The Best Cheap Eats in Philadelphia

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Marathon - 19th & Spruce, Jones, Smokin' Betty's
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Comfort Food
Neighborhoods:Rittenhouse Square, Center City
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
495 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual

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 attention to their friend...

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Kid Friendly in Philadelphia

Jones

$$$$·American·
Center City
2,108 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch

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 energetic with stone wall...

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Smokin' Betty's

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Center City
1,522 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 hangouts with colleagues ...

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Continental Midtown

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,094 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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, swinging in a basket chair...

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American in Philadelphia

In Riva

$$$$·Italian·
East Falls
1,570 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View

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 Falls, the restaurant s...

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Outdoor Dining in Philadelphia
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Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
3,155 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 views from the second...

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FARMiCiA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
3,437 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 affordable options, fr...

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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
4,170 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies

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 highlighting fresh and local ing...

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American in Philadelphia
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Lolita Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Center City
1,468 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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 to get a fresh look ...

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Amada PHL

$$$$·Spanish·
Old City
7,757 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas

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 room with a lounge a...

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478 people mentioned the Sangria
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Rouge

$$$$·International·
Center City
394 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 and tourists alike. I...

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7 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
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El Vez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Center City
5,912 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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. The space has flashy...

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Most Booked in Philadelphia
256 people mentioned the Guacamole

Parc

$$$$·French·
Rittenhouse Square
13,166 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion

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 great cheap eats and yo...

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French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
188 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,844 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic

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 variety of maki rolls and v...

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

The Dandelion

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Center City
6,545 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 the Old World. The up...

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Gastro Pub in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
429 people mentioned the Fish Chip

Pod

$$$$·Asian·
University City
3,026 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot

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 friends and colleagues. Str...

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40 people mentioned the Lettuce Wraps
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Effie's Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
672 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 home of someone you kno...

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24 people mentioned the Greek Salad
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Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,558 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

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 the wood-burning oven...

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464 people mentioned the Budino
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Tequila's Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Center City
2,998 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • 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 to the space and creat...

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50 people mentioned the Margaritas
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