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About Francoluigi's High Note Café

Francoluigi's Italian Restaurant in South Philadelphia , Also Serving Homemade Southern Italian cuisine. Now serving Wine, Beer and Cocktails. Now House Red or White Wine $12.99 carafe and all Bottle Wine $25.00 Also BYOB Every Night, Wine Only Please / Also LIVE Jazz Music // Friday , Saturday & Sunday

1549 s 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner : DINING ROOM CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays .... Wednesday & Thursday 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. // Friday & Saturday: 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. & Sunday: 4 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (Includes Live JAZZ Music weekends NO- COVER )

Cross Street:
Tasker & 13 st.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 755-8903

Website:
http://www.francoluigis.com/

Entertainment:
Live JAZZ Music Weekends only - $$ NO Cover Charge $$ // Friday , Saturday & Sunday Nights // Required is Dinner and drinks and Have a good time , DINING ROOM HOURS CLOSED : Monday and Tuesday . // Wednesday & Thursday 5 to 9 P.M. // Friday & Saturday 5 to 10 P.M. // Sunday 4 to 9 P.M.

Catering:
Please call for details, Check our Website
www.francoluigis.com

Executive Chef:
Franco Borda

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Franco or Nick: (215) 755-8903

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Live Opera's $45.00 per person
Also many Show's all done on Wednesday & Thursday Nights Jazz , Broadway, ect
Please check our site under HighNote Events www.francoluigis.com

Francoluigi's High Note Café Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.8

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4.5

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved the food & the piano player. Been going here for years & the menu seems to have shrunk. The noise level is awful when there are large noisy groups. We couldn't hear our waiter or our own conversation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Former Philadelphians returning for a visit asked that we select a restaurant. What better way to celebrate authentic South Philadelphia fare than FrancoLuigi's? The mussels, veal and specials were outstanding -- exceeded only by the service. FrancoLuigi's is consistently (for years) the place to meet up for an excellent dinner that will not damage your budget. Can you tell, we all truly enjoyed it -- even "loved" it. You will, too. Thank you FrancoLuigi's for a delightful evening.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Romantic, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Went for a cheap dinner with some friends before going out. Did not disappoint. Amazing service and atmosphere. Great menu for anyone in the mood for Italian cuisine. The free garlic knots were incredible and the tomato pie was perfect.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The food and value were spectacular but the best part was the live entertainment. We were lucky enough to see Chef Franco sing along with the piano player, who was very good himself. Wonderful atmosphere and phenomenal dinner! We will be back.

-Tom T

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Menu seems to be much smaller now. Was here for Mother's Day. Service is great, ordered fried calamari and received a small amount accompanied but a large amount of fried zucchini. We paid for calamari! We were a party of 5 and had 1 glass of wine, 2 calamari apps, 1 salad, 5 entrees (4 pasta dishes and 1 chicken dish) and bill was $50 per person. I have been too much nicer places for that amount. A little dissapointed!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Our waitress, Ally, was terrific....quite personable and most accommodating!! The live music, a pianist, played all of the classics from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, etc. and was the very best!!! The "Antipasto for Two" was out of this world....and our entrees ("Grilled Salmon" and "Chicken Maria") were made with the best ingredients and were absolutely delicious!! My date, who also performs and plays the saxophone at this restaurant, and I consider Francoluigi's High Note Cafe one of our favorite places to eat!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2017

On weekend evenings, they have a fantastic jazz band that plays. It's a great spot for a dinner with friends. I'd recommend splitting a few salads, pizzas, and pasta dishes. You will walk out super full but happy. Also a great spot for a BYO, so bring a good bottle of wine and you'll have a delightful night ahead!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, People Watching
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

A great neighborhood gem in East Passyunk area with a genuine friendly staff and short, but delicious, menu! The fried ravioli were delicious, and the complimentary garlic knots are the perfect pre-dinner snack. Prices are perfect and portions are LARGE, so come hungry!

