Bistro Romano

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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 32nd 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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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

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Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, creative food served with class and knowledge in a beautiful historic environment.

JC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always top notch. Sitting at the bar after dinner is fun. Bartenders are interactive. One of my favorites easy to get there.

N
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large party and they handled everything wonderfully for us.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great date night restaurant. Bartender made me a custom drink to start and it was perfect. Be sure to ask for downstairs seating as upstairs is more of a bar atmosphere. We definitely will be back. Book early!

B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and great food! We will definitely be back!

AG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went to Bistro for my cousin's birthday dinner. There were 9 of us and every person there said they had the best experience. Our server, Allison, was phenomenal and super attentive. The food was amazing. My husband and I usually like nicer, high quality food whereas my family is much more simple, but all of us gave it a 10/10. We had the ceasar salad (made table-side), mussels, salmon and pork chop entree between myself and my husband and everything was INCREDIBLE. We got to taste the gnocchi and fettuccini bolognese from others at our table and I will be back for the pasta! The restaurant had an incredibly quaint atmosphere would be perfect for a date night. I can't wait to go back.

e
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were very impressed with Bistro Romano. Service was wonderful. Our server, Liz, was extremely pleasant, and very knowledgeable about all the dishes. She helped us make our selections and we were very happy with the choices.
The chef's soup of the day, sweet potato with apples, was nothing short of amazing! The calamari did not disappoint. Very good!
I feel my gnocchi was just the slightest bit sticky, but the truffle sauce was wonderful! I'm sure the best I've had. My husband had the Green Circle Chicken, which was moist and flavorful, especially with the roasted red pepper puree. They even got him to eat his veggies with the charred brussel sprouts!
We shared a dessert that we thought would be light, the Chocolate custard, but it was more like a classic mousse, very dense, and it was delicious!
Every bite here was really a treat. I hope we're back in the area again so we can try other dishes. Hopefully I'm not driving next time so I can sample from their extensive wine list.

t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were wonderful. I called the restaurant prior to see if they could make the evening special due to being a post engagement. They decorated the table with flowers and had a complimentary champagne toast. Highly recommend this restaurant!

CA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing at Bistro Romano!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THEY WERE AMAZING

2
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose based on reviews and wasn’t disappointed. The food was delicious but I’d go back just for the Italian bread. Perfectly crusty and chewy.

A
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a lovely evening at Bistro Romano. This was our first time here. We were celebrating our ten year anniversary. I had the Gnocchi and he had the lobster ravioli. Everyone made our dinner memorable and we will be back soon.

s
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very romantic historic setting. Service was amazing. Portions were too large for us and we split everything. But we will come again and try some new items.

WW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, even romantic (although I was a party of one) with a lovely menu and kind, prompt staff. Wine flight highly recommended.

JL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Went for my daughters birthday dinner then on to the theater - so we were early. Started out fine, nice cocktail, ordered wine and Caesar salad. Asked for anchovies, had to grab another server to get them, our server never came back to check on us pretty much the whole time we were there. Food was luke warm, seafood not much taste. Sadly disappointed, we had our hopes up way too high. Big party came in and sat near us, very noisy.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special occasion and the staff decorated our table with rose petals. Visiting from England on holiday and very romantic authentic place. Loved the attention to detail and predrink at the bar.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has a great vibe and the service is phenomenal. The food is fantastic too!! Check this place out!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down favorite italian restaurant in Philly. The lobster ravioli is unreal. If your looking for amazing food and a great experience put this restaurant on your list.

CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an enjoyable experience! The manager, Anthony, was very attentive as was our server, Tara. The food was exceptional! We are already planning our return visit!

M
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable evening, staff very accommodating, all in all, wonderful time, can’t wait to go back. Great value.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was not handicap friendly. We had reservations but were seated a table with filthy cushions. Overall impression was much to be desired.

AC
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, ample portions. The calamari was lightly dusted, not heavily breaded, and the sauce had thin pieces of pepper. The lobster ravioli were plump with filling. Solid pieces of lobster in the ravioli and the sauce. The Brodetto was in a rich saffron lobster, rather than tomato, broth. The duck was absent any visible fat, and tender. All were excellent in flavor. The portions were not only large, but were composed mainly of the key ingredients (lobster, seafood, duck) rather than sides (sweet potato, rosetto, etc.). My wife would not share her tiramisu, but reported a stronger than normal coffee flavor, which was to her liking. There is an extensive listing of wines by the glass, in 5 oz. and 8 oz. portions. This allowed all at the table to have their favorite, with pricing similar to bottle price per ounce.

AL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked this restaurant to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and they didn’t disappoint! The food was out of this world, the staff was amazing and the manager was so courteous and professional. We will be returning. Thank you for a wonderful night!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding overall

RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful and very special family meal. We arrived late, after the theatre and most diners had already left and the kitchen was close to closing. However, we were looked after very well, were not rushed at all, and had the best meal of our trip so far to the US. Delicious food, beautifully presented and friendly and knowledgeable staff. Bravo!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 from the moment I saw they put rose petals on the table for our anniversary to the complimentary champagne, our server was outstanding, all the workers & managers were so friendly. Definitely would go back and recommend going here!

KD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. The Food was delicious. An award winning Caesar salad was made table-side, they showed us exactly what they put into it. The home-made gnocchi with truffle sauce melted in your mouth, literally. And the veal was to die for.

l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This team were fantastic! They went out of their way to find the bottle of wine we really wanted, the gnocchi was to die for and the total experience was well worth every penny.

Thanks to you all for making my night with my wife and daughter special!

MR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful, charming atmosphere and delicious food.

PS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous atmosphere and excellent food

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and so is all the staff. The hostess, Lisa, is so sweet. We love this place

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an anniversary dinner and it was spectacular! Food was delicious and our waiter took great care of us.

G
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here last weekend to celebrate a special occasion. We had never been to the restaurant before, and were very pleasantly surprised. The manager came to check on us several times and ensured we were happy with our meals. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was really unique. We will definitely be back again.

JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. Will certainly be back

m
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server Anthony (?) was very attentive and offered many great suggestions. My husband had the Tuna Carpaccio which he said was one of the best he has ever eaten. His dinner was the Veal Saltimbocca which was a nice portion of veal served with a side of mashed potatoes. I had the Bordetto which was excellent! Beautiful presentation with a great selection of seafood, all of which was cooked perfectly. Shared the tiramisu for dessert based on our server’s recommendation which was the perfect ending to a delicious dinner. If you are celebrating a special occasion I would highly recommend Bistro Romano. It is on the pricey side with added drinks.

KF
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food and service is always top notch.

ED
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious !
Great wine and gnoochi! Friendly, pleasant staff :)

CL
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we celebrated our anniversary here! What a wonderful experience from start to finish - rose petals on the table, champagne, great service (our waitress, bus boys, hostesses, manager, bartenders), food, atmosphere. Cannot wait to return!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! We celebrated our anniversary and they made us feel so special! The food was exquisite! Would definitely recommend it to anyone!

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