Avola Kitchen + Bar

4.5
299 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Mediterranean inspired farm-to-table restaurant focusing on Pennsylvania producers, crafted cocktails, global wines, and craft beers.
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ValerieS
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is very good but the restaurant is very noisy. Also the service could be better. I ordered a glass of wine and it was not delivered until my meal arrived. Also, the waitress did not check on us to see if we needed anything.

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vipCharityH
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service here is always outstanding. My one and only complaint is that when live music is playing you cannot hear yourself think.

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gary
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dean the Bartender made us feel at home!

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KathleenK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped in for a late lunch last week and the food was SO good we came back for dinner with friends!

Excellent service, friendly staff, amazing food. We can't wait to go again.

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ladykaya
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cool place. Will return

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails, excellent service provided by friendly staff.

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EmilyH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing night out with friends at Avola. The environment is great and love the decor! Lindsay was wonderful as always! We always ask for her as our server because she is always so knowledgeable about food and drinks, making awesome suggestions. She has never steered us wrong! Can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Will definitely be back soon!

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cristeneg
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved it. Service was great - musician was really really talented. Didn’t care for the style of the restaurant ( I found the color changing lights disconcerting on a 300$ meal) but the food was wonderful.

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AlisonY
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food at Avola was very good, however the service was really bad. Our server came back a couple of times only after we had to ask the bus person (who’s a minor) to ask him for drink refills. We had ordered a bunch of starters to share, and he never came back to ask if we wanted to order meals. This restaurant has potential because the food was really good (especially the fried artichokes and mussels in white wine sauce), but they really need to work with their staff to be more attentive to their customers.

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Chip
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but the two people we interacted with made it a Brest experience
The guy who greeted us( might be owner or manager) put up with dumb questions and offered extra info
And our server LYDIA handled special request and made the meal way better than just flavorful
We determined she is NOT Lydia the tattooed lady
(google it if you’re young)

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vipCowboy
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening had by all. Joe, our attentive and fantastic server made the expert perfect. Food at Avola never disappoints.

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vipLizWayne
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice date night spot. We Sat on the patio which was enjoyable. The menu offered a robust cocktail selection and the wine selections had a decent variety too. The pastas were handmade and well done. Overall, I would return!

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runnergirl
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gem. Food and cocktails fresh and delicious.

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vipMichaelE
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great cocktail selection, friendly and knowledgeable waiter. Will definitely go back.

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KKDK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food, service was a bit spotty with long waits for our drinks on our last visit. Food was great, as always. Biggest downside to this place every time we have been there on a Friday night (about 6 times), there is always one young lady who isn’t a server but more of a water glass refiller/busser. She always comes up when we are mid-chewing to ask about our meals. It’s weird and random b/c she’s not our server & she’s dressed super casual so she doesn’t seem to be a manager either. she has a bad habit of trying to take away our plates when we’re still eating (even when our forks are in-hand and aimed at plate?) & she took a half-full $16 glass of wine last time we went. Good news is our server quickly got me a replacement glass of wine.

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vipAnnA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always top notch. This is our "Go To" for a consistently awesome experience

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vinjoebob
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was a nice find right off the turnpike slip ramp at Malvern. The food was fantastic - the crispy artichoke app was a great start, and then my wife and I enjoyed tasting each other's entrees - a house salad, Margherita pizza and the sausage gemelli, all of which was house made. For dessert we split an olive oil cake which was also very tasty. Service was very friendly, but it was a slow night overall so the service was a bit slow as well. We sat outside since it was a very nice night, but the table and chairs were covered in pollen (hard to fault them for that!) so I may have sat inside if given a 2nd chance. The interior is very nice and comfortable looking. Overall, I would recommend the restaurant and would REALLY recommend the crispy artichoke!

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RichD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience in quite a while. Exceptional service and amazing food. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipLovesitalian
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Hidden gem. Food is great, staff is very friendly.

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vipIvyBwayne
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Nice live music

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EmilyH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, food, and dessert was amazing as always. Service was wonderful! Lindsay was attentive and gave wonderful suggestions. Can’t wait to come back!

