The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

4.8
3572 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Victor Café is an Italian restaurant that cultivates old traditions and seamlessly blends them with new ones. With classic Italian dishes and unforgettable live music, we invite you to join us for many enjoyable evenings for years to come.

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple reservations made for the same party cannot be seated together. To book large parties that are not available by default on OpenTable, please contact the restaurant directly.
When booking, party size should encompass total number of guests, including children. We try our best to accommodate special requests, however they are not guaranteed.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3572 people are saying
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vipjdauria
New England
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food is at best fair. Menu choices are limited. Service is OK. Singing is the best oart

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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BernardB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Areal classy place with good Italian food but needs vegan items on the menu

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vipJimC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great and the opera singing is entertaining (even for non opera fans)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The singer’s were great! The food was just okay. Nothing to rave about. We also liked the atmosphere. The service wasn’t great either but I don’t know if Covid had anything to do with it.

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CityGirl
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So much fun! And the food and service was top-notch. We chose outdoor dining and had a lovely tome. Food portions are very generous. The opera performances were an enjoyable addition to our evening. The five of us all agreed that the Victor Cafe was one of the highlights of our trip to Philadelphia.

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RECJR
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located on a tight S. Philly street but valet parking eliminated the hassle of finding a spot. Food was good with ample menu selections. All staff were very friendly. The opera performances made this a different experience which I enjoyed. During normal times the upstairs lounge area is very cute and a great place for a drink. Good for dates or families. Glad I went.

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NicholasM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic.

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JeremyG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and food. The opera singing was surprisingly fun and added to the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in Philly visiting my daughter and siblings. We had a fun evening. Between the ambiance, the food, the service and entertainment we had a fun evening. I love the no rush atmosphere. It ticked all my boxes. It’s a gem!

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vipLips
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there many times and each time I have had a great experience. The food, wait staff, and the singing are excellent.

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retiredwoman
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Have been here several times. The decor, singing waitstaff, and service all excellent this time.
However, the food itself was not up to the dishes we've had there in the past.
would be reluctant to book again, as there are so many Italian restaurants in Philly that we haven't even tired.
A disappointment

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DonC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience. Steven our waiter was very good and all of the singers were exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victor Cafe never fails to amaze me. Such a unique South Philly experience, the talent, wow. The food will make you happy, just delicious. Must get the Tiramisu!! Can't wait to return!

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AnnaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Victor Cafe never disappoints. The food and service are always excellent. The singing is always exquisite! What a wonderful place to enjoy an evening.

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vipDebraC
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It always a special evening spent at Victor’s Cafe! I always regret not putting it in our regular rotation of restaurants. It is truly a wonderful experience between the amazing food and the incredibly talented performers. Out server, Stephen who we have had the pleasure of sitting in his section before and he remembers us.🥰
He is an attentive server as well as having a world class operatic voice.🥰🥰
Stephen should be acknowledged as a Superstar Server!!⭐️🌟

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vipJack
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Philadelphia to celebrate special occasions and lifetime milestones. The opera singers are divine, the food is exquisite, and the history is fascinating.

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Nik41
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Opera singers, who also wait tables, are simply the best.

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vipFranP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The singing, as always, was excellent! The food was good as well. The only disappointment was that the waiters do not gather to sing Happy Birthday, due to COVID precautions, which is completely understandable. We'll just have to bring our granddaughter back again for her birthday next year, so she can have the full experience.

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SteveR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our 10th Anniversary. It was our first trip to Philadelphia and we couldnt have asked for a better experience. The singing was phenomenal.

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wubinski
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. There’s such talent and the ambience is fantastic. I got the special salad and special fish and was very pleased. A true gem

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ErikS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best restaurants in Philly and one of my favorites in all the world. Every time I visit Philadelphia, I book a table at the Victor Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful family dinner. Everyone loved each of their meals. Our waiter Steven was exceptional and a fabulous Opera performer.

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entertaining, great atmosphere, delicious food, and excellent service!

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Nick
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was rgood. The place is great but the service not so much. The singing takes precedence over the service which makes for an average at best dining experience. Maybe concentrate on singing once an hour with better service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great dinner with the added bonuses of singing wait staff, beautiful outdoor dinning setup- even misting water spray setup to keep cool on these humid days! Highly recommend!!

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VanessaK
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, outstanding delicious food served hot. Great atmosphere, the opera singing staff is quite talented and a joy to hear. One of my favorite restaurants!

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Susana
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and the staff is very attentive. The music and singers are a wonderful addition to a great meal.

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vipMarcus
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best kept secret in the Northeast. Love, love, love this place.

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vipWendyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The opera singing servers make this unique and the food is very good!

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KenR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Waiters singing was awesome. A little noisy when no singing but dead quiet when waiters sang. Excellent service.

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vipTessL
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Philly and had only 1 chance to dine at a good Italian resto. The musical moments were a treat. Iris was a great host with a wonderful voice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, service, ambiance with melodic opera - who could ask for more?

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mmbtu6
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time. We are visitors from Chicago and we would recommend this place to everyone we know. A gem!

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was tremendous, their renditions of operas was outstanding. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. Everything was just wonderful and affordable for the price atmosphere and decor were eclectic.

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EmilyV
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A MUST try/visit if you are in the area. Such a hidden gem and a wonderful place to eat. Portions are generous and delicious. A perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or a night out. Not looking for a whole meal? Just head upstairs to the candlelight bar for a relaxing time.

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Molly
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is great! The wait staff was friendly, attentive, and amazing opera singers. Great spot to go to for a date or with friends

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bissel11
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time! Voices were amazing! Service was great! Nice change from your average Italian restaurant.

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Thedogatemyhomework
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is one of a kind - real old time Philly: nostalgically decorated with black and white photos, a good Italian menu and arias to dine by! The staff of servers, bus people, expeditors all take turns performing opera pieces standing on a mid point stairway. It’s not non-stop music so you’ll have plenty of time to chat with your table mates as you eat your meal (no talking during performances out of respect for singers who take pride in their craft). We brought out of town guests and they were enthralled by food, atmosphere and opera. Best table in the place- right behind the hostess stand.

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Wendy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Listening to live opera while dining outdoors on a cool summer evening - what could be better??

FAQs

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia is rated 4.8 stars by 3572 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.