La Famiglia Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
The Sena family tradition of culinary excellence dates back to early 1947 when Carlo “Papa” Sena began to cook in postwar Naples. The family carried this experience across the Atlantic and opened La Famiglia in 1976 in the shell of a Colonial tea warehouse. Today, La Famiglia stands as the finest Italian restaurant in Philadelphia and a major landmark on the city’s vibrant restaurant scene.
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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the inviting atmosphere and the attentive waitstaff. I would definitely return to try more dishes. There is a really cool (literally cold) wine cellar so I will surely return to try a glass or two. be careful, the warm bread is addictive. The salmon was cooked to perfection and accented with a delicious citrus flavored sauce. My coworkers raved about the chicken breast with spinach and cheese. We all wished we had more of the mixed vegetables, they were really tasty but definitely sparse on the serving size. The surprise bday slice was delish! Service was well-timed, welcoming, attentive, and friendly. What a hidden gem!

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

Just love this restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and excellent food!!

OT
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding wine list, service, and food. A keeper!!!

I
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

A
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our son here to celebrate his 21st birthday. I used to frequent the restaurant as a child with my parents and I was delighted to see nothing had changed. This is one of Philadelphia’s Premier restaurants.
The creative Italian cuisine is out of this world, the staff is professional yet warm and certainly makes you feel right at home. Everything was perfection from the moment we entered till the time we left. You will not find a more refined and elegant dining experience.

RI
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was restaurant week here in Philadelphia.
There was a limited menu but it was great.
Six of us were there for dinner and we all got something different.
All of us said our choices were really good.
It is a restaurant worth making a long trip for.

b
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A place where friends can enjoy a good meal and still hear what others at the table say as the noise level is low. And the service is perfect, considerate.

A
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, La Famiglia is a very special restaurant. The ambiance, the food and the elegance of the restaurant and service is impeccable.

JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was eating alone this time. Staff recognized me as returning customer with warm friendly greeting. Veal was outstanding as was service, as always.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food!!

JF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place from the food to the service was fantastic !

GB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go ti La Famiglia we are treated with hospitality and warmth. The food is,always ftesh and wonderfully seasoned. Delizioso! We will continue to dine at this retsurant for all occasions and just because.

ND
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Great wine selection.

m
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there during Restaurant Week. The service was absolutely perfect and fabulous. Lovely place. I had a gnocchis with four cheeses for my first course; it was slightly over cooked and mushy. My chicken dish was tasty but also a bit over cooked and dry.

RH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the service was as well. Would recommend your restaurant to anyone, it was a night well spent.

4
Philadelphia
176 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent but the service was questionable. I felt like I was bothering my server whenever I needed something. I had to ask other staff to find my server to order a second glass of wine (after I sat there for about 15 minutes with an empty glass). When we left the restaurant, all the staff were talking among themselves, in the front, with their backs to us. Unusual behavior.
I dine out 7 days a week and at good restaurants. This behavior was quite unusual for a good Philadelphia restaurant (of which there are many).
I suggest the La Famiglia staff go to dinner at Volver or Vetri or Jean-George or some other fine dining restaurant to see what good service looks like. I felt like I was in the 1980's with a formal staff looking down their noses at the lowly diners.

P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've found La Famiglia consistently outstanding, both in the food and service. This is old-world ambiance that you seldom find in today's sterile restaurant environments. Great for special occasions or any time you want to relax and enjoy a delicious meal in a pampering environment.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The owner and staff were very friendly and welcoming, made us feel like family.

