LaScala's - Philadelphia
LaScala's - Philadelphia

LaScala's - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lascalasphilly.com/about.html
  • Phone: 2159280900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available. Please visit our website at www.lascalasphilly.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th & Chestnut Streets
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in garage above, entrance on 7th Street. Free after 3:00pm Monday - Friday (with purchase of an entree) & all day on Saturday & Sunday
A word from LaScala's - Philadelphia
LaScala’s, located in the heart of Historical Philadelphia, creates a cozy casual ambiance in which to enjoy fine Italian-American Home-style cuisine. Exposed brick & floor to ceiling windows give an Old World Italian feel. Al fresco dining at the sidewalk cafe is also offered.
Just a few of the Chef’s famous recipes include Homemade Ravioli & Gnocchi,Hand Tossed Pizza's, Seafood FraDiavlo, Hanger Steak Philly Style & Pappardelle and Sausage Bolognese. The vast menu also includes appetizers, Sides, soup, salads,steaks, & seafood. A full bar & extensive wine list are available to complement your meal. Finish off your lunch or dining experience with one of the homemade desserts. LaScala’s is sure to become one of your favorites.
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LaScala's - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (45)neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (34)romantic (29)great for lunch (26)special occasion (24)great for outdoor dining (19)kid-friendly (15)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (12)great for brunch (9)scenic view (9)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Noise
    Mike
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Seated in a section where music played. Unfortunately the music played was very loud and modern. Not to our liking or keeping in tune to the Italian theme found in other Italian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Food
    kram
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Pizza Oven was not working ,so could not get the best pizza in town for kids and one reason why I went- a little disappointed. Ordered chicken tenders and fries for kids. You have to order the tilapia and lobster ravioli -yumyum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    JustMe2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The pasta sauce was very tasty but overwhelmed the seafood. The area by the corner window was very noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE this place!
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Delicious octopus salad and chopped salad, and the dirty martinis were the absolute best. My husband liked his pork chop, my friend said his papardelli with bolognese was wonderful. The veal saltimbocca was not the best, nor was it traditional, but it tasted great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Scala
    Steve
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food and service were good. This is a great spot for pre theatre dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food
    SAM77
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went for restaurant week and everything was delicious including the wine and extra appetizer ordered from the regular menu. It was so good I would go outside of restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit in one week
    joeddsVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had just had dinner here 6 days ago. I came back in less than a week with family. Need I write more?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great at 7th and Chestnut
    Happywoman
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food is excellent and service is the same. Parking is paid by the restaurant at indoor lot attached to building. Could not ask for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb service
    frmjr
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service is always friendly and the food always good. This is a great restaurant to visit before a show or just a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walker
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My friend and I had a good time. We always go to lunch and/or dinner at various venues during restaurant week in center city, since we both work in the area. We have favorite places we frequent during the year (La Scala will be added to the list) but take advantage of the prices and menus during this occasion every year. We had a pleasant, attentive waiter, food was good, we were able to talk and hear each other and did not feel rushed. All in all a nice weeknight outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It has never failed to deliver
    BunnyLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The best pork chop and polenta in the city. We are never disappointed. Great happy hour and the pizza and bread are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My friend and I went for restaurant week, and we were not disappointed. The service was great, and the sangria was excellent! I had lobster ravioli, and my friend had a salmon dish. My dinner was delicious, while his, he said, was OK. The dessert, however, made up for any complaint he had about his salmon. He said the tiramisu was the best he'd ever had!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We Love LaScala!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have season tickets to the Walnut Street Theatre and are so happy we found LaScala! It's become our go-to brunch before the show (and our drink afterward). We've ordered something different every time - and loved everything! As an added benefit, LaScala validates the parking in their building - even covering our time at the theatre. We will see you again and again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for Restaurant Week
    Cicco
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Just went for Philly Restaurant Week 2014 and had a great experience. The only thing I didn't like were how close the booths were to each other. It was a little awkward being so close. The food was excellent and the service was great. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Unexpected Surprise
    Sher
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were in the neighborhood to see a movie and decided to check out local restaurants with Italian flair and came upon La Scala. What a great surprise. The waitress neglected to tell us about the Restaurant Week specials, however, the dishes we ordered were perfectly prepared and plentiful. I had lunch leftovers. Chicken parm was breaded and delicious (and I'm a stickler for a well prepared chicken parm) and the seafood fra diavolo was hot and very tasty. We would definitely return there and try other dishes. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    joeddsVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have been going to LaScala's for many years and have yet to get a meal that I was not happy with. A great number of choices for appetizers. The calamari and octopus appetizers are great. The pasta is always excellent. My favorite is the pork chop. Made with mushrooms and hot peppers. I love spicy! To go along with the consistent food is the consistent service. Always good and attentive. Great place to eat if you are going to the Walnut Street Theater. Even the Forrest Theater is not too far. Also quick and convenient for Jersey people coming over the BF bridge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating
    lovinglife
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My party of 6 was coming from a personal development course nearby and I had to push our lunch reservation back twice with very little notice. The staff was really great with us and happily held our table with no problem. Good food and service and we were back in time for next session.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was my birthday dinner, and I wish I picked a different place. We arrives 10 minutes early and were sat about 45 minutes into our reservation. Upon seating we we greeted by a nice Waitor, but it took a long time to order. We did restaurant week but ordered extra apps to try other things, sirloin bruschetta was cold I'm not sure if it was supposed to be. My baked caprese had good flavor as did other apps. Dinner came out the server kept placing the food at the wrong seats (party of four) then just auctioned it off. Sat with empty glasses of wine and couldn't get attention to order more. Mentioned it was a birthday twice, and at dessert a food runner again auctioned off dessert and no type of candle or anything. Tiramisu was dry. Let down.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    MamasGurl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Saw a friend post on Instagram about their food during restaurant week so I decided to book. We were seated quickly and service was quick and servers were friendly. The only thing wrong that I can say is I wish they served better mussels. They were so tiny we barely knew they were there in the shell. My opinion is that regardless if it's restaurant week and they were specifically only served that way for that purpose I would think you would put your best out to keep people coming back for more. Overall other good was okay.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant atmosphere
    Wanamakerson
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere to relax on a Friday after a hard weeks work. Very astute servers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    nuget99
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A nice casual spot with a nice menu selection and low key romantic vibe. The prices weren't crazy and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Phillyphood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, large portions, friendly and attentive waitress. Perfect for a date or a girls night out dinner. And again, amazing amazing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded my expectations...
