About Bistro La Baia

La Baia is a classic Italian Restaurant located in the Rittenhouse Square Area of Center City, Philadelphia, established in 1998 , serving lunch and dinner in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We look forward to serving you at Bistro La Baia.

1700 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146-1519
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
17th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(215) 546-0496

Website:
http://www.bistrolabaia.com/

Executive Chef:
Gabriel Puma

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Bistro La Baia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (1)
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Neighborhood Gem (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Charming place, home cooked feeling, mushroom soup, grilled calamari appetizers were delicious, as was our meals!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great meal. Great meal and a good time with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated promptly. The service was great as was the food. The qty served was excellent. Seating a little close... it’s a small space.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Another great meal! Thanks for exceeding expectations again. The chicken parm (which is not on the menu but can be requested) was the absolute best-ever!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As an Italian who grew up eating wonderful homemade food, I can attest that I love this place! Recently my family needed to get a bite prior to a show at the Academy of Music. La Baia is about a 10-minute walk away, and was very uncrowded on a Sunday night at 5:00, so were in and out in no time. We had a fantastic meal and great service.

I remember eating here frequently about 12 years ago but eventually we moved out of the city so we stopped going. It's still a gem! We will make this a regular pre-show location for wonderful Italian food!

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I was excited to try this neighborhood BYOB, but I was really dissapointed with the food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fresh gnocchi were delicious! Appetizers were scrumptious. Seating was a little tight but it was cozy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was delicious, but the service was subpar. One gentleman as host and server for much of the evening until one other server arrived around 7pm. The check was dropped at our table without anyone asking us if we’d like coffee or dessert.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very disappointing. We had four diners, and none of our meals were very good. Oversauced and somewhat tasteless. The chicken piccata almost felt like eating a packaged dinner entree.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love this neighborhood gem. Basic philly Italian food. Staff has been there since opening. Love Lisa and her team. Like going home for a home cooked meal!!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Owners were lovely and provided good service. Food was good and came out quickly. Fyi, they are cash only.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I usually like Italian resuruants with a real Philadelphia feel, but the food and experience here was more like a nice cafeteria than an Italian restaurant. The food was not fresh and pre prepared. The resuruant was understaffed and run by the owners, who could desperately use more staff. When we asked for the check we were ignored and had to ask three more times.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Bistro La Baia is an Italian restaurant tucked away in a typical Philly neighborhood, yet it's conveniently within walking distance of the arts and theater district on Broad Street. It's small -- maybe 40 seats -- and friendly, and the food is excellent. Salad ingredients were fresh and abundant. An unusual eggplant appetizer was tasty and filling, and our entrees were very good. The tiramisu is one of the best we've had. Portions are satisfying. We were there during Restaurant Week and had the prix fixe special, but their regular prices looked reasonable for a big city. But if you're expecting a grandiose setting or an atmospheric grotto, forget it. It's a street-level location that could have been any kind of shop. A couple of large paintings provide all the decor, and though it's not unattractive, you won't leave raving about the setting. The real draw is the food. Bring your own wine -- they don't have a liquor license.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The gnocchi was wonderful!
The tables are squished together so there's no privacy for conversation. They seated the guests all of n 1 section even though the other tables were empty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Amazing! My boyfriend and I always love coming here for date night!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Food was great! Excellent customer service! The only downfall is cash only! I'll take it!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The appetizers were tasty and a value for the price. The mussels in a spicy tomato sauce and the mushrooms with shrimp were really good. The second courses were decidedly so-so. The veal pizzaiola was a bit soggy, but ok. The pappardelle with sausage was disappointing.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Love it here! Every time I'm there I leave happy with the service and the food!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We had walked past Bistro La Baia while walking in our neighborhood and finally decided to check it out for a meal. The atmosphere was pleasant- authentic decor in an intimate space plus not too crowded for a Friday evening. The food was delicious- we all got different pastas- and the servings were very generous. BYOB was an added perk. Definitely a great neighborhood find to add to our rotation when we are in the mood for pasta!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I had a phenomenal time at bistro la Baia! I went with a large group and we had amazing service and great food. Plus as a byob it was a steal!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Lisa , the server, is so friendly and helpful. You know you're in Philly. She's the real deal. Food is delicious, esp. the funghi with shrimp. Mmmmmmm.

