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About Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia

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!

1245 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Wharton St. & Moyamensing Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 336-3033

Website:
http://www.caffevalentino.com/

Catering:
Catering options are available.

Parking Details:
Plenty of free street parking available surrounding the restaurant and on Moyamensing Avenue.

Public Transit:
Septa 57 drops off at the front door of our restaurant.

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

Caffe Valentino offers 2 beautiful spaces available for private dining. Both our first and second floor dining rooms feature full open kitchens. We specialize in all types of events, corporate and private parties, and all other large gatherings.

Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (6)
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Comfort Food (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The experience at Cafe Valentino was fine. The food was good but not great. There was nothing remotely unique or inventive. We had the calamari appetizer and the branzino special. The fish was tasty and cooked nicely but served with a plate of salad( spinach/tomato/olives with too much oil and vinegar) as the only side. Might have been ok had I not had the exact same salad with calamari on it as an appetizer. A seasoned server should have recognized this and offered to change the sides on the special. I would return if I were hungry and in the neighborhood but would not travel to go there again.

Tags: Casual
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food3
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Tommy is always a joy to have as a server.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was fabulous. Food was great. Great service. Very laid back

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Picked up our son and daughter-in-law at the airport at 5PM on a Friday and this ended up being the perfect place for a quiet dinner. The food was excellent; the wait-staff were great; and it's a nice option to to pick up a few good beers right across the street. The neighborhood is fun and parking was incredibly easy. I highly recommend giving Caffe Vallentino a try.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful meals for all. The staff was wonderful and very fun! Thank you!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Tommy was our waiter and service food and total experience was fabulous !!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We are big fans of Caffe Valentino. It is consistently good food, and attentive staff. Love it here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The (me) Familia's favorite place. SS when we all come together its off to Caffe Valentino's for dinner. Great Bronzini, zuppa de pesca, both soup offerings and the list goes on. Six of us each ordered different dishes. Each was as good as the next.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Delicious pasta dishes and the best grilled calimari that I have had in long white.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great authentic Italian food and wonderful service. BYOB Never had trouble finding a spot on street. Ask for the antipasto!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Valentino's remains my "go to" restaurant for traditional Italian food. Everyone is super friendly, excellent service, and very reasonable prices. This South Philly spot is a "great find" that consistently serves delicious standards. My friends, family, and colleagues all give Valentino's a thumbs up!
Kudos to Sammy, Frankie and Barbara for making each visit so pleasant; Cosimo and Heather for creating Caffe Valentino. Buon appetito!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

This was a deeply disappointing meal. It's a cute place, and the service was pleasant, but the food was subpar, ranging from terrible (fried calamari, a weird sweet tomato cream sauce on a pasta special) to just okay (pizza). There are countless better options in that area.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Good job to all of Cafe Valentino's crew! Great food and service. Thank you!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food was excellent, as always, Bronzino top shelf. Cant beat Sam and his team for wait service. They are the best. This is the top Italian restaurant in South Philly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Food was amazing- also great service- can't wait to go again!

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Valentino's (BYOB) remains the "go-to" place for traditional Italian food. The entire staff is extremely friendly, excellent food and relaxing ambiance. If you are looking for a restaurant to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the experience, look no further.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Always good from start to finish

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Unfortunately I have to retract my previously glowing review. I was there with family for a small celebration dinner. The specials of the day sounded wonderful, but due to dietary and other restrictions, we asked very clearly if there was any pork or other kind of meat in the fusilli & salmon dish. The waiter/owner/manager (not sure which, but it was an older gentleman) said he would find out and went off, presumably to ask the chef. When he returned, he gave a wink and a smile and said "you're covered, no meat".

When the dinner arrived there was a strong smell of bacon, but we were assured it was just the smoked cheese in the dish. We ate and enjoyed the meal. There were leftovers, so we brought them home and I had them for lunch a couple days later.

Again the strong smell of bacon after it came out of the microwave oven. I started picking through the food and found pancetta (in other words, BACON) throughout. It was clear either the waiter didn't ask and just made up an answer, asked and didn't want to lose us ordering "the special" (always a higher price than the regular entrees), or thought we were idiots and wouldn't know the difference.

The truth of the matter is we trusted what he said and I guess that makes us idiots for not trusting our noses.

Regardless of ambiance, service, etc - if you can't trust what you're told is actually being served, you can't trust the restaurant.

Also interesting to note the restaurant did not respond to a private message about this.

If you're vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions, eat here at your own risk.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Delicious food and the best service out there!! We can't wait to come back again

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Really delicious and authentic. Great waiter. We will definitely return.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I went here for lunch for a reservation I made for a large group from work and it was excellent with large appetizers to share, etc. I came back for dinner (2 couples). The restaurant is tiny and the seating choices are somewhat limited - by the kitchen door or by the front door, or bathroom; we chose the front door, but one of the seats is "under" the counter that is the hostess area, so a bit tight. The waiter was excellent and it is a neighborhood gem for good food, but I think better for lunch than for dinner based on the setting. The staff is great and so is the food! I highly recommend this restaurant for large groups for dinner or lunch, as they have the ability to set up large tables within the small space. Perhaps opening up the upstairs for dinner guests if a banquet is not happening would provide more seating for couples or small groups for dinner.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Always a good meal. Friendly service. Great neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Great friendly staff that makes you fell welcome. Meal was delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 9, 2017

What a fabulous surprise! The pizza is authentic, actually the closest we've been able to find to pizza in Italy! The burrata and arugula salad was excellent, simply dressed with lemon and olive oil. Our pastas were also perfectly prepared. The staff is very friendly and yet still professional. They seem to genuinely appreciate your business. Too bad we were only in town for a conference. We will return....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This is the 2nd time we visited this restaurant and once again very much enjoyed our experience. The food is outstanding as well as the service. We also enjoyed that fact that the restaurant is a BYOB. We ordered salads and an entree and finished off with coffee, cappachino and expresso. Each entree was prepared the way it was ordered and was delicious. We will definately be back when we return to the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Another great dinner at Cafe Valentino. Four diners with their own distinct likes & dislikes, found just the right appetizer/main course. combo. Every dish was just right. Wait staff delivered service with a smile. Another great evening - we will be back!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on April 7, 2017

A great restaurant, with friendly and attentive staff, and great food. The regular menu has some fantastic choices, plus the specials were unique and tasty. I really enjoyed how the waiter took the time to give us a great description of the days special, and made them sound so delicious. I enjoyed it even more when the ones we had ordered arrived at our table and more than lived up to his words. A great place for a night out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Considering the 100% approval and 5 stars, my suggestions to the locals that clearly do not get fine dining, I suggest spending more time in Manhattan. I got a $40 pork chop that's was a terrible cut of meat and all fat. Flavors of the food was good but does not live up to the ratings, not even close. I like the staff. All has great personalities. I will be spending a lot more time in phili and I'm hoping to find better. I wouldn't go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was great and the staff was friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2017

The ambience and service were excellent. The special appetizers were enjoyed by everyone in our group - grilled octopus and barata. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, especially the homemad pasta with shrimp. The one person with the veal dish enjoyed the taste but the veal was a bit tough. Those that ordered the same dish with chicken enjoyed theirs. We were too filled for dessert since the portions were plentiful. Will definitely be returning to taste the pizza and desserts!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Cafe Valentino is an excellent neighborhood Italian BYOBbrestaurant. The specials are fresh and portions are plenty. As a family run restaurant the atmosphere is terrific. They also own the Pennsport beer graden across the street add will gladly bring pizza from the restaurant if requested
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Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great nothing else needs to be said great from start to finish.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Love this restaurant- food is always great and we are never disappointed

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great food. Gnocchi floated off the plate and veal was superb. Tommy Bones was a fun waiter and the cozy atmosphere was wonderful. We will go back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Maybe the busiest we've ever seen Cafe Valentino! Good food, service, ambiance. What else could you ask for! Thanks Sam and staff.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The best service and food in Philadelphia.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great spot! Staff is always friendly, they make you feel like you're at home. Gnocchi is amazing, special meat lasagna was fantastic as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Great staff & service! Very attentive and the food was delicious! Looking forward to eating there again soon! We are from Gle Mills and well worth the drive!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Our experience at Cafe Valentino was wonderful The staff was very attentive and friendly. The dishes we ordered were delicious. We would happily return to this establishment.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Everything was perfect from start to finish. Sam ran the floor by himself on a Friday night and no one knew he was alone he didn't skip a beat. Another wonderful experience.

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