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Ernesto's 1521 Cafe
1521 Spruce Street
Center City
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Cross Street: 15th Street
Hours of Operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5-10PM, Friday & Saturday 5-11PM, Sunday 5- 9PM Ernesto's 1521 Cafe closes for summer vacation after the first Sat in Aug and re-opens the Wed after Labor Day each year.

Located in an historic brownstone just a half block from the Kimmel Center, Ernesto's 1521 Cafe has been welcoming theatre patrons & neighbors since 1992. First established as a coffeehouse/art gallery, Ernesto's has gradually evolved into a full service restaurant featuring two dining rooms, a wisteria covered rear patio & sidewalk seating out front. A family affair since it's inception, Livia, Ernesto's mother oversees the kitchen & creates delicious Italian desserts. Chef Cirilo Pantoia has been producing Italian classics with his own innovative twists for over twelve years now. The menu features such dishes as osso buco, seafood cioppino, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage, fettuccine bolognese and ravioli di zucca just to name a few. Patrons may enjoy selections from Ernesto's all-Italian wine list or bring their own for a modest $5 per bottle corkage fee. Bottled beer and basic cocktails are available from our service bar. Ci vediamo presto.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Cross Street: 15th Street.
  • Price: $30 and Under
  • Payment:
    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Chef: Cirilo Pantoia
  • Dress: Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details:Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine
  • Parking: Street Parking
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