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The Victor Cafe

4.8
2206 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 2206 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.9
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing as always. We keep coming back time and time again as the staff the food and the atmosphere are special. I always bring new customers there as it's an impressive place to talk business. Thank you all again and see you soon.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome place to go, a special place to go! Just go and have fun!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome! My husband and I have dinner at victor cafe before. Our brother and sister in law and stepdaughter has not been there. They loved it!!! We will certainly be back again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Near perfect and will be back. Only wish was that the wait staff was more attentive to my empty glasses at times.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

A great night out with our family! The staff was great and the voices were amazing!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

You don’t have to like opera to enjoy short bursts of live opera singers! The food and ambiance is spectacular!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Since we love Opera we decided to try this Restaurant by our friends recommendations. Well what a wonderful experience. The food was superb, the wine that was suggested was perfect and paired well with our food. Now, our favorite part was the talent of the Opera singers and when we closed our eyes it was just like being at the Met. We will recommend this Restaurant to our family and friends and can't wait to go back. Thank you for everything Victor's Cafe staff. Please keep up the great work.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and entertainment

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food, excellent service and talented staff with beautiful voices.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Heard about this cafe and had to go there. From Seattle, staying in DC but drove to PA just to experience this cafe. Met all my expectations! Loved it! Friendly wait staff and such talent! If you’re in Philly this is a must visit!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Such a wonderful atmosphere.
Def a unique and beautiful place.
I totally recommend it for foodies and for music lovers.
I was just amazed by the vibe in there.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great entertainment loved the opera singing and great service

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The wait staff are all serious opera singers and every twenty minutes or so they go through the restaurant singing magnificent arias. It’s a great experience!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The portions were small

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a fabulous time. The upstairs bar is a great place to gather and have a before and after dinner drink (we did both!). The food is great and the singing by the staff is the cherry on the top. A Philly Gem!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great place, lots of fun. Food was yummy. Loved the opera singing wait staff.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Best service I’ve had in a while. Friendly cheerful. Enjoyed the Opera as well.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

as always Victors was wonderful- been coming here since I was a child .. love love love it

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything was amazing at the Victor Cafe. I requested for a special song and it was fully fulfilled, great service and great food!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This is one of my favorite places to go. Every time I go to Philly I have to eat at this place. Great and super talented singers you feel transported. I Love it so much

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was very good and the singing was excellent. It is a great place for a night out.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Me and my wife found this restaurant to be the best dining experience we have ever had. From the excellent food and service to the wonderful live music that was provided. We both loved every minute of it. It was also a bonus that it was used in the rocky movies. But the Victor cafe stands on its own as a wonderful dining experience. 5 stars from us. Love from Ireland.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The Victor Cafe is a warm and congenial restaurant with delicious homemade pastas and sauces. The clientele was mixed--business people, those celebrating special occasions, and families. We were looking forward to the entertainment provided by the waitstaff, and their skilled performances far exceeded our expectations. It was a really special evening!

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This would have definitely been 5 stars, but it took 20 minutes for someone to even come over to get our drink order...at 9PM on a Thursday. The food was good, nice, historic atmosphere and the stop for the staff singing opera every 20 minutes is amazing.

If we had had even decent service, it would have been a great night.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The music was amazing! Ambiance was great! Delicious food :)

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We found this place by accident. What a wonderful gem in Philly! A must do. My son loved the opera (he's 13) which is not his normal taste in music. Great food, songs and amosphere!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great ambiance! Loved the singing. Each song was the perfect choice and so beautifully sang. All of the staff are very talented. The restaurant is very cozy. But the food took a while to be served.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It has always been a pleasure to bring friends and family to the Victor Cafe. The food is great and the talent of the staff never ceases to amaze.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Wow. The singing...fantastic. pure entertainment with wonderful talent! Food...yum! Italian is not my favorite, but I enjoyed it!

Just don't park across the street. Hidden sign saying loading zone. Pure rubbish of a sign and reason. Ticketed at 6:50. 7:00 is cut off time.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fantastic singing, food was delicious but portions were a tad small for the price. Great experience though!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was good, and came out quickly and correct. THe singing was great as well, makes you wonder why they are waiting staff? BUt highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was amazing! The waiters and waitresses voices where beautiful. This alone would keep me returning. I felt like I had stepped back in time, the whole experience was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I only learned about this restaurant recently, and decided to book Easter dinner there. The food is high-quality, traditional Italian fare, but the restaurant itself is a charming landmark with a rich history. All the servers are trained opera singers, and they stop to deliver arias regularly. The restaurant was the setting for "Adrian's" (Rocky Balboa's property) in the movie "Cree," by the way, but its character goes way beyond that. I recommend diners to read up on the history of the restaurant before going: it's a fascinating tale.
I had the Linguine con Frutte di Mare, which was delicious; my husband, son and I shared excellent sides of Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Pancetta, and Pears with Prosciutto and Arugula. My husband was delighted, if stuffed, by his selection of Oysters Rockefeller and Lamb Bolognese. My son loved his Linguini with Clam Sauce. We received several complimentary baskets of bread, served with a tasty pesto-infused olive oil. I ordered the Panna Cotta for dessert, and it was superb. I have a new favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

If you love music, this is the place, the singers are amazing and they tell the backstory to the opera selection they are going to perform. The food was also very good, bring a small car as they have Valet or you can hunt around for street parking.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We really enjoyed our time at the Victor Cafe. Definitely a different experience with the live opera singing. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Parfait restaurant avec chanteurs lyriques qui servent à tables ! Si vous cherchez quelque chose d'original c'est l'endroit idéal! Très bon rapport qualité prix ! Le cadre est authentique ! Je recommande !

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Old fashioned décor (red checked tablecloths no less); good food, good service and surprisingly good entertainment from the wait staff who are all trained opera singers. A charming flash from the past well worth seeking out. Perfect place to bring out-of-town guests.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We went there to kick off our vacation. We were staying at the airport and The Victor Cafe came up as a suggestion on my feed. I booked it when I saw they sing. I went with my husband and two children (6 and 8). We all loved it. They have valet parking that takes the stress of parking in South Philadelphia away. Food was great, our waitress was fantastic and the singing was amazing. Highly recommend it to anyone.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

It is very overrated. My husband had 12 ounce sirloin steak ask for medium and cooked well and was very tough. I had Frutti de mar asked if it was spicy waitress said no and it was very spicy told her about it and gave me a bowl of marinara sauce to cut the spice. Really. Celebrated husband birthday put in on open table told the hostess and Iris our waitress and totally ignored us. Will not be going back or recommending to family and friends.

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