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Upstairs at Varalli
Ranked #1,886 of 4,356 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
NJ
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Outstanding Restaurant”
Reviewed January 6, 2008

My wife and I have dined at Upstares at Varaillis numerous times. Their standard menu selection is excellent. It is supplemented with interesting daily specials. The Lobster Ravioli and the Sauteed Sea Bass are excellent. Ask for the Lobster Cocktail as an appetizer. It is a special, but is almost always on the menu. Huge chunks of crab ! The wine selection is good and reasonably priced. The waiters and waitresses are very knowledgeable and helpful. There are large windows on two sides of the restaurant. When making reservations be sure to ask for a window seat overlooking Broad Street. Since it on the second floor it is great for people watching while you eat. The location is perfect for the theaters, the Academy of Music, or the Kimmel Center, which are across the street. The staff will ask if you are going to a show and make sure you are served in plenty of time. The sister restaurant Sotto, while a little more lively, is downstairs and is also very good ( they share menus) with a nice jazz band.

I would definitely recommend Upstares for pre-theater dinner or a nice romantic dinner.

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“Excellent food and service. Nice menu, but a bit heavy on seafood items. Nice view of Broad Street and the Academy of...”
Reviewed January 4, 2008

Excellent food and service. Nice menu, but a bit heavy on seafood items. Nice view of Broad Street and the Academy of Music from just about any table.

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“good dessert.”
Reviewed November 21, 2007

good dessert.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great food! Great Service!”
Reviewed December 2, 2006

My boyfriend and I dined here prior to our 8:00 show at the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. What a great experience. It is much more romantic than it's downstairs sister restaurant (Sotto Varalli - though this looked chic and fun). We had a variety of fresh oysters to start; be sure to try the champagne sauce! Salads, though not included with an entree, were very large and fresh. I had the lobster ravioloi with herbed cream sauce. One word: heaven. He had the braised short ribs and said they were the best he's ever had. Our waiter, Ed, was excellent and offered helpful suggestions with wine pairings with our meal. You HAVE to try this restaurant. Be sure to go hungry, since they serve very hearty portions.

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