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R2L Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.r2lrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 564-5337
  • Hours of Operation: 5:00pm-10:00pm (Monday-Thursday) Bar Menu until 11:00 pm
    5:00pm-11:00pm (Friday-Saturday) Bar Menu until 1:00 am
    4:00pm-9:00pm (Sunday) Bar Menu until 10:00 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Stern
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Chestnut & Market Street
  • Public Transit: Amtrak's Suburban Station is located 1/2 block from R2L
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Self-parking is available for $10 at the Parkway Garage located immediately next to the entrance to R2L on 16th Street. Please bring your ticket with you to be validated by the host. The $10 validated parking is available every night after 3pm, and Saturday and Sunday day after 11am.

    Self-parking is also available for $13 at the Center Square Garage located across the street from R2L's entrance at the corner of 16th and Ranstead Streets.

A word from R2L
R2L is the embodiment of sophistication, elegance and fun; everything that dining should be. With an eye to the future, Chef Daniel Stern takes traditional American flavors and brings them up-to-date with a modern twist — resulting in his unique interpretation of Creative American Cuisine.
/>The food and service recall the elegance of the past with an atmosphere that invites and entices. A place to linger and lounge, R2L takes center stage from high atop Center City-a place where spectacular food and dining is topped off with spectacular, endless views.

