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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
R2L reviews from OpenTable diners
315 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (273)special occasion (241)romantic (229)fit for foodies (105)hot spot (95)notable wine list (83)good for groups (76)vibrant bar scene (61)late-night find (46)neighborhood gem (31)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It was my boyfriend and I first time going to R2L. It happened to be where he wanted to celebrate his birthday. The experience was amazing. Our view was amazing. It's so breath taking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View OK food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The views are great but the food is nothing special. The portions are very small and the prices are very high. Wine list is OK but a lot of over priced ok wine. A better choice would be to go there for drinks and enjoy the views.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great customer service
    Foodietootie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went there for our anniversary dinner. Our sever was Jason. Although we requested for a window seat. We didn't get it. But our server gave us the best service. Very nice kind and friendly. Food was pretty good. Atmosphere was romantic. Definitely would do it again. But would definitely need to have a window seat because the view is magnificent. Would recommend for a romantic birthday/anniversary dinner for a couple that wants to make it special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all around!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was excellent. Service was top notch professional. Decor impecable. Panaramic view of the City was beautiful. And most importantly food -- and its presentation -- was outstanding. We had family in from out of town and they raved about it. Said it was one of the best meals they have had! Definitely try the lobster mac & cheese. Tuna and salmon entrees were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday NIght
    LilBob1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had 530 reservations,were the ribs. Service was good, although we got our side of potato skins about half way through our entrée. They should have come with them. Sides are not really needed though. Margarita was very good and not shy of tequila! Overall an enjoyable experience. One thing cracked me up. The website, the open table site and the follow up phone call to verify our reservation all emphasize the NO sneakers, NO t shirts....well, there were a number of guys with sneakers on, and one guy dressed like he just came in from cutting the lawn, raggy t shirt, sneakers, and shorts. and they were seated at what I would call the best seats in the house
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place to dine
    outandabout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I and son had a great time at R2L. The view is probably the best in the city. We really enjoyed our food. She loved her beet salad and her short ribs. I had the lobster bisque and the pork ossobuco. I really enjoyed both. Desert was great. All of the food was great. Service was outstanding. We were allowed to dine at our own pace. I recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waited 45 minutes to be seated
    Anne89
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a 9pm reservation, arrived early, and checked in with the hostess when we arrived. She told us our table would be ready soon and to wait at the bar. Our reservation time came and went. At 9:15 we checked in again - "we're running a little behind but we'll seat you soon". At 9:45 we were finally tired of waiting and told the hostess we were going to leave. Only then did she magically find us a table. Food was oversalted and took ages to arrive. Bill was $250 for 3 diners. This is the definition of paying for a view. Though said view was nice, I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Excellent
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Everything was perfect, would return. The service was wonderful. The food was uniquely prepared and inventive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    DininginTown
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was my first time at R2L and it was an absolutely wonderful experience! Great views, friendly staff and very knowledgeable waiter. And the food was excellent. We started with the seafood sampler appetizer...which I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    oonab
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Good food, presentation and service was on point.....dessert options were intimidating so we strayed away from ordering....however our waitress Taria (sorry if I butchered it) would not let me leave on my day without a special dessert which included 2 mini cream puffs and 2 hazlenut chocolates which put a big smile on my face, so thank you :0)
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeniseVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service is outstanding. The food was really good! Love the view!! Only wish the weather would have cooperated so we could have watched the sunset. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great placeee!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went to celeberate my birthday. Reservation was at 7. There was no hold up, we got in and sat right down. Food was AWESOME. I am a very picky eater but the Prime Rib was to die for! The view was awesome. Very nice at night! Perfect date night. It's pricey but its worth it. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Picture worthy view.
    Mike
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was incredible and the views were spectacular. One of the best restaurants I've ever been to and I've been to some of the top restaurants around. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking a special occasion night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    JMFonseca
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had an outstanding dinning experience at the R2L. The staff was very attentive to us and made our 30 Anniversary very special. The views for the restaurant are breathtaking, The food excellent the entire staff was friendly and attentive. Well done we will return. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You have to go here!
