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About R2L

R2L offers a sophisticated menu and a sleek dining space that has an amazing view of the Philadelphia skyline. Situated in the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, the wall-to-wall windows allow guests to dine in a totally urban setting. The open kitchen and the hand-crafted cocktail menu complete the R2L experience.





Start your meal with lobster bisque or tuna sashimi, followed by a main course of old country braised pork or vegan roasted cauliflower. Veal, sole and lobster tail are usually on the rotating menu and guests should always try the R2L dessert menu which includes milk chocolate hazelnut gateau or pumpkin spice cheesecake.


50 S 16th St
37th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:

Dinner:
Monday-Thursday: 5-10pm
Friday + Saturday: 5-11pm
Sunday: 5-9pm

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 4:30-6:30pm

Bar + Lounge:
Monday-Thursday: 4pm-1am, lounge menu till 11pm
Friday + Saturday: 4pm-2am, lounge menu till 12am
Sunday: 4pm-11pm, lounge menu till 10pm

Cross Street:
Between Chestnut & Market Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 564-5337

Website:
http://www.r2lrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Self-parking is available for $15 at the Parkway Garage located immediately next to the entrance to R2L on 16th Street. Please bring your ticket with you to be validated by the host. The $15 validated parking is available every night after 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday day after 11am.

Self-parking is also available for $13 at the Center Square Garage located across the street from R2L's entrance at the corner of 16th and Ranstead Streets.


Public Transit:
Amtrak's Suburban Station is located 1/2 block from R2L

Executive Chef:
Daniel Stern

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

For Valentine's Day we will be offering a 3 course menu for $85 per guest. Deposits are required to confirm all reservations and are exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. Window seating requires an additional premium. We look forward to seeing you!

Private Dining

From a midday board meeting to an intimate cocktail party overlooking William Penn atop City Hall to a grand seated dinner, the private dining options at R2L are as boundless as the views.

R2L Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (101)
Romantic (95)
Good for a Date (94)
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Special Occasion (89)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
Good for Birthdays (61)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Bar Seating (34)
Business Meals (33)
Worth the Drive (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Fun (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Cozy (28)
Good for Groups (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Notable Wine List (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Happy Hour (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Tasting Menu (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Authentic (16)
Late-night Find (16)
People Watching (13)
Seasonal (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (9)
Healthy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Music (3)
Live Sports (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Waterfront (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Over priced for just ok food view was nice but not worth the $ or so so food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We went to R2L for dinner to celebrate a special birthday, and everything was perfect. If you want to be seated on the side of the restaurant where you can see the view of the city, I suggest making a reservation, which I did in advance. The view is gorgeous, the food is delectable, and the best part was our excellent service. Our waiter was pleasant and indulged in our (admittedly lame) jokes. I had mentioned the birthday in our reservation and he brought out a dessert at the end of our meal, which was absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an upscale experience (scenic view, downtown location, fancy vibe and decor, mouthwatering dishes). The best part was that for the overall experience we had, most places would charge much more than what we ended up paying for it. I highly recommend R2L.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

A stunning venue with even more stunning food. Chef Daniel Stern makes food that is not only a feast for the eyes, but the taste buds as well. A truly special spot in Philly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent service, spectacular food
Excellent service, spectacular food
Excellent service, spectacular food

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was mediocre at best, we were pretty disappointed. Everything was very overcooked making it tough to eat. The view was amazing but that was the only thing that really made the experience worth it. The server didn't seem to care or want to be there. Maybe it was an off night, but for a place where you have to pay a deposit to get a window seat, you would think the food and service would be better. Wouldn't recommend.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My experience was exceptional. Lovely waitress

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is a great date place, good food, portions that will not over stuff and decent drink selection.

We shared a filet, a shashimi app and some sorbet for desert, it was enough.

Don't go to this place starving, but if you're trying to eat some foodie food, have a few drinks with a really good view, it's worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed our 20th Anniversary meal immensely! Everything was so fresh and seasoned very well. Even though our table was literally in the center, we still were able to enjoy the amazing views. I kind of felt bad for those who sat near the windows because patrons were constantly taking pictures near their tables 😞. Pricey but a very nice experience!

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great view...and it ended there 😕 We had four people in our group- sent back Lobster bisque, had crispy risotto which were fried mush balls, no flavor. Waiter never asked once we got the food how it was!!? Not one of us liked our dishes from the smoked chopped up lobster tail (ugh) to tasteless fish of the day. Terrible service, over priced (not worth over 300.00) the chef tries too hard and failed miserably!! Save your money and go for a drink to see the view.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A family group of five of us recently dined there while visiting Philly. The restaurant had been highly recommended. Some of the food was very good, as were the specialty cocktails. Unfortunately two of us, who love salt, had overly salty entrees (a pork dish and a beef dish), and our waitress got a few things wrong. She didn't bring our bottle of wine for dinner until we were about 1/3 of the way through our entrees, she got one after-dinner drink wrong twice, and she was away from the table for substantial lengths of time. Late in our dinner one of the managers came up to ask us how everything was going, but she didn't identify herself, so we had no idea who she was or why she suddenly showed up at our table. We ordered 4 desserts, and two of them--a cheesecake and an apple crisp dish--were both very oddly configured and flavored. We loved the views, but I likely won't return to the restaurant.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and service - in that area they never disappoint. If reserving the window seat ignore the policy on the restaurant website. They have no intention on crediting you or gift carding you back the difference of your 100-125/pp deposit. We were forced to buy something else or they would have surcharged us to keep the deposit. Also if sitting by the window be sure you are ok with random people walking in between your table to take pictures. At one point we had a group of 5 come up to get pics while we were eating dinner so it was distracting and a vibe killer to have them crowd around you.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The restaurant was amazing, the food, view, and waiters was more than expected... and they made my special occasion, so special.... Loved r2l

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I had an amazing time it was worth it all the food was great and so was the food I really enjoyed the view

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Not only was the city view beutiful , the food was great and the attendants were also .I would definitely come again

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was excellent. The food was excellent. It was great. One of my friends said she heard the food was nasty and didnt want to go and she was more than happy she do come because the food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was phenomenal. I would recommend it for everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

No idea why this restaurant is super popular, the view is great but meh. So many other restaurants in philly for better food and service. Rsservation and still had to wait 25m for our table - had to hunt a hostess down for a bar menu. They also don't give you buzzers or take your number while you're waiting (they just say that they'll find you).. it's odd given that the place is super busy. Had the steak/brisket? plate.. the brisket was ridiculous salty.. couldn't even eat it. Lobster Mac was underwhelming but I heard the brussel sprouts were good. Sister had a martini, extra dirty (she enjoyed) .. I had a margarita (terrible but that's my fault i know lol!) First time there and first time visiting philly - I'll be back to the city but not to R2L.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I have been to R2L before and I enjoy the atmosphere of the place, however in terms of getting people seated and communicating to the wait to be seat has to improve. If you make a reservation you should not have to wait over an hour to be seated. Then on top of that I had to check on the availability of a table instead of someone coming to check on my guest and I. That's horrible service!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic place to have dinner for the evening! Nice clean environment, food was absolutely delicious! Service was exceptional! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a great meal at R2L:
Views - spectacular view of Phila. - City Lights at night are very impressive
Ambience - modern/ contemporary and upscale
Food - very good (esp. liked Salmon fritte)
Wine selection - pretty good
Service - excellent - Kudos to Antoine who made our meal “special”
We will be back soon!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THE PLACE IS THE VIEW THE FOOD WAS NOT TASTY AT ALL IT WAS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY 125$ NEVER WILL COME BACK EVEN IF THE DINNER WAS FREE!!!!! VERY DISAPPOINTED

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our experience at R2L was amazing! The food, the service and the atmosphere provide everything you could want in a fine dining experience. We received a window seat as we requested and were able to watch the beautiful fall sunset while having our dinner. The staff catered to our every wish and were very polite and friendly. The chef came out of the kitchen to greet us and wish our son a happy birthday and even wrote a special message on his dessert. We couldn't have been more pleased with our visit and would recommend that anyone looking for an excellent fine dining experience in the Philly area make a reservation at R2L.. and order the lobster macaroni and cheese - best in the city! Thank you, Chef Daniel and R2L staff, for making our night very special!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Such a lovely restaurant. Services is always great and friendly. Menu is easy to understand and the food is just amazing. My boyfriend and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary and it was beautiful at night you can see all the city lights.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Everything was very well prepared. The staff was very attentive and friendly. I had a great experience and can’t wait to come back again because everything was top tier.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Awesome place! Great food! Great service! Nice view of night Philly!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went there for my boyfriend’s bday . I requested the window seat on the reservation notes and as we arrived - was told that we can’t get one since I didn’t put the deposit down ( if I knew that was the thing to do , I would of done so ) but I didn’t see that option. The gentleman host was fab , bartender Ella was also very professional and sweet . If you going for a quiet dinner on the Saturday - that’s not the place , I get that it’s popular and very busy . I gotta come back during the week . Oh , the food was great ! Beer tataki - is a must to try . I had a rabbit , which was pretty goood and the bone in ribeye was awesommmeee( just a little too much fat :) ) overall it was a nice night .

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had an enjoyable time. The food was great, the atmosphere was excellent and I would definitely go back!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

First time for my girlfriend and I. The Salmon was too raw inside I couldn't eat. I order Salmon a lot and never had it so saw inside . Our flat bread app was incredible ! And her steak was delisious . The potatoes wer amazing . It was a little loud and seating felt crowded but the food and view made up for it !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was 16 minutes late for my reservation, and they didn't even try to set the expectation that we would be able to get another table, but while sitting in the bar area, several people were tapped to inform them of open available tables. No one attempted to get me another table.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our food was cold. Entries didn’t get to our table for an hour since we ordered. The manager was nice to assist us on what happened but overall not a great place.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great. Restaurant was too dark. When you need the torch light from your phone to read the menu it's too dark. One little votive candle didn't cut it. Also, this is the first time I want thrilled with the service. The runner spilt the cheese from our appetizer on the table and on a guest with 4 of the wait staff looking on. It wasn't until I asked for napkins and more silverware that we had 2 people attend to us. No one from management came over. When you spend close to $500 on dinner I would expect better service

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Daniel Stern delivers every time. Tremendous food and out standing view. Excellent experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Outstanding service, food, and view of the skyline. We enjoyed cocktails and the flatbread as an appetizer. Very good if you like truffles. Loved it! The lobster Mac and cheese is also excellent. And the bisque, and the vanilla cake dessert. Go and enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very polite and friendly staff great-tasting food beautiful view of the city and a lovely atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

While the view was marvelous, service was great, the food was ok. My chicken was not hot and the salad was swimming is dressing, my husband's soup was barely warm. The dessert menu was very limited. Will not go back

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent food, service and view of Philadelphia. Would definitely recommend.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This place was a recommendation from a friend. I was expecting to find something that I did not like and tried hard to but to my surprise everything was on point. They have really high standards, as they should, and should feel proud of the establishment that they run. The whole experience from the beginning to the end was great. Definitely going back for seconds.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Healthy, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

R2L offers spectacular soaring views of the City of Philadelphia, but doesn't stand nearly as tall in the city restaurant landscape. At $30 - $50 a plate, R2L's menu options lack creativity or individuality of Fork or Townsend, and fall short on size compared to Del Frisco's or Butcher & Singer. Service is friendly, but isn't nearly as correct as the ambiance would suggest.

Come for the views, have a drink and a bite, but look for other options if you want to sample Philadelphia foodie scene.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

It was my boyfriends birthday also his first time at the restaurant and he LOVED IT , from the drinks to the food and the last but not least Birthday Dessert... We really enjoyed our selves he tore the rib eye up, the salmon was perfect also the Mac and cheese , we will definitely be back!!

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food wasn't that great. I think for the price you pay you should get more portions and better quality of food. I would not recommend this spot but the view is amazing and the service was great

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I took 9 friends here for my birthday. They flew in from various parts of the US.
The service is so below the ambiance and food. The sever was very nice and in over his head and was not trained to serve at this level of place. I worked all night to keep things moving.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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