Philadelphia, PA - Philly has an abundance of restaurants to choose from, covering all cuisines—Philly has it all. No matter what you choose to eat in Philly. We have you covered with our staff picks of The Best of Philadelphia Eats. From Steakhouses to Italian and French fare, our list below contains some of Philadelphia's Best Restaurants to Try-out.
Must-Try Eateries in Philadelphia
Best Philadelphia French Restaurants
Chef Nick Elmi's lively French-inspired American brasserie is complete with a raw bar and charcuterie station. The Royal Boucherie is a touch of Paris in Philadephia's Old City neighborhood full of restaurants. The atmosphere is exciting, the service is impeccable, and the French-inspired fare is out of this world, with a local twist, of course. 52 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This French restaurant pushes the boundaries of creativity. That one would expect from famed local Chef Kearse Forsythia. Step inside this very casual free-spirited space, serving up French-inspired fare in the heart of Philly. 233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19105
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Best Italian in Philadelphia
A small BYOB located on a cozy corner serves up some of Philly's best homestyle Italian fare. Must-Try: Orecchiette Al'anatra - it's a braised duck, white wine, thyme, shaved grana. 1415 W Porter St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
An award-winning family-run BYOB specializing in Southern Italian cuisine in a small by cozy neighborhood location. Must-Try: The Branzino – A mediterranean sea bass lightly fried stuffed with mussels, shrimp, clams, and crab meat in a light tomato sauce, white wine wrapped in foil. 1915 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Best Sushi in Philadelphia
Omakase and other Japanese creations emerge from an Iron Chef in a sleek, color-changing setting. 723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Charming coffee shop with an intimate izakaya in the basement offering sushi and robatayaki meats. Must-Try Sushi: served with soy + wasabi. 120 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Philadelphia Restaurants to Splurge On
Dante & Luigi's
One of the oldest and most successful Philadelphia restaurants, it was established in 1899. The Italian immigrants used to dine at Dante & Luigi's a hundred years ago. With its sepia-tinted photos highlighted with sunlight that streams make the place come alive, eating here is a fascinating experience. You will hear most food enthusiasts in Philadelphia talk excitedly about Dante & Luigi's because it is simply the best place as far as ambiance is concerned, and its food and service are second to none.
Butcher and Singer
Easily one of the best steakhouses in the whole country. Stephen Starr's dream has luxurious surroundings, and the service is equal to, or better than, any. The staff doesn't just serve; they set the dinner's tone and spread merriment and joy. The food is simply delicious and top-quality, while the menu does justice to modern gourmet elements and traditional American fare.
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Romantic Restaurants in Philadelphia
Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
You will find there's a reason why the Water Works is a popular location for weddings and engagements. The landmark site is located along the Schuylkill River, looking over Boathouse Row. Diners seeking a romantic dinner will enjoy an idyllic view from the eating venue's open-air patio. Located at 1412 Mt. Vernon Street.
This intimate restaurant and bar resemble a rustic wine cellar; it is dark, vibrant, and sensual - just like their food. This tapas restaurant won't let you go home hungry, either, especially if you choose one of their tasting menus. Be sure to try the Duck Mondadito and the Bananas Y Azafran (chocolate cake, caramelized bananas, and saffron crème). Located at 114 South 20th Street, be sure to notice their décor as you exit for your next adventure.
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Best Mexican Restaurants Philadelphia
This is a brightly colored BYOB specializing in time-honored tacos and burritos with various fillings. 951 Wolf St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
A Mexican eatery offering up time-honored Mexican fare and drinks. 940 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Late-Night Eats in Philadelphia
Broad Street Diner
Not fancy, but certainly friendly, this well-located diner serves as a post-party pit stop for night owls in transit between Center City and South Philly. It's best to stick to the basics here: They're known for their omelets, hash browns, and hot coffee. 1135 S. Broad Street, (215) 825-3636
Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks
Both open 24 hours, the across-the-street rivals get slammed. "Originator" Pat's, with its notoriously sloppy Cheez Whiz topping and blindingly neon-bright Geno's, with its fancy provolone, draw crowds that meet in the avenue's center, often stopping traffic just before dawn. Pat's, 1237 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-1546; Geno's, 1219 S. 9th Street, (215) 389-0659
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Best Pizza in Philadelphia
Best sandwich shop and some of the best pizza you can get in Philadelphia from this simple parlor also known for its classic and creative sandwiches. This place is rapidly becoming known as the best pizza and sandwich place in the city. Address: 736 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
One of the best pizzas in Philly from a Comfy BYO eatery serving Sicilian-ish pizzas, pasta, polenta & meat dishes in homey digs. Each pie is made with pride and care, and you can absolutely taste that in every bite. Address: 801 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Best Steakhouse in Philly
Make reservations for the premier steakhouse of Philadelphia, Steak 48. Using only 8-9+ graded beef. Steak 48 is known for its in-house hand-cut steaks. The steakhouse has three options of filet mignon you can choose from: regular, bone-in, or their small plate portion, petite. BONUS: you can elevate your filet even further with Steak 48's add-on options, including black truffle sautéed Maine lobster or crispy shrimp. Location: 260 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Butcher and Singer
This steakhouse's menu is just as decadent as the restaurant's interior, paying homage to old Hollywood. Butcher and Singer's 8oz filet mignon is tender and well-seasoned – you'll feel like a real celebrity when you eat it! Location: 1500 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Written By: Philly Bite Magazines Staff
Philadelphia Best Of Series consists of a round-up of the best places to find great food, entertainment, and more in Philly.