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La Famiglia Ristorante
La Famiglia Ristorante

La Famiglia Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafamiglia.com
  • Phone: (215) 922-2803
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Gino Sena
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: La Famiglia can accommodate large parties of 10 or more. Please contact the restaurant for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (215) 922-2803

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St .
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: La Famiglia offers Valet parking on Friday and Saturday night. There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.
A word from La Famiglia Ristorante
The Sena family tradition of culinary excellence dates back to early 1947 when Carlo “Papa” Sena began to cook in postwar Naples. The family carried this experience across the Atlantic and opened La Famiglia in 1976 in the shell of a Colonial tea warehouse. Today, La Famiglia stands as the finest Italian restaurant in Philadelphia and a major landmark on the city’s vibrant restaurant scene.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Our experience at this restaurant was one of the best,if not the best, we have ever had. Fantastic food, fantastic staff and a warm wonderful owner. I have dined all over North America and this is one of my most memorable experiences. Thank you for the recommendation"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "THE OTHER NIGHT I HAD THE GRAND PLEASURE ON DINNING AT THE FAMOUS LA FAMIGLIA RESTAURANT IN PHILADEPHIA. WELL LET ME SAY THIS IVE DINNING IN EVERY MAJOR RESTAURANT IN PHILA. THIS RESTAURANT IS THE FINEST- PURE ROCK AND ROLL. ITS SO RARE THAT WHEN YOU GET THE FINEST SERVICE,AMBIENCE,AND FOOD THATS TOTALLY BANGING. UPON MY ARRIVAL TO THE RESTAURANT I WAS GREETED BY THE AMAZING STAFF VERY EDUCATED FROM THE MENU TO THE FINEST WINE LIST IN THE COUNTRY. HAD THE GREAT TOUR OF THE UPSTAIRS DINNING FOR PARTYS AND THEN TO THE DYNOMITE WINE CELLER- THE BEST IN ALL PHILA. NOW THE FOOD THE COURES WERE THE POLIPO ALLA SENA OCTOPUS,2ND WAS THE 3-DIFFERENT HOMEMADE PASTAS ANF FINALLY THE VEAL CHOP THE MOST STUNNING ITALION FOOD EVER IN MY LIFE LOVE LOVE!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had an outstanding special occasion dinner at La Famiglia, a classic Italian fine dining restaurant that combined excellent food with knowledgeable and attentive service, and supported with an incredible wine selection!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Although I grew up in Jersey, I had never been to La Famiglia. We are visiting family and celebrating my birthday..and we loved the quaint yet historic feel to the restaurant! Excellent service from start to finish, excellent Amarone wine choice, and the meal was the best! Really glad we made time to have a special dinner here!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is a place we visit for special occasions. The service is attentive without being intrusive. I had the Branzino, which was prepared as a whole fish and deboned tableside - very flakey and flavorful. My husband had a special veal with eggplant dish which melted in your mouth. For desert, we had a fruit flan where the crust was so buttery and flakey it was delicious. A wonderful experience as always!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had to adjust our reservation time secondary to traffic and they were incredibly gracious. Also they noted it was my boyfriend's birthday (via the open table reservation site) and brought him cake and a lit candle even after he refused dessert. (They even gave him the option to refuse the singing which he happily declined."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I used to frequent LaFamiglia with a boyfriend from out of town. It was very romantic, the service was impeccable and we even got greeted by each of the waiters each time we went there. Well, the boyfriend is long gone and I now live in Delaware. My niece came to Philly for dinner and I suggested LaFamiglia for a get together! We had a fabulous meal with shrimp appetizers, bread, wine, and we each had the seafood fradiavolo. We even split a to die for berry, chocolate tarte! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone celebrating life!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our entire dining experience Sat nite was great in celebration of our 40th wedding anniv. Having travelled many times to Italy, we don't like to be rushed between courses. The staff got a curve-ball by our not ordering all of our courses at once, but they graciously went w/the flow. They were attentative, upbeat, and, true professionals. The food was delicious. Fava beans were a special treat - very well prepared with thin slices of cheese & pancetta; paccheri pasta, perfectly al dente w/an unctuous red sauce; salt crusted branzino w/ lemon/caper sauce, perfectly cooked; grilled veg terrine w/smoked mozzarella, paired nicely with the fish. Cream puffs, spnge cake - decadent . Thank you for making this a very special evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service and attention at this restaurant were amazing! The head waiter(manager?) made sure to come over and speak with us , told us about the great history of the place, how summer is slow for them but still good, and even comp'd my husband's dessert for graduating this weekend! The food was also spectacular. Homemade pasta, bread and desserts - you can't get much better than that! The shrimp ravioli was amazing and so was the walnut Napoleon - definitely recommended! And if you want to have a good laugh, or be in awe, ask for their wine list ;)"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I came down to celebrate our anniversary, and we were not disapponted. The food was fantastic, the service was outstanding, and the overall experience exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The best italian i have ever had excluding my grandmothers cooking. The service and the showmanship of the waiters was exemplary. We will absolutely be making a tradition to go there for each anniversary"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "What a great place. The food was outstanding, the service excellent, and the portions were not too big. We picked this restaurant on a whim for a special occasion and the four of us could not be happier. The lamb chops, the ravioli, the scallops, wow! Even all of the appetizers and desserts were terrific. Four food lovers give this place an A+. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Fantastic wine selection, the somalier was fantastic, and service was good despite a 40 minute wait, (even with a reservation)."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Did not think the price was commensurate with the quality of the food. It was not bad but it was also nothing special. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Was everything I wanted it to be definitely will come back!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Wanted a great place for our 35th anniversary dinner and this was perfect...impeccable, attentive service, excellent meals, lovely atmosphere"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "outstanding. perfect in almost every way. if I had to suggest something for improvement, I would say that the desserts could have been a little more varied, a little more interesting, a little more decadent. But frankly, everything was close to perfection: service, menu, food, ambience. I will go back -- and will highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A wonderful night with my family. The food was exquisite. The ambiance was unfounded. Definitely on my redo list. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "An hour and 30 mins from the time our entree was ordered until it was served. The long time was never acknowledge by the staff until I brought to their attention. Once they realized it was an issue we were ignored until they brought us our meal. A more attentive staff would have noticed this issue before we did It is unfortunate because the food and atmosphere were great. Based on the service experience I couldn't recommend the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went here with my wife for our anniversary. The food was beyond fantastic, the service was excellently personalized, and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "One of the best Italian meals I have had. The wine list is a book and quite extensive. This is a can't miss!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "An intimate Italian restaurant owned by the Sena family, with an experienced wait-staff who are attentive but not overly so. The food is well prepared and tastefully presented. The Branzino, when available is a special treat, baked in salt and filleted artfully at the table. The Penne ala Famiglia is our favorite. A great meal and in our mind great value for the price."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a great dinner at La Famiglia. Dined there on Friday night; we had a reservation and were seated immediately. Staff was professional, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was very good, perfect portions. I had a pasta special and my husband had veal special - both excellent and we were given a complimentary after dinner aperitif. Great ambiance and background music. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "It is always amazing at La Famiglia. The food is delicious, the wine list impressive, the scenery romantic, and the service impeccable."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Up-scale with people who can drees. Patrons must not realize they are in a nice place. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "La Famiglia lived up to its reputation. If you enjoy classical dining with great Italian food, this is the restaurant for you. All of the courses were excellent, BUT make sure you leave room for desert"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Very nice entrance, reminds me of several great restaurants from days gone. It ended at the bar. We were constantly interrupted by a waiter that zero sense of timing. The noise level was such that I could not hear a casual conversation next to me. The bread on the table was stale. I had the veil special and found it like leather. Desert was not offered until we bludgeoned our waiter to tell us what was on the menu then after we ordered he forgot to bring it too us! Since I did not pay the bill this one time I cannot comment on the price but as l like to say "if it is not good I don't care what I paid" and this was not a place I would return to."