The Best Cheap Eats in Philadelphia

The OpenTable Team

Philadelphia is a favorite tourist destination in America. The city is rich with cultural treasures and has a laid-back vibe with a unique and welcoming personality. It's also a haven for foodies. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether looking for one of the city’s signature cheesesteaks, a gourmet burger, or some kind of wonderful ethnic dish never tried before, Philly has you covered. Keep reading for the best cheap eats in Philadelphia.

Restaurants:Marathon - 19th & Spruce, Jones, Smokin' Betty's
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Comfort Food
Neighborhoods:Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
394 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Marathon has been around since the '80s, serving up juicy burgers in their cozy 10-seat dining space. They pride themselves on being a true neighborhood joint and pay special attenRead more
100% recommended
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Jones

$$$$·American·
Center City
2,103 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Jones describes itself as a fun-loving homage to mid-century Americana and classic homestyle cooking. Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, the space is funky and energRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia
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Smokin' Betty's

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Center City
1,539 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
Smokin’ Betty's is the place to go for messy but delicious BBQ, burgers, and flowing beer at reasonable prices. They guarantee a great time and they're perfect for after-work hangoRead more
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Continental Midtown

$$$$·American·
Center City
788 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Fun
The Continental Mid-town offers three stories of fun just to make sure there is something for everyone at this palatial restaurant. Whether you’re hanging out in the lounge, swingiRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia
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In Riva

$$$$·Italian·
East Falls
1,308 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
In Riva is the first restaurant by local chef Arthur Cavaliere, who wanted to bring a taste of Naples to Philly cuisine. Located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in East FalRead more
98% recommended
Scenic View in Philadelphia

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
2,697 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Positano Coast brings the beauty of the Amalfi Coast in Italy right to Philly's Old City for you to enjoy! Pop in for brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour and you’ll find amazing vRead more
97% recommended
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FARMiCiA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
3,524 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Located in Philly’s historic Old City, FARMiCiA is a 122-seat restaurant and bar known for their creative menu that showcases local, seasonal ingredients. You can find plenty of afRead more
93% recommended
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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,704 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Bud and Marilyns is a classic Philly-feeling joint; a retro American restaurant from chefs Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran that features updated American comfort food highlightingRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia

Super Spartan

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
131 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Jamonera is a Spanish restaurant and bar situated in the trendy Midtown Village section of center city. The chef, Marcie Turney, is a James Beard Award winner and puts her own uniqRead more
90% recommended
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Lolita Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Center City
1,436 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Lolita is a modern Mexican restaurant in Philadelphia's Midtown Village that has been open since 2004. Another of Marcie Turney’s classics, Lolita went through renovations in 2014 Read more
89% recommended
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Amada PHL

$$$$·Spanish·
Old City
7,660 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Amada is the first restaurant by chef Jose Garces and opened in 2005 to serve up rich, classic Spanish cuisine. It has a huge dining room with a chef’s counter and a second dining Read more
95% recommended
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Rouge

$$$$·International·
Rittenhouse Square
394 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Rouge is one of Philadelphia’s most classic neighborhood restaurants. It has been open for 15 years and its location in Rittenhouse Square makes it a prime destination for locals aRead more
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El Vez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Center City
5,411 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
El Vez is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in Midtown Village that makes a great cheap dining destination if you’re looking for a bright and boisterous place to hang out. Read more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Parc

$$$$·French·
Rittenhouse Square
11,618 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Parc is a Parisian-style restaurant located in Rittenhouse Square that pays tribute to French cafe culture, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served seven days a week. They have greRead more
97% recommended
French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,662 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Zama is a traditional Japanese restaurant with a modern twist. They feature a whole slew of unique specialty rolls and over 30 a la carte sashimi choices, as well as a wide varietyRead more
97% recommended
Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

The Dandelion

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Center City
5,924 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
The Dandelion is a unique gastropub that brings London’s culinary revolution to Philadelphia. Walk in and you’ll find cozy rooms and intimate bars that will transport you back to tRead more
97% recommended
Gastro Pub in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Pod

$$$$·Asian·
University City
3,158 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Pod is a warm and welcoming modern oasis located in University City. They have a large lounge where guests gather to sip colorful cocktails, people-watch, and catch up with friendsRead more
92% recommended
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Effie's Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
603 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Effie’s Restaurant is a little townhouse located on Antique Row in Center City. They're modeled after a Greek taverna and have that same warm, familiar vibe of walking into the homRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,254 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of Center City. The menu is full of small plates for sharing and they cook up pizzas in thRead more
96% recommended

Tequila's Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Rittenhouse Square
3,091 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Tequilas Restaurant is a go-to spot for cheap Mexican food in Philadelphia. It’s been around since the 1980s when the owner, David Suro, brought his knowledge of Mexican cuisine toRead more
94% recommended
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