La Viola - East

4.7
127 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
*NEW* OFFERING FREE DELIVERY SERVICE and TAKE OUT. Call us at 215-735-8630 to place your order.

We are now OPEN and operating at normal business hours. To have your table reserved please call us at 215 735 8630. Walk-ins are welcome!

La Viola - East is open for both lunch and dinner during the week and dinner on weekends. A fine-dining establishment, it specializes in Italian fare. Some items on the menu at La Viola - East include pasta such as bowtie pasta with shrimp, along with a linguini pasta dish with veal. In addition to pasta, La Viola serves a variety of seafood and grilled steak entrées.

No alcohol is served at La Viola - East, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine or champagne to accompany your meal. Offering a casual but chic dining space, its décor includes wood furnishings and chandelier lighting.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • 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
What 127 people are saying
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hannah
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BYOB in the city. Most attentive service staff ever. Food was phenomenal--I had the chicken with lots of cheese, asparagus and prosciutto. Grilled calamari was okay--mussells were much better!

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DesirraeB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! I have been coming here for years and they never disappoint

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ksdine
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food!!

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vipbyob211
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Late lunch outside. Bistro is one of our regular outdoor dining spots now. Great heaters and the same wonderful pastas as always. Dining out in February in Philly, who knew. We’re comfortable there and it’s fun. Special salads and pastas are always unique. Tony has been taking great care of us all along.

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BryantH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We weren’t told ahead of time that there’d be a special menu for Valentine’s Day. We showed up excited to try what we thought would be on the menu to our disappointment. My wife placed her order for it to arrive missing items that should have been included. Our server never told us they’d ran out of the specific noodles and substituted them with spaghetti noodles. Also, they’d run out of scallops which should have been on her plate as well. As for our server he said hello.. and goodbye. He. was missing the whole night never checking back on the table.

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StelaJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined here for Valentines Day dinner, the food was absolutely delicious. The service was great. We had many waiters/waitresses approach the table either to bus or to serve food. Our server was great at recommending dishes and overall everything was perfect.

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ElieF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. I loved the food, staff, and ambiance. I would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the value, one of the best restaurants in the city. Food is ALWAYS good, variety of specials, super friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food just as I remembered, friendly timely service and so affordable for a group!

MM
vipMMoore
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Food is delicious and fresh and service by Sid was impeccable. Love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place - great food and service - we will be going back.

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Beuge
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Philadelphia hands down. Everyone treats you like you’re part of the family. It’s absolutely my favorite spot to go to.

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Mark
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

charming Italian BYO with old country feel right in the middle of town

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this one for our anniversary. We had reservations for 7PM, we arrived late I did call the hostess 10 minutes prior our reservation to let her know we will be late by about 10 minutes.

We arrived at 7:09 PM. We waited maybe 2 minutes or so for them to clear the table, no worries anyway we were late. We were seated promptly after. The menus were brought over and we had time to discuss what we would like to order before the waiter came.

He was polite and courteous. Told us about the specials, but we decided to go with what we wanted.

We got the bistro salad- little heavy on the vinaigrette but I still enjoyed
The frontenta- mix of mushrooms, was amazing don’t sleep on this one
The pollo Marco Polo- was great, we got it without the pork because we don’t eat the pork, but it was amazing I can imagine it with the pork.
The linguine and salmon- probably the best salmon that has touched my tongue in years. Outstanding and compliments to the chef on that one.
Chocolate mousse- amazing to say the least, it was light and not heavy, you could probably eat two even if your full.
The lemon sorbet- was creative and delicious as it was in a lemon.

The water was never empty or half full. Great service and the wait time for the food was perfect from appetizer to main dish to dessert. I will be back here again on another occasion to try your other dishes.

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Beuge
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to come to for date night or special occasion. Reasonably priced and some of the best food in the city.

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alyssam
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved how accommodating the staff was! Food was delicious.

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AngieN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food was so fresh. Will definitely be returning! And I love that its byob!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. BYOB. Best Italian restaurant in the area.

MM
vipMMoore
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, service and prices. Love it here, it's like family!

KP
vipKristinaP
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great and service impeccable

MM
MangiaMangia
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The food was really good amd out server was great. We, of course, sat outside so the ambiance was you would expect. I would definitely eat there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and I’ve booked twice! But I refuse to go back if they only accept cash. That was an inconvenience and made me have to walk across the street to use an ATM. Please fix this! Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service.

SM
ScottM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked days in advance, got there and there was a giant line outside of other people with reservations that we were required to stand in, surrounded shoulder to shoulder, in the middle of COVID. We waited for 45 minutes and then left. I get that mistakes can happen, but how you deal with them matters, La Viola epically failed.

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Rachael
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to experience restaurant week! Would def go again

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ShereeM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I was really pleased eating at this restaurant. The salad was great, the lobster ravioli was phenomenal! I would recommend to friends and I will be back!

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MR99
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Amazing food, busy street though. Best place I ate for restaurant week! Amazing mussels and ribeye!!

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vipSibarita1explorador2
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had restaurant week menu and it was fantastic

Good thing they are BYOB

Only one warning: is a cash only establishment so be prepared

The mussels were fresh and delicate prepare in white wine and garlic sauce

Penne a la Vodka was excellent

And the Tiramisu superb !

Looking forward to return soon

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ClaraM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time and our waiter was so nice and funny! Will definitely be back!

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ErynnB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just went for restaurant week with friends. Our servers were great. They were on top of everything without over crowding us. Food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be going back

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. However, be warned that the restaurant is cash only. We had + $500 bill, and at no point was it made clear that the restaurant only accepted cash. This left us scrambling to assemble enough money to pay.

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YTJT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I went to La Viola with a group of friends during Philly Restaurant Week. We were seated outside along the side of the building, in a beautiful area lit with string lights. It gave the feel of outdoor dining without the vulnerability of being right on the street. We received four courses. The portions were adequate, the presentation was very good and the food was delicious! The service left a lot to be desired, but I suspect this was due to them being extremely busy over Restaurant Week. Beautiful setting, great food and good portion size for the price. I would come here again!

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vipAnge
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not realize it was restaurant week when I made the reservation but we were pleasantly surprised. They served a 4 course meal that was absolutely fantastic. We all got a salad, then soup or another app, then a huge portion of pasta or fish & topped off with a delicious dessert. What more can you ask for? We loved that we were able to eat inside & it's a BYOB. Everything that we all (4 of us) was so fresh & delicious. We will definitely return.

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vipkarenp
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a lovely night our first time back in the city since Covid. Delighted with our choice everyone was so inviting and friendly our meals were perfect. Loved the smoked trout salad. Looking forward to the next time.

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viptifz
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff in convenient location. Great authentic Italian food! Consistent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The veal parm was fantastic!! So thin and tasty! Service was great. I went on Saturday and I’m already planning to go back this coming week.

MM
vipMMoore
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal and service!! Lived around the corner for years and finally came here and it was great. Will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was excellent!

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Jeff
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dining outdoors. Service & food were excellent. Sidewalk is a bit narrow, but otherwise fine.

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vipKathleen
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Viola's food is always good. I was very impressed with their outdoor space during this pandemic. The waiters were also very friendly and helpful with our meal.

FAQs

La Viola - East offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 735-8630.

La Viola - East is rated 4.7 stars by 127 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.