    bigcraig
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I joined my wife and two teenage boys for dinner at R2L before a show at the Kimmel Center. The service was amazing and unfortunately I can't remember our servers name, but he deserves high praise. Each of us ordered something different and sampled each others dishes. Everyone was amazed with each bite. The view from the 37th floor is breathtaking. After dinner we walked to the Kimmel Center and enjoyed our show. Great night. R2L is the perfect place for date night. Reserve a table by the window well in advance its worth it. The other tables do have great views its just better right at the glass. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Jlkirkjr
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is phenomenal and along with the view and wonderful staff is worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating
    wannabfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Made a resi for 10 and we're running late. Called to let them know. Kitchen closes at 11 and was told as long as we were there before 11 they'd seat us in the dining room, otherwise we could sit in lounge/bar area and eat from late night menu. Arrived just after 11, but they made sure to keep the kitchen open for us. Food was delicious and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A cut above the rest
    Futurefoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Outstanding food with professional service. The flavor combinations were unexpected but worked well together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The best restaurant in Philadelphia n the food aways great n services are the best
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Absolutely amazing
    lover
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing. There aren't a lot of choices but what they do have is excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Bherr00
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    R2L is an amazing dining experience. The view from the 37th floor is stunning, watching the sunset, and the big city lights take the experience over the top. The food is some of the best I've ever had, the food quality, preparation, and presentation are perfect. R2L's service is wonderful, The wait staff, and restaurant management will accommodate your every need. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone, perfect for that special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • need valet parkin
    twincity
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went here for anniversary was great food, service was good but slow And One Thing Why I might not come back is parking no valet high class restaurant and no parking service my truck don't fit in the parking they have next door I had to leave my truck with next door valet
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • girls night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Was very nice experience, have been many times, service slow this time, feel more specials or menu changes needed for those who may return
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service excellent food
    PAlife
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I was there for a business meeting and a person from our party was late, our server was amazing and made sure everyone received their food at the same time by recommending a dish that would be easier to cook but still delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great experience, food and service was awesome. One of our best if not the best dining experience in town.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All About the View
    PhillyPhoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Amazing views of the city in a dimly lit restaurant -- it was very romantic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    koukla215
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, the view is incredible from really any seat. It was a wonderful spot for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible
    JJmomVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    They didn't respect customers. The host is very rude.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Class by itself...
    1winedanddinedMiss
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I celebrated my birthday this weekend at R2L and I have to say from the service to the food to the ambiance...they were all exceptional. It was my first time going and they accommodated all our requests from a window seat to a special happy birthday dessert. I will highly recommend this restaurant for anyone celebrating a birthday, an engagement, or just for fine dining at it's best. It's the best spot I've been thus far in Philly and I've dined at Moshulu and other fine establishments but R2L supercedes them all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!
    NChi
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The place was beautiful. Great atmosphere. Everyone was very nice and the food was great. The view of the city is incredible especially at sunset.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb evening!
    itterfamVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ate here prior to going to the theater. They were quite accomodating, presenting us with a special pre-theater menu option but allowing us to order from the regular menu since we were there early enough. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The bartender even asked if I like my pomegranate martini more or less sweet. I've never had anyone ask that before. It was a perfect martini! The view was fabulous as the sun was setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top of the Line
    MDGeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I are 77 years old and have dined many places on many continents. This is just a top of the line restaurant, located in the top of a building with great views of Philadelphia. We took three other along for a special dinner, and needless to say this is a kitchen that prepares their menu to perfection. It is not inexpensive, but if you can afford it or are ready to splurge, you won't regret it. Simply wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance - left hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We would definitely go back, but be a little more careful about what we ordered. 2 apps, 2 dinners, and 2 deserts over a 3 hr dinner (approx. $400 with drinks) and we left hungry. Everything was delicious, but the plates were relatively small. Amazing view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for anniversary
    Lebron
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Took wife there for our anniversay. Waiter was awesome. View was wonderful. Lobster mac and cheese unbelievable. Trifecta drink tasty. Peanut butter and jelly dessert was delightful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a view!
    SatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The view from this restaurant couldn't be anymore gorgeous. I suggest going close to sunset so you are there to witness the great view. The food was outstanding and the servers couldn't have been more helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food with good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was outstanding!! Service was the best I have ever had in the city. It would have been nice to get a table at a window but the table we were at still had great views. The food was a bit expensive for the small portion that you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Romantic!
    Arpina
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went to R2L to celebrate our anniversary. I had the salmon which was very good. My husband had the filet, which he said was good, but not as special as he would have thought for this restaurant. The souffle for desert was outstanding. Would go again for a special occasion. The service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Pleased
    Sunshine
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I and my significant other enjoyed our dinner at R2L. I wanted to take him there for his birthday....I knew the food was good and the ambience could set the tone for the evening. Service was excellent, food was delicious, and even though I'd mentioned wanting a window table to make it special for his birthday, but could not get one, they surprised him (and me too) with two little pastries and candy with a candle on a plate! That was special. Thanks R2L!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elegant food breathtaking views.
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    R2L is not the kind of place you go every day. We went for a family farewell dinner. The space and decor are elegant. The drinks creative, the food was excellent. My son said his steak was the most flavorful he had ever had. The wait staff were friendly, and unobtrusive. The views are amazing. No better ones in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This by far the best restaurant I been to. I would highly recommend this place to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.