The Victor Cafe

The Victor Cafe

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Hours
Sun
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
₹2,672.00 – ₹4,593.00
CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Menu

Antipasti
prices starting at $9
Zuppa Del Giorno (Soup of the Day)
please see today's specials
Victor Salad *
iceberg lettuce, tomato, and hardboiled egg in our house gorgonzola cheese dressing
Caesar Salad †
romaine lettuce, anchovies and herbed croutons topped with shaved parmigiano reggiano
Baby Arugula Salad *
with cherry tomatoes and walnuts in white balsamic dressing
Baked Clams Casino
minced bacon, bell peppers, onion, and herbed bread crumbs
Burrata †
with roasted red peppers and garlic crostini
Fried Calamari or Fried Smelts
with a side of spicy marinara
Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels *
sautéed in spicy marinara or white wine, lemon, butter and garlic
Entrées
prices starting at $17
Pomodoro Basilico
orecchiette with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and fresh mozzarella
Fettuccine Verdi
tossed with fresh spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and romano cheese in reduced light cream
Cannelloni
fresh pasta stuffed with ricotta, spinach and veal, served with marinara and béchamel
Pasta Caruso
chicken livers sautéed in marsala with onions, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes over linguine
Tortellini
filled with asiago and ricotta cheese in pesto sauce with tomatoes, pine nuts and parmigiano reggiano
Ravioli
filled with porcini mushrooms in gorgonzola cream with tomatoes and toasted walnuts
Whole Fish of the Day and Fish Filet of the Day
please see today's specials
Linguine & Clams
served in either spicy marinara or white wine sauce
Prince Igor
penne in vodka blush sauce with salmon and asparagus, topped with caviar
Fra Diavolo
linguine with calamari and/or shrimp in a spicy marinara sauce

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About
Italian Dining with Opera Singers as your server! A family owned, Philadelphia Landmark since 1918. Our singers are all local performers in the Greater Philadelphia area, and represent some of the greatest talent in the country. They provide a unique experience to a romantic dinner, anniversary, or family reunion. Our operatic performances are something you'll be talking about for years to come!
PRICE RANGE
₹2,672.00 – ₹4,593.00
CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles792 reviews
Excellent
563
Very good
183
Average
32
Poor
12
Terrible
2
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

chiontheroad
237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 business
what an amazing place. food is excellent, the atmosphere is wonderful, and best if all, every 15-20 minutes (I estimate), an opera (I assume) singer rings a bell, give a brief introduction of what he/she is about to sing, they are incredibly talented. (I am not cultured to this, as you can probably tell from my description, but I hope you get the idea). the entire wait staff ALL takes turn and sing, not sure how they can recruit this many amazing singers to work here. I came in the middle of something that I thought was piped in from the speaker and was shushed as I walked in. a lot of people come for their birthday, they take Happy Birthday singing to the next 5 levels. I am not from around here, so I did not realize how beautiful and spacious inside can be looking at it from the curb (I almost didn't not get out of my Uber). come, you will enjoy the food and have an amazing experience.
Written 7 March 2020
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Len S
Philadelphia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
As you noticed the title is a play on the cafe being used in Rocky movies. Here we go... Get there early so you can grab a drink upstairs in the lounge. We took this time to enjoy a bottle of Prosecco. It's an eclectic setting with vintage items, velvet furniture and candle light, it won't disappoint. Once you are seated downstairs you get a cozy feeling as seating is rather tight, not unlike a good old Italian Sunday meal with the entire family (LOL). We started off with the arugula salad, then followed up by a pair of special entrees, one of salmon and another of linguine with scallops and shrimp (both were very, very good), then finished off with some chocolate creation, delightful. Now keep in mind every 20 minutes or so you are treated to a 5 minute operatic performance by one of the servers. Each one of the wait staff is a trained opera signer (no kidding!). Even if you have no interest in opera these seemingly impromptu performance will make you go... WOW!
Written 11 March 2020
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Albert P
Jersey City476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Historic and eclectic while being modern and hip, this is the best place in Philadelphia to get real Italian American cuisine. Great choices an d price points with fantastic service and full service bar, its my favorite restaurant in the City of Brotherly Love-they have a valet parking system and a wonderful upstairs area full of ambiance for a wide variety of cocktails. With a good wine list and last but not least classically trained opera singer wait staff who keep you entertained all the time...its a once in a lifetime experience or in my case an every time I visit Philly experience. Can not wait to return
Written 23 February 2020
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Philip1029
Philadelphia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
I lived right around the corner from this iconic South Philly restaurant growing up. My personal experience is that the food is very good and the talented waitstaff is a joy to listen to. Although you may wait a little longer than expected to be seated, you won’t be disappointed. If parking and diversity of clientele is any indicator, this place is a gem. Buon appetite!
Written 5 March 2020
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bukagirl
New Jersey4183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
An old fashioned Italian restaurant full of pictures and opera memorabilia. Had delicious mussels in an excellent marinara sauce and a zesty one on the side, great for dunking! The veal parmesan had another great sauce full of flavor, not gourmet but homemade traditional cooking your grandmother would cook! But the star attraction was the talented staff who sing serious opera every 20 minutes, you will be blown away by their voices. I would recommend and return! You should go!🍅🍽🍝
Written 2 February 2020
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James D
Philadelphia3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Good food, great entertainment and interesting history in this old row house. The food is good and the wait staff are all professional opera singers who periodically entertain with song. It is also the site of the restaurant in the Rocky movie.
Written 12 February 2020
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David Colistra
Croton on Hudson36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Even without the rotating (every 20 minutes) opera performance by one of the waiters/waitresses, the atmosphere is wonderful, cozy, and authentic. Also, our food was top notch. Had the clams casino and one of their signature dishes: the pumpkin tortelloni. Wife had shrimp and scallops with linguine in a delicious fish broth. Walnut pesto served with bread was also terrific (automatic, do not need to order). And all of this is before mentioning the opera. We are not opera fans, but the beauty and power of the waiters'/waitresses' voices were transcendent. Hard not to be emotional listening to them belt out these tunes. Quite an experience. Only thing withholding a 5 bubble rating is that the service was a bit slow on the drinks. The waiters and waitresses were super friendly, informative, and diligent. Just that the trip from the bar was a bit long (and I only had two glasses of wine). Be sure to visit the upstairs where they have a really awesome lounge with couches, a nice bar, and some Rocky memorabilia. Best to start up there with a drink before reservation, but even if you just walk through it after dinner (like we did), you should not miss it. In summary, we plan to return every time we visit Philly. It was that good and unique.
Written 20 January 2020
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Justin U
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
Place was nicely decorated. Valet parking was available for only $12. Service was good, not great, but didn't take away from an amazing experience. Live opera every 20 minutes was sweet. For food, I recommend the Burrata. Probably one of the best apps I have ever had. We got the Veal Chop and Sweet Potato Tortelloni for dinner and both were REALLY good. The sides for the chop were just okay, but the chop itself was juicy and flavorful.
Written 15 May 2021
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Margaret R
Charlotte120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 none
I lived in Philadelphia back in the 1980s, and the Victor Cafe was one of my favorite places. It hasn't changed a bit! We did have a little moment of panic, however, when we arrived. There was a big sign on the door announcing that patrons could not be served indoors without PROOF OF VACCINATION. I had a photo of my vaccine card on my phone, but we had to scramble to get one for my daughter. Fortunately, my husband was at home, so he was able to take a picture of it and text it to me. Waiters are required to check the vaccine cards, so don't forget to take yours along. Open Table didn't make any mention of this when I used the app to make my dinner reservation. One last point: I don't think this is a great place for kids under...say...13 years old. It's an expensive place, for one thing, and the kids sitting near our table were shifting in their seats during the performances. Very irritating and distracting when an aria begins!
Written 6 October 2021
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LoafJugThouTree
Shepherdstown780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 none
The atmosphere's okay. It's not Jean-Georges at the Ritz, to be sure, but it has a vibe that, frankly, is way out of Jean-George's reach. Photos of long-gone operatic heroes. Clippings, somewhat faded in skimpy wooden frames. Take a seat, relax; feel 30 or 40 years just drift away. Order a nice bottle of wine. The list's not huge, but it's nicely varied and priced well within the scope of this Everyman's purse. As for the food, it's okay; mostly red sauce and pasta, but such small portions . . . . if you're used to having mains that weigh about 40 pounds each. Egad! Good for dinner, lunch the next day, and dinner the next day, too. And then there's the service, brought to you by opera singers, teachers, and students. One song/aria every 20 minutes or so. The best? Nope. But okay, and they do know how to serve well. Now, with everything being just okay, how does The Victor do overall? It does what synergy is all about, where the whole greatly exceeds the sum of its parts, because the resto, and the experience it allows you to participate in, are FANTASTIC! One of the best evenings of our trip. Absolutely outstanding in nothing. Just everything.
Written 28 April 2021
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David P
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 couples
We had one of the best dining experiences of our lives tonight while visiting family in Philadephia. Where do we start? The waitress named MARISSA was incredibly charming and delightful and made us feel so special and welcome. Long with that MARISSA is so talented and as with other waiters and waitresses there will sing opera while patrons are enjoying their fabulous dinners. MARISSA sang a song from the musical The Music Man, entitled “Until it was you” and capped the night off. Treat yourself to a dinner at The Victor Cafe and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and float on the enchanting operatic songs. There were 5 sung just during our dinner. Unique and wonderful. A very special night with family. David and Martha
Written 15 June 2022
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katiescarlett71
Easton53 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 friends
I came in from out of town to meet with some friends. Making the reservations online was very easy. The singing was fantastic, the food not so much. I was very disappointed. The salad was terrible with discolored, wilted lettuce ($10). The main dish I got was Chicken Piccata ($26) as did one of my guests. My guest couldn't eat hers at all. I only ate a small portion of mine but to tell you the truth, my local diner makes a much better version of it. For the price you pay for the food, I really expected to be wowed, but alas, it was not to be. On the way home, I got sick. I was sick for four days. Maybe it's just a coincidence that I got sick. The restaurant itself is charming and the waitress was very sweet. Just so you know, on their website it says valet parking in their own parking lot. Well, my car was squeezed into a spot on the street. I paid $12 (plus tip) for someone to park my car a few steps away from the restaurant. I did look at reviews for this restaurant before I made the reservations and I'm really sorry to leave a negative review, but this was my experience.
Written 11 April 2022
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BunkyVA
Keswick412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
We loved this place. Charming old fashioned Italian decor, food is surprisingly good, and of course the talented waiters singing opera and show tunes the icing on the cake. Mostly Italian wine list is very good. Waiters interesting & attentive. You can’t go wrong here.
Written 13 February 2020
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Margaret R
Washington DC93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 none
I had one of the best dinners of my life at this café! And I am a foodie! My two companions said their dinners were awesome as well! After a superb Caesar salad appetizer, I had the most amazing and delicious entrée – I have to say one of the most delicious entrees I have ever had - Dido & Aeneas “Jumbo shrimp & dry scallops in a garlic, butter, lemon and white wine broth over linguine”. My companions loved their dinner as well telling me all was absolutely delicious! One had the Burrata appetizer “With roasted red peppers and garlic crostini” and the entrée Rack of Lamb. The other had the appetizer Roasted Beet Salad “Goat cheese, toasted almonds, field greens and honey balsamic” and the entrée Pollo Tosca “seared chicken breast au jus stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto over creamy polenta”. Along with the superb food we had an excellent reasonably-priced red wine: 2017 Varvaglione Papale Primitivo di Manduria 2017. And the singing!!! Every 10 minutes so, one of the waiters sang a number from an opera. I was stunned at the quality and skill of the singers! I thought I was listening to singers in the Kennedy Center Opera House! Popular melodies, for example, from La bohème
Written 8 November 2021
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michael v
Mechanicsburg45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 none
Thrilled that we could go back. Sat outside but had indoor dining also. If I lived closer I would go every week. Servers are professional opera singers and sing near tableside. They always take my request for show tunes from Le Mis, West Side story etc. (I always tip). On top of that the food is some of the best in this famous food city and very reasonably priced. Romantic and great with friends, Take Grandma!!!
Written 26 April 2021
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