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Branzino Italian Ristorante

4.0
1656 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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About

We expect to re-open sometime in late January.

Branzino Italian Ristorante is a Classic Old World Italian restaurant located in the heart of Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. We Specialize in Fresh Seafood Dishes, Seasonal Pastas, and Exquisite Meat Dishes to satisfy the most refined palate. At Branzino, we combine the Italian art of eating with an old world tradition of hospitality. Come join us and taste the Art of the Old World Italian Tradition.
And now we are offering to our diners outdoor seating's in our garden. Something rear to find in center city. Partial Sun, partial shade, between the beautiful flowers and the Summer breeze you'll feel like you are dining in the gardens of Tuscany. Come and dine with us and forget about the every day rush and stress, and if it is a special occasion or a business meeting, dinner with your family and friends or private party up to 120 people, if you give us the opportunity,we will make those hours memorable
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Only. Monday Closed | Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10pm | Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm | Sunday: 5pm - 9pm
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Phone number
(215) 790-0103
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luan Tota
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Locust & Spruce
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Parking details
We validate parking with Expert Parkway Lot of Pullman Garage on 1617 Chancellor St.
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Special events & promotions
We now offer two special menus only for students
Pre-fix 3 course for $25 and $30. You can find it here, at our website or Facebook page.
For more information call 215 790 0103 or email events@branzinophilly.com
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.1
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3.9
service
3.8
ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBuonoAppetite (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2016

Everything was outstanding . We loved the music. The courtyard was beautiful . It made us feel like we were back in Italy. There will definitely be repeated visits for other outstanding evenings.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

Perfect dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

Amazing!!!! Wonderful atmosphere, service, and food! True hidden gem!!! Best branzino we've ever had!!!

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vipMrUCity (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

Unfortunately the thing that stood out was the bugs - too many Flys and Nats ruined the evening (we were inside )

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vipNick (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The outdoor area is the prettiest one in the city. The food is great and the restaurant is beautiful.

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AlyssaD (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Terrible service, poor appetizer selection. Will not return

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DanielleG (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

To some up our experience in one word......"EXCEPTIONAL"!

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Foodisart (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Interesting menu, delightful outdoor dining available. The octopus starter and the veal cheek entree were exceptional. I would return to try other menu options.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

Comfortable seating in dining room.

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jojott (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

Great outdoor dining. Brazino fish and suckling pig were both outstanding. Price is very reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

The branzino entree is smazing. Other entrees were fair. Service was good. Nice atmosphere. Nobody rushed us. Would go back.

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vipMarkG (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Branzino never disappoints. It's quiet. Service is efficient and pleasant. And the food is always well prepared. The eponymous dish is as fresh and delicious as you'll find anywhere. And pastas, meats, and vegetables are fresh and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

We were the only couple in the restaurant for almost 2 hours. Granted, our reservations were early, however, for being the only diners, service still seemed to be lacking. My scallops were cooked very well, but the rest of the meal definitely left something to be desired. I was very disappointed and felt that the quality of food was way over priced for what we were given. Glad I tried it, but will not go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on June 1, 2016

The food was outstanding. Unfortunately the service and room were not up to the level of what the chef and his team produce. The dining room was uncomfortably warm and our server was unresponsive to concerns about it. Beverage glasses were frequently empty and the entrees for our small group came out in three different stages meaning those receiving their entrees first had a wait of several minutes before they could start which affected the food temperature and overall experience. Hopefully, they can get all these glitches resolved so the chef can shine with appropriate support!

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Scott (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2016

I don't understood why this restaurant isn't more appreciated by Philly diners. Is it because Branzino is BYOB? Or because the place isn't owned by Vetri or Garces or Starr? Or because diners pay too much attention to the laughable restaurant lists in Philadelphia Magazine? You can't get a better fish dinner in Center City than the branzino at Branzino, as we promised our two friends--and Branzino delivered--when we dined there last Wednesday. The service was first-rate without being intrusive and the atmosphere was perfect for relaxed conversation.
P.S. The braised veal cheeks are exquisite as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Food was delicious! Waitress was miserable and it took forever for our drinkorders to go in as well as food.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Good food, although smaller sized portions. Fairly limited menu. Rough night for service... Perhaps the waiters were understaffed. Very long wait for apps and entrees, never received bread basket, only one of four deserts ordered came out. Have been one previous time and did not have any issues with service so maybe just an off night.

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vipshuff (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

The waiter seemed to be in a bit of a hurry to clear, and actually took my plate before I finished my main course!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

My daughter and I had dinner here before the ballet, and sat in the garden. Service, food and atmosphere were all lovely. It was a pleasure to be able to have a quiet conversation without having to compete with the usual ambient noise of most restaurants. It was all good.

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PhillyPhoodie (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 9, 2016

Everything was just ok. I was hoping food would be great after reading reviews but we were all quite underwhelmed.

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vipFoodie (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

The waiter was rude, the food was average and the selection was limited. Such a disappointment..

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Went to dinner here this past Saturday night and had a horrible experience. We ended up having to walk out because at 8:45pm they were out of 4 of 8 entrees. I told the waiter I am lactose intolerant and have celiac and he was not helpful to try to find something to order after 3 tries and everything being unavailable. The last straw was when he told us not to shoot the messenger. Needless to say we will not be returning here.

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vipZeeMan (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

We considered this restaurant for a larger event last year. A wonderful quiet table for our meal with family. Excellent service. A favorite of our local relatives. The eponymous dish was beautifully served and very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on May 2, 2016

The only thing that kept us from giving a 5 Star review was the person clearing the table took the plates or any remaining items without asking if we were finished. He seemed to be in a hurry to go home. This was not our waiter

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vipcsays (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

The branzino is absolutely delicious (and beautifully served.
When weather permits, dining in the garden is lovely. The restaurant has been in the city for many years and for good reason!

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cmdrcdy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

We ate at Branzino Ristorante for the first time and were rewarded with an excellent meal. The food was outstanding, but the key to our experience was the service. Our hostess coordinated the service throughout several rooms taking orders and helping as needed. All wait staff were all professional serving unobtrusively. The timing of each course was not rushed, nor too long and waiters were not whisking away dishes from one person while the other was still finishing. That is a pet peeve that seems to happen more often now.

The dishes were prepared and presented well, the tableside fileting of the signature dish was done expertly with the filets transferred to a new plate for serving . Our hostess even found us a glass of wine to enjoy with our meal, when it turned out that we did not realize they are BYOB. Our only disappointment was not having room left to try the desserts. We will definitely be returning soon.

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Judy (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

Don't forget to bring your own wine ! Try the crab ravioli and the mussels as an appetizer.

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AHappyAnniversary (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Recently I treated my husband to a birthday dinner at Branzinos, and we truly had a memorable meal. The food was superb, including the buffalo mozzarella and tomato appetizer, our two entrees (the divine branzino, fileted table-side and elegantly presented, and the veal scallopini Sorrento, tender and tasty), and our desserts--a chocolate torta with hazelnut center and ice cream, and a lemoncello sorbet. The service was warm and attentive (shout out to Alex). We had a lovely table in a beautiful room with other diners, yet the atmosphere was still intimate. We have already recommended this lovely BYOB, and we will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Two of us ordered the beet salad which was pretty and really tasty. The others had the bronzino and I had a pasta dish. We all enjoyed what we ordered by much.

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vipcommamomma (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2016

Excellent food & Service. Creative meals, pasta. Love that it is a BYOB too

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