The Best Restaurants in Philadelphia, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Philadelphia is home to a constellation of neighborhoods, each with its own unique culinary character. The downtown district of Center City offers an exceptionally high rate of restaurants per capita, sporting enough choices to boggle the mind. Washington Square serves as a historic backdrop for French cafes and Asian eateries—perfect to fuel a day of walking around town. Nearby Rittenhouse Square is also a major hotspot; it serves as a host to a weekly farmers' market which encourages chefs to play with seasonal and local produce. And another pedestrian-friendly section of the city, Passyunk Square, features a glorious selection of intimate bistros and internationally-inspired eateries in a vibrant setting. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to Basque tapas spots, airy brasseries to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Butcher & Singer, Pumpkin BYOB, Parc
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steak, Contemporary American, French
Neighborhoods:Center City, Rittenhouse Square

Butcher & Singer

$$$$·Steak·
Center City
6,873 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
This 1940's Hollywood-inspired destination exudes pure class – from its luxurious cushioned seating to its classic American offerings. High windows and ceilings let in the light anRead more
96% recommended
Steak in Philadelphia
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Pumpkin BYOB

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,834 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This place is tiny but extremely powerful, with a special Sunday prix-fix menu that will power you through an entire week. It's cozy here, but not cramped, so you'll enjoy your oneRead more
99% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Parc

$$$$·French·
Rittenhouse Square
11,966 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Enjoy an uplifting energy in the air and bistro cuisine at this eatery on Rittenhouse Square. If the weather is pleasant, you'll enjoy the al fresco seating, with relaxing views ofRead more
97% recommended
French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Morimoto

$$$$·Japanese·
Center City
5,749 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This flagship location of the renowned Iron Chef's restaurant is a must-see; its cutting-edge cuisine can honestly be described as thrilling. Slide into one of the sleek booths andRead more
91% recommended
Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Little Nonna's

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,869 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Enjoy the “garden” seating or snag a table inside this cozy trattoria that just glows with personality. Bistro lights decorate this locale to give it an uplifting, casual feel. An Read more
94% recommended
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Entree BYOB

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
With stellar service and a high-quality menu, this restaurant is a hidden gem near the University of the Arts. This space is small but relaxing, with an intimate space that includeRead more
93% recommended
Romantic in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Amada PHL

$$$$·Spanish·
Old City
7,677 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
You can search out its Atlantic City location, or you can stay local and enjoy tapas and a tasting menu at one of the best restaurants in Philly. Enjoy the acoustic guitar music asRead more
96% recommended
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Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,546 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Come to this Zagat-rated fine-dining establishment and enjoy a streamlined menu that shows influences of the seasons. Each selection is carefully-curated, from the Hamachi Tartare Read more
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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,797 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
This welcoming restaurant/bar is nostalgic in the best sense of the word, with comfort food such as crispy cheese curds, matzo ball soup, and fried chicken (in a bucket, of course)Read more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia
354 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Bistrot La Minette

$$$$·French·
Queen Village
3,367 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
This 6th Street destination runs without a drop of pretension, but with a wealth of outstanding bistro cuisine. Order the finely-prepared escargot; come another time and sample theRead more
100% recommended
42 people mentioned the Poached Egg
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Little Fish

$$$$·Seafood·
Queen Village
1,786 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
Alexander Yoon worked his way up to take the helm of this destination seafood BYOB in the Bella Vista area. The name of this restaurant is deceptive, though—since the fish is majorRead more
100% recommended
29 people mentioned the Cobia
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Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Square
677 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
This unique concept locale combines a cafe, a market, and a dinner destination. If coming for the popular supper, be sure to make a reservation: you'll need it. Dishes rotate monthRead more
100% recommended
4 people mentioned the Crisps
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Effie's Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
614 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
As one of the best Greek restaurants in the city, this place is a hidden treasure. It's a neighborhood spot with a casual vibe. Bring a large group and dig into classic dishes, likRead more
86% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
24 people mentioned the Greek Salad

Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,326 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
You absolutely need a reservation to get a table at this popular Mediterranean kitchen. Enjoy the fresh sheeps milk ricotta to start - the olive oil and fig vin cotto truly puts thRead more
98% recommended
464 people mentioned the Budino
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Fond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Philly
1,480 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
This place is refined (but not stuffy)—perfect for a celebratory dinner or a brunch with a large group. If you come for brunch, pay attention to the creative egg dishes: The mushroRead more
100% recommended
33 people mentioned the Skate Wing
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The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
2,948 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The ambiance at this beautiful new restaurant is soothing, with its light-colored brick set off by its modern, dark wood accents. We can even rave about the lighting here, with theRead more
97% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
60 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Vernick Food & Drink

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,659 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
The owner (and namesake) of this fine establishment is a recipient of a James Beard Foundation “Best Chef” award, and the Philadelphia Inquirer once named him “Chef of the Year.” MRead more
97% recommended
57 people mentioned the Blueberry Pie
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Bufad

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Northern Liberties
194 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
As one of the city's top wood-fired pizza places, this restaurant offers specialty pies that are the stuff of dreams. Thin crusts offer the perfect sort of chewy perfection, and crRead more
96% recommended
6 people mentioned the Margherita Pizza
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