Ralph's Italian Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 760 S 9th St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Cross street: Between Fitzwater and Catharine sts, South Philadelphia

    Map & Directions
  • 215-627-6011

About Ralph's Italian Restaurant

Hours
Sun-Thurs noon-9:45pm; Fri-Sat noon-10:45pm

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Live in NYC now, grew up in Philly. Recently went back for the first time in years, and it was better than ever. They seem to have caught up on the times a bit with their new specials, but it's as classic as ever. Best Italian food in

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★★★★★

Live in NYC now, grew up in Philly. Recently went back for the first time in years, and it was better than ever. They seem to have caught up on the times a bit with their new specials, but it's as classic as ever. Best Italian food in

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Bland tomato sauce, water soaked poorly drained pasta, boring uninspired menu. I don't know why this place is considered an "institution". I could make better spaghetti sauce at home - and I do.

3
★★★★★

Bland tomato sauce, water soaked poorly drained pasta, boring uninspired menu. I don't know why this place is considered an "institution". I could make better spaghetti sauce at home - and I do.

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Since Ralphs added Valet parking and made it easier to enjoy a fantastic dining experience, I feel more people need to try REAL italian food and stay away from &^%$#% holes like the Spaghetti Factory etc.....My girlfriend and I would walk

3
★★★★★

Since Ralphs added Valet parking and made it easier to enjoy a fantastic dining experience, I feel more people need to try REAL italian food and stay away from &^%$#% holes like the Spaghetti Factory etc.....My girlfriend and I would walk

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I love this place -- they have the best Italian Food in South Philly! I was there the other night to celebrate my mom's 65 bday and it was just great!! The pasta was soo good and the meatballs were as good as my mom's!! The food, the

3
★★★★★

I love this place -- they have the best Italian Food in South Philly! I was there the other night to celebrate my mom's 65 bday and it was just great!! The pasta was soo good and the meatballs were as good as my mom's!! The food, the

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Step into Ralph's and it's like stepping into my grandmother's dining room. The smells from the kitchen make your mouth water. This is a "red gravy" place -- nothing fancy shmancy about this menu. No reduction-sauced-goose-egged-herb-encrusted nonsense. Instead, what they serve is oh-so-wonderful. We've eaten here many times. The veal, chicken, pasta, meatballs, everything is prepared to perfection. (You can cut the veal with a fork.) The wine, the service, the atmosphere: Takes me back to my Italian roots. This is the real deal in Italian food in Philly. If only they had a parking lot next door ...

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★★★★☆

Step into Ralph's and it's like stepping into my grandmother's dining room. The smells from the kitchen make your mouth water. This is a "red gravy" place -- nothing fancy shmancy about this menu. No reduction-sauced-goose-egged-herb-encrusted nonsense. Instead, what they serve is oh-so-wonderful. We've eaten here many times. The veal, chicken, pasta, meatballs, everything is prepared to perfection. (You can cut the veal with a fork.) The wine, the service, the atmosphere: Takes me back to my Italian roots. This is the real deal in Italian food in Philly. If only they had a parking lot next door ...

Pros: Food; old world atmosphere

Cons: parking

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Ralph's truly offers some of the most delicious Italian fare in Philadelphia. The atmosphere is authentic if not elegant, as this is a fourth generation family owned restaurant located in what essentially is a row-home. The staff is always pleasant and professional, which adds to its charm and appeal. Cash only.

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★★★★☆

Ralph's truly offers some of the most delicious Italian fare in Philadelphia. The atmosphere is authentic if not elegant, as this is a fourth generation family owned restaurant located in what essentially is a row-home. The staff is always pleasant and professional, which adds to its charm and appeal. Cash only.

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Ralph's has everything going for it. A quiet dining room with exceptional food. My husband and I went for the first time last night and are still talking about how delicious the food was! We went traditional- spaghetti and meatballs and my husband got chicken parm. It was FANTASTIC!!! Had a real "old world" style to it.. really nice to have this since all Italian restaurants are trying to be so damn contemporary these days. We will definitely be back! Oh yeah and the wine was delicious too!

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★★★★★

Ralph's has everything going for it. A quiet dining room with exceptional food. My husband and I went for the first time last night and are still talking about how delicious the food was! We went traditional- spaghetti and meatballs and my husband got chicken parm. It was FANTASTIC!!! Had a real "old world" style to it.. really nice to have this since all Italian restaurants are trying to be so damn contemporary these days. We will definitely be back! Oh yeah and the wine was delicious too!

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Went to Ralph's last night. with 6 of us. I had the worst Veal Malsala ever. It was in a thick beige butter sauce, looked like turkey gravy instead of a deep rich sauce as it should have been. Escarole was mushy and overcooked. Waited forever for our meals. Red sauce in other dishes was watery. Bread was stale, no olive oil or cheese on table. Never asked if we wanted appetizers. No one said good night to us or thanked us - we spent over $200. We will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to Ralph's last night. with 6 of us. I had the worst Veal Malsala ever. It was in a thick beige butter sauce, looked like turkey gravy instead of a deep rich sauce as it should have been. Escarole was mushy and overcooked. Waited forever for our meals. Red sauce in other dishes was watery. Bread was stale, no olive oil or cheese on table. Never asked if we wanted appetizers. No one said good night to us or thanked us - we spent over $200. We will never go back.

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I feel like the victim of a sick joke. I was told by a co-worker how great Ralph's is. So, I went there this past Saturday with a lady friend, and hands down it was one of the worst dining experiences of my life.

Let's start with the food. We ordered the antipasto as an appetizer. There was very little meat and cheese on the plate. The olives and beets were from a can. And the lettuce was friggin' iceburg lettuce!

I had the lasagna, and it was awful. My date got the chicken cattiatore, which she wasn't all that pleased with. Her entree came with a side of spaghetti and marinara sauce. She took one bite of it and it was overcooked. We also got a side order of broccoli rabe. This was the most offensive part of the meal--they actually BOILED the broccoli rabe, not sauteed it! I had to send it back it was inedible! Last, the bread they served was like Wonder bread...and no olive oil on the table?!?! Gimme a break!

The service was reprehensible. Our waiter had a nervous tick thing going on, and it was disturbing to place our order and watch him violently move his head back and forth. The bottle of wine we ordered costed $40; afterward, we went to a liquor store and saw it on the shelf for $16.99!

I have no idea how Ralph's got a good reputation, but it's my opinion that anyone who eats there and likes it has never had a good Italian meal in their life! One thing I will say is that Ralph's lives up to its name--IF YOU EAT THERE, YOU WILL *RALPH* UP YOUR MEAL AFTERWARDS! AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE!

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★☆☆☆☆

I feel like the victim of a sick joke. I was told by a co-worker how great Ralph's is. So, I went there this past Saturday with a lady friend, and hands down it was one of the worst dining experiences of my life.

Let's start with the food. We ordered the antipasto as an appetizer. There was very little meat and cheese on the plate. The olives and beets were from a can. And the lettuce was friggin' iceburg lettuce!

I had the lasagna, and it was awful. My date got the chicken cattiatore, which she wasn't all that pleased with. Her entree came with a side of spaghetti and marinara sauce. She took one bite of it and it was overcooked. We also got a side order of broccoli rabe. This was the most offensive part of the meal--they actually BOILED the broccoli rabe, not sauteed it! I had to send it back it was inedible! Last, the bread they served was like Wonder bread...and no olive oil on the table?!?! Gimme a break!

The service was reprehensible. Our waiter had a nervous tick thing going on, and it was disturbing to place our order and watch him violently move his head back and forth. The bottle of wine we ordered costed $40; afterward, we went to a liquor store and saw it on the shelf for $16.99!

I have no idea how Ralph's got a good reputation, but it's my opinion that anyone who eats there and likes it has never had a good Italian meal in their life! One thing I will say is that Ralph's lives up to its name--IF YOU EAT THERE, YOU WILL *RALPH* UP YOUR MEAL AFTERWARDS! AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE!

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Terrible food, terrible service, terribe decor

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ThisThis may be the oldest family owned Italian restaurant in the U.S. However, the younger generation seems to have missed their lessons in Italian cooking and presentation.

Iceberg lettuce? No olives? Very un-Italian gravy! Bread with seeds served with butter? Lasagna served piled in a bowl. For someone who has lived in Italy I found nothing Italian about this restaurant other than the photos on the walls.

The capochino was like American luke warm coffee mixed with milk and the expensive desert with the fancy name - something like "over the moon something or other" was nothing but a small slice of chocolate cake, nothing special at all.

Service was so, so. Nothing to complain about but nothing to recommend it either.

This was my first and last visit to Ralph??s.

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ThisThis may be the oldest family owned Italian restaurant in the U.S. However, the younger generation seems to have missed their lessons in Italian cooking and presentation.

Iceberg lettuce? No olives? Very un-Italian gravy! Bread with seeds served with butter? Lasagna served piled in a bowl. For someone who has lived in Italy I found nothing Italian about this restaurant other than the photos on the walls.

The capochino was like American luke warm coffee mixed with milk and the expensive desert with the fancy name - something like "over the moon something or other" was nothing but a small slice of chocolate cake, nothing special at all.

Service was so, so. Nothing to complain about but nothing to recommend it either.

This was my first and last visit to Ralph??s.

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: everything

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I had dinner here tonight with my husband. This has been the worst meal I had in a long time. We ordered the salad special (which has tons of salt on it), the buschetta (which had absolutely no flavor), the soup (which tasted like it was straight out of a can), the lasagna (no flavor and horrible). They have the nerve to charge per soda. The bill with no alchol drinks was $65.00 and CASH ONLY. Good way to for your restaurant to "doctor" their tax returns at the end of the year. No transactions to show with cash.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner here tonight with my husband. This has been the worst meal I had in a long time. We ordered the salad special (which has tons of salt on it), the buschetta (which had absolutely no flavor), the soup (which tasted like it was straight out of a can), the lasagna (no flavor and horrible). They have the nerve to charge per soda. The bill with no alchol drinks was $65.00 and CASH ONLY. Good way to for your restaurant to "doctor" their tax returns at the end of the year. No transactions to show with cash.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Parking, The food, cash only

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After a so so meal a few months ago following a Phillies game, I figured we would give Ralph's another shot. It was a cold night and we found parking right out front,so I thought "why not". Ralph's has a "Vito Corleon" sort of vibe with the tile walls and intiment atmosphere, that you don't mind the rude greeter who always looks like he has more important things going on. This is strictly a "red gravy" place which is fine, but Olive Garden does a much better job at half the cost. The wine servings are an insult (maybe 3 onces). The non-pasta dishes are unimaginative, and desultry. Only conventioneers from Indianapolis would find this gruel acceptable. Serving sizes were ample though, and the side pasta were homemade, and perfectly "aldente". Stick with the basics (Spaghetti, Ravioli, maybe Veal Parm) and at least you'll leave full. I would have provided another star if the restaurant at least "acted" like they were glad to host you. I don't expect royalty treatment, but the dis-interest is evident. Too bad, as the location has charm, but I would recommend you look at Kristian's or Ansill in South Philly for decent Italian, and Ostera downtown for great.......

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★☆☆☆☆

After a so so meal a few months ago following a Phillies game, I figured we would give Ralph's another shot. It was a cold night and we found parking right out front,so I thought "why not". Ralph's has a "Vito Corleon" sort of vibe with the tile walls and intiment atmosphere, that you don't mind the rude greeter who always looks like he has more important things going on. This is strictly a "red gravy" place which is fine, but Olive Garden does a much better job at half the cost. The wine servings are an insult (maybe 3 onces). The non-pasta dishes are unimaginative, and desultry. Only conventioneers from Indianapolis would find this gruel acceptable. Serving sizes were ample though, and the side pasta were homemade, and perfectly "aldente". Stick with the basics (Spaghetti, Ravioli, maybe Veal Parm) and at least you'll leave full. I would have provided another star if the restaurant at least "acted" like they were glad to host you. I don't expect royalty treatment, but the dis-interest is evident. Too bad, as the location has charm, but I would recommend you look at Kristian's or Ansill in South Philly for decent Italian, and Ostera downtown for great.......

Pros: Decent red gravy, location..(Near the stadiums). Usually street parking available..

Cons: service, value, non-pasta based dishes...

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Great Italian food along with a great atmosphere. A nice place to go to make a evening special. The waiters are top notch and very accomadating to your needs.

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★★★★★

Great Italian food along with a great atmosphere. A nice place to go to make a evening special. The waiters are top notch and very accomadating to your needs.

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I have been going to Ralph's since I was a child. The food is authentic and delicious. The wait staff is friendly and usually fun. The place is very small so you must sit quite close to the next table, and the wait for a table can be very long. Also, parking in the area (South Philly) can be tough. However, I will overlook any negatives for one bite of their Chicken Sorrento.

