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La Viola East

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  • Italian
  • 253 S 16th St, Philadelphia PA19102 39.947775 -75.167742
  • (Btwn Latimer & Spruce St)
  • (215) 735-8630
  • 0

User Ratings (Based on 52 reviews)

Food 4.0 Value 3.8
Service 3.7 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

(215) 735-8630
Cash Only
Lunch Tue-Fri: 11am-3pm Dinner Tue-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm Sun: 4pm-10pm
Dinner, Lunch
BYOB, Good for Groups, Outdoor Seating, Pre/Post Theater, Romantic

User Reviews

  • La Viola East

    Posted by Looking elsewhere on 03/14/2012


    Having eaten at La Viola many times my guests and I were eagerly looking forward to an enjoyable meal last Saturday. Well... We arrived at 7:50 for an 8:00 reservation and joined a crowd of about 12 people who were waiting for their reservations. I immediately asked to young woman who was managing the seating how long the wait might be. She told me there were a number of tables that would soon be available and that we could expect our table in 10-15 minutes. 30 minutes later we were still waiting. Fast forward to 9:15 when we finally got seated at a makeshift table they arranged to accommodate the overflow crowd. Unfortunately the tabled was crammed against a wall between another table and the narrow aisle through which the waitstaff had to navigate. Long story short: The food was fair at best. The noise level was quite excessive. The seating was cramped to the point of being uncomfortable. And the icing on the cake: there was no acknowledgement or apology whatsoever from La Viola management about the long overdue seating. Bottom line: Avoid this place on weekends. Try early in the week when the pressure for seating is lighter.

  • La Viola East

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/19/2012

    Long Wait

    My friends were in town for the weekend and we had reservations for 9:15.... an hour later we were seated. The one waiter was pouring water over my chair and spilled it all over my back. Another server was setting the table next to us and dropped a knife which hit me and then landed on the floor. It was picked up and placed on the table that was being set. To top it all off on the way to the bathroom a different waiter handed me a slip of paper with an order on it and said can you put this in the window on your way to the bathroom, thanks.This is no joke. Food was delicious but that doesn't make up for my experience. Thankfully I was in good company who shared many a laugh with me about it later.

  • La Viola East

    Posted by Suki 95 on 12/03/2011

    Not worth waiting

    I don't know what the fuss is all about, my food was average, it's a bunch of Albanians calling the food Italian. there are other places that are much better and worth the wait...

  • La Viola East

    Posted by Cynthia M on 11/11/2011

    Rehearsal dinner

    It was the perfect evening. Everyone raved about the variety of food choices and how delicious everything was from the salad/soup to desserts.

  • La Viola East

    Posted by Jim on 10/24/2011


    Good fresh food cooked to my specifications. Nice waiters and a hands on owner. Prices are great. Bring you best wine with dinner. Very relaxing after seven PM. Ask for the back room by the window.

  • La Viola East

    Posted by kent b on 10/22/2011

    long wait dont bother going if your starving reso's mean nothing

    First time visiting, girlfriend took me for surprise and that's what I got. Surpriseed that we had a table at 845 and didn't get seated until 940. Very loud, not the place to go if you want to have a conversation. Battling others loud voices and the sound of dishes slamming was very annoying. The only think keeping me sane was we were not the only ones waiting. I figured the food has to be worth this wait. Sure enough, it was! Waiter was good, food came out properly timed and the quality was great. Bill was $50 for 2 app, 2 ent, and a doub espresso was a nice surprise. Would not go back, however, if you want the food, get take out. The mushrooms app was to die for.

  • La Viola East

    Posted by Margie on 10/12/2011

    Go with the Flow and love it!

    The food is fabulous. Not overly fussy, but fresh and tasty. La Viola is a scene. If you enjoy being with lots of other people who are having a great time, laughing, enjoying food and wine then you will love it. It has an energy all its own. If you are looking for quiet, privacy and don't want to have eye contact with anyone else in the restaurant, this place is not for you. And only La Viola has Dominic -- a gentleman and a scholar. When he recites the menu it's like listening to a great actor deliver lines. My husband and I have brought lots of friends here and we all LOVE IT!

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