RECOMMENDED EATERIES/RESTAURANTS IN PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia (Center City) has many good restaurants. We could not hope to
cover every worthy eatery and so have narrowed the field by selecting from
(1) Philadelphia Magazine’s list of 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia
2017; (2) those receiving two to four stars in 2016 by Craig Laban, the Philadelphia
Inquirer’s excellent restaurant critic; and (3) those favored and frequented
by your Host Committee.
Philadelphia was a standout at the 2017 James Beard Awards, receiving honors for most outstanding chef (Michael Solomonov), best chef mid-Atlantic region (Greg Vernick), and best restauranteur in America (Stephen Starr). Jose Garces, the Iron Chef, won the best chef mid-Atlantic award in 2009. We have included many of their establishments, noted in the descriptors, below.
The list is grouped as follows:
1. Eateries convenient to the Convention Center for Breakfast and Lunch
4. Rittenhouse Square
5. Historic District/Old City/Washington Square
6. Society Hill
For timely eating between the afternoon and evening sessions, we recommend the Chinatown and Midtown restaurants. Chinatown is adjacent to the Convention Center and Marriott Hotel. Most Midtown restaurants are within a 15-minute walk. In Chinatown, dinner reservations are not necessary. There are many good restaurants within a two-square block area (9th to 11th Streets, Arch to Spring Streets). If you can’t get into one, you’ll find an equally delicious meal nearby.
Elsewhere, reservations are a good idea. Reservation lead time varies widely. However, most Midtown restaurants do have openings at 5 pm, which should get you out in time for your evening session. Reservations at most restaurants can be booked online through Open Table Philadelphia.
If you are taking an evening off from bridge, we recommend that you visit Philadelphia’s notable neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square, the Historic District or Society Hill, and try one of the restaurants listed here. They are all within one mile of the Convention Center and Marriott Hotel and are therefore an easy cab, Uber or Lyft ride away.
In addition to the restaurants listed here, you can find more suggestions in the Philadelphia Official Visitors Guide. A copy of the Guide is available at our Information Desk.
Please consult the Guide for restaurants in other popular neighborhoods such as the Parkway Museum District, University City/West Philadelphia, Northern Liberties/Fishtown and South Philadelphia.
Some of our recommended restaurants are BYOBs (Bring Your Own Beverage) and will be so noted. To buy a bottle of wine, a state liquor store (Fine Wine & Good Spirits, 215-560-7064) is located at 5 N. 12 St. There is also a wine store (Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars, 215-238-9022) in the Reading Terminal Market
The dollar signs after a restaurant’s name range from $ to $$$$.
$ = inexpensive. $$ = reasonably priced. $$$ = pricey. $$$$ = expensive.
1. NEARBY EATERIES FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
RESTAURANT 215-625-6053. Daily 6:30am-1pm. $$ Located in the
Marriott Hotel, it offers classic American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner
CHINATOWN BAKERIES $ There are quite a few bakeries between Arch and Winter, 9th and 11th Streets. They offer sweet rolls and buns filled with meat (e.g. char siu or Chinese BBQ pork, curried chicken) at around a dollar each for breakfast, lunch or snack. Two should be sufficient for breakfast; two or three for lunch. Some bakeries are open as early as 5:30am and as late as 7pm.
FOOD TRUCKS Weekdays 5am-4pm $ Your host committee recommends them for a tasty, inexpensive breakfast or lunch. There are four nearby. Two are located on 11th Street between Filbert and Market Streets; One is on 13th Street just south of Market Street. The fourth, at 11th Street south of Market Street, specializes in gyros.
HIP CITY VEG, 121 South Broad Street, 267-296-9001. M-F 7am-8pm/S-Sun 8am-8pm. $ For lunch, walk 10 minutes to the east side of Broad Street between Market and Sansom Streets to get an amazing Veggie Burger.
MAGGIANO'S , 1201 Filbert Street, 215-567-2020. Sun 11am-10p/M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F 11:30am-11pm/S 11am-11pm. $$ Semi-upscale Italian chain very conveniently located for lunch and dinner
PANERA BREAD, 48 N. 12th St, 215-574-7678. M-S 6:30am-9pm/Sun 7:30am-8pm. $ Another very conveniently located chain; oatmeal, egg sandwiches or just bread for breakfast; soup, salad and sandwiches for lunch or dinner.
QT VIETNAMESE SANDWICHES, 48 N. 10th Street, 267-639-4520. Daily 9am-7pm. $ Fresh-tasting Vietnamese hoagie and other sandwiches
READING TERMINAL MARKET M-S 8am-6pm/Sun 9am-5pm. $ The Reading Terminal Market is located across the street from the Convention Center and the Marriott Hotel. Breads, croissants, or pastries are available at the Market Bakery, the Metropolitan Bakery and the Termini Brothers Bakery in the Market. DOWN HOME DINER (215-627-1955 $$), located on the Filbert Street side of the Market, offers typical diner fare for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner.
For lunch or light, early dinner, the Market becomes a real gem. You can enjoy eating virtually every type of cuisince, from sublime soul food and exquisite Asian and Middle Eastern dishes to authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and traditional Pennsylvanai Duth fare - all available from largely family-run stands.
T-SWIRL CREPE, 150 N. 10th Street, 215-238-0111. Sun-Th 11am-11pm/F-S 11-12am. $ Crepes may be French, but they are also a modern Japanese street food. At T-Swirl Crepe, they are made with rice flour and are gluten free.
