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
29 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (11)good for groups (11)hot spot (6)romantic (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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
  • Enjoyed our dinner and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Enjoyed our dinner and the staff was very friendly and family-oriented.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was probably the most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This was probably the most entertaining dining experience I have ever had. It's run by what seems to be a very close knit family that have no problem yelling at each other in the dining room or over tables. There was restaurant week on Passyunk going on which they were a part of. They were out of Veal for some tables but not others.. The food was good but I would like to try it again without the set menu and chaos. BYOB is a huge bonus!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I did not know of this restaurant
    vcvcVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    I did not know of this restaurant and just happened to discover it on open table. It is truly a 5 star place with delicious food, extremely attentive service with a friendly vibe. Without a doubt, there will be return trips, and the price is more than reasonable for the excellent food. I have eaten in similar types of restaurants that do not even come close to this quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tHE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    tHE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL BUT THE NOISE UPSTAIRS WAS AWFUL. wE ENJOYED OUT DINNER AND WILL PROBABLY RETURN BUT WE WILL REQUEST A TABLE DOWNSTAIRS.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We are South Phila born and
    zoey
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    We are South Phila born and this is our current favorite restaurant. Food exceptional (eggplant parm and linguine with clam sauce best in the city) from appetizers thru dessert. Service friendly but unobstrusive. No problem if you want to alter something on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was quite loud. Room not
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    It was quite loud. Room not very pretty, kind of boring. Food was average. Watch the prices of the specials. Owners are very personable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time... great orrechietti.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    First time... great orrechietti. Caesar salad was good but expected homemade dressing. Cappelinni with pesto was good but needed something to cut the pesto-something like tomatoes or another vegetable. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After reading other Open Table
    LivesToEatVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    After reading other Open Table reviews of this restaurant, we were very disappointed in our meal here. The food was just ok. The service was friendly. Sorry to say we won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first time in Philly and
    Dt56VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Our first time in Philly and went to dine at Chiarella's. We were greated by the owners who made us feel like family as soon as we walked through the door. From our salad to our dessert the food was excellent. We will be back on our next trip to Philly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good and a good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The food was good and a good value. The service was not good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    We had a wonderful time. The food was great, and the Chiarelli salad is not to be missed. The coffee was the best I have had in a while. Everyone was very impressed with our dinners
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    The food was outstanding. Quite frankly it was home cooking in the middle of a South Philadelphia neighborhood. We look forward to our next trip to Philly. By the way my wife had the eggplant parm--best she ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mrs. Kenyatta Leonard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    I found your restaurant after doing a search of the restaurants that chef Ramsey has visited. I had read a lot of reviews about your restaurant but I must say, theirs played no part in what we experienced! We had a great time!! your staff was so friendly as well as other patrons that were there. I took my husband there on 12/30/2012 it was one of the greatest times we've had out.I've never dined in south philly where my husband is a native but again it was great.You have now made me love fried egg plant as well as all of the other food. We were given complimentary wine which was very welcoming. I have recommended your place to all of my friends, we will be back soon I promise!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Owners are really warm, personable,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Owners are really warm, personable, and genuine. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice people, BYOB,
    DavidFVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Good food, nice people, BYOB, need I say more! Special past was Lobster Ravioli, may have been the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    I love this place. The food is great. One of the only places I'll leave center city for. I have chosen it for 4 different groups of friends and family recently who are all relatively picky and had to be convinced to leave our usual stomping grounds... and everyone has loved the food. Chicken Piccata is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian Restaurant in Phila!
    BennVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    This was our second visit, first was incredible so the test was to see if they could do it again. Second was better than the first! Simply put, this is the best Italian Restaurant in the city of Philadelphia. Equal in quality, presentation and service to known name restaurant at less than half the price. The service, attentiveness and friendliness of the owners, servers and wait is friendly and professional, specials offered are so mouth watering and described beautifully. Appetizers, Entrees and desert are authentic northern Italian. We visited with another couple and between us we had a mélange of seafood, steak, veal and pasta all agreed it was incredible. Have told my friends and family....This is a real "Gem" GO now!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    southphillygirlVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Always loved this place. Great food and service. Specials also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food served enthusiastica
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Delicious food served enthusiastically. It took a little more time than we expected for the food to come but was worth the wait !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy Saturday night with a
    FoodFan18VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Busy Saturday night with a big party. Service was very slow and we learned almost at the end of the meal that a server didn't come to work. Very short-handed and got the order wrong for one in our party. Owner/manager were incredibly apologetic and tried their best to make up for the mistakes, so I would try them again. The prices are very reasonable. Do not sit in the back room near the kitchen. There is constant opening and closing of the swing door and the dishes are dropped into the bin that makes it very noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen Recurring Nightmare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    When our server finally showed up at our table he was sweating profusely and acting really odd, which was our first clue that the dining experience wasn't going to be that great. Luckily there was another server that was more attentive to our table than our actually server, and she apologized to us on several occassion for the slow service. The restaurant was mostly empty, but it still took our entrees close to 45 minutes to get out to us. Which was odd, as both looked like they had been microwaved. The app we had was really good, but my entree was a throwback to old-school dining--unattractive presentation, not great flavor, etc. I doubt we will go back. And we can't recommend this place. Afterall, this is AFTER it had a Ramsay-makeover.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the guitar player was fabulous
    rickVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    the guitar player was fabulous unfortunately the rest of the meal and service was extremely disappointing but they apologized for the service being so slow , my pork chops came out dry & tough
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  • Absolutely an excellent experience.
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Absolutely an excellent experience. The waiter (Mark) knew everything about the menu and the preparation of each dish. He and the other helpers were very attentive. The menu was abbreviated and did a great job of covering anyone's expectations. The owner was very friendly and recognized me from an earlier visit. Lastly, Dominic, a local Italian musician and singer was an exceptional addition to the entire experience. This restaurant is a MUST TRY!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food. Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Really good food. Great service! Personal and intimate. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    I was pleasantly surprised by Chiarella's. We live in the neighborhood and hadn't managed to stop in, and decided on a whim to try it. The mussels/seafood appetizer had the most amazing white wine broth, and the steak with garlic mashed potatoes also had a great sauce. Definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Th stuffed portabella mushroom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Th stuffed portabella mushroom appetizer was delicious and enough for dinner - portions are huge. At a table of four everyone was happy with their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BYO wine - great food!
    partyof4
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Located in a picturesque area of South Phila, Chiarella's is a great byo. Plenty of on street parking, nice walking area with plenty of shops to visit after dinner, or just sit by the fountain directly across the street. Stop in and have lunch or dinner, attentive service, great food and conveniently located. The crostini app was wonderful, mushrooms in balsamic reduction, chicken liver and white bean - all delish! Two entree specials were ordered, both were excellent! Brazino served with the most delish polenta side - and chicken with artichokes, asparagus and shrimp and a side of pasta - too much to finish! Next time we'll save room for desert - everything made in house and you can bring your own wine - can't beat it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend. Far and
    meatsweatVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    Highly recommend. Far and away better than Gia's (same family-owned) in NWW. Very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, unprofessional service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    Cute neighborhood, nice interior. Food was good but the waiter was a little unprofessional and kept making jokes that made me uncomfortable in front of my date. I'd go back here if I was just going with a friend or my family.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet