The restaurant went completely wrong on the service. I had a large (14) party. I called to confirm the arrangements in the afternoon. Despite assurances, the place was not set up for us when we arrived. We waited nearly 30 minutes just for the table (which was empty when we arrived. I had also preordered the entire menu. The food took SO VERY long to come out of the kitchen - and it was only pasta. A complete disappointment. I would not return and would not recommend it the place AT ALL. EVER.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not go back!
    SouthPhillyDinersVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Disappointed. You walk in and you are on top of the bar! We stood there waiting for 20+minutes for someone to greet us so we could tell tem we had a reservation. Then waited another 20 minutes to be seated, we were put in this litttle alcove, not in the main dining room area where it would have felt like you were in a nice restaurant. We were told that they had a party of 15 children coming in and it would be too noisy in the dining rm, 15 were Adult children, & certainly not noisy!! Sat on plastic chairs, not what you would expect when dressed for a Sat evening out. Waiter got everything wrong , he did not listen at all, wrong drinks, made terribly, out of fish, had to reorder, food mediocre, 4 of us would Not go back ever!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • xxxxVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    sat us down and hour late then tool quite awhile to service us. never gave am I'm sorry. never go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BERNIEVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    love the food service was much too long I have eaten here many times and love the restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic little place
    Ncleland
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our dining experience at Girasole was very good and the martinis they prepared might have been the best we've ever had. The servers were polite, knowledgeable and attentive. Our only critique is that we'd hope for something more from the menu. Overall, fantastic little place to have dinner as a couple or small group.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    dineitalian
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Girasole is the best and most authentic Italian restaurant in the city. Highly known for their delicious homemade pasta's and desserts. I've dined there several times and my favorite is the branzino baked in sea salt. I've never had a disappointing meal at Girasole, everything is just superb. Attentive and friendly staff and beautiful decor. Girasole has a full bar or if you like, you can bring your own bottle of wine. Great place to hang out and and eat true authentic Italian food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good Venue for Taking a Nap
    HarryRVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Indifferent service and poorly prepared food are the salient remembered characteristics of this restaurant.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    excellent great carpaccio service friendly and professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LilyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was my third visit; talk about being masochistic !! The place looks nice; the food is fairly good not exceptional AND the portions are SOO skimpy. We will not be going back!!the waiter was impossible to understand; he was nice enough BUT could not understand a word he said...'
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  • BrunchPhanatic
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a reservation for 9:30 PM on a Saturday and only two tables were being served at this time so it was pretty quiet and service was outstanding. The food was amazing. We had the baked zucchini and eggplant and the insalada with italian cheeses to start. We also had a chicken special and the gnocchi in a white cheese sauce, both were delicious. A hidden delight was the coffee at the end of our meal. I would definitely recommend to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravissima Girasole!
    BuonaCenaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There is no better night out in Philadelphia than a visit to Verizon Hall to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra with Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin on the podium followed by a post-concert dinner at Girasole with Chef Angela Iovino in the kitchen. The restaurant was busy, but we were quickly seated and service was informed and attentive. A ravioli entree special was a highlight-beet infused pasta surrounding cloud-soft mozzarella, and served with a fresh tomato-cream sauce. The beet imparted a slight sweetness that was perfectly balanced with the tomato sauce, and was complemented by a lovely white burgundy. The Philadelphia Orchestra and Girasole are two of Philadelphia's cultural treasures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad
    susanmen
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was just ok. Not bad, not great. Service was good. Unfortunately, with all the great food options in this city, I do not think I will go back.
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  • Great spot
    Cita
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    cute, small, hidden spot with excellent food n service. Definitely needs to be checked out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    Hahnsolo
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We love Girasole! Service is great and food is wonderful! It has become our "go to" place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lovely
    HoneySuzy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Lovely restaurant; good food; friendly staff; food came out in good time; tasted really good! Will go back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly executed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fine dining at it's best. Soft pillowy gnocchi with a four cheese sauce was fabulous. Baby lamb chop cooked to perfection. Started off with waitress' recommendation of a warm carpaccio I've never had before that was delicious. Great service and a generous pour of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great; service;not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I really enjoyed the food. I had salmon, and my fiance had sausage. We dined there last weekend, unaware that they participate in Philly Restaurant week. There were only 3 parties in there, including my fiance and me, and service was sooooo slow. We barely got acknowledge, and I thought service would be speedy and our server would be gregarious, but no.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible service!
    jwjwVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My friend and I ate at Girasole last week during Restaurant Week. What a disappointment. While the food was okay (but not great), the service was truly awful. We pretty much had to beg for our appetizers after waiting almost 50 minutes. With so many other great restaurant choices in Philadelphia, we definitely will not be going back to Girasole.
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  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    "Food, service .. Amazing! A foodies' dream .. the creativity behind each course is wonderful.. Truly an experience!" Don't miss the salt baked Bronzino and the homemade pasta's they are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    DcvisitorsaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    When we went it was restaurant week and the restaurant was very busy. But the waitstaff made us feel like we were very important and made sure all our needs were met. The appetizers were delicious. The entrees were very good, but the appetizers were better. The outdoor seating was a big plus! The wine I got was really good. The Girasole martini was also very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Look closely on pine street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We almost missed this restaurant. It is a little difficult to see. I'm glad we had the patience to call and talk to the host over the phone as she guided us as to were to go! I'm glad we went. Food was outstanding really, served piping hot, although it was restaurant week and we did not know our waitress offered us a regular menu as well even if some menu items were not available due to restaurant week, it was still incredible. Service was perfect and the ambiance was quite romantic but interesting. Belvue recommended us and we went back to the hotel and complimented the concierge for his great recommendation!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real deal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Very Italian, food was delicious Waitress was charming,We had the honors of having the owners daughter serve us. We knew she had to have been family just by the way she took charge of us and every other diner. She was simply fabulous. Her recommendations were on point and she was there to satisfy with a smile. Special suprise!!!she had her mother who is the chef come out to greet us and the end of our meal with a plate of homemade cookies!!!! Very classy, very good! See you soon girosole!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funky
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food was well prepared and delicious. The servers were warm and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Best Italian restaurant in philadelphia!!! Cavatelli pasta was superb, our waitress was exceptionally talented she de-boned our branzino and not one bone. The fish was presented beautifully and was simple and tasty. Very pleased
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We've been meaning to try Girasole for quite some time now, we are very pleased we did. Our waitress Michelle was very confident and guided us through the menu explaining a few different items I had never seen in an Italian menu. She made me and my husbands night memorable. Will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    kandcVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Went based on a promotion - walked in and was not having high hopes. But then it turned around. Was greeted and from start to finish was provided attentive service. The family owned feel was apparent. And the meal was exceptional from the homemade pasta and Burrata Italiana to the two special dinners of rack of lamb and veal to the exceptional ricotta cheese cake (worth going back for). Although the ambiance is a bit tired the experience was wonderful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Angela Iovino the best Italian Chef
    BuonaCenaVIP
    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
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    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 2013VIP
    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 489 reviews are from the Girasole - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • 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