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- General Info:
- Residing in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City, Varalli Restaurant reflects the elegance and artistry of its Avenue of the Arts location. A dining destination for over 24 years, Varalli Restaurant is conveniently located within a few blocks of the Convention Center, major hotels, theaters and arts venues. This restaurant boasts playful decorative accents that give each dining room the distinction of a chic gallery featuring whimsical oceanic sculptural details and a unique illuminated glass fusion mosaic. The menu’s Northern Italian and Mediterranean-style seafood dishes are works of art in their own rights and promise flavorful distractions.
- Extra Phones:
Phone: (215) 546-4200
- Payment method:
- all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
- Center City, Avenue of the Arts South
Upstairs at Varalli
- Italian Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Parking: Garage, Street, Validated
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Posted: 8/25/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The food here is outstanding and more importantly it is consistently that good. I think they have had the same cook for a long time and it shows. You always get a consistently good meal here. The bartenders and wait staff are good too. The one major negative of this place is the fact that the owner lingers around his staff and patrons. He is almost obtrusive. My wife and I have noticed this on multiple occasions and it is creepy and awkward. We had an interaction with him once and it was extremely uncomfortable. He has horrible people skills and should probably let the restaurant run itself. He is a detriment to the overall experience there. If you can get in there when he is not around, you should have a great experience!
Posted: 11/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We are planning our rehearsal dinner and had to work with Brian their events coordinator. Well he took days to return a call or an email (3-5 days). Then when we wanted to come in and see the space that we were going to be in (6pm during a weekday during their normal business hours) we were told that no one could show us the room. Huh??! Brian told us that only a maitre'd works and he would be busy showing people tables and would not have two minutes to show us the space of where our rehearsal dinner would be. Wow talk about horrible customer service! We decided to take our business elsewhere. We have no desire to eat here ever with customer service like this. Good luck to you if you even attempt eating here-you'll need it!
Posted: 2/2/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I'm a bar person, which mean I am huge lush, but rather when I go out I always sit at the bar. Fine dining resaturants right down to diners. I just always feel relaxed and able to enjoy the atmosphere. Here are some of the reasons that I love Sotto Varalli A. that it's a great place to people watch, B. it's some great yummy food. C. some of the best bartenders in town! Seriously these guys can slam it out! Varalli's is primarily a theatre restaurant, which gets people in and out in time for their shows. The bartenders do it all with such flair and humor! I have gotten a two course dinner and coffee within 45 minutes, it wasn't pretty but they got it done! On Friday and Saturday nights there is a jazz duo that are wonderful. This bar is friendly and unpretentious. really enjoyable.
Posted: 10/2/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I were so excited to visit this establishment. The food was ok, our waitress was very nice, but in a city as big as Philadelphia, you would think that they would honor a parking garage to validate a ticket which was right next door. I was never so humiliated in my life. This restaurant is not worth going back to. The ambience needs help and I didn't feel the same as when I was in Capitol Grille. Not the same at all. I will go back to Capitol Grille again and again. But not this place, ever! Very insulting.
Our third time in the restaurant. I received a promotional birthday certificate and we decided to give it another try. First, I made reservations for the Upstairs section of restaurant and was even added a comment when I made my reservation. Once again, my petition was ignored because they were only sitting people in first floor. The restaurant is missing something, it doesn’t have like an own soul, a character. The decor is more like a diner-seafood place rather than Italian. The air is empty doesn’t give us special feeling towards the place. This time food was good: I had shrimp dumplings and the Shrimp and Crabmeat linguini, my wife soup of the day and Carbonara Rigatoni. Our waiter was very good and knowledgeable.
We went back thanks to the birthday promotion. Food was great as well service. Very disappointed that again they didnt seat us at Upstairs despite I made the reservation there and even wrote a note. Restaurant misses its own soul and feels empty.
Posted: 5/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was just in Philly for Memorial Day weekend and went to this restaurant on Saturday night. It seemed like a nice place to enjoy the evening and watch the live jazz musicians who were EXCELLENT.
I ordered a skirt steak and my wife had the free range chicken. These portions were so small that I could have eaten both without a problem and I'm not a big guy!!!
Portions are like appteizers.
If you go here eat before or plan to eat after as I did.
Posted: 5/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
- extremely sloooooow for food to come out
- host and servers are courteous
- decent food
- FOOD POISONED!
I took my wife to this restaurant for her birthday.
After being seated and ordering our food, it took 30 minutes for the appetizer to come out.
We thought, no big deal.
We ordered fried calamari, and it turned out to be overcooked, and really tough and dry.
We also ordered salad, but after waiting another hour, nothing comes out, so we canceled our salad and just asked for the entrees.
By the time our entrees came out, we had waited another 1 hour since we received our appetizer.
Although the entrees tasted good, by the time we got home, my wife knew she was food poisoned.
Unless you have 2 1/2 to 3 hours to spare and don't mind being food poisoned, don't come here.
Posted: 4/5/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food was wonderful, the restaurant was clean and had a soothing decor. We had a great dining experience. The seafood was the freshest I tasted and the fruit was perfectly ripe. I would highly recommend this restaurant to family & friends. I can't wait to go again!
Posted: 2/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Have been coming to this place for years and always love it! here's our routine...Friday nights, get there at around 8 or so, try to skip the Theatre rush, grab a seat at the bar, have one of the bartenders specialities, an Espresso Martini (yum), then get a table near the jazz duo. Have a relaxed dinner listining to the great music, then back to the bar for some coffee and dessert. waddle to a taxi. Our waitress on the last visit, Jennifer is amazing, so sweet! If you haven't been back in a while, go back!