Bistro Romano
Bistro Romano

Bistro Romano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroromano.com/
  • Phone: 2159258880x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Front and 2nd
  • Public Transit: Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Meters are free after 5pm on Wednesday nights . Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $6, Friday and Saturday $15. Acquire parking pass from hostess.
A word from Bistro Romano
This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 25th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bistro Romano reviews from OpenTable diners
214 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (170)special occasion (127)neighborhood gem (105)notable wine list (94)fit for foodies (78)good for groups (43)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (13)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Nice End to The Season
    wawagasman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great place for all type of food. All four of our meals were outstanding. Good wine list as well. Great ending to a lackluster Phillies Season
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Pleased
    LoveMyFood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    With our evening meal at Bistro Romano. Once a year we head to this restaurant for a terrific meal and service! This year is not a disappointment. We always start with a reasonable priced wine and stuff mushroom appetizer. Then onto the entrees for me it will be a veal dish and for my significant other a seafood dish with scallops. We even contemplated dessert but passed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place is a hidden gem! Loved the romantic atmosphere and delicious food. The server was wonderful and everything was well priced, except for the caesar salad. Apparently, they are known for it but it was just okay. It was cool that they prepare it table side but not worth $10 per salad. Other than that, I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They tried hard.....
    SeekingNewFoodAdventures
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Basically the food was good. My girlfriend's gnocchi with duck sauce tasted terrible to her and I both and my shrimp & scallops were "ok". To the Manager's credit, he came over, asked about the food, and when we said her didn't taste good at all, he suggested that some people might not like the duck sauce and if he could replace if with some else. She said plain gnocchi and offered to add shrimp and she accepted. But then it was ok at bes, as was the salad and the stuffed sausage & mushroom. BUT, then the next day we both felt bad with gastro-intestinal distress. Bottom ine is that all the dishes were very heavy on the oil used to prepare them. They were swimming in olive oil. No light touch here.
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  • Good food but...
    Camille
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Yes, the food was good (although not GREAT); however, based on other reviews I asked to be seated downstairs. Some tables were very nice, but ours was in a dark spot and in a location where I kept being jostled by wait staff and customers. But worse was our server, who greeted us by saying 'Hi Guys!' to my husband and I and was just plain goofy and VERY slow (at one point he said he'd be right back and I bet he was gone for more than 10 minutes.)
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  • Quaint
    loves2luv
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Bistro Romano is a quaint restaurant with fabulous food. You will not leave hungry either. The staff/service were super friendly! We will return!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    Enjoyfunfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everything from beginning until end was delicious! Consistently!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Bistro Romano is by far the best of Philadelphia's Restaurant scene. Warmly greeted on arrival. The specials last evening were extensive and us wanting to have a sample of everything. Settled on mussels apetizer and veal saltimbocca. Superb! My wife had Duck and is still talking about it. Extensive wine list. From the hostess to the bar tender to the waiter to the manager.....all make you want to come back....soon! Like being with family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always a pleasant experience. My daughter and I come here several times a year. Never a bad experience. Food is sooooo good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love the ambiance
    coffeegirl2
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    From the first night I encountered this place, I just loved the ambiance. The caesar salad made table side is a plus. It's a great place to go for a date night. I spend my birthday there every year. I love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy we finally dined here!
    ratlady73
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've been meaning to visit this restaurant for a couple of years, and I'm glad I finally did. We dined in the old wine cellar which created a rather unique ambiance. The famous Caesar salad is famous for a reason. It's prepared table-side - dressing and all - and is very fresh and delicious. For the main course I had the duck which was prepared perfectly. My 6-year-old son had kids' ravioli, after he was done eating most of my Caesar salad. The ravioli were tasty but could have been drained better. He didn't seem to mind however, so I'm not taking a star away for that. The cannoli and tiramisu we had for dessert were very, very fresh and tasty. We'll be going back for the Caesar salad for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • price & food good couple
    Inesarte
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Not a gourmet restaurant; huge dishes, lots of food. Waiter was excellent, charming & serviceable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    3jays
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Absolutely awesome service. Food was good. The dining area downstairs is awesome. Great romantic place for a couple or small group
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was impeccable. Both the manager Anthony and our waitress were very accommodating. This was even after the fact that our original table we were sat at wasn't to our liking so they were able to move us downstairs without a second thought. The food was also on par and overall not that expensive considering the homemade pasta and slow cooked meats. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    You have to go. A new tradition place to visit. Service, ambience, food great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    FoodieforLife
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went for restaurant week, food was awesome Fried artichokes were amazing, lobster ravioli to die for, goat cheese tortellini were melt in your mouth. The osso buco and mushroom risotto were also very, very good Service was excellent The restaurant itself is a treasure, lots of history and beautiful job keeping the building true to its origins
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bistro romano
    ingge
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    it was perfect for what i was looking for to celebrate our 15yrs wedding anniversary. the ambiance was very romantic and it was restaurant week so it was perfect for us . The food choices was ok but I should have have tried the duck that everyone is raving about, maybe next time. I will recommend it for a date night restaurant to go to
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant week pick
    Emma
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food-wise the standouts were perch (who has perch on the menu? and it was nicely cooked), pasta fazool, and limoncello sorbet. The service was friendly and attentive but slow. This was fine with my party & me; we were super busy talking and very happy to linger. Perhaps if we had been tapping our collective feet and glowering it would have been faster. The downstairs dining room is an authentic Italian buca. I thought the wine list was very sensible and sensibly organized. They had a decent selection of wines by the glass on the menu itself so you didn't need a PhD in oenology or hours at your disposal to make your choice. I had a red wine from Liguria (which is all I can remember about it, sorry) that was very good and modestly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When we arrived at Bistro Romano, the Hostess was unfriendly, unsmiling, and unwelcoming. She was unable to find our reservation and when I showed that it was kk on my smartphone, she didn't acknowledge. Happily a gentleman came and was able to kk our table. The food was delicious. And Rosie our waitress was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CityboyEats2
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Bistro Romano is a beautiful restaurant with an interesting history. The staff was welcoming and friendly. The food was creative and delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Chully
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One word for the food = Orgasmic! Everything was just absolutely perfect! I am seriously considering traveling to Philadelphia from NJ at least once a month just to eat here!.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Love it
    Loved
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place was great. Awesome for a date. The ambiance is classy, the service is great and the food amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    Reviewed
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went here for restaurant week, never visited here before. When we walked in our table wasn't ready, so we hung at the bar for about 5 minutes. There was a pianist playing familliar songs, which was sweet. We waited a while for any attention after seated. Our server was nice, but he looked overworked and I felt like he had one foot in different directions. When he came to our table and asked us if we needed anything, I know he was secretly hoping we didn't want anything. Also, the walls are stone, but there's white granular gunk on it, which I was scared to rub against. Looked very sketchy. Anyway, food was great, ambiance was ok, Service was eh.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY nice service, GREAT food!
