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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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "La Famiglia Restaurant was superb. It has it all. Ambiance, excellent service and of course the food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The wait staff was unattentive. Waited nearly 15 mins before our table was approached and the waiter was seldom seen through the night. Some of the meals were cold when served while the others we right. In consideration of the prices for entrees at this establishment the expectation is much higher."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Wonderful experience overall. The food and presentation were top notch. Wine list was overwhelming but great for groups who love their wine! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were given a table upstairs in a quiet place. Everything was perfect. The wine list was amazing. The waiters were very professional. Our only negative comment was that the service was a bit slow. Since we were in no rush,we didn't mind, but other diners might. we would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "As usual everything about the evening at La Famiglia was fantastic. 5 stars for everything from the service to the food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was certainly absolutely delicious, but there are many restaurants in Philly where you can get really good food these days. What you can't find as easily is truly elegant service and ambiance. The service was perfectly timed. They were attentive, but not intrusive and everything, down to the beautiful candle on the table was perfect. We joked that we felt like we were in a restaurant the family of Downton Abby would have been pleased to visit. And the wine list - well - I think it's the longest of any restaurant in Philadelphia. This was truly an exceptional dinner!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had a birthday celebration on Saturday and it was the 1st time any of us dined at the restaurant but had heard great reviews. The food was prepared to perfection, extensive wine list, the service was very attentive and the prices were reasonable. Would definetly return in the future,"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "In addition to outstanding food, it was a pleasure to find professional waiters who not only expertly filleted the fish table-side, but didnt tell us their names and attempt to be friends. The passage to the restrooms is glorious--past a wonderful wine cellar. The restaurant smacks of old-world glory."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great traditional italian food. Service is attentive but not hurried. Reminds me of boston north end."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I visited this restaurant with my girlfriend for Valentine's day for the second time. We came back because we loved it last time, and we were reminded again just how beautiful the restaurant is. The food is delicious and is one of the best Italian cuisine I've ever had (which says a lot because I am Italian myself). I highly recommend dining here, but be ready to spend a decent amount."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Amazing wine list. Food was fantastic. Only negative was that it took 45 minutes to receive a menu. We almost finished the bottle of wine before we ordered."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent- I always order the specials and we are always satisfied- the homemade pasta dish of the day is always my choice or seafood special."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "If you are in the mood for the true old school Italian experience in Philly, make a visit. Pastas are a highlight."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place has never been less than excellent in the 20 years we've been going there. If you're looking for hip, look elsewhere. If you just want great food, wine, and service in classy (but not stuffy) atmosphere, go here."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Prix fixed choices. Apps were fantastic. Veal was good but I bet they can do better when not mass producing same 3 dishes. Defenitely going back"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Let me first say, Wilson was an absolute professional. His service character was top notch, one of the best I've ever experienced at a restaurant. I would pay just for the service if everything was sub par, but it exceeding all expectations! I went there for Restaurant Week, but ended up ordering off of the regular menu. Prices were phenomenal for the atmosphere, service, and quality of food received (as well as portions!). This was hands down the best authentic Italian restaurant I've ever experienced. An absolutely phenomenal menu selection made it tough to choose, but I was more than thrilled with my decision to come here. 5 Stars across the board, and it shouldn't receive anything less!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had dinner before a play at LaFamiglia, where we had never been before. The wait staff was very professional and friendly. The food was pretty good, although a bit pricey. We did not feel rushed yet still were able to make it to the play in plenty of time, even with having dessert (a chocolate chip cheesecake, which was delicious!)."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was great. We had a great time."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed dining during restaurant week! a real gem! everything was delicious! will be back!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Came here for Restaurant Week and was really impressed. The food was amazing. We loved the lasagna Bolognese and the eggplant appetizer- especially the lasagna, it was unlike anything we've ever had before. The dessert sampler was not only adorable, but it was delicious and a good way to be able to try a little bit of everything. The staff was friendly, personable, and energetic. And not to mention, the restaurant was gorgeous and the atmosphere was perfect- we will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week. It was a last minute reservation and what a good choice. The dishes wer the right size and delicious. We ordered a bottle of wine which was cheater than by the glass plus it was smooth. Would definite recommend to friends , and go again. You should get dressed up to go there . This place isn't a jeans or casual place. That makes the experience even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was amazing, I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for a fancy night out!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Delicious food, tasty wine and great service! Would definitely go back for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The restaurant is comfortable and it was bustling but not noisy or intrusive. The table side served fish special was fantastic. The pasta dishes were well prepared and creative preparation. Though a traditional, high end Italian restaurant, the menu had interesting preparations."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent service and exceptional food. An enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Every year my best friend and I take turns taking each other out for our birthday dinner. It is always a surprise to the birthday girl. I picked La Famiglia this time and it was a huge hit!! She loved it! It happened to be restaurant week which was a nice bonus for us. The food was fantastic! We had the good fortune to have Gaetano as our server. He was wonderful! We will be sure to ask for him when we return!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "My friends joined us during the Restaurant Week and were lied to in regards to the wine pricing on a glass of house wine. We were told that it would be $5.00 per glass and when the bill came it was $10.95 per glass. The 4 of us all heard this and the maître d lied to us that he never said that. The food and service were good but we will definitely never go back there again nor will our friends. We paid our bill for the 4 of us and it came to $240.00 with the tip. This was advertised as a 3 course item during restaurant week in Center City and priced at $35.00 per person. How deceiving it was when we factored in the deceitful wine issue."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The great food is surpassed by fabulous service. Servers are attentive, warm, and friendly. A real family affair."
    Dined on 1/19/2014