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
316 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (275)special occasion (240)romantic (234)fit for foodies (101)hot spot (94)notable wine list (88)vibrant bar scene (68)good for groups (62)late-night find (52)neighborhood gem (34)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Total Dining Experience
    JimSBlackwood
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off To College
    PamDee
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scenic view
    CarloeSabrina
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Unique panorama, good food, friendly service, nice people...recommended specially for romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let's do it again
    TroubleTroy37
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I would definitely recommend R2L to anyone looking for a great dining experience. Great food, great service and the view was breath taking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    GaryBode
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Scenery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good
    LuvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    conshyfoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What an incredible dinner! Amazing view and one of the best services we have ever had at a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    YoungDiction
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best visit yet
    MixtoMe
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I always enjoy my time at R2L. Dinner was delicious and our server, Trevor, was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bernadine
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Spectacular view of the cityscape and the food/service is excellent
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    demandingcritic
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West Philly is not the best view
    RonL
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views, Good food
    Asocorro
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NavyBoi2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply indescribable
    Romanceupabove
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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:))))
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for tourists...
    ElleVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dining Experience
    Geofoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Newluv06
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    ChrisBrunerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Nice place, good service, good food. Nice for a date or business dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not all that
    Jcoop
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good.
    gutfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent place for a special occasion. Get a reservation early for the scenic, window seat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy place, but no food available
    WasteOfMoney
    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...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular dining experience !!
    lauraannchin
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    KyPy
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Jrob
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing!!!
    Movez
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view/Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    JTorres215
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Def recommend R2L.
    MandM523
    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 ! ;-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie at heart
    jamaicajamVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Again!!!!!
    thekidhartfordVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I have been to R2L on several occasions and this past Saturday was no different, 5 stars!!!! The staff at R2L have been generous and kind with us and we appreciate it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view makes it
    JesseVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food is nothing to write home about, but the view is amazing if you can get near the window. Being so high up in Philly really gives you a great shot of the city.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best anniversary
    Mandeelee
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    When we got there the server seated us immediately and offered us sparkling wine for our anniversary. He was very friendly the whole time and very prompt. The good was amazing as well. I got the fillet mignon and it was so tender. It was cooked just right. My boyfriend got the chicken and love it as well. The atmosphere was quiet and romantic. The view was stunning especially since we went late at night. Also to end out our night they wrote happy anniversary on our dessert plate which at so sweet! We have no complaints what so ever and most definitely will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Often when a restaurant has a stellar view, the food is subpar. R2L in Philadelphia is a fantastic exception. The view is fantastic. But the food is even better. Drinks were great and creative; tasted delicious. The table shared the truffled flatbread – not to be missed. All three main courses were exquisitely prepared, presented, and subsequently devoured. The petite fillet mignon, the short ribs, and the pork four ways were all heavenly. We had to try the adventurous desserts. Don't be put off by the simplistic names – ask for descriptions. We shared the soufflé, the peanut butter and jelly (no, really, ask!), and the Hazelnut crunch. We could not stop making yummy noises. Cannot WAIT to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service iffy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I've been to R2L many times and the service was impeccable. I am a young, black, successful woman and I believe the server seen a young black face and thought, "no tip" and provided very half quality service. Great service is what attracts us to come. Now I'm not so sure. Feeling very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gina
    Gina
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We dined at R2L last night as a celebration for our anniversary. It was a fabulous dining experience. Some advice for others - be sure to book a minimum of 6-8 weeks in advance to ensure a seat right at the window, overlooking the city, and book at sunset for spectacular views!! I just booked another reservation for 3 1/2 months from now to ensure a window seat. The food is beautifully prepared, tastes amazing, and warm vanilla cake dessert is hands-down the most wonderful dessert I have ever eaten in my entire life. I HIGHLY recommend it! Also, the wait staff is impeccable - very friendly, informative, and they describe the menu with such succulent detail that your mouth will water just hearing the choices!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.