Osteria
Osteria

Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteriaphilly.com/
  • Phone: (215) 763-0920
  • Hours of Operation:
    This Mother's Day, Osteria will be open from 4PM to 10PM: Sunday, May 11th, 2014.

    Lunch: Thursday and Friday 11:30-2:00 p.m. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00-10:00 Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Michaud
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer two private dining rooms. The Wine Room, cozy with a view into the wine cellar, seats up to 30. The glass enclosed Patio offers the ambience of outdoor dining with the comfort of being indoors and seats up to 50. The Chef's Table located in our kitchen is perfect for groups 8-14. The whole restaurant is available for groups 50-150. Several menu options, all parties are served family style.
  • Private Party Contact: events@vetrifamily.com 2157630920x
  • Special Events: Osteria frequently hosts demonstration dinners, wine and beer dinners and tastings as well as hands on cooking classes. For a schedule of events please go to www.osteriaphilly.com/events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wallace Street
  • Public Transit: Septa Subway Broad Street Line Spring Garden Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and metered parking on Broad Street free after 6pm. Free parking on Mt.Vernon and Wallace Streets.
A word from Osteria
Rustic Northern Italian featuring homemade pastas, thin crust pizzas and wood grilled meats and fish. An all Italian wine list highlights small producers and an international beer list focuses on artisinal brews. A traditional Italian Osteria nestled on North Broad Street.
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Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
243 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (175)special occasion (112)notable wine list (87)good for groups (71)neighborhood gem (67)hot spot (65)romantic (61)vibrant bar scene (20)great for lunch (15)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (8)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Better than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    And it was awesome! Would love to go more often. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Longer the Osteria We Used To Enjoy So Much.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Big fans of Osteria for years, this was the most disappointing meal we've had at the restaurant. While the food is still quite good, and the wine selection is exciting (but, with VERY HIGH prices) the service was, at best, mediocre. Overall, inattentive, with an occasional burst of contrived enthusiasm. Delivery of the courses came with an attitude of indifference. Several times we had to insist that plates not be cleared until everyone at the table was finished. The sommelier was abrupt as if she had something better to do and couldn't wait to leave for the night. Perhaps the Vetri empire has expanded a bit too much and can no longer deliver that all around high quality experience we enjoyed so much. Disappointing, especially at the price. We'll look elsewhere for our "taste of Italy".
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  • special dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was excellent and innovative, and the cocktails delicious and different! The service was excellent as well. My only complaint is that the place is small, so the tables are really close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mortadella Pizza!
    Bilzo
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We researched the menu well. The serving sizes are moderate, so you can explore the menu. Great before dinner cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    CynwydkydVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Consistently wonderful in every way! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NASA Ken
    NASAKenVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Dining here has always been a pleasure. Sitting at the bar offers a more friendly interchange with the bartender, Kristen, who has always proven to be extremely knowledgeable in both food and wine options and pairings, cordial to customers and makes the overall dining experience an event that makes a Customer want to return. Highly recommend this restaurant for ambience, food, wine and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • review
    hungry
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wonderful food and service! Turning down the music would greatly improve the experience. Almost impossible to hear the other person across from you.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipping downhill food-wise
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We've been eating at Osteria for the past four years and there has been a gradual change from what used to be our go-to restaurant to more and more of a disappointment each time we return. . Too bad. I'm guessing that like a lot of people, we won't be back.
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  • There are better in Phila
    GregfromMedia
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We went in expecting the best and though there were some great dishes, there were disappointments. 1. Great pate appetizer. So-so smoked fish app 2. The sausage and egg pizza was entirely mediocre. 3. The chicken liver pasta was fantastic. 4. The gorgonzola pasta was embarrassing. Three mouthfuls and the $18 dish was over. Smallest portion I have ever seen in my life. So, overall, very disappointing. Sorry.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Too Salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My ravioli was too salty, to a point where salt made me cringe. The same was with our steak. When you pay over $100 for steak I would expect it cooked perfectly. Our servers were all great.
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  • never disappoints
    DeborahVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great restaurant with nice menu and ambiance. Service is always good and the dessert menu is a highlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First class
    Occasionaldiner
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We chose this restaurant from a list of "best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia" and we were not disappointed. The service was prompt but not hurried. The menu is varied and includes unusual items. The food was of a very high standard, perfect lamb, delicious ravioli, excellent liver pate, etc. etc. The desserts, which often are the weakest link in good restaurants, were exceptional. And the coffee was as good as I've had anywhere. The only caveat for me, as it is almost everywhere these days, was the sound level. Do restauranteurs go out of their way to furnish their rooms with sound reflecting surfaces and to remove anything that absorbs noise?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    RobC
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    always great food and service, go there, i love it and so does the gf and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Mary Orlando
    ClevelandVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We all loved it food was great and service was even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended
    61alums
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife and I were very impressed with Osteria. Everything from the wine list, service, atmosphere, presentation, and the food itself were excellent. Will look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic Italian
    vegetarianfoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was my second time at Osteria, and both times were amazing. The first time my favorite dish was the polenta ravioli I think it was, but I didn't see it on the menu the second time (I guess they have seasonal menus). I also tried the pizza, it was crispy and a little oily, but very tasty and the pesto on it was very flavorful. There are a few vegetarian options, but not as many as I would like. However, the service is very nice and accommodating. Overall the food is a little salty, but everything was very tasty, fresh, and unique. The desserts were the highlight of the meal - so definitely save room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Great restaurant
    Sarah1777
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food was delicious and the service really good. Wait time was perfect and they brought us a candle for our special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anyone can take a Reservation
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It's honoring the reservation that counts. We were there for our anniversary Told they were running behind so we waited at the bar The place was packed and loud and we were unable to have a nice conversation. After waiting 20 minutes there wer decided to eat at the bar. No place mats uncomfortable having silverware on the bar top. I ordered eggplant lasagne. The bartender came back and said its seasonal and not available Why was it in the menu?? We Ordered a pizza and spaghetti and salmon. Food was ok but nothing to rave about. Overpriced If you know someone there you probably have a better chance getting a table.
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  • Not Impressed--Very Mediocre
    PhillyPhoodie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food, service, attentiveness and wine knowledge was very mediocre. It would have been acceptable except for the high expectations set by Vetri's acclaim.
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  • Perfect
    Raclette
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My family had a perfect dinner here celebrating a special occasion. We've been here many times and have never been disappointed. The food was wonderful. The ambience was lovely. The real standout this night was the service. Both our waiter and the kitchen staff were terrific. I wish we could eat here more often. It's definitely a favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Always incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food is always amazing and service excellent. It's our favorite place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to fall in love with
    ajintrude
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I don't like leaving a restaurant hungry. Way over priced. Confusing menu. Underwhelming portions. Service? I assume she was having a bad day.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, but not memorable
    Sooz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed Osteria, but it is not a destination restaurant; one we would come back to whenever we go to Philadelphia. The food was never worse than good, often very good, but never memorable. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive, but I did not get the appetizer I had ordered. On a Friday night, it was noisy, but with the very high ceilings, there was no problem conversing at a table for two. At a larger table, I'm not so sure. I'm not familiar with Philadelphia restaurants. So while I would recommend Osteria to a friend, if I were going back to Philly, I would try somewhere else.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ending to long travel day
    GoPack15
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    After sitting in MKE for 3hrs for our 2 hr flight our dinner tonight made it all worth it. From the melt in your mouth postage stamp ravioli to the pistachio gelato everything we ate was fabulous. Great service and fun decor. Only minus was no diet tonic for my wife's favorite cocktail. Oh well great night to long frustrating travel day!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A CELEBRATION
    ArtLover
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Dinner at Osteria is always a celebration, whether it is for a birthday, anniversary, or just a celebration of friendship. Having lived in Italy, we can attest that the food here is prepared in the Italian tradition -- simple flavors done better than you ever dreamed. It is always hard to choose, so we order plenty and then enjoy some again at home -- an indulgence, sure, but small consolation for the fact that we can't eat here every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience -again!
    kenmVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    another great dining experience. Large group of 8 was well taken care of!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great N.Italian
    VisitorsfromGreenvilleVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    If you enjoy N. Italian food-don't look for "red sauce" this restaurant is a must. Great variety, everything is prepared properly, absolutely 1st rate-even the gelato was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thursday lunch
    Don1
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    As always food and service were excellent. However noise level was very high and diners could have been spread out given the restaurant was not that full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Roasted pig was a special offering. It was outstanding, the best pork dish I ever had. Waiter suggested a great wine pairing. We started with a beautiful platter of roasted vegetables which was delicious. Desert was incredible, warm donuts and cinnamon and pistachio ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • LobsterVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia! Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dish
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were a small group this time. We really enjoy this restaurant. Our lunches were excellent. Everyone enjoyed their entree. Our appitizer was wonderful and dessert was great. Our server was was very helpful, friendly and gave great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was very excellent
    Luv4food
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We were a party of five and we were put at a rectangular table for 4, and they set up an extra place setting for the fifth person at the end of the table, so that my back was in the aisle, and the tabke was cramped. I was very annoyed at this- for a restaurant this expensive and good, I thought this was not acceptable. They should have put us at a round table, or if there was no space that night for five, not accepted the reservation. Very surprising and it got in the way of the overall experience. Also they had paper mats under the plates. Didn't like this either/ the place seems to be trying to be casual, but this is sloppy and feels cheap. Not the thing to so when you are paying 300 dollars for a meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Always great and consistent. Rigatoni with chicken livers is a winner as are all the octopus dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    No care for needs of the customer. When asked for a substitute for a dish the only option given was beans. As a chef, I am sure you have more options available then just beans. The servers lack of care for our requests and lack of help with the menu were not appropriate.
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  • Maybe I ordered wrong
    DubC
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I've heard great things about Osteria, and since I wasn't willing to pony up for Vetri, this was the closest I could get to that experience. The food was a mixed bag. The roasted pig special was dry (I should know better than take the last serving of any special) and tiny for the price ($35). The octopus salad was *excellent* and by far my favorite dish. My boyfriend's pasta was good, but not stellar. Dessert definitely saved it. The bombolone and the gelato were excellent. We also had great service and the ambiance was beautiful, but I was disappointed in the food.
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    hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • meh
    delawarian
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    was looking forward to eating here - however was disappointed in the menu. after reading rave reviews about the wood oven pizza, found that i've had better pizza elsewhere - ordered parma pizza. neighborhood and parking situation not ideal. pasta dishes were not that good either. eggplant lasagna, better versions at macaroni grill. polenta gnocchi too mushy/salty - not light and fluffy. the charred octopus was ok but too salty. wine list interesting - negroamara delish the molten lava cake/chocolate flan best part of whole meal. the pistachio gelato - i've had better versions. overall, after 4 years of waiting to dine here, i was sorely disappointed. am still dying to eat at Ventri, so perhaps that will be a much better experience.
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    kid-friendly
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  • A place you can always count on.
    NSllVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. The food is fabulous without fail. The chopped liver pasta is a crowd favorite. The desserts are fresh and delicious, The casual rustic Italian ambience is comfortable for day or evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Djctec
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great lunch with a colleague. Service and food was very good.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost
    BornAgainItalian
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The Ambiance, Service and wines by the glass were great. The menu was extremely varied and interesting, and the Artichoke and Octopus appetizers, and the Peach desert were fabulous. BUT....both pastas were very disappointing. The mussel pasta was dominated by the taste of the peperonata....couldn't taste the mussels at all, and the breadcrumbs were weak. The doppio ravioli tasted fine, but identical to any ravioli with a butter sage sauce....the presence of veal brains and/or corn was undetectable. The pasta itself, however, was nicely done.
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  • Nice but not sure it was worth $$
    NjdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was good. Service ok. Very disappointed that we wrote special instructions when making reservations that we were celebrating our friends wedding and nothing was done. We were not asking for anything but an acknowledgement. This place wasn't so busy they couldn't do so. For what we spent in food and beverages, an acknowledgement would have been nice. Not sure we would return. There are so many others that show exceptional service along with an amazing food experience, that just good service and good food isn't enough anymore.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.