R2L
R2L

R2L

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.r2lrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2155645337x
  • 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
R2L reviews from OpenTable diners
252 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (224)romantic (194)special occasion (191)fit for foodies (72)notable wine list (67)hot spot (61)vibrant bar scene (50)good for groups (44)late-night find (38)neighborhood gem (30)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • THE VIEW is FANTASTIC!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The view is amazing! The Lobster Pot that comes with this amazing summery salad, gourmet style and also blueberry cobbler! It says 85. for min. two people. But what they mean is 85 FOR EACH PERSON!!! … Watch out! Our BILL WAS DOUBLE! But we could not be upset, because it was phenomenal!! … It was for my birthday and if you go later, you can have the BEST seat in the HOUSE! >> I LOVED the Hostess… Chamarra! She was so nice over the phone, we were so excited to come there! Parking is very strange, at the MALL, but it is only 18$, and it is open 24 hours!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food and service was good. Meal was overpriced and room seemed empty
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • personable service
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    after returning to R2L after a few months, we were greeted by our server, who had remembered us from months before, right down to our orders! he politely informed us of the menu additions and changes and everything was absolutely delicious. we can't wait to go back again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic beyond measure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I can not begin to adequately describe how fantastic my experience was. My waiter was beyond reproach (I apologize I forget his name) and the chef ( the marine veteran that is well tatted and talented beyond comprehension) were equally fantastic. There are no appropriate adjectives in this or any language to acceptably portray how incredible my experience was. I cannot thank all of you enough for how well my girlfriend and I were treated. If it means anything at all DO NOT LET THE CHEF LEAVE offer him part ownership if it helps but he was the cherry and fondant on top of the cake that was my waiter. I will sing your praises from atop the mountains to anyone I meet, thank you!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good until the end
    Zah1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I came here for my bday, everything was great until my server told my party that he did not feel like singing happy bday and told them they would have to do it. That was the only thing that messed up the great vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret!
    Shawn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We wanted a restaurant with a great view and boy did we find it! Everything was superb...from the filled-to-the-brim, icy-cold martinis and beautifully prepared, delicious food to the personal, unrushed service and sleek ambiance. We were celebrating a 50th birthday and R2L helped make it a night to remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time
    thefins
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first time visiting R2L and we were extremely satisfied. Everything was excellent. The portions were just right. The desserts were phenomenal. We look forward to going back and trying the bar menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You pay for the view
    BMac1967VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    But don't expect it from your table. Limited seating at the windows offer the views, otherwise you really must stand up to see the skyline. A small lounge area was crowded but your best bet to take in the view. A rather average menu relative to Philly's outstanding restaurants. Appetizers and dessert were the best. Lobster Mac&Cheese, Stuffed skins and the molten vanilla caramel cake were standouts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance OK food
    BobpVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Made a loast minute reservation on Friday, and was seated immediately. The resturant has breathtaking views... if you are near the window. A request I was told should be made months in advance. Service was very attentive, pretzel bread should be served warm and the appetizers were pretty good. Although earthy beets are good these tasted almost like dirt. We shared the short ribs, and tuna special and roasted corn and polenta special side. The short ribs although cooked extremely well were to salty. The other hand the tuna lacked seasoning and was extremely bland. The polenta and corn was the highlight but was also very salty. We had the chocolate suffle and it was outsatnding.This is a place for the bar and the view, not dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fitfor1kingVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Thumbs up to this place, Have to try it. Guarantee won't. Regret it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ZManVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    OUTSTANDING FROM EVERY ASPECT. THE VIEW IS TO DIE FOR............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening!
    Wzckn
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a window seat with a great view of the city. Everything we ordered from appetizer to dessert was absolutely delicious. The server was attentive and knowledgable about the menu. It was a perfect evening, and we would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ever
    Bobs
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have traveled the world from Egypt to Japan and many points in between . I'm thinking this was the finest dining experience I ever had . Service was flawless , food was incredible , ambience was as good as it gets . I can usually pick something out that isn't right .... But I have nothing negative to say . Can't wait to go back !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a great view
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    From the appitizers to dessert ....great! And the view only adds to a wonderful dining experience. A must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall: outstanding
    francesVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    the food was surprisingly good: we had the steak tartare, the lobster bisque, and I had the tuna loin. excellent. also, excellent wines by the glass. our server was lovely but would've been nice to sit by the window. if you don't sit by the window it isn't as nice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Engagement scene
    DLeeluvsIcedTea
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took my girlfriend of 7 years here with all intentions of asking her to marry me. Not only was I able to do so but the waiter and the chef helped me put such a memorable personal touch to it. I won't go into details, but it was hands down the best dining experience I've ever had and helped me make a phenomenal memory with my fiancee and bride to be.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experince...
    foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was great. Views were spectacular. Our server wasn't the best he left us at the table for 1/2 hour before even asking us what we wanted to drink. Then took just about the same time to bring us our drinks. Overall I would definitely recommend this place. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing date night
    DRD3
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The view at this restaurant is amazing and this is why I chose to take my fiance here. Not only the view but the food and the service is excellent. The service made you feel as if you where a super rich fella a at fine dining exclusive restaurant and the food totally complimented the entire atmosphere. The prices are moderate and definitely worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    slimDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    There were only a couple seats near the window , we didn't get one , the view is the best thing about the place the waiter wasn't too patience kept walking away knowing it was our first time there not to good exploding the menu. Moscato was great and the bread they have was also good. Not a big menu selection, could of had a nicer time at red lobster. Didn't live up to the hype at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, View, Top notch staff
    LuvThatDog
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The view after sunset is amazing. We had excellent food. Nice scotch list. Truffle Flatbread appetizer was delicious. Decadent desserts. Our waiter was great - his name was Zac......he made great recommendations and went out of his way to make us feel special. My husband really enjoyed it also - we will be back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome spot in the city
    WorkinfortheWeekend3186
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My fiancé and I went on a Thursday night. I had requested a window seat when booking on Open Table. I 100% recommend the window seating. The service was excellent. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu. He also made us feel as if we were his only table. The food was just as good as the view. We had lobster bisque, flatbread, lobster Mac n chz, chicken, and cod. All were excellent. Dinner in the sky
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had a good dinner at R2L. There were just 2 of us and when I walked in I was surprised to see how many large groups were in the restaurant and I was concerned that we would get lost in the shuffle. That was not the case at all. Our server was very attentive and helpful throughout the evening. The food was good but not notable. The overall experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE place to eat while visiting
    anthonyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    If you want to make an impression to your new in-laws or anyone in general, take them to R2L. This place isn't just about the best view of the city. The service is top notch, with so many attending to you and the food well worth the expensive price tag. Beautiful experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rjnn
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food, excellent staff and view was great. Drinks were different and refreshing and great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had planned a romantic anniversary dinner at R2L. The waiter was pleasant and welcomed us with a beautiful window seat. The wine choices were exceptional, but when my wife ordered the rib eye - the waiter returned to say they were out of the rib eye. She then ordered the filet - again he returned to say they were out of filet. She then ordered the same thing I had ordered - the braised short ribs. The ribs were not great. They were tough and the sauce was a bit strong. Desert was fabulous - although we were informed that they were out of the souffle... Perhaps it was because it was a Monday night... But that should not be the case.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had an absolutely fabulous dinner. We were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, and I can't think of a better place... the food (including the desserts) and the view were amazing. The truffle flatbread is always a winner, and my braised short ribs were the best I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something to experience
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my wife and some friends to R2l for her Bday on 8/2. We had a great time enjoying the view over drinks at the bar and once we were seated we enjoyed the food. It was a good time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hostess
    karl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The hostess was Fantastic!!!!!!!!! She made the night
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Appetizers were very small. Clams came out on a full bowl of ice and were not cleaned properly. Steakhouse salad had minimal pieces of steak and small for $14. Service was slow for my party of 2. Wine and beer came out slow. No bread provided until asked. Dinner and dessert were good.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Amazing experience
    Livefordining
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For the first time visiting R2l I was really impressed. It was a very high end place and everything was beautiful. The view was spectacular. It is something to see. The food was by far the best I've eaten at a fine dining restaurant. The steak was very tender and juice and the salmon was perfect. Our waitress was great. Made sure we weren't missing anything but also wasn't too much. Overall great experience and I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    FrankieSabs
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was very satisfying, staff was very attentive and helpful. Would totally visit again if I am ever back in Philadelphia again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Experience
    AnniversaryDinner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    From the moment we walked in the door the entire staff from R2L, from the hostess to the owners, made our night perfect! Our server was always around if needed, but never interrupted a moment or seemed like he was in a rush. He answered every question and provided recommendations very appropriately. It was our first time dining at R2L, we made reservations for our 2 year anniversary, and it was the icing on the perfect cake of a weekend. Being that it was our first time, we had many questions, and the staff was delighted to answer everything. We tried everything we could! An appetizer, bottle of wine, glass of champagne. 2 entrees, 2 additional sides, desert, and an excellent brandy to wrap things up. I have zero complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Overall opinion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food is okay but the view is great. We didn't get a window seat so there wasn't much of a view. Make sure to specifically ask for a window seat because other seats are not worth your $$$.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our dining experience at R2L was wonderful! We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary there and were greeted with champagne when we were seated. The view was amazing and they honored our request for a booth by the window. Food was delicious and the chocolate souffle for dessert was incredible. We will return!
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Knight1889
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Every course was amazing, steak tartare, lobster Mac, tuna, short ribs. Great food, best views in Philly. My go to spot for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • R2L the best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food and service are wonderful. And the view is spectacular. My favorite center city restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    lovetodine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We requested a window seat for 3 people for a 5:30, Tuesday night reservation for a birthday celebration. We were told, not available, however another couple sat down next to us, requested to move to a window booth and were re-seated. When we left, there were still 5 window tables unoccupied. REALLY!!!! Won't be back....
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  • Special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    First time and not the last. R2L was fantastic! Worth every penny.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High on all Counts
    Enjoy2eat
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a foreign exchange student who had never been in a tall building, so we went for the scenery. Yet, everything was first rate- the attentive staff, quality food that was creative and fresh, and great view. We had a great time, great satisfying meal and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waste of money (and a lot of it)
    Ltrain
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ate there with a group of 6 on Saturday night for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Total waste of money. The view is nice, drinks were good, but the food all in all was terrible. My husband got the pork variation entree, and it was one of the worst things I've ever tasted. All you could taste was salt, literally. He has never returned an entree in his life before this, and when they brought out another one, it was still awful. I got the tuna loin, which was also ridiculously salty, and our friend got the cod, which was cold and tasteless. Didn't try the other 3 entrees but were told they were all "ok at best". The apps and side dishes were ok, but overall the meal was a huge disappointment. Don't waste your money!
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