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was our first time at this restaurant. It started off great. It had a nice menu, loved the South Philly vibe and the two musicians were fun. The food was ok. They ran out of their special which was fine but when we asked if their pasta was home-made the answer was no. My friend and I ordered spinach instead of pasta and they were happy to accommodate but when we got the check they charged $6 per order! They never said there was going to be a charge! So our reasonable meal ended up being very expensive. I am disappointed as I thought we had found a gem. After the owner refused to do anything about the check I now found a dud and won't go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We were disappointed that we had to wait, with the dining room near empty, for our table to be set-up when we had a reservation. We were also not seated until four other members arrived which was within 10 minutes of our reservation time. We ordered a pizza as our appetizers and purposefully did not put in our entree order at the same time. Our entrees arrived within minutes of the pizza. Although the food was good, coordination was not. The busser asked each one of us if we were finished while we were still eating. We were in and out within an hour. Not my idea of a Saturday evening dinner out! As we left there was no one waiting to be seated. Why the rush?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

In Philadelphia for some training and brought a few members of the class here (One from Australia.). Great live music and authentic, reasonable food. Best Veal Marsala I have ever had. When I come back to the east coast, I will definetely stop. Great job!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Love this place! You will too!!!

Great great find! Franco is quite a quality guy. Attention to detail is how he runs his place. Go!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 17, 2017

let me first say that FRANCO is a gem! he is welcoming and thoroughly charming. i can't believe that i had never eaten there - well it is now on my go-to list! the live entertainment, guys getting up and doing songs with the fab piano player and Franco singing standards - it was a blast! my friend and i laughed our way through a great dinner. my only suggestions - more vegetarian choices and less ricotta in the eggplant parm:-) - the salad we had was amazing the whole damn thing was a win! Francoluigi's is a real find! I loved it! Plus i think that we made a new friend because we talked a really long time and other folks came over to the table to chat....what can i say? lovin' Francoluigi's!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Outstanding Value, Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Terrific little neighborhood restaurant. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was relaxing. Our appitizers and entrees were delicious. There was a little two man jazz band, piano and bass, playing. The music was just right, we could still talk. Five stars for sure.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Our 2nd time here. Had the mussles in red with linguini very good. Our friends shared 2 pizzas which were excellent!! The jazz music the 2 musicians played was great. They start at 6pm.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We used to frequent this restaurant when they had opera singers but more recently have lost sight of it. I am so pleased that we returned to find that the food was authentic and delicious and the staff was friendly. My only complaint would be that the saxophone was a bit loud, but the music itself was good for dining - mellow jazz. Would like to hear Franco sing some night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Live Music, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Francoluigi's is very unassuming at first which is part of the charm. You think it's a pizza place, but when you walk through the doors of the dining room you are in a beautiful old school dining room that is cozy and inviting. On weekend nights there are Jazz Duo's who play the piano and saxophone giving you the perfect backdrop for your meal. The food is authentic, and back to the basics of the Italian staple entrees we all know and love, not to mention they are executed to perfection. The portions were generous, and the specials were a perfect compliment to the menu. I recommend the Fried Raviolis, Mussels, anything in their blush sauce, and if you want the most bang for your buck get the Chicken Parm you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great meal. Try the Family style menu. Can't go wrong. Our waiter Anthony was great and the jazz music was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Pizza's are great! Wonderful BYOB (wine only) but also has a liquor license. Fun venue with live music. We celebrated our daughter's 23rd birthday there and everyone including the piano player joined in to sing Happy Birthday to her! It is a great place to celebrate an event! We have never been disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Live Music, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Amazing. Seriously. South Philly staple.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Best pizza I've had in Philly (and I've tried Beddia). Amazing BYOB deal - bring your wine!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Been here many times and it never dissapoints! Owner is great and likes to check on his customers. Waitstaff is so friendly and the food is genuine and deliscious! The piano player makes this neighbourhood spot top notch!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Lovely atmosphere, really good pizza menu and apps. Mellow non-intrusive live piano jazz/singing, friendly accommodating staff

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Great Place. They have a full bar but you can bring your own wine.
Try the Family style dinner if you are with a group. It was great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2016

