Bistro Romano
Bistro Romano

Bistro Romano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroromano.com/
  • Phone: 2159258880x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Front and 2nd
  • Public Transit: Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Meters are free after 5pm on Wednesday nights . Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $6, Friday and Saturday $15. Acquire parking pass from hostess.
A word from Bistro Romano
This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 25th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bistro Romano reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (185)special occasion (139)neighborhood gem (110)notable wine list (99)fit for foodies (81)good for groups (42)hot spot (16)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (12)scenic view (5)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Second to none!
    rsteely1020
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    There is no place like Bistro Romano. It great for a special occasion or just a night out with friends. The décor is romantic and inviting and the service is second to none. The food is always prepared to perfection and the desserts are to die for. I would HIGHLY recommend Bistro Romano to anyone looking for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    WE DROVE DOWN FROM CT EARLY IN THE MORNING TO VISIT OUR SON WHO IS ATTENDING UPENN. HE IS A FUSSY FOODIE, AND AT THE TENDER AGE OF 20, A HARSH CRITIC. WE WERE JOINED BY OUR NIECE, ALSO LIVING IN PHILLY. THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE WAS POSITIVE, AND OUR DINNERS WERE DELICIOUS, AND ALMOST REFRESHING. WE WILL GO BACK.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    JMBTGBVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great service, great food and a nice wine list. Will go back to try desserts - too full first time!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint
    Carl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice romantic Italian wine cellar dinning, great menu and food. Have dined there many times. Located in Society Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've had better at chain restaurant
    MadFoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wanted a romantic setting for my Boy friends birthday so after seeing pictures and reading reviews I decided to go. Some reviews have 5 🌟 for food some have 1🌟. The food was less then flavorful! I've had better Italian at chain restaurants which is disappointing. But hey you live and you learn. Not to helpful or friendly with minority's
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It just wasn't good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The flavors were not there. Nothing bad, just not for us.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
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    Diner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service was not up to previous dining experience here. Asked for something when we ordered and then served we had to ask again. Served a spoon with desert and found it inadequate to use. Asked fork. Finally got up and took from another table. Fork never came. Attention to detail lacking. Food very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I live in Bucks, but trek too your restaurant at least 4 -5 times a year, love it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Issue was Parking
    HStein
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food, great service. We started off at the bar with a glass of wine. We got seated downstairs which was a little tight but somewhat romantic due to the lighting and decor. We ordered two of the specials for the night; the menu is extensive though and looked very good. The swordfish was delicious and well-priced but the appetizer & pasta were a little steep (appetizer was $15 for a very small plate of mozzarella & pumpkin gnocchi was $30). Both had great flavor, but if you are price conscious, you might want to ask before ordering any specials. Parking in this area stinks though and a garage spot costs $25.00 on a weekend night. I suggest taking a cab or train if you can to save yourself the headache of trying to look for a spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall wonderful meal and I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic steak frites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were very happy with our dinner here. The atmosphere was lively and the waiter was attentive. The menu was fairly limited but that being said, everything on the menu was very appealing. The steak frites was the best meal that I have had in a long time and the pasta carbonara was also very satisfying. Would definitely go back again
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    laura
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was excellent and right on point. Wine list, while very extensive, was very well catagorized and easy to view. Food was very good and the ambiance downstairs is very romantic. Great place for date night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has been better
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have visited Bistro Romano several times for dinner and this was my least favorite visit. My stuffed chicken, although large in portion size, was small in flavor. The bread pudding dessert was mushy and not very good. I'll go back but only for the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night Out in Philly
    Blackmoon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The bar area is great and has character. The dining area in the basement has a dungeon feel with a cozy atmosphere. If your in Philly and looking for a spot to dine, the Bistro Romano is the spot on the low!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite as good as other times
    PhillySooz
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband and I usually come here for our anniversary, New Year's Eve and/or Valentine's Day, since it is one of the most (if not the most) romantic restaurants in the city. We always have the Caesar salad, which this time didn't live up to previous experiences. We told the waitress not to hold back on the garlic. And, yet, the amount of garlic wasn't "zingy" enough, as it has been in the past. The proportion of the other ingredients also seemed to be "off." I also ordered the ricotta fritters. They were well-cooked and not greasy, but not very flavorful. The bruschetta was delicious, however. We were too full after the appetizers and salad to have entrees. We will be back, though, since I think it was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Philly Italian Gem
    Benjy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I went there with my girlfriend on a spontaneous date. It was in a beautiful little neighborhood. The place smelled great. The food was awesome! The service was fantastic. We will definitely be going there again soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful staff, special dinner
    out2eat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We celebrated our 26th anniversary here. It was a wonderful night - great food, romantic setting, and fabulous service. We couldn't have asked for more! Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice End to The Season
    wawagasman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great place for all type of food. All four of our meals were outstanding. Good wine list as well. Great ending to a lackluster Phillies Season
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Pleased
    LoveMyFood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    With our evening meal at Bistro Romano. Once a year we head to this restaurant for a terrific meal and service! This year is not a disappointment. We always start with a reasonable priced wine and stuff mushroom appetizer. Then onto the entrees for me it will be a veal dish and for my significant other a seafood dish with scallops. We even contemplated dessert but passed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    NeverOneToGiveAReview
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place is a hidden gem! Loved the romantic atmosphere and delicious food. The server was wonderful and everything was well priced, except for the caesar salad. Apparently, they are known for it but it was just okay. It was cool that they prepare it table side but not worth $10 per salad. Other than that, I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They tried hard.....
