Positano Coast

(215) 238-0499 | View Website

212 Walnut St 2nd Fl, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19106

39.949380 -75.145782

Open Hours

Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm; Fri 11:30am-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun 12:30pm-10:30pm (dinner only)

 
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Cuisine: Italian

Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City

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Reviews for Positano Coast

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

We miss Lamberti's :( – When this place used to be Lambertis, we would go all the time; great pasta, friendly atmosphere, meat AND fish dishes for a great price as well. Waitstaff went out of their way to be friendly and even remembered us. Now the menu is overly fishy, and overpriced. The atmosphere has transitioned into one that is trendy (and can feel a bit stuffy). And considering we don't like fish, we don't really like this place - fish lovers and lovers of small portions may feel differently.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Atmosphere – Positano Coast is one of my favorite Old City restaurants due to the relaxing atmosphere and attentive wait staff. Upon entering the establishment on Saturday, we were told there were no tables available, however there was availability in the lounge. Never having been to that section of the restaurant before-- I thought we were heading for a seat at a bar---but I was pleasantly surprised when we were escorted to a room full of couches, cushy chairs and candles galore! I was drawn in by the warmth of the room and instantly knew it was going to be a great dining experience.

The calamari is outstanding- perfectly fried and amazingly full of flavor. The Chicken Rollatini was also incredible--the accompanying sauce highlighted the chicken and made for an excellent entree.

What I love the most about Positano Coast is the wine with peaches---a carafe of wine with peaches at the bottom giving a hint of fruit flavor to enhance the body of the spirit....truly spectacular.

I highly recommend Positano Coast---because of the attention to customer service, atmosphere and terrific selection of various foods that make for an excellent meal.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Nice looking place with great outdoor seating but food is mediocre – Nice Bar, good looking and friendly bartenders & nice outdoor seating. However the food is very simple and not well flavored. The cold seafood sampler at $25 was not only a bad value but the calamari had no taste and the clams tasted old. I would not recommend the place.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Amazing place for outdoor dining – Positano Coast is an amazing place to experience a great meal outdoors. We went early on a weekday night and asked to sit outside on the balcony since it was a beautiful evening. We were told to pick whichever table we felt like. The food was all delicious. The small plate style allowed for us both to sample several items from the menu. We had the Antipasto & Stuffed Calamari appetizers, the Eggplant Napolean & Lamb & Leeks entrees, the gnocchi and capellini w/ clams side dishes, and the creme brulee dessert. Everyone of them was fantastic. My favorite was probably the Capellini w/ Clams side dish. I also ordered their signature Limoncello cocktail which was also very good and the perfect complement for a beautiful spring evening. I would definitely return in the future.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

What an amazing place! – I was so happy to have found this restaurant! I recently took a trip to Positano, Italy, so after seeing their ad in Philadelphia magazine, I just had to check it out for myself. This place was fantastic! As soon as I stepped in, I felt like I was back in Italy, the decor is simply beautiful. The floor to ceiling postcard style photos of Positano made me feel like I was in Positano, looking out a window rather than in Old City Philadelphia.

We were seated right away by a very friendly hostess. Our server was incredibly friendly, she asked if we had ever been before, and since we hadn't she took the time to go over the menu and answer any questions we had. She was very knowledgeable. We ended up selecting a few dishes from their tapas style menu and a selection off their crudo menu. Everything was delicious. Seasoned to perfection and just mouthwatering. The crudo was an experience in itself and I highly recommend it to anyone. We enjoyed some cocktails with our meal and to anyone who will go to Positano Coast in the future, I have one thing to say, order the Positano Lemon Drop!!! Incredible.

Overall I just have to say Positano Coast was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. I know that I will definitely be returning many many times in the future. I can?t think of one negative thing to say about them!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

New menu is a real disappointment – Positano Coast just took an unfortunate turn for the worse. A couple of days ago they changed the format of their menu to a ?tasting menu.? The idea is similar to tapas ? you choose several small plates to share among everyone at the table. However, each small plate costs anywhere from $10 - $20 dollars. We attempted to order five plates for four people (one of whom wasn?t planning on eating much), and were told by the condescending waitress that this was ?not enough food.? She then asked us if we were ?just having snacks? because what we ordered did not constitute dinner. We persevered with our selection, only to find the cuisine to be markedly mediocre. The dishes just didn?t seem to have much taste. However, the amount of food we ordered turned out to be sufficient for us. I can definitely recommend Positano Coast if all you are looking for is a moderately priced drink (especially wine) and pleasant decor. On the other hand, I would suggest that you avoid dining here, at least until they do something about the new menu that is both overpriced and lacking in flavor.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Nice decor but so-so food – We came here for lunch. The restaurant is very welcoming and warm. The decor makes you feel like you are somewhere in Capri, but at the same time remains very modern. The service is friendly and attentive. The bathrooms are spacious and clean. The prices were very reasonable. This would be a great Italian restaurant, were it not for the food. The food was quite disappointing. The ravioli were so tasteless that no amount of cheese could rescue them. I've had better ravioli at cafeterias. The gnocchi was not any better. I would suggest staying away from pasta dishes here. The seafood stew was just four mussels swimming in tomato soup. Not all of the food was a disappointment. The shrimp dish was very well prepared, and reminded me of seafood from the Mediterranean. The bread and olive oil were good. We also asked for a plate of olives, which was very nice and brought to us for free. Overall, we had a really good lunch even though we didn't like the food. If you happen to find something that's good, this would be a great restaurant to visit.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food, drinks, atmosphere and eye candy!!! – I love this place. Every time I go I make sure to order something different and I have never been let down...It is always amazing!!! The management is great and everyone working there is so nice to look at. Great outdoor seating with big couches and candle lanterns. Inside is lit by huge back lit photo murials of the positano coast...I love this place!!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

We just can't get enough!!! – My boyfriend and I go to Positano Coast every chance we get - we just love it there! The obvious reaction when you walk in is "Wow" - the large pictures of Positano are so beautiful and bright, they make us feel like we're not even in a restaurant, but instead on an Italian beach paradise. On a recent visit for dinner, we sat in the room that has the terrace doors that open - what a great idea - second floor, open air - gotta love it! The food - now that's what I'm talking about - smaller portions so we can try so many different things! Some of our favs are: the crudo trio that changes all the time - such great flavor with raw seafood - love it!! The house scampi and the gnocchi gorgonzola are both to die for! If you go, get the rigatoni side - it looks really fun and is great to eat too...and the mahi crudo is another raw dish that is so tasty!! If you haven't tried this restaurant yet, you are DEFINITELY missing out! It's one that i've recommended to everyone I know and they always love it!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Beautiful views and decoration – The place is really nice has lots of windows and lots of nice decor. The food is ok nothing to rave about. The service is below average they forgot one of our appetizers and hurried brought our main courses because they had been sitting because of the forgotten appetizer. While my date was still eating her main course they shoved the dessert menus in our faces. I would go back the place is nice the food is ok and its quite inexpensive but I guess you get what you pay for.

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