736-38 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.940518 -75.155950
Neighborhoods: Bella Vista/ Southwark, South Philadelphia
Great Service Friendly Staff – The service was amazing, the waitress, Sarah was extremely friendly and attentive. The appetizers and main course was delicious and was served quickly. Our drinks were always full. By far the best restaurant I have eaten at in a long time.
A Joke – I have read nothing but negative things about this place from customers yet they receive best sandwich in america. Thats a JOKE. The service is extremely lousy, especially the waitresses and bartenders downstairs. Food is not great either. All in all there are so many more restaurnts in this area particularly Cucina Forte or Villa di Roma. Vesuvio is only good because of the bar. Other than that don't go, it's a waste of money and time.
Not the best on the block – We were very disappointed. We walked in the bar at 2:30 and nobody took our order for over 10minutes. There were more employees working than customers and the service was awful! After finally placing our order, it took over 30 minutes for the kitchen to prepare 3 of their "famous"sandwiches. As we waited at the bar, nobody asked if i wanted a drink or anything. After bringing our sandwiches home, we realized they are totally over-rated. These cheesesteak BLT's aren't even the best sandwiches on the block with sarcone's just up the street. GFY, Vesuvio, GFY!
This place is the pits. The service is below lousy; it is rude and obnoxious. No one greeted at the door even though we had a reservation. We walked upstairs only to be told to go back down. Our salad was never delivered; our food was overcooked and inedible. The "best sandwich in America" is inedible and worst of all the waitress (blonde woman) is rude and discourteous. Avoid this place at all costs. The worst meal I have had in Philadelphia (or anywhere else for that matter) in years, perhaps ever.
I've had better, I've had worse – I was excited to find out Vesuvio had a vegetarian menu. Unfortunately, the food my husband and I ordered wasn't that great. His Seitan Parmesan tasted liked diner Parmesan. My vegetarian burger was mushy inside. I think there is potential, but it needs work.
Wonderful Hostess – I found the restaurant to be wonderful, and very attentive. The hostess, Chelsea, was expecially helpful, cheerful, and attentive to me and my out of town guests.
Waitress not great, decor ok, food AWESOME! – I have to agree with the person who said the staff was not educated. I had Tori as my waitress as well, and although she wasn't rude, she wasn't very attentive and did not seem to know anything about the dishes.
But the drinks were cheap, and the fireplace/pool table area was a nice touch. But the decor left a little to be desired. The food was unique and perfectly presented. Delicious!!
wait staff not nice – A friend and I went to Vesuvio's last week and our waitress was miserable. She had a lousy personality and was not interested in giving us any information on the dishes they had to offer, most of which sounded really good, but without a good description of the items, I was nervous to try them. Other than that the food was good, but our experience with the wait staff ruined the whole experience. If you do try this place, stick to the bar area, and don't request Tori as a waitress.
Good for friends - dates not so much – My husband and I live around the corner and because they have $1.75 Coronas on Fridays (as well as drink specials on other nights) we have been here more than a couple of times. Sometimes the smokiness is just way too much but overall for a beer this is a fine place. Jeremy, one of the bartenders, always takes great care of us and most of their food is pretty good. I had a burger I wasn't in love with but actually really liked the $5 plate of pasta - go figure. Their fries are good and they have three bar areas to choose from, in addition the restaurant upstairs (which doesn't look terribly appealing to me.) All in all, if you're meeting up with friends or someone for a casual drink then this could be a good call but I probably wouldn't recommend it for a date with someone you don't really know yet.
Awsome experience . . .to my SURPRISE! – Me and a friend came in about 8pm with no resservations and were seated on the 2nd level promptly and I was taken aback by the beautiful ambiance. . . totally an escape from the lively atmosphere on the main level. We sat by the fireplace and I order the Seafood Ciopino and my friend ordered a Seitan Chicken Parmesan off their vegan menu. Both entrees were great! The server Jamie was spunky and courteous. After dinner I was surprised to learn they turn over the 2nd level on Friday and Saturday and a DJ spins after 11 pm. Since we were not up for dancing, we stayed and shot pool in the lounge. Beer was ice cold, cheap and we had a great time with other locals and city folk. I definately will be back very soon!
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