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Bistro Romano

4.8
3664 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 - 6:00PM

What 3664 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time for my mom’s birthday, very comfortable, felt safe, great service and value and can’t wait to go back! Food as always was excellent, thank you!

Bistro Romano
Responded 3 days ago

Glad you enjoyed; thanks for celebrating Mom at Bistro & for the 5star on food, service & safety. Team BR.

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LoriP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Hostess was very welcoming. Food was very good. The bread and sun dried tomato spread was awesome. Short rib croquettes, an appetizer, were a little dry. Bianca Sangria was great.

Our waitress did seem to forget about us towards the end of our main entrees. We had no food nor drink left and we were kind of just waiting. Who I think was a manager or the owner did walk by our table a handful of times and so we asked him for the check. Our waitress did then come over with the check, and not that we wanted anything else, but we were not asked if we wanted dessert or another drink. Our waitress was nice, she just seemed to have forgotten about us.

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vipRobert
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific. The food is amazing. It's a wonderful ambiance. And the service was spectacular

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vipallytringali
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the city! Incredible food & service

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DavidD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful setting for my girlfriend and I’s anniversary dinner. Food was excellent. We were seated in the private wine cellar room. It made for a very romantic dinner evening!

Bistro Romano
Responded 3 days ago

Delighted our candlelit wine cellar played a part in your important anniversary celebration and that you found the food excellent. We value your recommendation and 5stars. Cheers. Team BR.

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vipShonta19125
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro R crew and all the fixings are outstanding. For over 12 years Ive been a happy dining customer and they never cease to amaze me. Mike does not miss anything and he does not cut corners on the quality of the authenticity, quality, taste and finer food and drinks. They continue to offer continuity and resilience. Also, Wil the server was outstanding and so kind. He paid close attention to detail and offered award wining service with 100% customer service excellence.

Thanks for welcoming me and my husband this evening. It was so GREAT to see you all again.

See you soon.

Bistro Romano
Responded 4 days ago

It was great seeing you both; glad we could catch up a bit. Thanks for the 5star review along with your compliments, we appreciate it. Twelve years, time flies! Team BR.

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Chris
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service was great, Victor the manager was very attentive. They made sure to check on food safety for the person who has food allergies.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to celebrate my friends’ birthday and it was great! The server and runner were so nice and helped us order new foods for us to try. We even tried their homemade Limoncello!They also helper serve and cut the cake I brought in as well.

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TimD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. All safety protocols in effect. Excellent all around!

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the 5stars; great food & service in a safe environment is on the menu at Bistro. Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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DeborahH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anna was great! Food was amazing, thank you for accomadatinv my special request!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great service.

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

Your comments are exactly what we want for all of our guests. Thank you for your visit; glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience and service all amazing!! Joey was a fantastic server!

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

Three for three, we'll take it! Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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vipJayphilippe626
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. The filet and Burrato appetizer were so good .

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4747ca
Singapore
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice evening and good food and wine options. The food was copious, a little too much for some of us, and of a high standard. The desserts were nice too. I wouldn't go so far as to say amazing or memorable but very nice.

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience & for the 5stars, we appreciate it. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, our server was Awesome,

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!! Team BR.

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KyongK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm somewhat a regular here so I enjoy the food. I was here for a business dinner for a visiting executive from a client company. The only issue for the evening was they ran out of the Tiramisu for dessert. No complaints otherwise.

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

A Bistro VIP indeed. Apologies about the tiramisu; guests that evening shared your fondness hence the sellout. We appreciate being your go-to for client dinners and with your family as well. See you soon. Thanks, Team BR.

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
221 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been going to bistro Romano for many years they know me and it's sort of a family situation now the food does not disappoint. I usually have the veal saltimbocca which is delicious. And I also had the roasted cauliflower soup which was just outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super nice and on top of everything! The food was the most delicious Italian food I have ever had. It is a pricier restaurant, but completely worth it. Will absolutely be back!

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vipCelesteL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as always!! Caesar salad is the best I have ever had; never dissapoints.

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

Terrific.....super! Thanks for the extra kudos for our Caesar, must say we agree!! Thanks again, Team BR.

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vipLeandro
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

When you go stick to the food they're known for such as the Caesar Salad and any pasta with bolognese. The rest is just average.
The wine store at the entrance of the restaurant is confusing since we asked the hostess and she said that we could have, at the table, any wine you'd buy at the store, but as soon as we sat down, the waitress said that we received wrong information and that we needed to order from the wine list.

Bistro Romano
Responded 5 days ago

Glad we had an opportunity to speak, thank you. Our apologies for any confusion. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for my mother in laws birthday. Overall we had a great experience. Definitely will go back.

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Ronron
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my third time there this year and I have enjoyed each experience! The food is amazing! The overall atmosphere and ambience is very warm and romantic too. The service has been top notch as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t recommend this place enough! Very delicious, great service and ambiance.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat upstairs next to the bar and our waiter/the bartender (forgot his name) was very accomodating and knowledgeable of the menu!

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viptracy
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for joining us for your Birthday celebration and your note. Team BR.

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CherylR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I'm always a fan of Bistro Romano. The food is great and the service is impeccable. I hadn't been there in quite some time, but was pleased that they were following Covid protocols and I felt very comfortable.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for returning and for the 5's on food the safety of our guests glad you felt very comfortable enjoying dinner inside the Granary. Thanks again, Team BR.

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vipJoeW
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ...Service was superb. Veal and fillet sooo delicious. Cauliflower bisque was sooo good .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Considerate staff, lovely and cozy ambience.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for the 5star; enjoying the food, service & ambience is exactly what we want for our guests. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from beginning to end! Food, service, atmosphere! The lobster ravioli and rib eye steak were out of this world as was the carrot cake.Michael, the owner was so nice, accommodating, attentive. My favorite restaurant in Philly.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for the high honor of favorite, we'll take it & appreciate it! Thanks too for the great review and for sharing your favorites. Team BR.

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AmyV
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots to eat in the city. Delicious! Can't wait to go back.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for including us on your favorite list! Glad you enjoyed and look forward to you return. Team BR.

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lmg1
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend to Bistro Romano for his birthday. We ordered Gnocchi and Lasagna with Lamb ragout and both were delicious and hearty. The downstairs seating is cavernous, moody, and beautiful. Our server was so attentive and personable (I believe his name is Gelli).

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for the high marks and for celebrating with us. Glad you enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Team BR.

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BenF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic setting very friendly staff was very helpful
made for a great first date!!

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Glad you enjoyed the granary ambience; thanks for choosing us for this important first date. Team BR.

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vipBernie
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect!!!

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DM210
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good. Service was ok. Server seemed a little overwhelmed.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Glad you enjoyed the food yet disappointed to hear about the service. We did try to reach you, left a voicemail to learn more about your visit and to apologize you did not experience the exceptional service for which we are known. Should you wish to speak to us kindly call 215.925.8880. We appreciate it when our guests let us know if we fell short in order to improve. We hope to hear from you. Thanks, Team BR.

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cookie
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful evening. We were seated downstairs as per our request. Our server was extremely attentive. We chose the 5 course Chefs choice. Every course was better than the last.

What a memorable evening. We will definitely be back.

Muriel Kruger

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Delighted to hear of your memorable evening regarding the Chef Tasting & service. Thanks for joining us and for this excellent review. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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Ronron
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome menu. Delicious food

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Thank you! Thanks for joining us & for the high marks.

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RebeccaW
Pinehurst
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails my expectations, food, wine and service always excellent

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Great review! Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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vipLaura
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove from NJ to have a meal here. Discovered this gem a few years ago . Last night we went with the tasting menu which pairs wines with each course. Started with a lovely Rose sparkling wine. The chef sent over a pepper pureed soup that was creamy and delicious. We had the choice of letting the chef choose our courses or we could choose ourselves. We had a few diet restrictions so we chose. After the soup came a juicy tender octopus appetizer paired with a Smooth white wine. Followed up by 2 short rib croquettes accompanied by a tasty Montepulcino. To say stuffed at this point was an understatement but our server slowed everything down bringing the bottles of wine to show us what we were drinking. We never felt in anyway rushed. Next course was an amazing homemade fettuccine in a meaty bolognese which came with a very smooth housemade chianti that we immediately ordered bottles to take home with us. Our main course was the veal saltimbucca. Thin slices of tender veal with a crispy prosciutto and just the right amount of cheese with a delicious wine reduction over a pureed mash potato. They paired the veal with a fabulous Argentinian Malbec. Dessert was a chocolate cake of some sort that my chocolate loving husband scooped up. This was accompanied by a glass of port. The whole dinner was an experience I would highly recommend. The portions are generous as was the wine pour so you will be more then satisfied. The atmosphere is very romantic. The whole table has to join the experience in order for you to participate and it is well worth the ride from NJ. The 4 of us have dined in many restaurants in NJ and NYC as well as traveled alot and we all agreed one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. You also couldnt beat the value for all the food and wine we had. We will definitely be back

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Your review presents a wonderful detail of the Chef Tasting certainly the experience we want for our guests. Your attention to detail is a pleasure to read regarding your courses, wines & service. We are thrilled to be on your Best Dining Experience list. Glad to hear you enjoyed the wines & purchased a few to go. The Wine Shoppe invites our guests to select a bottle to uncork at home & remember your night at Bistro! Thanks, Team BR.

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JULIEP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service was great! Atmosphere was amazing!

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Three for three! Delighted you enjoyed & thanks for sharing your great review. Thanks for dining with us. Team BR.

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Siti
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally a perfect temporary escape when u need one. The service was of the best I have experienced, there were no gaps anywhere. The entire staff are in complete sync over there, keep it up !

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Glad to hear Bistro delivered for you; appreciate the kudos on service. Thanks for the 5star! Team BR.

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Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with 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 3664 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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