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About La Famiglia Ristorante

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.

8 South Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Market St .

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 922-2803

Website:
http://www.lafamiglia.com/

Parking Details:
La Famiglia offers Valet parking on Friday and Saturday night. There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.

Executive Chef:
Gino Sena

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Famiglia Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Waterfront (6)
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Sunday Lunch (3)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The fav bean and shrimp salad was delicious. Bread was good. I had the seafood fusilli or something close to that name. It was not hot. Sauce was bland and the shrimp looked like the little frozen shrimp. I wasn't impressed. Two mussels that were tiny. Dessert fruit tart was nice and coffee was good. Slow to fill water. We were done with dinner and had ordered dessert and coffee and were still staring at our dirty plates.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Not my first rodeo here and it NEVER ceases to impress anyone I’m with !!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We used a gift certificate "Lunch for Two" which we won at a charity fundraiser. Beautiful restaurant with fine dining overlooking Penns Landing and the Delaware Ricer. We enjoyed the meal and attentive service. Shared a pasta for our first course then we each had fish for our second course. Mine was filet of sole; his was salmon. Nice presentation on both entrees. I enjoyed cappuccino mousse for dessert. His choice was ice cream. Our only cost was tax and gratuity. If we had been paying for our meal it would have been $87 including tax and tip. This did not include beverages or bar. Too steep a price for us, but if you can afford it, go for it.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

After many years of outstanding food, service and ambiance, the Sena family and staff have truly demonstrated that fine dining can be experienced over the long term. I have been to LaFamiglia twice this year and many times over the years. Whether it's business, a special occasion or if you need to experience outstanding Italian food, they will not disappoint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We enjoyed our meal. I started off with a French Martini done by the sweet barmaid Catherine. The ravioli, eggplant, calamari appetizer was fantastic! The branzino was superb, the chocolate mousse was phenomenal! The after dinner frangelico was the topping of our wonderful meal!
The wine cellar room is perfect for a large group that gives you the privacy and beautiful ambiance. All of our waiters were so nice & knowledgeable of the menu.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I had asked for a quiet table. We were seated downstairs. On this night, there were no other patrons in this room. We had a private dining experience with great service and the perfect opportunity to talk with my companion. The food was very good. My companion had veal that was tender and tasty. I had the bronzino. It was very fresh but, I found that the butter laden sauce was a bit overdone. The wine was excellent. Overall, it was terrific and a place to which I look forward returning.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Classic Italian restaurant reminiscent of The Godfather. Very attentive staff made sure we were well taken care of. The house wine was Italian, and the food as authentic as I have had anywhere in Italy.

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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always have an excellent meal at this great Italian restaurant !

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very good service but few selections in meno. Many typical italian food not available. Extraordinary wine cellar.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was utterly bland, and left much to be desired. Also, for some unknown reason, certain patrons were given a more extensive wine list, while others only received a short wine menu. Finally, the decor is in need of updating, to a more modern version.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Old World Italian; Great food and terrific atmosphere. Always dependable for a special occasion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was excellent. Service top notch. Wine list great.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

La Famiglia is one of my family's favorite restaurants. My wife and I try to eat here 2 to 4 times a year. When I have time I go there for lunch. The food is great; particularly the veal and the pastas. The servers are professional and friendly. The wine list is particularly strong in Italian wines. it is one of the few restaurants that have nicely aged wines, particularly Barolo. Dining there takes time. One can rush (probably) but my wife and I always spend at least 2 hours dining there and love every minute of it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a near-perfect meal at La Famiglia. We were promptly seated, provided with impeccable service and our food & wine were excellent. The overall experience was superb and we'll be back again soon.

