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

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1016 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

7:00 PM


Booked 52 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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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was restaurant week and we ordered from the special menu. Server was excellent. Special menu was very interesting and well executed. The very best gelato for dessert! Charming, albeit very loud as far as ambiance!
  2. LM

    LoriM

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was amazing and the gelato is to die for!!! Great atmosphere, lively but I was still able to hold a conversation with my dining partner without raising my voice..
  3. TB

    TraceyB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third trip here this month. Second for dinner. Gelato is even better than what we had in Italy…..YES….really!!!!! Try it….you won’t be disappointed. And the food???? It took us right back there. ❤️
  4. L

    Liyah

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    First time trying during restaurant week, the food was fine.. it could have been better overall a 7/10! The best part was the gelato, definitely would come back from that.
  5. s

    suzy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    It was a good experience to taste Italian food. But personally it would be the first and last time to visit there. As a college student, the price was not worth the amount of food. I do recommend the tiramisu gelato there.
  6. SC

    SusanC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Chose Gran Caffe L’Aquila for Saturday lunch during Philly Restaurant Week because they offered the most options and they were very creative. Great spot for food, atmosphere and shop on first floor.
  7. S

    Shelley

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We love this restaurant for its gelato. Unfortunately, we will not be going back for dinner. It was Restaurant Week so we ordered from a special menu. There were 4 courses. Portions were small and came out in rapid succession. My fish entree was cold and I sent it back. The waiter was lovely and pleasant. Unfortunately the staff were rushing as it was busy and the ambiance was frenetic. Dessert was delicious!
  8. LP

    LindseyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for restaurant week so it was a great deal. Delicious food! Great service!
  9. EJ

    EdwardJ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful place! You feel like you're sitting at a restaurant in Tuscany. Friendly and experienced staff. Ask for Riland!
  10. R

    Raven

    Philadelphia

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic as it gets in Philly. Al dente pasta at its best. Delicious gelato. One of the better Italian restaurants in the city.
  11. LG

    LaurenG

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined here for restaurant week and sat outside at a sidewalk table. Service was good, though the courses were a bit slow it was well worth the wait!
  12. KD

    KeriD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic italian. Great food and service. Will be back.
  13. DT

    DenverTraveler

    Denver

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner at Gran Caffe L'Aquila. Phil., fantastic meal and service. I highly recommend it!
  14. AG

    AmandaG

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here is delicious and reasonably priced. My only criticism is that it was very noisy as there were a couple of large parties but we had a table with a screen on either side, which helped. I would happily recommend this restaurant to friends.
  15. F

    Foodiefromallover

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly, prompt and generally excellent. The food portion sizes are European which is perfect for lunch time. The food was beautifully cooked and presented and totally delicious. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
  16. DS

    DaSa

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and staff. Just like a taste of Italy. Will gladly visit again!
  17. GP

    GPolanco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    . We did the restaurant week special. I was alittle disappointed in the serving sizes for the meals. They were small for the deal that was going on. They also had all of our course ready so by the time we got to the third course my food was a bit cold. We had I very nice server. He check up on us frequently. Besides that overall we had a great time and food was good!
  18. PK

    PatriciaK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our visits and this time was no exception.
  19. BB

    BB528

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing server, Bobby, who was professional and enthusiastic and gave us great suggestions. My wife had a great time and that meant a lot!
  20. SP

    SummerP

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dined during restaurant week and it was the best experience I could have imagined! I was on a solo trip and felt safe and well taken care of.
  21. l

    larry

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fabulous once again.. Luca, our waiter is amazing
  22. s

    shelleym

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a delicious lunch during Restaurant Week! The service and the food were fabulous!
  23. KP

    KathyP

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyed lovely Sunday lunch with their Restaurant Week Menu. Restaurant was full in our section and quite noisy. Our server was excellent.
  24. CH

    ChadH

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very lively atmosphere with a traditionally classic and extensive Italian menu hitting all the marks for appetizers, entrées and excellent gelato for dessert.
  25. SC

    SeethaC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and drinks! Very quick service, very busy but likely due to restaurant week. Fun exploring the market while waiting.
  26. KS

    KarenS

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Everything was going well, until the waiter spilled a full glass of sparkling water from the next table on my husband’s dress pants and shoes. The only thing provided, was a dish towel to dry off. My husband had to eat the rest of his dinner with soaked pants and shoes. Then we received the wrong bill which was for 2 glasses of wine and had to call the waiter back for our correct bill for our dinner. Meal was delicious, despite the mishap. Customer experience was not what we were hoping.
  27. AM

    AlidaM

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lunch during Restaurant Week and the selections were generous and delicious. Wine pairings were perfect as well! My go-to place in the city!
  28. MB

    MarcelaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best restaurants in Philly so far. Delicious food and great quality wine. Service is outstanding, everybody is kind and thoughtful. Just don't sit outside unless it is the only option you have: the street is very noisy and busy.
  29. F

    Foodie1

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took a friend of ours to dinner for her Birthday. Our appetizer was- .Tomato Bruscetta. So delicious ! We then shared a wonderful seafood dish which was loaded with Mussels, Clams, Calamari and Salmon over pasta in a tomato broth . It could not have been better ! Of course one cannot dine there without ordering the OUTSTANDING gelato. I would not try to recommend a flavor as they are all superb. This was our 10th visit and the food, the ambience and the service are ALWAYS a joy !

    Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian RestaurantResponded on September 17, 2022Dear Foodie1, Thank you so much for your kind compliments! Your support of our family business is so appreciated, and we hope to host you for many more occasions to come! Take care!! Grazie Mille!

  30. E

    Earl

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal. Appreciated wine pairing suggestions. Gelato was amazing. So was the espresso martini.

    Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian RestaurantResponded on September 17, 2022Thank you for the compliments! We look forward to hosting you again!

  31. TS

    TheSilverRaven

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Impressive menu with many options and an extensive wine selection. Rilend was very attentive and we had a perfect and memorable dinner. Thank you.

    Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian RestaurantResponded on September 17, 2022Thank you for the compliments! We appreciate your support & we look forward to hosting you again!

  32. c

    crackcrab

    Philadelphia

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The Buffalo mozzarella with eggplant and potato sauce was delicious. The salmon (skinless) was cooked perfectly, although a crispy skin would have been even better. The seafood medley pot was very good. The wildberries sorbet was also very good. This is the 1st time we have dined here, we will be back. The service was excellent - attentive, but not obtrusive.

    Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian RestaurantResponded on September 17, 2022Thank you for the compliments! We look forward to hosting you again!

  33. SR

    SelwynR

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Late lunch but food is tasty
  34. PC

    PamelaC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an incredible authentic Italian experience! We took advantage of the $30 restaurant week lunch special, and really got our money's worth. My arancini were the best I've ever had--stuffed with rice, peas, meat and cheese. My friend's roast chicken had her exclaiming in delight. And of course my carbonara is the stuff dreams are made of: creamy, eggy pasta with bacon, cheese, and Italian bacon infused gelato to melt into in. Oops, drooling again! Our choice of two of the 24 gelati options was grueling, but our waiter even brought us samples of his favorite--salted caramel! Just go!! You will not be disappointed.

    Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian RestaurantResponded on September 17, 2022Thank you for the compliments! We appreciate your support & we look forward to hosting you again!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food were overall great, especially their gelato was phenomenal!Although our waiter was kind, the service was extremely slow and we had to look for him all the time
  36. BG

    BridgetG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    I was there for restaurant week and the chicken was over cooked and had too too much seasoning. The drinks were good. I got no bread and had to look for the waiter to get service.
  37. H

    Holly

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    When we got to the restaurant, there was a problem with our reservation. That concerned me. However, a compromise was made, and everything was great after that. My scores on ambiance and noise are what they are because we were outside on a busy street at mid-day. We had one of the best servers I've ever had. He was knowledgeable about the food, very efficient, and a pleasure to speak to. The food was absolutely delicious! I had the Pollo Terra Cotta; I have never tasted chicken that good. That would have been enough to get an excellent review from me. But there was more-the Desire gelato! It was rich (not too rich) and creamy, and beyond flavorful. Thank you to Patrick and the chef for a wonderful meal.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian flavors with an innovative menu. The staff has always been positive and attentive, the atmosphere comfortably upscale. We also love the imported Italian provisions that are available for purchase downstairs.
  39. g

    giotto

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Gran Caffe Aquila.. The food was delicious especially the arancini which tasted as good to me as those I have had in Italy. The portions were generous for Restaurant Week. Servers were friendly and the manager even stopped by to say hello. All in all we had a very enjoyable convivial evening.
  40. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The waiter was sooo nice! He gave us history about the restaurant and was fast with everything. The food was just ok. The chicken dish we got had potatoes with so much salt in it, I could not eat it. Definitely have to been an accident. The bottom of Asparagus was so chewy, you wouldn't be able swallow it. Either it was too old or it should have been prep better. I was very surprised they served it like that. GELATO was awesome. Nice little place. Would go back because of the great service!

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

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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 1016 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today

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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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