Ralph's Italian Restaurant
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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Awesome. I frequent Ralph’s often. Great place, food and atmosphere.
Sat on 2nd floor so noisy could not even hold conversation. Had calamari and spaghetti, presentation poor. Looked like it stewed in sauce all day.
Not a trip to Philly goes by without a night out @ Ralph's. I'm always shocked when when speaking about it to Philly natives, and they reply 'Who?' Not that they need to advertise...they were turning folks w/o ressies away at the door.
Get thee to Ralph's...oldest, continuing family-run Italian restaurant in America! :-)
As usual a wonderful meal! Only complaint was host yelling into intercom to the upstairs again and again about tables. Very disruptive to this of us close by. Use a cell phone or other means of communication instead. Other than that Loved It!!
Thanks for the great feedback Tammy!!!!! Admittedly the intercom is an old school thing we haven’t gotten away from yet, but we are working on it. Our sincerest apologies that it was disruptive and we hope to have that resolved soon.
We took our friends from Florida for dinner Thursday night and they loved it just as much as we do
Thank you so much for the kind words! We’re glad new guests loved it too.
I love Ralph's! I love the food, the service, the building itself. But I wish it didn't feel like we were sharing our table with the strangers next to us! They were even butting into our conversation. But the food keeps me coming back.
Thank you so much for the feedback. Some inside info, the second floor is a bit more open. Give that a try next time and hopefully it’ll be a perfect evening. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Excellent food and service. Hidden little gem in Philly. They make you feel like you are at home.
Thank you Ann! Making people feel like they’re home is the ultimate compliment for us. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Good solid Italian food
Thank you Seyna!
Ralph’s has always been one of our very favorites. This trip was no less enjoyableThe food is excellent and our waiter is always friendly and fun
thank you so much Natalie, we look forward to seeing you soon!
The Chicken Parmesan was very good. Our waiter was very nice and accommodating. Service was fast.
Thank you for the great feedback!
Everything about our experience was excellent! The food was fantastic exceeded our expectations. The portions were generous and we took plenty home with us. Our server was very attentive and answered our questions about the menu. The ambiance of the restaurant was warm and welcoming. It was a true Italian restaurant and we'll definitely visit again.
Meatballs as good as mu Italian mother's, need I say more!
This is the ultimate compliment, thank you!!!!
Great restaurant for any occasion. I've taken my wife there for a date night when we've visited Philadelphia, and have taken my boss and his boss when we were visiting clients in Philly and was asked, "where can we get some good food?" Most recently, I had put on a training seminar and took out some of the attendees who also wanted some "good food." Staff is very attentive, service is quick and the food consistently well-cooked.
Thank you for dining with us no matter the occasion Andy! We’re glad we can be there for you for so many varied nights out. See you soon!
Tall male waiter with glasses, very rude. Seemed annoyed that half our 4 top wasn’t drinking. He walked Away after asking if we wanted drinks, they said water, he replied “ok “very curtly and walked off, we had to flag him down because my wife and I wanted wine. The younger male who busses tables is rude and pushy. He grabs everything with Barely asking if you are done and tries to take dessert order. He got our order wrong before so we don’t tell him, tell the waiter. He also packed my wife’s leftovers so badly it leaked through the bag on way home. This place is not as good as used to be. The novelty has worn off.. much better food and service pretty much anywhere in Italian Market or city for that matter. Never again.
Thank you for the feedback, we’ll be sure to address it with our team. Hopefully one day you will give us another chance as this is certainly not our norm.
I traveled from Washington state to have the veal and artichokes again, and it was worth every penny! I will go to Ralph's every chance I get for as long as they are there!
Thank you for the kind words Jackie! We’re actually working on being able to ship meatballs across the country, so while not the Veal and Artichokes, you’ll still be able to get a taste in Washington State!
Only con I experienced was the bathroom, it was very small with one toilet and no sink inside. The sink was on the outside near the hallway which left me and the waiters squeezing by each other as I washed my hands.
Thank you for the feedback Izaya! Unfortunately the bathroom is one of our old school “things” that aren’t the easiest to change. But glad to see the rest of the experience made up for it!
The place is great and so is the food
Excellent food. Wine glasses small.
Thanks for the kind words!
Ralph's was a great dinner. My only complaint was our table. It was on the second floor near the bar (not a problem) but it seems our table for two was basically in an aisle walkway. Waiters and people were bumping into our table a few times. It might be better to not have a table there. But other than that it was great. Food was fabulous
Thank you for the great feedback Terri!
Been going for over 40 yrs. Calamari was delicious, sauce ln my braciole was a bit acidic. Dessert delish.
Thank you for the feedback!
As always everything was great
My wife and I had our first dinner at Ralphs on Thursday night. It was a fantastic meal, and service was excellent. Their red sauce is obviously house made, and it was the best I’ve had anywhere. We will definitely be back, and I will recommend Ralph’s to anyone visiting Philadelphia.
Thank you so much for the kind words Bruce. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
The best red gravy restaurant in the city. Never a bad meal and every time I host people from out of town, Ralph's continues to impress with their food.
Thank you Eric! We knew you got what we’re about as soon as you said gravy. We can’t wait to see you again soon!
I have been there in the past but this meal was particularly great.
The arugula salad was great and a generous portion.
I ordered the veal francais which was the best sauce I ever had.
Even the simple side of pasta with marinara was very tasty.
Servers were very quietly attentive and made good recommendations.
We’re always working to get better Eddie, so this was great to read. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Great experience at Ralph’s.
Thank you for the feedback!
This restaurant was AMAZING! The food was exquisite and we can't wait to go back!
Thank you so much for the feedback Maria!
Food was average but not as good as expected. The place was crowded and loud and i could literally eat off the plate of the person at the table next to me. The history of the place is why people go there and that was cool, but I would not go back.
A Philadelphia staple and must go when visiting the city for an amazing Italian-American meal.
Thank you Vin!
Went for dinner for hubbies birthday. Got there early for our reservation but were still able to seat us right away. Dinner was delicious. Staff was VERY attentive - more bread, more drinks, water! I had long hot peppers for app - warning - they are HOT, but so good I couldn’t stop eating them. Great meatballs too. Everything we ordered was delicious. Definitely going back.
Thank you for the feedback Theresa! So glad we could make a special occasion that much more special. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Classic South Philly gravy house dining doesn’t get any better.
This just made us blush, thank you!
Had a huge party. They got us seated at our reserved table immediately. The service was perfect and the food was delicious
Thank you so much Richard, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Staff was very friendly. We were seated right away. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was excellent.
Thanks for the great feedback Rosanne!
Awesome food. Should upgrade the bar selection. But will be back!!!!
We look forward to seeing you next time Michael!
Ralph's is a great old school Italian family restaurant. Staff is energetic, casual and fast. Food is comforting and indulgent. Excellent place for a group. It gets a little loud so just be prepared for that. Loved the eggplant parm. Carafes of house wine keep the price down.
It feels amazing when people “get” what we’re all about. So thank you for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you soon!
If you want an old fashioned Italian American restaurant experience this is the place. The food was right what you would expect from South Philly. Clams casino which you don’t see many places anymore we’re great and my veal was excellent. Decent wine list with fair markups.
Thank you Nick, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Love Ralph’s. It’s always superb!
Great place, highly recommended. The shrimp scampy was incredible.
Thank you for the kind words Tom!
Get the veal, best in the city
Love this! Thank you!
Been going to Ralph's my entire life but hadn't been there is a while. In fact, for many years in the sports business, I always sent writer friends from out of town there when they asked for a great Philly restaurant. This time had a friend in town from Israel so took him there. Everything was great, from the greeting to the service overall to the food. He loved it and so did I.
We love reading a review like this. It’s essentially the reason we continue to do what we do. We thank you for the kind words Brian, and also for continuing to come back. Can’t wait to see you again soon!