Vetri Cucina

4.9
1878 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
A rustic eleven table dining room located in Center City Philadelphia, Vetri Cucina specializes in authentic Northern Italian dining featuring homemade pasta. Vetri Cucina serves each guest a multi-course tasting menu as the sole dining offering.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Daily (Tasting Menu Only, $165 Per Person):
Sunday 5:00-9:00pm
Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:30pm
Friday-Saturday 5:45-9:45pm

Friday Lunch (Four-Course, Prix Fixe Menu, $85 Per Person):
Every Friday 11:30am-1:00pm

BYO Every Monday Night (no corkage fee)
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Phone number
(215) 732-3478
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Vetri
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Cross street
13th Street
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Parking details
Parking lots available at Juniper and Spruce, Juniper and Locust, Broad and Locust, and 15th and Spruce.
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Public transit
SEPTA routes C, 27, and 32 stop at Broad and Spruce Streets. SEPTA route 23 stops at 12th and Spruce Streets. PATCO High Speed Line stops at Broad and Locust Streets as well as SEPTA's Broad Street Line. Regional Rail stations are located at Market East (11th and Market) and Suburban Station (16th and JFK).
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wine
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KM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an incredible dining experience. There is simply nothing else like it!

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GE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I really enjoyed our evening at Vetri Cucina, and felt all of the food was spectacular, especially the pastas.

That said, I have mixed feelings about the experience. In a nutshell, I'm perplexed by the decision to only offer a tasting menu as it needlessly creates confusion and adds time and cost to the experience. Because we weren't choosing selections for each course, we had no idea what was coming and why certain starters were chosen in lieu of others. Oddly, we were given one round of starters, two separate pasta courses, three bread courses, and all four entrees and five desserts on the menu. It was simply more food than we wanted or needed, and because we were unaware of how much was coming, we were unable to properly know how much to eat at each course. Although we thoroughly enjoyed the food (especially the ethereal pastas), we left feeling a bit gross from being overstuffed.

That lack of communication about what to expect also raises the fact that the service needs work. For instance, I'd have preferred if the servers had given us an indication at the outset of what to expect in terms of how much food was coming. My other quibble was with the wine pairings as I was frequently presented a different wine than my wife (because we were given different menu selections) and in most instances, we ended up trading entrees and wines. I'd have preferred if the server had asked if I preferred meal selections that would have brought me more reds than whites. If i ever go again, I'd absolutely get a bottle of a preferred wine instead.

Anyway, Vetri is ambitious and the food does not disappoint, but greater communication from the service staff to set expectations would be to everyone's benefit.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. Food was great staff was great and very accommodating.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vetri is excellent! Food is fabulous & so is the service!! It is expensive but worth every dime.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top level food. I’ve ate at 3 Star Michelin places n it’s on par. Wait staff was as friendly and attentive as can be. Received a few complimentary dishes that were outstanding. The whole way home I kept thinking how good the food was. You can’t put a price tag on the memories. Highly recommended!

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F
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Words cannot do justice to Vetri Cucina. Spectacular, delicious innovative food and outstanding service. Knowledge of wait staff on food and wine was extraordinary. Ambience romantic, fit for foodies and definitely fine dining.

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RL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle was outstanding! He made our experience a 1,000 times better! He checked on us throughout the whole meal and answered all questions we had no matter how many we had! We came here to celebrate our anniversary and Kyle made it even more special! The food was absolutely delicious! I wish I could dine here weekly!

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An awesome experience. Great food and great service. To have a tasting experience and still be able to share preferences was new to me but really enhanced the evening. We did the wine paring. It was spot on and the sommelier was engaging and informative. Well worth the cost for our special occasion.

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a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine was excellent, as was the service. Celebrating our 20th anniversary here was a treat and one that we will always remember.

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BK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Philadelphi hands down. No comparison

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was flawless and synchronized. Food was the best I have ever experienced. Chef tasting menu sent out gastronomic delights in a well timed and balanced parade of flavor, texture, and presentation. Wine pairing was exceptional even though I am no expert everything clicked and highlighted the food.

