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- South Philadelphia, Bella Vista - Southwark
The Victor Cafe
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Cuisines: Mediterranean, French, Italian, European, Diner, Continental, Cafe, Omelets
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Posted: 7/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
the only con for me - is that if this restaurant was a byob it would be the best. but thats just me. the waitstaff is very attentive, knowledgeable, come back often to check on you. AND of course, the reason most people come here - because the watiers and waitresses are all trained opera singers! they are amazing and it is so much fun! the portions are large and the food is very tasty. during the week, there is never a wait and it is not too noisy or crowded. the prices are a little high - but not when you consider what you are getting! def. a place to take the relatives when they come to visit. and this is the restaurant Rocky owns in the lastest Rocky movie!!
Posted: 4/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I chose to go to this restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary based on the good reviews found on the internet.
We were greeted warmly and seated promptly when we arrived. I got the impression that the hostess was probably one of the owners.
We were greeted by our waiter an placed our drink orders. Then 20 minutes passed. No drinks. Or bread that everyone else seemed to have. Our waiter passed us many times and did not even make eye contact. 30 minutes after we were seated, he finally took our order, forgetting to mention the specials. Then we our beverages arrived. The only reason we got bread was because the hostess happened to pass by us and noticed that we didn't have any. Sadly, the bread and pesto dipping sauce was the highlight of our dinner.
After 15 or so more minutes, we had to ask for our appetizer. The waiter then offered to refill my husband's drink and never returned. His co-workers picked up his slack and it was noticeable. Pretty much everyone in the restaurant waited on us but the waiter.
The food was OK to good, but we decided to skip dessert due to the terrible, slow service. Maybe the waiter was having a bad night, but he didn't even notice how forgetful and inattentive he was being.
The singing was also pretty good if that's your cup of tea.
The place had potential to be good. Unfortunately the terrible service ruined it for us. If the food was amazing, I could overlook a little bad service. It wasn't TERRIBLE, just ok... I will not go back here or recommend this restaurant to others. There are so many other choices in Philly!
Posted: 3/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The opera singing waiters make it much more than a dinner. We celebrated my fathers 80th birthday here and brought along our 11 & 13 kids. The short little interludes break up the dinner and make it a night out not just a nice dinner. The owners didn't know us at all but made a special effort to accommodate us.
Posted: 12/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Was in town from Texas, visiting a few friends in Philly and we had the pleasure to dine at The Victor Cafe. Absolutely incredible dining experience and a very unique atmosphere. The servers take turns belting out beautiful opera songs every 15 minutes. The food was GREAT as well. We eat out alot, and have all over the world, and our Victor Cafe experience is certainly up at the top of our dining experiences!!
Would make for a great date place as well...
Posted: 7/1/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Where do I begin? My dining experience at Victor Cafe was nothing short of spectacular. I took a date there a while ago on the recommendation of a friend. This is a place where ""Grammy,"" who incidentally is pushing 90 years old, spends the entire day in the kitchen concocting new specials with the freshest ingredients available. When your server decides to break into song (which he or she will), the music may enchant you as much as gazing on the black and white photos of all the opera stars and celebrities who have patronized the restaurant over the past 80 years. If you are lucky enough, the current patroness, the latest in the family line, will come over to your table and charm you with her beauty, grace, and wit. Especially good for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations, the staff will welcome your party as if you were a guest in one of their own homes. My pasta was perfectly cooked - not too soggy as is so common these days, and the chocolate cake melted in my mouth. When the check finally comes, you are assured not to want to leave - I stayed long enough that I was afraid to overstay my welcome - but true to family hospitality, I was never made to feel that way. Though I live in New York City, I look forward to the opportunity to return again - and for the right occasion, I would make a special trip just for the dining experience. BEWARE: there are other places nearby that claim to have waiters who sing opera, but don't be fooled: Victor Cafe is the original.
Posted: 5/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had no idea what to expect when I decided to attend the Victor Cafe. A colleague of mine had recommend it a s a must see when visiting Philadelphia. Not only was the service perfect, but the staff's incredible singing talents blew us away. The food was excellent (get the filet, it was ridiculous) and the overall ambiance is something that will stay with me and my guests for a long time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Posted: 4/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I are longtime Victor's patrons and I agree with the above poster- there are a lot of new faces among the staff at the Cafe.. but I have to say- it's great! To be honest, I was getting a little tired of hearing many of the same arias each time we came, but my wife loves their Filet Maria and so we went last thursday night. To my total surpise I heard all brand new songs! Our waitress did a gorgeous version of ""Summertime"" and one of the busboys sang a beautiful aria that was so sad my wife and I were totally drawn in by his performance even though we don't understand Italian and then he sang a note we couldn't believe- High C??? The new staff are definitely younger but they share the same dedication to classical music and great service that their predecessors had.. Also, I recommend trying the cheesecake- it's new on the menu and the chef does a great job of keeping it very light and smooth.
Also, it was one elderly couple's anniversary and the staff made a big deal of announcing it to the restaurant and even got the couple to get up and have a dance together with everyone watching. You could tell their kids were really touched watching them dance- it was a really nice moment.
Posted: 4/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Victor's several times with my date. When I took my girlfriend over the weekend, I was shocked to see so many new faces. The singing was not that great. The food was just ""ok"" - but not great. What happened to this once popular restaurant? I would have to say that I was disappointed. I may return in the future.