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Best American Restaurants in Old City Philadelphia

City TavernCity Tavern
(2058)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
Red Owl TavernRed Owl Tavern
(802)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
La PegLa Peg
(684)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
National MechanicsNational Mechanics
(90)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
Craftsman Row SaloonCraftsman Row Saloon
(220)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
The GaslightThe Gaslight
(176)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
Common Wealth Old CityCommon Wealth Old City
(218)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
Sedition Restaurant & BarSedition Restaurant & Bar
(89)
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American | Old City, Philadelphia
Vernick Food & DrinkVernick Food & Drink
(1630)
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American | Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Talula’s GardenTalula’s Garden
(6820)
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American | Washington Square, Philadelphia
Serpico - PhiladelphiaSerpico - Philadelphia
(1206)
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American | Center City, Philadelphia
MicaMica
(1178)
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American | Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Bud & Marilyn'sBud & Marilyn's
(2335)
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American | Center City, Philadelphia
Urban Village Brewing CompanyUrban Village Brewing Company
(29)
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American | Northern Liberties, Philadelphia
Friday Saturday SundayFriday Saturday Sunday
(393)
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American | Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Kensington QuartersKensington Quarters
(508)
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American | Fishtown, Philadelphia
HawthornesHawthornes
(92)
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American | Bella Vista, Philadelphia
The RoosterThe Rooster
(137)
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American | Center City, Philadelphia
The LoveThe Love
(931)
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American | Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Rose Tattoo CafeRose Tattoo Cafe
(1589)
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American | Art Museum, Philadelphia
Twenty Manning GrillTwenty Manning Grill
(1570)
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American | Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Best Italian Restaurants in Old City Philadelphia

La Famiglia RistoranteLa Famiglia Ristorante
(1363)
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia
PanoramaPanorama
(1753)
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia
Spasso Italian Grill - PhiladelphiaSpasso Italian Grill - Philadelphia
(1475)
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia
Positano Coast by Aldo LambertiPositano Coast by Aldo Lamberti
(2045)
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia
LaScala's - PhiladelphiaLaScala's - Philadelphia
(2106)
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia
CapofittoCapofitto
(281)
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia
Ambra - PhiladelphiaAmbra - Philadelphia
(75)
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Italian | Queen Village, Philadelphia
Vetri CucinaVetri Cucina
(1931)
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Italian | Center City, Philadelphia
The Victor CafeThe Victor Cafe
(2528)
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Italian | South Philly, Philadelphia
Saloon RestaurantSaloon Restaurant
(905)
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Italian | South Philly, Philadelphia
Casta DivaCasta Diva
(681)
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Italian | Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Davio's - PhiladelphiaDavio's - Philadelphia
(2844)
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Italian | Center City, Philadelphia
Bistro RomanoBistro Romano
(2704)
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Italian | Society Hill, Philadelphia
Porcini - PhiladelphiaPorcini - Philadelphia
(1409)
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Italian | Center City, Philadelphia
Caffe Valentino - PhiladelphiaCaffe Valentino - Philadelphia
(294)
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Italian | South Philly, Philadelphia
Speranza - Westville, New JerseySperanza - Westville, New Jersey
(150)
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Italian | Westville, Philadelphia
Emma's Cafe And Restaurant - PAEmma's Cafe And Restaurant - PA
(98)
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Italian | Northeast Philly, Philadelphia

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Old City Philadelphia Restaurants

ZahavZahav
6618 reviews
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Middle Eastern | Old City, Philadelphia

Food and wine were delicious and very satisfying. If you want to order dishes like the lamb I would suggest making a reservation for earlier in the night. We sat at 9:15 and it had sold out by then :( Apparently it's a 4-day process to prepare the lamb so there is a finite amount served each night. More

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Tomo Sushi & RamenTomo Sushi & Ramen
17 reviews
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Japanese | Old City, Philadelphia

What a great gem!! We tried a variety of items from the menu including tuna tataki sashimi, nigiri, gyoya and a lot of different rolls. All were beautifully presented and delicious. Tried hako roll with salmon eel strawberry and avocado for the first time ever. It was fresh bright and nicely presented. One had chicken ramen which had a flavorful broth and good noodles. Ended dinner with strawberry mochi which had fresh strawberries in the mochi. Server Alex was knowledgeable, pleasant and attentive. Recommend reservation. Went for a Sat 5pm and the restaurant was completely full by 6pm. Outstanding dinner, great value and a nice surprise. Will definitely go again. More

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High Street on MarketHigh Street on Market
580 reviews
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Contemporary American | Old City, Philadelphia

We brought our son and his girlfriend here. She is gluten free and was overjoyed with the homemade gluten free pasta. Service was friendly and extremely attentive. They accommodated us with our time restriction as well. The food was delicious. Looking forward to returning and trying other options on the menu! More

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Buddakan - PhiladelphiaBuddakan - Philadelphia
8171 reviews
$$$$
Asian | Old City, Philadelphia

Great food, drinks and service. We had rock shrimp bao buns, general Tso's dumplings and the dumpling sampler. By the time we got to the fried rice, we decided no enter was necessary. All we're delicious! More

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Amada PHLAmada PHL
6706 reviews
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Spanish | Old City, Philadelphia

I'm always willing to take the 2 hour drive to go to Amada. The food is excellent. More

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La Famiglia RistoranteLa Famiglia Ristorante
1363 reviews
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia

It was a great experience with great food and great service! More

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FARMiCiAFARMiCiA
3151 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Old City, Philadelphia

Truly a great experience. We didn’t love our first table (bar area) but when a window table opened up the hostess agreed to move us. Food is outstanding, service is friendly and prompt. Great cocktails. We had one night in Philly - glad we spent it here. More

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Pinot BoutiquePinot Boutique
7 reviews
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Wine Bar | Old City, Philadelphia

My girls and I had the perfect girls night at this location. We will definitely be back. More

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Fork Restaurant - PhiladelphiaFork Restaurant - Philadelphia
3602 reviews
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Contemporary American | Old City, Philadelphia

Everything exceeded expectations. Great food. Very knowledgeable waitress and absolutely amazing cocktails More

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Royal BoucherieRoyal Boucherie
347 reviews
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French | Old City, Philadelphia

Transport yourself to a brasserie with a cozy historic vibe, craft cocktails, eclectic but carefully chosen wine list, and a varied menu with intriguing taste profiles. Great place to take friends - the varied menu will appeal to everyone. More

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CapofittoCapofitto
281 reviews
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia

Very good pizza and gelato - A little too expensive More

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Garden Restaurant at The Barnes FoundationGarden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation
80 reviews
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Farm-to-table | Old City, Philadelphia

The food and service were excellent! Initially, the hostess seemed 'overwhelmed' but was courteous and professional...... More

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Sedition Restaurant & BarSedition Restaurant & Bar
89 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Great food. Excellent management. Terrific server. More

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Wister BYOBWister BYOB
346 reviews
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Seafood | Old City, Philadelphia

all entrees are delicious and tasty. You are always welcomed with a smile. More

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum BarCuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
3469 reviews
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Cuban | Old City, Philadelphia

Friends visiting from out of town More

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Spasso Italian Grill - PhiladelphiaSpasso Italian Grill - Philadelphia
1475 reviews
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia

Veal Porcini is the best with pappardelle pasta! Omg the absolute best! More

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Positano Coast by Aldo LambertiPositano Coast by Aldo Lamberti
2045 reviews
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia

The food was out of this world! More

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Lucha CartelLucha Cartel
345 reviews
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Mexican | Old City, Philadelphia

I've been to this restaurant twice and been thrilled both times. There's lots of food options so everyone can find something they like. I really enjoyed my chicken quesadilla. Great spicy guacamole and great margaritas! Very fun, loud atmosphere and decor. Service was attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend. More

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The Plough and the StarsThe Plough and the Stars
485 reviews
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International | Old City, Philadelphia

Great food and service. A little noisy, but that’s typical for a bar. More

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City TavernCity Tavern
2058 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Fabulous meal and service but don’t order anything extra! My dad had wanted to surprise my husband and i by paying for an ‘experience and a specially made cake’. They completely forgot! More

