La Fia

4.7
1104 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Travel down historic Market Street towards the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware and you will find La Fia Bistro. Located on the corner of 5th and North Market Street in the vibrant neighborhood of LOMA, La Fia is the first restaurant in Wilmington from Chef/Owner, Bryan Sikora.

La Fia is a bustling bistro by day serving a diverse menu of small plates, specialty salads and sandwiches and some select Chef Specials. In the evening, La Fia transforms into an elegant, sophisticated destination for dinner. Chef Sikora's farmstead approach to food embraces the finest products from local producers. The food culture at La Fia represents the true rustic nature of European cooking. La Fia has an eclectic menu of Italian and European influences.

From the whimsical craft cocktails, thoughtfully selected wines, and craft beers, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the bar.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal. Lindsay our server was friendly, conversational, interested, and attentive. Really really good food. Bread , prawns, beef tartare, agnolotti, and monkfish were on point. Root veggies were ok, not great. My wife (who LOVES budinos) said the salted caramel pudding was BETTER than Barbuzzo's budino. Chocolate terrine was a little heavy but delicious. Quality of food was definitely Philly level. Price was also Philly level which was unexpected but fine as the food was so good. Will come back as soon as possible

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

Had a private table for myself and my bridesmaids and was able to come in early to set up and they had us in a private little area near the back which was perfect! food was great!

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NI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

La Fia is a great downtown Wilmington restaurant. It has a fun vibe and our past experiences have all been good. This visit for brunch was almost as good. The service was excellent as always and all in our party loved their meals except one. The steak and eggs and eggs Benedict were awesome. The avocado toast was yummy. The Belgian waffles were totally average. No particular flavor or taste, no particular sauce or topping. Otherwise, overall, a good experience. We will return soon!

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The setup was nice and the service was great. The food was a little above average and not sure if it was worth the cost ($35 fixed menu with 2 courses for Mother's Day Brunch).

Food (Overall very small portions):

AVOCADO TOAST - The avocado spread on the avocado toast was great, but the bread that it came on was too soft and not toasted causing it to soak into the bread creating a soggy consistency.

PETITE CRAB CAKE - The crab cake was above average as they used a good amount of real crab meat and did not over-indulge the crab meat in an excessive amount of batter/flour/coating. However, the salad? that it came with was wilted and the dressing was not good at all.

KALE SALAD - The kale salad was very good and the dressing paired very well with it. The accompaniments of the kale salad were also very well mixed and the salad was not overdressed.

MUSHROOM OMELETTE - Nothing special, was the typical mushroom and veggie omelette that you can get anywhere. Not sure if it was worth the price.

SALMON BOARD - The smoked salmon board was visually appealing, but it was very unbalanced and the portions were way too small (ended up being a broken up smoked salmon sandwich). There was more mustard on the board than all the other pieces put together. It tasted great.

STEAK AND EGGS - The steak and eggs came with roasted potatoes and a chimichurri sauce. The steak was a bit tough and the sauce was not that great. Hangar steak is usually not the best cut of meat.

DUCK CONFIT HASH - Where to start with this. The duck fat fried potato had no distinct taste difference than the other potatoes on the dish. (Yes the dish came with two types of potatoes). I wish that instead of the "duck fat fried potato" it would have come with something else. The duck confit was super overcooked, dry, hard, and almost inedible as if it was cooked ahead of time and then recooked before serving. This was by far the worst dish on the menu and completely ruined the meal.

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K
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Service is efficient. Overall positive experience.

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

Birthday lunch

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RF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves consistently great food. The service is very attentive friendly and professional. I have traveled the world and appreciate good food served hot and cheerful.

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RQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friday night date with the wife. We want to try a new quite place and found La Fia on Open Table. It had a five star rating, open reservation and was only about fifteen minutes away. It’s in downtown Wilmington with parking on the street. The service was prompt and food was good, not great but good enough to return to if were in the area. They had a nice crowd with all their tables full.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We had been there before and really enjoyed the food. However, this time I was really disappointed. I ordered the short rib and it was more like pot roast...maybe they are spreading themselves too thin with all their expansions. I don’t mind spending a lot of money if the food is worth it. The salad and appetizers were the best part of the meal. So sad!

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extremely fresh and wonderfully prepared. The menu was appealing and the presentation was imaginative. The drinks and wine list were more extensive than we would have expected in a small bistro. We also appreciated being seated in a quiet corner, away from the buzz in the larger room.

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DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed our lunch and got in just before it got busy.

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L
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED La Fia. The atmosphere is charming and bistro-ish and the food and drinks are terrific. We had a little bit of everything — apps, entrees, as well as dessert — and enjoyed it all tremendously. Our faves were the goat cheese/puréed dates on toast...the farmers salad...the scallops...and the chocolate terrine. Service was good — pleasant and efficient but not overly intrusive — and the price was fair. We will return!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food has never been better.

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KR
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've gone to la Fia for dinner twice in the last 3 weeks. Worth the repeat trip.

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m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent range of choices on menu. Delicious food, and great service 👍🏾👍🏾.