    SeekingNewFoodAdventures
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Basically the food was good. My girlfriend's gnocchi with duck sauce tasted terrible to her and I both and my shrimp & scallops were "ok". To the Manager's credit, he came over, asked about the food, and when we said her didn't taste good at all, he suggested that some people might not like the duck sauce and if he could replace if with some else. She said plain gnocchi and offered to add shrimp and she accepted. But then it was ok at bes, as was the salad and the stuffed sausage & mushroom. BUT, then the next day we both felt bad with gastro-intestinal distress. Bottom ine is that all the dishes were very heavy on the oil used to prepare them. They were swimming in olive oil. No light touch here.
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  • Luvwine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our table was ready on time.The food and wine were outstanding. Service was great. Our dinner was a memorable occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but...
    Camille
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Yes, the food was good (although not GREAT); however, based on other reviews I asked to be seated downstairs. Some tables were very nice, but ours was in a dark spot and in a location where I kept being jostled by wait staff and customers. But worse was our server, who greeted us by saying 'Hi Guys!' to my husband and I and was just plain goofy and VERY slow (at one point he said he'd be right back and I bet he was gone for more than 10 minutes.)
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  • Quaint
    loves2luv
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Bistro Romano is a quaint restaurant with fabulous food. You will not leave hungry either. The staff/service were super friendly! We will return!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    Enjoyfunfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everything from beginning until end was delicious! Consistently!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Bistro Romano is by far the best of Philadelphia's Restaurant scene. Warmly greeted on arrival. The specials last evening were extensive and us wanting to have a sample of everything. Settled on mussels apetizer and veal saltimbocca. Superb! My wife had Duck and is still talking about it. Extensive wine list. From the hostess to the bar tender to the waiter to the manager.....all make you want to come back....soon! Like being with family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always a pleasant experience. My daughter and I come here several times a year. Never a bad experience. Food is sooooo good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love the ambiance
    coffeegirl2
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    From the first night I encountered this place, I just loved the ambiance. The caesar salad made table side is a plus. It's a great place to go for a date night. I spend my birthday there every year. I love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy we finally dined here!
    ratlady73
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've been meaning to visit this restaurant for a couple of years, and I'm glad I finally did. We dined in the old wine cellar which created a rather unique ambiance. The famous Caesar salad is famous for a reason. It's prepared table-side - dressing and all - and is very fresh and delicious. For the main course I had the duck which was prepared perfectly. My 6-year-old son had kids' ravioli, after he was done eating most of my Caesar salad. The ravioli were tasty but could have been drained better. He didn't seem to mind however, so I'm not taking a star away for that. The cannoli and tiramisu we had for dessert were very, very fresh and tasty. We'll be going back for the Caesar salad for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • price & food good couple
    Inesarte
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Not a gourmet restaurant; huge dishes, lots of food. Waiter was excellent, charming & serviceable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    3jays
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Absolutely awesome service. Food was good. The dining area downstairs is awesome. Great romantic place for a couple or small group
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was impeccable. Both the manager Anthony and our waitress were very accommodating. This was even after the fact that our original table we were sat at wasn't to our liking so they were able to move us downstairs without a second thought. The food was also on par and overall not that expensive considering the homemade pasta and slow cooked meats. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    You have to go. A new tradition place to visit. Service, ambience, food great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    FoodieforLife
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went for restaurant week, food was awesome Fried artichokes were amazing, lobster ravioli to die for, goat cheese tortellini were melt in your mouth. The osso buco and mushroom risotto were also very, very good Service was excellent The restaurant itself is a treasure, lots of history and beautiful job keeping the building true to its origins
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bistro romano
    ingge
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    it was perfect for what i was looking for to celebrate our 15yrs wedding anniversary. the ambiance was very romantic and it was restaurant week so it was perfect for us . The food choices was ok but I should have have tried the duck that everyone is raving about, maybe next time. I will recommend it for a date night restaurant to go to
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant week pick
    Emma
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food-wise the standouts were perch (who has perch on the menu? and it was nicely cooked), pasta fazool, and limoncello sorbet. The service was friendly and attentive but slow. This was fine with my party & me; we were super busy talking and very happy to linger. Perhaps if we had been tapping our collective feet and glowering it would have been faster. The downstairs dining room is an authentic Italian buca. I thought the wine list was very sensible and sensibly organized. They had a decent selection of wines by the glass on the menu itself so you didn't need a PhD in oenology or hours at your disposal to make your choice. I had a red wine from Liguria (which is all I can remember about it, sorry) that was very good and modestly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When we arrived at Bistro Romano, the Hostess was unfriendly, unsmiling, and unwelcoming. She was unable to find our reservation and when I showed that it was kk on my smartphone, she didn't acknowledge. Happily a gentleman came and was able to kk our table. The food was delicious. And Rosie our waitress was wonderful.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CityboyEats2
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Bistro Romano is a beautiful restaurant with an interesting history. The staff was welcoming and friendly. The food was creative and delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Chully
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One word for the food = Orgasmic! Everything was just absolutely perfect! I am seriously considering traveling to Philadelphia from NJ at least once a month just to eat here!.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Love it
    Loved
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place was great. Awesome for a date. The ambiance is classy, the service is great and the food amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.