Villari's Lakeside

3.8
407 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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vipTeeTimeMike
Philadelphia
260 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Villari’s Lakeside was great dining experience.
We had the place to ourselves as it was day after Thanksgiving in which we were told they were very busy. Our meals (grilled shrimp & scallops and the stuffed shrimp) were absolutely
delicious. They have a nice selection of wines that are reasonably priced. Our server Lexi was great and very personable and made sure we had everything we needed. They also have a nice bar for after dinner drinks and band playing. We’ll definitely be back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Thanksgiving dinner. Plenty of choices. Place was busy. Service was slow. Waiter was very polite and friendly.

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cmgt
Atlantic City
33 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Ashley C. was very nice & understanding. She was very busy, but always had a smile on her face. The food was delicious! I had the Rack of Lamb, which I usually get at Villari's. It is the BEST I have ever found! Everyone else's dinner was good, too.

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vipbrigantine2013
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was good. our server did a great job

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Good food, beautiful location, terrible service…we were seated on the upper floor and waited no less than 20 minutes for our waitress to take our drink order…

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall was very nice. Seated upstairs with a nice view of the lake(beaver pond) and the grounds. The food was excellent. Prepared to our liking. The service was a little slow but we could see our waiter hustling with a big table downstairs so we understood. Since it was our date night we made the best of it and is a nice place to sit back take in the view and reconnect after a long work week.

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GerardM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went on a Saturday so it did seem abit crowded. Both of my dinning partners enjoyed the scallops and leguinni with clam sauce. My onion soup was just average. My veal "Sinatra" was just ok. The shrimp and scallops in a brown sauce seemed a strange pairing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

This was my second time here within the last year. The first time was absolutely amazing. Everyone in our party of 8 ordered additional food to go which was also amazing reheated. That’s what made me return. I ordered the exact same appetizer and entree as before. The first visit was 5+. This last visit I would have to rate a generous 3. The service was great however my food was nothing like the first time. The prime rib lacked flavor and was tough. The meal seemed rushed even in presentation. Our reservation was closer to closing time however that should not effect the quality of food or service received. The steak was also just ok. I will give it another try in the future only because the first experience wowed me so much. Had I have only had this experience I likely wouldn’t return. However the service was great and the ambiance outdoors both times was beautiful (day and night visits), and if I can enjoy and again as much as the first time I’m willing to give it another shot.

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BeatleBob
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food excellent, ambience not real classy, no table clothes, only one fork to be used for salad and dinner, when entering with reservation no personality to make you feel welcome.

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edcon1981
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Food was good, but service was SLOW and the bachelorette party being held in the general dining area really killed the ambiance. Many patrons were not happy, yet nothing was done.

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Crazyjim
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Sorry to say with all the hype people give Villari's Lakeside, my husband and I were not really impressed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

It was SILENT in the restaurant. Felt a little strange!

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Maude
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

One of our guests had scallops as did I and they were delicious, but both gentlemen had beef, one prime rib and the other NY strip which were grisly and fatty but not worth the money that was charged.

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very slow for a Monday night and it still took nearly an hour to get 2 apps and then another 30 minutes for our 6 meals. There was horrible Mexican/Latino radio playing through the speakers.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

"I love the relaxed feel of this place. The Food was good.

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vipjosephinew
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I had ribs which were fantastic! 2 of us had clams & spaghetti, 1 red sauce, 1 white sauce, both loved their dishes and the other had scallops which he said “Melt in your mouth”

The calamari appetizer was the best ever, topped our prior favorite place for calamari

The desserts were delicious. 2 had carrot cake which was great per both of them (and my little taste) I had the chocolate fudge cheesecake which was mouthwatering even as I think of it now! The last person had, (oops, forget the name, it was the last dessert on the right in the menu) I think it had raspberry or something in it but he loved it as well.

We all thought it was a great place to eat.
I’m sure we will be back!

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brianddi
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Tony was very helpful and professional. The food was ok however the rack of lamb was mediocre.

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vipTchamber79
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I wouldn’t bring A date here again.

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None
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside but not at the tiki bar. There was an odd smell outside I don’t know if it was from the lake but it wasn’t very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and the wife had a great weekend

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vipCink
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good! Unfortunately the food was just average. Disappointed was hoping for a better food experience.

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ShawnG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Experience. Food and Service was excellent.

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Debbieh
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was mediocre and overpriced.

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vipTeeTimeMike
Philadelphia
261 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Villari’s is a fine place to dine. Food very good; we ordered a pasta dish in a red sauce with shrimp which was delicious, and the other a veal dish with pasta, which was tasty but it was covered in too much cream sauce it way too heavy to eat. From the menu description I didn’t expect such a heavy sauce, which was more like an Alfredo, and had I known I would not have ordered it. This is one our favorite places so I’ll go with a menu item more familiar with.

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vipTimB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I got the lobster francaise. The lobster and sauce was great. Didn’t particularly care for the steamed asparagus and peppers. If they were roasted then the dish would have been perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable night. All was good. Anniversary dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Flood was excellent and the the waitress was new so she tried really hard.. would definitely recommend and go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was fair but the bread was dry and tasteless!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The waiter barely checked on us.....other than that the food was great. However the tiki bar was entirely too packed considering there are still Covid restrictions in place.

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vipAliciaE
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was overpriced., worst clams casino I’ve ever had. The same filler they used in clams casino was in the stuffed shrimp. I will not be going back to the restaurant. Tiki bar outside only from now on for me.

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vipSharonS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It was great but very criw

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Villari’s. It was the perfect place for a date, there’s a direct view of the lake from any table. The service was excellent, our waiter was attentive and made sure the entrees came out when we were ready for them. We both enjoyed the delicious Stuffed Shrimp dish with fresh asparagus and risotto.

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AnthonyF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good starting with the salad and fresh Italian rolls and the veal sinatra was excellent along with the scenery with the snow covered trees and glistening water.

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MichaelS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at Vallari's about a half dozen times. The food is very good but a bit pricey which is the reason we don't go to often. The service excellent,and they are very good at following the covid guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible they do not adhere to social distance guidelines! Refused to accommodate and asked us to leave!

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sharonb
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and waiter Eric was great. I will return again.

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vipJeanineC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend there for his birthday. Everything was perfect!!!

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yvonneg
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great Service:) It was a fun Happy Hour with less people is great in the bar cause the noise tends to get loud if its crowded

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AnnaB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service! Food was good.

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ElaineF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an excellent dining experience

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Villari's Lakeside using the Order Online button. Villari's Lakeside also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Villari's Lakeside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (856) 228-5244.

Villari's Lakeside is rated 3.8 stars by 407 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.