The Best Places to Eat in Philadelphia

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club, Serpico - Philadelphia, Zama
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Washington Square, Center City, Rittenhouse Square
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Square
676 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 the food is as fresh a...

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Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,544 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

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 itself is rich and d...

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Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,856 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 best attractions. One ...

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Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Pumpkin BYOB

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
2,083 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 most iconic dishes in to...

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Contemporary American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
4,202 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 most iconic dishes in P...

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Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,579 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual

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 brussels sprouts leaves, sec...

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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
4,222 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food

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. Want one of the most ic...

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Marathon - 19th & Spruce

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

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 location, you can enj...

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Kid Friendly in Philadelphia

Talula’s Garden

$$$$·American·
Washington Square
10,330 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 dish feels just righ...

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American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Bistrot La Minette

$$$$·French·
Queen Village
3,567 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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, or burgundy snails. ...

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French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Barclay Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Rittenhouse Square
4,131 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 Barclay Prime, you can orde...

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Steakhouse in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs