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“A Neighborhood Gem In The City of Brotherly Love”

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
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Ranked #97 of 4,390 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
Cross street: Catherine
Description: Oldest Italian restaurant in the U.S. established in 1900. Still run by the fourth and fifth generations of the original family.
Northeast PA
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A Neighborhood Gem In The City of Brotherly Love”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I'm Italian and not too shy to say I am a very good cook. We've traveled to Italy and have eaten in some very good restaurants. Philadelphia is not our home so my husband I have our favorite Italian restaurant close to where we live. Ralph's cuisine ranks right up there with the best! It is evident someone puts a lot of thought and effort into preparing each dish. Everything was perfectly seasoned using creativity and fresh ingredients. Portions are large and, in the case of the salad, big enough to share. The service was welcoming, friendly and accommodating. It is a neighborhood gem that could easily become a habit if I lived in the area. Ralph's will be my first choice the next time I am in the City of Brotherly Love.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian food at it's best!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

The atmosphere was outstanding as was the food. This is our first time at this restaurant and we will most likely return again. The only complaint that I have is the service at this restaurant. Had to ask for water twice and my wife had to do the same. If they got the service right, I would have given a perfect score for this restaurant. Maybe I'll just get take out next time!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Resortenthusiast78
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Philly PA
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very Good.”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

I am a New Yorker and this was as close to Little Italy as I could get. I order off the original menu after asking the host for recommendations - we did not order the specials. I went for the Eggplant Parm and it was amazing. Our waiter did seem a little pre-occupied. The service was good - our only complaint was that we asked for more coffee and they forgot. Other then that it was a good experience and I would go back again. Didnt mind that it was cash only...not sure about the tax issue that was mentioned earlier we brought our own wine with us.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Kim M
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A South Philadelphia Landmark--always delicious!”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

I've been to Ralph's many times (I grew up in the Philadelphia area), and I've been back with my family and on a date because the food is that good. The portions are pretty generous, and always delicious. One of (if not the) best Italian restaurant I've ever been to. All of the food tastes fresh and homemade. Everything I've tried on their menu has been great, although I find myself going back to red sauce pasta dishes or veal/chicken/eggplant parmesan because they're fantastic. If you're still hungry for desert, get a cannoli!

I'd suggest making a reservation just to be safe. It can get rather crowded, but isn't always.
Also, make sure to bring cash as that's what they take. There's an ATM on-site, though. If you're in the area and want a nice, quaint Italian restaurant with amazing food, check out Ralph's.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank karatejoe922
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Rused Service”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Hard to enjoy your meal when the waiter is rude. Hardly gave us enough time to order our meals. We felt very rushed. The food is ok; nothing special. Only came here because it has been in South Philly a long time. Would not return.

Visited November 2012
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Thank lenlo61
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