The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

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2712 reviews
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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.

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Obviously I heard about this restaurant by watching Rocky(huge fan), so I went to look the place to see if it was an actual restaurant and it was. The atmosphere was phenomenal. I loved the opera singing and the food was delicious! One of the if not best steaks I’ve ever eaten! I would definitely recommend and come back.

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Omaha
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! The entertainment and food were delightful! Will definitely be back next time I'm in town!

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PV
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited here several times and enjoyed each time. This was particularly special as we had our granddaughter with us. The food, service, and singing were all superb. The baby arugula salad was amazing. My husband and I both ordered pasta dishes. My pasta verdi was perfect and my husband and granddaughter loved the penne with vodka sauce. All were substantial portions. We finished off by sharing tiramisu. It was light and creamy. This is always a highlight when we travel to Philly. We are eager to return.

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DM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

It was really more than just dinner, it was dinner and a show. The singers were all phenomenal and it was truly beautiful to experience. For the cost of dinner and drinks, we spent enough for a show experience. I loved the entire experience and cannot speak enough about it, but the food was below par. Would not go back for dinner but would go back for the drinks.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An unforgettable dining experience. The ambiance, the service, the singing, the timeless, extraordinary feeling...And the food! (I mopped my plate of linquine and clams in spicy marinara CLEAN.) Thank you, DiStefanos! BRAVI/BRAVE!

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P
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Staff was great, ambiance was awesome, food was pretty good. I will definitely return.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must experience if you are in Philly! The draw is the singers - another lovely aria every few minutes. The food was good and it was fun to drive through South Philly to get to this neighborhood gem.
Don't miss it!

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KP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were four of us at dinner on a Sunday evening - it was a very enjoyable night.
There was a short wait for our table but we waited at the upstairs lounge area which was a pleasant surprise - very cozy up there. All of the servers were very entertaining and really did have great voices as well. The food was very good, portions were on the smaller side but very tasty. We will definitely be coming back to Victor Café in the future.

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P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

At first the waiter was attentive,but as the evening went on he seldom saw him. There was lots of time in between courses and we felt ignored. The appetizers were very good. But my entree was awful. And our waiter never came bu to ask how we enjoyed our meal.

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

The staff are outstanding!!
The wait staff are professional opera singers
Very beautiful voices
The food is excellent!! And reasonably priced
Will definitely return!
Thank you to everybody at the Cafe!!

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WF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly I can say that we came
To philly for the “Rocky” tour with Mike Kunda, and had reservations at the victor cafe for dinner ... AMAZING and nice to see the Rocky display upstairs ... great food, great Atmosphere, I will be back for sure !
Canada loves Rocky ! Canada loves Victors “ Adrian’s “

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with amazing food and an incredibly talented staff. The ambiance was nothing short of perfection. We will be back!!

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Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A musical delight! Italian food accompanied by Italian opera. The negatives include cramped tables with old style chairs and a fairly standard caesar salad unbecoming a traditional Italian restaurant. The bread and olive oil combination was good, the Pasta Natuna devine, the wine selection more than adequate, the valet parking a decided plus and the music...…..Superb! This is a true original and a flash-back to an earlier age. Well worth visiting.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with fantastic food. This was my 1st time here and was also celebrating Valentine's day. The opera singing was amazing and so refreshing from your standard restaurant playlist. Can't wait to return.

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BE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! The food was delicious, the service was perfect and the atmosphere was uniquely captivating! Loved the history and the old school feeling of the restaurant.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Wonderful experience. Completely recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even if you don’t like opera, the Victor Cafe is a must visit!! Amazing food, amazing entertainment, amazing atmosphere. Came for valentine’s day with my boyfriend and we had a great time, definitely want to return! The valentine’s menu was extensive, and we loved our meal. Fantastic dessert too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place to have Valentine's Day dinner. Romantic opera performed every 20 mins with explanation of piece that will be performed.

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PD
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic, small restaurant with outstanding food. However, the fact that every member of the wait and bus staff are classically trained opera singers transformed a great meal into an event that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. My previous exposure to opera were scores from Looney Tunes Cartoons growing up and one unforgettable Three Tenors concert in LA in 1994. These amazing singers may be waiting on tables but they deliver a professional performance that is perfect in every way. I took my wife for Valentines Day but will be back on a regular basis which will make a weekend night out into a special occasion. Dinner for 2 with 2 appetizers, 2 glasses of wine, 2 entrees and one dessert was $113 with tax. I added a 25% tip for an over the top dinner.

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AU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best place to dine if you like classical music and opera. The food is great, not exquisite, but the opera is great. Overall an excellent evening !!!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great opera singing staff. Great service. enjoyed the veal canneloni. Check out the lounge upstairs and the history.

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NB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the singers were excellent as always! There were five other birthdays, wonderful option for a special evening.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. The staff are amazing and sooo talented. We very much enjoyed the opera singing. Great place for a truly unique experience.

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

We went to celebrate my birthday. I’ve known the DiStefanos for years and this was our first time having a sit down dinner. We had a great time, service was great, food was delicious and the pricing is perfect. The opera singing was such a nice addition and it didn’t interrupt or overpower the evening. I would highly recommend and go again!

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TL
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant accommodated my reservation requests with no problem!

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E
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I keep coming back here every time I visit Philadelphia which is at least twice per year the cocktail lounge upstairs is one of the best romantic places around. The bartenders whether it’s Luke or Stephen are so kind and gracious. The dinner from the cheese plate to the pasta entrée to the special dessert - always smells savoring and tastes delicious. The service is always great. The best is this singing whether it’s a song from my fair lady or from an opera. I’ve been here with my boyfriend and with my millennial nieces and their friends everyone just loves it. Can’t wait to be back in June.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at the Victor Cafe was excellent. The food was amazing and the service was perfect. The Opera sung was beyond excellent. I can't say enough about how perfect the evening was.

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

Amassing experience, from great tasting food to opera singing waiters.

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G
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. The opera singers were so spectacular. So enjoyable. We will definitely go back again..

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, amazing food and great entertainment! Highly recommend!

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BF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a true dining experience with great Italian food. This is the place to eat.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor’s was wonderful. Our meals were amazing, some of the best pasta we’ve ever hade. The staff are awesome, all of which sing opera songs during the meal.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. Food was exquisite, and servers put on a great show with the opera performances throughout the evening. We came for the Rocky influence but left wanting more of the dining experience. Looking forward to the next visit!

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

We went for my fiancé’s birthday. It was his first time there, so I planned a place that was off of our normal. We loved the service & singing. The waiters/performers are awesome! The downside was the food quality. While my vegetarian Igor & beet salad were great, the We went for my fiancé’s birthday. It was his first time there, so I planned a place that was off of our normal. We loved the service & singing. The waiters/performers are awesome! The downside was the food quality. While my vegetarian Igor was great, the eggplant croquettes were frozen inside & the steak was a little undercooked & covered with Gorgonzola. We highly recommend asking for exactly what you want re drinks & food because the atmosphere is amazing. croquettes were frozen inside & the steak was a little undercooked & covered with Gorgonzola. We highly recommend asking for exactly what you want re drinks & food because the atmosphere is amazing.

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CI
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to The Victor Café and it was even better than the first. Everyone in our party of four enjoyed each and every part of their dinner. My pork chop was perfectly prepared as was everyone elses meal, but the highlight was my daughter's sweet potato tortellini...absolutely the best pasta I've ever tasted. Amazing! The atmosphere was cozy and friendly and of course the singing! It brought tears to my eyes. I simply love it there and plan to make this my regular spot.

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SS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

An amazing Restruant especially the staff!! The upstairs bar is a MUST!! Unfortunately the food was just ok. It was served cold which was disappointing and not much flavor.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a tremendous experience! Talented staff. Incredible food.

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PB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have traveled from Boston to Philadelphia twice in the past couple years just to have dinner here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! We celebrated our son’s graduation from the Fox School of Business. First time for us and we enjoyed the food, singing and service. The waiters and waitresses are so gifted with their beautiful voices. Thanks again

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j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, ambiance,valet, and tableside
Operatic recitals

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