Osteria

4.4
4018 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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New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the food; very attentive service wish lighting wasn’t so dark hard to read menu

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great first visit here. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food was great.

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EO
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Osteria is wonderful! The food and service are great BUT the ambiance is annoying at best. The restaurant is ridiculously dark -- perhaps in a suggestion of romance, but mostly accomplishing only that diners can't see. So what happens? Everyone pulls out their cell phones and uses them to read their menus and see their food. The result -- fitness with flashes of too bright lights. Incredibly annoying. I'm only going back of i can eat while it's light outside. See you in the summertime.

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Under its original ownership, Osteria was one of our favorite restaurants in town. Under its corporate ownership, by Urban Outfitters, it slipped a notch, but it was still pretty great. Under this latest ownership group, it's just a shell of the building with the original name. The menu has changed, which would be fine, if the food wasn't so mediocre. Our waiter did a great job managing through what must have been difficult circumstances in the kitchen. Dishes came out a random times, leaving some people able to eat and others waiting. Dishes were cold and dried out. The house manager came over to try to smooth things over, but he couldn't display any empathy. He made up what sounded like an insincere excuse, didn't apologize, and tried to hold us off with a pizza that was probably some other table's oversight. None of this was personal, but it was disappointing. Osteria was a cornerstone in the revival of North Broad Street. All traces of its Vetri roots are gone.

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JD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was so dark everyone at the tables were using their phones to read the menu. I don’t mean my table, I’m mean to whole restaurant. Also, the alcohol was way over priced. If I’m paying $15 for glass of wine I should at least get a good pour.

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N
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had the tasting menu and it was a lot of food but good food. All the courses were very good and the meal was well paced except when our main course came out while we were eating our rabbit. The bread sticks were the best we ever had and the charcuterie was great. Overall a very good restaurant experience.

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TO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was amazing. It was just a little
Too dark.
More candle light would be my suggestion.

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MJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I have eaten at this restaurant for years, but will never return. My family (9 of us) ate there recently on a Saturday night. While the food was fine (not extraordinary), the service was the worst I have experienced at a restaurant for years. First, it took us quite some time for the waitstaff to take our drink/food order. We ordered a bottle of wine at the time of ordering our meals We did not receive it for 20 minutes (after we reminded them). Shortly after the wine arrived, the appetizers were served; however, one never came and one person was brought his main instead of appetizer. Before we have even finished the appetizers, the main courses were served. The person who hadn't received his appetizer, was served both dishes at the same time. All of the food (appetizers and mains) were delivered to the table in a 20 minute time period. Oh yea, and they forgot one of the main courses. We asked to speak to the manager, but all he did was make excuses. He basically claimed the service was fine as they serve "family style." I've been to many family style restaurants before. None of them served all the food in a 20 minute window, nor served the mains prior to the appetizers being eaten. At some point he must have rethought the interaction, because suddenly they tried to make amends by offering us dessert. However, by that time, the meal was ruined, and we were no longer hungry, having been served all of the food in such a short time. Bush league.

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TI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey for sure, but the tasting menu is absurd. You get an arguably unnecessary amount of really high quality food, and you get to choose from anything on the menu to build it.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Osteria before a show at the Filmore and the server (Tony) asked as soon as we sat down whether we were going to a show. He wanted to be sure we finished on time. The food is delicious and it makes it so easy that it is served family style. My husband and I shared our appetizers and entrees.
The new decor had me thrown off at first since I hadn't been there since the renovation. We ate in the dining room and not the kitchen/bar area so it was very easy to talk. The tables are a little close but we met our neighbors and had a great time talking with them.

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WD
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We have always enjoyed the food, service and wines when going to Osteria. However now they have crammed in more tables the dinning experience is not as good. The noise level in the area of the table we were given was so loud we asked for another table. The table for two we then were given was so close to the people next to us on either side that there was no privacy. We could hear each others conversation and a few times the people next to us joined in our discussion. Overall it was not as good an experience as in the past.

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RE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was great, a very unique menu that we enjoyed sharing dishes, the lighting was to low as the evening progressed. The waitress was knowledgeable but too overbearing at times.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was pretty bad. Took forever to get anything. Food was good but portions were so tiny. Many many better options for restaurants out here in philly.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for Valentine’s Day after hearing some really good reviews of the place. The food was delicious and the service was great. We loved every moment of it!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We went on

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Setting was very pleasant but tables were too close together with other parties. Service, food, and ambiance would have been much more enjoyable if we had a little more separation between our neighbors. Hopefully it was specific to the Valentine’s Day dinner crowd.

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DO
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Osteria is back. We used to love this place, then they kind of lost their way, but now under new ownership that are absolutely wonderful. Our Waiter - Ian was incredible and the food and wine was superb.

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JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We have just returned to Philly after being away for 4 years. This was our first time back to Osteria. It was Valentines Day so it was hectic, noisy and a bit manic. The service was attentive for most of the time. The waiter was pleasant and fairly knowledgeable. Our pasta dishes were not as sublime as my memory of the pasta under Vetri. The chicken liver rigatoni was close to the old version-perfectly cooked pasta and flavorful sauce. The chestnut pappardelle was a disappointment. The pappardelle was over cooked and under seasoned. The chicken dish was very good. It was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The branzino was uninspired. It was simply prepared but came across as insipid. The desserts were wonderful. Arneis was very good and very reasonably priced. Overall. it was a good not great experience. We will be back on a less manic night.

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P
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Just fair. Would not recommend. Seating very close. Service good. Food not to write home about.

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O
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pasta and pizza were very good but the octopus was way too “charred” and quail was mostly bone. Waitress was great, but it took forever (over 30 mins) to get our second course while others (sitting within reach-can hear there every word) were getting their food. Expected more for the prices.

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K
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been to Osteria in a while. I love the space. The ownership has changed and the food was good but not great. To be fair, I didn’t have any pasta only small appetizer and primi plates.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Attentive staff members who know the menu well (They have tasted everything on the menu) the noise in the side room we were in was low making it a nice date. Food is good, with the Chef trying new things keeps things fresh.

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L
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have been there many times. The current Ribeye Tartare is the best beef tartare we have had certainly in recent memory. Truly exceptional. The charred octopus appetizer was also great. We had the duck pasta and the mezzelune. The latter was a bit overly sweet, but good. The duck pasta was again excellent.
Service was very fine and attentive; we were there before any crowds for an early dinner, and the noise level was as a result very comfortable.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food and service. We went in September and we’re hoping it was better this time but unfortunately it was not.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and our waiter was super nice. We tried the family style tasting menu and got to try a wide array of options. Even though the portions were small we were all full by the end. The charred octopus was probably my favorite!

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GM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, the staff was inviting and warm. The food was delicious, the service was attentive. Great drinks. Loved every bite!

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JB
Philadelphia
530 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

You will enjoy the new, more casual Osteria. As a result of those changes and the restaurant make-over - you're not going to find decadent cheese gnudi or pesce al cortoccio on the now Italian Style gastropub - but you will still find good food. Buy the small plate artisan pasta dishes and share them, delicious and priced fairly. Especially the Squid Ink Wide Noodle Rigatoni with Rock Shrimp in Fish Sauce. Amazing. Neapolitan pizzas are thin and crispy - not as good as Stella or Ravanisi - but very good. The only harsh thing to share - skip the wine. All of it as it is terribly over-priced. While yes, I expect to pay $15 a glass in the city, I expect that wine to come from a bottle that retails for 3 times that amount. The simple Barbera d’Alba that retails out for $15, sells here for $14 a glass or $65 a bottle. That theme and price gouging runs through the lions share of their wine list. The craft cocktails are good, and the better buy considering the wine prices. Adult servers are appreciated albeit a tinge slow - in the end 3.5 stars ⭐️ would be 4 if they weren’t so overtly ambushing diners with the wine prices.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Too dark - couldn’t read the menu.

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M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good place to eat if you're going to The Met. Cool vibe. Good food.

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K
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! We had an early reservation before a show at the Met and everything we ordered was excellent! We had the shrimp appetizer instead of the octopus we usually get and it was just fabulous! Mixed greens were simple and delicious! The Parma pizza is truly my favorite thing on the menu and it did not disappoint! Finally we really enjoyed the wood grilled chicken entree with lemons. So amazing!! Thank you and we’ll be back!!’

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! The food was phenomenal, and the service was wonderful. The manager gave us two dishes on the house and was so friendly. The ambience is also beautiful. Will be returning!

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JK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Service was even a bit overly attentive, but never wanted for anything.

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C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with his suggestions since it was our first time here. I highly recommend you try this restaurant. I will return again. The only minor complaint was the portions could be a little bigger.

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DQ
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a birthday dinner and it was over the top awesome. Would recomend to everyone.

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite pka e and now with Happy Hour it is beyond!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Dinner before show

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g
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exceptional. Already recommended Osteria to a client and she made a reservation on the spot. Will definitely continue to recommend and will definitely return.

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A
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and terrific service. A little noisy with lots of hustle and bustle, but the food is worth it.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, highly recommend!

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LM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great menu and presentation.
The quality of the meal was superb.

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