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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)
215-627-6011
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 126
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The food and ambiance are wonderful

The food is real Italian and not "Merigan"! You get to enjoy it all with the ambiance of 9th Street in South Philly. It worth the trip.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
mogul486
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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295 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food is real Italian and not "Merigan"! You get to enjoy it all with the ambiance of 9th Street in South Philly. It worth the trip.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I don't even know where to begin, other than worst dining experience in my life. First off the host was just flat out rude, when I tried asking for a different table, like I had 2 heads. I knew instantly that times have changed at Ralph's. No longer a family establishment, just another run of the mill tourist attraction. So... More 

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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144 reviews 144 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Terrific old school. You feel like you are eating with your family. The place is crowded and if you want a private conversation you should go elsewhere. HOWEVER if you want awesome Italian food you need to come here. Their meatballs remind me of meatballs your aunt or grandmother made when I was a kid. Put this place on your... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I grew up in a very Italian home. If we were having pasta and sauce, the sauce was homemade and had been on the stove for 4 hours before the meal. I've tried a lot of Italian places in multiple cities, and this is the only one I've found that compares. I had the lasagna and my date had the... More 

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New York City, New York
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148 reviews 148 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

During our short stay in Philly, I'm sorry we went to this place since there were so many other choices that would have been better. Our hotel concierge recommended this place. We told him about our experience afterwards, and he felt bad. My fettuccini alfredo was really disappointing. Broccoli rabe was overcooked, that was a real bummer because there was... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Fantastic--they seat you in a seemingly century old room, mostly with local families from the neighborhoods in South Philadelphia. Great waiter, no nonsense, got the drinks and wine to the table pronto. Good size portions, all tasty.

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Parkville, Missouri
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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We had Sunday lunch at Ralph's. I ordered spaghetti and meatballs; my wife had veal parmesan. Both meals were enormous. I didn't try any of hers, as I had my hands full with mine. The sauce was excellent, very much like my Italian grandmother taught me to make. I also liked the meatballs. I think they were a combination of... More 

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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The food was very good...it was very crowded, we were seated on the 3rd floor which wasn't ideal for my 82 year old mother...the service was excellent though.

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Choiseul, St. Lucia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I have eaten at Ralph's several times over the past several years, and although I try various Italian standards, I always gravitate back to the Mussels. I prefer the red gravy. It has a wonderful garlic and basil undertone that make the heaping bowl of fresh and succulent mollusks almost breath taking. Now, I just get salad, bread and mussels,... More 

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Hammonton, NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My husband and I were taken here to celebrate our Anniversary by my parents. Reservations are a must as it's very small and intimate inside and gets busy! There were four of us dining that night. All of us absolutely raved about our meals, along with one appetizer and dessert.(We had two chicken dishes and two veal dishes) In spite... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 760 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2837
    (Catherine)
  • 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, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm

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