Positano Ristorante

3.3
126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to Positano
Located conveniently in downtown Ardmore, Positano features the most authentic Southern Italian dining this side of the Mediterranean
Join us for dining under the stars on our terrace, or in one of our three cozy and candlelit dining rooms. We offer an extensive list of daily specials, as well as a full bar and wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Open for Dinner:
Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Closed on Mondays.
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Phone number
(610) 896-8298
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
PRIVATE ROOMS AVAILABLE:
Whether an office party, or family get together, Positano can accomodate groups of all sizes. Call now to reserve your private room and discuss our numerous menu options.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Plenty of parking space in the back of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 126 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Decent Italian food with inattentive staff. Waited for check for 20 minutes, then asked for it, then after another 10 minutes had to walk to the front to ask for it. No water refills. Late drinks after reminding the staff. Service is what really impacted our experience.

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p
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

cynical waiter, food was good but expensive for what it was-$20 for pasta with peas!

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DD
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very strange restaurant. If you love veal and shrimp, but no other options, you are set.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. The food was great, specially the broccoli rabe and sausage and also the doversole.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Place looked absolutely amazing, was all ready to have a special dinner out for my anniversary. Atmosphere was wonderful and the service was good, but the food was strangely tasteless. Maybe we went on a bad night, but it was an expensive restaurant price for cafeteria quality food.

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

HORRIFIC! This is actually the first time I’m ever writing a review... it was bad enough that I want to make sure no one else has this experience. It was for my mothers birthday - I made reservations for my family to go out. I took a cake with me to surprise her. They brought bread to the table - we asked for the bread to be heated up, they said they could t do that but they offered garlic bread. We ordered our meals - no one liked the bland food. MOST IMPORTANTLY - my mom started choking - she pull out a piece of aluminum from the back of her throat. We were then told it was a bristle from the chef cleaning the grill and that it’s rare for this to happen!!! Then the manager came out to apologize and said I understand you have a cake for a bday is that correct...?!?! I let him know he ruined the surprise!! The did us a “favor” and did not charge for my moms meal. NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN!!!

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, albeit very expensive (and unnecessarily so). The wait staff was curt and indifferent. There are other fine restaurants in the vacinity that serve Italian food. I see no particular reason to return to this establishment.

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OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Really enjoyed my dinner.

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MT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Waiter was very slow; had trouble with basic orders

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We were not impressed with the food. The restaurant has a tile floor and they use a metal cart to deliver food to tables creating a very loud rattle from the kitchen.

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GS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I remembered this restaurant being delicious but I guess I overestimated. Oh well...

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were there for the Ardmore Restaurant week. The food was delicious. Price was affordable for a three-course meal. The desserts were really good.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was okay. A bit overpriced. I got shrimp linguini which is a pretty basic dish.

There are so many italian restaurants in this region that a place w/ okay food is not worth the trouble.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently dined at Positano Ristorante in Ardmore. Had a great meal. Started off with mussels marinara that was full of flavor. The homemade bread dipped in the mussel sauce was awesome. Our dinners arrived promptly. My wife and I both had the Dover Sole that was served in a lemon butter caper sauce. The fish was filleted table side. The entree was served with some fresh vegetables as well. We also picked out a nice bottle of Italian wine from the extensive wine list. All in all we had a delightful meal and will certainly go back again.

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K
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waiter was a bit surly at first but then warmed up to us and was great. The food was very good as was the wine, and the outside patio is an oasis.

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F
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff impeccable. It was so nice to have dinner and catch up with friends and be able to actually talk and hear each other. They give a good wine pour too!

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JF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Positano was very pleasant and the style of the rooms reminiscent of Italy. Wonderful pasta and risotto and @ memorable bottle of Italian wine. The waiter was a little odd in his conversation and overall expensive, but we enjoyed the 3vening.

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FR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit to Positano this time with family visiting from CA and MS. The fact that I brought first timers illustrates my confidence in Positano’s. We were not disappointed. Service was excellent, ambiance was perfect for us and dinner was very good. The indoor parking lot across the street is a great convience.

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F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal with great service. Our first time back in several years. Definitely will return again and soon.

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b
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent, as indeed they were at every previous visit to Positano. One challenge not previously encountered was parking. Parking in the Ardmore area that evening was extremely limited. I ended up having to park 3 blocks away and dropping off my dining companion, who is unable to walk that distance due to a back injury, at the door.

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J
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

great service but limited menu. what we go tasted good

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L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was lousy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately I would not recommend this restriction at all.

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J
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

went for a pre Mother's day dinner with guests from Pittsburgh. Food was delicious, service was horrible.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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

Food was excellent! The service was great. Will definitely go back!!! I would 100% recommended to a friend. Great ambience and very nice decorated. I felt like I was sitting in a restaurant in Italy!!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant on the Main Line. Great service. Thanks, Rosie!

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started out meal with great homemade crispy bread. My husband had a veal chop which was tender and juicy. I had the scallops that were so fresh and loaded with flavor. We also had broccoli rabe that was seasoned perfectly. All in all we had a delicious meal with great service. What a special neighborhood gem.

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AC
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Not crowded but very noisy...table next to us was very, very loud and the staff did nothing to accommodate other customers.

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VP
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ok for a quite bite if feeing lazy to cook at home. However, not authentic by any means. We ordered gnocchi and got rochetti, ordered bolognese and got meat sauce (probably just crumbled meatballs in the red sauce). Dinner rolls were hard and very dense. Restaurant was clean and nicely decorated, server was nice enough and food came quickly, however, I don’t think it made up for the quality of food.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was wonderful. He gave us wine recommendations. He had amusing stories which entertained, while he also gave us space to enjoy ourselves. The food was delicious. I especially liked the meatballs. My main course was Tortellini Bolonese. It was delicious and just right. My five companions enjoyed themselves, as well.

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S
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I felt that the portion was very small and not worth price

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MD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

waiter friendly and nice - kitchen a bit slow - good value

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TC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had to ask for everything; bread water etc. there were only 4 tables occupied with 3 waitresses and no one paid attention,

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I was happy with the venue, and with the menu. Unfortunately, my entree was cold when it was set down, and I could not get my waitresses attention to warm it.

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C
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Valentines Day. Nice ambience. Understaffed which was surprising since all the tables were reservations. The server was hurried throughout. Never spent more than 30 seconds at our table. And almost threw the dishes onto the table. The food was OK but a little disappointing given the occasion and prices. Lobster capellini had a tiny dried out lobster tail and tiny shrimp (that looked like the ones frozen in a bag from Costco) on store bought pasta. The porcini ravioli in a cream sauce that my wife ordered were better.

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PF
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had such high hopes! Came here with my mother to celebrate her 88th birthday. Service was terrible (barely saw our waiter and when we did, he was running so I'm assuming they were horribly under staffed; appetizer came with entree; never saw waiter after entree was served until we asked for the bill twice from the hostess and wasn't greeted at the table for at least 15 minutes after we arrived) and the food was worse! Ordered the caprise salad - no flavor, two slices of tomato cut in half and zero presentation; calamari and clams in what was supposed to be a garlic white wine sauce and was a flavorless broth with tasteless calamari and clams; swordfish and mixed vegetables with lemon and capers that again had no presentation and was subpar at best.

I think the worst part was when we told the hostess AND our server that we were having an awful experience and NEITHER had any reaction!

We will never go back and will tell everyone we know of this horrible experience!

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J
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

even though it was Valentine 's day evening and the restaurant was packed the food was delicious. The only negative was that they had only one (overworked) waiter to take care of the whole room

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BB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the most unbelievable dinner and I’d love this restaurant. The brand Zeno was unbelievable and my fillet table table side and the grilled calamari was incredible. There is no better italion restaurant on the east coast of America

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