Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown

4.6
92 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown. This delicious slice of Italy right in the heart of Havertown offers just the right combination of flavor, function and fun to make it a smart choice for any and every occasion. Chef/owner Tommy DeFruscio will spend as much time chatting and taking care of you as he will making sure you're well fed. That's just the way he likes to operate, and the reason why this restaurateur has garnered such a loyal following. Walking through the door, you'll immediately smell the unmistakable aroma of steak, veal, chicken, meatballs and marinara sauce that has been simmering for hours. You'll also find succulent appetizers, side dishes, and desserts just as alluring. This is a "family" that looks forward to seeing you, feeding you, sharing a laugh and a glass of wine.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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HarryW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food but limited menu the service was excellent and friendly

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StevenY
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinnner was fantastic, best pork chop I have ever had!!!!!

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vipColonel
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food is very good. Food is the reason to go. Since it is a narrow restaurant, too much noise from the take out orders. Front becomes difficult due to diners, people waiting for their order and staff coming from kitchen. Go early and enjoy the food, especially, the specials. Great pork chop, bone in veal chop etc.

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vipFoodLover
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Chef Tommy’s menu and the always changing specials!! Our go to spot in Havertown!!

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KimG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. A little pricey but tasty.

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vipJenniferL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome local restaurant with top notch food and friendly staff who make you feel right at home. Get the mussels!

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JoeC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable meal. One of the best Italian restaurants

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vipBobS811
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to Pepperocini . The place a nicely redone and had a friendly socially distanced crowd. When we walked in we were immediately greeted by a server and told her we had a reservation. She told us a table would be ready in a few minutes. Every server who walked by said hello and asked us if we were being helped. You can tell that service is a top priority here.
In a few minutes we had our table and in a minute after sitting were served warm bread and olive oil. I like my olive oil spiced but there was cheese salt and pepper on the table so that helped.
Our server came and introduce herself and welcomed us and asked how we were. So friendly here. She took our drink order two martinis with rocks on the side and delivered them with in minutes. With the rocks which are often missed.
She explained the standard menu and went over the special menu which doubled the number of apps and entres and said I’ll give you a few minutes and I’ll be back. I hate being rushed into and through dinner. There was no rushing here.
When we were ready she came back answered a couple questions and too our orders. I started with the Escarole soup and had veal Ella for dinner. The soup which arrived in a few minutes was different and delicious. Definitely a chefs recipe with heart escarole chocked carrots and potato’s in a creamy butter flavored broth rich but not too heavy. Would love to get the recipe. Served perfectly hot. The veal dish was two large tender veal cutlets nicely breaded and lightly fried in a pomadoro sauce with tomatoes and perfectly spiced. Hot as well. Served over a bed of cavatelli pasta cooked perfectly firm. More than enough for two meals.
My wife had the chopped salad which was large and we shared it a nice crisp salad. She ordered the veal parm for dinner with spaghetti again enough for two. Delicious.
The chef introduced himself and talked about his background.
We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went there for an anniversary dinner with my wife...food was OK. Waitress didn’t have much of a personality. Everything was just OK not bad but not memorable. When going out again, Iwould just assume try another place.

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LizN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality restaurant with fabulous food and friendly atmosphere.

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vipFoodLover
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pepperoncini is always terrific! The extensive specials menu that changes each week is fabulous! So nice to have new choices plus the regular menu each time we go! Tommy, the chef, is very creative!

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always exceptional at Pepperoncini! I had the lamb chops and they were out of this world!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is a true hidden gem. Great menu high quality and perfectly prepared. Great drinks. Will be back for sure!

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vipDaneenD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and delicious food.

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havertowndeb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. We had plenty to bring home for leftovers.

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rainbow
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great staff!!

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MatthiasK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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MitchellT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Staff was great and drinks were good. Appetizers were just ok. My entree was good but wife’s shrimp and pasta dish was undercooked (both the shrimp and the pasta) which reall is unacceptable for what they charge.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Enjoyed service. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you great food and service!

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vipNikki
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!! I love this place!!! The food is absolutely phenomenal and the atmosphere is so sleek and modern. It was perfect for a date night. The salmon was the best I’ve ever had and the prices are very fair!

The server we had couldn’t have been nicer. She was so helpful and really gave great recommendations. Tina and Kevin, the bartenders, were so accommodating when we switched to the bar after dinner. Kevin can make one hell of a cocktail!

Over all 10/10. We will DEFINITELY be back again.

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MG76
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We just had apps and drinks but everything was delicious. Staff were kind and courteous.

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ElizabethA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here this past Saturday night 6/27. It was our first inside dining in months and it was great to be out!
Service was great, food was great and we felt good about supporting a local business in person again.
Everyone was distancing and all the employees were wearing masks.
Customers wore masks in and then once we were seated took them off.
We were impressed the owner stopped by twice to see how our meal was- we felt appreciated.
We hope to return soon.

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vipMila8it
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant for our first post-pandemic dinner out, as we had heard such great things. However, even with a confirmed reservation via Open Table, no outside table was avail when we arrived, and the proprietor (who was not wearing a mask) tried to seat us inside(!) where others were dining at tables too close together. Don’t think cooks were wearing masks either, although wait staff was. Would not recommend at present, as State covid guidelines were being ignored. Perfect place to go if you don’t read or watch the news.

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vipJimM
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom and staff always does a great job. We throughly enjoyed dinner tonight.

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience1

I think for older people who can’t get up steep steps, have hip or knee problems or use a walker or cane it’s not a good fit. The food is fantastic but tables are really close which makes it uncomfortable I wish they would have gottey a bigger place

Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown
Responded on March 14, 2020

Thank you for your candid review. Yes, as you mentioned, our main dining room is up a flight of steps. And we understand that this will limit some guests from enjoying their meal upstairs. We do offer table seating on the first floor and we will make every attempt to provide guests with comfortable seating in this area should they not be able to dine upstairs. We are delighted you found the food and service to be at the 5 star level! We hope you will return.

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vipJenniferL
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot. Ask to be seated upstairs if you want to be able to hear your guests.

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vipfoodlover
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Herb crusted salmon was delicious

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vipEasyEd
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The only complaint we had was that the Chicken Milanese was a little dry and we did not realize it was deep fried......but the greens and dressing made up for some of it.

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vipTinaA
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The dining room is very tight and noisy. To many menus it was confusing. Prices are high and the food was average. They blew a fuse and could not make another cappuccino. Servers also seemed confused.

Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown
Responded on March 15, 2020

Thank you for your candid review. Please know that we acknowledge the critiques that we receive and consider how we might be able to improve in the commented areas. Regarding the number of menus, management is aware that the number of menus that are presented can be confusing and is currently taking steps to order menu cases to improve our guests' experience.

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MARIOC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good local restaurant and the food was great
Prices were average

Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown
Responded on March 15, 2020

Thank you for the 5 star rating! We hope you will add us to your list of favorite restaurants in Havertown and visit us often.

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davec
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner with my wife. Very casual/ friendly atmosphere. Service was ver good and the food was brought to our table in a timely manner and was very tasty. The menu was limited for the holiday but plenty to choose from. A nice spot to bring a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We made a reservation through Open Table, but the host was unable to seat us when we arrived. We went to the bar for a drink and he told us her would come back when the table was ready. He never returned. We ended up eating at the bar, which was ok, but we had to witness the couple next to us get seated at a table while we were passed over. If you’re not going to honor the Open Table reservations, please do not use the service. The food was good, but that experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

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vipDara
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for providing a great meal we could share with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go out to dinner after church.
Dinner was great. Looking forward for the next time.

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DianaD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding. Prime pork chop with gorgonzola was amazing! Great find.

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RitaF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent. We had been to their prior location but we really like this better.

Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown
Responded on January 18, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review of our restaurant. You made our day! And we are happy to hear you like our new place. Being a small restaurant, most of our guests are referred to us by existing guests. Here's hoping you visit us again. And please bring friends and family!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! Fun bar atmosphere! Excellent service! Colleen great server!

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Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown is rated 4.6 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.