The Victor Cafe

4.8
2344 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Live Music
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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 4:00 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
Reviews from verified diners
2,344 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
86%
Very Good
12%
Good
2%
Fair
0%
Poor
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4.5
food
4.8
service
4.9
ambience
4.6
value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined a day ago

WONDERFUL!

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RZ
Tampa
5.0
Dined a day ago

One of the best dining experiences I ever had. The food was fresh and cooked to perfection. The singing staff was heart warming and gave me goosebumps. Can't wait to go back!

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

absolutely amazing!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We went to victor's cafe with some visiting friends from overseas. We love to bring people to this restaurant concept. The food is always good and the ambiance is incredible. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who has not been there, to anyone who has been there and has not been there in a long time, and to anyone having friends visiting and want to do something different. The staff is amazing, the singing is opera quality, the food has traditional dished like Prince Igor as well as new additions, and plat du jour, the wine selection is respectable. The crowd in the restaurant is very diverse including usuals, tourists, young couples, families. And everyone waits for the bell to ring for a new short piece of opera to be sung. it is worth driving to south Philadelphia but i would highly recommend to reserve in advance as the place is packed and does not empty during the time we were there.

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SB
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

We had a great time here. It's definitely worth the trip for the experience. Every 15 or 20 minutes, a waiter or waitress performs at a very high level. Food was just Okay, but I would still make the trip.

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OT
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Definitely one of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time. We would absolutely go back and have already shared with friends.

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IC
Louisville
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

We flew into Philadelphia to visit family and being a Rocky junkie had to go here for dinner. The restaurant aesthetics combined with the amazing food did not disappoint. The added bonus of live opera music from all the classically trained waiting staff, the option of going upstairs to a very comfortable bar after our meal(which we took), and overall hospitality shown made this a 5 star experience

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LI
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful as always.

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PA
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

We were engaged at Victor's cafe 30 years ago! I mentioned this in the reservation. They gave us primo seats, very romantic, yet allowed us to be right up front with the beautiful vocalists. With just the right amount of fuss they announced our anniversary to the other diners, and we were treated to a beautiful rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening" by Max, who has the most wonderful baritone voice. There was not a dry eye in the house when he finished singing. Our waitress, Rachel was absolutely adorable, attentive, yet when she opened her mouth to sing, we were blown away by her talent.
Oh, and the food was delicious as well.
So happy that we live near such a place, where the food is delicious and the wait staff are all professionally trained Opera singers. This is a real treat, and we will not wait 30 years to go again!

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Had fun. Probably not for every week but Great music.

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JC
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

This is a great restaurant that has a great schtick to keep you entertained. The ambiance is wonderful with pictures of old opera singers donning the walls. The waiters and waitresses sing opera to you and they are all very skilled. I will definitely be going back.

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TS
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

We were there for a birthday celebration. Everything was perfect! Everyone especially liked the bar upstairs. They even accommodated my request of a favorite aria.

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RM
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Amazing! We were blown away by the talent and the food. Thank you! HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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VM
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

This makes for a very memorable dining experience. Good food, ambiance, service and
entertainment.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Great staff, the singing and the old Italian restaurant feel is fantastic. Food is good, but the overall experience makes this a special place to go for the a couple or family.

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LS
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Went here for a nice romantic dinner with my boyfriend. The food was outstanding, delicious and superbly cooked with a nice quantity. The waitress was beautiful with a relaxing smile and she was quite attentive. The singing was varied and professional, fun to see our lovely waitress sing. Elegant dining at its finest! We went on a Friday night and had no problem seating for our 5:30 pm reservation. We'll have to try the upstairs room for cocktails before dinner next time as there is a bar and quieter room there. I look forward to our return.

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SR
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Second time I've visited Philly and Victors. Went originally as a huge Rocky fan. Went back as it was exceptional. The food, service and operatic music are superb. Thanks to the staff who alowed us to sit upstairs for an after dinner drink. My family were blown away and it made our trip, from England, complete.

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D
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Absolutely Outstanding!! Food/Service/Ambiance could not have been more enjoyable.

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TW
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Love Victor's cafe. We have been going there for years and have always had the most lovely experience. Opera singing waitstaff and great food. What more can one ask for?

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OT
Atlanta
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

It was an amazing experience.

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o
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

The staff not only is amazingly talented vocally, but extremely attentive and knowledgeable,polite and accommodating. We were celebrating our grandson’s birthday and it couldn’t have been a better experience.
He loved the happy birthday aria delivered to our table.
Truly special!

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Just simply outstanding. The staff is great and take the best Italian you’ve ever had and times it by 5.

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CC
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Great date night experience. Very romantic and each of the singers were amazing! Loved the upstairs bar!!!

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent dining and music experience. Highly recommended for special occasions.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Made my birthday absolutely spectacular!

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B
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

The food was great quality and people very friendly. The incredible opera performers were top notch. I just wasnt a fan of being interrupted avery 10 minutes or so to stop talking with each other and listen to the opera music.

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JH
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Wonderful entertainment combined with great food and service in a south philly neighborhood. A very special experience. Friends from out of town were completely wowed!

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J
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

AMAZING!! The food was great! We started with Mussels in red sauce that were probably the best mussels we've had. We shared Victor's Salad and then had entrees of Cannelloni and a special with cappellini with a meatball, braccioli and sausage. Everything was very tasty. The singing was amazing and it was such a great dining experience. We were celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the staff came out with a dessert of bread pudding and invited us to dance a waltz. It was really cute and the whole restaurant was celebrating with us. Special thanks to Lucianna, Rachel and Kaitlyn for making our celebration so special!! We will definitely be back again soon!

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

We always love going to the Victor Cafe! This time was for a birthday celebration with friends who have never been there and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well! The only suggestion that I would have is a few more vegetarian or vegan options. But the staff is always friendly the food is always good and of course we love hearing the live Opera! Always outstanding.

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J
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Great food and great service. We went here with friends whom we had not seen in a long time. Had gone here 6 years ago with the same friends and loved it then. Loved it this time, too. A really fun and unique concept that is carried out really well.

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LP
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

I’ve been going to the Victor Cafe for years and I just love it! I get chills every single time a waiter takes center stage and belts out an aria. Sometimes brings tears to my eyes! I highly recommend this place. Get there a little early so you can hang out in the upstairs bar, that has its own wonderful little vibe as well. The food isn’t amazing but it’s good enough, and what you want to go for is the experience.

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CD
4.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Having dined here before we brought our younger millennial friends to experience the operatic interludes during dinner. Performers were excellent. Food was quite good. The piped-in music was a bit too loud for conversation. The millennials deemed this a hidden gem & and plan to return. Grazie for a lovely evening overall.

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H
Key West
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

The singers/staff are nothing short of amazing and it's a great mix of delicious food, wine, and entertainment. Nothing like it around and they were so accommodating to our group, thanks for everything!!

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J
New Mexico
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

The food, service, and singing was amazing. As Santa Fe NM Opera enthusiasts, my wife and I thoroughly lovey the exoerience!
Cudos to all who made our night wonderful!

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MO
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Dinner at the Victor Cafe is always outstanding, celebrating an event is an occasion that is memorable. The waitstaff have beautiful voices.

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D
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Music + Food + Service = A truly wonderful experience!

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AM
Orange County
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

I LOVED THIS PLACE! I mainly dined here for Adrian's Cafe in the Rocky franchise but after learning a little bit about the history of this place, it grew on me even more! It used to be a record store and famous singers would dine at this location. All the waiters are trained opera singers! I was able to hear 2 of the singers but what I heard was breathtaking, made me stop-eating-my-food great! My waiter, Tyler, was nice and helpful with my decision making in food and explained what was being offered to me! Great atmosphere as well. There were pictures all around of famous people and had an Italian ambiance. Thank you!

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ND
Seattle
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

The Victor Café is (as Vincent Vega said of Jack Rabbit Slim's) - like a wax museum with a pulse. All the class and charm of days gone by, with the beautiful tradition of live operatic singing. The quality of food remains high, and the service as well. This is a must-visit for anyone spending time in Philly, and likely one of the places a resident should take guests.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

The food and service are amazing! The upstairs lounge is a cool spot to hang out in before and/or after your meal.

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DG
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

It was everything we hope for- the food was great the singing was impressive

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