Ristorante Castello at Blue Bell

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971 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Casual Fine Dining, Northern Italian Cuisine. Fresh Fish Daily-Dover Sole & Branzino etc..., and Homemade Pasta. Private dining room for parties and business meetings and outdoor dining.
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GMarieO
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Pleasant atmosphere. Service was generally good. Will definitely return.

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Clelia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great. The ambient was also lovely. Just wont give a 5 stars due to service. Although our waiter was very nice, she took almost 45 m to take our order. We had asked her for 5 extra minutes and she never came back until 45 later.

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GregD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as always was superb and our Waiter John was fabulous. I highly recommend Ristorante Castello.

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DAVIDZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristorante Castello is our favorite restaurant for family celebrations -- birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. The menu has great selections for everyone's palate, from age 11 to 81, and 4 from age 17-25. In addition, there are always a number of "Specials".

It is well worth the cost, which is reasonable based upon the quality of the food and the service. My veal parmigiana was so big, that I had to take home 2/3 of it, enough for 2 more meals !!!

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vipVivaldi
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to Ristorante Castello and it won't be our last. The food is incredible (huge selection), the servers are easygoing but attentive, and the ambience is pleasant. It was a wonderful experience with good friends.

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vipwoofie8
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding and our server and his support staff were attentive in just the right amount. Wish the hostess could have been a bit more congenial and not made us feel like we were doing her a favor by eating there!!! You could tell that many of the people there were long time customers but for a new customer the treatment should not be in that much contrast!!!

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scubagirl
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

food was bland and waiter (owner) thought he was clever but it was annoying and sarcastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My birthday

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vipHappybelly1
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious... as it always is!!

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vipCaptain
Philadelphia
169 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service at this excellent BYOB

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dinner4two
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was very good and nicely presented. We had some problems with the wait staff. Our appetizers arrived in a timely manner but after that we were forgotten. We then waited 45 minutes with dirty dishes on the table and had to ask what happened to the rest of our meal. Other diners who arrived after us were already eating. Ten minutes later our entrees finally come out. Our waiter later apologized and did compensate us with free dessert. We plan on giving them a second chance with a future visit as we did enjoy the meal once it arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We did not realize we would be limited to a special (overpriced) Valentine's menu. My salad was very pricey and tomatoes were pulpy and salad was bland. My entree (chicken with vegetables) was tasty but half of it was cold. The calamari was good. My husband thought his osso bucco was just ok. Our server John was not great and seemed to not want to be there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines with kids

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Josie
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Raised prices $10.00 on every entree and desert for Valentine’s Day.Had lobster ravioli with a lobster tail on top. Lobster was chewy and tasteless. Ravioli was fishy. Very average. Waiter was great.

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Kevots
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Castello a number of times and it is consistently good. John is a waiter with a nice manner.

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CarolV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a dear friend for a birthday lunch. We were greeted as we entered the restaurant & seated promptly.
Water was poured as we settled & our byob wine opened.
Our server was courteous & attentive.
The food arrived timely. Nice presentation & hot. We sat & talked about 2 hours, the place wasn’t busy, we weren’t rushed at all. This was my first visit & I plan to go again.

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localdr
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we entered, we were seated at a nice round table. Bread was in the table and water was quickly served. The waiter allowed us to look at the menu then came with a long list of specials, all of which sounded marvelous. We ordered and the salads and appetizers quickly followed. The entrees were superb and we toped it off with a piece of black forrest cake to share. A wonderful night to celebrate my Mom's 89th birthday!

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JosephR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Attractive dining rooms; varied menu and excellent service provided by John O'Hara.

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vipNickle
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

My dining partner had previously had the artichoke appetizer so we ordered that again and it was very good, quite different. I ordered the same pappardelle with wild mushroom sauce which I had before because it was so good. Even the bread is delicious.

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MerZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went there for one reason: for my son to taste the wonderful artichoke appetizer. It never disappoints!! And neither did the mussels, which was my main course. Bread is great, too.

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JoAnnB
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. My favorite restaurant

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JoeD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing. Food was prompt, and atmosphere was relaxing. Love the place.

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vipDinesaround
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good! Enjoy getting Philadelphia Italian restaurant quality so close to home!

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vipMaria
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

his is ne of our favorite restaurants. Food and service is always very good. You can bring your own wine, but they also serve wine by the glass and mixed drinks. We forgot out bottle at home and had to buy a glass it was very good and reasonably priced. Would recommend this restaurant.

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vipcherylb
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When we arrived, we were unhappy with our table next to a service area. The staff very courteously gave us a private table in the other room. John and Laura were very accomodating. We are neighborhood people and repeat diners.

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vipLuv2dine
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the best waiter and waitress., we had a 2 year older they could not have been nicer they were very accommodating. Food was delicious love Castello for birthday dinners.

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JonathanC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is consistently good. Loud restaurant though for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner was great! Food was fresh and delicious! Service was excellent!

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vipJB48
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion!

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vipJohnS
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved being seated in the alcove. Very romantic. My Caesar salad and veal Castello were excellent as usual. My wife had the mista salad and the Chilean sea bass special. Once again excellent. Patrick, our waiter impressed us with his flawless recitation of the numerous specials and his explanation of each.

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MerZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My food was great. my husband did not like his: breaded Veal chop with Arugala

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Alexis
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in an inviting atmosphere with great service. One of my favorite restaurants and consistently delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening! Ristorante Castello at Blue Bell is a terrific restaurant and always a great choice for any occasion.

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FRANKA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Nice place, good atmosphere. Just not for new years eve. Fixed overpriced menu for NYE followed by excruciatingly slow service from kitchen. Waiter(s) apologized for slowness long after the rush at 930pm.

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RussN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

New Years Eve

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MichaelB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

No. This was my second experience. On the first visit we ordered a screwdriver and were told that they didn't have any orange juice. On this trip the food was very good, the prices were at least 50% higher - maybe 100% higher - than a standard menu. The service was horrible on many different levels. My suggestion would be that the waiter doesn't give up his day job. Being a server is not his thing. The 10% tip was not a mistake - it was a statement for the poor service.

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vipMaryKayK
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We have been to Costellos on prior New Years Eve. This year was disappointing. The people in our party who ordered salads never got them until after everyone else had eaten their soup and only received them when we asked the waitress where our salads were. Dessert included coffee but our waitress never asked if we wanted coffee and just brought our dessert. The waitress appeared to be none too happy that she was working on New Years Eve.

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vipTomB
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristorante Castello provides a consistently high level of service and superior food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very good and we were not rushed with our dinner.

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WeDineOften
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a very busy Christmas Eve with few area restaurants serving dinner. Castello no only stayed open until 10 pm, they served their full menu complete with a large number of additional special selections. Servers and other staff had the business of efficiency perfected, helping one another in smooth perfection. We were seated upon arrival. Our cocktails were made perfectly and we were given some time to enjoy them while reading the menu. The lobster bisque was very nice, but the pistachio crusted oysters were overly breaded and dry. The stuffed pork chop was huge and delicious; the rack of lamb was tender and a nice portion. The carrot cake was moist and decadent. Our server was extremely professional but he made it clear that he didn’t want to engage in conversation, a bit too dry for my gregarious nature. Still, he was efficient and professional. It’s really great that it’s BYOB and they can also make you a cocktail. There’s no physical bar where you can sit. We will surely return.

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Ristorante Castello at Blue Bell does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ristorante Castello at Blue Bell also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 283-9500.

Ristorante Castello at Blue Bell is rated 4.5 stars by 971 OpenTable diners.

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