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Francoluigi's High Note Café

4.4
294 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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Francoluigi's Italian Restaurant in South Philadelphia , Also Serving Homemade Southern Italian cuisine. Now serving Wine, Beer and Cocktails. Now House Red or White Wine $12.99 carafe and all Bottle Wine $25.00 Also BYOB Every Night, Wine Only Please
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner : DINING ROOM CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays .... Wednesday & Thursday 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. // Friday & Saturday: 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. & Sunday: 4 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
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Phone number
(215) 755-8903
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Franco Borda
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Private party facilities
Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Franco or Nick: (215) 755-8903
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Catering
Please call for details, Check our Website
www.francoluigis.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tasker & 13 st.
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Entertainment
TV & Radio Live Piano Friday & Saturday Night 6 to 10 PM
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Special events & promotions

Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good food. Nice service

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent dinner.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We've been here before, and always enjoy the friendly atmosphere, as well as the live jazz every night. Some would say this is a souped-up pizza place, but it actually offers much more (including reasonable wines and beers).

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Fabulous as always, great staff, great music, great food!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was outstanding, especially the gnocchi special. The waitress was very pleasant and attentive. It was really nice to hear piano music in the background. It’s hard to find parking in that area but we’ll worth it. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

It was our first visit and we really enjoyed our experience! The food was plentiful and delicious, the service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. We'll definitely go back!

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Disappointing. I used to go here for great food and the opera singing servers. It was my go-to place for celebrations.

After being seated this time, I was told the servers no longer sing which was sad but ok fine. The food was adequate but not what it used to be. And the service was very slow- we had to actually get up to find the waiter to ask for our bill even though the restaurant was only a third full.

Overall impression: Not what it used to be. Don’t bother going.

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1.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Made a reservation for 3 people. Owner decided to put my Wife, my Son and I at a 2top to be able to sell an additional plate at the table of four we had reserved. Owner's poor judgement to sell an additional $20 plate outwieghed our experience. Very disappointing experience.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner. Nicole took excellent care of us as beautiful piano music and delicious aromas filled the air. Can't wait to go back

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved the food & the piano player. Been going here for years & the menu seems to have shrunk. The noise level is awful when there are large noisy groups. We couldn't hear our waiter or our own conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Former Philadelphians returning for a visit asked that we select a restaurant. What better way to celebrate authentic South Philadelphia fare than FrancoLuigi's? The mussels, veal and specials were outstanding -- exceeded only by the service. FrancoLuigi's is consistently (for years) the place to meet up for an excellent dinner that will not damage your budget. Can you tell, we all truly enjoyed it -- even "loved" it. You will, too. Thank you FrancoLuigi's for a delightful evening.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Went for a cheap dinner with some friends before going out. Did not disappoint. Amazing service and atmosphere. Great menu for anyone in the mood for Italian cuisine. The free garlic knots were incredible and the tomato pie was perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

The food and value were spectacular but the best part was the live entertainment. We were lucky enough to see Chef Franco sing along with the piano player, who was very good himself. Wonderful atmosphere and phenomenal dinner! We will be back.

-Tom T

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Menu seems to be much smaller now. Was here for Mother's Day. Service is great, ordered fried calamari and received a small amount accompanied but a large amount of fried zucchini. We paid for calamari! We were a party of 5 and had 1 glass of wine, 2 calamari apps, 1 salad, 5 entrees (4 pasta dishes and 1 chicken dish) and bill was $50 per person. I have been too much nicer places for that amount. A little dissapointed!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

Our waitress, Ally, was terrific....quite personable and most accommodating!! The live music, a pianist, played all of the classics from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, etc. and was the very best!!! The "Antipasto for Two" was out of this world....and our entrees ("Grilled Salmon" and "Chicken Maria") were made with the best ingredients and were absolutely delicious!! My date, who also performs and plays the saxophone at this restaurant, and I consider Francoluigi's High Note Cafe one of our favorite places to eat!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

On weekend evenings, they have a fantastic jazz band that plays. It's a great spot for a dinner with friends. I'd recommend splitting a few salads, pizzas, and pasta dishes. You will walk out super full but happy. Also a great spot for a BYO, so bring a good bottle of wine and you'll have a delightful night ahead!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

A great neighborhood gem in East Passyunk area with a genuine friendly staff and short, but delicious, menu! The fried ravioli were delicious, and the complimentary garlic knots are the perfect pre-dinner snack. Prices are perfect and portions are LARGE, so come hungry!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2017

This was our first time at this restaurant. It started off great. It had a nice menu, loved the South Philly vibe and the two musicians were fun. The food was ok. They ran out of their special which was fine but when we asked if their pasta was home-made the answer was no. My friend and I ordered spinach instead of pasta and they were happy to accommodate but when we got the check they charged $6 per order! They never said there was going to be a charge! So our reasonable meal ended up being very expensive. I am disappointed as I thought we had found a gem. After the owner refused to do anything about the check I now found a dud and won't go back.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

We were disappointed that we had to wait, with the dining room near empty, for our table to be set-up when we had a reservation. We were also not seated until four other members arrived which was within 10 minutes of our reservation time. We ordered a pizza as our appetizers and purposefully did not put in our entree order at the same time. Our entrees arrived within minutes of the pizza. Although the food was good, coordination was not. The busser asked each one of us if we were finished while we were still eating. We were in and out within an hour. Not my idea of a Saturday evening dinner out! As we left there was no one waiting to be seated. Why the rush?

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

In Philadelphia for some training and brought a few members of the class here (One from Australia.). Great live music and authentic, reasonable food. Best Veal Marsala I have ever had. When I come back to the east coast, I will definetely stop. Great job!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Love this place! You will too!!!

Great great find! Franco is quite a quality guy. Attention to detail is how he runs his place. Go!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

let me first say that FRANCO is a gem! he is welcoming and thoroughly charming. i can't believe that i had never eaten there - well it is now on my go-to list! the live entertainment, guys getting up and doing songs with the fab piano player and Franco singing standards - it was a blast! my friend and i laughed our way through a great dinner. my only suggestions - more vegetarian choices and less ricotta in the eggplant parm:-) - the salad we had was amazing the whole damn thing was a win! Francoluigi's is a real find! I loved it! Plus i think that we made a new friend because we talked a really long time and other folks came over to the table to chat....what can i say? lovin' Francoluigi's!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Terrific little neighborhood restaurant. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was relaxing. Our appitizers and entrees were delicious. There was a little two man jazz band, piano and bass, playing. The music was just right, we could still talk. Five stars for sure.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Our 2nd time here. Had the mussles in red with linguini very good. Our friends shared 2 pizzas which were excellent!! The jazz music the 2 musicians played was great. They start at 6pm.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

We used to frequent this restaurant when they had opera singers but more recently have lost sight of it. I am so pleased that we returned to find that the food was authentic and delicious and the staff was friendly. My only complaint would be that the saxophone was a bit loud, but the music itself was good for dining - mellow jazz. Would like to hear Franco sing some night.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Francoluigi's is very unassuming at first which is part of the charm. You think it's a pizza place, but when you walk through the doors of the dining room you are in a beautiful old school dining room that is cozy and inviting. On weekend nights there are Jazz Duo's who play the piano and saxophone giving you the perfect backdrop for your meal. The food is authentic, and back to the basics of the Italian staple entrees we all know and love, not to mention they are executed to perfection. The portions were generous, and the specials were a perfect compliment to the menu. I recommend the Fried Raviolis, Mussels, anything in their blush sauce, and if you want the most bang for your buck get the Chicken Parm you will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Great meal. Try the Family style menu. Can't go wrong. Our waiter Anthony was great and the jazz music was excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Pizza's are great! Wonderful BYOB (wine only) but also has a liquor license. Fun venue with live music. We celebrated our daughter's 23rd birthday there and everyone including the piano player joined in to sing Happy Birthday to her! It is a great place to celebrate an event! We have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2017

Amazing. Seriously. South Philly staple.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2017

Best pizza I've had in Philly (and I've tried Beddia). Amazing BYOB deal - bring your wine!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Been here many times and it never dissapoints! Owner is great and likes to check on his customers. Waitstaff is so friendly and the food is genuine and deliscious! The piano player makes this neighbourhood spot top notch!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Lovely atmosphere, really good pizza menu and apps. Mellow non-intrusive live piano jazz/singing, friendly accommodating staff

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Great Place. They have a full bar but you can bring your own wine.
Try the Family style dinner if you are with a group. It was great.

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1.0Dined on December 21, 2016

This was probably my 15th time at this restaurant and the third consecutive time I've been disappointed. We had ordered a pizza and it came out wrong, we mentioned this to the owner who was busy fawning over a large group that was seated next to us. His reaction was like we kicked his dog, and he went running into the back. A minute or two later he came back and offered us a few cut up slices of tomato pie that had been sitting under the heat lamp. We weren't eating tomato pie, and certainly didn't want a few cuts of the other mistake, or the one they leave around for slices. We told him we'd like the pie we had ordered the first time, and again was met with a look of disgust. 45 minutes later, another completely incorrect pie came out and that was that. We asked for a box, and the bill, and we're ready to move on. Bill came, no discount, no apology, nothing. 40 some dollars for the wrong food twice over, and a glass of wine. The same treatment the last time they messed our order up the last time I was there, and the time before that, we ordered delivery which took almost 2 hours, was wrong, and ice cold. I called to complain response on the phone was, "whadda yous want, we're busy" and hung up. This used to be one of my favorite spots in the city, but they've lost my business. Service is always great (as long as it isn't the owner) and food is really good, when it's correct. Too many other options for me to put another dime in that place. Really disappointing.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Overall- amazing, but extremely cramped. We have a baby, and I didn't account for that in the res because OT doesn't have that ability. Good was incredible, the jazz duo playing was also really great. Overall, a fun experience!!

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Francoluigi is a little gem we found in South Philly next to Miracle on S. 13th St.
Great night to see the Christmas display on 13th St. and then dine here. They had a piano player and stand up bass playing on Saturday night - Christmas songs, etc. The Chef even came out and sang a little tune. Overall this was a fun experience; my wife and I did not want to leave.
We will be bringing our family of 10 next Sunday 12/18 to introduce them to this fine restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2016

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

We were in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia marathon and have been to Francoluigis a few times before. The running club I am with have a tradition of eating there the night before the marathon and it lived up to its expectations!! Great food, live jazz music this time, friendly service.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

We don't get here as often as we would like but have always had an excellent meal each time we have been here in the last 20 years! The service is always outstanding and the entertainment enjoyable. Go have a great time and a great meal!

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2016

Great food & service! You can't go wrong with anything your order! It can get a bit loud at times, but it's a fun atmosphere!

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