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Vesuvio Restaurant & Bar - 52 Reviews - 736 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Philadelphia, PA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (215) 922-8380

Vesuvio Restaurant & Bar

736 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-8380
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Enjoyed the food and drinks.


We (a party of 7) went after a show at Society Hill Playhouse and we were all disappointed. The menu was completely different than the website menu and limited, the server was no...

Enjoyable 12/21/2011

Enjoyed the food and drinks. more

Good Food 12/21/2011

The food is good and the atmosphere is great. more

The Joke Is On You 8/2/2011

IF you think that there is any reason to visit this rat trap other than to watch the owner make a fool of himself and anyone else who pays for the rotten sludge that the chef claims is food. The beer is often flat the food is always foul and the service is intermittent at best. more

bar with pool table 5/6/2009

beer and pool table Pros: beer, pool table more

worst restaurant experience EVER!! 3/16/2008

A group of us recently went to this restaurant because it was very close to the society hill playhouse. All of us left with nothing good to say about this establishment. We waited extremely long for our food and their were many mistakes with the order and also alot that they had ""run out"" of. The menu itself was quite different than what was on the website and they no longer have a seperate vegetarian menu. We asked to speak with the owner about our food and when we did he was very rude to us (He even went as far as calling one of the women in our party a foul name). PLEASE do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY!!!! more

Fine dining food with a casual atmosphere 2/5/2008

I recently just had the best romantic dining experience in a long time. From the moment we walked in the door the hostess gave us a warm smile and quickly sat us a table for two despite our lack of reservations. There were glowing candles on the tables along with silverware and water glasses, A giant fish tank sat behind us with some intruiging fish. She quickly brought us warm bread and took a drink order, which I had a special ""Vesuvio Eruption"" which was simply fantastic. Not long after we placed our food order it had arrived, Saku Tuna rare and crabcakes. The tuna was perfectly cooked and ever so nicely plated. The crabcakes were a golden brown with a taste to match there look apeal, I heard the cakes were the chef's specialty and some of the best in the city which I would have to agree. Within a few minutes of receiving our food the waitress checked on us to make sure everything was absolutely perfect, which it was! We cleared our plates and was offered dessert. Surely we went with the terimisu and chocolate brownie which were to die for! The chocolate brownie was more like a warm lava cake served with icecream..mmmm.. so good! It had to be one of the best restuarant experiences Ive had so far on this side of town. We quickly asked our waitress to book us a reservation for 4 this weekend in which we plan on bringing our friends. \r Pros: Simply delighted, service with a smile , excellent food more

Decent Italian Place 1/28/2008

A lot of other reviews have been complaining about the service. I found it to be excellent, as the waiter and hostess were both very attentive. The food was decent. My chicken parm was good but far from great. The biggest advantage of Vesuvio is the vegetarian friendly menu, which my girlfriend raved baout and absolutly lover her dinner. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a nice dinner with vegetarian options, but not as an Italian restaurant in general. Pros: Vegetarian menu, Service more

Dirtiy, bland, nasty, with a side of rodents!!! 1/25/2008

Our food took close to an hour to arrive. \r Our waitress definitely hated life.\r When the food did arrive it was not worth the wait AT ALL. Even our drinks tasted like dirt.\r Oh and half of the things on the menu they were out of! \r \r The cherry on top was when we saw rodents while waiting 20 minutes for our check....... Cons: everything more

Excellent food, friendly staff 1/8/2008

We had dinner sunday night and it was amazing. The hostess was extremely friendly. The server was nice and... more

Great Service, Excellent Food 1/7/2008

We attended a party yesterday and the service was amazing. The staff was extremely friendly. The food was excuisite. I definitely will go back for dinner and would recommend this restaurant. Pros: Great food, excellent service, bars, pool table more

Excellent food, friendly staff 1/7/2008

tamica25 Provided by Partner
We had dinner sunday night and it was amazing. The hostess was extremely friendly. The server was nice and the food was fantastic. I will defini... more

A poor experience 1/6/2008

We (a party of 7) went after a show at Society Hill Playhouse and we were all disappointed. The menu was completely different than the website menu and limited, the server was not pleasant at all and the food was o.k. The tuna was supposed to be rare and 3 out of 3 tunas were not rare. In all fairness other workers and/or manager were pleasant but our waitress never even cracked a smile. Pros: Close to theatre, bar Cons: menu, service more

Great Service Friendly Staff 1/3/2008

The service was amazing, the waitress, Sarah was extremely friendly and attentive. The appetizers and main course was delicious and was served quickly. Our drinks were always full. By far the best restaurant I have eaten at in a long time. Pros: valet parking, friendly staff, great food more

A Joke 12/30/2007

I have read nothing but negative things about this place from customers yet they receive best sandwich in america. Thats a JOKE. The service is extremely lousy, especially the waitresses and bartenders downstairs. Food is not great either. All in all there are so many more restaurnts in this area particularly Cucina Forte or Villa di Roma. Vesuvio is only good because of the bar. Other than that don't go, it's a waste of money and time. Pros: Pool Table, Fish Tanks, Bar Cons: Service, Food, Stupid Pictures on the wall. more

Not the best on the block 10/20/2007

We were very disappointed. We walked in the bar at 2:30 and nobody took our order for over 10minutes. There were more employees working than customers and the service was awful! After finally placing our order, it took over 30 minutes for the kitchen to prepare 3 of their ""famous""sandwiches. As we waited at the bar, nobody asked if i wanted a drink or anything. After bringing our sandwiches home, we realized they are totally over-rated. These cheesesteak BLT's aren't even the best sandwiches on the block with sarcone's just up the street. GFY, Vesuvio, GFY! more

Avoid this place at all costs 9/30/2007

This place is the pits. The service is below lousy; it is rude and obnoxious. No one greeted at the door even though we had a reservation. We walked upstairs only to be told to go back down. Our salad was never delivered; our food was overcooked and inedible. The ""best sandwich in America"" is inedible and worst of all the waitress (blonde woman) is rude and discourteous. Avoid this place at all costs. The worst meal I have had in Philadelphia (or anywhere else for that matter) in years, perhaps ever. more

I've had better, I've had worse 9/23/2007

I was excited to find out Vesuvio had a vegetarian menu. Unfortunately, the food my husband and I ordered wasn't that great. His Seitan Parmesan tasted liked diner Parmesan. My vegetarian burger was mushy inside. I think there is potential, but it needs work. Pros: Vegetarian menu Cons: Vegetarian food is not the best more

Wonderful Hostess 4/7/2007

I found the restaurant to be wonderful, and very attentive. The hostess, Chelsea, was expecially helpful, cheerful, and attentive to me and my out of town guests. more

Waitress not great, decor ok, food AWESOME! 2/25/2007

I have to agree with the person who said the staff was not educated. I had Tori as my waitress as well, and although she wasn't rude, she wasn't very attentive and did not seem to know anything about the dishes.\r But the drinks were cheap, and the fireplace/pool table area was a nice touch. But the decor left a little to be desired. The food was unique and perfectly presented. Delicious!! Pros: food Cons: wait staff more

wait staff not nice 2/4/2007

A friend and I went to Vesuvio's last week and our waitress was miserable. She had a lousy personality and was not interested in giving us any information on the dishes they had to offer, most of which sounded really good, but without a good description of the items, I was nervous to try them. Other than that the food was good, but our experience with the wait staff ruined the whole experience. If you do try this place, stick to the bar area, and don't request Tori as a waitress. Pros: cheap drinks Cons: wait staff more
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  • Located near the Italian Market, the menu at this upscale Italian restaurant features modern variations on traditional recipes; Wine list.

  • 3/10/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm Sun 10am-2pm, 5pm-9pm Bar menu 10pm-2am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Bella Vista/ Southwark, South Philadelphia