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“Fantastic Experience”
Review of Vetri

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Ranked #74 of 4,388 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: 13th Street
Transit: SEPTA routes C, 27, and 32 stop at Broad and Spruce Streets. SEPTA route 23 stops at 12th and Spruce Streets. PATCO High Speed Line stops at Broad and Locust Streets as well as SEPTA's Broad Street Line. Regional Rail stations are located at Market East (11th and Market) and Suburban Station (16th and JFK).
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Fantastic Experience”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Extremely good food. Impeccable service. Relaxed atmosphere.

It's a fixed menu, but the kitchen had no problem tailoring our plates so that if you didn't eat meat, you still got something delicious.

There is no pretentiousness here. It's honest, good food made out of exceptional ingredients.

The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable, and our server was perfect.

Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“The best meal of my life”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I have been trying to get a reservation at Vetri for years, because it is so exclusive and in demand. Finally, we were in luck this weekend. My husband, myself and our two friends were bowled away by our dining experience. 6 out of our 7 courses were beyond extraordinary, and the one last one was good, just not great. We did the wine pairing as well, which was delightful. This restaurant is also extraordinarily expensive, but if you are lucky enough to be able to afford it, you will not begrudge the bill.

All 4 of us have eaten in many great restaurants here as well as in Europe. We all agreed it was the best meal we had ever had.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Sisa
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Quite an Amazing Meal”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Was it absolutely perfect? No -- like a fine rug, it has to have a few flaws. One of the sauces could have used some salt, and a couple of the pastas were more to the gooey side than they should have been. But other than that, everything was very very tasty and beautifully presented. It's weird not to choose what you eat in a restaurant, but it works because everything is so good and you get to share. The staff is very attentive and very knowledgeable. But the place is noisy when full, which apparently it always is. Costs a fortune and you get a feast for an Empress.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Jim L
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
227 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“"We will make it up to you"”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

We made a reservation well in advance to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday on the actual date. About one hour before we planned to make the trip from central NJ to Philly we got a phone call from the restaurant that they had no power. We were extremely disappointed. The manager said to us they would get us a table for a different day and make it up to us. My husband was quite specific in saying they should really at least give us a free dinner. We decided to go another night. The meal was delicious but when we got the check it was for the full amount. That put a very bad taste in our mouths. My husband called the manager the next day and was told the owner didn't think it was worth anything. If that was the case we were owed a phone in advance to make our own decision. Our very special dinner was not so special.

  • Visited June 2013
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Torrington, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“Outstanding Food”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

My wife and children recently had dinner at Vetri to celebrate my son's graduation from Med School. We were looking for an exceptional experience - and Vetri delivered! We were all far more than satisfied by our meal. The chef's tasting menu is the only option and we put ourselves in the hands of our server to select dishes for each of us. For our party of six, for each course (with the exception of desert which were all individual) we were given 3 different dishes so that we could share among the group. And we did. The consensus top choice were the sweetbreads with farro cream and rhubarb. Simply amazing. If I were pressed to find something to improve upon, it would probably be related to the pace of the meal. Four of our party selected the grand wine pairing and it seemed as though the wines were arriving a bit too quickly for us to be able to fully enjoy each individual wine. Even so, the meal took well in excess of two hours to complete. If we had selected a bottle or two (or even three) of wine, the pace would have been fine. The atmosphere was a bit on the noisy side as well, which made it difficult at times to clearly hear the food/wine descriptions from our server. But both of these issues were relatively minor.

This restaurant is far from inexpensive and so is best reserved for very special occasions. It is worth the money! Reservations are an absolute must and best made as far in advance as possible. (They are only accepted two months out.)

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Tom_W1216
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