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Bistro Romano

4.8
3839 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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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

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 3839 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The misleading commonplace entrance belies a truly endearing dining experience that rivals my top 10 dining experiences in Philly over the last 30 years. Well done

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AnushaR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gnocchi was delicious, so savory and incredibly flavorful as was the Cesar salad and vanilla buttermilk cake. Absolutely will be going back there again. Atmosphere is awesome, the live music was a phenomenal touch to the experience!

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vipJoeW
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck and veal Saltimbocca was outstanding as well as the Cocktails and bottle of wine. Sat at the bar . Shawn was excellent . Took great care of of us . Food was outstanding

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Nicole
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance. Will absolutely be back!

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Connor
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Romano was phenomenal. The ambience the food and our waitress we’re all fantastic. My party of 10 had a great time, would highly recommend. If you’re looking for a great date spot or to spend some money this is the place to go. It’s worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was our 4 year wedding anniversary and we decided to revisit Philly and visit Philly after 6 years! The food at Bistro Romano is always good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for Center City restaurant week and the menu was good for the price. Service was slow to start but improved throughout the dinner.

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Pietro
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, food was delicious, and ambiance was romantic.

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vipSuzanne
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been consistently excellent for years. Great service, lovely ambiance and truly excellent food. Also they were totally unfazed about our ask to set a regular height table upstairs for my mobility-challenged dining partner. Just a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were phenomenal! We will be back

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KasieS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is cozy, the service is great, and the food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We were lied to regarding the salmon being wild caught. Dessert was mediocre. Main courses were delicious.

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vipDragonfly
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and people!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
175 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had this week's chef's special BRAISED BEEF CHEEKS with farro "risotto," broccoli rabe, rosemary, and red wine jus. This combination of flavors are delicious together. The beef cheek has the flavor and a texture of firm bone marrow, with a buttery, almost silkie smooth farro and bitterness of the broccoli rabe, just perfect together. Very enjoyable dinner again. Thank you.

RC
RonClute
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and the selections were great for our whole party. We love supporting places that always serve great food,and have great staff. Bravo you did it again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Pasta was very good, appetizer of burrata and calamari was just okay. Service was very slow, especially during restaurant week and post pandemic. Cool ambiance and seating, darker lit rooms. Wine selection was excellent and reasonable. Will have to return to give another shot.

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jegolfer1951
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten there on several occasions and the food and service have been top notch.

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vipPH13
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You wouldn't know the place existed from the outside, but a great find close to the Old City. Food was excellent, along with a great wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience during restaurant week

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vipkat4
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious,service was excellent.

HB
HannahB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, romantic dinner with prompt service, great portions, and candle light vibes.

MM
MichelleM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful, service was great and close to Penns Landing. Great date night spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience. We selected restaurant week to try the restaurant and we were not disappointed.

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Mpete123
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bistro Romano for the first time for our anniversary dinner. It was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service was great. Very nice ambiance. They had a live piano player too upstairs. We will definitely be returning. I recommend the grilled octopus appetizer! It was cooked perfectly.

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FrankR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Some food was good, some was mediocre. Chicken dish was good. Risotto was mediocre, especially at 27 dollars. Service was OK but waiter was not very attentive. They need more non meat options.

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ESantos3
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always.

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NickF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner was amazing. We only come on special occasions because we have 6 children and money is tight. So we save our money to enjoy a wonderful dinner at bistro Romano. Everyone from the first person greeting us at the door until it’s time to leave we’re all so polite. And the chef is on point every time. Never had a bad meal ever Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Very disappointing birthday dinner. We have been dining here for many years and I have never had such an awful experience. We were seated at the bottom of the stairs at a very small table, my seat was unsteady and uncomfortable. It took over 20 minutes to even get approached by anyone. When the waiter did come over I asked to move to another table, which he accommodated. We ordered 2 Caesar salads and only 1 came out. The manager was helpful and fixed the problem. Our salads and entrees were brought out by other staff. We never saw our waiter again until after the meal. I even had to ask the manager for another drink. The waiter haphazardly asked about dessert or if we wanted our check. At that point I just wanted to leave.

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AndrewW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star restaurant at none of the cost. Must visit if you're in the area.

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Paula
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Service was not good. Not attentive. Bread, gnocchi and mussels were fantastic, mac n cheese was under seasoned and we wished the lobster ravioli was in a cream sauce and drinks were good, atmosphere was great

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vipKyleF
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience dining. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wine menu. Continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food. They made sure to take good care of us, love this place!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the service, atmosphere, and food!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
176 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tonight I had the special BRAISED SHORT RIB with creamy polenta, king trumpet mushrooms, cherry tomato. The beef was so tender you could cut it with a spoon, but I think the star of the plate were the tomatoes. They had an acidity, I think they were pickled, that cut through the richness of the other ingredients. Delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

MH
MorganH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great experience here. There gnocchi was amazing. Would absolutely come back and try the tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful night out with my parents and new friends who were first time visitors to the city, everyone loved their meals and the ambiance. Special thanks to Michael for sending over after drinks for the table, so kind! I’ll be back for the October tasting!

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vipkarenm
New England
48 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yum. We had a very good time partly because our waiter was so happy to make our experience feel special and partly because the food was just so good. The spicy mussels were delicious and the lamb breast is still in my dreams of a superb entree. We will be back! Added plus, the recommended wine. Perfect with our meals.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal great service!

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 3839 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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