Ristorante La Locanda
Ristorante La Locanda

Ristorante La Locanda

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lalocandapa.com/
  • Phone: 6103537033x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Cardillo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call and ask for Michael Buono for a consultation
  • Private Party Facilities: Host your special event in one of our three private dining rooms.
    La Cantina (up to 12 Guests)
    New Room (up to 32 Guests)
    Sun Room (up to 72 Guests, private bar)
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Buono 6103537033x
  • Entertainment: La Locanda features several theme nights each season, refer to the events page on the web site for more information.
  • Special Events: La Locanda hosts several Wine Dinners each year. Please call for details, or you may join our mailing list on our website www.lalocandapa.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Providence Road
  • Public Transit: Septa 104
    Septa 114
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot on premises.
A word from Ristorante La Locanda
Ristorante La Locanda specializes in regional Italian cuisine. La Locanda offers a wide variety of dishes from Whole Bronzino filleted table side to Certified Angus Ribeye Steaks, Lamb, Steaks & Chops, along with many Pasta, Chicken & Veal dishes to choose from. There is something for everyone at La Locanda.
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Ristorante La Locanda reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)special occasion (40)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (32)romantic (20)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (4)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • I would go back
    michaeldoorVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food was good but not great. I sometimes will get the same simple item across restaurants just so I can compare the dish. I can't say this place was the best but it was good. I would definitely give them another try. The service was very good on my visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place but not great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    While it is a beautiful venue and bar area , the food is fair at best. My arugula salad was wilted and the dressing had little flavor. The risotto was nice and hot but again lacked flavor. Pizza was good, not great. Dover sole table side was a nice presentation but a bit over cooked. We had to wait 15 minutes for our table along with 2 other parties while there were several open tables that just needed to be cleaned off and re set. One of the older gentleman waiters- not ours- was really hustling. Could be a great place if they could just improve the quality of the food. Won't be going back any time soon.
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  • Great place
    FoodKarma4200
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been here many time before but everything came together really well. Food, service, everything was exceptional !
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reds1007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Makes you think you're in Italy. Excellent Bronzino special with many other delicious entrees and many waiters with ties to Italian heritage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MAGNIFICO
    PadreGiovanniVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I was recently in Malvern to give a retreat to 40 some deacons and their wives when I discovered La Locanda on Sunday afternoon. Being Italian (Sicilian), I must have my macaroni on the weekend. La Locanda is an excellent gem. Terrific food (highly recommend the beef carpaccio and the linguine con vongole) and the service is superb. Homemade recipes and done with the same attention to detail that you expect in Italy when visiting the homeland. Nicely decorated and nice menu. Owner came out to say hello which is always a plus. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Monthly wine tasting also so make plans ahead of time to frequent this goldmine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive food and bad service
    DiningReview
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a reservation for 7:15 pm and had to wait 20-30 minutes. The bar area was loud and crowded and though the owner was present, the seater was not able to help us at all. The typical price of a full meal is $35, which is ridiculous for all but the finest restaurants, which this place is NOT. The service was slow and the food was pedestrian, and extremely overpriced. Mediocre food, overpriced, crowded and bad service. What's not to like?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We all enjoyed our entrees and there was plenty to pick from. The chunky sauce on the gnocchi was spectacular. The only complaint we had was that the food was a little bit salty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vemerson
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    tasty, prompt service, quiet background. a candle on our table would have been nice. would hope good well cooked selections are continued.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty treat
    Sami
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    LaLaconda was quite a treat for a dinner with friends with six people. The waiter was fun and recommended some great dishes. it was a little slow and asking for drinks was ignored a couple of times, but a reminder got it going. The food was good too. I would return for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummyfood
    Yummyfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    La Locanda Ristorante has never disappointed us. We had a lovely dinner with prompt, curteous service despite a crowded restaurant. We never feel rushed and enjoy the atmosphere of a historic home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Have been to this restaurant several times. They were very accommodating, seated me at my requested table and their food never fails. Will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the inn place
    jrzgirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    how nice to be greeted by the owner. he urged us to at least look at the luncheon buffet which had quite a variety of foods. we opted instead to order from the menu. the screpplle soup was served hot and the noodles laced with cheese floated to the surface. it definitely had an old world quality to it. my entrée was fettucine Bolognese. the noodles were cooked perfectly and the sauce had a sweet taste, just enough, not overload. we shared a dessert of tiramisu. it had to be one of the best ever it was served I a small bowl the consistency of air or a very moussey mousse. we were scraping the sides of the bowl. we didn't want it to end,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit this week!
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Just as good this time as last. Veal Chop prepared perfectly. Juicy with a perfect grill crust! Great menu and great specials!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best yet in Philly area!