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k
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Philadelphia ‘s foremost upscale Italian restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way!

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entirely worth the hype...and the price. One of the best meals of our lives with fantastic, personable service...cashing the kids' college accounts in and going back soon.

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k
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants where I've ever eaten. The food, drinks and wait service were exceptional. My only criticism is that it is VERY expensive. Don't think I'll be going back any time soon only because I don't want to spend that much on a meal. But it is certainly worth checking out if money is no object.

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PD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vetri is the only restaurant that I have uttered the words “Oh my God” after tasting a dish. I did so at least 4 times and on one occasion dropped my fork after a bite. My wife loves soft shell crabs and her eyes immediately opened more as an indication of how good it was prepared. If you go expect to pay a lot of money. Our meal for 2 with a glass of wine for my wife and 3 wine glasses paired to dishes was about $585 with tip. I gave it a 5 star in value even at this high price because there is no place with food, service and ambience that comes close. We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and went to Vetri last year as well. Having set the bar so high last year left me with little choice but to take her there again. The word spectacular is the only word I can come up with for this indescribable restaurant.

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JD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable dining experience.

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience, hands down!

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Pork and steak was terrible. Touch and dry. The prefix for $150 was similar to what I can get from a supermarket lunch buffet unfortunately.

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FS
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I realize there's no formal dress code, but when you spend $800 for 2 people for dinner, i would prefer not sitting next to a guy wearing a tee shirt and a ball cap.

Also, I felt a little rushed through the courses so as to make room for the second seating.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. This is not a dinner, its an experience! They tailor the menu to you and its around 12 courses of amazing. 100% worth it.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the finest dining establishments I’ve been in anywhere in the world, and I’m not one to write reviews but this is a dining experience not to be missed. While not inexpensive you will not leave there hungry as they surprise you with course after course. My only real complaint is that the wine pairing pricing is to me way out of line. I can get a similar and in some respects better wine pairing experience at the Inn at Little Washington for $85. Minor quibble, run don’t walk.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the most amazing experience. Service was incredible.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most exquisite, artful food and first-class service!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and delicious

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A worthy experience and one we’ll always remember. The wine pairing was perfectly executed. But we were exhausted from the richness of the food halfway through. Worth a go for the experience.

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot praise Vetri enough. The team is doing something very special here. I had the dinner with wine pairing ... and it was a truly spectacular experience. Loved every moment, and highly highly highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Kyle, Tara, and Lara were wonderful.

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Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had. Worth the price. The wines selections were excellent as well.

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing! Fantastic! Fabulous - a culinary delight, flavors that match perfectly!

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DG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. First time for lunch and it was KILLER! Marc Vetri, sir, you do not F around.

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HN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bill is the man! Always takes such good care of me, and my guests. -Harvetta

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing is all I can say

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JM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Vetri was a wonderful experience. An elegant way to celebrate a special occasion. The food was magnificent and enhanced by the perfect wine pairings. Service was great-casual, friendly and perfectly timed.

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JI
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. However there was too much food. I didn’t have to sample so many delicious dishes in one visit. More is not more all the time.

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HS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant (food, service, everything) I’ve ever been to. This is the second time I’ve been, and it did not disappoint.

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DB
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The staff was great and the service amazing. The sommelier was a vault of wine knowledge and the wine she helped us choose was fantastic. I really wanted to love the food but was genuinely unimpressed. The food was not worth the price tag. I am the first person to pay whatever it takes for a fabulous dining experience but this did not live up to the hype.

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J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely phenomenal while no means a bargain the service was outstanding, the staff attentive, and the food was everything we could hope for. The wine pairings were absolutely spot on perfect.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best

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EE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been waiting for many years to visit this destination and our expectations were not let down. The service by all may have exceeded the food, especially with Bill! Each course was decadent and impressed with how they went above and beyond! Definitely not cheap but memorable for a long time! I'm still debating if it's better then Tahlula's Table....

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