Gnocchi

4.8
267 reviews
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Creating Italian food from scratch with love in Philadelphia!
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Philadelphia
169 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my new favorite Italian restaurant. The gravy is terrific, the gnocchi are terrific and I have been there twice and loved everything I tried (It will sound otherwise, but I am really quite picky).
I have had (with my wife) the tuna steak on an arugula salad, chicken parmigiana, chicken Florentine and Gnocchi entrees. I have also had the eggplant, meatball and Portobello Mushroom appetizers. I loved them all. Warning - the meatball and Portobello appetizers are quite large (and very good).
To me ingredients are everything. In an Italian restaurant I want good olive oil, great cheeses, good balsamic vinegar and homemade pasta. I also want a simple, basic delicious gravy. This place has it all. Basic great food.
They also always seem to have several specials each night so the limited menu posted on Open Table is miss leading. Listen carefully because the specials are really special.
We dine out 7 nights a week and this place will become one of my weekly stops.

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AP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We were first timers and chose the restaurant as it is good for groups and had nice reviews. Some of the food is excellent (portobello mushrooms/ artichoke/ meatballs with linguini), while other dishes are meh at best (gnocchi, tuna, flounder). Portions are HUGE; our waitress did not guide us well in this respect. We were a table of 7 and could have EASILY shared 4 entrees (rather than the 7 we ordered). Also, specifically chose this restaurant b/c they served GLUTEN FREE pasta (called in advance and notes in reservation) and they were out. The flounder was a terrible disappointment.
Also, the food from the kitchen was TERRIBLY slow. Only 2 tables for a 5.45 PM reservation and the kitchen spent more time sending out delivery orders than taking care of the people who were actually there.
We'd go back if we were in the mood for meatballs with linguini as this dish was exceptional. Would skip most of the rest.

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L
Philadelphia
265 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice BYO with attentive service and excellent pasta.

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From outstanding service to delicious food, this place is a must visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

CASH AND BYOB

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T
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We found a table at the last minute on a Sarurday night and really enjoyed this neighborhood restaurant.
It was crowded with locals and the food was wonderful. They have a small menu, but probably ten fresh specials that were amazing. Next time we are in Philadelphia, we will make sure that we return. They make you feel welcome.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at gnocchi. They go above and beyond to ensure we have a great meal and dining experience.

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s
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One my favorites. Always fresh and delicious and the service is good.

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious from appetizer to dessert

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner. Great service, and we really appreciated the menu recommendations with the appetizer meatballs and artichokes as my favorites. Entree specials were wonderful and all of us really liked our selections, with the lamb shank a standout.
We will definitely be back.

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend there for her birthday. Terrific food, great service. Lots of fun. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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TJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant right off of South Street. The service is top-notch, the menu was fantastic, and is more specials every night then you even want to listen to. Of course, the gnocchi are just phenomenal. And don't forget to try to tiramisu for dessert. This is my new favorite place to take people. Give it a try, and dont forget to stop at Cohen's Hardware next door

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H
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing - we made a reservation at Gnocchi, and when we arrived the doorway was packed with people waiting for a table. That is fine (to a degree) and to be expected on a Saturday night - new people kept on coming on and pushing their way to the front. The gentleman working the door and seating parties was not keeping track of who came first, so the rude people that pushed their way past the not-so-rude people who had been patiently waiting (with reservations) were seated first. After waiting 30 minutes without being seated, we left. Service is absolutely terrible, and it is a shame because the food is good. Second time a situation like this has happened at Gnocchi. I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, it is clear this particular guy (who was involved in both situations) does not care in the least or is in a different world - an absolute circus.

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had lobster ravioli, chicken parm, artichoke appetizer, and Caesar salad, all delicious. If you're thinking about going for the first time don't let you scant online menu deter you. They have about double that amount as specials. Can be a little noisy at times but very good. If loud noise is not for you, go there on less peak times.

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RM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service but it's always hot in there no matter what time of year.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing experience. The staff acted as if you were old friends and the food was outstanding! Would definitely come again for the gnocchi in blush sauce and tiramisu!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adil is great. Very attentive and fun waiter. We tried the tasting menu and it was amazing. Everything was very good. One of the top restaurants we have been to. $50 for a ton of food.

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KA
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The salad alone was worth the trip, not to mention the pasta and triamisu. Highly recommend it

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IP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and good! Truly an amazing experience. Will definitely return.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This place is not organized at all! We were missing a chair for 15 minutes for someone in our party. They explain that the servers all take care of you and that really means no one pays attention at all. Waited over an hour between our appetizers and meal. It was suggested we get a special and then they told us they were out of it over an hour later when they realized they hadn’t given us food. Then they brought the wrong meal for someone else in our party. There were only 4 people. Not a large party. So no excuse for messing up this much! Will likely not go back because of this experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good food quality is perfect ,I recommend to try Lamb Shake is wonderful.Atmosphere is great.servers are so friendly

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TJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every special is special, every gnocchi dish is heaven. I love that you are treated like family! Remember it's a BYO, and try the tasting menu. Just bring an appetite.

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HM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is excellent. The noise level can be loud but everything else is so fantastic it didn't bother us too much.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service.. Very attentive and personable. Appetizers filled the dish and were delicious. Wonderful portion sizes for our meals as well. We enjoyed everything we ordered. We were definitely NOT hungry when we left. Not a large menu but I like that they can focus on perfecting contents , plus they offer a healthy selection of fresh specials. Plenty of options. They were very accommodating and from what I observed, even offered family style options. Like that they are a byob.
Their bread is amazing, too!

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious- will definitely go back again. Very reasonable also

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My best dining experience in Philadelphia so far. Everything was amazing. We ordered a gnocchi special and the chicken parmigiana (which also came with gnocchi). The food was DELICIOUS and the wait staff friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia
177 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another superb meal at Gnocchi. All three of us had the specials and they were outstanding.
Wait service by Adeel is second to none....he's a pros-pro! Gnocchi is a don't miss restaurant.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lobster ravioli and Gnocchi were out of this world! Loud atmosphere. Good service. Byob is a plus. Will definitely be back.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, highly recommended! BYOB is an added bonus as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. The owner was very funny and personable.

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EA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service Great food Great turnover a popular place

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pro:
- Insanely delicious gnocchi. possibly the best I’ve ever had.
- Great job complementing the flavors within each dish
- byo
- $50 pp tasting menu
- Servers are cheerful and you feel like they genuinely want you to enjoy your meal

Cons:
- Extremely loud. This wasn’t a problem for our party, but if you’re going with people who can’t tolerate that or you want to have a serious conversation, it’s going to be problematic for you.
- They don’t advertise the tasting menu, you only find out about it in yelp reviews.
- This is the first and only time I have ever complained about this, and the only reason why I am really taking a star away, but the tasting menu is just too much food. We were a table of four. We ended up with 6 apps (many of which we got two plates of), a pasta dish for the table that was split into individual portions (yet the size of a pasta dish), our own (full-size) entrée, and two dessert (each). Unfortunately, 3/4 of us needed to have all but one to two bites of our entrées packed up to go home, because we were so full from the food leading up to it. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it kind of tainted the experience for us. By the time you got the pasta, you can’t even fully appreciate the perfect pillowy goodness of the gnocchi because you are so full and there’s really no chance that you’ll actually be able to enjoy the entrée while you’re there.

So yes, we did get a nice leftover bag. But at the same time, we left with our stomachs in pain from eating a gluttonous amount of food. While my chicken parmesan was delicious the next day, I’m sure it would’ve been even better that night.

If this place had less appetizers as part of the tasting menu, it would be a five-star spot. Have the table pick 3 apps, bump it down to $40-45pp, throw it on the menu, and this spot would be 5-star.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left, everything about this meal exceeded expectations. The generosity and humor from the staff made the delicious food even better. Adeel kept us laughing and made us feel like family. Will be back very soon!

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MP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The gnocchi special was incredible. The dining area had a comfortable atmosphere and the bathroom was very clean and nicely set up. The staff was extremely friendly and personable (and funny), adding to the experience. I would definitely recommend dining at Gnocchi if you like to eat and eat well.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and wonderful atmosphere. Good value for quality. Staff was extremely courteous and attentive but almost to a fault. They were so concerned about good service that they actually interrupted the privacy of the dinner date that was the basis for the occasion. The manager and server came to the table literally every 3-5 minutes to ask if everything was OK or to fill the water glasses or to pour wine (which neither party wanted to drink any more), etc. These frequent overtures actually interrupted the flow of the conversation and privacy of the dinner parties. I sincerely appreciate their quest for excellent customer service which was duly noted but they overdid it and caused us not to fully enjoy the dinner date. Instead of the dinner parties focusing on each other, we had to focus on responding to the frequent questions and interruptions by the servers and Manager.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner with several couples and had a fantastic night! Seated on time, warm and attentive waiter (with a welcomed sense of humor), and incredible food! Everything was delicious and nothing left behind. I especially appreciated their treatment of a large group, working through several bottles of wine, as some BYOs can tend to push large groups out or treat them with less attentiveness than a smaller table. Definitely would recommend to all! Seems like a sort of hidden gem outside the more commonly known center city dinner spots. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, even better service. Would highly recommend!

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L
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service

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KD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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