Osteria

4.4
4106 reviews
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Since opening in 2007 Osteria has become one of the country’s most critically acclaimed Italian restaurants, earning Chef Jeff Michaud the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” for his work helming the kitchen.
Michaud's classic take on Italian cuisine presented the perfect addition to Schulson Collective with Osteria's award-winning menu of antipasti, homemade pastas, house-cured salumi, authentic Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas, wood-grilled meats, seafood and decadent desserts.
Complementing this menu is a fine selection of wine, handcrafted cocktails and craft beer.
Classically designed to have a warm, evocative aesthetic in an industrial setting, Osteria’s spacious dining room, glass-enclosed patio and private dining rooms—including a chef’s table—make it the perfect place for occasions of all scopes and sizes, whether it’s a quiet night out with friends and family, or a boisterous celebration with dozens of guests.
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DW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting Osteria. Can’t believe I’ve just discovered this gem. All aspects of our experience were exceptional and I will be returning soon!!

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S
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Not usually making negative comments, especially on Osteria which is a go to favorite for me.
Sever had a bad attitude from the start. Had to ask on four (4) separate occasions for the same thing to three employees, 1 finally got me what I wanted. Crushed chili peppers, not so complicated, but my food was now cold. Before the meal asked my server Tony to have ready at the end of the meal the special off menu Nutella pizza. At the end of the meal he came and asked - care to see a dessert menu, which I said to him, no, I already requested that when we first sat own. His snarky reply. well I heard you let me work on it. Took 20 minutes, coffees no cold or finished. The guy just didn't care, real turn off.
Get your waiters in line Osteria.

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c
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 2

The lighting for this restaurant doesn't just set a romantic ambience, it also makes it nearly impossible to see your date, your food, much less the menu. They have tiny tea lights on the table, but you'll have to share it with everyone else or bust out your cell phone light.

The food was slightly over-salted for most of my party, but as the resident salt-lover, I thought it was perfect. We had the beets and insalata to start. The former was citrusy but the watercrest greens made it slightly bitter, making for a perfect balance. The insalata was very lemony, but it needed some pepper (which if you ask, they'll bring you a small dish of - salt and pepper don't exist on the table).

The PEI mussels are perfect. Make sure you mix your mussels into the broth and dip the garlic bread into it. The charred octopus was beautiful and had a nice smoky flavor, albeit slighty overcooked.

We all split our dishes (the portions are more than generous) which included the buccatini (beautifully prepared and tasty), the branzino (flaky, light, and tender but bland without accompanied sides or additional dishes), the pork shank (sweet and savory with a large helping of cabbage), and wood-fired chicken (tender, herb-flavored goodness).

For dessert we split the poached pear crostada with gelato - it was perfectly balanced.

We left so full! Bottom line? Be prepared to squint and bring your appetite!

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JU
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant experiences in Philly! We went for a special occasion, and loved the venue. The tables are nicely spaced apart so the noise level is low, and there is a nice view of their glassed-in porch, filled with greenery. Food was outstanding and not overpriced, and our gluten-free person found both good choices and knowledgeable service. We tried an unusual wine blend by the glass that was delightful. Our server couldn't have been nicer. Special bonus: both still and sparkling water are free, filtered in-house!

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was very ok. Prices were a bit high for the quality of food. Odd wine selection and limited drink selections at the bar. Service was fantastic. Must sit in the glass room for the best dining experience.

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PG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, service attentive. A great evening with friends

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Noisy beyond measure. Food had gone downhill. Not going back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Very salty food not as great as I expected

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NJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great but the service was weirdly bad for a place that’s been around so long. It felt like they had recently turned over the entire staff. Wrong food was dropped at out table, got offered bread while we were waiting for dessert, sat for ages with empty water. Nothing earth shattering but for a restaurant like this you’d expect a bit more precision.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great- except for the stuff that never made it to the table. Service was good initially but must’ve gotten overwhelmed because we didn’t see her much.

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AO
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marco, our server, could not have been more knowledgeable and helpful. He truly understood the culture of the restaurant and made outstanding recommendations! He’s a keeper.

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TD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here several times now and each time the food was excellent. This past visit, we got the octopus, quail, squid ink pasta, boar pasta, whole bronzino and several side dishes. It was plenty of food for 3. Everything was delicious, wait staff was attentive and the atmosphere very charming. I’d recommend sitting in the greenhouse area especially if you’re here on a date. Overall, highly recommend.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being Italian, raised in Philadelphia and I travel to Italy frequently....that being said, I found Osteria to be the Best Italian Food in Philadelphia. The endive salad we had last night was perfectly made, the olive oil used was spectacular and the dressing perfectly done. The salad was crispy, flavorful and delightful! We shared the candele pasta wild boar bolognese, cocoa and grana. WOW! The flavor of the boar ragu was exceptional and the pasta was perfectly al dente. This dish reminded me of the flavor we get in Tuscany or northern Italy. Outstanding! We finished with a shared the Margherita pizza with tomato, basil and mozzarella. The basil was added after it had been brick oven baked and crust was crispy and thin - like the best pizzas in Italy are always done. We also shared the pear crostata for desert....once again a home run of flavor! I had a generous glass of red wine (Montepulciano, Villa Medora, 2016 Abruzzo) - delightful pairing with the meal. I would encourage anyone in Philadelphia to skip the Center City Italian places and go a few blocks north on Broad Street to what I believe is... the Best Italian Food Restaurant in Philadelphia.

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JJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and yummy food. Will for sure be back!

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J
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is as good as ever even under the new ownership. The bread is delicious. The different size plates offered a great variety either alone or for sharing. Duck with pappardelle was outstanding. Everything was delicious.

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E
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I hadn't been to Osteria in ~ 10 years. In general we had an enjoyable time.
The service was excellent. The ambiance was great albeit it a was dark to the point of needing candle light to read the menus.
All of the food was just OK. The rabbit was kind of dry and might as well have been chicken..was surprised by that dish.
Pizza was crispy but honestly none of the options had more than 1-2 topings and seemed pretty uninteresting. Last time I was in there was a smoked mozzarella octopus pizza that was excellent.
Pasta was a little under seasoned but pretty good.
Focaccia could have used a little herb/balsalmic/oil dip or something, but was ok.
All in all the menu could be improved a bit, but still enjoyable.
Hard to rationalize going back with all the top notch places in center city.

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter for my sisters 60th birthday was wonderful, he handled 9 adults beautifully. The cake that was baked for the party was also beautiful and soooo delicious. Thank you for a job well done.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Very noisy, service very rushed. Salad came out without apples which was listed as an ingredient. They did bring a new one with apples. Shrimp with baby artichokes had 2 minuscule pieces of artichoke

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HM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a reservation on a saturday night at 6:30 before a concert at the Met. We were seated right away
in the auxiliary room which was nice and quiet. Very good server Marco drinks were served and apps delivered without delay. After we were done with Apps table cleared and cleaned, new place settings
, silver et. Main course arrived moments later. Excellent Smaky chicken breast, Pizza, Mussels
overall a nice time

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DB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concert at the Met

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r
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good place, food quality better than average. Service was really good. We like the vibe and energy. Price yah a little higher than what we normally see but not by much. I’d recommend and we will be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our Rock Shrimp
And Squid pasta was below average. Ha

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. The sampling menu is a GREAT deal; 6 selections and all of them outstanding. Especially the wild boar and rabbit dishes. All four of us thought it was an outstanding meal. Multiple generations in attendance.

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P
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu has something for everyone and it's all delicious. Great wine selection.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The tables are so close together you can hear everyone’s conversation. It seems to me that they could rearrange the main bar/dining area or use some dividers to muffle some of the noise. It was NOT a relaxing experience and I would not go there again unless I could reserve a table in another area.

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CH
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Since I knew that two people in my party wear hearing aids, I requested to be seated in the quietest part of the restaurant when I made my reservation. Upon arrival, I was told that the quietest room of the restaurant had been reserved for a private party. Therefore, we were subjected to noise so loud we had much difficulty conversing throughout our meal. The whole Branzino was delicious, but boney even though we requested that the fish be fileted. The chestnut papperadelle was also delicious. Service was okay.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

What a disappointment.....While some of the appetizers were ok (roasted veggies), others were anything but ( chicken liver was am unidentifiable mush), the
main course, a bronzino was over-cooked).
Worst of all everything was doused with a sea of oil. The consolation prize (sorbet) was well-meant, but blend. To add insult to injury, our waiter kept on disappearing on us, so that we had to spend much longer than necessary with this unpleasant experience

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MG
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Tasty food; horrendous service. Took over 20 minutes for our table to be greeted, 40 minutes to receive our first round of drinks, which came after the one of two appetizers we ordered were dropped off (the second appetizer was apparently never put in and never made it out). Had to flag down various members of the service team to place additional beverage orders. Ironically, we called the restaurant beforehand as a courtesy to let them know we'd be running a few minutes late, and were curtly told we had a 15-minute grace period before they'd give our table away; maybe the service team should adopt the same level of urgency as the hosting team. The restaurant did comp an appetizer and round of drinks, yet I doubt we'll be returning anytime soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The timing of the food is very odd. We got our salad literally 2 mins after ordering it. But waited at least an hour for our pizza. It took so long that we had to woof it down and get the check so we could make it to a concert on time.

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EK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service and atmosphere was great. The food was just "ok" when compared to other restaurants in the city at similar price points.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Late night table of 9! Devon’s manners are just as great as his wine selection. He made the experience wonderful for all with his kind nature and recommendations. Thank you, Devon!

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FM
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service in a nice environment with small portions of average food. My appetizer was not as ordered and had to be sent back. Dessert was very good, but also very different from the menu description.

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CT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Appetizers PEI mussels, octopus, Steak tartare and beets were delicious. Entree chicken very good, pork shank good. Entrees Parma pizza, fungi bianco pizza were just ok. Service good, restaurant is very noisy such that a normal conversation with someone across the table is difficult

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IK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

I get what they’re trying to do. But “trying” is the operative word. Northern Italian, but designed only for groups who want a bite - and that means just one - of everything.

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GP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent and food was great!

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P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The servings were tiny, as all “fancier” places are. However, that’s not something to complain about, because the food itself was excellent. The building is awesome, and the staff goes above and beyond to make your experience great.

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GX
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent find! Entering Osteria was like stepping into a neighborhood of its own. You will enjoy the natural lighting and openness of the dining area . The food was exceptional from appetizers to deserts. Our server was knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations, all being successful.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends visiting from out of town

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JV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Been here a few times before and I have to say that, while still good, this most recent was our least favorite visit. The appetizers were very good - vegetable board, beet salad and the beef tartare! The wine we chose (Super Tuscan) was delicious of course and served at the proper temp. The entrees were good, but not great. The Bronzino was the best, cooked to perfection, however, the Buccatini with Clams was way too salty and the clams were just so so. Several of them were not even open and a few were slightly open and not enough clams in the dish too. Lastly, there seemed to be a disconnect with respect to the service. We ordered coffee and deserts. The deserts showed up about 10 minutes after we ordered them, but no coffee. The coffee came after we finished our deserts. They should have arrived together. Not a horrible review, but not as good as the last few visits.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Osteria is an upscale Italian trattoria with an elegant vibe. The food is unique, delicious, and creatively presented. Their custom cocktails are outstanding. I took my college Age daughter and roommate to dinner there and they loved it as well. Great for all ages. I will definitely go back. There is a lovely atrium which brings the outdoors inside. There’s a lovely area outside for outdoor dining. A lovely find.

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