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The Best Cheap Eats in Philadephia

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 the Tastemaker 20. 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
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Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
378 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
5 people mentioned the Cheese Steak

Jones

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,894 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • 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
92% recommended
38 people mentioned the Grilled Cheese

Smokin' Betty's

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Center City
1,469 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
81% recommended
33 people mentioned the Egg Roll

Continental Midtown

$$$$·American·
Chestnut Hill
526 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
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
90% recommended
11 people mentioned the Egg Roll

In Riva

$$$$·Italian·
East Falls
1,143 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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
94% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
16 people mentioned the Pea Soup

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
2,374 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • 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
89% recommended
40 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

FARMiCiA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
3,520 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
91% recommended
51 people mentioned the Lentil Salad
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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,213 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
97% recommended
American in Philadelphia
289 people mentioned the Curd

Jamonera

$$$$·Spanish·
Center City
1,804 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
118 people mentioned the Paella

Lolita Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Center City
1,255 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
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
91% recommended
Mexican in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
39 people mentioned the Guacamole

Amada PHL

$$$$·Spanish·
Old City
7,304 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Philadelphia
441 people mentioned the Sangria

Rouge

$$$$·International·
Rittenhouse Square
347 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
  • Great for Lunch
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
83% recommended
7 people mentioned the Truffle Fries

El Vez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Center City
5,032 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
97% recommended
235 people mentioned the Guacamole
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Parc

$$$$·French·
Rittenhouse Square
10,618 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • People Watching
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
160 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,559 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
96% recommended
Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
37 people mentioned the Edamame

The Dandelion

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Center City
5,520 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Afternoon Tea
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
99% recommended
Gastro Pub in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
390 people mentioned the Fish Chip

Pod

$$$$·Asian·
University City
3,086 reviews
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
83% recommended
Asian in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
39 people mentioned the Lettuce Wraps

Effie's Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
534 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
82% recommended
Greek in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
20 people mentioned the Greek Salad

Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
4,915 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
Mediterranean in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
423 people mentioned the Budino

Tequila's Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Rittenhouse Square
2,976 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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
96% recommended
48 people mentioned the Margaritas