YUMMY YUMMY, 52 N. 10th Street, 215-625-9188. Daily 8am-7pm. $ Its specialty is “QQ” waffles, egg waffles which are honeycombs of eggy batter and air.
As described below, Philadelphia Chinatown now offers a wide variety of Chinese and other cuisines. Conveniently located next to the Convention Center, you will have plenty of time between sessions to enjoy a good lunch or dinner. They are all reasonably priced ($ to $$) and BYOBs unless otherwise noted. For credit cards, a $20 minimum is required.
Because the list is long, we have divided it into two parts, Chinese Cuisine and Other Asian Cuisines.
NOM WAH TEA PARLOR, 218 N. 13th Street, 267-519-2889. Sun 10:30am-9pm/M-F 11:30am-10pm/S 10:30am-10pm. $ This satellite branch of New York’s original dim sum parlor turns out the best classic Cantonese dim sum in the neighborhood, according to Craig LaBan.
SAKURA MANDARIN, 1038 Race Street, 215-873-8338. Sun-Th 11am-10pm/F-S 11am-11:30pm. $ Sichuan and Shanghai cuisine, along with dim sum, Japanese dishes and sushi are among the consistently well-cooked dishes that make it a Chinatown favorite of your Host Committee.
SANG KEE PEKING DUCK HOUSE, 238 N. 9th Street, 215-925-7532. Sun-Th 10am-10:45pm/F-S 10am-11:45pm. $$ Chinatown classic dishing out Hong Kong eats, including duck, soups and wontons to cash-only crowds; full bar.
1, 123 N. 10th Street, 267-457-5363. M-F 10:30am-10:30pm/S-Sun
10am-10:30pm. $$ It offers not only Shanghainese but also Taiwanese and Sichuan
cuisine, and carries it off.
SPICE C, 131 N. 10th Street, 215-923-2222. Daily 10:30am-10pm. $ Watch the magic of a Chinese chef whirling a lump of dough in the air until it transforms into a fistful of spaghetti-thin noodles. These hand-drawn noodles are superb. A heaping bowl of noodle with beef brisket costs $7+; a bowl of pho or ramen starts at $10.
TAI LAKE, 103 N. 10th Street, 215-922-0698. Sun 4pm-12am/M-Th 4pm-2am/F-S 4p-3am. $ One of the neighborhood’s most reliable destinations for authentic Cantonese “tank-to-table” seafood; for instance, shrimp, scooped live from a tank and quick-steamed to a sweet tenderness that frozen shrimp cannot replicate.
TING WONG, 138 N. 10th Street, 215-928-1883. Sun-Th 8am-10pm/F-S 8am-11pm. $ A Hong Kong-style noodle and duck house, it is the only Chinese restaurant on the Philadelphia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants List. It also serves a wide variety of congee all day long.
TOM'S DIM SUM, 59 N. 11th Street, 215-923-8880. Sun-Th 11am-10:30pm/F-S 11a-11p. $ Offers Shanghainese cooking; the juicy xiao long bao (soup dumpling) was rated 2016 Best of Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine.
TRADITIONAL SZECHUAN RESTAURANT, 935 Arch Street, 215-971-5321. Daily 11am-10pm. $$. It does a solid job with Sichuan's numbing "ma la" spice. Try the hot sauce-style fish, a generously portioned mound of flounder fillets basking in chili oil and a heavy dusting of fragrant ground peppercorns.
BARLY, 101 N. 11th Street, 215-922-2688. M-F 3pm-1am/S-Sun 11:30-1am. $$ Sports bar offering 60 tap beers, Asian American pub fare (including Tofu and Peking Duck sliders) and wall-to-wall TVs.
BUBBLEFISH, 909 Arch Street, 267-930-7634. Sun-Th 11am-12am/F-S 11am-1am. $ Japanese/This sleek modern Arch Street space represents Chinatown’s new guard with a multi-concept menu split between Japanese flavors, don rice bowls, and Taiwanese dishes like salt-baked chicken and minced pork over rice.
11, 1025 Arch Street, 215-592-8100. Sun-Th 4pm-2:30am/F-S 4pm-3am.
$$ Everything from Cantonese food to bubble tea to sushi to karaoke, on three
floors. Decor and prices are fancier than other Chinatown restaurants.
NAN YANG, 932 Race Street, 215-238-1288. Daily 11am-11pm/Tue Closed $$ Malaysian/The karaoke parlor upstairs is busy until 3 am.
NINE TING, 926-928 Race Street, first floor, 215-238-9996. Sun-Th 12pm-1am/F-s 12pm-2am. $$ Korean/ BBQ/Tabletop cooking where shabu shabu Chinese hot pots ($22.99) bubble alongside glowing grills sizzling with Korean spiced BBQ meats ($27.99); all you can eat.
