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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 20. 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
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Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Square
620 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Seasonal
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
Fit for Foodies in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Little Fish

$$$$·Seafood·
Queen Village
1,689 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
98% recommended
Seafood in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Fond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Philly
1,363 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,444 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
89% recommended
American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,543 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
94% recommended
Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Pumpkin BYOB

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,631 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
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Philadelphia
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The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,954 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
96% recommended
American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Rouge

$$$$·International·
Rittenhouse Square
336 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Hot Spot in Philadelphia

Little Nonna's

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,760 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
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
89% recommended

Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
4,872 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
92% recommended
Mediterranean in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,132 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fun
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
96% recommended
American in Philadelphia

Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
373 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

Effie's Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
523 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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
85% recommended
Greek in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Talula’s Garden

$$$$·American·
Washington Square
8,125 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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
97% recommended
American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Bistrot La Minette

$$$$·French·
Queen Village
3,217 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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
95% recommended
French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Barclay Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Rittenhouse Square
3,274 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Vernick Food & Drink

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,657 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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Russet - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,718 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Russet Pub & Kitchen is a BYOB place in Philadelphia. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine and head there to eat an iconic dish: the New York Strip. The meat is fresh and hearty andRead more
97% recommended
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Izumi - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Japanese·
East Passyunk Avenue
241 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
When it comes to the most iconic dishes of Philadelphia, Izumi has some of the best, especially when it comes to authentic ethnic cuisine. This Japanese restaurant is the best in tRead more
90% recommended
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Amis - Philadelphia - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Washington Square
3,329 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
For a restaurant in a historic setting, visit Amis in the Washington Square West neighborhood. The restaurant feels like a neighborhood joint, but it serves up unforgettable meals,Read more
90% recommended
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