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Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1034 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
For parties of 5 or larger, please contact the restaurant directly by visiting www.grancaffelaquila.com or calling 215.568.5600

Authentic Italian Restaurant, Caffe, Bar, Luxury Italian Market, & Italian Culture School. The culinary and wine program is based on all 20 regions of Italy including wine, cocktail, and beer selections crafted by award winning culinary and wine director Riccardo Longo. The experience also featuring Gelato from the Italian Gelato Champion Maestro Stefano Biasini as well as award winning coffee roasted in house. Private events including Lunch, Dinner, Apertivo, and Tasting Menus designed to each groups desires. Best of Philly Readers Choice Best Italian Restaurant Winner and Gambero Rosso rated Top Italian Restaurants in the world; Featuring an expertly trained staff and authentic environment.

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2 people

19:30


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 568-5600

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Half Tray Platters available for our entire menu. Each half tray serves 4-6 guests. <br /> <br />Specialty catering orders may be requested! Visit grancaffelaquila.com or call the restaurant and ask to speak to a manager.

  • Private party facilities

    Allow us to host your next event. Our expertly trained staff will provide a dynamic dining experience for you and your guests - Birthdays, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinner, Family Reunion, Office Gatherings, you name it and we host it! Private sit down events available from 8-85 guests,Private stand up events available from 40 to 150 guests.

  • Area

    Center City

  • Cross Street

    In between 17th and 18th Street on Chestnut

  • Parking Details

    Parking garages located on 17th street after Market before Chestnut,On Sansom Street between 17th & 18th.Valet Available through Sofitel Hotel.Limited metered street parking available.

  • Public Transit

    Stop for the #42, #21, and #9 located at 18th street, and 17th street. Stop for the #2 bus at 17th and Chestnut

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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What 1,034 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Philadelphia

    Italian

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. T

    Tony

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants in Philly. If you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine from the Abruzzo region of Italy, there is no better place.
  2. M

    Monique

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for my birthday and they made me feel so special. The pasta was very tasty and the gelato was the best I’ve had.
  3. AG

    AlanG

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual every aspect of our experience was terrific.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! The service was so quick, I had the friendliest waiter. The food was so good. The bruschetta called nduja was delicious. Carbonara was so creamy and good. And had to try the famous gelato which was so smooth and sweet. I thought the portions were perfect, they weren’t so big that I felt super stuffed, it was the perfect amount of food.
  5. MF

    MacFamFoodies4

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great experience. Service and food. Keep up the great work.
  6. LP

    LauraP

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I found this gem by chance on a Saturday afternoon! This Italian restaurant is the real thing with with foods from throughout Italy. I had Pasta fagioli and a caprese sandwich. My husband had the swordfish. Both were excellent. We had wonderful service and even enjoyed a scoop of their incredible gelato. I highly recommend this restaurant!
  7. HL

    HaxLocran

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was great. An authentic taste of Italy delivered in the middle of Philly. Cool store restaurant vibe. Unbelievably tasty food and great wine list with lots of value to be found. Grazia mille!
  8. m

    matthewm

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best bracciole I have ever tasted, hands down (even Grandmoms!). Pasta was homemade and perfectly cooked, no rush and server was spot on. Finished up with 2 scoops of their smooth and creamy gelato. Worth the 2 hour trip for the wife and I! We're were originally going to go to Ralph's which we typically frequent when we come into town but have been to Cafe before and decided that while Ralph's never disappoints (their food is what Grandmom made all those years and feels like home) but Cafe is simply next level food craft.
  9. A

    Apples

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The gelato was good, but everything else is overpriced and tastes like something I can make myself
  10. AP

    AmyPhilly

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST Italian food I have eaten in Philly! I have never had a bad lunch or dinner here, and service is consistently excellent. And to top it all off - an expansive selection of gelati.
  11. N

    Nurika

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente food, great service and authentic Italian atmosphere. Grazie!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always an excellent experience.
  13. CL

    ChristopherL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Great food and surroundings. Will go back.
  14. s

    silverphl

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Caligornia son's favorite restaurant while visiting me. Always a treat!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Really good
  16. RC

    RyanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very authentic. Outstanding food. Highly recommend and will be going back
  17. D

    Diana

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The pulpo (grilled octopus) is excellent!!! My parents love this restaurant when they are in town
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was restaurant week and we ordered from the special menu. Server was excellent. Special menu was very interesting and well executed. The very best gelato for dessert! Charming, albeit very loud as far as ambiance!
  19. LM

    LoriM

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was amazing and the gelato is to die for!!! Great atmosphere, lively but I was still able to hold a conversation with my dining partner without raising my voice..
  20. L

    Lamar

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary with dinner here and it was great. The service was superb. Waiter was incredibly helpful and on top of everything. Food cam quick and was very delicious. Great perfect portions. Not too much and not to little. Great selection of wines and cocktails and other drinks. Would dine here again.
  21. TB

    TraceyB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third trip here this month. Second for dinner. Gelato is even better than what we had in Italy…..YES….really!!!!! Try it….you won’t be disappointed. And the food???? It took us right back there. ❤️
  22. L

    Liyah

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    First time trying during restaurant week, the food was fine.. it could have been better overall a 7/10! The best part was the gelato, definitely would come back from that.
  23. s

    suzy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    It was a good experience to taste Italian food. But personally it would be the first and last time to visit there. As a college student, the price was not worth the amount of food. I do recommend the tiramisu gelato there.
  24. SC

    SusanC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Chose Gran Caffe L’Aquila for Saturday lunch during Philly Restaurant Week because they offered the most options and they were very creative. Great spot for food, atmosphere and shop on first floor.
  25. S

    Shelley

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We love this restaurant for its gelato. Unfortunately, we will not be going back for dinner. It was Restaurant Week so we ordered from a special menu. There were 4 courses. Portions were small and came out in rapid succession. My fish entree was cold and I sent it back. The waiter was lovely and pleasant. Unfortunately the staff were rushing as it was busy and the ambiance was frenetic. Dessert was delicious!
  26. LP

    LindseyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for restaurant week so it was a great deal. Delicious food! Great service!
  27. EJ

    EdwardJ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful place! You feel like you're sitting at a restaurant in Tuscany. Friendly and experienced staff. Ask for Riland!
  28. R

    Raven

    Philadelphia

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic as it gets in Philly. Al dente pasta at its best. Delicious gelato. One of the better Italian restaurants in the city.
  29. LG

    LaurenG

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined here for restaurant week and sat outside at a sidewalk table. Service was good, though the courses were a bit slow it was well worth the wait!
  30. KD

    KeriD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic italian. Great food and service. Will be back.
  31. DT

    DenverTraveler

    Denver

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner at Gran Caffe L'Aquila. Phil., fantastic meal and service. I highly recommend it!
  32. AG

    AmandaG

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here is delicious and reasonably priced. My only criticism is that it was very noisy as there were a couple of large parties but we had a table with a screen on either side, which helped. I would happily recommend this restaurant to friends.
  33. F

    Foodiefromallover

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly, prompt and generally excellent. The food portion sizes are European which is perfect for lunch time. The food was beautifully cooked and presented and totally delicious. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
  34. DS

    DaSa

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and staff. Just like a taste of Italy. Will gladly visit again!
  35. GP

    GPolanco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    . We did the restaurant week special. I was alittle disappointed in the serving sizes for the meals. They were small for the deal that was going on. They also had all of our course ready so by the time we got to the third course my food was a bit cold. We had I very nice server. He check up on us frequently. Besides that overall we had a great time and food was good!
  36. PK

    PatriciaK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our visits and this time was no exception.
  37. BB

    BB528

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing server, Bobby, who was professional and enthusiastic and gave us great suggestions. My wife had a great time and that meant a lot!
  38. SP

    SummerP

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dined during restaurant week and it was the best experience I could have imagined! I was on a solo trip and felt safe and well taken care of.
  39. l

    larry

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fabulous once again.. Luca, our waiter is amazing
  40. s

    shelleym

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a delicious lunch during Restaurant Week! The service and the food were fabulous!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 568-5600.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1034 OpenTable diners.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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2 people

19:30


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Google Map for Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    In between 17th and 18th Street on Chestnut

  • Area

    Center City

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Parking garages located on 17th street after Market before Chestnut,On Sansom Street between 17th & 18th.Valet Available through Sofitel Hotel.Limited metered street parking available.

  • Public Transit

    Stop for the #42, #21, and #9 located at 18th street, and 17th street. Stop for the #2 bus at 17th and Chestnut

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (215) 568-5600

  • Catering

    Half Tray Platters available for our entire menu. Each half tray serves 4-6 guests. <br /> <br />Specialty catering orders may be requested! Visit grancaffelaquila.com or call the restaurant and ask to speak to a manager.

  • Private party facilities

    Allow us to host your next event. Our expertly trained staff will provide a dynamic dining experience for you and your guests - Birthdays, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinner, Family Reunion, Office Gatherings, you name it and we host it! Private sit down events available from 8-85 guests,Private stand up events available from 40 to 150 guests.

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