Ristorante Castello at Blue Bell

4.3
675 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am -3:00pm;
Dinner: Daily, 3:30pm - Close
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Phone number
(215) 283-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Beautiful elegant intimate dining!
Used for special events!
Great options :
- large seizes of windows view
-private facility
-Audio / visual equipment
-special banquet Menu
-continental breakfast business meeting available
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Private party contact
Castello: (215) 283-9500
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Catering
We are a professional catering company !
Off premises catering!

Special catering menu can be found at to:www.ristorantecastello.com
Build your own budget !
Full tray feeds between 12 &15 people
Half tray feeds between 7 & 8 people
Prices are on the menu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wissahickon library blue bell
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Parking details
The only ultimate parking in Blue Bell
130 parking spaces
Very convenient!
Additional
Banquet, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 675 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

EXCELLENT FOOD, TERRIFIC MENU CHOICES, AND VERY GOOD SERVICE

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Lunch was a very relaxing afternoon with delicious food and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We ate at Castello for Father’s Day. We sat outside and had the place to ourselves! The oysters were delicious and so was the tortellini stuffed with lamb and the seafood fettuccini. Our server was very attentive and the check was quite reasonable.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

For my family, it was a "one and done." We will not be visiting again.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Going out to dinner on a Saturday night is like deciding to go for a drink on New Years Eve or St Paddy's day. This is a fine restaurant but they felt overwhelmed on this night.
John , our waiter was knowledgable but became officious when stressed by taking on too many responsibilities, 3 pieces of bread were served to a table of 4. Drinks were served incorrectly.(no Absolut vodka? Ok couldn't make a sazarac, Manhattan arrived straight up rather than on rocks)
The bright light of the staff was Princess who found time to be warm and caring (her second night). The food was very good and certainly deserving of another visit, on a weeknight.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

delicious food, great & accommodating service and nice for an upscale night together

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We took our friends to Castellos for their first visit and they can't wait to come back again! Our meals were outstanding and the service was excellent! So happy it's not too far from our home!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

It is always consistently delicious . The chicken park and pink sauce on the pasta is very good . The service is always good too.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Dover sole is always prepared to perfection.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Not a happy experience. Food overly complicated! Too much stuff on every item.
Service poor, inexperienced. Forgot the birthday cake!
Getting bigger than they can handle, Too bad.
Was a favorite. Won't be back.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The meal was superb. We ended up with 2 waiters that served us, and I think they need to communicate a little better. Everything we ordered was very tasty and well presented. The staff hustles around quickly, but at times do not see or ask if you need anything else. Once you ask, they are happy to help. The add-ons to the menu are so incredible, I have not looked at the printed menu yet! We will go back again.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Saturday lunch with 3 girlfriends. They were all so pleased and thought the food was amazing!! My Procceca was immediately put in an ice bucket and John our waiter was very attentive and at the same time never made us feel that we were holding up the table. We made future plans to return!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent in everywqy. The food was delicious nd cery freah. The wIter was knowledgeable and very charming. Even the desserts were delicious. fish is fresg and deluciously prepared.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Love it here! Food and service is always fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We have been here several times. The food and service are always great.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

From past reviews I expected there might be problems with service. Our server (Scott) was very pleasant and could not want to prove the reviews wrong any better than he did. Place was a bit noisy but not unbearable. I would give it a 4 3/4 rating

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great service and food; excellent for special occaisions

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

our waiter John needs to be more attentive seemed overwhelmed took our order and that was
it. the other servers brought our food drinks didn't come back to ask if everything was okay.
Seem him at desert time and bill time. the other servers were better.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Ossa Bucca had sauce on it however the description did not say it came with a sauce on it. My mother could not eat it. Was initially told that’s how it was prepared. Sent it back. Then was told that there was a “ Few” in the back done w/out sauce. So she accepted it. However when she got it it tasted as if we’re old and reheated. So we were not satisfied with that meal.
My lobster ravioli was delicious. The calamari appetizer could have been a little more crispier .

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was good. Great atmosphere. Only one waiter for entire restaurant. Long wait for drinks, apps, entrees, dessert, and check. Need to be better staffed

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went there for Mother's Day. There was a fixed menu, which we were not aware of, so the selections were limited. The service was excellent, but I felt the pricing was a bit high.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This restaurant is way way too expensive for what you get...soup was cold, bread was terrible, calamari was undercooked. The dover sole was average at best, not worth $40.
On a positive note our waiter was very good and attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great service and a great meal. Love that there is no corking fee. Huge bonus because we prefer to bring the wine of our choice.

The Branzino was amazing and a large portion as always. Double what you get in many restaurants and cooked so nicely. The blackened Tuna was also delectable, and again a huge portion. The grilled octopus was just okay. Not their strongest dish. Maybe I like a more traditional Mediterranean marinade, but it was also a tad over cooked. Desert was tremendous. Can’t go wrong with any of their deserts. Large portions so you can definitely share.

We will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Had been wanting to try Ristaurante Castello for a long time. Finally made it on a Saturday afternoon. Decor is warm and appealing. The wait staff was friendly, but professional. The bread was delicious. It was tempting to make a meal of that alone. Our entrees were excellent and plentiful. I was concerned that it would be awkward doing the BYOB thing at a restaurant with a full bar, but it was completely comfortable. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Had been here once before for the first time to celebrate my birthday. Did not disappoint as we opted to come back and celebrate our anniversary. Adding to our "favorites" list -- will be back again!! Delicious food and great service.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Girls night out. We had great service and excellent food. Definitely will be going again.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I been in the restaurant fine dining business 25 years of my life, when a waiter tells me branzino fish
takes 50 minutes to cook after we waited hour for our food..ridiculous.

In fairness the spinach salad dressing was good,
the the chicken saltimbocca was horrible american version.
chicken w/ pounded prosciutto into the chicken, sauteed in dark demi glace..that's it.!
No spinach, no olives, no garlic, no cheese, no light wine sauce.

Branzino was good but ..you need to heat a plate under the broiler or oven to put fish on to keep hot after dissecting bones at the table

Now on a positive note..the scallop or au gratin potatoes were very good.


overall B-

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Excellent food and service for our group of 12 people. they even turned on the basketball game for us to watch during desert. Always good seafood specials.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Birthday
Service was wonderful and friendly along with attention to our every need.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent food. Our party had four different entrees and each was delicious. We had the rack of lamb, filet minion, sole and a veal Costello dish. All got high marks. We shared a delicious chocolate cake for dessert. The bread was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside - as it should be. Love this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Once again, another fantastic dinner at Castillos. This is our favorite place for special occasions and family gatherings.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We were extremely disappointed with the service: the bread was thrown on the table, we had to flag the waiter to take our order and our meals were barely tepid. The cost of the dinner entrees was about average, but the 'extras' were high, $11 for a slice of cake and $8 for a glass of an inexpensive wine. We would not recommend nor will we be going back.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Our new go to place when in the mood for a nice piece of fish. Tried the snapper in pistachio this time and it was tasty, but not as good as the bronzino or halibut in the past. Bread was outstanding for some reason tonight. Orange roughy special never disappoints. No room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

One of our local favorites, always meets expectations. Food is excellent

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

One of our all-time favorite restaurants. The food, service and atmosphere all made for a phenomenal evening. Scott and Sam, our waiters, we’re extremely attentive and didn’t miss a single detail all evening !

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food at this restaurant is very good. It is Italian and not of the down home spaghetti and meatballs variety. I've eaten here at least three times now, and each time the food has been excellent. On this most recent occasion, we ordered a wide variety of food from Branzino to Steak to pasta. We all loved our meals.
If you want to give Castello a try, reserve well in advance. It is incredibly popular. Unfortunately, it takes forever for every stage of service. They seated us right on time, and then we waited a long time for a waitress to come to talk to us. She left and there was another long wait before our order was taken. Our reservation was at 7:30. I can't remember when our appetizers came, but we were not served our entrees until 9:30. After we were served, we couldn't get the attention of anyone to refill our water glasses.
Another thing that marred the evening was that the restaurant was so loud that we had trouble talking to anyone but the people next to us. There were six of us, but we didn't end up feeling like we were there together as group due to not being able to be heard across the table.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We really like this place. Food is good with lots of specials. We have been there for lots of family get together and are never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great food which helps justify the higher than normal prices. Service is scattered, water glasses go empty, wine glasses grow cob webs waiting for refills. All in all, what it lacks in ambiance ot more than overcomes with the portion size. Bring your appetite

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our group of 4 ladies thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Food was excellent and service likewise. I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Girls birthday

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