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Cicala at the Divine Lorraine
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Great dinner with excellent staff! The dining room is spectacular. We had a Trumpet Mushroom dinner that was impossible to replicate. Just brilliant.
Appetizers were great and meal was just ok. We sat outdoors on patio right up against the non-working pizza oven in the corner.
Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Heavy influence from both Abruzzi and Sicily combine for very authentic Italian dishes. The variety of homemade pasta is fantastic. Fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Order a dish of the Culatello and watch Joe Cicala slice it on his vintage manual slicing wheel. It's worth it's weight in gold. You won't be disappointed.
I am Italian from Bari. I felt I was home again when I had a dinner at Cicala!
Grazie for the experience
A birthday celebration couldn’t have gone better anywhere else. The food and service was top-notch. I would recommend this place to all my friends for any occasion. We sat outside and the staff made every effort to make us comfortable. The street noise (corner of N. Broad and Ridfe) on a Saturday night was loud and disturbed our suburban guests, but no fault of the restaurant and city people like me shrugged it off as part of the experience. The bar area is spectacular and the Divine Lorraine Hotel lobby is worth the trip by itself.
Put this restaurant at the top of the list.
It was our first time at Chick-fil-A last Saturday. Good to see the creative use of the Divine Lorain hotel which is quite a storied history. The staff is very pleasant I was curious though that our server was apparently doing double duty she not only took of our table but she was also bartending which I think is a little different and I don't know if that was saying economize or not?
As to the food I had an appetizer that was listed as a ravioli stuff with lamb when it came out it was more like a slice of a roll.I asked if I had gotten the correct thing and the server reply that is the closest they can get through to the description. I thought the appetizer was rather lackluster there was not that much meat and it was overly doughy. I had the rabbit as an entree and I would say it was fair my companion had scallops and I believe he felt the same way. Having read some reviewers description of the dining room saying it was very beautiful and ornate I believe. I wouldn't go that far there were some beautiful chandeliers the bar is attractive but the dining room itself is rather plain and functional. We both felt that we probably would not return there are better places. I'm glad I went though because I always wanted to go into the Divine Lorraine
The food was very good. However, the 3 stars is because the portions were definitively on the small side and the prices high even if the portions were standard sized.
My opinion is that most appetizers, pastas and other main courses should be 3-4 dollars less each. But the portions would still be small.
The restaurant is young, it is the pandemic, maybe they will take this critique to heart.
Overall not very impressed. Would give the restaurant another shot after covid out of fairness. Hostesses seemed irritated they had to be at work, then placed us in back corner of a near empty restaurant and it is not that we were underdressed if anything we were overdressed.
Wait staff was great along with sommelier was helpful and picked a great bottle to match pairings but watched them pour themselves and their trainee a partial glass prior to bringing the decanter over. I’m assuming it was to train the staff about the wine, but a little disappointing when the bottle was definitely not on the cheap side.
Food was fair to good. Just felt like there was no soul in it.
The whole vibe of the place felt odd but with restaurants struggling with surviving covid I can’t place any blame on them.
Summary not a bad experience but not a great one. However I would try it again after covid before writing it off completely.
A very strange experience. The dining room is very pretty and the chairs are extremely comfortable. Service was inconsistent. Our waitress was new and untrained. Did not know the menu. Prices were high for quality and portion. The woodland trumpet mushrooms at $28.00 were simply inedible. Sea Bass had an unpleasant chemical taste. It was very bland. Aperol Spritz was flat. Timing between courses was too long. We had to continually ask to see our server since she had too many customers. We were given the wrong utensils after our entrees arrived. Seemed to be such a disconnect between the kitchen and the front of house.
This was the third time we ate at Cicala's . The food is delicious with a great presentation. There is a terrific outdoor space and although we have not eaten inside , the restaurant is really beautiful. On this visit both my husband and I ordered the rack of lamb. We were quite surprised to find there were only 2 lamb chops on each of our plates. We should have asked our server about it, but did not say anything.
a restaurant where service and quality still exists.
Pasta dishes were perfectly al dente with inventive variety of sauces. One of our party who rarely eats carbs cleaned his maccheroni plate. I'm not a big meat eater but found the lamb and beef ribeye delicious. Dessert sampler is worth trying. Outdoor seating is marred only by noise from motorcycles on Broad St. I can't wait for indoor dining. Their space is quiet and has an old world feeling of graciousness.
We ate outside on the patio, so there is some street noise coming from Broad Street motorcycle and street bikes, but hey, it IS Philly, right? If you choose to eat inside the ambience and noise I'm sure improve and reduce.
The food was outstandingly good from the special sausage appetizer to the smoky eggplant filled ravioli to the swordfish with eggplant to the cannolis. Our waiter was knowledgeable, spirited and selected an excellent Rose wine to match with our diverse choices. Highly recommend dining here!
This was my first time here and the food is amazing. The waiter was full of information about the history of the restaurant, the food and even the wine. I will definitely be back.
