Upstares at Varalli

(215) 546-4200 | View Website

1345 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19107

39.948223 -75.164056

Open Hours

Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Thu. 4:30pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 4:30pm - 11pm;Sun. 4pm - 9pm

 
Restaurants, Catering, Seafood  more

More Cuisine: Italian

Price: $$$

Tags: Date Spot, Fine Dining, Group Dining, Live Music, Lunch Spot, Notable Wine List, Online Reservations, Romantic Dining, View Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square, Center City

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Menu
Crispy Calamari, Tuna Tartare Sushi-grade Ahi Tuna, Grilled Baby Octopus, Fresh Mozzarella Heirloom, "ripieno" Pepper, Steamed Shrimp Dumplings, House Made Sausage Of The Day, Sauteed Crab Cake, Fresh Shucked Oysters, House Salad... more

Reviews for Upstares at Varalli

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

AWFUL Customer Service!! – We are planning our rehearsal dinner and had to work with Brian their events coordinator. Well he took days to return a call or an email (3-5 days). Then when we wanted to come in and see the space that we were going to be in (6pm during a weekday during their normal business hours) we were told that no one could show us the room. Huh??! Brian told us that only a maitre'd works and he would be busy showing people tables and would not have two minutes to show us the space of where our rehearsal dinner would be. Wow talk about horrible customer service! We decided to take our business elsewhere. We have no desire to eat here ever with customer service like this. Good luck to you if you even attempt eating here-you'll need it!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Never going back – My husband and I were so excited to visit this establishment. The food was ok, our waitress was very nice, but in a city as big as Philadelphia, you would think that they would honor a parking garage to validate a ticket which was right next door. I was never so humiliated in my life. This restaurant is not worth going back to. The ambience needs help and I didn't feel the same as when I was in Capitol Grille. Not the same at all. I will go back to Capitol Grille again and again. But not this place, ever! Very insulting.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Good food in an empty without own soul and non-character place – Our third time in the restaurant. I received a promotional birthday certificate and we decided to give it another try. First, I made reservations for the Upstairs section of restaurant and was even added a comment when I made my reservation. Once again, my petition was ignored because they were only sitting people in first floor. The restaurant is missing something, it doesn?t have like an own soul, a character. The decor is more like a diner-seafood place rather than Italian. The air is empty doesn?t give us special feeling towards the place. This time food was good: I had shrimp dumplings and the Shrimp and Crabmeat linguini, my wife soup of the day and Carbonara Rigatoni. Our waiter was very good and knowledgeable.

We went back thanks to the birthday promotion. Food was great as well service. Very disappointed that again they didnt seat us at Upstairs despite I made the reservation there and even wrote a note. Restaurant misses its own soul and feels empty.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great dinning experience with reasonable prices – Went there last weekend as a Valentine Day weekend trip and ate at the lower level area. I most say I was very impressed by everything, the food, service, setting, the music etc. The manager (maybe owner) gave every woman in the restaurant a rose which was a great touch. The octopus salad and the scallops and risotto crab meat was phenomenal. The overall dinning experience was great and the prices very reasonable.

Don?t understand some of the negative comments on this site. As the some of these people are the types that won?t be happy with anything. The bread that they served is presented that way (which I thought was great with the basil dip). Snotty Service comment ?hey, dumpy looking old ladies spend money too, and everyone deserves respect!? sounds like she is a miserable person.

The only negative I had was the lack of Oyster choices (only had two east coast types) however they were fresh.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great service – I recently went to upstares at varalli and it was a stellar experience from begining to end. I had a problem with my entree and the manager while checking the table inquired about the meal. Before I knew it she, I think her name was Penny, had returned with a fresh cioppino that was the best I had ever had. The staff is top notch at this beautiful restaurant and the food is delicious. Thank you. Will be back soon.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great place for Rehearsal dinner – We have been eating at Upstares for many years. The food, service, and views have always been memorable. So, when my son got engaged and we realized we would be hosting the rehearsal dinner, I suggested Upstares at Varalli. They both love the excitment of the city and felt the views would bring that element into the event. We worked with the event coordinator to create a special evening for my son and his new wife. We had full use of the entire dining room. The food was as great as it is in the restaurant and the service was as usual, supurb. Many of our guests commented on what a wonderful time they had and how good the food was. We even wondered how the caterers for the Wedding reception was going to top this. I recommend Upstares at Varalli to anyone planning an event like this. They did a great job!!!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Nice ambiance, Decent customer service – We were seated promptly- had made reservations on a Saturday night, but they weren't needed. The piano player was excellent. Food was served fast and was decent- average italian. I had called in advance to let them know it was my husband's bday, but the dessert that was supposed to be brought out never showed. Wine list is very limited.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

sometimes good – great location...good bread...most dishes are drenched in oil...average italian at average prices...

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

You're kidding, right? – I must have been mistaken in believing that the rave reviews were actually referring to Upstares at Varalli. View aside, I would not recommend it for anything, especially not the "Italian" food. I will be merciful and call the meal forgettable at best, but the bread was outright terrible (you Italians out there know how bread can make or break a meal). The bruschetta appetizer seemed like the frozen texas toast you can buy grocery store with some mealy tomatoes on top. Also, I had literally the most overcooked, dried out sausage I've ever been subjected to. The polenta and green beans were passable, and the Grand Marnier creme brulee was pretty good. Overall, it was a huge disappointment especially given the high (usually reliable) marks on Citysearch. No way I would return.

Recommends
over a year ago

Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Center City trattoria with view of Avenue of the Arts serves northern Italian cuisine contained in glamorous dining rooms.

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Won for:
Italian Food (2008)
Date Spot (2006)
Group Dining (2006)
Italian Food (2006)
Seafood (2006)
View (2006)
Date Spot (2005)
Romantic Restaurant (2005)
Special Occasion Dining (2005)
View (2005)
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