This was probably my 15th time at this restaurant and the third consecutive time I've been disappointed. We had ordered a pizza and it came out wrong, we mentioned this to the owner who was busy fawning over a large group that was seated next to us. His reaction was like we kicked his dog, and he went running into the back. A minute or two later he came back and offered us a few cut up slices of tomato pie that had been sitting under the heat lamp. We weren't eating tomato pie, and certainly didn't want a few cuts of the other mistake, or the one they leave around for slices. We told him we'd like the pie we had ordered the first time, and again was met with a look of disgust. 45 minutes later, another completely incorrect pie came out and that was that. We asked for a box, and the bill, and we're ready to move on. Bill came, no discount, no apology, nothing. 40 some dollars for the wrong food twice over, and a glass of wine. The same treatment the last time they messed our order up the last time I was there, and the time before that, we ordered delivery which took almost 2 hours, was wrong, and ice cold. I called to complain response on the phone was, "whadda yous want, we're busy" and hung up. This used to be one of my favorite spots in the city, but they've lost my business. Service is always great (as long as it isn't the owner) and food is really good, when it's correct. Too many other options for me to put another dime in that place. Really disappointing.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Overall- amazing, but extremely cramped. We have a baby, and I didn't account for that in the res because OT doesn't have that ability. Good was incredible, the jazz duo playing was also really great. Overall, a fun experience!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Francoluigi is a little gem we found in South Philly next to Miracle on S. 13th St.
Great night to see the Christmas display on 13th St. and then dine here. They had a piano player and stand up bass playing on Saturday night - Christmas songs, etc. The Chef even came out and sang a little tune. Overall this was a fun experience; my wife and I did not want to leave.
We will be bringing our family of 10 next Sunday 12/18 to introduce them to this fine restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Great food and service

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We were in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia marathon and have been to Francoluigis a few times before. The running club I am with have a tradition of eating there the night before the marathon and it lived up to its expectations!! Great food, live jazz music this time, friendly service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2016

We don't get here as often as we would like but have always had an excellent meal each time we have been here in the last 20 years! The service is always outstanding and the entertainment enjoyable. Go have a great time and a great meal!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2016

Great food & service! You can't go wrong with anything your order! It can get a bit loud at times, but it's a fun atmosphere!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

The food was great and the live music set a relaxing mood that made you not want to leave after dessert. Do yourself a favor and take your girl here for a date for real South Philly italian especially if she likes music.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

The restaurant was very crowded and small. The live entertainment was good but overwhelming for such a small space. Our poor waitress ran her heart out all night which made up for the ok food and lots of noise.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2016

It was a fun casual atmosphere. There was a nice neighborhood feel, where staff and patrons called each other by name. Service was polite and attentive. We hadn't realized they had switched to a more casual menu but still enjoyed the salad, pasta and pizza.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2016

love this place! Food was beyond delicious.. Italian scrumptious!
The service is friendly and attentive
We are going back here soon!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2016

I had a very night dinner time with my family. Food and service were great! and the owner himself was there and came to our table to say hi and compliment the cuteness of our 1 yo baby.

The live music in the restaurant and the family friendly enviroment makes it a great option to get toguether with friends and family.

This is not the first time that we have been there and definetly it will not be the last. We always have had a good times when visiting High Note Cafe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Francoluigis high note is always a high note in dining (pun intended). Great food, service, and ambience.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2016

I made this reservation solely based on the fact that they do the singing while you are dining. Although the service and the food was very good we were left very disappointed that nobody sang during the entire evening. I guess I should've asked ahead of time before I made the reservation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2016

We were disappointed that there was no music on a Saturday night. Every review on the internet claimed there was, from live opera to piano. These reviews were as recent as 2015. But the server said they havent had music for 5 years! We were there to celebrate my mom-in-laws 91st birthday and she was looking forward to it. I was disappointed. But my son loved the specialty pizza at least! I guess you still have to call these places in advance to be sure.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Excellent food. Staff treated us very well. Solid value. We will be back soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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