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BGFIELD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very loud in there. Acoustics need to be addressed in the main room

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vipEmilyG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had one of the worst meals in recent memory at Avola. (And we aren’t normally complainers- this is my first Open Table review in many years).we arrived a bit early for our reservation. The noise level inside was high, so we asked to be seated outside, even though it was chilly.
We were greeted and received drinks rather promptly, but everything went downhill from there. My husband ordered the hanger steak, medium rare. The waiter asked if it was ok to substitute asparagus for the broccoli, which was what was printed on the menu- no problem. I ordered the branzino. After about a 20 minute wait, the waiter told us that they were out of hanger steak and asked if it was ok to substitute a strip steak- my husband said ok.
It took one hour and twenty minutes to receive our food from the time we arrived. A server, not our waiter, threw the dishes down on our table, murmured “sorry,” and quickly left. Nothing on my husband’s plate was as he had originally ordered: a large, but tough and flavorless steak, carrots rather than the promised asparagus, and a half potato stuffed with cheese and spinach instead of the lyonnaise potatoes ordered. My branzino was well cooked with a nice crisp crust on one side- I’m not certain that it was grilled on the wood fire, as promised. The fish broth with clams was inedible- it was mostly slices of garlic. The asparagus was pale, and swimming in the broth. The rice and side salad were tasty. The waiter did return to repeat that he was sorry, and ask if everything was alright. We were so hungry, and in such a rush to have the experience end, that we said it was ok.
The kicker was when the bill arrived. We were not charged the $38 for the original hanger steak meal, which was what was ordered, but $40 for a meal that appeared nowhere on the menu.
As I said before, we are not generally complainers. Our complaint will be that we never return.

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CWoods
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good first experience here! Really great food, just wish there had been a few more options on the dinner menu. Other than that it was clean, great service, yummy drinks and great food. We’re happy we tried it!

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LizanneR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular which was unexpected since it was a limited menu Mothers Day Brunch. The wait staff was attentive. Enjoyed it.

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Hungry1
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting menu and food was very good. Pasta was homemade and tasty. Service was very attentive and pleasant. Overall a good experience. We'll be back.

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Bett
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The noise level was terrible. The live music also terrible.

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vippamd
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

nice decor, good music, but limited menu from last time we were there. may just be the ongoing pandemic. Great Cocktails!!!

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vipFoodie9
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Avila feels like being in a warehouse with no noise control. It was so loud that we couldn't hear the music. We began with the artichoke appetizer which they cut into pieces and fried. I expected whole artichokes. The pieces sat on some kind sauce, which there wasn't much of, so you couldn't dip into it. The artichokes were dull tasting. The caesar salad was tasteless and covered in cheese. The mussels were okay freshness wise but lacked flavor in the white sauce. The bill was high, like "special evening" high. Not worth it, will not return. Nothing to recommend.

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CAJ1
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Liked eating in the bar area. Food is good; a bit overpriced. A safe bet, but nothing stellar.

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AnnS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out on the patio and the weather was perfect. Service was very attentive and the good was very good, as it always is. We had bronzino and paella and they were both well prepared and very tasty. Since the restaurant sits on a busy highway, it can be a little noisy outside, but it wasn't bad.

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vipnancyox
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Outdoor heaters kept us comfortable. Red mussels 5*

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vipShleneck
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Servers are courteous and are continuously checking on you. Food is excellent.

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BettyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice outing with family, good food and drinks. Nowadays it's always good to get out in a safe and welcoming place.

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vipCaraleeC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent drinks and the food was impeccable as usual! We enjoyed muscles artichokes pizza and a rigatoni special and their desert panna cotta was out of this world! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LisaL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Overpriced food, service was slow and server forgot about us. Never asked to refill drinks.

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luvs2eat
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always have a great meal at Avola! We are always surprised that it is not more crowded.

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PatT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant had tables spaced well apart and made us feel comfortable. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly and answered all our questions about the menu. It was quiet while we were there early on a Saturday evening. I had a huge bowl of spicy mussels with nicely toasted bread to sop up the yummy sauce.(Would have liked a spoon to get the remaining sauce) For an entre, I chose the steel head trout which was delicious. A very generous portion of perfectly cooked fish with a crispy top, a tasty eggplant and tomato salad (zaalouk) and piperade. My very particular dinner partner had the house salad with the vinaigrette dressing which was 'not too vinegary'. She asked that her black ink linguine scampi be prepared without several ingredients and no seasoning. The chef paid enough attention to her requests to send the waitstaff back out to ask if she wanted the garlic and shallots. The dish was perfectly seasoned for her taste but only had mussels and was missing the shrimp and clams described on the menu. They quickly made it right and offered dessert on the house to make up for their mistake. Definitely worth a return visit.

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HollyK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avola kitchen does not disappoint! Delicious unique cocktails, amazing appetizers, fresh selections makes it hard to decide where to start! Take a friend who likes to share so you can sample more than 1 thing! We sat on the patio and they even provided small throws as there was a little breeze - but between that and the heaters what a wonderful comfortable way to enjoy a delicious meal and a few drinks!

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vipShleneck
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great ambiance and great service. We will definitely be back!

FAQs

Avola Kitchen + Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (484) 328-8584.

Avola Kitchen + Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 299 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.