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Gran Caffe L'Aquila

1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132
+1 215-568-5600
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gelato” (285 reviews)
“carbonara” (26 reviews)
“arrosticini” (8 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132
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Reviewed today via mobile

Food and service could not have been better. We have a child with numerous food allergies and the server and kitchen were amazingly helpful with accommodating us and prepared her a safe and fabulous meal! The server Andrea was knowledgeable and informative regarding the history...More

Thank Amy m
Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved the food at Caffe L'Aquila. Make sure you sit upstairs and don't be put off by the steel stairs leading to the upstairs dining areas. The food is really good. The waiters are attentive and maybe a little over the top, but they are...More

Thank D2TFam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was actually recommended to me while I was in Abruzzo, Italy, by a man from L’Aquila. I’m absolutely thankful for him, because this was hands down the most authentic Italian meal I’ve had outside of Italy! From appetizers to main dishes to the...More

Thank Lauren B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Philadelphia a few days ago. We loved this restaurant so much that we went two nights in a row. Both times we had excellent service and the food was amazing. The staff went out of their way to assist us in every...More

Thank gloriaspyropoulos
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely cafe in the heart of Philadelphia just a few mins walk from One Liberty. The food and coffee are good. They also serve ice cream made just upstairs. I found the service a bit choppy though. They jump straight at you and don’t leave...More

Thank Maija_SN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I organised a meal for eight of us, only a couple of hours before. We were given a long table in a private corner of the room, and had a very friendly waitress looking after us all night. We decided on sharing arancini, pasta with...More

Thank Moses H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me say that when you can make a gelato taste like parmagiano cheese, you have my attention. We visited for lunch about two weeks ago. We were seated downstairs and promptly greeted by the waiter who offered water and the menus. The selection of...More

Thank Saverio P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not one of those people who loves gigantic portions of food. So Gran Caffe L’Aquila was just right for a hearty dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. We each had a pasta dish and shared a serving of roasted asparagus. The gnocchi was served with...More

Thank Laurie P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Gran Caffe after a long day of travel. The server, Ken, was very personable and attentive. We had the fried artichokes, calamari, gnocchi, eggplant, rice balls, chicken parmigiana and finished it all off with some amazing gelato. Each dish was better than...More

Thank Jtw-ny
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our first trip here and it was so very good! The appetizers were delicious, drinks great and the entrees and gelato sublime. The standout for me on the great and varied menu is the savory food/gelato pairings. The carbonara has an italian bacon gelato that...More

Thank Patrick C
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Eileen N
November 18, 2017|
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Response from BESegal | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is on the 1700 block of Chestnut St. There is meter parking all around the restaurant on Chestnut Street, 16th, 17th, and 18th street. There are parking garages nearby too. There are several on Samson Street... More
May 27, 2017|
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Response from bk-mom | Reviewed this property |
Don't know- they have an upstairs which may be big enough. We only ate downstairs.
February 6, 2017|
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Response from Ballrob | Property representative |
You can buy Gift Cards on the Gran Caffe L'Aquila website and have them sent right to your house.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-568-5600
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The first U.S. Caffè from an award winning cast of Gelato artisans and coffee artisans Stefano Biasini & Michele Morelli. Come early mornings for espresso & gelato made in house. Come back for lunch to explore an extensive food and wine menu in Rittenhouse Square.
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