Imperatore Bar & Wood Fired Grill

4.2
88 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A Fine Dining Italian Restaurant, Bar and Wood-fire Grill featuring Italian classics, fresh seafood, prime meat, wood-fired pizzas and the finest wine, beer and cocktails. This is the second location, the original Ristorante Imperatore has been open for 3 years in Blue Bell and has established an outstanding reputation for food, service and ambiance.

Indoor and Outdoor dining is available for reservation. We also have 2 full bars. To book private parties please call the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 88 people are saying
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4.2
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4.3
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vipFoodEE
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Service inattentive
Ambience bland
Food was average,
Pizza was excellent, though.
We had high hopes as we heard decent things about the other location.
We will not be back

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Ryan
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was very good, service was not. Waited awhile to be greeted by waiter, had to ask for water over 5 times and never came.

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SandyB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Thought the prices were very high for the amount and quality of the food. Wasn’t impressed.

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vipScotM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had good time
Very nice people
Good service

Good food

Will be back often

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PaulaD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a friend for lunch. It was a perfect September afternoon and we ate outside. The service was wonderful with just enough attention to know we were not forgotten but was there if we needed anything. The manager stopped by our table to see if everything was ok. When we were presented with the bill we were not rushed to leave. I would definitely recommend for either lunch or dinner

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vipLindaL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this location.. was wonderful! Group was still raving about the meal today!!

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. Sat at table for 30+ minutes and never saw a waiter. The couple next to us complained to the manager that they were waiting an hour and had not received service at their table. We got up and left. Would never go back.

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vipMygirls2017
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great outdoor patio ! Busy night and unfortunately not enough staff but those working tried their best to bring out food timely. We all enjoyed our food, but have to say the Caesar salad dressing was watered down and had little flavor. I mention this because it used to be really great but this is the second time I’ve had it at the new location and something is definitely different. Otherwise we had a lovely evening.

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vipPaul
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

They finally delivered what was supposed to be a ribeye steak 20 minutes after the 4 other members of my party received their meals. The “ribeye” had so much gristle that it must have been a different cut of meat they used.

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micheller
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fabulous food!! I've been here a number of times and each time has been great!

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SterlingE
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was off due to lack of staff. Could have turned one of the bus staff into a waiter which would have helped tremendously. Food was very good and the outside seating was very nice.

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vipDada1
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We sat in the bar areas. It was very loud. The services was. Dry hood. The quality of the good was just ok Would probably return for wood fired. Pizza and. Beers st the bar but definitely not for a formal dinner

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MurielF
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of three. The staff was friendly and efficient and the food delicious. I highly recommend the Italian rice balls. My husband is vegan as they were very accommodating. He ordered the burrata salad special (sans burrata) and veggie pasta. I ordered the salmon, my daughter ordered the seafood risotto with red sauce (I forget the name). We all enjoyed our food and will definitely return.

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BrianW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, same for the wine list. Our only complaint is that while the remodel is great, and the place is very clean, the walls really need some artwork; it feels very sterile with empty walls.

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GeorgeH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was very good. A little on the pricey side.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here and we can not wait to go back. The food was so amazing!! The lobster risotto was literally the best thing I’ve ever tasted! I also highly recommend the orange roughy topped with crabmeat:) We will definitely be dining her again.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

SYNOPSIS - For a $100+ dinner for two, we expected MUCH MUCH more. Total disappointment. Food was way undercooked and very bland. Rice was crunchy. Server was sloppily dressed and unprofessional with his eyes constantly looking down my wife's dress. Place was at maybe 30% capacity and they were extremely slow. When I complained about my food not being fully cooked the waiter actually laughed and said, "oh thank you very much" as if he had just gotten a major compliment! He clearly was still too busy staring at my wife to be paying attention to the fact that I just told him my food was horrible.
In total, service was basically non-existent. I asked for a cup of coffee while waiting for my dinner. More than 20 minutes later the waiter came over to tell me they had turned OFF the coffee machine but that he would turn it back on for me. Another 15 minutes went by before I got the cup. It was extremely watered down and was obvious that they had taken old cold coffee and mixed boiling water with it to get it hot again. Having worked in many restaurants in the past, I am familiar with the trick.
Dinner was cooked halfway through for the rice (which literally was crunchy still). Yet the shrimp in my meal were so overcooked that it tasted like water with the consistency of soft rubber. After serving the initial drinks the waiter never came back to check for refills or to offer refills. For what this dinner cost I would have expected that when my iced tea was below half full that he replaced it before I had to ask.
Our waiter was sloppy, unprofessional, and unprepared to do his job. The Manager was in the room and while he could (and SHOULD) have come over as soon as we complained, he instead ignored us. He obviously does not care if someone has a bad experience.

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Phillycucha
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Is understanding that we are living under extreme circumstances , we are trying to live this life and survive. Unfortunately this restaurant was completely under staffed, which I don’t understand why it was more than 80% to capacity.
Almost everyone was maskless and the protocols for Covid were pretty much too loose to be comfortable. We sat down, it took a good 20 minutes before someone noticed us or free to waiter our table. Bread was delivered to our table which was over cooked, on the very dark side, I would say almost burnt. When we finally ordered our drinks (which by the way was the only thing that was perfect from our experience ) they came to take our appetizers order, again it took forever to arrive to our table and when they did where inedible . We ordered fry calamari, they were instead of Crispy VERY soggy, the Insalata verde which consisted in arugula, with lemon vinaigrette and some shaved Parmesan, it looked like wild weed, no flavor at all, just plain lemon, so salt or pepper. After that horrible experience we asked for our bill and left to another restaurant which we had a delicious meal.
I feel really bad for the bartender, hostess and few waiters because they were multitasking, and looked extremely overwhelmed (lost)
Overall, I won’t recommend this place, not safe, not Covid protocols, understaffed, no worth the driving and the headache. I also feel bad for the business owner because I know they are trying to survive and make it work. I think if they take less reservations and deliver quality instead of quantity of food, it would say otherwise of the restaurant.

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ChalfontFoodies
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were top notch. Loved the patio. Will definitely go back. Highlights were anything with shrimp in it and the eggplant parm appetizer they should make it into an entree. My only suggestion would be a better beer list would be nice. More craft beers.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my parents out to dinner for a special occasion. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Highly recommend.

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KFCM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in a bit of a hurry and they did an excellent job getting our food out quickly. It was delicious and we loved eating outside on the patio.

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vipAAg08
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and service were excellent. Will be back.

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Bonnie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio was lovely as was the weather. Our waiter "Tom" couldn't have been a better server and more accommodating. He was very in tune to our needs. Then the food came and everyone in our party enjoyed it immensely. Our orders ranged from pizza to a chicken dish with crab on top. Not a bad meal among them. The entire evening was very enjoyable.

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MaryL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and will most definitely return. Cocktails and food is wonderful. Wait staff are delightful and friendly

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vipScotM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great waiter
Good pizza

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cane
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting better at every visit. We highly recommend to anyone and will gladly come with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with my family for a nice Wednesday night dinner. We have dined at the original location and gotten takeout from there several times as well and this was our first time checking out the new place. Ambiance is amazing, especially the outdoor area. Appetizers were on point especially the oysters Rockefeller and Chef Adel’s famous Ceasar salad. The sacchetti was delicious as always and the grouper and veal chop specials were amazing. Looking forward to continue to dine at both of Chef Adel’s restaurants! Great meal, great value!

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Neossaurabi1209
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfecto every time!

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AudreyS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The patio is really nice, but found out after we made reservations it’s first come first serve. We were able to get a table outside and our meal was great. The service was great, even though they were short staffed. Staff was hustling all night. The food is really good with many choices.

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frederico
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They seem to be going thru growing pains. Clearly short-staffed, so service was a bit chaotic. Entrees were good. House salad was sub-par, with greens that were a few days past their prime. Generous pour on the glass of wine. I’ll try them again in a few months after they’ve gotten their act together.

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MAUREENV
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Will definitely go back. Service was slow in the beginning but attentive once they made it to our table. They are experiencing the same as most restaurants, the lack of ability to hire wait staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were squished into a tiny booth that was uncomfortable. After 1/2 hour the waiter came over and rudely shouted the specials at us. He then left us sitting there. Would not recommend this restaurant. They need to get their act together

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vipjpershing2
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. My wife had the chicken parm and I had swordfish that was a special. We both loved our meals. This is another restaurant that is understaffed and there were long gaps in the service. Hopefully this will be corrected in the near future.

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vipChippy
Philadelphia
158 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Italian restaurant where the Village Tavern used to be. Pleasantly surprised by very good food and service here. This was our first time dining here and it turned out to be a very enjoyable meal. It was kind of quiet on Sunday when we went. We sat in a booth that was arguably on the small side for 3 people. We also noted that some of the tables are on the small side for a 4 top as well.

The service was excellent and very attentive. There were multiple service staff providing services, order taking, bread guy, water guy, pick up, and delivery. All very professional and worked great.

We had calamari w/jalapeno peppers and the arancini which were delicious. Calamari was cooked to perfection and nice and tender. Pasta is cooked perfectly and is freshly made. I had the chicken saltimbocca which was really good, although I think they may have used chicken tenders instead of breast meat. The dish worked though, chicken was cooked to perfection and very tender with a great tasting sauce. Portions are generous and the food is fresh. Their cocktails are also very good. They have a separate wine list which is nice. In the mood for Italian, you should try this place. We will be back.

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BeverlyG
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just okay. I wanted to love it, but I didn’t.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time there , everything was wonderful from the food to the service, very friendly, only one thing our reservations were for 7 was seated right away but we got our food very fast , if only you could slow down the food we were still finishing our salad and the dinner was out , everything was fine in 45 minutes

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Ruthiegu
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Anniversary dinner here. The outdoor patio is large and the tables are not too close together. The service was attentive, and the food was excellent! We had the “special” artichoke appetizer, and the orange ruffy entree, followed by the pistachio cake. All were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will definitely be back. We had the Caesar and caprese salads. I had the chicken medallions with crab and my friend had the wood fired scallops and shrimp. For dessert we had tiramisu and chocolate mousse. Everything was presented beautifully and delicious. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly!

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vipDrRon
Philadelphia
274 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were awesome and we had a great time. Look forward to returning soon. Very pleasant staff, for sure.

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BarbaraH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it at the Imperatore. Fabulous food! Great drinks.

FAQs

Imperatore Bar & Wood Fired Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 273-3900.

Imperatore Bar & Wood Fired Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 88 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.