Vetri Cucina

4.9
1906 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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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).
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Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wine
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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a beautifully curated meal with wine parings and suited to our individual tastes. Lovely experience!

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EC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional Italian luxurious tasting menu experience.

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A
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is WOW! Our first time dining at Vetri and it was such a phenomenal experience. A beautifully quaint restaurant with impeccable service and some of the best food in the city. Christopher, our server, was so friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the wine pairings. He truly made the experience a real pleasure and I learned a lot while having a great time. I can not wait to dine there again. A definite must for anyone who appreciates the beauty of good food and wine!

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RY
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best experiences we have ever had at a restaurant. The staff was courteous, friendly, and most important, extremely knowledgeable on the menu, and the wine pairings. We would highly recommend Vetri to anyone who has a question in the restaurant.

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RM
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second dinner at Vetri, and it was again exceptional. Everything was just amazing. I recommend just forgoing the menu and asking your waiter to have the chef choose. If dining with a partner, ask that you both get different selections and you will end up trying about 12 dishes in one meal. Add the wine pairing option for some perfectly chosen wines to go with the meal.

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MB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant in Philadelphia. The service, food, and ambiance is impeccable. Highly recommend for special occasions.

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h
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vetri Cucina is fabulous not just outstanding. Very good food made with quality ingredients, explained well by the professional servers. While not cheap it still provides value because it is unique and thoughtful.

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T
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food and service. Elegant, warm, and welcoming. One of our favorite restaurants in the world.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impeccable food and service from Vetri

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TD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit - as good as the first. Incredible food, staff and ambiance. And I never write reviews, but this place is wonderful.

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EW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vetri is an amazing dining experience. The staff was incredible, before dinner they come out and discuss some menu options with you can get an idea of your taste so Chef can create a personalized menu for you. The restaurant itself is beautiful, in a historical home. It is restored to perfection and a joy to look at. The pace of the meal is fantastic, with breaks in between courses and no rush. The food....the best part. The best meal i’ve had in my life thus far. Everything is perfect. The taste of each ingredient is the peak for that food item. It’s all fresh and beautiful. Each plate is like a little journey, with flavors coming and going. It is pricey at $165 a person, but some that any foodie needs to do.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is THE best restaurant in Philadelphia including the entire surrounding areas. I cannot impress enough on everyone how truly great this is. The food was so outstanding it’s hard to describe. The wine was wonderfultoo Go.

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d
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable experience, incredible food!

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S
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lunch menu. The snapper crudo was light and fresh. The gemelli with pork shank ragu was a dish to be savored.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our "last date" before we got married and they made the evening incredible. The service was hands down the best I'd ever had--the wine service was impeccable and their descriptions of the food and pairings were spot on and made our meal that much better. The food itself...there are no words to describe how good it was! Unbelievable!!! Best restaurant I've ever been to!

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RW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is - the Michelin judges are missing out on some great food!!

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an wonderful dining experience at Vetri Cucina - the tasting menu was outstanding and the service was very good in every detail.

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G
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best meals I've experienced this year, topped only by L'Astrance, Pierre Gagnaire and Le Cinq in Paris, and Xin Rong Ji in Shanghai! (For the purpose of framing this comment in perspective only, and not for bragging, I've eaten at many outstanding restaurants in Asia, Europe and the US this year, among which are 40 restaurants that have a cumulative 71 Michelin stars). Excellent wine pairing. My only dislike was the overly-baked breads that assaulted the palate with unpleasant bitterness that not even the fruity olive oil could overcome.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; elegant atmosphere. A bit pricey but more than worth the occasional splurge

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CW
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnifico! Best Italian restaurant we have ever visited!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived the service was impeccable. The smallish room in which all the guests were seated was seemingly spacious due to the height of the ceiling.
Our server Bill was the best! Kind, knowledgeable and funny.... he made the evening what it was.
The flow of dishes from start to finish were interesting and each piqued the interest of the next. Favorites of the night: octopus, Swiss chard gnocchi, duck, gemelli w/pork....and the kicker was the Espresso was for once at a restaurant PERFECT! And Signore Vetri was present and we were able to thank him for his thoughtfulness and special space he created. Well done!

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L
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, just outstanding food and service and presentation. Mozzarella fennel and carrot as starter. Amazing prosciutto dish, pork w sauerkraut and apples, and monkfish, as well as desserts. The other dishes were all very good-gnocchi, seafood di mare, sweet onion quiche. Wines matched well, but since it was lunch, we only had a nicely selected glass each.
You just can’t beat it if you’re splurging for a treat.

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FB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Better than Per Se! Wonderful meal and service.
Would definitely go back

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TS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and impeccable service. On par with some of the best restaurants around the world we’ve had the pleasure to visit. The entire staff was great, but our server Bill was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about the food and wine as well as supper helpful and friendly all at once. This was our second time at Vetri and we’re just as happy the first visit.

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NS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could give ten stars. Everything from the service to the food to the atomosphere was absolute perfection. My husband and I dine out quite frequently and this was the best meal we have ever had in our life!! It comes with quite a price tag but rightfully so. Twas absolutely exquisite!

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KM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
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
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
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 on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have decided to make Vetri an anniversary tradition. This was our second visit and both times were extraordinary. While it is not cheap, we feel that it is well worth every penny. I highly recommend it, especially for special occasions.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
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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RL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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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n
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was to die for, wine list long and plenty. Service impeccable. Def worth the price - don’t recommend such rich food all the time but such a fantastic treat.

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F
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
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 on September 19, 2018
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
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Philadelphi hands down. No comparison

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb.

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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
62 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Philadelphia ‘s foremost upscale Italian restaurant.

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