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Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.7
4.7
869 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
For parties of 5 or larger, please contact the restaurant directly by visiting www.grancaffelaquila.com or calling 215.568.5600

Authentic Italian Restaurant, Caffe, Bar, Luxury Italian Market, & Italian Culture School. The culinary and wine program is based on all 20 regions of Italy including wine, cocktail, and beer selections crafted by award winning culinary and wine director Riccardo Longo. The experience also featuring Gelato from the Italian Gelato Champion Maestro Stefano Biasini as well as award winning coffee roasted in house. Private events including Lunch, Dinner, Apertivo, and Tasting Menus designed to each groups desires. Best of Philly Readers Choice Best Italian Restaurant Winner and Gambero Rosso rated Top Italian Restaurants in the world; Featuring an expertly trained staff and authentic environment.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 568-5600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Half Tray Platters available for our entire menu. Each half tray serves 4-6 guests. <br /> <br />Specialty catering orders may be requested! Visit grancaffelaquila.com or call the restaurant and ask to speak to a manager.

  • Private party facilities

    Allow us to host your next event. Our expertly trained staff will provide a dynamic dining experience for you and your guests - Birthdays, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinner, Family Reunion, Office Gatherings, you name it and we host it! Private sit down events available from 8-85 guests,Private stand up events available from 40 to 150 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    In between 17th and 18th Street on Chestnut

  • Parking details

    Parking garages located on 17th street after Market before Chestnut,On Sansom Street between 17th & 18th.Valet Available through Sofitel Hotel.Limited metered street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Stop for the #42, #21, and #9 located at 18th street, and 17th street. Stop for the #2 bus at 17th and Chestnut

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 869 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Except for the guy with the plush cat tail dining next to us everything was exceptional as always.
  2. JS

    JimmydelSol1

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was excellent from food to service. Pleasant outdoor seating.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service
  4. SQ

    SilverQueen

    Philadelphia

    643 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    643 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed salads for lunch at an outdoor table. Servers were very pleasant and helpful. One of them forgot that I wanted to take home half my salad, so he gave me a whole new salad.
  5. KC

    KevinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with even better service. Great place will be back for sure!
  6. e

    eastsidediner

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're visiting Philly for the weekend and just happened upon this restaurant because it's close to the Sonesta Hotel. So happy we did! The burrattas, salmon, and pasta were all delicious and the service was very welcoming. We plan on going back in a couple of nights.
  7. L

    Livetodine

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was beyond the pale. Starting wit our hostess who so willingly changed our table Riley, a most attentive server to z Patrick who offered one of our partybleach water, a rag and plastic gloves to clean a wine stain on her White sweater. The food was perfectly prepared and the selections ample. Wish we lived closer to visit again
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was all great. We sat outside which was great. But watch out for scammers - a guy was hovering too close to our table and the table next to us. It was clear he was up to no good. We moved out bags and luckily the manager came out and Chased him away in time to save the other table’s purse - he had it at his feet! Crazy! But the food and service were great, as always. Save roo. For gelato!!
  9. D

    David

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We went there for a family dinner because it was looking like it was highly rated. however we had a very poor experience at all levels. the food was average and the service was extremely slow and unpleasant, And they even charged us to replace a type of pasta by a different but similar type of pasta!
  10. T

    Topher1974

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I had plans to take my parents out for Mother’s Day / Father’s Day, first to a show and then to dinner. The original restaurant fell through due to an HVAC issue so I had to quickly find an alternative. I’ve always wanted to try GCLA and luckily they had an open seating. The staff was friendly and welcoming, from the hostess to the wait staff. The hostess stressed that if we saved room for dessert that we had to try the Gelato…so we did, and wow, best Gelato any of us has ever had! The apps were great and the entrees were very tasty.
  11. D

    Dee2

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food and service were both very good and it was a busy Saturday night. Also loved the Italian food products available for sale.
  12. SB

    StefB

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for friends get-together.
  13. CH

    CandaceH

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very busy. We had a reservation and were seated on time. Luckily we were seated in the front (street view) part of the restaurant where it was much quieter. As you head towards the back it was jammed with people and much much louder. Both our entrées and main courses were excellent. My companion had the buratta starter and I had the green salad. For main courses we both had fish - monk fish and branzino- both dishes were excellent.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very helpful &amp; made great recommendations. Loved the energy of the restaurant!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was my Birthday dinner and it was everything! Best Italian food I’ve ever had! Beautiful decor and drinks are worth every penny, enjoy my time.
  16. s

    sjmrh

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gran Caffe L'Aquila proves itself over and over to be the best Italian restaurant in Rittenhouse. From the food to the gelato to the service, everything is absolutely incredible and consistent too. This place deserves all the hype it gets!
  17. L

    Luv2eat

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was outstanding, I have been many times but this was the first time for my guests who were from out of town, I have been spoiled in the when the wait staff tells you about what week it is and which city from Italy they are promoting, that didn’t happen and it took away from the entire experience, I was expecting better and more Not just are you ready to order, part of the charm besides the great food is the entire experience and what dishes from what city is being promoted 😂
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Outdoor booths are good.
  19. a

    andrewv

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always eat here when visiting Philadelphia. The place never disappoints. The fried artichoke is to die for! And don’t get me started on the desserts…
  20. LV

    LauraV

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very enjoyable and relaxing evening. We especially savored our food and drink and we felt very much at ease with with our waiters.
  21. TM

    TaylorM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my all time favorite restaurants in the city. Always have a great experience from start to finish. The service and food is top tier. Some of the best Italian food in the city. This is a must stop!!
  22. JR

    JohnR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu is full of good choices, the authentically Italian dishes are well-prepared and tasty, and the service (on two visits this week our waiters were Bobby and Patrizio, very ably assisted by Cesar) is absolutely stellar.
  23. JK

    JulieK

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was amazing! Thanks for a great weeknight date night in the city! Can't wait to come back.
  24. P

    Palmbreez

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good. Very convenient. Thanks
  25. j

    jaytay

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Pacing of the meal was splendid. We felt very comfortable and well taken care of.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great. The Gelato is made in-house. Delicious!
  27. JR

    JohnR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    GCL met and exceeded our expectations in terms of service, variety of menu choices and food quality, preparation and taste. We will recommend it to others!
  28. RB

    RickB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food. Energetic bistro atmosphere. Amiable if very bustling staff. The food was very good, the gelato was astonishing - so save room.
  29. TZ

    TimZ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were seated outside in 80 degree weather. It's not what I would have preferred, but the food and service were great otherwise. I will go back but either indoors or outdoors when it is cooler.
  30. B

    Benedetto

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always amazing. The appetizer were from the week menu of Maremma. The crostini were delicious and the latter with prosciutto and cheese very tasty, especially the honey and fig preserve to taste with pecorino. Then we had pastas: agnolotti, pappardelle and fettuccine. The touch of Biasini's salted gelato is great on these dishes, in particular agnolotti. We finished with the superb gelato flight!
  31. BP

    BenPoole

    Atlanta

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a work meeting over lunch yesterday at Gran Caffe L'Aquila. The Pappardelle was superb!
  32. CG

    ChristinaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Italian restaurant I’ve eaten at in the US (and I’m Italian!). We will be back!
  33. BV

    BrianV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great food and service. We had a very nice business lunch.
  34. C

    Chris

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always superlative, a culinary experience.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, from Rome, was attentive and friendly. The food was authentic, and the wine selection was on point. We will visit again on our next stay in Philly.
  36. S

    Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, the prices were good, and our waiter was amazing. His name was Marco, and he was charming and knowledgable and just a ton of fun. Couldn't recommend this place highly enough. Also, the gelato is out of this world.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    New server. Friendly, but got our order confused. Rest of staff worked hard to compensate. Pasta was ver good.
  38. B

    Benedetto

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The weekly menus are always full of great surprise, and Biasini's gelato is just super! Very recommended especially now for the summer!
  39. E

    Emilie

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love!
  40. AM

    AnnMarieD

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our son was between graduation ceremonies and suggested this gem! We ran in for a quick and delicious lunch and couldn’t believe the quality, uniqueness and outstanding value. Every dish was outstanding, including the bread and olive oil!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 568-5600.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 869 OpenTable diners.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

1716 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    In between 17th and 18th Street on Chestnut

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking garages located on 17th street after Market before Chestnut,On Sansom Street between 17th & 18th.Valet Available through Sofitel Hotel.Limited metered street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Stop for the #42, #21, and #9 located at 18th street, and 17th street. Stop for the #2 bus at 17th and Chestnut

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 568-5600

  • Catering

    Half Tray Platters available for our entire menu. Each half tray serves 4-6 guests. <br /> <br />Specialty catering orders may be requested! Visit grancaffelaquila.com or call the restaurant and ask to speak to a manager.

  • Private party facilities

    Allow us to host your next event. Our expertly trained staff will provide a dynamic dining experience for you and your guests - Birthdays, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinner, Family Reunion, Office Gatherings, you name it and we host it! Private sit down events available from 8-85 guests,Private stand up events available from 40 to 150 guests.

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