M
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

After several years we returned to a favorite and special spot to celebrate an anniversary. Lovely old world ambiance with an immediate pleasant welcoming. Cocktails couldn’t be better. The menu was rather ordinary, the problem was, so was the food , ordinary. We wanted the evening to be special and it was , except for the dinner: lamb and veal were our choices. Deserts were okay. This lovely spot could be so much more with some modern menu additions and attention from the kitchen. A few changes and this could have been a 5 star review

o
Philadelphia
179 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is always consistently good food and the three of us enjoyed our meal very much I had mentioned that in past restaurant weeks the veal saltimbocca was a little overcooked and this time they did a perfectly so kudos to them

MH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The funghi et prociutto appetizer was perfect - the flavors melded together perfectly. Saltimbocca chicken and pasta bolognese entrees were equally delicious. Dessert was a trio of fine selections (so glad they didn't include cheesecake) and superb. Service was quiet and attentive. Atmosphere quiet, so very enjoyable and relaxing. Wine list very complimentary to the food. We will return. (Please excuse my Italian spelling; I am not sure it is correct.) We enjoyed dinner very much.

P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch was superb and the service was great.
I had little neck clams in a delicate white sauce and my friend had a hearty linguini bolognese for the first course.
For the main course, we both had a fabulous fillet of sole.
For desert,we both had a trio of little cakes that were scrumptious.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. Service,food, atmosphere were all excellent as usual.

C
Philadelphia
155 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service, excellent wines

CM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getano provided what felt like a private, pleasurable dining experience. The food was home-made and delicious. Dessert was unique and delectable. The wine list was a bit overwhelming but we found the perfect red to compliment our meal. If you like Italian, this place is for you! We are looking forward to returning very soon!

TS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad that we decided to dine at La Famiglia last Wednesday evening during a visit to Philadelphia. We enjoyed a delicious, relaxing dining experience in a beautiful and cozy restaurant.

S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dishes were excellent and the service was great. A little pricey but worth it. The only downside is parking. The parking koisk was beat up and hard to read in the dark. The parking authority will be standing by. Watch yourself.

L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room. Quiet. Superb food. Wonderful, attentive, but not intrusive service.

KP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites, The food is exquisite in preparation and presentation. The service is of an "old school" type that only the finest restaurants provide. I have brought my friends here and told many more to go. For the wine lovers, you just have to see their book of selections.

FB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and wonderful, old world traditional Italian restaurant with excellent service and delicious food with a variety of options. Decor is very comfortable. Highly recommend!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class impeccable food and service!

MF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our dinner experience was outstanding!!!

VR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome authentic Italian food, great service, highly recommend!

D
Philadelphia
145 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I might recommend La Famiglia. It is very much an old-style Italian restaurant with tablecloths and waiters dressed in formal black attire. The food was good, well prepared and tasty but not exciting. Of all the things we ate, the pasta was the weakest link. When we asked for a wine list, the waiter brought over the 25 lb. book and plopped it in front of my husband. A bit much! So, good food but there are a great many restaurants in Philadelphia with great food.

CN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We ordered the clams, gnocchi, filet mignon, and branzino. Everything was delicious.

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

We enjoyed the Nostagia menu. Great prices. Great food! It was my daughters 31st birthday celebrated in song both English and Italian. Gaetano is great!

r
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I come to La Famiglia Ristorante because I truly enjoy the service. The servers go well beyond what their jobs entail. They remember details and greet everyone with a smile and genuinely care about your experience. The owner is a bit pompous and only talks to select individuals. I continue to return because the food is good, they have gluten free and the servers are all so nice. I take a different group of people every time I go to treat them to the wonderful experience of La Famiglia Ristorante. Many of my friends have never been and leave there vowing to return. In the summer they have a rollback menu ( Nostalgia Menu ). I like it because I am able to visit more often and bring folks to have their first experience. It is always a win win. I highly recommend this restaurant. You will always leave happy.

F
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. The appetizer, grilled peach compresse and the entree, escollope of veal, were exquisite. Without doubt, one of the finest of the few fine dining restaurants left in Philadelphia.

PC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to La Famiglia. It was recommended by a friend for lunch, and we had a lovely time. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and came to the table quickly. We chose from the restaurant’s Nostalgia Menu, which was priced at the rates charged by the family when they opened in 1976. Phenomenal value for the money. I’ll definitely be back.

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