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Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1231 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
For parties of 5 or larger, please contact the restaurant directly by visiting www.grancaffelaquila.com or calling 215.568.5600

Authentic Italian Restaurant, Caffe, Bar, Luxury Italian Market, & Italian Culture School. The culinary and wine program is based on all 20 regions of Italy including wine, cocktail, and beer selections crafted by award winning culinary and wine director Riccardo Longo. The experience also featuring Gelato from the Italian Gelato Champion Maestro Stefano Biasini as well as award winning coffee roasted in house. Private events including Lunch, Dinner, Apertivo, and Tasting Menus designed to each groups desires. Best of Philly Readers Choice Best Italian Restaurant Winner and Gambero Rosso rated Top Italian Restaurants in the world; Featuring an expertly trained staff and authentic environment.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 568-5600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

  • Catering

    Half Tray Platters available for our entire menu. Each half tray serves 4-6 guests. <br /> <br />Specialty catering orders may be requested! Visit grancaffelaquila.com or call the restaurant and ask to speak to a manager.

  • Private party facilities

    Allow us to host your next event. Our expertly trained staff will provide a dynamic dining experience for you and your guests - Birthdays, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinner, Family Reunion, Office Gatherings, you name it and we host it! Private sit down events available from 8-85 guests,Private stand up events available from 40 to 150 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    In between 17th and 18th Street on Chestnut

  • Parking details

    Parking garages located on 17th street after Market before Chestnut,On Sansom Street between 17th & 18th.Valet Available through Sofitel Hotel.Limited metered street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Stop for the #42, #21, and #9 located at 18th street, and 17th street. Stop for the #2 bus at 17th and Chestnut

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Philadelphia

    Great for fine wines

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  1. QL

    Q8LBR8R

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We continue to be amazed and spoiled at Gran Cafe! Once again on the private balcony known as the Romeo and Juliet table (201). Extra privacy, service and just a relaxing, joyful dining experience!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. The food was great. Will go again.
  3. J

    Junito

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite food and ambiance- 10 out of 10 would come again!
  4. GO

    GarethO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food,attentive service and not over the top noisy. Oh and good value for money
  5. PW

    PaulW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and delicious food. Quick lunch
  6. A

    Annie

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We felt like we were in Italy! Our afternoon event git canceled so we arrived late afternoon for a coffee and drink downstairs. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Loved the vibe. Then upstairs for a delightful dinner. Our waiter Marco was charming and helpful with wine choice suggestions. The fish soup was outstanding! Our first visit, but not our last.
  7. SQ

    SilverQueen

    Philadelphia

    674 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    674 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite lunch is the pera salad. Server and hosts were very pleasant and helpful.
  8. MF

    2MeFamily

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Service was attentive and friendly.
  9. JG

    JeffreyG

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Buffalo Mozzarella Monkfish puttanesca Gelato Perfecto!
  10. KF

    KarenF

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This Caffe is a hidden gem! Went here after the NFC Championship game on Sunday. A welcome dining experience after a long day at the game. We were seated upstairs which was a warm & charming area. Nice cozy bar, comfortable seating. Our server Marco was very accommodating! Cocktails/Wine/Appetizers/Entrees were delicious! The Gelato is outstanding! Will definitely go back again!
  11. C

    Catnmouse

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service are always top notch! Gentry, the bartender, is full of interesting Prohibition stories. It’s always a pleasant experience dining here!
  12. L

    Lakb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    EXCELLENT! It was awesome to go for a dinner menu !
  13. R

    Raimundo

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best options in Philly for those who enjoy Italian food. I had a great experience with my friends during the restaurant week. I highly recommend this place.
  14. JC

    JustinC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!
  15. P

    Persons

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Small food proportions for the price. The food was also cold.
  16. AM

    AnnmarieM

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    First time there with plans to return. Lunch was delicious. Accommodated my Celiac disease with gluten free penne. Dario was our server. Attentive and knowledgeable. Made suggestions for our wine to pair with meal selections. A smoke alarm was being tested in the building so that was a little loud! Otherwise a perfect afternoon!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant week. Service, food and wine were excellent.
  18. K

    Keepitreal

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for restaurant week. Have been there before and will definitely go again. The food was fresh, delicious and served at the appropriate temperatures. Service was outstanding. Great place to eat.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for restaurant week and everything was delicious!
  20. CW

    CWest

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  21. P

    Peggyd

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very authentic restaurants with roots in Italy. They know when to cook pasta al dente, as they do in Italy. They have a varied menu, with something to please everyone’s taste. And, be sure to taste their gelato - better than I’ve had anywhere else, including Italy!
  22. RC

    RedsCoverly

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was Restaurant Week and it was very busy. Service was poor and food was OK. This is not a reflection on the restaurant, normally the service is excellent as well as the food.
  23. PC

    PamelaC

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I keep returning to this unique Italian eatery! It is such a treat and a bargain for restaurant week. I feel as though I am Italy, and I enjoy introducing friends to this spot. Each course is wonderful, and the wines have always been just right. This lunch I started with the arancini, which are the best I have ever had. The order comes with 2, so don't fill up on the amazing crusty bread that comes out first. We also shared a light and crisp Pinot Grigio that was perfect with all courses. My entree was again the carbonara with the bacon gelato to melt into it. Such a delight! When you first hear the concept, you can't imagine, until you taste it and savor the creamy, cheesy, bacony goodness that is saved from a food coma by a snap awakening from sharp, coarse-ground pepper. I finished with the Gran Panna Cotta which was like a light coffee-flavored mousse and the perfect finish to my meal.
  24. MT

    M8ryT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The Food was delicious service was also good, however 2nd floor got cold by the bar when downstairs door is open.
  25. KB

    KayB

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    It was our 1st time there. The place is very small and tight every corner from seating to walking down the narrow hallway to the rest rooms. The wait staffs and kitchen is along the narrow hallway so you have to wait for staff to get food out or dishes back in the kitchen area. The food was okay. I order monk fish which the fish itself no flavor not even a bit of salt seasoned into the monk fish. The monk fish purely rely in the flavor of think tomatoes sauce. I think they have additional seating upstairs. We were got seated across from the bar and they have shelves of wines which you can purchase and in front of the narrow restaurant where the hostess stand they have Gelato counter. Just lots going on for such a small space. Feel suffocated and stuffy. Our dinner seating was at 445pm. Don't know if we were to go during normal dinner rush would be like. Not going to go back there to find out for sure.
  26. OK

    OKTayTay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time there! I loved the service and food. I went for Restaurant Week and do not regret a thing. I had the aracini, tagliatelle alla panna, and gelato. The second course was new to me, but reminded me of an alfredo with bacon bits, but it was speck (type of prosciutto). My favorite gelato flavors are coffee and stracciatella. As for the service, I felt welcomed and catered to the whole time. My glass was never empty, recommendations were given, and the pace of providing the dishes were perfect! I will be coming back again!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious lunch all around. Didn’t realize it was restaurant week so lunch was 3 courses for $25. I had burrata, tagliatelli with cream sauce which was simple but scrumptious, and cannoli. Loved every bite. Yes, it was quite nippy outside in the heated tiny cabana on Chestnut St. More chill than heat, but wearing 3 layers of sweater/fleece/jacket made it ok.
  28. DC

    DavidaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere busy which was good for me!!
  29. K

    Krista

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flawless. 🇮🇹
  31. p

    pastalover

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service, and a wonderful wine. The ambiance isn't "energetic", it's deafening. You can't hear the person across the table from you. It's the only bad quality of the evening.
  32. KO

    KathyO

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service!
  33. SA

    SusanA

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently exceptional quality food, extensive menu, great service!
  34. P

    Paul

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and overall everything. Highly recommend, never disappointed. Great value.
  35. JP

    JeannieP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always , the food , atmosphere and quality of service is fabulous ! I’m a regular and it’s my favorite restaurant in Philly .
  36. L

    Lulu2304

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    DELICIOSO - Our first visit to Gran Caffe L' Aquilla was a Monday lunch during restaurant week. Arancini was tasty as was the buffalo & burrata mozzarella. We ordered a "baby Amarone" which I'd never heard of, and was perfect for our meal. The pollo al mattone was crisp and had a nice brown gravy with asapargus spears and 2 steak fries. The chittara was cooked to perfection and very satisfying. Homemade gelato (the origin of this Italian gem) was the best we've had since our visit to Italy. Special thanks to our waiter "Bobby" who was very attentive despite the crowd and provided a brief history of the restaurant origin. Extensive wine menu was impressive. A "must" for foodies with takeaway option and supplies to cook at home. Grazie mille!
  37. T

    Teachmath

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good tasting Italian food and coffee. Served fresh. Best gelato
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a bad experience here. Food was amazing and they were able to make the restaurant week options vegetarian for me. Loved!
  39. g

    gemini2

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food not up to past experiences. Pasta cold, even after sending back. Noise level unbearable. Service by Marco outstanding.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing date night. Staff and restaurant were top notch.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

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You can order delivery directly from Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 568-5600.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1231 OpenTable diners.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Google Map for Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    In between 17th and 18th Street on Chestnut

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking garages located on 17th street after Market before Chestnut,On Sansom Street between 17th & 18th.Valet Available through Sofitel Hotel.Limited metered street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Stop for the #42, #21, and #9 located at 18th street, and 17th street. Stop for the #2 bus at 17th and Chestnut

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 568-5600

  • Catering

    Half Tray Platters available for our entire menu. Each half tray serves 4-6 guests. <br /> <br />Specialty catering orders may be requested! Visit grancaffelaquila.com or call the restaurant and ask to speak to a manager.

  • Private party facilities

    Allow us to host your next event. Our expertly trained staff will provide a dynamic dining experience for you and your guests - Birthdays, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinner, Family Reunion, Office Gatherings, you name it and we host it! Private sit down events available from 8-85 guests,Private stand up events available from 40 to 150 guests.

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