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Ralph's Italian Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Ralph's Italian Restaurant

4.7
4.7
4672 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian


Ralph's now accepts credit cards.

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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 1:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 627-6011
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jimmy Rubino, Jr.
  • Catering
    Accommodating up to 100 guests:<br /><br>http://ralphsrestaurant.com/ralphs/Docs/banquet_menu.pdf
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (215) 627-6011
  • Neighborhood
    South Philly
  • Cross street
    Catherine
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is now available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,672 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

4,672 Reviews
  1. ICallitgravy

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and staff! Ralph’s is my go to old school Italian restaurant.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Not worth the hype. Evidently this has become a South Philly tourist trap. Food was bland and unexciting. Better than Chef Boyardee I guess.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Parking is an issue, paid for Valet. Totally overpriced pasta and gravy that does not stand out amongst other restaurants. Neat architecture.

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  4. FrequentDiner

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We went on a recommendation and based on the positive reviews. I’ve never been so mislead by my Open Table brethren. The food was awful. My wife’s chicken Marsala was inedible and my pasta dish needed significant amounts of red pepper and cheese to give it any taste.

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  5. JaniceJ

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to go to Ralph’s for many years. Finally made it happen and it was awesome. Great food, old world Italy atmosphere, outstanding service. Highly recommend the homemade pasta!

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  6. janetC

    Palm Springs

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love Ralph’s it’s been a family staple focus for over 50 years!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    1st time dining at Ralph's. Old school building with old school Italian charm. Service was great and the food was even better. Would definitely recommend and we will definitely dine again.

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  8. JohnK

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There’s only three thing you can’t get from Ralph’s , a bad meal, poor service and unfriendly help! There’s plenty of places in town that can help you with one or even all three of those. If you’re looking for great food and a great experience swing by Ralph’s. You won’t be disappointed!

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  9. TonyN

    Portland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia is an unparalleled gem that truly captures the essence of authentic Italian cuisine. Nestled in the heart of South Philly, this venerable establishment has been delighting diners since 1900, making it one of the oldest Italian restaurants in the United States. From the moment you step inside, you’re greeted with a warm, familial atmosphere that speaks volumes about its rich history and deep-rooted traditions. The décor exudes old-world charm, creating a cozy and inviting ambiance that perfectly complements the culinary experience. The menu at Ralph’s is a testament to the artistry of Italian cooking. Each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients and an abundance of love and care. The homemade pasta is a standout, offering a sublime texture and flavor that transports you straight to the heart of Italy. Signature dishes like the veal parmesan and lobster ravioli are executed to perfection, showcasing the depth and complexity of traditional Italian flavors. Service at Ralph’s is impeccable. The staff is not only knowledgeable and attentive but also genuinely passionate about the food they serve. Their recommendations are spot-on, ensuring that every meal is a memorable experience. In addition to its outstanding food and service, Ralph’s boasts an impressive wine list that beautifully complements its menu, featuring a curated selection of Italian and international wines. Ralph’s Italian Restaurant isn’t just a place to eat; it’s a culinary institution where history, tradition, and a love for authentic Italian cuisine converge. For anyone seeking an unforgettable dining experience in Philadelphia, Ralph’s is an absolute must-visit.

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  10. Judy

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a very good old fashioned ‘red gravy’ restaurant. Good drinks, large portions of tasty food, a bit noisy. However, as many times as I order chicken livers RARE, they are always over done. We always take home half the orders, would recommend it, a good family restaurant, has valet parking, $15.

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  11. Devalina

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a charming little neighborhood gem! The folks who work at and run this establishment take pride in it's rich history. It has a very family-friendly atmosphere. We had a mid-week 6pm reservation and every table was taken! I think it says a lot for a restaurant to be open for 124 years and still be able to be packed! I went with my vegetarian husband, picky kids (aged 8 and 10) and discerning mother-in-law. Let me tell you there was nothing wasted! We made the "clean plate club"! We ordered chicken parm, eggplant parm, plain ravioli and seafood linguine. For dessert we had tiramisu, cheesecake and chocolate cake (normally I'm not a fan of chocolate cake but this was awesome and moist.) In the 2 hours we were there, we witnessed a proposal, a young family's first dinner out with their newborn, and groups of friends, neighbors and family all around. When the proposal happened in the restaurant, the whole restaurant clapped! It was our first time there but I can tell this isn't just a restaurant, it's a "2nd place" and community.

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  12. Chris

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love Ralph's. Great food, great service, great ambience.

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  13. WilliamC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my family to Ralph's for Mother's Day, and the restaurant did not disappoint. Courteous servers and staff, top notch Italian cuisine, and awesome old world ambiance. Ralph's is a true Philly treasure!

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  14. MichaelS

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I've been coming to Ralph's for more than 60 years, I first came 50 years ago with my parents. To be blunt, it's not as good as it used to be. When I arrived I asked to be seated downstairs where there were at least a half dozen tables to accommodate our group. I was told no without a reasonable explanation. When you make a reservation you can't ask to be seated downstairs so I didn't understand how others could have reserved these tables. After schlepping upstairs, the room was absolutely freezing. Upon request they raised the temp but eventually the air conditioning went back it, it was uncomfortable. The service was most okay, not great and the food was about the same, okay but not great. My veal marsala which should have been tender was almost rubbery and it lacked flavor. I'd describe it as bland. The mussels, which used to be my favorite dish at Ralph's were extremely spicy and lacked the usual garlic flavor I enjoyed. All in all, an establishment which used to be great was mediocre. I've been there many times (maybe 30-40) and not sure I will rush back. I've recommended Ralph's to many previously but won't do so again.

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  15. JohnK

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a rare Phillies loss at home nothing can pick you up more than a great meal at Ralph’s! If you think avoiding a phillies loss is hard try picking out a meal at Ralph’s that’s not great! The only thing is if your seated upstairs watch your head going through the arch on the steps, some objects aren’t as high as they look.

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  16. EllenD

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my second time eating there and it was as fabulous this time as it was the first we were running late because of traffic and they worked with us and got us a seat. I can’t wait to go again.

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  17. LB241

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful classic Italian meal. We had lasagna and eggplant parm. Delicious! Dessert was tartuffo and the best tiramisu I’ve ever had! Attentive service and old world atmosphere. Loved every minute.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralphs never disappoints! The food is delicious and the staff is fantastic. The atmosphere is fun and inviting. It’s definitely a favorite and I highly recommend going as often as you can!

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  19. anthony1219

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralph is the best old-school Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Gentleman at the door is very kind the waiters and his staff are second to none when you’re in Philadelphia you must go to Ralphs.

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  20. Jeff

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Just average food. Prices are fair for the quality of meal. Thought it would be better considering it is the oldest Italian restaurant in America.

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  21. JohnK

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is always top shelf at Ralph’s. Make a reservation and go hungry! You can thank me later.

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  22. newhopelocal

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service. Had been years since we were at Ralph’s. Food was good, but not great. The restaurant is run down and needs some refreshing. Food was prompt and service was very good

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This place is just best for the food. A little small but that's part of the nostalgia! can't get a better veal parm anywhere!

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  24. VinceP

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralph’s never disappoints. Food and service was outstanding. Highly recommend to anyone.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Authentic vibe. Reasonably priced and great location

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  26. NancyJ

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous dinner delicious food great service we will definitely go back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralph’s is a great place to eat. I had the veal saltimbocca which was very good. The veal was tender and I would recommend it. My wife had the Linguine Pescatore it was great.

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  28. MarcM

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner at an amazing historic Italian restaurant. Food was incredible.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in town for a volleyball tournament and looking for a great Philadelphia Experience. Ralph’s was perfect. My only concern was that this place might be dependent on its history rather than great Italian food. I was impressed by both the experience and the incredible food. Don’t miss this gem.

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  30. DavidB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Historic restaurant, good experience and the food was good. I expected more flavor in the food.

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  31. CarolS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great attentive service. Delicious branzino and terrific desserts.

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  32. MaxZ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, even better food. Highly recommended. Thank you Glenn Macnow!

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  33. JohnK

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good service and friendly employees, what more do you want in a restaurant?

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  34. Aidan

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can't believe I've lived in Philly for 3 years and hadn't yet made it to Ralph's--it's a must! Delicious food, cozy neighborhood atmosphere, and perfect spot to bring visiting friends or family. I'll be back soon!

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  35. ShMcK

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, great service, very cool spot. Little tight but it’s a charming place. True neighborhood gem.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drink, service….excellent. Drove up from Baltimore, MD. Great trip and we will be back.

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  37. Upstager

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar none, the best Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Go up to the 2nd floor. Though the staff are t-shirts, the service is impeccable. Our waiter Jimmy and backed up by John as well as the busboy s were on it. Completely accommodating and attentive to our table's needs. Then there's the food, get the meatballs for an appetizer they are superior to any Sunday dinner homemade meatball in red gravy there is. Entrées are excellent and reasonably price. The tiramisu is insane.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Best broccoli rabe, fresh bread and mussels in red sauce. It’s just entirely too loud can’t hold a convo in there.

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  39. Italianguru

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite Italian restaurant every time we’re in Philadelphia

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is horrible here. Clams casino frozen, in one piece in silver plastic cup? Cmon.

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You can order delivery directly from Ralph's Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Ralph's Italian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ralph's Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 627-6011.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 4672 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ralph's Italian Restaurant

760 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Catherine
  • Neighborhood
    South Philly
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 1:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is now available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jimmy Rubino, Jr.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 627-6011
  • Catering
    Accommodating up to 100 guests:<br /><br>http://ralphsrestaurant.com/ralphs/Docs/banquet_menu.pdf
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (215) 627-6011
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