The Best Bars for Foodies in Philadelphia

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Pub & Kitchen, Bud & Marilyn's, Parc
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, French
Neighborhoods:Center City, Rittenhouse Square
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Pub & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Center City
470 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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. T...

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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
4,129 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

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 al...

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American in Philadelphia
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Parc

$$$$·French·
Rittenhouse Square
13,046 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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...

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French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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El Vez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Center City
5,885 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Lunch

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, lim...

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Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Fond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Philly
1,531 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

This intimate spot on 11th Street is a tiny, wonderful favorite. Stop by and treat yourself to a uniquely Philly creation—their “French Dip” cheesesteak, a twist on the local favorite that includes Gr...

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Contemporary American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
3,140 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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 Har...

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Saloon Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
South Philly
1,548 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 dish...

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Italian in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,546 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

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 t...

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Amada PHL

$$$$·Spanish·
Old City
7,768 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date

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 amaz...

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Buddakan - Philadelphia

$$$$·Asian·
Old City
9,719 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 ...

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Most Booked in Philadelphia

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - Philadelphia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Center City
8,389 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Business Meals

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 i...

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Steakhouse in Philadelphia

The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
3,830 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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, ...

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Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
60 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Talula’s Garden

$$$$·American·
Washington Square
10,049 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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 atmosphe...

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American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
94 people mentioned the Short Rib

Alma De Cuba

$$$$·Cuban·
Center City
5,058 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 dishe...

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180 people mentioned the Chocolate Cigar
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Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,828 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

One of the best sushi bars in all of Philadelphia, Zama serves an electric Rittenhouse Square clientele in an intimate setting. There are high-quality dinner dishes, the flattened tuna with truffles i...

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Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
38 people mentioned the Edamame

Continental Midtown

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,040 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 fo...

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Hot Spot in Philadelphia
26 people mentioned the Egg Roll

Pod

$$$$·Asian·
University City
3,052 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot

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” boot...

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40 people mentioned the Lettuce Wraps
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Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
486 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

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 al...

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Great for Brunch in Philadelphia
5 people mentioned the Cheese Steak

Redstone American Grill - Marlton

$$$$·American·
Marlton
4,230 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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...

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Great for Brunch in New Jersey Suburbs
125 people mentioned the Buffalo Shrimp

Butcher & Singer

$$$$·Steak·
Center City
7,190 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 ...

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Steak in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
419 people mentioned the Hash Browns
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Tinto

$$$$·Spanish·
Rittenhouse Square
4,204 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Tapas

“Basque” in the taste of this Spanish tapas bar—another entry into the scene from chef Jose Garces. With a tantalizing mixture of French and Spanish cuisine, some extraordinary sangria offerings, and ...

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117 people mentioned the Sangria
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