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.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. I frequent Ralph’s often. Great place, food and atmosphere.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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G
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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! :-)

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TO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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Responded 2 days ago

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.

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We took our friends from Florida for dinner Thursday night and they loved it just as much as we do

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words! We’re glad new guests loved it too.

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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Responded 2 days ago

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!

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Hidden little gem in Philly. They make you feel like you are at home.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Ann! Making people feel like they’re home is the ultimate compliment for us. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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SA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good solid Italian food

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Seyna!

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Responded 2 days ago

thank you so much Natalie, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Chicken Parmesan was very good. Our waiter was very nice and accommodating. Service was fast.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great feedback!

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Meatballs as good as mu Italian mother's, need I say more!

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Responded 2 days ago

This is the ultimate compliment, thank you!!!!

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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IC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is great and so is the food

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Wine glasses small.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the kind words!

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TV
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great feedback Terri!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been going for over 40 yrs. Calamari was delicious, sauce ln my braciole was a bit acidic. Dessert delish.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the feedback!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was great

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!

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BA
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words Bruce. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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EZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Responded 2 days ago

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!

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

We’re always working to get better Eddie, so this was great to read. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience at Ralph’s.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the feedback!

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was AMAZING! The food was exquisite and we can't wait to go back!

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the feedback Maria!

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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v
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Philadelphia staple and must go when visiting the city for an amazing Italian-American meal.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Vin!

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TM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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DJ
Philadelphia
410 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Classic South Philly gravy house dining doesn’t get any better.

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Responded 2 days ago

This just made us blush, thank you!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a huge party. They got us seated at our reserved table immediately. The service was perfect and the food was delicious

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much Richard, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly. We were seated right away. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was excellent.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the great feedback Rosanne!

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Should upgrade the bar selection. But will be back!!!!

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Responded 2 days ago

We look forward to seeing you next time Michael!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Nick, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Ralph’s. It’s always superb!

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, highly recommended. The shrimp scampy was incredible.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind words Tom!

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1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the veal, best in the city

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Responded 2 days ago

Love this! Thank you!

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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