Bistro La Baia

★★★★☆
  • 1700 Lombard St

    Philadelphia, PA 19146

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  • 215-546-0496

About Bistro La Baia

Hours
Sun 4pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm

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This is not only my favorite byob, it's my favorite go to place.The owner and the wait staff have always been very welcoming and I love everything I have eaten here. To the previous post that was upset that 18% was added to the bill and

3
★★★★★

This is not only my favorite byob, it's my favorite go to place.The owner and the wait staff have always been very welcoming and I love everything I have eaten here. To the previous post that was upset that 18% was added to the bill and

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How good does the food have to be to over look rude and obnoxious service (or LACK thereof)? NEVERNEVER NEVER again.

3
★★★★★

How good does the food have to be to over look rude and obnoxious service (or LACK thereof)? NEVERNEVER NEVER again.

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Worst service ever. Food is okay for pre-prepared Italian. I eat out in Philly 2-3 times a week and have never had such a bad experience. I'm still shocked I was treated so rudely.

3
★★★★★

Worst service ever. Food is okay for pre-prepared Italian. I eat out in Philly 2-3 times a week and have never had such a bad experience. I'm still shocked I was treated so rudely.

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Great after theater dining experience. Have to try the shrimp and mushroom appetizer. Better yet order this appetizer and an arugula salad and combine the two. Wow............ Very pleasant wait staff I'm going to guess name Earold attending community college and plays soccer. Met owner and engaged in conversation. Both very attentive and friendly. Food is very good and served very hot right from the kitchen.. Not rushed and very reasonable pricing.

2
★★★★☆

Great after theater dining experience. Have to try the shrimp and mushroom appetizer. Better yet order this appetizer and an arugula salad and combine the two. Wow............ Very pleasant wait staff I'm going to guess name Earold attending community college and plays soccer. Met owner and engaged in conversation. Both very attentive and friendly. Food is very good and served very hot right from the kitchen.. Not rushed and very reasonable pricing.

Pros: Appetizers

Cons: None

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The food is pretty good. $13 for a pasta and shrimp dish. It's cash only, which is fine since the pricing is pretty good. They do charge a corking fee altho it's $2/bottle. I've been to a ton of Philly BYOBs and I never paid a corking fee at the 2 LA Viola's, Branzino, La Fontana, Bellini, etc.

So it was a Saturday night, we were squished in a corner on top of the neighboring tables. We were there over 2 hours because the service was slow. We had to ask for bread, more water and such. The wait staff was plain rude, especially when I asked them about the check. So they put in a 18% tip, which I can understand for a group of people but they put the tip on not just the total bill but the tax too. I find that just plain wrong, I do not have to pay tip on tax. And being that the service was horrible, we didn't even think they deserved the 18%.

I was there once before during the week and the service was good because we were the only table of people there. I think they are just too overwhelmed during there weekend.

1
★★★☆☆

The food is pretty good. $13 for a pasta and shrimp dish. It's cash only, which is fine since the pricing is pretty good. They do charge a corking fee altho it's $2/bottle. I've been to a ton of Philly BYOBs and I never paid a corking fee at the 2 LA Viola's, Branzino, La Fontana, Bellini, etc.

So it was a Saturday night, we were squished in a corner on top of the neighboring tables. We were there over 2 hours because the service was slow. We had to ask for bread, more water and such. The wait staff was plain rude, especially when I asked them about the check. So they put in a 18% tip, which I can understand for a group of people but they put the tip on not just the total bill but the tax too. I find that just plain wrong, I do not have to pay tip on tax. And being that the service was horrible, we didn't even think they deserved the 18%.

I was there once before during the week and the service was good because we were the only table of people there. I think they are just too overwhelmed during there weekend.

Pros: food god, reasonable priced

Cons: slow service, rude wait staff, very small space

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In Philadelphia on a brief visit and stumbled into this place. We should have known that it's not exactly in the "whatever we can do to please our customers" business when we were told that it's cash only. My husband wanted to leave right then, figuring if they don't mind inconveniencing customers when it comes to payment, they won't mind inconveniencing them in other ways. But I was hungry, the food smelled good, so at my insistence, he checked his billfold and I checked my purse and we thought we had enough, so we stayed.

I am surprised they are still in business. The food was just okay, but the service was arrogant, even rude. I thought maybe they only treat out-of-towners like that, but came here and read a review (too late, unfortunately). If La Baia were in a small town and it was the only place to go, that would be one thing. But Philadelphia is a great food town, and it surely has many wonderful restaurants from which to choose. As tourists, this place left a bad taste in our mouths. Who wants to be treated poorly in return for just average food?

0
★☆☆☆☆

In Philadelphia on a brief visit and stumbled into this place. We should have known that it's not exactly in the "whatever we can do to please our customers" business when we were told that it's cash only. My husband wanted to leave right then, figuring if they don't mind inconveniencing customers when it comes to payment, they won't mind inconveniencing them in other ways. But I was hungry, the food smelled good, so at my insistence, he checked his billfold and I checked my purse and we thought we had enough, so we stayed.

I am surprised they are still in business. The food was just okay, but the service was arrogant, even rude. I thought maybe they only treat out-of-towners like that, but came here and read a review (too late, unfortunately). If La Baia were in a small town and it was the only place to go, that would be one thing. But Philadelphia is a great food town, and it surely has many wonderful restaurants from which to choose. As tourists, this place left a bad taste in our mouths. Who wants to be treated poorly in return for just average food?

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I advise anyone to stay away from this place, unless you enjoy being insulted/yelled at by the restaurant owners.

Service was rude from the minute we walked in. We were meeting friends who had been holding a table for us. Granted we were running a bit late, but there was NO ONE else waiting so we really didn't think it was necessary to treat us like criminals.

The restaurant is so crowded that one has hardly room to breath. When the lady who would later serve us (presumably one of the restaurant owners) was standing by the door, my friend could not get up to go to the bathroom. I asked her politely if she could move to the side so my friend could go use the restroom, she told me in a very rude voice to "just wait" (not sure what she was doing...).

We were also told that we would have to vacate the table in 45 min (although it turned out no one had reserved our table)

We were later joined by two other friends who did not eat an entree (but four of us ordered appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee, spending over $30 per person), but at no point in the process did they have to make ANYONE wait on a table or turn anyone away because we were "taking up" their precious seats. I suppose this was still enough reason for them to categorize us as customers who came to take advantage of their restaurant. Our candle at the table was never lit, and every one of our dishes was served with a good dose of contempt.

When the bill came, we were quite surprised to find corking charges and roughly 20% gratuity added to our bill (neither was mentioned anywhere on the menu or by our server). When we politely inquired about these charges, we were yelled at by the restaurant owner (presumably husband of afore-mentioned lady) that he had been in the restaurant business for over 20 years and that we were not in a position to tell him what to do.

Food was decent but by far did not offset even a fraction of the terrible experience.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I advise anyone to stay away from this place, unless you enjoy being insulted/yelled at by the restaurant owners.

Service was rude from the minute we walked in. We were meeting friends who had been holding a table for us. Granted we were running a bit late, but there was NO ONE else waiting so we really didn't think it was necessary to treat us like criminals.

The restaurant is so crowded that one has hardly room to breath. When the lady who would later serve us (presumably one of the restaurant owners) was standing by the door, my friend could not get up to go to the bathroom. I asked her politely if she could move to the side so my friend could go use the restroom, she told me in a very rude voice to "just wait" (not sure what she was doing...).

We were also told that we would have to vacate the table in 45 min (although it turned out no one had reserved our table)

We were later joined by two other friends who did not eat an entree (but four of us ordered appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee, spending over $30 per person), but at no point in the process did they have to make ANYONE wait on a table or turn anyone away because we were "taking up" their precious seats. I suppose this was still enough reason for them to categorize us as customers who came to take advantage of their restaurant. Our candle at the table was never lit, and every one of our dishes was served with a good dose of contempt.

When the bill came, we were quite surprised to find corking charges and roughly 20% gratuity added to our bill (neither was mentioned anywhere on the menu or by our server). When we politely inquired about these charges, we were yelled at by the restaurant owner (presumably husband of afore-mentioned lady) that he had been in the restaurant business for over 20 years and that we were not in a position to tell him what to do.

Food was decent but by far did not offset even a fraction of the terrible experience.

Pros: Good food (enjoyed the calamari appetizer)

Cons: Extremely rude staff/owners, insult you when you inquire about unexplained charges

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If you are looking for only a sliver above the quality of Applebee's then this is your restaurant. Unlike the previous reviews, the service was good, but the food was sub-par. I went for Restaurant Week tonight and felt majorly ripped off. Starter: I first noticed that the dressing on the Caesar salad was clearly not homemade. The greens were good, but the dressing was bottled. The bread was also clearly frozen or reheated. The calamari had a nice grilled flavor but was chewy. The "stuffed mushrooms" were not stuffed at all-the mushrooms were from a can, and the appetizer was served as slop-on-a-plate, much like the filling of a Chunky's vegetable soup can. Entree: The pasta was NOT fresh, but frozen. The sauce lacking any spices; the gnocchi undercooked; the lobster ravioli overcooked and not freshly made (more like lobster-food-substance than lobster) and overall just bland. For dessert: The tiramisu was sopping wet as though it had hardly finished thawing out from a freezer-grocery-store-box. The espresso was essence-less. I left feeling bloated and over-MSG'd like I used to when I went to Applebees and TGI Fridays and completely ripped off for the quality of food at $35 a head - plenty of great restaurants at this price in Philly outside of Restaurant Week. Most places use Restaurant Week to break even and advertise the restaurant - this place seemed to use the occasion to cut back on quality and make an extra buck.

1
★★☆☆☆

If you are looking for only a sliver above the quality of Applebee's then this is your restaurant. Unlike the previous reviews, the service was good, but the food was sub-par. I went for Restaurant Week tonight and felt majorly ripped off. Starter: I first noticed that the dressing on the Caesar salad was clearly not homemade. The greens were good, but the dressing was bottled. The bread was also clearly frozen or reheated. The calamari had a nice grilled flavor but was chewy. The "stuffed mushrooms" were not stuffed at all-the mushrooms were from a can, and the appetizer was served as slop-on-a-plate, much like the filling of a Chunky's vegetable soup can. Entree: The pasta was NOT fresh, but frozen. The sauce lacking any spices; the gnocchi undercooked; the lobster ravioli overcooked and not freshly made (more like lobster-food-substance than lobster) and overall just bland. For dessert: The tiramisu was sopping wet as though it had hardly finished thawing out from a freezer-grocery-store-box. The espresso was essence-less. I left feeling bloated and over-MSG'd like I used to when I went to Applebees and TGI Fridays and completely ripped off for the quality of food at $35 a head - plenty of great restaurants at this price in Philly outside of Restaurant Week. Most places use Restaurant Week to break even and advertise the restaurant - this place seemed to use the occasion to cut back on quality and make an extra buck.

Pros: Service was very nice. . and kept verbally trying to convince me how good the food was.

Cons: Frozen, thawed, nothing fresh food. Overpriced.

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I usually don't mind dining at a restaurant if the food is delicious and the servers are rude. This place serves average food. It's not as good as so many claim. I order risotto (with vegetables) and it was not risotto!! I was served long grain white rice- NOT risotto. White rice is MUCH cheaper than arborio rice. So, if you order one of the two risottos listed on the menu, don't expect to get what you read. In addition, the WHITE RICE (NOT risotto) was reheated in the pan and was served to me burnt and crispy. What a horrible "risotto"! Other diners got pollo involtino (which tasted like old chicken that had been in the microwave for too long-- in other words, really bad leftovers), penne arrabbiata (burnt penne that was reheated in a pan), and a shrimp orecchiette alla pugliese (small amounts of shrimp that were basted in frying oil). Lastly, I have to mention the bread and oil that's served before dinner is served. The oil tastes much like Canola oil-- definitely not a high quality extra virgin olive oil. Lastly, the owner and the servers have to change their attitudes and cannot treat diners like garbage, especially when they serve such garbage. Change the menu to read what you really serve ("Fake Risotto", "Burnt Penne Arrabbiata", "Frying oil Basted Shrimp Pasta"). The only good thing was about that night dining here was the wine that WE BROUGHT!

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★☆☆☆☆

I usually don't mind dining at a restaurant if the food is delicious and the servers are rude. This place serves average food. It's not as good as so many claim. I order risotto (with vegetables) and it was not risotto!! I was served long grain white rice- NOT risotto. White rice is MUCH cheaper than arborio rice. So, if you order one of the two risottos listed on the menu, don't expect to get what you read. In addition, the WHITE RICE (NOT risotto) was reheated in the pan and was served to me burnt and crispy. What a horrible "risotto"! Other diners got pollo involtino (which tasted like old chicken that had been in the microwave for too long-- in other words, really bad leftovers), penne arrabbiata (burnt penne that was reheated in a pan), and a shrimp orecchiette alla pugliese (small amounts of shrimp that were basted in frying oil). Lastly, I have to mention the bread and oil that's served before dinner is served. The oil tastes much like Canola oil-- definitely not a high quality extra virgin olive oil. Lastly, the owner and the servers have to change their attitudes and cannot treat diners like garbage, especially when they serve such garbage. Change the menu to read what you really serve ("Fake Risotto", "Burnt Penne Arrabbiata", "Frying oil Basted Shrimp Pasta"). The only good thing was about that night dining here was the wine that WE BROUGHT!

Cons: Nasty Owner and Servers and Below Average Food

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My first visit to Bistro la Baia:

STAFF is curt--not necessarily rude, but could definitely use an attitude adjustment. I smiled at them incessantly and was as polite as can be, but didn't get much response.

FOOD is good, but not amazing. I had lobster ravioli and my Dad had shrimp pasta, both good.

ATMOSPHERE is clean, cozy, comfortable, inviting. Other diners seemed intelligent and eclectic.

PRICES are amazing! Our bill for the night was $34 (two entrees and bottled water).

OVERALL I would give it 3.5 stars if that were an option. I wouldn't give it a higher rating because the food was good, but not spectacular and because the customer service left me feeling cold-shouldered. However, with prices like these, I may not be able to resist a subsequent visit.

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★★★★☆

My first visit to Bistro la Baia:

STAFF is curt--not necessarily rude, but could definitely use an attitude adjustment. I smiled at them incessantly and was as polite as can be, but didn't get much response.

FOOD is good, but not amazing. I had lobster ravioli and my Dad had shrimp pasta, both good.

ATMOSPHERE is clean, cozy, comfortable, inviting. Other diners seemed intelligent and eclectic.

PRICES are amazing! Our bill for the night was $34 (two entrees and bottled water).

OVERALL I would give it 3.5 stars if that were an option. I wouldn't give it a higher rating because the food was good, but not spectacular and because the customer service left me feeling cold-shouldered. However, with prices like these, I may not be able to resist a subsequent visit.

Pros: awesome prices, clean environment, not too romantic for family, cozy atmosphere

Cons: staff could be much friendlier, food could be tastier

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Having never been to La Baia, I read the 20+ reviews here. More than 50% of the reviews mentioned how poor the service was and how they were treated so badly, but almost 90% of the reviews admitted that the food was great! I called and scheduled a 7pm reservation to beat the rush that I read would push us out of our seat. The Maitre d' explained in a very professional manner that if this was our first time dining with La Baia, that we should know that they are cash only and a BYOB. Very important information! We arrived at 6:55pm, and were greeted and seated by our waiter, a polished Italian man in his 40?s. He offered us water while we were getting settled and presented us with menus a minute or two later when he returned with our water. He un-corked our wine and poured our glasses while he told us of the days specials. At no point were we rushed or treated any way but with respect and courtesy. The restaurant was 40% full, the food was amazing (I had a house salad and gnocchi, he had a Cesar salad and the penne with eggplant. We both RAVED about how delicious it was after each first bite. The dressing on the house salad was wonderful as is the dipping sauce for the fresh from the oven bread!) and the atmosphere was cozy and romantic. Perhaps the previous ?rude staff? has been replaced or they?ve read the reviews and lighted up, but our visit was very enjoyable and we plan to dine there again soon. Did I mention that the bill was $40? Very affordable! Worth all 5 stars!

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★★★★★

Having never been to La Baia, I read the 20+ reviews here. More than 50% of the reviews mentioned how poor the service was and how they were treated so badly, but almost 90% of the reviews admitted that the food was great! I called and scheduled a 7pm reservation to beat the rush that I read would push us out of our seat. The Maitre d' explained in a very professional manner that if this was our first time dining with La Baia, that we should know that they are cash only and a BYOB. Very important information! We arrived at 6:55pm, and were greeted and seated by our waiter, a polished Italian man in his 40?s. He offered us water while we were getting settled and presented us with menus a minute or two later when he returned with our water. He un-corked our wine and poured our glasses while he told us of the days specials. At no point were we rushed or treated any way but with respect and courtesy. The restaurant was 40% full, the food was amazing (I had a house salad and gnocchi, he had a Cesar salad and the penne with eggplant. We both RAVED about how delicious it was after each first bite. The dressing on the house salad was wonderful as is the dipping sauce for the fresh from the oven bread!) and the atmosphere was cozy and romantic. Perhaps the previous ?rude staff? has been replaced or they?ve read the reviews and lighted up, but our visit was very enjoyable and we plan to dine there again soon. Did I mention that the bill was $40? Very affordable! Worth all 5 stars!

Pros: Food is incredible, very affordable, cozy

Cons: city parking is tough at night

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don't belive anything else you read! We went on a Wed. for restaurant week and we took our time, brought our own wine, had fantastic fresh hot food, enjoyed and warm friendly staff and will definitely go back!

2
★★★★★

don't belive anything else you read! We went on a Wed. for restaurant week and we took our time, brought our own wine, had fantastic fresh hot food, enjoyed and warm friendly staff and will definitely go back!

Pros: staff was nice, place is cozy, food is fantastic!

Cons: tables near door might be cold in winter

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I have eaten at Bistro La Baia for many years and was never overly impressed with the service, although the food was good. However, my most recent experience was the worst I have had at a restaurant. Several in our party ordered the chicken special (supposed to be in red sauce but came out in a white sauce) and when we cut into it, the chicken was still raw. Our waiter and owner seemed very annoyed when I brought this to their attention and made a comment that it is hard to cook chicken. Since we had a show to make, we ordered a simple pasta dish and never did we receive an apology. They were positively rude and acted like we really bothered them by sending back uncooked chicken. I would never patronize this restaurant again and will discourage others to do the same.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten at Bistro La Baia for many years and was never overly impressed with the service, although the food was good. However, my most recent experience was the worst I have had at a restaurant. Several in our party ordered the chicken special (supposed to be in red sauce but came out in a white sauce) and when we cut into it, the chicken was still raw. Our waiter and owner seemed very annoyed when I brought this to their attention and made a comment that it is hard to cook chicken. Since we had a show to make, we ordered a simple pasta dish and never did we receive an apology. They were positively rude and acted like we really bothered them by sending back uncooked chicken. I would never patronize this restaurant again and will discourage others to do the same.

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We went to this restaurant on a Thursday night and there was only one other table seated when we arrived. We were seated at the worst table (in front of where the waiters enter and exit) right next to the only other occupied table. The food was delicious but evidently we were taking too long (the place had started to fill up while we were there). The owner (I think) kept glaring at us and motioning to our waiter to get us out of there. He literally seated another couple at our table as we were standing up and putting on our coats. Although the food was excellent I would not go there again because such treatment is simply not acceptable in a city with so many options.

1
★★★☆☆

We went to this restaurant on a Thursday night and there was only one other table seated when we arrived. We were seated at the worst table (in front of where the waiters enter and exit) right next to the only other occupied table. The food was delicious but evidently we were taking too long (the place had started to fill up while we were there). The owner (I think) kept glaring at us and motioning to our waiter to get us out of there. He literally seated another couple at our table as we were standing up and putting on our coats. Although the food was excellent I would not go there again because such treatment is simply not acceptable in a city with so many options.

Pros: Good food, reasonable prices

Cons: Rude, rushed

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If you would have asked me a few months ago about my experiences at la baia, I would have told you it was a "must do" of Philadelphia. The food is good for its price and the people that I would pass my unfinished bottle of wine to at the end of my meal were always pleasant. I would dine there frequently; even a couple times a month.

BUT, recently my opinion of this restaurant has completely changed.
Not once but TWICE I have literally been pushed out the door of this restaurant. In the first instance I realize it was a saturday and turn over for the restaurant is very important. I decided to give it another chance.

