Bliss
Bliss

Bliss

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bliss-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2157311100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm and Sun 11am-2:30pm.
    Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm and Sun 4pm-8:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Sollberger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Bliss is available for all types of private events, large and small: birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, showers, business meetings, luncheons, corporate parties, holiday parties. Private dining is available in the second floor mezzanine room for up to 30 guests, and for larger parties in the main dining room/bar area. Restaurant buyouts are also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Nanni, GM 2157311100x
  • Special Events: Visit Bliss for this upcoming "Restaurant Week", Sept 7th-12th and Sept 14th-19th. In addition to the regular dinner menu there will be a three course prix fixe menu, featuring all new menu items, for $35 per person. Now accepting reservations.

    Happy Hour at the Bliss Bar! Mon-Fri 4pm to 6pm: $6 specialty martinis, $5 glass wines, $3/$4 beer specials, plus half price bar menu! Happy Hour drink specials are also available at our outdoor patio seating.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Walnut & Locust
  • Public Transit: Easily accessible by bus, train, and subway.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available next door in the Bellevue/Hyatt Hotel self-parking garage. Discounted rate available to Bliss customers.
A word from Bliss
Bliss Restaurant was named one of the top 20 new restaurants by Esquire Magazine, and was voted as one of the 50 best restaurants by Philadelphia Magazine. Bliss offers a modern American menu in a fine dining/casual setting.

Located in the heart of center city Philadelphia along the Avenue of the Arts, Bliss is a short walk from the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre and Rittenhouse Square.

Conveniently located next door is The Bellevue, which houses many upscale retail shops, the Hyatt Hotel and The Sporting Club. Bliss is also a short ride to the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia which is easily accessible by public transportation.

