The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

4.9
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$30 and under
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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.
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.9
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, and the opera singers were truly amazing. A real treat. I look forward to eating here again!

s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great special occasion place. They require fifty words for some stupid reason.why take 50 words to express one. GREAT.

V
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for dates, celebrations, family dinners, business, any and everything. Prepare for a magical experience. Recommend going during the week- more intimate.

AB
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

To qualify the previous question about the “noise” level — the time between the opera arias was quiet but there is nothing like sitting a few feet away from opera singers as they belt out a high note. It was thrilling and not as all quiet but quiet was not what you came for!

CB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great. The Opera musical interludes were unique and really incredible. Great experience!!

MA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Victor Cafe is always a favorite of ours. The food is very good and we enjoy the very talented servers! I would highly recommend this lovely spot!

JD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great performances by the staff, unusual and a great date night.

m
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So i lived in south philly my whole life never been here!!
It was such an amazing experience! The restaurant is beautiful, Service the best I ever experienced thanks jackson!!
If you’ve never been its a must try ASAP!!!!!

MS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place. It is an experience. I am going again.

TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic restaurant. Personable staff that goes out of their way to ensure a memorable dining experience.

CA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Victor Cafe is always a treat. The food is terrific and the singing is wonderful. I enjoyed all of the singers serenading me for my birthday. We'll be back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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DM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. The service was excellent. The staff that sang Opera had such beautiful voices. One of the songs was so touching that it made my daughter and myself cry. The food from the appetizers to the dessert was out of this world. I highly recommend Victor’s Cafe for a special evening out.

ND
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding as always

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was phenomenal from the moment we were seated. Awesome old school italian restaurant vibes with the red checkered tablecloths and photos on the wall. All the waiters are professionally trained opera singers providing amazing renditions of classic operas every 15-20 minutes. Great wine list and dessert list. Menu provided classic staples and amazing specials.

SB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely loved everything about it

MC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Adding to my comments: I received two calls from Victor's with sincere apologies for my experience. Courtney and Robyn were very gracious and appreciated that I provided my feedback. They want everyone to enjoy their visit and dining experience and wanted to refund my bill. I declined saying I think it's only fair to let the owner(s) know when there is a problem so adjustments can be made. Courtney said she will send a gift certificate and will look forward to our return to Victor's. Certainly, their quick response to my comments will ensure I will return. Thank you, Courtney and Robyn.
My recommendation to a friend is with the caveat my meal was not good at all. I should have sent it back; however, thought it would improve and the restaurant was very busy. Ordered veal saltimbocca; the veal was all gristle; I did mention to our waitress to let the chef know; no apologies or anything. My husband, however, enjoyed his meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 70th Birthday romantic dinner! Victor Cafe never disappoints. The staff sang happy birthday and you have never heard it sung by five opera singers. Brava! And the food is fabulous.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a place to celebrate New Years Eve at! It was so much fun and the energy there was incredible!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an anniversary and they congratulated us with free glasses of champagne. Food was amazing! The ambiance and singing were exceptional.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I made a last minute reservation for New Year’s Eve. Not knowing much about Victor’s Café other than the Italian cuisine, we were pleasantly surprised by the ambience. Each waiter/waitress is a professional opera singer, and each performance did not disappoint (1 performance every 15 minutes or so). Opera is not a genre I listen to, but I enjoyed all of the performances. The food was amazing, and great value for the price. Definitely would recommend for a special occasion!

K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

A beloved institution that I hope was just having a bad night. We've been going there for my husband's birthday for 35 years. The decor and live music were wonderful as always. The food was just not good. Grit and shell in our clams casino which had a soggy unpleasant tasting topping and was cold to boot. Pastas were mediocre. Only the spumoni made us smile. I noticed on the way out that the main dining room was quite empty on New Year's Eve when I'd only been able to get a 5:15p table. No clue what that means. I hope our beloved spot has not fallen on hard times. I will think twice before booking for next year, I am sorry to say. It's just too expensive even given that our server had the appetizer taken off the bill.

ML
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly staff in a festive atmosphere. Menu offerings were expansive for fixed price offerings. Our meals were delicious, and the occasional solo arias sung by members of the staff added to a unique meal. Only complaint, and it's a minor complaint, was the 15-20 minute wait between our finishing the 2nd course and the arrival of our entrees.

m
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would love if the singers could go between the two rooms. Miss out on too many arias. So sad.

b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. The staff is friendly and during dinner hour different waiters/waitresses sang opera arias. Great atmosphere

OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Victor Cafe is one of my favorite Philadelphia restaurants. I love the singing and atmosphere. The food is usually excellent. This visit was not up to the usual high standards. The food was not as well prepared as usual and there were only 3 arias sung in the two hours we were there.

JS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been coming to the Victor for many years to celebrate my birthday, even though it arrives on the day before New Year's Eve. Overall, the quality of the cuisine has improved greatly, and I was especially pleased last night with the Pork Chop, which was almost an inch thick, and perfectly cooked. Often, pork chops have a leathery quality, but this one was tender, thoroughly cooked, and very well appointed with apples etc. Of course the main reason for us to come to Victor is the waitstaff, who are trained singers. On this night, they were remarkably skilled, and sang some difficult areas. The performance of Liu's area from Turandot brought tears to my eyes. Our waitperson, Rachel, was charming and helpful, but also a very skilled coloratura, who dispatched the ares from the "Daughter of the Regiment" with vocal ease, and charming showmanship. My only complaint is that in recent years, the Victor has been separating the two halves of the restaurant with a heavy velvet curtain so that each half can hear only the performance on their side. As a result, you get to hear only half of the performances, and I always feel a bit disappointed about what I am missing. Hence the 4 stars.

G
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Victor Cafe has been around for a long time and it is apparent in the quality of the food, the professional service and the unique opera entertainment. The menu offers enough options and each of our orders were perfect: pork chops and fillets were done as ordered and the taste did not disappoint. Our waiter, Tyler, was so attentive and his team support was exceptional. Tyler's singing voice was amazing as we enjoyed the four performances of the evening. Great place for a special occasion!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The opera was wonderful, the food was very good. The service was average and a nearby table of guests (including a former employee) was pretty annoying.

MD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server, Heather was outstanding. She was prompt with our meals and answered our questions.
It was a great evening.

s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of six which made to reservation a little challenging. The food was excellent (definitely try the Burrata), and of course the singing was divine.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute at Victor Cafe

LF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and great food! We would recommend this for a fun night out with the family!

e
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

loved the music, dinner was great, i will come again. thank you

SW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, fantastic atmosphere, and song!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food and friendly staff. And the singers were awesome.

PD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice experience. Great singers. All the staff was very polite. I would definitely go back.

Y
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You go here for the ambiance! The food was good, but not outstanding. We loved the mussels and my fruitti de mar was very very good. Would come back to celebrate a special occasion.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful date night! Love it! The wait staff sings opera every 20 mins. The service and food was great.