BAR2L is the perfect place for happy hour & for meeting new & old friends. For private dining, 3 boardrooms & the Pinnacle Room round out the experience at R2L.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The Best restaurant experience I've Ever had!!!!! I would return to this place in a heartbeat!!! If you have yet to experience R2L then you should wait no longer reserve you seats & enjoy such pleasurable treat!!!'"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Philadelphia has a surprisingly refreshing and new restaurant that was told to me by friends who thought that i could impress the woman in my life. R2L restaurant was that place. The view was awesome, the food tasty and the price was right. I would like to recommend place to anyone that likes good food and great dining."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Everything was just A1..from the service too the food.We had a amazing evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent dinner, great food and service. Dessert was phenomenal, the vanilla cake."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We came here for the view, which was great! But we were surprised by how good the food was. I would say moderate portion size and more expensive than anywhere we would normally go, but it was our anniversary, so we decided to splurge, and we were not let down. Would definitely recommend to anyone willing to spend some extra money on an excellent experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "we had my sister's 50th bday dinner there and it was excellent"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was my brother-in-law and sister-in-laws anniversary and we wanted to take them someplace "special". There you are 37 stories high looking out over the city of Philadelphia being catered to like you were a celebrity by the staff making sure your simplest need was being taken care of. They started us out with complimentary champagne for their anniversary and dessert dishes saying happy anniversary in chocolate at the end of the meal. R2L left my brother-in-law and sister-in-law with an evening they will never forget. If you are searching for excellent food, attentive service, ambience and an unforgetable dining experience then R2L is the place to go."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was a special night for us because my daughter was off to college the very next day. I wanted something that she could take with her to remember the great time we had before she was off on her new journey. This was truly a great night. Thank You to the entire staff!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Unique panorama, good food, friendly service, nice people...recommended specially for romantic dinner"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I would definitely recommend R2L to anyone looking for a great dining experience. Great food, great service and the view was breath taking."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The most beautiful of the city was well after sunset when all the city lights were on. Food, drink, and service was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The location of the place was a little hard to find since we were dining for the first time. Arriving there, the staff was friendly and inviting. We made a note on the reservation that there was a birthday and we were seated in a window booth with an outstanding view of the city and sunset. Our server, Zach, was very informing, courteous, and made our first experience delightful. It is a higher end restaurant so be prepared to spend some cash, but it is perfect for special occasion."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I made a reservation and still had to wait. The service was ok. But the place was packed and it seemed like they were overwhelmed. The food was good as usual."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "What an incredible dinner! Amazing view and one of the best services we have ever had at a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Took my lady out for a birthday dinner and it was spectacular. The ambience was perfect, the food was amazing and the view was breathtaking and I didn't even have a window seat yet could still experience the view the restaurant had to offer. The drinks were also mixed very well, not to light but not too strong, yet had the kick I wanted since I was drinking liquor. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend as well as visit again, soon."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've been to R2L 9 or so times. This was by far the best visit yet. The filet was perfect, service attentive... I highly recommend it... Again."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I always enjoy my time at R2L. Dinner was delicious and our server, Trevor, was excellent."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Spectacular view of the cityscape and the food/service is excellent"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Many restaurants with amazing views can rely on those views, and fall short on either food quality or service quality. Not R2L. They get everything right here. The unmatched panoramic view of the city is equalled by the food and service. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, but never intrusive, nor absent. The food was superb. Our table enjoyed fresh raw clams, lobster bisque soup, braised short ribs and lobster paella, which was actually deconstructed- serving chunks of delicious lobster and sausage over a creamy risotto. Our group had only one night in Philly (visiting from NYC), and dinner at R2L was the highlight. We will certainly be back, as well as recommend again and again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The restaurant has a decent menu, and the quality of the food is to be expected for a type of place such as this that is know for it's views of the city. Fortunately there is a dress code which is rarely found today. Men are required to wear a collared shirt. Athletic apparel such and sneakers and sweats are not permitted. The views of the city are not that impressive since the restaurant faces towards West Philly and University City; however it is recommended to have them let you walk into one of their conference/banquet rooms for views of Center City and South Philly."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The only real reason we came here was because everyone said the views were spectacular. I'm from Miami and I can't say the views were bad, but definitely not that incredible, as Philly is a poor city. It was nice to seat by the window (to get a window seat, go during the weekdays), and to have the meal looking out. The food was good, not great. I had the short ribs but they weren't as tender as I had hoped. The dessert was good (it was a vanilla molten cake), and they even gave us tiny additional desserts when we paid, which were yummy. My boyfriend had the tune and he said it was good, but not great. Overall, if you want a place with a "view" you go here (or better, Miami!) but don't have high expectations for the food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food and customer service. For a first experience dining at R2L it was a memorable one. Looking forward to going back soon, keep up the good work"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I celebrated my 6 year anniversary here, words would not be enough to describe the experience, waiter was fabulous, appetizers wonderful, wine great, main course, every taste from beginning to end was a memory to my tummy:)) but the greatest of all was the scene looking over Philadelphia, the window seat is a must ! It gave me a greater respect for the city and it's beauty! I cannot wait to return , the prices were not as bad as ppl said and it was all worth it in the end:))))"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It is always a special occasion when we have the good fortune to dine at this restaurant. The view is wonderful and there is always something special on the menu. Service is excellent and management is attentive. My dinner companion and I had different opinions about the food. His dinner was very good while mine was just average but we will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The dessert was amazing, and that's about it. Slow service. And beware, you wear anything they don't like and you're relegated to the bar. Men must wear collared shirts... Hahaha."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Service and food were outstanding. Father is Director of Operations of PJW food group. Was very impressed with my dining experience. Staff was welcoming and very experienced."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary there and we enjoyed it very much. Great food, fabulous view, good service, and a dynamic atmosphere. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "While it was not my first time at R2L, it was my first with my love. The ambience was perfect and the views were great considering we got a window seat. Jason our waiter was awesome. Was not the typical atmosphere for my love. He thought it would be stuffy and uptight considering the location but he was very surprised at how laid back and comfortable it was. They even gave a treat with happy anniversary on it. He really enjoyed it. One of our highlights of the year"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Nice place, good service, good food. Nice for a date or business dinner."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "For all the rave reviews about this place, it wasn't that impressive. Now don't get me wrong its a beautiful dining room an the views are awesome... but i come to a restaurant for the food. The food was all show and no go. It wasn't bad food, but for 175 dollars after tip for a 3 course meal I should of been blown away, thats all I'm saying. In the future Ill go get a good meal at Franklinville Inn and go to a skyscraper afterwords for the views. Service was good and our waiter was knowledgeable."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Excellent place for a special occasion. Get a reservation early for the scenic, window seat."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I went to this place on Fathers Day. My daughter and I surprised her father with dinner here. Out reservations was at 8:30. There was no wait, which is perfect. However, there was no food either. Almost all of the entree meals were sold out, in which I was so upset. It was Father's Day! Have we not heard of the phrase, "over prepare, so that your not under prepared". So I ordered nothing but Mac & cheese. It was just a waste of my time and hard earned money. I should have went to Devon's as I first choose(this place never sells out of food) and never disappoints. Father's Day was actually ruined..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "R2L never ceases to amaze me! Excellent quality in food and superb service! Anton our sever was delightful! The lobster Mac and cheese will blow your mind away!! Britney the manager is so delightful! Would come back anytime!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We visited R2L for father's day dinner. The husband and I were truly blown away. First off the view is phenomenal. We arrived just before sunset and we had a window seat. It was beautiful to watch the sunset while drinking the delicious cocktails on the dinner menu. The cocktails were very good although there was not an extensive list. However, the wine list is very long and presented inside a book. They have a very extensive wine and champagne offering. The only downside is that they were out of the ribeye. Another guest in my party really wanted to try it. They were also out of the garlic chicken. For a place of its caliber I feel it is not okay for them to be out of anything. The cod and salmon were phenomenal! I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our waitress, Carolyn, was pleasant and very knowledgable about the menu and building. The food was delicious! I had the short ribs and my girlfriend had the chicken. The dessert selection was excellent as well. We had great time and would definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food, Great! Service, Great! Staff, Great! View, Great! Attention to detail, Great! How my girlfriend and I felt, PRICELESS!!! Thanks so much!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have nothing bad to say about this restaurant. We had 6:30 reservations and got right in. We requested a table with a view for our anniversary and got it. View was amazing. Food was outstanding and so was the service. Our waitress went about and beyond to make our anniversary special. They allowed us to bring our wedding champaigne flutes and wedding cake with no problem at all. It was truly amazing."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Came down from North Carolina for the weekend. I herd great stuff about this place so I tried it for myself . I was overly impressed. The service was great and friendly. My cup was never empty they were on top of their game with the service. The food was amazing one I the best steaks I've ever had in my life. Also the scenic view was romantic, I and my date enjoyed our time there."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Beautiful view! Matthew was the best (funniest) waiter ever!(request him). There's not a big menu selection BUT ALL the food is great !! Grilled Truffle flatbread and lobster paella were my fav!! They have this bread they give that's great. Don't forget to try it . The drinks were def well made !! I recommend people to at least go once! Def dress nice cause it's classy. U would think it's expensive but it's def not !! For two people about $150-$160(dinner, appetizer, plus two drinks pp). I hope this helps someone ! ;-)"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is definitely a romantic special occasion place. The service was fabulous and the food and the presentation was totally fit for foodies. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and helped us pick a super amazing wine. Would definitely choose it again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014