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Bistro Romano

4.8
3826 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 3826 people are saying
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vipDragonfly
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and people!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
175 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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RonClute
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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jegolfer1951
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience during restaurant week

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vipPH13
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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vipkat4
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious,service was excellent.

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HannahB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MichelleM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Mpete123
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always.

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NickF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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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!

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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.

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

Always great!

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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!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
176 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This night I had the ROASTED VEAL TENDER special with purple cauliflower "couscous," artichoke, sauce barigoule. The term tender does not define the texture of the veal accurately. It was silkie, velveteen softness. And being offset with the piquant taste of the cauliflower was just a great idea. Thank you for the meal.

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BillE
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu and wine list, excellent food, attentive and knowledgeable staff, very quiet and romantic spot.

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MeganT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, good size portions, drinks were delicious, service was fast and attentive. Will definitely be back!

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MarybethM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here every year for our anniversary. Always excellent! Sean the bartender is our favorite!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
176 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had both of these chef's specials, the SEARED FOIE GRAS
with banana crust, millet, scotch-raisin puree; and the CARAMELIZED PORK CHOP with spaetzle, apple, baby fennel. The foie gras was light and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness from the puree and crunch from the banana crust. Excellent. The pork was delicious with the buttery soft spaetzle. A beautiful and delicious combination of flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true authentic Italian feel! We went here off of a friend’s recommendation and we are happy we did. Food was fabulous, wine was great and our server Mike was very friendly and had great recommendations. Will definitely go again.

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NickF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was perfect. Very knowledgeable server

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vipCranerealtor
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son for his birthday. I have been going to Bistro Romano for 20 plus years. Love their food and wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word suffices — wonderful!

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kimberleesmb
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! No complaints - one of our favorite go-to restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The octopus starter was overcooked and the calamari HD too much stuff on it., just rings like cuttlefish, no legs and had an unpleasant membrane. The fettuccine Bolognese was excellent, the gnocchi was good and the lobster ravioli was good. Carrots were yummy, shoshitos were ok. Neat setting on the wine cellar area. Very nice server and welcoming staff.

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vipDinahH
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server (kish- sp?) made our experience amazing. Very attentive. My dirty martini was delicious and my Caesar salad and lobster ravioli did not disappoint!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Tom. We were on a tight schedule and he met our deadline. Entire staff was friendly and helpful. Portions were not skimpy. Pasta dishes were prepared properly (al dente). The chef did a marvelous job. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Robfisch
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for an anniversary and had an amazing experience. The place is intimate, romantic and beautiful. The staff, very accommodating and friendly. The food was incredible, had all vegetarian/pasta options....5 courses and dessert. The freshness of vegetables and flavors left us amazed. I would recommend to anyone for a delicious meal in a great spot. Also, enjoyed the piano player setting the mood. Awesome place!!!!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
176 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the COCOA GEMELLI with confit duck leg, manchego, orange, fennel. It was a very good refreshing summer pasta, 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 3826 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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