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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The Victor Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (106)neighborhood gem (98)romantic (89)good for groups (56)fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (17)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (9)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • Great Experience for Everyone
    NewItalianOperaLover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have wanted to go to Victor's Cafe for years. My mother was visiting from Texas so I figured this would be the perfect time. I am so happy that we made the trip into the city. The entertainment, service and food were outstanding. We had a perfect evening. The new upstairs lounge looks like a great place to hang out with friends and chat. I plan to check it out sometime. The ambiance is the typical South Philly Italian restaurant - close and loud. It's a unique experience for folks from out of town and it takes some adjustment. I highly recommend Victor's for a fun night out and good eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and loved it!
    PhillyJohn
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Driven past this place so many times and always wondered about it. Finally decided to try it out and took mom there for her birthday. Was amazing. Heard songs in Italian, French, German and English. The voices on these servers were excellent. Service was perfect. Food was delicious. Every single thing we had was great, from the burrata to the canneloni to the mushroom raviloi to the chicken piccata to the salted caramel gelato cake. All delicious. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TWJ16
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Extraordinary dining experience-excellent food surpassed only by exceptional service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quite Different
    meme
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was very good, portions ( at least what we had) a little on the small side. We had the clams and liguine and the "special" shrimp scampi, they were both very good. Appetizers were also very good. We did not have desert. Staff is very attentive and the also sing Opera. Every so oftern, they ring a bell, and the waiter/waitress will sing an Opera song. They also have a nice little lounge upstairs. Would diffently go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi
    DCEuropatravellerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Best place to be serenaded by opera signer quality wait staff for your birthday!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, good, good
    ChaiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good food, good music, good prices. I've been here before and it is always a good time. Had a particular good time with server David, who is a tenor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    kbwcan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I transplanted myself home to Toronto a couple of years ago. I treat myself and my best friend to a dinner at Victor's on my annual trip to Philadelphia. Patty was our waitress; she's the best: personable, gracious, and sings like an angel. The other servers/singers were topnotch as well. I ordered the Prefix meal which consisted of Caesar salad, Fettuccini, and Tiramisu. Patty suggested a wonderful glass of red wine (the name escapes me). My friend ordered the Caesar salad, Asparagus, and the Broccoli rabe. The overall experience of dining at Victor's Café is the best I've ever encountered. Thanks for a wonderful evening! I'll be back next year! I highly recommend Victor's Café for a unique/superb dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The experience was as always, wonderful. My daughter was there for the first time and she was impressed. The look from outside was misleading, when we get there they thought I brought them to same "Rinki Dinki" place, they said "that's it?" with dissapointment. My daughter had tears in her eyes hearing on of the songs. Thank you. She wants to plan a bacheleret party for her sister with dinner at Victor's.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Victor Cafe, A Philly Gem
    Philly4FoodVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It is always a special occasion when dining at The Victor Cafe because of the opportunity to hear the wait staff with wonderful voices burst into song, sometimes opera or even a song from My Fair Lady. Unfortunately the four of us sat next to some from loud groups which hindered our table conversation. However, they did quiet down when the music and singing began. The food this time was better than usual, and on the whole, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Gem
    Tartee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great atmosphere, beautiful voices and a lovely meal. We will be back and we are bringing our friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uniquely Philadelphian
    LoveCCdiningVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Thought we'd venture out of Center City for our friend's last evening visiting before returning to Peru. Irene loves the quirks, character and charm of Philly, so how better to spend her last night than at Victor Cafe. The food is always delicious and priced so reasonably. Pasta Caruso-linguine w chicken livers was terrific. Friends had veal two ways - both delicious. Of course, being seranaded by the talented wait staff makes Victor Cafe unique. Every local should bring their out of town guests here - and remember Victor when thinking of a charmer for a fun night out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    CleanPlateClub
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Victor Cafe had been on the list of places to try for our monthly ladies dinner club. We has heard wonderful things about the wait staff who double as performers and were not disappointed by the opera and show tunes that took over the dining room every 20 minutes. Our waitress Iris was not only an opera wonder, but also an excellent server. The Tosca and Veal Saltimbocca were favorite dishes, but everyone was happy with their choices, you probably can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy 25th Cathleen
    Lillcy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A trained soprano herself, my daughter picked the Victor Cafe to celebrate her birthday. Great pick! The restaurant was like taking a step back in time with ambiance galore. The food choices were many and all of our selections were excellent with large, deliciously prepared portions. The waitstaff was so pleasant and welcoming, and their voices were absolutely marvelous. When you eat out it is normally: Hurry and eat, and then hurry to leave so we can use your table... but, here at the Victor? It was eat some, relax, let us sing for you, eat some more, relax while we sing, eat some more, again we'll sing, and now, how about a nice desert, etc? We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Victor Cafe. We'll be back again! A very nice night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Romantic
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was varied and quite good for the most part. Some dishes were a little disappointing. The best part is the singing wait staff. What a great idea! Very attractive older venue. Comfortable but with elegance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frank
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food and service were very good. Our group enjoyed dinner and the wonderful singing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    RockMerineau
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    to listen the servers/singers is just astonishing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Michelle826
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant is definitely one of my favorite finds in the city. It's unique- amazing service, delicious and authentic Italian food, and incredibly talented wait staff who serenade you with opera singing throughout the night. Definitely something to experience. Great for Birthday's and special events. By far the most impressive Happy Birthday song I have ever recieved!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always an experience
    VeggieFan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I ate at the Victor Cafe last weekend, our third time there. We were in Philadelphia visiting from CT and we never miss a chance to eat there when we're in town. The food was adequate, but that's not really the reason to go there. The singing of operatic arias by the very talented waitstaff makes the Victor Cafe unlike any other restaurant I've ever been to. Our own waiter, David, was friendly and attentive, in addition to being an amazing Tenor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous treat
    michieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The waitstaff besides being so professional and personal have the most impressive voices. I highly recommend this to anyone that will appreciate beautiful opera voices. I went with trip advisor reviews and have not stopped raving. I am telling everyone it is worth the visit and will go back again bravo to victors cafe
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went here for the first time on a first date, didn't know what to expect. Everything from the food to the service to the singing was great and it gave plenty to talk about. Deffinately recommend this place for a fun different dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night!
    nico
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You will always be impressed and awed by the singing here. There is no shortage of talent. The food is good too. For me the singing is the draw. Great for a romantic evening. Great for birthdays too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Singing waiters/Great food
    sooz
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love this special restaurant. Old-fashioned decorating, traditional Italian tablecloths and setting, great food. The most wonderful part is the opera-singing waitstaff--absolutely wonderful. Perfect for a special occasion. Love it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    First time at Victor Cafe. Went on a Monday evening. The place was busy, but not crowded. Nice welcome. Excellent food and drinks and fine opera singing. A great place for small groups. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Were Swooning.
    JudyFromNJ
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The waiters and waitresses sang Opera and we were swooning. We were a party of six and no one was disappointed with anything. The food was good and the historical ambiance was sooo interesting. A good meal and a good time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Victor Cafe gets me singin
    happycat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A real treasure among restaurants in the East Coast. Where else but Philly could you eat delicious red sauce and home made cannoli while getting impromptu free mini concerts from some of the city's best singing talent. A great vibe that is kitschy enough to not be too stuffy, with an emphasis on really good honest food at reasonable prices. With the music, history, decor, and staff, you get a lot for your money. I plan to continue to come to Victor (as my family has for a generation) for years to come.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real Italian Spot
    PauilB
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went her for a special dinner for my daughter (14) who loves Italian food and singing. This place was perfect, and fine with children (also had son 11 along). Singing was every 20 minutes, so not disruptive. Goosebumps, the singing was good. Interestingly, we'd gone to a chain Italian the night before, and could say to the kids, "This place (Victor) is everything that chain restaurant was trying to be, but this place is real!" Worth the trip into the city, worth the $13 valet (no other option), and worth it all. Recommended without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Annette
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Victor cafe was an adorable place for a late night dinner. We were told that wait staff sings, boy were we surprised. The voices were amazing!!! Each waiter took a turn to sign opera. Beautiful voices. The meal was ok. Had to return a chicken dish. Meat was really tough. Replaced with a second option of tortellini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Jarvis
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I went to Victor Cafe for our anniversary. As always this place never fails to deliver excellent food, and a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opera while dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The voices of those who sang opera were fabulous. Food was great and atmosphere was fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    lafloory
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our waiter Garret was fantastic. The veal saltimbocca at Victor was the best I've ever had. The quality of the tender meats and overall flavor of the marinade were perfect. My partner's Tosca chicken dish was average. The talent of the waiters singing opera here was enchanting. Overall a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab food & ambience
    Martyn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Visited 20 years ago (we are from England) and the place has not changed at all. Fab food and great singing - a real must go to restaurant. The prices are so so reasonable that it is almost embarrassingly cheap for such great food!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    LoriMVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We spent one evening in Philadelphia and my husband had wanted to dine in Little Italy.I found this gem on Trip Advisor,and was not disappointed! The food was delicious and at about 20 min. intervals,a bell is wrung to announce a new operatic performance from a staff member. We enjoyed 4 different performers,one of which was our server.Everyone was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining dinner
    SouthStreetMikeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The Victor Cafe is a wonderful place for a dinner with a twist. The servers take turns singing various operatic pieces. The food was very good and the skilled singers make for a fun evening. We've been there several times with out of town guests to treat them to something different, but this time it was a local group of friends who hadn't been there in a while. It was as good as remembered.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, as usual
    Wiffler
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went with my girlfriend and her friend, first time there for both. They LOVE it! The room upstairs is fun to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Terrific appetizers and even better entrées! The ravioli is highly recommended. They also have some great crème brûlèe!! The singing rounds out the experience with a great Italian atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Outstanding place. Waiters and waitresses sing opera and they are really good! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening at Victor Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A friend had recommended we try Victor Cafe, as a unique and fun experience, with a good meal, to boot. We enjoyed our dinners, and the opera singing was very good! The restaurant was crowded and the singing took place about every 20-30 minutes - it was a busy Saturday evening. All in all, I would recommend it to someone I thought would appreciate the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatwelldrinkbetterchip
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    been to Victors several times over the years, not much has changed which is a good thing. This is both a regular and a destination place. Last night the opera singing was as always the highlite -the guy who proposed in front of all the dinners was an unexpected extra [n/b -still time to think that thru dude] . The food has never been the draw but is perfectly fine south Philly fare -you who gripe about it go try Vetri's. The wine list is limited i.e. no bottles of merlot but there is enuf to satisfy all but the Gaji palates. All in all -will be back next time in Phila.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As I remembered it!
    Knowhowtoeat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is somewhat unique in that the wait staff is trained opera singers. Between the responsibilities of serving drinks, dinner etc, the staff will sing parts of an aria of an opera. In my latest experience, we heard all servers sing over the course of a 2+ hour dinner, very enjoyable. The restaurant is deep into an Italian neighborhood of S Philadelphia, so the food is certainly Italian and certainly decent enough to hold it's own, but with the singers ut enhances the experience. The clams casino were excellent; prepared with the whole clam instead of chopped clams; the veal was very tender; decent wine list. Good experience both food-wise and entertainment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic