The Victor Cafe
The Victor Cafe

The Victor Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.victorcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2154683040
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Saturday 4:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Victor Cafe contains a grouping of intimate dining rooms which offer seating for a maximum of 135 people. Inquiries for smaller groups are also welcome. Special events may be booked for lunch, brunch, or dinner. Coctail hours with hot and cold butlered hors d'oeuvre may be arranged. We believe you will find the Victor Cafe a most unique dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: The Distefano Family 2154683040
  • Entertainment: Live opera seven nights a week.
  • Special Events: For parties larger than 10, please inquire within.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Street
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.
A word from The Victor Cafe
The Victor Café is an Italian restaurant that cultivates old traditions and seamlessly blends them with new ones. With classic Italian dishes and unforgettable live music, we invite you to join us for many enjoyable evenings for years to come.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
The Victor Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (116)neighborhood gem (112)romantic (95)good for groups (55)fit for foodies (43)notable wine list (17)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (14)hot spot (9)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The upstairs bar is one of the best kept secrets isn Philadelphia. The bartender Bill makes a great cocktail and knows how to carry a perfect bar conversation. The low lit room with candlelight and the Opera drifting up from downstairs is beautiful and there are plenty of cozy couches and chairs for groups or a romantic duo. Bill you're the best!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went to hear the operatic selections performed by the waitstaff but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fun and Good Food
    Dick
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Victor's really is a one of the iconic restaurants in Philadelphia (or anywhere else). The setting is very interesting with the walls covered with old photos of opera greats. The food is very good with a limited but adequate wine list. But the most spectacular part of the evening is when the wait staff rings a bell and begins singing. Some are professionals between jobs, others are students, but all are professionally trained opera singers and all are wonderful. You will enjoy the food and intimate entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful and unique
    Grease
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is a unique experience that combines great food with ambiance and wonderful entertainment. If you want to enjoy a memorable evening, take someone special and go to the Victor Cafe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went for a birthday. Decor was very neat and inviting. Service was great. Food was delicious. Clams casino and cannelloni. Outstanding was the opera sung by the young waiters and waitresses.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not live up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It has been some time since we dined at Victor's. We use to love brining other friends and family to this unique dining experience. On this particular night we were some what disappointed. Two meals were good at best the other two were poor. The service was good at best. We dined for over 1.5 hrs and only heard two songs. You advertise about a price fix menu but would not except it on Sunday yet no where in the website does it state that. Will I go back maybe no not anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Mary
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We loved it and want to bring my 92 year old Italian father and Uncle next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Experience
    Cherylpd1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My daughters and I took my husband out for a show and dinner for his birthday. Of course that turned out to be two shows, since there was another one at The Victor Cafe. Outstanding atmosphere, operatic arias and a totally unique Happy Birthday rendition. We all enjoyed each and everything that we ordered for dinner. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • n2dsouthVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Victor Café is a one of a kind type of place. It reminded me of several of the places I dined when I toured Italy. I wish there was a similar place in the Washington, DC area. I would recommend the Victor Café to anyone who comes to Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find
    Suzeebee
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went for the first time...definitely won't be the last time !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by ambiance. Great food and service. Traditional South Philadelphia Italian restaurant. I will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun experience
    hotely
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    the food was ok but the singing opera waiters were a surprise. they are very talented. Fun night - good service - would recommend if you want to do something different.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldnt be happier with the evening
    JoeJVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Was a perfect setting for a work group and the singing was inspiring
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food and music!
    AnnieB
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I took my parents to Victor Café for their birthdays, and they loved it! The food was wonderful as always, and the staff are friendly. And of course, their singing is amazing! My favorite place to take people, especially if they've never been there before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Victor Trio
    howard2VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    An evening at The Victor Cafe is always fun and entertaining, but especially on the weekend. The service is very good, the food is wonderfully Italian, and the entertainment is hard to beat, especially given the setting. We (3) had a wonderful meal and a terrific evening. If you go for the fun and music, you will be pleasantly surprised by the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of a Kind!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Been here twice already and plan to make this my primary "special occasion" spot...or even my "treat myself" spot. The food is great, a bit pricey for my budget but maybe not yours ($25-30 average just for entree). They have veggie options and are willing to work with you to try to make a dish veggie. The waiters and waitresses are AMAZING in every way - their signing voices are amazing and their professionalism is top notch as they wait on you. They help each other out when it's busy, so you are never waiting too long for your food (others will bring it to you). I highly recommend this place. It doesn't matter where you sit, they all take turns signing in different areas of the restaurant so everyone gets equal opportunity to listen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    smilovich
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Highly recommended! Second time here. Does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Singing, but...
    JasonBB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The singing was very good. I was not happy with the service. It was consistently slow and it appears that is norm for that restaurant. I would not go back even just for the singing. The food was OK. I would go back if someone else was paying, though. In terms of recommending the place, I would let my friends know about the slow service and let them make the decision.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Experience
    Restaurantfan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great entertaining evening. Service slow at first. (30 minutes after being seated before a waiter appeared - think there might have been a mix-up on who was responsible for our table.) Singing was excellent. Very enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    Localgirl
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    One goes to Victor's Cafe more for the entertainment. The wait staff are aspiring opera singers, and perform every 20-30 minutes. Their talent level is amazing! What I was most surprised about, was the quality of the food. It was fabulous! Everything we ordered was fresh and yummy. I would go back for the food as well as the performances.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable
    WCTofDtown
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I have been taking family and friends to The Victor Cafe for many, many years and the response is always the same - amazing! While some may prefer the trendy or the exotic, The Victor Cafe is authentic in the very best way. The food is delicious, the service attentive and friendly, and you just settle in when you hear the bell ring and the restaurant falls silent. Then you watch as your wonderful waiter takes their place on a raised step and listen as the music begins. Talented is an insuffiencient description. Magical is more apt as the clear arias are sung with beauty and passion. There is no equal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!
    RevRich
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great food, great service, fantastic and talented waitstaff. If you love opera or want to know if you do, the perfecr place for you is Victor Cafe. The menue is great but what makes Victor Cafe so special is that everyone that eorks there is a excellent performer. We went th err e are first time with early reservations and as soon as we were seatedthe waitress asked, "you are our first guests this evening, do you have plans after dinner? If so I will suggest selections that are quick. Not because im rushing you out but I want you both to have time to eat and sit back and enjoy." After we ordered the busboy rang a small bell and presented us with a beautiful aria. That was just tge begining. While we ate each one of the staff did the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent neighborhood restaurant
    Skip
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to the victor Cafe & it again was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Call for the reservation
    Phillyfoodiefinder123
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took my son for dinner. It was our first time. We got sat in the back, next to the station where the waiters dump the dirty dishes and out of the 8 performances that happened while we were there we only saw one. I asked about seating in the main section and was turn down and dismissed. Wait staff was fine and food ok. But the host was not. Unfortunately I would not recommend using open table for this place, you have to call and make sure you are seated in the section you want if you care to see the performances.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Experience
    Devinefun
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    What a wonderful evening for our family! The waiters & waitresses were attentive without hovering and the intermittent opera singing was spectacular. Even as non-opera buffs we just thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was fabulous and the menu varied so there was something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Personal service
    Travel4food
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our second time there and our waiter John remembered the drinks we had and my allergies. The small things mean so much; they make your dining experience remarkable! !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SaraVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The staff was friendly and efficient. They sing opera here, which was terrific. The food is average. Most people were celebrating birthdays. Who wouldn't want happy birthday sung so beautifully. If only the food was better
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The Victor Cafe was a true delight- delicious food, old time atmosphere and fabulous live singing! They have been going strong for years and there should be no stopping them-a real timeless gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food and opera renditions where excellent. Valet parking a great help in area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant
    Grpfromcali
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The music and the talent of the waiters was amazing. Customer service and friendliness needs some work. Food was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The restaurant was recommended by a family friend whose great great grandfather and uncle started it in 1924. We were visiting Philadelphia and decided to go. It was easy to get to from Center City by subway. Food was wonderful. Service was great. Waiters sang opera but didn't overpower the evening. We all had a great time!! Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You don't have to be an Opera buff
    Jimbo
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was excellent, the ambiance was warm and comfortable. The entertainment was great! The waiters every 20 minutes ring a bell and sing a short piece from an opera. The upstairs bar area is very cool. I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Cavanams
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    An absolutely wonderful experience for all in our party including two of us from Philadelphia who thought that they knew most of "The Best". Highly recommended without any reservation and definitely one of the places that we will visit on our next visit to the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great nite
    Datenite44
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We love Victor Cafe we always bring new friends to share a really fun nite with .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    luvtodine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food and service were great If you looking for modern dining then this is not the place to go. Older atmosphere but fits the whole story behind the restaurant! Was a great choice for me because my 5 year old and my two year old were entertained by the singers. The waiters and waitresses singing every fifteen minutes kept my children occupied which made for a relaxing and enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointed
    MikeEats
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The waitress was not very good, she didn't explain the specials and told us we had to order everything at once. She also wasn't very aware of things, almost like she just started working there. We were celebrating our daughters birthday but they didn't do anything special even though we requested in advance and they confirmed as much. The fool was pretty good except the Caprese didn't have much flavor and they really skimped on my Linguine, although the clam sauce was very good. I had to eat a lot of bread to fill up.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional!
    tlukas
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were in Phila for a business conference and Victor Cafe was recommended highly. I have to say it far exceeded all of our expectations. The atmosphere, food and entertainment were super. By the next morning we had suggested it to many others attending our conference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inolvidable cena en Filadelfia
    Kar5
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Unforgettable place. Muy buen ambiente. Muy buena comida.De lo mejor de Filadelfia.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remembering dad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My dad passed away in June and he always wanted to bring my daughter but he never was healthy enough to take her. I still kept my promise to him and we had a great experience and it was nice to have joy remembering him.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rose
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    very unique place. the food is delicious and the service is excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.