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Bistro Romano

4.8
3902 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Experiences

  • New Year's Eve

    $99.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    New Year's Eve Menu Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu Offered on December 31, reservations 5:30p to 10:30P. AMUSE FIRST COURSE | CHOICE OF CAESAR SALAD, MARINATED YELLOW FIN TUNA CHESTNUT & BACON SOUP SECOND COURSE | CHOICE OF LOBSTER RAVIOLI MUSHROOM & TRUFFLE RISOTTO SHORT RIB RAVIOLI THIRD COURSE | CHOICE OF ROASTED SLICED NY STRIP OLIVE OIL POACHED HALIBUT PAN-ROASTED DUCK BREAST CARAMELIZED SCALLOPS DESSERT COURSE | CHOICE OF COFFEE GELATO ORANGE PANNA COTTA TIRAMISU See the menu: https://www.bistroromano.com/menus/ *complimentary bubbles | party favors at Midnight for guests with 10p or 10:30p reservations *exclusive of tax & gratuity See the menu: https://www.bistroromano.com/menus/
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks Menu

    $59.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Caesar salad Marinated yellow fin tuna, winter radish, grapefruit, sorrel, horseradish creme fraiche Chestnut and bacon soup, Asian pear, raw Italian chestnuts, pumpkin oil Entree Pan roasted duck breast, celery root, Brussels sprouts, bacon, grain mustard jus Olive oil poached halibut, millet, house fermented cabbage, puffed rice gremolata, carrot jus Lobster Ravioli Dessert Orange panna cotta, vanilla persimmon, kumquat and granola Tiramisu, shaved chocolate, cinnamon chantilly
  • Christmas Eve

    $75.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    We will be serving our Chef's Seven Course Fish Menu or Seven Course Turf Menu. Offered on December 24, reservations 4:45p to 9:00P. Seven Course Fish Menu Fluke Crudo, Asian Pear, Habanero & Lime Agridolce Bagna Cauda, Vegetables & Grilled Bread Squid Salad, Celery root & Maitake Mushrooms Lobster “Cappuccino“, Poached Lobster & Bacon Spaghetti & Clams, Garlic, Parsley & Spicy Bread Crumbs Roasted Rare Tuna, Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Orange Zeppole TURF MENU Caesar Salad Soft Polenta & Lamb Mushroom Bisque with Crispy Prosciutto Gnocchi Truffle Cream Black Pepper Macaroni & Sausage NY Strip Steak, Whipped Potato Italian Cheese Cake See complete menu: https://www.bistroromano.com/menus/ *exclusive of tax & gratuity

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3902 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't find any better authentic Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, hands down this is my favorite place, very romantic, the food is incredible and the service is great.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
187 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the BRAISED RABBIT LEG STEW with fingerling potatoes, pearl onion, scallion, cabbage and it was perfect for this autumn night.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great menu. Service was superb! Everyone made our 40th wedding anniversary celebration very special!

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Kate
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Romano is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, great food, thoroughly enjoyed it

MR
MichaelR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I really enjoyed the service and the atmosphere! Love it! We hope to come back soon!

AM
vipAnnMarieC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat dining at Bistro Romano, we look forward to our next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 7th anniversary and got the tasting menu, well worth it and everything was excellent. The tasting menu was Hamachi sashimi starter and then a sweet potato gnocchi with a brown butter sauce followed by lobster ravioli then steak as the main course and ended with an excellent flourless chocolate cake. The tasting menu changes all the time

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great piano player in the bar, nice to hear live music. Extensive wine list, knowledgeable staff. We came in after a movie for a drink and a bite. Split the NY strip (was plenty enough for 2.) and assorted other appetizers. Overall, a great place with a low key chill vibe which was great for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

