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Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia

4.7
268 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic

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About

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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(215) 336-3033
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Heather Cox: (888) 504-0550
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Catering
Catering options are available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wharton St. & Moyamensing Ave.
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Parking details
Plenty of free street parking available surrounding the restaurant and on Moyamensing Avenue.
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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
What 268 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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4.7
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My daughter’s 16th birthday

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always great food

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This place never disappoints! The food is amazing and the service is exceptional!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The staff is always extremely pleasant and attentive. It is always a pleasure dining at Valentino’s. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food at a decent price, with polite and helpful servers.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The service and food were fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Bronzino was superb. Our guests had seafood pescatore and chicken and were delighted. , Tommy and Barbara very attentive to our needs. Has to be the best Italian restaurant in South Philly.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and service in a cozy setting.
Menu covered everyone’s tastes including our vegetarian guest.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service! Food was delicious. Will return.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Delicious food and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a delicious dinner & an overall wonderful experience!! Tommy , our waiter is awesome! We will be back again very soon!!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Fabulous food and service. Great atmosphere. Easy to walk to. Fresh homemade pasta. Interesting specials. Always friendly

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Always great !!!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent meal at a local neighborhood gem. Quality food, great service and friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Always excellent! Sam, or Tommy will take care or you.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We've been to this restaurant more than a dozen times and have never had a problem with parking until Saturday night. Plenty of street parking, it was just holiday parties. So this is not a criticism. Food was very good, as always, and the service above expectations.

Thanks to Sam and his crew!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Loved the food and service. Great place for any occasion or just a night out. We were a party of 10 and they served us in a pleasant timely manner.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service from start to finish. Never rushed before ,during and after a the meal. Table of 10 all enjoyed .

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3.0Dined on November 4, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Tommy is always a joy to have as a server.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Always good from start to finish

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

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

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