Vetri Cucina

4.8
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2363 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
A rustic eleven-table dining room located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, Vetri Cucina specializes in authentic Northern Italian dining. Vetri Cucina serves each guest an individually tailored, multi-course tasting menu, as the sole dining offering, at the fixed price of $165 (excluding tax, gratuity and alcohol).
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Daily (Multi-Course Tasting Menu, $165 Per Person):
Sunday 5:00-9:00pm
Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:30pm
Friday-Saturday 5:45-9:45pm

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

BYO Every Monday Night
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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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Neighborhood
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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, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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L
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing evening from start to finish. The staff were so warm and welcoming. The meal was a modified prefix menu. By modified, I mean that specific foods of interest were included while foods noted to be of lesser interest were not included. The beginning was with a creatively tasty aperitivo, served with fois gras pastrami on a slice of brioche, high temperature baked and charred cauliflower, smoked duck breast and crudities with a balsamic mayonnaise. Then the serious food started.... hamachi crudo with a creative use of citrus to give it sparkle, onion crepe, with perfectly caramelized onion that took 2 days to make. We tried six different pastas, all delicious; however, for me the ricotta ravioli were incredible.... light as a feather, creamy, and, again, set off with a creative use of citrus In keeping with the season. The real showstopper were three perfectly cooked and sauced Nantucket scallops, topped with a generous serving of ostera caviar and tiny house-made potato chips. So good I felt we should eat this dish on our knees. Entrees hadn't even been started at this point. Spit-roasted goat... tender, juicy with crunchy skin and a salt-baked bronzino were secondi. Desserts were equally amazing. We ended up eating on and taking the others home for the next day. Bravo to Vetri Cucina!!!

C
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously delicious eclectic cuisine... we shared many unique courses and wine pairings that we loved! If you love food and unique experiences this is the place

KF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had high expectations for my birthday dinner. I was so not disappointed. From the moment we arrived we were greeted and felt welcome. The food, oh it was sooo very good. I got to try things like froe gras and white truffles. I have eaten at many fine restaurants, but this has to be number one. Yes it is very expensive, the most expensive of any restaurant I have ever visited... but oh so very worth the experience.

SP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vetri never disappoints! And their Friday lunch is a treat and a bargain!

CJ
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a memorable dining experience.
Some of the best dishes I have ever had.
Grazie

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start, and I mean very start with a personal phone call right after I booked thanking me for my reservation, and throughout the evening, every aspect of the dinner was superb, without any air of snootiness one comes to experiences 5 star restaurants. Very special, yet comfortable and accommodating.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great service and excellent job with wine pairings. Food was not great. Sauces were all very similar (brown butter based). Also, concept of wait staff picking our menu choices sounds fun in concept, but my wife and I agreed that our experience would have been better had we got to pick our own food. Glad we had the experience, but wouldn’t hurry back anytime soon

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! We love bill!

b
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not sure which was better: the food or the service. The entirety of the meal was the best I can remember. Being greater with a drink and snacks. Amazing service and presentation. And the quality and execution of the meals was second to none. Hope to be back soon.

DJ
Philadelphia
464 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch experience - always. Worth taking a Friday off.

h
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish our evening at Vetri was exceptional. Of course the food was delicious and beautifully plated but our wait staff made the experience that much nicer. They were attentive without being intrusive and we were impressed by the knowledge of our dietary restrictions.
All agreed that this was our best meal in Philadelphia.

B
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience in the city. Unique flavors, perfect service.

AP
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When people hear about the cost of my meal, they cringe and obviously do not understand "value". When a product or experience is extraordinary, then there is no concern about cost and that makes a great value. This was a dining experience without compare. The food was fantastic from start to finish, and the wine was a perfect compliment. The service was fabulous and the servers absolutely helped to make the experience special. It was my 25th wedding anniversary and my wife and I shared it with my 3 daughters. I hit a grand slam with my choice of Vetri Cucina!
Thank you all for making it a very memorable, lovely and satisfying evening!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in the city, state and maybe northeast!

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was a great experience for foodies looking for a fancy night out. It is a great way to try new things and the homemade pasta was perfect!

S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Outstanding, detailed, creative, delicious food with an Italian focus. It also is a home-y unpretentious setting which is perfect. The desserts were the best we've ever tasted. Would consider again for a very special occasion.

CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal, service so over the top that it was a bit much or uncomfortable at times, felt a little robotic/insincere, but it is a very formal place. Great experience, something to try once and the food was phenomenal. Price tag a bit extreme. For dinner for two and bottle of wine on the less expensive side of their offerings, bill was $440 not including tip. When comparing to the nicer, expensive places like some of the Steven starr and steakhouses in the city, it’s more expensive.. but again, an experience! And despite the tasting sizes, they sprinkle in lots of extras and you leave stuffed!

