Philadelphia Wheelchair Friendly Restaurants

Philadelphia Wheelchair Friendly Restaurants

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Philadelphia, PA - Philly is home to many restaurants and hotels accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs, including top-notch dining establishments and accommodations spanning multiple neighborhoods and tastes. Visitors are always encouraged to contact a hotel or restaurant to review any specific needs or requests. The following list includes many local favorites—however, it is not comprehensive.Philadelphia, PA - Philly is home to many restaurants and hotels accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs, including top-notch dining establishments and accommodations spanning multiple neighborhoods and tastes. Visitors are always encouraged to contact a hotel or restaurant to review any specific needs or requests. The following list includes many local favorites—however, it is not comprehensive.

 

Historic District:

  • Red Owl Tavern –Neighborly meets sophisticated at Red Owl Tavern, the only full-service restaurant on Independence Mall. Among soaring windows and cozy tables, Executive Chef Caitlin Mateo serves up modern American staples, while Lead Bartender, Kyle Darrow serves craft beers and classic cocktails with a twist. The front door is not wheelchair-accessible; however, the Hotel Monaco entrance is. 422 Chestnut Street Street, (215) 923-2267www.redowltavern.com
  • Capofitto – From the Capogiro team, Capofitto is part of the “Pizza Evolution” from Naples, Italy featuring a hand-built, wood-burning pizza oven specializing in hand-crafted Neapolitan style pizza and award-winning gelato. The menu also includes salads, focaccia paninis, Italian wine and beers. The main entrance is wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome. 233 Chestnut Street, (215) 897-9999 www.capofittoforno.com
  • High Street on Market – The casual and acclaimed next-door sibling of esteemed, elegant Fork is known for its artisan bread program, locally sourced menu of shared plates and house-made pastas, first-come, first-served breakfast and lunch (serving incredible ginger yogurt and justly named “best grilled cheese ever”) and intimate dinners. An interior ramp leads to the dining room. Restrooms are single-use; the largest has a grab bar. Service animals are welcome. 308 Market Street, (215) 625-0988, highstreetonmarket.com
  • The Little Lion – This relatively new spot—with a name inspired by Alexander Hamilton’s sobriquet—brings Southern charm to the heart of Old City. The Little Lion serves traditional favorites, including fried green tomatoes, biscuits and grits. The entrance on 3rd Street is level with the sidewalk; the building features an indoor ramp. There are accessible restrooms, and the restaurant welcomes trained service animals. 243 Chestnut Street, (267) 273-0688, thelittlelionphilly.com
  • The Olde Bar – ChefJose Garces is responsible for reimagining the old Bookbinder’s as a handsome, spirited saloon (have the Fish House punch) and traditional seafood spot. The Olde Bar’s restrooms are accessible and located on the main floor. The entrance is sidewalk-level, and service animals are welcome. 125 Walnut Street, (215) 253-3777, theoldebar.com
  • Talula’s Garden – The Washington Square location of Kennett Square’s acclaimed Talula’s Table serves seasonal, local and fresh farm-to-table cuisine for dinner and Sunday brunch. A beautiful patio garden—with outdoor seating during warmer months—greets visitors at the sidewalk-level, wheelchair-accessible entrance. Talula’s also features automatic doors and accessible restrooms and welcomes trained service animals. 210 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-7787, talulasgarden.com
  • Zahav – Tucked at the bottom of the Society Hill Towers is one of the toughest reservations in town, thanks to outstanding Israeli cuisine by top 2017 James Beard honoree Michael Solomonov. While the restaurant’s main entrance includes a flight of stairs, visitors may use the Towers entrance at 210 Locust Street, where they can be dropped off by car. A walkway from the Towers to Zahav is wheelchair accessible. The restaurant welcomes service animals and has accessible restrooms and low tables. 237 St. James Place, (215) 625-8800, zahavrestaurant.com

Washington Square West:

  • MilkBoy Philadelphia – The Center City location restaurant features a fun atmosphere that offers a full drink and food menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has two full bars, cafe and live music. Milkboy Philly opens early during weekdays at 7 a.m. The entrance is level with the sidewalk, tables are low top and the restrooms are wheelchair accessible on the first floor. Guests may bring trained service animals. 1100 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-6455 www.milkboyphilly.com
  • Rex 1516 – Philadelphia’s go-to for Southern-inspired elevated cuisine, Rex 1516 offers creative dishes and drinks in a rustic space clad in reclaimed wood. The main entrance, the seating and bathrooms are all wheelchair accessible. 1516 South Street, (267) 319-1366www.rex1516.com
  • Bud & Marilyn’s – It’s all about comfort food (and cocktails) at this corner Gayborhood spot, where visitors enjoy traditional American fare: hot buttered buns, cheese curds, fried chicken. The restaurant is on the ground floor of the Independent Hotel. The entrance is level with the sidewalk, tables are low top and the restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Guests may bring their trained service animals here. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220, budandmarilyns.com
  • El Vez – This vibrant, always-hopping Mexican-American hangout has enjoyed longtime popularity as a destination for dinner (or lunch) and drinks—which almost always includes clever guacamole. El Vez features a wheelchair-accessible, barrier-free front entrance. It has low-top tables and an accessible restroom on the main floor. Visitors with trained service animals are welcome. 131 S. 13th Street, (215) 928-9800, elvezrestaurant.com
  • Garces Trading Company – One of James Beard award-winning chef Jose Garces’ 10 Philadelphia restaurants, the one-floor Garces Trading serves Euro bistro meals—roast chicken, Lyonnaise duck salad, Tuscan pasta, a respectable kids’ menu and weekend brunch—in a laid-back setting. The front door is not wheelchair accessible; however, the restaurant is attached to the Western Union Building that is. Visitors may bring their service animals. There are low-top tables and an accessible restroom. 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099, philadelphia.garcestradingcompany.com
  • Varga Bar – Set against a backdrop of 1940s pin-up artwork by Alberto Vargas, this Washington Square West spot features classic American fare with a twist (such as confit duck wings and a grilled Kobe hotdog). It also dishes up a $10 “Burger and a Beer” deal every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to a barrier-free entrance, Varga offers outdoor and indoor low-top seating. Service animals are welcome. 941 Spruce Street,(215) 627-5200, vargabar.com

Rittenhouse Square/Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • Square 1682 –Historic architecture and urban industrial design meets bold Modern American cuisine at Square 1682. Executive Chef Robert Surdam showcases an impressive food menu with sustainably sourced ingredients. Lead Bartender, Dan Kulisek, pioneers the bar, featuring regional craft beers, an accessible wine list and imaginative cocktails. Wheelchair accessible entrance is located on the corner of 17th street and Sansom. 121 South 17th Street, (215) 563-5008 www.square1682.com
  • Ocean Prime –Ocean Prime is an upscale restaurant known for its sophisticated decor, extensive wine list and classic steak and seafood dishes. There is a side entrance that leads into the dining room for wheelchair access. Guests using a wheelchair are encouraged to call the restaurant before arriving. 124 South 15th Street, (215) 563-0163www.ocean-prime.com
  • SkyGarten –SkyGarten, Philadelphia’s tallest beer garden, offers authentic German food and beverages with 360 degree views of the city. An elevator at the main entrance takes guests to the 51st floor. 1717 Arch st, (215) 574-1099skygartenphilly.com
  • City Tap House (Logan Square) — City Tap House Logan Square offers craft brews on draft, cask and by the bottle, from local breweries and favorites from around the world. With authentic, brick oven pizza and elevated, American pub fare, City Tap House has truly updated the gastropub experience. Focusing on a rustic yet comfortable bar and dining atmosphere featuring reclaimed barnwood and repurposed steel, guests can enjoy private dining as well as a lively bar scene with a 15 foot multiscreen television and an open view of the kitchen. With daily happy hour specials, exciting weekend and late night entertainment, and brewery-centric special events, City Tap House offers guests the best bar and restaurant experience in Philadelphia at Logan Square. The main entrance is wheelchair accessible. 2 Logan Square, (215) 587-9040, www.logan.citytap.com
  • 24 Wood Fired Fare – Amazing views of the Schuylkill River and a refined, family-friendly menu are two main draws of Jose Garces’ newest addition. The lunch, dinner and brunch selections feature traditional margherita, clam and more wood-fired pizzas, with daily “Apertivo” specials from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The entrance on 24th and Sansom Streets is wheelchair accessible; an elevator takes guests to the third floor dining room. The accessible restroom includes grab bars; guests are invited to bring their trained service animals. 2401 Walnut Street, (215) 333-3331, 24philly.com
  • Continental Mid-town – The Rittenhouse sibling to the pioneering Continental in Old City specializes in shared plates, tapas and martinis. Colorful seating and contemporary light fixtures create a lively, retro atmosphere for diners.An elevator brings guests to the accessible restroom (with grab bars) on the lower floor; a separate elevator takes guests to the rooftop bar. Service animals are welcome, and the main floor includes low-top seating. 1801 Chestnut Street, (215) 567-1800, continentalmidtown.com
  • The Dandelion –ThisVictorian house turned British pub serves fish and chips, lamb shepherd’s pie, cheese plates, Pimm’s-based cocktails and afternoon tea. The main entrance features an automatic door opener. Registered service animals are welcome. Guests are encouraged to request a table on the first floor when making a reservation to ensure availability and close proximity to the accessible restroom. 124 S. 18th Street, (215) 558-2500, thedandelionpub.com
  • Gran Caffe l’Aquilla – With windows flung open, gelato on display and low tables throughout, this Italian cafe welcomes customers who use wheelchairs. The first-floor operation serves pastry and cappuccino every morning; in afternoon, it’s salads, pasta—and more gelato. Two wheelchair accessible restrooms have grab bars. 1716 Chestnut Street, (215) 568-5600, grancaffelaquila.com
  • Oyster House – The happy hour crowds are a testament to the popularity of this classic, clean-lined seafood staple. The same family has run the operation since 1976, serving lunch and dinner patrons their just-shucked oysters (and shrimp cocktail, lobster, steamers and bluefish) and accommodating guests with no barriers and low-top dining room tables. The first floor’s wheelchair accessible unisex restroom has grab bars; service animals are welcome. Closed Sunday. 1516 Sansom Street, (215) 567-7683, oysterhousephilly.com
  • Parc – This sparkling fixture across the street from Rittenhouse Square is reminiscent of a Paris brasserie, serving brunch, lunch and dinner. Diners can choose from an extensive list of French wines, small bites, full entrees—or simply an elegant cafe au lait—while watching the hustle of the park. A wheelchair-accessible ramp is located to the right of the main entrance and has push-button access. The restaurant includes many low-top tables, and service animals are always permitted. 227 S. 18th Street,(215) 545-2262, parc-restaurant.com
  • Urban Farmer – Featuring seafood, steak and cocktails that are locally sourced, The Logan Hotel’s in-house spot to dine out is accessible via ramp from the museum-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The modern steakhouse offers wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the main floor and low-top tables. Guests may bring their service animals.1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 963-2788, urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com

