Imperatore Bar & Wood Fired Grill

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132 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 132 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.0
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
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WineWeasel
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful staff and food to match. Best Italian food in the area!

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MaxG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Drinks were great! Service was great! We had a pizza for appetizer which was very good. I had the chicken parmigiana which was as good as it gets. It came with roasted vegetables which were very good as well. My wife had the veal dish, forget the name but it was like veal Marsala. She raved about it in between each bite. We were too full for desert, maybe next time. A nice place to go for a higher end dinner!

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Marklar
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was amazing, waitstaff was very attentive. Unfortunately we were seated in a bar area with big TVs and a very loud DJ that made it hard to talk, but we were lucky to get a table on NYE. Would definitely go back again if we could get a table in the main dining room .

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TDB409
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, waitress was very helpful. Caesar salad presentation was unique and it was delicious.

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vipNancyG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

this new restaurant is beautiful. The menu is good. the food was adequate. service due to covid-ok.

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vipMichaelC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very quiet but PHENOMENAL food.

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LorenP
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tables well spaced. Waiter very attentive. Menu specials all interesting. Quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Poor service, okay food…treating friends for a Christmas dinner and unimpressed. Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great service, good wine.

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bmja69
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

There were 6 people in our party and everyone enjoyed their food. We requested a bottle of wine and that particular bottle someone forgot to add to the refrigerator. No worries they were able to chill it down before our dinners came out. We will be back a very yummy and enjoyable evening.

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MarkK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal again! We had their specials last night. Grilled artichokes for an appetizer and the cowboy steak for 2 as a main entree. Red velvet cake for dessert. Bar drinks were great too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Everyone always seems confused. During dinner one night kitchen was dropping f bombs and fighting loudly.

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vipGreggt
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

First time at this location and they were short staffed. Waited for almost 10 minutes for hostess. Seated at 7:30 but order not taken till 8:15. Poor waiter was way overwhelmed and we had to ask for bread. One dinner was ordered without clams but it came loaded with clams. Growing pains for sure. Similar to the beginning of the first restaurant so its worth trying again. And entrance was a bit confusing with very little signage. At least the parking was easy. Hope they square it away because the food is worth it, but they need to up their service game big time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

Service was great, our waiter was very personable and kind. The food was subpar and disappointing. I ordered the pollo capresi and my chicken tasted like it came straight out of the freezer with fake grill marks on it. The lobster bisque did not have any lobster in it. I won’t be back.

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footsie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Happy hour made good value for drinks, pizzas, which were great, and appetizers. Service was very slow.

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CarolB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were a party of four and we were all very happy with our meals and service ! grilled artichokes, the spiedini entree, the fra diavolo pasta special with mussels and scallops... all very delicious! will come again!

p.s. the caprese salad always good but out of season tomatoes took some of the tastiness away!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Calamari undercooked, portions small , pizza just average. No reason to return except for outdoor dining area is quite nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

It could have been great but the service was ridiculously slow and the food was fine but not amazing.

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bobb
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

We went to the happy hour and when we ordered pizza they said it wasn’t part of the happy hour promotion even though I had received an email specifically promoting the pizza. The food we did get was very good but we were excited for the pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was suggested to me by a coworker. Enjoyed the food and ambience and would return and recommend it to others

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The fried calamari was good, the bread was good, my pasta with scallops and shrimp in white wine sauce was just ok. The seafood delicious but they put red sauce with the white. If I wanted red I would order red, so that is why it is ok. Will try again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
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
26 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
42 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
20 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
2 reviews
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
38 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.

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 stars by 132 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.