The Victor Cafe
1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 468-1745
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, French, Cafeterias, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Above Average
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07/28/2010Provided 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!!
04/23/2010Provided 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!
03/13/2010Provided 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.
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...
07/01/2008Provided 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.
05/29/2008Provided 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!
04/24/2008Provided 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.
04/10/2008Provided 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.
04/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Last Saturday night me and my boyfriend wanted to try something different then just a restaurant, so we went to victors where there was live entertainment while we dined. I was first excited to see they had Valet parking in South Philly then when greeted by the hostess (who was all smiles) I was ushered to my table that I had reserved earlier in the week and was ready for me when i got there. My server neat and respectful also an amazing singer started us with cocktails and appetizers which I got a vanilla martini that was great and the Caprese and Mussels Red.. yum!. The portions were perfect . Then my main course the Tortellini took my breathe away the sauce was delicious and I found it to be really fulling that i even had leftovers. The opera singers gave me chills there voices were beautiful at the table or on stage. After ever good dinner we followed with dessert .. a warm piece of molten chocolate cake . need i say more .. and I was impressed by there large selection of herbal teas since Im not a coffee drinker. All in all this place was great , quint atmosphere , delicious food, and live opera entertainment . We Will Be Back Again!
02/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I drove about 2 1/2 hours to get there last week. I found the place was where they filmed Rocky so I was excited to see the place. The food was ok but overpriced, I walked out of there about $70 bucks for one person. The manager was nice had to give him that. But the waiter I had was a bit on the snob side. When I was seated at the table for 4, the waiter came over about 5 times and never bothered to clear the remaining glasses, dishes and silverwear, so I was swamped by the whole thing. I had the most expensive piece of meat on the menu and asked them to cook it rare. There was no problem with the cook, but the waiter I think purposely didnt pick it up because when I got it the entire plate was ice cold.
I tried with all my abilities to try to be nice and all but I got nothing but a snobby attitude from him. What got me the most was that they filmed Rocky 6 there and when I walked in to the place, no one thought about it or you wouldnt of ever thought they filmed Rocky there. When asked about it, I got the impression they didnt want anything to be filmed there. Out of the entire place and there's about 5 different rooms, there was one poster hidden upstairs in the corner of the room that Stallone signed. You'd think they'd have more pride or respect then that.
But in my experience I would not drive 225 miles round trip to visit that place again, I wouldnt go to that place again even if I lived nearby. Very poor service, but it had nothing to do with the manager. The quality of the food was so so and its high priced. But if your looking for a small place to have desert or coffee, then you might enjoy it because the staff sings opera which I found to be nice.
01/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I brought my son and daughter-in-law here last weekend for my son's 35th birthday and we had just the best time. We got there about 7:45 or our 8 o'clock reservation and they seated us right away. We had the Clams Casino and the Caesar Salad to start- both were really great. For dinner we had the Filet Maria (Oh My God is all I can say- it's like you die and go to heaven - the mashed potatoes!) and the Dido and Aeneas (like seafood pasta) -Delish! and I forget what my daughter-in-law ordered. For dessert I HIGHLY suggest the Warm Chocolate thing- it's melty gooey chocolatey goodness. Also had the tiramisu- it's big! definitely enough for 2 people to share. Last but definitely not least: The Singing! Wow. Just wow. The waiters sing a beautiful opera song every 15 minutes and basically bring the house down. Come here for romantic dinners, birthday parties, or any old thing- just come.
01/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
First- The whole staff are so sweet and helpful- they went above and beyond in accomodating my handicapped fiancee.
Second- The food is awesome. I had the Filet Maria- I reccomend it to anybody who likes a tender piece of meat and some of the best mashed potatoes iIve ever had.
Third- The singing. One girl actually brought tears to my fiancee's eyes with her song. It was really beautiful.
All in all a great evening. Thank you, Victors!
10/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This was my first time at the Victor Cafe - I had avoided it for over a decade, fearing that the music would be cheesy and and the food mediocre because of the emphasis on the music. We went for a child's birthday. The service problems recounted in the most recent reviews seem to have been cleared up - there was no problem with our reservation, we were seated promptly, and served well throughout the meal. The waiters do let you linger, which was lovely for such a small space (it was a week night and only the main room was in use). The waiters were also the kindest I'd ever encountered, and I've eaten in a huge number of restaurants - perhaps the kindness comes from being treated with respect (because of their musical abilities). I would have expected them to have attitude, and they did not. The music was pretty good - the 3 selections we heard were well chosen, not the least bit cliched, and beautifully sung. The waiters had good voices and great technique, and managed to integrate serving and singing which can't be easy. As far as the food goes, I was also pleasantly surprised. My husband noted that his dish was heavy on the cream and cheese, but then again he did order the tortelloni. The Victor salad was large and really yummy for being a green salad (perhaps it was the Gorgonzola and chopped egg garnish). The squid in my linguini fra diavolo were tender, delicious and plentiful, and the sauce had some serious heat and good flavor. The pasta was well cooked. I tasted a friend's pasta with chicken livers and it was also delicious, the livers tender. The spumoni was elegant and light, the pistachio creme brulee also elegant despite its bright green color.
So - all in all, I was very pleasantly surprised and will not hesitate to return. It was pricy, but the entertainment really was first rate and the food delicious.
08/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I was only in Philly for the day, wanted some South Philly Italian and found Victor's on this website. It was FANTASTIC.
We ended up ordering all of the specials that night. Homemade fettucini with a creamy crab sauce, Tilapi in capers and butter, shrimp and scallop puree filled ravioli in saffron cream sauce. Everything was delicious. The pistaccio creme brulee is a must. The house Chianti was great, too.
All of the wait staff are Opera singers in varying stages of training. One waitress had ""several advanced degrees in Opera"". She'll give you goosebumps.
The restaurant sits in the middle of a street of row houses, you'll think you're lost at first. Plenty of street parking was available (and $10 valet).
08/01/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I and 10 friends went to the Victor Cafe' last Saturday night.. I've been going there for about nine years now, no one else had ever been. I can honestly say that it was as good as it has ever been. I was a little nervous about bring these frinds after reading a few less than flattering reviews that were wrtitten recently. However, our table for 11 people was waiting for us as soon as we walked in at 8:00 PM, our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and my meal was excellent. In fact, everyone in our party had a great experience. I can't help but wonder if the negative reviews were written by local competitors trying to disparage the Victor.
Perhaps my only criticism is that the music was a little bit loud and a few of the singers were somewhat difficult to hear. I recall that in previous years the singers would move around in order to give everyone a better chance to hear their voices. Other than that, we had no complaints. I'd still highly recommend the Victor Cafe'.
06/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We visited the Victor Cafe a couple of weeks ago.
We ordered the Victor Salad and the Calamari, which were delicious! Best Calamari I ever tasted!
We all loved our main dish, and the dessert. It was a birthday celebration, and the waitstaff put a sparkler in the dessert and sang happy birthday. What a lovely surprise! The singing waitstaff were all wonderful; and we enjoyed the arias. Our waitress, Alexis, was very friendly and courteous.
We will be back! Thank you for a memorable evening.
05/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Just a bad night all the way around. I have to laugh now, since there's nothing I can do, or did the owners offer after our visit to what myself and friends now refer to ""the night at the zoo"". Our reservation was 'lost', then we waited with the madam victor (apparently an elderly woman is the zoo keeper). After that torture we we squeezed at a diner like boothe that was the most cramped I've ever been in any restaurant. Our server (apparently didn't want to be there either), since she was absent except to take our order with several mistakes, and collect her money. The singers were good considering the music was so loud we could barely hear them.
At least we (friends), have a story that we will laugh about for years to come.