PENANG, 117 N. 10th Street, 215-413-2531. Daily 11am-11:30pm. $$ Malaysian/Spacious eatery; Offers wine and beer
RANGOON, 112 N. 9th Street, 215-829-8939. Sun-F 11:30am-9pm/S 11:30am-10pm. $$ Burmese/Authentic dishes; start with Thousand Layer Bread with Curry Potato Dip as an appetizer
VIETNAM PALACE RESTAURANT, 222 N. 11th Street, 215-592-9596. Sun-Th 11am-9:30pm/F-S 11am-10pm. $$
VIETNAM RESTAURANT, 221 N. 11th Street, 215-592-1163. Sun-Th 11am-9:30pm/F-S 11am-10pm, $$ The locals can’t decide which of these two restaurants offers the better food. Vietnam Palace has an upscale feel, with both a dining room menu and a bar menu. Vietnam Restaurant is in a small, wood-paneled space with 2nd floor bar.
YAMITSUKI RAMEN, 1028 Arch Street, 215-629-3888. Sun 11:30am-11pm/M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F-S 11:30-12am. $ Both a ramen bar and a sushi bar; Craig LaBan recommends fluffy steamed buns stuffed with tender char siu pork, tempura-crisped soft-shell crabs, or crispy shrimp wound inside noodle nests.
A LA MOUSSE, 145 N. 11th Street, 215-238-9100. Sun 12-11pm/M-Th 1-11pm/F-S 12p-12a. $$ “Cutely presented, Euro-inspired Asian desserts are the draw at this modern, cozy Chinatown cafe owned by the folks from Sakura Mandarin next door. Matcha is a specialty, both as an ingredient (think Green Tea-r-misu) and as part of an enviable tea/coffee list.” Zagat
FROZEN (Fried Ice Cream), 938 Arch Street, 215-457-5518. Sun 11am-11pm/M-Th 12-11pm/F-S 11-12am. $$ Have you ever had ice cream made in front of you? It is quite the craze. Would you believe in not-so-big Philadelphia Chinatown, this is just one of three places now specializing in it?
The Marriott Hotel is located at 1201 Market Street, or Market Street between 12th and 13th Streets. Locust Street is five short blocks south of Market Street. We think you will find the restaurants between Market, Locust, 11th and 13th Streets to be walkable for dinner between the afternoon and evening sessions.
AQIMERO, 10 Avenue of the Arts (Lobby of Ritz Carlton), 215-523-8200. Daily 6am-10pm. $$$ City-born Chef Richard Sandoval transformed the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton into an elegant destination for Latin seafood, offering an extensive ceviche, sushi and raw-bar menu, plus shellfish, chicken and steak straight from the wood-fired grill, all accompanied by wine, sake and a huge mescal list. Zagat
& BOURBON, 1200 Market Street, 215-231-7300. Daily 11:30-1am.
$$$ Located in the Loews Hotel, this stylish American eatery and bar highlights
farm-fresh cuisine plus a selection of bourbon and whiskey.
BARBUZZO, 110 S. 13th Street, 215-546-9300. M-S 12-3pm 5pm-12am/Sun 5pm-12am. $$ Small plates of Mediterranean fare, plus pizzas
BRU CRAFT & WURST, 1316 Chestnut Street, 215-800-1079. Daily 11am-2am. $$-$$$ A Bier Hall and Wursthaus; happy hour (4-7 pm); $4 drafts and craft cans; $5 house wines and house liquors; $5 starters and wurst sandwiches
BUD & MARILYN'S, 1234 Locust Street, 215-625-0988. Brunch S-Sun 10am-3pm. Lunch M-F 12-3pm. Dinner Sun-T 5-11pm/F-S 5p-12am. $$ “Excellent fried chicken, a solid meatloaf, and the best fried cheese curds in the city,” notes Philadelphia Magazine
CAPITAL GRILLE, 1338-46 Chestnut Street, 215-545-9588. Sun 4-10pm/M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F 11:30am-11pm/S 4:30-11pm. $$$ Outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain; offers early bird special, $39 per person, before 6 pm
CHRIS'S JAZZ CAFE, 1421 Sansom Street, 215-568-3131. Lunch M-F 11:30am-3pm. Dinner Sun-F 6-11pm/S 6p-2am. Shows 7pm. $$ Southern-style cuisine & drinks served in a relaxed lounge setting with live jazz performances, just west of Midtown
DOUBLE KNOT, 120 S. 13th Street, 215-631-3868. M-F 7am-11pm/S-Sun 9a-11p. $$$ It’s ground-floor café serves Vietnamese street food for lunch and cocktails at night; find some of Philly’s most exceptional sushi in the unmarked basement. (Craig LaBan)
EL VEZ, 121 S. 13th Street, 215-929-9800. M-Th 11:30am-3pm 5-11pm. F 11am-3pm 5pm-12am. S 12pm-12am. Sun 11am-3pm 5-10pm. $$$ A Stephen Starr restaurant, El Vez is a vibrantly designed restaurant serving equally colorful, traditional Mexican food.
DE CHAO BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE, 1337 Chestnut Street, 215-636-9700.
M-F 11:30am-2:30pm. 5:30-10pm/S 11:30am-10:30pm/Sun 11:30am-2pm 4-9pm. $$$
Upscale Brazilian chain for all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an
extensive salad bar.
GARCES TRADING COMPANY, 1111 Locust Street, 215-574-0999. Sun-T 5-9pm/F-S 5-10pm. $$ Iron Chef Jose Garces presents New American plates in a plus-size cafe space with a bar.
HARD ROCK CAFE, 1113-31 Market Street, 215-238-1000. Sun-Th 11am-11pm/F-S 11-12am. $$ Rock 'n' roll-themed chain with a high-energy vibe serving burgers and American classics.
