The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

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2652 reviews
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Italian
The Victor Café is an Italian restaurant that cultivates old traditions and seamlessly blends them with new ones. With classic Italian dishes and unforgettable live music, we invite you to join us for many enjoyable evenings for years to come.

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple reservations made for the same party cannot be seated together. To book large parties that are not available by default on OpenTable, please contact the restaurant directly.
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DW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are no words. Amazing setting that Rocky would be proud of.

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M
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at The Victor Café and what a really cool experience. All of the servers are opera singers and throughout the night take turns singing to the people. All of them had incredible voices. We had the Beet salad which was great and for entrees we had Spaghetti Rusticana (house made braciole, meatball, sweet sausage) and linguini with white clam sauce. Both of our meals were delicious! We didn't have time for dessert but our server rushed out a cannoli with a candle for my birthday and the staff sang happy birthday which was awesome. you have to experience it.

The only down side is parking is brutal so you have to pay the $12 to valet.

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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What an experience. We take out of town and in town folks here for the live music and amazing food.
5 star fun and food!

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JJ
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was perfectly prepared. The swordfish cut was 3" thick, the veal was pounded paper thin and the Branzino was tender. We are already planning our next visit.

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience , very romantic place for a cocktail hour too.
Definitely will come back

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MR
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Love the opera.

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JJ
Tahoe
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience. Opera arias sung by talented wait staff throughout the meal made for a unique South Philadelphia event.

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MF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, they were able to comment on various menu items and knew how to pair them well with the ample list of imported wines.
The food was excellent. I had the pesto ravioli which was prepared perfectly with just the right balance of pesto to oil.
The real treat was hearing the waiter sing periodically throughout the night. Finally,
when I asked the waitress about a particular piece of art she told me everything I wanted to know! This place certainly warrants a return.

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CI
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Birthday celebration each of the servers sings opera when the bell rings the food is delicious and desserts were amazing. Overall a delightful experience don’t miss the bar upstairs!

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JE
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was on our list as we visited Philadelphia. We appreciated the ambiance and great service, and of course the singing was beautiful and unique. We were also pleased with the food - great flavor and presentation. The price makes the experience a great value, and we would come back (on a weekend to experience the upstairs bar).

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday.
We all thought lighting was way too bright. Merry t did not feel intimate or romantic. But we enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

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ER
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service. An evening at the Victor Café never disappoints!

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N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most joyful experiences in my life!

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and singing! A memorable evening!

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LL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of the best dining experiences I have ever had!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. We enjoyed the music and atmosphere! Food was wonderful as well! Highly recommend the cafe.

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DN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time - servers were great, entertainment wonderful & food superb.

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm not sure why it took me so long to go to the Victor Cafe, but I will be back as soon as possible! The service was excellent and our server, Sean, was knowledgeable, kind, AND an amazing opera singer. Don't miss the upstairs bar/lounge; the upstairs bartender made us some amazing drinks while we waited for our table. The only downside is that seating was quite tight on a busy Saturday evening and we had to squeeze into a corner table, but we felt comfortable once we were seated. Once the first performance started, I completely forgot I was even in a restaurant! The food was really delicious and they have a great selection of wine and spirits. My husband and I would not consider ourselves opera fans, but the sheer talent of the singers is amazing.

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RU
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5:45pm reservation after Berthe Morisot exhibition at the Barnes Foundation. Everything from food to music to service was exemplary. Couldn’t ask for a more perfect end to a wonderful day!

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BW
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm probably the only person who ever booked dinner at the Victor Cafe with no knowledge of the singing! What a wonderful surprise to discover my waiter would soon serenade us with an aria. My family and I loved the atmosphere, history, character, and entertainment in this wonderful place. And the food's good, too!

