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1520 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Whether stopping in for an energizing brunch or a relaxing dinner, Bliss has what you are looking for. With a menu featuring contemporary American cuisine, it offers classic comfort dishes in an upscale yet comfortable atmosphere. Bliss is located within the art district of Philadelphia, so it is conveniently close to other attractions like the Kimmel Center and the Merriam Theatre. Private events can be hosted on the mezzanine level of the restaurant, which can seat up to 32 people.

The Sunday brunch menu at Bliss is a special treat. Delight in salads, sandwiches or classic egg dishes. For dinner, enjoy the pan-seared salmon, braised boneless short ribs or the filet mignon. The cheese and charcuterie platters are a must-try and the dessert menu features sweet treats like crème brulee and gelato.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm and Sun 11am-2:30pm.
Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm and Sun 4pm-8:30pm.
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Phone number
(215) 731-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Perry Katsapis
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Private party facilities
Bliss is available for all types of private events, large and small: birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, showers, business meetings, luncheons, corporate parties, holiday parties. Private dining is available in the second floor mezzanine room for up to 30 guests, and for larger parties in the main dining room/bar area. Restaurant buyouts are also available.
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Private party contact
Chris Nanni, GM: (215) 731-1100
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Cross street
between Walnut & Locust
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Parking details
Parking is available next door in the Bellevue/Hyatt Hotel self-parking garage. Discounted rate available to Bliss customers.
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Public transit
Easily accessible by bus, train, and subway.
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Special events & promotions
Center City District "Restaurant Week" starts Sun 8/2 to Fri 8/7 and from Sun 8/9 to Fri 8/14. Bliss will be featuring a three course prix fixe dinner menu for $35 per person, with all new menu items. Now accepting reservations.

Happy Hour at the Bliss Bar and on the Patio! Monday to Friday, 4-6pm. Specials include: $6 specialty martinis, $6 glass wines, $3/$4 beer specials, plus half price bar menu!

Happy Hour is also available at our outdoor patio seating. Bliss is the only restaurant along the Avenue of the Arts that offers outdoor seating. So if you want to enjoy the outdoors while you drink and dine, there's no better place along the Avenue!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTony (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2016

We were greeted as soon as we walked in the restaurant and seated. Our server Marissa was pleasant but more robotic than engaging. The Pear Cosmo was great!
Scallops with risotto was very tasty. Not a fan of asparagus and not sure it was in the description but they were on my plate. The Bliss Salad with mixed greens, grapes and gorgonzola was fantastic. Short ribs were done to perfection. We would go back, fast service. We were out in about an hour with a full restaurant on the first floor.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2016

This is my second visit to Bliss. I chose it because we wanted a quiet place to have a great dinner and conversation. So often, restaurants are so noisy that you find yourself yelling to be heard. This is not the case with Bliss. It is quiet enough for a business dinner or a catch-up with friends.

The food is prepared with care. I ordered the pan seared chicken and it was divinely prepared and served with root vegetables. We will definitely return to Bliss.

SaraKYac (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

Bliss was nothing short of lovely. The ambiance was cozy and simple but could have easily been very hype on a busier night. We came after people had cleared out to go to shows. Our server's first question to us was whether we had somewhere to be, which was very considerate and showed he'd been serving there for a while.
He recommended carapaccio to us and ohh man was it incredible. He also gave us wine recommendations with our food, short ribs and salmon, that were perfect. Especially since my boyfriend wanted white with his short ribs instead of red - his recommendation was great.
My salmon had a crisp exterior and tender center - the Swiss chard was not bitter and the sauce and risotto that accompanied were incredible. Each bite was a great assortment of flavor. My boyfriend's shortrib had a tender, roast flavour with the au jus and wild rice with carrots. Again, each bite was perfect.
We got a flourless chocolate torte and creme brulee for dessert, and they were both pretty good. We weren't blown away by either, which was unfortunate given the quality of our dinner.
All in all, we had a fantastic night with great food in a lovely atmosphere

Broe (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

I felt like I had been sent back to the 1980's - 90's with the food. It was fine but not what I expect for today. Cocktails were non-event unfortunately. Nice looking space. The Hostess was very nice and a pleasure. Waitstaff were adequate but seemed they were following instructions more than really getting customer service. Nice but not engaging.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

We missed a great evening because of Bliss hd to close because of a gas lead, which they called me about two hours before the 6 p.m. booking time.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

What stood out most to me was the lack of food. I expected more for the prices I paid. The restaurant was empty only had for customers and the staff was nice but didn't seem like the staff for a high end restaurant. Overall I probably will not come back.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Our Valentine's Day dinner after the opera. My husband loved the mashed celeriac side (broadened our taste experience beyond celeriac soup), done similar to a family parsnip recipe. Waiter was very careful to check ingredients for all my choices due to my peanut allergy. TVs & bar crowd were low-volume, very important when in such a small, intimate space. I wish the Open Table online menu had specified the "choices" were only Prix Fixe, as we're not big eaters, and could've done without all the extras. Nice touch was a red rose presented to each female diner.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Arrived early and someone from behind the curtain screamed out "we're not open yet". Shocked and embarrassed we went out in the cold and found a place to hang until 4:00. They never told us the menu was price fixed even thou they spoke to me three times. Had bread dishes but had to ask for bread. Waitress said we haven't baked it yet. I wouldn't go back there for free. Place was cold and a total joke. People of the world avoid the bliss,I've never written a review even when I had bad service this was so horrible I had to write. Forget Bliss change the name to "nightmare"

vipTHEBARON (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

We have dined at BLISS many times but within the last 6 months or so the service has seriously declined. I do not how they can state that they are one of Philadelphia's 50 best restaurants.

The wait staff's attire is not crisp and looks dingy and they do not appear to really know what they are doing. The couple sitting near us commented that this was first AND last dining at BLISS. Probably our last time as well.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

The menu on open table and their website differed, and NEITHER was the same as what was in the restaurant. After speaking to a host, I found out the menu on their website is a few YEARS out of date!
Salad had way too much dressing on it
Our drinks came out after our salad, rather than before
The price for the size of salmon we received was definitely not worth it

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

My girlfriend and I had a very enjoyable time. The food was delicious and our waiter was awesome. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet tasty meal :)

vipEdward (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

We've been to Bliss several times. The only negative this time was that they were short of servers. Ours was really running, but service was a bit slow, unlike the norm there. We'll certainly be back.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2016

Our server was fabulous! We were celebrating a birthday and she made the birthday person feel special. I wish I remembered her name becasue she was great - she made our experience memorable! The food was pretty good. It has big open windows that look out on to Broad Street which was fun. It was a cold February day so when the entrance door opened a lot of cold air would come in. They tried to compensate with a nice heavy curtain to block the cool air, but not completely successful. The heat was turned up so when the door was not opening the restaurant heated up a bit too much. I suspect it's not a problem if you're seated far from the door.

PhillyFoodie (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

It was a 40th birthday celebration. Bliss is a favorite restaurant so that is why we decided to dine there. The waitress appeared of diner quality, did not offer a selection of water. When we requested sparkling they were out. Requested the wine list and our two selections were unavailable. There were no special dishes on the menu. Overall very disappointed. We did not eat. We offered to pay for the tap water we drank and left. The food was always excellent as is the service and atmosphere. Perhaps a bad night but we will wait sometime before we choose to dine there for dinner.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

The restaurant was crowded when we arrived early for a 6:30 seating. We were immediately seated and sat at least 5 minutes before we were greeted by our server. We stated from the get go that we were going to a show at the Kimmel at 8pm and our server assured us that all would be fine. We intentionally ordered just one course, an entree, for each of us (party of 4) since it was obvious that our server was overloaded. Needless to say, 7:45pm rolled around and no food. We were getting ready to leave and the food came out, undercooked. We left and ended up scarfing down some pizza on Pine Street

vipJasper (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

The food at Bliss before the opera on Friday was great; unfortunately, the service was not. The wait person was unfamiliar with the menu and did not know how to serve wine; she poured the three of us full glasses without giving the person who ordered it a chance to taste it. Prices at Bliss has risen a great deal over the past year, so before our next subscription opera and orchestra performances we'll go elsewhere.

vipJeff (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

This was our first time at Bliss. While it was convenient as a pre-concert restaurant, the service was mediocre, at best. The food was fine - nothing exceptional, though, and at this price-point, it ought to be exceptional. We won't likely return.

vipjim41 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

Service awful, food not much better, waitress gave us a round of drinks because the service was so bad. People were walking out of the restaurant. My wife's salmon was so over done that it would dent the floor if she dropped it from the table.
Had walked by this restaurant many times while going from the Palm to the Kimmel Center. We should have stuck with the Palm.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Bliss is a great location for theater-goers, nearby hotel guests and locals going out on the town. So why was it so easy to get a reservation for Saturday evening when every other restaurant in town was booked between 6 and 9 pm? My guess is that prior diners had an "ok" experience as our party did. The host was friendly but seated us at a table that was not set completely for guests. He should be more attentive in seating guests... from taking bar orders, since he sat at the bar most of the night going through his cell phone, to making sure that the single candle on the table needed lighting. The waitress was young and uneducated about the menu. She needs more training. Confidence will follow. Cheese board was disappointing in presentation and freshness. Drinks were excellent. Entrees were superb. The chocolate torte, more like a brownie with ice cream, was surprisingly delicious... a taste of that was perfect for me. The creme brules were not the same. One was spot on. The other, eh. Kudos to the Chef and bartender. A more seasoned house staff should make for a more pleasant experience, customer loyalty and pumped up sales. I'll give Bliss another shot... perhaps sitting at the bar. The food is worth it.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

the food is great, the service too but the place is dying, lighting makes you depressed, bathrooms are horrible and pretty cold. Needs a revamp