2100 south st.
Philadelphia, PA 19146Neighborhood:
MediterraneanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.lava-cafe.com/
- Phone: 2155451508
- Hours of Operation:
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: David Zaga
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: BYO Liquor
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La.Va Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
- Less really can be moreCrustyCurmudgeonVIPDined on 7/5/2013La Va is simply cool - it's Mr Peabody's Wayback Machine, It's Greenwich Village in 1958, it's1970 at the dawn of the Philly restaurant renaissance, it's Friends. It's a bright and open corner cafe filled with mismatched furniture, eclectic art, nice people and wonderful middle-eastern food. The hummus is great and the huge Israeli salad is delicious. The grilled chicken was excellent, as was my panino - and the pastry is truly beautiful. It's a BYO, and a simple red went well with everything - so we had a very fine meal for $40 including wine and tip - not too shabby! I'm sure it'd be Fonz-approved.Special Features:
- great for groups, unique foodkl1234Dined on 5/11/2013really good food and low cost. and being BYO, it can't be beat. servers are baristas turned waiters/waitresses so could use a little lesson. did nothing wrong, just could be more attentive. this place is also great for groups!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for a simple meal: reallyRichDined on 4/13/2013Great for a simple meal: really good food, no frills. Atmosphere was also simple but charming.Special Features:
- We loved La Va. Found it online,ShawVIPDined on 4/11/2013We loved La Va. Found it online, weren't sure it looked new. Server was attentive and friendly and made good suggestions. The food was excellent - got the burekas, chicken kabobs and then the peanut butter bomb. I was happy because the food was light but filling so I didn't feel stuffed when I left.Special Features:
- We went to La.Va at 9:00 pmEileenDined on 4/6/2013We went to La.Va at 9:00 pm on a Sat nite. The restaurant was virtually empty, and it was blessedly quiet. The sole waitress (usually she has a partner) was pulling lattes and waiting tables at the same time. She did it with grace and attentiveness and never made us feel rushed or neglected. The food is simple, Middle Eastern and good. Our meal was satisfying, and since we live in the neighborhood, very convenient.Special Features:
- Dinner at La. Va is a charmingOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/2/2013Dinner at La. Va is a charming experience. Unusual menu items (shakshuka!), lovely service!Special Features:
- Almost empty on a snowy night,BobSVIPDined on 1/25/2013Almost empty on a snowy night, but the staff was welcoming and the food good.Special Features:
- La Va is a coffee bar andMercerChowVIPDined on 10/20/2012La Va is a coffee bar and lunch place that seems to be trying to develop a dinner business. If our meal is any indication, this effort will not succeed. The server was pleasant and helpful, but half of the items on the limited menu were not available. The starters were fine, but the seafood entrees were overcooked and the rice in the lentil pilaf was dry and chewy, clearly not freshly prepared. Too bad.
- Great food - really. Service? mehOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 4/21/2012The food was good. we tried the thurs-sat night dinner option. The tomato tart app was special. As were the short ribs. Boneless chicken thigh also delish. Great flavors. The the service I'm afraid was really horrible. Not mean... just odd. Lava should take that seriously, because the food was really delicious.
- Nice, casual spot for a simpleFresserVIPDined on 4/6/2012Nice, casual spot for a simple dinner. Excellent salads, healthy options. Friendly service. Inexpensive.