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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

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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (89)
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Fit for Foodies (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2014

In the many times I and companions have dined at Bistro Romano we have never had bad service or an unenjoyable food. I can not recommend it highly enough. The waitstaff are thoroughly trained and very knowledgeable. I continue to eat there and enjoy what this restaurant has to offer in superior food, admoshphere and waitstaff.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2014

Always delicious food, great service and atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 29, 2014

Our server Roseann was very knowledgeable about the menu. She informed us the Gnocchi was homemade. It was in a duck ragu and very good.
The restaurant setting and bar were unique. I would eat here again.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2014

The gnocchi with Duck ragut is fantastic as is the house made caeser salad. We wil be back again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2014

I've been coming here since the late 90s. I've eaten here more than any other restaurant in Philadelphia- or anywhere else. Bistro Romano is consistently great. Quality, freshness, portions are all superb. Try their seafood bisque if they have it. It's phenomenal! I'm especially fond of their red sauce. Bistro Romano is my favorite Italian restaurant- period!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2014

Our party of 4 visited Bistro Romano on a Saturday night in June and selected the Summer Sizzling Menu. The food and service was excellent. We had an enjoyable night and would recommend this restaurant. On a side note, there was a private event being held on the main floor so the noise level was energetic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2014

What a terrific place. Start to finish, from being seated through dessert - a great dinner experience. Get the table side Caesar. Awesome. Terrific wine list and Bistro-specialty drinks. Well executed entrees and firing and delivery of multi courses was done just right. Even on a busy night we did not feel rushed. And the layout. Wow. A cool space. Like having dinner in a century old wine cellar, or an old European hideaway. Very cool.
A bit pricey but not overly so. Worth it in any case. PS Be sure to view the wood structure over the bar on the main floor and ask about it. A neat story behind it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2014

In a City where "good" isn't good enough, Bistro Romano is really terrific. Great food and nice atmosphere. We go there frequently.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 25, 2014

Celebrated my birthday (with a coupon for a free dinner, they send me one every year) with a quiet dinner for two. The food was excellent from appetizer to dessert. It was the best dinner I've had at any restaurant in a long time, and I eat out 4 or 5 times a month. It's a shame it's located in Philly which I generally avoid because of the local hostility to automobiles and severe lack of reasonably priced parking.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 25, 2014

We've never been disappointed! Consistently delicious food and service, great candlelight atmosphere. Everything was perfect!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 25, 2014

My girlfriend and I took my mom here for her birthday because we always make fun of her for always getting a Caesar salad or something else simple like that wherever we go. I had read that Bistro Romano is known for having the best Caesar salad in the city, and people weren't wrong! The rest of the food was really great too, but every ingredient that the waiter put in the salad right next to the table stood out on its own so well. Our waiter himself was very accommodating as well: he had actually dished out the salad a little too generously to the first three of us, so he quickly made another whole salad for my dad to be fair. I would easily recommend this to anyone!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2014

On Saturday we went to busy to Romano for the second time. The service was not nearly as good as our first visit. I had a fish entree which came with mussels. The odor smelled like the Atlantic ocean. I didn't send it back but the waiter didn't even question why my entire entree was basically untouched.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2014

First time visiting this restaurant. We went with friends. The bar area was fantastic and the restaurant downstairs was unique and quite pleasing.
The service was excellent and everyone was very attentive. While the food was good, but it was expensive in relation to the amount that was served. We ordered two appetizers to split between four of us, and there was barely enough for everyone to get one bite of each. And don't forget that you have to pay to park - although the restaurant validates your parking ticket for the garage one block away, we still had to pay $18 (instead of the $25 that it would have been). Overall I thought it was good, but would probably opt to try other places in the area before returning here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 21, 2014

My wife and I have dined at BR on 3 separate occasions. Each time the service was great and the food outstanding. From the appetizers, of course the Caesar's salad, entrees and dessert, everything is top notch. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice place to have dinner with family our a significant other. 5 STARS!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 20, 2014

Bistro Romano never disappoints. The service is unfailingly professional, the food well prepared and the selection of menu choices varied, with a very nice touch of having separate gluten free and other allergy-sensitive listings for certain items. The wine list is extensive and many varieties are available by the glass as well as by the bottle. There is often a pianist in the upstairs bar whose musical is audible - pleasantly so - in the lower level seating area. Successful for several decades and it is easy to see why - you don't go home hungry, the owner and staff care that you enjoy the food and the experience, the food is well prepared and served and the price range is reasonable. Always a pleasure to eat here.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2014

Food is off the charts, server staff is excellent, ambiance is very romantic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 14, 2014

The food was out of this world! My husband and I were so pleased. The service however was not formal and no etiquette was followed, our original 3 wine choices were not available, and the overall service was rushed. I would go back for the food, but don't expect 5 star service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 14, 2014

Im a big history buff and this place was so fascinating! The food was perfect i couldn't have asked for a better experience. If your in the neighborhood you have to check this place out

