La Collina Restaurant

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664 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
La Collina has delighted diners with world-class cuisine, service, and ambiance for more than 31 remarkable years. Classically-trained staff serve a selection of the finest old-world recipes in an atmosphere of casual elegance, while attending to every detail.
Located just off the Schuylkill Expressway in Belmont Hills, La Collina boasts spectacular hilltop views. The bar offers a unique atmosphere with live entertainment and dancing on weekends. This gem is known as one of the most romantic restaurants on the Main Line.
La Collina specializes in fresh seafood and veal dishes. Its signature dish, Dover Sole, is a delicate, tasty fish that is uniquely grilled, and served tableside. In addition to our Dover Sole, our daily fresh-fish specials include Branzino, Norwegian Salmon, Pompano, Orata, soft-shell crabs, Langostina, and other delights from the sea, depending upon availability. We are also known for our veal sirloin, veal porterhouse, ossobuco, and chops.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service!! New favorite restaurant for date night!

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BM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our food was very good. We had to slow down our waiters a bit as the service was rushed. There was no need for this as we went on a Wednesday night and and the restaurant was nowhere near full.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, at a very reasonable price. Service and wait staff was excellent, and overall my wife and I, along with our guests had a very enjoyable experience at La Collina. I would not hesitate to recommend La Collina to anyone wishing to dine on Italian food the way it was meant to be prepared and eaten.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Francisco, was outstanding! Wonderful food and service made for a terrific celebration.

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l
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Went there for lunch with a business associate. Very old style restaurant that has an older clientele. The waiter highly recommended the Dover Sole, which was not on the menu. I ordered the Sole and my friend has a Ceasar Salad. The sole was good but we were shocked when we got the bill. The Dover Sole was over $40.00. Customer beware...always ask about the price of unlisted items not on the menu.

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HK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Very nice for a special occasion

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Authentic Italian food and great ambiance with a knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff.

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b
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate, old school in a good way, delicious.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date and I had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was extremely friendly. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a nice night out.

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PV
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable high quality meal. Great service too.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Indifferent and charmless service. Overcooked vegetables. If hospitality is a warm welcome and a fond farewell this was a failure.

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SM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The waitress was very nice, as was the valet. We were seated right away. The food was good, nothing stood out. It was a nice evening.

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ES
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here with our two children (aged 3 and 5). The wait staff were very kind to us and helped to keep things moving throughout dinner so that our children didn't get bored/loud/unruly. Everyone was so kind. The dinner was FANTASTIC! My picky eaters even ate the green beans and the 5 year old finished her whole dinner. When we went out the next day, my daughter asked if we could go back. Five stars all around! We'll be back but hopefully without this kids this time so we can truly appreciate the full experience.

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RD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Italian restaurant. Mussels marinara were fantastic. Entrees were served piping hot right from the chefs kitchen. Asked for sole to be prepared differently then on menu, was met with a “NO” from the Chef. Thought that was a little less than accommodating. However, food ordered was very delicious. The ricotta cheese cake for dessert was one of the very best I’ve ever tasted. We’ve been here a number of times, we’ll be back. Hopefully next time the Chef will be a little more accommodating.

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We always love dining a La Collina. As an event planner, I have hosted our corporate holiday party here many times and it is always enjoyable. The atmosphere is great, the food delicious and the service at our lunch last week very attentive. We were celebrating our boss' birthday and the special surprise dessert was a lovely touch.

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M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters were very conscientious, pleasant and overall a wonderful meal.

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P
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food

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BM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we pulled up when the valet was so personal and wanted to make sure we would enjoy our evening...to the host and eventually the waiter.....we were thoroughly impressed with the experience.
This is a restaurant that is focused on individual customer experience.....from making the customer feel important by knowing regular customer names, to providing outstanding food choices with high quality food presentation and preparation.
The value of the experience, to include the unbelievable Desert cart, is exceptional.
My wife and I will certainly come back and will invite our friends and family for special occasions.

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VH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve passed by this restaurant so many times and we finally decided to give it a try, especially after my wife’s coworker recommended it. We were not disappointed. Great old school Italian food, phenomenal desserts and great atmosphere. Loved the panoramic views. I had lobster and shrimp fra diavlo which was fantastic and my wife loved her veal Marsala. Great see overall. They got my soup order wrong but no biggie I didn’t even say anything and it was still good. Highly recommend.

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h
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

delicious old school italian food. calamari arrabiata was cooked perfectly. sunday night is BYOB!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

There was no one in the restaurant and the waiter still rushed us. Always interrupting to ask another question.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and delicious meal!

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h
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. We have been there before. Great view. We really enjoy it for special things.

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

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Our favorite place!

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CJ
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent classic Italian, can’t go wrong. Appreciate the hard work and dedication of Enzo and his staff to create a wonderful evening for you and your guest.

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LK
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit family in Philly several times a year and have always noticed this place sitting prominently on the hill above 76 so we decided to try it and were not disappointed. We were super hungry when we got there and as soon as we were settled and water glasses were filled they brought us 2 different types of bread and a plate of roasted veggies and cheese to welcome us. The wine we chose was Italian and delicious. Our medals were all VERY good and the dessert cart was the suggest ice ever seen. We ended up splitting 2 desserts and both were to die for. We will go back and I do definitely recommend

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J
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the food was good. very attentive staff and easy going, relaxing ambiance. will definitely go back.

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

It has taken us 38 years to go to La Collina for our first time. What a mistake. We had a lovely evening and plan to return. The dinning room is beautiful and restful. The waitstaff was professional and very helpful. Our cocktails were fine. The food was great. The noise level was low enough to carry on a reasonable conversation.

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R
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great night with friends. Carmen was the waiter and he did a fantastic job!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We went to La Collina for a belated Valentine’s Day dinner. The service was terrible. We had no idea who our actual server was because we had various servers stopping at our table causing confusion. It felt as though we were an inconvenience to the staff and they acted like they were doing us a favor by taking our order.

The food was ok. I had the chicken parm and it was soggy and kind of blah. My boyfriend had the Fra Diavlo and said he liked it but he had definitely had better elsewhere. The food was definitely not worth the price you pay.

It took 10 minutes to get the check when we asked for it and another 15 minutes for them to take it back and charge us.

We were so looking forward to a nice date night and we’re severely disappointed in our experience. We will not be dining there again or recommending to our friends and family.

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KW
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

DISCLOSURE: I had high expectations for this restaurant after driving by it at night and seeing it's beauty from I-76 for the past 2 years!

PROS: The crabcake app was awesome. The view was great but doesn't really matter if you are not seated by the windows which we were not. The waiter was funny.

CONS: Our entrees were very bland. Stuffed pasta/ravioli was undercooked to the point of still having a crunch to it. Pollo Collina was tasteless chicken that appeared boiled (would have been better baked or sauteed IMO). Not horrible but underwhelming to say the least. The server never asked to refill our drinks until the check came. The place is pretty old-fashioned and the menu reflects that. BTW the menu only slightly resembled what is posted on Open Table. Would not return, sorry to say.

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

Wonderful food, service. Enzo is terrific and very attentive to everyone’s needs.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place for a date five stars!!

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NJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A cozy restaurant with traditional Italian vibes and unique view. But the food was at best around average.

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TS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Seafood was well, steak was average , traditional Italian below average .
Service might be an isolated issue , but our waiter did not stop by 1x from the time we got our first drink , until the time we asked for the check .

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DT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service as well. First time there. View was excellent too. It's a little pricey.

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GC
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service.

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SB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant. Food was very good. Server mumbled and didn’t pay as much attention to us as his other 2 tables. Wish that was better but the rest was cool.

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D
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our 3rd time back for dinner. A great menu with a lot of Italian dishes to choose from...some with an interesting/delicious twist. Our server was extremely attentive & made some good recommendations for us.

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was not very good. We both had seafood pasta dishes and the shrimp were very overcooked. The service was a bit sloppy, for example we were seated without menus and a server just walked up as soon as we sat down and asked us what we wanted to drink. I didn't even have my coat off yet and we didn't have any menus. The dining room was very tight. It was hard to move around to our table and when we went to leave there was almost no room to fit through to get to the front door. It was hard not to bump people. Also, i booked Saturday night to celebrate my boyfriends birthday specifically because they are supposed to have live music which they did not have. Overall it was too much money for the quality of the atmosphere and the food.

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