La Viola

(215) 735-8630

253 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19102

39.947824 -75.167845

Open Hours

Mon. - Sun. 10am - 3pm

 
Restaurants, $$, B.Y.O.B.  more

More Tags: Date Spot, Local Favorite, Romantic Dining

Cuisine: Italian

Payment Methods: Cash

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Center City, Rittenhouse Square

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Menu
Dopo, Insalata Caesar, Insalata Trecolore, Insalata Bistro, Zuppa Del Giorno, Antipasta Mista, Zuppetta Di Cozze, Pepperoni Arrosti, Funghi Trentino, Grigliata Di Calamari... more

Reviews for La Viola

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Pretty good – Not bad. Maybe a bit over-hyped, but good nonetheless.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

I love this place! – I really enjoy La Viola. This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants. If you are looking for a great traditional Italian restaurant, La Viola will not disappoint.

Their staff is great. It seems like they have the system of each person doing one job (one person brings the bread, one person tells the specials, etc.)

I have never been disappointed with anything I've ordered here.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

absolutly Fabulous – I absolutely love this little secret the food is amazing!!!! and soooo reasonable.. I cant wait to go back me and my girlfriends always go with a few bottles of wine and have an amazing experience!!!!!! love this place and the staff and owners are FAB!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

What's the hype??? – La Viola should definitely not be rated 5 stars. I believe that the staff working there are actually unfriendly dead people; no personality, energy, enthusiasm, charisma, and definitely DID NOT encompass good customer service skills. Immediately after spending $75 a person, my party and I were asked to leave the restaurant because the establishment needed to sit a party of 14...such an insult.

The food wasn’t even anything worth mentioning. The “homemade” buffalo mozzarella, was defiantly not homemade. It was grayish in color and did not speak anything homemade. The antipasto salad was cooked prosciutto, Genoa Salami, and a few roasted peppers…seemed more "American" to me than Italian. The bread was sliced and then toasted...who does that??? The entrée special(s) were forgettable; swordfish and veal shank.

I really don’t understand what the excitement is about La Viola. I would NEVER patron them again. Being from Calabria Provincia di Cosenza, Italy, there is nothing Italian about La Viola…I’m purely disgusted and insulted!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful Experience – We were greeted by friendly staff members and immediately escorted to our table. Our food was expertly prepared and presented and the wait staff was attentive and responsive. We would totally recommend this restaurant and hope to return again whenever we visit Philadelphia.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food AND Service!!! – I have been there several times, whether it has been as a date with my bf or just with a group of friends. The food has been consistently amazing, the service quick and very attentive, and guests clearly pleased leaving the place. If you hate small places that can get packed then this isn't for you. But if you care more about being treated well by a caring and attentive staff that cares about your experience, and experiencing great Italian food, then this place is for you!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

delicious food and great service – Every meal i've had has been spectacular. I would recommend the seafood risotto. The service is impeccable and the price is unbelievable for the amount and taste level of the food. Great little nook in the heart of center city. Decor and ambiance is not modern but don't let that deter you from going!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Awesome food and atmosphere!! – Desite being extremely small, this is one of the best BYOB's in Philly. The food was amazing and SO reasonable! All of the wait staff was super nice and always willing to help, except for the hostess who looked like she hated her job. I will definately be going back.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Never Will Go Back – Staff was rude and I will never go back!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful Pleasant Little Place – We had a reservation for 10 at 7pm on a Friday night. I changed that to 8 people the on Thursday. The person on the phone was very pleasant (not always the case in Philly) Our table was ready when 3 of us arrived at 7. The rest didn't show up for 10 minutes. The staff remained pleasant throughout the evening. Wonderful waiters and good food. I will definitely go back!

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