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The Best Bars for Foodies in Philadelphia

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated January 29, 2021

The bars in Philly always seem to be on point. Full of craft beer, delicious cocktails, and hearty bites, they promise a great time for visitors and residents alike. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable’s most expert, seasoned diners. Here’s a list of the best bars to go to in Philadelphia when looking for a fun night out.

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4.8
4.8 (667)
$30 and under
American
Center City
About the restaurant
Pub & Kitchen is upscale meets neighborhood bar and pub. Stop in for brunch on the weekends, they have a bloody mary that is rightfully famous, or try a weeknight evening for dinner and a few beers. There's a fantastic burger on the menu and the Old Fashioned is always a great libation option.
Top review
SethLvip
Dined on May 22, 2024
Had not been to Pub & Kitchen in some time. We sat outside - very comfortable table and chairs. Menu is very eclectic and everything was beautiful plated and prepared. The oysters were outstanding. Excellent and attentive wait staff. Great experience all around.
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4.6
4.6 (4984)
$30 and under
American
Center City
About the restaurant
This Locust St. local cocktail bar has one of the neatest vibes in the entire city of Philadelphia, it's like scene from the 1950's—just imagine Sinatra singing in a corner and you'll get what it's all about. Try their special fried chicken, grab the Great Gatsby cocktail, or get in on a Friday for their popular Friday Night Fish Fry.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This place never disappoints!! A must-visit whenever we are in Philly 
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4.8
4.8 (16740)
$31 to $50
French
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant
A taste of France in Philadelphia. The look and feel of Parc is straight out of a Parisian bistro, and the wine list is tres magnifique. An absolute must-visit for any wine connoisseurs in Philly. The food menu is just as welcoming, with classic French dishes and plenty of special fish offerings. Stop in for brunch for even more delights—the crab and avocado dish is a delight.
Top review
17yearsandcounting
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was wonderful…tried 2 new editions to the menu…the spicy lamb sausage was delicious 😁
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4.7
4.7 (6870)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Center City
About the restaurant
One of the best Mexican places in all of Philadelphia, El Vez is bright with a traditional Latin feel. It's the spot in the city for tequila. Try the Gran Jefe, which mixes tequila, orange liquor, limes, oranges, and cinnamon. As for the food, it doesn't get much better than a traditional Mexican feast. Choose from one of five different guacamoles to start with, then dine on tacos, enchiladas, carne asada and much, much more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was excellent, I was happy to be there celebrating my daughter graduating high school. It was her and her friends’ first time there, so their experience was a good one.
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4.6
4.6 (3869)
$30 and under
Italian
Old City
About the restaurant
Capturing the feel and the flavors of Italy's Amalfi Coast, this Italian favorite on Walnut Street offers a tremendous selection of Italian wines and traditional Italian dishes. The Aldo's Seafood Harvest is a fresh-from-the-sea treat for the table and the crab meat tacos definitely make a trip to Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti a must.
Top review
AronDvip
Dined 2 days ago
Positano Coast is a staple for us on theater nights. Great food, big menu, and excellent service (shoutout to Gregoria and hope I spelled her name right) made for a fine evening. We were in a far-back room where it was cool and quiet. Prices were reasonable so it was a very good value.
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4.9
4.9 (2408)
$50 and over
Italian
South Philly
About the restaurant
As old school as it gets, this traditional Italian chophouse and wine bar is great for a dinner and a drink. It has a fine selection of wines, some delicious vintage cocktails, and classic dinner dishes. A great place for a meat-and-potatoes meal.
Top review
DonSvip
Dined 3 days ago
First time at Saloon. Excellent meal and service.
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4.7
4.7 (1530)
$50 and over
American
Center City
About the restaurant
From the James Beard award-winning chef Peter Serpico, Serpico is a distinctly modern dining spot with an Asian-fusion twist. Go for the sirloin tatami, fried duck legs, or enoki mushrooms. Stay for the incredible cocktails, the mezcal-driven Herbal is a particular favorite.
Top review
Jan1
Dined on Jan 4, 2020
Our server, Elena, was exceptional in her timing and attention, as were other staff members. I think the pricing is rather steep. The noise level was quite acceptable as the restaurant was at capacity and we marveled how the cook staff quietly went about their business with an occasional laugh at one another.
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4.7
4.7 (8563)
$31 to $50
Spanish
Old City
About the restaurant
Amada PHL, from chef Jose Garces, is arguably the premier tapas spot in all of Philly. They offer delicious $5 happy hour dishes, like olives, ham croquettes, and spicy potatoes. Plus. there’s an amazing selection of cocktails named after the films of legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar—the "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down" is superb.
Top review
MichaelM
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous José Garces food! Really special. Great small plates,
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4.8
4.8 (11071)
$31 to $50
Asian
Old City
About the restaurant
Enjoy a fine modern Asian cuisine dinner or a few rounds of sake all in the shadow of a warm, welcoming 10-foot-tall Buddha statue at this wonderful Chestnut Street destination. The ambiance makes it as a top spot in Philly, but the food is what keeps the people coming back.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Katie was amazing as a server, completely knowledgeable and kind. Food was, as always, very delicious. My friends and I had a lovely time.
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4.7
4.7 (9226)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Center City
About the restaurant
Located in a historic landmark, Del Frisco's offers classic steakhouse elegance with a great selection of cocktails. Its rich steak, seafood, and poultry dishes have made this place not only popular in Philadelphia, but also in its eighteen other locations across the US.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
As always one of the best meals in outstanding ex bank ambience.
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4.8
4.8 (6845)
$31 to $50
American
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant
This warm and welcoming spot, from Philadelphia dining giant Aimee Olexy, has one of the nicest bars in the entire city. It’s a great place to relax and drink from a list that prizes fine beer, wine, and creative cocktails. The food menu is just as delectable and consists of seasonal pastas and hearty dishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Came for a business meeting, staff was great, was surprised how busy it was for a Monday. Only issue was how loud it was, but that's not the server or chefs fault.
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4.9
4.9 (12761)
$50 and over
American
Washington Square
About the restaurant
Looking for a farm-to-table experience? This unique indoor-outdoor spot specializes in just that. Grab a beer or glass of wine and peruse the cheese bar, the lush vegetation creates a calming atmosphere that is perfect for a quaint evening out.
Top review
TeresaB
Dined 4 days ago
The food, service and ambience were all superior. Highly recommended!!
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4.5
4.5 (4695)
$30 and under
Cuban
Center City
About the restaurant
A culinary trip to Havana, complete with fine rum, daiquiris, and mojitos, right in the heart of Philadelphia. There’s a lush Latin ambiance and structure to the dining experience, and the Cuban dishes are delightful. Try the churrasco or sea scallops with serrano ham, both are delicious.
Top review
RafaelinaP
Dined on Jan 6, 2020
Place is perfect for a romantic dates.. went for my birthday and got free desert and the service was perfect
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4.7
4.7 (2466)
$30 and under
American
Center City
About the restaurant
So many options at this three-floor after-work rooftop bar destination, a favorite for the young professional crowd. Down one of the cocktails in the lower lounge floors or head up to the roof deck for a martini and take in the views of the city.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Good food, eclectic menu. Twenty four characters weren't necessary
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$31 to $50
Asian
University City
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of University City, Pod has a modern and hip vibe that verges on futuristic. Have a few Sapporo beers or try something from their sake flight and sit in one of their "cocoon" booths, or pick out a meal from the conveyor belt system. And yes, it's as cool as it sounds.
Top review
Lefty
Dined on Mar 11, 2020
Always reliable and good for folks with dietary restrictions. That said, it is pricey for what you get and the interior really needs refurbishing.
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4.7
4.7 (755)
$30 and under
American
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant
The 19th and Spruce location of this Philly favorite is the spot to go for some neighborhood vibes, a beer or two, and a burger. There's a nice, local feel to the place, with shakes on the menu and all-natural smoothies, perfect for powering up an afternoon or morning.
Top review
Dolly
Dined 2 days ago
Everyone's food was delicious. Highlights included the Gazpacho and the burgers. Turkey meatloaf was also tasty. The prices are very fair compared to what we typically see in similar places, and the location is very convenient to Center City. The place, like so many others is noisy as the surfaces are hard... Service was slow, and one server (not our waiter) who delivered a couple of the meals just about growled at us and threw the plates at us. I suspect this was atypical and suspect there was a back story we weren't privy to.
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4.6
4.6 (5487)
$30 and under
American
Marlton
About the restaurant
Just outside Philadelphia in the Promenade at Sagemore, the local outpost of the Redstone American Grill is a great place for a fine glass of wine or a cocktail with a classic steak or chicken dinner. If there's a game on, head over to the bar for some apps and beers.
Top review
Robert
Dined 2 days ago
We eat at Redstone Grille 4-5 times a year. This time we sat outside on the rail overlooking the pond. Beautiful summer night with great breeze. The great food and drinks bring us back again and again. Strongly recommend.
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4.8
4.8 (8532)
$50 and over
Steak
Center City
About the restaurant
This acclaimed spot is a throwback to the golden era of Hollywood—classic martinis and cocktails, steaks, and a raw bar on the menu. It’s straight out of mid-century Los Angeles, just transplanted to Philadelphia.
Top review
Megpl
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful early Father’s Day celebration. I know everyone goes there for steaks which were fantastic. However my Chilean sea bass was the best I ever had … seriously tasty and flawlessly prepared fish!
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