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About The Victor Cafe
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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 by talented professionals as well as students.
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. Cocktail 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
As always the food was delicious! The atmosphere is eclectic and charming at the same time+! Love the blending of the operatic history with modern trends! A combination with the lovers of opera and those going for the entertainment and dining! Having celiac I was easily able to switch the pasta for the risotto! Victor's is one of our go to places!
What an awesome place. Rustic old place with the creeking floors, beautiful lounge and folks who know how to make you happy. Every person working there is an opera singer and it is amazing to hear. The food is delicious and the flavors are fine. Hope to go there again soon.
The best restaurant experience in Philadelphia. The food is excellently prepared, although not especially daring, although my wife thinks the chicken livers and pasta is nothing short of culinary heaven. Wonderful wine list and the desserts are perfect. But the real reasons to go are the wonderful wait staff and their wonderful voices--opera, occasional art songs, occasional Broadway chestnuts. Or maybe the real reason to go is that this is truly a neighborhood, family-type, restaurant, a type that they don't make anymore. Oh, and if the fish special is salmon, order it. And while I am recommending specific dishes, the panna cotta is velvet in the mouth, as perfect as that dessert gets. Finally, there is a good chance that if you go, you will see someone propose--it is just that kind of place.
Outstanding food and service! Every waiter and waitress is a classically trained opera singer and each member of the staff performs every 20 mins. The decor and ambiance is cozy and authentic. A great date spot, or place to celebrate a special occasion. If you are absolutely starving this may not be your best option, as the performance do cute into the ordering/service time, but they are worth the time if you have it! Would definently recommend to my friends and family and will be visiting again in the future.
My parents and I had an exceptional experience at Victor's Cafe. I've never written an online review for a restaurant, but we were so impressed with the food and the service that I felt obligated to share this with others. I made our reservations online 3 days before our dinner. I was impressed when Sandra, one of the granddaughters of the founder, called me to confirm our booking -- and then chatted with me for 20 minutes about the restaurant, my graduation, my father's love for opera, the history, etc. She was wonderful! We were taking my Dad there for the first time as a surprise, since he LOVES opera music. The hostess and wait staff were extremely friendly from the start. They didn't mind that we were 10 minutes late. We ordered the veal saltimobocca, which was DELICIOUS, and fairly reasonably priced for the quality and experience (most entrees ranged in the mid-$20's). In the span of our 1.5 hours there, we heard 5 opera performances from the wait staff. All of them were exceptional, including a Puccini Aria that was my Dad's personal favorites. The only negative part of the whole experience was not due the restaurant's fault, but due to the diners sitting next to us, who ignored the staff's request to not videotape the singing, and had their cell phones up in the air the entire time. It was incredibly obnoxious. Please do not do this. It destroys the ambiance of the restaurant and the intimacy of the experience, and it's a rude to your fellow diners, who may not want to be recorded eating. Put down your phone and enjoy the moment!
Aside from that, we absolutely can't wait to return! Thank you all!
I love Victor's! Great food, neigborhood charm, interesting history including as RCA Victor store and filming set in Rocky....plus a staff that clearly loves working there and sharing their opera singing talents. The singing is great and it is nice that it happens every 15 or 20 minutes so it doesnt interfere with conversation. One of my all time favorite places to eat.
My husband and I chose Victor Cafe as a special place to celebrate our anniversary because we had not been there for quite a while but remembered having a wonderful meal here before. Victor Cafe is truly a gem, a step back in time, complete with memorabilia in an original Victrola shop and fabulous aspiring opera stars performing arias from the great operas. The food is equally fabulous. The crab stuffed ravioli in saffron sauce was a special...and it was very special! With each bite, a pause, to take in the flavor so as never to forget the silky decadence. The service was excellent with an attentive and talented staff. We both vowed not to wait so long between visits again.
My wife and I celebrated our sixteenth wedding anniversary. We were serenaded by the Waiter and publicly recognized. The music was great. The service was excellent. I do recommend it for Special occasions or for a just a night of good music with great dinner.
We celebrated my Father's 80th Birthday and he couldn't have been happier. The service was terrific, the singing was amazing, and the food was delicious!
The staff even sang a beautiful Happy Birthday to him when dessert was served.
So happy, we'll have great memories of his special celebration.
Well, I certainly did not grow up listening to opera...I was more an oldies, Motown, Jersey girl kind of music lover...Radio stations were set to Jerry Blavat shows!!! (and he is still going stronger than ever)...but give the VICTOR CAFE one try and you certainly will become fascinated with the music of opera and the experience that the VICTOR CAFE offers. Situated on a small side street in the midst of South Philadelphia, around the corner practically from the world renowned SAINT RITA OF CASCIA NATIONAL SHRINE, this restaurant is a precious jewel. Food choices range from the typical South Italian red sauce with bracciole to New York strip steak with fingerling potatoes. My choice for the evening was a scallop dish, advertised on the menu as a shrimp and scallop choice but as I have a shrimp allergy they gladly accommodated me by including only scallops--an excellent choice with leftovers to take home. The meal was ended with three desserts---yes for two of us---(hey, there is an advantage to skipping appetizers!!!) which were beyond fabulous. The courses of the meal were broken up with unbeatable opera snippets sung by the talented VICTOR CAFE waiters and waitresses. Our waitress, a lovely girl named CAITLYN, was one of the performers that evening and she did not fail to entertain with not only her beautiful voice; but, her theatrical ways. So even as a shot and beer person can appreciate a fine wine, non opera lovers will also quickly learn to appreciate the art of opera.
LOVE this place! Had been here before on a first date, so we decided to take friends/family here from out of town because it's such a cool experience! Food is great, but what really makes it is the entertainment and ambiance! The waiters/waitresses are also opera singers (they're incredible!) not to mention the service there is always great. Don't forget to checkout the lounge area upstairs!
The service was great, very informative and talented waitress. I will return to try other options on the menu. I couldn't decide but ended up getting the Veal Saltimbocco. It was terrific. The performances are awesome. It is truly a wonderful night out with great service, food and entertainment.
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