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Born out of Robert & Raquel DeAbreu's desire to create a comfortable, welcoming place that served great food at great prices; Sabrina’s Café opened in 2001 serving up now infamous staples like Stuffed Challah French Toast, The Barking Chihuahua, and their Huevos Rancheros. A great brunch spot, Sabrinas Cafe also features creative dinner fare that is just as impressive.

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South Philadelphia, Bella Vista - Southwark

Sabrina's Cafe, LLC

Sabrina's Cafe-Italian Market

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Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Burgers, Caterers, American, Sandwiches, Coffee House, Hot Dogs, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Tea Room

Alcohol: Yes, No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Editorial review from Citysearch

Sabrina's is AMAZING. The portions are huge and trust me, you'll want to try to finish them. Simply the best quality food. Long waits on the weekends but otherwise excellent.



Sabrina's cafe in philadelphia

A must for delicious fresh food! Good service and cute atmosphere.



Good food and even better serv...

Good food and even better service. Great noodle dish but I do wish they would have something better than RC Cola.



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Everything here is delicious

I've been here for brunch (stellar) and lunch, which is equally amazing. The sandwiches are delicious and huge and the parm fries and sweet potato fries are both soooo good. I've never done dessert here, but I will be returning some time to give it a try.

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best breakfast

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consistently good!

Lovely brunch spot in the Italian Market area! Get ready for lines even in the winter but it is worth it! Huge portions - great taste from the overly stuffed french toast to the burgers!



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great brunch spot

This place is adorable. I can see how it's not for everyone, though. I think the last reviewer put it perfectly when he said you'll either think it's quaint and intimate in it's surround, or cramped and claustrophobic. I, obviously, fall in the former category. I'm totally won over by the authentic 50's-type feel to the place, which doesn't have the kitchy over-the-top feel that some diner's have. In keeping with this, they somehow they manage to get the cutest little cat's-eyeglass-wearing-type waitresses around, so if you're in need of eye-candy, this place'll give you your fix. It's been said before, but the french toast is unbelievable. Unfreaking unbelievable. Also, their sweet potato fries are delish (though not as good as Monk's), and their omlette's are fantastic (esp the spanish-themed one...forget the name). You will be waiting, though, if you come on the weekends, but they call you when you're ready to be seated, which is awesome because you're right in the heart of the Italian Market, allowing you to sample all sort of pre-brunch deliciousness in the surrounding Italian deli stores.



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Great place for breakfast/brunch

I wrote my original review on 8/31/09 regarding the caramelized french toast, but I had to edit my review after having their stuffed french toast on three occasions.

If you are in to french toast, you have got to try their stuffed french toast. IT'S GREAT!!! Just to full warn you, it is a lot for one person. My wife and I usually share it when we go. Aside from the stuffed french toast, their omelets are good. We had an omelet with white cheddar, spinach, and tomatoes.

Overall, the breakfast at Sabrina's is great. I wish I could speak about lunch and dinner, but I'm only ever interested in breakfast whenever I go.

The only negatives would be the size of the place. Depending on your taste, you will either view it as small and cozy, or cramped. I view it as the former. In addition, the wait time on weekends is long.



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great food, huge portions

we waited a while to be seated with a group of 6, but the food was worth the wait. portions were gigantic (french toast looked like a small fort) and we all left happy and full



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Great Food

Food is delicious, portions are huge, prices are beyond reasonable. Only downside is the wait but it is worth it.



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GO THERE RIGHT NOW ! That's all I have to say... and that the food is tastey. and one warning ... get there early or after 12. The wait is always long in the middle of the day (on the weekends). The service is very good.
They give you free coffee when you are waiting in the cold.. some people still get cranky waiting though.... I don't now how the servers deal with all of those cranky customers! I'm always happy long wait or short... just as long as i get the special frenchtoast! Thank you SABrinAs!



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great place for brunch

the food is good and the decor is very warming..make you feel at home.
but the serving is bad. The waiter obviously wasn't in a great mood when seating us.



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Best Home-Cooked Hippie Gourmet Food in Town

As residents of Bella Vista, we have been going to Sabrina's since 2004. At first we were turned off by the long brunch lines of urban voyeurs from the suburbs. We finally broke down and went to Sabrina's for early dinner midweek--and have been regulars ever since. The interior decoration is nothing to write home about unless you lived in JP or Brattleboro during the 1970s. The outdoor seating is fun well into October. The burgers are cooked to perfection, the crusted salmon is wonderful, and their french-fry alternative--polenta fries--are out of this world. The fattening peanut butter deserts are sensational--they should have these every night! Forget counting calories for an evening, and try Sabrina's. The flirty twenty-something waitresses will make your husband's fifty-something heart flutter. It's dirt cheap, and given it's a BYOB, two people can get heaps of food for $50.00.



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Lovely brunch spot

My friend took me here, as it's her favorite breakfast place in Philly. I adore it, as she does. There's a great vegetarian menu with plenty of tofu, enormous and delicious french toast, great eggs, the list goes on. The servers are friendly and courteous. In the summer, the outdoor seating is great. I would recommend it to everyone.



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The long wait? = not worth it. The prices? Definitely not worth it.

Ah, the Sabrina's cafe, the original one, nope ,not the one with on callowhill whose pancakes consistently taste salty and unusally gross. Nope, this is THE Sabrina's the one philadelphians rave about. Much to my dismay it was only mediocre. Granted it was a Sunday morning, the wait was almost twenty whole minutes and the only thing that kept me from leaving was A) the hype of the restaurant and B) It was my best friends mother's birthday brunch. After waiting twenty minutes under the unapologetically blistering sun in July (though I was offered water by a nice waitress) we were seated and menus arrived. I ordered the challah $7 French toast with vanilla bean maple syrup. In 10 minutes an average portion of challah french toast with a side of ordinary maple syrup arrived. The french toast was remarkably bland and the syrup was simply average. Keep in mind, according to regulars, the french toast is one of the best items on the menu. However, I was not impressed. The Hashbrowns were mediocre; they were simply hunks of plain unseasoned idaho potatoes which were also bland.



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Beat the Crowd

My husband and I visited the South Philly location of Sabrina's for the first time a few weeks ago. We had the advantage of not reading or hearing too much about it before we actually dined there, so are impressions weren't colored by any outside opinions. We arrived without call ahead seating just after 9am and were seated immediately. In fact, the place had plenty of patrons, but there were many open tables and no lines. Our service was prompt and friendly and the food was delicious. I indulged in french toast and it lives up to its reputation - stacks of fresh fruit and ricotta cheese. I had to take half home because the portion was so large. As the place started to fill up we did feel a little bit rushed to wrap up our meal and move on out.
After reading some of the other reviews here I would suggest that Sabrina's is worth the trip, but to be smart about when you choose to dine there. By the time we left the restaurant at 10am the famous line had formed and people were looking disgruntled. I think waiting for a popular restaurant at peak hours is pretty normal. So, the logical suggestion here: Don't go during peak hours and you'll be sure to have a great experience. Its worth getting up an hour earlier on Saturday.



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Not what you think

I live in South philly, and I have for a few years. 2 years ago i would have told you that Sabrina's is one of the best places to have breakfast in the entire city. This year, the restaurant has gone down hill. There menu looks great, but take a good look at what you order, because it is not what the menu says. They have begun listing off all these great ingredients, but are replacing them with cheaper substitutes. If you have any culinary background, this will be apparent before you even bite into your food. They straight up lie about what is in their food, making this a very unsafe place to dine if you have any food allergies. it also makes them look as if they think their patrons are idiots.The service is efficient and fast, but by no means friendly or reliable. They almost never refill your drinks, usually you have to wave down a food runner or a host. This place has gotten all caught up their reputaion and it has lost it's charm.



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french toast

the french toast is the bomb! enough said!

actually everything is wonderful here and the service is so friendly and quick it makes you want to keep coming back for more!

word of advice, it gets packed on the weekends so be prepared! but even during the off peak hours on a weekday, the place is steady.



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good food but ineffective seating

I?ve been to this location once, and the second Sabrina?s location at 18th and callowhill three times. Each time the food has been great, although the French toast options that people rave about are actually a little too sweet and gooey in such big portions. The plain pancakes are some of the best I?ve had, and the chicken noodle soup is homemade delicious.
My main issue is with their call-ahead ?system? of seating. It worked fairly smoothly at the South Philly one, and the host there was nice. But each time I?ve tried the 2nd one, it has been a disaster.
1st time ? didn?t know to call-ahead, after calling for reservations and being told they didn?t take them, five of us showed up as a walk-in and were told ? hour wait. As we watched many parties seated before us, we kept checking with the host, who finally explained about calling ahead, but still told us we?d be seated soon. 1 hr 45 min later, we were seated.
2nd time ? now we knew to call ahead, we did so and were told 1 hr. Two of my party showed up quite early and were told our table was ready, but they were going to give it away because we weren?t all there. We ended up literally running down the street to be seated.
3d time ? 3 of us called ahead, showed up on time, checked in a few times with the host as we waited and were told he had us, and continued to wait. After a whole list of people were seated, including 3 who just walked up, we checked in again and were told, ?oops, I missed you. We?ll get you the next one.? He did not stop the party he?d just called and tell them there was a mistake, he instead seated them and left us waiting for another 25 minutes until the next table was free. When I challenged the host I was told, and I quote, ?This is not normally my job, so it?s not my fault I missed you.? We never got an apology or acknowledgement of error. Despite the good food, it is not worth facing a ?system? that doesn?t work and unprofessional staff who can?t run the ?system?. We won?t be back.



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where the poor eat like kings!

whether you live in philly or you're in town for the weekend Sabrina's Cafe should absolutely be part of your breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner agenda. a lot of impatient folks will complain about the wait or about their policies regarding reservations. here's a tip-call ahead and get your name on the list. this will cut down your wait time since they don't take reservations. as well they shouldn't! a place with that much turn over cannot possibly operate with every reservation showing up late or not at all (which is ALWAYS the case). Anyhow. onto what's important--the food! The portions are astounding--especially for the price. You will never finish your plate (and if you do it will be your only meal for the day!) The menu itself is incredible-combinations you couldn't dream up on your own but are absolutely worth trying. Locals can't ever get bored with the menu, either, since their long-list of specials make the decision process the hardest decision of your week! If you're picky, don't worry! I am too, and I've never been disappointed and have always gotten something different (and delicious!) They have an incredible tea selection which I would recommend letting any one of the friendly servers pick at random because they're all great! And another thing about the staff--it's the best in the city!!! Especially considering how hard they're working! The atmosphere is eclectic and fun and has a totally positive, uplifting vibe. When you go to Sabrina's you're guaranteed to have a good time and be in a good mood for the rest of the day!!! If your friends or family are visiting Philadelphia bring them here and it'll be the only thing they remember from their trip! A+ (writing this review made me hungry).

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