The Best Places to Eat in Philadelphia

The OpenTable Team

Philadelphia is an iconic city for a variety of reasons. It’s home to legendary American symbols and sights like the Liberty Bell, it’s the spot of unforgettable cinematic moments, and it’s a thriving cultural center with tons of entertainment options. But most importantly, people love it for its food. Chefs and restaurant owners from all over come to Philly to open up restaurants that offer world-class dining. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Some of these restaurants are fancy, others are small hole-in-the-walls—they all taste unforgettable. To get a sample of what Philadelphia tastes like, check out this list of Philadelphia’s most iconic dishes.

Restaurants:Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club, Little Fish, Fond
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Washington Square, Queen Village, South Philly

Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Square
675 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
If you want to eat somewhere cozy and intimate that also has a famous Philadelphia dish, then Talula’s Daily is your spot. This charming cafe is part eatery and part market, and thRead more
100% recommended
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Little Fish

$$$$·Seafood·
Queen Village
1,786 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
For the best seafood in Philadelphia, head to the aptly named Little Fish. The restaurant has all kinds of great seafood dishes, but there is one that is the most iconic: the BlackRead more
100% recommended
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Fond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Philly
1,480 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
If you want to try one of the most iconic dishes at a restaurant in Philadelphia, head to Fond Restaurant. There you can order the “Green Circle” Chicken, which is a menu item thatRead more
97% recommended
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Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,545 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Perhaps the trendiest restaurant on this list is Serpico. This chic dining establishment offers one of the most iconic dishes in the city: the Candied Duck Breast. The duck breast Read more
93% recommended
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Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,662 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Perhaps the best Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia is Zama. Zama is right off Rittenhouse Square, so it is a popular choice if you want a restaurant close to all of the city’s beRead more
97% recommended
Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Pumpkin BYOB

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,788 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
BYOB is big in town, and Pumpkin is another place where you can bring your own wine. If you do, make sure that you order the Braised Monkfish, which people consider one of the mostRead more
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
2,657 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The Love is in City Center West. So if you plan a big day in the heart of town, make a reservation to eat there and refuel. The Love has a bunch of great dishes, but one of the mosRead more
98% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Rouge

$$$$·International·
Rittenhouse Square
394 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Rouge Parc is a local favorite. The warm welcoming atmosphere and staff is one of the reasons people keep coming back. Another is one of their iconic dishes: the Day Boat ScallopsRead more
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Little Nonna's

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,868 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Little Nonnas is just off Rittenhouse Square, which makes it one of the most convenient spots to eat one of Philadelphia’s most iconic dishes. If you want an authentic taste of PhiRead more
100% recommended
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Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,254 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Head towards City Hall and you will run into Barbuzzo, one of the city’s best restaurants. The menu there is Mediterranean, and on it is a standout: the Uovo pizza. It has brusselsRead more
96% recommended

Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,704 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Getting a seat at Bud & Marilyn’s is something people seek out. That’s because this restaurant has a world-class chef and unique menu that people come into town just to sample. WanRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia

Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
394 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Marathon is a beloved restaurant in Philadelphia. There are three locations of the eatery: at 16th and Sansom, 1818 Market, and 19th and Spruce. If you eat at the 19th and Spruce lRead more
100% recommended
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Effie's Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
602 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
One of the most celebrated Greek restaurants in Philadelphia is Effie’s, a restaurant that serves traditional Greek food in a cozy setting. Don't think diner when you think of EffiRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Talula’s Garden

$$$$·American·
Washington Square
8,963 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Sit outside in Talula’s Garden if you want to enjoy some of Philadelphia’s best food in an outdoor setting. The Pork and Apples is what makes Talula’s Garden famous. A warm hearty Read more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Bistrot La Minette

$$$$·French·
Queen Village
3,367 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
For one of the best dishes in Philadelphia when it comes to French cuisine, eat at Bistrot La Minette. They serve up famous French fare, particularly Escargots a la Bourguignonne, Read more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Barclay Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Rittenhouse Square
3,605 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
You can eat great steak throughout the city of Philadelphia. But one eatery known for serving outstanding cuts of meat and seafood is Barclay Prime. If you choose to eat at BarclayRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Vernick Food & Drink

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,659 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Famous local chef Greg Vernick is behind Vernick Food & Drink, a restaurant that shines when it comes to sustainability. The specialty of the house here is iconic: jerk-rubbed porkRead more
97% recommended
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