    RedBeard
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our waiter was great! Polite, fast, and vert nice. The food was delicious, the bruschetta was varied and tasty, the appetizers were very good, the calamari was amazing, the cheese was good but not quite what we expected. The lobster ravioli was AMAZING! The desert, cheesecake, and the tira misu, were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    foodiecritic
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Friendly and attentive staff, prompt service, romantic, cozy ambiance. I am glad we tried Bistro Romano. I had the Lobster Ravioli and it was absolutely delicious! My husband, who is not a foodie like myself ordered the duck and said it was the best thing he ever ate! We have this on our list of places to revisit for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food pleasures on a budget
    AjaiTheFoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Decided to indulge in restaurant week w/ my mother and agreed to dine at Bistro Romano. Walking in takes me back to my trip to Rome and the decor is quaint. My mother was very pleased with the food and the ambiance, and I was very pleased with the service. Definitely a place enjoy a lovely meal w/ family or w/ that special someone. Also, try a drink at the bar. The design is jaw dropping to say the least.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy wife,made very happy husband
    weluvBistro
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Most fabulous restuarant in society hill. I was in the dog house,so to speak...even though the small cake i ordered for my wife,it was our anniversary, didnt make it...i still was king!! Everything about this restuarant was beyond perfect.,so much, when back at the hyatt,security was called,lol, they thought it was a screaming,knock down fight...not at all!! Bistro romano made my night cap with my wife, like we were teenagers again!! Price was right, food was superb,and we walked back to the hyatt pawwing at each other. I owe bistro romano a kidney if he needed it!! Its a must go,eat,drink,and be shown super gratitude from the misses afterwards. No more dog house for me!! Love this place. You will love it as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    pebblesdiz62
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our service from the moment we walked in was great. Food was excellent n it was so easy to reserve using open table. thanks for a wonderful birthday dinner.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ???
    lobster
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Did not know what was included in restaurant week special.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raali
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Came here to celebrate my Mom's birthday. The food was outstanding. You could tell that everything was made fresh. The service was attentive and the manager even gave us free desserts. It was a great experience and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fresh Italian fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a great place for a relaxing dinner with great food! A little expensive for the portions but very fresh and delicious!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice restaurant and ambience.
    Charis7
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    A friend had a 5 hour overlay waiting to fly to Europe from the Midwest. My wife and I needed to find a restaurant where we could talk and catch up. I scanned Trip Advisor for an hour as he had some food requests. Italian fit the bill. The first several we tried were not open, but I am glad. A few said the atmosphere was a bit loud. Bistro Romano was listed as Romantic and I can see why. Not that we were looking for that, but we were looking for quiet and romantic seemed closest to fitting that bill. It really is one of the best I've been to as far as a romantic setting and very close to what I experienced in Rome when I lived there. I highly recommend it!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honeymooner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We chose this restaurant for our 53 anniversary celebration and thought it was wonderful. Food was great and the Caesar salad preparation at our table was so much fun. The only thing I would change is that we ordered a glass of wine which was delicious but I thought the portion was skimpy. We would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    cogan138
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I have been the Bistro Romano at least 15 times since we found it. We attempt to go at least once a month for our "Date Night" without the kids. In those experiences, we have never had a bad meal. Now that's consistency and a great reason for going back. The staff is friendly and the ambiance is great for an adult night night with or without friends.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place in Philly
    pwill
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is by far the best Italian restaurant by far!! All the servers are the friendly and will go out of their way to make sure your satisfied! The Manger is there all the time stopping by every table to make sure you enjoy every second of your dinner his name is Anthony and he will make sure you have the best experience!! The food is great the service is great the scene is very romantic! You should take your date here to make them happy!!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ali West
    Ali7884
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My friends and I had a great time. The food was very good and prepared as ordered and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing ambiance!
    Steph73
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Visited Philly for the first time and came across this gem of a restaurant. Romantic atmosphere. Ceasar salad doesn't get any better than the one that is prepared at the table side. Roasted duck is definitely a must! Would highly recommend for a relaxed, romantic dinner.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy our night
    LeaveAMark
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The service was good, we had a nice waitress who made sure to check on us and bring what we wanted with out long waits in between. The food was okay. My wife had the Lobster Ravioli which I thought was good. I had the sausage with broccoli rabe pasta. Again not amazing but still good. The overall atmosphere of the place though is fantastic. We sat downstairs and besides the rocking chairs cause the floor was uneven we did enjoy ourselves. Its worth checking out at least once. But probably not a place we would want to frequent often.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Excellent Experience
    ConnieVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We really loved this restaurant. Charming place with great food and service. The only negative was a couple of small children who could be heard throughout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint 18th century venue
    fromtheburbs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner there; we went to celebrate our anniversary and his birthday.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet