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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)
+1 215-627-6011
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11:45 - 22:45
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Sun - Thu 11:45 - 21:45
Fri - Sat 11:45 - 22:45
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Providence, Rhode Island
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Last week, my family of 3 went to Ralph's for a late lunch. The staff was very accommodating to us as we had a later reservations but plans changed and they were able to seat us hours before the reservation. The dining room is pretty small but I heard there is a second level for additional seating. Our server was... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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486 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Ralphs. It's old school Italian (oldest Italian restaurant in the nation) and the food is good reliable red gravy. Ample loaves of bread are provided, served with olive oil, butter, grated cheese and red pepper flakes on the table. Portions are large (many big enough for 2 to share). They tend to... More 

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always try to go here with people from out of town. If you want good Italian South Philadelphia food. I haven't been here in a couple of years, and it really didn't disappoint!! we had the lasagna (yummy meat and sausage, better have you appetite)and we had gnocchi definitely special days for this unique restaurant. Parking is a bit... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our food was fantastic and the servers were very efficient. But I will probably never come back to this restaurant again, even though my friends and I visit Philadelphia quite often. My husband and I ate here with four other couples at 8 pm. We were seated upstairs.We were placed next to a larger group that was having a birthday... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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164 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great dinner. Handled our group of 10 perfectly. Veal parmigiana is legendary. I can't believe I've never been here before. They do take credit cards now so no worries there. One thing is it's not the place for a quiet romantic dinner. Classic noisy fun Italian restaurant. Definitely will return.

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Lancaster, PA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We chose this restaurant due to the claim of it being the oldest family owned Italian restaurant in the nation. It was nice to have the opportunity to experience this historic establishment but we won't be going back. First, they do not have a children's menu and when we asked to just get a side of pasta we were told... More 

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Philadelphia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Our chicken Parm and veal Parm were burnt to a crisp. This was our favorite restaurant if all time but no more. We received a lame excuse as to why it was burnt. They lost our business for life.

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new york, new york
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We stumbled upon this restaurant after walking off New Years weekend. Great food, great service. It's been around Philly for a long time so it has a great old school feel. I'd recommend reservations as they get packed quickly and all through the day. Chicken Parmigiana and penne alla vodka were both awesome!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Y0 want real old world cooking the Italian way from Naples look no further it is in and near the 9th street market parking on the street is easy and not to worry its safe... the home made gravy not sauce sauce is american gravy is Italian always fresh with the finest from the market just in a one block... More 

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nj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

The veal is excellent....this is old world Italian food....the waiter will give you answers to what's in the dishes

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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
USD 18 - USD 30
Cuisine
Seafood, Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, 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: +1 215-627-6011
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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