Been interested in going to this restaurant for sometime. Beautiful ambience service was excellent however the two entrées that we had were underwhelming. The steak was NOT tender The swordfish was undercooked Desserts and appetizer were good Service was lovely along with the ambience
The Chef's Table experience was first class beginning to end! Joe, Angela, and Angelo were warm hosts through the 3.5hr dinner which was one to remember. We were sat a plush banquette with a good view of the dining room and kitchen, since we were not allowed by state law to be served at the actual Chef's Table in the kitchen.
Thoughtful, regional dishes with in-season ingredients that were at once unique yet somehow familiar and comforting. The first course featured one of the best cheese dishes we've ever had! My partner thought the dover sole was the best fish she'd ever tasted and she most always leans toward red meat. I thought the ravioli with carob and lamb was super flavorful, and the quail stuffed with lardo and truffle was incredible and reminiscent of Thanksgiving! The dessert courses were equally thoughtful and exciting, with interesting history tagged to the ricotta pastry. Overall, excellent flavors and presentation. The only critique I could think of is that some of the dishes could have had more of certain components like the chestnut sauce on the fish or the truffle with the quail.
Angelo paired our courses with an excellent selection of wines, a majority of which were Italian but all paired nicely with the food. The one miss was that we weren't quite into the dessert wine selection as it was too sweet for our palettes. Additionally, we had hoped to taste some darker Italian varietals like Nero d'Avola since that's the type of wine we like drinking, though we understood the need to balance with a lighter Fall menu without red meat as the main protein.
We will certainly be back to this gorgeous dining room, either for another Chef's Table experience once Covid is over or for regular dining!
We love this restaurant. We are only eating outside right now and while there is occasional noise from Broad Street, it's still very pleasant outside and the service was excellent. There was a bit of confusion about our reservation which was for outside, but it was straightened out quite quickly. Food is wonderful and the wine recommendations are always perfect.
Beautiful place with rich decor and history.
We ate outside and it was very nice and very comfortable. The noise from Broad Street was loud but that can not be helped.
The portions were on the small side for the price but everything was very good. The service was wonderful and I would recommend it to a friend.
Excellent service, excellent food, and excellent atmosphere.
Decor, food, service...couldn’t be better. Thanks for a memorable evening!
We had a fabulous dinner at Cicala. It was our first time there and we were blown away with how beautiful the decor is. We had antipasti, pasta, main courses, and desserts and all were delicious. Even the cocktails were great. The only complaint would be that we were seated outside and there was a lot of noise from traffic on Broad Street, however, that did not ruin the dinner. Next time we will try to sit inside.
Great space. Amazing decor and service. Be sure to go with the pastas! So good.
Our experience at Cicala was fairly average, although we had higher hopes going into it. The food was all “good” but nothing wowed us. The best part was Angelo helping us choose a wine. There were a few spiders that crawled across our table, which was quite unappealing. And although I pointed out it was a birthday celebration, a candle was not served with dessert (small detail, but meaningful). Overall, we had a decent experience at Cicala
The homemade pasta was delicious!! The homemade bread before was also outstanding. This is a great place for a date night or celebrating a special occasion.
Overall fantastic! Pasta in particular was to die for. Manager very knowledgeable about the wine list.
The night was perfect! We knew the perfectly cooked pasta was homemade, the drinks were tasty, and we ate everything on the dessert tray! We can't wait to come back after COVID and eat in your beautiful dining room.
The food was superior Southern Italian peasant food. Interesting menu, wonderful wine list.
The room is warm and romantic, and the service was first rate. Even with the limited menu, a nice selection of entrees and wine. Great experience.
Great dinner - great ambiance - great spot for date night or to take a client. A+ all around. Mike the manager does an outstanding job
So happy to be dining out again! We had a great time and felt safe!
Great food and service. Outside with unlicensed motorcycles and atv’s blowing by ever by coupe of minutes tough but all over N Broad. Nothing the can do. Outside paint is very nice and private.
Simply the best Italian cuisine I have ever enjoyed in the USA. Homemade pasta, bread, salumi, etc. all rival the highest Italian standards. Angela e Joe are excellent at their craft and their generous welcoming nature as hosts is shared by the entire staff. The outdoor dining area is lovely. We are looking forward to the brick oven opening soon. Semplicemente ottimo, per chi cerca l'autentica esperienza enogastronomica del Sud Italia, Cicala soddisfa tutti i desideri sensoriali.
Delicious food and attentive service. The server was able to recommend the perfect wines for our meal
The noise was terrible and distracting. Food and service were great
Hands down the best meal I have had in Philly in the 10 years. I cannot wait to go back.
I found this place by mistake and decided to risk it all by going there to celebrate our first year wedding anniversary and OMG. I am so glad we went there because honestly this was an unforgettable experience. Everything was just perfect and the food was amazing. Probably best food I’ve ever had.
Overall, very good dining experience. They did an excellent job adapting to the crazy times we are in with Covid. I can’t wait to go back when it’s indoor dining. Eggplant ravioli was divine
Great food. Somewhat small portions but happy with every item they put out. Cocktails i ordered were less sweet and had more subtle tastes letting the alcohol shine (which i prefer)
Southern Italian cooking at it's finest and most authentic, served in one of the most thoughtfully designed spaces in Philadelphia.
Cicala at the Divine Lorraine is rated 4.5 stars by 247 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.