Ralph's Italian Restaurant

4.6
3586 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian


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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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SahonyS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff and delicious Italian food. Definitely going back!

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CindyP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we ate at Ralph's in a week. We brought 6 of our friends and family because we were so impressed our first time around. First we split 3 different appetizers including 3 meatball apps, clams casino, artichoke hearts prosciutto and parmesan. There wasn't a single morsel left. We had veal parm, eggplant parm, chicken marsala, clams and linguine in white sauce, mussels and linguine in red sauce, chicken parm some with sides of spaghetti, Escarole or broccoli rabe. The portions are so big that several of us had dinner for tomorrow. We split a few Tiramisu, cannoli, and cannoli cake for desert that were equally delicious. And of course a few carafes of wine. Our server, Frank was new and we were his first table of eight. He did a fantastic job. I have one other thing to say ORDER THE MEATBALLS you will not be sorry!

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ShariM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and we were very happy. The service is great. The food is great and the have a great selection of entree’s. Reasonably priced so that you want to come back again and again.

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CindyP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the prices are very reasonable. The meatballs are a must have.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal outside. Traffic had some noise but everything else was incredible

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LisaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ralph's was our twice a month date nite place to go until COVID hit. This was the first time in well over a year that we have been there and it did not disappoint!
The food, atmosphere and servers are the best!!!

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Barb
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff. Great old Philly Italian food. Love the history. Affordable valet parking. We’ll be back.

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lynnr
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sat outside , it was a beautiful night so it all worked out.

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vipMicahB
Philadelphia
451 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been coming here for decades...consistently good. The service is always super-friendly. This was the first time we found the pacing really slow--but that was good for the restaurant as they had a big party upstairs, people in the dining room, full tables outside and takeout. So hard to complain about the place bustling after some tough times for all restaurants. One of my favorite post-stadium game stops.

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vipDianey
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, caring staff who strive to make your dining experience pleasant. Entrees were all tasty (eggplant parmigiana, veal piccata, chicken Marsala, and seafood spaghetti) and portions are good sized. We hadn’t been there in many years but decided to go back while visiting the flower show. Glad we did!

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BeaW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved it - good food, fun atmosphere. Just what we wanted

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AnnS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was personal and always ready to fill the water glasses. Food was delivered hot and delicious! We are planning our next visit to Ralph's soon!

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DaveG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience and best place in the city

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vipnicoleh
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good was delicious, service was a little slower than I would have expected on a Saturday but the server was really nice and accommodating.

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! Our server Frank, was very attentive in a busy Friday night. Easy to understand how this restaurant has thrived for so long!

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lenore
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Portions were plentiful but taste was missing. Marinara sauce was watery and missing tomatoes and texture.
Mozzarella appetizer served cold with an oversupply of red pepper slices.
Meatball appetizer was good, as was the tartufo dessert.
Generally speaking the food was undistinguished. Server did ask several times if everything was ok, which was good, but didn't seem to anticipate basic needs of diners.

Service was slow and we had to keep asking for water.






Mozzarella served cold

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and enjoy with friends.

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vipmaria
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love going to a neighborhood Italian restaurant whose roots are deep. The food never disappoints. Peter our waiter was terrific!! He was fun, helpful and very attentive!
We had a great time and left full and satisfied

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ICallitgravy
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ralph’s is the best! Good old school Italian food with a staff that treats you like family.

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AnnieW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved Ralphs. We ordered app., dinner, dessert. Would have like to had a little more time between courses.
Food great.

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was my first time at Ralph's, but my wife, having grown up in the city, had been there many times before, but not for about 15 years. I really liked the atmosphere, but everything else wasn't good enough for me to ever go back. Our server was very off putting. He was contently rushing us to order and wasn't very attentive after we received our order. He charged us for 2 drinks, even though we only ordered 1. He did bring 2, but that was because he said he wasn't sure it we wanted 1 or 2. My daughter drank both, but since it was just iced tea, there wouldn't have been a charge for a refill anyway. I also went about 10 minutes without getting my water refilled after my meal was dropped off.

The food was just ok. We got the calamari as an appetizer and it was ok, but the red sauce it was in was very bland. I asked if this was the same sauce they use for the spaghetti my daughter ordered and the server said it wasn't and that the other sauce was much better. If that is the case, I don't understand why that sauce wasn't used for the calamari. The rest of the meals were nothing special, certainly not what I expected from "the Oldest Italian Restaurant in America".

Lastly, we were out for dinner for both mine and my wife's birthday. I noted that on Open Table and it wasn't even acknowledged by the server. It's not that I wanted anything for our birthdays, but any other time I was ever noted a special occasion on Open Table, the restaurant usually says something. Even if it's just a happy birthday, it's a nice touch.

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BillS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Only issue was valet was late and we drove around for 40 minutes looking for a parking space.

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SimbaD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a little slow, staff were friendly. The red sauce with the chicken scallopini was a little watery and the chicken breast could have been more tender.

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KathrynB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had been excited to try Ralph's because it has a great reputation and has been around forever. Unfortunately, our meal was disappointing.

My husband's chicken parm was rubbery, and my pasta had potential, but the sauce broke so it was nearly inedibly oily. The meatball appetizer was delicious, especially the sauce.

Service was very slow, especially at the beginning and end of the meal - we waited a very long time after eating for someone to check on us, and then again at least 10 - 15 minutes for our check.

Philly has a great Italian American food scene, and this may be the oldest, but I would recommend trying a smaller spot that can put more focus on each table/dish.

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Carlie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to bring out of town family to our favorite Italian restaurant! Ralph’s never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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ginnys
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Food was excellent. Staff was very friendly and couldn't do enough for you. We will be back.

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vipRangeBrover
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always stop here if we are in Philadelphia, there’s no Italian restaurant in the city better than Ralph’s.

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Steph
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Seldom do I want Italian food, but Ralph's is a must. I always order the eggplant parmesan and am never disappointed. Plus, they have Tartufo on the dessert menu!

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GregC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. Great food, service was great and so friendly and helpful with questions about the menu and atmosphere was amazing. We can’t wait to go back and bring our friends there.

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JONF
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the old school! You have to have the canoli cake for dessert!

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Zerlinarosa
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience- fabulous food and excellent service. We will be back!

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nicholasM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love ralph’s. Family owned for generations. Great home cooked meals. Love what they do- make home made Italian dishes making you feel like you are home eating. Obvious to us there were issues with servers and staffing. Likely due to COVID. Did not impact
Our enjoyment of meal at all.

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vipLovefood
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best item on the menu is Chicken Sicilian!! Hands down!

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vipHealthydiner
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at Ralph’s. They have many outdoor tables that we hope will be permanent part of this iconic Italian restaurant.

Our food was delicious, wonderfully prepared and served. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The early summer breezes added a special touch to our experience.

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vipedavies
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm greeting upon arrival from Lauren and Pete our server was very nice and provided excellent suggestions for the restaurants most popular dishes.

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Stig
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite Italian Restaurant. The Veal Rollatine is my absolute favorite meal. My wife had the Veal Sorrento that was an excellent choice. They make a great clams casino appetizer like none other I’ve had.

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DancingQueen
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very fun evening. This place came recommended to my friend and I as it was our first visit. The place is just so cool with all its nostalgia. Food was delicious. I had the pasta pescatore which was loaded with seafood, shrimp, crab, mussels so good! My friend had a shrimp pasta dish that had a light cream sauce which she thought was delicious. The service was excellent and I would come back in a heart beat.

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Merv
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed everything. Seafood Linguini- BEST COOKED SEAFOOD EVER!

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vipHeather
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The only complaint is the outside table was slanted .

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Ralph's Italian Restaurant does offer 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 4.6 stars by 3586 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.

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