Bistro Romano
Bistro Romano

Bistro Romano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroromano.com/
  • Phone: (215) 925-8880
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bistro Romano reviews from OpenTable diners
225 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (177)special occasion (133)notable wine list (100)neighborhood gem (95)fit for foodies (85)good for groups (47)hot spot (17)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (13)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Never Been Disappointed
    Happydiner
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We have been going to Bistro Romano for 20+ years. We have never been disappointed. Great food, great service and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Italian Restaurant
    FoodluverVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My husband and I often come here for a quiet, romantic Italian dinner. It is a lovely place, with soft candlelight, great food and always impeccable service. The only glitch was a large family with unruly children, who were obviously having a party and were right behind us. I do not understand why parents take their children to nice restaurants and let them run around, making noise and disturbing other guests. They should have booked a private room, or better yet, left the children at home! Be considerate, people!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tmarinojr
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We celebrated my girlfriend's birthday on Saturday November 22, 2014. Her first time at Bistro Romano and she thought it was very romantic and the food was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time fan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Made reservations here based on other opinions found online and was pleasantly surprised. Food was delicious. I had the goat cheese tortellini, which was unlike anything I've had before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian restaurant in Philly.
    NickVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Caesar salad is a must. Veal dishes are outstanding,superb wine list and a top notch staff. This restaurant and staff has character.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night out
    LMwhite
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The atmosphere is romantic in a historic old building. Tableside ceasar salad is always a treat and the food excellent. Our waiter, Shawn was friendly and informative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a total treatq
    egodoc
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Well-performed opera, fine food and exceptional service make each visit a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    Dee1
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was very good and service was excellent. Server explained specials, wine list and answered all questions. We did not feel rushed in making our decision on what we wanted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good meal
    TomAndJane
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Seated right away, great atmosphere. Properly paced, good specials, attentive service, everything was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Bistro Romano is an excellent choice for romantic and for group events. Delicious food, great wine list, and wonderful ambience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all around great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    all around great restaurant to when you walk in the door and are seated to the service and the food. Timing of the courses was perfect. live music was an added bonus. Ambiance was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Caesar Salad Not to Be Missed!
    SusanWVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My niece and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Bistro Romano this past Saturday night. We arrived a little early, and were seated promptly. My niece having just turned 16 is not the most adventurous eater, but she does love her Caesar salad, and this was one not to be missed. It has been years since I've had table-side Caesar Salad service -- fresh egg and all! While there were not whole anchovies, we were told the anchovy paste is freshly prepared in the kitchen. It was a real treat once the cart arrived with the big 'ole wooden bowl, and the salad was prepared by someone whose sole job is yes, making Caesar salads. We gave it a big two thumbs up. Mussels, Lobster ravioli and Grouper were all delicious. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as we remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Back to Philly for a romantic weekend, and dinner at Bistro Romano was as good as when we first found it years prior.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Repeat performance
    JC10192013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our 2nd time going to the Bistro- another great experience,, great food ,, relaxing atmosphere, very enjoyable!!! Also was in and out before the play at 8!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find!
    foodie2
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The ffod was excellent and the table we had allowed for conversation without having to scream at each other. Further we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great Meal
    Johnnyhi
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My wife and I had an early dinner at Bistro Romano. This was our first time. The service was efficient and very warm. Both our meals were great, including the table side caesar salad. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • charming and nostalgic
    deceived
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great location in the heart of historic neighborhood, with very convenient street parking at the square a half block away. The table side Cesar Salad was fresh and authentic. Our entree's were amazing and tasty- old style Tuscan style comfort food- all very delicious! The duck was tender and not at all greasy as at other restaurants, the reduction served with it was intense!! If you like (or love) broccoli rabe as much as I do - you cannot go wrong with the sausage/canellini beans and Broc-Rabe appetizer. 5 stars from me!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food, environment and service were all FANTASTIC!!!! A totally delicious experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zagats ?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    If you like being kept waiting for 40 minutes for your reserved table for 5; if you want a table with chairs which actually slide down an incline located in a stiff breeze because the main door is left open; if you like sending out the bloodhounds to find your waiter; if you enjoy patrons who act as if they have reserved the restaurant for a private bachelor/bachelorette party; if you want food which arrives lukewarm and is indifferently presented then this is definitely the place for you. Saturday night at this restaurant was one of the most unpleasant dining, no eating, experiences ever and because it was to be a special evening for out-of- town guests totally embarrassing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    GOOD
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We dined here a yr. ago. Food was good this time, but not as good as last year. We will go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful!