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National MechanicsNational Mechanics
90 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Went there Sunday evening & was pleased not to find huge crowd. Good varying menu with something for everyone. I had the skirt steak which was well prepared using their own sauce - delicious. Prices are reasonable with full bar, selection of good beers & wines. I will return for sure & recommend. Note: public parking lot right across street with $15.00 flat rate fee. Enjoy! More

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Ariana - PhilaAriana - Phila
45 reviews
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Afghan | Old City, Philadelphia

Enjoyed a quiet evening with friends, sharing the apps and the other dishes. Food is flavorful but not overly spiced; I’m imagining this is Afghani comfort food, as many of the main dishes are stews. Loved the bread served alongside. Restaurant becomes more lively after 8 pm. Saw one of the chefs making authentic saffron ice cream, which we’ll enjoy at another visit, as the dishes were filling. More

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LaScala's - PhiladelphiaLaScala's - Philadelphia
2106 reviews
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia

Excellent service & superb food quality and menu options. Great wine list & very comfortable yet elegant atmosphere. More

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Karma Restaurant & BarKarma Restaurant & Bar
176 reviews
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Indian | Old City, Philadelphia

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I cannot wait to come back! It was recommended by a new Indian friend of mine, so you know it is good! More

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PanoramaPanorama
1753 reviews
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Italian | Old City, Philadelphia

Panorama was recommended to us by a family friend. He said it was the best restaurant in the city. We started as a party of 8 and grew to a party of 15 by the time the word spread as to where we were dining. None of the 15 was disappointed. We've been talking about the evening for days. More

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Red Owl TavernRed Owl Tavern
802 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Great time and food for a Sunday brunch after a Saturday night wedding. Server was great in all respects. Sat up stairs so was not loud. Downstairs is a great night spot for a drink. Overall a wonderful experience along with our stay at Hotel Monaco. Service in every respect excellent. will stay again. Thank you all More

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La PegLa Peg
684 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Our server at La Peg was Alex & he was absolutely great & attentive!! Our dinner experience was GREAT! More

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Sandler's On 9thSandler's On 9th
62 reviews
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Comfort Food | Old City, Philadelphia

What an amazing place! Best food and staff in Philly! Bar none! More

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The Olde BarThe Olde Bar
412 reviews
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Seafood | Old City, Philadelphia

Great place. More

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Marmont SteakhouseMarmont Steakhouse
994 reviews
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Steakhouse | Old City, Philadelphia

This is our fave place in Philly. The cocktails, the steaks, the service. It’s all top-shelf to us. We love it! More

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Common Wealth Old CityCommon Wealth Old City
218 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Our first time there and will absolutely be back. The food was top notch and the service was wonderful. Fantastic bar and drink options, and the ambiance was perfect. More

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Vista PeruVista Peru
152 reviews
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Peruvian | Old City, Philadelphia

We went for my mother’s birthday and well we forget to tell them it was her birthday. All in all though we had a good time. Parking sucked to find but we were surprised to know that we had got our seats quickly and with no wait what so ever. The server was nice and as soon as we put in our orders everything was fabulous. Drinks were good and we’re Peruvian so thanks Vista Peru for reminding us of home. More

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Craftsman Row SaloonCraftsman Row Saloon
220 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Better than average food for the bar scene. Server was very friendly but getting drinks was a bit slow. All in all a nice time for all. More

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P.j. Clarke'sP.j. Clarke's
29 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

Food was excellent. Service was very attentive. More

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The GaslightThe Gaslight
176 reviews
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American | Old City, Philadelphia

A small group of us came in as a going away party of sorts. It was a little loud in there due to happy hour but other than that....I loved it. The server was amazing, the appetizers good, and the drinks delicious. I think I just found my new after work spot. Love it. Thanks so much for a great evening. More

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The Nauti Mermaid Crab House & Piano BarThe Nauti Mermaid Crab House & Piano Bar
23 reviews
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Seafood | Old City, Philadelphia

I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was great! Will be back sooner than you know it, Nicole and the other waitress was great😀 More

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Chez BenChez Ben
42 reviews
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French | Old City, Philadelphia

Delious food and service was exceptional! The atmosphere was wonderful for a date setting. More

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Souped Up Hotpot & Asian BistroSouped Up Hotpot & Asian Bistro
1 review
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Asian | Old City, Philadelphia

This is the place to go for a great meal of fresh food and a bit of fun making it the way you want. Chinese hot pot cooking started centuries ago during the Jin Dynasty and spread to the rest of China. It still remains very popular throughout China today. Here at Souped Up, we are introducing an Asian twist on liquor. The exotic flavor profiles of our craft cocktails blend perfectly with the unique spices of our Asian food. Our bar stocks beers and liquors both foreign and domestic with specialty import whiskeys from Japan as well as a wide selection of premium sake and shochu. Our seasonal cocktail menu will keep you coming back for something new and refreshing.More

Old City Philadelphia Diners' Choice Winners

Old City Philadelphia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
ZahavZahav
6618 reviews
$$$$
Middle Eastern | Old City, Philadelphia

Food and wine were delicious and very satisfying. If you want to order dishes like the lamb I would suggest making a reservation for earlier in the night. We sat at 9:15 and it had sold out by then :( Apparently it's a 4-day process to prepare the lamb so there is a finite amount served each night. More

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Tomo Sushi & RamenTomo Sushi & Ramen
17 reviews
$$$$
Japanese | Old City, Philadelphia

What a great gem!! We tried a variety of items from the menu including tuna tataki sashimi, nigiri, gyoya and a lot of different rolls. All were beautifully presented and delicious. Tried hako roll with salmon eel strawberry and avocado for the first time ever. It was fresh bright and nicely presented. One had chicken ramen which had a flavorful broth and good noodles. Ended dinner with strawberry mochi which had fresh strawberries in the mochi. Server Alex was knowledgeable, pleasant and attentive. Recommend reservation. Went for a Sat 5pm and the restaurant was completely full by 6pm. Outstanding dinner, great value and a nice surprise. Will definitely go again. More

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Buddakan - PhiladelphiaBuddakan - Philadelphia
8171 reviews
$$$$
Asian | Old City, Philadelphia

Great food, drinks and service. We had rock shrimp bao buns, general Tso's dumplings and the dumpling sampler. By the time we got to the fried rice, we decided no enter was necessary. All we're delicious! More

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High Street on MarketHigh Street on Market
580 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Old City, Philadelphia

We brought our son and his girlfriend here. She is gluten free and was overjoyed with the homemade gluten free pasta. Service was friendly and extremely attentive. They accommodated us with our time restriction as well. The food was delicious. Looking forward to returning and trying other options on the menu! More

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La Famiglia RistoranteLa Famiglia Ristorante
1363 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Old City, Philadelphia

It was a great experience with great food and great service! More

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Amada PHLAmada PHL
6706 reviews
$$$$
Spanish | Old City, Philadelphia

I'm always willing to take the 2 hour drive to go to Amada. The food is excellent. More

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Fork Restaurant - PhiladelphiaFork Restaurant - Philadelphia
3602 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Old City, Philadelphia

Everything exceeded expectations. Great food. Very knowledgeable waitress and absolutely amazing cocktails More

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FARMiCiAFARMiCiA
3151 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Old City, Philadelphia

Truly a great experience. We didn’t love our first table (bar area) but when a window table opened up the hostess agreed to move us. Food is outstanding, service is friendly and prompt. Great cocktails. We had one night in Philly - glad we spent it here. More

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Wister BYOBWister BYOB
346 reviews
$$$$
Seafood | Old City, Philadelphia

all entrees are delicious and tasty. You are always welcomed with a smile. More

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Garden Restaurant at The Barnes FoundationGarden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation
80 reviews
$$$$
Farm-to-table | Old City, Philadelphia

The food and service were excellent! Initially, the hostess seemed 'overwhelmed' but was courteous and professional...... More

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Discover Old City

Old City is often referred to as America's most historic square mile. This small neighborhood in the heart of Philadelphia boasts a number of American monuments like the Betsy Ross House and the Federal Reserve Bank. As befits an area filled with national landmarks, Old City restaurants serve up plenty of good old-fashioned American cuisine. Reasonably priced fare can be found in cute cafes, hearty taverns, and classic burger joints. The area also has a number of sports bars where locals come together to drink beer, eat a cheesesteak, and watch their favorite Philly teams. For upscale dining options, Old City natives turn to high-end Japanese restaurants, wine bars, and French bistros.