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“Not worth the trip”
Review of Osteria

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Ranked #142 of 4,370 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Wallace Street
Transit: Septa Subway Broad Street Line Spring Garden Street
Description: "Convivial and inviting, Osteria's heart is its open main kitchen from which its award-winning menu of antipasti, homemade pastas, house-cured salumi, authentic Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas, wood-grilled meats, seafood and decadent desserts are crafted. Drawing its inspiration from traditional osterias found in Northern Italy, Osteria is the realization of a dream Vetri Family partners Jeff Benjamin and Chefs Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud had while standing amongst the grapes of the Ca'Marcanda vineyards in Tuscany. Since opening in 2007, Osteria has become one of the country's most critically acclaimed Italian restaurants, receiving a 3-out-of-4 bell review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and earning Chef Michaud the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for "Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic" for his work helming the kitchen."
New York, New York, United States
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Not worth the trip”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Located in North Philly, so driving is a must if you are in Center City. Nice decor, nice crowd. Food was average. Had the poussin which was dry, and came with a weird sausage mash. Also portion size was tiny - another half poussin was required.

Visited October 2012
Thank Kevin O
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Food and service was some of the best I've ever had! I can't remember our server's name, but she was extremely attentive and her product knowledge was outstanding. Dining at Osteria is a must if you're in the Philly area!

Visited November 2012
Thank Mina A
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2012

good location--great decor--good variety of food--all that we had we really liked----we were 6 people, so we tried lots of different coices

Visited November 2011
Thank jeveloff369
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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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119 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Mmmmmm....good food!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We decided to take our foodie son out for a special dinner to celebrate his 19th birthday and his last weekend home before leaving for college. We hoped to treat him to a special meal he would thoroughly enjoy. Osteria did not disappoint. The decor is lovely and very comfortable. The food is delicious, exciting and truly memorable. The service was friendly and professional. I think the neighborhood is fine and they do have valet parking. It was definitely the right choice for our son's special night.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Eileen G
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Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2012

While in town for an international conference and after reading several reviews we chose to dine here. From our arrival to the final course we found the service to be flawless, every course of our meal was outstanding, and the wine list was impressive. We dine out frequently, both in the States and abroad, and Osteria really stands out as one of the finest dinners we have had in recent years. Highly recommend!

  • Visited September 2012
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