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About The Victor Cafe

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.

1303 Dickinson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Saturday 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Cross Street:
Broad Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 468-3040

Website:
http://www.victorcafe.com/

Entertainment:
Live opera seven nights a week by talented professionals as well as students.

Parking Details:
Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station

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.

Private Party Contact:
The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For parties larger than 10, please inquire within.

The Victor Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (105)
Special Occasion (94)
Live Music (91)
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Good for Anniversaries (86)
Fun (79)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Romantic (75)
Neighborhood Gem (69)
Authentic (63)
Cozy (52)
Worth the Drive (52)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Good for Groups (32)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Notable Wine List (23)
Casual (21)
Fit for Foodies (16)
People Watching (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Business Meals (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic concept and excellent food. Perfect to surprise your loved one.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

All of the wait staff are opera singers, we heard four performances. The singing is excellent and the food is yummy! Our waitress had the most beautiful voice, I thought I was at the Met. Such a unique experience and fun night out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

I LOVE this restaurant- every year my best friends and I get together for Christmas here so we can see each other in this wonderful place. The music is just amazing and having the wait staff get up to sing opera is just fantastic. It is a true Philadelphia gem and has been there for a very long time. I hope it is always there for my future Christmas get togethers and special occasions. Thank you Victor Cafe!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for Groups, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Victor's never ceases to be a wonderful place to bring friends especially from out of town who have never experienced the singing waiters and waitresses. Outstanding food and service as well as the history reflected on the walls.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

The staff could not have been nicer. We were running late for our reservation, and we called to let them know. We were still later than we wanted to be, the hostess called us back to check where we were.

The food was amazing, and the atmosphere was magical. 5 stars all around

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Went before a concert. Good food n wonderfully entertaining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

As ever we had a wonderful time. If you love opera and similar live music sung by trained wait staff this is your place. Many a birthday, anniversary and probably marriage proposals have occurred under this historic ceiling. Almost a hundred years old, it just imbeds you in traditional Italian south Philadelphia. Doorstep valet parking at $12 (half the price of a parking ticket) makes the entire evening enjoyable.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent. Good food. Good ambience. Good opera. Great experience. Great for special occasions and family affairs. Reasonable prices good food. Great value.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is always excellent
Our server, Aubrey, is lovely, personable, and an Amazing Performer!
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We LOVED it!! It was such a fun experience. From the moment we walked in to the space we knew we were in for a treat. The food was delicious and the server/ opera singers were a delight. I had heard about this place for years but thought it might be cheesy. Not so!! The singers are professionally trained and excellent. I can't wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great waiters who sing great music every 20 minutes. I liked it. My wife did not care for the singing every 30 minutes not for the voices but more for the food getting cold while you wait for them to stop singing. Food was ok but not spectacular.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

I loved my dinner experience at Victors Cafe. We where in town on business and took two clients there for dinner. I was told by my daughter in law that the food was excellent and the opera singers where great. We all had an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Waitress was fantastic.. The singing was awesome. Food was just okay but we honestly went for the experience. Great for music lovers!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We discovered this quite by accident and then realized this is the restaurant that Rocky owns in the last two movies. Of course in the movies it's called "Adrian's". If you go, get there a little early and hang out upstairs in the very cool bar, or have an after dinner drink and desert there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Liked the singing but loved the food and service. We will return again for sure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food, opera singers were amazing and wonderful atmosphere!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We found Victor Cafe by accident and what a wonderful accident experience to have. After dinner we called our daughter and recommended that she and her boyfriend go.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Can't say enough. Was blown away by this fantastic evening. One thing - we were under dressed. It's definitely a bit more dressy than we were.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Not only was our server excellent, her voice was exceptional. The talent among all the staff was remarkable with performances at least every 20 minutes.
We began our meal with a cheese plate which consisted of generous portions of six different cheeses accompanied by fig jelly and crackers. Our entrees were delicious, as were the desserts.
Most definitely worthy of a return visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We went with 4 adults and 3 kids. We all loved the experience very much. The food was very satisfying and the opera was beautiful. Our kids are asking when we can go back. Our server was gracious and everyone was hospitable toward the kids. The pesto on the tables is delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is a great place. A hidden gem in South Philly. A classy place. From the minute you walk in the door they great you with a smile and very welcoming. I absolutely love this place. This is my number one restaurant. I have been here many times and I like bringing different people with me and then they love it also!

