Ralph's Italian Restaurant

4.5
2599 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Ralph's since 1900. Ralph's is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the ORIGINAL Dispigno family, insuring that you will receive the same great food and high quality service that has been a Ralph's tradition for over 100 years! With help from the fifth and sixth generations, Ralph's Italian Restaurant is the Oldest Italian Restaurant in America.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch (M-F): 11:45am - 3:00pm
Dinner (Monday - Thursday): 3:00pm - 9:45pm
Dinner (Friday): 3:00pm - 10:45pm
Dinner (Saturday): 11:45am - 10:45pm
Dinner (Sunday): 11:45am - 9:45pm
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Phone number
(215) 627-6011
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jimmy Rubino, Jr.
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Catering
Accommodating up to 100 guests:

http://ralphsrestaurant.com/ralphs/Docs/banquet_menu.pdf
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Catherine
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Parking details
Valet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Valet can also be arranged ahead of time for large parties and special events.
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Special events & promotions
Ralph`s does accomodate parties up to 100 people for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, etc!
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Ralph’s of South Philly is owned by the same family members, insuring that you will receive the same great food and high quality service that has been a Ralph's tradition for over 100 years!

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What 2599 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best eggplant parmesan I have ever eaten. I can’t wait to go back!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Ralph's food is great! My husband loves the mussels!

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GM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It was my wife's birthday and we had a party of 7. We asked for bruschetta for an appetizer and the waiter brought 4 pieces of bruschetta for the table. We were not asked if we wanted soup or salad with our meal. We had to flag the waiter down to get drink refills. The food was mediocre, and lacked taste. This was our second time eating at Ralph's, and unfortunately our last. The first time everything was excellent, this time, not so much.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good! We ordered bruschetta as an appetizer, then i had the Chicken Florentine which was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Ralph's is an institution! We took friends from California and everyone was delighted with their meals. If you haven't been there before, it is a tiny place. Be prepared to get friendly with the table next to you.

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LF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Ralph's was a recommendation from friends who had also visited Philadelphia. It is a small place, in a local Italian neighborhood near South Philly. The ambience is simple and authentic of 100+ year old Italian restaurant. We enjoyed escargot, ceasar salad followed by the braciola and pappardelle with pancetta and peas in alfredo. The food was wonderful!

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DJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Lots of history! Professes to be the oldest Italian restaurant in the US. A little noisy.. but overall a great restaurant!

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family has been dining at Ralph’s in Philadelphia for over fifty years! The owners/management have kept the standards and food quality in this establishment above par! The food is fresh, delicious and reasonably priced! They do also have a bar for wines, beers and cocktails! The Italian dishes served bring me back to Grandmoms table! A definite great choice when looking for a place to dine in South Philadelphia!

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I`ve been here many times and never disappointed.
Mussels, either White or Red or both to start.
Glass of Chianti..
Veal Rollatine and pasta.
Everything is great, but above are my go to most of the time.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We all enjoyed our meals. The ravioli was not as heated as I would have expected. Flavor was non-descript. I expected something more than just the bite of the pasta and flavor of the meat sauce. Sampled chicken and shrimp from other plates - very good. Bread was excellent as was side salad with house dressing.

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JL
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal - most notably the sauces were done so well. We dined upstairs and it was a cozy atmosphere, quiet, intimate, dimmed, and perfect for a nice date. The first floor was much more energetic and loud. The wait staff were very attentive and gave excellent service. We will most definitely return!

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is a great historical restaurant and for the most part lives up to its hype. Very cute neighbor restaurant in the Italian District of Philly. Service was not bad, just not that friendly. Glad we went.

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N
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great! A place I have frequented since the fifties. Biggest problem is deciding between many favorites

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HD
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ralph's will thrive for another century because you get exactly what you pay for - a good meal, lots of food, quite reasonably priced, nice wine list (actually, surprisingly varied), very good service and consistency. Families with small children are welcome; this is not a place for a fancy business meal and does not try to be. You won't leave hungry or disappointed; plan to take some food home and leave some room for the homemade desserts.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was very nice and friendly, food was very good. Authentic and places like this should be cherished.
Its a historic restaurant in a historic town. Congratulations for this family for keeping it going.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Food, service and atmosphere.

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TS
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the mussels red with linguini. This is my go to at Ralph's. The best ever!!!! My wife had the gnocchi. They were tender and light. Meatballs were also very tender and flavorful. The bread they serve is excellent.
We had a layover in Philly on our way back from Portugal. I just had to go to Ralph's for dinner!!!

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best veal parmesan I ever had. Awesome food. Service was great. Price average especially for quality of meal.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On my visit to Philadelphia, I was told this was the restaurant to try if I was looking for great Italian food. I wasn't disappointed. Also, the Tiramisu that I had was the best I've ever eaten. Would definitely go there again when I'm in Philadelphia.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restraurant! The food is amazing! My husband has had escargot in several countries and this ties number #1. I try different entrées every time and they all have been SO great!! We come every few months to Philly from Charleston SC and have gone to Ralph’s every trip and plan to continue the tradition. The hostess Lauren is by far my fav hostess ever and I used to work in the biz! She knew who we were when I called to place the reservation and she has her own spunk that we love. Thank you Ralph’s for giving us something to look forward to every time we come to Philly for not so fun medical appointments! Y’all are the BEST

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DN
New England
43 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The good was good but the noise level was so uncomfortable. Could not talk to each other at all

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I were at Ralph’s for our anniversary. We arrived a bit early for our reservation. No problem they sat us immediately. The service was excellent the food so delicious. I love real Italian food and Ralph’s never disappoints. Great evening!

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EF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was there on a Saturday at dinner with relatives I hadn't seen in years. After we finished eating we were able to sit and talk without any of the staff saying anything that made us feel rushed. Food was just as good as what I expected. Will certainly go back.

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GG
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a good meal @‘Ralphs. Expect good food and authentic Italian from Ralph’s. Since it’s always crowded, the service can be rushed and hit or miss, but you leave full and happy every time.

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SC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always absolutely delicious, love this place

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CM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was especially poor. The gravy lacked taste.

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F
Atlantic City
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A really delicious dinner after the Eagles’ win. We also had dessert this time which were excellent.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family celebrated a birthday at Ralph’s and frankly the night was perfect. Outstanding food and service capped off a great night

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m
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time and Ralph's. Didn't know what to expect. We were seating by the bar on the second floor, so it was a bit loud. Other than that, most food was amazing. I would not recommend the alfredo. RED SAUCE, MEATBALLS, CHICKEN PARM AND CHILEAN SEA BASS WERE TO DIE FOR!!!!!!

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RL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever. The veal parm is amazing. First date with her couldn’t of been any better than dinner at Ralph’s.

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MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food out there! Truly is the best chicken parm I’ve ever had in my life.

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MW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is old-school Italian food with turn of the century ingredients! Quaint place that captures the history of this family owned restaurant. Great food and a must see

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J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Ralph’s. Great place if you are looking for authentic Italian food. It’s my new favorite place to go. We have been to South Philadelphia & King of Prussia. Both are great.

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EK
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Felt like I was eating in someone's home -- FRESH and AUTHENTIC! Worth a return trip.

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SE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I am sorry to say that I was not impressed. We were seated in a stuffy attic room, up many flights of steps. Not good for someone who would have breathing problems. My dinner was not hot. 2 out of 4 meals were very good. My husband had the mussels and shrimp over linguine. Raved about it. The server, Mark, was great. I don't know that I would go back. If you are on the 1st or 2nd floor it's very noisy and crowded. It is a landmark restaurant but I think it's overrated.

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TH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and loved the ambiance! Food was amazing as always.

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AB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time at Ralph's and the food was great. Veal Parm is outstanding!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent! Oldest Italian restaurant in America. Recommend chicken parmigiana and linguine pescatore.

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C
New York Area
247 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at Ralph's. The food is great. It has a real old school atmosphere. There servers are good. You have to try the Veal Parm.

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HM
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ralph’s is a true treasure in south philly. Excellent Italian food very friendly wait staff. If you have the chance to talk to Lauren ( sometimes waiting tables or hostess) she is a delight. This is our new best stop we drive from Langhorne just for dinner here

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