Villari's Lakeside

4.3
257 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Villari's Lakeside Restaurant has been a destination point for avid Italian cuisine fans for close to 30 years. Our dining room and outdoor patio, both of which overlook Sun Valley Lake, create an absolutely incredible backdrop to what can only be described as the perfect dining experience. From our delightful appetizers to tantalizing entrees - for instance the Filet Sinatra, possibly our most renowned dish - our menu will undoubtedly have something for everyone in your party. If it's a large private event that you are hosting, well once again you've come to the right place. Our two private halls can host 50 to 200 guests, respectfully. No matter what the occasion or celebration, you will be pleased with the personalized attention that you receive from our staff.
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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. The restaurant has an upstairs section for couples seating which overlooks the lake. There is a separate lounge/bar if you are looking for that. Very comfortable atmosphere and a pretty extensive food and drink menu. This is my new go-to place.

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Villari’s for years. Never had a bad meal, great chef and great food

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L
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Alexa C. made it a wonderful experience. She was friendly and polite. She took good care of us even though she had to run up and down the stairs cause we were on second floor. The food was excellent! This was our first time there and enjoyed every minute of it. We will be going back.

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S
Philadelphia
165 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

New Year's Eve was our first visit to Villari's and the food was outstanding. There are so many dining areas in this restaurant that you will, definitely, find a spot that is comfortable for you. The seafood bisque was absolutely amazing! We agreed that this was the best seafood, crab, lobster bisque that we've ever encountered anywhere! The Crab N Artichoke dip was great also! The desserts were great as were the cocktails. We were too stuffed to order entrees. We'll have to go back on a more sane evening to rate the service, because our server was stretched far too thinly and had a wonderful temperament and knowledge.

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EW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Went on New Years Eve for a 6:00 dinner. Was not aware "Special New Years Eve Dinner Menu " would be only menu available , not shown on their website or their website calendar. It only listed their 2 New Years Eve celebrations later that evening. They crowded more tables into Dining Room , was very cramped. Although service was okay we felt rushed. Special menu very limited & more expensive then their regular fare and not as described on menu, smaller portions and not up to their regular standards. Frequent diner hear but never again on a Holiday..

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J
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our Christmas eve dinner at Villari's Lakeside. The food was delicious and served hot. The server was terrific and took great care of us. I cannot wait to go back.

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DG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family and I went to Villari's on Xmas Eve. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our waitress was attentative and friendly but not really in the holiday mood. The food was very good. The escarole soup was served hot and was tasty. Our filet mignon and mashed potatoes were very good. However, the asparagus was bland. I would have liked more of a Xmas feel....soft music..decor...and a Merry Christmas when leaving. (People spend more when the atmosphere is festive) I didn't feel I was out for a holiday as I have in other restaurants. I also left a very generous tip and was not thanked by the waitress as I have been in the past. Overall it was a good night but I wouldn't spend a holiday there again.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner here this year and are planning on doing it again next year! Thank you Villari's!

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PD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to lunch - treating a friend for her 86th birthday. We had a lovely table overlooking the water, the waiter was very friendly, the food was delicious. My friend wanted an item that was not on the lunch menu and we requested same. The waiter checked for us and the cook graciously prepared the dish my friend requested. We will definitely be returning and I would most definitely recommend Villari's for any meal of the day and any occasion.

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BZ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Villari’s for lunch and the tiki bar which is great but yesterday we did the breakfast with Santa event. Staff was friendly, Santa and his elf were extremely personable and patient. My family had a great time!

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TD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Santa brunch. Good buffet. My son loved it. Will be attending next year.

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience from the moment we walked in through sitting at the bar after our meal to enjoy an after dinner cocktail! Food, service, cleanliness and atmosphere were amazing!

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LP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I like Villari's a lot. The menu is interesting and has lots of choices, the food is very good and the view is lovely. Last night it was lively, lots of holiday parties, so a bit too loud for me. But I'll be back! On a quieter note.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! We were there for Thanksgiving and the turkey dinner was amazing!!

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Atlantic City
50 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and phenomenal food! Top quality, service and ambiance!

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w
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

have always had a great meal n service, always mention to others when asked about a good place to eat

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MR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband and we loved it. All the food was amazing and the drinks were very good

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M
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a nice birthday that my sister Donna paid for 13 family members and 2girl friends. Was so nice and food is always good. 1 thing 2waitrers instead of 1 sharing the table and tip would have been better. I was a waitress in my early young woman years. I love team work still. He did a great job. But l think over 10 people need 2wait staff.

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BG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

music is way to load for a dinning room when we were the only twp people dinning

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B
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have eaten here on numerous occasions and most always have a very positive experience and this last time was not an exception. Our appetizers were exceptional as well as our main meal. We had so much to eat we could not stick around for dessert.

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TC
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday dinner was superb
Kayla our waitress was very attentive.

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

I haven’t bern to Villari’s for quite a few years and was thrilled with every aspect of our experience there. Will be back again!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Blackened chicken was a bit over cooked, but overall good experience. Would recommend to others and will be back.

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c
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was impressed that the chef had no problem making what I wanted which wasn't on the menu. Lovely outdoor setting.

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

The only thing that was good was our waitress. She was nice, friendly and on top of things, but other than that it was nothing memorable. The food was a little bland and while they had a nice patio with a nice view of the lake there’s a tiki bar right next to it with nothing but bushes separating them from us so you could hear a bunch of drunk people yelling and loud music playing. It wasn’t a very nice atmosphere. There were even two girls walking around the patio trying to sell these mixed drinks while were eating like it was a club! We won’t be back.

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l
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Joe the waiter was very fre and friendly
Lobster bisque was the best I ever had.
Had calamari..not that great...no taste at all.
Bring your own water ...can't get any...it's their only job (the two girls working) to survey the patrons glasses and they failed miserably. There were only two other tables occupied.
Food looked good as the waiter handed the plates to us but it was so bland. Bring your own seasonings!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st Time there. Meals were phenomenal. And very reasonable Joe was our server. Nice fellow. Never felt rushed. Plan to go back soon

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CZ
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Only negative. Ceasar Salad was like soup ! Entrees were delicious.

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D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been here many times but today was not the best experience. Our waiter was not attentive. He didn’t bring us the right drinks and absolutely no bread. This is an Italian restaurant- you need bread. We asked for bread and when we got some it could chip your teeth . Didn’t ask if we wanted dessert or coffee. Very disappointed today.

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PM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was right on point. This is a great date spot.

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NQ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Villari's is always awesome! The service, food, drinks and value are unparalleled.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kayla was wonderful. Provided drink recommendations and was very knowledgeable about the menu. The food was good. We sat outside and it was cool enough to enjoy the beautiful landscaping.

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GM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and the wait staff was excellent. We will go back.

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RP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was great, but the noise level was extremely loud also choice of music was strange for Italian restaurant.

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AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food great experience!!!!!

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JI
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a real nice time & dinner for my brother-in-laws 65th BD.. Everything was just right & Fun, starting with the drinks , appetizers then dinner.. Our table was just perfect by the window, which I requested. Service was super. Also, dinners were huge. Half of us took home 1/2 our entrees. THANK YOU & WE WILL BE COMING BACK!!

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FN
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply never fails to provide a great dining experience...one of my go to "I need food that tastes like I cooked it" places.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We ate outside with the Tiki Bar music in the background which was fine with us. The service was good. Although the waiter brought the wine bottle already open (it should always be opened in front of you!) The seafood is AWFUL!! Do NOT order seafood. It is clearly frozen and reheated like they bought it at Sam’s club, Costco, or BJ's. Maybe their Italian food is better but please do NOT order seafood!!!!!

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E
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They continue to deliver with service an cooked to order food at reasonable prices. The veal is fork tender, moist and flavorful.

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F
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

I had requested a table outside so we could sit by the lake for a Father’s Day dinner. No one contacted me to let me know that this would not be possible. If I had known this, we would have gone elsewhere, as that was the primary reason we were going there. I called on the day of the dinner to confirm the reservation and see if we could add one more. At that point, I was told that it was a “Cigar Night” outside, and it would not be possible to honor our request. I was not able to get a reservation at another restaurant, because it was so late. I was irate!! At dinner, the water had stuff floating in it, the seafood bisque was watery and tasted terrible, and the meals took a long time to come out because of a backed up kitchen. I was extremely disappointed! The best part of our evening was the excellent service by our waiter.

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