Bistro Romano

4.8
2745 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 30th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass. Wine Cellar seating available—contact the restaurant directly to inquire and book.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 925-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Front and 2nd
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Parking details
Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $10, Friday and Saturday $20. Acquire parking pass from hostess.
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Public transit
Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
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Entertainment
Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.
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Special events & promotions
Cellar Club Wine Tasting and Dinner
Wine Store for take out sales
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Happy New Year! 3P Open. Three courses $49. pp, must be seated by 3:30P. Five Courses $98. pp starting at 5P 10:30P reservations receive bubbles to toast 2019! Candlelit ambiance in Historic Society Hill. Fireworks at Penn's Landing 6P & Midnight before or after you dine.

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Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 4:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:45PM - 11:00PM

What 2745 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Listen, this place was amazing and so very accommodating. Our server, Michael, was best-in-class. Definitely going to find a reason to come back.

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PB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband wanted a salad and doesn't like kale, so the waiter immediately offered a single portion of the Caesar salad (normally a dish for 2). Also, he didn't have that annoying habit which I find in US restaurants of constantly interrupting us to check if all was well. That always suggests a lack of faith in the product, also interrupting the diners' conversation to ask is really irritating. So it was lovely to be left alone until we'd finished eating.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Menu is a third of what it used to be. Portions below average. Food was just ok. We used to go all the time, probably not so much in the future. We miss Bistro Romano of old.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael our waiter was top-notch best we've had in along time! Everything about the bistro was perfect the ambience the wine the food the menu! Looking forward to going back and enjoying another romantic evening with my girlfriend!

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OA
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been wanting to go for years, and I finally made it. The food was quite tasty. Calamari was excellent. my husband really enjoyed the lamb, and I thought the cavatelli was well done. Service was great, very attentive without being annoying. I'll go back!

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J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing evening at Bistro Romano. Great new additions to the menu, the soft cow's milk cheese, fennel jam, whipped duck mortadella and wild arugula was out of this world good! Had the ribeye special and the scallops with saffron risotto, both were fantastic. Always make it a point to get the lobster ravioli as an intermediate course, that alone is worth the hour drive. Finished off the evening with some of the homemade limoncello, the salted caramel was dessert on its own. I would be remiss not to mention the amazing service, always friendly and attentive and the bar makes some fantastic cocktails as well; big fan of the smoked Old Fashion. Enjoy starting the evening at the bar with the live piano music and great bar staff.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We booked after seeing on line, menu had changed ,according to waiter. Did not see much to order but had 3 appetizer, cesar salad and shared a entree. It was all edible , nothing to wow us , waiter , we were sat in bar area , was very snarky.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a magnificent evening. Our server Michael was knowledgeable, attentive and excellent with his customers, including us! Chef Michael is top notch and made us feel special! We can't say enough about how wonderful they made our evening!

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LL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Amazing atmosphere and service. Food was very good and we’ll definitely be back!

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DM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

not our first time to this restaurant. The food is consistently very good and the ambience is great. Can't wait to go back

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CT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We did not have a great experience. From the beginning we felt like our waiter was rushed and

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here recently for her birthday. Absolutely beautiful decor. We loved the ambience and were seated precisely where we wanted to be. The extensive wine list offered a variety of choices. We ultimately settled in a Russian River Chardonnay which was excellent. Our server Max was exceptional -- knowledgable, pleasant and very attentive. Appetizers and entries were delicious. Will be dining here again. Highly recommend the grilled octopus.

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EW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was a good experience in general, but I was hoping for more. We loved the wine flights, which we found high quality and reasonably priced. The food was only ok. The waiter was distracted.

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in a convenient location. We had dinner before a show at Wells Fargo Center. Food and drink was terrific and service was outstanding. Highly recommended.

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KD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful cozy place for dinner and drinks! We had a great time - ordered right with the Veal Saltimbocca and the diver scallops with risotta as entrees, and a fun appetizer that was the fresh mozzarella on an excellent fresh bread.

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. This is a Fabulous historical restaurant. Really Enjoyed the wine flight! Elaina was a great waitress who knew every detail about the building, food specials and wine!! We . Loved our dinner from start to finish. Superb. Can’t wait to go back!

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S
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While the atmosphere and service were great, I found the food too rich....too much butter and salt.

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N
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of the best restaurant experience in the Society Hill neighborhood. Food and service are great.

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RR
Key West
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday and we got the wine cellar table and it was just perfect!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in an incredible atmosphere. Service was prompt and friendly but not overbearing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary dinner

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DL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Romano is one of my neighborhood favorites. The service and food are both consistently excellent. The atmosphere and comfort is exceptional. It is one of my family's favorite places to go to celebrate special occasions. My friends and I often choose Bistro Romano to celebrate our birthdays or other life events. There is a private grotto/wine cellar room for private parties. Upstairs, there is a gorgeous bar and live music on weekends. Their happy hours are wonderful. In short, it is a restaurant I would recommend any time you want to go somewhere beautiful to eat delicious food and enjoy wonderful ambiance and great people.

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c
Tampa
116 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambiance was wonderful; service was a bit stiff (not friendly and smiling but professional and efficient); food was mixed (scallops and calimare outstanding while pasta bolognese was eh!). Extensive but very pricey wine list. Would select one of the other well rated Italian restaurants in South Philly next time in the city.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. Really cute place

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MK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue. Wonderful food. Vienna was an outstanding server.

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f
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience at Bistro Romano was nothing short of incredible. We randomly chose here because it’s close and we were in the mood for italian. We absolutely made the right decision coming here. Everything from the service (our server was named Andre) to dinner (dessert) AND the pianist was done so perfectly. Thank you Bistro Romano for making date night so special. We’ll be back!

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Pasta was hands down the best I ever had. Loved the crab spaghetti in white cream sauce. Yum !!!!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!! Must go when you are in Philly!

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot. Ambiance was perfect, dimly kit, not too loud and romantic. Our server Max was fantastic and everything we ordered on the menu was fabulous, as was the bottle of Pinot Noir recommended to us. We especially enjoyed the scallops!

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CV
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely worth a visit. Everything was great, and the ambiance was wonderful. Private booths for groups of four, or big tables for the bistro effect!

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance and the food. Great experience and been greeted well, would love to go back again and again. Food tastes great and great for date nights and anniversaries in fact any special occasions.

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N
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a Monday night date night and was wonderful experience. Food was amazing, service was very attentive, and all the staff made sure to make it feel like a special experience. It is expensive, but worth the cost for a special occasion. Ambience is great.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing! Have to order the ceasar salad fresh and delicious!

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RD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Like the low light atmosphere Will be back for sure.

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing... Michael delone is an amazing chef. The service was great too... everyone is so friendly. We’ll definitely be going back again soon

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L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and definitely will be back .. The food was absolutely delicious .. Everyone was very friendly and couldn’t do enough to satisfy us . Thanks for a great night !!! Anthony the lemon cello was the best we ever had !!!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been there several times. It's our favorite restaurant. The services is excellent and the food is always amazing.

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FD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I was underwhelmed. Onions in carbonara? Not pancetta? Sandy salty slimy scallops? What happened? I used to love this place. Not the amazing Italian meal I was expecting.

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was visiting Philadelphia and booked this restaurant site unseen. The service was great and the food was spectacular. I recommend the steak and gnocchi. Definitely recommend.

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Bistro Romano is outstanding! We drive up from Washington, DC to visit the restaurant. Service and food are top-notch. Highly recommend for a delicious Italian meal!

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