The Victor Cafe

4.8
2538 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Seatings available:
Sundays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursdays 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Upstairs lounge and bar open Friday through Sunday
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Phone number
(215) 468-3040
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Victor Cafe contains a grouping of intimate dining rooms which offer seating for a maximum of 135 people. Inquiries for smaller groups are also welcome. Special events may be booked for lunch, brunch, or dinner. Cocktail hours with hot and cold butlered hors d'oeuvre may be arranged. We believe you will find the Victor Cafe a most unique dining experience.
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Private party contact
The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broad Street
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Parking details
Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station
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Entertainment
Live opera seven nights a week by talented professionals as well as students.
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Special events & promotions
For parties larger than 10, please inquire within.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 2538 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS perfect!!! My favorite place. It’s always special no matter what the occasion.

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

Great experience, although the staff almost forgot my date's birthday (a little akward)
Aside from that the ambiance was lovely, the staff was enthusiastic, our food and drinks were delivered quickly!
Our server Stephen was great and very attentive. He was knowledgable of the menu which was extremely helpful (I have some food allergies).
Would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend. :-)

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SK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The vocalists/waitstaff are extremely talented And personable. Food is very good Italian fare, with some exceptional dishes. A great value!

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

Shared a Lyft ride a few days ago. The other passenger and I introduced ourselves, and I learned Caitlin was on her way to work at The Victor Cafe as a food service worker and professional opera singer. She told me about the unique restaurant and it's 100 year history. I immediately made a reservation for 4 and tonight was one to remember. Wonderful atmosphere, food, service, and entertainment. Nothing like arias to accompany a delicious Italian feast, and having happy birthday sung table-side by a professional operatic chorus. Cannot fathom why I haven't been here before. The experience is all class, intimate, romantic, or any you choose make it. The menu includes creative daily specials and a variety of regular menu selections. Caitlin and the wait staff's service was impecable. Each course was timed perfectly, and presented elegantly with each of us served at the same time. The food was delicious. My choices were a buratta bruchetta appetizer, scallops and shrimp in a white wine sause over linguini as my entre, and mango dripped cheesecake with a smooth as silk cappuccino to complete the dining experience. Portions are generous and priced appropriately. When you consider the overall experience it's a bargain. It all comes together beatifully at this South Philly gem.

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TP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and it just keeps getting better and better

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JJ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I first experienced Victors about 6 months ago. We found the entire experience (food, singing, service and location) so special that it is our go to "date night" place. I so encourage anyone in going when they want a "special" experience or event.

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RG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place! A little bit out of the way but so glad I went! Very good Italian food and the wait staff is incredible. They’re all opera singers and sing about every 20 minutes. They are so talented! I will go back next time I’m in Philly!

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P
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish the entire dining experience was the best I've experienced in decades! From the exceptional staff responses (Robyn and Courtney) when I first contacted Victor's Cafe directly via email all the way up to paying our dinner bill several weeks later. The hostess accommodated my wife and I so many times I'm embarrassed to even mention it. Although we had a lovely spacious and romantic table set off to the left of the 'main' dining room, being a fan of the Rocky series I asked if we could move to a table in the 'main' dining area where the filming occurred. Our hostess accommodated us immediately and without question. Being a Veteran celebrating at Victor's on Veteran's Day I was moved when Luke the bartender asked all Veterans to stand and be recognized. Seated literally next to the Leroy Neiman painting, our server, Marissa was truly patient, attentive, and had an amazing personality! That's not to say that the rest of the staff such as Matthew, and several of the female servers whose names we did not get were not equally engaging and just plain kind. And each of the servers and bartenders are aspiring opera singers whom sang arias that literally moved both my wife and I to tears. So Rocky memorabilia and staff praise aside, the food was... well I'm still speechless. Growing up in northeastern New Jersey in an affluent Italian area I was raised on homemade spaghetti and meatballs. The menu offered a chef's special "spaghetti rustico" which I chose. The dish featured the BEST Italian sausage I have ever eaten, braciola which was INCREDIBLE, and the most SPEECHLESS meatball I ever savored. Paired with a bottle of Italian red it was heaven. And as I told Marissa, in my 42 years of eating the dish (including my own homemade recipe), I have never, and I mean EVER had one as good as Victor's. And, it didn't end there. Even though my birthday is/was 4 days away the entire staff sang for me and presented me with a decadent canole for desert.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here before to celebrate a wonderful anniversary dinner and my mom was in town so we took her back for a second time! Our expectations were exceeded again! Service was impeccable, the food was delicious, and those servers have the most beautiful voices!!! The space is very cozy and covered in famous singers and celebrities that have come to dine in the restaurant over the years! My only complaint was the disrespect that some customers showed towards the servers during the performance! But of course, that will never keep us from coming back to the Victor Cafe again and again!

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RG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. The strip steak was one of the best steaks I have ever had. Wine was great, and spumoni for dessert was excellent. The wait staff singers were great. Overall the food and performances were just outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is just very Gemütlichkeit. Love everything about it especially the talented wait staff and varied menu

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Experience. Would recommend. Waiters sing Opera for you. You end up having a song every 10 minutes or so.

