The Victor Cafe
PLEASE NOTE: Multiple reservations made for the same party cannot be seated together. To book large parties that are not available by default on OpenTable, please contact the restaurant directly.
Sundays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursdays 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Upstairs lounge and bar open Friday through Sunday
The food, service, and singing was amazing. As Santa Fe NM Opera enthusiasts, my wife and I thoroughly lovey the exoerience!
Cudos to all who made our night wonderful!
Music + Food + Service = A truly wonderful experience!
I LOVED THIS PLACE! I mainly dined here for Adrian's Cafe in the Rocky franchise but after learning a little bit about the history of this place, it grew on me even more! It used to be a record store and famous singers would dine at this location. All the waiters are trained opera singers! I was able to hear 2 of the singers but what I heard was breathtaking, made me stop-eating-my-food great! My waiter, Tyler, was nice and helpful with my decision making in food and explained what was being offered to me! Great atmosphere as well. There were pictures all around of famous people and had an Italian ambiance. Thank you!
The food and service are amazing! The upstairs lounge is a cool spot to hang out in before and/or after your meal.
It was everything we hope for- the food was great the singing was impressive
Our waitress, Lucille (?) from Argentina, was fabulous. Both for her service and her stunning singing voice!! And the food was fabulous, and an especially excellent value given the talent that was lavishly on performance!
A tasty and entertaining experience. Friendly staff and good wine list.
Accommodating to different requests.
A place not to miss when in Philly.
Amazing restaurant- the ambience, the opera singing, the food- everything was great! This time we even got a parking spot right across the street.
From meeting in the bar for pre-dinner drinks to the meal to dessert.
With entertainment in between, excellent place. Food was great.
Loved every second
Wow. We had such a wonderful, memorable evening. I left the comment "Celebrating a wedding engagement" on my Open Table reservation and said nothing more. The dining experience was just outstanding. When the desserts came there was a candle in my daughter's, along with a "Congratulations" from Aubrey. We all thought that was great. But then a waiter dedicated a love song to them. We were all holding back tears, it was so beautiful. Thank you so very much!
Great singing talent, attentive staff and good food!
We were there to celebrate my daughter high school graduation. Food was delicious and very pleasant atmosphere. A lot of of historical pictures on walls. I have learned that Rachmaninov was there. I would recommend for every occasion and without any occasion. Thanks.
Longtime Philly resident. Have been meaning to go here for years. Finally made it here with my wife and daughter who was in from out of town. The food was superb. I particularly loved the clams casino. The operatic entertainment was excellent.
I will be here again when my son and daughter in law are in from out of town in the next few weeks
We had a great night celebrating my dad’s birthday! He’s always wanted to go here and was not disappointed. Great food. Great service and amazing vocalists!
Great service ,Good food.Nostalgic atmosphere.Terrific singers.Overall great experience
My wife, a Rocky fan, and I had gone for the experience and our first wedding anniversary. I didn't have any expectations, but was totally blown away by the atmosphere, food, and staff.
There were several beautiful soprano arias sang during dinner; however, there was only one tenor aria. Overall, it was terrific. See you next time.
Great night. Service was wonderful and the opera Aria’s were outstanding.
The food, atmosphere, service, and performances of wait staff was EXCELLENT. We couldn't have found a better place to fete my mother in law's "60th"Birthday.
The best meal with entertainment in all of Philadelphia. And to think we wouldn’t have known a thing about it if it hadn’t been for our Uber driver the day before. Well done
Honestly it was everything that I expected it to be after reading all of the wonderful reviews. The quality of the singing exceeding my expectations, and the ambiance was cozy and fitting, and the food was delicious and worth what I was paying. The two of us split an appetizer, two entrees, the lemon sorbet dessert, a cappuccino and an espresso. The total was about $91
First time visit , everything was excellent will be sure to return
I live in NJ and when I come to Philly I always go to Victor's. I love the entertainment!
Fabulous entertainment & delicious food!
Fantastic - this is a very special place. Perfect evening
Great night out with my wife and family. Excellent service and ambiance. Our server Rachel was amazing.
Old school, old school, old school. A classic South Philly italian, tucked into a residential neighborhood. Classic menu with some surprises (fried smelts!), and opera to boot. Much fun!
A must do in philly , we had no clue what we were in for but it was great
Every 15 minutes another member of the staff sings a beautiful aria! It’s so cool! The food is delicious 🤗
This was my first time. I highly recommend the restaurant for special occasions - especially birthdays. Food was great - Opera singing added to the special occasion.
The opera singing was wonderful. And the food was excellent. The restaurant does not try to jst get people in with the singing.
My only complaint is the lack of frequency of the singing. It is advertised as every 15 to 20 minutes, and the average time between was closer to a bit more than 25 minutes.
Victor Cafe is always a wonderful experience, great food and fabulous entertainment. Try to get there at least once a year.
Truly a unique Philadelphia hidden treasure, although I hope you are an opera lover. The high energy singing wait staff are truly a treat, and sing without amplification, which is my definition of a singer. The place has been here forever, and I wish it another forever! Never disappoints!
Have dined at the Victor Café several times. Always excellent. Love the exquisite Italian cuisine served with a side of opera. Outstanding talent of singers. I live in Georgia and visit once yearly in Philadelphia. The Victor Café has become a tradition for my "adopted family", the Catholic Sisters.
For a century, patrons have been coming to The Victor Cafe to enjoy opera -- first as a gramophone shop and for the past 40 years for the singing waiters. An operatic solo every 20 minutes is wonderful, and the Italian specialties are perfectly prepared too. Generous entres, delicious wines, exciting performances -- and valet parking in this neighborhood gem. Make a reservation and come celebrate. It's hard to beat a small chorus of opera singers wishing you a "Happy Birthday" as it should be sung!
The Victor Cafe is always a great night. The voices were amazing. Don't forget to visit the upstairs lounge, Adrian's. It's quaint and a great place to have a drink before or after dinner.
My husband and I really enjoyed everything about this place...highly recommend going there. ..
We will be back again. ..
Thank you for a memorable evening <3
Gina and Jimmy
This is one of the most unique dining experiences I've ever had. Recommended by a friend, we made reservations and sat at a tiny little table in the back room on the ground floor. I was there with my aunt on a girl's getaway to Philly. The food was delicious - I had the crab stuffed ravioli with saffron cream sauce which was of course rich and comforting. We shared some crostini and a salad for appetizers as well. And I just had to take a cannoli to go, as I was too full to eat it there, but it made for a mighty tasty breakfast. The real draw and thing that will take this from just a great meal to an unforgettable experience was the opera. And when I say opera, I mean opera. The voices will bring tears to your eyes. And they are your servers so you have a good rapport with them already and then they just unexpectedly burst into this opera. Our server, Y'annelle was this amazing soprano and I'm not kidding - her voice is just so powerful, yet effortless. You're not allowed to film them at all while they are performing so this is just a memory I get to keep for myself, which kind of makes it nice too. They perform solos and together as a group. This is the one place I actually wouldn't mind being sung Happy Birthday to (and there were several). I don't know if this is just a place for them to make extra money while they are trying to make it as performers or what the deal on that is. And the place is bigger than you think it is too - there's a whole upstairs that is worth checking out. It's nestled in a cute little neighborhood, off the beaten path. A real gem.
Second visit and again not disappointed. The food is delicious and the wait staff is friendly and talented.