Bliss
Bliss

Bliss

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bliss-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 731-1100
  • 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: Perry Katsapis
  • 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: Open on Thanksgiving! Now accepting reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner. New Executive Chef Perry Katsapis will be featuring a three course prix fixe menu for $45 per person.

    New Fall menu at Bliss! Visit Bliss to sample some of our new chef's modern American dishes.

    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
113 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (38)great for lunch (37)special occasion (37)great for outdoor dining (29)romantic (29)hot spot (15)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)scenic view (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • not very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food over priced, and over seasoned. Lamb nothing but fat
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  • Consistently Good
    favoredVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food excels. Service excellent. Excellent bartender. Advance special request was acknowledged upon arrival and fully accommodated. Keep up the high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casey
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went on a Saturday eveneing and sat downstairs. Nice view of the street. Service was attentive. Had the Bean soup special which was fantastic. The Beef carpaccio was also excellent. I had the scallops which could have had a bit more flavor. They were huge and cooked perfectly. My date had the fillet and subtituted the gnocci. The steak was tender, flavorful and cooked perfectly. The gnooci were full of butterly goodness.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DINING BLISS
    NOLA4Diners
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Bliss was and energetic dining experience with food options for all palates. Delightful deserts and special cocktails for any occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Superior Experience
    MountAiryneighbor
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have dined at Bliss numerous time and we are always delighted. Aside from the great food, the quality of their staff is truly the reason we return to this restaurant over and over again, when there are so many choices within a few blocks. It is also an excellent destination for dinner before or after a show.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing entree
    LOL01
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My soup was very savory. Several of us had halibut, which was consistently dry. The pumpkin creme brulee was also mediocre.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EdwardVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food is always excellent. Staff was quite accommodating when we said we were tied up in a traffic jam and would be late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent dinner, Kevin was our server and he made the evening. Met the chef who does a great job. Would highly recommend Bliss to any foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Disappointed
    AFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My friends and I had dined at Bliss several times over the last few years. However, this was our first experience with the new menu. Bottom line: this will be our last visit to Bliss. We were seated upstairs, which is very cramped. I had to move my seat because waitstaff continually hit the back of my chair. I thought I would miss the Lobster Risotto, but I was willing to give the new menu a chance. Mistake! My short ribs were presented like my mother's Sunday pot roast, and her pot roast is better. We had a very "new" waitress, who didn't seem to know the menu. I had ordered brussel sprouts as a side. I'm still waiting for those brussel sprouts. My friend and I were so disappointed, we paid the check as soon as our entrees were delivered.
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  • Ok
    Mzles
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good flavors, however my lamb porterhouse was tough to eat, a lot off gristle. Mushroom soup was very good. Service was excellent at first as the resturant started to sit more people service declined. We ended up skipping dessert because of time , we sat for some time in front of our empty plates, we were seated an hour and a half+ before our show.
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  • OK- but could be better
    kofppaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Dinners generally very good- but Lamb chop was very tough and hard to cut off bone. Good cheese plate and reasonable wine list. Never offered 2nd piece of bread.
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  • Great lunch at a great location
    TBone65
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Enjoyed everything. Outstanding food and the staff was extremely friendly. Hip vibe but no hipster attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GaryVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The new Chef has transformed great food into an exceptional experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed Bliss
    Chris
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I enjoyed our dinner at Bliss as I always do. The food and service were exemplary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor showing
    SusanSVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Bliss has been a favorite on nights when we have orchestra tickets but this time we were let down. Upstairs seating was crowded so we couldn't move our chairs without disturbing neighbors. Drink orders took twenty minutes, arrived separately and one was a short pour in the wrong glass. First course grilled octopus salad was over done. We had to ask to have our water glasses filled each time they were empty. Side order of brussels sprouts and bacon was dry and over-cooked. A requested red wine arrived a full inch shorter pour than an identical glass that arrived earlier. The house manager apologized, discounted our drinks, and asked that we try them again. We will, but not for awhile.
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  • Pre-Theater Gem
    BuntzVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We like Bliss for pre-theater or orchestra. The food is very good, service is oriented to curtain times, and the location is terrific. This past visit, we were seated in the quiet upstairs area and we had the short ribs and halibut. Both were delicious. Just a nice spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before Show
    MidgeVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Quality stop before an event at the Kimmel Center. Reasonable prices and good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Reliably excellent menu for business lunch on Broad. Reasonable priced, friendly, personally ambiance. Always I trying tastes and nice presentation. Love those bread sticks !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu changes - dynamite
    sable
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Am thrilled with the new menu. Please keep the mushroom soup on the menu forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Chef!
    YumYumVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Lovely fall menu with interesting combinations. Enjoyed a lovely creamed mushroom soup and a pumpkin ravioli which was outstanding. Skip the martini, but all told a most pleasant dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great under-utilized lunch spot
