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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 (68)
Special Occasion (61)
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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 (33)
Worth the Drive (30)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Casual (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Live Music (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Late-night Find (7)
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)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Waterfront (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Had a wonderful time visiting this restaurant for the first time during Restaurant Week! The ambiance is magnificient, and I was mesmerized as we were led to the lower level of the restaurant. The mozzarella salad had a great presentation and all the ingredients were fresh. My lobster ravioli were delicious (I could have eaten a double portion), and the cannoli that I chose for dessert was wonderful! All in all, a great experience! Will definitely return for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Out of 120 restaurants lined up for restaurant week, we decided to go with Bistro Romano and I'm glad we did! The restaurant was very nice with a rustic feel, soft lights and some very nice music playing. Service was quick and courteous, checking on us from time to time. The food was delicious, having been flavorful and filling. I honestly feel this is a great place for anyone looking to dress up and experience something more elegant or just a nice place to relax and eat after a long day's work. Would certainly dine here again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I've never been disappointed at Bistro Romano. Restaurant Week menu was fabulous. The mushroom soup, gnocchi, lobster ravioli and tiramasu were all stellar dishes. Service was impeccable, as always.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were there during Restaurant week, visiting from out of town. That's not a fair time to gauge a place with a prix fixe menu so you may not get the dish that drew you to the place. The waiter was a bit stressed, understandably, but the ambience and food was worth a second non-Restaurant week visit some day.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food, great environment, friendly waiters and ovreally good experience. Would go again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We went there for Restaurant Week unknowingly. It was our first time to Philadelphia and I picked it from reviews on TripAdvisor. They did not disappoint everything was wonderful from the appetizers to the desert. Would definitely recommend it and if we come back to Philadelphia we will definitely there again. The banquet manager took exceptional care of us when she realized that we had waited a few extra minutes for our table.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Our first meal on one of our regular trips to the US. Our biological clocks read 12.30am but the meal and venue were good enough to hold us awake. Food was first rate, service good and not over the top. Portion sizes comfortable for an English visitor. Altogether a great night out. We would happily revisit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Lovely historic restaurant. Food was excellent, wine was exceptional. Our server, Florian, was very attentive and informative.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Had a great evening with friends - the food was terrific and our server was friendly and fun.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was excellent. The server was attentive. The live piano player was very good. The dining room has a lot of character.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Had the pasta with sausage and it was delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had an incredible experience thanks to our server Ricardo and his colleagues. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

My boyfriend and I were in Philly from New York just for a day to celebrate his birthday. We just quickly googled restaurant for dinner and were blown away by the quality, and amazing experience we had at Bistro Romano. The food, the service, and the entire atmosphere made it the perfect night for us. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone to come and dine here!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We have known of this place for years but always favored other Italian places in South Philly and around town. That being said m, we were very pleased to have had a weeknight dinner out with my wife's mother. We were very impressed with the unobtrusive yet attentive service. While the menu was not overly long, it pitched to its strengths and the quality of the cooking was excellent. Notably, the risotto accompanying the divers scallops was very toothsome. Rich and creamy, yet al dente, as it should be, and not an overcooked puree consistency as too many places prepare it. There was a reasonable list of wines by the glass to accommodate our small group's varied preferences.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was ok, my meal was cold. Even though my sister told them she was alergic to eggs they would not do our Caesar Salad without them, therefore my sister could not eat hers. The service was not accommodating their customers requests.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

My Wife & I ate dinner there Labor Day. The wait staff was attentive and very funny. The food was excellent. My Wife & I love their downstairs dining area. We definitely recommend them.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was was great (I recommend the lobster ravioli). It is a Beautiful historic place. The staff from the hostess to the managers to the person who brought the bread were so nice! However, our server seemed to have an issue. It was Labor day weekend, and they might have been understaffed. They ran out of some menu items, and our server was running around like there was a fire. I didn't see any other server acting that way, so I'm not sure what the issue was, but it did put a damper on what would have been a really nice experience.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We're out-of-towners and this was our first visit. The hostess and bartender were very attentive and friendly. We dined in the dark, rustic basement, which is lovely. The place is a converted historic residence, so has an Old World vibe. Very unique. The food is very good. We had the Caesar salad for two; it's prepared tableside, which is a good show. It is no overstatement to declare that this was the best Caesar salad we've ever had in a restaurant! If you go to Bistro Romano, you absolutely must get this (assuming you enjoy Caesar salad, of course). For our main dishes we each had the Calamarata, which is a play on zuppa di pesce (basically the original, Italian version of Cioppino) with pasta shaped like calamari slices (hence, "Calamarata"). This was delicious. Our sole complaint was that our server seemed tense and out of sorts. The GM, however, was very gracious and even shared a limoncello with us after dinner. It's his own concoction. Nice touch. Overall, a very memorable dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

So. Very. Romantic. We can't wait to return! The food was delicious, the service impeccable & the ambiance incomparable❤️❤️❤️

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

This was the best first date I've ever had, what an amazing experience! The ambiance was ethereal! The staff is extremely attentive, well mannered, and friendly! THE FOOD IS TO DIE FOR! The Fried Calamari is an absolute must!!!!!!! I must say I'm impressed!!!!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always a lovely meal for a memorable occasion at Bistro Romano. Delicious food and excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

The service at the bar and at the table was outstanding. The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was thoughtful and romantic. Highly recommended!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Awesome service, great atmosphere and phenomenal food. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Thank you, as always for a great meal and excellent wine.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

The service was excellent from the time we entered to the time we left. Our server was courteous, helpful, and friendly. The ambiance was excellent for the occasion and the food was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Healthy
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great diningcexperience! Foidcand service second to none. Jay was our waiter and did an incredible job!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

This place had terrible food. Ambiance was kind of a mix between romantic and sketchy. I heard it got good reviews and left feeling overly disappointed. Step it up.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food and service. Wonderful atmosphere. A must visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I have run out of things to say.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great Ambiance and excellent food. Really nice for dates or special occasions. Service was overly done to the point of annoying. No less than 10 interruptions to add an ounce to our water, and then hustling wine sales. Joked that we are bringing a do not disturb sign next time. And there will be a next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner. Neither one of us are very fond of the city, so we had never been to Bistro Romano. Needless to say, we both had a wonderful experience and would definitely return for another special occasion. The ambience was unique. It was dimly lit, but there are candles on every table for a romantic, intimate vibe. There was aslo a live piano player on the top floor; I don't recall him stopping the entire time we we're there.

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Simply amazing. Romantic ambience. Food was classy and delicious! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great table side Caesar salad.Sean the bartender was excellent and the food was excellent service was excellent

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I love bistro Romano! Their quality has been consistent for the past 13+ years I've been dining at their fine restaurant. The manager and owner are very detailed oriented and want to make sure they deliver excellent service and memorable experiences. The bar tender has been there for years and is the best! Makes my fav drink just right!

Tags: Late-night Find, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Mussels were the best I'd ever had.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Fantastic ambience. Very romantic setting. Very attentive service and very good food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Awesome, old school Italian spot. Food was great, wine list had some good selections at reasonable prices, and the service was definitely top notch. Would recommend this easily, and already have :)

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Amazing find for a romantic date night! We got 4 courses, 2 of which are photographed--the gnocchi, pork chop special, and filet mignon, all of which were spectacular.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great staff and food! The salad was made right in front of us beside the table, and our entrees were incredible! It was our anniversary so they set the table with rose petals and golden plates! It was very romantic and the staff went out of their way to give us a special experience. The dessert was hand-made for us with hearts around the plate, something the chef had never done before, but decided to do just for our dish! Definitely a gem staff and restaurant!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Absolutely wonderful in every way. We enjoyed our 12th anniversary there very much. Rose petals and gold chargers made the table beautiful. Service was outstanding and the food was exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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