3 1/2 Stars
2400 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Before Patou came to Old City with its ultra-hip appeal, Patrice Rames already had a Philadelphia success nestled atop the Marketplace Design Center in Center City. Since 1987, Patou’s sister restaurant Bistro St. Tropez has been serving Philadelphia foodies the finest of French food, and has given five-star French spots some stiff competition. In Bistro St. Tropez you will find the illusion of Provence amidst simple elegance, classic French cuisine, and a predominately French wine selection—all presented with Rames’s signature classic style that gives Philly a true taste of France.
4 Lakeview Dr. S., Gibbsboro, NJ 8026
The ChopHouse is a very chic restaurant featured in red brick building that offers fresh steak and seafood. Executive Chef Markese Beverly always creates interesting dishes and enjoys a big catch of the day. Patrons are seated in elegant booths while waiters attend to every need. The lounge is a great place to get drinks with numerous cocktail choices on the wall. Semi and private parties are encouraged as the rooms can accommodate up to 200 people. Reservations are recommended upon request.
200 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
This New York import was the tenth Palm to open nationwide and has since become a popular destination for diners including local celebrities. Located in the ornamented Bellevue Hotel building, the chic dining room walls are filled with portraits of local and national personalities. The menu consists of their infamous cheesecake, prime beef, jumbo lobsters, and authentic Italian entrees. At a restaurant that treats all guests like family, the Palm thrives on providing excellent meals at exceptional standards. Using traditional ingredients and simple recipes, this restaurant avoids culinary fads to bring its patrons an honest and satisfying dining experience.
10 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
$$ Recommended Editor's Pick
With its kitschy theme park decor and its hip Latin beats, Old City’s Cuba Libre is all about the ambiance. The elaborately designed space – with its tall palms and wrought-iron balconies – was built to resemble an outdoor café in Cuba circa 1940. The restaurant’s menu combines “Nuevo Cubano” dishes alongside traditional Cuban cuisine. From the tasty mango butter spread accompanying the bread to the juicy Guava BBQ Rib entrée, this Latin feast will be an experience all its own. The endless variety of Cuban rums and a tasty selection of mojitos, Cuba Libre’s specialty drinks, won’t disappoint either!
8 S. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
La Famiglia is located in Old City, Philadelphia, which is bustling with restaurants and nightlife. Started in 1976 by the Sena family, La Famiglia continues to deliver fine Italian cuisine served in one of Philadelphia’s most opulent dining rooms. The menu takes a sophisticated twist on Italian classics, with entrees such as Vitello con Funghi Morel, veal medallions with marinated morel mushrooms in a Madeira demi-glace. The award winning wine list offers over 450 bottle options, in addition to the restaurant’s full bar. La Famiglia proves an ideal venue for a special occasion, or an extravagant dining experience.
123 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Located in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, Tria Wine Bar and Café serves a large variety of specialty wines, beers, and cheeses-- many of which are hand crafted. Not sure how to navigate the restaurant’s extensive wine list, knowledgeable staff is always available to help. Tria’s menu is stocked full of inventive contemporary flavors and ingredients. Their fresh take on classics like paninis, snacks, and bruschetta is by very definition refreshing. Tria even hosts a happy hour several nights a week where guests can sample 2 wines, 2 beers, and an artisan cheese. This casual and relaxed Philadelphia favorite even features “Sunday …
114 S. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Located in Rittenhouse Square, Tinto is a cozy restaurant, reminiscent of a rustic wine cellar. The dishes are inspired by cuisine that can be found in Basque country, the coastal and mountainous regions that surround both the Spanish and French border. Try such dishes as the Shortrib Sandwich with braised shortribs, bacon, asparagus, and celery root aioli or the Pork Belly with Berkshire pork belly, honey lacquer, and shaved apples. Whether you’re out for a quick bite or want to relax and enjoy a luxurious evening out, Tinto’s is the place.
260 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
For old and young alike, Ted’s Montana Grill is an enticing foray into how the West was fed. The restaurant, partly owned by media magnate Ted Turner, takes its cues from classic American fare and traditional frontier cuisine. Bison is featured prominently on the menu and promises to make every meal at this Center City eatery an event to remember. Surrounded by cozy wooden booths, and with a spacious dining room and bar to enjoy, diners can indulge their homespun appetites in an ideal rustic setting.
138 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
$$$ Editor's Pick
The setting is 1964, the décor sleek and retro-futuristic, and the patrons trendy and chic. This is the place to go for a martini (or two), with a raved-about selection of signature drinks ranging from the classic to the innovative. An excellent array of international tapas complements the flavorful cocktails, with such popular treats as the Lobster Mashed Potatoes and Seared Tuna with Mushroom Risotto. Whether it’s happy hour, Sunday brunch, or another night on the town, Continental is a place to see and be seen.
1713 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Pumpkin, coined from the pet name of husband and wife co-owners Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor, offers an adventurous menu that changes daily – dishes can include snails, cardoon, and homemade banana gelato. The intimate 28-seat restaurant in the city’s Graduate Hospital area also serves up the sort of comfortable charm that comes of candle lighting, small tables, and attentive service from employees that include members of Moroney’s family. This neighborhood restaurant is well suited for a second date, a second anniversary or a couple of hours catching up with old friends. With an ever changing menu that boasts farm-to-table …
401 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106
$$$ Special Offer
Diners looking for a luxurious evening that seems to float on gossamer waters need look no further than Moshulu, the docked restaurant nestled in the Delaware River at Penn's Landing. The menu is creative American and boasts a wide array of innovative cuisine that draws on seasonal ingredients from around the state. The views of the water are stunning and drinks on the top deck are perfect as the mercury rises. Moshulu serves delectable dishes and promises to transport patrons to a majestic world of adventure and history within the space of a single meal.
