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“Good northern Italian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Varalli Restaurant

Varalli Restaurant
231 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5303
215-546-6800
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Ranked #308 of 3,843 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Locust Street
Description: Residing in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City, Varalli Restaurant reflects the elegance and artistry of its Avenue of the Arts location. A dining destination for over 24 years, Varalli Restaurant is conveniently located within a few blocks of the Convention Center, major hotels, theaters and arts venues. This restaurant boasts playful decorative accents that give each dining room the distinction of a chic gallery featuring whimsical oceanic sculptural details and a unique illuminated glass fusion mosaic. The menu’s Northern Italian and Mediterranean-style seafood dishes are works of art in their own rights and promise flavorful distractions.
Baltimore, Maryland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Good northern Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We had an excellent dinner here. Bruschetta was excellent. Braised lamb shank was very good and lots of meat. Generally solid food

Visited November 2012
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pa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Wow..what a meal !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Went to dinner after matinee show sun eve. The host, waiter, busgirl could not have been nicer & warmer. Quite refreshing from some other upscale snobberies. The restaurant decor itself is very nice & the back circular booths are beautiful & divine. The meal was spectacular. The special appetizer was a crab,avacodo, mango cocktail (served in large martini glass) was almost too gorgeous to eat but was delicious with lots of crab ! I had seafood risotto & my mom had veal piccante..we both raved and were very happy with our choices which was hard as there were some very appealing choices on menu. For dessert :Tiramisu & creme brulee..yummy! Our waiter was so attentive & helpful. Best dining experience from start to finish Ive had in awhile. Definately will be back!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wilmington, Delaware
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210 reviews 210 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Service was great along with the food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We went to Varalli's for dinner before the concert. In the past service would be slow and I would get stressed as it got closer to curtain time. I made the reservation for 6PM and we had a choice of tables by the waterfall window. By 6:30 it was nearly full, so earlier is better for a relaxed meal.
I had seafood risotto which was spectacular. My husband had branzino which wa perfectly cooked. He also had a "contorno" of wild mushroon polenta, a generous portion.
For dessert he had mango sorbet and I had a tartuffo.
There wasn't a single thing I put in my mouth that wasn't wonderful.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westchester, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Delicious and Attentive!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Words alone cannot describe the relaxing mood of the wood-fired hot tub and manicured grounds. We'll see you next year!!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Delaware
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great staff, service & food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Had dinner with friends. Host was very friendly & courteous. It was restaurant week, & we had no reservation, but we got seated immediately. The servers were very friendly & prompt. The food was delicious, starting with the Soup du Jour, it was Butternut Squash, & one of the best we've had!
Our 3rd or 4th time here, & we will definitely come again!

Visited October 2012
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