1112 Locust Street, 215-592-6505. Daily 10:30am-9pm. $ Enjoy fresh hummus
with six savory toppings (ranging from fava beans to shakshuka), freshly baked
pita and chopped salad. Order online thru grubhub.com
INDEBLUE RESTAURANT & BAR, 205 S. 13th Street, 215-545-4633. Lunch M/F 11:30am-3pm/S-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner S-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5-11pm. $$$ Modern and traditional Indian fare plus a tasting menu, vegetarian eats & brunch served in sleek digs
JAMONERA , 105 S. 13th Street, 215-922-6061. M-S 5-11p/Sun 5-10p. $$ Spanish tapas, large plates, charcuterie & sherry in a cozy setting
LOLITA, 106 S. 13th Street, 215-546-7100. Lunch M-Sat 12-3p. Dinner Sun 5-10pm/M-Th 5-11pm/F-S 5p-12am. $$ Contemporary Mexican plates and specialty margaritas in an upbeat, rustic-chic setting
MAISON 208, 208 S. 13th Street, 215-999-1020. Sun-T 4:30-10pm/W-Th 4:30-11pm/F-S 4:30pm-12am. $$$ Stylish New American restaurant by Sylva Senta, 'Top Chef' participant, boasts a retractable roof.
& SCHMICK'S SEAFOOD & STEAKS, 1 S. Broad Street,
215-568-6888. Sun 11:30am-9pm/Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm/Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. $$$
Upscale steak and seafood chain known for its clubby environs and happy hour.
MINAR PALACE, 1304 Walnut Street, 215-546-9443. M-F 11:30am-9pm/S 12:30-9pm/Sun Closed. $ Indian BYOB with a buffet & diverse North Indian menu that includes vegetarian specialties
NOMAD PIZZA, 1305 Locust Street, 215-644-9287. T-Th 5-10pm/F-S 11:30am-11pm/Sun 11:30am-9pm/Mon Closed. $$ Cozy pizzeria focusing on local and organic ingredients to make brick oven thin-crust pies
1311 Sansom Street, 215-545-0170. Sun 12-9pm/M-S 4-11pm. $$ Contemporary Green
plates, large and small, are served in an eye-catching setting with a lively
SAMPAN, 124 S. 13th Street, 215-732-3501. Sun-T 4-10pm/W-Th 4-11pm/F-S 4pm-12am. $$$ Pan-Asian eatery offering small & large plates and daily happy hour plus a back bar with patio
SMOKING BETTY'S, 116 S. 11th Street, 215-922-6500. M-T 11am-10pm/W-Th 11am-11pm/F 11-12am/S 10am-3pm, 4pm-12am/Sun 10am-3pm 4-10pm. $$ Gastropub serving BBQ and home style New American eats in a roomy space that hops at happy hour.
JAZZ CAFE, 1315 Sansom Street, 215-985-4800. Daily 5pm-2am. $$
Stylish whiskey bar offering a menu of classic pub fare, live music and dancing
TREDICI ENOTECA, 114 S. 13th Street, 267-928-2092. Daily 12-10pm. $$ Menu choices range from traditional lasagna verde to Israeli couscous with avocado to chicken meatballs dressed in ginger-tomato sauce
VEDGE, 1221 Locust St., 215-320-7500. M-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5-11pm/Sun Closed. $$ Awarded 4 stars by Craig LaBan, this “vegetable restaurant” is one of the region’s best dining destinations in any genre.
VINTAGE WINE BAR & BISTRO, 129 S 13th Street, 215-922-3095. M-F 4pm-2am/S-S 11-2am. $$$ Wines by the bottle or glass plus cocktails and bistro plates, both big and small.
THAI, 1119 Walnut Street, 215-940-8855. Sun-M 11:30am-10:30pm/F-S
11:30am-11:30pm. $$ Chinese, Japanese and Thai food favorites in a casual,
contemporary dining room with a sushi bar.
ZIO'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA, 111 S. 13th Street, 215-627-1615. M-Th 9:15am-8:30pm/F 9: 5am-11:30pm/S 10am-11:30pm/Sun 11:15am-8:30pm. $$ This casual eatery serves offers an extensive menu of creative pizzas by the whole pie or the slice; sandwiches, too.
This area is a go-to for upscale shopping, alfresco dining and charming brownstone lined streets. The square itself is a favorite hangout for people throughout Philadelphia. After your afternoon bridge session, you can walk to the square in about thirty minutes, window shop, eat and then walk or ride back to the hotel.
Philadelphia has reliable mass transit. To get to Rittenhouse Square from the Marriott, catch the 17 bus on the hotel side of Market Street. On the return trip, catch it on the east side of 20th Street. Alternately, the 9, 12, 21, and 42 buses go west on Walnut Street and east on Chestnut Street.
Senior citizens, age 65 and over, can ride the buses for free by showing your Medicare Card. Otherwise the fare is $2.25, exact change needed. Tokens, at $1.80 each, can be purchased at the SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) office, 1234 Market Street, across from the Marriott Hotel.
The following list is divided into American, Italian, and “Other” Cuisines.
a.kitchen+bar, 135 S. 18th Street, 215-825-7030. Sun 10am-2:30pm/M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F 11:30am-10:30pm/S 10am-2:30pm 3-10:30pm. $$$ American bistro offering seasonal small plates & craft beers in a white-oak-lined space.