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BC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be sure to have a reservation. Great place! Will go back.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and experience. The restaurant is decidedly casual and the prices are reasonable, but the quality is on par with more expensive places I’ve been to in Philly. We came on a Tuesday night and as the restaurant filled, I was glad that the noise level stayed low so we could still hear each other. The servers are all classically trained opera singers and gave incredible performances every 20 minutes or so. Give yourself 2 hours for this memorable and authentic Philly dining experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saun is a wonderful server and fantastic performer! So glad to have been seated at his table.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Philly!

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R
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Ho-hum food, but the fun atmosphere (almost) makes up for this...

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JM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner at The Victor Cafe was outstanding. The ambience was perfect, and the food was delicious. My wife and I shared the cheese plate. She had chicken cacciatore and I had spaghetti rustica, which included a meatball, sausage, and braciole. They were authentic and delicious enough to have come from an Italian grandmom's kitchen. My wife had the Elixir of Love cocktail, made with locally distilled fennel-infused vodka, about which she raved. For dessert, we shared warm chocolate cake with a melted center and bread pudding with rum sauce, both of which came with gelato. They were outstanding. Our server put candles on the desserts, and as is their tradition, announced our anniversary (#36) and played the Anniversary Waltz. I took them up on the invitation to dance with my wife, which made the night.

The music. Incredible. Everyone who works on the floor is classically trained to sing opera, and every 20 minutes one of them solos. Our server sang an aria from Don Giovanni, which was jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Even if you are not an opera buff, you will enjoy this incredible, unique restaurant.

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DB
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Very talented opera singers, who double as your waitstaff, will sing every 15-20 minutes. Songs are about a minute long and enhance and dinner experience not make you feel like you're at the opera house.
Small lounge upstairs for before or after.

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MC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun place! Very welcoming.

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DG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had not been back since early 1990s. Was in Philadelphia, took wife and granddaughter. The Café's 100th Anniversary. As good and as much fun as I remembered from 25 or 30 years ago.

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time with some friends. Food wonderful. Service great.. a taste of Opera.

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RR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This place can only be described as “WOW”. The atmosphere is genuine and authentic. The singing servers are wonderful. Food is great and staff is so friendly. Looking forward to our next visit.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been there in years it was very nice service was great enjoyed the evening

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NK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place for great food and entertainment. Marissa was amazing in her performance. Great menu with lots of options to choose from. Everything was amazing tasting and large portions. Highly recommend for a date night or any night for that matter. You will not be disappointed.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent not to mention the live opera performed by the servers!

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our tenth anniversary there and we absolutely loved the entire experience. The ambiance, quality of food, professional and courteous and very friendly staff, the live operatic performances — all contributed to a truly fabulous evening. Can’t wait to return!

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere! Waiters and waitresses sing live opera..and they are excellent! Fun dining experience.

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NH
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very good and the weight staff individually sing opera. It's lovely.

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I eat here often. big fan of opera and the food is also terrific. Great wine too.

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Y
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely wonderful. It has a great ambiance, a wonderful decor and lounge and phenomenal OPERA singers as waiters. 5 stars for singing, ambiance and service. The food is good, but nothing exceptional. I would highly recommend this place, especially when celebrating special occasion.

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KC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time and food was very good. We will go back again.

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! The food is delicious, but that is not even the main experience! The restaurant is beautiful but comfortable, serving staff very attentive and friendly, and the music excellent! Would highly recommend for a date or a special occasion!

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give it a million stars I would. The ambiance and the food quality are bar none. I’ve had food that cost a lot more that can’t even hold a candle to The Victor Cafe. If you are thinking of dining here as a fan of the rocky movies I would highly recommend.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a big fan of Rocky, I have been wanting to come to Victor's for years. My wife loves theater and singing, so I figured it would be the perfect spot to meet both of our needs. I absolutely loved the atmosphere, menu, and entertainment. We both cannot wait to go back! Definitely worth the experience.

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K
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From NJ and wanted to visit my son in Philly. Not knowing where to go and started looking up reviews for Italian restaurents. Came across Victors and Was able to get our desired reservation of 4:30 when they opened. Everything later on this Saturday night was booked and now I know why!. Amazing history, food, setting and company. (I was not too keen on the sweet white wines though.)The singing was beautiful and not touristy like we thought. Very unique place. Must try the bread pudding and espresso martini. Will be back for a special occasion. Even my 23 year old son enjoyed it!!

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p
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife out to dinner for her birthday every year and this was by far the best overall restaurant we've been to. Cocktail bar on the second floor has a unique, intimate vibe with a great cocktail selection. After a cocktail, we headed downstairs for dinner. The atmosphere is like none other and from another era. Dinner was superb and wait staff was efficient and courteous. But most importantly, the operatic solos that occur every 20 minutes or so were incredible! And they sang Happy Birthday to my wife! We love this place and will be back again soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, food, and entertainment. Love the service, we were not rushed at all. We enjoyed from the time we walked in to the time we left.

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P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Italian fun. Good food. Fabulous Veal over Risotto. Waiters ring a bell and one of them explains the opera song they will sing. Could use better wine selection. But loved it. Uber ride from downtown. Worth it.

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j
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Its a wonderful place to go for any reason. The wait staff sings and are wonderful . The parking leaves a lot to be desired but they have valet parking. Highly reccomend.

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