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.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Saturday 4:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live opera seven nights a week.
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. Coctail 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: 2154683040
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For parties larger than 10, please inquire within.
The Victor Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Food was delicious, service excellent a ...
Food was delicious, service excellent and opera singers were amazing. Will be returning soon.
Not to be missed
Quaint old school vibe Italian. Food was a cut above average, but the singing was amazing. I would go back if they were serving peanut butter and jelly ! Waitstaff were friendly and professional. Our server Jennli (sorry if that was misspelled), is ridiculously talented and charming. Everyone who sang was just great. Can not wait to go back.
Such a cool experience. I had friends i ...
Such a cool experience. I had friends in Philly from out of state (NC) so I wanted to do all authentic Philadelphia things mostly for the weekend. This hit the spot. How neat was it, the restaurant décor was so South Philly, the singers were awesome and the food was pretty good too. Mine was OK, but my friend's cannonelli was SO GOOD. just
The food is incredible. The service is ...
The food is incredible. The service is on point. And what can I say about the singing-- ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
OMG! I don't know when I've enjoyed dining out this much. The food was very good, the service was very good, and the singing servers were spectacular. I had mentioned that it was my sister's birthday and a group of servers sang an operatic version of "Happy Birthday" that she absolutely loved. The whole experience was totally enjoyable and I can't wait to go back again.
We had reservations for 6 O'clock, and e ...
We had reservations for 6 O'clock, and even though we got there a bit early we were able to be seated immediately. We dined on the upper level and were impressed by the singers ability, as well as them being able to include both rooms as they performed. Seems like any table is a good one. My wife had the Prince Igor (Penne in vodka blush sauce with salmon and asparagus, topped with caviar) and it was both unusual, delicious and plentiful! I had the linguini with white clam sauce, it was flavorful, but a bit light on the clams. Overall it was a wonderful evening for a reasonable price considering both food and wonderful dining entertainment! I shouldn't forget to mention the valet parking, a wonderful service on a rainy night in a crowded neighborhood.
The Victor Cafe is such a unique experie ...
The Victor Cafe is such a unique experience. You're just not going out to dinner , you're going out for a dining experience. On this occasion we had two people over the age of 86 and the staff could not have been more accommodating and attentive. It's worth the travel if you are outside of the Philadelphia area and a must-go for those close by.
Great spot! Don't miss this place.
Great spot! Don't miss this place.
Love Victor Cafe. Went with a friend a f ...
Love Victor Cafe. Went with a friend a few years ago... had to bring my sisters back! Ambiance is wonderfully fun--especially for those who have an appreciation for music. Great "experience" restaurant!
I'd seen the clip on channel 3 some week ...
I'd seen the clip on channel 3 some weeks ago and immediately booked a reservation...I've rarely been so well entertained...the service was excellent...the overall ambiance is excellent...the operatic quality of all your servers was so impressive...both as servers and operatic singers...so, I'm hooked on Victor...I'll b back on June 1st with more friends...three plus me this time...
The pros: the singing was wonderful, the ...
The pros: the singing was wonderful, the chicken was tender, the dessert was good, the noise level was reasonable The cons: I asked about an alternative to pasta and was offered vegetables in sauce or oven roasted. I chose oven roasted. My entire meal came out soaking in butter sauce. My husband's pasta dish was also about 2 inches deep in butter sauce. Although the vegetables were crunchy I specifically did not ask for butter sauce and they were swimming in it. We were not offered bread ( had to ask for it) and our waiter never asked if we wanted coffee. Won't go back.
Table for two on second level. Perfect ...
Table for two on second level. Perfect Dinner: split arugula salad, I had homemade filled cannolieini best I ever had Veal dish for hubby... Enjoyed favor but wasn't very warm Bread pudding. Rich, filling but yummy Singing was lovely Come early to enjoy your meal and singers. We arrived at 5:30 and the pace was perfect. By the time we left at 7:30, it was getting very busy. Thanks.
Singers were awesome!!! Food was great, ...
Singers were awesome!!! Food was great, service was excellent!! Super fun place!!!
Food was very disappointing. Entree was ...
Food was very disappointing. Entree was cold. Fortunately the performance and service made up for it.
This is a fun place to dine. Waitors an ...
This is a fun place to dine. Waitors and Waitresses sing short opera pieces throughout the experience. The food is good but not extraordinary. Its a very good place to come with a group because of the varied menu and entertainment. I had the seafood risotto which was underseasoned and more like a soup than a risotto. It was overpriced at $32. There were many choices that were less expensive and may have been a better value.
Fantastic and jenelli was great. All of ...
Fantastic and jenelli was great. All of the staff was warm and friendly from the moment we walked in. Can't wait to share it with more people...thanks!!
This was our second visit and it was outstanding!
My husband and I were celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary and Victor's did not disappoint. We had one of the best two tops in the house and it was busy for a Tuesday night. The table was perfect to see all the opera singers performances. The food is wonderful! I cook all the time and know quality food. Everything was beyond our expectation from appetizer wine(fair priced good quality bottles) entree to dessert. We were curious to see how it would stand up to our first visit which was on a Saturday night. Our second visit was even better than the first. I highly recommend Victor's and can't wait to go back. Whoever is cooking in the kitchen needs to hold cooking classes I would love to know some "Italian Mama" cooking secrets!
Its been several years since I visited The Victor. It did NOT disappoint! Love the lounge upstairs. I heard its been there several years now, but it tells you last time I was there.. Italian bread and pesto gives a warm feel but the real charm is the entertainment! One of them is better than the next. All crazy talented, humble and friendly. I was a regular there for years and moved out of the area. Glad I came back for a special occasion. If you dont like this place there is somethin wrong with you.
Amazing place with amazing singing as in ...
Amazing place with amazing singing as in opera.
Great south philly gem - very authentic ...
Great south philly gem - very authentic cuisine. Service and talent of the staff is outstanding. Great for something different - not just a restaurant. It is worth going a little early prior to reservation to enjoy the upstairs lounge, when opened.
make sure to order dessert.
The food was excellent and I like to break my neck trying to look at all the pictures on the wall. The singing was superb and make sure you hang on to our waitress......Caitlyn. We'll be back!
We went to Victor's for a farewell dinner for a good friend who is moving. It is classic South Philly; the food was fantastic. Upstairs bar is a must-see. Go early and just relax in the upstairs lounge/bar while you wait for the table. Our bartender was extremely knowledgeable about the wines and made great suggestions. When we went downstairs, he was one of the singing waitstaff performers. All of the waitstaff/singers were incredible. Don't go if you don't want to stop your dinner and listen to heavenly music. It was such a treat and made the evening very special.
Very pleased with the ambiance of the cafe, but surprisingly disappointed with the food. Our appetizers were great but the meal itself left a lot to be desired. Vegetables just seem like they were blanched and not cooked thoroughly, but for my main course my date had chicken which was cold, and as for me my steak was not cooked to my specs. For the portion of the meal I thought it was pricey.
The food is good, homey Italian. My h ...
The food is good, homey Italian. My husband's pappardelle was delicious - he is still talking about it. But the best part of coming to Victor's is the singing. Our waitress was so amazing that we waited for one more aria from her before we left, even though we had been finished for some time!
great for special occasion
I took my daughter for her birthday. it was her first experience with Victors. she was blown over by the beautiful arias and the overall experience. food was very good, very flavorful and abundant. I would go back in a heart beat and she would too.
We had a great time in Victor Cafe. We really enjoyed the singing We would definitely recommend that place
Just a Great Good Time
The food's not bad. But, plenty of places in Philadelphia have better Italian-American fare. You go for the musical ambiance. The waitstaff give forth every 20 or so minutes with an assortment of your opera favorites. It's a very entertaining evening that leaves enough time "entre act" to enjoy the company of your fellow diners. This time I was there on a weeknight. It's a little more intimate - though it lacks the energy of the weekend crowd.
Victors is very special and a unique experience.
The servers are all talented operatic singers whose talents are a rare treat to hear. I will return to Victors whenever I am in Philadelphia. Be sure to remind the staff if there is a birthday in your party. You'll never hear "happy birthday" sung so beautifully. They even have some gluten free dishes. Loved the tomato and basil salad, braciole, and the lemon sorbet. I didn't know sorbet could be so good.
You must go here!
Seriously, this was one of my best dining experiences we had in a long-time. Everything was simply fantastic: the drinks we had in the upstairs lounge while waiting on our table (which was ready 5 minutes early on a Saturday night); the food (calamari and clams casino apps, various entrees, and desserts); old-school South Philly Italian restaurant atmosphere; and superb servers who just so happen to also sing opera. Truly loved this place and look forward to a future visit the next time we are in Philadelphia.
You must go and try it out.
I took my beautiful date here and the waiters and waitresses were just amazing. They sing every 15 minutes and besides the romantic atmosphere the food was very good and pretty reasonable dollar wise. I highly recommend it if you want somewhere romantic to take someone.
Some of the best Italian food I have eve ...
Some of the best Italian food I have ever had ( and I'm Italian!). And the Opera singers were amazing!
I love The Victor Cafe. The music was amazing as always and the food was delicious!
A Taste For your Palate and Your Mind
The Victor Cafe provides a perfect dining experience to enjoy delicious Italian food and to listen to incredible opera from your wait staff. It is enchanting and delicious.
Taking friends & colleagues is a shared memory.
I have always taken friends and colleagues to Victor's Café as it is a shared experience that leave them with great memories. Most had never experienced singing waiters and waitresses from many different genres. The food is exceptional. The many pictures on the walls of past performers was a delight for us older individuals which brought back great memories from our childhood. Also, the row house brings a comfort to your surroundings. Irene Wells
I love this place. The food is delicious.
The food is delicious, the service is fast and efficient, the singing is beautiful and I enjoy it every time I go. Truth be told...they have the best pesto on earth, it should be packaged and sold.
The restaurant was fabulous.
My boyfriend and I went to Victor's for his birthday. I have been there several times, but this was his first time. The atmosphere was great. Our waitress could not have been nicer or more efficient. As usual, the singing was absolutely beautiful. He enjoyed it so much, and so did I. The food was delicious and not overpriced for what you get (including the entertainment).
Best restaurant ever! The wait staff sin ...
Best restaurant ever! The wait staff sing beautiful arias every 20 minutes!
The purpose of our visit was because of the famous Rocky films. For my husband's birthday, we took the trip to Philly to see the sites from the movies. This restaurant was amazing. The food was delicious, the wine menu was long, and the service was spectacular. And to put icing on the cake, the staff sung opera! I have never been to a restaurant where that was the norm. It truly was a unique experience, and they all sung beautifully. I would recommend for birthdays and anniversaries or a romantic evening.
Never experienced anything like it! The food was amazing, but the servers/performers were outstanding! Very talented individuals.
First time there. We were visiting from New Orleans. Would definitely visit again if back in Philadelphia
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