Philadelphia Restaurant Guide
Philadelphia is home to numerous outstanding restaurants. In fact, we are known for our incredible food. The best way to find a GREAT restaurant is via this link: https://www.discoverphl.com/visit/dine/. That said, here is a brief list of wonderful places at which one can eat and drink. Enjoy, be merry, and make a reservation!!!
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$$$$ 40 and over
(Average meal cost per person, not including beverages, tax or tip)
Vedge – ($$‐$$$) Chef Rich Landau, 2017 James Beard Award Winner, Best Chef, Mid‐AtlanticVegan - deliciousness for non‐vegans.
1221 Locust Street
“Is Vedge the best vegan restaurant in America? It might be one of the best restaurants, period.” – Philadelphia Magazine
Vernick – ($$$) Chef Greg Vernick, 2017 James Beard Award Winner, Best Chef, Mid‐Atlantic New American, Seasonal ingredients.
2031 Walnut Street
“We would be back again and again, if only we lived in Philadelphia.” – New York Times
The Love ($$$)
Refined neighborhood destination from Aimee Olexy & Stephen Starr featuring seasonal American fare.
130 S. 18th Street
Zahav – ($$$) Chef Michael Solomonov, 2017 James Beard Award Winner, Outstanding Chef Modern Israeli Cuisine.
237 St. James Place
Talula’s Garden ($$$)
Modern American menu, prepared with carefully sourced ingredients, changes with the seasons.
210 West Washington Square
Hot spot for upscale Asian fusion dishes in a swanky setting with a giant Buddha & techno tunes.
325 Chestnut Street
Delicious soul food with live blues and R&B sets plus a Sunday jazz brunch.
1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
Ms. Tootsie’s ($$)
Ms. Tootsie’s built its reputation with some of the best southern comfort cuisine in the city, and then redefined itself with a sleek lounge and bar. Menu highlights include golden fried chicken, cheesy macaroni and cheese, turkey chops smothered in a peppery gravy, and sweet caramelized candied yams.
1312 South Street
Chef Ramola is classically trained in Indian cuisine and received his culinary degree in Mumbai, India – his food is delicious!
205 S. 13th Street
“We’re a poppin’ spot” – Indian food served hot, fresh, and swanky.
246 Market Street
Hip City Veg ($$)
Vegetarian food at a great price!
121 South Broad Street (Broad and Chestnut)
Note: No alcohol served
V Street – Same owners as Vedge ($$)
Vegan street food, casual.
126 S. 19th Street (19th and Chestnut)
Monk’s Café ($$)
Mussels, fries, craft ales & other Belgian‐accented offerings dispensed in a brewpub setting.
264 S. 16th Street
The Continental – Philadelphia ($$)
Stephen Starr's first restaurant serves an eclectic menu & classic martinis in a neo‐diner space.
138 Market Street
1225 Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge ($$)
Modern sushi bar offering an array of fresh fish & sake options in a posh space with outdoor seating.
1225 Sansom Street
El Vez ($$)
Trendy Mexican joint serving upscale eats & cocktails in a colorful, flashy setting.
121 S. 13th Street
This 2‐story spot offers Pan‐Latin food, margaritas, outdoor dining & festive decor.
1141 Pine Street
Alma de Cuba ($$$)
Fusion fare with Cuban influences; happy hour with specially priced tapas & cocktails in the lounge.
1623 Walnut Street
Estia ‐Philadelphia ($$$)
Greek food at its best!
1405‐07 Locust Street
Sansom St. Oyster House ($$)
Oysters, lobster & other East Coast‐style seafood are featured at this stylish eatery.
1516 Sansom Street
Spanish Tapas by Iron Chef Jose Garces.
217 Chestnut Street
Interstate Drafthouse ($)
Funky Hipster Bar and Restaurant; try the gator Po’Boys!
1235 E. Palmer Street
MilkBoy Philly is a restaurant, bar, cafe and live‐music venue all in one.
11th and Chestnut Street
Drinks & More
Bar Hygge ($$) (pronounced "hYOO‐guh")
Hip Spring Garden brewpub known most for its creative tasting "boards." Hygge Happy Hours are Monday through Friday from 4pm‐6:30pm featuring discounted house‐made beer, growlerfills and $10 specialty boards.
1720 Fairmount Ave
Hop Sing Laundromat ($$)
Swanky speakeasy‐style bar building a reputation with its meticulously made cocktails. 1029 Race Street
Charlie was a Sinner ($$)
Vegan cafe/bar dishing up creative, plant‐based small plates & drinks in sexy, dark environment.
131 S. 13th Street
Prohibition Tap Room ($$)
Casual gastropub featuring craft beer & comfort food in a dimly lit, jukebox‐equipped venue.501 N. 13th Street
Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti ($$)
Breezy Italian outfit offering a seafood‐focused menu, a seasonal open‐air dining room & happyhour.
212 Walnut Street
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar ($$)
Cuban cuisine & a vast rum bar accented by Caribbean décor & late‐night salsa dancing.
10 S. 2nd Street
Posh reconceptualization of a historic dining club with a Continental menu & dancing.
223 S. Sydenham Street
Less Expensive Food
Any stall in Reading Terminal Market ($‐$$)
Famous indoor farmer's market offering diverse food fare, housewares & area specialties since 1892.
51 N. 12th Street
John’s Roast Pork ($)
Go for lunch (they close when they run out of bread) and know what you want to order or get yelled at by John.
14 Snyder Avenue (South Philly)
Falafel shop owned by James Beard Award Winner Michael Solomonov, of Zahav
1526 Sansom Street
Fuel – Center City ($)
Local chain serving organic wraps, Panini & bowls, plus juices & coffee, in a casual, modern space.
1225 Walnut Street
Real Food Eatery (high quality, whole foods) ($)
207 S. 16th Street
Verts (Mediterranean) ($)
1601 Market Street
Note: Chinatown is filled with inexpensive and savory food.