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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Happy New Year! 3P Open. Three courses $49. pp, must be seated by 3:30P. Five Courses $88. pp starting at 5P 10:30P reservations receive bubbles to toast 2017! Candlelit ambiance in Historic Society Hill. Fireworks at Penn's Landing 6P & Midnight before or after you dine!

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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (82)
Good for a Date (67)
Special Occasion (62)
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Good for Anniversaries (59)
Cozy (57)
Neighborhood Gem (50)
Notable Wine List (45)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Authentic (41)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Worth the Drive (30)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Business Meals (15)
Casual (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Fun (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Live Music (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Waterfront (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We shared several of the bar Menu items, as always everything was delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Bistro Romano never disappoints! Great pasta, excellent service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were celebrating our 7th. anniversary, what a nice surprise when we got to our table with rose petals on top of the table cloth, candle light and a chilled bottle of champagne. Our server was courteous, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was amazing, we couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A gem in my neighborhood ! Delicious and fantastic ambiance

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love everything about this place. If you have a special occasion, they sprinkle rosepetals on your table.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

On selected evenings of the week, they even offer a great piano lounge here !

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Took my wife for our 4th anniversary and the food wasn't good. not for the price. The ceasar salad was better then the meal and the price for the salad was crazy 20dollars for 2 people for a salad. We left and I went and got a pizza and it was better then the meal.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Romantic atmosphere. Delicious food. Attentive staff. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a coupon for my husband's birthday and decided to give it a try as we had theatre tickets for a show nearby. We were delighted and wondered why it had taken us so long to dine at Bistro Romano. The ambience in the lower level is cozy and quiet (we had a booth--I don't know if the noise level is different elsewhere in the room). Our waiter was attentive and friendly and tried to be mindful of our time constraint. The house-made lobster ravioli were outstanding-large chunks of lobster in a delicious sauce and our semi-freddo dessert was fantastic. Give it a try-you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The service here was marvelous from hostess to server. Everyone worked as a team to make sure we had everything we could possibly want or need. The food was fabulous and there was an amazing wine selection. When we return to Philly we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Everything was excellent, food, service and company. I think I will be back.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

On my open table reservation I marked that it was for my anniversary. We were led to a cozy, intimate table sprinkled with rose petals and romantically decorated. It was so perfect and I really appreciate the detail that went into making our night special. Our waiter, Florian, was helpful, kind and very skilled at his job. We will keep coming back and recommending to everyone!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We both had an enjoyable time with Sean at the bar. The food was delicious as always and the portion size was just about the right amount.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was delicious and a nice romantic atmosphere . We were very happy that we tried it for the first time and we would definitely go back again. I had chicken Milanese and gnocchi and it was very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Flavors were lovely and authentically Italian. Service was attentive without being intrusive. All tables happily occupied. Lovely ambiance. The only drawback: the noise level is high.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our dinner was ok but not really flavorful. Salad at $10 was incredibly small, italian fish stew was rather bland with "pea" sized scallops, and the filet and mashed potato were ok, especially at this price point. The seating for this restaurant is in the basement. Server was attentive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best Italian Romantic restaurant in all of Philly. Our go to for many years and more to come!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing as always!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was one of the first restaurants I tried in Philadelphia back in April 2017, and I fell in love immediately. I go back regularly for the constantly updating menu, the amazingly warm service, and the exceptional quality of the entire experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

A warm and welcoming place with great food and attentive service. We each had different homemade pasta dishes and the Ceasar salad was table side and one of the best that I have had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We found this wonderful gem years ago by accident and have since returned many times for special occasions. We live a good distance from Bistro Romano so don’t get to visit as often as we would like, but when we do we are never disappointed. Table side Caesar is not to be missed! Service is top notch, and the food...well don’t even get me started, suffice to say we will make the drive again and again. LOVE IT!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had the diver scallops with risotto off the regular menu, it had changed from the last time I had it, but everything was cooked to perfection. The scallops, mussels and shrimp broth was delicious and made for a creamy, but not runny risotto. Again the staff was excellent. Several of the patron's who sat around me, commented on how knowledgeable they are, about the wines and cocktails that they made. EXCELLENT.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a fantastic evening. The GM Anthony made the celebration of our 25th anniversary a most wonderful celebration! The table was decorated with rose petals upon our arrival and it just got better from there. The food was off the hook! The veal oso buco was one of the best meals I have had anywhere. The wife loved the fish and the pasta dish we shared was amazing. If you have not dined here you have to try it. Anthony is one of the most amazing hosts you will ever have. The service,atmosphere and food are by far one of the most amazing and romantic restaurants in the city.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything was amazing. We sat in the private room in the wine cellar. Would definitely visit again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Sat at the bar solo and it was great. Great food. Great wine. Live pianist was a nice touch too.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was great, but the server forgot about us. We felt like we were held hostage for the last 20 minutes. We asked for a check and was handed a desert menu, had decided to get desert but they never checked back with us.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I had the leg of lamb special, and it was delicious. The lamb was succulent, the right balance of fat to meat that paired well with the wine I had. As always the bar and wait staff were professional and proficient. It's always enjoyable to come here for dinner.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent food — loved the Caesars salad prepared table side. Pasta dishes were all exquisite. Entrees very good Had to sit upstairs as we were not able to navigate the stairs to the more formal dining room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The pumpkin gnocchi was delicious.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I had the Chicken contadina special it was delicious, it had just the right amount of a vinegar and tomato balence; and the potatoes were not bad either.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Have been to BISTRO ROMANO several times. Every time has been amazing! Quality and sumptuous offerings have sated my palate

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great time. Very romantic restaurant. Food delicious; service wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had to wait a bit for our food after ordering . We were very satisfied for the most part with the service and the meals . It was very notable that one of our party was not completely satisfied and the waiter and manager went well above and beyond offering to replace the meal. The guest decided to retain the meal and, without asking or suggesting, her meal was removed from our bill . That was a wonderful gesture and will work to ensure our return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

What a Tremendous restaurant , your hospitality from the time we walked in was pure amazing ... and the food WOW ......Your food has amazing flavors to them.....

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Absolutely wonderful experience! The staff is beyond friendly, polite, and attentive! The owner (I think) came by twice to make sure we were enjoying our meal. Fantastic food, great piano music, and romantic and cozy atmosphere! We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

When we arrived the table was ready for us and there were rose pedals on the table to celebrate our anniversary! The waitress brought us complementary champagne! The food was amazing as was the service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The fresh Pasta was amazing. The specials were great & everyone enjoyed their choices and said they would definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Had a great time! Sitting area was very romantic and food just right with the atmosphere!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

had a really nice dinner, beautiful restaurant itself, very romantic with candle-lit table. friendly service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent restaurant, the food was amazing, we went for restaurant week and once again it was a great choice. I definitely recommend the bistro, you will not regret it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy
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