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Bistro Romano

4.8
3608 Reviews
$30 and under
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 32nd 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 5:00PM

What 3608 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarlV
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going there for years. Always a wonderful experience.

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vipaudbenrnc
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Always a great meal. Love.it here

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Debbie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Romano was a win win unexpected treat. Convenient parking for Philly, fantastic rustic Italian ambiance and superb staff. Our meal was delicious and we will be returning for more!

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Karan
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with beautiful ambience.
The restaurant staff was very kind and helpful. Good vegetarian menu.

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Dimitrije
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! The food was served so quickly and it was amazing. The service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Took our friends for their first time - we go 1-2 times per year for last 30 years. Reserved wine cellar for first time. Food was excellent as always. Disappointed in fact server did not offer up specials to us - we had to ask and he got menus. Also, he did not clear dirty dishes. End of meal, we asked and received limoncello as stated in offer - paid our bill and tipped 20+% even on top of the $25 wine cellar charge. My friend accidentally spilled limoncello and we asked if we all could have more - as it was half the shot glass - and were told unfortunately no. Overall, we love Bistro and will be back again as will our friends.

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RebeccaW
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I visit Philadelphia every 4-6 weeks for work. I discovered this gem over a year ago and very time I am i town, I have dinner here. It is the only place I try different dishes. I generally eat the same dish over and over. I have never been disappointed by the food or service. Top notch

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. Matt, our server was incredibly attentive and so helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall was a lovely experience, would definitely come back!

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MichaelPaul
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to Bistro Romano for Valentine’s Weekend but before the specific menu so we had all of the available options. The food was very delicious and came out much more quickly than anticipated. Service was friendly and timely. The ambiance is also perfect for a date night. Would highly recommend not only for dates/special occasions, but for families looking to get good Italian food.

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WillTravelforGoodFood
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Bistro Romano is a beautiful restaurant. Our visit this time was a bit disappointing. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and were seated right away downstairs. Our server said hello and asked if we were ready to order. No beverage order first. He wanted to take our entire order. We are on a date night; no rush. I asked if we could have drinks first. I shouldn't have to ask. He brought our drinks and then we ordered. We received our Caesar salad before our drinks! I actually said, "Please slow down!". We received our drinks and then began our salads. Our food arrived a short time later. My husband had the Bolognese. It was good. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli. It was lukewarm and by the time I ate the second ravioli, it was cold. Our server took our plates; didn't offer desserts or after drinks; again we had to ask. A young couple near us experienced the same rush. I believe this server needs new training for a restaurant of this type. They were on a date night as well and had to tell the server they wanted drinks first too. This is not a fast food restaurant; it is a fine dining establishment and patrons should be afforded the time to enjoy it. During Covid, we just appreciate being out but were hoping for a more relaxing evening without feeling rushed.

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Alyssa
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall had a time this past Friday for an early Valentine’s Day dinner. Our waiter was great and gave us recommendations and they were delicious. The appetizer and dessert were just average. The special, ricotta gnudi was delicious. Would go back and try new things for sure. The ambiance was great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love this place!! My wife and I go about once a year on special occasions and fall in love all over again! Fantastic food, ambiance and service! Try something new everytime we go and have not been disappointed. We'll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Italian place in Philly, we love it there, the food is amazing, the service is great and the ambiance is fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing experience! Our waiter, Danny, was so nice and they have a wine sommelier there who helped us pick out an awesome wine for dinner. Couldnt have asked for a better experience

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vipchuck
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NEVER disappointed with Bistro !!! Been dining here for 10 years. Food was outstanding, service was equally outstanding. Although I do miss the Caesar Salad mixed table-side, it came already plated and was good. Worth the trip from NJ.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipSuburbanphillygirl
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our 4th date- a-versary. Our third time dining and it was wonderful. Matt was our waiter and treated us well. The food was delicious.

Bistro Romano
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thanks for celebrating your date-a-versary, love that, at Bistro! We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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JonJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a GREAT dining experience under the shelter for the old Farmers Market. Heaters were everywhere, and we followed the tip to bring blankets for our laps. It was 35 degrees, but we couldn't feel that! Very picturesque there, with cobblestone streets and twinkly-lighted shops on either side. It was SO NICE to have a dining room feel (chatty diners) with COVID precautions; other patrons seated at least 12 feet away and we were in open air. AND THE FOOD!!! It was amazing from start to finish. We were in awe of the staff's ability to transport food from the restaurant half a block away and have it arrive piping hot. There was plenty of leftovers for the next night's dinner at home. The experience of dining outside in winter, during a pandemic, was part of the allure. And Bistro Romano delivered!

Bistro Romano
Responded on February 6, 2021

Your review surely gives future guests a glimpse of what to expect when dining outdoor at the historic Shambles along with tips to stay warm! The heaters and plastic side panels have been doing a great job keeping guests comfy. Glad you enjoyed our food and service and appreciate you sharing extra tidbits regarding the beautiful Society Hill neighborhood. Thanks for joining us! Team BR.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
161 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For me it was a great experience as always. Thank you all very much.

Bistro Romano
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thank you very much!! Glad you enjoyed. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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Brianna
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was arguably one of the best dinners I have ever had...and I frequently go out to eat. My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate my birthday and I was certainly not disappointed. I would HIGHLY recommend this place. A great feature to the menu is that all pasta dishes (except lasagna) can be ordered as a half size. This was a perfect size for an appetizer. We ordered the gnocchis, risotto, veal saltimbocca, and lobster raviolis and for dessert we went with espresso martinis! Overall everything was absolutely amazing. Also, shout out to our server, Matt, who did an awesome job at making my birthday dinner feel special! :)

Bistro Romano
Responded on February 6, 2021

Happy Birthday! Thanks for celebrating with us; delighted we made your top list of best dinners ever. You surely selected many of our popular house-made pastas; next time we will be sure to cut the lasagne in half to meet your portion request; not as easy to half as the others so it might look a little lop-sided but it will surely taste amazing. Thanks for the high marks; your review surely makes us feel special. Team BR.

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JDH1
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were top notvh!

Bistro Romano
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thanks for the great review and for joining us. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was fantastic and we loved everything about the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had an amazing experience, as always, dining outdoors at Bistro Romano. The staff are always incredibly friendly, and the food was delicious. It is original, elevated Italian food that’s perfect for a special occasion.

Bistro Romano
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thanks for joining us and sharing your experience dining outdoor; we value the high marks. Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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vipBucksMark
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining in the farmer’s market pavilion right down the road (1/2 block). Staff was super accommodating. We stayed warm with a light jacket in 28 degree weather. Cozier if you bring a blanket for your lap. A really pleasant experience and the food was great.

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 25, 2021

Great to hear you enjoyed our outdoor dining room; it's been well received by guests. And yes an extra layer or blanket as you say keeps ya cozy and the delish food and wine warm ya up! We look forward to your return; thanks for sharing your experience. Team BR.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing from the appetizer to the entrees, dessert and cappuccino. Will definitely be back!!!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
161 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had both the Chicken Confit Salad and the Pan-Roasted Ribeye excellent thanks for the delicious dinner.

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 25, 2021

You are most welcome for the delicious dinner; thank you for joining us, glad you enjoyed Chef's additions which are always popular and as you say, excellent. We agree and look forward to seeing you soon. Team BR.

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vipPat204
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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vipGreat
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best Caesar salad
Great owners was my birthday and the treated me so well
Great service and food

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 25, 2021

Thanks for sharing your Birthday with us; glad you enjoyed! We're a fan of the Caesar too. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and the food and service was absolutely amazing. We were warm enough and the food was incredible. Chris was the manager and he stopped by a couple of times to make sure everything was to our liking as well as recommend excellent wine to pair with our meals.
Highly recommend Bistro Romano and we will be back during our next Philly Trip! Thanks for a wonderful date night!

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 21, 2021

Bistro Romano loves a date night; thanks for spending yours with us and for the great review. We appreciate it and look forward to your return. Team BR.

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RaymondP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. We sat outside so the noise level was a little high. It's a very busy area. We have sat inside before and it's very quiet and romantic. Always a great choice for a meal. The restaurant and wait staff took good care of us and was very attentive.

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 21, 2021

Appreciate you giving The Shambles at Headhouse Square a try; two unique settings indeed yet the same excellent food and service with both. Glad to hear "amazing", thank you! Team BR.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
363 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here
The staff is professional and adheres to safety standards
The food is delicious

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 21, 2021

Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the high marks, we appreciate it. Team BR.

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vipMichaelF
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Dined outdoors in the middle of Headhouse Square. Out of necessity but would have preferred indoors! Kudos to waitstaff who constantly had to schlep 1/2 block back and forth to restaurant

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 21, 2021

Thanks for your review. We are open indoor now at 25% capacity with all Covid standards in place including table spacing, plexiglass and upgraded HVAC system with increased outdoor return airflow. Seating at Headhouse Square continues. Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite cold outside but the staff made sure we were somewhat warm with a small heater by our table. Very friendly staff, great service and delicious food. Definitely will be returning soon.

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 13, 2021

Yes Saturday was a chilly one, thanks for joining us and for the great review. Glad you enjoyed the food and service and that you will return. Hope to see you soon. Thanks. Team BR.

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
161 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Fried Polenta and the Grilled Beef Medallion's, both of which were delicious. I had an excellent time, as always and enjoyed everything about it, even the cold.
Both Kate and Makenzie did a fantastic job of making the customers, that I saw, happy and enjoy their dinning experience. Outside and in the cold none the less.
Kudos to all of the staff, and that's why I keep coming back. And the food of course, that's a given.

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 13, 2021

Delighted to hear you enjoyed the Chef's additions on Saturday and along with the chilly temps. We agree our team does a fantastic job and all are thankful for our valued guests and friends who return regularly. There's no Team BR without our guests! Thanks -- we look forward to seeing you soon! Team BR.

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Nickd76
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Romano turned the outdoor dining experience to a whole other level. Despite dining in 35-degree weather, we were kept warm under the historic Second Street Market Pavillion. I was concerned the food would be delivered cold because it was walked over from the restaurant a half a block away. However, the servers were exceptional in delivering our meals hot and delicious!

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 13, 2021

Glad you enjoyed your recent visit and thanks for the 5star. We appreciate and value the high marks. Team BR.

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vipJenny
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were so impressed with our recent experience at Cafe Romano. We prepared ourselves for slow service and lukewarm food, but needlessly so. The service staff had so many challenges and they worked very hard to deliver top-notch service. The manager and assistant manager jumped in to cover them when needed. The food was excellent and the wine list is a fantastic value. Kudos to the team for pulling this off during the indoor dining restrictions and local construction to boot!

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 4, 2021

Thanks for joining us; glad we delivered on food, wine and service. We strive to WOW and are delighted you started your New Year with us. Thanks again, Team BR.

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vipMattP
Philadelphia
242 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal! We love the short rib croquettes. The filet was perfectly prepared as was the seared tuna. The black pepper pasta was a great second course. The service is always top shelf. The manager Chris is a natural. We will return soon.

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 4, 2021

Thanks for starting 2021 with us; we always look forward to seeing you and appreciate you sharing the high praise for the food and service. Look forward to your return. Team BR.

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LaurenG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Was really cool to sit in the outdoor yurt.

Bistro Romano
Responded on January 4, 2021

Thanks for joining us for NYE; appreciate the high praise. Yes, the yurts are cool and offer a completely different atmosphere for dining. Let us know when you wish to return -- your yurt awaits!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
161 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you . I enjoyed everything about tonight .

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 26, 2020

Wonderful & thank you!!

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Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Bistro Romano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 925-8880.

Bistro Romano is rated 4.8 stars by 3608 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Romano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=819163bf.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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