Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Philadelphia Restaurants

Ernesto's 1521 Cafe

  • 1521 Spruce St. Map It
  • Center City West
  • Italian

Updated 05/19/2011

Fodor's Review

A devoted clientele has helped transform this simple café into a sophisticated bistro. The location across from the Kimmel Center hasn't hurt, either. The food is creative, with hints of French and other cuisines mingling with the standard Italian flavors. The fried calamari, for example, is served with mango chutney. The vegetable Napoleon satisfies vegetarians; carnivores might prefer the chicken osso buco served with polenta or the seafood cioppino. Desserts made by

the owner's mother, Livia, are outstanding.

Read More

Restaurant Information


1521 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102, United States

Map It



Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Mon. No dinner Sun.

Updated 05/19/2011


Map View

Map of

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?