Imperatore Bar & Wood Fired Grill

4.1
110 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A Fine Dining Italian Restaurant, Bar and Wood-fire Grill featuring Italian classics, fresh seafood, prime meat, wood-fired pizzas and the finest wine, beer and cocktails. This is the second location, the original Ristorante Imperatore has been open for 3 years in Blue Bell and has established an outstanding reputation for food, service and ambiance.

Indoor and Outdoor dining is available for reservation. We also have 2 full bars. To book private parties please call the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 110 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very pleased with the restaurant. It was our first time dining at this location. Staff were lovely and attentive. Food was delicious. Place was quiet. Will definitely be back soon!

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vipSouthernbelle
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We did not like the Pollo Venezia. The chicken pieces were thick and not tender. The chicken should have been pounded thin. There was not much spinach or mozzarella either. My husband’s Bolognese was good. The special salad of the day with figs and arugula was average. The service was slow and the server seemed to be rushed. However, everyone was friendly. We plan to give it another try as the location and atmosphere is good.

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RitaR
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food!

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ArtB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Everything but the food was fine. Had Veal Milanese, was the thinnist piece of veal I had ever seen in my life. I eat out many times a week for my entire life, have never written a negative review about food, from NYC, never complain and never send , but this was the worst attempt at food I had ever seen. Dry as could be, maybe 1/8" thick and could not finish, no sauce , allot of dried spinach on top of it ...sorry , but the worst. Art. back

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SusanS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! Portions are a good size. Great new find! We will be back!

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vipKaren
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

As many reviews indicated, they are understaffed. So we were prepared. The place was packed. Water and bread came quickly, but we waited 15 minutes for a waiter, who we think was the Manager. Everyone was working very hard, but we sort of felt rushed to order, for fear of not seeing him again for a while. We both got veal dishes which literally came out in 10 minutes. We thought this couldn’t possibly be our food. It was good, a little tougher than expected. We both got desserts which were good. Our credit card sat on the table for 15 minutes before he got it. We will go back in the spring when the outdoor space is open as it looks really nice. There are other dishes we would like to try so won’t cross this off at this point.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

If I coukd give zero stars I would. 6:30 reservation … left at 8:45 with no food . Literally the worst experience ever.

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vipTraci
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The decor is clean streamlined but a bit sparse . The food was fabulous- shared a pizza as an app and it was amazing! Entrees were very good - with the exception of the daily special - sub - par , small and disappointing… would we go back? YES!!

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Michael
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My friend and I met for lunch. While the food was very good, the menu was more geared for dinner. An expansion of the menu to include sandwiches, paninis, etc, would attract more diners for lunch. There were only a couple of parties there while we were there for a Friday lunch.

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StephanieR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything was great. The food was wonderful, outside was beautiful until it rained on us (to which they promptly put an umbrella over out table.)
A little slow on service but they warn you they're understaffed on the front door.
My ONLY real complaint is I choose restaurants based on their COVID protocol. It said on here that staff would be wearing masks and not one staff member had a mask on.

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Betsy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party had a fabulous lunch celebrating a birthday. The food, desserts and service were excellent. It was most enjoyable and we look forward to returning soon.

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DENISEG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Our service was fantastic but have to say like the food and ambience at the original restaurant in Blue Bell.
It was very loud and I like the personal touch at Blue Bell.
Will be going there from now on.
Thank you to our waitress who made my birthday special.

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vipFunsmiller
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service, wine, all on point! The burrata pizza is one of the best pizzas I've ever had. Great spot, gorgeous patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor patio with heat lamps and a fire table was perfect for a relaxing dinner....will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The place well decorated and friendly much improvement from his previous life as the village tavern . Service was slow obviously from staffing issues I really want this place to be successful the location had been a staple of our community for a long time. The menu is interesting but I think that’s a challenge to support with limited staff they should probably pair down the menu for some more simpler offerings I will be back

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PattiM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

From the hostess not seating us ( told us to go ahead and find a table)--sitting there for 10 minutes without a menu --30 minutes to get a glass of wine --entrees came 30 minutes after our salads. had to flag people down to get anything. Bright Bright lighting ---apologies about being short staffed. I get that but don't take reservations or seat walk ins when you know you can't handle it .
Will NEVER go back there again

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vipcandycec
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Service was slow. Waiter Tom far too talkative.

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DebbieT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here! Good food and great outside area. Live music was good

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vipThemI
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

We have supported this new restaurant three times, each time it becomes slight more disappointing. I suspect they are struggling as the place has been less than 20% full on a Thursday and Saturday night. Last night the service was slow as waiter said there was no bartender, also no hostess…..I appreciate the staffing gaps from COVID but this felt different. I hope they make it as food is very good.

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vipSouthernbelle
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good food and good service. We loved the outside patio. We will make this restaurant one of our regular dining spots.

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RosemaryM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Beautiful new restaurant unfortunately with many tables empty in the dining room we were seated in the bar with 3 screaming women! Hard to hear our conversation over the women. Had great expectations for the food but was extremely disappointed. Had to send back my husband's dinner because it was inedible. I will excuse the poor service due to the lack of help during this crazy time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was very good but very pricey. The decor was very plain.

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vipFoodEE
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Service inattentive
Ambience bland
Food was average,
Pizza was excellent, though.
We had high hopes as we heard decent things about the other location.
We will not be back

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was very good, service was not. Waited awhile to be greeted by waiter, had to ask for water over 5 times and never came.