LH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The most fantastic food in Philly, but if you do the tasting menu, be prepared to consume a LOT of food! So unexpected, we are big eaters and have never been beaten by a meal! We surrendered before the last savory course, and before cheeses and dessert....these were not large portions, but there were many courses. I suggest getting up and having a brief walk outside at the 5th or 6th course! If you can afford an expensive meal, this is worth it.

OT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

once again, this is my favorite restaurant in the world! the food is so good you can't believe it. everything about this place is top notch. of course you pay for it but why not live a little. I highly recommend this for any occation.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Waiter let us try wine by the glass before selecting. Plus his service and attention were top notch. Each course both of us got a different selection chosen by the chef which let us try a majority if the dishes. Cannot wait to go back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way!

AP
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How was my meal? What more can I say then the BEST Italian restaurant in the entire Phila area. Including ACNJ.

SA
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My friend and I enjoyed our lunch.

The food was great, service attentive.- - but still rather pricey.

The place could use a good cleaning. But , overall, a lovely meal with happy (holiday) vibe.

JL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vetri Cucina delivers perfection in dining. Atmosphere, food and service just perfect. The decor is casual elegance. The service is highly professional never affected. The staff are attentive without being over bearing. The sense is they want you to have a wonderful dining experience. The food is inventive but never pretentious. Flavor reigns via superb ingredients in well conceived dishes. This is truly a world class restaurant.

b
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dined here as part of an anniversary celebration. The restaurant is warm and quiet-a great place to have conversation and enjoy the meal. We were served a lovely cocktail-an Italian spritz-while the staff asked us about likes, dislikes, allergies, etc. We were given the option of choosing from their tasting menu or to be surprised. We opted for the surprise-but did not do the optional wine pairing (too much alcohol for a couple of light-weights!). My wife has very distinct food dislikes and I am very adventurous and chef was marvelous at meeting both our preferences! The portions were small and manageable, the food was gorgeous and delicious. The service was gracious, friendly and attentive but not cloying. Definitely worth going for a special occasion!

BO
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I've never been so full but I just couldn't stop eating. Expensive, but well worth it.

JN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Love Love! Best Birthday Dinner ever. Thank for the amazing food, wine, and above all care to everything!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bill, our waiter, was fantastic!

CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had! If you’re in Philly, definitely eat here.

KC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Superb attention to detail by The Culinary staff and front-of-the-house staff was marvelously accommodating.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences you'll have.

PF
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding culinary and service experience with a mix of old favorites, new dishes and wonderful wine pairings!

PN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have eaten recently recently at L'ambroisie, Le clarence, garance, Tour d'Argent, Restaurant du Palais Royal, Le Gabriel, Gabriel Kreuther. vetri is an old favorite of mine. I have eaten here 10 times. The food was mixed. Within the tasting menu format, 3 or 4 dishes were brilliant. A few very ordinary.
The service was also very mixed. Our main server was really good, but the others were poor. Compared to lunch at "Restaurant du Palais Royal", vetri was inferior, and poor value.

OT
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible meal! The food and wine pairing was SO good! The service was phenomenal as well. And it was really cool that Mark Vetri took the time to make the rounds and spend a couple minutes talking to us. Fantastic overall meal, a must if you are in the area! Cheers!!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good, not great. This is due to the temperature of the pastas and the main courses. Without exception, every dish came to the table lukewarm, like they were sitting around in the kitchen and not made to order. For the price, I would have expected better.

M
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite part of this whole experience was constructing the tasting menu. Our server, Tara, came to our table and announced we were to have a discussion regarding what we enjoy eating and what we do not. Was there anything we felt we absolutely needed to try? Any ingredients of which we are particularly fond? I wish every restaurant with an unset tasting menu did this, it's brilliant. Ultimately, we did not choose any particular courses, so it was a surprise, but a surprise built around our tastes.

There were six main courses, 3 bread courses, an amuse-bouche, and a couple mignardises. Every other main course had an additional entree we shared. Our tasting menus were completely different from one another, so we were able to try each other's entrees as well. Overall, we tried a little over 20 dishes. All of them were exquisite and definitely on the richer side. I was pretty full about two-thirds of the way through.

What made the experience amazing, food aside, was our brilliant server. Tara is an absolute food genius, emotionally intelligent, and easy to understand. Her knowledge is vast and gave an immediate answers to every question without missing a single beat. Playful and understanding, she intuitively knew when to give us space as well as when to swoop in with another brilliant display. Truly a magical night and reunion with my father, made special by Tara.

P.S. I'm sorry for tripping you, I still feel guilty!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent culinary experience. Superb staff and support.

KA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Small cosy location, excellent pastas, very good food in general, friendly service. Highly recommended for a romantic night out

R
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 Stars! this was one of the best dining experiences I have had! Everything from the food and wine to the service to the ambiance was exceptional. I only wish it was located in NYC so I could frequent it!

KG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vetri was an amazing experience! It was indeed a 3 hour meal but each course and offering was amazingly flavorful and interesting...the staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed every moment for our anniversary... the pistachio flan for dessert was unbelievably delicious...I didn't want to share!

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