With friends in town, I went last night when it was completely empty and dined with the hostess and host literally standing watching me, looking at their watches, shaking their heads, and demanding that we order "NOW!" Cutlery was literally thrown on the table between courses, wine bottles and glasses were snatched from the table so quickly and haphazardly that the host nearly struck me in the face twice. It was quite possibly the WORST dining experience I have ever had. I felt badly eating my food.

Apparently I am not alone on this. Recently at a holiday party La Baia?s down-right rude staff came up among a group of my friends; many of whom have vowed that they would never return. Despite past good experiences, I (and many others) will NEVER return to this restaurant. I have never in my life been subject to such bilious, ill natured wait staff.

Go to La Viola, melogranos, or mercato ? much better food, nicer wait staff, and comparable prices.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you would have asked me a few months ago about my experiences at la baia, I would have told you it was a "must do" of Philadelphia. The food is good for its price and the people that I would pass my unfinished bottle of wine to at the end of my meal were always pleasant. I would dine there frequently; even a couple times a month.

BUT, recently my opinion of this restaurant has completely changed.
Not once but TWICE I have literally been pushed out the door of this restaurant. In the first instance I realize it was a saturday and turn over for the restaurant is very important. I decided to give it another chance.

With friends in town, I went last night when it was completely empty and dined with the hostess and host literally standing watching me, looking at their watches, shaking their heads, and demanding that we order "NOW!" Cutlery was literally thrown on the table between courses, wine bottles and glasses were snatched from the table so quickly and haphazardly that the host nearly struck me in the face twice. It was quite possibly the WORST dining experience I have ever had. I felt badly eating my food.

Apparently I am not alone on this. Recently at a holiday party La Baia?s down-right rude staff came up among a group of my friends; many of whom have vowed that they would never return. Despite past good experiences, I (and many others) will NEVER return to this restaurant. I have never in my life been subject to such bilious, ill natured wait staff.

Go to La Viola, melogranos, or mercato ? much better food, nicer wait staff, and comparable prices.

Cons: Rude wait staff.

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I've noticed that most of the reviews seem to focus on the "poor service" at Bistro La Baia. In fact, reading these reviews is what made me try this place out! It's a tiny little Italian restaurant which no more than 10 tables. I found the service hilarious - Philadelphia Italian waiters are supposed to be rude, if they are "authentic," that is! If you are looking for a quiet, fun spot for a date, this is the place. Leave the kids at home and enjoy some real Italian food and service.

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★★★★☆

I've noticed that most of the reviews seem to focus on the "poor service" at Bistro La Baia. In fact, reading these reviews is what made me try this place out! It's a tiny little Italian restaurant which no more than 10 tables. I found the service hilarious - Philadelphia Italian waiters are supposed to be rude, if they are "authentic," that is! If you are looking for a quiet, fun spot for a date, this is the place. Leave the kids at home and enjoy some real Italian food and service.

Pros: Great Ambience, Entertaining and Authentic Italian Servers

Cons: Don't take credit cards

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I had a reservation at this restaurant on a saturday night with a couple friends, and they were incredibly rude. literally the worst service and rudest restaurant I've ever experienced. they were clearly overbooked the evening we were there, and were trying to push us out the door the entire time to make room for parties coming in. the waiter was terse and mean to us, and they tried to remove our plates before we were done eating, brought us a check before we requested it, in the end, told us they needed us to leave to make room for an incoming party! We'd been there less than an hour and a half, and when I kindly suggested that it was a bit rude to kick people put with reservations, one man started yelling at us, and screaming, THIS IS A BISTRO, YOU CAN'T COME SIT HERE FOR HOURS AND DRINK WINE WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE WAITING! GET OUT! It was almost unbelieveable. The food itself was fine, but the service was so rude and atrocious I would stay away at all costs.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a reservation at this restaurant on a saturday night with a couple friends, and they were incredibly rude. literally the worst service and rudest restaurant I've ever experienced. they were clearly overbooked the evening we were there, and were trying to push us out the door the entire time to make room for parties coming in. the waiter was terse and mean to us, and they tried to remove our plates before we were done eating, brought us a check before we requested it, in the end, told us they needed us to leave to make room for an incoming party! We'd been there less than an hour and a half, and when I kindly suggested that it was a bit rude to kick people put with reservations, one man started yelling at us, and screaming, THIS IS A BISTRO, YOU CAN'T COME SIT HERE FOR HOURS AND DRINK WINE WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE WAITING! GET OUT! It was almost unbelieveable. The food itself was fine, but the service was so rude and atrocious I would stay away at all costs.

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My parents stayed at La Reserve Bed & Breakfast (1804 Pine) for the weekend, and we visited Bistro La Baia twice. Guest of the B&B get 20% discount on the food. The food tasted fabulous! The atmosphere isn't fabulous, as the outdoor patio sits on 17th and Lombard, a rather unsightly and busy area. It's a BYOB, which is also great for keeping the price down. Te service is a bit stoic, but the owner is quite involved and speaks with every guest. I would recommend it, and we'll probably go back. It's an easy place to choose when you don't want to spend a fortune, but want the "go out for dinner" experience.

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★★★★★

My parents stayed at La Reserve Bed & Breakfast (1804 Pine) for the weekend, and we visited Bistro La Baia twice. Guest of the B&B get 20% discount on the food. The food tasted fabulous! The atmosphere isn't fabulous, as the outdoor patio sits on 17th and Lombard, a rather unsightly and busy area. It's a BYOB, which is also great for keeping the price down. Te service is a bit stoic, but the owner is quite involved and speaks with every guest. I would recommend it, and we'll probably go back. It's an easy place to choose when you don't want to spend a fortune, but want the "go out for dinner" experience.

Pros: Food

Cons: Atmospher

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A place where everybody knows your name... that is if you're krafty enough to get in their good graces. Reasonably priced food... love that it's BYOB... and the tiramisu really is one of the best I've ever had.

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★★★★★

A place where everybody knows your name... that is if you're krafty enough to get in their good graces. Reasonably priced food... love that it's BYOB... and the tiramisu really is one of the best I've ever had.

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I've been to many of Philly's BYOS, which are usually very small. This one seemed much more unpleaasantly crowded than any other. We were so close to out neighbors that we had to slump over and shift the table to let them move. The food was ok, but I'd go elsewhere to avoid the crush and the none-to-charming service.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to many of Philly's BYOS, which are usually very small. This one seemed much more unpleaasantly crowded than any other. We were so close to out neighbors that we had to slump over and shift the table to let them move. The food was ok, but I'd go elsewhere to avoid the crush and the none-to-charming service.

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The food was very good for the price, however, prepare to answer to commands most pets would raise their tails at and walk away from. Upon walking into the restaurant for a romantic dinner, we were told to "go sit over there" with a flimsy wave of a finger. We were rushed to remove our coats and were told the specials while we were still getting seated. The chairs were unstable (leg was broken). Our water glasses were empty for 80% of the meal only to be refilled when we paid the check and were about to leave. Do try the arugala appetizer and the apple tart for dessert-they were scrumptious. Prepare to duck while people pass plates and fill the glasses at the tables NEXT to/on top of yours. To be fair, perhaps on a less busy night, the experience would have been nicer.

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★★★★☆

The food was very good for the price, however, prepare to answer to commands most pets would raise their tails at and walk away from. Upon walking into the restaurant for a romantic dinner, we were told to "go sit over there" with a flimsy wave of a finger. We were rushed to remove our coats and were told the specials while we were still getting seated. The chairs were unstable (leg was broken). Our water glasses were empty for 80% of the meal only to be refilled when we paid the check and were about to leave. Do try the arugala appetizer and the apple tart for dessert-they were scrumptious. Prepare to duck while people pass plates and fill the glasses at the tables NEXT to/on top of yours. To be fair, perhaps on a less busy night, the experience would have been nicer.

Pros: good appetizer, value, good dessert

Cons: cramped atmosphere, poor service, broken furniture

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As mentioned in previous reviews, I have never been treated more poorly at a restaurant than at La Baia. Our party called ahead to say that we would be late for a reservation -- the restaurant could have declined to seat us or made us wait, but they said it was no problem. Then our waiter harassed us at the table for being "disrespectful" towards the restaurant and its other clientele by not being on time. We were told repeatedly to "hurry up" to accommodate other diners even though there were empty tables available behind us. We were essentially given the check before we finished ordering and told how we were responsible for holding up the restaurant's business. If that were true, why didn't they refuse to seat us in the first place for being late? Good food, horrible experience. I will never return to La Baia.

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★☆☆☆☆

As mentioned in previous reviews, I have never been treated more poorly at a restaurant than at La Baia. Our party called ahead to say that we would be late for a reservation -- the restaurant could have declined to seat us or made us wait, but they said it was no problem. Then our waiter harassed us at the table for being "disrespectful" towards the restaurant and its other clientele by not being on time. We were told repeatedly to "hurry up" to accommodate other diners even though there were empty tables available behind us. We were essentially given the check before we finished ordering and told how we were responsible for holding up the restaurant's business. If that were true, why didn't they refuse to seat us in the first place for being late? Good food, horrible experience. I will never return to La Baia.

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Thank goodness we did not heed some of the negative reviews. We had a great dinner last night. Try the grilled calamari first. They do a great job on veal piccatta as well. We like BYOB since it helps keep the cost of dinner out at a reasonable amount. Our service was very good and we reached the theater early following dinner. The best part of the meal was the delicious warm crusty bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Wonderful! We can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

Thank goodness we did not heed some of the negative reviews. We had a great dinner last night. Try the grilled calamari first. They do a great job on veal piccatta as well. We like BYOB since it helps keep the cost of dinner out at a reasonable amount. Our service was very good and we reached the theater early following dinner. The best part of the meal was the delicious warm crusty bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Wonderful! We can't wait to go back.

Pros: Fair prices, Great Bread, Grilled Calamari

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This place is really small, really cheap, and really good. I once came here with my girlfriend and our bill was under $40. It can get quite cramped, but that adds to the fun, in my opinion. On weekends this place is often full of college kids because the price is so right, and it can get pretty boisterous. Pretty much everything on the menu is good, but the specials are often lacking. I've heard horror stories about the service, but I have been here about ten times and it has always been excellent for me. If you are not a poor college kid, I would stay away on the weekends. It's definitely worth coming on a weeknight, though. The food is really good and it is a fun little place.

2
★★★★☆

This place is really small, really cheap, and really good. I once came here with my girlfriend and our bill was under $40. It can get quite cramped, but that adds to the fun, in my opinion. On weekends this place is often full of college kids because the price is so right, and it can get pretty boisterous. Pretty much everything on the menu is good, but the specials are often lacking. I've heard horror stories about the service, but I have been here about ten times and it has always been excellent for me. If you are not a poor college kid, I would stay away on the weekends. It's definitely worth coming on a weeknight, though. The food is really good and it is a fun little place.

Pros: Food, Price, BYOB

Cons: Cramped, Loud

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La Baia is a great little neighborhood space for when you want a nice meal out without breaking the budget. The space is small so go on a quiet night or early to avoid the crowds. Service is VERY Italian, as is the food: great crusty warm bread, soothing soups, and I love the arugula salad. I've never found the portions of the meat and fish dishes lacking and will more often than not come home with plenty of leftovers to enjoy the next day. While I might not go out of the way to go here, if you're in the area it's a nice choice.

2
★★★★☆

La Baia is a great little neighborhood space for when you want a nice meal out without breaking the budget. The space is small so go on a quiet night or early to avoid the crowds. Service is VERY Italian, as is the food: great crusty warm bread, soothing soups, and I love the arugula salad. I've never found the portions of the meat and fish dishes lacking and will more often than not come home with plenty of leftovers to enjoy the next day. While I might not go out of the way to go here, if you're in the area it's a nice choice.

Pros: reasonable prices, authentic food

Cons: cramped space, cash only

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My one teammate was turning 19 one of the first weekends we were Philadelphia my freshmen year. My roommate and I wanted to take her out to a nice restaurante somewhere in the city but didn't think we'd be able to find a nice place for a college student's budget. Through citysearch I found the Bistro la Baia. We ended up eating outside, which was preferable considering the inside was packed. The food was really good. I really enjoyed our appetizers and the bread with oil and vinegar. The entrees were great and the desserts were AMAZING! It was really nice to find a place that offered good Italian cuisine in a cute setting with outdoor seating that didn't break the bank. (I think the final tab for myself and my friends with all of us having ordered appetizers, entrees, and dessert was around $60.)

2
★★★★☆

My one teammate was turning 19 one of the first weekends we were Philadelphia my freshmen year. My roommate and I wanted to take her out to a nice restaurante somewhere in the city but didn't think we'd be able to find a nice place for a college student's budget. Through citysearch I found the Bistro la Baia. We ended up eating outside, which was preferable considering the inside was packed. The food was really good. I really enjoyed our appetizers and the bread with oil and vinegar. The entrees were great and the desserts were AMAZING! It was really nice to find a place that offered good Italian cuisine in a cute setting with outdoor seating that didn't break the bank. (I think the final tab for myself and my friends with all of us having ordered appetizers, entrees, and dessert was around $60.)

Pros: Good prices, Knowledgable staff

Cons: Sketchy Neighborhood

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While cute and small, as if eating in someone's living room, I was sadly disappointed by the pricing and portions served. I have no problem spending $20-30 on an entree (I chose a chicken breast served over potatoes), but if I do, I expect it to be of excellent quality, taste, preparation and to fill me up. I also ordered a salad, which was good, but not worth the $6-9 I paid. At the end of the meal, I felt that I had been charged $25 for a meal I could have cooked at home for $5. I was hungry about 2 hours later. Unfortunately I found my meal to be good, but on the average side, while the price could have been more average.

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★★★☆☆

While cute and small, as if eating in someone's living room, I was sadly disappointed by the pricing and portions served. I have no problem spending $20-30 on an entree (I chose a chicken breast served over potatoes), but if I do, I expect it to be of excellent quality, taste, preparation and to fill me up. I also ordered a salad, which was good, but not worth the $6-9 I paid. At the end of the meal, I felt that I had been charged $25 for a meal I could have cooked at home for $5. I was hungry about 2 hours later. Unfortunately I found my meal to be good, but on the average side, while the price could have been more average.

Cons: tiny seating area

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Bistro La Baia offers very good food at a great price and it's a BYOB. They typically offer fish specials which are always very good. The restaurant is cozy and can be a little cramped on weekends. Be sure to bring a good bottle of wine.

PROS: BYOB
CONS:

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★★★★☆

Bistro La Baia offers very good food at a great price and it's a BYOB. They typically offer fish specials which are always very good. The restaurant is cozy and can be a little cramped on weekends. Be sure to bring a good bottle of wine.

PROS: BYOB
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Without doubt the best value in a BYO in Philadelphis! As others have said, stick to the menu for outstanding value for your dollar. I commend the establishment for keeping prices so reasonable. While the place is a bit cramped, everyone is good-natured and rolls with the situation... everyone, that is, save the staff. "Business-like" is the best that you can say about them (Tip to staff: a smiling face does not cost anything or take extra time). Everyone in our party of four loved the food (i.e., lobster ravioli, fettuccini with mushrooms and the mussels with spicy red sauce starter were particularly noteworthy). And, yes, the house-made tiramisu is outstanding. Even if you don't particularly want dessert, order one for the table just for a taste.

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★★★★☆

Without doubt the best value in a BYO in Philadelphis! As others have said, stick to the menu for outstanding value for your dollar. I commend the establishment for keeping prices so reasonable. While the place is a bit cramped, everyone is good-natured and rolls with the situation... everyone, that is, save the staff. "Business-like" is the best that you can say about them (Tip to staff: a smiling face does not cost anything or take extra time). Everyone in our party of four loved the food (i.e., lobster ravioli, fettuccini with mushrooms and the mussels with spicy red sauce starter were particularly noteworthy). And, yes, the house-made tiramisu is outstanding. Even if you don't particularly want dessert, order one for the table just for a taste.

Pros: Very reasonable, Interesting menu, White table service

Cons: Brusk service

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Bistro La Baia is a SMALL byob w/ REALLY good food. Unfortunatley it's size is a REAL issue. I was w/ a party of 4 on a friday in July and it was a little uncomfortable. The service was good and prices reasonable but if I ever return it'll be in the fall or winter if @ all. The callopine was incredible and all other entree's were really good from what my friends told me. The appetizers were ordinary so skip them & leave room for desert.

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★★★☆☆

Bistro La Baia is a SMALL byob w/ REALLY good food. Unfortunatley it's size is a REAL issue. I was w/ a party of 4 on a friday in July and it was a little uncomfortable. The service was good and prices reasonable but if I ever return it'll be in the fall or winter if @ all. The callopine was incredible and all other entree's were really good from what my friends told me. The appetizers were ordinary so skip them & leave room for desert.

Pros: good food, reasonable

Cons: cramped, parking

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Great Little BYOB.
BUT, as other writers have mentioned, DON'T ORDER THE OVERPRICED "SPECIALS".
Stick with the menu, especially the pasta's.
I would go back again.

2
★★★★☆

Great Little BYOB.
BUT, as other writers have mentioned, DON'T ORDER THE OVERPRICED "SPECIALS".
Stick with the menu, especially the pasta's.
I would go back again.

Pros: Pasta, Bread, Salad

Cons: Overpriced specials

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The food was absolutely delicious. From the appetizers to the deserts we were completely delighted. Everything from seafood to veal was incredible. The prices are unbelievably reasonable. There were six people in our group and we ordered every appetizer to split between us as well entrees and desserts and we paid $30 a piece! And that included tip! My entree was the most expensive on the menu and it was $14! I thought the service was wonderful as well. The services was quick and friendly and very accomodating. I definitely reccommend La Baia to everyone.

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★★★★★

The food was absolutely delicious. From the appetizers to the deserts we were completely delighted. Everything from seafood to veal was incredible. The prices are unbelievably reasonable. There were six people in our group and we ordered every appetizer to split between us as well entrees and desserts and we paid $30 a piece! And that included tip! My entree was the most expensive on the menu and it was $14! I thought the service was wonderful as well. The services was quick and friendly and very accomodating. I definitely reccommend La Baia to everyone.

Pros: fast service, reasonably priced, delicious food

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La Baia was good, but I have a few gripes. The pacing of service was much too quick --our appetizers came 5 minutes after we ordered it. I had the Veal Porcini and my companion had the lamb chop special. Both were good -- the vegetables and mashed potato sides were especially tasty. The prices on the menu are very reasonable (my veal dish was $14) but the special was $24 ( It was a few lamb chops. that seems very dishonest to me. It's not like it was lobster and caviar). The place is very cramped, as others have noted, but that wouldn't have bothered me had I not felt rushed and then misled. Will I return? Possibly - the food was nice (excepting the grilled calamari appetizer - tough and fishy), and the regualr prices are good. Stick to the regular menu.

2
★★★★★

La Baia was good, but I have a few gripes. The pacing of service was much too quick --our appetizers came 5 minutes after we ordered it. I had the Veal Porcini and my companion had the lamb chop special. Both were good -- the vegetables and mashed potato sides were especially tasty. The prices on the menu are very reasonable (my veal dish was $14) but the special was $24 ( It was a few lamb chops. that seems very dishonest to me. It's not like it was lobster and caviar). The place is very cramped, as others have noted, but that wouldn't have bothered me had I not felt rushed and then misled. Will I return? Possibly - the food was nice (excepting the grilled calamari appetizer - tough and fishy), and the regualr prices are good. Stick to the regular menu.

Pros: good menu prices, tasty food

Cons: cramped, staff rushes you, overpriced specials

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The food was great. I was not disappointed with the lobster ravioli. Pass on the salad and go for the soup of the day. Bring a nice bottle of wine and enjoy. We did!!

2
★★★★☆

The food was great. I was not disappointed with the lobster ravioli. Pass on the salad and go for the soup of the day. Bring a nice bottle of wine and enjoy. We did!!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Size

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The food was good, and it was reasonably priced, however the service was horrible. I've never been treated so rudely in a restaurant, not even at McDonalds. I would never go back there, and I would never recommend it to a friend. THATS HOW HORRIBLY WE WERE TREATED.

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★★★☆☆

The food was good, and it was reasonably priced, however the service was horrible. I've never been treated so rudely in a restaurant, not even at McDonalds. I would never go back there, and I would never recommend it to a friend. THATS HOW HORRIBLY WE WERE TREATED.

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Great food, service and ambience. Prices are reasonable, and the staff is friendly.

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★★★★★

Great food, service and ambience. Prices are reasonable, and the staff is friendly.

Pros: moderately priced

Cons: small

 

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