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SandyB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Thought the prices were very high for the amount and quality of the food. Wasn’t impressed.

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vipScotM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had good time
Very nice people
Good service

Good food

Will be back often

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PaulaD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with a friend for lunch. It was a perfect September afternoon and we ate outside. The service was wonderful with just enough attention to know we were not forgotten but was there if we needed anything. The manager stopped by our table to see if everything was ok. When we were presented with the bill we were not rushed to leave. I would definitely recommend for either lunch or dinner

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vipLindaL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at this location.. was wonderful! Group was still raving about the meal today!!

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible service. Sat at table for 30+ minutes and never saw a waiter. The couple next to us complained to the manager that they were waiting an hour and had not received service at their table. We got up and left. Would never go back.

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vipMygirls2017
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great outdoor patio ! Busy night and unfortunately not enough staff but those working tried their best to bring out food timely. We all enjoyed our food, but have to say the Caesar salad dressing was watered down and had little flavor. I mention this because it used to be really great but this is the second time I’ve had it at the new location and something is definitely different. Otherwise we had a lovely evening.

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vipPaul
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

They finally delivered what was supposed to be a ribeye steak 20 minutes after the 4 other members of my party received their meals. The “ribeye” had so much gristle that it must have been a different cut of meat they used.

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micheller
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and fabulous food!! I've been here a number of times and each time has been great!

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SterlingE
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was off due to lack of staff. Could have turned one of the bus staff into a waiter which would have helped tremendously. Food was very good and the outside seating was very nice.

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vipDada1
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

We sat in the bar areas. It was very loud. The services was. Dry hood. The quality of the good was just ok Would probably return for wood fired. Pizza and. Beers st the bar but definitely not for a formal dinner

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MurielF
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a party of three. The staff was friendly and efficient and the food delicious. I highly recommend the Italian rice balls. My husband is vegan as they were very accommodating. He ordered the burrata salad special (sans burrata) and veggie pasta. I ordered the salmon, my daughter ordered the seafood risotto with red sauce (I forget the name). We all enjoyed our food and will definitely return.

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BrianW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, same for the wine list. Our only complaint is that while the remodel is great, and the place is very clean, the walls really need some artwork; it feels very sterile with empty walls.

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GeorgeH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was very good. A little on the pricey side.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time dining here and we can not wait to go back. The food was so amazing!! The lobster risotto was literally the best thing I’ve ever tasted! I also highly recommend the orange roughy topped with crabmeat:) We will definitely be dining her again.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

SYNOPSIS - For a $100+ dinner for two, we expected MUCH MUCH more. Total disappointment. Food was way undercooked and very bland. Rice was crunchy. Server was sloppily dressed and unprofessional with his eyes constantly looking down my wife's dress. Place was at maybe 30% capacity and they were extremely slow. When I complained about my food not being fully cooked the waiter actually laughed and said, "oh thank you very much" as if he had just gotten a major compliment! He clearly was still too busy staring at my wife to be paying attention to the fact that I just told him my food was horrible.
In total, service was basically non-existent. I asked for a cup of coffee while waiting for my dinner. More than 20 minutes later the waiter came over to tell me they had turned OFF the coffee machine but that he would turn it back on for me. Another 15 minutes went by before I got the cup. It was extremely watered down and was obvious that they had taken old cold coffee and mixed boiling water with it to get it hot again. Having worked in many restaurants in the past, I am familiar with the trick.
Dinner was cooked halfway through for the rice (which literally was crunchy still). Yet the shrimp in my meal were so overcooked that it tasted like water with the consistency of soft rubber. After serving the initial drinks the waiter never came back to check for refills or to offer refills. For what this dinner cost I would have expected that when my iced tea was below half full that he replaced it before I had to ask.
Our waiter was sloppy, unprofessional, and unprepared to do his job. The Manager was in the room and while he could (and SHOULD) have come over as soon as we complained, he instead ignored us. He obviously does not care if someone has a bad experience.

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Phillycucha
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Is understanding that we are living under extreme circumstances , we are trying to live this life and survive. Unfortunately this restaurant was completely under staffed, which I don’t understand why it was more than 80% to capacity.
Almost everyone was maskless and the protocols for Covid were pretty much too loose to be comfortable. We sat down, it took a good 20 minutes before someone noticed us or free to waiter our table. Bread was delivered to our table which was over cooked, on the very dark side, I would say almost burnt. When we finally ordered our drinks (which by the way was the only thing that was perfect from our experience ) they came to take our appetizers order, again it took forever to arrive to our table and when they did where inedible . We ordered fry calamari, they were instead of Crispy VERY soggy, the Insalata verde which consisted in arugula, with lemon vinaigrette and some shaved Parmesan, it looked like wild weed, no flavor at all, just plain lemon, so salt or pepper. After that horrible experience we asked for our bill and left to another restaurant which we had a delicious meal.
I feel really bad for the bartender, hostess and few waiters because they were multitasking, and looked extremely overwhelmed (lost)
Overall, I won’t recommend this place, not safe, not Covid protocols, understaffed, no worth the driving and the headache. I also feel bad for the business owner because I know they are trying to survive and make it work. I think if they take less reservations and deliver quality instead of quantity of food, it would say otherwise of the restaurant.

FAQs

Imperatore Bar & Wood Fired Grill offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 273-3900.

Imperatore Bar & Wood Fired Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 110 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.