ITV Wine Bar

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ITV is Chef Nicholas Elmi’s cocktail and wine bar featuring small plates. It is located on Passyunk, adjacent to Laurel.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week- honestly all the dishes were excellent. The rosemary ice cream paired with the warm polenta cake (texture like cornbread), amazing. The duck sausage with lentil smash - so well seasoned. The cabbage salad with grapefruit- who knew that cabbage could be so good when charred and well dressed.
Cocktails were also great.

MG
vipMaryG
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Very disappointed in ITV. Our first impression at their bar was not a pleasant one. I believe their two bartenders were in a “tiff” of some sort and not communicating with each other...or us...and ignoring their other customers. We felt very uncomfortable there with no interaction with either bartender. After about twenty minutes, we were ready for our meal in ITV’s back dining area, which is dark and unappealing (with a full view of their bathroom door which was left open by several patrons and had to be closed by passing servers). I selected their East Passyunk Restaurant Week menu and my first entree, a cabbage salad, was soaked to saturation in its dressing which overpowered everything. My partner’s meal was not memorable, just okay. Our meal server was pleasant and knowledgeable, the only highlight of a very disappointing meal at ITV. We have upcoming dinner reservations at Nick Elmi’s next door eatery, Laurel, (a sister restaurant to ITV) which I hope and pray will be a better experience. Probably will not return to ITV anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. The food is incomparable. Nicholas Elmo creatively combines flavors and textures like no one else. You must get the beef fat biscuits and the smoked trout rillettes. And don’t forget a cocktail.

RP
vipRPLUS1
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good for people who live close that would want to get a quick cocktail or so but for out of towners, menu is too limited to drive all the way for just a few small plates tp choose from.

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PhillyBP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The food this night was not at all to the usual standards. The beef ragout was barely edible, as the cavatelli was hard, the beef was gristle. The mackeral was over cooked and dry and a plate of each shared with three people was not eaten. The cocktails we're good but selection not the usual selection.

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vipAdam
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful bar and good and service. Would return and recommend.

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TeriA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every morsel of food. I appreciated the selection of mocktails. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the entire menu and drink selection. We’ll be back.

RP
RestPhan
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Cheese plate is always amazing!

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vipPatrick
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent across the board. (We had duck kielbasa, duck fat biscuits, pork puffs, and potato and ricotta fritters.) Cocktails were interesting twists on standards and very tasty. Service was friendly and helpful, though the bar was a bit slow getting drinks to the server.

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vipFoodE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My gf is hot AF

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ITV was everything we were promised: an intimate, hidey-hole space with lots of character and a small plate menu that showcases the playfulness and creativity of one of Philly's premiere chefs. Bonus points for the charity cocktail menu they were offering to support PAWS.

BM
BananaMartini
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to make a last minute pivot to this restaurant after the one we'd had reservations at for a while cancelled the day prior due to emergency PECO work. The sister of someone else in the party recommended it and they had availability (making reservations Monday night for Tuesday night) so we decided to give it a go and were blown away. We ordered probably at least 80% of the menu to share and every single dish was phenomenal - fresh, creative, complex, and delicious. The table's favorite was actually the biscuit (an incredible deal at $4). We enjoyed the wine, cocktail, and (exciting surprise!) non-alcoholic cocktail selection. I was also unexpectedly delighted with their varieties of glassware. It's a charming little spot with friendly and competent staff, and the parking was reasonable and easy to find on a weekday evening. We enjoy trying new spots but may well have to come back for repeat visits.

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vipEastcoastFoodie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that place.

KP
vipKristinaP
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are amazing and it is on the expensive side so a great place for a special occasion. Small seating area so really would not want to be a party bigger than 6. Great, lively atmosphere and unique cocktails.

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LadyLadyLady
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent, fine-dining food and some pretty great cocktails. A top 5 Philadelphia meal for me, for sure. This place is a perfect date location due to the whimsy of the plates, the dark and moody atmosphere, and deliciousness of food––just make sure you have a reservation and are seated in the back as the bar area fills up really quickly and gets quite noisy after 7:30.

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vipKate
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good seating and service. Quirky menu. Enjoyed pork skin puffs - could hear a little snap crackle pop. Beef fat biscuit a hit. For me, maitake mushrooms a winner. Venison meatballs a bit dense. Drinks likewise quirky but with option to change spirit as for example I can’t drink gin so switched to mezcal in their popular drink and spirits could be added to their nonalcoholic specialty drinks. Overall a very nice experience. Bill added up quickly.

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vipDJPhilly
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Weird to have a ‘watch party’ for Top Chef on Valentine’s Day. When you need a credit card to make a reservation, you should be able to go to the restaurant and enjoy the night without a TV show and commercials blaring over the speakers throughout the entire place. Also was out of many key food items from a tiny menu. Too expensive and high end of a place for these issues.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! It’s perfect for anything — friends night out, first date, engagement! Will be back soon

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foodenvy
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We sat at the bar, bartender wasn't very attentive. We were enjoying the wine but had to ask for a refill each time. The presentation of the menu was very unexciting. Although the wine and small plates were good, the service wasn't pleasant and colored the experience.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, delicious (mostly) small plates, snacks. Made dinner for two out it.

JY
JosephY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went when then transformed the place to the holiday bar called Miracle. The special small plates were delicious and the cocktails were festive. Not cheap but it’s all worth it. Split 4 small plates and two cocktails each, throw a cheese plate in there, and you’re looking at around 100 bucks. I’d do it all over again though - the whole space transforms and it really gets you in the holiday spirit.

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JWww
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and the waitress was so sweet and helpful. She suggested two options for cocktails for me, I tried both and loved them! We ordered the scallops, which I was saying I always want to order from restaurants but am often disappointed... This time I was happy to note that they were delicious! We also had pate, which was okay by itself and really nice with the jam! The cheese board with bread and apple and fruit butter was delicious as well.
Thanks for letting us sit and chat after we finished eating!

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vipInadequatelyStaffed
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish Nick Elmi's restaurants were more vegetarian friendly; otherwise I loved it!

DJ
vipDJK1
Philadelphia
476 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent wine selection. The small plates give new meaning to the concept of “bar food.” Best short ribs I’ve ever had.

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vipLongtimeOTVIP
Philadelphia
278 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is not our first time but definitely our best experience! Our server did a great job from start to finish, from helping my wife select a cocktail through coffee and dessert. Not being particularly big eaters, we thoroughly enjoyed sharing the duck fat biscuit, smoked trout, grilled asparagus and gnocchi. And, the Australian Pinot Noir was delightful! Also really enjoyed the blueberry upside down cake. So enjoyed our visit!

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Kimmy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! Cozy environment. Great cocktails. Would take a friend here, a date here, celebrate a birthday with a small group.

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vipstuart
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal......King George begat Prince Nicholas...
Superb elegantly creative food from Chef Nicholas Elmi.
Presentation artistically beautifull.
Excellent Professional service.
Cannot wait to go back for another meal.
One of the BEST in Philadelphia.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing except for the rabbit schnitzel —too much and not great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was fantastic. The food was absolutely amazing. The seating area is very cramped - thankfully we got there early and no one was seated next to us. By the time we left, the table next to us was occupied and it was hard to get out of our seats. Otherwise, amazing experience. The service was excellent, staff was very knowledgeable.

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vipGregory
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The wait staff did a great job accommodating our eclectic needs.

RP
RestPhan
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything!

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Martha
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here many times, never disappointed . The food is better then fantastic.

PS
PaulSmulpaap
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The (Valentine's Day) menu consisted of 5 courses that each were original and had a great blend of tastes. With it were the five cocktails that went together well, also had interesting blends and on top of it were each in double choice, so more variation and sampling. Volume of food and quantity of alcohol were great, but again: good in balance

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AnthonyT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick Elmi knocks it out of the park with this concept. The food is as good as ever, with a completely different space/feel.

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vipAmyB
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was a bit disappointed in ITV. If I didn't know Nick Elmi was involved I probably would have rated it lower. The best thing we had was the squash and we ordered almost everything on the menu. The fish and meat were both overcooked and the gnocchi was extremely salty. It is a wine bar and the wines are good but the cheapest I believe was $14 a glass and they are a pretty skimpy pour. The cocktail list was extensive and interesting so I wish in hindsight I had tried some cocktails. The dessert was supposed to be a warm chocolate cake and the plate came out much warmer than the cake. I want to like this place because I know Chef Nick is amazing but I was unfortunately underwhelmed. We spent as much money as we would have at Laurel, which is much better (if you can get in).

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Yummy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome. They have a small menu, but everything we ordered was a home run.

The beef fat biscuit was a must. Nice and crisp on the outside, and with a hint of the savory beef flavor without it being overwhelming.

We also got the smoked trout rilette, which was both tasty and beautifully presented. great balance between sweet, savory, and citrus.

Fried Cauliflower - the best I'd ever had. They achieved a perfect amount of crunch on the outside, and the yogurt sauce it came with provided a great balance.

Pork Cheeks - also great. nice and crisp on the outside. Not a huge portion, but it's perfectly sized given how rich it is.

Foie Gras - perfectly executed.

Cocktails were also unique and delicious. Would definitely recommend.

BF
vipBucksFoodie
Philadelphia
195 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Good bar scene at ITV. Dining space is tight. The pork cheek and walu dazzled, as did the squash and trout rillette. The wine list is impressive, and music is very good, mainly 70’s and 80’s which is interesting because the crowd was mostly millenials. More of a place to grab a bite and eat than to dine, but the combination of the food and wine make it a worthy place for informal dining.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only a handful of tables, very close to each other. Most people are at the bar.

JY
JosephY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up for happy hour and ordered two 5 dollar snacks and both got these delicious Christmas cocktails. I could barely wait for the snacks to down mine. Then we shared 4 small plates between us which is a great amount of food for two people. The whole time the dimly lit and cozy, yet elegant, ambiance was providing a comfortable noise level to sit, eat and talk. I will say our favorite was the pork cheek. Amazing. Fast and friendly service was available as well. It’s expensive, but since we brought a gift card from open table it wasn’t bad at all. Even without, I still would consider it easily worth it. Great experience!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!!!

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ITV Wine Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.