ALDINE, 1901 Chestnut Street, second floor, 215-454-6529. Daily 5-9pm. $$$ Elevated American fare is served for dinner & Sunday brunch in a chic 2nd-floor walk-up. Owner/chef George Sabatino was named one of the best chefs in the city by Philadelphia Magazine.
BAR BOMBON, 133 S. 18th Street, 267-606-6612. M-Th 4-11pm/F-Sat 4p-12am. $$ Sibling of HipCityVeg; offering veg-centric cookery from hearts of palm ceviche to squash confit with braised collards
BAR VOLVER, VOLVER, 300 S. Broad Street, 215-670-2303. T-S 5-10pm/Sun-M Closed $$$$ Located in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Jose Garces’ fine dining restaurant Volver produces one of the most mind-expanding tasting menus anywhere for $100 per person. Bar Volver’s small menu delivers a la carte taste from Chef Dave Conn and earned three stars from Craig LaBan.
BARCLAY PRIME, 237 S. 18th Street, 215-732-7560. Daily 5-10pm. $$$$ Starr’s high end steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square offers wagyu ribeye and foie gras cheesesteak – surely a first.
BUTCHER & SINGER, 1500 Walnut Street, 215-732-4444. Sun 4-10pm/M-Th 11:30am-2pm 5-10pm/F 11:30am-2pm 5-11pm/S 5-11pm. $$$$ Starr’s trendy take on an Old Hollywood chophouse offers classic surf 'n' turf plus a raw bar.
THE CONTINENTAL MIDTOWN , 1801 Chestnut Street, 215-567-1800. Sun 10am-11pm/M-Th 11:30am-11pm/F 11:30-12am/S 10-12am. $$ A Starr restaurant popular with millennials, serving tapas-style dishes for sharing in a modern 2-level space with a chic roof deck
DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL, 225 S. 18th Street, 215-546-5940. Daily 11am-10pm. $$$ Upscale restaurant on Rittenhouse Square
GOOD DOG BAR, 221 S. 15th Street, 215-985-9600. Daily 11:30-2am. $$ Hip bar serving craft beer and signature blue-cheese burgers on three pooch-themed floors.
GRILL, 121 S. 16th Street, 215-569-3278. M-F 7am-8pm/S-Sun Closed.
$$ Diner using produce from its own urban farm project in dishes from meatloaf
to tuna-salad hoagies.
OYSTER HOUSE, 1516 Sansom Street, 215-567-7683. M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F-S 11:30am-11pm/Sun Closed. $$$ This stylish seafood restaurant and raw bar, featuring oysters, lobster & other East Coast- style seafood, is only six blocks from the Marriott Hotel.
ROOSTER SOUP CO., 1526 Sansom Street, 215-454-6939. S-Sun 10am-8pm/M-F 11am-8pm. $ This diner in “Best Chef” Michael Solomonov’s growing empire donates 100% of its profits to a charity, the Broad Street Ministry, to combat hunger.
ROUGE, 205 S. 18th Street, 215-732-6622. F-S 11:30-1am/Sun-M 11:30am-10pm/T-Th 11:30am-11pm. $$$ Known for classic burgers, this eatery on Rittenhouse Square offers sidewalk seating for enjoying fresh air and people-watching.
RUSSET, 1521 Spruce Street, 215-546-1521. S-Sun 11am-2pm 5:30-9pm/M-Th 5:30-9:30pm/F 5:30-10:30pm. $$ A husband-and-wife team serves seasonal & local New American dishes in an old brownstone near the Academy of Music and Kimmel Center. BYOB.
V STREET, 126 South 19th Street, 215-278-7943. M-Th 5-10pm/F-S 12-3pm 5-11pm/Sun 12-3pm 5-9pm. $$ Vegan/Number 15 on Philadelphia Magazine’s 50 Best List.
VERNICK FOOD & DRINK, 2031 Walnut Street, 267-639-6644. T-Sun 5-11pm/M Closed. $$$ Craig LaBan calls Vernick Philly’s best overall restaurant. Philadelphia Magazine notes a highlight is a “beautiful piece of halibut in a lemon-garlic broth – done perfectly.”
VILLAGE WHISKEY, 118 S. 20th Street, 215-665-1088. M 11:30am-11pm/T-Th 11:30-12am/F 11:30-1am/S 10:30-1am/Sun 10:30am-11pm. $$ Gourmet pub grub & raw-bar items served alongside specialty cocktails & dozens of whiskey options
BELLINI GRILL, 220 S. 16th Street, 215-545-1191. T-Th 12-9:30pm/F 12-10:30pm/S 4-10:30pm/Sun-M 4-9:30pm. $$$ Italian restaurant dishing up standards from the old country in a cozy, traditional setting
CASTA DIVA, 227 S. 20th Street, 215-496-9677. T-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5-10:30pm/Sun Closed. $$ A favorite neighborhood restaurant. BYOB and cash only
GRAN CAFE L’AQUILA, 1716 Chestnut Street, 215-568-5600. M-Th 7am-10pm/F 7am-11pm/S 8am-11pm/Sun 8am10pm. $$ This restaurant was transplanted in its entirety from L’Aquila, Italy after the original was destroyed by earthquake in 2009; house-made gelato, house-roasted coffee, and a rotation of menus from all 20 regions of Italy.
