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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 my first visit to the Victor Cafe and I will definitely be back. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic, a little slow at times but it was a Saturday night and they were very busy. But the singing by the wait staff just made the night perfect, the way that they tell you about the song before they sing with a little bit of humor at times was just great. Everyone in there has an amazing voice. I had a beet salad with gorgonzola cheese that was delicious, their homemade bread with the dipping oil was also a nice touch. To top it all off, they all gathered around me and sang Happy Birthday to me like it has never been sung to me before.
Kaitlyn was wonderful. This has always been my favorite restaurant (and we always bring out of town guests here) and we took my in-laws there for the first time and they LOVED it. It really made their trip to Philly worthwhile. A requested arias was even performed/sang for my mother-in-law. It brought tears to her eyes. Thank you Kaitlyn for making our/her night!
What a great place! Even though we expected it to be wonderful, it was above our expectations. Great atmosphere, stylish interior, food as tasty, as it can be. And REAL Opera singers, that do their magic right in front of you!!! Wanna go there again, and not once.
A terrific experience at The Victor Cafe once again! Well worth the drive from South Jersey. The bartender at the lounge bar, John, was terrific, even providing us with a history of The Victor Café. Our server, Shanley, was outstanding! She was sweet and very attentive and what a beautiful voice she has. Kudos to John, Shanley and to the entire staff at The Victor Café.
This was my first visit back in about 35 years...and was as pleasantly impressed as I'd been years ago. The food is authentic Italian (this is South Philly after all!) and the added entertainment from the Opera students is quite impressive. Our friends were awed and said they'd have a hard time topping this for our next night out!
Soyons clair, si vous souhaitez sortir de l'ordinaire des restaurants peu chers, ou BCBG, trendy et autres tendances, alors venez-vous faire plaisir en cet endroit sorti du temps...
Une cuisine italienne délicieuse et fabuleuse, un service attentionné et efficace, une ambiance sans pareille, avec une surprise que je vous laisse découvrir, mais qui, à elle seule, vaut le déplacement...
Beaucoup viennent pour le resto de Rocky, dont il ne reste aucune trace, tous repartent avec les yeux brillants, emplis d'images, de sons, et de saveurs...
Si c'est votre anniversaire, et/ou de mariage, faites le savoir à l'arrivée...
Prix: $$$ sur $$$$$
Bien à vous et viva l'amore...
My wife and I had not been to Victor for more than 21 years, before we were married. We have lived in DC for the last 16 years. We went to celebrate our 21st anniversary and our visit exceeded our expectations. We knew that the staff all sang opera (or in one case a selection from My Fair Lady), and they were all terrific. Our server, whose name I don't have in front of me (but who comes from Havertown and went to Temple University) was terrific. She was attentive but not intrusive and genuinely seemed to enjoy making our visit memorable. The icing on the cake was our dessert that we ordered, an awesome zambaglione, she topped with a candle, called the room's attention to our anniversary, and played an Al Jolson waltz, inviting us to take the floor, which we did.
My experience with Victor both past and present as to cuisine is mixed. My wife had a seafood picante which she really liked. We enjoyed an excellent Italian wine, wonderful caprese, and the incredible dessert. My veal picante had a bit less flavor than I would have liked but was still very good. Another nice touch was lots of Italian bread with the requisite oil with basil for dipping, but also butter for the oddballs like me who prefer it.
All in all it was a very memorable evening, thanks to our wonderful server and the overall ambience. We look forward to returning. Another note is that prices were reasonable. Most entrees were in the low $20's and even the best steak was only about $36. We appreciated the specials, which included our dessert. This is a wonderful place to let your thoughts wander across the sea to Italy, to enjoy your meal slowly in the Italian way, and if you just happen to go on your anniversary, drop a hint and enjoy an anniversary waltz.
Absolutely brilliant! Any rocky fan would love this place, be sure to check out the upstairs bar with all the rocky memorabilia. If you are not so much a rocky fan you should still check it out. The opera trained waiting staff are amazing! Service can be a little slow but with the singing you don't really notice and it's not necessarily a bad thing. We had a great night and enjoyed every minute.
This place was outstanding. I'm no food critic and believe me I don't have a sophisticated palette. But, I enjoy my fair share of Italian fare, like the usual Maggiano's or Bucco Di Beppo, even Olive Garden.... Can't say I've had a bad meal at any of those places. But, the Victor Cafe took me right back to two weeks I spent traveling in Italy the food was like being back there. I can't say that about the others. It was authentic. Bravo Bravo
I have been going to Victors for over 30 years. Never, ever disappoints. I bring customers from around the world to Victors and they all look forward to Victors when they return to Philly. Great for date nights too. The décor, food and drinks are tops. But nothing beats the opera singers who also wait tables. They not only sing but also act out the scene. Great combination that makes everyone an opera lover. If you've never been to Victors, you must go once. After your first visit, you will be hooked.
Just delightful. Great food and drinks. All the waiters and bartenders are trained opera singers. During dinner we probably heard 5 solos including our waitress. I chose a glass of red wine that I ended up not liking. They replaced it with glass of a different red that I liked. No charge. The place has a great vibe. Inspiring. We will go back soon.
The Victor Cafe is unlike any dining experience that I have ever had. We chose The Victor as our final dinner for one reason and that was because it was the film location of Adrian's in the Rocky franchise. The food and wine selections were impressive but the highlight of the evening was definitely the talented waitstaff. Their voices, their service, and their personalities were second-to-none and their arias were simply amazing.
I have been there several times but it has been a while. Took my niece and her fiancé for a celebratory dinner. This isn't your normal place, it is truly an experience that all should try. Not everyone is into Opera and it isn't over done but a nice twist to a nice dinner out.
I highly recommend it.
A very special dining experience. I came with my roommates as our last meal before we would end up on different continents. We mentioned this on our Open Table reservation and we're so glad we did. As we were leaving, the waiters sang a trio song that means "safe travels." We were pleasantly surprised - actually, ecstatic. Not to mention the food was good and the service was very attentive. We ordered the Prince Edward Island mussels in white wine, linguine with clams in spicy marinara sauce, linguine with clams in white wine sauce, and Prince Igor penne with salmon and caviar. Since I'm lactose-intolerant I was able to replace vodka blush sauce in the Prince Igor with marinara sauce. The restaurant also has vegan and gluten-free and is flexible for your dietary needs.
For dessert we had the moscato custard and warm chocolate cake with gelato. The moscato custard had an unexpected foamy texture, and encompassed that sweet, characteristic moscato flavor. The warm chocolate cake was comparable to a lava cake. Also, at $34 per person after tax and tip, this special experience was priced quite reasonably.
Be prepared for a relaxed and slow meal. We spent three hours here listening to the waiters sing arias and birthday songs. For one couple that was celebrating a wedding anniversary, Victor's has a tradition of playing an anniversary waltz song and inviting the couple to dance. So lovely and cute.
The second floor is also a cozy jazz lounge with a bar. Also, the restaurant has been around for almost 100 years and one woman celebrating her 90th birthday hadn't been here since the 1940s. I'll definitely be back for special occasions with special people.
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