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Ralph's Italian Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Bella Vista / Queen Village
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760 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2837 (Catherine)
12156276011
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11:45 - 22:45
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:45 - 21:45
Fri - Sat 11:45 - 22:45
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New Jersey
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant in celebration of our anniversary. We were seated right away - that was nice. However, the waiter did not smile. He did not make eye contact. He quickly took the order - but no eye contact during the entire dinner. What a sad experience on such a happy occasion. The oldest Italian restaurant in the... More 

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Stockholm, Sverige
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74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though there weren't many vegetarian options I managed to find some really good pasta. The restaurant was very popular and crowded the Saturday night we were there, and it was a genuine and relaxed atmosphere to the place. It's not a fancy place, more a traditional Italian restaurant that seemed to cook the food with a lot of love.

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Thank karolina_x
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94 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The oldest Italian restaurant in the U.S. is worth the visit. Very quaint and cozy, food was delicious. Veal Parmesan and cannoli cake was fabulous. Definitely worth the drive. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thought food was good and service was great. Wine selection was also great. Small tables but that is what makes it a nice restaurant

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Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
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115 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Ralph's does it old school and it's a great experience. We had a group of four and loved everything. Antipasto was great for sharing. The long hots were killer hot. Our entrees - veal parmesan, homemade pappardelle, and 2 chicken dishes were all very good. The veal and pappardelle were the best. We also shared desserts - tiramisu and cannolli... More 

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Galloway, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Ralph's always is a go to place for us when in Philadelphia! They are consistently excellent ...I love the leftovers just as much as the original meal! The veal is so tender it melts in your mouth!

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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232 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We were referred here by neighboring diners on a prior evening and it was very good, but truly, traditional dining with traditional recipes of Italy. We enjoyed the veal parm, lasagne and a seafood pasta. Everything was very good, but it's traditional. Nothing interesting here, but good. Tight space, good service, and I enjoyed getting a carafe of wine. I... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Personally I was not impressed with Ralph's. We made a reservation for 10 ladies and they did seat us immediately but the service was very slow -- even though the upstairs dining room was quite empty. The food was so-so and I've definitely had better Italian food at many other restaurants. I ordered the sausage and peppers and the sausage... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Oldest Italian restaurant in the US (open since 1900), rich in history and still hitting the mark on classic Italian-American dishes. Go for classic pasta dishes (lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, gnocchi) and meat dishes (veal piccata, chicken parm) -- don't expect cutting edge or noveau cuisine. Highly recommend any veal dish -- so tender and well prepared. Red "gravy" (aka... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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36 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We took out of town guests to Ralph's for a "traditional" South Philly Italian meal. Food was very good, just like Nonna makes. This is NOT the latest, trattoria - this is old, school food. We started with the Ralph's Everything salad which was enough for 5-6 people to share.The veal parmesan was delicious. The veal marsala had a slightly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Cuisine
Seafood, Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:45 - 21:45
Monday
11:45 - 21:45
Tuesday
11:45 - 21:45
Wednesday
11:45 - 21:45
Thursday
11:45 - 21:45
Friday
11:45 - 22:45
Saturday
11:45 - 22:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 760 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2837
    (Catherine)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Neighbourhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Phone Number: 12156276011
Description
Oldest Italian restaurant in the U.S. established in 1900. Still run by the fourth and fifth generations of the original family.

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