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Bistro Romano

4.8
3580 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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Experiences

  • Valentine Weekend Menu

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2021

    Chef's Four Course Tasting Menu Offered on February 13 and 14 Menu includes chef's creations: Crab Toast, Caesar Salad, Burrata, Tomato Basil Bisque, Truffle Gnocchi, Calamarata, Braised Beef Short Rib, Lobster, Crab, & Chocolate Heart. See the menu: https://www.bistroromano.com/menus/

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
What 3580 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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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGreat
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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
360 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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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
159 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
159 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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viproadwarrior
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Because of the pandemic, seating was in an outside space. It was quite cold, but the staff was very helpful in making sure we had heaters and were comfortable. The food was fantastic, but the wine, a super Tuscan was not so great. Still, Bistro Romano will remain one of our go to restaurants for authentic Italian food.

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 26, 2020

Delighted we delivered with fantastic food and heaters. We would of course been happy to replace the super tuscan offering tastes until you found something that was a wow for you to enjoy while dining. We strive to exceed the expectations of our guests and there is never an issue to make any changes real time; we want all our guests to leave pleased. Thanks for joining us; glad to see you will return. Team BR.

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SueG
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner outdoors which included our two children. All of the food was superb (most notably the delicious filet mignon, which was perfectly cooked, and the delectable octopus) and we were offered two heat lamps! Our server was a very nice gentleman and we were felt quite pleased to have such a special celebration.

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 26, 2020

Thanks for celebrating your Anniversary with us and for sharing some highlights from your visit. Cheers to your Anniversary & Family! Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were absolutely delicious! The ambiance of their outdoor seating is lovely and festive. Everyone was very attentive and amazing the way they are making this work without skipping a beat for a terrific experience all the way around. Thank you for a wonderful evening out! We applaud all the staff

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 21, 2020

Delighted to hear you enjoyed our food, service and ambiance; very appreciative of your high praise! Thanks again for joining us. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing food and service would recommend !

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
159 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I had was exceptional and the hostess Olivia knocked it out of the park .

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 14, 2020

Your exceptional, glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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Chuckz
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As many times as we've been there, can't think of any time we didn't enjoy the meal. First time we ever ate outside. If anything, after explaining to our son what was on the salmon, he ordered it. Turned out he didn't like all the toppings. The fish was no problem.

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 14, 2020

While we are glad your son enjoyed the salmon our apologies the rest of the dish was not too his liking; we certainly could have made something that was more enjoyable rest assured. Delighted and thanks that you returned with your family to dine outdoor at the Shambles. You are longtime guests and we value your continued support of Bistro Romano. Thanks Chuck. Team BR.

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ChristaG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the chef's tasting and could not have asked for a better experience. All servers were friendly and checked in on us at every course. The selection of foods was perfectly curated and we could not have asked for a better experience!

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 8, 2020

Glad you enjoyed our outdoor dining at the Shambles and the Chef's Tasting which is very popular and a delicious way to sample the menu. Thanks for your review; we look forward to your return. Team BR.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
361 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime we come we feel so safe and welcome
The food and service are wonderful
And the sanitation is excellent
Keep up the good work

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 8, 2020

Thanks for joining us at the Shambles, & for the kudos. Glad you enjoyed and look forward to your return. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, friendly staff and pet friendly outdoor tables made it a perfect afternoon. Thank you.

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JoeD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable, the atmosphere was great, and the food was outstanding. The menu has added some wonderful items and all of them quite good.

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 5, 2020

Impeccable service, outstanding food and great atmosphere is certainly want we want for our guests. We appreciate the high praise and thank you for joining us. Team BR.

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PamelaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I ordered a lemon drop martini which was very good. My friend order a glass of wine- Cabernet. Our entrees- risotto and brodetto- were excellent. We were stuffed, but had enough room for dessert. We ordered zeppole and tiramisu- they both were amazing. And we topped off our meal with limoncellos. What a fantastic meal!

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 5, 2020

Excellent selections and a nice finish with the cellos. Thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed and we look forward to your return. Team BR.

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vipDragonfly
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony and Sean are wonderful people! We always enjoy seeing them and appreciate how well they take care of us. This is my go to restaurant.

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 24, 2020

Thanks for the high praise, glad you enjoyed. We appreciate you! Team BR.

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vipMattP
Philadelphia
242 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening we had at Bistro Romano. The outdoor dining did not skip a beat from the quality we have always experienced at Bistro. We were welcomed and treated like old friends. The food was exceptional. The outdoor seating was very romantic and the service was flawless. The manager Chris was on point with his wine choice for us. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and can't wait to return.

Bistro Romano
Responded on December 5, 2020

Indoor, outdoor or TO GO we aim to please; delighted your recent visit did not disappoint. Thanks for sharing a few highlights and for dining with us again. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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JaniceC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great night!!! Loved the outside lots of heaters
Great service!!! Can’t wait to go again !!

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 22, 2020

Thanks for joining us, glad you enjoyed. The heaters are keeping guests comfy & cozy & warm while dining. Look forward to your return. Team BR.

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nikoleb
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to COVID, they have arranged seating in a little arch in Old City that makes it that much more lovely. We were a little worried that since it is a walk away from the restaurant that waiters would be slow or the food would be cold but that was not the case at all! All of the staff was extremely attentive and everything was delicious! We got the short rib croquettes which are so good. We also ordered two of their specials, a veal milanese and a pork ragout with orange ricotta (which was to die for). They have one of the best outdoor seating sections we have seen. It is actually outdoors, unlike other tented restaurants, with heaters. The lights and brick buildings still make it feel elegant and intimate just like the inside of their restaurant. Will definitely be returning.

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 24, 2020

Thanks for joining us at the Shambles for outdoor dining; this unique setting has been well received with guests. The structure adds to the ambiance along with the lighting and heaters for warmth. Thanks for your review detailing food and service. We appreciate hearing from your guests and look forward to your return. Team BR.

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MariaP
Poconos
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a phenomenal time. Food and service was excellent will definitely be back!

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thanks for joining us, glad you enjoyed. Look forward to your return. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here for our anniversary, but I’d come back any time! Food is always great

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 20, 2020

Thanks for celebrating with us | Happy Anniversary! Team BR

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great, manager came over to make sure everything was going well. Would highly recommend

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 20, 2020

Thanks for your kind comments; glad you enjoyed! Team BR

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JUSTC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was delicious and came out fast, Definitely will go again!

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 20, 2020

Great! Thanks for dining with us. We look forward to your return. Team BR

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vipJackPhilly
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Tuesday is a long-time favorite. Beet carpaccio with cherries & goat cheese is amazing (yes beet not beef) for appetizer. And the veal saltimbocca is as good as it gets on this side of the Atlantic.

Seating in the outdoor covered area is still great--heaters and roll-down curtains are ready for colder weather.

Excellent service makes it a real winner.

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 20, 2020

Thanks so much for sharing the highlights from your visit. Glad too your enjoyed our outdoor dining room at the Shambles on Headhouse Square. As you said heaters and now plastic sides create a cozy and warm setting to enjoy delicious food and service. We look forward to your return. Team BR

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My experience here was nothing short of amazing. My boyfriend and I went for our one year anniversary, and we definitely plan on going back. We were given free glasses of champagne for the occasion, a nice quiet table just for two, food was immaculate, server was the sweetest. and so much more. The timing in between courses was perfect, our drinks were always filled, and the ambience was so romantic - just what we wanted. Highly recommend this to anyone for a date night, especially since it is right by Spruce Street Harbor Park and Penns Landing!

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vipBistroRomantic
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

[This is an updated review after we dined at Bistro Romano a second time.] Overall the food and the dining experience was very good, and I would return there to try some of their other dishes. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family for perhaps a romantic evening or a foodie night out.
ON our first visit, I was a little bit hesitant dining inside because of a recent spike of COVID cases in the city. Since it was our first visit to this retaurant, I didn't know that they had additional outdoor dining at the Shambles at Headhouse Square nearby within a very short walk away. Fortunately our server, who was very pleasant, wore both a mask and face shield which both were highly appreciated.
Our second dining experience was outside at the Headhouse. It was a nice night in mid-Fall season, so the ambiance with the lighting and all was great. The food was also very good, especially the mushroom cream soup as an appetizer.
Thanks goes to Joette, who is the owner, for reaching out to me personally and clearing up any issues that we had during our first visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as ever. Still one of the top choices for Philly. They really have their service down. It's as if there were no changes and yet, there were.

Bistro Romano
Responded on November 20, 2020

Thanks for the high marks, we truly appreciate it; glad you enjoyed. Team BR

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ChristianH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. It was everything you could ask for in a first date spot. Food was great, service was excellent.

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JMCD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! Food was amazing and the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming and nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my bf here for his birthday and he loved it!!!!!!! Amazing food and our server Kate was amazing.

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LoriE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've celebrated several special occasions at Bistro Romano and each time has been stellar! The place is cozy, comfortable & romantic. The service is great and filet mignon, cocktails and cannoli are absolutely exquisite!

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Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 3580 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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