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The Victor Cafe

4.8
2254 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
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.

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple reservations made for the same party cannot be seated together. To book large parties that are not available by default on OpenTable, please contact the restaurant directly.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Seatings available:
Sundays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursdays 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Upstairs lounge and bar open Friday through Sunday
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Phone number
(215) 468-3040
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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.

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Private party contact
The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broad Street
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Parking details
Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station
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Entertainment
Live opera seven nights a week by talented professionals as well as students.
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Special events & promotions
For parties larger than 10, please inquire within.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 2254 People Are Saying
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4.7
service
4.9
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4.6
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Everything was perfect.....delicious food, attentive wait staff and talented singers!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I would recommend this to any and every friend of mine.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food, terrific service and the singing wait staff was absolutely superb!

We were there for a college graduation and everyone had a terrific and memorable time!!

It could not have been any better:)

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were in town from L.A. and wanted to treat my Philly born and bred mother-in-law to a special and nostalgic experience for Mothers Day. A friend suggested Victor Cafe to my husband, who hadn't been there for 40 years. It was a fantastic experience. The food was great and very reasonable. And the service and singing was out of this world. Our server, Julia, has a fantastic voice, and additionally gave us wonderful service. We felt like we should have been pouring water for her.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Very good! Live opera singing is unique and enjoyable, food is delicious.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

went there for mother's day. it was wonderful. food was delicious. the waitress sung parts from different opera shows. the atmosphere was perfect. was simply a lovely place . a south philly gem

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My family went to The Victor Cafe this past weekend for mother's day dinner. We had such a great time! We had drinks upstairs at the candlelight bar first. The food and service was A+ and the opera singing waiters are amazing. They have incredible voices and really make dinner fun and extra special. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants. Never disappoints. The food is excellent, as is the service. And the ambiance and music is lovely

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great everything: food, service, atmosphere, entertainment and value.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I can't say enough about this place. We went here for my college graduation and from the time you enter until you leave, friendly staff is always there to help out. Also each staff member is a trained singer so that was pretty incredible to watch. We had a few appetizers (calamari/mussels) and I ordered the fra diavolo w/ calamari, and some desserts and everything was incredible. They even put a candle on my dessert/acknowledged everyone celebrating a graduation which was really nice! Our waitress was extremely helpful and talented and it was just a really great night I got to spend with my family. We're all lovers of Italian food and music, so this night was really incredible. We will definitely be back! Thank you to everyone who made our night great!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Incredible place to eat I've been there a few times but have never left a review. The food is amazing, the singers/waiters and waitresses are unbelievable, and it's 100% worth going to. Caitlyn or Kaitlin you're our favorite! (Hope that was you're name I never remember 😅 cause everyone is so great!)

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The food and the service were excellent. On top of that you can enjoy arias (and sometimes show tunes) sung by an extraordinarily talented wait staff. Will return again soon.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Yo, this place was perfect. Food was great. Singers blew my mind. Ambiance was intimate and cozy. Will definitely be revisiting!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

What a blast! Food was great, but ambiance was wonderful in this old building in excellent condition. Every 20 minutes the wait staff sings opera to taped music. Really a scene stealer. The staff was wonderful at service plus had roaring voices. Just do it - you don't have to love opera to enjoy beautiful voices.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The staff is very friendly. The waiters are not only extremely talented, but great at service. The food was amazing. The best I've had in years!!!!!!!! I highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The place is a romantic gem. All the servers sing opera during servings. The food is outstanding.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Very Entertaining. The upstairs lounge is a great place to have a cocktail before or after your meal. In addition to the authentic entrees, we enjoyed a few of the salads, cesar salad, prosciutto, and pear as well as the calamari. Its a special place for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Victor Cafe is perfect for birthdays, the ambiance is second to none. Live opera by professionally trained singers.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our party ordered three different pasta dishes. All were delicious and we really enjoyed the quality of the singers on the night we were there. Will definitely return

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was ok but nothing spectacular. Service was ok but distracted. Let’s face it, we came for the opera, everything else was meh.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My husband and I have been coming to The Victor Cafe since the 1960s. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. We took friends from Canada there this visit. They absolutely loved the food, ambiance , music and service.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This is our fifth visit. We were joined by two family members who completely enjoyed our evening. The waitstaff are classically trained opera singers and the arias add a very special touch to an evening of traditional Italian food. The venue was created from two old neighborhood townhouses with a delightful lounge upstairs.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Birthday party! Best place to get your birthday day song sung to us.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Really fun restaurant. Parking is a problem pretty much anywhere in South Philly, so expect to valet your car for $12 + tip (cash only, cannot apply to your check.) Service was only "okay," which was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Beautifully wonderful as always the perfect place to go

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Victor Cafe was a lot of fun. The restaurant is celebrating 100 years. The live opera singing is wonderful. The food was very good. We enjoyed our evening very much. We would go back!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had been here before and once again very happy with our return. They were busy but all moved at a regular pace so no lag time between courses. The singers are very good and add to the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Fans of Rocky Balboa movies, we decide to book at the Famous « Adrians Restaurant » (Victor’s Cafe).

A beautiful and unique restaurant, warm welcome, festive atmosphere, delicious meals, tasty dessert ...
and THE big surprise for us: a singing service by the most talented singer staff ever!
They will charm you instantly, whether you like opera or not ... its impossible to romain indifferent to the beauty and power of their voices. Incredible voices and romantic songs that gives the chills and touch your heart.

Thank you Victor’s Cafe for that breathtaking dinner-opera, an evening that I will remember forever😊

I&A
From MONTREAL

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Outstanding Italian cuisine!!! Great atmosphere!!! Wonderful wait staff!! A must "try it" for any Italian restaurant lover! Rocky & Creed memorabilia was great!!! Will definitely be back!!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Excellent service, food/wine, and opera singing-performing staff. An iconic
gem that should not be missed when in Philly.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

An awesome place for great food, great dirty vodka martinis, amazing ambiance. If you love Opera, this is the place for you. All of the wait staff are aspiring opera singers. Bravo!!!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

This is definitely a Hidden Gem for anyone visit in the Philadelphia area the food was fantastic the restaurant was historic and the opera singing was beautiful it's a definite good experience to do if you come to Philadelphia take a few moments off the beaten path and find this Hidden Gem

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Love thissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Good food in the Italian style. Fun entertainment and some terrific, yet undiscovered vocal talent!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Brought a large party of clients from Asia and everything went really well. They really enjoyed it.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Excellent food provided with friendly, personal service. The opera singing was truly memorable, and at times almost moved one to tears. A unique and exhilarating combination that will bring me back again and again.

One small regret. On two occasions, my party made a musical request to the singer-waitress. On both occasions we were politely told that she'd have to ask the manager. At no point did the singer / waitress get back to us, however, and neither request was acted upon. I understand that the purpose of the Victor is not to sing on demand, but it would have been nice to have been given a polite 'No' and given a reason. "Can you sing us anything from La Traviata?" was not a wild request. The implication was that we should just be quiet and take whatever we were given.

Nonetheless, a friendly atmosphere and wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

I was in Philadelphia twice and had dinner both times. The food, music and staff was fantastic. Enjoyed it the first so much that I had to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I was looking for a good Italian restaurant and this one did not disappoint! It is one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Philly. The main draw is the live opera singing by the waiters and waitresses. Although my family and I are not big opera people, listening to the music was nice and helped make this a fun dining experience! We started with the baked clams casino and fried calamari appetizers to share. They were both good, although I have had better baked clams casino. For entrees, 2 of us had veal saltimbocca which was very good, and we were given big portions. Another person ordered salmon which they enjoyed, and were also given a large portion. Lastly, we finished with tiramisu which was very very good and plenty big to share among 3 people who were already fairly full. The service was also excellent! Our water glasses were never empty. The meal took a little longer due to the opera performances every 20min, but it was definitely worth it to hear the great singing. I would definitely make reservations as the restaurant was very busy, even on a Sunday night. This is a very unique place and a great place to go if you are looking for Italian food with some neat entertainment!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The Victor Cafe is a wonderful experience. The food is delicious (though a tad expensive) and the servers (who all sing Opera) are very friendly, attentive, and talented. They ring a bell when someone is about to sing but that still didn't quiet down some patrons. Still, I would highly recommend an evening here.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Delicious!! Will be back for sure! The music was wonderful.

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