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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
This was our 2nd visit to Victor Cafe. Understand we live over 200 miles and about 4 hours away, but this was for a 'Foodie Trip' to celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary. As classical music lovers, and a long-time choral singer, I particularly appreciated the professional vocal talents of these moonlighting opera singers who likewise graciously waited at table. The space is intimate and our food was cooked to perfection.
You can't beat Victor Cafe for a fun night out. It's especially good for a first date or a situation where people don't know each other well, because you can discuss the singers and all the music memorabilia around you. Service is outstanding. Food is good, not incredible but solid, and the experience more than makes up for it. Glenside Gourmet
My veal picatta was the best I've ever had. Better than in Italy! My wife loved the Linguine with calamari sauce and is still talking about it. The ice cream with mini cannoli was amazing. The baked clams casino not so good - a tad sandy. But our waiter was the best. And the art song she sang by Claude Debussy was beautiful and alone worth the visit.
LOVED Victor Cafe!!
What a great place. Food was amazing, I had the tilapia with crab, my husband had a special meatballs, met spaghetti, our daughter had vege risotto and love it all. The wine was spectacular - tuscan red...and the music throughout dinner - singing waiters and waitresses, one was better than the next. The final desserts didnt dissappoint either - lemon sorbet and a cannoli our daughter would not let us taste! We will be back!!
Wonderful experience. If you are a music lover, this place is a must. The food is terrific, but even better are the gorgeous arias performed by the servers. I got goosebumps more than once. If it's your birthday, they will sing to you opera style- very impressive. I noted in my OT reservation that it was our anniversary and they made an announcement to everyone around us and played the Anniversary Waltz in our honor. Can't wait to go back!
Visited on Saturday 6-17-17 with my husband and parents to celebrate Father's Day. We arrived early for our reservation and enjoyed drinks in the upstairs cocktail lounge. It is beautiful and cozy as it is bathed in candlelight and has music playing. We heard a lot of great Sinatra songs. Dinner itself was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. The singing wait staff is unique. Each of them had wonderful powerful voices. It basically is a dinner and opera all in one. I was is awe of the talent. I will be going back next time I am in Philly. I highly recommend the Victor Cafe.
Victor Cafe is an old standby that is great for an introduction to opera and a decent Italian meal. For appetizers, the Caesar salad was very good, but the mussels in white wine were just fair. The veal Picatta was much better than the veal Saltimbocca. The warm chocolate cake with vanilla gelato was very good, however, the coffee was not served hot enough. Also, the Pinot Grigio was now a quality wine and should have been served colder. Overall, a nice evening with great entertainment, but just an average meal.
Unfortunately, from the beginning, there were a number of issues with the service that was received on our end. We were running late (accident on 95) and got to the restaurant. They stated they had called my phone, which I never got a call or message, and they had given away my table. We got seated at a table with a time limit on how long we could be there and made the most. This was not really an issue but it wasn't okay seeing as I actually never received a phone call.
When I booked the reservation on open table I stated that we were there for a birthday. When I confirmed the reservation with the restaurant they even explained to me what they would do for the birthday. Now when we were at the restaurant, I even made a point to confirm with the hostesses, prior to desert, that they had informed the waitress of the birthday and they stated they had. Deserts came out and there was no singing. This was so disappointing seeing as I was there for my mothers birthday and I wanted to night to be great and her to have a special day. I went to my waitress to see what had gone wrong, and as I was talking to her the hostess walked by. I made a point to say something to her and her responses was "ohhh yeah....".
This was beyond disappointing and I can say I will not be back here anytime in the near future. I had not been back here in a while and I wish I had not gone to celebrate my mothers birthday because this was a big let down.
The Victor Cafe is the ONLY restaurant I will bring up out of nowhere for my friends and family to hear about. Every 15 minutes or so you are serenaded by one of the employees, all of whom are classically trained singers. Its a simply magical experience! Fantastic for special occasions!
My fiance, her roommate from college and myself went here for dinner on a Friday and it was GREAT!! The staff are extremely friendly, attentive, and excellent performers. The restaurant is very nice inside and I would recommend, before or after dinner, grabbing a few drinks at the candlelit lounge/bar on the second floor. Overall the experience was fantastic and we will be back again.
We wouldn't miss the opportunity to visit the Victor Café whenever we're in Philadelphia. We lived there for almost ten years and I never went until we moved to Wisconsin however it is now one of the events I look most forward to when we go on vacation and can get back to the city. Best for continued success.
The calamari appetizer was excellent. Roasted red pepper amd calamari was an excellent bite. The braciole was the best I ever had except for Vivian's (my gf). The meatball had perfect texture, the Italian sausage had a perfect amount of heat. The gravy was authentic. The custard for dessert was perfect. The arias were expertly sung and the employees could not have been nicer nor more responsive. Love this place.
Cafe Victor was a delightful surprise to this thespian wannabe. Operatic pieces sung by the very talented waitstaff provided delightful moments throughout our dining experience. The entire staff from the hostess, the bartender, the waiters and management worked together to create a happy and memorable evening. The food (!) was tasty too!
Had family in from CA and my aunt discovered Victor Cafe a number years ago. I went once before with her but haven't been back since. I don't get the opportunity to get into Philly too often. It was really nice to rediscover again. Food, ambiance and service were great and the wait staff breaking out into tune throughout the dining experience is a real treat. Especially enjoyed listening to our waiter Steven! And for the first time, I found out there is a great bar/lounge on the third floor! Next time we will be sure to arrive early to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail! It feels like the Victor Cafe is a best kept secret but it has been around for a very long time --and I can see why!
Always an outstanding meal, ambiance, super friendly and polite staff, upstairs bartender (John? So sorry!) extremely knowledgeable and helpful with wine selection and pairings (and he sang too!). Our server Iris was so friendly and helpful and made the whole night that much better....enjoyed watching her switch from gracious server to lovely opera singer! Such a neighborhood gem that I keep coming back to and bringing my NJ friends to experience my hometown charm! My boyfriend is already planning his father's bday dinner there this summer! Victor Cafe always delights the locals and the Shoobies! Thank you for another perfect night!
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