Arugula Ristorante- Chadds Ford

4.5
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510 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Arugula Ristorante Italiano is an authentic Italian restaurant, proudly owned and operated by the Lubrano family. The menu features traditional dishes inspired by the home cooking of our families in the Central and Southern towns of Italy, as well as innovative dishes inspired by our family vacations throughout all the regions of Italy.

No matter if you are in the mood for a meal that brings you back to your childhood Sunday dinners or a meal that reminds you of your recent vacation, Arugula aims to bring a taste of Italy to our Chadds Ford neighborhood. Arugula uses the freshest ingredients to create each dish. We take pride in making each experience special, whether it is a meal with that special someone, a business meeting, or a celebration with a large group, Arugula aims to impress.

We invite you to BYOB!
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4.6
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4.6
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4.0
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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P
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We eat at Arugula Ristorante often. The food is excellent and we always get good service from Antonella. Their pasta sauce is always consistent.

D
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Three couples had dinner and the food was excellent. We had seafood and pasta. Delicious. Waitress was courteous and extremely helpful. One of our favorite restaurants!

EB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Owner is rude with employees and customers. He will sink his own ship. Food is starting to go downhill.

EH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Waitress was great, but host is gruff and gets annoyed if you ask to change tables. Food was good.

LR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food was average and had to send my meal back. Restaurant was crowded and service suffered because of it.
Was a disappointing experience.

CJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Antoinetta was perfect. Busy time of night. The gang handled it well.

f
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience1

Food not great.

AK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve never had a bad meal at this place. It’s always delicious! We are repeat customers and we look forward to our next visit!

LO
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there for my wife birthday and the food was great the service was outstanding and the price was also great,we plan to go back again very soon, we walk in and the Owner took right to our table no waiting if you want a great place for dinner I would different go here, plenty of parking spaces.

j
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

Was just one big very noisy room. Pasta was literally cold. Veal was in an overwhelming liquid too lemony sauce. Service mediocre at best. Said my meal was taken by another server and I had to wait. Never going back

MB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Our dinner for 5 was great ! Great selections, something for everyone. Service friendly and excellent. Everyone in our party enjoyed the varied items they ordered. Food fresh and flavorful. Wonderful experience.

d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We decided on an early dinner at this restaurant based on a recommendation from a friend. We absolutely loved everything. The setting was lovely, service was on spot and the food (and portions) was outstanding. We very much liked that the menu offers some different items than most Italian restaurants do and found that to be very refreshing. This was our first visit and we expect to visit much more often.

l
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Full and very noisy, and our waiter confirmed that all Fridays and Saturdays are like that; some of the larger parties were especially noisy. Our waiter was proficient and speedy. But we couldn't hear him recite half of the specials because the place was so noisy. There is no sound-dampening material anywhere. My husband had veal ai carciofi and it was pretty soupy. I had veal alla Chesapeake and it came with a yellow sauce that had no saffron flavor at all (and I'm familiar with the flavor of saffron). Took a portion home, and next day the fat had separated from the sauce and didn't taste like butter or olive oil. Cooking oil, probably. We cannot recommend this restaurant very highly.

DW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visit after visit, whether with friends or strictly my lovely wife and family, our meals and the quality of our total experience are finest kind. Though we don't lack for appetites, we invariably bring food home, which extends the good vibe to a follow-on evening.

We are fans.

EQ
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was steady busy while we were there. This was a bit of a change for me from past visits but I was happy that there was a lot of traffic because the restaurant is fantastic and I want it to be successful. The food was, as always, delicious. The noise level despite the steady flow of customers and table turnover was manageable, and the service was excellent.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Waiter was under 21 with poor speaking skills, could not hear specials. We were 15 minutes late and owner gave us a hard time, scolded us, made us feel the table was no longer available before seating us.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great experience!! Will return

AT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Have not had a bad meal here. Everything on the regular menu is very good and the specials have been outstanding. A little noisy inside, but its got a positive energy about it.

c
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience1

The food was adequate at best.

DC
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Such a hidden gem. Food was authentic and yummy!! Our female server was from Sicily and she made our evening such a pleasure that we booked a trip to Sicily the following day!

C
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Arugula, where we have eaten before. Everything from the service to the food was just great. I ordered the whole fish, which was orate and was perfectly grilled. It was filleted table side, and the server did a wonderful job. My husband ordered a veal dish and that was great quality, too. We have never had a bad meal there. The server was from Sicily and was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food. All around great evening!

LM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Greeted by a miserable man at the desk who wouldn’t acknowledge people when they walked in. Server was wonderful and fun. Food fresh but just average. Noise level was ridiculously loud. Would consider giving it a second chance if it wasn’t for Mr. Miserable at the door.

GF
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great evening with friends. BYOB it's a plus

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyable meal. Stuffed mushroom app special pricey for 3 caps.

EW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We are always pleased with everything every time we go to Arugula. Great food and great service, always.

GG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was very good. Tables were a little close together.

h
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went for Christmas Eve dinner. It was our first visit. We could not have had a better meal. Our server was great, food was wonderful, and restaurant was buzzing with families celebrating the holidays. All tables were full and service was spot on and food was all timely and cooked deliciously. A strong recommend!!!!

LY
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistently great food. Great service !

f
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Yummy traditional Italian food with a modern influence. Good is flavorful and light enough there is no need to take it home

w
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Sure. It's a great casual place for a quality meal and good value and especially with the BYOW.

LS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for family Christmas dinner! Love the round table!!! Stephen was an excellent server!

j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

On previous visits food has been excellent. This time the veal was chewy, not as tender as on past orders. the gravy was too thin and bland.
The mixed fruit "lemoncello" was uninteresting. Stick to lemon

WF
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Arugula was great--food was delicious and it's BYOB which is really great. It's in a little strip mall and was a lot of fun for a group of 7 women to drink wine and laugh!

C
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Great food! Unfortunately, appetizers, salads and entrees all came out at the same time

KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Arugula several times and never been disappointed! You are made to feel like family!

SN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We always enjoy the food and the service here... this time we were seated by the door and my friends who had never been there before were quite cold. There were plenty of other open tables - guess we should have asked to be moved. The food was still very delicious and we had a good time!

f
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

Good food, especially home-baked bread. However, the owner is so rude! Noise level is extreme, hard to have a conversation without SHOUTING...

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food what a great restaurant. The BYOB is awesome.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was wonderful