Great local spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

La Baia is a restaurant we discovered over 10 years ago. Then, we thought it was incredible food and the small, family-owned Italian restaurant within walking distance of the theater district in Philly made it one of our favorites. Over the years, our palates have progressed, so the food isn't so "amazing" to us anymore. It is still very good, just not other-worldly. We love that the same guy and gal still run this place and the menu remains quite similar all these years later. We know what we'll get: a delicious meal in a cozy little restaurant run by a small family. Def recommend it to friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Misto salad had just lettuce and under ripe tomato. Like 4 tiny pieces. Barely dressed. Salmon tasted fishy not fresh. Waitress was abrupt

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We enjoyed sitting outside for dinner at La baia. The food and service was great. We especially liked the mushroom appetizer and steak special. BYOB is also a plus!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This review is mainly for OpenTable and less Bistro la Baia. At about 7 pm Open table allowed me to make a 7:45 pm reservation for 5 people at the restaurant. When we arrived we were told by the restaurant they could not honor that reservation as they had told OpenTable they were full for the night. It was very frustrating to arrive, excited for the good food I'm sure we would have had, only to be turned away at the door. At this point it was close to 8 pm and we could not get in at any other restaurant and ended up just eating pizza. I would recommend to anyone that if you book this restaurant on OpenTable you call and confirm with them that you can in fact get in otherwise you may run the risk of being turned away hungry.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The restaurant is very small. After sitting and enjoying our food, my friends and I were finishing our wine and having a great conversation. The owner/waitress came o we to our table and loudly asked us to leave because they needed the table. Needless to say, we will not go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

It was pretty much empty on a Saturday night. Perhaps because it's CASH ONLY. Or because the hostess was snarly and poorly dressed. She gruffly informed us that there was an extra charge for ordering an appetizer in place of an entree. The food itself was tasty and made with fresh ingredients. However, the sizes were widely variable. One person received a bowl of seafood linguine bigger than her head, while another one of us wound up with just four ravioli on a plate. Although I had a good meal, I won't be going back. It just didn't feel very welcoming.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Food and service was amazing! Definitely will be back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Charming space, fantastic service. Didn't love what I ordered as my entree but think that was my own fault. Interesting tasty appetizer of baked mushrooms and shrimp.
Reasonably priced, byob and I would try again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2017

We went for restaurant week and the portions were big, but the taste wasn't that amazing. The salad was limp. The veal was good though. The service was slow and inattentive. It's cash only.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Some items were amazing & a couple were disappointing. It's a cute lil place that needs a little lovin. A restaurant or bar needs to reinvent itself every 5 years. It's outdated & needs a makeover, which you could do cheaply.
We went for restaurant week: the soup, spring mix with yummy balsamic dressing , all the apps , the Salmon & Chicken as well as desserts were Great
The Caesar salad was way to fishy & the Lobster ravioli tasted old. I'm
Sure it wasn't old but it was dry however the sauce was really good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Everything was very good. Good service and good food. We were a little cramped where we were seated but overall very good experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2016

My daughters took me here for my birthday and it was delicious. Will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Everything was delicious! The service was very quick and everyone was so friendly! Definitely recommend and be back for more!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Awful service to the point where the only three people working were cursing at each other under their breath and telling others to rush customers because it was full. Portion sizes varied amongst plates. Wasn't told it was cash only until the bill came.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2016

We were not impressed by this restaurant. The service was very slow, the food was just average especially for the price. I will not return to this restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2016

probably the worst food in the largest amounts i have ever had in any philly restaurant. the owner/waiter was surly and the air conditioning was freezing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Very small atmosphere with terrific authentic Italian homemade food.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2016

This is a pleasant restaurant. The food is generally very good, with a few exceptions. The service is a bit strange though helpful. My only complaint is that the tables are way too close together. On a regular night, no problem, on a busy night, ouch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2016

Terrific neighborhood restaurant-- found through a recommendation. Split two special entrees. Both delicious. Rain delayed our departure so we had homemade tartufo which was amazing. Great meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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