Eatalia BYOB

4.5
161 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
A small, inexpensive BYOB located in Philadelphia specializing in Northern Italian cuisine in a warm romantic atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 423-6911
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ernesto Lima
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Salmon St.
Additional
BYO Liquor, Outdoor dining, Takeout
What 161 People Are Saying
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4.6
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K
Philadelphia
12 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu selection including specials; good size portions for lunch. Will definitely go back.

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l
1 review
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

This restaurant offers fresh selections, delicious salads, apps and entrees. There are menu items that go beyond the norm.

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TC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have to say I was very impressed by this place despite the non-descript building and casual look to the small dining room. The food was absolutely fantastic. The meatballs and rolletini were phenomenal. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauces rich and incredibly well balanced. It truly tasted like great home cooking. The desserts were also delicious. We had the tiramisu and the cheesecake...both were very well done. We will be back and I’d definitely bring visiting family there. Do not let appearances fool you. This place is a diamond in the rough.

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AB
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eatalia is one of our go-to favorite spots for special occasions and to take friends, family, and especially folks visiting from out of town. The food is fantastic at a very reasonable price. The service is excellent, everyone is very friendly. The restaurant is very clean, the dining room is cozy and doesn't get too loud. I also love that it is BYOB! Definitely a gem of the neighborhood. Can't recommend highly enough!

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MO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Small place but really open and fun! We had one extra person and they were great at accommodating!

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J
Philadelphia
33 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maybe our best visit yet with Frank, the Boss, doing the cooking. Thanks, Frank, for the great food!

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j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
3.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Appetizers were incredible but entrees were under seasoned

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j
1 review
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

way way way too loud. accoustics were so bad it was uncomfortable. food was not bad but not worth revisiting. location and ambiance are plusses.

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Atlantic City
1 review
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Comfortable surrounding! Food was delicious! Service was very accommodating!

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New England
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at EATalia is always delicious and the service is attentive, friendly, and the staff make you feel right at home!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Mother’s Day meal here. We all loved the food and the staff was so friendly. I love this restaurant and it made for a very happy mother in Mother’s Day!

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r
Philadelphia
11 reviews
3.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall our meal was good I guess. Unfortunately there was a really large group of folks at the table across from us and they were quite boisterous and it was hard to carry on our own conversation. So the food was good, but the real problem I had is that it took us only 1 hour to go from appetizer's main course, coffee. We had hardly set our forks down and the appetizer plates were whisked away and the entree was immediately set before us. We passed on dessert but I always have coffee after dinner, usually decaf -- not here they don't even make it. We like to take our time over dinner so the urgency in which they wanted us to leave probably means we won't go back. Our server was very friendly and polite. Overall it was just an okay dinner I guess, I don't even remember what I ordered, so I don't see myself going back. This is the second week in a row that we read great reviews for only a mediocre experience. We dine out every Saturday and take great pride in what we eat and drink, being rushed through dinner is not right.

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S
Philadelphia
12 reviews
2.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Don't be fooled. No where near the good restaurants or bars in fish town, not in a good area. Watched countless shirtless sweaty kids on bikes ride by and stare at us through the windows. Food didn't have good flavor..mussels could have used some wine and garlic, bread in it was rock solid hard. Paid 22$ for bland chicken parm that was one thin cutlet and a small pile of noodles and sauce, 30$ for lobster ravioli which was better but for 30$ I got 6 ravioli and a few shrimp that was not fresh, nor much crab meat. This place just was not worth it in my opinion. Service was ok though but lacked everywhere else

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DK
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent in every way! I was with one other person. We had the arugula salad, an appetizer of clams in white sauce, pasta primavera, and the fluke. All dishes were near perfection!

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JL
1 review
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lunch this week at Eatalia was an excellent experience. The owner was pleasant and attentive, and the food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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Philadelphia
1 review
3.0Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It’s was just ok for me. My kids liked my pasta but not the ravioli we ordered for them very much. My hub didn’t like his food at all.

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Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place was really busy when we got there and apparently they were shortstaffed that night.
Our server was very very good and worked the room like a true professional. She made good recommendations and we took her advice. The food was outstanding . Because it was so busy, she comped our cannollis and the end of the meal. Great place to eat!

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1 review
5.0Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic! Great for a family or special occasion. The service and food was on point! A plus for me was it being baby/kid friendly! I highly recommend this place - the food won’t disappoint!

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PF
Philadelphia
1 review
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm not sure how to write this review. I love having this BYOB in the neighborhood. The food is great; the staff are friendly. The space is small, but they make it work. Unfortunately we won't be going back. We were there for Easter dinner, and one of the meals was served on a plate that was chipped in three places. When it was pointed out to the staff, the response was that "staff are very careless loading the dishwasher. " Really? You're serving dinner - Easter dinner - on chipped plates? The menu is not McDonald's prices. I can only infer that the restaurant is in Kensington so chipped plates are okay. So while many things were excellent, that one thing overshadows the entire experience. Totally disappointed.

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EH
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great overall ambience for a date. Will definitely come back

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RB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve reviewed this place before and as usual it doesn’t disappoint.

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Montreal
1 review
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and awesome food! Would definitely go back!

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Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Another wonderful meal w/ great service from our friend Francesca.

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R
Philadelphia
66 reviews
4.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was excellent but was a group of nine people that thought that were in a Sports Bar and had no consideration for the several couples who were eating there - and no attempt by Management to ask them to consider the other customers !

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Kansas City
1 review
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful! Amazing food!

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Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place! I always get the specials, and am always enthralled with the delicious flavors

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite local restaurant. When crowded, it can be a little loud, and a little tight, but it is always a good time.

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K
New York Area
17 reviews
4.0Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Another great dinner at Eatalia! Excellent Italian cuisine. Try the meatball appetizer special, if they are available. Two delicious meatballs (definitely enough for two) served with marinara sauce and creamy ricotta cheese. Absolutely delicious. Save room for dessert. The cannolis are among the best I have had. Great neighborhood spot!

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JT
1 review
5.0Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu was creative Italian. Everything fresh and delicious. I had a large group that was well served. BYOB an added bonus!

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Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm friendly service, great food. All one can ask for in a restaurant.

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J
Philadelphia
28 reviews
4.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have come to EATalia many times and have never been disappointed. The food is hot, tasty, interesting, and very varied. The service is friendly and the servers know the menu well. The owner has always been there and does check in to make sure that all is well. We call this little gem one of our "go-tos".

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1 review
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here more than a few times and each time I am more impressed. The food was incredible and the service is excellent. The staff is so accommodating.

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Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Will be back!

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New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Food was outstanding and reasonable. I went with a group of friends and we each enjoyed the apps, entrees, and dessert. I would definitely go back!
The only downside is that it can be loud. It is definitely not a place for a romantic date, as a heads up.
Regardless, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Eatalia!

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RK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
5.0Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little local Italian place. Super friendly byo. Will come back.

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J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
4.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Eatalia is a lovely BYOB in Port Richmond. It's small, but cozy. If you're there on a busy night, it can be quite loud. But the food and service make up for it. The staff is more than accommodating, from the freshly heated bread to the extra spoons to share dessert! A real neighborhood gem.

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AB
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I cannot stress enough how delicious! The service was impeccable, warm and cozy ambiance.

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San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a little bit more expensive than it should have been,but quality ingredients
throughout. Neighborhood looks a little scary too,

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Philadelphia
1 review
4.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We were seated as soon as we arrived about 15 minutes before our planned time. Tables are a little small and not much elbow room, but it was New Year's Eve.

Food was great. Although the salad was tasty, it seemed like it had a lot of salt on it.
I had spicy shrimp over with linguini. Very tasty and not that spicy as our waitress said.
It seemed like she was the only waitress in the place (the place only has about 12 tables, some 2 some 4 some they put together for 6.

After about 20 minutes a large group of at least 20 people came in and the noise level was increased 10 fold. Also, our service got very slow. Had to ask for everything, water, check, etc.

I think this is a place that would be nice on a regular weekday for a little peace and quiet. The one strange thing was they were playing loud music, like from the 70-80's. Not typical for an Italian place.

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D
Philadelphia
22 reviews
4.0Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I really wanted to like this place and hate to give three stars for food but ... I was looking for a place that was open on Monday evening for a gathering of friends. Eatalia was one of the few restaurants open on Monday evening. The service was excellent and the environment was comfortable. The food leaves a lot to be desired. My risotto was dry and the shrimp overcooked. It was also really over size. I'd rather have less of something made really good. The desserts were excellent and they gained an extra star for the dessert and coffee. My friends and I had fun never-the-less. It was a good place to meet, laugh and talk. I'd go again but lower my expectations for the food.

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