Le Castagne
Le Castagne

Le Castagne

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lecastagne.com/
  • Phone: 2157519913
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Delone
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Le Castagne offers both private and semi-private party facilities. Semi-private (20-40 people); private party facilities being the whole restaurant (50-90 people).
  • Private Party Contact: Carlo Sena 2157519913

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th & 19th
  • Public Transit: Route 17 Septa
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is available. Public lot also available (adjacent to building).
A word from Le Castagne
In the tradition of Philadelphia's renowned Sena family (owners of La Famiglia & Panorama), Le Castagne serves sophisticated & modern Northern Italian cuisine in the Rittenhouse Row neighborhood. Executive Chef Michael Delone artfully prepares lunch & dinner menus highlighting the freshest ingredients & blending surprising flavors. All pastas, bread, & desserts are homemade. A Chef's tasting menu is available. The dining room is clean & spare, with white marble floors, sleek leather chairs, rich wood walls & airy high ceilings. Le Castagne specializes in personalized attention to accommodate the most discerning of clientele. Wireless access throughout the space, attentive yet unobtrusive service & superb cuisine have earned Le Castange accolades from American Way as the best restaurant for business lunch in Philadelphia.
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Le Castagne reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (13)romantic (10)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (7)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (5)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Needs to close
    niceVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been here other times as we live in the city. Saturday night at 7:30 4 other tables. Different menus than online. Service... Two waiters, one good the other had a I don't care attitude. Never gave us the specials, we had to ask. He leaned in the chair and tried to remember them. Didn't ask if we wanted a drink we had to tell him. Food came out in 5 min after ordering. Tasted good but my pasta sauce was Luke warm. Too many good restaurants in the city to deal with this. Almost looked like it is on it's last legs after many years. Sorry.
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  • Delicious and unique offerings!
    OaksDiners
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    From the lamb starter to the excellent Dover sole (a rare find), to the dessert doughnuts stuffed with ricotta, each course was a treat. Prosecco by the glass was a lovely compliment to the meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent!
    Napoletano
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Le Castagne never disappoints. The atmosphere, food and service are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Comment
    Panotch
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Wine list could use a few more from Piedmont variety at a more reasonable cost. Gnocchi among the very best in the City - authentic. Perfect place to take your wife/GF or group of friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great Dover Sole, pastas, and gnocchi. Accommodates Gluten Free.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    Jdroadie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    When a neighborhood Italian restaurant couldn't get us reservations we branched out and tried Le Castangne... The veal ravioli got my attention on the website and did not fail to deliver, the waiter said they would disappear fast and they did. We. Also had the duck.... Which wAs mouthwatering as was my wife's Chicken Gorgonzola. Dessert and after dinner cocktails rounded out the night. Service was excellent, as too the wine choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeL
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Every part of our meal from start to finish was excellent. Our server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 661 reviews are from the Le Castagne reviews archive.
  • Great food and a reasonable price
    WineAndDineMeVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We were seated early so the place was very quiet and we had the sole attention of the waiter. The food was quite nice, the wine pour was generous though there was a mistake on the bill; the addition of a glass of wine we didn't order. It was removed promtly when brought to the attention of the waiter. I will definitely go back. Perhaps at a busier time so I can see if the service stands up.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Excellent northern italian fare. Needed more waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a refresh or remodel
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was good, not great, and not worth a drive or cab trip. Booths had visible rips in them, generally a "decent" restaurant, but certainly not worth a special trip, or for a special evening out.
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  • night out on the town
    townpainter
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Awesome service, great food, did not feel rushed at all. Service staff knew their stuff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect birthday meal
    YoungprofdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Exceeded all expectations! Delicious food (best gnocchi I've ever had), incredible braised lamb, also tried bites of the sole special and it was amazing. Dessert was mind-blowingly good,--homemade donuts-- although it was very large portion, I wish I had split it. The service was excellent. My only complaint was that my mojito was somewhat tasteless...but everything else was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad night
    unhappyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I was the one who suggested this restaurant for my husband and me and two other couples. We were on time for our 7:30 reservation. We were served our first course at 8:15 and our dinner at 9:30. The restaurant was full, but they are not new and they knew how many people were expected. The least they could have done was to offer a dessert, not that anyone would have stayed to eat it. It was a very unpleasant experience for all of us.
