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Best Philadelphia Restaurants By Neighborhood

The food scene in Philadelphia is hands down one of the best parts about the city. It goes far beyond just a Philly cheesesteak. We have so many different kinds of eateries. Of course we have the world renowned restaurants like Zahav, Starr restaurants, etc. but we also have hole in the wall places that can blow you away. These local spots are what makes each Philly neighborhood so special. We broke down our favorite restaurants by neighborhood, check it out!

Rittenhouse Square

  • Parc - traditional French bistro right on the park that’s one of the most famous restaurants in the city of Philadelphia

  • Kfar - modern yet retro cafe serves Israeli style pastries, small plates, coffees and more

  • A. Kitchen & A. Bar - stylish American bistro and bar

  • Rouge - great restaurant sitting right on the park with a great outdoor seating area that’s decorated for the season

  • Barclay Prime - continuously rated one of the best steak houses in the country

  • Porcini - great neighborhood spot that’s BYOB

  • Friday Saturday Sunday - a beloved corner eatery

  • Vernick - new American eatery in a Rittenhouse brownstone serving upscale large & small plates plus cocktails

Northern Liberties

  • Cafe La Maude - incredible brunch spot that feels like a true Parisian cafe

  • Apricot Stone - BYOB spot serving mediterranean, Armenian and middle eastern eats

  • Añejo - Mexican restaurant with a fun ambiance

  • Dolce&Cafe - Italian cafe with an espresso bar, pastry shop and food venue

  • Urban Village - brew pub and outdoor lounge with great beer and pizza

  • One Shot Cafe - cozy coffee shop with delicious food

  • Ortlieb’s - local bar where you can see live music every week

  • Jerry’s Bar - neighborhood corner bar with great food

  • Hello Vietnam - delicious Vietnamese food

Passyunk Square

  • Bing Bing Dim Sum - modern take on a Southern Chinese Dim Sum Parlor

  • Flannel - Southern homestyle venue with hearty brunch & dinner

  • South Philly Barbacoa - Mexican eatery specializing in traditional slow-cooked barbacoa-style tacos

  • Pats and Genos - two famous cheesesteak spots right across the street from each other that are popular with tourists

  • Laurel - French & American fare in a small, stylish bistro

  • Cantina Los Caballetios - great Mexican food and margaritas with a lively vibe & outdoor seating

  • Mikes BBQ - classic barbecue spot that also does catering and events


  • Suraya - Lebanese cafe, market & restaurant with bar & outdoor garden

  • W.M. Mulherin’s Sons - rustic Italian-influenced neighborhood joint, with a focus on pizza and other wood-fired fare

  • Front Street Cafe - fresh and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a beautiful garden seating area

  • Middle Child Clubhouse - a friendly neighborhood bar, restaurant and hangout

  • Hiroki - immersive Japanese dining experience

  • Pizzeria Beddia - incredible pizza place that also offers private dining experiences

  • LMNO - Mexican restaurant and lounge with delicious food and drinks

Society Hill

  • Pizzeria Stella - Stephen Star restaurant serving gourmet wood-fired pizza

  • Zahav - world renowned restaurant that brings the flavors of Israel to Philadelphia in an unforgettable dining experience

  • Positano Coast - Italian restaurant with a seafood focused menu and an open air dining room

  • Cafe Frida - European cafe serving breakfast, lunch and baked goods

  • Malbec Argentine Steakhouse - South American steakhouse featuring grilled meats & craft cocktails

  • Talula’s Garden - seasonal American cuisine in a chic farmhouse setting with a summer garden

Queen Village

  • Cry Baby Pasta - cozy corner eatery serving Italian dishes and cocktails

  • Neighborhood Ramen - small BYOB counter service ramen shop

  • 4th Street Delicatessen - local deli specializing in great sandwiches for more than 25 years

  • Emmy Squared - Detroit-style pizza in an upscale restaurant with a great rooftop

  • Marrakesh - Moroccan spot serving multiple courses of shared plates

  • Royal Sushi & Izakaya - a moodily lit Japanese pub and sushi spot

  • Mustard Greens - contemporary take on Chinese cuisine prepared from original Cantonese recipes

  • Keshet Kitchen - relaxed and warm restaurant serving recipes with healthy and natural ingredients


  • Osteria - Seasonal Italian menu of homemade pastas, thin-crust pizzas & wood-grilled meats

  • Bar Hygge - Cozy industrial-style brewpub serving brunch, lunch and dinner

  • Tela’s Market and Kitchen - locally-sourced ingredients at this neighborhood grocer & cafe

  • The Fairview - vibrant neighborhood restaurant serving cocktails and delicious eats

  • La Cantina “Calaca” Feliz - contemporary Mexican cantina with traditional cuisine amid whimsical decor

  • Zorbas - Greek tavern serving traditional cuisine in a homey space

Old City

  • Amada - Spanish restaurant & tapas bar featuring dishes from famed TV chef Jose Garces

  • Tuna Bar - Chic sushi & raw bar in a modern atmosphere

  • Buddakan - upscale Asian fusion dishes in a swanky setting

  • Cuba Libre - Cuban cuisine in an open-air setting with tropical ambiance, vintage décor, and upbeat Latin music

  • Royal Bucherie - French-inspired brasserie with outdoor dining space, plus a bar & a tavern area

  • Plough and the Stars - wide variety of pints & traditional fare like fish 'n' chips in an airy, former bank

Washington Square West

  • Vetri Cucina - outstanding rustic fare, handcrafted pastas, innovative flavor combinations and artful presentations inspired by Italian cuisine

  • Barbuzzo - farm-fresh ingredients star at this Mediterranean joint set in a chic, compact space

  • El Vez - trendy Mexican joint serving upscale eats & cocktails in a colorful setting

  • Sampan - Pan-Asian small & large plates & weekday happy hour, plus a back bar with patio

  • Double Knot - charming coffee shop with a secret izakaya in the basement offering sushi & robatayaki meats

  • Giorgio on Pine - classic Italian eats & gluten-free options at this cute BYOB spot

  • Middle Child - Casual spot for daytime eats inspired by classic diners and delis with amazing sandwiches

  • Bud and Marilyn’s - retro-chic corner spot serving American classics


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