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Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
8:30 PM
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Bistro La Baia

4.5
118 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Fun
  • Comfort Food
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La Baia is a classic Italian BYOB 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 546-0496
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Payment options
Cash Only
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gabriel Puma
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
17th Street
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:15PM 8:45PM - 10:15PM

What 118 People Are Saying
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4.4
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very busy restaurant
And very extra accommodating host manager owner!
Have us great experience in spite of very crowded small setting.
Would go back in a minute!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was fine. Nothing special, but good.
They have so many tables jammed into this small restaurant, that’s it’s difficult to move.
That also accounts for the ridiculous noise level. There was a large party taking up half the restaurant. It was necessary to scream at others at our table to get above the noise level.
I don’t think we’d return, unless perhaps at a quieter time during the week.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Service and food extraordinary. Ten people for dinner and everything was delicious, hot and beautifully presented. Cannot wait to return!
Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food, great service!! Loved this place

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

It was a wonderful dining experience and very reasonable and quaint.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Awesome as usual! Great service and the food is authentic! Thanks again!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

La Baia is a great place for a romantic date. Excellent food and the service is impeccable. The hostess and waitstaff were so kind and attentive. We will certainly be back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We have gone twice and both times had an excellent experience. The servers were absolutely amazing. They were kind, funny, and hospitable. The food was so good and the atmosphere is romantic.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Fantastic find. Can't wait to visit again. Food is delicious. Service excellent. Good price.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Loved it the first time. Loved it the second time. Great place and great servers.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent from start to finish & it’s BYOB!
The staff were very personable; they all have great personalities, kept coming over to ensure we were taken care of and offered suggestions.
The food was delicious!! We had the salmon risotto and seafood pasta along with 2 appetizers. Everything was filling and delectable.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We’ve not been for quite a long time even though we live around the corner and we very much enjoyed our return and the new owners. The salmon was very well prepared and the pasta was fresh. I’d like to see more specials as the menu hasn’t changed in 15 years, but we had a great meal and caught up with neighbors.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

delicious good, friendly staff. and they even made me my favorite dish from years ago that had since been taken off the menu!

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Slowwwww service but solid food.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This place was amazing!!! The service was great and the food was sooooooo good!!

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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1.0Dined 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.

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