Chiarella's Ristorante
Chiarella's Ristorante

Chiarella's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiarellasristorante.com/
  • Phone: 2153346404
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View
  • Special Events: Baby Showers,Rehearsel Dinners,Birthday Parties, and any type of catering you may need, we will be happy to assit with! Choose Chiarella's to make your special event a day you will not forget!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Passyunk Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Chiarella's Ristorante
With over 35 years in the restaurant business, Dina Chiarella DeFino and Thomas DeFino have brought the taste of the "original" Chiarella's to South Philadelphia. Come enjoy dishes from the original menu started in Wildwood,NJ by Jimmy Chiarella in 1970,along with our new menu prepared with a new age flair. Bring your favorite bottle of wine, sit in front of the fountain, and enjoy your dinner! Thomas Defino boasts about 30 years of restaurant experience covering every facet of the industry. He assisted in making the Chiarellas dining experience an unparraled one in the Jersey Shore area. He also brings a knowledge of Philadelphians and what they love to Chiarellas. His winning smile and pleasant demeanor should be reason enough to enjoy a trip to Chiarellas.
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Chiarella's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (13)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (9)romantic (9)late-night find (6)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • We were a party of 4. Some
    Nat1VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We were a party of 4. Some of us liked it and would go back. The others thought isn't was just fair. I guess it depends on what you order.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    the food was very good and the people that serve you were very plenty. Was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and comfortable dining
    DSUN
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    This place really surprised me. Started out with owner Tom, very pleasant and courteous. The restaurant was out of my expectation when I traveled out to Philly this past week. A down to earth pizzeria looking restaurant has welcoming staff and tasty food. I love to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food like your Grandma made
    Italianguru
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    What a great find this was and the staff is amazing. You're treated like family and feel like your at your grandmothers Sunday dinner. There is no stuffiness and be ready for some good food. Hardest decision was what to order as everything seemed so good. Will be back multiple times. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's loud but it grows on you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It's small and the regulars are loud, but the food is good and the atmosphere is warm if you're in the right mood. The owners and staff are very nice and make you feel like you're being welcomed into their home. Decently priced entrees too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VDay
    KevinD
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    If you're looking for good Italian cuisine, this is the place. Family-run place, awesome. Brought me a more expensive dish then I ordered, began eating it... was then rewarded with my original order to-go, on the house... so I had two meals...... I found this charming/accommodating. Not bad prices, for the quality. Just a really nice place run by nice people. Highly suggested.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good BYOB spot
    Vday
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a good BYOB spot in philly. Goid friendly service
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for classic Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was great. Service was slow but it was Valentine's night and I'm certain a quite a bit busier than usual for them. Still the waiters worked hard and were very friendly. The options were very classic Italian and very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Outoftowners
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We enjoyed our evening, especially after realizing that the restaurant was featured on Kitchen Disasters with Gordon Ramsay. Clearly much has improved since then, but some of the problems remained. Large Italian-American entrees doused in tomato sauce still dominate here. A crostini appetizer was a nice attempt at a more sophisticated menu, but didn't altogether succeed. The couple who owned it were squabbling mildly in the bar at the front of the restaurant, so some things haven't changed! But it was pleasant, so I can't complain!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice neighborhood BYOB
    AHP84
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Plenty of South Philly charm, with good food and casual but attentive and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our family enjoyed a wonderful
    yumintum
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Our family enjoyed a wonderful meal, the owner and waiter were friendly and fun. The waiter recommended the Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe and it was fabulous! Not usually a fan of broccoli rabe but it worked for me in this dish....delicious!! We will be returning to Chiarella's..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Angelo
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I had the best pasta dish ever and my guests very much enjoyed their food. Highly recommend, one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A diamond in a field of gems
    jamaicajamVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    This white tablecloth BYO was a great find in a wide field of fantastic choices in Passyunk Square. The food was amazing (the orecchiette and sausage was particularly great and the desserts are definitely worth saving space for. Would I go back again? In a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    BravoVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The appetizers were fair, at best, but the salads and entrees were above average; the desserts were average. You could certainly tell who their regulars were, and we felt a bit like outsiders, but they were kind. Worth the trip, but would probably explore other restaurants before we returned. I think all their great reviews are written by South Philadelphians.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to dine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We love Chiarella's and keep coming back. Food is great and so are the owners. We feel at home there and enjoy our visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Wow!
