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About Bistro Romano

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 30th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.

120 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Front and 2nd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 925-8880

Website:
http://www.bistroromano.com/

Entertainment:
Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

Catering:
Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.

Parking Details:
Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $10, Friday and Saturday $20. Acquire parking pass from hostess.

Public Transit:
Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus

Executive Chef:
Vince Giannini

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Cellar Club Wine Tasting and Dinner
Wine Store for take out sales

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Private Dining

Bistro Romano can accommodate private parties of up to 125 people for a sit-down meal or 200 for a cocktail party in the 120 Room. Other rooms are available for smaller groups. Bistro Romano specializes in Business Meetings, Wedding Receptions, and Rehearsal Dinners.

Bistro Romano Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (80)
Good for a Date (74)
Special Occasion (68)
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Good for Anniversaries (64)
Cozy (58)
Neighborhood Gem (47)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Notable Wine List (41)
Authentic (38)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Worth the Drive (28)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Casual (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Fun (12)
Live Music (11)
Happy Hour (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Seasonal (5)
Scenic View (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious and the service was awesome. The ambiance was very romantic and cozy like. The perfect place to take a date for dinner and drinks.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined 2 days ago

Service was good. Food was NOT....quality of food was not worth The price they are charging! Very disappointing valentines dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was a great place to spend Valentine's day an me an my fiance loved the experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was the most delicious Italian restaurant that I have ever been to. The ambience was very classy and romantic. It was a perfect setting for valentines day.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Been visiting for years, never had a bad meal. Love the ambience, very intimate. Our waiter, Paul, was very attentive and had a great personality. Looking forward to more date nights at Bistro Romano. 🌟

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waitress Vienna (sorry if I spelled that wrong!) was absolutely fantastic. She was attentive and made the amazing dinner even better! For being Valentine’s Day I would have totally understood if things were a tad slower paced but she did an amazing job staying on top of every course and need we had. A must go! We will absolutely be back for another great meal :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

A new absolute favorite. Romantic atmosphere, amazing food, and exceptional service!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

It was great. The staff was amazing, very good ambience. Great all around experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

I propsed to my fiance there and returned the following year for Valentine's Day. Our favorite Italian restaurant. Will always hold a special place in our hearts. Great food. Excellent service. Romantic ambiance.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Our first time there. It got great reviews online. The waitstaff were very pleasant. Our Caesar salad came right out.. The entrees took forever. By the time I got my chicken, it was completely dried out. I was offered something else, but we had waited long enough. They seemed very busy that night, but we live in the burbs, and this restaurant is not worth the trip into town to try again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The caesar salad is the best i have ever had!! table side and all. The veal saltimbocca was terrific. The cavatelli was just ok, should have gotten the gnocchi. The vibe is very cool. The service is fantastic and price is not bad.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

My friend and I celebrate our birthdays by having dinner at Bistro Romano each year. The martinis (gin for her, vodka for me) are a special treat and the food is always superb. We also always have the table-side Caesar salad. It's always delicious, but this time it was exceptional! Our waiter, Frank, did a great job with the salad, and was great overall - attentive without being overbearing. Another great celebration at Bistro Romano!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always and exceptional time at the Bistro. Great ambiance, tasty food, great service and excellent value. You can't miss dining here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Was an overall incredible experience! The food was incredible, the service was amazing, and I loved the atmosphere!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a wonderful meal! The food was delicious and the service was spot on from the moment we walked in the door to the minute we left. Love the setting - wood beams and exposed stone. Piano player in bar area was great and my drink was fantastic. I had mentioned it was our anniversary on Opentable so they had rose petals all over the table for us. Great attention to detail!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great atmosphere and great food! Unfortunately, we had an arrogant waiter. We bought an overpriced bottle of red wine and he noted it was a “twist off”. Very disappointed in the service but the atmosphere luckily outweighed the negative experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The energy level/personality of the waitstaff was almost nonexistent. I understand this is a quiet, romantic restaurant, but a smile and a little enthusiasm would have been great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing! Great food, atmosphere and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

amazing!!! No complaints

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great night at Bistro Romano! The atmosphere is FABULOUS, the service OUTSTANDING, and the food DIVINE! We will be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great service
Lovely atmosphere
Outstanding food

Went to Bristro Romano for a date night and it exceeded my expectations. The staff was amazing super friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious. We had the duck breast (amazing) and one of the specials of the night (spring chicken) along with their fantastic table side Caesar salad. The atmosphere was very romantic and cozy. I would definitely recommend this for a special occasion or a regular date night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The experience was just wonderful overall. The Caesar salad was a standout, really lived up to the hype. Seafood tasted fresh, our table had the scallops and a seafood medley consisting of shrimp, mussels, clams, and calamari. Dessert was a little disappointing, did not particularly like the use of a chocolate sauce with the tiramisu. Would definitely come again.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always a reliable restaurant with good food and a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great restaurant, fantastic food, and a warm, inviting atmosphere perfect for date night. The only down sude is that if you were sitting at one of the tables near The Wine Cellar, you are packed and extremely tight so much so that the other tables around you might as well be in your own party. I got bumped by the salad cart more times then a rookie flight attendant serving booze from an aircraft beverage cart! That was extremely annoying, but the only negative I can think of. All in all, it is a great restaurant and should not be missed. Just make sure you ask for a booth.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was perfect from the moment you enter the front door until you step out the door.. everyone was courteous & friendly. Suggested what was good to eat and was very helpful throughout the entire evening.. the food was amazing!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our table was not ready for our reservation, so the manager came over to us at the bar and personally apologized then offered a free round or appetizer. That sort of hospitality is lost on a lot of restaurant managers, but was refreshing. Definitely going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I have loved this restaurant since first discovering it just about a year ago. They always take exceptional care of me, and the food makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I had the duck on this visit, and it was cooked perfectly. Presentation was beautiful, and it paired wonderfully with the Forefront Pinot Noir. A perfect dinner date.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent dinner and service-perfect table for 2 along the wall in the cellar, great service from Briana, incredible food-the ceasar salad made a table side was outstanding, and just all around perfect night!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent find. Ambiance was perfect. Dood was perfect

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

You cannot go wrong with Bistro Romano
Wonderful choice of Delicious Entrees paired with only the best wines. You must leave room for dessert as it was delightful
Great vibe great prices and you leave feeling very satisfied. The staff is impeccable.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrific meal. Atmosphere great! Service excellent. Enjoyed every minute being here. Will certainly return soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Table side Caesar salad was delicious, and the wine selection is excellent!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The server (Fred) was great and took care of us well. The food was beyond spectacular, as was the ambiance. Highly recommended for a date/fancy night out.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was great and food was delicious. Great vino!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very nice atmosphere and service. Food was delicious! I would definitely go back and would recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Went during Center City District restaurant week in Philly on Friday 1/26/2018 and we had a great meal: the food was exceptional. We had been to Italy in September 2017 for two weeks, and this food was the best Italian we've had since our trip. We made reservations to go back again next week. The downstairs dining room is quiet, cozy and steeped in history.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Dank as heck

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I went to dinner to see if this would be a good place to take my team from work .
based o the service and the quality of the food that I had I would not return.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This place has a great atmosphere and good food. The server was a bit slow to take our order and the food was a little bit salty, but I guess Italian food tends to be saltier than other cuisines in general.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Everything was delicious, I love Resturant Week. Go Eagle's.

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