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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love. It's also the city of foodie love. For natives of the city or visitors looking for something delicious, there are plenty of restaurants that fit the bill. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 19. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Ideal for a romantic date night or a special occasion, these establishments range from classic Italian to edgy sushi and are sure to offer the ambiance you're looking for. Featuring outdoor garden seating, rich mahogany, eye-catching centerpieces, and more, these romantic restaurants have it all.

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The OpenTable Team
14 Restaurants
Updated January 14, 2020
Restaurants:The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia, Bistrot La Minette, Saloon Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, French
Neighborhoods:South Philly, Queen Village
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The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

$$$$
Italian
South Philly
4.8
3784 reviews

The Victor Cafe has the feel of an old-school Italian restaurant, but with an unexpected twist, and it's perfect for getting romantic in Philadelphia. A tiny bell rings, and — just like that — guests are tossed into the midst of a three-minute aria, and one of the waitstaff suddenly transforms into an opera star, their trained voice saturating the tiny restaurant and providing a unique experience. While a traditional date often consists of dinner and a show, The Victor offers dinner and a show in the most literal sense — both in one place. They're as much a dining experience as they are a cultural one, and they deserve not to be missed. The perfect place to take a new date or someone who appreciates the complexities of opera and theater, The Victor is one of the few restaurants of their kind and they promise to offer a truly engaging eating experience for anyone who ventures through the door. Ideal for anyone who wants to experience live opera during dinner, this restaurant breaks the mold.


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Bistrot La Minette

$$$$
French
Queen Village
4.8
3610 reviews

An authentic French bistro, Bistrot La Minette sits in the heart of Philadelphia and offers a truly singular ambiance and menu. The menu is prepared from scratch and features seasonal specialties that are inspirational for both diners and patrons. Refined, unique, and delicious, this restaurant is a true must-try for a romantic night.


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Saloon Restaurant

$$$$
Italian
South Philly
4.9
1741 reviews

Situated in the same place for 50 years, the Saloon is synonymous with delicious food and a beautiful setting. While Philadelphia offers plenty of sleek, modern places to take your date, The Saloon offers something unique and historic. Purchased in 1967 by Richard Santore and his brother Bobby, the Saloon grew in both size and reputation over the next fifty years. Today, the ornately carved doors give way to a laid-back fine dining establishment that doesn't fuss over the details. Don't let all the history fool you, though: this place is anything but outdated. The interior has recently been updated for a more modern dining experience, but the menu continues to feature the favorite classics and freshest ingredients. This is a great spot for your next special occasion. If you go visit, don't forget to ask your server for some of the best "Saloon" stories. They might tell you about the time Billy Joel came in and took over the second-floor piano for a spontaneous performance!


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Butcher & Singer

$$$$
Steak
Center City
4.8
7415 reviews

If you've ever wished you could travel back in time to experience the glamour of the 1940s, Butcher and Singer is the place to explore. Featuring rich, dark woods, cozy booths, and a delicious menu that includes charred steaks and chops, a full raw bar, and iconic meals like the Twin Lobster Tail, Butcher and Singer is a must-explore. Book their semi-private wing for a large party or a single table for a romantic dinner.


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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - Philadelphia

$$$$
Steakhouse
Center City
4.5
8445 reviews

Featuring stunning architectural features, massive ivory pillars, balconies draped in plush red velvet, and an attention-grabbing three-story wine tower, Del Frisco's sits inside what was once First Pennsylvania Bank. One of the city's most iconic steakhouses, this business-casual establishment offers private and semi-private dining, with a wine list offering more than 1,200 selections.


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Pumpkin BYOB

$$$$
Contemporary American
Rittenhouse Square
4.7
2143 reviews

A Philadelphia fixture for 14 years, Pumpkin is captained by chefs Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor. Offering honest new-American food, Pumpkin's menu changes daily and features fresh and creative offerings sourced from local vendors. Because this restaurant doesn't have a liquor license, you're allowed (and encouraged) to BYOB. Featuring only 26 seats, this restaurant fills up quickly.


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Barclay Prime

$$$$
Steakhouse
Rittenhouse Square
4.9
4252 reviews

A boutique steakhouse that models itself after the grandeur and class of an old European library, this space is sleek, sexy, and exciting, and the perfect place for a special occasion. Barcley's menu is unique and dedicated to subtle takes on traditional classics. Meat and seafood pairings go beautifully with a curated selection of steak knives and a tasteful drink menu. Far from being high-minded or stuffy, this colorful and welcoming restaurant is a must-see in the Philly food environment.


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Entree BYOB

$$$$
Contemporary American
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
1357 reviews

Situated at 1608 South Street, Entree is a BYOB restaurant that's a Philadelphia fixture. Offering a seasonal menu built around traditional American fare, Entree is a favorite among Philadelphia foodies for its creative, balanced, simple, and unpretentious menu and pairings. Visit this eclectic spot for modern dishes, virgin cocktails, and the freedom to uncork your own bottle of wine at the table.


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Talula’s Garden

$$$$
American
Washington Square
4.8
10699 reviews

Dedicated to local ingredients and an ongoing harmony between menu and season, Taula's Garden enjoys celebrating cooking the way it was meant to be celebrated — constantly. Developed in partnership with world-famous restaurateur Aimee Olexy, Talula's farm-to-table atmosphere is inviting, delicious, and the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion. While the food stands on its own, what diners really love here is the indoor/outdoor space that gives the restaraunt its name. The establishment features a beautiful patio with string lighting, a cheese bar, and plants, vegetation, flowers, and vegetable plants lining virtually every square inch of the establishment. It's a beautiful, ethereal landscape that lends itself perfectly to a romantic evening.


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Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club

$$$$
Contemporary American
Washington Square
4.8
676 reviews

A unique mix of all-day cafe, cozy local market, and intimate destination for a special, date-night dinner, Talula's Daily is your go-to for your everyday food needs, special events and occasions, and literally everything in-between.


At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Buddakan - Philadelphia

$$$$
Asian
Old City
4.8
9666 reviews

The definition of sexy and sophisticated, Buddakan offers modern Asian cuisine in a date-night friendly setting. Featuring an eye-catching 10-foot-tall Buddha statue as the centerpiece of the restaurant, Buddakan offers tasteful twists on traditional dishes like edamame dumplings, siu pork buns, and Kobe beef satay. If that's not your cup of tea, you can rest assured that the restaurant also offers cutting-edge cocktails, bento box lunches, and delivery-friendly options for your at-home cravings.


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Takeout available
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Morimoto

$$$$
Japanese
Center City
4.8
5881 reviews

This is the flagship restaurant of renowned chef Masaharu Morimoto, and he offers creative takes on traditional Japanese and Western dishes. Featuring sushi, steaks, and a variety of global meals served in truly creative ways, this modern restaurant also offers breathtaking decor with a modern and organic feel. Sexy and sleek, it's the perfect place to take someone special.


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Takeout available
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Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$
American
Center City
4.7
1540 reviews

One of the best romantic restaurants in Philadelphia, Serpico is a collaboration with James Beard Award-winner Peter Serpico. A cutting-edge take on American dining, this beautiful establishment offers unique twists on global cuisines that truly break the mold. A 60-seat restaurant, Serpico offers a list of all-natural wines and spirits, tasteful takes on classic dishes, and unexpected offerings.


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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$
American
Center City
4.7
4330 reviews

Situated on the corner of 13th and Locust, Bud & Marylin's is a unique little place that hits the ambiance ball out of the park. Known for its Chef's counter, bar seating, and partially walk-in dining room, Bud & Marilyn's offers a tasty American-inspired menu that makes it possible for anyone to find something delicious to eat. What makes this place perfect for date night, you might ask? Simple — it's nice enough to wow without being stuffy enough to require a special dress code. The lighting is low and cozy during weeknight dinners, which makes it feel like a special occasion. The menu, meanwhile, is decidedly un-stuffy, with additions like burgers, wings, salads, and a few to-die-for biscuit dishes. The venue also features music on select nights, which adds a nice atmosphere for anyone exploring Bud & Marilyn's the first time.


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