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Permanently Closed - Girasole - Philadelphia

780 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Boutique authentic Italian Mediterranean restaurant & bar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 732-2728
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Angela Iovino
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Private party facilities
Girasole Restaurant & Bar offers private dining for any occasion. Business breakfast and meetings, luncheons, dinners, celebrations & wedding. We have 2 distinct private rooms, including our of-the-art Private Dining Suite that can accommodate up to 100 guests for casuals gathering & up to 60 for seat down dinners. We also offer cozier semi-private dining for more intimate groups. Menus, wine and other offerings can be customized to create a perfect event for your guests, whether it is for business or celebration.
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Private party contact
Michelle: (215) 732-2728
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There's something special about entertaining in your home. Hosting guests at home - be the family, close friends, or business associates - can make for a memorable and especially convivial gathering. At Girasole, we ensure that home entertaining is an enjoyable and carefree event for hosts. We interpret your personal view and feel because It's your party and you should enjoy and savor it as much as your company. That's why we take special care when creating at-home events - they are often the most personal statement a host can make.
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Cross street
Broad street
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Parking details
Parking is on premises offered by the Symphony House. There is a cost associated.
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Public transit
Bus, train, taxi, subway.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSuzegal (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

We have dined at Girasole many times. Since, for us, it was always a five star review, I was alarmed at all the one star reviews on Open Table, but decided to give them another try. It's so convenient and good. We had to be at the Academy of Music before 7:25p. The food is still wonderful. The service not so much. It's not that the service is bad. There are just not enough servers. I saw a bartender, a bus boy and a waiter and the place was packed. We waited for a long time for drinks and bread. Dinner was great if somewhat late.However, everything took so long that we didn't have time for coffee or dessert. We eventually puts our coats on and stood to get the check. I understand everything is cooked when ordered. All that is good. Get some more wait staff and the greater part of the problems would be solved.

vipCharlie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

We always enjoy our meals at Girasole. The food and the service are wonderful. It is our preferred dinner spot when we are attending the Symphony at Kimmel Center.

vipEyeB (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

Good food, nice service, pleasant atmosphere. Very quiet during the week, when the restaurant was quite empty.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Girasole was a great date night restaurant! With their authentic and traditional Italian cuisine, their hospitality, and cozy atmosphere it definitely made me feel like I was in Italy! Not only that, but the food was amazing! Every bite made gave me the feeling of home and my grandmothers cooking. The staff also were very friendly and were constantly making sure we were pleased and satisfied with everything. I definitely would recommend it.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Very friendly staff, excellent service,

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

food was very good. portion of pasta was weak which is surprising at an Italian restaurant and pasta is cheap

Delicious (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Don't bother. I made a reservation for my boyfriend and I to eat here for my birthday. We arrived 10 minutes early. When we walked in there was no hostess/host or seating area, just a bartender and a crowded bar. She asked if we had a reservation and for how many. She told us it would be a bit of a wait for a table and to have a seat at the bar (there were no empty seats). We thought, "okay, we're a little early. Maybe they aren't quite ready for us yet." So we stood by the door and waited. And waited. And waited some more. After 45 minutes of waiting and not even being acknowledged by the staff, a larger group got up to leave. A woman from the group said to us that they'd been there for 2 hours and never got their food. We took that as the last straw and walked out. We called anther restaurant and had a wonderful experience there. Again, do not waste your time at Girasole.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

We had a 7 p.m. reservation and 8:30 theatre curtain. We didn't get seated until 8 p.m. and eventually had to basically almost trip someone to get an order of some food. Not until seconds before we got our pasta order was bread delivered to the table and this was after they said they couldn't get us any food as there wasn't time. If they were having a problem they should have informed us when we arrived that they were short staffed or whatever else the problem was giving us the opportunity to make other arrangements. People seated before us were still waiting for their meals when we left. I will neither recommend the place nor ever return.

vipf1inmyblood (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Overall good, very noisy and understaffed for the crowd.

billybones (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Arrived at 6:15, ordered at 6:45, food arrived at 8:30. Ok, a long wait on a packed Saturday night is understandable. BUT THEY ONLY TOOK ONE DRINK ORDER while we waited. Awful, slow, service and I would not go back. The rest of my 10 person party felt the same.

DebinPhila (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

A complete disaster from start to finish. Made reservations for a pre-concert meal as the restaurant is adjacent to all Philadelphia theaters. For our 6 pm reservation, they didn't take our order until 6:40 pm and then told us we wouldn't have time. When the food came at 7:20 pm, it was almost ineatible. The bill was $197 and we may as well have lit two hundred dollar bills on fire. (The table of ten next to us left with NO food served at all!) Skip it. They shouldn't be in business.

vipDisappointed (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

We've dined at Girasole several times, and always enjoyed the food in the past. During Restaurant Week, it has been a particular good deal. However, the service has been steadily declining, as the noise level has been rising and the food quality dropping. Our most recent meal was actually unpleasant. We had difficulty getting the hostess' attention to get seated, then waited 35 minutes for someone to take our order. (The excuse was that they had lots of patrons who needed to be out in time for the orchestra. Um . . . what??) We actually began to look for alternate restaurants on Open Table, and were prepared to walk out. I walked up to the hostess to tell her that this was their last chance, and she personally came to take our order. Things did not get better once our order was in -- dishes came out willy-nilly, with one or two dishes being served while the rest of us sat with no food. Most of the food was acceptable but not memorable, although by this time we were not in any mood to enjoy it much. After the orchestra crowd left, there were very few tables, and we STILL had difficulty getting water glasses filled or placing an order for coffee. The waitress offered black or green tea, but could find only Lipton regular or decaf. The decaf coffee was undrinkable, and we all left it. When asked if the cheesecake was cream cheese or ricotta, he waitress said cream cheese; it was ricotta. The apple tart was so tasteless I left it after one bite. Without a vestibule, the restaurant was freezing whenever anyone opened the door to enter or leave. We will not be going back there.

vipspoiled (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

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vippeople7000 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2017


vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

We waited 1 hour 45 minutes just to get our first course. Needless to say, the service was terrible. The food was good but definitely doesn't make up for the service.