Bistro La Baia

4.6
412 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
Buon appetito!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 412 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JamesA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place in the neighborhood !

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! The lunch portion is a bit small but it still tastes amazing!

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vipSpruceFan
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After 35 minutes we had neither water nor the opportunity to order. We left.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food was amazing and the staff was able to accommodate for a different food choice setup than what was on the menu, would 100% come here again.

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Shanders86
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great date night! Everyone was so nice and accommodating.The food was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and we for sure will be back very soon!!!!

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xCherry
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service needs improvement. Mussels were great, everything else was pretty good! They seem to be ill prepared for dinner rush. Only 2 servers who had some sense of what was going on.. the other seemed lost. It took a long time for service request to be fulfilled.

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bridgetr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very nice service, great food, and so many dogs walking by!! great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food was good but they had little kids running throughout the restaurant. Made it difficult at times to sit and enjoy. A lot of the main dishes they were out of ingredients so limited menu.

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Callie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Arancini not crunchy. Meatballs a little overcooked/tough. Vodka sauce on point! Same with pesto gnocchi. Need more staff, we were waiting >15min between courses.

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vipcrackcrab
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week, they didn't skimp. The food was delicious! The fish, both salmon and branzino were cooked perfectly. Servers were nice. They were accommodating to my allergies. We will be back!

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Ziggy
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Eggplant Rollatini was amazing......

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Waa just average
I would not go back. Much better Italian restuarants in the city

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AmandaD
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went during restaurant week and the experience was incredible! We we seated immediately after being offered the option of indoor or outdoor seating. We opted for first available, which was indoor. It was rather hot inside and we were closest to the kitchen, but that was the only downside to the entire experience and I’ve still rated 5 stars! The food portions were very generous and everything was delicious. Our table had the caprese, polenta, meatballs and Arancinni for apps, chicken parm and pasta with Italian sausage as entrees, and chocolate mousse and tiramisu for desserts. Everything was amazing! Staff members were so friendly and accommodating. Will definitely return!

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Hello
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, great service, outdoor dining options.

MA
vipMaryA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Visited this restaurant for Restaurant Week. Our meal was outstanding. I would definitely recommend both the Veal and the Lobster Ravioli in a vodka blush sauce.

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vipElGianni
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. The owner is very cordial.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service and even better food!

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Tabby
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I dined here with my mom during restaurant week, it was great. Friendly service and delicious food.

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vipjms21
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to this restaurant previously so we decided to try it during restaurant. The service was excellent and the gentleman who seated us was welcoming and friendly. My husband ordered veal and said it was the best veal he had eaten since we moved to Philadephia three years ago.

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JGNetts
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night we ate at Bistro La Baia during restaurant week. we were thoroughly satisfied with the food and atmosphere and highly recommend going back again which we will.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went with my brother during restaurant week and the menu options were absolutely delicious. We got the polpette as an an appetizer. As our entrees we got pappardelle con salsiccia along with the lobster ravioli. The food was fresh, tasty, and super filling! Not to mention the dessert was outstanding. It was delightful to experience the tiramisu and the tartuffo. I will be returning soon!

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JoanD
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was absolutely delicious! The salmon had great flavor in EVERY bite. Service was good, they were busy and did the best they could!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Just took way too long for our foods!! 2 hours for the foods and i didnt even get to eat my dessert there!!

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LindaB
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer during Center City Restaurant Week and not disappointed. The food was tops and the service was pleasant. I will definitely go back.

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Tdsell
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nothing fancy but excellent food and service at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service and food was wonderful. Very very nice crew. Service was wonderful (had to say it again lol). Would definitely recommend a friend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am absolutely in love with this little gem of a restaurant. The atmosphere is beautiful, BYOB is always a plus, and the service was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Polenta bruschetta was delicious! Just stopped for salads for lunch but they were also very good. Arugula salad was perfect; Caesar was a little heavy on dressing. Ambience fine for sidewalk Covid time; construction on street bit if a bummer but not their fault. Would come back (and would bring wine as didn’t notice BYO with first go round).

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TetyanaM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 50th visit? I have lost count. Their food is consistently stellar, service is lovely, and the staff cares about your experience. Lobster raviolis are great and the bread is made in house! I'd visit for any occasion from girls night to anniversary dinner. An added bonus that it's BYOB.

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vipElGianni
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoy this place. Their bread is amazing and their folks are always friendly and accommodating.

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vipAnonymous7676
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening. This is one of our favorite go-to neighborhood BYOB places. The restaurant staff members are very nice and we enjoy the Italian food very much. Outside can be a bit noisy with the traffic on a Sat night, but is otherwise very pleasant (inside is quieter).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I know Philly restaurants have been killed by incompetent government, and I really want to like this place, but it was dirty and depressing. Food was ok, but for the experience, it was overpriced. I hope they can do something to improve and survive. Nothing interesting on the menu. Nothing to drink but water and iced tea. It was a sad experience.

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vipBKmom
Philadelphia
230 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We used to really like this place but I think our meal recently was fair to good- not as well prepared as in the past. Not sure why.....

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EricF
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

cold food. nanananannananannanananananannananananannanaa

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David
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were very disappointed with La Baia. The outside tables weren’t available and since we’re all vaccinated sat inside where it was freezing and too loud. The wait staff seemed more focused on serving outdoor tables so we had to wave them down for service. They clearly were too rushed to pay much attention even when they came to the table. The mushroom appetizer was delicious but my entree wasn’t good at all.

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vipDrewK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite BYOBs in the city. Staff is always so nice and the food is always excellent. We are practically regulars now.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food good value!

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AliP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Food was very bland-I don't think they used ANY garlic! Had to put cheese and red sauce to get flavor. The Branzino was a little mushy.

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Katie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious and amazing staff!!! We eat outside every time - not too cold / very comfortable, and not too noisy even though outside- super cozy and lovely ♥️

FAQs

Bistro La Baia does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Bistro La Baia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 687-1561.

Bistro La Baia is rated 4.6 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.