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Bistro La Baia, Philadelphia, PA

Bistro La Baia

4.4
4.4
505 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bistro La Baia, meaning "The Bay" in Italian, is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving delicious homemade traditional and creative Italian/Mediterranean dishes.
With a light and inviting ambiance and a wonderful outdoor seating, this BYOB restaurant is great for any occasion.
Buon appetito!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 687-1561

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Puma

  • Catering

    Bistro La Baia team will cater to your private event both in house and at your office or home. Please contact us at BistroLaBaia.com for more information!

  • Private party facilities

    Bistro La Baia team will cater to your private event both in house and at your office or home. Please contact us at BistroLaBaia.com for more information!

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    17th Street

  • Parking details

    Bistro La Baia is located a leisurely stroll away from most Center City points. There is free street parking between 16th and 17th along Lombard St after 6 PM. Meter Parking also available on South Street as well as the surrounding blocks. More street parking is available along 17th street below South.

  • Public transit

    There are two bus stops across the street. There is also a subway stop, Orange Line, three blocks away on Broad Street.

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

What 505 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Philadelphia

    Best Value

  • Philadelphia

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. JR

    JustinR

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and even better service! We love eating here. Always the best quality.
  2. NC

    NicoletaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a cozy and welcoming restaurant .The service is wonderful and the staff truly cares about your experience. The food is absolutely amazing. I would definitely be back again . Highly recommend !
  3. JM

    JudyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner experience with a group of friends during restaurant week, so I decided to go back and try more dishes. Ordered polenta and branzino and both were very delicious. Staff was extremely friendly and nice. Will go back for sure.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Service was so bad. Took 30 minutes to get our appetizers and then a full more 40 to get our restaurant. They didn’t check on our table at all except for the man refilling our waters. No apologies at all for the food taking forever and not checking on us. I had to ask twice for them to bring bread out and twice for them to turn on the heat lamp. Really awful service but food was good
  5. KK

    KateK

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Understaffed so dinner took about 3 hours
  6. PN

    PriyaN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Went into the restaurant with high expectations, considering the expense of the food. Was morbidly disappointed by the service and food. My table was not served bread until we asked, and it was stale anyway. The area smelled like garbage, and it was coming from the kitchen. The food was so bad, and unappetizing. The waitstaff was not very attentive. I would not come back here, especially for the price paid.
  7. DM

    DennisM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Went during restaurant week. Interior was a bit dated and unfortunately our dinner was ruined by a strong smell of garbage when we walked in. The smell was outside also, so we chose inside on a warm evening. The chicken parm were heavily breaded but the fresh pasta with sausage was very good. My son also liked his polenta. The staff was lovely.
  8. B

    Barbie1

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at this adorable byob, came during Restaurant Week. The food was amazing! Indoor space is cozy and outdoors is so nice. Cannot wait to return!
  9. RS

    RaphaelaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is really good, make you feel home! The decoration could be improved but we enjoyed anyway
  10. R

    Raimundo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it! It was a great service with excellent food!
  11. EF

    EricF

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Tasty eggplant rollatini and fig and arugula salad. Excellent bronzino and very good veal porcini. Arancini was doughy. Good service and value.
  12. TM

    TetyanaM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Bistro was a lovely environment with great food. Staff is kind and provides a feeling of family for all guests.
  13. R

    Rosey

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great homemade Italian food! Quaint decor and cozy .. service was amazing
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a simple yet high quality BYOB Italian restaurant that is hard to find anything like it elsewhere. We often find ourselves traveling from NYC to come here and share a nice bottle of wine over their amazing gnocchis. Trust me, your Chateau Laffitte bottle will pair with pretty much anything here!
  15. ML

    MichaelL

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was very fresh and good. Service was a little slow considering we were the only ones in the restaurant, everyone else was outside. I thought the prices were just a little on the high side for what we got.
  16. RC

    RobertC

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside for dinner and it was a beauiful night as well. The food was amazing, the portions were plentiful. The service was there if we needed anything. Overall a great dining experience.
  17. CL

    ChrisL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally one of the best meals I've had in a long time. We had the calamari and funghi appetizers, and branzino and a penne dish for entrees. Everything was fresh, light and flavorful. I would strongly recommend this quaint neighborhood restaurant.
  18. HM

    HelenM

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely BYOB with quiet and spacious outdoor seating. Nice variety on the menu, something for everyone, and at a very comfortable price.
  19. TV

    TrinaV

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my partner’s bday and had a wonderful time! Every dish was absolutely amazing! The pasta is incredible here and the staff were so kind. I live 2 blocks away and I regret not coming here sooner but I will definitely be back!!
  20. R

    Ratoncito22

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We've been there several times, but this time something was off with the food, a bit bland. Not bad, but not as good as we remembered. It's still a decent place to go for Italian food. Nothing too fancy, casual byob to go with friends, friendly service, and it was nice that it wasn't too busy (usual for summer), so it was a nice relaxed atmosphere.
  21. BR

    BlaireR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BEST ITALIAN IN PHILLY
  22. JS

    JodyS

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor dining experience. Food and service excellent.
  23. j

    joanm

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining was lively. Food delicious. Tiramisu best in the city
  24. D

    Diva4real

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the hostess/ server was lovely. We especially enjoyed the neighborhood people stopped by with their dogs for a “ treat”!
  25. LA

    LauraA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time dining here, this time I came here as my graduation dinner (first time was during a restaurant week). Both times, food has been delicious and good sized portions. This time around, it seemed like the entire restaurant had been reserved by for a company dinner and they had 2-3 people waiting on guests; we had to wait a bit for our table, but it did not bother me. Absolutely love this place, cannot recommend it enough!
  26. D

    Deanna

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small Italian byo just off rittenhouse - it’s a quiet cross street and they have a nice outside seating area
  27. BR

    BethR

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Mother’s Day dinner at one of my favourite Italian restaurants in the city. I hadn’t been there in a few years, as we had not been dining out, and the food was exactly as I remembered. We had the Caprese and the Polenta appetizers and between the 4 of us, we had Linguini and clams, Penne La Baia, & the Gnocci. Everything was delicious. We finished the meal with cappuccinos and Tartufo and Tiramisu! Perfect ending to a perfect Mother’s Day.
  28. J

    Justlee

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was very good. The service was a little lax. Kept looking for someone to fill my water glass. But I would try again.
  29. WD

    WasDrBob

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Appetizers -- calimari and eggplant -- were outstanding. The main dishes -- papardelle and salmon -- were good, but not special.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Wait staff inattentive, pasta over cooked and under seasoned.
  31. KR

    KRP09

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoughtful free birthday dessert!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our 41st anniversary so we just wanted to enjoy dinner at a local neighborhood restaurant. And La Baia did not disappoint. Even with the ownership change this restaurant has stayed true to it’s mission of high quality food at a reasonable price point. Happy to have supported this restaurant since it opened.
  33. GF

    GlutenFreeFoodie

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful mid-day Sunday dinner prior to a performance at The Kimmel Center, just a few blocks away. Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the Branzino and salads. There were plenty of gluten-free options. I highly recommend this place.
  34. D

    Disappointed

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our appetizer and meals were excellent and reasonably priced. Service is understated, but is prompt, polite and attentive. We’ll be going back.
  35. j

    jules

    Philadelphia

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place, it is the perfect place for a date night and a group! Food and service is wonderful, we left feeling really happy 😊
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The desserts and the mussels were amazing. Meatballs and chicken parm were cold. Chicken parm was also tough. There was also not much flavor to the lamb. When I mentioned the quality of the chicken parm to them they seemed to get upset at us for not liking their food. The restaurant is also way too cramped. They did take $8 off our bill for the inconvenience and offered to remake the chicken parm, but my boyfriend disliked the chicken parm so much that he was afraid to try a remake. We will not be returning as the value is very poor and we can get much better food for cheaper elsewhere.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend & I went for Valentine’s day and it was so amazing! Food, service & atmosphere was 10/10. Lobster ravioli is chefs kiss. Will 100% be back!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Nice BYO place but average food
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and quaint little Italian restaurant! The food came out quickly and was fresh and delicious! We had the capellini Johnny Rocco and fettuccine al ragu.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was looking for a low key BYOB dinner. Food was amazing and the service was excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bistro La Baia does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Bistro La Baia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 687-1561.

Bistro La Baia is rated 4.4 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Bistro La Baia

1700 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1519

Additional information

  • Cross street

    17th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Bistro La Baia is located a leisurely stroll away from most Center City points. There is free street parking between 16th and 17th along Lombard St after 6 PM. Meter Parking also available on South Street as well as the surrounding blocks. More street parking is available along 17th street below South.

  • Public transit

    There are two bus stops across the street. There is also a subway stop, Orange Line, three blocks away on Broad Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Puma

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (267) 687-1561

  • Catering

    Bistro La Baia team will cater to your private event both in house and at your office or home. Please contact us at BistroLaBaia.com for more information!

  • Private party facilities

    Bistro La Baia team will cater to your private event both in house and at your office or home. Please contact us at BistroLaBaia.com for more information!

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