Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Beautiful Italian BYOB, and a staple for the last 7 years in the Pennsport area of South Philadelphia. Traditional cuisine and fresh pasta dishes are what make this little known gem so special. Formerly part of a trio of restaurants, Caffe Valentino now stands and shines alone after its new expansion: Caffe Valentino seats 45 downstairs in its rustic first floor dining room and a maximum of 100 guests in its elegant second floor dining room with full, open kitchen. If you haven't dined at Caffe Valentino before, it is a definite "must try" for your next dinner out or family gathering. Great for large groups as well as romantic dining.

Chi mangia bene, vive bene!

Who eats well, lives well!
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M
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for my husband's birthday and was not disappointed. The friendliness of Cafe Valentino was immediate apparent, from the Pizza maker to the wait staff. The menu is mostly old word American-Italian with updated additions. There is recognizable vive here that says enjoy, don't hurry and engage! The Veal dish was outstanding as was the pasta Ameritrichiana . Salad selection seemed interesting. Parking on the street was not a hassle and we will definitely be back. And thanks toSam for his commitment to hard work and great service.
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Fried Eggplant appetizer with a balsamic reduction. Delish. Salmon and veal were excellent. Service was great, everyone there was attentive and quick.

M
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This little out of the way restaurant caught my attention in looking at many for Restaurant Week.
Most did not make the cut. This menu looked wonderful and since I prefer small restaurants, we made reservations for the four of us. We have never been served with such grace and warmth. We ordered a margarita pizza first, just to taste their pizza. Excellent. Two orders of veal Milanese were savored, on Salmon, and one Branzino filetted at table side. Both excellent and beautifully seasoned. The desserts were stars as well. As we had been greeted, we were leaving as if we were long time friends.
No wonder it was dinner's choice.

M
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere is warm and the staff makes the dining experience a wonderful one. They are attentive and kind. The food is all homemade. Italian specialties are created with love.

BB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tommy and Cozimo were awesome as well as the entire Waite staff.

FG
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff, service.

PJ
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. If definitely go back here again!

VS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service! Never a bad meal. Love this place!

TB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, Great food. Gonna make it a regular

SW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local restaurant with engaging service staff. The portions were ample , varied and properly prepared

M
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great tasting. Specials a little pricey for the amount on plate. All in all I would return again!

HG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pregame sixers family dinner! Best meal ever every time!

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

This was my 2nd visit to Valentino's. First time, the food was very good. As was this visit. The problem came in when we were completely ignored for the the larger parties thatwere in the house. It seems you become insignificant to the waiters. We ( 2 of us) entered the restaurant at 6:45pm..15 minutes early. We were seated by 7pm. They took our wine and returned it in a chilled..Perfect! Then... that is where it went wrong for the remainder of our visit. A waiter came to take our order about 15 minutes after that. I asked if the vegetables in my order could be replaced with pasta. He said yes, he said that he would just place it in a side bowl. What actually took place was I was charged $8.00 for a side of pasta. We were then given tiny slices of bread in a basket with no butter about 10 minutes after the waiter took our order. Our appetizer was brought to the table about 20 minutes later. This where it got to be ridiculous....we never spoke to anyone for another 30 minutes. That was when they took our plates from the appetizer. Our main course came 15 minutes after that..cold!!! They came to collect our plates when I finished eating the cold fish and crab after about 20 minutes. That was decent timing. THEN, my wife asked for Tira Misu..mistake! That took another 10 minutes to receive. We asked for the check as we were receiving our Tira Misu. He returned in 15 minutes with our check. We signed the check and gave him our credit card. He returned immediately...I'm supposing that had to do with the people waiting at the doorway??? This was our 47th wedding anniversary and I wanted to take her somewhere special, instead it was a terrible experience which took well over 2 hours to receive cold food...a charge for spaghetti that was not suppose to be a separate dish, but a replacement for the vegetables. I had numerous Italian Restaurants to choose from that we've been to before..Lamberti's Caffe in Cherry Hill, Nunzio's in Collingswood, but we sadly chose yours!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in South Philadelphia. Good, service, or fiance, it's so fabulous! It is a must stop! Do yourself a favor and book a table now!!

S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love taking friends to this restaurant especially introducing new people! The service and the food are excellent! It’s BYOB which keeps the price tag down. I just can’t say enough ...been here so many times and it never gets old!! 💕

ML
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding as always.

MB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam and the team were wonderful...as usual...and the food really could not have been more of South Philly comfort Italian! You're not just a patron...you're "family"!!!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre wedding

BP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Pizza and pasta is great!

LL
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Second visit for us. Sam is the perfect server. Gracious, knowledgeable, helpful. We recommend listening closely to the specials as they are the best, and most creative, choices. Remember to bring your wine!!

RP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

A group of us (10) were here for a birthday celebration. It took 30 minutes for a waiter to bring us menus and bread. The overall service was slow/poor. Two members of the group had a slight diet restriction. One cannot have black pepper. Despite making an explicit request, the Caesar salad arrived with pepper. Another member is allergic to broccoli. We were told that the vegetable of the evening was zucchini - so obviously there was no issue. But, when the main course was served, all of our plates arrived with broccoli. Overall the food was not well presented and was rather bland. Our experience was not very good - which is unfortunate since it is a neighborhood restaurant and I like supporting local businesses. We will probably not return.

BL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great staff, great service! Caffe Val recently underwent some minor changes to their decorations and setup, which took a bit away from the rustic and romantic ambience, but overall still a great visit!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service great food . Sam the waiter is excellent. The dinner and appetizer specials are always great!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seeing a movie in the South Philadelphia neighborhood and wanted a light wonderful meal and we remembered that Caffe Valentino and it’s chef/proprietor Cosimo and his wife, Heather are wonderful hosts.
Dinner was top notch... but even better was their warm welcome and graciousness.
We can’t wait to go back.
Bring your wine!
Or cross the street to their beer garden, and buy a couple of bottles.

1
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

OK place, some of the food is fine! Get one of the nightly specials.

j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the service from Sam and the rest of the staff is top notch.

B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved loved LOVED this place. Authentic Italian the way it should be. Food was outstanding. Only thing better is the staff and owner....make you feel like family. This is my new "go to" spot. Absolutely love their food...from appetizer to dessert. If I could give SIX stars I would!

JH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local find. Just moved around the block and had a terrific time - great food, service and a fun spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam and the crew are always warm and welcoming. Food is always delicious. Can’t beat the value, it’s a BYOB.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service in a friendly warm atmosphere, with Italian music playing in the background!

DJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , service and atmosphere. Would highly recommend to family and friends. Definitely would go back.

MG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

.Excellent service, warm environment and outstanding food! We can’t wait to go back!

EE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hostess and owner/chef ! Easy parking on the street, good background music.

JL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Philly. We hadn't eaten there in years (I generally hate going into the city) and it was ever bit as good as the last time we were there. The food is great, and they treat you like they appreciate your business.

AM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Great food! A must visit!

KD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and place was amazing. Idk why it wasn’t more crowded other than it was the night before Valentine’s Day. Definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a great Italian meal at a reasonable price

D
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was good, Sam is a great server and host, his knowledge of the menu is excellent.

JT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The chicken was very disappointing. It had no flavor at all and was mostly breading. I actually thought I had been frozen. Pasta and salad were great as usual. I’ll still go back but not ordering chicken parm again.

BD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and dining experience! Will definitely return.