Beyond Center City:

  • Devil's Den – Devil’s Den, an American gastropub located in South Philly, features 16 rotating drafts and more than 100 bottles of import and craft beers. Chef Paul Trowbridge offers homemade comfort food and stepped-up fare, including signature Duck Fries, Salmon BLT, and house ground burgers. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sundays from 10:30am to 3pm. There is a ramp located on the side of the restaurant. 1148 South 11th Street, (215) 339-0855www.devilsdenphilly.com
  • City Tap House (University City) – This gastropub is home to one of Philadelphia’s most extensive craft beer lists, featuring 60 rotating taps. The beers are paired with Elevated American Pub Fare. Live music is every Wednesday through Sunday. There is elevator access on the first floor that takes guests to the main dining room, located on the second floor. Outside seating is available on City Tap House’s expansive outdoor patio, featuring five stone fire pits. 3925 Walnut Street, (215) 662-0105 www.citytaphouseucity.com
  • The Sidecar Bar & Grille – The elevated neighborhood gastropub, located at the corner of 22nd and Christian, offers an expansive and constantly evolving beer list and homemade comfort food in a friendly atmosphere. Popular favorites include Sidecar’s specialty burgers and the house signature Southern Fried Chicken Fingers. The Sidecar Bar’s extensive outdoor seating is wheelchair accessible. 2201 Christian Street, (215) 732-3429 www.thesidecarbar.com
  • Distrito – Jose Garces’ bright University City taqueria is known for its $5 happy hour specials on guacamole, chips, sangria and nachos.An elevator takes guests to the taqueria-style second-floor dining room. Both floors have low-top tables. Distrito’s main entrance on 40th Street is level with the sidewalk; restrooms are accessible and have grab bars. Service animals are welcome. 3945 Chestnut Street, (215) 222-1657, philadelphia.distritorestaurant.com
  • Jerry’s Bar – This Northern Liberties dive bar turned gastropub opens seven nights a week and serves weekend brunch. There’s one step at the main entrance; the side courtyard entrance is sidewalk level. The main dining area has low-top tables and an accessible restroom with grab bars. Jerry’s permits service animals. 129 W. Laurel Street, (267) 273-1632, jerrysbarphilly.com
  • La Colombe – The 11,000-square-foot flagship of Philly’s biggest coffee roaster is a must-visit for any Joe aficionado. But La Colombe’s menu offers more than espresso and draft lattes. Rustic breads and pastry and spectacular salads, skillets, boards and sandwiches are available for at-counter ordering. Sidewalk level with accessible restrooms, this mega-cafe welcomes service animals. Oh, and it distills rum too. 1335 Frankford Avenue, (267) 479-1600, lacolombe.com
  • Silk City – A lively outdoor beer garden—weather permitting—has a gated, street-level entrance on Spring Garden Street and multiple seating options, from picnic benches in the sun to smaller tables under umbrellas. A large, accessible restroom with grab bars is in the dining room to the left of the building’s entrance (its diner is not accessible), and Silk City encourages visitors to bring their service animals. 435 Spring Garden Street, (215) 592-8838, silkcityphilly.com

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