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La Viola

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center West
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253 S 16th St Ste A, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3350
+1 215-735-8630
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I and our friends had a marvelous meal here. The veal was spectacular and we cut it with our fork. Service was top notch. Will definitely come back.

Thank Rich424
Georgetown, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant off the beaten path. Waiters speak Italian and food was authentic Italy with large portions. Make sure to bring your favorite wine and they will open for you since it is BYO vino.

Thank Susan C
Elkins Park/Philadelphia
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coming reservation-less near 6pm, the manager and wait-staff genuinely went out of their way to find a table for the two of us just before the main rush filled the room. Having changed dinner plans at the last minute, we were without B for this BYOB...but an enterprising waiter brought a glass of wine for each, with a half-bottle, all... More 

Thank jstritz
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106 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The food was very good. However, seating is extremely tight. We were to be seated in corner and asked to moved. All seats are literally next to another. Two other parties asked to moved after we arrived. On a personal note: I like a relaxed atmosphere when I eat. The manager began to drill down the greeter during the description... More 

Thank Quaker1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Made reservations during Restaurant Week so the crowd was expected. It was evident that the wait staff was experienced because every table was filled and you could feel the organized frenzy. Our food was delicious......you didn't feel like you were being given lesser choices bc of RW. La Viola is a Philadelphia staple.......

Thank Denise J
Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Very so so, would not go a second time service was good food was mediocre at the location we had dinner they did not except credit cards which we were unaware of fortunately we had cash

Thank rutz4114
Peoria, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Party of six. Food was average. Waiters and staff left a great deal to be desired. Portion size average. Wine overpriced. At end of meal waiters told us we had to leave, because another group were coming in for wedding rehearsal dinner . They rushed us out of the place, even though there were other empty tables nearby. There are... More 

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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We go to La Viola each time we are in Philly. It did not disappoint again. The service and food are both great. It is BYOB with no corking charge. Reservations are recommended. There are 2 dining areas across the street from each other, we have only been in the original. The tables are close and small, the room filled... More 

Thank Goingplaces1953
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Happened to come across La Viola tonight for a quick meal that turned into an Italian Gourmet Experience to the max!! Best Italian food in and out of Italy!! Great value for money and every one (of the four) courses was first class! Plus it's a BYO restaurant that charges NO CORKAGE!! (in Australia you'd pay $10-$12 for the privilege... More 

Thank PWMediaServices
Bellmawr, New Jersey
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We visited this restaurant for restaurant week and upon our arrival found it to be mobbed with people inside and out. We entered and approached the hostess to confirm we were there for our reservation and she told us to wait by her stand for a few minutes. A few minutes turned into 45 minutes to be exact. The restaurant... More 

Thank Greatcritic1978

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 253 S 16th St Ste A, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3350
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-735-8630

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?