    BillC
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    If there were a sixth star available, I'd give it. From the beginning to the end, every morsel we had was amazing. I am not exaggerating when I say that this was the best restaurant meal I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    bethVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The food was outstanding, incredibly fresh and flavorful. The atmosphere, proprietor's and staff couldn't be more warm and welcoming. We already made our next reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Great people own this spot! They serve fabulous food, the place is attractive yet homey and comfortable. Very friendly owners and staff. The Chicken Piccatta is amazing. I just love it. Highly recommended. BYOB...this place is a real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Hoosier
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Parking was a challenge but the food was terrific and the staff very hard working. Delicious food! Great place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cooked to order
    ErnestVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    With the exception of the soup, which could have been eaten with a fork, everything is cooked to order. A great seafood lasagna that was not sitting around in a lasagna pan since 9 that morning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    FFanelliVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    First time I was here~ great little neighborhood restaurant ~ food was DELIC! I def recommend the calamari for and appetizer and the chicken with broccoli rabe for dinner!! That was mouthwatering
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great South Philly BYOB Restaurant
    YardleyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The food and service was excellent and can't wait to go there again when I am in the area. My family loved the owner and waiter. Felt like real family and they cater to my mother in law and her great grand kids. A real neighborhood Gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chiarella's is awesome
    mike
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    From the owner Tommy to the wait staff. Good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another home run
    mimi
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    As usual the food was great and the service was wonderful. I love this place and will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    Hockeymom
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Drove from the 'burbs to So. Philly for a pre-concert dinner and was once again WOW'd by the food and service. I brought three friends with me who don't get into "the city" very much and they were floored by how good/fresh the food was and how the owner and servers made us feel like we were eating at my Italian grandmother's house. Definitely will go again (and again) - love introducing new people to the Chiarella's family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server,Marc ,was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Our server,Marc ,was excellent. The food was served promptly and professionally. The BYOB option is a great plus and our wine was handled nicely. The food was tasty and not overpriced. We would return to Chiarella's. The only detractor was the initial inability of our group of 6 to pay by credit cards as 'the restaurant could not establish a connection to use our cards" The restaurant remedied this quickly as we indicated that we did not have sufficient cash and our cards were then made to work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    Straz
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Food and service was great, but noise level was terrible. We went on a Monday. I didn't matter where you sit, room is small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chiarella's Ristorante
    Kristen
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    All of the food that we ordered was great! The service was good, and the waiter was very down-to-earth-- the feel was just more friendly than professional. Great for a relaxed, non-pretentious night out. You really feel like you're in "the neighborhood"!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been wanting to try this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile, finally had the opportunity and really enjoyed it. The food was good, the service was good and everyone was friendly....had some good laughs! I highly recommend and I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyabe dinner. Soup
    fussyeater
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Very enjoyabe dinner. Soup and appetizers were outstanding. Mains were good, too. Had the veal Gia, tasty and imaginative. Friendly and relaxing, especially in front while viewing street scene. Definitely would return, even though off our beaten track.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little byob
    jmc1026
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    had a living social deal for this restaurant never expected to be so good cute little place small wait staff but never had to wait for a thing food was outstanding will definitely go back prices are very reasonable for the delicious food !!!!! This is a must TRY it you will not be disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable classics
    PhilguestVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We really enjoyed our meal here. The menu is entirely classic Italian dishes -- you don't want to come here for inventive cuisine. But each dish we had was executed VERY well and we left utterly satisfied. Service is casual but friendly and professional. For what you get, the prices seem very reasonable (being a BYOB helps). Our one quibble is that the room was very loud the night we went -- in part because of two very large groups seated at opposite ends of the room. Overall, we enjoyed it a lot and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salute' to Chiarella
    Waggs
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    We visited Chiarella's on a Monday evening because we were old friends getting together and knew we would "sit" awhile. Friends had told us the staff never rushes you. "Tom" and staff were great. They sat us, help us choose dishes and gave us a warm welcome and told us to stay as long as we liked. The food was really delicious! Dessert was excellent!! We will definitely revisit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Pizzaiolo
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Very very noisy. Pushy waiter attempted to thrust daily specials onto us but was not attentive otherwise. Very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible experience
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Horrible service and food was average. I lived in the neighborhood and thought this will be a good place to go, will never go there again.
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  • Will return...
    SnowVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Second visit. Very pleased with chiarellas. Great food, good service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    CecilleVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    6 of us had a wonderful dinner at Chiarella's Saturday night. The Sole and pasta specials were delicious, the service friendly and efficient. We were not rushed and I loved my cappacino. We will definitely return and the location is such a fun and vibrant part of Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful experience. Great
    ErnestVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    A wonderful experience. Great food and it's not your old time red gravy restaurant. Food cooked to order, nothing was marinated which allowed for certain seasonings to be eliminated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Real Italian Food at Its Best!!
    Hockeymom
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    I have been to dozens of restaurants in So. Philly and Chiarella's is the best. The service we received was only topped by the food. I HIGHLY recommend dining here. I know I will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Italian cooked to
    LindaDesVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Classic Italian cooked to perfection - from the "fra diavalo" special to the breaded steak to chicken piccata. While we enjoyed all the appetizers we ordered, the eggplant rollatini and seafood-stuffed portabello mushroom were particularly delish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate