Varalli Restaurant
Varalli Restaurant

Varalli Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.varalliusa.com/
  • Phone: 2155466800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Lunch: Private group luncheons can be arranged by contacting our special events coordinator Brian Datesman @ 215-546-6800
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: William Carroll
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Varalli Restaurant can accommodate large parties of 10 or more people. An array of rooms and spaces are available that are versatile and flexible for your dining needs. Varalli Restaurant has 24+ years experience in coordinating private events. See for yourself the Varalli difference.
  • Private Party Contact: Brian Datesman 2155466800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Discount parking at selected neighborhood lots is available with validation.
A word from Varalli Restaurant
Residing in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City, Varalli Restaurant reflects the elegance and artistry of its Avenue of the Arts location. A dining destination for over 24 years, Varalli Restaurant is conveniently located within a few blocks of the Convention Center, major hotels, theaters and arts venues. This restaurant boasts playful decorative accents that give each dining room the distinction of a chic gallery featuring whimsical oceanic sculptural details and a unique illuminated glass fusion mosaic. The menu’s Northern Italian and Mediterranean-style seafood dishes are works of art in their own rights and promise flavorful distractions.
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Varalli Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (29)fit for foodies (24)romantic (22)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (16)scenic view (13)vibrant bar scene (11)notable wine list (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Bluebeller
    BluebellerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Pre-concert. Never disappointed. Friendly, helpful waitstaff. Drinks good. Calamari appetizer excellent. Veal piccata tender and tasty. Tartufo just right for dessert. And in plenty of time for the concert without feeling rushed. We have never been disappointed here.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Excellent Meal
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Varalli's remains our favorite pre-concert/theater restaurant. The food is always excellent as is the service. I'm absolutely clueless how they manage to serve a completely full restaurant in time for the 8 PM performances while maintaining superbly prepared meals. BUT they do so without rushing you out the door or appearing to be rushed themselves. The meal just happens. Kudos all around!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre concert dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Nice dressy restaurant for pre show dinner if you enjoy dining vs eating. Food excellent. Service too. Across from Academy of Music and one block from Kimmel Center. Parking nearby. Lively bar. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always gr8
    latinprofVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    love the food and the service and the place in general. miss the duck, but the veal piccata is superb! and tiramisu to die for...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location, Location, Location
    StanleymanlyVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great location, near the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center, handy for pre-theatre or after-theatre, been there for a long time, but appears to be sliding downhill. Warm but clumsy greeting. Maybe it was the crying baby that soured the mood, but the infant would not stop wailing, until the parents finally left. At 8:45 the restaurant was one-third full, with a private party of about 12 in a separate room. Decent wine list, fairly priced. Waiter seemed inexperienced. We shared a beet salad and asked for dressing on the side. It arrived drenched in dressing. We sent it back. My chicken breast was dry, the vegetables overdone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent meal
    VINPOL
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    EAch of us enjoyed our entree choices. the service was personable and friendly and efficient. we felt relaxed and really enjoyed our dinner there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BuntzVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We often dine at Varalli before the Phila. Orch. concerts because the food is very good, the service is quick and keyed to getting people to the various theaters in the area, and the vibe is comfortable. This past Saturday was no exception. Great meal and a nice way to start our evening!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining out for Life outing
    EarlyDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    A group of 7 dined here for Dining Out For Life. The staff was wonderful at handling separate checks and different "paces" for dinner. i.e. some ordered the tasting menu, some just entrees. They also graciously handled the change from a party of 6 that we had reserved, to a party of 7. All of us are regular diners here. It is always a pleasure to be welcomed by their great host.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pasta
    LovethefunoffoodVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Had the pasta stuffed with eggplant and it was delicious. Had question about bottles of wine and bartender helped us immensely! Would definitely return!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent meal and attentive staff
    Jill
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The menu has an excellent selection and "specials". All 4 diners reported their food was excellent except the salmon was considered by one to be slightly overcooked. The only disappointment was the creme brulee, but when we mentioned this to the waiter, he was very apologetic , offered another desert, and removed the creme brulee from the bill. The ambiance is very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and convenient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    One member of our group was a vegetarian--the waiter helped her choose an entrée and then had it customized for her--she said it was delicious! We've been dining at this restaurant for years and have NEVER been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat visitor
    Eileen
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was great and our server was attentive and well informed re: the menu. He was able to get us out in time to make the preconcert lecture at the kimmel while making sure our meal experience was a pleasure
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great pre-theater place
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I took my daughter and 16 year old granddaughter before seeing a play at the Kimmel Center and we all enjoyed our meal. Between the 3 of us we ordered 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 sides and 2 deserts. the waiter was very accommodating and not put out at all by our desire to share everything and split up all the dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am currently disabled and
    DEdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I am currently disabled and I found them to be very accommodating. We ate early, about 4:30, so it was quiet, but noise level went up, but still comfortable to communicate with my friend. Food is really wonderful, nice slight changes in the menu. Wait staff are superb.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in the theater district
    Chuck2527
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very enjoyable experience, with a menu of delicious options. I'm a picky eater, and they managed to make my meal perfect--even making a minor change. Highly recomended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    MysteryriderVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We go there with another couple 10:30 on a Saturday night, and keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our first time at
    Beav
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was our first time at Varalli. It was wonderful! Everyone enjoyed their meal, as well as the bread with oil and pesto and the apps. Our drinks were top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made to Feel Welcome
    BretVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Five of us have had dinner here several times in the past prior to a performance. Though we all enjoy exploring various dining options, and there are many good ones in Philadelphia, after our recent visit we have concluded that there aren't any that meet our needs any better than Varalli's. We are recognized by the Maitre d' when we enter and promptly escorted to "our table" and greeted by a familiar server. He is most cognizant of timing and always gets us on our way with time to spare. The food may not knock your socks off but it is prepared with fresh ingredients, is innovative but not overly saucy, and is very flavorful. This visit all of us commented about how fresh and tasty all of our choices were and nicely presented. We will return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location near the Academy
    Annie
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Great location near the Academy of Music so wonderful for a quick early dinner before a show.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual Dining Before Show
    Bill
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Great food and service. Not rushed. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Varalli
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Good friends who had gone to Varalli for years before Philadelphia Orchestra concerts recommended it for the food and the service. The food was delicious, the service impeccable, and easily met some difficult dietary needs. We went with another couple on Sunday night when it wasn't crowded and we were able to talk with each other in normal voices. Nice. We hope to return many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • convenient consistent
    JHP1VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great pre theater spot. Attentive service. Food good. Would probably not make a trip there were it not for the location. Reasonably priced
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Dropin
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Very good service. Food was great. Need a bigger bar selection. And get rid of the fries that came with the steak. Made it have a cheap feeling. But a great time though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for pre concert.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Lovely atmosphere and the food was excellent. We both had linguine with clams and I thought it was the best I've ever had, I will definitely return and probably soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place Good food & Service
    JoetVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Handy to the theater and attentive and professional service . Good food and good wine list- reasonable prices. Flatbread starter was tasty and could be shared by four. My wife's crab salad was very good and had ample chunks of lump crab and freash crisp ingredients. My spinach pappardelle had a nice sauce and ample meat- pasta was a bit overcooked and tasteless however. But generally good. Service was attentive and professional. A good value for a center city eatery. We recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    PattyC
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Delicious food, great service, and very convenient to theaters for before or after show dining and drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Place
    Charles
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    For anyone going to a show this is an excellent place to eat. Food is good and service is prompt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant sits right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The restaurant sits right in the middle of the theater district and is a pre-show favorite. Reservations peak at 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. They make an excellent and successful effort to get you to your show on time. The food is good and the servers are terrific. They work under tremendous pressure with the crowd all coming in at virtually the same time. .
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal and service
    Todd
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Stop here often. Service and food are very good. Bartenders are great and always have some unique drinks available
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding service - best waitress
    Eric
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    good food, but really outstanding waitress. The noise level was to be expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner pre "Phantom"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Delicious dinner! We chose the tasting menu- we had no trouble selecting from the varied choices- everything sounded wonderful. It was just enough, not overwhelming, and our server was awesome. We were concerned about the 2 hours recommended because we were seeing "Phantom" at 8, but our server made it work perfectly. Bravo!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gourmet North Italian Dining!
    Angelica
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It is always a pleasure to return to Varalli's and find something new and interesting on the menu. The appetizers are appealing and serve as a small plate as well; in particular, the shrimp my friend ordered. The wine selection is quite good. I enjoyed the calamari with peppers and sauce over argula. The pork loin was a goodly size and tender as was the Veal Picante which I love! Really splendid dining. I have to make a separate trip for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even though Philly is a great
    MysteryriderVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Even though Philly is a great restaurant city, there just are not enough restaurants that are close, and open late enough Friday and Saturday nights for dinner after the Philly Pops, or the Wilma theater. Varalli's is one of the ones are. It is always a favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Varalli is a great pre-theater or pre-concert option. Service is prompt and the menu is very appetizing. I really enjoyed the pan-roasted pork mignon. Excellent choice of wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful experience
    lori
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    a friend and I had dinner here after flying in from seattle and had an amazing dinner, it was a theater night and we were surprised that the service was so efficient considering how many people were there, that needed to get going. we were well attended to and our food was outstanding. I will eat there again. the location is so handy to everything downtown as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service! Comfortable
    LouiseNVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Great service! Comfortable atmosphere and decent food. Great location for theater goers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient Location - Food sub par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We went for an early business dinner. Service was good however the food was fair to poor. I had the special soup which was ice cold (it was supposed to be a hot soup). The idea was fine - included lobster meat in the soup. Then had the sea bass which has some sort of balsamic glaze which was very acidic and fish did not look or taste like any sea bass that I had ever seen. Very convenient location in Center City but there may be better choices. Full disclosure - we ate everything and did not mention to the management as we in business discussions and did not want to be distracted.
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  • Great Pre-Theater Spot
    PhillyMIke
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Had a very enjoyable dinner here. I had the Mezzi Rigatoni while my companion had the Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast. The food was excellent. Our maitre d' was gracious and our server, Jennifer, was very attentive, and made sure that we were able to meet a 7:30 curtain with time to spare. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater goers delight
    CaribbeanFrank
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    A reasonably priced Italian restaurant in the heart of the theater district. The food is very good and the pasta is cooked al dente. While not a large menu, I can always find something and it is always good. Service is what you would expect. Always there when you want something but never intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent choice for theater-goers!
    winendine
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent service, very knowledgeable & experienced wait staff. Shrimp Fra Diavolo was exactly as described in detail by our server; the suggested wine pairing was perfect. We had someone at the table with a garlic allergy and they accommodated that without compromising the dish. Great location very close to theaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.