A Mano PHL

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Meaning​ ​"by​ ​hand," A​ ​Mano PHL​ ​is​ ​an​ ​ode​ ​to​ ​Italian​ ​cuisine.​ ​​ ​Cash​ ​only​ ​and​ ​BYOB
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The highlight of A Mano is the food. We both had the mushroom ravioli, which was absolutely phenomenal. My wife also had the cauliflower appetizer, which she loved, and I had the bucatini all'amartriciana, which was quite spicy and quite delicious. The service was fine, and the noise level was not bad at all, we could comfortably converse without distraction from other tables. As we live in the neighborhood, A Mano will remain one of our regular haunts.

s
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience from stepping in was exceptional. Warm greeting, knowledgeable server, excellent food.

AM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service but the atmosphere was much too loud for us! Everyone seemed to be screaming to each other to be heard. Maybe someday the acoustics can be modified to help diners enjoy the dining experience a little more.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 3rd time I’ve been here, and I just love everything about it. May it live on forever

OT
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Italian places in Philly! Excellent food and service!

ZZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great... but it wasn’t very apparent that it was BYOB and cash only...

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Simple but delicious. Good atmosphere. Underrated restaurant for sure.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We continue to return to A Mano as our favorite restaurant in Philly. Always GREAT food. Chef Michael has an uncanny ability to layer flavors - such that each dish has multiple savory tastes. Never all blending into one single flavor - nor competitive - but complimentary, interesting, provoking, and always pleasing.

This visit the Strozzapreti was out of this world - more crabby than crab!! Truly remarkable. The Black Olive Fritelle was a delight - and the charred flavor just the right accent. The semifreddo - and its combination of smoke and caramel was beyond compare. Can't wait to get back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing! Great homemade Italian food and great prices! Small cozy atmosphere, with visible kitchen right in dining area!

CL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. The music was a bit too loud for the ambiance. Service was outstanding and knowledgeable. Food was wonderful. If you like savory non-traditional Italian food, go to A Mano.

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each meal was outstanding. Flavors were amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from beginning to end - can’t wait to come back!

AL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I’ve ever had. Highly recommend the chef selection

B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an amazing dining experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!

s
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently great restaurant.

MG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary! Staff is welcoming and the food is absolutely incredible.

j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there - delicious food, great service - byo keeps tab down - will be back!

SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambitious and creative menu. Some of the dishes were better than others. We loved the goat cheese gnocchi and the polenta and the semifreddo for dessert was superb. The appetizers were less successful. Some of the flavor combinations were a bit much for our palates. Overall, we would definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend

R
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Don't usually come to the Fairmont section of the city and wanted to find a restaurant close to where we were visiting. Excellent food and service.

TB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The food was amazing and the service was superb!

DJ
Philadelphia
458 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a delicious and pleasant experience. Fantastic bread service with sourdough focaccia and cultured butter.

T
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Diverse, unique menu. FYI.. byo and cash only. We had a great night...

MG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food. BYO status evens out the robust entre pricing. Our fav in Fairmount by far

PF
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good. Pasta was outstanding. Service is very good. Prices are a bit on the high side.

BP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner that was delicious, with the pork belly and pork as a stand out. I love the crab spaghetti...simple and delicious. Our shared dessert was a lovely coffee semi fredo. A neighborhood place for us...and we love it.

WT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious. Sarah is so nice. She made the experience even better. We’ll be back.

MA
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a great meal Sunday night. Food was outstanding but service was slow, so slow that the waiter comped us to dessert. Who can argue with that? Entrees ranged from delicious pastas to the excellent sea bass and duck. Would definitely return again and again.

TN
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved our dining experience. It was the first of many dinners to come in our new hometown. Thank you all so very much for the delicious meal and wonderful service.

R
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellently prepared and delicious food! Really hits the spot for modern creative Italian cuisine.

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fav in Fairmount!

W
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A Mano scores again! Another superb mean, with truly outstanding service this time 'round. We continue to LOVE the pork shoulder and cannot resist the desserts. An additional plus this evening--very good wine service from this BYOB, taking extra care with a cork that wanted to crumble and neatly decanting our bottle.
Part of me wishes it was a wee bit less noisy, but maybe the noise is part of what makes A Mano the restaurant it is. A different part of me wishes it weren't cash only, which seems a bit ridiculous, though I can believe it keeps costs down a wee bit.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite neighborhood spot. Each meal is better than the last!

NL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My two companions were very pleased, but the fish dish I had was blan and greasy. Also, as more patrons arrived, it got quite noisy. We had trouble hearing one another.

MR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality cuisine and great service at this byob gem! We have had two family dinners here in the past several months and it is a close call as to which evening was more superb. The antipasti board was amazing, as was the spicy crab pasta and the perfectly prepared pork shank. The cannoli sundae was not only delicious, but actually very light and refreshing. One of our guests commented as we were leaving that he did not see any reason to ever eat elsewhere when he visits Philadelphia. An extreme reaction, perhaps, but justifiable based on the two memorable experiences we have had there in recent months. Thank you!

w
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The reason we continue to patronize this fine dining establishment is consistently excellent food and service. A real winner that also offer reasonable prices for the quality of food provided and it is BYOB. We will be back again soon

LS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

If the service matches the food it is a home run

PD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Each visit here has left us wondering why we don't come more often.

EO
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best pasta in Philadelphia. Appetizers are good but their pasta is fantastic.