Bistro La Baia

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$30 and under
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Italian
Bistro La Baia, meaning "The Bay" in Italian, is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving delicious homemade traditional and creative Italian/Mediterranean dishes.
With a light and inviting ambiance and a wonderful outdoor seating, this BYOB restaurant is great for any occasion.
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Mon - Thu 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:30PM - 10:00PM

What 244 People Are Saying
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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers were the BEST! Super accommodating to the picky eater in our group and made changes and substitutions without batting an eye. Food was delicious-especially the fungi appetizer and tiramisu dessert. So glad this place is in our neighborhood. We will definitely be back!

E
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We may have caught the kitchen on an average day - not great as some reviews have noted. Service was terrific.

ML
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First time dining at this restaurant. Service was great. Food was freshly cooked and delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food tasted great but was cold coming out, the service was excellent. We will definitely give it another try when it’s not restaurant week. Fast service

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant week. It was extremely crowded and took about 45 minutes after we got our salads to get our dinners.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

There during restaurant week. Had a reservation but felt rushed in and out. Had to send chicken dish back. Also didn't realize it was BYOB - figured an Italian place in Philadelphia would have a good wine list - our mistake.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, very fast service, friendly employees.

BP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great experience during restaurant week however we were disappointed that we were not able to be sat outside even though our reservation specifically elected for outdoor seating. It was also disappointing that the hostess didn't acknowledge the wait / backup for outdoor seating and just sat us inside without first explaining and apologizing for the change. Once we asked why we weren't being sat outside the hostess explained there was a backup.

RF
Orlando
80 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great neighborhood option. Feels almost like being in someone’s home. Authentic dishes, simply presented with sweet service. BYOB.

LB
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia - it is so quaint, but it feels like you are at Grandma's Sunday dinner with the best italian coming your way. The mussels are amazing, the spaghetti and meatballs are a classic. With it being a BYO - it can bring in a large group, so with it being a small place - the noise level can get loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was absolutely fantastic! My boyfriend and I actually live fairly close and we thought we would try it out! We were blown away by the food! You could truly tell that everything was authentic- and the sauces on the pasta was out of this world! It’s tiny but cozy - and we loved the fact that it was BOYB! The server was very accommodating and we would definitely go back and bring family/friends!

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service. We all enyoyed our dinner.

CT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Southern Italian style restaurant not far from City Center. I tried the Salmon Risotto and my wife had the Branzino over Linguini with lemon-caper sauce. Both were delicious. Good sized portions and reasonable value. BYOB restaurant. I recommend it highly.

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place, very nice people. It looks like it is right out of Italy

SM
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service from Marco, our waiter. Ordered the rice ball appetizer which was delicious, along with the eggplant parm meal, wild salmon dish and lobster ravioli. Everyone enjoyed their meals and would definitely return.

NC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We dined with a group of eight people and the everyone enjoyed their food. My chicken marsala was tender and flavorful but the best dish at our table was the lobster ravioli. Very good! Service was efficient. This is not a large restaurant and it is BYOB, so if you want wine or beer with dinner but sure to pick it up before.

SS
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was delicious. Service was great. The place itself could use a little decor

KH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This hidden gem is right around the corner from me and one of my go to spots! The food is fresh and always hot (crucial). The service is always great and the entire team is happy to have you and go above and beyond to service! Do yourself a favor and add this to your list!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Good food. Not enough staff and noisy. Both complaints may be due to large 14 person party in small dining area. Food was worth it though.

TS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, everything was perfect. This is a wonderful place to go with great service. I look forward to going back.

IM
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Would not think of making a reservation here again. They didn’t honor the time and staff was very ignorant. Too many better byob restaurants in the area. A few better restaurants within a few blocks.

Bistro La Baia
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi Ian, I understand your frustration. The day you made the reservation, we had an accident, and had to close the restaurant for that night. Unfortunately in the rush of things, we forgot to close the Opentable to new reservations. However, I would like to let you know that we go above and beyond to provide an excellent service, which paired to our delicious food, makes our customers come again and again. I hope you give us another chance. I’m sure you will love our food and our hospitality.

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c
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

food is very simple but tasty, although not all of it is hand-made (but to be fair, they do not claim it is). Service is really nice, it's a cozy place and affordable for a bite

HC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of the best dining experiences I've ever had! The food was unbelievable and the service went above and beyond any expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, service was meh. It’s a hole in the wall place

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro La Baia is a charming family owned Italian restaurant with great service and delicious food.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice small neighborhood restaurant. Great Italian food at a reasonable price. That large blank wall is begging for some artwork! BYOB.

PG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Couldn’t have asked for a more attentive staff for our celebration dinner. The food was fresh and delicious and we appreciated the gluten free pasta options as well. It was a bit annoying to learn upon our arrival that the credit card machine was down and everyone had to scramble to get cash once at the restaurant.

BK
Philadelphia
206 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is really good. This a cute neighborhood BYO with a nice selection of menu options. We sat outside on a very nice evening and that was lovely. We loved the mushroom appetizer and the pasta and meat selections were very well prepared. It’s ” another” Italian restaurants Philly, but a good one and the prices are very reasonable. We will go back.

BB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Two friends who hadn't seen each other in a long time (one moved out of the country). Plenty of time to chat and sit and enjoy each other. Delicious food. Terrific service. Quiet ambience. We had a lovely evening. Thank you!

Barbara Berry

BH
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian. Wonderful servers. Enjoyed the whole experience.

RJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Plain ambiance, but the food was good. We went late afternoon and had the place to ourselves. If going to the theatre later it makes sense as it is close by to the theatres.

BT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was quite possibly the best dining experience I ever had. They are very attentive and accommodating and the food was so fresh and authentic. The owner/hostess was willing to adjust our meals however we wanted and everything we ate was delicious. I would definitely recommend this quaint bistro to friends and will most certainly go again when back in Philly!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samira is a talented and kind server and makes the experience so wonderful. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere is beautiful.

ZZ
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at dinner. Outdoor seating. No corkage fee and very nice waitress! Great value! We’ll be back!

TM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have visited Bistro La Baia multiple times, each time getting better. Out door seating was fantastic, clean table with quiet street view. Lovely service and delicious food. Staff is knowledgable on food, wine pairings (BYOB) and specials.

DD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great Value! My wife and I enjoyed dinner at Bistro La Baia, a great BYOB restaurant on Friday. I had Pork & Beef Meatballs and she had Caesar Salad for Appetizers. She had Lobster Ravioli and I had Pappardelle vodka sauce with sweet sausage for main course. Food and service were excellent. My wife said it was the best Lobster Ravioli she's ever had. We will definitely be visiting in the near future.

LG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many wonderful restaurants in Center City but we keep going back to La Baia. Good menu items, good specials, cozy atmosphere, friendly service. Will be back!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was DELICIOUS!!!

BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was beautiful. The food was to DIE for!!!! The service was beyond excellent especially since we stayed all the way until close. 10/10 recommend. We will be coming back!

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first time here and we thought that the food, service, and value were outstanding! The fact that it is byob only made our experience that much sweeter. We felt, however, that the noise levels could be improved by having more decorations on the walls to help soak up sound. Except for a couple of pictures, they were very sparse. A fairly large and noisy party ( for this size restaurant) was seated after us, and my dining companion and I were unable to hear each other after that. But the food was wonderful! We will definitely return!

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