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About La Collina Restaurant

La Collina has delighted diners with world-class cuisine, service, and ambiance for more than 25 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. Buon Appetito!

37-41 Ashland Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Jefferson Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 668-1780

Website:
http://www.lacollina.us/

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.

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary Valet parking.

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.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Collina Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (16)
Good for a Date (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Business Meals (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Bar Seating (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Live Music (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Scenic View (7)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was fine. Food was excellent. We had salads, pasta and vegetables and each dish was delicious.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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·Dined 6 days ago

The layout of the restaurant was beautiful, the valet was so kind and waited patiently for me to put on my heels & helped me out of the car. The service was good, my water glass was always refreshed, but the food was terrible. When the bread came out, it was cold & there was nothing special about it. It was difficult to spread the butter, and on an already cold, snowy day - nothing about cold bread starts your experience off well. I added shrimp to my fettuchini alfredo and it was extremely fishy. The setting & service was great, the food was not - and when you're paying for the food specifically, bad food isn't a place I'd re-visit again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Fabulous atmosphere and excellent service. My Minestrone soup came to the table piping hot just as I like it but the taste was only fair. My wife had Dover sole which she really enjoyed. I had the veal which was very tender and tasty. The tomato sauce on my side spaghetti was quite disappointing however. No flavor to speak of and since I judge an Italian restaurant by the quality of its red sauce I can't give La Collina 5 stars. I will most likely go back for another try.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Superb whole branzino cleaned expertly by Tony at tableside

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food is generally very good. It is somewhat pricey. There is a nice menu selection.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal there this past Saturday evening. The only complaint I would have is the shrimp in my dish and my boyfriend’s was tough and over cooked. Other than that, the service was phenomenal. Even the Valet driver. Our car was ready and waiting for us as we left the restaurant. We will definitely be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a large group and added 3 more at the last minute and they were very accommodating and gave us a wonderful table.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I don’t know how this restaurant has great reviews. We went in for a special occasion and there wasn’t a single person dining and had around 15 servers just looking at you waiting and sitting at the tables talking to each other. I had seen so many great things written about the food and dining experience I was disappointed, to say the least. The person I was with ordered the fettuccine Alfredo and when it came out the pasta was burnt. It was AWFUL. When the server came back to ask how the meal was and we told him it was burnt he made us feel like we weren’t being honest. A few minutes later, the manager proceeds to tell us he tried it and it was definitely burnt and made a whole scene with all the servers. UNCOMFORTABLE experience and we still had to pay for the burnt pasta. So unfortunate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite places for dinner. Great and friendly staff and excellent service and food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was ok ...not memorable but good enough that there were only minor complaints (seafood a touch over cooked) . Dining room was louder than expected . Tables close together. Our waiter was the best thing about the evening, great service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

my husband went there on a business meal and was a bit late for his reservation as his premeeting ran late... the restaurant was great about it

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My son goes to school close by. We have found our Go To Place!!!
Tremendous

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We dined it was wonderful. Our waiter (I'm so sorry I don't remember his name) was fabulous!!! We ordered salads which were delicious and most of us ordered fish and our meals were more than great!!!! WE also had their rum cake and it was the bestest we have ever had!!!! It's always a great meal and the staff is absolutely incredible. They also have complimentary valet parking. Thanks for a great evening!!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I was at La Collina to celebrate daughter’s and my own birthday. It was my fourth time at La Collina and my server Mario detracted from my experience. He seemed a lazy and less than enthused to do his job. He also was not very attentive to the needs of the table. It took him a very long time to return to the table with the check and he asked me if I wanted change.
I was also not happy that the bus boy cleared the table before we were finished eating.
However, the valet is the nicest and friendliest person you will ever meet. He should be working inside the restaurant.
The food was delicious though. I will probably return and request another server.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Warm and welcoming greeting, then escorted to our favorite table, we can count on being served consistently delicious selections from the menu. That's why we keep returning over and over again. Thank you, La Collina.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Cozy, Disabled Access
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fabulous place for our double date! Everything was perfect from beginning to end. The pace of our meal was wonderful never feeling rushed! All of the little touches from beginning to end made the meal extra special.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is a real italian restaurante. Real italian food. Very nice spot and the name is perfect because it is in a hill. Probably noisy for a meeting but very good in general terms.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We enjoyed a lovely multi-generational birthday dinner. Service was attentive. Everyone in the party enjoyed their selections, starters, main course and deserts. I did not hear a single complaint. The wine from the house vineyard was delicious. The valet parking was a nice service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food never disappoints! Great service too. We had the Dover sole and the Halibut specials, and can highly recommend going with the specials. Can't wait to go back 😍

