About The Victor Cafe
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Saturday 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live opera seven nights a week.
Valet parking costs $12. Street parking is also available.
Broad Street Subway (Orange Line) - Tasker/Morris Station
Private Party Facilities:
Victor Cafe contains a grouping of intimate dining rooms which offer seating for a maximum of 135 people. Inquiries for smaller groups are also welcome. Special events may be booked for lunch, brunch, or dinner. Coctail hours with hot and cold butlered hors d'oeuvre may be arranged. We believe you will find the Victor Cafe a most unique dining experience.
Private Party Contact:
The Distefano Family: (215) 468-3040
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For parties larger than 10, please inquire within.
The Victor Cafe Ratings and Reviews
The ambiance was great. There were pictures of opera singers all over the walls. Very eclectic and beautiful. The singing was divine! Italian food goes perfect with opera. The food was so delicious and still delicious reheated. The drinks were strong but goooood. And we could smell the chocolate deliciousness from the molten chocolate cake. What a great time! Can't wait to do it again.
Took my 87 yr-old mother there as a belated Christmas present. Her first time experience was overwhelming for her. She cried at the beautiful arias being sung by the staff, and her dinner (cannelloni) and dessert (tiramisu) were outstanding. Even with a packed house, the staff had accommodated our mixup in the reservation time, and they took care of everything with a smile. Can't recommend this culinary/cultural experience enough.
Exceeded all expectations! I can't believe that I have lived in Philly since 1996 and I had never been here before. We came on a Sunday night for a post-valentine's day dinner. From the minute we were greeted at the door until the moment we ate our last bite, everything was fantastic. If we had one compliant, it was that the cocktails were a little weak, but in the grand scheme of things, that was a minor glitch. We started with the burrata and the clams casino. Both were delicious. After the appetizers, we moved on to our entrees. I had one of the specials, a spaghetti with braciole, meatball and sausage. It was fab! Some of the best red sauce I have ever had. My husband had the cannelloni which was also incredible. Even though by this point, we were stuffed, we went for the desserts; the panna cotta and the creme brule, again, both were great. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Opera!! All of the staff here are trained opera singers and every 10-15 minutes or so one of them would sing a short piece. It was magnificent. We had such a great time and can't wait to go back!
My girlfriends and I decided to come to Victor Cafe for dinner! My one friend had just lost her mother and we wanted to get her out of the house. All 3 of us are Italian and were raised in the true Italian heritage (gravy (not sauce), wine, bread (no oil), and delicious pasta and meats! It was our friend's first time there! The food was delicious, very close to our family's cooking and the opera singers literally brought us to tears! Our waiter was singing a song and we all started to cry.........I am not sure our waiter thought we were in tears because of the song or the food - haha! We would highly recommend Victor Cafe if you want to be brought back to your Italian roots and enjoy the absolutely beautiful songs from the student singers who happen to be the waiters! It will bring you back time and time again!
Went for belated Valentines dinner date. The food was great And the show was incredible. So many great performances throughout the evening by so many talented singers. Victors is one of a kind! Recommend for special occasions and to show the out of town visitors. Great for small groups.
Great Valentine's Day dinner. Table was ready , wine reasonably priced, Apps were delicious as was soup & salad. We split salmon & pasta. Dessert & coffee were excellent. Valet parking a great help. The singing was extraordinary. Brava & Bravo. Will definitely come back.
Excellent Italian food from deep in the heart of South Philadelphia, but particularly notable for the wait-staff, which consists of young opera students who take turns singing arias and opera selections between courses. Wonderful renditions of Happy Birthday. Menu prices are moderate. Most highly recommended.
My wife and I were celebrating our 1st Anniversary. She had never been to South Philly and I had grown up in the neighborhood. We enjoyed the entire evening. All the servers were excellent. Iris, specifically was our server for the evening. She did a great job of explaining the history of café. We would highly recommend coming here to everyone!
