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
65 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (34)fit for foodies (27)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (11)good for groups (9)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Consistently excellent
    RuncibleSpoon
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    One of my favorite places to take clients to lunch - the menu is always interesting and the food is wonderful - and the ambience is quiet and classy - no negatives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pasta
    glofVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great homemade pasta and the others had delicious fresh fish dishes. The open bar window area is pretty spectacular too
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    glutenfreediner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I went here for a birthday dinner. I have a gluten allergy so I'm always looking for new places to try. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. When I ordered I said I had an allergy. The waiter suggested I try the gnocchi with my dinner and said it would be a treat. He was spot on! The food was amazing! The menu does not say this, but they have gluten free gnocchi and pasta. The homemade gelato is some of the best I've ever had. Would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Average Dinner
    BeteraVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We hoped for a great meal but were disappointed. The bread was doughy, butter tasteless, beet salad okay, pappardelle bolognese just okay. The servers were very nice and the atmosphere quietly elegant, which we liked. Sadly the food did not match.
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  • Excellent
    BreifneVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Very pleased with our first visit here. Delicious food, good portions, nice wine list: Many by the glass choices from a cruvinet system. Notable for the service, which was very professional, attentive, and friendly without being intrusive. A couple of treats for us too at the end. They definitely put their best foot forward -- in food and service -- during Restaurant Week. Looking forward to our return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Okay
    ck369633256
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I expected greatness from this restaurant but it was just okay. My boyfriend and I went during restaurant week. The menu section was awesome, but the actual taste and quality of food was just okay. I thought the decor and ambiance of the restaurant was nice, but the service was not great at all. Our server didn't come to introduce until 20 minutes after we had sat down.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    Terri
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had the octopus & flat iron steak. Was a fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went for restaurant week and the only problem was to chose between all the offering. Everything we had was delicious and the service excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Mike in Center City
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our first time here with friends was a very enjoyable experience. Service was the best. We rate the food just good because it was too salty. I had the octopus for an appetizer, which was delicious. Friends had Gnocchi and they raved about it. My wife remarked that the steak was a bit salty. I had the duck and it was very tasty. Deserts were excellent. We definitely recommend Le Castagne.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    yutzn33
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was our 5th wedding anniversary, for my wife and I, also our first time to Philly. We were looking for a place to eat and my wife wanted fresh pasta, so googled Italian Restaurants near me and got three choices. All were walking distance from our hotel and looking at menus this seemed to fit for what she was looking for. Long story, short the food was outstanding, you will not be disappointed, its not your traditional Italian cuisine. More contemporary. Everything was fresh. The owner came to our table thru out the night, you felt very welcomed. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and decor
    Philly
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went for restaurant week and was very impressed. Food was excellent and service was good. I highly recommend the garlic sausage!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    Kmil321VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The crowd was very professional for lunch. It was also very busy for lunch, I wish I would've known how dressy the general attire would have been. I was probably the only person in jeans. The food was amazing, The ravioli to die for! We weren't given drink menus until after we ordered food, service was a little slow. Overall, good food, interesting ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's good again
    KarenrVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We tried Le Castagne a month ago, and then again last week for restauant week. Both times it was excellent. For restaurant week menu, I tried the beef carpacio, and the flat iron steak, which was very tender. The menu was very varied offering many options and entree choices. We had stopped going to this restaurant for a couple of years as it had lost its way. Now that Anthony is back, the place is up to it's previous standard of quality food and preparation. It is back on our normal rotation list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food, Service, Ambiance
    DonnVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Delighted to discover this Italian restaurant during Restaurant Week. The food was unparalleled and the service was excellent. Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Restaurant Week
    nms73
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A few friends and I went here for Restaurant Week. Our server and bus boy were friendly, fun, knowledgeable, and attentive. While every dish was great, I am positive I will never be satisfied eating gnocchi anywhere but here ever again. It is the best gnocchi I have ever had and will be extremely hard to beat. Extensive wine list that appeases those on a budget and willing to pay a little extra.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food; unprofessional service
    ckc680VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    With the exception of stale rolls for our Saturday night dinner, the food was good. The kitchen accommodated a vegan and a post-wisdom teeth surgery diner with thoughtful off-menu preparations. The space is also beautiful. Unfortunately, the amateur service left us wondering whether the grown-ups were trapped in the kitchen. When we asked for "2 minutes" to review the wine list, it took more than 10 for our server to return. 2 other servers brought tapinades, but no bread. When our first courses arrived, we still hadn't received our bread or our wine. When we asked for a check another waiter brought us dessert menus. One female server was dressed as if an extra for Rocky Horror, rather than a formal Italian restaurant. Where is the manager?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Philly Gem
    BONVIVANTVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was celebrating a milestone Birthday and my husband offered to take me anywhere I wanted to go for dinner. There was only one place for me - Le Castagne! We were greeted by the wonderful hostess, Lisa and little did I know my husband called ahead and asked that she order a dozen of roses that were waiting for me at our table. The wait staff is always friendly and could not be more accommodating. And of course, an epicurean delight prepared by the Executive Chef, Michael. We have been coming here for years and highly recommend it to all our family and friends...and for us, it is worth the hour drive. Every time we have dinner at Le Castagne, whether a special occasion or just a night out for dinner, we are NEVER disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 664 reviews are from the Le Castagne reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Excellent northern italian fare. Needed more waitstaff.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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