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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
We had Easter dinner at Victor Café last weekend and it was a truly wonderful experience.
All of the wait staff are opera singers and around every 20 minutes one of them rings a bell and explains what they are about to sing.....incredibly moving ! The food was terrific and there is an amazing cozy cool lounge upstairs. I would for sure recommend this place for dates or a special occasion.
Wonderful and worth a try. How can you miss with opera and Italian dining. The food was delicious and the atmosphere is great. Impress your date with a little opera. It's not quiet and a bell rings about every 10 minutes and someone sings. If it's your waiter/waitress be prepared for a slowdown in service as she leaves to sing...
Brava to Breena who made my daughter's birthday so special! The beautifully sung (and explained arias) and wonderful meal made for an unforgettable night. One suggestion, the only gluten free options on the menu were an entire fish, which the kitchen would not fillet, or risotto. Although the kitchen did modify a chicken dish, it would be nice to have had just one "regular" choice on the menu. Highly recommend!
If you like an aria of opera about every 15 minutes while you dine, this is the place. The waiters and waitresses all take their turn and you won't be disappointed. The food is excellent and the prices are good for the atmosphere. It's in the middle of a high density neighborhood and best to pay the $12 to valet. It's doubtful you can find any parking. The place has been there's 100 years and still run by descendants of the founder. Read the menu for the details.
We had a great experience at Victor Cafe. The food is fresh, made to order and delicious. They have a lovely wine list and delicious artisan cocktails. The singers provide lovely entertainment. It's great for small intimate dinners and family/friend gatherings. You won't be disappointed in this neighborhood gem!
We had not been the Victor Cafe in a long time and decided on this spot for dinner with a visiting relative. It was a good choice. The food was very good and the waitstaff singing opera every fifteen minutes made it special - but still allowed for conversation in between the arias. Highly recommend.
Live opera dining mere feet from your table! It was amazing. The food was very good. The atmosphere was enjoyable- two quaint old brownstones converted to dining rooms for restaurant. Interesting memorabilia on the walls from over a hundred years of opera and music, even a signed poster from Sylvester Stallone. A great experience!
Interesting historic restaurant in Philadelphia. Very original entertainment. Excellent choice to bring friends or business colleagues. Note: Seating is very tight, tables and chairs are historic as well and are tiny. The food makes up for it, very nice Italian cuisine which will hold up to foodie standards.
I went to this place for the first time many years ago and I loved it. I try to go every time I am in Philly. This time I wanted to bring my boyfriend who does not like opera, but I wanted him to have the experience and he loved it. We had to wait a long time to be seated, but it's worth the wait.
Make sure they "check you in". We arrived 10 minutes before our 6:30 pm reservation and were told "we aren't ready for you yet, go to the upstairs bar and we will come get you when your table is ready. After an hour we went downstairs to check on our table, and the very same person who sent us upstairs said "oh, we didn't know you were here".
They did give us a free dessert as compensation.
We have been to the Victor Café several times in the past and wanted to share the unique experience with friends of ours. Needless to say, they loved it! My only wish is that it were closer as we live in Cape May. We will certainly be back sooner rather than later, maybe for my birthday in May. LOVED how they sang Happy Birthday to several tables in our vicinity!!
I have come to this restaurant annually for 15 years, usually meeting family residing in Phila; I presently live in Williamsburg Va. The atmosphere is all about great vocal music of a classical nature, all of the staff are students or graduates of music schools/programs in the Phila area - and they perform during the wonderful meal. The food is flavored by the Italian culture of the neighborhood in which it resides. The food is freshly prepared and simply outstanding. This restaurants ranks in the top 10 restaurants for overall dining experience that I have experienced in my life. It is not just a great dining experience; it is a classical and classy entertainment experience. I will continue to return every time I visit Philadelphia.
Delicious dining, interesting cocktails, and of course great opera voices singing right next to you! My husband got the most stirring rendition of "Happy Birthday" that I've ever heard. My brother's bronzino was the most yummy thing, although my chicken tosca was wonderful. I didn't taste the other orders (ravioli, veal piccata and salmon), but everyone said they were delicious.
Always a fun experience with operatic waiting staff. Need to stick to performing operatic arias though - hits from Broadway shows are NOT the reason people dine here. Wine list modest in range and price. Classic Italian dishes, but not quite as cooked by Nonna!
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