Philadelphia, a city steeped in so much history you’ll burn a lot of energy exploring. When you need to refuel and recharge, these restaurants are excellent options. The city has a little of everything for everyone. You’ll be able to find kid-friendly options as well as fine dining. I hope my list helps you plan for your next trip to the City of Brotherly Love.
Go for an Intimate Dinner
This intimate 32-seat restaurant serves an Italian tasting menu. Located in a historic townhouse, the ambiance the restaurant is perfect for a date night. You'll enjoy meals like Swiss chard gnocchi, squab and Bollito misto.
Run by Season 11 winner of Top Chef, Nicholas Elmi, Royal Boucherie is an American brasserie in Old City. The interior of the restaurant is darker, a little more intimate, with dark woods and brick walls. You can start with a selection from the raw bar (oysters, poached lobster) or a small plate (roasted baby beets, steak tartare) before moving onto entrees like Duck Cassoulet or Coriander-crusted halibut.
Morimoto is a culinary rock star, and this restaurant has a rock star personality. The walls are large wave forms that are highlighted by some mood lighting. The rest of the restaurant is lit by different colors to give the dining room a very fun style. For the food, the high-end Japanese menu includes Chilean sea bass, wagyu skirt steak and black cod.
Near Rittenhouse Square, the Oyster House is one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. The interior has tall, industrial exposed ceilings. A centrally located raw bar is the focus of the dining room. The restaurant features dishes like fisherman’s stew, lobster rolls and grilled halibut. The restaurant also serves up a great burger.
Fork, serving contemporary American cuisine, focuses on dishes from the Mid-Atlantic region. This Old City favorite serves dishes like mushroom risotto, roasted quail and glazed sweetbreads. The light and airy setting is elegantly decorated with neutral tones, and the space is accented with decorative trees.
Serving modern Israeli cuisine in Old City, Zahav was designed to resemble a Jerusalem courtyard. The limestone brick walls and floor pair with hand carved tables, providing a unique dining experience. The menu features dishes such as: Moroccan eggplant, Duck and Foie Gras Kebabs and Chicken Shislick.
Go for the View
R2l Restaurant and Lounge
R2L is high above the city below, located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. You’ll enjoy new American fare in the sleek dining room while you take in the amazing views. You’ll enjoy dishes like a 28-day dry-aged ribeye, roasted tuna loin and braised short ribs.
The Deck on the Moshulu
If you’re looking for a cool place to grab a bite, try The Deck! You board a ship docked along the Delaware River, kick back and enjoy small plates, sandwiches and craft beer cans. It’s a perfect spot to meet up before hitting the town. It’s only open May thru September.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
The assembly offers another place to gather for small plates and outstanding views. The Assembly is located on the 9th floor of The Logan hotel, and provides sweeping views of the city. Enjoy a cocktail on the terrace next to a firepit with your friends for a memorable experience.
Catacombs at Bubes Brewery
The Catacombs is a remarkable experience. After descending 43 feet from the street level, you’ll be shown to your table. Here, you’ll be surrounded by a cave-like stone structure. Candle light fills the space and you’ll dine on a selection of 20 oz. ribeye steak or pork chops and sauerkraut.
Go to Spend time with Family
Iron Hill Brewery
The iron hill brewery's location in center city is hard to beat, and this restaurant is a option for all. It’s family friendly menu makes it a great place for kids. This chain restaurant provides burgers, brewhouse classics (like baby back ribs, fish and chips) and other sandwiches. The restaurant has a section for low calorie and gluten free dining. The kids menu is crazy! You have over a dozen options along with gluten free options.
This amazing pizzeria located in Society Hill, features wood-fired pizza in this casual restaurant. The options include classics like pepperoni and sausage, but also offer some interesting choices like tartufo (black truffle, egg and fontina.)
While you could start a fight by asking which place has the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, you can’t go wrong with Jim’s Steaks, a popular choice among locals.
Located in the fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Suraya is a restaurant, market and outdoor garden. You’ll be able to enjoy levantine cuisine (foods found in countries like Israel, Jordan, Lebanon.) Try dishes like Kafta Kebab, Kawarma or Baladi in the large, open dining room.