Branzino Italian Ristorante

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$30 and under
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Italian
We are opening for brunch on Sundays, starting November-10.
Stay tuned for the menu!! 11am-2:20pm
WE ARE BACK... and better then ever. from a devastating fire in 2016, that forced us to shut down for almost 2 years.
Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, Branzino serves mouthwatering modern Italian cuisine in a gorgeous expansive townhome with an exquisite private garden, which is perfect for alfresco dining during the spring, summer and fall. Savor our fresh crudo, handmade pastas, inventive appetizers, braised meats and delectable seafood compositions, including our whole roasted Branzino, which is filleted tableside. Our beautifully appointed garden is considered one of the most treasured alfresco dining spots in the City of Brotherly Love, and contains a wonderful mix of sun, shade and summer breezes. Join us for dinner Six nights a week,(we are closed on Monday) or reserve the garden or one of our dining rooms for private parties for up to 120 guests.
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RL
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. Food excellent! Amazing family that owns it. Don’t miss this hidden gem!

SG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bronzino is one of my favorite restaurants in center city. It never disappoints.

EK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great food, beautiful dining room, and friendly staff. I will be back soon!

F
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were very satisfied with our meal. We enjoyed our Branzino which was happily simply prepared but flavorful and well presented. The salmon starter was a nice portion, good enough to share and delish. My friend enjoyed her arugula salad and octopus starter.

We were seated in the room to the left and it was very stark with blank white walls. They need some framed art, murals or wallpaper to make it more inviting and cozier. Other than that, we had no complaints.

GH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant--excellent food except for the bread which was tasteless. Very good service and quiet for a Saturday night. Helpful staff

PT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. So glad they are back! Fabulous fish and pasta.

PN
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Branzino. The food was amazing...shared the artichokes, had a small pasta with rabbit and then the scallops. Split a delicious dessert. The service was fantastic - pleasant and provided great recommendations when we asked to help choose between dishes. Would definitely return!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exellent in every aspect!

s
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is a perfect setting for a relaxing dinner. I had the grilled artichoke appetizer which was delicious. For the main meal, I had stuffed gnocchi which was also beautifully prepared. The Panna cotta I had was the best dessert I have had in a long time. Overall, it was a very wonderful dining experience.

R
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Our meals were excellent, and the servers were courteous and attentive, however service was slow. There might be a problem in the kitchen. I suggest sipping your BYO wine and taking your time when you dine here. It is well worth the wait.

FL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Bad service, bad attitude, good food, would not go again

P
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We waited an hour for our food. The only room with no music playing. Our server was lacking in service.

B
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. We had eaten here for Restaurant Week and looked forward to trying other items on the menu. We were disappointed that several of those items were not offered. The menu is heavy on fish, and with a shellfish allergy that eliminated a number of things. Also veal cheeks and rabbit were a little exotic for our taste. I had branzino which was delicious and the mushroom risotto was fabulous. My husband's steak was good but a little chewy. The portions were quite large. Overall, very good, though we are hoping for a veal or chicken dish in the future.

DP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My entree was very good. I thought the menu was a little skimpy.

LR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Phenomenal food, super friendly service, and because it’s a BYOB, you’re out the door for pretty cheap! The veal cheeks were incredible and the Branzino (which is delicately prepared table side) is probably the best fish I’ve ever tasted. Cap it all off with some espresso and the oh so tasty Albanian three milk cake. Can’t wait to go back...

NS
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Great food, slightly quirky service - but I'd still recommend. Firstly, I'm not generally impressed with seafood in the US - perhaps your traditions are very different from those in Europe. However restaurants in Philadelphia generally seem to get it right! Mussels were fresh and not overcooked, and somehow retained their flavour when contrasted with an authentically spicy Calabrian sauce that makes your lips tingle. Pasta cagio e pepe a la chitarra was perfectly cooked though the cheese sauce was a little odd (did they use Pecorino or some alternative?). The branzino (mediterranean sea bass, a superb fish) was perfectly steamed and delicious, accompanied by simple grilled asparagus. I would have liked to try more.
But..... the back room where I was seated had a rather retro decor without much atmosphere (hard to imagine it's just been renovated after a fire). The service was very friendly but rather flaky: shy young waiters are not common in the US and I felt embarrassed to say, "no I don't want my pasta at the same time as my mussels" which is how they came. I think they were short staffed. And please guys if you don't have a liquor licence make it very clear on the website and online menu. I would have enjoyed my food even more had I known, and brought my own wine.
This restaurant clearly has a loyal and discerning following, and I suspect for good reason. I will certainly return next time I'm in town, but will be armed with my own wine and knowing to expect a homely restaurant with first class cooking

JP
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The branzino is exceptional. Scallops are also very good. Nice atmosphere.