This is the second time at Bistro Romano and we brought A few friends with us this time. I was disappointed with the ambiance upstairs. Last time we sat downstairs and it’s just amazing there. Before they sat us upstairs, we did ask if we could be placed downstairs (reservation was 9pm) Answer was no, there is no seating for 6 people on the other levels and that we wouldn’t be disappointed. Well, we really were. They sat us upstairs right in front of a keyboard and bass player and music was a bit too loud since we were so close. Now, don’t get me wrong, food is sooooo good. Gnocchi is the best. Brussels sprouts and calamari are really good too. The Veal saltimbocca was way too salty, I couldn’t even eat it. But a spoon full of tiramisu just reminds me of why we will be back. It’s so good. The carrot cake is so moist and not too sweet either. Love this place but make sure you call and sit downstairs. Where you sit really does make a difference.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pretty place, great food, good service.

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vipMarni
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Food was delicious. Service was great. Will definitely go back again!

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DanielleD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere upstairs and the staff was very friendly.

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Ginger
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

he desserts were marvelous, and the drinks good. I just didn't enjoy my lobster ravioli-- rather than creamy, the sauce was very watery, essentially a seafood broth rather than a sauce. Not what I was expecting. My companion had the truffle pasta, which was very tasty. All in all, it was a good experience and I enjoyed the atmosphere, but next time I would choose another Italian restaurant where the entrees were without a doubt a hit (and likely less expensive).

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vipJillianW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat near the piano by the bar, the music and food were great.

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AaronW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing ! Good good and a great vibe for any kind of occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was excellent but service was absolutely terrible. We arrived on time and checked in for our 8:30 reservation and was told it would be “a few minutes”. We then waited patiently as 3 other parties arrived after us also with 8:30 reservations and were seated before us. After saying something to the hostess, he told us he’d “bump us up”. Finally after being seated, our server was also not good at all. We had to ask her if we could order drinks. She never checked on us after our food was served by another server, nor did she ever ask if we wanted any more drinks after we finished our first one. The environment was nice except for the noise level, the food was really good, but the service couldn’t have been much worse. Sadly I don’t think we’ll be returning.

JB
JamieB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service! We did the five course meal with wine pairing.

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TessO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My husband and I have been dining at Bistro Romano since it opened about 30 years ago. We have always had a wonderful experience and meal. Last night was another story. We were seated at a table in a very busy area positioned practically beneath the stairwell. At the table, an overhead lamp swung inches away my face from the ceiling. We tried to center the table under the lamp, but was unable to move the heavy bench seats. Oh well. The menu was very limited making it difficult to make a choice. My husband ordered the roast pork loin which was served over extremely watery mashed potatoes. They were so thin, he had to eat the them with spoon. I ordered a seafood stew which was very good. To cap off our night, we got hit with a $25 parking fee. We were parked in the lot a mere 1 hour and 20 minutes. I would chalk this experience up to maybe the restaurant was having a bad night, but my sister ate at Bistro the night before and also didn't have a good experience (I was aware of this only after our visit). I'm writing this review because I would like my old Bistro Romano back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Server was not well informed or able to give good descriptions about the menu items we were questioning. 3 of our guests were served entrees and the 4 th entree didn’t come as indicated by the expediter. When the server finally came to check on us we informed her we were still missing an entree. She left to check on the order but it was the manager who had to get the order from the kitchen and bring it out. Everyone else had finished their dinner before we got the last entree.

We proceeded to order coffee and desserts despite the untimely service. All the food was very good. At then end of the meal the server brought us complimentary lemon cello even though one guest wasn’t drinking alcohol. The limoncello was on the bill then deducted as if we had ordered and were comped. But there was no comp for the entree mess up or even a dessert or coffee comped for the inconvenience. I consider this lack of prudent judgement on both manager and server.

In addition the fact that their policy is to charge $25 per guest for any one in the party that can’t make the reservation , is also quite stringent . Since you must lock in confirmation 48 hours in advance .

The service We experienced will prevent us from going back to Bistro Romano . There are just too many very good restaurants with welcoming hospitality in the area.

