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About Permanently Closed - Girasole - Philadelphia

This restaurant is permanently closed. Boutique authentic Italian Mediterranean restaurant & bar.

1410 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Broad street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 732-2728

Website:
http://www.girasolephilly.com/

Catering:
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 Details:
Parking is on premises offered by the Symphony House. There is a cost associated.

Public Transit:
Bus, train, taxi, subway.

Executive Chef:
Angela Iovino

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

Additional:
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

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

3.7

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (586)
Neighborhood Gem (554)
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Romantic (352)
Notable Wine List (170)
Good for Groups (165)
Hot Spot (96)
Late-night Find (91)
Great for Outdoor Dining (80)
Great for Lunch (71)
Vibrant Bar Scene (56)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Scenic View (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Authentic (14)
Kid-friendly (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Casual (12)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Outstanding Value (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Food was great but the staff was overwhelmed and confused our order, so we got our appetizers at different times. They were very friendly and apologetic when we alerted them about it.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2016

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.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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food4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Go there often Always excellent food, drink and service

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2016

As always, Girasole did not disappoint. Wonderful branzino, superb house made pasta, terrific cheesecake. Beautifully prepared and served.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Very cute small quaint restaurant near the Academy of Music. We went before the show and it was awesome. Very friendly staff and the food was wonderful. Will definitely return.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Had to wait a long time, and then when finally seated and served food was horrible. Not up to philly standards.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2016

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2016

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2016

As always good Italian meal. Pasta melt in your mouth and the preparation of their selection fish is always done well and platted nicely.

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Food is outstanding, especially the home made pasta, prices are good for a center city restaurant. My big problem with this restaurant is that the chairs and seating is very uncomfortable.Table for two table and chairs feel like plastic, even wobble.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2016

The food is always wonderful and the service is always exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

The service was excellent! We had the price fixed menu and it was served beautifully.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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value2

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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food3
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service1
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2016

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!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 7, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Always enjoy the good food and nice service. Food is consistent and the eggplant part is outstanding!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Unfortunately,their,bartender,didnt,show,up,which,caused,a,delay.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Dinner before the symphony at Girasole is something we always look forward to.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Girasole is an upscale restaurant in an excellent location off Broad Street in Philly. The food was fantastic and the service was good.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Food just isn't good. Nice staff.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Our meal was delicious and the staff very attentive. The best carpaccio we've had. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his pasta with smoked salmon and the veal Milanese was cooked perfectly. VWe will definitely go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2016

The place is nice and the service was very good. The food, however, was sorely lacking. It was tasteless and bland.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2016

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2016

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Honestly, the food was incredible, but we all thought we did not receive enough food for the exorbitant prices we paid.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2016

mediocre at best. It was restaurant week - you would expect the restaurant to put its best foot forward, but sadly not.

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food2
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Really enjoyed our dinner. What a hidden gem. From our greeting to our goodbye, a truly friendly restaurant!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Our meal was wonderful! The food was delicious the atmosphere was great. I would definitely recommend it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Girasole has great food, great service, great ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2016

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!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Horrendous service, lied to. Never agaon

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2016

This Friday night dinner was before BalletX. Orchestra, Opera, or Dance. Girasole is part of the experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2016

I was expecting a lot more. The meals were average, the cost was not.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Everytime I dine at Girasole I leave happy Everyone I bring with me love it

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2016

Really fine Italian food, consistently well-prepared and delicious. One of our favorite Philadelphia restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 26, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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