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Posted by Anonymous on 09/30/2012
My family's experience was beyond anyone's wildest expectations. This gem of a restaurant makes you feel like you are eating in your favorite Italian grandmothers house serving unique and flavorful dishes with comforting size. The staff are so welcoming it almost comes as a surprise that they could have other such phenomenal talents. When they break into song you fall in love all over again. I cannot say enough about the ambience and decor especially in the upstairs lounge. The experience was so special that we promised to come back again and again.
Posted by Colleen on 03/30/2009
I was given a gift certificate to Victor's Cafe and was putting it off, since my Husband and I are not (or we thought) Opera lovers. We only went there since my Husband is a big Rocky fan and he wanted to see were the move Rocky Balboa was shot. What a big surprise when we walked in, there were two of the servers singing a duet, if was amazing! We were hooked before we even were seated. We had reservations and we were seated right away. The server we had was fabulous, he welcomed us and even though they were very busy, he was always checking on us. We both started with a drink and had a salad to start. I had the fish special which was Tilapia that was pan seared with lump crab meat on top and asparagus .....It had to be one of the best meals I ever had with a canoli afterwards. My husband had a veal dish that he never offered to share, but ate ever bit of it and he had some chocolate cake wirh chocolate moose that he also never shared, maybe I should mention that mine was so good, I never shared mine either. But it was a fabulous meal and the singing....oh the singing was just fabulous. We can not wait to go back! I wish all those young servers all the best with their careers.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/03/2008
Ate there last night with my fiance. I think it says something that a teeny out of the way place was packed on a tuesday night in the middle of a recession. People know about this place and apparently, they keep coming back (more on that later). The food was delicious. Definitely the quality of a much more expensive place but without the miniscule portions everyone seems to be doing these days. I actually took home part of both our appetizer and my entree. We had the antipasto platter and the mussels to start (we are big eaters) but I ended up haivng them pack up the rest of the antipasto to take home. They make their own roast peppers and they are to die! Better than mom used to make! Then we had the steak and the pasta with chicken livers (my fiance is a traditionalist. I personally think liver is disgusting so I cant comment on that dish but I can tell you he ate every bite of it). My steak was delicious. As good as you could get in a steakhouse and very reasonably priced. For dessert we had the tiramisu (delish, big heaping slice of it too) and the rasberry sorbet which was really cute, served in a martini glass with white chocolate shavings on top. All in all, a delicious meal only made better by the amazing singers. Wish they had sung a little more often but I could see they were super busy with a big party. Oh- it was one couples 23rd anniversary and they had gotten engaged at the restaurant. The staff announced it to everyone and we all gave them a hand and then they had a dance to some really sweet old song (the anniversary song? anniversary waltz maybe?) . It was really nice and not something you see all the time in restaurants.. or ever, actually. This place is very old world but with a young, multicultural staff of really talented singers. Best of luck to all of them in their careers! We'll definitely come back to Victor's in the future.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2007
I have lived in South Philly for years now, right around the corner from Victor's and never went. I was put off by the thought of signing waiters. But it turned out to be lovely. True talent, great service, great wine and deserts. Not to mention an awesome lounge upstairs I don't think a soul knows about, which is a shame. Everyone we dealt with had a big smile, our waiter, Dan, was attentive but not intrusive and we had a very romantic evening. I wish the bread was warm, and my boyfriend's red snapper was a bit overcooked and not very hot, but everthing else was great. I am vegetarian and they made me a pasta primavera that I was worried would be run-of the-mill but turned out to be delicious and fresh. Also could have been a bit warmer when served, but it wasn't cold or anything like that. The pasta was cooked perfectly as were the veggies. Nothing was too heavy or nasty as Itallian food can be when not done properly. We shared the portabella mushroom appetizer, also potentially run-of-the-mill but it was wonderful. Our deserts were nothing short of amazing. Thank you, Victor's, for a lovely Valentine's Day!