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Visiting from California and saw this place while driving and decided to give it a try. What a great choice. Had the best Veal Chop ever! My wife had the Branzino which was boned table side and brother-in-law had the soft shell crab. All three were prepared perfectly and delicious. Excellent menu and inventive specials. This place is a must visit. It was so good we are going back again tonight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time a charm
    fishwidow1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We tried La Locanda again and it was very good. We were there in April and I wasn't impressed. We arrived about a half hour before our reservation and we were able to get a seat at the small bar. Most people arriving were dressed up. There were a few in shorts, we had jeans on. The whole time we were there we only saw one child. Once seated at the table the service was very good. Our waiter was friendly, quick, and had a great sense of humor. The food was delicious this time. I had a filet mignon that was fantastic. 5 out of 6 of us totally enjoyed their meal. They did run out of certain desserts which was disappointing but all in all it was a nice night out. It cost us $120 per couple, that is including drinks, tax and tip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    Midge713
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is always good quality and the service is top notch. Friendly wait staff, knowledgeable about all items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Jetty
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our group eats out once a month and La Laconda was suggested. Wow, what a suggestion! The food was truly outstanding. The service was friendly and VERY knowledgable. We were seated in a remodeled room and it was just us for the majority of the time so we talked and laughed and didn't feel we were disturbing anyone. The HUGE TV with the scenic views of Italy were breathtaking! Our group will definitely be back! No question!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best veal chop
    unclefrankVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food here just gets better and better. I had the best veal chop I have had in a long, long time. I also particularly like the horseradish sauce that comes with the oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Italian Food
    RestaurantloverVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This place is the real deal. Every dish is superb, especially the bolognese. Many of the waiters are true Italians, as are the owners. They care about what they put on your table and it shows. Prices are also very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good night out with family
    NSQdiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    the usual good food. I go very often and service is usually good. this time, (Sunday, Labor day weeknd) the Service was not to the usual good level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frank
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is one of the best Italian restaurants in Delaware Co. We love to eat here particularly when we have special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rich West Chester
    RichWestChester
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a great meal. The food was outstanding and the wait staff was very attentive to our needs. I would recommend La Locanda for a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian food and service.
    Tellitlikeitis
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Second time there, and hust as good. Forget the typical neighborhood pizza joint. This is authentic Italian food at it's very best. Flavorful and well balanced dishes any chef should be proud of. Service was exceptional. Our waiter was knowledgeable, and his suggestions were spot on. I will absolutely be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT MEAL
    SullyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a wonderful meal, with excellent service! All four in the party raved aboput the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like Dining with Family
    gcnphilly
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My family dined here for the first time in honor of my wife's b-day. Staff was so warm and welcoming. Made us feel right at home. Food and service were outstanding. Be mindful of the homemade Limoncello - super tasty but packs a punch. :) I've been to Italy several times and the dining experience at La Laconda was just like eating in one of the neighborhood restaurants I enjoyed during my travels.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LaLocanda
    WC59VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Hard not to have a great meal here. Mario or Franco or Michael are usually there to greet you and to be sure that everything is as it should be. The food is excellent and the specials are great. We go at least once a week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at La Locanda
    BTGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Dinner and service was wonderful! The owners of the restaurant are lovely also.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    HahndocVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wonderful on all levels. Great food service and overall experience. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • choosydiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten here several times and the food has been reliably good. The menu is extensive with a range of pricing appropriate to the dish. Fresh fish and veal chop are on the pricier side but are also very delicious. Quite a few specials are generally offered. I'd highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    mdsw
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We asked for a quiet place to eat. When we arrived, the bar area was packed and active; we were concerned about the noise level. However, we were seated in a wonderfully scenic room with only two other tables. The waiter was entertaining and excellent. Everything that we ordered was delicious. It was a great night with friends enjoying conversation and an exceptional meal with every single plate that came to the table - from appetizers to deserts!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    ANENVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Wonderful service by Peter! Food was top of the line, fresh and delish! A memorable birthday celebration...will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    NotCooking
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our first trip here and it was a pleasant surprise. Our waiter named Tony was wonderful - friendly, professional and not overly attentive. The food was prepared just right and presented beautifully. We are planning to return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WC59VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Massimo was our server and did a fantastic job. Franco, an owner, was present and friendly. The food was hot and delicious as always. There were plenty of specials to augment the usual menu items which are great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EatWellVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is a great place for a special occasion! They go out of their way to make it special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great experience !!!
    John
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    La Locanda remains a great restaurant attraction for all. Great cuisine, wine, ambiance and sevice. Our waiter Paulo was especially good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 466 reviews are from the Ristorante La Locanda reviews archive.
  • La Loconda
    Dining
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Overall our night was pleasant. We were there to celebrate my birthday. Main issue-service was very slow. My husband received the wrong meal. It was taken back and replaced immediately, BUT once tasted, it was obvious the meal must have been sitting (it was cold and kind of dried out looking). By then I was done my meal and the other 2 people with us were almost done so my husband said to just leave it. The manager (we assume) came out and asked my husband to let them send out another meal and promised it would be right. My husband agreed and the meal was perfect (but by then the other 3 of us were done). The restaurant did provide a glass of wine on the house - but really his dinner should have been on the house.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unhappy2serve
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Good choice for a friendly Meet up. Menu is eclectic And interesting
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaLocanda Restaurant
    Nonna
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have been to LaLocanda's on a few occasions. One of the nice things about this restaurant is that they do not pack you in like sardines. The food was very good and the service excellent. I had penne alla vodka and my husband had angel hair pasta with crabmeat. Both were very tasty and myself being a person who likes my "pasta" definitely aldente, I could not ask for a better firmness. I would recommend this restaurant as a nice night out. The prices were what you would expect ranging from 17.00 upwards to 39.00/ entrée.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gardensdines
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Casual restaurant - good food - service a bit slow but OK
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mario and Franco take care of you!
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A wonderful experience as always. No wonder they've won so many Best of the Main Line awards from Main Line Today magazine. From their kitchen, bar and wait staff - always a treat. Popped in for a late night dinner before a movie on Saturday night. Enjoyed the clams white and two of their always spot on original pasta dishes. Don't hesitate to return to this classic Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet