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La Famiglia Ristorante, Philadelphia, PA

La Famiglia Ristorante

4.8
4.8
1787 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The Sena family tradition of culinary excellence dates back to early 1947 when Carlo “Papa” Sena began to cook in postwar Naples. The family carried this experience across the Atlantic and opened La Famiglia in 1976 in the shell of a Colonial tea warehouse. Today, La Famiglia stands as the finest Italian restaurant in Philadelphia and a major landmark on the city’s vibrant restaurant scene.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 922-2803

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gino Sena

  • Private party facilities

    La Famiglia can accommodate large parties of 10 or more. Please contact the restaurant for further information.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (215) 922-2803

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Cross street

    Front and Market street

  • Parking details

    Parking meters in front of the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 1,787 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Italian

  • Philadelphia

    Best Food

  • Philadelphia

    Notable Wine List

  • Philadelphia

    Romantic

  • Philadelphia

    Special Occasion

  • Philadelphia

    Italian

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  1. KD

    KelliD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They treated us exceptionally well for our anniversary. Delicious food. Memorable experience.
  2. LG

    LadiG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant Week in Center City Of Philadelphia we chose La Famiglia Ristorante my husband and I are so happy we chose this restaurant to celebrate our 7th anniversary .The restaurant is so beautiful the ambience make you feel like you are in a movie ,Manuel our waiter was so attentive in whatever we needed he made sure we had ,our cocktails lemon drop was perfect .There was a lot of choices for 1st course and second course ,our entree we ordered short ribs ,chicken breast in white wine .I highly recommend this restaurant everything is perfect .
  3. j

    jbar

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Of the five Italian restaurants where my wife and I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, La Famiglia was the best overall. Our cocktails, Manhattans and Cosmos, were delicious. They had the most choices for the first and second courses. Our entrees, veal and braised beef ribs, were superb. They also had the best dessert, a sampler of three, each delicious. This is an outstanding restaurant!
  4. D

    Doll

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That was the first time I have dined at this restaurant it was beautiful inside and the staff was above n beyond amazing!!
  5. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the octopus, penne pasta, scallops and lamb chops as well as a super Tuscan bottle of wine then finished with pistachio gelato and espresso. Excellent meal and service.
  6. a

    annoyed

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food in traditional setting. Very highly recommend
  7. k

    kaygee

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I just had dinner during Restaurant Week. We absolutely loved it! The noise level was so nice - not a bit loud like so many restaurants. The server was friendly, polite and knowledgeable. He did not tell us his name, but he was a seasoned professional. Every morsel of our dinners was excellent. The only drawback is that the bathrooms are on the wine cellar level - and there is only one toilet in the ladies room. However, that room was very clean, which I appreciated! PS - I left my white jacket there and someone called me within an hour of our departure. That was such a wonderful touch - and one more reason to give kudos to La Famiglia. We will be returning!
  8. EN

    EdwardN

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from beginning to end. Food was delicious first time but I’ll be back often
  9. DN

    DebiN

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in and greeted with a smile and welcome to the final goodbye- everything was great! The drinks, food & most importantly service was amazing! The wine list, or book was incredible. We will definitely be back on our next visit!
  10. o

    outandabout

    Philadelphia

    279 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    279 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I have gone to la familia for many years and it is consistently good quality. The restaurant week menu is very good they put on many selections which many places do not. I had the cavatelli in the pesto sauce as a first course and then the pounded beef steak with porcini mushrooms as an entree. I must admit the entree was rather dried out and overcooked it had obviously been kept warm and prepared ahead of time. One of the other entrees probably would have been a better choice. .
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for restaurant week so I can’t speak to the true cost of the meal, but I can say that the food was delicious and the service was excellent. I will certainly return.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé and I spent our anniversary dinner here. The food was excellent and so was the service! It was a great experience overall!
  13. JE

    JacksonE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was absolutely amazing. Me and my girlfriend (on her birthday) got to enjoy hands down the best italian meal of our lives! will definitely return
  14. AF

    AlbertF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of my favorite Restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere are great
  15. J

    Joseph

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite Philly Restaurant
  16. LG

    LoriG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time we ate here and the evening was fabulous. Excellent food, service and ambiance. We met family from out of town and the staff took the time to recognize our birthday celebration by adding a candle to the dessert and singing happy birthday without us even asking!
  17. AW

    AmyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great night! Will definitely be dining here again very soon!
  18. V

    Visitor

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most accommodating and romantic!
  19. JD

    JoshuaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Words can't do it justice. Definitely a must to experience.
  20. RM

    RichMiller

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    La Famiglia appears as the classic Italian restaurant you could walk into in little Italy's in New York or Boston, or a classic South Philly Italian place. But La Famiglia provides the kind of attentive service that is combined with giving the diner time to consider the menu and then again after finishing up the meal that reminds one more of a high-end fine dining restaurant. There for my wife's birthday, my wife ordered their Bronzino special. It was prepped by our server tableside and, with the sauce, was excellent. My seafood pasta dish was on the smaller side portion-wise, but actually that's more authentic relative to how you would see it in Italy. And even though the space is fairly narrow, the ambience is pleasant and quiet. We look forward to returning to this gem in the future.
  21. MF

    MinnetteF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal with great service!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    This was my second time at this restaurant and overall it was pretty disappointing. When we were seated we weren’t given menus right away and when we asked for a wine list they brought a huge binder out with an overwhelming list of wines. It took forever to get anyones attention and it seemed like the “regular” patrons were waited on right away. By the time we did put our order in the appetizers came out in a decent amount of time but the entrees took way too long. We probably waited and hour and a half for our entrees to arrive. The food was good but not fantastic especially for the prices they charge. I was excited to bring my family here but unfortunately I don’t think we will be returning.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal with family. Never disappointed with a visit to this restaurant. Probably the best Italian restaurant in Philly, if not all PA. Excellent service and ambiance.
  24. J

    Jose

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We dined during Heritage Week. Service was exceptional.
  25. L

    Lulu

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent and staff friendly and professional
  26. s

    sibs

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have been going to this restaurant since it opened in the 1970s...enjoy each time.
  27. l

    lobster101

    Philadelphia

    400 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    400 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a delicious dinner. Pasta, chicken, flounder and veal in a lemon sauce. Bruchetta was fabulous as well as our desserts. We had the nostalia menu which was great.
  28. J

    Janny

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Philadelphia! Great staff, the owner Giuseppe is so wonderful. Our family favorite for a lifetime.❤️
  29. TM

    TomM

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Maybe they were having a bad night, but this was a very disappointing experience from start to finish. The food was good, but the service was terrible. We probably won’t return.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    MUST TRY, is all I can say!! Can’t miss
  31. H

    Housecalls

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service was great. Very extensive wine list. I would return.
  32. AM

    AnnaMaria

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    La Famiglia continues to be a classically beautiful restaurant and has endured the test of time in Philadelphia. They are the bright spot in what has become a very dreary corner in Old City that used to be filled with thriving restaurants. It is a testament to La Famiglia's enduring quality and service that their restaurant is the only one on the block. The waiters are the stars of the show. They are extremely friendly, good-natured and really do care that you have an excellent experience. The food was great, especially the Nostalgia menu that they share in the summers where all the prices are the same as when they opened in 1976. Especially with the extreme inflation the world is experiencing post-Covid, that is very nice indeed!
  33. NM

    NinaM

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite spots - in the entire world! It did not disappoint for a milestone birthday celebration. The candle and song over dessert was also special. Every course was perfect!
  34. LF

    LanaF

    Atlanta

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal
  35. HP

    HelenP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ii enjoyed our meal every thing was delicious and was grateful when they sang happy birthday to my husband
  36. D

    010ickD

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Expensive
  37. c

    cityburbs

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and service!!!! The owner was so welcoming!!! Wine selection superb!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never had any below incredible here - the incredible food, extensive wine list, and perfect service never disappoints!
  39. FA

    FrankA

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian in the city
  40. CD

    ChristineD

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my birthday. The service was impeccable, with every member of the staff working together to make our dining experience wonderful. The smoked mozzarella and portobello mushroom appetizer was delicate and flavorful. My husband ordered the halibut ravioli, which was not only visually pleasing, he said it was delightful. I ordered the cavatelli with pesto. The appetizer portion was more than enough. The wine cellar is a must see! The ambiance was very romantic. We will definitely recommend to our friends and come back the next time we’re in Philly.

FAQs

La Famiglia Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 1787 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 8 times today
Google Map for La Famiglia Ristorante

8 South Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front and Market street

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking meters in front of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gino Sena

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 922-2803

  • Private party facilities

    La Famiglia can accommodate large parties of 10 or more. Please contact the restaurant for further information.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (215) 922-2803

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