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About 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.

760 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch (M-F): 11:45am - 3:00pm
Dinner (Monday - Thursday): 3:00pm - 9:45pm
Dinner (Friday): 3:00pm - 10:45pm
Dinner (Saturday): 11:45am - 10:45pm
Dinner (Sunday): 11:45am - 9:45pm

Cross Street:
Catherine

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 627-6011

Website:
http://www.ralphsrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Accommodating up to 100 guests:

http://ralphsrestaurant.com/ralphs/Docs/banquet_menu.pdf

Parking Details:
Valet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Valet can also be arranged ahead of time for large parties and special events.

Executive Chef:
Jimmy Rubino, Jr.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Ralph`s does accomodate parties up to 100 people for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, etc!

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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!

Ralph's Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (82)
Authentic (73)
Comfort Food (63)
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Casual (57)
Good for a Date (48)
Special Occasion (47)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Worth the Drive (41)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Groups (35)
Cozy (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Romantic (24)
Fun (22)
Business Meals (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Kid-friendly (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
People Watching (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined a day ago

Awesome food! Great ambiance. If you’re looking for a quiet place this isn’t it although you still can talk to each other.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Another great time at Ralph’s. It never disappoints. The Chicken Sorrento was awesome as usual.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

I can’t say enough about Ralph’s !! The food and service are outstanding. They treat you like family and I can’t wait to go back .

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

My daughter & myself had dinner together before attending a concert. I have been to Ralphs before so I was prepared to sit on top of the other table next to us which is not comfortable but I understand as a business you need to utilize every inch of space. I have been to Ralphs throughout the years and I really feel that the food is not what it use to be. I felt this way the last two times I was there. I do know good Italian food being Italian myself and my dad owning a restaurant for 40 years. I ordered the Antipasto which I felt was downsized from previous times. My daughter had the ravioli I had the braciole with fettuccini which was ok the braciole was a little tough. I did ask my waiter for extra gravy which he did give me. He took my dish in the back and just added the gray that was on my daughters ravioli. As far as our service our waiter was not the happiest person I can't say he was ignorant but not someone who added to the experience of our dining. Unfortunately I feel as though when a business becomes successful like yours, the food and service becomes lax. Because of the prices your establishment does charge you are held at a higher standard and can not afford to not give it your all. Please take this review as constructive criticism .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We saw our server twice, when he introduced himself by saying “you guys ready yet” and when he delivered our food, that was it. We got more help from the buss boy the entire night. Me and my boyfriend go here a lot and tonight was the worst we’ve ever been treated by a waiter. Sad

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Ralph’s is our yearly anniversary spot! Every year we look forward to the excellent food, excellent service, and Italian vibes of this quaint spot in South Philly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I chose this place because I searched for “kid friendly” on opentable and this was one of the top choices in Philly.
The reviews seemed good enough to give it a try.

We were a party of 7 (5 adults, 1 toddler, 1 newborn).
Upon arrival, we had a baby in a car seat along with the diaper bag, etc. We were directed to climb the stairs after walking through an empty 1st floor dining room (arrived at 5pm). At the top of the stairs, we were told our table was given to someone else so now we had to stand and wait for them to decide which empty table to give us (it was 90% empty ).
The bathrooms are tiny and to be advertised as kid friendly, there is not a changing table in the building. I had to change a newborn baby’s diaper on the floor of the disgusting bathroom.

As for servers, we clearly grabbed the short straw tonight. We were approached (not greeted) by a young man that couldn’t have come off any less professional and rude. He treated us as if we were lucky to be sitting in his section.
We had the calamari and tomato/ mozzarella apps. The calamari was very tough and very fishy. This was being shared by several people and everyone agreed that it wasn’t edible. I flagged down the server and he removed the mostly untouched plate (although he later claimed it was 90% eaten and tried to charge for it).
The entrees at our table were mostly the veal and chicken parmigiana. Everyone was satisfied but agreed that it wasn’t anything special or better than the local pizzeria.
As for the bill, please make note they add 20% tip to the bill for 6 or more people. The problem is they add the tip to the bill amount with the taxes included meaning you’re tipping on the taxes as well. That is not appropriate tipping etiquette.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Place was cool and historic, my only knock on it was they portion size was rather small, especially for the price

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good highly recommend

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious fresh ingredients best Italian food I've had in awhile . Our waitress was friendly & attentive and recommended great dishes to order!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

food was plentiful and very good...only problem...server mixed our doggie bags...I got all the chicken parm and my friend got the pasta....suggestion...box your own leftovers!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great meal

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

They have the most delicious tripe in gravy here ! So hard to find, though we did indeed find it here .

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Dinner with my parents visiting from out of town. Perfect spot to show them Philly’s great neighborhood restaurants. Food was authentic and ambiance perfect.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Waiter that took care of our table had NO PERSONALITY. Seemed to have a chip on his shoulder....

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Ralph's is a tiny little restaurant in South Philly. It claims to be the oldest Italian restaurant in America. The food was authentic and so good. The tables are very close together, so if you're looking for intimacy, this is not the place. In addition, the wait staff is somewhat taciturn, so that a bit of a negative. Otherwise, go and eat some great Italian food. Mangia!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service3
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Hands down the BEST Italian food we have ever had.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic experience. Wait staff were excellent performers. Food was fabulous.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome! Great food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love Ralph's. It's a landmark S.Philly gem that's the very best Italian Family style dining. Historic in Philly. I've been blessed to be married into a family that has celebrated many a special occasion at Ralph's over the past 39+ years.

There's a charm about this restaurant that is unlike any other, old world, no pretension. Classic dishes done simply and cleanly with such comfort to the soul. We love it there!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were visiting Philly and a friend had recommended Ralph’s. Overall we really enjoyed the old school vibe, the food was great and our waiter was excellent. My only complaint was that they seated us under the a/c vent and we were freezing. When we asked the person who seated us for a different table he was not at all accommodating even though there were plenty of tables available.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ralph's never disappoints! traditional, delicious and consistent. Always a treat to come back to! All the veal dishes are excellent, and don't miss the muscles in white, you can drink the broth!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great good

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very nice old Italian feel and the menu and food was amazing.Nice atmosphere and the crowd was a lot of fun and just there to enjoy the wine ,food and evening.We will definitely return

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Delicious and authentic. Don't miss the veal parmasian. It is Ralph's signature dish for a good reason.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I don't usually write reviews nor do I care what others one time experience was. However as a first time visitor. I felt compelled to write. This place is really wonderful. The menu is extensive the wine menu is very reasonable. The food was greAt. Every course better than than the one before. Our wIter was funny and made us feel right at home The place was filled with happy diners as we talked to the people next to us They are regulars and confirmed to me that this place is a gem. I'm sorry we hadn't visited sooner. But we won't be strangers. Nice to find such a place that treats there customers like family after reading some reviews on here I don't u deist and such pettiness lol. U didn't get bread. Ask for it. Ralph's has become our go to place. For casual dining. Or memorable occasions. Kudos

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I LOVE Ralph’s! Tomatoes and mozzarella is amazing! Not a thing on the menu that is not wonderful !!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Best Italian food in South Philadelphia! Great service too!! Ask for Marc.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food was excellent and our server Anthony was fantastic Ralph’s is simply a great experience when in Philadelphia.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Definitely a gem in Philadelphia! I didn't really see it from things to do website or on Google. Found out about the place from a friend and it is totally worth it. Ambiance and food is phenomenal. Definitely would come back and try more items on the menu. Servers are on point with recommendations.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We had an outstanding meal. Can’t wait to go back and try everything on the menu. I now know why Ralph’s has been around for the past 117 years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Enjoyed the food, rich and flavorful. Restaurant is small so make a reservation.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Dinner was great. Too much food, but that is never a bad thing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

A wonderful meal and service and food were fantastic!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food excellent but service and host not welcoming or warm.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Awful waiter. No bread brought me the wrong dish clueless

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The meal was ok but nothing special. Can’t understand how it was voted best veal parmagian in Philly.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fabulous food!
However, our server was not on the mark. We were seated upstairs, perhaps that was part of it - but I don't think so. He cleared plates without asking if the diner was finished. In one case the plate was removed before my friend even had time to resist-and she was NOT finished. As well, our dessert sat on the tray for a very long time - he brought the tray up and then forgot to serve what was on it. He walked past it several times--I finally had to ask for it. I was tempted to just go get it!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a great meal and great bottle of wine for a resonable price. The two of us got out of there for just under 100 bucks which included a bottle of wine and desert. We had left overs which were perfect for a late night snack back at hotel.

Tables are fairly close together which is great for somebody like me who likes to talk to people.
In case you were wondering, yup got the veal parm. It was awesome. Also got fettuccini Alfredo. Not bad. The home made noodles rocked.
Let’s talk desert..... I would NOT suggest the canoli. The filling was chalky. It was like eating a tumms. Do not waste your money on one of these things.

I will go back next time in Philly.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great experience. Exactly what I was hoping for when going to a super old Italian restaurant. The sausage was really good.

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