LaScala's - Philadelphia

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LaScala’s, located in the heart of Historical Philadelphia, creates a cozy casual ambiance in which to enjoy fine Italian-American Home-style cuisine. Exposed brick & floor to ceiling windows give an Old World Italian feel. Al fresco dining at the sidewalk cafe is also offered.
Just a few of the Chef’s famous recipes include Homemade Ravioli & Gnocchi,Hand Tossed Pizza's, Seafood FraDiavlo & Pappardelle and Sausage Bolognese. The vast menu also includes appetizers, Sides, soup, salads,steaks, & seafood. A full bar & extensive wine list are available to complement your meal. Finish off your lunch or dining experience with one of the homemade desserts. LaScala’s is sure to become one of your favorites.
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PW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

JOSEPH was exceptional! Nice place to eat before catching a show at the Walnut.

G
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and great food. Waiter was great, made great recommendations .

r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite restaurant to go to before the theater. The menu, the service, the variety of great food, and the exceptional value considering downtown Philadelphia are all great reasons to go. And on top of all of that, they'll validate your parking for you, so we avoid the theater parking fees! We've stopped trying different restaurants each time we go to town, as this one is now our automatic "go to"!

IF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there as a group of ten colleagues to say farewell to a dear coworker going off to a new job. Everything was excellent, especially the food and service. We are very grateful! We certainly intend to return.

g
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, but our server didn't seem to be too interested in taking care of us.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Crappy service. We were left at the table for at least 15 minutes before anyone took care of us. Food needed salt. Nobody cleaned off our table before dessert. I listed it was my 40th birthday celebration in my reservation and not one person said anything or made me feel special. VERY disappointed in the entire experience

NP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The staff were friendly but our server was running around the whole time and we had to wait a long time to order and get anything. Food was mediocre. The fire alarm went off at the end of our dinner. No emergency just odd. Likely won’t return.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible experience! Our waiter was wonderful and the food was delicious. Location is great as well. We were visiting from out of town and will be putting this on our must do list for future visits. I can’t say enough about this place! We had a table of 8 - everyone had something different and not one complaint! The menu is outstanding -So much to choose from!
Thank you for a great dinner.

m
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a very pleasant experience. Service was good...food was pretty good especially the fried calamari which was OUTSTANDING!!!

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Atmosphere was a little lacking. Overall pretty good.

JP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!! Would definitely go back and recommend!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

They lost my reservation....

h
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! There was a short, older Mexican man who’s work ethic was spectacular to watch. He caught my eye the whole time with his hustle. It’s workers like him behind the scenes that bring it all together. From the warm greeting from the hostesses, to our friendly detail oriented waiter, to the spectacular bus boy, the vibe in there was everything and we will definitely be back!!!

GT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a great many restaurants under my belt (and over it, too), we found LaScala's to be among the very best of them, if not THE BEST! The greeters at check in were extremely accommodating and courteous, bartender was engaging and funny (and made a great Old Fashioned), our waiter was knowledgeable and efficient, and the food was bountiful and delicious. We would definitely go back and would recommend it to all of our foodie friends.

P
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way!

NM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was amazing, music volume was way too loud

NS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. I loved every course that was served. I wish the Cesar salad had a tad bit more dressing, but other than that everything was delicious. Our waiter was excellent. He was very attentive and helped give us the best experience. I appreciated the portion size of the entree and that I was able to leave with lunch for the next day! Great job guys and keep it up. :)

TB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Octopus salad was excellent. Veal Saltaboca was average.

HH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent.
We will be back.

LP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Service, and great food. Parking garage available at restaurant site is a plus. I highly recommend.

H
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. I'm a cheese snob and the ricotta and mozzarella cheeses used in our dishes were spectacular. The arancini was also fabulous.

AA
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is really really special. It is a gem in the heart of Philadelphia. The food has no comparison and the attention can’t be better. Highly recommended

GJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Walnut st tickets

JT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at LaScala is authentic Italian and is always excellent. The wait staff has been the same for some years and they are thoroughly professional. Rosario has been our same waiter for 3 years and he is a very fine server who remembers you and your likes and dislikes. On our last visit during Restaurant week, LaScala's was packed, but the service nevertheless was prompt and courteous. Very excellent establishment.

DH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was cozy and service was well timed. The food was excellent. The veal marsala was delicious as was the salmon and chicken parm. The only thing I could complain about was that the windows were filthy. We could hardly see through them. It would have been nice to look around the sites.

e
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The way you make the chicken Sorrento is different. Very heavy now on the cheese and marinara sauce. Not as good.

S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for a birthday and with a large party last minute due to an issue with another restaurant and they were accommodating ! The food was very generous and delicious for a large group. Thank you for a great time !

j
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for early dinner before theatre. Chicken franchese was very good. Service was attentive but not bothersome.

L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious, there were two of us that split the beet salad and pear pizza. More than enough for the two of us - we even had some pizza to take home for lunch the next day! Prices are reasonable, service was good - it was not very crowded as we were there right at 5 pm on a Sunday. Also, since we came from the afternoon show at the Walnut Street, they offer a 15% discount. I will definitely be returning!

DW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful waiter and great atmosphere!

PD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was very good however the pizza wasn't as good as expected

RM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

LaScala's is a good family spot right in the historic district. The food is good, standard American-Italian food. Service was good and prices, while a bit high, aren't outrageous. This is especially true since the portions are a good size.

KT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love LaScallas! This is our family’s favorite place. Great food and good times to spend quality family time.

AF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Large portions. Definitely coming back.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had chicken licata and my husband had filet. Both meals were excellent.

m
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Old school Italian joint, red sauce, pizza, and pasta! Don’t miss the long hots!

MG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service. Food was delicious and hot. I highly recommend the escarole soup, fantastic.

a
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. My co-workers and I visit LaScala's often especially on special occasions. The food seems to get better every time. The prices are definitely reasonable for the portion sizes. We will definitely keep returning! thank you for a great experience.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation with my niece

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was an all time low. The food was not as good as in past visits. Highly disappointed with the service. Waiter was not friendly.

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