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About LaScala's - Philadelphia

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.

615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily:(Except Sunday) 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: (Dinner served all day) 12:00pm - 9:00pm

**WE ARE OPEN FOR THANKSGIVING 12:00PM - 8:00PM**

Cross Street:
7th & Chestnut Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 928-0900

Website:
http://www.lascalasphilly.com/about.html

Catering:
Catering is available. Please visit our website at www.lascalasphilly.com for details.

Parking Details:
Free parking in garage above, entrance on 7th Street. Free after 3:00pm Monday - Friday (with purchase of an entree) & all day on Saturday & Sunday (with purchase of an entree)

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit our website at www.lascalasphilly.com for our Special Events Menu or call us at 215-928-0900 or email at events@lascalasphilly.com for more details.

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Private Dining

Whether it be a business luncheon or a private dinner party, LaScala's will create a special menu for groups of 15 to 65 guests. Menus include three courses. Please contact the restaurant for details.

LaScala's - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Casual (35)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
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Good for Birthdays (28)
Business Meals (26)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Bar Seating (17)
Authentic (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Cozy (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Kid-friendly (12)
Fun (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Romantic (10)
People Watching (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Live Sports (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

We were in a rush to see a show in the city. The staff accommodated us and the food was delicious!! Five star would def go back and they have free parking, which we didn’t know until after but good for next time!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Food very good. Enjoyed bread served before meal, but "garlic sticks" served with sausage and peppers not good, almost like cardboard. Rest of food delicious.
Had to flag down server for water refill.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 10, 2017

La Scala's was very accommodating as we showed up an hour and a half early for our reservation as our plans had changed. They figured it out and seated us shortly after we arrived. The food was very authentic Italian with numerous choices for everyone. The atmosphere was very nice and the table and chairs were very comfortable after walking around the city in the cold. The wait staff was very attentive but not too attentive. Over all, we had a very nice meal in a very nice Italian restaurant and the pricing was very reasonable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We arrived 20 min early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Luigi our water was fantastic. He handled multiple tables while maintaining quick service and fun rapport . Portions were big and the food was phenomenal. The bread.was to die for. We shared polenta to start, it was creamy and delicious. My husband and the pork chop while I had the Bronzino which was filleted table side. So good! Will definitely be coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Slow service, average food. Not up to the expectations based on other reviews.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Restaurant had great atmosphere. Decorated warm and friendly. We were seated right away. Was not crowded. Took our waiter about ten minutes to take our drink order. Another 15 just to bring a Shirley Temple and a glass of house Cabernet. I looked around to see if it was the crowd but it looked normal to me. Nothing crazy. Once our drinks were brought to us our waiter left and it was another 10 min before he took out appetizer order. Once it was taken, we received our food quickly. Dinner also came out quickly but by another server. Our waiter never came to our table to ask how we were. Never asked if we needed a refill on our drinks and we never saw him again till I asked if we could have our check because we had theater tickets. I worked in the food service industry for years. I know how hectic things can be especially around the holidays but at 6 pm on a Friday Lascala was not THAT crowded. I also noticed a few other tables experiencing the same problem. A couple with their sons waiting a long time for just a drink order. I also made my reservations on the Open Table App and a half hour into my meal someone called my phone from the restaurant asking if I was coming still. I told them I've been here for a half hour. Could have been just a bad night. I won't NOT come back and I'll hope the service would be better next time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Usually have a great meal at LaScala. We have been coming for at least 8 years. This visit was a big disappointment. Our server was very efficient & kind, but the kitchen team was having an off night. My husband & daughter ordered the veal. Both veal dishes ordered - 3 tiny pieces of veal - really tiny. It was actually ridiculous at the price being charged. The veal had
lots of capers and small amount of mushrooms pieces. Pasta was not Al dente and seemed a bit over cooked. I had the lobster ravioli. Big Disappointment. Ravioli would have been decent, but covered in a thick cheesy-ish type sauce. It was menu-described as lobster suace, but I don't even know what it was.
My son had the gnocchi, and they too were not up to par, (thick & though) although the alfredo/gorganzola sauce was very good.
Appetizers were their Long hots & they were awesome. Best part of the meal. All chesses were topshelf and the marinara was very good. Sorry. We will be back because we have had so many good meals in the past, and hopefully the kitchen will be back on track.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious and our service was outstanding. However, as the whole restaurant is rather small the noise of the bar easily overtakes the entire room and makes it difficult to hold a conversation. The food also seemed slightly overpriced for the menu options. I believe I could find the same food for cheaper somewhere else.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

For what I was after, the restaurant worked. I went there with a friend to eat before going to a piano recital at the American Philosophical Society a few blocks away. The food was not bad, and the linguine was very good, but there was too much of it. I could not take a doggie bag because I was going to a concert.

My only real complaint is that the menu posted online was outdated. Prices were higher and some of the selections had changed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was my first time at La Scala and, hopefully, will not be my last. Found this place by accident while walking around the area. Read the menu in the window and decided this was the place to have a late lunch/early dinner before a show.
The grilled salmon with spinach and potatoes was very tasty. Be aware - portion size is quite large. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

LaScalas is my favorite restaurant in the Market East / Olde City neighborhood. Very Good Italian appetizers and entrees in a relaxed setting that doesn’t break the bank. Try the risotto arancini and seafood fusilli!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was excellent. The restaurant was very busy and it seemed that our server was rushed. He told us our drinks were slow because the bartender was backed up. We weren’t offered refills other then for water. The free parking is a great perk. Despite the service issues, I would return. The food was really good and it was a nice place to have conversation and we didn’t feel rushed at all.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Slow service, they messed up my order and the replacement dish took so long to come others in my party were almost done with their dinners so I sent it back. Manager did try to make it right with a round of drinks deducted. Others did enjoy their food but this was a one time visit for me.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant and the food was good. The portions were really large, except for the ravioli which were only four regular sized ones. Most of us enjoyed our entrees, but the seafood fra diavolo was extremely spicy. We specifically asked if it was very hot and they said no. My husband tasted it and said even he thought it was extremely spicy (he likes things very, very spicy). Overall we all thought the food was descent.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was great, food was good but not warm let alone hot. I never send a plate back so I’m sure it could have been easily remedied had I done so. Very pleasant.

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 (London)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service and good food. We are a family of 5 and wanted a nice family Italian meal, La Scala's was perfect. We will certainly visit again.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Because its was thangiving night, there was a set menu which is fine but the chicken we premade or microwaved because it was rubbery. Our table ordered 5 chicken dishes and each one was the same rubbery texture. They ran out of the cobbler dessert which was odd since we were there at 5pm. Best was the warm rolls.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always a pleasure. Food is always excellent. Service always extremely pleasant.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Reservation was for 6 pm, didn’t have beverages or bread on the table until 6:45. Other than the slow service, food was phenomenal. Ate here the night before the Philadelphia Marathon for a carb feast!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food is excellent and the atmosphere is great too!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Was in town for the Philly marathon and ate dinner here. Food was excellent! Would definitely come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I have visited this restaurant a number of times. It has always been a great experience. Service is excellent and the food has always been very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

the pizza there is really good, the salads are awesome, and the bread......just fantastic. Love the place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We were visiting from out of town and the hotel mentioned this as one of the restaurants close to the hotel. Our server was cheerful and reasonably helpful. The arugula salad and the beet & goat cheese salad were decent, but the entrees (veal marsala and veal saltimbuca) were not very appealing in appearance, and were overcooked and not particularly tasteful. It was pleasant enough, with a noise level that permitted conversation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was not my first time dining there. I have multiple visits with friends and co-worker's. This was the worst experience ever, I made such a big deal about the food and the over ambiance of the reaturant. Very disappointed with the service.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Visiting the city

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Tiramisu was not good; other reasons I am personally taking up with the restaurant myself.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food. Friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

great place for groups. good menu choices and delicious pasta

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Terrific place. Food was amazing. Service outstanding...warm and friendly. So good on so many levels.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Healthy, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in the City! The food is always delicious and the service is great! Plus the free parking pass for the nearby lot makes it worthwhile to go into the city! This time we shared the fried calamari appetizer and then we both had the fusilli seafood entree, but instead of fusilli pasta we had whole wheat penne pasta! The calamari was incredible and the batter was so light & flavorful! The entree was truly amazing! The vodka blush sauce had an awesome taste and the seafood was plentiful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great restaurant. Beautiful restaurant. Lively atmosphere. Food was great and large portions. Definitely recommend

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I had the pork chop with hot cherry peppers & it was so tender and delicious. My cousin had the salmon and she really liked it and our friend had the fusilli with the seafood she also liked it. We also had the fried calamari which was very tender and the roasted beet salad which I get every time I go there, It's so good. We shared the tiramisu also delicious. Never had a bad meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Had a customer dinner there. Our waiter, Micheal was great. The service was outstanding and Micheal made our customers experience great. The food and atmosphere were great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The head waiter in charge could have been a little more nicer. The other waiters were great , attentive, and overall hands on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great place for dinner. Service and food were great. So glad we stumbled across this treasure.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Nice place to have lunch and to catch up with friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were a party of six seated at 6:00. We had tickets for the theater at 8:00. We do this several times a year with no problem, but last Saturday (10/21) the service was poor. There was a large party occupying a big chunk of the restaurant, and I guess this caused the problem. We ordered at about 6:10, got our appetizers fairly quickly, but main courses came after 7:00. One diner got part of her dinner later, and then another part came even later. This is not typical, but management needed to either: close the restaurant except for the party, adapt to the large party with extra staff, or let regular diners know that service would be slow and they should come early if necessary to meet a time deadline.
The food was excellent as usual; but we felt rushed and didn't have time for coffee or dessert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This restaurant consistently offers good food, good service and a nice atmosphere all at a reasonable price. The free parking is an extra special bonus helping to make the visit well worth while.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Highly recommend the octopus salad. The meatball appetizer was very tasty as well. Our antrees came out and they were hot and tasted great. Desserts looked great although we opted not to indulge. Waiter did a nice job.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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