I was looking for a good Italian restaurant and this one did not disappoint! It is one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Philly. The main draw is the live opera singing by the waiters and waitresses. Although my family and I are not big opera people, listening to the music was nice and helped make this a fun dining experience! We started with the baked clams casino and fried calamari appetizers to share. They were both good, although I have had better baked clams casino. For entrees, 2 of us had veal saltimbocca which was very good, and we were given big portions. Another person ordered salmon which they enjoyed, and were also given a large portion. Lastly, we finished with tiramisu which was very very good and plenty big to share among 3 people who were already fairly full. The service was also excellent! Our water glasses were never empty. The meal took a little longer due to the opera performances every 20min, but it was definitely worth it to hear the great singing. I would definitely make reservations as the restaurant was very busy, even on a Sunday night. This is a very unique place and a great place to go if you are looking for Italian food with some neat entertainment!
The Victor Cafe is a wonderful experience. The food is delicious (though a tad expensive) and the servers (who all sing Opera) are very friendly, attentive, and talented. They ring a bell when someone is about to sing but that still didn't quiet down some patrons. Still, I would highly recommend an evening here.
Delicious!! Will be back for sure! The music was wonderful.
When I confirmed the reservation I was assured that they would sing happy birthday to my husband. It never happened. Our server Iris paid little to no attention to us. It was very obvious that her attention was centered on other tables - we were a party of 5 and did not order alcohol. Our server walked by our table multiple times and did not even spare a glance at our table. The food was fabulous however the service was quite lacking. After waiting 15 mins to ask a question about dessert we decided that we would simply ask for the check and leave. Honestly doubt we will be back.
My guest and I had wonderful pasta meals, I had the shrimp bisque and porcini mushroom ravioli and she had the spinach salad and the Prince Igor entree along with beautiful opera singing performances by the staff. We ended our experience with a chocolate martini and tiramisu with a birthday candle, delivered by 3 of the staff singing Happy Birthday in operatic style for my dates birthday celebration.
We love victors. Service was great, food was excellent, and the waiters and waitresses were very informative and friendly. Their voices were beautiful. Definitely will recommend Victors Cafe
There Aren't Enough stars to rank this restaurant. This was easily one of the best family experiences we've ever had at a restaurant. Needless to say the incredibly authentic Italian food was unimaginable. We are one of those families that can definitely tell a difference between homemade pasta and non homemade pasta. The pasta was not only homemade but everything about our meal was fresh. The singing by the wait staff and the host put everything over the top. Every few minutes you are treated to a full quality show of entertainment. We have two little ones. Our 11 year old ate his pasta in about 6 minutes and our little 8 year old dipped every one of her noodles carefully and wonderfully in her side of marinara sauce. They were so happy that they had to have dessert and the dessert was amazing. My wife and I both had Seafood specials and the freshness was unmatched and our drinks were also the perfect compliment to are already incredible dinners. The Canolli we're fresh and perfect too!
Here's the final thought.
We go out to eat a lot and almost always have a box or two to take home. This was one of the first times I can remember that we didn't need a box. None of us. Which was kind of a shame because I would love to have leftovers of that incredible food again.
Varied options on the menu, and everyone loved his meal. The highlight is listening to the many arias performed by the waitstaff. Each singer prefaced the aria with an explanation of its meaning. I looked forward to every time the bell was rung and someone performed. Upstairs is the coziest bar which is open on weekends. What a wonderful experience!
Opera singing waitstaff, old-time Italian and well prepared. The restarant claims to be 100 years old. The food is good, the ambience great and the prices comendable.
Amazing as always. We keep coming back time and time again as the staff the food and the atmosphere are special. I always bring new customers there as it's an impressive place to talk business. Thank you all again and see you soon.
Awesome place to go, a special place to go! Just go and have fun!
Awesome! My husband and I have dinner at victor cafe before. Our brother and sister in law and stepdaughter has not been there. They loved it!!! We will certainly be back again.
Near perfect and will be back. Only wish was that the wait staff was more attentive to my empty glasses at times.
A great night out with our family! The staff was great and the voices were amazing!
You don’t have to like opera to enjoy short bursts of live opera singers! The food and ambiance is spectacular!
Since we love Opera we decided to try this Restaurant by our friends recommendations. Well what a wonderful experience. The food was superb, the wine that was suggested was perfect and paired well with our food. Now, our favorite part was the talent of the Opera singers and when we closed our eyes it was just like being at the Met. We will recommend this Restaurant to our family and friends and can't wait to go back. Thank you for everything Victor's Cafe staff. Please keep up the great work.
Great food and entertainment
Great food, excellent service and talented staff with beautiful voices.
Heard about this cafe and had to go there. From Seattle, staying in DC but drove to PA just to experience this cafe. Met all my expectations! Loved it! Friendly wait staff and such talent! If you’re in Philly this is a must visit!
Such a wonderful atmosphere.
Def a unique and beautiful place.
I totally recommend it for foodies and for music lovers.
I was just amazed by the vibe in there.
Great entertainment loved the opera singing and great service
The wait staff are all serious opera singers and every twenty minutes or so they go through the restaurant singing magnificent arias. It’s a great experience!
The portions were small
We had a fabulous time. The upstairs bar is a great place to gather and have a before and after dinner drink (we did both!). The food is great and the singing by the staff is the cherry on the top. A Philly Gem!
Great place, lots of fun. Food was yummy. Loved the opera singing wait staff.
Best service I’ve had in a while. Friendly cheerful. Enjoyed the Opera as well.
as always Victors was wonderful- been coming here since I was a child .. love love love it
Everything was amazing at the Victor Cafe. I requested for a special song and it was fully fulfilled, great service and great food!
This is one of my favorite places to go. Every time I go to Philly I have to eat at this place. Great and super talented singers you feel transported. I Love it so much
Food was very good and the singing was excellent. It is a great place for a night out.
Me and my wife found this restaurant to be the best dining experience we have ever had. From the excellent food and service to the wonderful live music that was provided. We both loved every minute of it. It was also a bonus that it was used in the rocky movies. But the Victor cafe stands on its own as a wonderful dining experience. 5 stars from us. Love from Ireland.
The Victor Cafe is a warm and congenial restaurant with delicious homemade pastas and sauces. The clientele was mixed--business people, those celebrating special occasions, and families. We were looking forward to the entertainment provided by the waitstaff, and their skilled performances far exceeded our expectations. It was a really special evening!
This would have definitely been 5 stars, but it took 20 minutes for someone to even come over to get our drink order...at 9PM on a Thursday. The food was good, nice, historic atmosphere and the stop for the staff singing opera every 20 minutes is amazing.
If we had had even decent service, it would have been a great night.
A great experience all the time!!!
The music was amazing! Ambiance was great! Delicious food :)
We found this place by accident. What a wonderful gem in Philly! A must do. My son loved the opera (he's 13) which is not his normal taste in music. Great food, songs and amosphere!
Great ambiance! Loved the singing. Each song was the perfect choice and so beautifully sang. All of the staff are very talented. The restaurant is very cozy. But the food took a while to be served.
It has always been a pleasure to bring friends and family to the Victor Cafe. The food is great and the talent of the staff never ceases to amaze.
Wow. The singing...fantastic. pure entertainment with wonderful talent! Food...yum! Italian is not my favorite, but I enjoyed it!
Just don't park across the street. Hidden sign saying loading zone. Pure rubbish of a sign and reason. Ticketed at 6:50. 7:00 is cut off time.
Fantastic singing, food was delicious but portions were a tad small for the price. Great experience though!