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  • After many wonderful meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    After many wonderful meals at Le Castagne this was my first dissappointment. The menu has changed and it had far less appeal. Choices were limited on the menu but the daily specials did round it out a bit. Rolls were stale, Wine by the glass was overpriced. Salads were ok but not standouts. The fish entre was beautifully presented but the flavor combinations were a bit off. Fish itself, however, was good. The gelato was terrible and the cappucino was tepid. The place has a wonderful atmosphere but it seems to be faltering on the food front.
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  • Good for Business Lunch
    foodie56
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I met a business associate here for lunch and we had a very pleasant experience. We were greeted at the door and the hostess took my coat and seated us promptly. The waitress was pleasant and knowledgable of the menu and provided prompt service without rushing us. My lunch partner had Veal Ravioli while I had the Frutti Di Mare. Both were excellent and the noise level was minimal so we could have a good conversation. I would recommend this Le Castagne to anyone for a business lunch. It appears to be a good spot for dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    CBA123
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The service was disappointing. The place was not very full yet the attention was lacking and the server didnt know which side to put the bread. We had long breaks between courses without anyone checking in. We had called ahead explaining we were entertaining a client (CEO of a major local organization) and they still didnt treat us to standard. Despite the disappointing service, we all agreed the food was delicious. the presentation was great. portions are somewhat small, so no doggy bags to take home!
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  • Best Lunch in a Long Time
    slrcpa
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Everything from the rolls and pesto to the dessert was fantastic. A wonderful culinary experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Coulda Been Better
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food was okay and I could've dealt with it but service was poor. Our waiter didn't speak a word to us after he got our order and he didn't even check for satisfaction or asked if we needed anything else; we had to ask the other waiter for stuff we needed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Lunch
    Shel426
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food was great, very nice place. They were not staffed up enough to handle the restaurant week lunch crowd. We were there for 1.5hrs and had to leave before dessert. They did box it for us which was nice. The staff was friendly. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A 2 hour lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I came here with family during restaurant week for a lunch on a Friday. Restaurant was beautiful, service was horrible and slow. After we ordered our selections, each course came out at a snails pace, our server forgot to replace silverware, and forgot to refil drinks. I would have to say the food was mediocre. After the check was dropped at the table it took 20 minutes for someone to come and collect it, and to process it. Sadly enough I would not return although I was hoping that this would become a new spot for us. When all said and done, a lunch that should have been an hour at the most, was 2 hours for a party of three. Sorry Le Castagne, so many other restaurants are on point with service we just can't recommend you!
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  • Thank God for the Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The food was good but the service was so-so. Went for lunch during Restaurant Week and the dining room was filled but it seemed as if there were only two servers. The hostess was excellent as she seemed to be running around and helping a lot. She was actually the one who first approached my table (after 10 minutes of no one) and took our drink orders. After receiving our drinks, our actual server stumbled through the specials for us and was MIA after that. She didn't even come back to ask us how everything was. As we were there the room started to empty out except for about two other tables, but it still took quite a long time to get our food. It wasn't a terrible experience but it could have been better.
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  • Very good food, server was
    TrovSenior
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Very good food, server was inexperienced and executed his job with small mistakes. Additional Mistakes by other servers through miscommunication among themselves. The room is well done with an air of Sophistication but lacks supervision. Overall an enjoyable experience. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-existent Menu Item
    bubber
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I made a reservation for lunch during Restaurant Week, enticed by the website listing of spaghetti nocciole that I have enjoyed in Italy. When i opened the menu, I was surprised to see that it was not listed. The server said she had never heard of it; when I showed her it on the online menu, she shrugged it off and said it was a mistake, that the restaurant had never made anything like that. How then did it magically appear on the website menu? Was it hacked? A responsible restaurant would scrutinize the menu it releases and thus be familiar with the expectations it creates. I left without ordering, having made a reservation precisely for the spaghetti nocciole. The rest of the menu was standard, unimaginative Northern Italian fare.
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  • Good food, bad service
    DisappointedDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Even though the restaurant week lunch menu posted online was entirely different than the menu presented to us at the restaurant, the several options that I sampled with my dining companion were quite good. That said, while the hostess greeted us and sat us promptly and courteously, the table service left something to be desired. Maybe it's because I am younger looking than Le Castagne's average clientele, but the fact that our server managed to take the order of a table that sat down after us and bring them their appetizers before even bringing us our drinks left a bad taste in my mouth and made me wonder whether the tasty food was even worth the hour and a half it took to order, eat, and pay on what was otherwise a very light lunch day.
