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About Ralph's Italian Restaurant

Ralph's now accepts credit cards!

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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (95)
Authentic (87)
Casual (76)
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Comfort Food (67)
Good for a Date (58)
Special Occasion (56)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Worth the Drive (45)
Cozy (44)
Good for Groups (35)
Fun (31)
Romantic (31)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Great for Lunch (23)
Business Meals (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Kid-friendly (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Hot Spot (10)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
People Watching (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Ralph's is an old fashioned restaurant with excellent food and ambience. The prices have gone up a lot since my last visit here about 10 years ago, but the food is wonderful. Great stop for a special date with my husband.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve traveled to Italy , I’m an Italian American and I know what Italian food should taste like. And Ralph’s is as good as homemade. I mean real homemade. I don’t now them and I don’t usually post a review. So what’s that tell you... I’ll. be back soon , that’s the best compliment. Carlo Morelli

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Chicken parmesan was thoroughly enjoyed, as was the manicotti. One in our party raved over the shrimp and gnocchis. The everything salad was plenty for the four of us. This establishment is always a winner in our eyes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 3 days ago

This place is truly a gem. I drove an hour and half to eat here. It was absolutely worth it. Their veal parm was outstanding...best I ever had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, quick and excellent service. Professional staff. Will no doubt return to this historic restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Another good meal. The only negative was the calamari was fishy and we didnt eat much of it but they wouldnt take it off the bill. Kind of not thinking big picture. Our bill for 9 people was nearly $500.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Service is brusque - but polite. The dining room filled quickly - even at 4:30 on a Monday - but service was efficient and food was delicious! Great prices and portion sizes. Definitely make a reservation.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

What can you say about Ralph's...comfort food, comfort atmosphere, friendly and excellent service, right in the heard of South Philly. That's why we go back.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We headed over to Ralph’s after the eagles game and dinner was outstanding. However I must say that our server Lauren was incredible, best server I have ever had. She guided us through the menu every step of the way. Anything we needed she got for us. I would recommend this restaurant and the server to anyone that would listen to me. Thanks again Lauren for the wonderful service and attention my wife and I will be coming back soon.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The Veal Parm was delicious! I love that it was so tender yet the coating was little crispy. the dark side of the moon for dessert was soooooo yummy!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Ralph’s was outstanding! We went for our 10 year anniversary. The staff, food and atmosphere we perfection!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great homemade Italian meal!

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Best Italian food around. Nothing fancy, but on point! So relieved they don't put too much cheese and gravy on everything like most "Italian" restaurants. This place is the real deal. Everything from sweetbreads to tripe as well if you enjoy that old world Italian grub.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food and service was great enjoyed it

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

It was our first experience there. It is small and quant place. The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff was very efficient. Thank you for good evening with our family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent food! Excellent service! Excellent atmosphere! If you haven't been to Ralph's, you have to go.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything from the valet parking, food , and service were first class.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Birthday - not sure they were going to recognize it to the end when I ordered a cappuccino otherwise the service and food was good. A little noisy in the front room.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful meals, every time! Will 've coming back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was very good. Perfect for many occasions get together with friends, family and even a date comfy atmosphere

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Nice, waitstaff alittle arrogant,but food was good, quick service and good price.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was THE BEST ITALIAN FOOD I HAD ATE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A TRUE GEM. OUR SERVER WAD SO KIND HELPFUL AND DOWN TO EARTH. I WOULD GO BACK THERE AND BRING MY SON HIS FRIEND'S AND FAMILY.... IF I COULD RATE 10. STARS I WOULD..

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Staff was very friendly, courteous and attentive....it was New Year's Eve and the restaurant was busy but our service was excellent...the meal was great and we left very sstisfied...highly recommended...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always outstanding food. My only real issue is you could tell our table was squeezed in by the staircase for New Years making for a very tight fit. That said I have been here a number of times so this seems to be a one-off, holiday issue.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dinner was wonderful as always. Mark took great care of us. Thanks again and see you soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was phenomenal! The veal was so tender. My husband loves the mussels red and we all took turns dipping in his gravy. Service was timely and staff super friendly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I have found my new favorite restaurant! The menu is easy, the staff is friendly, the food is fairly priced but most of all it is delicious I mean light and amazing. We will most definitely be back. Thank you Ralph's!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Ralph’s delivers the real deal - authentic Italian food! I’m an Italian American and the food here is just like I remember as a kid. It’s made just like Mom & Dad made it. The service was great and the menu gives you enough variety so that you can go often. The seating is a little tough with small tables squeezed into a small area, but a frequent visit to Ralph’s is a worthwhile experience. I highly encourage everyone to visit Raplh’s - a true Italian original.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, People Watching
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Ralph's is a piece of history that never disappoints. My parents took me when I was a kid and I take my own kids now. Food and service is always great. It is the oldest Italian Restaurant for a reason.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Family visiting from out of town

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was fresh and we'll prepared. Our server, Matt, was very attentive and pleasant. The atmosphere was classic Italiana do would have been a nice quiet date night if not for the wedding rehearsal dinner happening on our floor which was extremely loud and made it difficult for us to enjoy any conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious! We always have a perfect meal here.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Went here with a friend on a Thursday night and definitely needed a reservation, the place was full but not overcrowded. We order the house a carafe of the house wine which was very affordable and two pasta dishes that were both delicious! Can't wait to go back and try some more. Bonus was it is only three blocks from my place, dangerous!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food great prices enough to take home always a treat

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

good food, quiet 3rd floor. reat red sauce. great bread

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Calamari over spaghetti. My biggest complaint is I bought the cook book and they are not revealing how they make the calamari so tender and delicious. I've been going to Ralphs for 30 years and that's all I ever get. Antipasta, calamari, house wine. My favorite meal anywhere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This restaurant is amazing. Food is unreal. Authentic Italian cooking! However, the inside needs to be renovated desperately and the carpets changed. It's very dingy and not well maintained.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Ralph's has been a family favorite for years. We go for the authenticate southern Italian food. If you like garlic then I suggest my favorite dish; mussels as an appetizer or over pasta. It remains one of the best values in the city.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Sarcones bread and Ralph’s gravy can’t be beat. Christmas Eve service was impeccable. Great night

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was disappointing...has gone down hill unfortunately. Felt rushed.

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