LA VIOLA WEST, 252 S. 16th Street, 215-735-8631. Daily 4-10pm $$ BYOB. Authentic Italian cuisine, moderately priced, served by attentive Italian-speaking waiters. At its older sibling across the street, LA VIOLA (215-735-8630), the food and service are similarly good; La Viola only accepts cash.
MELOGRANO, 2012 Sansom Street, 215-875-8815. T-Sun 5:30-9:30pm/M Closed. $$$ BYOB. Italian bistro with the look and feel of little neighborhood eateries found in Europe.
PIZZERIA VETRI, 1615 Chancellor Street, 215-763-3760. Daily 11am-11pm. $$ Chef Marc Vetri's pizzeria serves Neapolitan pies baked in a big-belly oven, plus calzones & salads.
RES IPSA, 2218 Walnut Street, 267-519-0329. M-T 7am-5:30pm/W-F 7am-5pm 5:30-10:30pm/S-Sun 8am-5pm 5:30-10:30pm. $ "A breakfast and lunch cafe serving top-notch coffee morphs into an unexpectedly compelling Italian BYOB at night. Three Bells." Craig LaBan.
PHILADELPHIA, 2401 Walnut Street #303, 215-333-3331. Sun-Th 11am-9pm/F
11am-10pm/Sat 11:30-10pm. $$ Jose Garces offers an all-day Italian menu and
a festive hapy hour in big digs with an open kitchen.
ABE FISHER, 1623 Sansom Street, 215-867-0088. Sun-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5:30-10:30pm. $$$ Michael Solomonov’s elevated takes on foods of the Jewish diaspora served in a snug, minimalist space with a retro feel.
ALMA DE CUBA, 1623 Walnut Street, 215-988-1799. Daily 4-10pm. $$$ A Starr restaurant offering fusion fare with Cuban influences; happy hour with specially priced tapas & cocktails in the lounge.
DANDAN, 126 S. 16th Street, 215-800-1165. M-Th 11am-10:30pm/F 11am-10:30pm/S 1:30am-10:30pm/Sun 11:30am-10pm. $$ Modern bi-level eatery serving dan noodles, veggie dishes & spicy Sichuan/Taiwanese specialties
DIZENGOFF, 1625 Sansom Street, 215-867-8181. Daily 10:30am-7pm. $$ Michael Solomonov’s eat-in/take-out spot for varieties of hummus, fresh pita and Middle Eastern salads
EL REY , 2013 Chestnut Street, 215-563-3330. M-Th 11:30am-11pm/F-S 11:30-12am/Sun 11:30am-10pm. $$ Starr’s modern takes on classic Mexican dishes served up in a funky space with retro, faux-dive decor
ESTIA, 1405 Locust Street, 215-735-7700. Sun-Th 11am-10pm/F-S 11am-11pm. $$$ This stylish Greek eatery specializes in whole fish flown in from the Mediterranean.
JANE G’s, 1930 Chestnut Street, 215-563-8800. M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F 11:30am-11pm/S 12-11pm/Sun 11am-9pm. $$$ Sichuan dishes equal or better than those found in Chinatown, a raw bar and a robust wine list, all in a chic, spacious setting
JOSE PISTOLAS, 263 S. 15th Street, 215-545-4101. M-F 11:30-2am/S 11-2am/Sun 10:30-2am. $ Creative fare spiced with choice of salsa; discounted margarita pitchers during happy hour.
LE CHERI, 251 S. 18th Street, 215-546-7700. W-F 11:30am-2:30pm 5-10pm/S-Sun 11am-2:30pm 5-10pm/M-T Closed. $$$ Cozy French cafe serving inventive bistro fare & wine in the landmark Art Alliance.
MISSION TAQUERIA, 1516 Sansom Street, 215-383-1200. M-Th 11:30am-11pm/F-S 11:30-12am/Sun 11:30am-12pm. $$ Upstairs addition to the Oyster House; a cantina with great tortillas made from house-ground masa on a wood-fired grill.
MONK'S CAFE, 264 S. 16th Street, 215-545-7005. Daily 11:30-2am. $$ Mussels, fries, craft ales and other Belgian-accented offerings dispensed in a brewpub setting.
227 South 18th Street, 215-545-5562. M-Th 7:30am-11pm/F 7:30-12am/S 10-12am/Sun
10am-10pm. $$$ Stylish brasserie, another Starr restaurant on Rittenhouse
Square. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7:30 am to 11 pm (Sunday from
10 am). Its baguette is so good, customers often buy one to take home.
REVOLUTION TACO, 2015 Walnut Street, 267-639-5681. Sun-Th 11am-9pm/F-S 11am-10pm. Casual, counter-serve taqueria featuring unique fillings, including meat, fish & veggie options. Best of Philly 2017.
SUGA, 1720 Samson Street, 215-717-8968. M-Th 11am-10pm/F-Sun 12-9pm. $$$ Asian Fusion/Collaborative effort by renowned chef Susanna Foo and son Gabriel.
TEQUILAS, 1602 Locust Street, 215-546-0181. Sun 11:30am-8pm/M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F 11:30am-11pm/S 5p-11p. $$ Creative regional cooking & tequila cocktails in an elegant space with chandelier lighting.
TINTO, 114 S. 20th Street, 215-665-9150. Sun 10am-2pm/M-S 5-11pm. $$$ Spanish/Garces Group tapas restaurant.
