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Discover Trending Restaurants in Philadelphia

Home to some of the most iconic pieces of American history, from the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall, the City of Brotherly Love has deep roots—but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t know how to be trendy. From small eateries serving iconic cheesesteaks and hoagies to larger establishments serving an array of Mexican, Italian, farm-to-table, and Asian fusion dishes, each of these trendy restaurants has been ranked highly by masterful food connoisseurs. Ask a local and you’re bound to get the most accurate read on the pulse of the restaurant scene in Philly. So, we looked at our data to find where the most in-the-know locals are going for the trendiest restaurants in the City of Brotherly Love. Welcome to our Tastemakers List—here’s where they’re dining now.

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The OpenTable Team
15 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - Philadelphia, Bud & Marilyn's, The Love
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, American
Neighborhoods:Center City, Rittenhouse Square
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - Philadelphia

$$$$
Steakhouse
Center City
4.6
8540 reviews
A classic steakhouse with an upscale ambiance creates a revolutionary dining experience at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Within walking distance of Philadelphia City Hall and the Octavius Valentine Catto Monument, this luxurious restaurant proves that a steakhouse can exude elegance. Some of the most popular dishes for diners at Del Frisco’s includes Shanghai-style fried calamari, cheesesteak dumplings, charred octopus, filet mignon, and a prime cheeseburger.

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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$
American
Center City
4.5
4456 reviews
Step inside Bud & Marilyn's retro eatery. The nostalgia-inspired aesthetics pave the way for the establishment's focus on American classic cuisine. Comfort food at its finest, owners Bud and Marilyn tap into Philadelphia's Americana vibe. Dishes like bread pudding, fried chicken, and braised short ribs make diners proud to be an American.

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The Love

$$$$
American
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
5043 reviews
The Love is a staple restaurant in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The small, yet refined eatery specializes in brunch and dinner dishes. Menu items include shrimp & grits, cinnamon waffles, lemon poppy pancakes, and fried catfish — the diversity makes it one of the top 10 brunch destinations in Philadelphia. Another popular item with The Love is its inventive dessert menu, which features treats like olive oil cake, warm graham madeleines, and a blondie sundae with pumpkin ice cream called the Pumpkin Head.

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Morimoto

$$$$
Japanese
Center City
4.7
5987 reviews
Just a few blocks from the historic Declaration House, diners come across Morimoto. This omakase- and Japanese-style restaurant created by an Iron Chef offers a one-of-a-kind environment. From the sleek style of the tables to the color-changing light display, there is no shortage of interesting aesthetics here. But, this environment comes in second place when compared to the food. Of the trending restaurants in Philadelphia, Morimoto steals the show with unbelievable Hamachi pastrami and Yosedofu fresh tofu.

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El Vez

$$$$
Mexican / Southwestern
Center City
4.6
6120 reviews
Nestled in City Center East near the Walnut Street Theatre, El Vez proves worthy of its incredible reviews. A lively ambiance filled with bright pops of color and lavish tufted booths hints at a high-energy dining experience. Best known for their blood-orange margaritas, fresh guacamole, chicken nachos, and churros, their Mexican/Southwestern-style cuisine consistently lands El Vez atop lists of the 10 trending restaurants in Philadelphia. Whether visiting for brunch, lunch, or dinner, diners simply can’t go wrong heading here for a fun night out with authentic Mexican eats.

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Continental Midtown

$$$$
American
Center City
4.7
1601 reviews
A modern bi-level restaurant with a rooftop deck in Rittenhouse Square, Continental Midtown is the go-to place for martinis and tapas-style dishes. Favorite dishes of locals include Szechaun Shoestrings, poached eggs with polenta, and hash fries. The best item on the menu? Without a doubt, the drinks during happy hour.

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Buddakan - Philadelphia

$$$$
Asian
Old City
4.7
9877 reviews
The trendiest Asian fusion restaurant in Philadelphia, Buddakan offers a mix of classic and inventive dishes. Only minutes from the Liberty Bell, Buddakan has an environment unlike any other in the city. Diners are greeted and accompanied by a giant Buddha statue in the main dining area, while techno music echoes throughout the eatery. Despite this unexpected combination, the restaurant exudes modern sophistication in terms of both design and cuisine. Here, diners rave about the inventive menu, which features dishes like tuna pizza, tea-smoked spare ribs, Kobe beef satay, and grilled lamb chops.

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Parc

$$$$
French
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
14284 reviews
A traditional Parisian-style bistro, Parc is situated only a few blocks from iconic landmarks like Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, One Liberty Observation Deck, and the Philadelphia City Hall. Dubbed the best place for lunch on the list of trending restaurants in Philadelphia, diners flock to Parc for the exquisite views of Rittenhouse Square and fine French cuisine. From classic onion soup to escargot, and Beef Bourguigon to baguettes, each dish exudes freshness and traditional French vibes. Take the opportunity to people-watch with outdoor seating or get cozy inside in this well-lit and simplistic bistro.

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Alma De Cuba

$$$$
Cuban
Center City
4.5
4738 reviews
Near the Comcast Center, foodies in Philadelphia make their way to Alma De Cuba. The best Cuban cuisine in the city is found in this quaint yellow building. A must for dinner, staples of this authentic Cuban menu include the ceviche, mojito shrimp, arroz de mariscos, and lechon asado, although it's hard to go wrong with any of the dinner options. In the mood for a drink? Pair dinner with one of many Cuban-inspired cocktails, from the mojito to the red sangria — they are all highly recommended by visitors.

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Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$
Mediterranean
Center City
4.6
5693 reviews
Secure in the city center, on South 13th Street, Barbuzzo is a chic Mediterranean establishment that hones in on big tastes in a compact space. The small size of the eatery leads to an intimate environment — perfect for date night or a family dinner. Barbuzzo, easily the best Mediterranean cuisine in the city, boasts a menu that features must-try entrees like farfalle gigante, butternut squash mezzaluna, and seared Arctic char. Diners also rave about the bar, which has cocktails, cider, beer, and wine on its list.

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Amada PHL

$$$$
Spanish
Old City
4.7
7807 reviews
A twist on traditional Spanish cuisine, the chef at Amada utilizes modern techniques and fresh ingredients to perfect each dish. A small and lively environment paves the way for a perfect weekend dinner with friends or a solo cup of coffee and dessert. In either event, outdoor seating is available, and the menu is full of options to meet everyone’s tastes, whether in the mood for Spanish-style lamb chops or lobster paella.

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Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$
Italian
Old City
4.5
3378 reviews
A short walk from the Korean War Memorial Park, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and the Independence Seaport Museum, Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti brings a touch of Italian cuisine to the sea. With a central focus on seafood, this establishment is a paradise for Italian food and seafood fanatics alike. Popular dishes in this bright and airy upscale restaurant include linguine with sea urchin and crab, risotto with baby shrimp, mussels, and calamari, and the zucchini crab cake.

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Butcher & Singer

$$$$
Steak
Center City
4.8
7588 reviews
A magical combination exists at Butcher & Singer on Walnut Street. A twist on the iconic Hollywood chophouses of yesteryear, this dining establishment combines the greatest in the world of steak with the greatest in seafood. The end result? The best surf ’n’ turf of all the trending restaurants in Philadelphia, a raw bar, and classic cocktails. The upscale ambiance, unlike any other in the city, transcends current trends and showcases timeless style.

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Pumpkin BYOB

$$$$
Contemporary American
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
2199 reviews
Located to the Southeast of the city’s popular Rittenhouse Square lies the New Age American eatery known as Pumpkin. A BYOB establishment, the focus centers squarely on the food. A go-to for many locals in the area, the menu boasts innovative dishes like Berkshire Pork Belly and Tenderloin, Grilled Quail with Pickled Grapes, and Pear Cake. On Sundays, the menu transforms into a five-course meal with items such as Vanilla Panna Cotta and Sunflower Seed Risotto. The cozy ambiance ensures a quiet and relaxing dining experience.

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Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club

$$$$
Contemporary American
Washington Square
4.8
672 reviews
An inventive farm-to-table style café nestled in the Washington Square district, Talula’s Daily Secret Supper Club is highly regarded among locals and tourists alike as one of the top trending restaurants in Philadelphia. From pastries to prepared foods, this quaint café with French-inspired décor offers an array of fresh seasonal dishes. Some of the staples offered year-round include seared sea scallops and braised short ribs. While locals can visit Talula’s Daily any time of the day, the dinner menu is highly renowned, while the menu at other meal times is best for quick bites or snacks. Other Talula's restaurants are found throughout the city and share a similar vibe.

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