Arugula Ristorante- Chadds Ford

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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.
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BB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service at Arugula was exceptional! We had never eaten there before last week, so we didn't know exactly what to expect. Our server was excellent! He was always there when we needed him, but was not intrusive to our meal. He was very knowledgeable about the food and very accommodating to any special requests. The food was well prepared by a chef who knew what he or she was doing. Everything was fresh and we loved the homemade potato chips! We found the pricing to be very reasonable since the six of us ate lunch for $100, not including the tip. My husband noted that the bathrooms were very clean, which can be a good indicator of the general cleanliness of the kitchen and the rest of the establishment. We will definitely eat at Arugula again!

p
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food every time there. The wait-staff always aims to please. Very, very good local BYOB, love it there.

GS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants over 100 times and ALWAYS had great; however, they were really struggling this particular night. Service was really slow, “Dinerish” like, no authentic attention from our server. Seems a lot of new faces...maybe natural turnover of staff. As far as food, both our meals were not prepared the best...mine was heavy on the mustard in a Cognac Mustard sauce and my wife’s was heavy lemon in a

RH
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local restaurant. A bit noisy on week ends, but the food is very good and fairly priced. Have visited many times. Looking forward to many more.

DT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the waiter was very nice and helpful!

MH
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, outstanding food and very creative specials especially the scallops and bacon

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very good. The B.Y.O.B. is a huge saving. I would definally reccomend Arugula to my friends.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible, the server had to clarify things multiple times, and we still had an incorrect dish and a missing side. Pasta tasted worse than boxed pasta from the grocery store. This was our first and last time here. Will definitely not be going back.

RK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and excellent value! Staff is wonderful!!

EB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST Italian cuisine in the area! We love this place and recommend it to everyone!! ♥♥♥

AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, we both enjoyed our entrees. The waiter was not experience but it did not detract much. Noise level was high with no quiet corner. The bread and oil dip were very good. The decor is adequate but not particularly attractive.

LS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Loved this place and will be sure to visit again trying many different dishes on the menu!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding food well prepared and presented.

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, as always! They make you feel like family!

RO
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Popped in after attending a funeral. Place was pretty quiet. Service was friendly. Meal was delicious. Tried a new dish tonight, pollo ciociara, in a lite cherry tomato sauce topped with ground sausage and smoked mozzarella. It was very tasty, and nice portion 4 pieces of chicken. Chicken Parma was enjoyed by my wife, and daughter had the Rigatoni alla Vodka...which is usually my favorite dish. They had leftovers. This place is always good.

ER
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great surprise! Looked specifically for a BYOB in the area and selected Arugula, based on convenience and reviews. Are we glad we did. Fabulous service, menu selection and food. Heavily recommend - we will be back!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service at this family-run place. I was a bit concerned because getting a table on a Sat night seemed too easy, but the place was packed. It’s a BYO but sadly we forgot to bring wine. Varied menu for all of our party members including vegetarians. Prices are a bit high but not terrible. Excellent service. Overall enjoyable evening.

MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal and good time.

SS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious but the service was slow.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it there and will be back!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service

EU
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites! Good food and good value

BM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a Tuesday and wasn’t expecting much. The gnats were just ruining the dinner. They must of been from a plant. Just wasn’t like before. Blame it on Tuesday.

f
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant in a strip mall. Much better inside than out. Loved that it was a BYOB. Food was delicious and large portions. Service was great.

PD
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Italian BYOB. Food always freshly prepared and I like the fact that their meals are not rushed out. They give you a chance to enjoy your meal and make a night of it.

AF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent place and great food. Always enjoy going there

D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my local favorites. Delicious pasta, veal parmigiana, and fish dishes. Had Caesar salad as did the rest of my family and everyone commented on how good it was. Super fresh and great dressing, but not overdressed. Looking forward to dining there again soon.

B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brady is an excellent server and representative of the restaurant. Food was very good but I feel a little pricey. I would suggest that the bread for the bruschetta be toasted more in order to prevent it from folding while trying to eat it. I will return.

JB
Philadelphia
548 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were there while it was 100+ degrees om 7/20 and the air conditioning was doing it's best to keep up as was the overworked waitress that evening (the team was a bit shorthanded) but you know what … we opened our wine, grabbed an ice bucket and made the best of it. Before we got inside, four nice young people rose in unison to get-up and offer the bench seat for my 84 year old mother. Heck, that even got the owner to laugh a little before the end of the night. Our waitress was on her game and worked the room - I can only hope that everyone took as much care of her as we did. Great food (always get the sachetti - pillows of goodness!} and everything was on point including the arancini balls!

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Ok. Dining. Won’t go back.

RC
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arugula is our favorite restaurant. Can't say enough good about it. Anyone to whom we've made a recommendation for Arugula has always thanked us for the recommendation. While I don't always get the specials, I always look forward to hearing them and will choose one over the menu items if it appeals to me.

CM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

While the food was good, the noise level was so loud I had trouble speaking with my dining companion. To be fair there was a large party on the other side of the restaurant, however some simple movable dividers would have cut down on the noise level significantly. The food was good - not exemplary. And the server was very attentive and friendly. However the combination of the inability to have a conversation over dinner, along with the food being average leads me to not give a strongly positive recommendation.

TF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service

GD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food, creative menu, attentive service!!!

PB
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant several times and the food is consistently good. The menu offers a wide variety of choices. I also like that is it a BYOB. Downside is that it can get noisy . Unfortunately our recent seating was between two large groups and they were rather loud. Perhaps the host should be more aware of that when seating customers.
I would return and do recommend Arugula.

MP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, good prices. Look forward to returning.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was great, but it was extremely loud as there were several large parties including ours. Our waitress did ok, but she had us and 2 other large tables which caused our experience to be less then impressive.

r
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem with great food and a BYOB. Been there many times and will be going back for sure.

J
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent. However, the noise is terrible. Not sure why this is so, but if I owned the restaurant I would try to find a fix for it.

K
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was not really impressed with the quality of the food. Perhaps it was an "off" night. The service we received was excellent. Because how great the serve was I hesitated (that is, did not) send back my veal or complain. We had a very good time nonetheless.

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