An absolute must if you are visiting or live in Philadelphia. 98 year old restaurant with checkered table clothes and opera singers for waiters/waitresses. And not just people with a singing hobby, actual professionally trained opera singers who love to share their talents with diners. The food is solid, average Italian but the experience is unforgettable.
I truly hope this neighborhood gem survives forever. We were so happy with our experience and it was so characteristic of old Italian South Philly.
My husband and I took my daughter and her fiance' to Victors to celebrate many things. She recently got engaged, graduated college with a masters in engineering, and is planning her new job. We ordered three appetizers that were very good, but very small in portion size. One of which was mussels in white sauce. The mussels were outstanding. The problem was not enough to go around the table. (We would have ordered at least one more if we had known). I ordered the veal, my husband ordered linguine and clams. The linguine and clams, my husband noticed, was a very small bowl (he was very dissapointed in the portion size!). He ate the pasta quickly and was out of food in a minute or two. I noticed my future son in law (who ordered the linguine also) did the same. I gave my husband a piece of my veal and realized I too, was left with very little food.
While the mussels were delicious, the clams and linguine were an embarrassingly small portion. My husband and future son in law were left to eat left over bread to compensate. I too, who dont eat large portions was not full by any means.
Our bill far exceeded $400 as we ordered several bottles of wine, desserts etc. I do not mind spending money for top quality food, but Victor made me sad that my men left and were still a little hungry.
I will not be coming back any time soon. Thank you.
My husband and I were skeptical when we heard about a restaurant that had great food, nice ambiance, and singing/opera waiters/waitresses. Skepticism over! Had a wonderful meal, fresh ingredients, cooked nicely, lovely waitress Shanley (who we think had the best voice of all the performers) and overall great experience. Followed up our meal with a nightcap in the upstairs bar, a beautiful little hideaway. Ever so slight improvements might be more comfortable chairs/seating, and a little more space between tables, but that is a small price to pay for a wonderfully lovely, and unique dinner experience. Also, on a Saturday night when every table was packed, it seemed that each and every table had Happy Birthday sung to them, quite loudly . . . not exactly conducive to conversation when one is stopping every five minutes for singing. But I'm nit picking here. Sorry. P.S. It does help if you enjoy opera. You will be shocked at how amazing the voices are.
A charming experience and the food was delicious - I will be thinking about that mushroom ravioli for a long time. Hostess was welcoming, waitstaff was cheerful, food was very good, portions were generous, lovely ambiance. I liked it that it wasn't snooty - the right level of special evening mixed with comfortable/casual. Had a wonderful time, highly recommend.
Amazing experience in every way. Cocktails were perfect. All staff was there to please and make sure you were delighted with every aspect of your dining experience. Valet parking was prompt and efficient. Appetizers and entrees were plentiful and flavorful. Incredible performers. Thank you a memorable night.
Unfortunately, we weren't seated on time even though those who came after us were seated promptly. The meal was so over salted for all of us, it was difficult to eat. The birthday cake promised at the end of the meal ended being a demitasse cup of whip cream with a candle.
The food is great ! Just wanted to say I think the meatballs are WAY too big. I grew up with big meatballs but I think people are preferring them smaller ,myself included. They make a better presentation too. They overpowered the pasta dish. But they are delicious and I am a picky meatball lover!
Another wonderful dinner, this time celebrating two special birthdays with friends who had not been there for more than 40 years! Food, wine, service, and servers singing arias made the evening truly wonderful. Can't wait for the next opportunity to go to our favorite restaurant.
And we love Iris!!
Great food and wait staff who are all professional singers who sing at intervals during the meal. It was my wife's birthday and when serving our dessert wait staff sang Happy Birthday in such beautiful harmonized voices! I would recommend it for any occasion especially if taking guests who don't know the staff sings throughout the night! Let it be a secret to your guests!
We enjoyed our food and had a wonderful waitress who was attentive and sang beautifully. The only problem was it was so noisy when people weren't singing we couldn't hear each other talk. The music they played in between the live arias was not of good quality and just added to the noise. The decor was quant with wonderful old photos of people. The chairs were small and uncomfortable.
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