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

Fantastic waiter! Every moment, from the time I entered the restaurant, to when I left, was amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It is always a true pleasure to dine here with family and friends
Food and service is unmatched

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This is our second time visiting LaFamiglia in the past two months. And we were not disappointed again. Food is fantastic, as well as the service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great selection of food and wine. In our group the Veal medallions special was outstanding. The salt crusted Branzino fish was amazing. Pasta dishes all very good. Win cellar and list is world class. Winner of many wine spectator awards. I mean AWESOME wines. Service was excellent, prices reasonable for the quality.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

First time there and we already booked 6 of us for New Years! Loved it! Great food, great ambience and Carlo was incredible!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were there for restaurant week after not having been in a very long time. Back Friday 10/22 party of three, each of us was disappointed. My friend's appetizer of calamari was tough and tasteless, my app of octopus seems to have been reheated and was dry, my husband enjoyed the burrata. The main courses were the major disappointment as was the bread which was sliced cracker thin and tasteless. The main courses were dried out and tasted as if they were prepared hours before and reheated. My Chilean Sea bass was overwhelmed by the mustard and capers and was served luke warm. Husband's veal was dried out and the cheese topping suffered from too much reheat. Friend's seafood pasta was "dried out and slimy." Disappointing for a restaurant with such and august history. Would not recommend.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I had a business associate in town for a couple days. Explored Open Table and found La Famigla. Looked at the menu and decided to try it. My first time.

Everything was over the top. Great atmosphere - great ambiance, great wait staff and a crazy great wine list. Now I cannot afford most of those wines - however a visit to the wine cellar downstairs was fabulous !!!

We had calamari for an appetizer, the Bronzino, Filet and Veal Chop. Everything was top notch - from the service to the table presentation of the Bronzino to the dessert

Would recommend to anyone looking for an authentic Italian meal. Enjoyed the evening - and found a wine that suited my tastes and pocketbook. But never hurts to explore. Will come again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Another great night of dining with the Sena family. The food was superb, our group ordered a mix from the specials and off the menu with a few special requests thrown in. The special requests were met with no problems. Always a great night out when dining here.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have visited La Famiglia more then once. We have enjoyed the wonderful service and delicious food. It's a great location that's close to nightlife after dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Tasteful authentic Italian food with the best service! They might actually have every wine known. The atmosphere is romantic.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fabulous food and superior service. An amazing wine list. We need to talk and there was low noise level and we were not rushed. This place is a gem.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food. Best bronzino I've ever had! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

fabulous food and wonderful service.My wife and I loved every minute/

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

We got engaged here 25 yrs ago and went back to celebrate. They can accommodate gluten free. I did suggest they acquire some GF bread options as they give breadsticks. Bruschetta and bread. Service is top rate

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Dinner and service were excellent. I great way to celebrate my birthday.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Delicious broccoli rabe & sausage, filet of sole and cappuccino. Great service by Manolo. Next time pasta dishes look good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The staff were all extremely friendly and accommodating. A nice little "find"

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was excellent; the service outstanding. I'll definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I have lived in Phila for 46 years and had never gone to La Famiglia. When It showed up on Rest Week for lunch, a friend and I decided to try it. We had a very pleasant, tasty lunch. La Famiglia is very old world with plates with their name and a decor that reminds you of the rests in NY's little Italy. This was all good. The food was very predicable and yet delicious, Nothing over the top. Reminded me of what my Italian grandmother would have cooked. We had mussels in Red sauce and one veal Milanese and one eggplant parmesean. Food was good and satisfying. I thought it might be a choice for dinner before the Arden and asked to see the dinner menu. I felt the prices were very high for the food. (entrees in the high $30s and apps in the mid teens.) I would go back but only if it was convenient. Would not go out of my way.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

I love this place, all of the staff members go above and beyond to make your dinner and experience great. The bartender was awesome and showed superior knowledge of different cocktails!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Service and food perfect, restaurant week lunch before movie in Old City. Great red sauce. Only negative a bratty kid running back and forth. Must have been tourists as no other children there.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great restaurant and has been for 40 years. They make their own pasta and it is wonderful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always outstanding!

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Took advantage of their Nostalgia Menu offering 1976 prices during the month of August. It was our first visit and my spouses Birthday. Food was excellent! Waiters were very attentive. They did forget my side dish and it was delivered after I had completed my entrée. The staff presented my spouse with a complimentary Birthday Cake and sang Happy Birthday to her which was a nice surprise. My nine year old Granddaughter was also present and the staff was good in recommending items a nine year old might like. We had a wonderful time and based upon the meal I would return to this place again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Always an exceptional dining experience. The atmosphere, service and food were outstanding. One of my all time favorite restaurants

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Food was excellent served by skillful, professional waiters. The entire staff was lovely. Had a great night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Waterfront
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