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
77 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (30)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (26)great for outdoor dining (19)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (15)kid-friendly (14)romantic (12)notable wine list (9)scenic view (9)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (6)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horible First Time Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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  • Good food
    Greg
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Good food and love the fact they validate parking. very helpful when I called asking for directions. Will come by again if in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food is always great. Wife always have a nice night out there. Widow seat in back room is really cool..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location-
    BjanemcgVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Good place if you are sight seeing or going to one of the movie theaters in the old town area. The stuffed long hots were just so-so; I wasn't fond of the sauce which had a tinny taste. The chop salad was nice - the Crushed pinot noir on the menu was enjoyable. The service was good and the focaccia bread basket that came with seasoned olive oil AND a hunk of butter was really nice. I wasn't fond of having televisions around with spots on - I wasn't expecting a sports bar atmosphere because we were celebrating an event and having a horse race going on 6 feet from our table was a put off.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine food and service, lose the TVs
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Corinne was a very attentive server, the seafood Caesar salad was delicious, but the TVs from every angle were overwhelming!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    Birthdaytreat
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Good food. Thought there would be more gluten free options
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, quick service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Found LaScala via OpenTable and was extremely pleased! We had only an hour to eat before out show and couldn't have been happier. The menu choices and wine selections were great, the food fresh fantastic, the service very quick and friendly. The daily specials were outstanding - try the striped bass sometime! We even returned for dessert after the show. And they have free parking - a real win-win.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    frmjr
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Have dined here before the Theatre many times and the service and food is always great. The servers always give you their attention and the food is always served in generous portions. Have tried many of their meals and have never had even a small complaint.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikeVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    A restaurant I frequent often. I like the food and service and it is located near where I live
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday afternoon
    Luvitalian
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My wife and I have dined here before and usually love the food and the service. The only complaint this time was that I ordered what was supposed to be a double cut thick pork chop medium rare, which was anything but in every sense of the word. The appetizers and drinks were great and the service was excellent, but the entrees left something to be desired. Maybe because it was a holiday weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal at a Good Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Loved the appetizers - all were excellent. Entrees were were very generously sized. Free parking is a great convenience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian by Tourust Sites
    WorthHavingVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We dined early 5:30 on a Saturday evening. At this hour we were nearly alone but could easily converse. The eggplant in red sauce & chicken wings with onions were 2 good appetizer choices, baked tomato & mozz cheese very boring. Seafood Fra Diablo was great, not over the top spicy though. Chicken Marsala was also a good choice. The Steak had its fans, as did the papperdella & sausage. If you are visiting the Liberty Bell this is a good dining option plus they have free parking atop the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaPetiteVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Dinner was delicious and staff was very attentive. LaScala is on my list of favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1071 reviews are from the LaScala's - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • Nice Pre-Theater Meal
    RetiretoPhilly
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had a very nice pre-theater meal. The location was excellent and the staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mymoejoe
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    quick lunch dinner with wife and friends. service was quick and food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice find
    BrainDoc
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    It was a miserable spring night-cold and rainy. But I promised my daughter some good Italian food and found this. I was mildly disappointed when I got there, it looked very generic inside and we were seated in a booth which was nice, but in the bar area. Everyone was friendly, but it was a slow night we were kind of far away from the main action, so we did feel a little abandoned at times. All was forgiven when the food came out, everything was great! We were still full of our huge 3 sandwich lunch at Tony Luke's, so we were trying to take it easy and shared a Caesar salad, a pizza, lobster ravioli and sausage and peppers side. Again I have to say, everything was great! This started as a pizza place and it has gone beyond that!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have never been disappointed
    BunnyLadyVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have been here many times and along with having the best pork chop and polenta , we have loved every thing we've ever eaten there. The service is always attentive and fairly well paced.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LaScala
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have always enjoyed consistently good food and good service here at LaScala restaurant. We also enjoy their child friendly offerings, patient staff and good food offerings. We will continue to support the restaurant by going frequently as we live in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, not Great
    Kate
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food was tasty. Nothing jumped out as outstanding. I wish they served small side salads. I'd even pay extra for it. I got the Eggplant Parm appetizer as my dinner. I had to order a side of pasta to go with it since eggplant was not an option for a main course. The sauce on the eggplant was fantastic!!! The sauce on the rigatoni was quite awful. I wonder why they serve different red sauces on different dishes... Can't complain about our waiter, Sergio. He was quite efficient and pleasant and brought everything to us quickly. We ate here prior to going to the Walnut Street Theater. We were pleasantly surprised that they offer a discount to theater subscription holders =) We would eat there again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY GOOD CASUAL ITALIAN MEAL
    moosejacVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This Italian restaurant has great food , quality service and a casual atmosphere which makes it great for business lunch , dinner and late night dinner as well . Good before or after the theater or movies and has a very vibrant bar crowd as well . Food is top north and we thought the salads were just unbelievable . Try this very high quality Italian restaurant next time you are downtow
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    EatinoutVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We've been coming here for many years and it's consistently good. We'll be coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timers
    lacers
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This was our first time at La scala's and we all voted that we would come back. The goat cheese and beet salad was amazing, everyone at our table loved it. The fusilli seafood dish was also a crowd pleaser. All and all, we would definitely come back for a dinner in the city. Great food, great service, and great ambiance. Loved the old school photography!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I enjoyed my lunchdate with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I enjoyed my lunchdate with my boyfriend. It was his first time there and he loved the comfortable setting . The waiter was very polite and we got our food in perfect timing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good basic Italian
    PattyC
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    There are many great Italian restaurants in Philly and while I couldn't put LaScala in that category, they do have a very good menu that would appeal to many diners. Our food was decent, the service was fine. The location near Independence Hall is very convenient for tourists.
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    • Noise LevelModerate