Casta Diva

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762 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located just steps away from the Rittenhouse Square Park, Casta Diva brings to the table simple yet perfectly executed authentic Italian dishes, always using the finest locally and seasonally available ingredients. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to this elegant and sophisticated trattoria and enjoy beautifully prepared seafood and meat dishes, as well as pasta, desserts and bread made in the house. One of the "best kept secrets in Philadelphia" according to the Zagat review. Please note Casta Diva is a cash only business.
For blocked times you can call the restaurant for last minute accomodations and possible cancellations.
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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food .....even better service

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Although we have been to Caffe Casta Diva many times, we continue to enjoy dining there as our dependable “go to” restaurant where we take friends & celebrate special occasions. Everything about the restaurant is special: staff, food, ambiance. They have it all.

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J
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is absolutely delicious every time we visit. Don’t hesitate to go! The atmosphere is great! The wait staff are terrific. Don’t miss this gem! It is one of our very favorites!! Pasta is homemade. Very, very good
Food!

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casta Diva was a great first time experience to dine at. I took my boyfriend for his Birthday and the food was excellent and so was the service. When I reserved online I requested a small pastry and candle and for them to sing and they did! It is a smaller restaurant but very nice for a date night. Prices were reasonable and it is BYOB! Cant wait to go again!

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B
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Terrific food, carefully prepared and organically and locally sourced.

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VS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and welcoming service, food was great and byob was a plus. The octopus was my fav! I would Def go back !

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MA
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious and welcoming. A favorite in a city filled with great restaurants.

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BB
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood go to restaurant. Never disappoints.

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DD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went on Friday night with a party of 3. We ordered 2 apps and 3 main courses and ate family style. Everything was outstanding! I’m so happy that my friend from out of town was able to enjoy this amazing Italian BYOB with us!!!

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d
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is always excellent and friendly. Food is delicious, although mine came out at room temp. Nevertheless an excellent meal.

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c
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great specials. Bronzino was perfect. Great service.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

We loved the food and service. However, a lot of the tables were very close together and which made it feel a lot less intimate as many people could hear our conversation:

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RD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! Fabulous food. Quiet area of the city. Will go again!

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JR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian BYOB, above average food, reasonable prices

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DT
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful everything!!

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place, I came early and no problem to sit and read for a few minutes. Menu simple but elegant Italian dishes and other Mediterranean styles. My sliced duck breast with Brussels sprout greens and a base of sweet potato purée, really good. Side of grilled cauliflower. Poached pear with gelato. All excellent. Casta Diva Is a BYO and we had a good wine to go along with it all.

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NS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent neighborhood favorite. Gets crowded and the crowd, though more elderly, gets noisy.
BYOB and nice staff. Good quality food

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EC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Although the food was delicious, the service was so bad that we will not be going back. Some of the worst service I’ve ever had at a restaurant anywhere.

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TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was my first time and I already have another reservation!

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best food, my go to restaurant. I have never been disappointed. I make my own pasta and love to cook. I think the food is outstanding and truly homemade, housemade pastas

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TL
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We've eaten dinner here dozens of times in the last 15 years and it's always excellent. The menu contains old favorites as well as some newer items. The pasta dishes are the specialty of the house and always high quality and tasty! When it's full, which isn't unusual, it's loud, and that's the only thing I wish were different.

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P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Most food was very good but my pasta stuffed with ricotta and spinach was not. The pasta was thin and dried out tasting like cardboard, and the filling could hardly be noticed. Very disappointing for such a good restaurant.

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JL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food is great as well as service!!
Stephen's restaurant is always enjoyable!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was fresh and delicious. Calamari appetizer was perfect!

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ML
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food. Servers were unprofessional and impolite.

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything at Casta Diva was perfect

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E
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tables are narrow - more so than many other restaurants. Food had a bad day when we ate. Fish was loaded with bones - I spit out portion with so many small bones. Spouses salad came with pecorino cheese and an uninvited amount of goat cheese. Other reviews are universally outstanding, so we were let down with our evening.

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r
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Better options around Rittenhouse. BYOB is its best feature.

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Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal. The special veal chop was excellent!
Service was great.
A bit crowded.

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always delicious! Amazing pasta dishes Cash only and a BYOB

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RR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were very good, but the noise level nearly spoiled the evening for us, We could hardly hear our table-mates talk. The people at one table were excessively loud, causing others to speak more loudly. I asked the manager if there was no way to control he noise, and he responded with a curt "No!"
No apology.

I think that the manager could ask a table full of noisy people to lower the volume a litttle,

The manager's response to my question made me resolve never to return to Caste Diva.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I brought family and was just embarrassed by the horrible service. It was like why are you here?

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Delightful BYOB with reasonable priced menu. I would definitely go back except next time,
I would request a table in the front of the restaurant. We were seated at a table next to the bathroom and in front of the kitchen door. Not great ambiance. Also, the tables in the back are so close together.
The service was mediocre, but the food was good, somewhat creative take on Italian cuisine.

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b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diva was our local “go to restaurant “. Then we moved. It was nice to come back. We will come back again sooner next time. Dana took great care of us and the kitchen crew excelled. Always get the calamari. Still excellent. Had two pastas. Both excellent. And, their coffee always smelled good and still is. If you’re in the Rittenhouse area go to Diva.

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SL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at Casta Diva many times over the past 10 years but I had not been there for some time. Dinner this past Sat night was great and in particular the veal chop special of the night was outstanding. Excellent food, solid service, reasonable sound level and a byob make it a great value.

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SQ
Philadelphia
512 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was perfect and divine as always. Artichoke app, fennel salad, branzino. Service is good. Place is very loud when filled.

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P
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. I especially loved my gnoudi, like a large, fluffy gnocchi made with ricotta: SO delicious. Service was very attentive....will definitely return.

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NS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My second visit in the last 2 months. Very tasty appetizers: an artichoke and a calamari. It was a busy night due to Valentine's Day but the service kept up and so did the kitchen. Congrats to the staff. My husband's wild boar shank was quite good, my lobster pasta ok, not up to the other dishes. We will come again for sure.

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WM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was awesome from Caesar salad to lobster bolognese to veal chops through gelato. Great food, good service!

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MA
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food, friendly knowledgeable servers. Always a wonderful experience.

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