Arugula Ristorante- Chadds Ford

4.6
431 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 is inspired by the traditional 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 takes you back to 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 that is a meal with that special someone, a business meeting, or celebrating a special occasion with a large group, Arugula aims to impress.
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GD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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K
Philadelphia
37 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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Q
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I ordered red Snapper. The food was very bland and it has not good taste. I was disappointed.

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p
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was outstanding - we both had a special for that day and they were wonderful! Service was a little slow but the restaurant was pretty crowded. Love finding new and different BYOs.

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t
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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D
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! Food never disappoints us!

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BH
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting the Chadds Ford area for a couple of days and were searching for a restaurant and discovered Arugula Ristorante. We were there during the week so it was not crowded, which we appreciated and to our delight! We got excellent service, especially by Linda. She was so attentive and ensured that we had a wonderful dining experience. I haven't mentioned the food yet! It was outstanding and delicious. We love Italian food, and this did not disappoint. When we return to the Chadds Ford area, we will definitely return to Arugula Ristorante!

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N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Arugula was delicious. I had a chicken breast topped with crab which was outstanding! Our waiter Joseph was very helpful and personable. We were there with friends who we hadn't seen in a long time and were there a long time but never felt rushed. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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A
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, as it always is. Special comments were made about the soups. A shout out goes to our waiter who was very accommodating when one of our party showed up significantly late ( due to an issue at work). Raymond couldn’t have been more understanding.

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HJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was superb!!! Atmosphere is good. A bit pricey for a BYOB but it is a quality product and I am willing to pay for the quality. Biggest problem here is the owner of the establishment. He has poor customer service skills, and hurts his own business with his arrogance. We went on Mothers Day most recently. However, we have been there several times previously. I recognize this is a very busy day. When we arrived we were seated at a table in the middle of the room and I requested if we could be moved to one of 3 or 4 empty tables along the back wall. We were told by our server that we could not be moved, as the owner said those tables were being held, as they could be reconfigured for larger parties. Not happy as at least one of those tables stayed empty throughout our meal. Fine, I am over it. However, what I am not over, is when we ordered dessert, the owner again displayed his lack of customer skills. He came over and basically threw the check on our table before we had taken one bite of dessert. Translated, he was giving us the rush to leave, as he needed the table. We just dropped almost $160 at a BYOB for 3 people, and this guy is acting like we were overstaying our welcome. We were in and out in under 90 minutes so we hardly stayed too long. Not cool and not appreciated. Bottom line, space it out a little more if you are so pressed for the space, or manage your seating better. You do not make customers feel unwelcome because you accepted too many reservations or miscalculated. I will still recommend, as it is a good establishment. The owner needs to understand that he is making a fan of his restaurant, into someone who is debating whether to return. My hope is he reads this review and understand his actions have consequences, and tries to improve his customer service skills.

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OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good place the food is good!

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CS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and friendly atmosphere would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always like coming to Arugula. The food is superb, the staff excellent and the variety on the menu is wide. My favorite is the fish filleted tableside.

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EJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food outside of Italy! We always get great service and outstanding food!!

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EE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Lara was our waitress. She was friendly and efficient without hovering or being intrusive. We will definitely return.

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a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are longtime customers who always enjoy a fantastic meal and 5 stars to antonella our wonderful waitress

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FP
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, good location, good atmosphere. Issue with the service was when I paid the bill-$60 check and I gave the waiter a $100 bill inside the check folder. He came back 5+ minutes later with my change but instead of leaving in the folder, he spread it across the table and counted it out for me-very odd. I would and have recommend this restaurant to others.

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DB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and excellent meals. Love that it's a BYOB!

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DS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Not a good experience. Food was horrible, service was bad, place was extremely loud.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

Great food at a great price. Service very friendly but slow. Ambience is basic. Clean and new but sparse. Noise level is very loud. One of my favorite BYOBs.

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MB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food hot and delicious. Server was sweet and very attentive. Been here a few times before. Food always wonderful.

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RS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was prepared well and presented nicely. Service was fabulous!! I had chicken ala chesapeake and it was delicious. The salmon and gnocchi were enjoyed by my friends. BYOB, pleasant atmosphere--I will definitely go there again!

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my first visit to Arugula. The food and service were excellent for a lunch visit but the ambiance of the place was a little disappointing. I would, however make a return visit for the food.

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KY
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a group of mixed ages and a vegetarian. The food was great for everyone.

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SY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

good Italian food . the bread just so so . the service excellent the ambiance cold not welcome warm .

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M
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food and service were fine. Nothing especially Italian about the food. Single slice mozzarella melted across the chicken parmigiana.

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good delicious
especially love the arugula salad w fennel and oranges

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AR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great meal with exceptional service. Owner genuinely cares about the experience and food.

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RL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and our waiter Joe was a delite.

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SO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best family owned Italian restaurants we experienced. We go there frequently and bring our friends as well. Very friendly service and excellent food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was incredibly good, and we all agreed that the sauces on the dishes were stand out! Even the dipping sauce for the bread was exceptional.
The seafood dish that I ordered was served with a healthy amount of scallops, shrimp, and fresh crab meat. Each of my family members, in fact, gave rave reviews to both their appetizers and entrees.
The server was very familiar with the menu and efficient but added just the right amount of pleasantness and humor to make the dining experience fun. The owner is personal and clearly cares that his patrons enjoy their meal and time at Arugula. We will definitely be returning!

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Reservation for 10 was easy to confirm; appreciated the reconfirmation vis text. I requested a quieter area and the owner gave us a round table in the back which was the best possible place.
Large memu selection. I ordered grouper and it was a very large portion and cooked to perfection.

The spinach salad was very nice and everyone enjoyed their meal selection.
Our waiter did a great job is describing the specials and we liked the “no cork.”

This was our second time with our group of friends and we also have been there as a couple and a party of four. Easy, close parking.

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EW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is always friendly and always provides excellent service. The food is always fantastic and the menu is full of options. Love Arugula!

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JO
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Arugula in Chadds Ford is a neighborhood Gem. Tony and Family run a top notch Italian Restaurant.
Everyone wants to go back there. The Food is always great and the service is fantastic.

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