Ralph's Italian Restaurant

4.6
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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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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good food!

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

Seating was too cramped. The host placed us at a tiny table next to a large family. We were probably about 1 foot from their table. Even though my reservation indicated that this was for a date, he made no attempt to find a nicer, quieter location. I realize that the place is not large and has a more “homey” feel, but I found it strange that the host asked if our reservation was made on open-table, chuckled under his breath and seated us at a tiny table that we had to maneuver around people to get to.

The food that was recommended by server (veal parm) was not impressive. It tasted as if it was over cooked in a deep fryer and topped with jar sauce. I don’t know why so many people are claiming this to be “authentic” Italian. The pasta, which was served in a separate bowl on the side, barely had any sauce on it and the sauce that was on it, had zero flavor. The food tasted nothing like authentic Italian. My boyfriend’s lasagna was served overflowing in a bowl too small for the food. Although it was a large portion, it was not very hot inside and the ricotta mixture had a dry texture versus a creamy consistency. The muscles in red sauce were the highlight of the evening. The garlic/red sauce they were cooked in was very tasty and the muscles (minus 1) were fresh and cooked well. All in all, a big disappointment considering the excellent reviews this restaurant has gotten.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food in Philly and the best service.

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CJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food a little cramped. Tough to find parking. Very historic. Good lasagna. Big salad. Wine was good. Service was excellent. Didn't have to wait to be seated. Went on a Sunday evening. No time for desert had cake at home for birthday. Third time there. Will go back but not soon live too far from the city. Did not try valet parking maybe next time.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was excited to try this place with all the positive reviews . We were placed in the back with a small table for 4 . It was so small my phone wouldn’t fit on the table when the food came out and me and my 14 year old son were basically elbow over elbow trying to eat . The sauce was not great very sour . We had 2 sides of pasta a chicken Parm and spaghetti and meatballs one glass of wine and 3 sodas and it was almost 100 dollars . The also sat a party of 4 right next to us making it hard to get out when there were at least 10 open tables . Over all not impressed

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious I m still stuffed ! The waiter was excellent! My only suggestion the air conditioner vent was blowing freezing air on me

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely loved my Chilean sea bass. Six ladies celebrating my birthday and everyone loved their food!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an awesome dining experience. Outstanding service, great food, wonderful atmosphere, everyone should visit Ralphs for real Italian cuisine.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Our waiter was arrogant, seemed annoyed and made us feel unwelcome. The bus boys were very nice and helpful. My first time here and it will be my last!!

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waiter had an attitude and felt we were just a number, no personal touch like the old days. Won't be back

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MC
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food taste like my Grandmom's, always authentic Italian and delicious.

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We heard about Ralph`s through a local, we didn't know it was as popular as it is until we arrive over there.
The quality of the food is great, and the attention of the waitress -in my opinion- is a little bit out of place, we had three different waitress attention, they even moved away the plate of my fiancée before I had finished. They transmit me a little bit of their excitement.
Apart from that, the atmosphere and the most important thing, the food, is just really italian.

Totally recommendable :)

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PV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorite restaurants. Great food at a fair price. Just recently I held my son’s 21st birthday dinner there.

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PM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Manicotti was delicious!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was so nice. We were not rushed at all.

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and Dining Experience were Excellent as always!

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TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I took some out-of-town work colleagues to Ralph's to introduce them to a south Philly Italian restaurant. One of my colleagues arrived about 15 minutes early, and asked if she could order a drink while she was waiting. She was told by the Host at the door that she couldn't and that she would have to wait for the rest of us to arrive. When we arrived she told us what happened, and the host overheard us, jumping in and saying that was the way things were done at Ralph's. My colleague commented that it seemed strange, and the host gave a nasty reply that she didn't seem to understand his explanation. The food and waiter service was very good, but the incident left a sour note over the evening and I doubt I'll suggest Ralph's again to these colleagues. Would recommend otherwise, just don't cross the guy at the door!

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AL
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We brought out-of-town guests to Ralph's and they loved the charming decor! Food was very good too, and our waiter was very nice and attentive.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve come here for years now. The other day we found ourselves in the area and wanted a quick late lunch. We were served a lovely meal by a very warm and attentive staff. Our pasta meals were simple but classic and delicious.

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CF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place ever

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KO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed a weekend dinner. The food was quite good and authentic. The calamari is sautéed and not fried. Between us we had gnocchi, linguini, and lasagna along with sausage and meatballs. All were quite good. The deserts were also excellent.

This is not the place for a quiet dinner. It’s tightly packed and noisy which has a charm all it’s own. If you don’t wind up interacting with your neighbors, it’s because you must be actively avoiding it.

The staff is on the rushed/down to business side. Perhaps a bit too gruff for my tastes. My daughter ordered the gnocchi not realizing she needed to explain sauces, meat selection, etc to go with it. Waiter was borderline rude and I needed to take her thru it. As the evening progressed, he mellowed out a bit but never came close to being friendly.

Pricing is ok given it’s downtown philly and holds the title of oldest Italian restaurant in the country. Kudos to them for not selling out and making it a tourist trap.

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RT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional South Philly Italian food.

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BR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional, nostalgic Italian ambiance with a menu that doesn’t disappoint! This is the perfect place to bring people who appreciate true, quality italian food! A philadelphia classic!

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c
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner and service was very good. we will definitely be making a trip back in the near future!

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P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is great, true Italian. Very generous portions.
Seating is really packed in-- not ADA compliant if that matters to you.
There is absolutely no parking here but Ralphs does have a valet park for $10-- well worth it.
We had an 8:00 reservation, but arrived early. Knew we wouldn't be able to get seated until our time, buy figured what's the harm in trying. Host referred us to go across the street to the OneNote Bar- which was great. When our table was ready Ralphs called the bar to notify we could come over and be seated immediately.
Eat here if you love Italian food-- you will not be disappointed! Yum, Yum!

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h
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is best spot in phily the only place I go love it

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m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been to Ralph’s in several years and was relieved to find it as good as ever. This is the real deal, the classic Italian restaurant that has become an endangered species. My gnocchi was perfect as was my husband’s veal. The service was great. Love Ralph’s!

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ML
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've made a number of trips to Ralphs & often take dates there who have not visited before.
I've never been disappointed nor have my dates. The food & service is always exceptional, leading to a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. Ralphs is a Philadelphia landmark & treasure.

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MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was good also. Everyone in my party enjoyed their meal.

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J
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Sorry. I didn’t think the food was up to par. The folks who dined with me agreed.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My shimp scampi, ceasar salad and calamari was perfect. The waiter was good too.

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T
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love having dinner here, Such a great place to have dinner the service is awesome and everyone is nice. I will be going there soon

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pastas excellent, great eggplant, heavenly bread, but osso buco tough compared to last visit.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ralph’s was incredible. The red sauce is so good, it’s clear they’ve perfected it for over 100 years. I was skeptical, but Ralph’s absolutely lives up to the hype.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience at Ralph’s at it won’t be our last! Everything from the antipasto to the veal saltimbocca to the cannoli cake was
outstanding, as was our server Matt. Excellent!

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JB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Italian restaurant. You will absolutely be satisfied. Definitely make a reservation.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was recommended by a friend. Enjoyed meal and ambiance at Ralph’s.

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IC
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Veal Parm In the city ! Service is always great.

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