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Uncomfortable start to finish. The wine and food were overpriced. It's the first time I ever saw chicken parm served without pasta. The waiter seemed preoccupied. He suggested the most expensive dishes on the menu. Then we heard another waiter offer his table more specials than were offered to us. The restaurant wasn't even half full, and no one at the bar. I guess that should have been a clue. The only good thing is that the valet was friendly and on the ball.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed my Veal Royale and Cesar salad; my wife enjoyed her halibut w/leeks. Stuffed oyster app was ok. Nice atmosphere and view. Service was very attentive but we did feel a bit rushed; there was little time between courses. We would've enjoyed a slower pace. It's the kind of a place to relax and enjoy the ambience. We recommend and will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My husband and I came for our 32 wedding anniversary. We had not been there for 29 yrs. at that time it was for my birthday. Valet and greeter were very nice and friendly. I even told both that it was our anniversary. Our server was not friendly at all and we felt he was rushing us. Came back numerous times to see if we were ready to order although no words came out of his mouth, he just would stand there. When we asked questions about the menu he seemed annoyed. When our food came, neither he or the manager walking around ever came to ask how everything was although they walked past our table constantly. We ordered desserts but no coffee so they brought the check without us asking so what if we had wanted another cocktail,I guess when your there a total of 50 minutes start to finish your expected to be done. What was supposed to be a relaxing night out turned out to be just an unfriendly place with good food. I will not recommend to anyone else

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome! Nice running into Pat Ciarrochi. Gorgeous!

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Live Music
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Haven't been there for a while. Recently redecorated. Very nice atmosphere, great food, friendly and helpful staff. Best Dover sole I've ever. Best cappuccino too

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent as always! Impressive range of menu selections; everything delicious; 'old-school' formality of service; great wine selection. All the right ingredients for a perfect evening!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

I made this dinner reservation as a surprise for my boyfriend as we have both always wanted to try La Collina. The bar was intimate. Enjoyed the piano player/singer very much. Bartender was training, which was a little awkward and took away from the intimacy, but was still nice. As our server opened our bottle of wine she asked if we were ready to order...I hadn't even opened my menu or taken a sip of my wine. Wasn't sure if this was her trying to give top notch service or rush us in and out. Personally, I felt rushed. The setting was romantic and I appreciated the overall ambiance. I had the diver sole which was filleted tableside and was delicious. The dessert cart was also impressive looking, but the actual dessert wasn't anything THAT great. Overall, I would go back and recommend La Collina for the overall atmosphere. I would recommend the elderly gentleman as a server who we watched engage with his diners exceptionally well and even came over to us to explain the view as he caught us looking out the window.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

My wife and I went to La Collina on the night we got engaged and we've been there many times since. The atmosphere is perfect. It has a very old school feel. It's what it's supposed to feel like eating in an Italian restaurant. The servers are outstanding. They are knowledgeable but not pretentious. It goes without saying that the food is outstanding. The location may not be convenient for some, but it's located right off 76 so it's very easy to get to. I highly recommend La Collina!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The servers rush you to order . The salads came 4minutes after we ordered. There's definitely a move them in move them out attitude. There are 9 veal dishes on the menu. Too many! The food was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The host greeted us by name, table ready. Water and condiments at the table immediately. Waiter (John) explained specials. Service was extraordinary, fish filleted at the table! No rush services, each course was given ample time to complete. Outrageous dessert cart! Brought right to table and served. La Collina is a favorite when we visit Philadelphia. We travel 100 miles and the food, service, and value are well worth the trip! Amore La Collina!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Live Music, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. Easy and convenient from West/North Phila.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Time to gut and renovate this very old and very tired restaurant. It hasn't changed since it opened its doors 30+ years ago… It's old, looks dirty and tired. Food was terrible. Tortellini en brodo tasted like water. Melon and prosciutto… The melon was not ripe and prosciutto was tough, stringy and chewy. Won't go back until they change this place.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Dinner was great. I took my wife and son for dinner. All our meals were great. Service was great. Waiter was very attentive and funny. Everything was great!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

I hadn't been here for years but now cannot wait to return. Our waiter, Tony, was so nice. I was with friends I don't see often. We lingered some after lunch but we were never rushed. The soft shell crabs were amazing and the broccoli au gratin was very very good. A big thumbs up!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Cozy, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 10, 2017

It was good, not great. Something missing in each dish. Some items were bland.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Always top notch!! Back, again, very soon as it is our favorite!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great service with amazing food - food came out quick and wonderful wine selection

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Authentic. Great service and well experienced staff, valet, waiters and wine cellar servers.
Thanks for a wonderful night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Groups, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

La Collina seems like it has had better days. The atmosphere is nice, little dated.
The food was OK very average - Dover Sole was blah and Saltimbocca should have had more pros. and spinach - it was a sizable piece, but needed more things around it.
Oysters had many shells and were not ice cold.
Caesar salad was small and non-descript.
Free peppers, cheese etc. - please give more than 2 little peppers.
I have been there before - seems like it has gone down hill.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

GREAT place for a nice business lunch. Nothing like being greeted by Greg at the door by name every time I go. LOVE THIS PLACE.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food was excellent. The service, first-rate. The drinks, a bit overpriced.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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