ZAMA, 128 S. 19th Street, 215-568-1027. Daily 5-9pm. $$$ Sleek, upscale spot serving creative sushi, Japanese entrees, beer, sake & wine.
YOGORINO, 233 S. 20th Street, 267-639-5287. Daily 11am-10pm. $ This counter-serve shop dishes up pro-biotic frozen yogurt with gourmet and fruit toppings. Your Host Committee considers it a “Must Try.”
HISTORIC DISTRICT/OLD CITY/WASHINGTON SQUARE
Home to Independence National Historic Park, African American Museum, National Constitution Center and National Museum of American Jewish History, this area now also boasts the new Museum of the American Revolution. The Liberty Bell is seven blocks away from the Marriott, along Market Street. Both the 17 and the 33 bus will get you there.
The restaurants around the Historic District are in two clusters, Old City and Washington Square. Old City is east of Independence Mall and close to the museums. Washington Square is west of Independence Mall.
AMADA, 217-219 Chestnut Street, 215-625-2450. M-Th 11:30am-2:30pm 5-10pm/F 11:30am-2:30pm 5-11pm/S-Sun 11am-2:30pm 5-10pm. $$$ Celebrity Chef Jose Garces’ first restaurant still stands up as a destination, offering an extensive list of tapas and a great tasting menu of small plates.
BISTRO 7, 7 N. Third Street, 215-931-1560. T-Th 5:30-9pm/F-S 5:30-10:30pm/Sun-M Closed. $$$ This 11-year-old BYOB has earned three stars from Craig Laban. The sharing platter of whole chicken, both stewed and curry-fried, is noteworthy.
BUDDAKAN, 325 Chestnut Street, 215-574-9440. M-Th 11:30am-2:30pm 5-11pm/F 11:30am-2:30pm 5pm-12am/S 5pm-12am/Sun 4-10pm. $$$ This Stephen Starr restaurant boasts a nine-foot-tall golden Buddha that smiles down on you as you enjoy the Asian Fusion offerings and sake cocktails.
CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT AND MARTINI BAR, 138 Market Street, 215-923-6069. M-Th 11:30am-4pm 5-11pm/F 11:30am-4pm 5pm-1am/S 10am-4pm 5pm-1am/Sun 10am-4pm 5-10pm. $$ Global offerings from Starr, specializing in tapas-style dishes for sharing (as at the midtown branch)
CUBA LIBRA, 10 S. 2nd Street, 215-627-0666. M-W 11:30am-10pm/Th 11:30am-11pm/F 11:30am-2am/S 10:30am-2am/Sun 10:30am-10pm. $$ This bright, contemporary Cuban restaurant cuisine has a vast rum bar accented by Caribbean decor and late-night salsa dancing.
DINARDO'S FAMOUS SEAFOOD, 312 Race Street, 215-925-5115. M-Th 11am-9:30pm/F-S 11am-10:30pm/Sun 3-9pm. $$$ Crabs served Baltimore-style or sautéed-garlic-style head the menu at this longtime seafood spot.
FORK, 306 Market Street, 215-625-9425. M-Th 5:30-10pm/F 5:30-10:30pm/S 12-3pm 5-10:30pm/Sun 11am-3pm 5-9:30pm. $$$ Rated third-best restaurant in the city by Philadelphia Magazine and awarded four stars by Craig LaBan, Fork serves sophisticated New American cuisine in a sleek modern décor.
HAN DYNASTY, 123 Chestnut Street, 215-922-1888. M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F-S 11:30am-10:30pm/Sun 11:30am-10pm. $$ This Chinese restaurant is for those who like spicy, hot, Sichuan cuisine, although they will also accommodate milder tastes.
HIGH STREET ON MARKET, 308 Market Street, 215-625-0988. M7am-7:30pm/T-Th 7am-3:30pm 5:30-10pm/F 7a-3:30pm 5:30-10:30pm/S 8am-3:30pm 5:30-10:30pm/Sun 8am-3:30pm 5:30-9:30pm. $$ Fork’s casual sibling is very popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before heading home, consider purchasing one or more loafs of bread from its famed artisanal selection.
LUCHA CARTEL, 207 Chestnut Street, 267-825-7103. M-Sun 11am-2am. $$ Traditional Mexican cuisine, along with many delicious margaritas, a wide selection of hard-to-find Tequilas, and a rotating beer selection; late night events include Salsa Tuesdays and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.
PANORAMA, 14 N. Front Street, 215-422-7800. M-Th 12-10pm/F 12-11pm/S2-11pm/Sun 5-9pm. $$$ Features the largest wine dispensing system in the world certified by Guinness World Records, offering over 150 wines by the glass. Craig LaBan considers the food to be a match for the superb wine collection.
FAT SALMON, 719 Walnut Street, 215-928-8881. M-F 11:30am-2:30pm 5-10pm/S 5-11pm/Sun 5-9:30pm. $$ Innovative sushi restaurant with wide choice of sushi (even for vegetarians), unusual combinations, wonderful flavors and stylish presentation
JONES RESTAURANT, 700 Chestnut Street, 215-223-5663. M-Th 11:30am-11pm/F 10:30am-12am/S 9:30am-12am/Sun 9:30am-10pm. $$ A Stephen Starr restaurant where comfort food staples are served up in a retro setting. It is two blocks west of Independence Hall.
