La Famiglia Ristorante

4.7
1442 reviews
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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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LW
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is truly a a hidden gem! Such an elegant place. Service is outstanding and such a fantastic menu. Would highly recommend for a delightful quiet meal.

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NH
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at La Famigilia on several occasions. The food is always superb and the weight staff is very attentive.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always service and food were excellent

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HR
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has an atmosphere of civility and culinary excellence, placing it among the very few “class” establishments in the city.

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KC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very wonderful ambiance, matched by the quality of the food and service

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WM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Old school Italian place down in Penns Landing. I was easily able to get an online reservation a week prior for a Saturday night in the city with an original party of 8. I called the night before to change the party to 11 and there was no problem, the gentleman on the phone was very cordial. Our party was seated immediately to a nice big table in the quieter upstairs. Staff were very polite, attentive, and knowledgable of the menu. A good selection of appetizers and entrees. The dinner service itself did run a little long, we were there for nearly 3 hours (but I do understand we had a larger party). Food items were pretty good, not the best I have ever had but still quite good. We were there for a birthday for my brother and they were great about having a dessert with a candle so we could all celebrate together. I would definitely come back to La Famiglia but I would still like to try other Italian places in the city for a greater comparison.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great place for special occasions and low noise level enhances
conversation

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RS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at La Famiglia has always been excellent; food, service and their ability to accommodate certain needs or desires. It is always a wonderful experience all around!!

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MB
Vancouver
53 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Average experience.

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PN
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly the best Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Food and service was outstanding. Felt like we were back in Italy. We will return for another good meal.

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JP
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently delicious food! The atmosphere and staff are always outstanding!

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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dining in La Famiglia is a consistent pleasure. The attention paid to guests is exceptional. The quality of the food is high and the list of fine wines vast.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The server did not come back to fill our water for over 45 minutes and the wait for our food was an hour. This would not have been an issue if the food was seasoned better and more thoroughly cooked. A medium lamb chop was raw as well.

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TR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Very disappointing compared to the many times I’ve been there before. The veal was tough. The desserts were small in portion. We were charged for something we had no understanding about having to do with our appetizer. Overall I cannot recommend LaFamiglia anymore. For the price, service and food should have been much much better .

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GM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great

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

I am an infrequent visitor to Philadelphia but when I do i try to stop by La Famiglia where we first ate in 1974. We have never been disappointed - quite the opposite.

We lingered over three courses after visiting the Flower show. The menu pasta dished and the specials were outstanding.

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WB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to the Met arrived in town a little late. I called to say we were running late and the hostess could not have been more pleasant. When we arrived we told our waiter we only had about 50 minutes. He took great care of us. Our pasta was the best I have had in Philadelphia. Highly recommend La Famiglia for a quiet dinner for two or a group or a business event.

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P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fine dining as it used to be 60 years ago, complete with an elegant room, linen table cloths, candles and waiters in tuxes. The food is good, but uninspired. You don’t go here for cutting edge cuisine. You go here to step back in time.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salt crusted whole fish filleted tableside. Pure perfection. Dessert cart and wine list....you have to see them to get the full impact.

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EP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Great place and wonderful desserts.. we loved it!

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

Fabulous food, It was one of my guests birthday, The wait staff couldn't have been nicer and the sang Happy Birthday in Italian. The filet was of the best I have ever had, drinks were great as was the asparagus. The staff was very good and friendly. Quaint atmosphere.

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

We had a wonderful experience from our arrival to our departure. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. It’s a great place to get dressed up for and enjoy the ambience.

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k
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely night!! Loved our bartender, Katherine! We had a wonderful birhtday celebration! Thank you!!

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service. Food was excellent. It got louder as the night went on.

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SS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary dinning experience each and every time”
We love it

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DJ
Philadelphia
409 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Several decades after opening, the restaurant has kept the best of old school fine Italian dining and remained relevant with an updated menu that still pays homage to its roots. If you haven’t been in awhile, go back for a visit.

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

LaFamiglia should be a synonym for quality and service. Every time I have dined there, each dish has been perfectly prepared and presented. The wine list can not be matched. And the service, puts the dining experience to the highest. If you haven’t been, and are considering going for the first time, listen to me...GO!

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

Waiter not so good, tried to pull a fast one and gave us a different cheap bottle of wine for the same price as the one we ordered.

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J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great Valentine’s dinner at one of Philly’s best.. Thank you again!

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

Excellent food and phenominal customer service. Definitely going back!!

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

Very good service and delicious food. Price of food is not cheap but it costs.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, including the food, service, and atmosphere. My wife and I ate there for Valentine's Day dinner. We both had the arugula salad and the branzino. Both were superb. The service was attentive and fast. This was our first visit, but we plan to return.

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TZ
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st. time dining at this location. It also came highly recommended. Very relaxed atmosphere and truly a wonderful dining experience. No rush at all from server to order. He let us enjoy our cocktails and then moved on to apps. My wife had the Salmon and I had the Halibut, both excellent choices as noted on the menu. Our party was for 6 people, so the downside is the bar area is limited to seating so my recommendation is order your drinks tableside. I would also recommend to be dropped off to dine. Parking is limited. We will be making it a point to return in the near future

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f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The eggplant dish was simply wonderful!
The Napoleon cake was outstanding.
The veal chop was somewhat different than many I've had, which is not a fault but just an observation. Sections of it were a bit chewy, but overall a well prepared chop.
Service and ambience were excellent.
One of the best old fashioneds I've had. Up to the brim, just the right amount of ice, and, especially, the right balance of sweetness and liquor.

Thank you!

James Lee

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

Little prices for wine 30 dollar bottle

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

It was great! My boyfriend got one of the beef specials, which was veal stuffed with spinach and cheese and it was so delicious. Very good service.

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

Nice place good ambiance, service dragged out a bit dinner here will take 2 hours min. price was reasonable food was underwhelming. staff incredibly nice all way around. No reason to go back

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s
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Famiglia never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service is THE BEST I’ve ever experienced. Without a doubt our favorite place. They took a Birthday dinner to another level!!

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WS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for restaurant week for our 15th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the service was great. Waiter was very nice. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone looking to have a nice meal..

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BC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good meal having not been in 20+ years during restaurant week. Disappointed by little details like having my coffee topped with dessert and being charged for an extra cup at 3.75. On a $150 check, I’m used to nice places letting that go. Seemed cheap.

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