Positano Ristorante

3.7
133 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to Positano
Located conveniently in downtown Ardmore, Positano features the most authentic Southern Italian dining this side of the Mediterranean
Join us for dining under the stars on our terrace, or in one of our three cozy and candlelit dining rooms. We offer an extensive list of daily specials, as well as a full bar and wine list.
What 133 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to get together with a group of friends. Good food, good wine. Everyone seemed to like the experience.

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Two of the diners ordered chicken parmesan, and the chicken was tough and skimpy. A salmon entree was good. Other entrees were just OK. The waiter seemed rushed. I don't recommend this restaurant.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed in the restaurant. This is our second time here and I thought maybe my first time was just a bad night. However, I should have read the reviews. I have been to Italy 8 times so I would say this is not true Italian food however, most are not. The service is poor and they are not very attentive to needs such as water re-fills. My wife's chicken was so overcooked it was not tender. My Veal was rare inside when I asked for medium well. I know Medium well is not recommend but it was actually cold inside. I waited for about 10-15 min before I actually could get his attention and then he seemed insulted when I told him I wanted it cooked medium at least. No apology or anything at all to me. Tiramisu was not very good either. I would say if you are in the area and want to eat and your hopes are not high it might be ok. However, dont make a special trip or expect a rated restaurant like the name implies.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Christmas Eve dinner, the food was great, broncino fish and the swordfish were outstanding. The Octopus salad and bacalla salad were very delicious. It was an excellent experience and our server, Christopher, was friendly, funny, attentive, well verse... a total delight.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Main Line restaurant and favorite wait person, Rosie!

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K
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter was a bit busy and service was a bit slow. He was attentive and a efficient, but a little overwhelmed. Food was nice but pricey.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Decent Italian food with inattentive staff. Waited for check for 20 minutes, then asked for it, then after another 10 minutes had to walk to the front to ask for it. No water refills. Late drinks after reminding the staff. Service is what really impacted our experience.

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p
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

cynical waiter, food was good but expensive for what it was-$20 for pasta with peas!

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B
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyable time after just back from Positano in Italy (swoon). Great food and server (sorry forget his name) was very courteous and attentive. Nice wine selection. Give it a go! Great location too.

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DD
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very strange restaurant. If you love veal and shrimp, but no other options, you are set.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. The food was great, specially the broccoli rabe and sausage and also the doversole.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Place looked absolutely amazing, was all ready to have a special dinner out for my anniversary. Atmosphere was wonderful and the service was good, but the food was strangely tasteless. Maybe we went on a bad night, but it was an expensive restaurant price for cafeteria quality food.

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YM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

HORRIFIC! This is actually the first time I’m ever writing a review... it was bad enough that I want to make sure no one else has this experience. It was for my mothers birthday - I made reservations for my family to go out. I took a cake with me to surprise her. They brought bread to the table - we asked for the bread to be heated up, they said they could t do that but they offered garlic bread. We ordered our meals - no one liked the bland food. MOST IMPORTANTLY - my mom started choking - she pull out a piece of aluminum from the back of her throat. We were then told it was a bristle from the chef cleaning the grill and that it’s rare for this to happen!!! Then the manager came out to apologize and said I understand you have a cake for a bday is that correct...?!?! I let him know he ruined the surprise!! The did us a “favor” and did not charge for my moms meal. NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN!!!

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, albeit very expensive (and unnecessarily so). The wait staff was curt and indifferent. There are other fine restaurants in the vacinity that serve Italian food. I see no particular reason to return to this establishment.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Really enjoyed my dinner.

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MT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Waiter was very slow; had trouble with basic orders

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We were not impressed with the food. The restaurant has a tile floor and they use a metal cart to deliver food to tables creating a very loud rattle from the kitchen.

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GS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I remembered this restaurant being delicious but I guess I overestimated. Oh well...

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were there for the Ardmore Restaurant week. The food was delicious. Price was affordable for a three-course meal. The desserts were really good.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was okay. A bit overpriced. I got shrimp linguini which is a pretty basic dish.

There are so many italian restaurants in this region that a place w/ okay food is not worth the trouble.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently dined at Positano Ristorante in Ardmore. Had a great meal. Started off with mussels marinara that was full of flavor. The homemade bread dipped in the mussel sauce was awesome. Our dinners arrived promptly. My wife and I both had the Dover Sole that was served in a lemon butter caper sauce. The fish was filleted table side. The entree was served with some fresh vegetables as well. We also picked out a nice bottle of Italian wine from the extensive wine list. All in all we had a delightful meal and will certainly go back again.

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K
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waiter was a bit surly at first but then warmed up to us and was great. The food was very good as was the wine, and the outside patio is an oasis.

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F
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff impeccable. It was so nice to have dinner and catch up with friends and be able to actually talk and hear each other. They give a good wine pour too!

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JF
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Positano was very pleasant and the style of the rooms reminiscent of Italy. Wonderful pasta and risotto and @ memorable bottle of Italian wine. The waiter was a little odd in his conversation and overall expensive, but we enjoyed the 3vening.

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FR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit to Positano this time with family visiting from CA and MS. The fact that I brought first timers illustrates my confidence in Positano’s. We were not disappointed. Service was excellent, ambiance was perfect for us and dinner was very good. The indoor parking lot across the street is a great convience.

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F
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal with great service. Our first time back in several years. Definitely will return again and soon.

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent, as indeed they were at every previous visit to Positano. One challenge not previously encountered was parking. Parking in the Ardmore area that evening was extremely limited. I ended up having to park 3 blocks away and dropping off my dining companion, who is unable to walk that distance due to a back injury, at the door.

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J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

great service but limited menu. what we go tasted good

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L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was lousy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately I would not recommend this restriction at all.

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J
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

went for a pre Mother's day dinner with guests from Pittsburgh. Food was delicious, service was horrible.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! The service was great. Will definitely go back!!! I would 100% recommended to a friend. Great ambience and very nice decorated. I felt like I was sitting in a restaurant in Italy!!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant on the Main Line. Great service. Thanks, Rosie!

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started out meal with great homemade crispy bread. My husband had a veal chop which was tender and juicy. I had the scallops that were so fresh and loaded with flavor. We also had broccoli rabe that was seasoned perfectly. All in all we had a delicious meal with great service. What a special neighborhood gem.

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AC
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Not crowded but very noisy...table next to us was very, very loud and the staff did nothing to accommodate other customers.

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VP
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ok for a quite bite if feeing lazy to cook at home. However, not authentic by any means. We ordered gnocchi and got rochetti, ordered bolognese and got meat sauce (probably just crumbled meatballs in the red sauce). Dinner rolls were hard and very dense. Restaurant was clean and nicely decorated, server was nice enough and food came quickly, however, I don’t think it made up for the quality of food.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was wonderful. He gave us wine recommendations. He had amusing stories which entertained, while he also gave us space to enjoy ourselves. The food was delicious. I especially liked the meatballs. My main course was Tortellini Bolonese. It was delicious and just right. My five companions enjoyed themselves, as well.

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S
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I felt that the portion was very small and not worth price

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