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Civilized. A place for lovers of beautifully prepared food. My it never change. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Wine list is a thing of beauty. The wine cellar is a wonderful place. The food was very good.Servers were decent. The place is small and can get a bit loud. The lamb chops were very good. The wife liked the scallops. I guess I expected more from this grand old place. My son and his girl liked the filet.Pasta dish was perfectly prepared.The dessert's were decent. The wine list and the cellar are worth the visit."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had dinner at La Famiglia this past Saturday. The menu is varied and has something that will appeal to all. I had the veggie towers as a appetizer and they were to die for.......grilled veggies layered with smoked mozzarella and drizzled pesto. I had a pasta dish for my entre - why not in an Italian restaurant?? Mussels, crab, shrimp, clams in a white sauce over home made pasta - delish! Creme puffs drizzled with chocolate and a cappuccino for dessert and I was a happy gal! This is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Touring the wine cellar was a plus to the dining experience Wonderful service by the waiter"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Simply put, La Famiglia Ristorante is the best Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. This is a true, high quality, high end rendition of authentic Italian cuisine. La Famiglia Ristorante is a great choice for special occasions--that celebratory "deal closing" dinner, important business guests, a birthday, or a special dinner with a group. Service, decor, and stand-outs like the Dover Sole, veal, and first class pasta dishes are all excellent. You will definitely pay for the privilege of dining here but it's so worth it. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "During my search I was told by others that have visited that that the core was slightly dated but it was exactly what I was looking for. It was old school Philadelphia Italian restaurant. Our first contact was with the women behind the small bar as you entered they were helpful courteous and engaging. Afterward we were greeted promptly given a variety of foods to choose from and made our selections we were very impressed with the service and the food. The maître d' took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about our visit what we expected what we like and how they could accommodate us. All in all very nice restaurant I would definitely recommend it again"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Edamame dumplings and tea soaked ribs would be enough by themselves, but add a bento box of desserts and a "Joy" cocktail, and we were beyond happy. This is a really cool place with great service, and I'm glad we found it!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Other than the pricing, you can't find much to complain about in this upscale restaurant. Food, service, atmosphere are all very good. Pricing for most on the main course dishes are what you would normally see as prices for "specials" in other upscale restaurants. Stay away from the "roll in dessert tray." Although delicious, the $12.00 price tag for a small slice of Tiramasu is way too much money to pay. For me, this is a special place for a special occasion. You will leave this restaurant with a full stomach and an empty wallet."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Point blank was the best dining experience of my life!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our dinner at La Famiglia was truly amazing. All of the servers were very attentive, polite and professional. The food was so very delicious. We had an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and all were note worthy. The wine is expensive (and the wine BOOK daunting), but we were celebrating and decided to splurge. I would dine here often if I lived closer."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "As patrons of La Famiglia for several decades, we were unpleasantly surprised by the slowness of the service our party of six experienced during this visit on 3/15/14.. We were in the restaurant for 90 minutes before receiving our first course, and spent a total of three and a half hours having dinner. Seniors should be warned that they might not make it all the way to dessert. The pricey wine list is also an issue. I believe it would be well to add some moderately-priced wines to the list."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We recently returned from a 4 day trip in Philadelphia. We love Italian cuisine, so made a point of visiting as many Italian places as possible. La Famiglia was certainly the highlight of all of the restaurants we visited ! unbelievable wine list. The service was fantastic. We'll definitely be back on the next trip to Phil."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Really great restaurant!! Delicious food and nice relaxing meal. Nice setting. We happened to be near a loud table but overall a nice place for romantic dinner or small groups of diners. Not for kids."
    Dined on 3/8/2014