Barra Rossa – Philadelphia

4.3
2012 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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Casual
Pre/post Theatre
Barra Rossa is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family, or for a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 40 Italian wines served by the bottle, glass or half glass. Begin your meal with a sampling of Italian meats, cheeses and olives. Next, try several of our signature hot and cold small plates. Then, choose from a selection of our wood-fired pizzas and pastas, or one of our signature entrees. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm and Friday/Saturday night 9pm-11pm!

Creative and traditional dishes are brought to life with local and fresh ingredients. An extensive wine and specialty cocktail list pairs with each dish to complete the dining experience.
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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SusanS
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Reservation was easy and we were seated quickly. Food about 20 minutes to be delivered and my husband recd his meal an easy 10 minutes before mine.. I ordered pear salad with the added chicken but wrong salad was delivered. After about five minutes, I found a waiter to find ours( waiter stated he put the wrong order In)A salad came quickly but easy to see it was quickly thrown together when I noticed a patron at another table who ordered the same salad and it was larger with a better presentation . Our waiter did not ask if we wanted additional drinks until we flagged him down. I may give this restaurant another try as friends have enjoyed it but this was not a good first impression

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vipJimL
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good dinner at the bar. Nice to have a good meal near my hotel

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DebM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came after Walnut Street Theater and had reservations for 5:00 but the show was over at 4:00. Several different parties all came in with the same issue and we were all gracefully seated. Service was excellent. Food was good but not exceptional All in in, it was a pleasant meal and I will go back again

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ELizR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My husband and I tried this before the Walnut street theater matinee. Very close and excellent lunch before the show. The hostess gave a very friendly greeting and information about the local area. Our server was attentive and the atmosphere very pleasant. Will definitely return if the opportunity presents itself.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting , even though the food took awhile, and me and my girlfriend were hungry; it was worth the wait. When the food came, we were surly pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great, service was a bit slow but tolerable.

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MichaelR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jack, was terrific. We had a great meal. Ideal for a pre-theater dinner.

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MarianP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My only complaint is that the dessert - pecan pie was 12.00 - which to me is exorbant for a desset, and the dessert was VERY small for the price - and no whipped cream or
presentation at all.

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MikeJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food, service and ambiance were great. nice place to have dinner after a matinee at the walnut theater

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere

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LaurieG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure dining here.
Great service - Good food.
Highly recommend !!!!

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KarinaR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I chose the restaurant for a casual business lunch with his coworkers.
The place is very cozy, quiet, and pretty. The food is delicious and the service was great! Highly recommend!

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vipHerme
Atlantic City
37 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great and service was fantastic. Went for lunch and was able to eat comfortably and be back at work on time.

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MarkD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

WHAT A JOKE!
THE ONLINE PHOTOS OF THE RESTAURANT ARE A LIE!
Clearly from a COMPLETELY different restaurant!
I made reservations on open table specifically for a table,
(it asked me to make a selection) NOT A BAR TOP TABLE!
When I was seated I was led to a bar top table. When I complained to the host, he asked me how I made the reservation. When I told him through open table, he told me that I should have called the restaurant directly. There were clearly other empty regular tables available! The host told me that he would change our seating.
A HALF HOUR LATER, when I asked him when we were going to change our table, he said “oh I didn’t know if you wanted me to change your table because you walked away.” !!!!!
I had walked away so I wouldn’t blow my top because of his lame excuse!
Nothing like taking care of the customer!
Also a large moldy stain on the ceiling directly above our bar top table!
FINALLY got moved to one of the three empty regular empty tables.
I ordered the shrimp scampi which was passable.
Chocolate cake for dessert was good.
Wait staff was adequate. Find someplace else!

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SteveS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent! Food was great! Portions were big, prices were very fair.
All in all it was a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was clearly understaffed but handled It amazingly well

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LouisF
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

One observation: This was not only our table but I noticed two others as well - the meal is being delivered before the guest have even finished their salads. The speed of service it amazing, but I think the wait staff should observe and allow for one course to be completed before the next course is served.

Otherwise, everything else was excellent and food delicious

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of our go-to places for dinner before the theater. Food and prices are great, and the service is fantastic!

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vipBarbaraM
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and so was our waitstaff. I cannot wait to go again! I highly recommend.

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Familyfood
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, food, service and all the staff

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Frederickd
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The baked ziti was excellent! And our waiter was extremely friendly and attentive. If I lived in Philly this would be my go to place.

