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About Permanently Closed - Girasole - Philadelphia
This restaurant is permanently closed. Boutique authentic Italian Mediterranean restaurant & bar.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Parking is on premises offered by the Symphony House. There is a cost associated.
Bus, train, taxi, subway.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Michelle: (215) 732-2728
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
Girasole - Philadelphia - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
I love Girasole for its small and quaint type restaurant. They currently have a pre-theatre special that lists many unique and interesting appetizers and entrees: it includes , first and second entree's , and dessert for $35.00. The food is always well prepared and delicious. It is always better to make a reservation since at times it becomes very crowded, especially on theatre and orchestra nights in Center City Philadelphia. I invite everyone to experience this gem at least once.
We had hoped to have enough time to have a leisurely dinner before the orchestra, but our main course was served at 7:40 pm, which gave us 20 minutes to gobble it down without coffee and dessert and a run to the show. Not Relaxing at all. We had arrived at 6pm. Clearly they were short staffed and they didn't have anything on the wine menu that we chose (stating that the wine delivery "didn't show" for the evening). Disappointing. They also served us the heated carpaccio when we ordered it cold. We asked for the carpaccio with the salad and they never told us that the table was too small to accommodate this request, but they served them separately and then told us why. BUT, the food was actually very good. It was noisy, but we weren't particularly surprised by that given the restaurant layout. I would still try it again perhaps on a week day when I expect they'd be less busy and perhaps the lack of wine choices was a fluke.
Our table was in the line of the front door, so I had to wear a coat throughout our meal as every time the door opened there was a cold blast. The entre came without any vegetable or potato for $36, (bronzino) and the fish was the same amount as the "special" that included vegetable for much less money. It was not pointed out to us at the time we ordered the whole fish for $36 that everything was ala carte.
The drinks were plentiful and excellent.
Overall, our experience was disappointing.
My friend and I had a delicious relaxed meal after a concert. The service was attentive but not oppressive. Our salmon and veal entrees were perfectly portioned and presented nicely. The tables are nicely spaced, not like the crowded feel of some other city restaurants. We were there early on a Friday evening so it was not crowded and the noise level was fine for conversing. It was my first time at Girasole and I would definitely like to return.
This place is a jewel. Would give 6 stars if I could. Went there with 3 others for pre-Orchestra dinner. We let staff know we had only a certain amount of time for the meal, and they were seamless in making sure we enjoyed apps to dessert without missing a cue or 'rushing' us. The restuarant host(owner?) was charming and helpful in selecting a wine that paired with our meals. The Carpaccio Branzini with avocado, grapefruit and lime was an ethereal and delicious treat. The fresh pastas - oh my - were yummy sexy. The silky Barrata: Fantastic! If you didn't know you were in Philly, you'd swear you'd just found a cozy little spot off an street in Italy. Will go there again.
Very slow service--waited for 45 min for our entrees after getting soup/salad. There was one big, loud party there and it was otherwise empty. My water glass was refilled once the entire time we were there, and I had to ask. Decent food, but definitely more "modern" Italian, and not really worth the prices. I wouldn't go back.
Girasole was amazing. The food unbelievably cooked by Chef Angela Iovino. Wonderfully hosted by owner Franco Iovino. I had the roasted pepper chicken, it was out of this world! Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Definitely a Top 10 for Center City Italian! Must try!
The restaurant was empty with the exception of one other couple. The hostess was also our waitress and bartender. She was not pleasant. We all ordered very simple pasta dishes, and yet still waited over an hour to be served. The food was not bad but nothing exceptional.
My fiancé and I had a lovely time sitting in a corner seat giving us some privacy. The service was great, very accommodating. The salmon topped with balsamic reduction and leeks melted in my mouth and burst with delicious flavors. The carpaccio Girasole with artichokes and warmed filet mignon was also a pleasure to eat. I would definitely bring my friends and family here!
Food is great
It was very busy and it took forever for food to arrive
We asked for decaf but surely did not get it
When you toss and turn all night it becomes apparent that you have ingested caffeine
Don't restaurants get it that a lot of people are sensitive and for others it is downright dangerous
Went with a friend for the Restaurant Week menu. The food was great, although the portions a bit smaller than I hoped. This is not Olive Garden. This is a place for quality rather than quantity. I was a little disappointed at the beer menu which had no craft beers available. Not even an Italian import. I think it's more suited to the wine drinker. Still, I was very pleased with my meal.
I went there with a good friend of mine because the place was recommended and we were not disappointed. The food was phenomenal. I got the gnocchi and it was fantastic. The waiting staff made it seem like you were in Italy since they were from Italy. Great experience!!
While the place was not at all crowded and, therefore, the service was quick, the bar was the worst-stocked bar I've ever experienced. They had specialty cocktails on the menu but could only make 2 of the drinks on this appealing list! How do you not stock a city bar with Cointreau/ Triple Sec or Rose's Lime Juice in the summer? The dinner was good food overall. While I appreciate air-conditioning, it was way too cold inside.
Girasole continues to impress. While many celebrity chefs have their 15 minutes, only to be substituted by some lesser, the kitchen at Girasole remains under the strict discipline of Angela Iovino. One of the finest Italian chefs in this city full of great Italian restaurants, there is a consistency in the her authenticity that is non-existent elsewhere. Not one Italian restaurant in the city compares to Girasole.
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