Casta Diva

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$30 and under
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Italian
Located just steps away from the Rittenhouse Square Park, Casta Diva brings to the table simple yet perfectly executed authentic Italian dishes, always using the finest locally and seasonally available ingredients. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to this elegant and sophisticated trattoria and enjoy beautifully prepared seafood and meat dishes, as well as pasta, desserts and bread made in the house. One of the "best kept secrets in Philadelphia" according to the Zagat review. Please note Casta Diva is a cash only business.
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BK
Philadelphia
208 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved loved loved our meals at Casta Diva- the menu is not large but the food is delicious. Be aware that it’s cash only.

GC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited on a Friday night. Arrived a few minutes ahead of 9pm reservation. They were kind enough to give us the front table for 2 by the window. The food and service were great! Our waitress guided us through the menu and let us order a half order of pasta so we could try a variety of menu items. When we finished ordering we asked if that was enough food and she said it was the perfect amount - which ended up being true!

Each dish had amazing flavors, complexity, and was freshly prepared. We had the fennel salad, calamari, noodi pasta special, half order of wild boar ragu, and shared the pork chop for our entree. The pastas are made in house and were rich and delicious. The pork chop was charred, juicy, well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. One of the best meals we’ve had in quite some time. Dessert was decadent and a fine ending to a wonderful evening. Don’t forget to BYOB/restaurant is cash only. Total was $125 and worth every penny. We will definitely be back and will recommend to friends/family! Keep up the great work!!

SZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

we made our reservation through open table, we had quite a bit of a wait standing in the middle with a few other people and were seated in the hallway which certainly was not a good table for ambiance. Maybe that table should be held for walk ins - just a suggestion.
Other than that your rest is lovely and the food delicious and we always enjoy it.

M
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is small but offers something for everyone. The pasta dishes were delicious and just the right size. The setting is simple and comfortable and the service was very good. Nice evening. Remember, cash only which can make it a bit more difficult.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The service is warm & friendly. The food is superb.

H
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are excellent. A really professional restaurant. Can be noisy, but not overwhelming.

C
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Reservation was honored even though they were very busy.

h
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best Bronzino I’ve ever had!!! Can’t wait to go back !!

CO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!! We love this restaurant and they outdid themselves this time. The food is fresh, creative and delicious. A must try.

T
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m lucky enough to live around the corner from Casta Diva which serves uniformly great food in a warm and welcoming space. Owner/chef Steve offers a changing and seasonal menu. Salads are perfectly prepared (his Caesar salad is my fsvorite), meat and fish dishes are always enjoyable (my fsvorite are the veal or pork chop or a new preparation of salmon poached in olive oil), and a range of homemade pasta dishes are both comforting and imaginative. Desserts are always spot on with my favorite being the poached pear with some perfectly matched flavor of ice cream.
On top of everything else, Casta Diva is byob, the service is excellent, and when Chef Steve leaves the kitchen to greet his customers, you feel as if he is only cooking for you.

JL
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so hard to choose what to order because all of the food on the menu sounded delicious. The pasta is fresh and two of our party ordered pasta and said it was delicious (one with boar and one the Bolognese). I ordered the fennel salad and the branzino. Excellent. Fish was perfectly done and flavorful and the salad was lightly dressed (as I requested) and had such interesting flavors. This is a new favorite for us! Will definitely return!

l
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined for the first time at Casta Diva last Saturday before attending a concert. The food was tasty and the total experience was charming. I had a delicious salad with paper-thin slices of fresh fennel and apple , followed by housemade pappardelle with wild boar and oyster mushrooms, which was simultaneously savory and delicate. Dessert was beautiful and delicious, a pear poached in red wine served with some of the best gelato I've had in years. My companions had all different menu choices and were equally pleased. Casta Diva is small, the vibe is friendly and the setting is pleasant. We also appreciated that it is BYOB. The service was good; attentive and responsive to our wish to leave in good time for the concert. We will return.

n
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Guiseppe was wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was unbelievable. The beef carpaccio was delicious as was the artichoke starter. The pasta with mussels and squid was excellent s was the pasta with octopus.

L
Philadelphia
282 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding Italian restaurant in the Rittenhouse Square area. The menu has enough variety to appeal to most diners, and the service is excellent. Highly recommended.

L
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been Casta Diva regulars (2-3X per month) for years. Staff is exceptional and the food is consistently very good.
We love the calamari, caesar salad, roasted cauliflower, pastas, salmon, branzino and the lamb chops.
We highly recommend. BYOB. Good value.
Desserts are also good, but we rarely indulge.

RE
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Out of a dozen or so friends I am the only person who is not enamored with this restaurant. I have been there four times..at the insistence of my friends and I still cannot find anything that I like about it. I find it very expensive, and the food just mediocre. My main observation is that the food....and the plates are not hot when it comes from the kitchen. The food looks prepared way far in advance and just replated.

f
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect! Waitress was so friendly and helped us explore the menu. Pasta was out of this world as was fish. Can’t wait to go back!

LM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Tuscan-leaning food in a comfortable space with friendly service. We got the beet salad, which had an unusually tangy goat cheese that really made the dish sing. We also got the boar shank over white bean purée and braised kale and pappardelle with mushrooms and roasted wild boar for mains. Both outstanding and, despite both having boar, very distinct from each other. The masterpiece was the flourless chocolate cake with housemate vanilla ice cream. Could’ve been boring but was absolutely awesome.

RD
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. Hone made pasta. Cooked to order lamb chops. Yummy grilled calamari. Count on Casta Diva for a first class experience.

SQ
Philadelphia
542 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the caesar salad with white anchovies. Delicious branzino, wonderful wild boar over pasta, outstanding gelato. Simply the best!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service!

FD
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried during center city restaurant week. They were super nice, didn't rush us, and the food was delicious. I would come back again and again!

j
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Casta Diva as it was rated highly and near an event we were attending. We were very pleasantly surprised. It happened to be Restaurant Week so the menu was limited but the choices were superb. Every bite we had was top notch and the service was friendly and thorough. We will definitely return soon to bring other friends. Bravo, a rare BYOB gem.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent meal in all aspects for restaurant week’s last day. I can’t think of anything they could have done better.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent

C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always, my favorite BYOB! consistently very good!

EV
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service. Will be back! We shared the appetizers. Irdered the fennel salad and the calamari to share.
The aalad was really nice, light and fresh with a wonderful citrus dressing. The calamari was so tender!
Definite recommendations!

B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal especially the house made pappardelle and braised Boar. Great Cannoli. And BYOB vino!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dishes, quaint atmosphere, and excellent service. Highly recommended.

AG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. Great food, the ability to bring in your own wine, friendly service, and value. We come every time we visit our daughter at school. I’m already planning our next visit.

RA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service. It is a small restaurant. So, I recommend reservations.

a
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulously delicious food with excellent service...highly recommend!

RD
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food served beautifully. Our favorite go to!!

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal at Casta Diva was fantastic. i had the beet salad, the pappardelle pasta, and the flourless chocolate cake. All were delicious. The service was also awesome. Giuseppe was very attentive, friendly and anticipated our every request. Best Italian restaurant and best BYOB in the city!

R
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Creative dishes & excellent service. Food was excellent. Tables too close & noise level is painful.

PV
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! We'll be back soon.

Common problem these days is noise volume. I could not hear the person next to me. However, the food was wonderful!! and I will begin bringing ear plugs to all restaurants in the future.

HL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It never disappoints !
Food is excellent and the service is beyond excellent. We had their amazing artichokes and lamb chops and will go back for more real soon!
Keep up the good work!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Casta Diva is consistently amazing! My meal was delicious and beautifully prepared. Casta Diva should be considered the best of the best of our fantastic Philadelphia restaurants.

JK
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful dinner at Casta Diva. It has always been one of our favorites restaurants for a long time and dinner this week did not disappoint us. The service was very attentive and each course was excellent. Best was we could have a conversation without speaking extra loud. How great is that? ???
We could heard each other and enjoy the meal. That is what dinning is supposed to be and is at Casta Diva.

N
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing meal! i will def be back! the waiter was soooo nice too! Everything was delicious!!!