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m
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great menu and food...really good find in Wilmington

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E
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Fia is a neighborhood gem in Wilmington. It is a warm and cozy bistro. Reservations on weekend is necessary. Their philosophy is farm to table. The wait staff is friendly and can make recommendations. The wine list and wine by the glass is quite good. They feature small plates and regular size entrees. Rolls come to the table warm with sea salt on the butter. We shared a beet salad that featured red and golden beets; goat cheese; baby kale and hazelnut granola. It was delicious. I order the seared sea scallops on a bed of saffron risotto. The scallops were cooked perfectly. My friend ordered the curried cobia. Cobia is a white firm fish with a delicate flavor. This entrée was also cooked to perfection and was paired with jasmine rice, roasted squash and a date puree. If in Wilmington, this bistro is definitely worth a visit.

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LF
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The choice of music and the volume didnt fit the restaurants.
The food was amazing however and highly recommended.

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e
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food at La Fia was OUTSTANDING. The bucatini was some of the best pasta I've had in my life (counting multiple trips to Italy!). The cheese and charcuterie board remains my favorite at any restaurant and the Red Samurai drink is likewise the cocktail I would choose over any other anywhere. The service is always so kind and attentive without being smothering. The best meal I've had for a long time!

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was the first or one of the first to come on the Wilmington Revival Scene. Tried-and-true and always a wonderful dinner

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TB
Philadelphia
177 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Overall food was good, not quite up to past standards, the noise level was uncomfortably painful. Server seemed irritated by requests for salt, pepper, water etc.

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BS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For apps we had the goat cheese toast and the rainbow crudi. They were both delicious! For meals I had the quail which was savory and paired well with polenta and swiss chard. The flavors were fantastic. My husband had the skirt steak which was seasoned perfectly. The trio of desserts were delicious as well. I loved the cherry brownie and my husband loved the peanut butter cheesecake. The service was excellent and we had great wines to accompany our meals as well.

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DE
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food, but very busy and noisy. I only go when I am down town. Parking is harder than other restaurants that are outside of downtown. However, the food is nice and interesting choices.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Restaurant Week, which features a three course meal for $35.00. Food was amazing. Server was excellent. We'll definitely be going back!

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V
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and food... always!

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M
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week!

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L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an outstanding dinner at La Fia during restaurant week. The menu was extensive and had many interesting and delicious choices for appetizers and the main entrees. Our server, Lindsey, was attentive to us and very informative. Overall we had a great experience and I would recommend this restaurant.

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JW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Delicious food and unusual selections (for Wilmington) including wines by the glass. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Well done.

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EZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Menu was great and food excellent. Had duck cassoulet and short ribs. Both wonderful. Appetizers were head on prawns and octopus. Yum ! Dessert was a trio of small tastes. Service was attentive without being pushy and place is adorable. Overall an excellent experience. We’ll be back

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PS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great time. Food and drinks were excellent and do plan on returning.

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b
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I want a good meal I head to LaFia. It is one of the best restaurants around. There are so many great choices on the menu that it is hard to make a decision at times. It is a true gem.

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at La Fia during restaurant week and had a wonderful experience! The restaurant week menu had a wide array of selections to choose from, a departure from other participating restaurants, which had much more limited food options. The home made bread, shrimp and grits appetizer, and curried cobia entree were all delicious.

Our server, Amy? I think, did a fabulous job answering our questions and checking on us periodically. We will definitely dine at La Fia again!

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A
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had only been for lunch before, and enjoyed the dinner offerings. I was a little surprised at how small the portions were, and did struggle with the very high noise level. Perhaps some kind of baffling could be installed?

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B
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week. My wife had the rainbow carpaccio, miso black cod. I had grilled octopus and cassoulet. We both received the desert trio. All the dishes were very well plated. Octopus was a little bit salty but very well executed. Wines by the glass were a good way to try some new varietals. Overall an excellent meal at a favorite place

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I thought a bit over priced, but the quality was overall good!

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is so good at La Fia! Each dish we tried was absolutely delicious and we sampled widely. You pay for good food, but if you're OK with that principle, you'll be overjoyed with what you have at La Fia!

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I
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy and quaint restaurant. Everything was good from the bread through the dessert. We started with grilled octopus, then had the chops and bass, and finished with the tiramisu. All dishes were a good combination of flavors, delicious, and good portion sizes. Have already recommended to other family members.

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m
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time dining at La Fia and we will be back!

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

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, great service.....all around fabulous and highly recommend.

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NJ
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

La Fia is a small, well-appointed bistro in downtown Wilmington, very convenient to the theaters along Market Street. On a recent visit, we thought the food was good, just short of great. A shared appetizer of date nut bread with goat cheese and jam was excellent, although the bread could have been a bit crisper. My friend loved her steak with chimichurri, which looked excellent, although she felt it was a bit underseasoned. My boneless short rib entree was tasty and tender, but one of three pieces was almost entirely fat and should not have been served. Portions are generous and for a small place the noise level was reasonable.

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