Casta Diva

4.8
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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.
For blocked times you can call the restaurant for last minute accomodations and possible cancellations.
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Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
36 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
537 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service!

FD
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent

C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EV
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

a
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RD
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

PV
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food overall. Seemed a bit understaffed with waiters/waitresses so wouldn’t come here if you’re in a rush. But when the waiter did come he was very polite, took his time explaining the menu and checked on us throughout the meal.

V
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. Always beautiful selections cooked to perfection. Highly recommend!

F
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate, elegant restaurant with expertly prepared northern Italian food. It's tiny. The menu is surprisingly varied. A neighborhood institution.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Noisy during prime dinner hours

D
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved the food, and the service was outstanding.

A
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Italian cuisine, great neighborhood BYOB. Service was excellent & the chef was very accommodating and friendly. Casta Diva made my friend’s birthday very special. Will absolutely be going back again & again. Highly recommended

RD
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fresh new menu. All the items are presented beautifully. Delicious!!

J
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A creative restaurant with outstanding food. Fresh ingredients and excellent sauces. Often different but very good. We had carpaccio with mushrooms that was excellent. Also a salad of thinly sliced seasonal vegetables- turned out to be different beets among others. Excellent. Main courses sew shrimp and pasta with a delicate sauce, and steak - smoked and cooked just as asked. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant. Casta Diva is an undiscovered gem

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience
Front of the house efficient and bubbly and the kitchen has been spectacular Had the octopus salad it was incredible and the smoked steak with potatoes absolutely delicious

AP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food served at this little hidden gem is out-of-this-world fantastic. The cozy and intimate ambience matches perfectly with two servers that takes care of the diners. It feels like you are in a warm Italian home with a fabulous authentic Italian cook.
The food really is outstanding. from the light perfected sauces and delicious delicate home-made pastas to the delicately prepared artichokes with lemon tarragon butter sauce, every dish here is made with perfection.
Love Love Love this place.

b
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food in nicely sized portions; very good and attentive, but unobtrusive service; lovely small restaurant - worth a visit.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casta Diva is always good. It is a no-brainer to eat there or take friends there. Everyone is always happy.

c
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great window seat while we enjoyed an excellent dinner on a recent weekday.
The night special, Fava bean salad and salmon over crushed fingerling potatoes and lump crabmeat was outstanding!

OT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliable and interesting Italian cuisine. Served at just-right temperature by pleasant wait staff

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