La Famiglia Ristorante
La Famiglia Ristorante

La Famiglia Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafamiglia.com/
  • Phone: 2159222803
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gino Sena
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: La Famiglia can accommodate large parties of 10 or more. Please contact the restaurant for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 2159222803

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St .
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: La Famiglia offers Valet parking on Friday and Saturday night. There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.
A word from La Famiglia Ristorante
The Sena family tradition of culinary excellence dates back to early 1947 when Carlo “Papa” Sena began to cook in postwar Naples. The family carried this experience across the Atlantic and opened La Famiglia in 1976 in the shell of a Colonial tea warehouse. Today, La Famiglia stands as the finest Italian restaurant in Philadelphia and a major landmark on the city’s vibrant restaurant scene.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
La Famiglia Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (46)special occasion (44)notable wine list (42)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (8)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Has earned it's Great Repuation
    AandS
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Delicious food, tasty wine and great service! Would definitely go back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Mort
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Prix fixed choices. Apps were fantastic. Veal was good but I bet they can do better when not mass producing same 3 dishes. Defenitely going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Maryd
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We went for restaurant week. It was a last minute reservation and what a good choice. The dishes wer the right size and delicious. We ordered a bottle of wine which was cheater than by the glass plus it was smooth. Would definite recommend to friends , and go again. You should get dressed up to go there . This place isn't a jeans or casual place. That makes the experience even more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Saimir
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was amazing, I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for a fancy night out!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Excellent service and exceptional food. An enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Every year my best friend and I take turns taking each other out for our birthday dinner. It is always a surprise to the birthday girl. I picked La Famiglia this time and it was a huge hit!! She loved it! It happened to be restaurant week which was a nice bonus for us. The food was fantastic! We had the good fortune to have Gaetano as our server. He was wonderful! We will be sure to ask for him when we return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect in Every way
    shoelady70VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The great food is surpassed by fabulous service. Servers are attentive, warm, and friendly. A real family affair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deceiving Wine Prices
    Tony1
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    My friends joined us during the Restaurant Week and were lied to in regards to the wine pricing on a glass of house wine. We were told that it would be $5.00 per glass and when the bill came it was $10.95 per glass. The 4 of us all heard this and the maître d lied to us that he never said that. The food and service were good but we will definitely never go back there again nor will our friends. We paid our bill for the 4 of us and it came to $240.00 with the tip. This was advertised as a 3 course item during restaurant week in Center City and priced at $35.00 per person. How deceiving it was when we factored in the deceitful wine issue.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I realize price is something that is subjective, but charging almost $8 per Ravioli seems a bit ridiculous to me. As a Center City resident, my honest recommendation is to stick the BYO's... you usually get more for your money and the option to bring your own wine. This place is simply overpriced for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant is comfortable
    FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The restaurant is comfortable and it was bustling but not noisy or intrusive. The table side served fish special was fantastic. The pasta dishes were well prepared and creative preparation. Though a traditional, high end Italian restaurant, the menu had interesting preparations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    LoveItalianVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in the world! The Opera Night is not to be missed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional Italian
    Claire
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    I had read about the great service, but when we arrived a young girl hostess in a north face jacket took us to our table and just stopped at a table and lit the candle and walked away-didn't say anything or give us menus. Our waiter came over and asked if we wanted something from the bar and I had to ask for the wine list. The wine list was a huge book-like textbook size. He offered his assistance, but the book was way too intimidating so I just chose a bottle off the wines by glass selection. Then it still took awhile to get our dinner menus. After those initial strange things the rest of the night was really great. Our waiter gave great service and the food was very good. The atmosphere felt like we were in Italy. I would go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best wine list ever !
    Gonesurfing77
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Wonderful and authentic Italian meal with phenomenal service. Extremely attentive staff and a Moderately priced menu. The wine and champagne list is laid out in an extensive book could take hours to review. Bottles range from $35 - $12,000, with choices from Italy to Napa, 1945 to current. Be sure to take a tour of the wine cellar, impressive to say the least. Family owned and operated since 1976, we will definitely return. Private seating area in the cellar would be a great option. Be sure to save room for the Tiramisu, A M A Z I N G !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the size and service
    BettyJoe
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    If you want a small intimate restaurant with lots of atmosphere, this is the place. From the bar to the dining room it was lovely. The staff was very good and helpful with the menu. It was very relaxed and we were not at all rushed, which is what we wanted. My lamb chops were excellent. The fish prepared at the table was very good but unfortunately it was not very hot after all the presentation. That was our only negative for the evening. We will definitely go again when we are in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointing
    LoveItalianVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Truly one f the finest Italian restaurants anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a memorable dining experience
    Marlene
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I chose La Famiglia for our staff Christmas party this year and was very pleased with the attentiveness and courtesy of the wait staff, the quality of the food and the pleasant atmosphere. Truly a five star evening. We will return for other special dining events. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing experience
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We went to La Famiglia as a last minute change of plans, and we were so glad we did! The evening was incredible from start to finish. I have been to virtually every top rated Italian restaurant in Philly, and this was the best by far. I highly recommend La Famiglia, and cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Delicious food, outstanding service, and a beautiful, Godfather-esque setting. Absolutely lovely,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistently superior
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Title says it all. Another positive in addition to the food is how they remember you from one visit to the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The reviews were so phenomenal for this restaurant, I expected more. The service was exceptionally warm and attentive, and the food was definitely good. The menu and restaurant were old-school traditional Italian. My date had the ravioli special which was tasty but over-rich, and I had the porcini fettuccini, which was very nice. We started with the grilled octupus, which was generous in size and fine. The meal was $130 before tip, for one app, 2 non-meat entrees, a martini, 2 glasses of house chianti and one desert.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and great food!!
    Frank
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    It was our first time there. Our servers were extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. The food was magnificent. We will definitely be returning again, hopefully bringing friends with us to enjoy the wonderful experience that we had.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit to my old home town
    TomDVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    I grew up in South Philadelphia and was back in town on business with a group of my co-workers. A cousin recommended La Famiglia and it was perfect. A mix of Old Neighborhood charm with an up to date menu, it was a huge hit. Well Done! Impeccable Service too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding find
    MyraVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We arrived to this very old world Italian restaurant and were wowed by the excellence of the food. We had Branzino that was artfully filleted at the table with a perfect light sauce that enhanced the sweet tender fish without drowning it out. The chianti was smooth and memorable. The bread was extraordinary being very crispy and crunchy. The service was attentive and friendly with no pretentions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We have been to La Famiglia on several occasions and have never been disappointed. Food, wine and service were all excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pleasantly surprised
    bebe
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Being italian and from South Phila., I was really pleasantly surprised with the authenticity of the food. As well as the ambiance.Service also couldn't be any better. Great time. Differently well recommend
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gnocchi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Hands down the best gnocchi I've ever had. Would absolutely go back for another order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best
    sjhwheelsVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Great service, better food at an all time favorite. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable night
    Rbaron
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food, wine, ambience were wonderful. You had a very impressive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new Best of Italian restaurants
    cone
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This was my first visit to La Famiglia Ristorante. The service was outstanding, good thing because with the largest wine list I've ever seen I needed some help. Food was fantastic, dessert was delicious too. My only complaint would be they didn't serve real cream with the coffee. I will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    PPivovarnik
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    If you enjoy authentic Italian food in a classy environment this is the place to go. All the food we had was amazing and the service was above and beyond.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary Place
    lmth
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    La Famiglia has been our choice to celebrate our wedding anniversary for thirteen years. ..we love it!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Classic!
    fsadVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We have a tradition of dining at La Famiglia on Saturday night during our annual pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see the Eagles play. We have been dining here for over a dozen years and have never had a single course that was not superb. If you're looking for trendy, new-age cuisine, look elsewhere. La Famiglia is traditional Northern Italian food at it's simple best: fantastic flavors and instantly recognizable classic Italian dishes. The beef crapaccio is the best we've ever tasted, the penne a La Famiglia is just spectacular, and every veal dish we have tried is an instant hit. Couple this with attentive, friendly service and a beautiful dining room, and you have the best Italian restaurant in the country.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The epitome of really fine dining
    BobG
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Philadelphia has an abundance of good Italian restaurants. However, La Famiglia stands out when it comes to what it means to dine in an atmosphere of absolute class and exceptional attention to every possible detail. Warmth, sophistication grace, ambiance, and an entire staff that treats each customer as if they were the only person dining. As soon as you enter, you get the feeling that you are in a very special place. Relaxed formality is the best description. "Trends" are not the order of the day at La Famiglia. What you get is a menu of exquisitely prepared pastas, fish, veal, etc., prepared and presented in a manner not usually experienced in other so-called "fine dining" places. Go to La Famiglia, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Plain Outstanding !
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This is a restaurant that takes pride in their food and service. Just plain outstanding !
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Among the many Italian restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia area, we happened upon this little neighborhood gem. Everyone of the staff and managers made our small party feel welcome and the attention was steady and not heavy. We had a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Famiglia is the upscale
    Jaime
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    La Famiglia is the upscale Italian restaurant for all the lovers of small Italian BYOBs (or not) in south Philly. The food is American Italian with a great variety of fish and meat. Of course the wine cellar they have is probably the most spectacular thing of the restaurant, but you don't have to go to any of the expensive Barolos they have to get an excellent wine. We had the Chianti they had by the glass and was spectacular (something strange for Philly restaurants) The ambient is classic, quiet and the service is very attentive, but maybe a little bit pretentious. It is the perfect place for a family dinner, a romantic dinner or even a group dinner if you get any of the rooms they have for that. A great discovery.
    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.
  • Best of the best
    John
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Ate at this restaurant 20 years ago. It was great. Back to Phila for first time in a long time. Restaurant is superb. Truly one of the best Italian places I've been to in Europe and the US..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The entrance is very small
    BurgermanVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The entrance is very small a and uncomfortable when more than one party is waiting for their table. Atmosphere is very pleasant and the service was very good. Food was excellent except for the Veal Chop which was overpriced and not very good. Everything else was delicious and the banana eclair was excellent. Although pricey this restaurant deserves a few visits a year.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ....well, everything
    SterlingKarenjeani
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Superior food, service, atmosphere, and friendly staff! One of the best in Philadelphia. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missing the Basics
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    There is no way a restaurant should not know how to make lamb chops. These were thin and overdone. Drowning them in a heavy sauce does not make them better. An Italian restaurant that makes a disappointing paste is a disappointment. Out pasta was meant for the table but after tasting it, no one wanted the last bite. The restaurant has been around for a long time but it's time to bring the quality of the food up to the restaurant's past reputation. They can do it if they realize that things are slipping. Sorry to write a negative review.
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