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Convivial and inviting, Osteria's heart is its open main kitchen from which its award-winning menu of antipasti, homemade pastas, house-cured salumi, authentic Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas, wood-grilled meats, seafood and decadent desserts are crafted.
Drawing its inspiration from traditional osterias found in Northern Italy, Osteria is the realization of a dream Vetri Family partners Jeff Benjamin and Chefs Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud had while standing amongst the grapes of the Ca'Marcanda vineyards in Tuscany.
Since opening in 2007, Osteria has become one of the country's most critically acclaimed Italian restaurants, receiving a 3-out-of-4 bell review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and earning Chef Michaud the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for ""Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic"" for his work helming the kitchen."
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday and Friday 11:30-2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday 4:00-9:00
Dinner Monday - Thursday 5:00-10:00
Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00
Wallace Street & Mt.Vernon
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and metered parking on Broad Street free after 6pm. Free parking on Mt.Vernon and Wallace Streets.
Septa Subway Broad Street Line Spring Garden Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Osteria frequently hosts demonstration dinners, wine and beer dinners and tastings as well as hands on cooking classes. For a schedule of events please go to www.osteriaphilly.com/events.
Osteria draws its inspiration from traditional osterias found in Northern Italy. Classically designed to have a warm, inviting aesthetic, Osteria’s spacious dining room, glass-enclosed Patio, Wine Room and infamous Kitchen Table make it the perfect place for all occasions.
Osteria Ratings and Reviews
We were blown away by Osteria. We came for lunch, sat at the bar, and felt truly satisfied by the service and the meal. The bread basket was delicious and almost over the top wonderful. The wine list was fun and our bartender knew it so well she made excellent recommendations. And the ability to order half-pours was fantastic. We ordered from the new menu and absolutely savored every bite of the grilled quail, kale, pomegranate salad w saba. We also adored the pheasant ragu w cresto de gallo pasta... They split it into two bowls for us. The perfect comfort meal, and also quite fun. We only wish were hungry enough for a larger lunch, and almost canceled our dinner reservation to return later that evening. Delightful service, fabulous meal. And we didn't even get to try the pizza (yet). We will be back!
Absolutely blown away by Osteria. Exceptional service and incredible meal. Paid special attention to detail and made us feel welcome and comfortable in our meal selections. Our server Trevor was wonderful, front of our house stopped over to chat and say Happy Anniversary and dessert was delivered with a special note. Turned our anniversary dinner into a memorable one. Can't wait to go back, nailed it on all sides! A must try!
Overall, I was disappointed in our dining experience. I had been looking forward to eating at Osteria for some time, but it did not live up to expectations. The entrees (rabbit and ravioli) were quite good. However, the starters and desserts were only average, and the service was disappointing. Our waiter seemed overworked and didn't have much time for us. All in all, not what I had hoped for and we won't be going back.
To me, it is the little things that count. After I had commented that I loved the budino so much I could eat it for breakfast, my waiter, Trevor (I think I got that right), gifted me with "breakfast" to go. After already having a phenomenal meal, it was the icing on the cake to make me fall in love with Osteria.
Family dinner with our Temple Crew Student-Athlete. Restaurant week menu was GREAT. My son & I had the special "Pork Roast". It was incredible ! Courtney , our server was never far away and did a great job.... Your VALET parking service is more important than you may think. Not a great area. That said, one of Philly's BEST !
We made a reservation, but decided to go earlier and see if we could grab a seat at the bar. There were bar seats available and the bar staff was amazing. Our bartender was extremely friendly, made great suggestions for food choices and even suggested a wine pairing. All of the food was amazing. The pannocchia pizza was to die for. I was especially impressed with the pasta choices we selected (eggplant and francobolli ravioli) which were delightful! The pasta is so fresh it tastes nice and light. Osteria is right around the street from our apartment and we feel as though we have discovered a hidden gem in our neighborhood!
The service was wonderful ! The food was very good ! Only complaint was that the main dish was a little overly salty tasting, and I usually overdo salt. So, it must have been oversalted! I had the Polenta dish with rabbit and -- nice and flavorful! Loved the ambience :)
I consider myself a huge foodie and must say how disappointed I was with my overall experience at Osteria. My food was not anywhere near the expectations I had had or even heard abt. My food was over salted
The noise level was also unbearable, I left with no voice after having to scream so loud to have a conversation across the table.. I'm not sure I heard a thing all night. I truly wish my experience was different; not one to ever revisit in this city with the abundant food options.
We like to mix and match here. The Salads are great and big enough to share. The pizza's are listed as 12 inches but can easily share if sharing a salad. In past we thought pasta portions were small for price and not enough to share. So we go with antipasto salad (with great in house bread) and a pizza with parma ham and some beers. This has to be the cheapest "upscale restaurant" beer list in the city. Many imports at $6 and $7. (I like the Italian $6 one). Service always great.
