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La Collina Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1093 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 668-1780

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    La Collina is the ideal setting for private parties or special events, offering a variety of options for your social or business affairs. Our spectacular wine cellar offers a charming, casual elegance, with accommodations for up to 70 guests. Our main dining rooms comfortably seat 110 guests in elegant surroundings reminiscent of Italy. From intimate dinner parties to larger receptions, La Collina will create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Bala Cynwyd

  • Cross street

    Jefferson Street

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary Valet parking.

  • Entertainment

    We provide the best live entertainment on the Main Line in our beautiful Ca" Nova Bar. Thursday nights offer the sounds of Joey on the Piano. Fridays we have Giorgio on the violin or the American classics by George Sinkler. And Saturdays we have the beautiful voice of Elizabeth with the always entertaining Pasquale.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,093 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Western Suburbs

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  1. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant for a date or anniversary. The waitstaff were very nice and efficient. The food was delicious and served in a timely manner. Would definitely return to try out more items on the menu.
  2. T

    Time2eat

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent! We really enjoyed the food, service, etc.
  3. J

    Jpoa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was slow, but it was obvious they were understaffed. Everything that was asked for was brought over, so not a big deal. The only area that was somewhat upsetting was the portions were small for the prices paid. $18 for shrimp cocktail, and to only have 4 on the dish seems a bit egregious. Wasn’t a horrible experience, but wasn’t outstanding.
  4. c

    carolp

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a lovely way to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our family! We had our first date when it was Baffa’s and felt the now La Collina was the perfect restaurant to celebrate. The staff couldn’t have done more to make our evening memorable.
  5. CH

    CoreyH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my fiancé here tonight for her birthday and was blown away by the food and drinks. The service was top notch and they remembered my birthday request. There is valet so make sure to some cash on hand. Definitely coming back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I would have given the restaurant zero stars for our experience if that was an option. We waited 20 minutes at our table and the only service we were offered was a basket of stale bread,not even a glass of water was poured. We left,I called the restaurant to inform them of our decision to leave and provided the reasons why. And then the restaurant reported us as a no show! We had a lovely dinner at Somo in Manayumk.
  7. JC

    JeanC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent. The food was good but not outstanding. Salad a bit wilted and the bread not warm or crusty. Our party of 6 ate and enjoyed their food but not really special for the cost.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic view and professional staff
  9. RM

    RitaM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit. Food, drinks, service were excellent... Angelo and Tony were very professional and courteous. Look forward to dining there again. Thanks
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a table of 6 and enjoyed the meal and experience. This was the first time visiting and will be back again!
  11. PJ

    PhillyJohn

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Disappointing. I have eaten at the La Collina restaurant numerous times (at least 20). It was one of my favorite restaurants in the Philly suburbs. It now has new owners, and I have eaten there twice under the new ownership. Both times were disappointing, but I will focus my review on my most recent experience. The host must have had a bad day because he was not at all friendly. The previous owners provided a complimentary appetizer and bread with olive oil that was always a delight. The current owners offer cold bread and butter. The service was poor. Our service did not announce any specials. When we asked whether there were any, he listed them without any descriptions. The food was mediocre and overpriced. Perhaps they will improve with time, so I'll probably return in a few months to give them a third chance.
  12. J

    John

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A great evening. Most of the food was good except for the veal parm which was thin and chewy. However, we will return.
  13. AB

    ArthurB

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was recently sold and the new owners have kept the same menu so far. The staff is all still there as well. The menu selection is outstanding with many fish options. We were there on a Sunday evening and it was doing a great business. The service is impeccable. We had 5 in our party and every dish came out with no delays--steaming hot and absolutely delicious. Highly recommend!
  14. c

    copsup

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good meals all around the table. The staff does a very good job and they aim to please. Bartender at the bar is most knowledgeable and made some nice pre-dinner drinks for our group. The accordion player and singer were a nice touch. Even the valet did a good job. Solid meal without the glitz and noise of the chains.
  15. D

    Downtownfoodie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We all were very disappointed in our experience at La Collina. The food was mediocre at best. The bread was stale. The appetizers were lack luster and the entrees were sub par. I had a filet of beef that was supposed to have a brandy sauce. The beef was over cooked and no brandy sauce. My mother had a veal dish that was so tough she had trouble cutting it with my steak knife. The desserts were horrible. Don’t serve cakes that you have bought elsewhere and left in the refrigerator for days opened..they absorb orders and taste from other food. This was our last visit here. So sad that it was sold to new owners who don’t know what they are doing.
  16. RD

    RonnaDonna1

    Philadelphia

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There’s no better soft shell crabs than here. Impeccable service. Delicious food. Easy parking
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony and Angelo gave us a great authentic Italian experience for our anniversary! We loved our experience at La Collina!!
  18. CD

    ChristD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoy it so much I made another reservation for later in week. Thank you
  19. NC

    NightoutCMA

    Cleveland

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We get it that at times restaurants struggle with staffing. But last night was not a great experience. Our waiter couldn’t be bothered with bus since we were not ordering multiple bottles of wine like another table. He didn’t explain the menu clearly, and this led to a problem. This was corrected. When it came time for serving the meal, we felt like the plates were thrown on the table like a frisbee. We love this restaurant, but after last night, it will be a long time before we return. Having visited multiple times in the past, we know that the service was better previously.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The closest food to Italy so delicious and fresh
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. Service was great and food was delicious.
  22. B

    Bill

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was terrific. I would certainly dine again and recommend to others.
  23. S

    Sfisher354

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    La Collina was recently purchased by new owners. They must have kept the chef, because the food was as good as ever. Spouse had soft shell crab and pronounced it delicious. Followed the crab with Dover Sole filleted table side. Also a winner. My Caesar salad was fresh and crisp. Followed up with Chicken Piccata which was thin cut with light sauce. Tiramisu was good but with a little too much icing on top. Italian Rum Cake very good. Cons: - Curious that we asked for a particular table but were told it was already reserved. Then another party of two came in and were offered several tables and they chose the table we previously requested …. clearly they had not reserved it. - Cold bread and equally cold butter.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner
  25. H

    Happy

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best meal! The waiter was great!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner and great service
  27. d

    duffy1958

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was all we remember from the last time we were there. ❤️
  28. j

    johnnieb

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice experience. Wait staff was extremely attentive. Food was tasty.
  29. B

    Beth

    West Palm Beach

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    New owners that are planning amazing things for this restaurant- give them some time.
  30. RD

    RonnaDonna1

    Philadelphia

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Has an amazing dinner at LaCollina. Exceptional soft shell crabs sautéed not deep fried. Pricey but delicious. Can’t wait to go back!
  31. F

    Fairview

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Service!!
  32. MC

    MaryC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love the Dover Sole! Enjoy the food overall and its a great place to take out of town guests.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A must!!! Good good excellent sevice
  34. KP

    KristinaP

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant - great service and food - the drinks and even the surprise notation i placed that it was a birthday celebration was delivered and done as intended - as a surprise. we will definitely return
  35. JC

    JoeC

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    i had the gnocchi special as an app, with shrimp absolutely delicious, very light and tender, and home made. then i had the Bronzino , which was the sever somehow deboned it with a spoon and fork. after he poured lemon and olive oil over it. that was again delicious. i would definitely recommend La Collina Restaurant
  36. AS

    AmarilisS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't believe it took us 14 years of living in Lower Merion to go here. This place is a gem! The ambience was exactly what we were looking for. The food was wonderful and the service was impressive. Our table ordered everything from the mezza luna pasta, branzino (which was deboned and fileted table side), soft shell crab special, calamari, and meatballs to a couple of desserts. Do not leave without having the tiramisu. It was heavenly! The chocolate raspberry cake was great too but we LOVED the tiramisu.
  37. P

    Patricia

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great wait staff. Wonderful traditional Italian
  38. CP

    CarrieP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian restaurant in the world. A staple for our family for years where the La Collina staff became family to us. Old world charm, exquisite authentic food and a warm, sophisticated atmosphere that draws people back over and over again. Hoping the new ownership considers the imprint this restaurant has made on its many patrons over the years and preserves the spirit forever.
  39. GG

    GaryG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a delicious meal (for all five of us), in a classic and wonderful atmosphere. Our server (Manny) was terrific as was the host who saw us to our table. Great valet parking fella, too!
  40. H

    Hilary

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and exceptional food/cocktails- definitely recommend!

FAQs

La Collina Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 668-1780.

La Collina Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1093 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for La Collina Restaurant

37-41 Ashland Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jefferson Street

  • Neighborhood

    Bala Cynwyd

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary Valet parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We provide the best live entertainment on the Main Line in our beautiful Ca" Nova Bar. Thursday nights offer the sounds of Joey on the Piano. Fridays we have Giorgio on the violin or the American classics by George Sinkler. And Saturdays we have the beautiful voice of Elizabeth with the always entertaining Pasquale.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (610) 668-1780

  • Private party facilities

    La Collina is the ideal setting for private parties or special events, offering a variety of options for your social or business affairs. Our spectacular wine cellar offers a charming, casual elegance, with accommodations for up to 70 guests. Our main dining rooms comfortably seat 110 guests in elegant surroundings reminiscent of Italy. From intimate dinner parties to larger receptions, La Collina will create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

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