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Positano Ristorante

3.6
105 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Open for Dinner:
Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Closed on Mondays.
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Phone number
(610) 896-8298
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
PRIVATE ROOMS AVAILABLE:
Whether an office party, or family get together, Positano can accomodate groups of all sizes. Call now to reserve your private room and discuss our numerous menu options.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Plenty of parking space in the back of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 105 People Are Saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.6
food
3.6
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

great service but limited menu. what we go tasted good

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was lousy.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Unfortunately I would not recommend this restriction at all.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

waiter friendly and nice - kitchen a bit slow - good value

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had to ask for everything; bread water etc. there were only 4 tables occupied with 3 waitresses and no one paid attention,

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I was happy with the venue, and with the menu. Unfortunately, my entree was cold when it was set down, and I could not get my waitresses attention to warm it.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day. Nice ambience. Understaffed which was surprising since all the tables were reservations. The server was hurried throughout. Never spent more than 30 seconds at our table. And almost threw the dishes onto the table. The food was OK but a little disappointing given the occasion and prices. Lobster capellini had a tiny dried out lobster tail and tiny shrimp (that looked like the ones frozen in a bag from Costco) on store bought pasta. The porcini ravioli in a cream sauce that my wife ordered were better.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I had such high hopes! Came here with my mother to celebrate her 88th birthday. Service was terrible (barely saw our waiter and when we did, he was running so I'm assuming they were horribly under staffed; appetizer came with entree; never saw waiter after entree was served until we asked for the bill twice from the hostess and wasn't greeted at the table for at least 15 minutes after we arrived) and the food was worse! Ordered the caprise salad - no flavor, two slices of tomato cut in half and zero presentation; calamari and clams in what was supposed to be a garlic white wine sauce and was a flavorless broth with tasteless calamari and clams; swordfish and mixed vegetables with lemon and capers that again had no presentation and was subpar at best.

I think the worst part was when we told the hostess AND our server that we were having an awful experience and NEITHER had any reaction!

We will never go back and will tell everyone we know of this horrible experience!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

even though it was Valentine 's day evening and the restaurant was packed the food was delicious. The only negative was that they had only one (overworked) waiter to take care of the whole room

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

I had the most unbelievable dinner and I’d love this restaurant. The brand Zeno was unbelievable and my fillet table table side and the grilled calamari was incredible. There is no better italion restaurant on the east coast of America

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Positano could be great if the menu was ramped up. It's such a great space, but the he food is average and it's a tad pricey for what you get. I love the homemade bread with balsamic and olive oil. Just wish they would have the " to die for " house special.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Always excellent. Never a bad meal or service. Best veal chop ever.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Love this place! The food is delicious!

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2017

We ( party of 3) enjoyed our evening at Positano. Our waiter was attentive, and when we asked for a special appetizer (a large plate of charcuterie) to share, he was happy to oblige. We each ordered a small portion of the pasta with mixed seafood and found that it was more than ample. We did not feel hurried, and we were able to enjoy a leisurely meal with coffee and good conversation. We would return!

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2.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We expected a lot better quality food and the prices that appeared online seemed to be somewhat lower than what they were in reality. Also the restaurant was basically empty and the bread was cold. I was born and raised in Italy and the food definitely did not live up to the standard. Would not recommend.

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was very good, as were the menu choices. However, we were seated in a dark corner and could not read the menu. There was a candle, but it was not enough. The service was also slow.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

I had an unbelievable meal at Positano Ristorante. The bread, which must be freshly baked by the chef, was very good especially dipped into the olive oil. My salad was great and the Dover sole, which was filet at the table side, was delicious.
We were there for a special occasion, it was a great night and I can't wait to go back.
Everything was great
The decor was beautiful and the service was excellent. I definitely recommend Positano Ristorante .

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

We were seated right away and out waiter was so kind! We ordered our food so we could share and he brought everything in two separate plates. We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Although our waiter Chris was unique and a little hard of hearing he did a great job!
Our food was served promptly and hot
Definitely will go back

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Had a great time Went on restaurant week everything was delicious had salman very moist very delicious service excellence will go back again

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Absolutely fabulous! The food was delish and the specials menu is rewritten every day by the owners so you can have a new experience every time you go. The service was amazing my waiter was so attentive! It's definite must go restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

This was great for Date Night. Very quiet and great service. I would return for another opportunity to dine here.

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2.0Dined on July 19, 2017

I don't normally write reviews but I was really bummed out about this place. Disclaimer: we went for restaurant week. However, the restaurant week menu had regular menu items on it.

When we got there we were seated near a window. It was pretty warm inside. I was sweating. It seemed as if the air was not turned on. This is summertime when the temperature reaches 90+, a little air would have been nice.

I ordered a glass of white wine. It was $10 and a very light pour.

We ordered the apps. They came out and were very good. The next was the main course.

We ordered the shrimp scampi white and the chicken parm. Both of these are on the regular menu. The chicken parm looked good but the chicken was very chewy. It was a very weird texture. It tasted fine, just was odd to eat. The shrimp scampi was not great. It was pretty much spaghetti with butter with some little shrimp on top. The shrimp looked like the kind you get pre packaged and frozen at the grocery store. I enjoy dipping my bread in the sauce of the dish but I could not do that with the scampi.

Lastly our desert came out. We ordered tiramisu and lemoncello cake. They came out and both looked exactly alike, lady fingers and some custard between the layers. The only difference was that the tiramisu was sprinkled with cocoa powder and the lemoncello was sprinkled with a lemon dust. Both tasted store bought.

The whole meal was $100 including tip. This was not $100 meal.

Although the food was lacking, the service was very good. The waiters were quick, refilled our glasses, and were very nice.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2017

If you like old school style and good food, Positano is great. The food was wonderful the restaurant itself has old school charm.

Will be back next time we back in town.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2017

LOVED the atmosphere! The ceramic details come from Positano Italy. The food was very good!

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2017

The restaurant has fine food and is well located. BUT the major problem is the noise level with no option for changing to a quiet area. This should be rectified.

Also the service was disorganized and sporadic although the wait staff was very pleasant.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Would not recommend this restaurant. It was very noisy, tables squeezed close to one another, and it took over one hour to get our food after ordering. We kept asking how much longer and the waitress kept saying it will be right out over and over again. Very poor service and food was only average quality for the price.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We brought my wife there tonight for Mother's Day. We were seated immediately but waited for a very long time just to get water. We then continued to wait and were informed we were waiting for menus. After 15 minutes we did receive 3 menus for our party of 5. Ten minutes later the other two menus arrived along with handwritten photocopies of the evenings specials. The appetizers arrived in a fair amount of time and were just okay. We did wait a long time for our dinners to be served. The veal was very bland as if it weren't seasoned. The seafood and pasta in wine sauce was also very bland and arrived with very little pasta. The overall experience was sub par.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mother's Day. It was our first time at the restaurant. It had good atmosphere and the people were very pleasant and attentive. We all had different meals and different wines. Each course was served in a timely manner and were delicious I will go back

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

My husband and I visited Positano for a quiet and elegant Italian dinner. Our Dover sole and clams with white sauce over pasta were both delicious, as was the walnut, cranberry and cheese salad. The ambiance was great- you would think you were in Italy. We will definitely be back.

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