Trattoria Totaro

4.5
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139 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
In light of recent issues, we will be closed for dine in business until 3/27. We will remain open for take out and delivery business. Please call 610-828-7050 with any questions. Hopefully we will see you all soon!

- The Totaros

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Mon 5:00PM - 6:45PM
Tue - Fri 11:45AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 1:45PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM

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DP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was overall good to excellent .

Service was outstanding

k
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

One dish ( chicken with blue cheese) was good. The other chicken dish with mushroom was just ok. The bread crust was so hard it was like eating croutons. The portions seemed smaller than before. This experience was different from other times.

D
Philadelphia
190 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Five of us went here for dinner with high hopes for a great meal. Unfortunately - perhaps due to the virus scare - we were the only ones in the restaurant until we were leaving when 2 other people came in. Three of us had the grilled barramundi desperado, which was very disappointing as a result of the overpowering and not very good sauce. The sauce was to heavy and an overkill to what would have been a delicious grilled fish if served in jut a light butter, white wine sauce or a much lighter tomato sauce. Sadly we three disliked that so much we are reluctant to go back. However the other two in our party thoroughly enjoyed their meals - one had the veal vivian and the other the Striped Bass, so all was not lost. I really don't know if we would recommend this restaurant to others - they need to lighten up their menu a bit.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love our visits to Totaro - highly recommend. Enjoyed the 3 course special on this visit and it did not disappoint.

k
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A bit of an off night. I ordered the Desperado Fish dish which I have ordered at lease a half a dozen times before. Was not properly prepared. Our other 3 meals were good.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Been here couple of times with colleagues. Service is always great. Highly recommended.

MW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice atmosphere. Small but quaint dining area. Enjoyed the prixe menu selection. Have a great regular menu. Best BYOB

g
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I had a seafood dish (Pescatore- Mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, and lump crab, Red or White over home made pasta 29)-which was almost all mussels and some were sandy. Also the red sauce wasn't really sauce- it was large clumps of plum tomatoes. Wouldn't order that again, if I go back

DJ
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I travel 45 miles from NJ to eat at this friendly, family owned, terrific Italian restaurant. Remember, 2 out of every 3 rest in NJ are Italian! And we still drive this distance! However, on Sat night it just wasn't there. This very small restaurant had 4 large parties and it was too much for their small kitchen. It spite of a herculean effort, the kitchen and staff were overtaxed. The food was still good, it just wasn't the terrific. It wasn't a normal night at TT.

Will we go back? Absolutely! Nights like last Sat pose problems for small, family restaurants. The income just cannot be turned down but the experience just isn't the same. But I think I'll ask about any large parties.

Trattoria Totaro
Responded on March 2, 2020

David, Thank you so much for this honest, constructive, genuine feedback. Large parties are a battle that we fight every weekend. Saturday nights are our busiest night, and we try to find the balance between accommodating those large parties, respecting the smaller tables, and remaining realistic about our capabilities. I am so sorry that your experience fell short of perfect. I really do look forward to making it up to you!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Incredible meal

SM
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious birthday dinner. Veal Abruzzi excellent. Pescatore also very good. Loved the homemade pasta. The staff was very attentive, as well as very friendly. Enjoyed everything from the delicious bread and olive oil to dessert. Highly recommend.

l
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great neighborhood go-to place for great food and a great variety of items to choose from. Everyone can find something to enjoy depending on what mood you are in. It's a family run place with lots of familiar faces and great specials each day.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Amazing bread and olive oil!!

EV
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veggie lasagna, still awesome after all these years!! It's our go-to dinner.

MF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great home cooked Italian food! Good for date night or groups

d
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing! Great family owned BYOB!

MD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A wonderful little Italian BYO. The food was wonderful price is reasonable. Service was good the only negative was a little loud. Would definitely return!

JK
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We usually love this place, but this dining experience was just average. A Saturday night reservation brings with it a noise level which makes it difficult to have a conversation with a party of four. We were aware of this from previous visits, but it was especially loud this time. We were seated on time and the service was friendly and excellent. We chose to take advantage of sharing main courses for the $6 additional cost, but felt that the result was portions that were significantly smaller than when served as a single dish. We usually think the portions are large and take food home; this time that was clearly not the case. We won't share again as it eliminates the cost value of the meal; something we have always appreciated here. The food also did not measure up to its usual standards. The Caesar Salad was blah and the Veal dish while prepared well had little to distinguish itself. The dessert's were excellent. "Grandma's Cake" is always a winner in whatever form it takes. The cannoli's were very good although obviously frozen or stored at a very cold temperature at one point.
We will return, but probably during the week to avoid the noise issue and won't be sharing a meal again. The restaurant stays on our list of local places to go.

GJ
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem, great food, love trying their daily specials

FD
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious the chef and waitstaff divine. Ali, Victoiria, Donna and Vince should be complimented. Bravo.

J
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience2

Only for weekday dinner - it was sat. we had 7 pm reservation for 4 - waited an hour. it's super small - they allowed a large huge party of about 25 next to us in this teeny tiny place. It was ridiculous. everyone waiting, and anxious. food was mediocre. Service lovely.

GC
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. Wonderful atmosphere and great food- lunch is best time to go because prices are lower than weekends.

MO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, the service and most of all the food were outstanding. By far our favorite Italian restaurant in the area.

JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

No complaints it’s very cozy and a great place for BYOB. All waitresses were awesome and fast! The food was very good. What was important to me it was piping hot coming from the kitchen!

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Totaro's is a bit expensive, but the food is excellent. My one problem is the low lighting - sometimes it is difficult to see what I am eating.

D
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice BYOB for classic Italian food. The restaurant would be even nicer if they added something to absorb the volume that we experienced when the place was full.

k
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very hectic checking in we were at a very small 4 top. Everyone seemed to come at once. Food was great as always.

MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere were outstanding!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with great friends! Awesome byob.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday

L
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic- in every way and it’s BYOB! Will return frequently.

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice experience. Wished we had known ahead of time that it was BYOB.

DB
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood place. Good food and friendly atmosphere.

MR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I have tried this place twice, its a local find, and I really want to like it! BUT.. they are not organized. service is spotty, longer waits for even bread and Ice water. The food when it finally arrives is great. homemade pasta... etc.. I went on aSaturday night, I'll try again on a week night! This could be a real contender if they address some issues.!!

GJ
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and great food, seating is a lil tight but overall had a great time.

GJ
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent, service was good, seating was a little tight, overall had a good time, will come back.

LL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

have been there for lunch and dinner. excellent food.

l
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is mostly homemade, including some of the pasta and desserts! It's family owned and operated so the home touch is there. The place is very small and the tables are cramped, but it kinda adds to the home feeling for the most part...we've mostly gone for lunch, but the last time was for dinner and the portions were very generous and the service was still good, considering there were many "holiday" gatherings going on.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was great, food was pretty good. The person I was with felt the swordfish was not adequately seasoned. The seating area is very small and there was a group of 5 people in the room or who extremely loud and oblivious to the fact the there were other people in the restaurant.

N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here. (fifty characters are needed to qualify as a review)