    Gastro
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very consistent. Happy to have this restaurant in my neighborhood to share with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    food4thought
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I went there with my girlfriend for our anniversary. It was perfect! The food was amazing and the service was second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second to none!
    rsteely1020
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    There is no place like Bistro Romano. It great for a special occasion or just a night out with friends. The décor is romantic and inviting and the service is second to none. The food is always prepared to perfection and the desserts are to die for. I would HIGHLY recommend Bistro Romano to anyone looking for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!
    GBTOUBS
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    WE DROVE DOWN FROM CT EARLY IN THE MORNING TO VISIT OUR SON WHO IS ATTENDING UPENN. HE IS A FUSSY FOODIE, AND AT THE TENDER AGE OF 20, A HARSH CRITIC. WE WERE JOINED BY OUR NIECE, ALSO LIVING IN PHILLY. THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE WAS POSITIVE, AND OUR DINNERS WERE DELICIOUS, AND ALMOST REFRESHING. WE WILL GO BACK.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    JMBTGBVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great service, great food and a nice wine list. Will go back to try desserts - too full first time!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint
    Carl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice romantic Italian wine cellar dinning, great menu and food. Have dined there many times. Located in Society Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Lovely
    BeautifulDez
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Came here on my birthday with my 9 year old daughter.... Then brought my boyfriend on his birthday. Enjoyed both experiences!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bistro romano
    Solvtec
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Yet again bistro Romano delivered a top notch dining experience. I think the waiter was new cause he didn't seem to know the menu fully but the food was incredible and the wine list goes on for days with several gems. While it isn't my #1 Italian restaurant in the city it is definitely near the top of the list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've had better at chain restaurant
    MadFoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wanted a romantic setting for my Boy friends birthday so after seeing pictures and reading reviews I decided to go. Some reviews have 5 🌟 for food some have 1🌟. The food was less then flavorful! I've had better Italian at chain restaurants which is disappointing. But hey you live and you learn. Not to helpful or friendly with minority's
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It just wasn't good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The flavors were not there. Nothing bad, just not for us.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Diner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service was not up to previous dining experience here. Asked for something when we ordered and then served we had to ask again. Served a spoon with desert and found it inadequate to use. Asked fork. Finally got up and took from another table. Fork never came. Attention to detail lacking. Food very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I live in Bucks, but trek too your restaurant at least 4 -5 times a year, love it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Issue was Parking
    HStein
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food, great service. We started off at the bar with a glass of wine. We got seated downstairs which was a little tight but somewhat romantic due to the lighting and decor. We ordered two of the specials for the night; the menu is extensive though and looked very good. The swordfish was delicious and well-priced but the appetizer & pasta were a little steep (appetizer was $15 for a very small plate of mozzarella & pumpkin gnocchi was $30). Both had great flavor, but if you are price conscious, you might want to ask before ordering any specials. Parking in this area stinks though and a garage spot costs $25.00 on a weekend night. I suggest taking a cab or train if you can to save yourself the headache of trying to look for a spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall wonderful meal and I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic steak frites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were very happy with our dinner here. The atmosphere was lively and the waiter was attentive. The menu was fairly limited but that being said, everything on the menu was very appealing. The steak frites was the best meal that I have had in a long time and the pasta carbonara was also very satisfying. Would definitely go back again
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    laura
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was excellent and right on point. Wine list, while very extensive, was very well catagorized and easy to view. Food was very good and the ambiance downstairs is very romantic. Great place for date night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has been better
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have visited Bistro Romano several times for dinner and this was my least favorite visit. My stuffed chicken, although large in portion size, was small in flavor. The bread pudding dessert was mushy and not very good. I'll go back but only for the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night Out in Philly
    Blackmoon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The bar area is great and has character. The dining area in the basement has a dungeon feel with a cozy atmosphere. If your in Philly and looking for a spot to dine, the Bistro Romano is the spot on the low!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite as good as other times
    PhillySooz
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband and I usually come here for our anniversary, New Year's Eve and/or Valentine's Day, since it is one of the most (if not the most) romantic restaurants in the city. We always have the Caesar salad, which this time didn't live up to previous experiences. We told the waitress not to hold back on the garlic. And, yet, the amount of garlic wasn't "zingy" enough, as it has been in the past. The proportion of the other ingredients also seemed to be "off." I also ordered the ricotta fritters. They were well-cooked and not greasy, but not very flavorful. The bruschetta was delicious, however. We were too full after the appetizers and salad to have entrees. We will be back, though, since I think it was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Philly Italian Gem
    Benjy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I went there with my girlfriend on a spontaneous date. It was in a beautiful little neighborhood. The place smelled great. The food was awesome! The service was fantastic. We will definitely be going there again soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet