The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

4.8
3661 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 3661 people are saying
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vipddeats
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always lovely!

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TonyC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and operatic performances! The valet parking was solid, too. The owner, Greg DeStefano, is most kind and accommodating.

The tradition and unique nature of the Victor Cafe makes it a little treasure in South Philadelphia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience!! The opera singing waitstaff is an absolute pleasure!

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BrianS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service and singing. Excellent ambiance.

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vipNanette
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a such an amazing experience! Not only is the Italian cuisine outstanding, but the Broadway times and opera arias sung by waitstaff are truly wonderful. We will return soon It was uplifting and such great service and dinners

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TomK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It is a special place. Food, ambience, wait staff/ singers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place!

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vipLynn
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Haven’t been there in SO long and was happy about the return.
Although it can get very noisy, it’s such a unique place with the servers serenading us diners.
Food was good; portions rather large; service efficient and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my fourth time at Victors. It is an amazing experience. The opera singers are outstanding. You pay fir the show, good food, good service, and beautiful atmosphere.
I can’t wait to go back!

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FungL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun experience and great for a fun evening with friends. Great food and wine menu and the opera singing was just great. Not too over the top but just the perfect amount. Such a hidden gem. Didn’t know what we were signing up for when I discovered that there was live opera singing involved after I made the reservation but so glad we stuck to the plan. It was soooo much fun.

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vipRobertO
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been coming her infrequently (due to distance) for decades, and The Victor Cafe never disappoints. Very good food and service in an authentic historic environment that is rare in the US, with live performances by operatically trained waitstaff. The history is interesting (hint: the original owner was not named Victor). And if you're a Rocky Balboa fan, much filming was done here.

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vipJSKfood
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great venue, great food, and great overall experience. Outdoor dining was amazing with lots of heaters keeping things really warm.

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vipJohnL
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great place with ok food. But it is an experience that is worth trying. The singing is worth the trip.

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nask
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Bland food with large portions but not tasty at all. The singing is very amateurish. Could not hear the singers. Nice idea - poor execution.

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vipBaileyphl
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I love the vibe and relaxed feeling of this place. The walls are covered in photographs and memorabilia, which give the restaurant a wonderful sense of history. Also, the waitstaff are trained singers ... and they provide entertainment, which is really the reason to visit this restaurant.

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AousH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for somewhere romantic to go out on a date, and eat great Italian food while listening to waiters singing Oprah every 20 minutes, then Victor Cafe is the right place for you.

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MarcinW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Victor Cafe is a special place with a rich history. Its charm and passion for food and music have made it a cornerstone establishment in Philadelphia!

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vipDeMama
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. The food was excellent. The entertainment was exceptional. Definitely will return!

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Jimbo68
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Took wife for her bday and brought 2 of my kids. Great atmosphere and food. The singing wait staff are terrific.

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vipAlice
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place for a special date or just fun with friends. The servers take a break from giving you their attention to sing an operatic aria with wonderfully trained voices. We took some friends there for the first time and they loved it. Great food and great entertainment.

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JosephH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the opera. Felt safe and warm with outdoor seating

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
243 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great find what makes it so unique is having opera soung every 15 to 20 minutes by the servers. It's a unique experience and makes for wonderful evening. The food is very good and they have some very creative specials it makes it hard to decide. We've been going there for many years and it's a favorite. All the opera star pictures over the area is a added plus.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Love this place.

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MeganO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, staff was very kind and pleasant. You much show a vaccination card for indoor dining. We were unaware not being from Philly. If you have a picture on your phone that will work.

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futbolr15
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My wife and I originally went to experience the resturant since it was featured in the Rocky and Creed movies as “Adrians”. It was incredible to be at place that was actually used for the movie and their is cool film memorabilia.

The food is also very tasty and the live opera performances are really unique. Perfect date or small group spot for dinner.

A must visit while in philly!

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RichardM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Victor Cafe is a must experience for any guests visiting the area. The food is true to the Italian Heritage and the entertainment is very talented.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! The singing phenomenal and the ambiance was perfect! You won’t be disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extraordinary place with excellent food! A wonderful experience every time.

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MariaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a "must go to" restaurant. Wonderful service, food and ambience. The quality of singing voices was just wonderful. One of Philadelphia's iconic experiences!!

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MarthaR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, they go out of their way to make your night special. A must to visit but make reservations

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful warm happy lively atmosphere , very special place
Excellent food and service .

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TonyL
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED IT!!!! Outside with heaters was super comfy and the singing made it very special.

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vipDebiSw
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Victor’s occasionally for about 50 years.
It feels so good to introduce the Victor’s experience to friend & family. As always, our guests, my husband & I had a delicious meals & a fun/entertaining evening.

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MichaelCW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a lovely find! I was simply looking for a restaurant close to a friend's house and happened upon The Victor Cafe. I didn't realize at first that they had performances from they're servers and I was a little apprehensive about it, but.. They were great!! And it was all done in a way that was very appropriate and not disruptive. I had images of bands of merry waiters traipsing around singing in your ear while you were trying to eat... It was not that way at all! It was absolutely perfect and entertaining. Service was stellar and attentive and the food was exactly what I was looking for.. Really delicious Italian. Highly recommended.. I will definitely be back!!

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vipJTO1965
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have always wanted to try it here. We are glad we did! Great food and service and the Singing was wonderful!

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Elovitz
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dined outdoors. Loves the opera from the balcony. Heat lamps kept us very warm. Servers were very kind and attentive.

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Rumpus
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

because all tables were full, it would help if you turned down the dinner music (not the performance music tho) singers were great.

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SueO
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great experience!Loved it!

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MRuth
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memorable experience. I have not been there for a couple of years and was reminded how wonderful it is to dine there.

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Vabandit
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food service and singing!!

FAQs

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia is rated 4.8 stars by 3661 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.