    Shantel
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food and ambiance was phenomenal. I would go back just based off of that. But the view and area were very nice as well. I'll definitely be back to try some other items from their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time dining here
    Datenite44
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a fabulous meal , from apps to main course - great waiter , great part of Philadelphia . I would highly recommend !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good apps
    Snigs
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I went there with our 15 yr old son on a sat night. The food was very good and presentation was excellent. The martinis are huge!! My only complaint would be the order in which the food came out. We ordered aps, salads and entrees. The waiter brought out my husbands salad and app at the same time (which is not how it should be) then ten minutes later brought out my app then five min after that my sons app...So me and my son were looking at my husband with all of his food while we had nothing. Of course no one ate until everybody was served which meant my husband and my apps were cool by then. Dinner was the same way. All in all, it was a good place with great food. Order the Grilled Artichokes!!!! They were out of this world.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent corporate lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent corporate lunch. Good seating for 11 xxxxxxxxzzzzxzxxxxx
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and ok for what it is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    it is a good not great Italian if you don't expect too much and don't want to pay too much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK Italian - great location
    buzzedmom
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were in town and staying in the Old City. La Scala's was fine for a family meal and fairly priced. It was not outstanding but worked for our group that included picky eaters.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpaid
    FoodieSplurge
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went to LaScala's for lunch and ordered the beet and feta cheese salad which was good, but the crabcakes were lukewarm and had fillers in them. My sister and I both ordered dessert - me, the bread pudding with chocolate drizzle, and my sister ordered an apple dessert. The bread pudding was dry and had caramel drizzle instead of chocolate, and my sister's dessert had sour apples. Then the $73.00 bill came!!!! I hate spending money on tasteless food. My husband loves their strombolis, but we will never be spending our money there again.
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  • Good Food
    Steffy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food and service are always good; haven't had a bad experience there and prayerfully will not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • step up from the Olive Garden
    nicken
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you are looking for a special dinner out in the city, this is not the place. Food was good, service was decent, atmosphere was more sports bar than expected. Great casual Italian.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horible First Time Experience
    NotGood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My business partner in my party (1st time there) ordered a Steak Stromboli with Pepperoni. The order came out wrong (no beef only pepperoni) and was not fully cooked. To make things worst, the waiter offered to bring the beef out on plate. That's just like ordering a cheese steak and they offered to bring the bread on the side after serving it wrong in the first place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spur of the moment date night
    ccrain
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We moved to the area about 2 months ago and pass this place and it always smells amazing, so it hit our radar one night when we decided to trek a couple blocks out of Old City where we're used to and couldn't be more pleased. We got an outdoor seat and really enjoyed the broccoli rabe polenta with sausage and both of our entrees were exceptional. We can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in the area
    Apough21
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great restaurant I am going to be a regular here for a long time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    mscottwillis
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had a great experience. The food was good and plentiful. It was a relaxed experience after work
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner & Show
    Dine4Show
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great place for dinner before a show at Walnut St. Theatre. Great food, sat at the window, wonderful service, not too expensive and a short walk to the Walnut Street Theatre. !! (Free Parking too!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, pre theatre, meal
    SarahH
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Went there before seeing a show. Food and service were both really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    WorldTravelersVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We were visiting from out of town. Great opportunity for a family to be together and enjoy a wonderful meal. Highly recommend to all that are interested in a neighborhood family owned restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location for Walnut Theater
    yummy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food and service have been consistently very good each time we dined at LaScala
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Waiter
    FYIC
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have visited LaScala several times for lunch and only one previous time for dinner. My first dinner experience was excellent however, the last one was not very good. The waiter was very poor and did not seem to accommodate us. He took our order and essentially abandoned our table only to have other waiters and servers meet our needs. I took friends there for the first time and bragged about the restaurant to them so this was an embarrassment for me to have such poor service. I'll be a bit cautious about going back there for dinner again. My friend asked about one of the dishes being prepared with less butter and using olive oil and the waiter abruptly answered "no" when asked for the substitution.
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    • Noise LevelModerate