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I have been going to Ralph's since I was a child. The food is authentic and delicious. The wait staff is friendly and usually fun. The place is very small so you must sit quite close to the next table, and the wait for a table can be very long. Also, parking in the area (South Philly) can be tough. However, I will overlook any negatives for one bite of their Chicken Sorrento.

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We met out-of-towners at Ralph's on Sept 20th, and while the place itself is quite lovely and old-fashioned, the waitstaff is rather uncaring, and the food, at best, is mediocre. One entree was sent out in error, and
the specials were really anything but that. There are many other spots in Philly to have a great dinner. Try
Tre Scalini over on Passyunk - we wil not be recommending Ralph's to anyone.

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We met out-of-towners at Ralph's on Sept 20th, and while the place itself is quite lovely and old-fashioned, the waitstaff is rather uncaring, and the food, at best, is mediocre. One entree was sent out in error, and
the specials were really anything but that. There are many other spots in Philly to have a great dinner. Try
Tre Scalini over on Passyunk - we wil not be recommending Ralph's to anyone.

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I've been to Philadelphia three times for business and each time I have eaten at Ralph's. I love their veal parmigiana with the spagetti. I look forward to going to Philly and part of the excitement of going is to eat at Ralphs. I haven't tried anything else, I've always ordered the Veal and cannoli for dessert. You get two large pieces of veal (breaded) and smothered with their red sauce. You will be full leaving the restaurant and have leftover. I watch my carb in take but when I'm in Philly, I treat myself and indulge on the carb at Ralph's. I was introduced to Ralph's by a local initially and now has become one of my favorite places to eat. Traveling frequently for business and knowing that you have a restaurant to look forward to, makes the destination much more disireable. Love the atmosphere, not pretentious at all, quite intimate and make sure you bring cash. The last time I was there, I've actually called and placed an order to go, so the conscierge from my hotel drove me to the restaurant to pick up my order. I was a bit tired that evening and wanted to eat in my hotel room. I just could not leave Philly without eating the Veal parm at Ralph's.

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★★★★★

I've been to Philadelphia three times for business and each time I have eaten at Ralph's. I love their veal parmigiana with the spagetti. I look forward to going to Philly and part of the excitement of going is to eat at Ralphs. I haven't tried anything else, I've always ordered the Veal and cannoli for dessert. You get two large pieces of veal (breaded) and smothered with their red sauce. You will be full leaving the restaurant and have leftover. I watch my carb in take but when I'm in Philly, I treat myself and indulge on the carb at Ralph's. I was introduced to Ralph's by a local initially and now has become one of my favorite places to eat. Traveling frequently for business and knowing that you have a restaurant to look forward to, makes the destination much more disireable. Love the atmosphere, not pretentious at all, quite intimate and make sure you bring cash. The last time I was there, I've actually called and placed an order to go, so the conscierge from my hotel drove me to the restaurant to pick up my order. I was a bit tired that evening and wanted to eat in my hotel room. I just could not leave Philly without eating the Veal parm at Ralph's.

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Ralph's is not the place for you if you want your butt kissed by the wait staff, or if you want any sort of foam on your food. It is probably not the place for you if your next stop is a George Michael concert. If you want veal, pasta, chicken etc. done "right" then you should check it out. Yeah, parking is not easy, and it's noisy and cramped inside. This ain't suburbia with carefully pre-planned shopping plazas with just the right amount of parking for the Maca-freaking-roni Grill. If you can't park in the city take a cab. Easy.

As far as service goes, I've seen the staff at Ralph's take orders "off the menu" on numerous occasions. They try to accomodate everyone, as far as I can tell, but they are not obsequious about it.

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★★★★★

Ralph's is not the place for you if you want your butt kissed by the wait staff, or if you want any sort of foam on your food. It is probably not the place for you if your next stop is a George Michael concert. If you want veal, pasta, chicken etc. done "right" then you should check it out. Yeah, parking is not easy, and it's noisy and cramped inside. This ain't suburbia with carefully pre-planned shopping plazas with just the right amount of parking for the Maca-freaking-roni Grill. If you can't park in the city take a cab. Easy.

As far as service goes, I've seen the staff at Ralph's take orders "off the menu" on numerous occasions. They try to accomodate everyone, as far as I can tell, but they are not obsequious about it.

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Prior to the George Michael concert, my partner and our two best friends went to Ralph's to what we expected was going to be a culinary treat in South Philadelphia. Very wrong. Approaching the restaurant we saw a middle aged man standing near the front door eying us suspiciously. As we opened the door he said from behind "Can I help you fellas?" Yes, you can help - we're here to rob the joint, isn't that obvious? But in keeping my cool I said that we had a reservation. If you've been here before you know that the downstairs is small - and there were three tables of equal size that had a "reserve" plaque on each. After looking over his reservation list he said that we were to sit "over there" and gesture to a general spot on the floor not to any particular table. I asked him which one and he said again "over there" (walking away from his small podium would not have made him waste any breath and the gesture of escorting us to the table "over there" would have won him some major Scout badges).
In short - three of us ordered the escargot which were tough and tasteless sitting in a cold pond of butter with bitter minced burnt garlic with some taste of additional bitter I can only describe as anise. It was so awful that you couldn't sop it up with bread as one usuasally does with this type of sauce with joy. My partner and I both had the veal marsala which were tough junks of veal floating in at least two sticks of butter. His glass of white house wine was no larger than a thimble. Bill was $185.00 before tip which we thought was completely outrageous. Sean our server was very good though and we wish him well. As we were leaving the same man who "greeted" us initially saw us leave and did not even had the decency to bid us a nice evening, for dumping $185, just kinda looked away. I would have settled for,"Hey, 'fellas', thanks for patronizing our mediocre restaurant in these lean economical times, especially when there are far better ones in South Philly."

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★★☆☆☆

Prior to the George Michael concert, my partner and our two best friends went to Ralph's to what we expected was going to be a culinary treat in South Philadelphia. Very wrong. Approaching the restaurant we saw a middle aged man standing near the front door eying us suspiciously. As we opened the door he said from behind "Can I help you fellas?" Yes, you can help - we're here to rob the joint, isn't that obvious? But in keeping my cool I said that we had a reservation. If you've been here before you know that the downstairs is small - and there were three tables of equal size that had a "reserve" plaque on each. After looking over his reservation list he said that we were to sit "over there" and gesture to a general spot on the floor not to any particular table. I asked him which one and he said again "over there" (walking away from his small podium would not have made him waste any breath and the gesture of escorting us to the table "over there" would have won him some major Scout badges).
In short - three of us ordered the escargot which were tough and tasteless sitting in a cold pond of butter with bitter minced burnt garlic with some taste of additional bitter I can only describe as anise. It was so awful that you couldn't sop it up with bread as one usuasally does with this type of sauce with joy. My partner and I both had the veal marsala which were tough junks of veal floating in at least two sticks of butter. His glass of white house wine was no larger than a thimble. Bill was $185.00 before tip which we thought was completely outrageous. Sean our server was very good though and we wish him well. As we were leaving the same man who "greeted" us initially saw us leave and did not even had the decency to bid us a nice evening, for dumping $185, just kinda looked away. I would have settled for,"Hey, 'fellas', thanks for patronizing our mediocre restaurant in these lean economical times, especially when there are far better ones in South Philly."

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Currently residing in Southern California, I don't have access to what anyone in South Philadelphia would consider to be Real Italian Food. As a consequence, I literally have dreams of Ralph's ravioli, gnocchi, mussels in red sauce, and everything else on their simple, classic, amazing menu. The dreams turn out to be nightmares when I wake up 3,000 miles from 9th and Catherine. Ok, seriously: the food here is absolutely incredible. I've personally never had a single complaint about the service, but then again, I'm from here. If you're looking for a waiter/waitress with "flair" who is going to kiss up to you (to your face at least), go to TGI Friday's. The staff at Ralph's does what it needs to (ie: takes your order, gets it right, brings you the bill), and the food speaks for itself. If you go into Ralph's with a certain respect for the establishment, you will have a 5-star dining experience. Tip - request to sit upstairs. In the Summer, when they open the windows to the street, the combination of the food and the local sounds is as authentic an experience as you'll have in any American city.

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★★★★★

Currently residing in Southern California, I don't have access to what anyone in South Philadelphia would consider to be Real Italian Food. As a consequence, I literally have dreams of Ralph's ravioli, gnocchi, mussels in red sauce, and everything else on their simple, classic, amazing menu. The dreams turn out to be nightmares when I wake up 3,000 miles from 9th and Catherine. Ok, seriously: the food here is absolutely incredible. I've personally never had a single complaint about the service, but then again, I'm from here. If you're looking for a waiter/waitress with "flair" who is going to kiss up to you (to your face at least), go to TGI Friday's. The staff at Ralph's does what it needs to (ie: takes your order, gets it right, brings you the bill), and the food speaks for itself. If you go into Ralph's with a certain respect for the establishment, you will have a 5-star dining experience. Tip - request to sit upstairs. In the Summer, when they open the windows to the street, the combination of the food and the local sounds is as authentic an experience as you'll have in any American city.

Pros: Food, environment, service, food, authenticity, and food.

Cons: It's true what they say: parking anywhere near here takes talent. Take a cab.

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Inappropriate behavior. I had been to this restaurant several times, being of Italian descent I found the food excellent. One Sunday evening, I brought a physician friend of mine, who happens to be Asian for dessert a perhaps a cappucino. We had just finished a meal in another restaurant. I had talked to him several times about how wonderful Ralph's was, and well, their behavior was inexcusable.
The waiters walked back and forth as if they did not know what to do with themselves and finally set a place for us. Prior to this, I had always had "on the spot service". There were clearly empty tables and an hour before closing. As we sat down, I said "we are here for dessert". The waiter just looked at me and said, "We don't do that and turned us away."
I have never been so embarrassed of my own culture in my life. SHAME on them. What century are we living in? I am interested in medicine as a career and this is where my own kind left me. They have lost a customer and the many recommendations I have given them. I have never been treated as such in an Asian restaurant when dining out with him.

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★☆☆☆☆

Inappropriate behavior. I had been to this restaurant several times, being of Italian descent I found the food excellent. One Sunday evening, I brought a physician friend of mine, who happens to be Asian for dessert a perhaps a cappucino. We had just finished a meal in another restaurant. I had talked to him several times about how wonderful Ralph's was, and well, their behavior was inexcusable.
The waiters walked back and forth as if they did not know what to do with themselves and finally set a place for us. Prior to this, I had always had "on the spot service". There were clearly empty tables and an hour before closing. As we sat down, I said "we are here for dessert". The waiter just looked at me and said, "We don't do that and turned us away."
I have never been so embarrassed of my own culture in my life. SHAME on them. What century are we living in? I am interested in medicine as a career and this is where my own kind left me. They have lost a customer and the many recommendations I have given them. I have never been treated as such in an Asian restaurant when dining out with him.

Pros: good Italian food

Cons: show predjudice against inter-racial couples

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I checked the reviews on Ralph's before our "ladies night" group made reservations and was concerned when I read the negative comments. I decided to give it a try anyway because, after all, it was Ralph's! Everyone knows Ralph's--it's a South Philly landmark! Well, Ralph's is still riding high on its former reputation as far as I'm concerned. The waiters are unfriendly, impatient, snippy and inefficient. And to add insult to injury, they added a 21% tip due to our large group. We had to ask for bread (which wasn't that great), pour our own waters from the tacky pitcher on the table, send back 3 orders that were wrong, pick the anchovies out of our salad when we told hm no anchovies and ask him if we could order dessert.. Then the meals arrived and they were very disappointing. No one was raving and my group of friends are "foodies" and generally rave when the food is good. Their veal/eggplant/proscuitto/mozzarella "house specialty" arrived smothered in red sauce which made me wonder what they were trying to hide. There was no proscuitto and the veal was tasteless. I enjoyed the side of spaghetti with their fine red sauce. Several others ordered the "special" which was chicken picante with shrimp. When the entrees arrived, there were scallops on the plate instead of shrimp. The chicken was dripping in butter and very rich. And $23 for a chicken "special"? Give me a break. I will say that their homemade gnocchi was very good.

Beware...it is so loud that you have to shout to speak to your tablemates, they will only do one check for the entire table, parking is an absolute nightmare, and they only take cash. It's very expensive for what you get and what you have to go through to get it! I say forget Ralph's and go to Villa di Roma on 9th Street in the heart of the Italian Market. Great food, nice service, affordable prices. Now THAT'S Italian!

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★★☆☆☆

I checked the reviews on Ralph's before our "ladies night" group made reservations and was concerned when I read the negative comments. I decided to give it a try anyway because, after all, it was Ralph's! Everyone knows Ralph's--it's a South Philly landmark! Well, Ralph's is still riding high on its former reputation as far as I'm concerned. The waiters are unfriendly, impatient, snippy and inefficient. And to add insult to injury, they added a 21% tip due to our large group. We had to ask for bread (which wasn't that great), pour our own waters from the tacky pitcher on the table, send back 3 orders that were wrong, pick the anchovies out of our salad when we told hm no anchovies and ask him if we could order dessert.. Then the meals arrived and they were very disappointing. No one was raving and my group of friends are "foodies" and generally rave when the food is good. Their veal/eggplant/proscuitto/mozzarella "house specialty" arrived smothered in red sauce which made me wonder what they were trying to hide. There was no proscuitto and the veal was tasteless. I enjoyed the side of spaghetti with their fine red sauce. Several others ordered the "special" which was chicken picante with shrimp. When the entrees arrived, there were scallops on the plate instead of shrimp. The chicken was dripping in butter and very rich. And $23 for a chicken "special"? Give me a break. I will say that their homemade gnocchi was very good.

Beware...it is so loud that you have to shout to speak to your tablemates, they will only do one check for the entire table, parking is an absolute nightmare, and they only take cash. It's very expensive for what you get and what you have to go through to get it! I say forget Ralph's and go to Villa di Roma on 9th Street in the heart of the Italian Market. Great food, nice service, affordable prices. Now THAT'S Italian!

Pros: good red sauce, good gnocchi

Cons: service, parking, quality of food, loud, pricey

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Ok, this was our first visit to Ralph's but not to Italian restaurants in So. Philly. We had a great time. The food was great. I mean, what you'd expect from a small italian rest. We did have a reservation, and we were directed to the bar, past several waiting groups, and told that "Ron" knew we were there, and would be with us shortly. After maybe, 15 minutes we were taken to the third floor, much quieter and not quite as crowded, where Ron waited on us as well as at any fine restaurant. He was extremely attentive, but not overbearing. He was also accomadating and probably made our evening as nice as it was. He just seemed to arrive when we needed him. And that's probably after climbing 2 flights of stairs. I would definitely return to give another visitor a real So. Philly experience.

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★★★★☆

Ok, this was our first visit to Ralph's but not to Italian restaurants in So. Philly. We had a great time. The food was great. I mean, what you'd expect from a small italian rest. We did have a reservation, and we were directed to the bar, past several waiting groups, and told that "Ron" knew we were there, and would be with us shortly. After maybe, 15 minutes we were taken to the third floor, much quieter and not quite as crowded, where Ron waited on us as well as at any fine restaurant. He was extremely attentive, but not overbearing. He was also accomadating and probably made our evening as nice as it was. He just seemed to arrive when we needed him. And that's probably after climbing 2 flights of stairs. I would definitely return to give another visitor a real So. Philly experience.

Pros: good food, a happening place, our service was great

Cons: very crowded on 1st and 2nd floor,

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Ralph?s is must place to eat at least once. ?It is what it is? as far as food, location, and service. Being a family run restaurant and staffed by East coast attitude, I can?t see how any complaints of the service matter. It is what it is and probably does very well because customers accept the little things like simple bread, less than warm service (which seems to be a trait of East coast business anyway), and the possibility of a mediocre dish served. The location is fine for me since we walk there or would take a cab. It?s the city, if you have to find a place to park get over it. I had a seafood linguini dish and loved it. The broth from the seafood mixed with the sauce and noodles was fabulous. The shrimp were slightly overdone but not bad. I had the rest of my wife?s eggplant veal dish. It was veal wrapped in parmesan crusted eggplant. The eggplant was pretty soggy and the veal was slightly dry. I am not an aficionado on veal or eggplant so I am not sure how it should be. My opinion is that the taste was good but not ?wow?. The spaghetti was great. Good sauce. They do not make their own pasta, only gnocchi is made fresh, but still good. Had the gnocchi and is very good. My stomach does not agree with their veal. I am 2 for 2 with veal resulting in multiple trips to the bathroom for a couple days. However, they are apparently known for their fresh veal dishes. Glad we went but may look for other places to try next time. However, there is a feeling of connection with the family after eating there a couple times.

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★★★☆☆

Ralph?s is must place to eat at least once. ?It is what it is? as far as food, location, and service. Being a family run restaurant and staffed by East coast attitude, I can?t see how any complaints of the service matter. It is what it is and probably does very well because customers accept the little things like simple bread, less than warm service (which seems to be a trait of East coast business anyway), and the possibility of a mediocre dish served. The location is fine for me since we walk there or would take a cab. It?s the city, if you have to find a place to park get over it. I had a seafood linguini dish and loved it. The broth from the seafood mixed with the sauce and noodles was fabulous. The shrimp were slightly overdone but not bad. I had the rest of my wife?s eggplant veal dish. It was veal wrapped in parmesan crusted eggplant. The eggplant was pretty soggy and the veal was slightly dry. I am not an aficionado on veal or eggplant so I am not sure how it should be. My opinion is that the taste was good but not ?wow?. The spaghetti was great. Good sauce. They do not make their own pasta, only gnocchi is made fresh, but still good. Had the gnocchi and is very good. My stomach does not agree with their veal. I am 2 for 2 with veal resulting in multiple trips to the bathroom for a couple days. However, they are apparently known for their fresh veal dishes. Glad we went but may look for other places to try next time. However, there is a feeling of connection with the family after eating there a couple times.

Pros: ambiance, history

Cons: long wait

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After seeing 4+ stars, 7 of us ventured to Ralph's from Wilmington on a Sunday night for a birthday dinner...reservations at 6. It was crowded and would ultimately become packed. I'm not sure why. Two of us had Ralph's specials, veal and artichokes and chicken sorrento; both were tasteless and oily. The artichoke hearts came right out of a can (I know because that is the way I eat them at home!) and the veal was tough. The lobster diablo was so spicy that you couldn't enjoy the expensive lobster. The clams casino were drenched in a spaghetti red sauce. The everything salad had lots of goodies on top and only head lettuce on the bottom. It was fresh though. The side of spaghetti was delicious. Before paying the bill, I told one of the waiters how disappointed I was with the veal ( 3/4 of it was left on my plate) and he said 'oh, you must have eaten too much bread.' There are MUCH better Italian restaurants in Philly where the waiters aren't rude and the parking is easier.

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★★☆☆☆

After seeing 4+ stars, 7 of us ventured to Ralph's from Wilmington on a Sunday night for a birthday dinner...reservations at 6. It was crowded and would ultimately become packed. I'm not sure why. Two of us had Ralph's specials, veal and artichokes and chicken sorrento; both were tasteless and oily. The artichoke hearts came right out of a can (I know because that is the way I eat them at home!) and the veal was tough. The lobster diablo was so spicy that you couldn't enjoy the expensive lobster. The clams casino were drenched in a spaghetti red sauce. The everything salad had lots of goodies on top and only head lettuce on the bottom. It was fresh though. The side of spaghetti was delicious. Before paying the bill, I told one of the waiters how disappointed I was with the veal ( 3/4 of it was left on my plate) and he said 'oh, you must have eaten too much bread.' There are MUCH better Italian restaurants in Philly where the waiters aren't rude and the parking is easier.

Pros: plain spaghetti and meat sauce

Cons: parking, rude waiters, other food

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I recently attended a dinner here for my cousin. this is her favoriate place and for the life of me I can't see why. First of all after driving around south philly for over 30 minutes I was finally forced to park in a no parking zone and received a $31.00 ticket. The facility itself is very small and cramped and EXTREMELY LOUD. I mean you can barely hear the waiter over the noise.

OK so I figure if the food is all that it should be....then the noise and the ticket would be worth it. WRONG again!!! the food was terrible and everything is ala carte. they didn't even have Chicken Parmigiana on the menu. They had Veal and Eggplant Parm...but no chicken. I have NEVER been in any italian eatery where they didn't have chicken parm on the menu.

Also the staff was RUDE and Pushy....we had a very large party with a reservation for 6pm most of the party was there on time, a few were running late, the waitier must have told us 10 times that he had another party coming in at 8pm and that we were going to be asked to leave if we were not finished when the next party arrived. Turth be told, the rest of our party was driving around looking for a parking spot!!!

If I have to say something positive about this place, I would say the prices are very reasonable. However, given the quality of the food and the service !!! they really should pay you for going there!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently attended a dinner here for my cousin. this is her favoriate place and for the life of me I can't see why. First of all after driving around south philly for over 30 minutes I was finally forced to park in a no parking zone and received a $31.00 ticket. The facility itself is very small and cramped and EXTREMELY LOUD. I mean you can barely hear the waiter over the noise.

OK so I figure if the food is all that it should be....then the noise and the ticket would be worth it. WRONG again!!! the food was terrible and everything is ala carte. they didn't even have Chicken Parmigiana on the menu. They had Veal and Eggplant Parm...but no chicken. I have NEVER been in any italian eatery where they didn't have chicken parm on the menu.

Also the staff was RUDE and Pushy....we had a very large party with a reservation for 6pm most of the party was there on time, a few were running late, the waitier must have told us 10 times that he had another party coming in at 8pm and that we were going to be asked to leave if we were not finished when the next party arrived. Turth be told, the rest of our party was driving around looking for a parking spot!!!

If I have to say something positive about this place, I would say the prices are very reasonable. However, given the quality of the food and the service !!! they really should pay you for going there!!!

Pros: cheap prices

Cons: medicore food, rude service, no parking facilities

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This place has obviously seen better days. Who's paying Zagat to give it a rating of 20?

The food is so low brow and over priced you can get the same garbage in a pizzeria for way less. Would never go back again. It puts southern Italian food to shame.
The bread, for starters is the equivalent to wonder bread with a crust and the rest of the cuisine is prepared by those who have no feel what so ever for what good quality southern Italian food is about. It's a tourist trap for those who don't know what good Italian food is, plain and simple.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has obviously seen better days. Who's paying Zagat to give it a rating of 20?

The food is so low brow and over priced you can get the same garbage in a pizzeria for way less. Would never go back again. It puts southern Italian food to shame.
The bread, for starters is the equivalent to wonder bread with a crust and the rest of the cuisine is prepared by those who have no feel what so ever for what good quality southern Italian food is about. It's a tourist trap for those who don't know what good Italian food is, plain and simple.

Pros: none

Cons: over priced, poor quality ingredients and preparation

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sauces are just disappointing, salmon is dry, the rest is mediocre...cute family atmosphere is refreshing

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★★★★☆

sauces are just disappointing, salmon is dry, the rest is mediocre...cute family atmosphere is refreshing

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The restaurant feels like your own dining room. It's very relaxed, the servers are friendly but don't hound you throughout the meal. The food is incredible. The eggplant parm is my favorite. It's so tender, with the perfect amount of cheese and sauce. The house wines are great! The cheesecakes are also amazing. They're creamy, but not too sweet. This is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. It's cozy, not pretentious and surprisingly affordable. For the quality of food they serve the prices are cheap.

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★★★★★

The restaurant feels like your own dining room. It's very relaxed, the servers are friendly but don't hound you throughout the meal. The food is incredible. The eggplant parm is my favorite. It's so tender, with the perfect amount of cheese and sauce. The house wines are great! The cheesecakes are also amazing. They're creamy, but not too sweet. This is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. It's cozy, not pretentious and surprisingly affordable. For the quality of food they serve the prices are cheap.

Pros: Cozy, friendly and amazing food

Cons: None

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This food was absolutely great. I mean, all out delicious. I can barely describe it. All your traditional Southern Italian cuisine freshly prepared and homemade. (You've gotta get a side salad. Great dressing.) But the service is extremely lacking. They order your food, drop it off, and ask for the check. That's it. Nothing more.

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★★★★★

This food was absolutely great. I mean, all out delicious. I can barely describe it. All your traditional Southern Italian cuisine freshly prepared and homemade. (You've gotta get a side salad. Great dressing.) But the service is extremely lacking. They order your food, drop it off, and ask for the check. That's it. Nothing more.

Pros: Excellent food. Really ,really good.

Cons: Bad service.

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It makes me laugh when i hear people talk about how good Ralph's is. This place is mediocre at best. The only good thing about it is the music. If you enjoy the food here than you obviously have never eaten authentic italian food. In that neighborhood there is at least 3 better choices. I have never eaten here where i walked away and said wow the food was great. Never. Whats the big deal. The service is OK but the seating is tight. I enjoy loud restaurants so the noise didn't bother me, but the price sure did. For that kind of price i should have eaten fine dining food, not freezer stored meatballs and chicken. I hope people wake up and realize there are other places in the city that serves the same food, 100X better and way cheaper. Guess management is more worried about money than food.

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★☆☆☆☆

It makes me laugh when i hear people talk about how good Ralph's is. This place is mediocre at best. The only good thing about it is the music. If you enjoy the food here than you obviously have never eaten authentic italian food. In that neighborhood there is at least 3 better choices. I have never eaten here where i walked away and said wow the food was great. Never. Whats the big deal. The service is OK but the seating is tight. I enjoy loud restaurants so the noise didn't bother me, but the price sure did. For that kind of price i should have eaten fine dining food, not freezer stored meatballs and chicken. I hope people wake up and realize there are other places in the city that serves the same food, 100X better and way cheaper. Guess management is more worried about money than food.

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Best spaghetti and meatballs I've ever had, great sauce, pasta cooked to perfection. Bread that is addictive. Meat dishes very pricey. Not exactly fancy atmosphere; powdered parmesean cheese in shaker on table. Service standard, very cramped space, but overall I would recommend for good, quick, sandard pasta. I'll be back.

1
★★★☆☆

Best spaghetti and meatballs I've ever had, great sauce, pasta cooked to perfection. Bread that is addictive. Meat dishes very pricey. Not exactly fancy atmosphere; powdered parmesean cheese in shaker on table. Service standard, very cramped space, but overall I would recommend for good, quick, sandard pasta. I'll be back.

Pros: seated and served quickly

Cons: loud and cramped

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While Ralph's may not be haute cuisine by any measure, it delivers with its traditional Italian American standards. Great pasta dishes, eggplant parm, meatballs, and veal. Can be quite loud and busy on weekends, ask to be seated in the 3rd level wich is carpeted. Great and reliable place though all around.

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★★★★☆

While Ralph's may not be haute cuisine by any measure, it delivers with its traditional Italian American standards. Great pasta dishes, eggplant parm, meatballs, and veal. Can be quite loud and busy on weekends, ask to be seated in the 3rd level wich is carpeted. Great and reliable place though all around.

Pros: Great Food, Great for large groups

Cons: Noisy, usually crowded and spotty service sometimes

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We've been going to Ralphs about twice a year for the past 5 years and its been one of our favorites up untill this year. I'm not sure what happened to the management but the atmosphere completely changed, the service is very rushed typical of what you expect at a chain resturant, the prices went up, and portions got smaller. I understand the increase in price but dont decrease your portions, its the first time I've ever left there with no left overs and still feeling hungry (I had apps, dinner, and desert). The server was either overworked or underpaid b/c he was trying to rush us out of there, I like to relax and enjoy my meal have a few drinks and spend 1-2 hours there, we were rushed out in under an hour and the place wasnt even busy!!
Dont get me wrong quality of food is above average but that isnt enough to make me want to go back, you can find better in the city for the same price. The Ralphs in Ambler was so much better too bad they closed that down what a huge mistake :(

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★★★☆☆

We've been going to Ralphs about twice a year for the past 5 years and its been one of our favorites up untill this year. I'm not sure what happened to the management but the atmosphere completely changed, the service is very rushed typical of what you expect at a chain resturant, the prices went up, and portions got smaller. I understand the increase in price but dont decrease your portions, its the first time I've ever left there with no left overs and still feeling hungry (I had apps, dinner, and desert). The server was either overworked or underpaid b/c he was trying to rush us out of there, I like to relax and enjoy my meal have a few drinks and spend 1-2 hours there, we were rushed out in under an hour and the place wasnt even busy!!
Dont get me wrong quality of food is above average but that isnt enough to make me want to go back, you can find better in the city for the same price. The Ralphs in Ambler was so much better too bad they closed that down what a huge mistake :(

Pros: Quality of food

Cons: Service

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I have been going to Philly twice a year for six years and I always look forward to dining at Ralph's. the best pasta always al dente. my favorite is the pescatore if you like seafood this is the dish to have. great deserts too. If your looking for a place where all the locals go for dinner this is the best.

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★★★★★

I have been going to Philly twice a year for six years and I always look forward to dining at Ralph's. the best pasta always al dente. my favorite is the pescatore if you like seafood this is the dish to have. great deserts too. If your looking for a place where all the locals go for dinner this is the best.

Pros: Great service

Cons: Check to see if you need reservations on Fridays and Saturdays

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Ralph's is the oldest italian restaurant in the country, and when you walk in it has the old feeling decor. The tables are real close, don't be surprised if your elbows hit the guy next to you.

The food is superb and rather quick, reservations are needed on the weekends. Make sure you get the meatballs added as a side, extremely good!

PROS: food, italian decor,
CONS: tables are really close not a lot of privacy

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★★★★☆

Ralph's is the oldest italian restaurant in the country, and when you walk in it has the old feeling decor. The tables are real close, don't be surprised if your elbows hit the guy next to you.

The food is superb and rather quick, reservations are needed on the weekends. Make sure you get the meatballs added as a side, extremely good!

PROS: food, italian decor,
CONS: tables are really close not a lot of privacy

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Ralph's is simply average. The wait staff is on the rude side. They are just ok...easy to forget. The price point is fair to a little on the high side.

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★★☆☆☆

Ralph's is simply average. The wait staff is on the rude side. They are just ok...easy to forget. The price point is fair to a little on the high side.

Pros: Nostalgic Space.

Cons: Wait staff attitude is curious considering their poor skill set. Food is bland.

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We read the reviews and although alot said the food was good, but, several said the waitstaff left something to be desired, well guess what, they were as friendly and accomodating as any waitstaff I have encountered. We not only can rave about the food, (it is a 9.5 for sure) but we enjoyed the waiters. They all were friendly, helpful and reason to go back!

R. Rector, Delaware

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★★★★★

We read the reviews and although alot said the food was good, but, several said the waitstaff left something to be desired, well guess what, they were as friendly and accomodating as any waitstaff I have encountered. We not only can rave about the food, (it is a 9.5 for sure) but we enjoyed the waiters. They all were friendly, helpful and reason to go back!

R. Rector, Delaware

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The only thing that my boyfriend and I go back for is the Veal Rollantine...two very moist breasts topped with cheese in a reduced buttery/wine mushroom sauce that is to die for! Not a fan of veal? They were able to make it using chicken even though it wasn't on the menu. The mussels are always inconsistent, on a good night, which it was, the red sauce is spectacular. We always go for the veal, it will always be a neighborhood fav of mine.

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★★★★★

The only thing that my boyfriend and I go back for is the Veal Rollantine...two very moist breasts topped with cheese in a reduced buttery/wine mushroom sauce that is to die for! Not a fan of veal? They were able to make it using chicken even though it wasn't on the menu. The mussels are always inconsistent, on a good night, which it was, the red sauce is spectacular. We always go for the veal, it will always be a neighborhood fav of mine.

Pros: Don't get steak here and you'll be fine

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Id say pass this place up if your out spending your monies. The city has a lot more to offer!

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★★★☆☆

Id say pass this place up if your out spending your monies. The city has a lot more to offer!

Pros: history, location

Cons: rude watiers, loud , small

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Ralphs Italian Restaurant is a really great place for authentic Italian food. They have a huge variety of dishes, including salad, seafood, ravioli, gnocchis, seafood, veal, steaks, and chicken. Their ravioli is the best around. They have many different sauces you can pick from, including red, white, and oil sauces. Their appetizer selection is excellent. The prices are all very reasonable. The servers are all very friendly and give great service.

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★★★★☆

Ralphs Italian Restaurant is a really great place for authentic Italian food. They have a huge variety of dishes, including salad, seafood, ravioli, gnocchis, seafood, veal, steaks, and chicken. Their ravioli is the best around. They have many different sauces you can pick from, including red, white, and oil sauces. Their appetizer selection is excellent. The prices are all very reasonable. The servers are all very friendly and give great service.

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My wife and 3 freinds went here over the weekend, first time we have ever been there and all i can say is WOW! The food is so good and the prices even better. The service was subpar but its a busy place on a weekend so i can forgive. I highly recomend and if you like Martinis try the Chocolate ones.

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★★★★★

My wife and 3 freinds went here over the weekend, first time we have ever been there and all i can say is WOW! The food is so good and the prices even better. The service was subpar but its a busy place on a weekend so i can forgive. I highly recomend and if you like Martinis try the Chocolate ones.

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Ralph's is a great Italian restaurant, though I've been there a few times and have some minor irritations. Twice the sauces have been watery beyond belief. Many times I've had very flippant servers. Of course, being Italian, I know that when you go to an authentic Italian restaurant, the service is usually subpar. But who cares. You go to these restaurants for food and atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

Ralph's is a great Italian restaurant, though I've been there a few times and have some minor irritations. Twice the sauces have been watery beyond belief. Many times I've had very flippant servers. Of course, being Italian, I know that when you go to an authentic Italian restaurant, the service is usually subpar. But who cares. You go to these restaurants for food and atmosphere.

Pros: Fresh homemade pasta, Nice atmosphere, Very Italian feel

Cons: , poor service

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It's got sort of a comedy factor, but the rude waiters and mediocre food stop making it an acceptable balance after you've brought your second out of towners to visit.

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★★★☆☆

It's got sort of a comedy factor, but the rude waiters and mediocre food stop making it an acceptable balance after you've brought your second out of towners to visit.

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I live in the neighborhood and am saddened to think that anyone from out of town thinks that Ralph has the best Italian food to offer. And this is in the city famous for its Italian food! Simply shameful. There are fabulous meals to be had in Philly; Ralph's definitely does not make the list.
Each time I found myself at Ralphs -- trust me, through no fault of my own -- I was disappointed more than the time before. The last time I was there, the waitestaff began gathering the plastic flowers and salt/pepper shakers and talking about their plans for the rest of the night while we were still trying to eat our overcooked pasta. Good riddance!

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★☆☆☆☆

I live in the neighborhood and am saddened to think that anyone from out of town thinks that Ralph has the best Italian food to offer. And this is in the city famous for its Italian food! Simply shameful. There are fabulous meals to be had in Philly; Ralph's definitely does not make the list.
Each time I found myself at Ralphs -- trust me, through no fault of my own -- I was disappointed more than the time before. The last time I was there, the waitestaff began gathering the plastic flowers and salt/pepper shakers and talking about their plans for the rest of the night while we were still trying to eat our overcooked pasta. Good riddance!

Pros: fame, location

Cons: everything else

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It's loud in there, which is okay but when you're getting screwed on prices for average food and waiting and waiting and waiting for rude, dismissive service, the noise becomes a torture. I'd rather skip the mystique and go somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

It's loud in there, which is okay but when you're getting screwed on prices for average food and waiting and waiting and waiting for rude, dismissive service, the noise becomes a torture. I'd rather skip the mystique and go somewhere else.

Pros: Neat building

Cons: Rude slow service, Mediocre food, Overpriced

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I have eaten at Ralph's just one time. The food is decent-really nothing exceptional. I found the service poor and the waiters all seemed distracted.
Not bad if you just want just a pasta dish and you are in the area. Mamma Maria's is ten times better.

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★★★☆☆

I have eaten at Ralph's just one time. The food is decent-really nothing exceptional. I found the service poor and the waiters all seemed distracted.
Not bad if you just want just a pasta dish and you are in the area. Mamma Maria's is ten times better.

Pros: price

Cons: service

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The place looks like a real Italian restaurant. It is noisy and the waiters sweep through carrying hot plates and they all seem to have Italian accents. The food is ordinary and expensive for what you get. The service is mostly rude and dismissive. Stick to the pasta which is pretty al dente with nice sauces.

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★★☆☆☆

The place looks like a real Italian restaurant. It is noisy and the waiters sweep through carrying hot plates and they all seem to have Italian accents. The food is ordinary and expensive for what you get. The service is mostly rude and dismissive. Stick to the pasta which is pretty al dente with nice sauces.

Pros: good pasta, great South Philly lo

Cons: rude service, food is ordinary at b, noisy

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If it is good enough for Teddy Roosevelt, it's good enough for me. I'v never had a bad meal there from pasta to veal to desert. Lasagna was great the last time I was there earlier this week!

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★★★★★

If it is good enough for Teddy Roosevelt, it's good enough for me. I'v never had a bad meal there from pasta to veal to desert. Lasagna was great the last time I was there earlier this week!

Pros: Great Food, Great Value, Family Friendly

Cons: Parking, Can be crowded

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Well, I don;t know what to say about Ralph's. their veal dishes have been excellent and I love the atmosphere. The lasagna was good but not great. The plain old pastat dishes were mediocre. This, in an area so rich in good italian restaurants, is not enough. I would only go when in the mood for veal.

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★★★☆☆

Well, I don;t know what to say about Ralph's. their veal dishes have been excellent and I love the atmosphere. The lasagna was good but not great. The plain old pastat dishes were mediocre. This, in an area so rich in good italian restaurants, is not enough. I would only go when in the mood for veal.

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I ate here last weekend with a large group and had an amazing meal. I got the artichoke veal, which comes in a white wine sauce, and it was delicious! Other people in my party also loved the veal parmesan, citing it as the best they've ever had. The service was decent, ambiance loud (but authentic!). Will definitely go back. Also thinking about buying their cookbook to see if I can replicate how great the meal was!

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★★★★★

I ate here last weekend with a large group and had an amazing meal. I got the artichoke veal, which comes in a white wine sauce, and it was delicious! Other people in my party also loved the veal parmesan, citing it as the best they've ever had. The service was decent, ambiance loud (but authentic!). Will definitely go back. Also thinking about buying their cookbook to see if I can replicate how great the meal was!

Pros: Great prices, Huge portions, Nice selection

Cons: Loud

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