Bliss Restaurant is the perfect place for lunch, dinner, cocktails, and special occasions.
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Bliss reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)special occasion (30)neighborhood gem (26)great for outdoor dining (21)romantic (19)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (12)good for groups (11)notable wine list (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Excellent roasted chicken
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Waitress Beca was attentive and an excellent server. Half roasted chicken was delicious and husband enjoyed his braised short ribs. Desserts were very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It survives because of theater
    DickVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The only point of Bliss is to be near the theater. Its food is not good. The cooking is simply not skilled.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • surprise choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our first time to Bliss was a delight. Great location on Broad St with open seating on the sidewalk. The grilled octopus was superb. Our daughter chose the veal stuffed tortellini. ..delish! and my wife ordered the lamb porterhouse which was tender and perfectly seasoned. My Halibut and fennel was absolutely delicious. Solid choice of cocktails and excellent service made for a very enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to trying Bliss again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Tom1026
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The evening stated over good. The service was good but the menu was limited. I've been several times in the past and it was not up to my previous expectations. There were 3 of us and 1 of us chose to order from the prix fix menu 38 for 3 courses. 2 ordered off the standard menu. We chose the restaurant in order to use the Living Social Voucher. The manager refused to allow us to use voucher for 60 even though the total amount of food from the standard menu was well over 110. The server told us to come back another time. The voucher expires in 2 weeks. If I do it will be to use the voucher but I will never come back after that. We are not local and attended a show and chose this restaurant for afterwards. I can't say how disappointed I was.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Moment for Anniversery
    aldisal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This gem of a restaurant on Broad St. Was pure class and style. The staff treated my wife and I beyond expectations. Then chef made a special app for us and the wait staff was friendly and knowledgable. They vibe and food is modern and full of great flavor. Had the best salmon ever. It was a memorable date with my wife. I highly recommend, it truly was bliss.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    KenSVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had dinner here - seated outside - before going to see "Book of Mormon". We had a friendly welcome from the owner, and were give choice of inside or outside seating. As it was a beautiful evening in Philly, sat outside. Had really well-mixed cocktails (vodka gimlet and old fashiond) and then a wonderful dinner, with three of us ordining off the prix fixe menu and one al a carte. All meals were superb. Best of all is we had Kevin for our server - funny, responsive, with great advice on food and wine. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not-So-Hidden gem
    FinerDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have walked past this restaurant a million times but never tried it as it looked so small and unassuming. Boy were we amazed! It was a Friday night and everyone was out of town so there were no crowds in the city. We were seated at a prime table next to a wall of open, glass doors and felt like we were dining outdoors. The seats were fantastic especially with the great weather we were having that evening. The food was fabulous! We both ordered salmon from the prix fixe menu, which was reasonably priced. The salmon was moist and delish! The ginger ice cream was also surprisingly better than we expected. The service was great too! As we left the restaurant we were telling people on the sidewalk that they should eat there !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JojoVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Service was great. Food nicely presented but average in taste. Price too high for quality. Went for dinner on a week night. Doors to outside were open. The weather was perfect for a near outdoor dining experice. Overall, not a terrible experience but too high a price for the food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were the only ones there for the second week in a row. Very limited menu and highly overpriced, for example, 32 for scallops ... C'mon. Waiter had awful body odor and hardly spoke English. Service staff went out out of their way to help make dinner nice, however and food we pretty good despite terribly small portions. We will not be going back. Very disappointing and I will be surprised if this place is even operating in a year.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Date Nite
    BlissRest
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everything went well. Luv the service especially the food most!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daughters birthday
    JBRitchie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We recently had dinner at Bliss to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We picked the restaurant primarily for location. She attends University of the Arts which is nearby. Bliss is also convenient to the Academy of Music and many of Philly's theaters. Parking was easy, right next door. We arrived early and went to the bar for a drink and appetizer. We wound up eating there as well. The bartender was fabulous. She was attentive and knowledgeable about their wines. We had a delicious flatbread and fabulous South African Savignon Blanc. Our entrees were also delicious. We had the trout, steak and short ribs. Each was cooked perfectly, the preparations were excellent and the portions were ample.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion place
    Olesya
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Nice place to spend your evening. Food is really tasty. A little expensive, but food is extremely fresh and cooked perfectly. If you need to have a good meal, just entry will not be enough. You have to order appetizer, entry and dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great place to eat when the conversation is important. Low noise level and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    GLew
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I had heard a few good reviews of Bliss and was anxious to take my out of town clients there for dinner. It was dismal, dimly lit, and the food was tasteless, especially for the price point. The restaurant was completely empty except for one other patron at the bar, surprising for a 7pm on a Tuesday, when reservations at nearby restaurants were unavailable. After eating our dinner, we understood why no one was there. It was extremely mediocre and we will never go the Bliss again. The only bright spot was our very sweet waiter.
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  • FoodLover
    FoodLover
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were very pleased with the restaurant, the view and open air onto Broad Street, the server, and the food! Wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not even an apology
    DrAlbert
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Although the food was delicious, my wife's meal was stone cold upon arrival so she asked to have it reheated. It took so long, I was finished my meal by the time she received hers.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fading Bliss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Bliss was once our favorite Philly pre-show dining spot, but it had been a few years since we'd visited. Wow, what a difference a few years makes! It was a busy night, but that doesn't excuse the dry and flavorless dishes we were served. The new menu didn't seem terribly creative, either. It also took nearly an hour to be served our food (although to be fair, we were 15 minutes late for our reservation). Maybe if the menu improves, we'll give Bliss another shot someday, but I promise we will be dining elsewhere for the rest of the 2014 show season.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kevin McDonald!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    One of the most enjoyable dinner experiences my husband and I have had in the city. First, it was about our waiter Kevin. He greeted us at the hostess stand and throughout the evening maintained that perfect balance of attentive, knowledgeable, personable and entertaining service. He was truly outstanding..... someone you'd love to break bread with. The food was all around surprisingly very good. A table looking out at the scene on Broad Street on a perfectly warm summer night made it perfect. We will be going back again and again....but only if we can have Kevin!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful surprise and experience
    kp22
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Best Meal, Service and Cocktails from start to finish! Penny, our server was terrific and the owner whom had pleasure of meeting was the most gracious host, welcoming and congenial. Cannot wait to go again...my daughter's birthday and she was thrilled afterwards.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place on Broad St
    dorphilVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Bliss is a great place to go for a friendly atmosphere where the service is always friendly yet professional. The patrons are friendly at te bar so a perfect place to go alone. The menu is inventive . The food quality is fresh and well prepared. Best happy hour in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Bliss has a nice but limited menu and the food is quite good. The prices are high for a casual restaurant with little room to move and no décor.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice
    YoconshyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Dining at Carmel was a very nice overall experience. The staff was very warm and welcoming, the menu is robust with options for all, and the ambience is just right. Burger was excellent, lemon chicken was perfect, steak was spot on, and the lobster/shrimp risotto was very good with lots of seafood. We shared a chicken artichoke flatbread and it was excellent. I know it is a good place when my wife says, "I'd go back there."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown Delight
    AMC75201VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I went to Bliss for a Saturday date night. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was fancy but solid and delicious. I would recommend to anyone wanting a downtown delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    smadvaVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I eat at Bliss regularly, particularly before a concert or play. The food is always well-prepared and subtley flavored, the service friendly and helpful, and the ambiance bright and conducive to conversation. We often just grab a seat at the bar if we're in a bit of a hurry or want some light fare, and that's also a pleasurable experience. Never had a bad experience here, and while my wife and I aren't "regulars", we're treated that way. We always feel good, even "blissful", after a meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Very friendly. Nice ambience. VERY slow service and kitchen. VERY disorganized service. Waitress got several parts of our order wrong after all that waiting. Was very nice and sweet, but did an inefficient job. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were extremely happy with our dining experience at Bliss. A great location for before or after a show! The cauliflower soup was delicious as was the Trout dish. We really appreciated their personal attention towards my daughter on her birthday, would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Perfect pre-theater spot
    Eljo
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The dining public seems to have forgotten Bliss, and it's a shame. The food was great, service perfect, and it is an all around perfect alternative to the current "hot" restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Visitor
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Friendly restaurant with a diverse menu that can accommodate diverse preferences of a small group of diners. The staff tries hard it is just nice to be in a smaller restaurant where people care.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    yumyum
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My brother and I decided to take my mother for brunch somewhere we have never been this Mothers day. I had walked past bliss a few times and saw online it had good reviews. I was pretty disappointed by the food. It was not what we expected at all. Our server was very nice but not that great of a server. The ambience was not a problem. I was more disappointed byt the quality and service of food. The presentation also was nnot appealing. I am not one to complain but I honestly feel that it should be known. We paid 140$ for our meal and we were not pleased at all, especially in comparison to other restaurants in the area.
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  • fijiVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We go to Bliss in bad weather, because it is two blocks from the Kimmel Center. The food has been fine for me in the several times we've been there, and Saturday's scallops preceded by octopus were both quite tasty. My partner was not enthusiastic about his halibut dish, and in fact said to me over dinner tonight at Gotham Bar & Grill in NYC, "Let's not go there ever again." I can't explain this, am just noting it. We're not usually this far apart on a restaurant. When a thunderstorm threatens, though, we will probably return, rather than do, e.g., a 7 LONG-block walk to Brauhaus Schmitz, our original destination on Saturday (and a restaurant new to us) before the unsettled weather occurred.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BuntzVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We like Bliss for dining before the Orchestra or theater. Our last two dinners here have been particularly good, and their service is keyed to making sure people make curtain times. Prices are a tad high, but you expect to pay for the location, and when the food is so good, it becomes less of an issue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok for me
    Ineedactioninmyfood
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The pics looked like a nice romantic place so I bought the groupon for my boyfriend's birthday. I made reservations for 8:30, I requested a both and wanted a little something to come out when we order dessert. They were very accommodating. When we got there it only a few people at the bar, very quite which I didn't mind to much since it was a Thursday night. The service was great, the food was just ok for me. I need a little more action in my food, it was to bland. It wasn''t a big deal to me since I had a groupon.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New chef, good food
    ChaiVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    While I was disappointed to see some of my faves no longer on the menu, the new offerings are delcious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1215 reviews are from the Bliss reviews archive.
  • Always Good
    philly5
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have been to Bliss a couple times now in the last few months...food consistently good...noise level good... cant wait to frequent again.... not trendy and loud ...good for any occasion
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food.
    robrud
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The best scallops I've ever had. Everyone in our group loved their food. The waitstaff are friendly and prompt. It gets busy with the pre-orchestra crowd, being right next to the Academy of Music and Kimmel Center. This is the third time I've been to Bliss, and will definitely go back as soon as we can. I tell everyone that Bliss has some of the best dinners in Philly.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never gone wrong
    favoredVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    As a fairly regular diner at Bliss, my visits have never gone wrong. Pacing always goes as agreed upon, food is a pleasure and bar staff know exactly what "dry" means. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Occasion Find!
    Katie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Went here to celebrate a birthday and used a groupon we had gotten. Place is definetly on the pricey side, so it was good to have that buffer. We each got a glass of wine, which was good, but not outstanding. We had the cheese plate as an appetizer. It was good, but a little skimpy. For dinner I got the hanger steak which was pretty much the most delicious thing I'd had in awhile! We also got the boneless shortribs, scallops, and rigatoni. Everyone thought their food was great with exception to the pasta being a little undercooked. We shared the creme brûlée for desert, which was a little disappointing since I'm a big fan of a think sugar crust on mine, and theirs was skimpy. Our server was Sarah and she was delightful!! Overall great time!
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary lunch
    anniversarygal
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    What a wonderful lunch on our anniversary. Kevin was phenomenal for our server. What energy! The food was just what we wanted. We saw what the next table had and changed one order though as the hamburger and crab cake sandwiches were much bigger than we would have wanted. I will definitely go back sometime when I am in the city. It will also be a good pre-theater dining experience.
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    Romantic, Great for Lunch
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  • Pre-concert venue for lunch
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Eight of us went for a pre-concert lunch before going to the Philadelphia Symphony matinee concert. The waiter knew our schedule and went above and beyond in every way possible. Seven of us ordered the three course fixed price lunch which served salmon as one entree choice and it was outstanding. Whether we ordered soup or salad as our first course it did not matter. Both were positively received. And sorbet or gelato for dessert is a wonderful offering. The flavor choices are mind-boggling and it is such a refreshing way to end the meal. We got back to Kimmel Center just in time 1 and 1/2 hours after we entered Bliss. The waiter readily agreed to separate checks and we stuck to our bargain of adding at least a 20% tip for him.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for Pre-Theater Dinner
    Toby
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We had a very nice experience for dinner before the theater. We were caught in traffic and 1/2 hour late - we called to alert them and it was no problem. Noise level was refreshingly nice and low. Restaurant was about half full from 6:30 to 7:30 that night. Outstanding service and quite good food and value. Very convenient location on South Broad near the theaters and the Kimmel
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    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet