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Bistro Romano

4.8
3869 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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice restaurant that overall did a great job. The appetizer, grilled octopus, was delicious as were the fingerling potatoes that accompanied it . The Caesar salads were a bit overdressed but, the leaves were crisp and fresh. My wife had grilled wahoo and it was moist and cooked perfectly. I had the veal ossobuco and it was fork tender and came off the bone with ease. The polenta was a tad creamy , however, I ate it all…….very smooth texture. The wine list is extensive and well thought out. We drank a 2017 Valpolicella Ripasso that was perfect for the veal as well as the wahoo. The dessert of cannoli was flavorful with good ricotta and chocolate chips. We also had a bowl of gelato, chocolate and vanilla, that was not up to my standard for gelato. I thought the vanilla was too soupy and the chocolate was almost freezer hardened. The atmosphere, ambiance and service were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant and I will return for a future dining event.

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MerrieD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Love the gluten free menu. Our server, Brianna was first class. As usual, we'll be back.

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TinaM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The service was amazing. And the restaurant itself was warm and welcoming. The prices were a little high, but I'm told to expect that in Philly. In addition, they even offered to call our cab for us when we were finished. I would certainly recommend the Bistro Romano - but, be sure to book your reservation!

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Gary
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific time. Excellent restaurant, terrific waiter, and great food. You made my wife’s birthday a special one! Thank you.

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vipEveD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t have asked for a better meal, service, or ambiance. We were celebrating our anniversary and we were given a complementary glass of champagne on the house which was so unnecessary but so nice!! Our server was amazing and so knowledgeable. We’ll be back over and over.

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DonaldO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

28th Wedding Anniversary was just perfect at Bistro Romano. Food , Ambiance, Service just top notch. As usual.

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Jadyn
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions are large and sangrias are amazing! I highly recommend booking in the piano bar.

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JamieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always! Order the Brodetto, you won’t be disappointed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great food and service

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
182 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the Cacio e Pepe over orecchiette, with black pepper, broccoli, grana padano. The sauce made with the grana was just creamy deliciousness, with a velveteen texture.

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Golfboy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service and the food were very good. Recommend Bistro Romano highly

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On this first day that it feels like autumn, I had the BRAISED VEAL OSSOBUCO with the soft polenta, broccoli rabe, wild rice gremolata off the regular menu. The veal just came off the bone and was moist and flavorful, and paired well with the cheesey, creamy polenta and broccoli rabe. Perfect for the start of the season. Thank you for the delicious dinner.

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vlads
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and great service in a very nice location

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the special RACK OF LAMB with tomato couscous, roasted parsnip, spiced pine nuts, red wine jus, it was superb. The lamb was served at the perfect temperature and the couscous paired with the meal, it has a buttery soft texture.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very attentive & accommodating. Also very knowledgeable about the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration of our 5th anniversary. Food and service was great!

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Bunny73
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the ambience of Bistro Romano. We just happen to be next to a large table so the noise level was a little high. Otherwise service and food were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is your go to place for a great meal with a very romantic atmosphere

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tonight I had the special RIGATONI with the broccoli rabe, beech mushrooms, chorizo bolognese. The bitterness of the broccoli rabe was offset by the spiciness of the chorizo and the earthiness of the mushrooms. Delicious.

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User283619
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was me and my partner’s anniversary and I think every staff member wished us a happy anniversary or congratulations at some point and they brought complimentary champagne to the table! Our server was so nice and all of the food came out so fast! The manager was very hands on and very nice! Everything was delicious, the restaurant is beautiful, we will definitely be going back!
(Get the calamari!!!!)

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vipAnnR
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such nice staff. The seafood stew was fabulous. So glad it was one of our picks while in Philly.

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MichaelD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, romantic, great service, I love this place, been coming here for years , I had my 10 wedding anniversary here last night, they all wished us a happy anniversary and gave us 2 glasses of champagne bon the house!!! 10⭐

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chuck
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual visit to Bistro does not disappoint !!! Portions were generous the the food was delicious. We’ve been eating here since 2010.

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the piano playing! Great food and service. Also the restaurant is very cool looking!

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great ambiance… would definitely return.

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PhillyFoodie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the warm, rustic atmosphere of the dining room. The prosciutto and melon appetizer and veal saltimbocca were delicious. Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant. We'll definitely return to try more dishes.

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Cherry
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, great wine, some parts of the interior are very lovely with the old stone. Where we were sitting did truly feel like sitting in a basement though

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, ambiance and service

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the special Roasted Pork Belly with smashed fingerling potatoes, caulini and local radish salad. The porks flavor reminds me of a delicious Sunday pork roast, but with a buttery soft lardon, interspersed in each bite. The potatoes where soft and creamy and the radish helps to cut through the pork, making each bite slightly different.

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vipValerieZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The exterior look belies what is inside. Fabulous food and service

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TedM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful comfortable friendly venue with great historical location, great food and service…

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XandriaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Food was just okay. Service was very slow. Our server wasn’t very attentive . But I guess it’s because it was busy .

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KimB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th wedding anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great time. We hadn’t been here since pandemic but we wanted to go into Philly.
Every dish was great, service top notch and the owner was tremendous.
I made a reservation but didn’t realize it was for bar area.
However the owner came up and really worked with us to get us downstairs (4 of us) even though all tables wee booked. That alone would earn them 5 stars.
Can’t wait to go back and this time I will book the correct table.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the special sliced ribeye & shrimp served over potato puree, escarole, red wine jus tonight and it was excellent. The ribeye steak was just so tender, it melted in my mouth like butter. Just cooked to perfection. The potato puree was smooth and rich with flavor, a perfect combination with the escarole and jus. Delicious.

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MichaelT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Food was good and service was excellent, but they have these interrogation lamps over the 2 top tables. It was like having dinner in a police interrogation room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brianna is fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a quiet date night for our 5 year wedding anniversary, and Bistro Romano did not disappoint! The ambiance was perfect, the food was amazing, and we got to relax and spend the night talking with little interruption. We highly recommend!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the chefs special SPAGHETTI with purple, green, white cauliflower, turnip, spicy breadcrumbs, bagna cauda cream. For being a mostly vegetarian meal, this was a very umami rich entree. Not only where the breadcrumbs spicy but the turnips have a great peppery taste and firm texture. The cream sauce has a sweet and velveteen softness. Just delicious.

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 3869 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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