Bistro Romano

4.8
2711 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 30th 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 925-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Front and 2nd
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Parking details
Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $10, Friday and Saturday $20. Acquire parking pass from hostess.
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Public transit
Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
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Entertainment
Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.
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Special events & promotions
Cellar Club Wine Tasting and Dinner
Wine Store for take out sales
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Modifications can be made until 5pm on December 29, 2018. Any modifications or cancellations after 5pm on December 29, 2018 will require you to contact the restaurant directly and are held to the restaurant's policy and may be subject to fees.

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Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 4:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:45PM - 11:00PM

What 2711 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing! Have to order the ceasar salad fresh and delicious!

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing... Michael delone is an amazing chef. The service was great too... everyone is so friendly. We’ll definitely be going back again soon

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RD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Like the low light atmosphere Will be back for sure.

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L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and definitely will be back .. The food was absolutely delicious .. Everyone was very friendly and couldn’t do enough to satisfy us . Thanks for a great night !!! Anthony the lemon cello was the best we ever had !!!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been there several times. It's our favorite restaurant. The services is excellent and the food is always amazing.

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FD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I was underwhelmed. Onions in carbonara? Not pancetta? Sandy salty slimy scallops? What happened? I used to love this place. Not the amazing Italian meal I was expecting.

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was visiting Philadelphia and booked this restaurant site unseen. The service was great and the food was spectacular. I recommend the steak and gnocchi. Definitely recommend.

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Bistro Romano is outstanding! We drive up from Washington, DC to visit the restaurant. Service and food are top-notch. Highly recommend for a delicious Italian meal!

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WB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great prices and good food.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere. We loved the food and the staff! And the piano player was truly amazing.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and attentive staff

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T
Philadelphia
143 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My meal was so far beyond perfect. Chicken liver in çripy chicken skin, veal chop was so perfect, excellent. Everything was perfect. Thanks to you all.

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RW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and Mike our waiter was great. However the dinner was a birthday celebration and I can only assume Mike was not informed because nothing was mentioned not even a candle in the desserts??!!

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our 28th Anniversary and Bistro Romano was the perfect choice. Service was impeccable, food was delectable!

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. We were able to get a last minute reservation after we had an issue with another restaurant, and we were actually glad the other had a problem because we forgot how good Bistro Romano is! The food never disappoints.

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f
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Chef made changes according to our allergies and still produced a magnificent dinner!

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AM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends were visiting from out of state and we wanted someplace extra nice! Plus they even very graciously brought us a chair for the small service dog that accompanied our friend.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience, I can't wait to take someone else! The waiter made us feel important by consistently checking in with us.

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J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when making the hour drive to this incredible restaurant. The specials last night were amazing. The duck confit salad with poppy seed dressing was amazing. Tons of duck and and great balance of flavors. The Wagu Hanger steak with black garlic sauce and mushrooms was incredible, no knife required on this amazingly prepared steak. Can’t forget the classics, lobster ravioli of course as a mid course, always a favorite and the veal saltimboca was among the best I’ve had since, well since last time I have had it here no where else compares. Must say it was a pleasure to have Anthony back to help with the wine selection, the Rubicon was the perfect choice for the meal. I would be remiss to leave a review without mentioning a fantastic mixologist and great bar atmosphere with live piano music providing great ambiance. Sean serves up some of the best cocktails around, a great way to either start or finish off your experience at Bistro.

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RK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday dinner with my husband and daughter. We enjoyed a cocktail at the bar listening to the piano player which was very nice. All three of us had wonderful meals. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Romano was fantastic! The ambiance was really nice, with soft lighting, great architecture, and live piano music while we were there. The wine cellar seating gave it a special, cozy feel. My wife and I were there for an anniversary, and they even put rose petals on the table. Service was outstanding, the food was amazing (we had the mozzarella appetizer, scallops, filet, and tiramisu for dessert). The price was reasonable for what we had. Highly recommend!

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Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Bistro Romano 15+ years, always wonderful service, menu selections, great mixologist and very cozy.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bistro for my birthday and ordered three different entrees which were excellent. The lamb shank was by far the best of the three dishes we tried but again all three dishes were so delicious

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Recommended by friend, saw gnocchi dish was a signature dish. Not a big gnocchi fan but they were outstanding, melted in your mouth. Caesar salad was good, service great. Think Paul was our server. Would go again👍👍.

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MN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food, the ambiance, the wine, and the waitstaff at Bistro Romano. It is a favorite place of ours and we have brought friends there several times. The menu choices are both reliable and inventive. Their wine list and specialty cocktails just add to the experience. We like the intimacy of the downstairs dining room. and, we also had a fun night with a group at a mystery dinner.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend the beef croquettes! They were a great combination of savory and spicy and would come back just to order this!

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SB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant with excellent food and outstanding service.

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Romano had amazing food and service. The homemade pasta was exceptional and the service was second to none. I will be going back anytime I am in Philly.

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T
Philadelphia
144 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had another great time and and excellent food.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Romano never dissapoints! From the grilled octopus, to the Waygu tenderloin, to the wine selection, we were amazed!

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GP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta was delicious and the server was very attentive!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience and food at Bistro Romano was amazing. My wife and I have never had a better dining experience!! I will definitely be coming back!

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Was pretty shocked based on such good reviews...my guests made a couple of modifications to what they ordered - simple things like remove the peppers... both of their meals were brought out from the kitchen incorrect (mine was fine). We didn't make a big deal about it but when server asked how everything was, we told him and he sent a manager over. Manager was great, very apologetic, wanted to make new meals but my guests declined at that point. He offered to comp dessert, which also came out wrong!! It was a comedy of errors. Food itself aside from being served wrong, was underwhelming and left us wondering if there is a new chef. Ambiance and wine was the best part of the evening. Would probably never go back when there are so many amazing places in the city. I was really embarrassed, but fortunately had sent the link to the reviews to my guests prior to - so they knew that we "should have" had a great dining experience.

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JK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an anniversary and everything was absolutely amazing. It was our second time there and the food was the same spectacular quality and the service even better. Our server, Elena was fantastic.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homemade risotto was sooooooo goood.

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JB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service. Great food. For the price, however, expected a larger serving of food. Still delicious, though.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and staff

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't live in Philly, I don't even live close by, but when I visit, it would be very difficult to pick any other place to eat dinner. Yes, our experience was that good. My daughter lived in Philly for 8 years, and this was her favorite place to eat. The atmosphere is great, like eating in a cozy wine cellar, not too noisy, perfect lighting, comfortable seating, not crammed against other diners. The service was personal and very professional. And the food... wow. When I have a hard time picking an entree, I know it's a great menu. The food had a distinctly homemade flavor, and was beautifully presented. Note: do yourself a favor and get the Caesar Salad!!!

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k
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jessica made my wife’s birthday amazing. The service was prompt. She checked on us several times to make sure everything was good! Even the chef came to tell my wife happy birthday! We will definitely be returning

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