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was perfect!! Opera singers were incredible! Outstanding food and service

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G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoy ringing in the New Year with a phenomenal evening of food, drink and live music. I loved the Dido and Aenaes pasta with shrimp and scallops, and my partner sank his teeth into a delicious steak. We also had a great lobster bisque starter, plus calamari and clams casino. The entire staff sang beautifully moving arias all night, which was topped with a group song at midnight. So festive!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Victor cafe EXCEEDED ALL of my expectations!!!!!! From the service, to the food, to the booking process, ambience, everything was beyond perfection!! THE BEST restaurant experience of my life!! The servers sing arias and are so extremely talented, the food quality was exceptional and they even sang a special happy birthday opera for my partner!!! Amazing amazing amazing!! You MUST experience it for yourselves!

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KW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Victor Café never disappoints. A real gem in South Philly, which was good even before the Rocky movies. Dinner at Victor is a New Year's Eve tradition. Great food, ambiance and of course, a wonderfully talented waitstaff.

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BT
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful, unique dining experience. I highly recommend it.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A simply great Philadelphia institution. A soulful Italian experience in every way - food decor service music.

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RA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

I have been a customer of victors for many years. this was the worst experience in all my years at victors.
A human hair was found in my soup, two f the people in my party had dirty utensils, when brought to the servers attention she reported it to management, they said my meal would be halve price (it was not) full price was on the bill.
we were a party of four, all of us had been patrons for a long time, they also were dissatisfied with the service.
none of us are planning on retuning anytime soon.

sorry victors was always on top of list

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m
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New years eve

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not from Philadelphia, I was looking for an eleventh-hour romantic spot with live music on NYE; Victor Cafe serve all of those purposes. The food was excellent, the atmosphere cozy, and service on point.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place

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PB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food, atmosphere, singing. Made for a very special night to celebrate the holidays. Service was a little slow on simple things like water, bread, busing dirt tables, but was otherwise friendly and attentive. Bathroom a bit messy. Still, well worth the trip and cost for a memorable evening.

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EH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and atmosphere. Very pleasant and attentive service. Upstairs lounge is definitely a place that should be checked out in advance of your dinner. Excellent value

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The Victor Cafe is a very special place.

There is something incredibly wonderful about having servers perform. It is clear that the servers are passionate about their singing -- both from the way they perform and the way they select and explain their songs. It breaks the barrier between customers and servers in a beautiful way. When one of the soloists came over to pour water for us, I felt like I was seeing two sides of this person. It is particularly lovely that opera is generally considered a snobby activity while serving is a generally considered a humble activity.

In between songs, there was plenty of time for my daughter and I to have quiet conversation. In fact, I loved the rhythm of it -- 20 minutes of conversation with a short 3 minute performance. We were able to maintain our train of thought in the conversation while also enjoying the performances.

This is a very beautifully human place!

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular! One of America’s BEST hidden gems! The Victor Cafe!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience. Professional opera singers as wait staff really creates a spectacular atmosphere. The foot was excellent.

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

In my opinion, the portions are a little small for the price. Other than that everything was Wonderful!

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful experience. The singing servers are not a gimmick. They are serious opera singers and classic musical theater performers. Our server, Steve, was very professional and also charming. And the food was delicious. The evening’s Special of lamb bolognese over tortellini was spicy and tasty. The ravioli was perfect. Clams linguini, masterful. Desserts were superb as well especially orally the panacotta. Mmmmmm. Highly recommend Victor Cafe for a thoroughly enjoyable meal and a fun evening!

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i
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. The service is superior considering all of the moving parts and limited space to move. All of the positive elements are here, extensive menu, dinner specials, drinks, good food, service and free live music. You can hear Opera in the main dining area and Jazz at the upstairs bar. Only drawback is parking and the crowded doorway nevertheless Victor Cafe has all you need for a good time!

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SC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fun. One caveat. The bathrooms are on the 2nd floor. Up the steepest, tallest, narrowest staircase ever. At the top you turn and then go up a few more. If you’re older and not sure-footed, DO NOT GO UPSTAIRS. My brother fell down the top set and fell into glass doors. Cut open his hand. Got home to find he ripped open his arm and leg. The restaurant was sweet. Brought him bandaids. Got home to a VM where they deleted our desserts from the bill. They never knew about all the additional injuries. But we’d go again and not use their bathrooms.

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RP
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have spent our last two anniversaries at Victors. We love the singing, and the food. It is always a great time.

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