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Bistro Romano

4.7
3743 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

What 3743 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Citychic
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was thoroughly impressed with Bistro Romano! We sat inside and it was such a warm atmosphere with the best service. The food was to die for - apps, entrees, desserts, everything!! My new favorite Italian restaurant in the city! Can't wait to go back next week!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our first experience at Bistro Romano! The brussel sprouts, black pepper macaroni, veal saltimbocca, and red wines are impeccable. The staff are incredible as well and made our anniversary so special.

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viphope
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was an exceptional dining experience. We had an appetizer, two pasta dishes because our server graciously offered small portions, and one entree. I don’t know if we’ve ever had better pasta outside of Italy.

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Zutell
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and excellent service from Tom!

A little loud in the lower level but worth it as it's so beautiful.

Delicious food, great wine selection!

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vipSusanP
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed the food, the service was impeccable. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The 6 of us had a perfect evening!Sean’s personally crafted limoncello is always delicious. He also makes the best spicy margarita.

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MaudeK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings, both of which were great. The restaurant was nice about taking a few special requests into consideration. The servers didn't seem to know a lot about the menu items and wine. They often had to go back to the kitchen to ask about what they were serving. The pork and mashed potato were amazingly good.

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SusanM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Everything was meh. Caesar salad had way too much oil on it. Told the waiter and he just said ok. We both had veal saltimbocca. The meat was tough and chewy. Couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel to floss. I was surprised that Thai restaurant had such great reviews.

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Amazing
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food.

Your water glass will not go unattended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again for a great birthday dinner! Great service, food and an amazing time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipvalentinevegas
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. We were seated immediately upon arrival. Delicious!

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vipKMBCJB2
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cuisine and suburb service! Had the lobster ravioli and risotto. We’re veggie freaks so we had the blistered shishitos, carrots & broccoli. Craft cocktails were also delicious!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
165 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Crab Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms and Bucatini were excellent.

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vipChrisG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool little restaurant. The building makes for an amazing experience. Food and service are outstanding! Will definitely be back!

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MrsH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary at Bistro Romano. The service, food and atmosphere were impeccable. We were even served a complimentary champagne toast to help celebrate our anniversary. We’ll definitely be there again soon!

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Glad you enjoyed your anniversary celebration; impeccable food, service & ambiance is exactly what we like to hear from our guests. We appreciate! Cheers to you! Thanks. Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Cocktail is amazing! Food is very good! And Our server is very friendly and attentive! Definitely will come back 👍👍

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for your high marks and the private note. Glad you enjoyed everything from start to finish. Hope to see you soon. Team BR.

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JeffW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I have no idea what restaurant the other reviewers were eating at, but I was at Bistro Romano this weekend, and the food was . . . mediocre at best. The highlights are the subterranean room which was very cool, the brussels sprouts, and the chocolate torte dessert. Lowlights (aside from the service; our server was nice, but pretty clueless and forgot a number of items throughout the meal ) included the mussels which were forgettable, the very dry short rib croquettes, and the enormous amount of pesto on the seafood risotto. The octopus appie was ok, although it was a bit rubbery, and there was too little in there. Once at Bistro Romano was enough; there are enough really good restaurants in the city without needing to go back.

Bistro Romano
Responded on May 31, 2021

You were at bar w/wawa coffee/bag of yogurts; Mgr shared City C19 restrictions: can’t accommodate guests at bar, stools removed. You shared plenty of restaurants would be glad to have you at bar. Mgr visit guests said entrees good you said are you going to yell at me again. Perhaps unable to be at bar set the tone; we strive to exceed expectations, would have removed items/redo/offered options had you let us know. Support City restaurants, tell them of issues at the table so you leave happy.

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RyanS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. The Chef’s tasting was the best choice and did not disappoint. Each course was better than the last, and the wine pairing was perfect. Love this place.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Delighted you enjoyed the Chef Tasting & Wine Pairings which allows a sampling of many Bistro favorites. Thanks for the detailed review & 5stars. We appreciate! Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so incredibly fresh and all hand made pasta every day! Beautiful secret hideaway with old world ambiance.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Super review; you described Bistro! Glad you found us & enjoyed. Thanks. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find!!! This place is just amazing. Everything was good especially the special Bucatini with duck. The wine list is extensive. Please have a Genepy as “digestif”. This restaurant is definitely a new favorite.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for the 5stars, delighted to be a new favorite! Thanks for sharing a few details from your visit & look forward to your return. Team BR,

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The devil is in the details. Many things missed or overlooked for fine dining.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for joining us & for the 4star, 5 on food. We appreciate it. We did reach out via phone, left a voicemail to learn more about your experience with service. We hope to hear from you. At Bistro Romano exceptional cuisine and service are on the menu everyday; our apologies for any shortfalls regarding service and look forward to speaking with you personally so we can improve. Thanks again. Team BR.

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vipPatrickR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service food atmosphere were all excellent

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Excellent review, thanks! Glad you were pleased. Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! Some of the best food in the city.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Some of the best food in the city, we'll take it, thanks! Wonderful as well, thanks! Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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YeinY
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely want to come back, probably on special days.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for the 5stars & for joining us. Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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JamesYz
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week so can't speak too much on pricing normally. I've only heard good things about this place from multiple people so was excited to try. Met expectations and more. The swordfish (first time trying) changed my life. Def good for a romantic date!

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Wow on the swordfish, glad you enjoyed! We appreciate all your detail & 5stars. At BR our goal is to exceed the expectations of our guests -- glad to hear you were pleased. Thanks again. Team BR.

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Love
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my top fav Italian restaurants in Philly, absolute best for a date with their wine cellar ambience, the food is always fantastic and the owner’s own wine is a nice touch. While it is delightfully intimate for dates, my family and I have also come on several occasions for a nice family dinner. The 5-course with added wine pairing is a must.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Wine cellar, date night, family dinners, chef tasting, il granato chianti & Best Guests Ever equal all things Bistro! Thanks for the highlights and the great review. Happy to be a Fav! Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice environment. A little pricey for the portion.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for joining us. Team BR.

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Lov2dine
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been there for quite awhile. It however did not disappoint. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. I especially enjoyed my appetizer of the octopus.
Great restaurant week choice.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for joining us for CCRW & for the 5star. Glad you enjoyed the octo a guest fav. Team BR.

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SusanM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Restaurant week menu - had a fantastic steak cooked to perfection. As usual everything is well prepared and presented. Excellent choice of wine by the glass and always excellent service.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for joining us during CCRW & for the great review. Glad you enjoyed! Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Pretty good; would have preferred a table that fit the size of our party.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Apologies regarding the table; not exactly sure what you mean yet would like to learn more about your visit. If you might consider sending a private message with the name of the reservation then I would be able to reach directly to you. Thanks for joining us & for the 5star. Hope to hear from you. Team BR.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
165 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went during Restaurant Week but opted for the chefs specials and had the Moulard Duck Breast with millet, thumbelina carrots, pea tendrils. And it was delicious. Can't wait to come back to see what else is going to be offered.

Bistro Romano
Responded on May 23, 2021

While our CCRW Menu has been very popular, Chef's additions also have been a hit this week. Delighted you enjoyed the Moulard Duck Breast with accompaniments. No doubt Chef will have another delicious addition for you to enjoy coming soon. Thanks for the detail in your review & for the 5stars. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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devind
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience2

We were seated downstairs & the ambiance is way too DARK. Felt like something was going to crawl across my foot under the table the entire time!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Experience was decent, but after reviewing, I received a response from a low-functioning employee who made an accusation that I made an error with my seating choices, followed by passive-aggressive recommendations. Had they done proper research instead of assuming and trying to save face, they’d have recognized that it was an error on their own behalf. Evidently a staff member of Bistro Romano may need a crash course in grammar and professionalism. Will not be returning.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for the 5stars; glad you enjoyed your dinner, cocktails & service. We love the two e's: excellent & exceptional! On your next visit be sure to select regular seating and not a high top -- our guests usually don't land at a high top unless it is requested. If not apologies for any snafu. We are also offering outdoor dining which you will see when you make a res on OT. Thanks again, we look forward to your return. Team BR.

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Gonzalez
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, staff, the views, were all great. I would definitely recommend and go again.

Bistro Romano
Responded on May 23, 2021

Thanks for joining us & for the great review & thumbs up on the recommend. We appreciate & look forward to your return. Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Great, glad you enjoyed. Thanks! Team BR.

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vipGoagain
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyable but missed the Cesar salad made table-side due to Covid restrictions

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for joining us & glad you enjoyed. C19 restrictions are now lifted as of today -- we also would like to present our table-side Caesar, please stay tuned! Won't happen right away yet we are working toward returning the popular presentation. Many guests miss it and we do as well. Thanks! Team BR.

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AdamF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was great. Atmosphere was romantic. Service was top notch.

Bistro Romano
Responded on May 22, 2021

Thanks for visiting during CCRW; glad you enjoyed the menu, atmosphere & service. We appreciate! Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, staff was amazing, such a beautiful place! Highly recommend this is a must visit place!

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks so much for your highly recommend and yours on food, staff & Bistro. Exactly what we want for our guests. Thanks again. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best gnocchi I’ve ever had

Bistro Romano
Responded on May 22, 2021

Our gnocchi is a guest fav, glad it made your Best list! Thanks dining with us & for the 5stars. Team BR.

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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 4.7 stars by 3743 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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