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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

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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (92)
Good for a Date (78)
Special Occasion (71)
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Good for Anniversaries (70)
Cozy (59)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Authentic (44)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Notable Wine List (44)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Worth the Drive (31)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Groups (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Business Meals (14)
Casual (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Fun (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Live Music (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Waterfront (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Bistro Romano never disappoints! Great pasta, excellent service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were celebrating our 7th. anniversary, what a nice surprise when we got to our table with rose petals on top of the table cloth, candle light and a chilled bottle of champagne. Our server was courteous, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was amazing, we couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A gem in my neighborhood ! Delicious and fantastic ambiance

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love everything about this place. If you have a special occasion, they sprinkle rosepetals on your table.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

On selected evenings of the week, they even offer a great piano lounge here !

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Took my wife for our 4th anniversary and the food wasn't good. not for the price. The ceasar salad was better then the meal and the price for the salad was crazy 20dollars for 2 people for a salad. We left and I went and got a pizza and it was better then the meal.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Romantic atmosphere. Delicious food. Attentive staff. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a coupon for my husband's birthday and decided to give it a try as we had theatre tickets for a show nearby. We were delighted and wondered why it had taken us so long to dine at Bistro Romano. The ambience in the lower level is cozy and quiet (we had a booth--I don't know if the noise level is different elsewhere in the room). Our waiter was attentive and friendly and tried to be mindful of our time constraint. The house-made lobster ravioli were outstanding-large chunks of lobster in a delicious sauce and our semi-freddo dessert was fantastic. Give it a try-you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The service here was marvelous from hostess to server. Everyone worked as a team to make sure we had everything we could possibly want or need. The food was fabulous and there was an amazing wine selection. When we return to Philly we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Everything was excellent, food, service and company. I think I will be back.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

On my open table reservation I marked that it was for my anniversary. We were led to a cozy, intimate table sprinkled with rose petals and romantically decorated. It was so perfect and I really appreciate the detail that went into making our night special. Our waiter, Florian, was helpful, kind and very skilled at his job. We will keep coming back and recommending to everyone!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We both had an enjoyable time with Sean at the bar. The food was delicious as always and the portion size was just about the right amount.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was delicious and a nice romantic atmosphere . We were very happy that we tried it for the first time and we would definitely go back again. I had chicken Milanese and gnocchi and it was very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Flavors were lovely and authentically Italian. Service was attentive without being intrusive. All tables happily occupied. Lovely ambiance. The only drawback: the noise level is high.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our dinner was ok but not really flavorful. Salad at $10 was incredibly small, italian fish stew was rather bland with "pea" sized scallops, and the filet and mashed potato were ok, especially at this price point. The seating for this restaurant is in the basement. Server was attentive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best Italian Romantic restaurant in all of Philly. Our go to for many years and more to come!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing as always!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was one of the first restaurants I tried in Philadelphia back in April 2017, and I fell in love immediately. I go back regularly for the constantly updating menu, the amazingly warm service, and the exceptional quality of the entire experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

A warm and welcoming place with great food and attentive service. We each had different homemade pasta dishes and the Ceasar salad was table side and one of the best that I have had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We found this wonderful gem years ago by accident and have since returned many times for special occasions. We live a good distance from Bistro Romano so don’t get to visit as often as we would like, but when we do we are never disappointed. Table side Caesar is not to be missed! Service is top notch, and the food...well don’t even get me started, suffice to say we will make the drive again and again. LOVE IT!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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