Varalli Restaurant
Varalli Restaurant

Varalli Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.varalliusa.com/
  • Phone: 2155466800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Lunch: Private group luncheons can be arranged by contacting our special events coordinator Brian Datesman @ 215-546-6800
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: William Carroll
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Varalli Restaurant can accommodate large parties of 10 or more people. An array of rooms and spaces are available that are versatile and flexible for your dining needs. Varalli Restaurant has 24+ years experience in coordinating private events. See for yourself the Varalli difference.
  • Private Party Contact: Brian Datesman 2155466800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Discount parking at selected neighborhood lots is available with validation.
A word from Varalli Restaurant
Residing in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City, Varalli Restaurant reflects the elegance and artistry of its Avenue of the Arts location. A dining destination for over 24 years, Varalli Restaurant is conveniently located within a few blocks of the Convention Center, major hotels, theaters and arts venues. This restaurant boasts playful decorative accents that give each dining room the distinction of a chic gallery featuring whimsical oceanic sculptural details and a unique illuminated glass fusion mosaic. The menu’s Northern Italian and Mediterranean-style seafood dishes are works of art in their own rights and promise flavorful distractions.
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Varalli Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)special occasion (26)romantic (21)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (16)scenic view (14)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Charles
    Charles
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent center city dining at reasonable price. Great place prior to a show or concert. The staff is excellent and prompt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect pre-concert restaurant
    theaterloverVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Varalli's sits right on Broad Street across from the Academy of Music. It's a great spot to people-watch Broad Street. We split a great wild mushroom flatbread for an appetizer. My husband had the special pasta for that night which was lobster, and I had their penne putanesca. Both were very good. I had a ton of pasta leftover. My waitress offered to box it up; when I said "Oh we're heading to the Orchestra," she said "I can put it away and you can pick it up afterwards if you'd like." So we did just that, and had it for lunch the next day. I thought that very thoughtful....above and beyond the call of duty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Varalli's never disappoints!
    barbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I met my sister and brother-in-law for lunch. We ordered drinks, the Jumbo Shrimp & Andouille appetizer, wild mushroom soup, the salmon, Melanzane pasta, and steak. All were delicious. My sister is fussy about her gin, and it was perfect. My brother-in-law raved about his steak. My mushroom soup was the best I've ever had, and the salmon and pasta were excellent. Our server was friendly and efficient, got the details of our orders perfect, and made sure we were finished in plenty of time for our event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good!
    DineClssy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a nice time at Varalli. I often do not venture into city to eat but this night was a first date and I wanted to make it classy. The service was excellent and the ambiance was was romantic and young. Our waiter was confident and knowledgeable but did not bug us during our meal, yet was present at the right times. The food was very tasty. Our shrimp appetizer was delicious and each of our entrees-pan seared pork and herb crusted salmon-were cooked perfectly with great flavor. I'm happy with my choice as this was the perfect balance of great food, great atmosphere, great location, but did not break the bank. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molto Bene!
    LipcheesVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my first time at this restaurant but it was recommended by a friend. This place was conveniently located in Center City so a short walk from my hotel. I ordered the veal piccata with a side order of linguini (olive oil on the side as requested). The meal was delicious - solid Italian food! I will definitely return as there were other items on the dinner menu that I'm interested in trying. The service was very attentive without being overbearing and the host made me feel very welcome.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent Restaurant Week value . . . Hearty soup; appetizer (mine, delectable mushrooms stuffed with hot sausage); fair selection of fish, meat, and pasta entrees; and both carb-y and low-carb desserts. Only complaints: filet mignon overly salted and bread pudding too dense.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and Romantic
    PeacefulLuv
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I went to Varalli with my mate during Center City restaurant week, and I must say we really enjoyed ourselves! The host was very upbeat and friendly. As soon as we arrived, he greeted us warmly and was very accommodating. The table that was reserved for us was by the window, but we wanted a more romantic and quiet area. He gave us a large booth on the other side of the water feature, with which we were very happy. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Overall, the food was delicious. We were not impressed with the butternut squash soup they offered (way too much cinnamon), but since we ordered extra appetizers (calamari/mussels). The lobster ravioli was exceptional! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistantly great food and service
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Consistantly great food and service, year after year! Comfortable/ spacious seating, great ambiance and fantastic people watching at the north east corner of the Avenue of the Arts and Locust street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit to Philly
    FirsttimerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was our last night in Philly and we were in the mood for Italian. We went to Varalli. We asked for a private booth and they were very accommodating. The service was top notch. We went with the "restaurant week" menu and enjoyed everything. We would definitely return again!
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  • Nicest people!
    BethyLovesFood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went to Varalli for restaurant week and had a great time. The food was good and the portions were a decent size for a fixed price menu. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful. Will dine again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    AnthonyL
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I went there for restaurant week and was disappointed. The soup of the day was bland and the filet was good but had its tough spots. The colossal crab cocktail was anything but colossal. There was hardly any crab in it. The service and wine list was great. In the end I left hungry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Chris
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I'm always happy at Varalli. The food is great and the service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not vege friendly
    foodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The menu for restaurant week did not accommodate vegetarians, and no substitutions were available
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bene
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My family and I truly enjoyed Varalli's. We will frequent Varalii's. The food and service were great. Loved the the waterfalls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy!
    Penny
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My husband and I were so happy that our recommendations about Varalli were supported by the great experience our out of town guests experienced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pre-theater dining spot
    dove
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Varalli's Italian restaurant is a well located dining venue for pre theater/concert events. The quality of the dining is very good and service was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    Shrinksjp
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I and my cousin went to Varalli's for his birthday. The atmosphere is nice, although a bit understated for an underwater scene type restaurant compared to Faralon of SF. There are flat waterfalls upon the walls and an in the center of the room. Lamps over the table are frosted glass starfish. The food is very good. The rosemary potatoes consisted of finger potatoes but they could have had more flavor. They were bland. The entrees were very good. I had the shrimp puttanesca and my cousin had the lemon pepper linguini with clams. My dessert, the baba rum was a bit sweet and really did not taste like rum. The drink, Seraphim, was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another excellent meal
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our first choice for restaurants before a concert or the theater on Broad St. Actually it's appeal should be much broader as the food and service are both first rate. If not going to an 8:00 PM event would recommend a reservation no earlier than 7:30 in order to give us early birds a chance to clear out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little too much oil
    Drumdoc
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    goo0d service (but a little slow), pretty good food, but there was too much oil, etc. Not very healthful. Pretty quiet, which I appreciated.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal
    Todd
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great drinks at the bar, an accommodating table and excellent food. The service was also fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MAY BE MY LAST TIME THERE
    TONY
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    WE AND THE WIFE WENT THERE ON SAT NITE ,FIRST LET ME TELL YOU I BEEN GOING THERE 4 5 YEARS OR BETTER , AND I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT WHEN ARE WAITERS TOLD ME THERE WAS NO MORE OYSTERS ON THE MENU ANYMORE !!!!!!!!!!. or u kidding me ,,,, that was the most i looked for when i got there they had the best oysters ever .so not sure antmore if i will go back if the oysters are gone ,,,
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient, nothing exceptional
    SandR
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We sat in the back area of the first floor and it seemed a little dark and tired. My food was so-so, but the group I was with all seemd to enjoy their meals. The service was above average. I would go back b/c the location is so convenient, especially if you are going to see a show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good good, good spot
    jonack
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It's sort of hidden out in the open but it's definitely a good place for a good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Pre-theater Restaurant!
    AnniVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The restaurant was lively, service was excellent and food was very good! They ask if you are going to the theater to be sure you get there on time! Very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent experience
    cmdrcdy
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Recently vistied Varelli on Sunday evening and very pleased with our dinner. We have been there several times in the past when we go into the city and always found the food to be very good and a good value. This time was no exception. The appitzer and main course dishes were very tasty and the portions were filling. The waitress, who was very attentive all evening, found out it was my wife's birthday coming up and brought out a cup of fress berries in whipped cream, on the house. A perfect end to the meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • aluminum foil in our flat bread
    Dave
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    1. Service was great 2. My wife had aluminum foil in her flat bread (pizza) - The waiter response "It is not possible" 3. I had a beat salad and had pistachio shells in the salad )almost broke my tooth. Too much of a coincidence... lack of QA at the kitchen in my view
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  • Great for Low Key Business Dinner
    RCDII
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had a low-key business dinner here which was perfect. The waitress was attentive but not overbearing and the food was excellent. It is a little noisy - pre-theater time so heavy business sessions would not be good during that time. It is a good setting for out-of-towners with the glass windows overlooking Broad Street and all of the pedestrian activity.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merc
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Service and food were both super! We made reservations via Open Table and were extremely pleased with accommodation of our request for a quiet part of the restaurant. On our way to a show, we informed the staff of a need for prompt turn-around, and the staff responded magnificently. All of this with our delicious meal made our visit to the City a very happy one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 960 reviews are from the Varalli Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great dining experience
    MJMJ
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great place to go before a show. Great food, service. We recently went for dinner on an nice spring night , large windows were open offering a great city dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theatre Dinner
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Varalli is an old favorite, especiall if we want a pleasant dinner before the show. This was no exception, with one exception. The service was a bit inattentive. We had to post lookouts to find the waiter, and that was surprising since the place was not briming with customers. Oh, we'll be back and expect that service will return to what we had been accustomed to. Mushroom soup was delicious. Sea Bass was equally tasty. No wine tonight but the food was, as usual, delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aDRIENNEELLENVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The restaurant was about 3/4 full - the entrees took way too long to come - with the waiter saying "a little glitch". Two out of the four entrees were ok - the sea bass ordered was loaded with salt - would not return for sure.
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  • bitsandpieces47
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times. We enjoy the friendly servers and the food is always very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • before the wilma
    slib
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Varalli's is a favorire before any show for this suburbanite. Food is great as are the martinis. Only complaint this time was soup that was a little cool for my taste. But I will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!!!!
    ChiliVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    While the food is nothing to write home about, the staff makes this restaurant stand out. They were so very friendly and efficient. I would definitely go there again for drinks and apps (they weren't bad)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • multi-course fixed price dinner
    CelebratorVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had the multi-course fixed price dinner on Saturday evening. The four people in our party enjoyed every course. The food was plentiful, nicely presented and delicious. It was a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal & Service
    Squan2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    From the minute we stepped in the door we had a pleasant experience. Host, bartender and server couldn't have been nicer. Food was amazing. Something on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Please share my thanks with Eddie for his responsive and attentive service. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular
    olliescat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    the food was really exceptional. wine - great pasta great,great polenta great desert... great waiter and waitress - great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Restaurant.
    rvankoe
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Good food, nice service. A very comfortable location for Dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sloppy at Best
    KGS32
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Unfortunately, the food didn't measure up to the service. Canned beets on the beet salad, seriously? Under cooked pasta for the lobster ravioli that was mounded and inundated with sauce and mushrooms. The plating was sloppy. I won't return. The good news was the service was good and the server was delightful who seemed embarrassed to even present the plate. God bless her!
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