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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 (81)
Good for a Date (67)
Special Occasion (62)
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Good for Anniversaries (59)
Cozy (57)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Notable Wine List (44)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Authentic (40)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Groups (18)
Casual (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Business Meals (14)
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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

Really cool ambiance and delicious food! There was a large group next to us, but the cozy setting felt private and we didn't feel like our space was being invaded at all. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

The special occasion was a father/daughter date and I was looking for great food and a nice ambiance, as well as vegetarian options for my daughter. Bistro Romano delivered on all of that. And the staff was very attentive and personable. Plus we arrived early and were seated immediately, which worked out well since we could enjoy our dinner without rushing out to part two of our date, a performance by Andrea Bocelli. Bistro Romano was well worth the drive and was a great beginning to a wonderful evening.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

service was great, very attentive they even asked if we had any food allergies, which usually restaurants don't ask that. wine selection is amazing, and food is cooked by order so it is very fresh and tasty. very romantic and quiet place. overall great atmosphere and would definitely recommend to anyone.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful scenery, great service, even better food

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have been coming to Bistro Romano for years. Pasta is delicious & Caesar salad is a must (it’s made table-side). I’d recommend for a date night maybe not for big group.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This was our first visit to Bistro Romano and what a great place! The atmosphere was quaint and very welcoming. The food was excellent and service was impeccable. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Was a really wonderful dinner night

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Phenomenal experience. Supreme food and superb service. We happened to be seated adjacent to a 20 person party, which was loud but acceptable, and without being prompted the staff asked if we'd like to relocate downstairs. Couldn't have been more pleased with the evening.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and excellent service. very romantic ambiance. Will be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I had the rabbit with cavatelle and mortadella, it was delicious.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

On various evenings, this fine spot even offers a wonderful piano lounge !

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food and service

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

EXCELLENT. I always have a great meal.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had a great time, delicious food and the service was excellent.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I went for our second anniversary and it was absolutely perfect! The service, food, and atmosphere set the mood for a romantic meal with soft jazz performed by the live pianist. I couldn’t recommend it more!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

EXCELLENT. The pasta special was delicious and the service was acceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our favorite part of the restaurant was the ambiance. The lighting and feeling of being in an old wine cellar is charming and was a perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The food was very good and we especially loved the calamari. We will definitely come back and have already recommended this place to our friends.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

A beautifully decorated restaurant with exposed brick and stone walls. Unique space. Lighting that makes everyone look good. The wait staff was attentive and with personality. The food was wonderful and the portions were just right. Our waiter did forget to tell us about the specials, but other than that, we loved it and will be back.
Pamela L

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We try to go to bistro romano at least every few months. The food is aways enjoyable and with the daily specials we get to try different dishes, we normally wouldn't order. Great place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I had an enjoyable time with the staff and of course the food was delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Really disappointed by this place. Had a reservation but weren’t seated immediately. Our server was really pushy. We ordered a wine flight to start and ordered our entrees. Not even 5 minutes after receiving our wine flight and bread, our entrees came out. We had maybe been seated for 10 minutes, we just felt very rushed and almost like they were trying to get us out of there as quickly as possible. Entrees were mediocre, I’ve had way better Italian food in the city. We asked the server for the dessert menu and not 30 seconds later he came back asking what we wanted. We literally had to tell him to come back in 20 minutes so we can enjoy ourselves and drink our wine. Awkwardly enough, another server came over and took care of us for the rest of the time we were there. I won’t be returning.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The servers were welcoming, cheerful, and attentive. The meal was delicious. Bistro Romano was an excellent choice for my husband's birthday and we will definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best Italian food in south Philly. perfect ambiance in the old wine cellar. piano player upstairs with always excellent food! Veal Saltimbocca and Filet Mignon are my 2 favorites. Roasted Cauliflower Rocks!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was super. The shrimp risotto that came with the scallops was truly outstanding, as were the brussel sprouts (with these pickled golden raisins). Delicious. Filet was cooked perfectly. My friend asked for the gnocchi with a different sauce. No problem and the gnocchi was velvety and amazing. As you can tell, we all shared because it was so good. Didn't love the calamari, but that was about it. Prices were reasonable for upscale Italian. The environment is really interesting, like phantom of the opera: all brick, stone, candles, and velvet curtains. Our booth, however, was a bit small - and we are normal sized women. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I had a delicious meal just the right amount of everything. The staff was very attentive and I enjoyed my time with you. Thanks

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My husband and I dined at Bistro Romano for our 2nd wedding anniversary. The table was quiet and private, the ambiance was amazing, the menu and service were exceptional. If you go, save room for dessert and try the Hazelnut Semi-fredo, it is absolutely delectable. I would definitely return, there are so many other menu items that I would love to try. Highly recommend this restaurant for a small group or special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We’ve been to Bistro Romano several times. We’ve never had any less than a great experience. From fantastic mixed drinks at the bar right on through to dessert and everything in between is always great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was our first time and I'm glad I chose this spot for my date. We were seated promptly at a candle lit table, the ambiance was romantic. The food, staff and the service was great. There definitely was some noise but that helped in only adding spirit to the spot and nothing bad. Highly recommend it for a date. Would definitely come back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a great meal start to finish. My wife and we're celebrating and chose Bistro Romano and it was excellent on all marks. Very attentive servers, a seriously wide wine selection and spot on dishes. Get the table side Caesar too. Wonderful to have one created that way as you watch. Just fabulous and a very romantic and cozy downstairs.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing restaurant

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I made a reservation here for my boyfriend’s birthday. We were seated almost immediately. I ordered the lobster ravioli and my boyfriend ordered the veal. They were absolutely AMAZING! The atmosphere was gorgeous, as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special night out!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I needed to be here this day. Thanks for all the people who are working to make the experience of dinning out such an amazing experience. Thanks again.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing experience. First time there and the food was amazing. We got the crap dip, gnochi pasta and the filet mignon. They were all amazing especially the filet mignon. For wine we had the Pont Noir. Amazing as well. Overall great experience !

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food is incredible and the ambiance is perfect for a romantic dinner or just to have an evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The atmosphere is beautiful and the service was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went here yesterday for our 7 year anniversary for an early dinner. Our table was decorated with rose petals upon arriving. We each had the Caesar salad and for $10 a person, it was not as great as we had hoped it would be. It seemed like a lot of the reviews talked so highly of it , which is why we tried it, but we were not that impressed. Portion sizes were okay, we didn't have any leftovers. We also got the red and white wine flights. Very delicious. For dessert, we had the chocolate torte. Just okay. However, I don't think it was mixed/beaten well (maybe the eggs/oil) because there were hard parts throughout the dessert. Service was great and didn't feel rushed throughout the night.

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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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