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About Ralph's Italian Restaurant

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Ralph's since 1900. Ralph's is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the ORIGINAL Dispigno family, insuring that you will receive the same great food and high quality service that has been a Ralph's tradition for over 100 years! With help from the fifth and sixth generations, Ralph's Italian Restaurant is the Oldest Italian Restaurant in America.

760 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch (M-F): 11:45am - 3:00pm
Dinner (Monday - Thursday): 3:00pm - 9:45pm
Dinner (Friday): 3:00pm - 10:45pm
Dinner (Saturday): 11:45am - 10:45pm
Dinner (Sunday): 11:45am - 9:45pm

Cross Street:
Catherine

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 627-6011

Website:
http://www.ralphsrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Accommodating up to 100 guests:

http://ralphsrestaurant.com/ralphs/Docs/banquet_menu.pdf

Parking Details:
Valet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Valet can also be arranged ahead of time for large parties and special events.

Executive Chef:
Jimmy Rubino, Jr.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Ralph`s does accomodate parties up to 100 people for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, etc!

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Ralph’s of South Philly is owned by the same family members, insuring that you will receive the same great food and high quality service that has been a Ralph's tradition for over 100 years!

Ralph's Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (95)
Authentic (82)
Casual (75)
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Good for a Date (63)
Comfort Food (62)
Special Occasion (58)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Worth the Drive (49)
Cozy (43)
Good for Groups (39)
Fun (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Great for Lunch (29)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Romantic (28)
Local Ingredients (21)
Kid-friendly (18)
Business Meals (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Hot Spot (12)
People Watching (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We rendezvoused with old friends and family. Ralph's is such a special place. Not only is the food fantastic but the atmosphere is so warm and friendly. We celebrated another diner's birthday song that was seated in the same room as our party of 8. It was so much fun, we were invited to share the cake, and both parties sang "Fly Eagles Fly". The food and service was wonderful one of my favorite places to dine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined 4 days ago

Ralph’s has some of the best Italian comfort food I have ever had. Delicious! Ralph’s does the classic Italian fare exceptionally well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined 5 days ago

Service was excellent food was outstanding and love the convenience of the valet service

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

A Lyft driver recommended Ralph’s to us and told us the history of the restaurant. I’m originally from Chicago, and I know good Italian food, so I’m always willing to see what a good Italian restaurant has to offer. I was not disappointed. The location was quaint, and the food was excellent

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Felt authentic. The workers are very proud of the restaurant.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time dining at Ralph’s.
We felt our server was a bit short with us and we felt a bit rushed even though the restaurant was not crowded and people were not standing around waiting for tables. Also, at the table next to us one of the employees was filling shakers with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes; we found that a bit odd since we were in the dinning room and still dinning.
We enjoyed the food and overall had a nice time with our friends at Ralph’s.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, excellent service.
Tables crammed in, too many, too close.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Inexpensive and great food! Get the long hots appetizer!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our third visit to Ralph's, and it will not be our last. Eeach time we have visited the food had been delectable. (I suggest the chicken sorrento). Staff was available and friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were there to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Everything was perfect. The waiter was very nice, answered the kids questions. Food came out fast, but not rushed. Everything was delicious! Will definitely return

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This place is a must go to. The staff and food are amazing. Authentic food just like grand-mom would make. Never a bad meal a Ralph's.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dinner was fabulous! We just got back in town from the Bahamas so made reservations for the way back in town from vacation for my birthday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good Service and Good food. Saturday nights will always be crowded and therefore noisy so that was expected but we made a reservation and were seated right away so overall a very good experience.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

restaurant is ok little crowded but in other words. decent resuraunt

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 8, 2018

You can count on Ralph's for GREAT Italian food served with a smile. They are the best...for 100 years. The oldest Italian Restaurant in the country.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Always a treat to visit Ralph’s. My boys love the veal parm!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

A lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant.. you’ll feel like a local ...you can’t help it

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Delicious meal & fabulous service! An added touch was when the entire restaurant sang Happy Birthday to my son! A wonderful experience!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Received a Groupon from a friend that had to be used within 4 days, made a reservation very easily for the next day. I really didn't know how the food would be and I actually didn't know that much about the place so we were so happy that everything was awesome there!

We arrived early, they sat us right away; the dinning room is cozy, maybe a little tight, a little loud, but it's got a great vibe to it. It's very much like going to a big Sunday dinner for me. The server took our orders right away; we both got wine and I ordered the veal Saltimbocca (pictured), my partner ordered a gorgonzola pasta with pine nuts and pesto. Both dishes were amazingly delicious and the perfect portion. The veal was tender and cooked to perfection, their tomato sauce isn't my favorite but it's still very good (my meal had a side of pasta and sauce).

After our meals we ordered a piece of tiramisu; it was more like a tiramisu cake but still delicious.

We definitely would go back for another meal, we had such a good experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had my 30th birthday dinner here with my girlfriend. Truly amazing food. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Perfect veal parm.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and fun atmosphere

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was excellent, but the food was average. It did not live up to its reputation

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food & great service. It is cramped but to be expected in Philly. Great time celebrating my dad's birthday. Love Ralph's!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was average. I was expecting more but read reviews. The reviews were up and down, like the dining experience.

Go here just to say that you've gone to a historical legend of a restaurant.

Bruschetta- Avg... It's build your own. 4 pieces of bread drizzled with balsamic with finely chopped tomato and mozzarella in the center.

Eggplant parm-Not so great. Eggplant was not fried well. There was no crisp to it at all. Eggplant was soggy. The grp next to me you ordered veal parmesan and I heard the gentleman cut into the crispy batter so I know it's possible but they skipped it on mine. I've had better delivery eggplant parm.

Expresso--- Served lukewarm in a full sized coffee mug. No explanation is needed.

Go here. Read the story on the place. Get a drink and order delivery.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very good food, nice room, good execution on standard Italian favorites. Wasn't overwhelmed with quality of service. Would have made a good meal great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great old fashioned Italian restaurant in the heart of South Philly

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Really big portions, great prices. All dinner entrees that we ordered were under $20!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It is an assembly line of both food and customers. They get you in and out so quick that the service has no time to introduce themselves, offer their own recommendations or even ask how they’re customers are doing. The food is good. The sauces are delicious. But the entire pace of the dining area leaves you feeling rushed. Virtually no ambiance at all.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was delicious! Will definitely eat there again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was good, a bit over priced for the quality.
My son ordered the Veal parm very disappointed it is one of their specialty items very large portion but he said wouldn't recommend it,I tasted it I agreed way to much breading and the veal was paper thin its a shame because the sauce was very good. Also it was my Mothers 90th birthday usually a restaurant will bring out some sorta dessert not a big deal I was surprised they didn't

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Quality cuisine , nice atmosphere , Philly friendly .

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good food, Restaurant servers and staff were excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The best Italian food I ever had. Great service, fast, and very respectful and nice. Overall an amazing business. Would recommend to anyone. Very reasonably priced as well!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Very happy to return to Ralph’s. The food is great, the service good, and the location perfect for us. Our friends used valet parking. Thank you for keeping up the family tradition!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to Ralph’s for my husbands birthday. We sat on the second floor it was a very noisy restaurant we felt rushed. We probably won’t be going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This gathering was a group of people who cook, no good food, and wanted to be in a family environment. The food was spot on, we had five different appetizers and they were outstanding. The main entrées were to die for. Following authentic Italian recipes that even Impressed the most cynical of the chefs in our group. Everyone was very pleased with the meal

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Ralph's is an old fashioned restaurant with excellent food and ambience. The prices have gone up a lot since my last visit here about 10 years ago, but the food is wonderful. Great stop for a special date with my husband.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I’ve traveled to Italy , I’m an Italian American and I know what Italian food should taste like. And Ralph’s is as good as homemade. I mean real homemade. I don’t now them and I don’t usually post a review. So what’s that tell you... I’ll. be back soon , that’s the best compliment. Carlo Morelli

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Chicken parmesan was thoroughly enjoyed, as was the manicotti. One in our party raved over the shrimp and gnocchis. The everything salad was plenty for the four of us. This establishment is always a winner in our eyes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

This place is truly a gem. I drove an hour and half to eat here. It was absolutely worth it. Their veal parm was outstanding...best I ever had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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