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Ralph's Italian Restaurant

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Bella Vista / Queen Village
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760 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2837 (Catherine)
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11:45 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good Italian Food

Been going here for 20 years. Good Basic Italian Food Veal parm, Meatballs and more. The salads are just OK. Not the friendliest host but the waiters are nice. Always a good meal

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been going here for 20 years. Good Basic Italian Food Veal parm, Meatballs and more. The salads are just OK. Not the friendliest host but the waiters are nice. Always a good meal

Thank bondoe
Philaelphia, PA, USA
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was, indeed, a delightful experience once again to revisit that very popular South Philadelphia landmark, Ralph's Italian Restaurant. It seems like I'm gladly drawn to this 100-year-old favorite every five years and absolutely nothing ever changes. Which is perfect. The tiny, always crowded dining emporium is just steps away from busy and fabled Ninth Street outdoor market. It is... More 

Thank Donnyboy1
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ralph's is a must for REAL Italian food in South Philadelphia. The service is great. It's noisy, but the food is terrific. We liked the upper floor because it is reduced with the in and out traffic of downstairs. All pasta dishes are home made. The "gravy" is the best. Everything we have had there over the years has been... More 

Thank Harvey S
Floral Park, New York
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History does not make a restaurant, but the history seems to keep customers coming. Food is nothing to write home about. Italian bread served cold out of the refrigerator, overcooked calamari appetizer, chicken parmigiana that tasted more with bread that chicken, veal rollatini that isn't rolled up with prosciutto and mozzarella inside.Service though was very good. I am from a... More 

Thank M K
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of 13 of us visited Ralph's last Friday evening...most of the group was carb-loading for the Rock N Roll Philly Marathon the next day. We were seated upstairs at the time of our reservation by the very friendly host. The fare is outstanding...classic Italian with sauce that will bring tears to your eyes. I recommend the chicken parm...absolutely... More 

Thank msmonogram
Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff and atmosphere is quintessential south Philly. Great service paired with great food is what. Eating here is all about. We always get the mussels in red sauce appetizer. We've had just about everything on the menu and they are all winners

Thank Larabob
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ralph's is a classic in all respects. The Maitre'd was professional, efficient and very friendly. Service was timely and very professionally done. The food is outstanding. Nicely flavored and very well prepared. The tables are tight but the staff works around them in great fashion. We had four different entree's and all were rated as excellent. We will visit Ralph's... More 

Thank BMH628
Raleigh, North Carolina
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we didn't have a reservation. they were nice enough to accommodate a table for us. place is a CASH ONLY. & was pretty loud. food was good & service was super fast.

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119 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is real old fashioned Italian restaurant. It is popular so I would recommend reservations. Seating is tight. Service is good. Most main dishes are in the $18- $28 price range. Soup and salads are $5-$11. Our carafe of wine was $25. It was fair. I would have preferred to order a bottle from their wine list. We ordered manicotti,... More 

Thank DMMcGW
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Considering this restaurant has been in business in the same family since 1900, this place was a "must visit" on my last trip to Philly. My cousin asked the waiter, "If there was only one food left in the world and it had to come from this menu, what would you select?" Upon the waiter's recommendation, we both ordered the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 760 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2837
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Phone Number: 215-627-6011

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children


Open Hours
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm

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