MORIMOTO, 723 Chestnut Street, 215-413-9070. M-Th 11:30am-2pm 5-10pm/F 11:30am-2pm 5-10pm/S 5pm-12am/Sun 5-10pm. $$$$ Head chef Morimoto (of Iron Chef fame) has created a menu offering contemporary Japanese cuisine that delves beyond nigiri and sashimi
M RESTAURANT, 231 S. 8th Street, 215-625-6666. M Closed/T-S 4-10pm/Sun 4-9pm. $$$ Innovative New American fare with locally sourced ingredients; garden views in the historical Morris House Hotel.
RISTORANTE LA BUCA, 711 Locust Street, 215-928-0556. M-F 11:30am-10pm/S 5-10pm/Sun Closed. $$$ Washington Square neighborhood favorite with a traditional, seafood-focused menu in an old-world space.
TALULA'S DAILY, 208 West Washington Square, 215-592-6555. M 7am-7pm/T-Sun 7am-9:30pm. $$$$ A café by day and supper club by night. From 6-9:30 pm, a pre-set supper changes monthly. The menu is posted at talulasdaily.com and is five courses for $55 not including wines, local beer, drinks, tax, and gratuity.
TALULA'S GARDEN, 210 West Washington Square, 215-592-7787. M-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5-11pm/Sun 10-2pm 5-10pm. $$$ This high-end destination restaurant crafts seasonal American cuisine in a chic farmhouse setting with a summer garden. It is beautiful indoors and out – and consistently delicious.
Society Hill is a prime residential area. It is also where you would go to see a movie for a break from bridge. The three Ritz theatres in or at the edge of this neighborhood show new releases including many top-rated foreign films.
Once here, it is a short walk to the Delaware River waterfront along Christopher Columbus Blvd, or south to hip South Street.
MI & BOTTLES, 712 South Street, 215-800-1533. M closed/T-Th
11am-1am/F-S 11am-2am/Sun 11am-10pm. $
Tuan Phung's tri-concept Vietnamese street food restaurant/bar/bottle shop is a hybrid of craft beer (with 370 great brews) fused onto an ambitious cocktail bar and a Northern Vietnamese kitchen. Its dishes include Bun Cha, the vermicelli bowl made famous by President Obama when he ate it with Anthony Bourdain for CNN’s Parts Unknown.
CHART HOUSE, 555 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215-625-8383. M-Th 4:30-10pm/F 4:30-11pm/S 4-11pm/Sun 11am-9pm. $$$ American fare with a stunning view of the Delaware River
JIM'S STEAKS SOUTH STREET, 400 South Street, 215-928-1911. M-Th 10am-1am/F-S 10am-3am/Sun 11am-1am. $ Specializing in the traditional Philly Cheesesteak; five-time winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s ‘Best of Philly’ award and Zagat rated.
LAS BUGAMBILIAS, 148 South Street, 215-922-3190. M 4-10pm/T-Th 11:30am-10pm/F-S 11:30am-11pm/Sun 11:30am-10pm. $$ Traditional Mexican eatery offering Veracruz-style dishes & margaritas in cozy, lively, colorful quarters.
MALBEC ARGENTINE STEAKHOUSE, 400 S. Second Street, 215-515-3899. M Closed/T-W 5-10pm/Th-S 5-11pm/Sun 11-9pm. $$$ “Quality steaks plus surprisingly good house pasta, empanadas, and a tango sound track,” notes Craig LaBan
MOSHULU, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, 215-923-2500. M-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5-11pm/Sun 10am-10pm. $$$$ Enjoy traditional American fare on the world’s oldest and largest four-masted tall ship moored on the Delaware River
THE OLDE BAR, 125 Walnut Street, 215-253-3777. M-Th 5-11pm/F 5pm-12am/S 11am-12am/Sun 11am-11pm. $$$ Jose Garces’ take on a modern oyster salon serves oysters on the half shell, seafood classics, traditional bar snacks and craft cocktails; close to the Ritz East and Ritz Five movie theaters
POSITANO COAST, 212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, 215-238-0499. M Closed/T-Th 11:30am-10:30pm/F 11:30am-11pm/S 12-11pm/Sun 11am-0:30pm. $$ Located near the Ritz movie theaters, this striking Italian restaurant serves inspired Mediterranean cuisine with seasonal flavors.
PIZZERIA STELLA, 420 S. 2nd Street, 215-320-8000. M-Th 11:30-10pm/F 11:30am-11pm/S 11am-11pm/Sun 11am-10pm. $$ Wood-fired pizza with gourmet toppings such as black truffle or pistachios, plus housemade gelato and a quaint bar, from Stephen Starr
XOCHITL, 408 South 2nd Street, 215-2387280. M-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5-11pm/Sun 4-9pm. $$ High-end but unpretentious specialties like “made-to-order guacamole and dangerously tasty artisanal drinks keep this fun Society Hill Mexican spot” popular with locals. Zagat
ZAHAV, 237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800. M-Th 5-10pm/F-S 5-11pm/Sun 5-10pm. $$$ Traditional Israeli menu; Chef Michael Solomonov not only won the 2017 James Beard Award as the best chef in American; he and partner Steve Cook also won the 2016 Beard’s book of the year and international cookbook for Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. Zahav’s Pastry Chef, Camille Cogswell, was a 2017 finalist for Beard’s Award for rising star chef of the year.