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere and fun with excellent service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It has been way too long since we've visited The Victor Cafe. And now we cannot WAIT to go back again! We had a relative visiting from out of town over Thanksgiving weekend, and we wanted to add to his Philadelphia memories. We were so happy with our decision to venture into deep South Philadelphia to have a special dinner at Victor's - the food was better than we had remembered, and the singing? Oh my goodness!!! The waiters and waitresses sang opera every 20 minutes or so, and we were moved to tears! The talent is extraordinary. Our guest said that dinner at The Victor Cafe was the highlight of his weekend. It is an extremely original and wonderful restaurant. Please make a reservation now!

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Outstanding fun place to celebrate a birthday. Singers were magnificent and brought tears to my eyes and a song to my heart. Overall a memorable and unique place to enjoy a birthday dinner on our first trip to Philadelphia. Wonderful attentive waitress from Argentina with an angelic voice. What a night,

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Victor's is a Philadelphia gem. They have great food and the operatic performances are second to none. If you have not been here before, you NEED to put this on the top of your list. I love the Steve Starr restaurants, but places like Victors and Ralphs is what makes Philadelphia special and to not go to these place is a waste. The mussels were AMAZING and the roasted Bronzino was great for dinner and dinner the next day.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food is always very good, but the real draw are the wait staff who sing opera in between serving your food. They are all excellent and very impressive! It's a great experience.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We decided to go to Victor Café over Thanksgiving weekend when our college-aged children were home. I knew that it would be fun but really only expected average food. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was energetic and fun. The waiters and waitresses were very talented singers. I would definitely recommend it to friends and look forward to going back!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

At the Victor, the waiters, waitresses, busboys, and busgirls are all opera singers--and high quality ones at that. So along with your Italian dinner, you might hear excerpts from "Faust", "Eugene Onegin", "The Pearl Fishers", "Figaro", "The Barber of Seville", and whatever else your servers happen to be working up that week. All in all, the format is delightful--especially if you are a music lover. We spent Thanksgiving there, and the $40 4-course prix fixe was an excellent value; oysters Rockefeller, a nice salad, turkey with the trimmings, and a slab of tiramisu, which my wife and I happily shared. My better half opted for a whole fish off the regular menu, still on the bone, and grilled simply as though it had just been pulled from the Mediterranean. The Thanksgiving backdrop along with the musical interludes made the evening a special occasion indeed. (My guess is that even without the Thanksgiving overlay, the music makes for a sense of occasion with each visit.) There's a homey feel to the place, with a fair number of diners who love the music and food enough to come regularly. 1303 Dickinson is easy to find, just a block of Broad Street, which is Philadelphia's main North-South artery. (In case you leave hungry--which you won't-- the Victor is right around the corner from Geno's and Pat's, Philly's fabled purveyors of cheesesteaks!) There's street parking available, and valet service, if you're feeling plush. If you're staying in Center City and don't want to mess with your car, a city cab or Uber won't run you more than 7 or 8 bucks. In sum, the Victor is great night out in every conceivable way.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving. They had a traditional turkey offering and all their best Italian. We loved the services and the opera!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always, the Victor Cafe was superb. Uniquely, each server is an opera singer, many are students at Curtis or Temple, and they perform arias throughout your meal. It's a great place for fun, music, and good food. Parking was not a problem as we found a space on the street near by. Go and enjoy yourself.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was a wonderful to celebrate a birthday.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Unique, quality experience. Well worth it. Our server was fantastic and an even better performer. She made our special evening even better.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Too much garlic, Italian dish not as good as the steak.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a wonderful experience! Recommend for a date and/or Anniversary.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful experience all around... great food and talented singers. Will definitely come again!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Live Music, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Thank you Sandy for such a memorable evening we loved our table and my friend after 30 some years are renewing a romantic relationship, the Victor Cafe was just the right venue and was just the right spot.... Sally Ann...♥️

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was our first time , everything was excellent, food, drinks, service, music ... very unusual -that is wonderful. Thank you so much to made our Anniversary so romantic

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by friends who used to live in the area. Our experience tonight EXCEEDED our expectations. Great service and the talent is amazing. I almost broke out in tears! Our server Brenna is full of talent! We wish her the best! The food was delicious. We had the buratta and two vegetarian pastas...very good.
Great experience. We recommend this highly.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

We loved the Victor Café....the lounge on the second floor was very romantic with the candlelight and couches and the food was delicious. The best part, of course, was the amazing wait staff who sang opera every few minutes. It was probably one of the best restaurants we have every been to.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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