    kitchensamaritan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've traditionally relied on Bliss for tasty, convenient dinner fare before performances on Broad Street -- they clearly understand and reliably fulfill their pre-concert mission! -- and I've thought it to be under-appreciated, perhaps because decor (ocean photo-mural) is tired and uninspired. They evidently have a new chef (with venerable local credentials) but even before his debut, I'd found Bliss a woefully under-appreciated lunch spot -- quiet, hospitable, and well-located, serving nicely prepared food. It's therefore with some trepidation that I flag it, based on a mix of civic generosity and support for a venue that deserves more attention than it seems to get, given the location, kitchen, nice lunch menu, and will to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blissful
    Zoony
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Top notch food, gracious service, and peaceful ambience -- what more could one want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The service was excellent and it's a great location. Entrees delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Kevin and Rebecca were a great service team. This was my first time to Bliss and I will return. Be sure to have the butternut squash soup, scallops and braised short ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great New Menu
    LuvPhillyDowntown
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    With a new chef in the kitchen we were exposed to a new and totally exciting new menu. From appetizers to desert, everything was excellent in taste and presentation. The sushi tuna roll which was flash fried was fresh, moist and had a most satisfying taste. My fennel salad was crisp and crunchy, with a complimentary vinaigrette dressing. The hangar steak was cooked just right with a poblano pepper chorizo rice stuffing. To top everything off our waitperson had the best tableside manner we have seen in a long time. Definitely a place to visit again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot
    MySharona
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was great, service was great, would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had a great lunch-- the salads were very good and the fish was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Missed the mark
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We expect a restaurant to do a better job than we can do at home. When a fish is to be prepared medium rare, it should not come out medium; the greens should not be served if they are no longer crisp; and flavors should be crisp, not bland. Also, servers should not seek to be your good friends unless they actually are. The restaurant should not rely on its location for its business; it should rely on its food and service.
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  • Good first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were looking for a new option near the Kimmel Center and saw Bliss online. Had a very delicious meal from appetizer and salad through to the entree and dessert. My one comment would be it seemed like all the serving staff was hurrying everywhere which honestly was a little stressful. We were on the 2nd floor and staff would continually run, not walk up the stairs. It was not a huge space so it was a little distracting. Not enough to keep us from coming back though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Sarahg
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was amazing, customer service was great and the overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Choice
    jljmes5
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There are so many great restaurants to choose from in downtown Philly, and this is definitely one of them. Our meal was wonderful and our waiter Kevin lived up to his great rating from other customers. He was spot on with his choices of the food he suggested. It was fabulous. He made the experience that much better too. He was energetic, very knowledgeable, and a great asset to Bliss. It was a beautiful night so we sat outside. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bliss
    GeneralWarren
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to Bliss for dinner on a Friday Night, and overall it was very good, we will return. Our server, Kevin was very attentive and made great suggestions.
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  • OK, but a Restaurant Week Miss
    PhillyWashWestFoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Service was fantastic. Staff is very attentive. But once again, a restaurant has missed the mark on the purpose of Restaurant Week. I thought this would be a great opportunity to try a new restaurant that I could add to my "gems list", but I walked away thinking the food was mediocre. Both the fish courses were overcooked and the wilted salad greens were resting in the kitchen too long and were served soggy. The peanut-bread pudding dessert was creative, but it was served too dry and needed a cream or caramel topping to accompany the peanut butter accents. Maybe their regular food outside of Restaurant Week is better?? No immediate plans to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LINA
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE FOOD, GREAT DISHES AND PORTION SIZE WAS GREAT. WE HAD THE RESTAURANT WEEK DINNER MENU FENNEL SALAD, RED SNAPPER, BLUEBERRY COBBLER DESERT. I LOOK FORWARD TO DINNING THERE AGAIN. THE STAFF WAS GREAT. GREAT JOB!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oldie but goodie
    townie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great service, consistently good food....keep Bliss on your list of go-to spots.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thezVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    very average-- just an average place.. nothing bad-- but nothing good-- JUST 0k...
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  • Kevin is a wonderful server!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our server, Kevin, was fantastic. I was bummed because the restaurant I had planned to book for a friends birthday was full, but Kevin made our experience wonderful. He was knowledgeable, personable, and very quick (while encouraging us to dine). The food wasn't anything outrageously wonderful, but the service and atmosphere was great. When I return, I will be sure to ask for Kevin!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    BandVVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Took a guest from England to Bliss for lunch and am so glad I did! The staff was great - greeted enthusiastically at the door, our server was very attentive. The food was really good - have to say I think it has gotten better. I was there in the past and not all that impressed, but walked away from this lunch saying - "wow, that was really good! I think I will try it again for dinner also".... It looks like they are making a determined effort at improving and it's working. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • readytodine
    readytodineVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our first time at Bliss and we loved it! Great food, great atmosphere. Our waiter Kevin, was fabulous. We appreciated his knowledge of wine and his energetic personality. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    CaitRenee
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I was there for restaurant week, and the menu was absolutely phenomenal. My food, in both aesthetics, and taste, were amazing, and it was the perfect portion of food. I highly recommend this small but elegant venue to anyone in the Philadelphia area. Definitely worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet