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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viptmf29
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such s perfect evening. We took our friends, a couple in their upper 80’s, for dinner here. Our friends were delighted, The Victor Cafe is definitely at the top of our favorite restaurants. The Food, Service, Ambiance, Entertainment, Valle Parking.....all so perfect. Thank you so much Victor Cafe. My husband and I cant wait to come back and also visit the upstairs bar area♥️

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AllanH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab filled tortellini was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had, and of course the operatic staff were so talented.

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RuggeroV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always. I love the atmosphere and the cure they put in preparing their dishes.

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Chip
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is still one of the best restaurants in the city. The food is absolutely wonderful and the performances are really great. You really need to experience this for yourself.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable!

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KendaleI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Victor Cafe to celebrate my Mom's birthday. Our experience was fantastic! The staff was super talented and professional and the food was delicious. The performances made for a memorable experience and we cannot wait to return. Bravo!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most unique experiences you can possibly have in Philadelphia while being in a familiar setting. Unlike anything in the city.

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vipRasheedaC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, loved the opera singing and service was awesome! I will be coming back.

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ChristopherP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great time, great value, a must go to place, opera, song and food, at a great place.

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MikeW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place to go if you like the opera. The staff sings arias from operas and they are very good. The food is very good as well. A nice little place.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Victor cafe. We were visiting Philadelphia and heard about it on a local tv program. It was so much fun. We loved the Opera, the ambience, and a unique experience! We both highly recommend this restaurant! A must if you are visiting Philadelphia!

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vipDreamingofItaly07
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love coming here. It's our tradition. Our server had a bit of an attitude, but it didn't distract us from enjoying. Maybe she just was having a hard day. Food excellent as was the singing.

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sisqo
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. We really enjoyed the performances! We’ll be coming back for more

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Love2EatGW
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about The Victor Cafe. The food and service is always spot on. The singing is always spectacular! Love hearing all the young talent.
The lounge upstairs is such a romantic spot.
My sweet potato tortelloni was delicious!
Will return anytime we visit Philadelphia.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful, delicious, pure magic

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vipDede
New England
33 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a special place. It is a small, funky space with a cozy ambience. The food is excellent but what makes it so fantastic is the singing wait staff. Every 20 minutes one of the waitresses announces what she would like to sing. It wasn’t a distraction but a unique opportunity for those of us who aren’t all that familiar with opera to experience beautiful voices raised in song. We found this restaurant online while visiting Philadelphia and it is a gem.

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Walt
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was a glorious experience. The food was excellent with a comfortable surrounding. The highlight is the incredible talent of the singing wait staff. We enjoyed six different soloists during our meal. We can't wait to return.

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BernardB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambience, great experience. The waitresses all had great voices

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Cookingkh
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Party of four enjoying Philly. The servers, who every twenty minutes, one would ring a bell and introduce a short aria that they would sing. All so very talented! The wait staff all seem to love what they do-just a really fun way to dine in this South Philly neighborhood. Highly recommend. PS. Whole branzino was cooked to perfection.

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ZOK22
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for such a special experience. As big fans of Rocky we were very excited to dine at Victor Café... But we left Opera fans too! Such talent and warmth from the lovely staff. Steven attended to us for the most part and he and his colleagues took great care of us, and my three children were made to feel very welcome. The food is impeccable. The sense of history, culture and community that pervades Victor Café is truly special. Four Irish people fell slightly deeper in love with Philly - especially South Philly - as a result of our experience here! Thank you x

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WilhelminaK
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A true South Philadelphia experience with fresh authentic Italian cuisine brought to you by professional opera singers, with interludes of song in a row house that could easily have served as a meeting place in bygone years. Fabulous!

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RustyG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique atmosphere! A must visit for visitors and locals alike.

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vipABCK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious
The waiters and waitresses singing opera is a highlight
The tiramisu was the best ever!

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Meghan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Highly recommend.

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vipCorbs1251
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my new favorite places in the city. LOVED the entertainment by the extremely talented staff. I had tears in my eyes after one of the pieces that was sung while we were there. The food was quite good and we loved the cozy lounge upstairs as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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susanB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Both the service and food were very good, and the lovely addition of the very talented wait staff performing famous arias was a special tear.
The only disappointment was that the bill that was presented to us had prices which were significantly higher than those cited on the online menu.

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LindaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! DINNER AND A SHOW! If you haven't visited this restaurant - get there ASAP! The food, ambiance and service was AMAZING!

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PabloO
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the best time. We truly enjoyed the entire experience. Topher our Tenor/Waiter was just wonderful and so very talented as were all the singers who had offered spectacular performances during the evening...and si haven’t even mentioned the food...absolutely increíble! We will be back!!!

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AnnieL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun restaurant. The singers were outstanding. Food very good. After the buzz of the main restaurant a cozy room with a nice ambiance upstairs awaits so you can enjoy coffee, dessert and after dinner cocktails

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ArinaS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening, great food, wonderful voice !! Definitely returning..

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vipArielT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

GREAT!!!!!HIGHLY RECOMEND IT! FOOD WAS GREAT, ATMOSPHERE WAS GOOD- IT WAS OUR SECOND TIME THERE AND HOPEFULLY NOT THE LAST TIME

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EricS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place with pretty good food! Mussels were a little sandy but overall very good and will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Will definitely be back.

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MIke
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We were here once before and it was great. So when my boyfriend’s mom was visiting from Europe we made a reservation as the food was yummy and ambiance unique.

Unfortunately on the date of dinner we were placed in the crosshairs of a major traffic lane in the restaurant and in the first ten minutes I was knocked into so many times, I couldn’t even get a glance at the menu without being bumped into by hips and thighs - by patrons and servers alike. I tried moving the seat in a few different spots of the round table to not get hit so much but nothing worked.

After being accidentally jolted from behind which forced my waterglass into my lip as I was drinking I had enough. We were going to leave but the restaurant reseated us out of the not-fit-for-a-table zone and things were much better. On top of all of this everyone (working) seemed quite stressed and it appeared the owner was walking around saying “I can’t believe this, what’s happening” and well, it just made this whole second experience a lot different.

The first time we had ever come here there were songs every 10-15 minutes. This time it was once every 45 minutes even though both occasions were on weekend evenings.

The food was delicious and although I had a headache from having a glass forced into my mouth (accidentally) by staff it wasn’t the greatest dinner experience. Everyone has an off night I get it but I think we will try other places in the future.

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vipfoodfan
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First dined at Victor’s 20 years ago when we moved to Philly, so sorry that we haven’t been back sooner. It is truly a magical dining experience with excellent professional service (not to mention that they can also sing!) and wonderful dishes. Will be back very soon!

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AnneK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my son's birthday. It was the best time. Everything was wonderful!

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josephV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed ourselves..We had a fantastic meal and the entertainment was fabulous...

JM
JoeM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant with beautiful opera singing.

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The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia is rated 4.9 stars by 3311 OpenTable diners.

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