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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Between Front and 2nd
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.
Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $10, Friday and Saturday $20. Acquire parking pass from hostess.
Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
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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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
The wait time was crazy: we were 10 minutes early for our reservation, but waited 50 minutes to be seated. My wife wondered if the delay was because it was Philadelphia Restaurant Week. But that’s what got us out there, so I can’t complain if that was the reason. The staff was courteous and apologetic, but not overly so (which I mean as a compliment).
Once seated, they gave us a calamari appetizer on the house as a peace offering. It was unexpected, welcome, and delicious. The food was off the charts, and service very good. Very cool restaurant, and we would return.
My wife and I are "foodies". We especially like restaurant week and use it as an opportunity to discover "new favorites" to add to our list of frequented establishments. I was disappointed in Bistro Romano and not because of the matre d' or the support staff as they were both very accommodating. Our water glasses were frequently filled and staff were ever present. However, the food and the portions were very disappointing. We started with appetizers. I had the escarole soup and quite frankly it was far too watery and absent any sausage and minimal flavor. My wife had the crab dip and she found it to be fine. Our entres were lackluster. I had the black bass and the portion was extremely meager - a very small and bland piece of fish. The fenel sauce was ok and the asparagus a bit overcooked. Her rissotto was dry and sticky. Our waiter was very nice but spent an inordinate amount of time with the couple next to us. He took away my wife's wine glass requiring us to ask for another glass from another waiter. This is a charming restaurant with considerable help but probably should not participate in restaurant week as they seem to miss the point of putting themselves out there by making a good initial impression and winning folks over for future and repeat business. Will probably give it another try but it missed an opportunity to win over a future steady customer that would add it to its list of "go to" restaurants.
I've been wanting to come here for a few years and it didn't disappoint. Thankful we came for restaurant week so we enjoyed 8 dishes off the menu (4 pp) in one sitting. Everything was delicious- pasta, soup, dips, desserts. The sundries tomato pesto they bring with the bread basket was also a delicious surprise.
Excellent-Excellent-Excellent!! My husband & I were celebrating our 26th Anniversary -we use to frequent this restaurant when we were dating! The food, atmosphere & great service were as consistent now as they were 26 yrs ago! We were greeted at the door by a very friendly host & hostess & our table was covered in red rose petals!! Food was amazing, service was excellent & the atmosphere was romantic--just what we wanted!!
Just returned from an anniversary weekend to Old City, Philly. Found reviews for this restaurant and thought it had what my wife and I liked. This place lived up to, and exceeded the posted reviews. We arrived 15 min early for res, so we took a seat at the bar. Very personable bartender. Our table was ready in short order. We were seated and tended to immediately. We started with a crab spread and toast. Delicious! Not too salty, very creamy, and the crab was fresh. My wife ordered scallops over risotto. Tender, mild scallops without any of the iodine taste evident in many scallop dishes. I had the veal saltimbocca. Tender filets with prosciutto, cheese and diced tomato. A wine demiglaze topped it off. Tasty, and properly balanced accompanied by whipped potatoes. A very well done dish. We enjoyed a side of broccoli rabe with red peppers. Fresh, vibrant, and not bitter. For dessert, which we took to go, we had a creamy cannoli, and said my wife, “the best tiramisu I’ve ever tasted.”
The staff were professional, courteous, and properly attentive.
Whenever we make a return trip to Philly, we will revisit this fine spot to sample more of the menu.
I have been to this restaurant numerous times over many years, never had a bad meal. Recently updated the menu, we the roasted beets and mussels as appetizers, the Bordetto and the Tagliatelle with truffles as our entrees all was very good. Great wine list with affordable prices.
Sadly, this time --and we've been there many times -- Bistro Romano really disappointed. The special pasta with black truffles was glue-like and the truffles were hard, dry slices of it-might-as-well-have-been-shoe-leather. Even the classic caesar was lack luster. The two other entrees were fine, but nothing to rave about. Missing from the menu was the white lake fish that is usually so good, and one of our party's favorites.
Too rushed but it was New Year’s Eve! We waited 45 minutes even though we had a reservation! Food overall was very good but, for example, holiday menu included “scallops” (plural) as an appetizer and we literally were served one (1) scallop each...that is “scallop” (singular) where I come from (haha). We will go again but not on a holiday!
Our server was very attentive. The food was great. We had the 5 course New Yesrs Eve prefix menu. We wanted the N.Y. strip steak so spent a little extra for it. Every course was fabulous. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. This was our second time visiting and we will be back.
This is my 3rd. New Years Eve celebration dinner at Bistro. I was surprised by the long wait for food and the small portions. I realize it was a "price fixe" menu, but was still somewhat surprised. I've been to Bistro for dinner on about 8 previous occasions; the food was plentiful and the service was excellent. I was a little disappointed this visit.
My boyfriend and I were visiting Philly for the weekend and we wanted a good quality but still reasonably priced restaurant for Saturday night dinner. Bistro Romano exceeded our expectations.
The food was delicious (chicken Milanese for me, salmon for him).
The service was friendly and attentive, and the ambiance was perfect for a cold winter night. We were seated in the lower level, and the romantic lighting, brick walls, and back corner booth made us feel instantly warmed.
I'd absolutely return to Bistro Romano, and would quickly and eagerly recommend it to anyone visiting Philly.
Went here for my birthday and it was awesome! The food here is always great. The ambiance it very romantic and cozy, but it's also a great place to go to dinner with friends. The service here is excellent and everyone is very friendly. Can’t say enough good thins about this place. Sign up for their notices and you will get emails on special meals, wine tastings, etc.
My boyfriend and I went to Bistro Romano for our anniversary, and i.t was the perfect place! They had rose petals on our table. The food was absolutely amazing. The service was so genuine. All the people who came to our table asked how everything was and also wished us a happy anniversary! I loved this place so much and i will definetly be going back!
The food was fantastic as usual however this night was particularly odd with the lack of service. We a 7:45 reservation and were seated at 8:40... almost an hour later. Our server was very rude, didn’t greet and simply said “what are you having” at his first greet to the table. Having been a server myself I understand being in the weeds but there is no excuse for such rudeness! Giving him the benefit of the doubt we continued with our meal but even after the restaurant slowed down his attitude remained cold. Although he tried to act kind as he dropped off the check (forgot to remove the item he forgot they were out of- didn’t notify us until 20 mins after we ordered it) it was still a memorable bad service evening. Bravo to the chef- no kudos to the server. Shame.
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