T
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Always excellent!!! My favorite Italian restaurant.

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OT
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is beautiful and decor is elegant. The service was wonderful from the start and continued throughout the meal. The food was absolutely fantastic, fresh and delightful. Definitely a place to return to. The only slight complaint was the noise level. It wasn’t anywhere near half full due to the time however, I noticed I could hear everything in the place. All hard surfaces in the place so no surprise there. Maybe a few artistic sound absorbers are needed. It wouldn’t keep me from going back though.

f
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was disappointed that the menu was so different than what was on line
then they didn’t have some of the menu items, very limited
the waiter was sweet but didn’t know the menu
things did not come out like we asked and took way too long

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a beautiful night. Food was excellent and service was impeccable.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Wouldn’t come back or recommend this place. Came here for restaurant week. Service was not great at all. Asked for table outside when they called to confirm reservation, however there response was that it was damp outside and we can check when you arrive. It was a beautiful September night. No one was seated outside when we got there. Food was extremely salty and average.

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I went here for Center City Restaurant week and were blown away by the service and the food! Not one thing wasn't absolutely delicious. I highly recommend sitting outside in the back if weather permits, its very pretty! Will definitely be returning soon!

SY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was there for restaurant week and place was busy but staff was efficient. They had many selections to chose from. I had the 'best' mussels I have ever had for an appetizer. Nice size, plump and juicy, perfectly cooked ( baked?) with a delectable light spicy wine sauce. I had a veal Marsala with oyster, shiitake,baby Bella, and one other kind of mushroom. It was served with charred Brussels sprouts and polenta. Desert was a smooth and subtle pana cotta with a fruit compote and crunchy pistachios. Every thing was right on...no misses. If you go and the weather is nice try dining in the back garden.
P.S. I am a food snob, come from a restaurant family and have cooked professionally.
Steve Y

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for restaurant week, a lot of good choices, lovely outdoor settings, nice wait staff, would definitely go back!

LF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Branzino's had been one of my favorites before the 2016 fire. This visit was 1st time back after the re-opening. Branzino did not disappoint! Love the design improvements & the our meal was delicious. So many wonderful selections. The back patio is also a wonderful feature to this fabulous BYOB. ~Lucette

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went there for restaurant week. Food was delicious! The service was very attentive and accommadating. Plan on going again soon.

B
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branzino has an open feeling to its dining rooms and an unexpectedly charming open patio tucked into the back. We rarely eat outside because of the noise and closeness to traffic, but their patio was away from the road and completed walled in. It was great. The food was served quickly and was delicious. Our dining friend, a very critical eater, declared his tiramisu to be the best he had ever tasted. He also loved the veal dish. My branzino was delicious and another in our party raved over her salmon. Altogether a wonderful dining experience. We hope to go back soon.

BL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very disappointed. Caprese was good but needed a bit more pesto. Veal scallipini watasteless, 2 opinions. Branzino was dry, 3 opinions. Desserts all enjoyed.

GE
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was very salty.

DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

R
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply phenomenal all around!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Mom for her birthday lunch during Restaurant week. It our 1st time. We LOVED Branzino!!! Def will be back. Fantastic food, great attentive service and lovely atmosphere. Thanks for making my Mom’s bday so special.

f
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week lunch on a Friday. $20 a person for three courses. My guest had a lovely and delicious salad. I had the crudo del giorno, which was salmon with radish, cucumber, and lemon. I wish there had been more lemon flavor b/c I felt as though it was not there at all. The entrees were branzino, which was excellent, and salmon, which my guest loved! For dessert, we had the panna cotta and gelato. They were both fine, but we really didn't need a dessert b/c the first two courses were satisfying enough. The service was kinda slow at first, but once the female owner joined in, the rhythm really changed and she made the experience really wonderful with her charm and overall demeanor. We sat in the garden and that is truly a treat for a city restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner

K
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our restaurant week three-course meal was exceptional! We shared two appetizers. The grilled artichoke was deliciously smoky and the caprese was light and fresh. The crab ravioli was hand made and delicate. The flavor was perfect. The Branzino filet was delicious. We loved the panna cotta and mascarpone desserts too. A lovely spot, we sat on the rear patio which I highly recommend on a cool evening. Very romantic! Our waiter was great in such a busy night.

DD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Great location, food was terrible, veal was tough, fatty . Wrong food was given to my guest. Creating an awkward theme to an expensive dinner. Salad was good.will not return or recommend. Was a waste of time and money . Very disappointed

MA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate out in the garden. It was lovely out there. It made me feel like I was in Italy!

LM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful place with impeccable service and excellent food.