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2014

Bistro Romano is one of our favorite go-to restaurants for special occasions. It is usually quiet and romantic, as it was on this occasion, allowing us to have a conversation without being drowned out by loud music and noisy groups, as is so often the case these days. We highly recommend Bistro Romano for excellent Italian food, impeccable service and fine ambience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2014

Every time we go to Philadelphia, which is about twice per year, we make it a point to go to Bistro Romano. It has never let us down.
Be sure to ask for Nolan as your waiter.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 5, 2014

We have always had a wonderful meal at Bistro Romano. ALWAYS !! I love the Cobb Salad. It's huge, so you can share it. The service is exceptional. ALWAYS!! Love it.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 1, 2014

We had a lovely dinner experience at the Bistro Romano. It's a cHarming bistro in an old historical building serving very good Italian fare. The crispy duck was fabulous, as was the Caesar salad prepared at the table.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2014

Interesting to look at with exposed brick, but this is a restaurant to go to for drinking Manhattans and Rye and soda, and getting a boring and gooey piece of chicken with a side of mushy spaghetti. Service wasn't stellar wither. A shame. maybe at some point they'll upgrade from the 1960s

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2014

Outstanding Italian dishes in a great historical building

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 30, 2014

We loved the feel and ambiance of the place, lighting perfect in the cellar. Live pianist at the bar. All very nice but we were not pleased with the food and I have to say, we are not tough to please. Table side Caesar salads were the best part of the meal. Ordered an app portion of risotto as it is a favorite of ours and it really was bland and flavorless. Veal saltimboca was so overpowered with sage, it was hard to eat. Chicken bracciole....had sort of a sweet and sour flavor going....really strange. Service good. I would not bother to go back; there is just too much great food in the area....I just don't know what is going on with this place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 30, 2014

I'll be back! I had the sea bass entree which was amazing. Also, tiramisu is excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 28, 2014

Lovely basement dining room transports you to another place and time. Great pastas, generous portions, and superb kids offerings.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2014

I have been to this restaurant before and everything was amazing! This past experience didn't go as well. We could never find our waitress. We had to ask other staff members to order, get our drinks etc. It took a significant amount of time between each course for our food to arrive. In fact our appetizers was warm when it was supposed to be served cold. The food wasn't as good as it was in the past. And the wait staff was below mediocre. Overall this experience wasn't good for us. And I'm not sure we would come back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2014

I took my wife to Bistro Romano to celebrate her birthday and what an excellent choice it was!! We arrived an hour before our reservation to have cocktails at the bar and the bartender was wonderful. I believe his name was Ryan or Brian. The gave us an appetizer on the house while we enjoyed our cocktails which was a very nice treat. Our dinner was spectacular!! I would highly recomend Bistro Romano for any special occasion or just for dinner!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2014

Bistro Romano is a beautiful place, with a lovely, antique and wood bar and candlelit dining room. My dining companion has special food restrictions and the waiter and the chef were very accommodating. Our dinners were delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 25, 2014

I have been here many times and Bistro Romano never fails. Our party of four were seated right away. The servers were attentive but not overly so. The specials for the evening absolutely wowed the table. The Tilapia, Swordfish and Pasta with Lamb Ragout were phenomenal. The meat eater in our group loved the Filet Mignon. If you want a great meal in a beautiful setting, then you must visit Bistro Romano.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 24, 2014

Enjoyed the food. Menu has interesting choices. Service was a bit slow. Our food was served almost an hour after we were seated. Waiter had an off night. Forgot to bring our espresso with dessert. It happens.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 23, 2014

Our waiter, Nolan, was absolutely amazing. We had great food and wine and would absolutely suggest dining at Bistro Romano.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 23, 2014

Five stars for atmosphere service and food. A quiet romantic little place with reasonably priced fare and wonderful service. Now one of our favorite places and we will be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2014

THE CEASER SEAFOOD SALAD MADE TABLE SIDE IS THE BEST.IF YOU GET ON THERE LIST YOU CAN GET GREAT THINGS LIKE WOW WOW WEDNESDAY THREE COURSE FOR $35.00.ANYTHING ON MENU

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 19, 2014

It is always a pleasure to eat at this restaurant. The service is great and the food is even better!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 18, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary at Bistro Romano (where we had our first date). We arrived to a table covered in rose petals and heard "Happy Anniversary" all night from the staff! We had an excellent dinner and dessert was on them! We felt like we received very special treatment on our very special day. We love Bistro Romano and like the idea of going there every year for our anniversary.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 17, 2014

My husband and I dined here because the reviews were good and it looked like an interesting place. The ambiance was good but our waiter wasn't very friendly and the food was only average. We dined at the Olive Garden the next night and it was better! Perhaps just an off night?

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Bistro Romano has been one of my favorite restaurants for more than twenty years. A special place!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Found this restaurant by accident. Since finding Bistro Romano, I don't want to go anywhere else! Friendliest staff. Incredible young manager. They really know how to make your dining experience a real experience.

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