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to speak personally regarding your recent visit; again our apologies the service fell short and you were disappointed, as were we. At Bistro Romano we strive to exceed the expectations of our guests. Delighted you will give us another chance; we look forward to your return. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience. I’m picky about Italian food but I found it very good. The piano music was a nice touch too. Very friendly waitress. The restaurant was ten minutes late to seat us but gave us each a flute of champagne which more than made up for it.

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BriannaD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was amazing and very accommodating! The atmosphere was amazing!

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MarlynB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ravioli were perfectly cooked, but the short ribs were a little too ground up. Also, would love to see Portobello Parmigiana added back to the menu!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
188 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to Bistro Romano for 17 years and have never been upstairs; or to a Cellar Club Chefs Dinner. What the hell was I doing. This was the perfect pairing of food and wine I have ever had. Delicious just delicious. The service was excellent, Keish and Rachel were great. And the wine's are excellent.
Thank you for letting me know about this, it just took 17 years.

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CatN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service very attentive
HOWEVER
I ask Chef for a simple off the menu pasta 🍝 with oil and garlic aglio e olio what can I say awful 😞 fettuccine sit in a puddle of oil
I Oder the snapper also Over done

BUT EXCELLENT
Ambiance was spectacular Caesar salad was sublime and the homemade bread and tomatoes dip sauce also delicious
Thank you

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CharleneS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was just ok. The prices were fair and reasonable but I’ve had better tasting food. They ran out of one of the items on the menu that I wanted to try. And while dinning in the wine cellar is intriguing it was a bit drafty. My waiter was top notch and really gave me a feel of the menu selections. Too bad I didn’t personally enjoy his recommendation.

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Lynd
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location we walked from Penns Landing. Food was delicious. Loved the piano. Service great.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
188 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the BLACK PEPPER MACARONI with pancetta, sausage, pecorino cream, onion crumble off the regular menu. It's always a good call. Definitely delicious.

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Dominic
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor and ambience was amazing and gave off great vibes. The food and service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful night! The server was very attentive and she made sure that food did not have peanuts or any tree nuts per my allergy note. The ambiance is romantic, warm and inviting. The portions were just right and they have a great wine selection. I would definitely come back next time I'm in Philly.

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PraM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were served a dish that had nuts inspite of mentioning nut allergy for the table atleast 3 times. Even after the dish was served we confirmed and after being told there were no nuts.. My son had an allergic reaction and one of the sauces had almonds in it. It looks like this restaurant does not pay attention to life threatening allergies. We are very disappointed since we were there to celebrate 21st birthday of our son and it ended as a bitter experience. Restaurants should pay attention to the allergies mentioned by customers. It is life threatening!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for wife. Food was incredible and service went over and beyond. Highly recommend for special occasion.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
188 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the Roasted Beef Braciole, stuffed with mushrooms and ricotta cheese; with bell peppers, onions, collard greens, tomato. Definitely delicious. It was perfect for a autumn night.

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RayC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place. Been a ton of times and will continue to go.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
188 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Pansotti with mortadella, pistachio, and leeks. The ravioli are sweet, soft and rich in flavor. The sauce was buttery with a little pop of salt and meatiness from the mortadella. This sauce would do well on a chicken or veal cutlet. Delicious.
The person I was having dinner with had the BRAISED VEAL OSSOBUCO with soft polenta, broccoli rabe, wild rice gremolata, she loved it. You have a winner with this plating. Excellent service and excellent meals, thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful historic building with a great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, I had the lobster ravioli and it was delicious. The services was top notch from the door to you leave the restaurant, they make sure you obtain the best service. The ambience it’s perfect and the restaurant it’s beautiful.

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EmilioP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and theme was superb. The restaurant opened into a wine cellar that was a very intimate space. The service was equiste and the menu was very creative. The bread served was extremely soft and airy. I will definitely come back again.

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Georgetownresident
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Portions are great!

FAQs

Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Romano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 925-8880.

Bistro Romano is rated 4.8 stars by 3902 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Romano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=819163bf.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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