We've been there twice and had good experiences both times. The wait staff was attentive and well-informed. The menu has a lot options, and the portions are substantial. My wife and I both ordered seafood pasta, and we both had enough to take home and eat the next day. We also liked the fact that it's BYO, so you can dine there at a very reasonable price. It was a little noisy where we sat, but I think there are other spots in the restaurant that are quieter. All in all, a very good spot.
We really wanted to like this. Great location, half way betw downtown where we were staying and Temple Univ where our daughter is in school. It's fine, but so pretentious. The menu is precious rather than delicious; and the wine list is completely overpriced. Nice ambiance, service was fine, food was ok but so not worth the price. Does not live us to it's hype on Yelp et al. Won't be back, won't recommend.
2nd time here, Sunday night, Chef's tasting. Antipasti assorted vegetables and pastas were excellent, as expected. What disappointed was the main dishes -- veal shoulder was dried out and rabbit was over-salted and tough. Not sure if chef needed to get rid of these dishes as it was a Sunday, but the quality of the prep was quite low. Otherwise, service, drinks, and the rest of the dishes were excellent, as above.
Been going to Osteria since you opened. Went to TWO special 10th anniversary dinners.
So you know you are hearing from a long-time BELIEVER.
Tonight was not with my partner of 37 years, but with a Temple colleague whom I hadn't seen
for six years .
I introduced him to Sicilian Lemonade and to the Lombarda pizza. He gobbled both down and had a second Lemonade.
No complaints, really, but for me the pizza was somehow not the same as the last time Andrew and I were there (or any other time, ever) - smaller and thinner and, I'm sorry, just not as good.
Am I imagining things? Or is this a result of changes in chefs/cooks? OR?
Our dinner was excellent. One of the pasta dishes we had (ravioli with trumpet mushrooms), was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had. The other courses we had we were also outstanding, and the service was great. I would highly recommend Osteria, and we will definitely be back!
Was there on a Monday night for a birthday celebration. 2.5 hours for dinner with 3 tables filled. Not sure why it took so long. Server did not introduce himself, but seemed put out by any request. Grandsons wanted plain pasta and the 3/4 cup that came didn't fill them up. We ordered another 2 servings and ended up paying $48 dollars for a few cups of plain pasta - outrageous. Lamb ragu dish was void of lamb and the tuna dish was scant and overcooked. Prices are very high for the quality and service we received.
We returned to Osteria after 4 years to enjoy the rib eye again, and we were not disappointed. Cooked to perfection, it melted in our mouths! It is pricey - $120 for two people, but the serving was good sized. For that price some vegetables should be included, however there were just a few peppers, although they were beautifully seared. We shared some pasta dishes which were very small and a good chocolate dessert. The waitress was efficient but not at all warm. We sat on the "porch" and conversation was difficult because it was so loud.
Not sure we will go back. The vibe was a little too uppity.
What sold me on this restaurant were all the high marks I read about the pasta with chicken liver sauce. I was intrigued. And it was wonderful. Even my husband enjoyed his taste and he does not like liver. The restaurant's location is walking distance - about 20 minutes - from the convention center and mid-town hotels, but outside of the tourist area, so more quiet. We had a lovely meal and would definitely return the next time we are in Philadelphia and want a Northern Italian dining experience.
Had dinner reservations pre 7pm. So early by most standards. Once the menus were given out were were told they were out one of the steaks, they only have two. When he came back in 5 min we were told they were out of the other steak and a pasta dish. They don't have a large menu, being out of three things seems odd, then we were told the special. In his exact words "pig neck, served with grape tomatoes." His description was lacking, how it was cooked, spices, flavor, literally anything would have sounded better . So with that description and lack of enthusiasm we all agreed to skip that. I mean you're out of most of the meat products you sell, wow me, up sell me with the special. Moving on, After ordering wine the sommelier talked about the wine and poured us all glass. After that we primarily had to pour our own wine, at least 3 rounds poured by us over two bottles. Seems like a pretentious thing to complain about but this place is not cheap by a long shot. Food: The apps were pretty good, but the main courses were poor. A whole Bronzino for $50 bucks, was cooked fine but was not seasoned well or at all, it lacked really any flavor, but not nearly as bad as the polenta which was grainy filler. Also , they served the polenta without a spoon, so we waited for 5 minutes for someone to come but no one did so we had to use our forks in a community side. Not the end of the world but again this is supposed to be a fancier establishment. I've been here before and it's been good. This time service was off as well as the food. Hopefully it's a fluke.
All 5 of us had great dinners from appetizers; the peach oanzanella and the grilled octopus were delicious, to dessert. The pistachio ice cream was really good. Had the rabbit which was good. Next visit I'll try one if the pasta dishes which were better. Service was professional as was the wine service. All in all, a really nice night.
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