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La Viola Ovest - La Viola - West, Philadelphia, PA

La Viola - West

4.5
4.5
482 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
For PARTIES OF 10+, please call 215 735 8631 to make a reservation. Call us at 215-735-8631 to place your order.

La Viola West is now OPEN and operating at normal business hours. To have your table reserved please call us at 215 735 8631. Walk-ins are welcome!

La Viola - West offers an authentic Italian dining experience. An excellent place for date night, it has decor that includes wood furnishings, crisp linens, and soft, romantic lighting. The menu at La Viola - West includes a variety of pasta along with grilled and roasted meats such as veal, chicken, and fresh fish.

An array of desserts, hot coffees, and sodas are available to order with your meal at La Viola - West. However, no alcohol is served, although you are welcome to bring your own bottle with you. Offering catering services and designated event space, the restaurant hosts special parties and celebrations upon request.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 735-8631

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Parking details

    Latimer St & S 15th St is the closest parking lot, 2 min walk.

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan

What 482 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TP

    TamarP

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Affordable BYOB, with excellent service and food. Tables are a little tight, but u can’t have everything :)!
  2. DK

    DashaK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    So bad. Didn't know you have to bring your own wine. We were brought downstairs, which was extremely noisy. People were drinking a lot - bring your own wine.... Tons of bottles on the tables, the noise level was extreme! We left right away. Dreadful. Never again...
  3. K

    Katie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Quality Italian food in Center City, a bit rushed, very quick.
  4. P

    Phlnyc

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Would definitely return.
  5. s

    scotto

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and we loved Domenick. Restaurant week portions were standard size - a rarity. Yum!
  6. BK

    BillK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very nice evening with a table by the window. Thanks to Vin and the entire staff Bill Kelly
  7. L

    Linda

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Two of our three entrees were sub par. One insisted there was something weird in her penne pasta. My salmon was over cooked.
  8. C

    Charles

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great staff and great food
  9. C

    Cindra248

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is wonderful whenever we go. Service is excellent and friendly!
  10. IJ

    ItalianJob

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Ordered: Veal Marsala. Arrival: Food arrived within 5 minutes of finishing salad Food: Veal- Rubbery texture, didn't taste fresh, different temperatures throughout the meat Potato- maybe 2 ounces of potato, also different temperatures throughout the two pieces Red Cabbage- 3-4 slivers Sauce- saltier than flavorful, didn't taste much garlic Shrimp- Two shrimps, 30-40 size, didn't taste fresh Interesting notice: I saw two other dishes delivered to two patrons that were steaming, that's when I realized that my dish was prepared in a different way. I didn't like the meal.
  11. s

    sharonh

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff goes out of their way here. Large portions. Tasty food. Great value Such a friendly feel.
  12. WB

    WonkyB

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Nothing special Italian food. Salads overdressed (swimming in dressing). Really top notch service but the food was so-so.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    So, first off, I realized THE DAY AFTER our reservation, that there are two restaurants. West and Bistro. I had a reservation at West but unknowingly went to Bistro, where they seated us without question. While the interior of Bistro is just ok, reminiscent of a 1950’s dining room, the ambiance, decor, and amenities weren’t near as nice as West. It happened to be Restaurant Week, so it was very busy early and not realizing we should have gone across the street, we were seated right away. Wait staff was attentive in spite of how busy they were. Restaurant Week prix-fixe menu options offered something for everyone. First courses for the three of us, the Caesar salad was not very good, kinda like something one would expect at a 24 hour diner, although the soup choice was tasty, and the caprese salad was good (tomatoes weren’t as ripe as should be). Entrees: Salmon with capers was delicious, in a light marinara sauce, that was more like a glaze, and perfectly cooked. Veal piccata was also very tasty. Third was the chicken orcchittie with sausage and mushrooms was also delicious. Our third courses were a fabulous cheesecake with chocolate drizzle and a chocolate cake, served with tasty espresso and cappuccino. Overall a nice dining experience, decent food, good service, although a surprise ending. Cash only, even though the website says cards accepted, so I had to go find an ATM. Ironically, the ATM is in the foyer of La Viola West, where we should have been seated. We may go back, and try the full menu, but it would be at West not the Bistro.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service was amazing and delicious. The only issue we had was their was a college student party of like 12 that came in and was making so much noise it was hard to hear even our server. Kinda ruined the vibe of the date style restaurant. But the service made up for it in the long run.
  15. JH

    JamieH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So amazing!! The owner came over to our table and was incredibly kind and welcoming. The homey atmosphere paired with the tasty food made this place a definite 10/10 for my table.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We were packed like sardines in the small dining space. I had to I interrupted the table next to me in order to be able to leave my table. It was not a great experience. On top do this, I was extremely warm.
  17. AP

    AngelaP

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Most of the food was good except for a chicken that tasted as if it has been in the freezer for a very long time. The service was good and the server was attentive, although we have to wait 15 minutes for a table despite the reservation. Unfortunately, the main and proper room was full and we were located in the next building, which is an ugly garage, poorly decorated with foldable chairs and tables, like in a picnic. So I would not recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    went for restaurant week. dined in a container box-like building... smelled like weed everywhere and the floor was bumpy (it was just a carpet thrown on raw ground). food was not bad but the overall experience was not good. it was cash only but we didn't have cash so we had to walk to the other side of the street to get cash from the atm which charged us $3... would never visit again
  19. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and even better value for Restaurant Week. We will be back!
  20. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Forgot it was first night of restaurant week which we usually love. This was rushed as appetizer plates were served immediately after ordering on cold plates. Seemed like these dishes were prepped well ahead of time and refrigerated. Entrees were all good. Dessert was fine.
  21. TK

    TomK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very nice to find this Itailan restaurant so close to Kimmel Center (Broad steet). It definitely can feel crowded, but we found the overall experience was very nice. The service was fast, the waiters were friendly, and the food was delicious.
  22. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    delicious food with outstanding service. excellent vibe and lots of service attention. many thanks.
  23. D

    Debra

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always come back to LaViola West It is a terrific place! We feel like they are family And always enjoy dining there
  24. HN

    HowardN

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Authentic Italian menu and food. Great variety. Very attentive staff and service. A gem in Philly.
  25. G

    Gumby

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Celebrating a 70 Birthday. Food was great but portions of the specials were very small. My pork chop was less than 4oz.
  26. E

    Everwoman215

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    I dined here with my husband on a Thursday night before a show at the Academy. It's a very small place, so I can imagine it would be loud if it was packed, but we were one of two parties in there at the time so it was fine. The food was decent - pretty standard Italian fare. The website advertised a prix fixe menu, but it was not offered to us and I didn't bother asking. Because it's BYOB, the price of the meal was reasonable. It didn't blow me away and with all the other restaurants in the city to choose from, I can't say I'd go back here.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy New Year to all of the Gentlemen at La Viola! Truly a wonderful experience dining at this beautiful Italian restaurant. We will return for another amazing dinner & highly recommend to anyone!
  28. s

    stevenv

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of my husband's and my favorite restaurants. The food and service are consistently excellent. New Year's Eve was no exception. The three course fixed price meal was fantastic. I had the striped bass and my husbnad has veal, both wonderful. The servers and maitre d's were friendly and the atmospere is upbeat.
  29. BD

    BreannaD

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Wasn’t impressed about the new year menu, very mediocre would not be returning or recommended
  30. s

    sharonh

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good owner greeted us and was so friendly and welcoming. Service was attentive. Menu has something for everyone.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good experience, lovely vibes and service was great. Food was very good but wouldn’t recommend the calamari a little rubbery.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Rushed us through dinner. Could have had all courses and been out the door in under 20minutes if I didn’t tell them to give us more time. Avoid the prefixed menus. Sides were cold and politely asked for a re fire, still came back cold idk how.
  33. PS

    PhilaStar

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent quality food. Service a bit rushed- seemed eager to turn the table understandably.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great spot! Food was very good and classic Italian cooking. Veal alla Viola was perfect in a light sauce.
  35. C

    Carlie

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    From the moment our server greeted us you could tell he was not attentive. He forgot our water order, not even kidding. He stood within eyesight of our table just chatting to the hostess, on his phone, blatantly ignoring us while we waited patiently to put our order in. He took our order after several minutes and we did not see him again until we were walking out of the restaurant, and he didn’t acknowledge us. It took 20 minutes to receive our salad and appetizer, and the appetizer was over cooked. No one came to ask how things were, but they eventually cleared our plates without a word. Then they served my boyfriend his entree first, and mine took another minute or two to come over. Coming from a fine dining background, you should never serve the male before the female and you should serve them at the same time. Poor service. We sat in front of our finished plates for 20 minutes before asking someone to come wrap the rest up, and we ended up boxing it ourselves, because no one would come over themselves. We noticed every other table had attentive service, and the table next to us had 3 courses and were served their check before someone even cleared our entrees. We wanted dessert and coffee but at this point could not wait to leave. Again, our server had not checked on us, didn’t clear our plates and didn’t even drop the check himself. Terrible experience and would not recommend to anyone.
  36. L

    Lolo1er

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food et very good service. OpenTable should mention that it is a “BYOB” restaurant…
  37. BF

    BassemF

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was prompt and courteous and food really good. I wish we knew about the no alcohol notice before our arrival. We were told we can bring our own wine and they charge corkage.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Christmas when we had missed our flight due to bad weather.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Christmas dinner.
  40. T

    Twill

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! The food was amazing. The staff was attentive and kind.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Viola - West does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Viola - West also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 735-8631.

La Viola - West is rated 4.5 stars by 482 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


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for La Viola - West

252 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Latimer St & S 15th St is the closest parking lot, 2 min walk.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan

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