4411 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
The space formerly known as Sonoma was recently revamped by dynamic chef and owner Derek Davis. The result is Derek’s, a casual contemporary lounge serving sophisticated comfort food in a family atmosphere. Whether opting to order from their sweeping wine list or to BYO with no additional corkage fee, casual wine drinkers and enthusiasts alike are sure to feel at home. The menu is no less welcoming and offers thoughtful small plates and regular portioned entrees made from sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Sidewalk seating is ideal in the warmer months and conveys a European joie de vivre you’ll be hard-pressed …
217 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
$$$ Recommended Editor's Pick
As Philadelphia’s original authentic Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, Amada offers specialty food in a sultry setting. The tapas come courtesy of chef and owner Jose Garces, Philadelphia’s most ambitious new restaurateur. Feast on cured meats and cheeses as well as Spanish specialties like Tortilla Espanola, Lobster Paella, and the king of the table: a Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (which must be pre-ordered). Amada’s sexy flamenco performances are as inspiring as its food, and are surely not to be missed. With its fantastic cuisine, attentive service, and trendy ambiance, Amada is truly Old City's “loved one.”
1201 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
If you’ve ever been to South Philly's predominately Italian neighborhood, you may know the charming feeling that emanates from a place immersed in such culture and authenticity. Maggiano’s Little Italy, located in Center City, recreates the enchantment of an Italian neighborhood to a tee, with a menu chock-full of hearty Italian dishes that are served in bountiful portions, an extensive wine and drink list, and friendly service from a staff straight from the motherland. Combine all of this with Old Blue Eyes and other rat-pack era musicians supplying the soundtrack, and you are guaranteed to leave floating on a cloud …
614 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Chef Dave Clouser’s impressive resume, including such notable restaurants as Susanna Foo, The Inn at Montcharin and Nectar, has given him the essential tools to open his Bryn Mawr restaurant, Sola. Serving a familiar American cuisine with a distinctive European flair, Sola attempts to redefine the typical bistro. This 50-seat restaurant offers diners a warm intimate environment with fresh seasonal ingredients and an ever evolving weekly prix fixe menu. Since its inception in 2006, Sola has remained a BYOB restaurant and promises to stay that way.
1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
$$$ Editor's Pick
As a revered source for some of Philadelphia’s finest Italian fare, Vetri has made a name for itself by serving up adventurous cuisine in a uniquely welcoming environment. Impeccable hospitality and well-crafted dishes combine to create an all-encompassing dining experience that ranges from rustic Italian cooking to cutting edge cuisine, and defies simple categorization. With a strong emphasis on superb wine and quality ingredients, the restaurant stands as a testament to the success of its kitchen creativity. In so many ways, from atmosphere to appetizers, Executive Chef Marc Vetri raises the level of dining to an art form.
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Are you ready for a venue wherein classic meets contemporary? If so, check out Philadelphia’s Table 31, a new restaurant by chef and restaurateur Chris Scarduzio. Table 31 boasts quite the inventive Italian-inspired menu as Chef Scarduzio pays homage to his rich heritage with playful spins on traditional steak, seafood, and pasta dishes. This modern venue is located inside Philadelphia’s Comcast Center on JFK Boulevard and contains a bar, lounge, main dining room, outdoor seating, and private dining. With an intimate ambiance and trendy décor, Table 31 provides a new age Italian kitchen experience for its patrons and has fast …
7838 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Amid the leafy scenery of historic Chestnut Hill sits one of the city’s finest Asian restaurants: CinCin. The brilliance of owner Michael Wei combined with the superior culinary talents of Head Chef Jimmy Huang allows diners to enjoy Asian- and French-fused dishes in an atmosphere that features serene colors and beautiful etched glass. The food is a flawless combination of two cultures that creates a taste different than most. A full bar and friendly service from an accommodating staff puts this place amongst Chestnut Hill’s best. It’s elegant enough for date night but also great for family night. Make a …
1229 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
$$ Special Offer
Valanni fuels night-time revelry with its clever cocktails, scrumptious snacks and lively atmosphere. The menu is an elegant hybrid of Mediterranean and Latin influences,with traditional Spanish-style dishes like Seafood Paella sharing space with more fusion flavors like the Sesame and Pepita Crusted Yellowfin Tuna and the Honey glazed Duck Breast. The stylish dining room blends a rugged industrialism with a polished cosmopolitanism, juxtaposing exposed brick walls and an expansive bar with leather banquettes, modernist accents, and soft, glowing, amber lights. The allure of flavorful beverages like the Mango Mojito and Watermelon-Rita (a muddled watermelon margarita) make happy hours and late …
408 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
$$ Special Offer
While the story behind this restaurant’s name may be tragic, its fine Mexican cuisine and welcoming atmosphere is anything but. La Hora Feliz puts smiles on faces nightly in the bar, and the warmly lit lounge is where many go to welcome the weekend. The restaurant itself hopes to unite diners around a collective passion for Mexican cuisine with authentic dishes that often beg to be shared. The Pescado Entero con Guajes is a whole roasted fish with acacia seed-tomatillo sauce; and the Tostadas de Ceviche is prepared with shrimp, octopus, and Spanish mackerel. And in honor of the Queen …