La Collina Restaurant

La Collina Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacollina.us/
  • Phone: (610) 668-1780
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: La Collina is the ideal setting for private parties or special events, offering a variety of options for your social or business affairs. Our spectacular wine cellar offers a charming, casual elegance, with accommodations for up to 70 guests. Our main dining rooms comfortably seat 110 guests in elegant surroundings reminiscent of Italy.

    From intimate dinner parties to larger receptions, La Collina will create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
  • Entertainment: We provide the best live entertainment on the Main Line in our beautiful Ca" Nova Bar. Thursday nights offer the sounds of Joey on the Piano. Fridays we have Giorgio on the violin or the American classics by George Sinkler. And Saturdays we have the beautiful voice of Elizabeth with the always entertaining Pasquale.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary Valet parking.
A word from La Collina Restaurant
La Collina has delighted diners with world-class cuisine, service, and ambiance for more than 25 remarkable years. Classically-trained staff serve a selection of the finest old-world recipes in an atmosphere of casual elegance, while attending to every detail. Located just off the Schuylkill Expressway in Belmont Hills, La Collina boasts spectacular hilltop views. The bar offers a unique atmosphere with live entertainment and dancing on weekends. This gem is known as one of the most romantic restaurants on the Main Line. La Collina specializes in fresh seafood and veal dishes. Its signature dish, Dover Sole, is a delicate, tasty fish that is uniquely grilled, and served tableside. In addition to our Dover Sole, our daily fresh-fish specials include Branzino, Norwegian Salmon, Pompano, Orata, soft-shell crabs, Langostina, and other delights from the sea, depending upon availability. We are also known for our veal sirloin, veal porterhouse, ossobuco, and chops. Buon Appetito!
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La Collina Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (37)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (24)scenic view (21)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (14)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (6)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • good place
    AfoodEVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    a nice place to eat i just had a hard time hearing my wife during dinner we sat in a room with a loud party of 8 in the middle of the room. i would not recommend siting in the small room with the round wall with windows.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the Best
    marshallinphiladephiaVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Never had less than a wonderful time - - and the brandy-infused Old Fashioned was a nice touch. All the veal dishes are superb - - and do yourself a favor, have an order of garlic bread - - unbelievable! La Collina e meravigliosa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    SmoothVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our food and waiter service was excellent as always! After dinner we proceeded to the bar to listen to the always wonderful music. My wife and I enjoy dancing and having a cocktail! We where VERY disappointed with the bartender he never came to the one side of the bar!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Italian Restaurant
    LarrydermVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was the best dinner we have had at La Collina. Although we were early for our reservation, the maitre d' found us a table right away. There were several servers, and each was most helpful. The dinners were well-prepared and served appropriately. What is amazing is that the parking attendants locate the car immediately, even though they do not use tickets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    GregT
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The service was excellent, food was excellent, and the atmosphere was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the complimentary roaster peppers and cheese plate. In addition, the Italian cookies were a nice touch even though we had dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service was reserved but efficient. What is most unique about the restaurant is the excellent pianist and vocalist. They clearly enjoy what they are doing and it adds very much to the total dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over promised and under delivered
    Steven74VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I went with high expectations and was bitterly disappointed in food, wine and most of all service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View and excellent food
    tota18VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The restaurant is located at a very nice area with a beautiful view of the city. The food is excellent and very filling, a little on the expensive side but very good service as well.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maggiVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    As always, our dining experience was outstanding in every way. Our server, Cheryl, is extremely efficient and attentive without being intrusive.We were going to a show, and we arrived later than we planned due to traffic. Cheryl took charge, placed our order immediately, and we were able to comfortably finish our appetizers and dinner without being rushed. Our all time favorite at LaCollina is langostino......the absolute best anywhere. The tortellini and caesar salad were likewise oustanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    DHDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Another great dining experience with attentive but not intrusive waitstaff. I had the Dover Sole special which was fileted tableside and fun to watch. My dining partner had the veal marsala, very tender and flavorful. Excellent choice of delicious desserts that are wheeled over to the table. Always a nice dinner out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great quality
    Sher
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've never been let down by the food and drinks at La Collina. Great service, best bartender! There's usually a groupon for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all Around
    AnniVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We love this place. We have been here several times and it is consistent in all realms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oldie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Excellent food and service. Very attentive from the time we walked in until we left. Have gone there through the years and food and service has been a constant. Will definitely continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night!
    Nick64
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant was exactly what we were looking for to celebrate our 23rd anniversary. The service was excellent. Try fresh fish. I had the branzino. It was delicious. My wife had spaghetti with seafood and she said it was one of the best she ever had. Nice place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable
    SmoothVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This time I had the Dover Sole which was excellent, a little pricey, but I guess you're enjoying watching them filet the fish at the table which I guess is considered entertainment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Drewbacca
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Been here a few times over the past few years and its always incredible. Evertime I leave thinking 'why don't I come here more often?' Took a date and we had the saltimbocca alla romana & veal chop which were both outstanding! Great atmosphere & great wine too ... always a perfect gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good experience.
    LookingforYums
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was our first time at La Collina and we met a few friends there to catch up. We'd always seen the restaurant sitting up on the hill from 76 so we were excited to finally get there. Ultimately we enjoyed it; food was great, very friendly, free valet experience, and it was easy to chat. We thought the service was a little stiff, perhaps given the difference between us and the other clientele (we were in a slightly lower age demographic) but they we're not rude by any means. Overall, good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be.
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We frequented this establishment quite a number of times over the last 20 or so years. The service and attitude of the server was poor. The food was ok, vegetables underdone. Trying to get a decent glass of red wine was an undertaking that was most unusual. The four of us decided it wasn't worth returning. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Dinner
    Padre
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love to frequent this restaurant because the staff is friendly, food is great, it is a nice place to bring a guest or friend. Never had a bad experience here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • iwolf
    iwolfVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    For many years I drove by what I hoped was a gem tucked away in the hills overlooking the river. I finally decided to take the family for dinner, thinking that the prices would reflect cuisine. The good news - the service was outstanding. Old world charm and elegance that prepared me for a special evening. The bad news - the food. Let's start with Italian bread that lacked any crust. The salad - the croutons in the Caesar salad tasted like they came from stale bread and the lettuce was presented as a collection of chopped greens that had been soaked in a mediocre dressing. My osso bucco was presented on a bed of overdone rice and the meat lacked seasoning. My wife's salmon was overdone. My son's pasta primavera was swimming in olive oil.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always reliable
    Fred
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Menu doesn't change much which is good and bad. The items on the menu are always extremely good. Might be nice to have some more variety in the specials which are always the same. The only thing that has changed over the years is the price which has consistently gone up. Still would go back in a heart beat. The consistency of the menu means my wife can also count on getting dover sole which she swears is better than any other place she has ever gone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 220 reviews are from the La Collina Restaurant reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    when i made the 5:30 reservation it stated i would be receiving 1000 points. when you sent me my confirmation it was only 100 points. NOT NICE!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the best
    mrmontcoVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Been going there for years and each time I go I am not disappointed. Enzo the owner is a real gentleman. Great appetizers and the sauce is terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great food
    Sher
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We get to La Collina about once a month and have never been disappointed! The food is always delicious, service is always very attentive and the bartender, Maurice, always charming. We enjoy the live music at the bar and then we're home in 8 minutes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I've driven past this place for years and wondered what it was like, up in the hills above I-76 looking down on the likes of you and me. I decided to try it out for a night. It was like dining out in the past. Older clientele - live show tunes from the bar; it felt like I was dining on the set of Goodfellas - everyone seemed to know each other. Great Italian. Definitely fancier fare than most Italian places. The ossobucco was like butter. Fantastic deserts. Great view of Manayunk. Good place for a date. Good place to go for a really nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michal
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were 8 people on a Saturday night . Food was okay . The Porterhouse veal was great . Everything else was average . The deserts were horrible . Everyone of them ( coconut cake , flan , tiramisu ) . The waiter was unfriendly and didn't answer some of the questions we had .
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bad service
    Jc36VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The waiters were wearing white jackets, so you expect a certain level of service. Nope, you don't get that. We had to wait at the hostess stand for awhile to get seated and the place only had 5 tables filled at lunch. Once they sat us, they didn't bring the menu for 5-10 min. They didn't remove the side dish salad that came out first til the end of the meal when they cleaned all the plates. Asked for water during the meal and didn't fill the glass until we were paying the bill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    PhillyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We hadn't been here in quite sometime and it will be a very long time before we return. My salad was not fresh, veal parm was dry, soup was just adequate, veal steak was good, but the vegetables were not flavorful and dry. It's a lovely room and server was pleasant, but food was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food with view
    mediafoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    There's a great view out the dining room windows across the Schulylkill to Manayunk. The restaurant is on top of a hill. Food is delicious. People are friendly. A restaurant has been here forever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very accommodating
    LDWPGH
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The staff was outstanding! We were welcomed even though we were late because graduation went a lot longer than scheduled. The service was wonderful and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un Impressed
    hmc4
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Been there before but had been awhile was very excited because I had seen a sign that they had soft shell crabs my favorite. Well I have cooked them better at home .... Very Disappointed....Now my husband had a veal chop , first one they brought out was the wrong chop. So I ate my dinner and he sat there and then he had gotten his dinner and I sat and watched him eat.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La Collina
    LCSBVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Food is consistently good and the service is always top notch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old favorite still pleases
    Marseatoats
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We used to go here with my parents in the 80's before Philadelphia was flooded with loads of bright new restaurants. La Collina has held its own and still serves delicious italian meals, Loved it then, love it now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    What could have been a lovely experience was not because we were seated in the bar- I think we should have been asked if we wanted to be seated there rather than assuming it was ok. When I asked about the music set up upon being seated- the maitre D said it would start later and be background. It started almost immediately and was not. The waiter was inattentive, forgetful, rote and went about things as if it was all an effort. The food was very good and had a good plate presentation. I have dined here several times before to a great experience each time so perhaps this was just an off nite. Hope so.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    It is always a pleasure to eat at this restaurant. The noise level is just is perfect for hearing your table mates and the servers are terrific. We had a great meal (they do the whole fish and filet it table side - always good) and enjoyed the company of good friends. Our friends were from out of town and commented on how much they enjoyed the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Padre
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I always love coming to La Collina. Staff is always friendly and helpful, food is good, great place for a night out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    outfiordinner
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We so enjoyed our dinner at La Collina restaurant with my family. The service was outstanding as the food was. We had the veal special. The desert cart was a gem of goodies hard to choose one. So we picked 3 and shared. The wait staff was on spot and filled every our every need...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Despite reservation, had to wait for a table. Restaurant was not crowded. Directed to the bar. Bartender was inattentive and unfriendly. Shocked that a small glass of house cabernet cost $10. Restaurant is way overpriced, and the food isn't anything to rave about. The waiter (Mike) was very friendly and attentive. This and the valet (Anthony) were the only saving graces for the evening. After dinner, we listened to some live music in the bar. Again, the bartender was very inattentive and downright unfriendly. You would think he would have cracked a smile and asked us if we would have liked anything. He seemed more interested in socializing with his friends than paying attention to customers.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is the first time we dined at La Collina and we would return. The portions were a bit small but the food was delicious and the dining atmosphere was quite pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Convenient location, food OK
    MaryPVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Convenient location & free valet parking. We dined during restaurant week so menu options were limited since doing restaurant week deal. My gnocchi was delicious however the appetizers and dessert were average at best. My spouse's entree of veal was nothing special either hence the 3 rating. Venue was fairly loud. Lounge had decent live music though. Server was frazzled when it got busy but was well versed on menu.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic