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“Fun dinner!”
Review of Osteria

Osteria
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Ranked #138 of 4,351 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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."
NJ
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Fun dinner!”
Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

The food was great. My kids, whi can be picky, had pizza while we had the roasted pig special. The chocolate flan dessert was delicious. The staff was extremely attentive & friendly. Definitely was recommend this restaurant!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“A Return Visit Well Worth The Trip”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We hadn’t been to Osteria for awhile, so, we decided to give it a try on a recent Friday night. My dining partner felt her first time there didn’t give her the full Vetri experience – she had what she described as a wonder prime rib dish. And while Prime Rib isn’t just Prime Rib, well, you know what I mean. She wanted to try something that might be more of a signature dish. We started with the roasted vegetables, which was a special that night although our server said it was a special every night. Wonderful. A mélange of fresh winter veggies ranging from beets to brussel sprouts to cauliflower to peppers. That’s just a few.

I had as a main course the rabiola francobolli, which were described as postage stamp sized ravioli. It was served with mushrooms and fresh thyme. It melted in your mouth. She had a pasta special, also in a mushroom sauce that was slightly creamy. What was amazing about both dishes is that they could have been very rich and they were not. I had a couple glasses of a wonderful Barolo to accompany my meal. She had a Dolcetto D’Alba. Both were perfect with what we ordered.

Service was attentive and friendly. Parking can be a little bit of a challenge but we got lucky finding a spot just up the street. You could go the Valet Parking route but that seems a little pricey at $12.

This is the third Vetri restaurant we have visited and give these three abig thumbs up (Vetri, Amis and Osteria). Vetri is very pricey and special occasion-oriented. Amis is probably the best of the three in terms of value because of the small plates approach. But don't shun Osteria. You can make it a good value, as we did.

  • Visited January 2013
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Dubai
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115 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Fantastic Meal”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I'm usually back in Philly once a year and this was my second time at Osteria and it was just as good as the first! We had a table of 4, however, another friend joined and they pleasantly shifted us to a larger table (this was on a Friday night at 8pm as well)! I always have to start with one of their pizzas as it's amazing! I had the special Ravioli (last time had the wild boar) and it was fantastic. Average per person came to $60 and that was with a couple glasses of wine, a couple apps, and an entree- for a great ambiance of a downtown restaurant, I'd say that's about as good as it gets! I can't give it a 5 for 5 as those are hard to come by- but Osteria is certainly close!

  • Visited December 2012
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Hemet, California
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116 reviews
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“food was the only thing that salvaged this meal”
Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Let me start off thef ood quality. Food was absolutely amazing, could not have been better. Pizza parma for app and rabbit haead ragu pasta. Now i will get to the part that made we want to scream. We were seated, waitress came over, we knew we wanted a specific appa and ordered it. She would not put it in until our other party member returned from the restroom and heard the specials. We told her regardless we would like the pizza put in and she argued with us until the other pary came to the table and she proceeded to go over the specials. Once she was finished she started to walk away to which we stopped her and asked, now the third time, for the pizza to be ordered. She again did not want to, now stating she wanted the entire tables order to be given to her at one time. We were a table of four,nothing over the top. After this we put in our entire tables order to satisfy her. Then while filing our water she spilled it on 3 out of 4 of placesettings, never apologized or atempted to even wipe it up. This continued the entire night, it was almost comical, except for her attitude. It was as if she doing us a favor by being our waitress. She had no communication skills and came off extremely short and cold. The we ordered desserts. We ordered a chocolate flan. Once recieved it was a chocolate molten lava cake. I let the waitress know it was not what was described and she started arguing with me about what an actual flan is instead of just taking it back. Once i told her i was not going to argue with her she took the item back. She then returned to let me know she took the flan off as a coutresy. Here attitude at this point was more than i could take. She asked if anything was wrong and i told her i did not appreciate the argueing and that she should be more personable. To which she goes on a rant about how she had been trying to accomodate us all night. I just let her rant and walk away. She came back and said she took off al the desserts for the table. I assume she realized she was a bit of brat the entire service and wantec to save her tip on the 300 meal. If it werent for the amazing food, i would never go back here again. The real kicker is i flewi n from california for the holiday and took my inlaws here as a treat. They were equally apaulled at her behavior as well.

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Washington dc
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68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The poor man's Vetri!”
Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

One of Marc Vetri's creations, you won't go wrong at Osteria. Large, open restaurant that is warm, inviting and full of energy (and kind of loud). Staff is spot-on and knowledgeable. The food is creative and the menu has touches of the infamous Vetri (linguine with white truffles, gnocchi in brown butter) menu, but stands on its own as well. The salumi plate had 5 distinct and interesting meats, both pork and beef. And the Cobia and swordfish were both cooked perfectly. A variety of gelatos and other tempting sweets round out a tasty meal.

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