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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 29th 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 $9, Friday and Saturday $19. 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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Romance is on the Menu at Bistro Romano! Candlelit dining at rose petal topped tables. The 5-Course pre fixe Happy Hearts Menu for $78 features table-side Caesar salad, Lobster Ravioli, Black Bass, Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail, all the favorites. Reservations a must .

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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (69)
Good for a Date (65)
Special Occasion (53)
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Cozy (53)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Neighborhood Gem (46)
Quiet Conversation (41)
Authentic (37)
Notable Wine List (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Casual (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Fun (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Live Music (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Waterfront (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food and great atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Just returned from an anniversary weekend to Old City, Philly. Found reviews for this restaurant and thought it had what my wife and I liked. This place lived up to, and exceeded the posted reviews. We arrived 15 min early for res, so we took a seat at the bar. Very personable bartender. Our table was ready in short order. We were seated and tended to immediately. We started with a crab spread and toast. Delicious! Not too salty, very creamy, and the crab was fresh. My wife ordered scallops over risotto. Tender, mild scallops without any of the iodine taste evident in many scallop dishes. I had the veal saltimbocca. Tender filets with prosciutto, cheese and diced tomato. A wine demiglaze topped it off. Tasty, and properly balanced accompanied by whipped potatoes. A very well done dish. We enjoyed a side of broccoli rabe with red peppers. Fresh, vibrant, and not bitter. For dessert, which we took to go, we had a creamy cannoli, and said my wife, “the best tiramisu I’ve ever tasted.”
The staff were professional, courteous, and properly attentive.
Whenever we make a return trip to Philly, we will revisit this fine spot to sample more of the menu.

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

Great atmosphere and amazing food. Highly recommended for any special occasion or just date night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The pasta with venison was delicious and the hangar steak was very tender and juicy. EXCELLENT, I think I will be back tomorrow.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

It was great!

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was amazing.
The waiter and every one was so nice.
They kept trying to make sure everything was alright.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

This place was amazing. Low lighting, romantic setting, beautiful decor. Great for a date. Food is sensational

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I have been to this restaurant numerous times over many years, never had a bad meal. Recently updated the menu, we the roasted beets and mussels as appetizers, the Bordetto and the Tagliatelle with truffles as our entrees all was very good. Great wine list with affordable prices.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Veal was peppery

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really nice setting inside quiet and warm.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Sadly, this time --and we've been there many times -- Bistro Romano really disappointed. The special pasta with black truffles was glue-like and the truffles were hard, dry slices of it-might-as-well-have-been-shoe-leather. Even the classic caesar was lack luster. The two other entrees were fine, but nothing to rave about. Missing from the menu was the white lake fish that is usually so good, and one of our party's favorites.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Outstanding dinner!Bartender was AWESOME! Food was amazing. GREAT date night dinner.great for a romantic dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Too rushed but it was New Year’s Eve! We waited 45 minutes even though we had a reservation! Food overall was very good but, for example, holiday menu included “scallops” (plural) as an appetizer and we literally were served one (1) scallop each...that is “scallop” (singular) where I come from (haha). We will go again but not on a holiday!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our server was very attentive. The food was great. We had the 5 course New Yesrs Eve prefix menu. We wanted the N.Y. strip steak so spent a little extra for it. Every course was fabulous. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. This was our second time visiting and we will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is my 3rd. New Years Eve celebration dinner at Bistro. I was surprised by the long wait for food and the small portions. I realize it was a "price fixe" menu, but was still somewhat surprised. I've been to Bistro for dinner on about 8 previous occasions; the food was plentiful and the service was excellent. I was a little disappointed this visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Never had a bad meal or service in all the years we have been going there. We were there for New Years Eve dinner.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

My boyfriend and I were visiting Philly for the weekend and we wanted a good quality but still reasonably priced restaurant for Saturday night dinner. Bistro Romano exceeded our expectations.
The food was delicious (chicken Milanese for me, salmon for him).
The service was friendly and attentive, and the ambiance was perfect for a cold winter night. We were seated in the lower level, and the romantic lighting, brick walls, and back corner booth made us feel instantly warmed.
I'd absolutely return to Bistro Romano, and would quickly and eagerly recommend it to anyone visiting Philly.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went here for my birthday and it was awesome! The food here is always great. The ambiance it very romantic and cozy, but it's also a great place to go to dinner with friends. The service here is excellent and everyone is very friendly. Can’t say enough good thins about this place. Sign up for their notices and you will get emails on special meals, wine tastings, etc.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. Skyrocketed to one of my favorite spots in the city.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Bistro Romano for our anniversary, and i.t was the perfect place! They had rose petals on our table. The food was absolutely amazing. The service was so genuine. All the people who came to our table asked how everything was and also wished us a happy anniversary! I loved this place so much and i will definetly be going back!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was fantastic as usual however this night was particularly odd with the lack of service. We a 7:45 reservation and were seated at 8:40... almost an hour later. Our server was very rude, didn’t greet and simply said “what are you having” at his first greet to the table. Having been a server myself I understand being in the weeds but there is no excuse for such rudeness! Giving him the benefit of the doubt we continued with our meal but even after the restaurant slowed down his attitude remained cold. Although he tried to act kind as he dropped off the check (forgot to remove the item he forgot they were out of- didn’t notify us until 20 mins after we ordered it) it was still a memorable bad service evening. Bravo to the chef- no kudos to the server. Shame.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Celebrated my birthday with a friend. Food was delicious! Wonderful calamari and chicken Milanese. Salmon also cooked perfectly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I (in our early 60's) loved the atmosphere in the piano bar. The food was excellent and a very good value. Service was also excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent dinner as usual. Duck outstanding and the filet mignon was delicious and cooked to perfection. Of course the tableside Caesar Salad is the best!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful. We’ll be back soon.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 18, 2017

A perfectly romantic space that makes for a special night!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service was excellent; everyone was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. They made the evening special for our anniversary celebration.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Everything was fine except for the dirty seat cushions. First thing you notice is all the food stains in the removable seat cushions. I had to sit on my napkin.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

What I chose for dinner was good but not the best I've had at Bistro Romano. No matter, that won't stop me from coming back. One of my favs, always was!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful food & great service! The table side ceasers salad was amazing & filet mignon was like butter.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was a thoroughly pleasurable evening. Food and ambience were outstanding. So many desireable options on the menu, cant wait to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had the best service,the best food and the nicest people. Thank you for making my birthday fun!❤️

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Highly recommend great atmosphere very good staff amazing food.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and atmosphere...arrive early and enjoy the creative libations at the bar.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had a wonderful meal here. Wait staff is very attentive but not in a in your face way. Thank you for the great service and the wonderful food. This will be on my dinner out list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Service was really good, food was a bit salty and one dish my friend had wasn’t cook all the way thru. But they made it right on the replacement dishes. All in all, it’s a good place to go.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Absolutely wonderful venue. Our food, two pastas, were as good as we have ever had . Caesar salad was outstanding. Tremendous atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

WOW....I went to yelp to find an authentic Italian restaurant for a group of 16 (ended up with 9). We had reservations for 8:15 ( note if you have a large group the seating times are 5:15 or 8:15 and later because this is not a huge venue). We arrived on time, but were seated about 30 minutes late. In their defense it was the first snow of the season, traffic was heavy and groups were showing up late. Chris and George the managers apologized and even sent us complimentary appetizers while we waited. The bar area is small 10-15 seats max but sitting there looking at this huge wooden sculpture (imported from somewhere in the US) was awe inspiring. This building was built in the 17th century as one of Philadelphia’s original granaries. The ambiance is wonderful. We descended down the old curvy staircase where we were seated in the wine cellar.
The menu is an excellent variety from antipasti to their homemade pasta and desserts.
When making reservations for a large party there is always the concern it won’t live up to some expectations but in this case I was off the hook because EVERYONE loved it. I can’t say enough about Bistro Romano so please go visit it yourself. You will not be sorry!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Casual, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing first time here! The food was delicious and the service was great! Will absolutely be returning

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were disappointed by the small number of choices on the menu. There were 2 additions one appy and one entree. Service was very good. We had a problem with one persons dinner and it was corrected as well as deducted from the bill.

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