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HarryM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had an excellant waiter and the food was good. Our only problem was getting into the restaurant. Even though we had reservations, we had to wait almost 15 minutes to get into the restaurant. Our table was there, but they should have taken people that had reservations first before walk-ups.

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FrankC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Absolute joke..they didn’t honor our reservation and said you may want to find another restaurant if you want to make the show on time

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Mike
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very prompt & attentive service. I little pricy but standard for center city. Will return again

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vipCandlestyx
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our food was typical Italian fare done very well and very tasty. The restaurant is on the small side and was full on a Wednesday night. As a result it was very noisy. The service was good and we were able to make it to our show with no difficulty.

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vipEasyEd
Philadelphia
135 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very good dinner at this restaurant before going to the theater to see beehive. Even though the restaurant was a little understaffed as most are these days our waiter did a great job and getting the food and drink to us on a timely manner. We got to the show on time and we will definitely be going back to this restaurant.

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DebH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Kind of really annoyed. We go there for years on the evenings that we go to walnut st theater. Now I know that there are short staffing issues and I’m ok with that and totally understand. But, I called in for a reservation as usual. I was running a little behind (5minutes) and thought I would give the hostess a heads up. She assured me that my table was ready and waiting we got there and were informed that our table was not ready, had never been ready and I’m not sure if they even looked. I was meeting a friend there who told them she was with us~she arrive at 6 and there were no tables. In fact, there were 2 tables seated that had no reservation. As it turned out my 6:15 reservation turned into a seating at 7:20. Asked for a drink while we waited and were told that would be a no. Well, we were lucky to scarf down an app and was late for our show. Ugh!

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CatherineD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick business meeting over lunch. Venue was concussive for this and the service kept us in our allotted meeting time. Food was very good as well.

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JeanAllele
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time, but not our last! Outstanding food and stellar service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow and one meal never came. Waitress was very attentive but seemed to be low in other staff and we waited quite a while for drinks and then our meal. Have been here many times before but this experience left us less than satisfied

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WalnutChuck
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very acceptable prior to theatre.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food good service good prices good

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Nancy
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wish our water glasses were refilled. Entree was a bit dry and the issue was solved immediately. Enjoyed our meal.

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vipRochelleR
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

On a visit in Philadelphia for a few days. Had dinner with my mother and son. Hostess seem overwhelmed. Our waiter was ok at best. Food was mediocre at best.

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kateb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience1

The staff was amazing but they were completely understaffed. One hostess, on bartender and 2 servers. The bartender had to wait on us because there was no one else. The staff that they had were completely overworked. The Theatre is right there and they had the 4 pm rush. We had a reservation but still have to wait 20 minutes because there was no help. I felt awful for them. The owners need to have this place staffed or they shouldn't take reservations.

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NEDP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I have Celiac disease and ordered a gluten-free dinner but was served a meal with gluten. I wouldn't have known if someone in my party hadn't asked the waiter to confirm that my dish was gluten-free. While it took an hour(!) for our meals to come out, the replacement gluten-free meal comically took about three minutes. The pasta was, unfortunately, beyond overcooked -- and it was my backup meal of choice, because I was at Barra Rossa in the first place so I could try their vegan gluten-free pizza, but they were out of vegan pizza cheese. Our waiter was very kind and apologized for these mishaps, but I expected a LOT more from my dining experience. It took 15 minutes for our drink orders to even get taken, and the waiter explained that away by telling us he had been busy making desserts. The service only declined from there. Any kind of gesture from the restaurant would have been gratefully appreciated, but they seemed to take our satisfaction for granted because we had several glasses of wine. Oh, and this was my 30th birthday dinner. Very disappointing.

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Maryann
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chicken abruzzi was to die for!
Husbands scampi delish and the orangecello fantastic !

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CaseyH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Christian was an amazing waiter!!!

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Murraypartyof4
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner here before a show at the Walnut Street Theater. Awesome service, great ambiance and delicious food and drinks. We will definitely be back!

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JohnH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Our server was awesome Food was very good and reasonably priced.

FAQs

Barra Rossa – Philadelphia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 644-9074.

Barra Rossa – Philadelphia is rated 4.3 stars by 2012 OpenTable diners.

Barra Rossa – Philadelphia does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://barrarossa.securetree.com/.

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.

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