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  • Precious Memory
    JBSYS
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Had a great meal with outstanding ambiance and service. Le Castagne reminded me of dinner in Roma - Top-Shelf!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Veronica
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The meal was very impressive. Great taste and great look. The only issue was the bill at the end. The server was new and accidentally charged our credit card too much, but it was taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I do not know how expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I do not know how expensive the food is on a normal day, but the restaurant week deal is great! Great food in general!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected- Unimpressed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    My friends and I do restaurant week to find the best places in Philly so we know where to go when girls night comes around. Half of us were pleased and the other half, not so much. No one was raving about the food, service or drinks. This is unusual for our group. The best dish was the gnocchi. Our server actually brought out of dessert- after waiting quite a while- before our entrée. The dessert was very disappointing. You could actually see the imprints in the vanilla from the plastic cups that it had been stored in for hours. It did not have much of a taste. I am glad I tried this for restaurant week and did not pay full price.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brilliant
    NH88
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Le Castagne was such a pleasant surprise. Reviews were mixed on Yelp, so when I had my first bite I was happy to find out the critiques got it all wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but slow service
    church
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Excellent food but the service was very slow for some reason. We have been here before and came back for the food but disappointed that the service was so slow given a relatively quiet night. We had to ask several times for things like bread, utensils, water. Never heard the specials but I think this is because we had 3 different servers that evening. It seemed like we just fell through the cracks.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ridiculous small portions
    dave
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Went their for a business lunch. i don't have to eat a big meal for lunch but for $40 a person, this meal was absurd. My entree was 3-4 ozs of chicken breast sauced over a spoonful of grilled lettuce sitting on a large white plate all by itself. A few roasted potatoes could have helped fill the plate as well as another vegetable. The heirloom beet salad prior to the entree had 4 see thru slices of beets laid out on the plate with what tasted like sour cream as a dressing. I did not get that presentation at all. The filled donut holes for dessert were delicious i would never go back or recommend for a business lunch.
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  • Very underwhelmed by this
    Cweb103VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Very underwhelmed by this restaurant. Food wasn't very memorable. Good wines to choose from, but in a city full of amazing Italian food, this was forgettable.
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    romantic, notable wine list
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  • Chef Recommended
    mrjhova
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    My friend who studied at The Art Institute in Philadelphia minutes away recommended to try this place while back in town. Not having a huge knowledge of finer foods and the lingo the menu was a bit tricky for my mother and sister, but they did enjoy their meals. I chose the Bistecca di vitello Veal hanger, sweet potato, bacon, pioppini mushrooms and watercress, finished with a black truffle reduction And is was absolutely amazing, needless to say when I move back to the city for school I will have to make this my place for special occasions and the occasional splurge when not eating cheese steaks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Dash
    valleyofgreen
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I made the reservation through Open Table and sent a note to Le Castagne of theater plans. Le Castagne is very accommodating. The atmosphere makes it feel like a "special night out", in a warm and welcoming way. Service is outstanding and the food - simply delicious. Bravo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    SouthStreetMikeVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Weekday lunch, Decent number of tables and only two servers. We had to ask someone to take our order and then one person never got their soup before the main course came out. Ice water refill poured for one despite three empty glasses. A friendly inquiry as to whether they were short staffed resulted in an answer that no there are usually just two of them. She didn't seem bothered when told that the service wasn't as good as usual. Probably won't rush back anytime soon.
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  • Great wait staff
    Bhall
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Really enjoyed the food. Unique items to choose from. Wait staff were all very friendly and enjoyable. Our crowd has a fun sense of humor and everyone that helped to serve our table were able to go with the flow. It really made for a fun evening. I had the Amish chicken, which had a strange texture, but the accompaniments made it very good. Just a great place to try for some different foods.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Napoletano
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Our experience could not have been better! Starting with the young lady at reception., to the pleasant and efficient waitstaff, to the outstanding food...all delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian gem in Philly biz district
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    Just perfect. Everything perfectly prepared, and then some. Handled a special order with aplomb. Peaceful, great for a business lunch too. Hats off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and Pleasant Dining Experience
    Luv4food
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Food was great and service went along with it! Enjoyed the dining experience from the drinks to the dessert. Would definitely recommend as a romantic spot. Quiet and pleasant to dine with no loud or obnoxious yelling. Great place if you are a foodie and wish to indulge in authentic italian cuisine. Gnocchi in white truffle cream was superb!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Larry
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The food here is consistently good and reasonably priced. Service is normally good except on our most recent visit when service was slow and inconsistent. Nice looking place and appear to value the customers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate