Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Ralph's Italian Restaurant

Ralph's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ralphsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2156276011
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch (M-F): 11:45am - 3:00pm
    Dinner (Monday - Thursday): 3:00pm - 9:45pm
    Dinner (Friday): 3:00pm - 10:45pm
    Dinner (Saturday): 11:45am - 10:45pm
    Dinner (Sunday): 11:45am - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Rubino, Jr.
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Accommodating up to 100 guests:

    http://ralphsrestaurant.com/ralphs/Docs/banquet_menu.pdf
  • Private Party Contact: Barry Kerney 2156276011
  • Special Events: Ralph`s does accomodate parties up to 100 people for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, etc!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Catherine
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Valet can also be arranged ahead of time for large parties and special events.
A word from Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Ralph's now accepts credit cards!

Ralph's since 1900. Ralph's is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the ORIGINAL Dispigno family, insuring that you will receive the same great food and high quality service that has been a Ralph's tradition for over 100 years! With help from the fifth and sixth generations, Ralph's Italian Restaurant is the Oldest Italian Restaurant in America.
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Ralph's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
238 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (172)fit for foodies (76)good for groups (67)special occasion (63)romantic (38)great for lunch (34)kid-friendly (31)notable wine list (27)hot spot (19)late-night find (7)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • We love Ralphs!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I always love my Ralph's dining experience. We pull up to the curb, beep once, and the valet comes right out. We never have more than a few minutes wait, but like to give them notice by making a reservation. My favorites are the mussels over pasta and the veal saltimboco (sp?). They also serve great wine in carafes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    slrcpa
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been coming here for many years and always leave happy and full. Great martinins at the bar and delicious home cooked Italian food. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veal pharm
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My family drives an hour once a month just for the veal. It is amazing! We often get a few meals to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Real Philly dinning experience
    FancyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've mean meaning to get to Ralph's for ages and we glad did!! The food: caesar salad, broccoli rabe, shrimp scampi over pasta and gnocchi with meatballs was all top notch!! We will return!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Fitforfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If you have not been to Ralph's you are missing out on great homemade Italian. The food is outstanding ( try the veal cap and mussels red) . They treat you like family, are very accommodating, and extremely friendly . We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent On All Accounts
    Martyn
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    That was the best plate of linguine we have had and this century old restaurant is defiantly untrendy. I'm guessing you have to be Sicilian to get a table on the second floor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ralph's Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I went to Ralph's because my oven was broken and I found a groupon for it. The food was amazing. I got the fettuccini alfredo and my boyfriend got the shrimp scampi. The shrimp scampi was out of this world! The service was so-so and the waiter made a face when I told him I had a groupon, which I though was rude because it wasn't like I wouldn't still tip him on the real amount, but whatever, I would definitely go back and this time get the shrimp scampi!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was good, but wife ordered Ghnochi and got cavatelli. I sat with a empty water glass for a good 10 minutes. Tables are VERY close, and you must Valet park but I knew that going in. Prices were reasonable but probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always Ralphs is amazing food
    jayem41
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My son and I met in Philly for another amazing dinner at Ralphs. While neither of us bothered to open our menus mainly because we already knew what we were going to have. My son and I love our Veal Parmigiana and there is really no where better then Ralphs. The salad which was huge fresh and cold was followed by the mouth watering veal parm. As always Ralphs is your home cooked away from home. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as we remembered it...
    beachgirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went to Ralph's with high expectations as the last time we visited, the food & service were excellent. Not this time. One of us didn't get our food at all because the waiter forgot to order it. When it came, it was the wrong entrée. Very disappointing. The waiter tried to make it right by bringing two complementary desserts. Food wasn't good enough to warrant another visit. Mine came cold, pasta came after I was practically finished eating & the overall taste was just OK. Everyone else in our party agreed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Phillyfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Excellent veal dishes and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good old place
    carolngeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Ralph's feels like 'authentic' South Philly Italian dining. Lunch was nicely served by Dominick, and the ambience is warm and inviting. The prices for lunch used to be a lot lower, and now seem a bit expensive, but we're glad we went.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    MarriedanItalian
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Wonderful menu, great service and they now take credit cards. This place doesn't dissappoint
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    Stujay1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    If you want the best Italian Food when you are in Phillly, then Ralph's is a must !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal at Ralph's
    jazzcrazy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is the place to go for pasta and gravy. I had the eggplant parm and my partner had the spaghetti and meatballs. Portions are perfect, you can eat most of it and you get a little to take home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red gravy joint in Philly
    mfoy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food is very good. I had the ravioli and meatballs, husband had veal and both were excellent. Beware - this place is very cramped and you're seated right on top of each other. A table for two is tight! Service was okay, nothing special. They were very busy on the Sat we were there. Prices were reasonable for a city restaurant and the wine list was decent. Take advantage of the valet parking because you would spend hours circling the block looking for a spot and there are no nearby lots. Would definitely return for more visits.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Authentic Italian!
    Virginia
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What a gem, food was fantastic great atmosphere. Went with another couple before Billy Joel. Great service, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Family style and usually fine, but getting worse by the visit. In this case, very slow (45+ minutes for entrees) service also was accompanied by a lasagna that was super-hot on the outside and literally cold on the inside. Really inexcusable in an Italian comfort food restaurant. the house Chianti was undrinkable and very unlikely Chianti. I am certainly not expecting anything outstanding, but there are plenty of perfectly palatable Chiantis that would be more appropriate and still economical for the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Italian food
    Foodlvr
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love this place. Great service and great staff. Of u want awesome Italian food this is the place. Good portions for the price you pay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    CarlLaFang
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As usual, food and service were outstanding. Can never go wrong at Ralph's!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    It's amazing it just keeps getting better and, Better had the lasagna and veal parm both were excellent and the service was great
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ralphs
    Kc122562
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent service excellent food excellent atmosphere. Will be returning in future
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seen beter days
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We recently dined there on Saturday night and found the food to be decent but nothing exceptional. Friends mentioned that it has gone down in quality from what it used to be and I tend to agree.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Good Time
    MizBBK
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went with a family of 5 (all adults) for a late dinner around 9 pm on a Friday night. Everyone enjoyed their meals and said they'd definitely come back. Three of us had heaping portions of lasagna made with sausage, not ground beef, which everyone agreed was pretty tasty. Two had pasta with sausage. The sauce was delicious, but the sausage was hard (dried out?). Would definitely have the pasta again, but would not order with sausage. Wait staff was very accommodating, even turning down the air a bit when we requested. Ambiance is old world Italian, with large murals on the wall and music in the background (we sat upstairs). It was a bit noisy, due to a couple of other large parties. Would recommend downstairs if you're a couple.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi a la vodka and Cannoli cake
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    These items are a must! The staff were very knowledgeable, warm, and fast! However, I was charged $5 for Pellegrino water and for my dinner, individually plus tip, was $37. Very pricey but nice for a treat maybe once a year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent food and very good service. Seating was a bit cramped. I highly recommend the veal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't be happier
    Capthowdy14
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I don't understand how anyone could be negative about ralphs the food is just wonderful and portions are plentiful. You won't find a more reasonable wine list anywhere in the city. The service is just great and the waitstaff treats you like old friends always an enjoyable experience I love bringing first timers there because they rave about it
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Fitforfood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food is great, try the veal cap and mussels red you won't regret it! The server was very helpful with all of our questions and made our dinning experiance wonderful. No wonder they have been around for over 100 years , I can't wait to eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RALPHS - Reliable
    DRHBRVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is not gourmet but when you want "old fashioned" "like Momma made" (if Mom was a great Italian cook), this is the place in S. Philly. Excellent mussels -plentiful, superb "gravy". Same for Veal Marsala and my wifes Chicken Parm. Fine House Chianti and excellent bar including well made/chilled pre dinner whiskey sour and post dinner "French Kiss" coffee. Did request upstairs via Open Table -seated down. Dont think they look much at these requests. Similarly, had "Groupon" problem with voucher saying OK Sat. night, which to me meant in addition to other nights, but apparently means ONLY for Saturday nights (we were there on a Sunday) but not sure if that is their prob or Groupons. Anyway- great Italian food. Always reliable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This wasn't our first visit to Ralph's nor will it be the last. Fantastic food - Italian style. Wait service at just the right pace.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't miss!
    happiestgirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    South philly flair at its finest! A worthwhile stop! Mussels, Italian classics - pasta & gravy with meatballs, and tiramisu do not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ralph's
    NoName
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The entire experience was like eating at an upscale MacDonald's. It's crowded, the tables are too small (for a party of two), the server was curt and the entire experience was rushed. Have to admit though, the food was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • old school italian
    Quinny
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very cool that this is THE oldest Italian restaurant in America, old building ,pretty solid homemade food, nothing fancy, but good basic ingredients and good taste. Even the gravy was good!Great experienced servers, really good house wine.....born and raised in Philadelphia and I'm glad to have finally made it to Ralph's!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better be fast !
    Steuby
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were rushed from the moment we sat down. The waiter was irritated when we asked questions about the menu. We were never even asked if we wanted coffee or desert. Just brought us the check!!!!! Food was average at best. Will never return. Way too many other nice restaurants in Philly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I had veal parm. It was overbreaded overcooked and dry. The pasta accompanying my meal was very overcooked and soggy. The receptionist was very nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an icon
    happiestgirl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A must visit fir any local who has never been and a great place to show off local flair to off town visitors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ZHDC
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an early dinner at 4pm, so I can't say what it would be like later in the evening. The staff was wonderful and friendly, the lasagna was delicious, very tasty sauce and the sausage as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Philly Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have not been here for 30 years since I was in college. I brought my daughter and the food did not disappoint. The prices are reasonable, the service was great, and the food was just as good 30 years later
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldie but Goodie
    Foodiegirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    So glad I decided to eat at Ralphs before the Phillies game. It has been 30+ years since I've been to Ralphs but the food is still amazing. They have totally renovated the place and tje upstairs is beautiful. We had ravioli, manicotti, eggplant parm & chicken florentine and evrry dish was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Love Ralph's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The best spaghetti sauce ("gravy" as it's known in South Philly) you can find.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate