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The Tomato Bistro

4.2
317 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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About

The Tomato Bistro is a deli offering casual dining options at affordable prices with exceptionally fresh ingredients. This restaurant positions itself as an alternative to fast food, as a place where one can get fresh, healthy food quickly without sacrificing price or quality. The Tomato Bistro offers both dine-in and carry-out options, so guests can stop in for a quick lunch or simply take it back to the office if need be.

The menu consists of soups, salads and sandwiches. The sandwiches are always served grilled unless requested to be served cold. Many of the items on the menu will be familiar to diners; for example, a club sandwich and grilled cheese with tomato bisque combo are two of the more well-known dishes. But, The Tomato Bistro also takes pride in creating interesting sandwiches all its own, like the Perky Turkey, with camembert, pear, organic arugula and cranberry mayo.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: Until 10:00pm,
Dinner: Friday - Saturday: Until 11:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 483-2233 ext. 2
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christian Gatti
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Private party facilities
The Bistro is designed to cater to the larger crowd as well as intimate date for two. Via the already established catering department in the café the Bistro will offer in house party booking for groups numbering up to approximately 75 people.

The diversity of the drink selection and menu makes the space adaptable for a slew of events, semi formal to formal. The Bistro space is dynamic and easily adapted to your groups specifics needs and make up.

Should you decide your event absolutely needs live entertainment the Bistro is wired for music and sound. In addition to the performance space the Bistro will also be able to supply a brace of contacts for local musical, magical and comedic talents.

The Bistro’s cozy environs and vibrant acoustics combine entertainment, food and drink in a way previously not experienced in the Philadelphia area.
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Private party contact
Craig Mosmen: (267) 971-4351
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Catering
Catering options are available. Please go to:
http://thecouchtomato.com/catering_details/

Or, call our catering department directly at:
(215) 483-2278
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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Parking details
Bistro diners are invited to park for FREE in our private parking lot, located right in our back yard - valet only.
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Public transit
The R6 septa train stops in Manayunk, only blocks away.

Several Septa buses pass through Manayunk regularly as well, stopping across the street.
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Entertainment
Periodically you will find live acoustic music playing through the dinner hours.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 317 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 24, 2015

Came here with my boyfriend for Restaurant Week. Service was great, food was delicious! The small plates and pizzas are perfect for sharing. I would definitely come back again.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Our experience went well at first. The waitress was prompt, they served our salads and kid meals in a timely manner, but then the waiting started. From that point it took about 20 minutes to get 2/3 of the meals. The other 1/3 did not come until we were wrapping the rest of our meal up and paying the check. The waitress said a manager would come by to explain but that never happened. I walked away very disappointed with the dining experience.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2015

Group of 5 went for early Saturday dinner. Seated next to stairs initially and moved when requested. Space is very limited so a bit of a tight fit for us, even at a table for 6. The pizzas were good, especially the spicy chicken and fig. But the salads were disappointing, especially the sesame chicken salad due to the thin slivers of overly fried chicken. The southwestern salad had mostly the non-leafy parts of the lettuce. It seems they ran out of the fresh parts of salad fixins during lunch. The scallops were good and a bit undercooked. The sweet potato croquettes were good. The wait staff were very competent and pleasant. The atmosphere was fun and casual.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2015

I had originally planned on going to another restaurant for dinner Friday night, but was looking for something more affordable. So glad I found this place on Open Table! They offer free valet which was a nice bonus for the busy streets of Manayunk. The staff was friendly and polite. Great ambiance and menu! And couldn't beat the price of my Chicken cutlet pizza. Plus, the complementart tomato soup shooter was delicious!
My only two complaints were that it was extremely warm/humid upstairs in the Bistro, while downstairs in the Café you could tell that the air conditioning was on and working. Second, the valet service was not explained very well. I sat outside in my car for 10 minutes, thinking someone was going to come out and get my keys. I had to call the restaurant to find out the policy.
But overall, a great visit, and I would go back if ever in the area again!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2015

The food and atmosphere are top-notch. This is the type of place you could easily find in a place like SoHo, except at much lower prices. I've been there twice, and everything I've had has been excellent. You can tell the food is high quality, prepared by people who know what they're doing. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2015

We were looking for a spot to take our kids after an outing in the city. Tomato Bistro was a great choice. It is far better than any of the standard pubs in the area, but the food is not any more expensive. Beer list is great. Kids had pizza and grilled cheese (both of which were a significant cut above what we were anticipating), and my wife and I both had great salads. We'll definitely be back. Tomato Bistro knows its spot in the market and over delivers.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2015

Had a quick dinner before Paint Nite. Server was friendly and service was pretty quick. I had the grilled Cesar salad, which was great. Also, had a small free appetizer, tomato bisque soup. I don't even like tomato soup but it was delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2015

We were looking for a last minute place to eat a late dinner (after 9:00 pm), and Googled places to eat in Manayunk. The Tomato Bistro popped up with great reviews so we thought we'd try it. We were not disappointed! Manayunk can be a difficult place to to park on a Saturday night, but the Bistro offers FREE valet parking, so we were in with no problems. We had a reservation and were seated right away by a friendly hostess. Our server came to the table shortly after and explained the menu (mostly small plates, salads, soups and hearth-baked gourmet pizzas. We ended up ordering several things to share and LOVED everything. One person in our party started with the Pizza soup...a rich, thick tomato bisque with melted mozzerella and parmesian. The waiter even brought samples for the rest of us to try in adorable tiny mugs. Deliscious! We all shared two of the pizzas...the Florentine (a white pizza with LOTS of garlic) and the Pistachio Pesto (the name says it all). Both were out-of-this world. The pesto pizza had a surprising, but wonderful, hint of lemon in every bite. We were all stuffed by the end of the meal, vowing to return.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2015

Just having moved into area, wanted a nice (reasonable ) dinner with my sister and 3 friends. We stopped in on a Tuesday night and found half price wine and a menu to please all of us.. Sliders-choose 3 (we got 2 orders, thus 6 different flavors), many flat bread pizza choices (good size to share).. Wait staff very patient and helpful (we had trouble making decisions-everything looked good-and was!) Almost forgot, complimentary tasting of their yummy tomato soup--got 2 pints to go! Overall we all really enjoyed!

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2015

Waitress was super knowledgeable of the menu and very friendly. She recommended a special to split between two people which saved us about $25 on the meal. Food is always really great here, but the food coming out of the kitchen was quite slow. I wasn't starving, so it wasn't an issue, but if I was very hungry, it may have really bothered me. Will return.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2015

Meet a friend for lunch and had a wonderful time. Had the best comfort food - tomato bisque soup and grilled cheese sliders, plus a nice glass of Sauvignon blanc ( did I mention they have a liquor license ????).
Will definitely go for a return visit.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2015

The food was good, just wished my waitress was more knowledgeable about the menu. I had the fired goat cheese salad and the sliders which were tasty. However the waitress seem to be a little frustrated and overwhelmed. She gave the sense that we were bothering her when we asked about how items on the menu were prepared.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2015

Recently my family was in town, one of them is gluten-free and it's not easy in Manayunk to find options. There's usually 1 or 2 items on a menu that are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc... but the Tomato Bistro truly has OPTIONS for those with dietary restrictions. They are also very accommodating with any other food allergy, food sensitivity or plain old picky eater. Full bar too for those that want to unwind! Super attentive wait staff and great ambiance to boot. Totally casual and family friendly, but also romantic. A very versatile place to go. We'll definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's day dinner, and it was really, really good. The salad with fried goat cheese was excellent, and the sweet potato and crab meat croquettes were also super tasty. I would definitely go again some time!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We went for Valentines Day and we loved it! The food was delicious and the sharing option was fun! Our experience was made all the better with our outstanding service from Megan (Meg)! She was delightful! We have to choose gluten-free options and they have several. Even - or should I say especially- the GF Pizza was DELICIOUS!!
We can't wait to go again! It's almost an hour from us and so worth the drive!

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1.0Dined on January 31, 2015

I have had The Couch Tomato pizza before and loved it, so I was excited to take my family to The Tomato Bistro's brunch buffet that I read so many amazing reviews on. When we arrived, our reservation for 7 was not acknowledged and we were seated in the pizza area downstairs instead. The buffet was completely empty each and every time we went upstairs to check if there was food, and people were actually standing around the buffet waiting to pounce on the one 6 piece flatbread that was brought out every half hour. On top of that, the waitress forgot that she had our table downstairs. I am so surprised the past reviews were so good because I was completely embarrassed that this is where I picked to bring my family for lunch. I understand it was busy, but it was a Saturday brunch! What did you expect?

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

I used to order take out from this place years ago and recently moved back to the area and found out they now serve gluten free pizza. There menu has great tasting small personal specialty pizzas in both gluten free and regular. They will even make just plain or pepperoni for those that want something simple. The waitress was super friendly and knowledgeable, the service was quick, it was quiet and relaxing so we could still hear each other talk. Overall great experience.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

Very impressed with their gluten free menu disclosures. Every item that can be made gluten free is labeled. Thank you for making it easier on the gf-folks!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Chicken & Waffle app was a great start. The salads & pizza's were awesome! I'm going back for the weekend brunch very soon!

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2014

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and quiet setting. We decided to go for the $50 prix fixed meal -- salad, small plate, pizza, and dessert. Definitely was plenty of food. Although we weren't too impressed with the pizza we would consider going back. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

We really enjoyed our first visit. The tastes of tomato soup were a nice touch. Sharing several plates worked well. Desserts yummy too.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2014

Accommodated someone with severe nut allergies, great food and very nice staff. No wait on a Friday night was great too.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2014

Made a snap reservation for a lunch date just 15 minutes before the actual res. time, arrived a little later (about 20 min) and it was no problem with the Bistro. Food came out quickly and was delicious. Relatively empty and we were not patronized by any staff for being openly silly with the food and each other...don't worry we did not make a mess! A great lunch after a long night and an awesome variety for serving so few different types of things (soups, sliders, pizzas, salads) so it felt like the options were endless. We particularly liked that we could mix-and-match different types of gourmet sliders to make a perfect plate...that ended very well!!! Overall, fabulous place, will definitely be going back and recommending to anyone who asks for a hidden gem.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2014

My husband and I came here for an early Saturday night dinner. Everything we ordered was great. We started with the pizza soup, probably one of the best soups I've had, ultimate comfort food. We also had 2 sliders, the coconut shrimp, and a pizza, and everything was delicious. We finished with the ice cream cookie sandwich. I was hoping for the cookies to be warm so was at first disappointed when they were not, but that quickly went away after my first bite.

Service was good. Very attentive without being annoying. Going at 5:00 on a Saturday, there weren't many others there. Our food came out quickly, probably would have preferred a little more time in between each dish being served though.

Overall, a great dinner. We will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2014

I had dinner here with my parents and grandparents. We had a great experience all around! The service was wonderful, the food was very good, and the ambience was perfect. We ate around 6:30pm on a week night and we had the upper floor to ourselves, which was nice.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2014

top floor a bit quieter than 2nd floor. good and creative food. free valet pkng is a real plus, esp on a weekend night. order was slow but waitress very apologetic and gave free dessert to make up. would certainly go back.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

I have celiac disease and have been on the hunt for quite a few years for a decent gluten free pizza. This place nailed it! Not only was the crust just like the real thing but they were able to do the sliders on gluten free buns as well which were delicious! My husband who is a super picky eater was a great team player that night so I could try multiple pizzas and sliders, and even HE loved everything! Will definitely be coming back to try them all :))

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Tomato Bistro. The sliders and small plates were absolutely delicious. I expected the pizza to be just as great or better, but the other dishes outshined the main course. I love the free valet parking, atmosphere, and friendliness of the staff!

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2014

We ordered from the $45 special for two which included a small plate, a salad, a pizza, two drinks, and a dessert. This provided ample selection choices and plenty of food for two people. All of the courses were great, especially the duck and apple flatbread. Service was quick and helpful.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2014

Great food selection for sharing. Great ambiance. Free valet parking!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2014

I've always loved The Couch Tomato and the Bistro. The menu has plenty to choose from, and it's especially nice that they have many Gluten-Free options. Our server was very attentive making sure that we had everything that we needed. And you can't beat half-price wine on Tuesday nights! We'll be back very soon!

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2014

Innovative and delicious food. Awesome wine at a great price. Service was slow to start but once we got the delish amuse bouche it was all golden after that. We will definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

We needed a child friendly place to take a group to celebrate a birthday. Adequate wine/beer selection, nice pizza/salads, and kids menu (the kids really enjoyed that there were appetizer choices for them). Would return for family-friendly dining.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Gluten Free pizza's were the best I have ever had, but are way too small. Would suggest charing a little more and give people s comparable portion to all the regular pizzas. Left still hungry.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2014

Fun restaurant with great pizzas, salads, and service. Our table of 9 had a blast.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2014

Great bar and very cool vibe. The food is tremendous. They have gluten free pizza as well. We've been ther three or four time and always love it.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2014

We had dinner after a movie, so around 9:30. Despite that the kitchen closes at 10:30 and were one of the last patrons to start ordering, we were greeted with enthusiasm and cheer. The 4 brews taster was very appealing; my husband ordered it and we each picked a beer from those (the Gnome for me). The tomato bisque taster, delivered gratis, was a nice, tasty touch. We ordered the margherita pizza with pepperoni and gluten free crust. I enjoyed that so much that I did not even notice the pepperoni was omitted by mistake. The menu was great bistro fare (I highly recommend the fried artichoke salad), and the place a quiet and reasonably well lit/unlit environment. Parking is a challenge in Manayunk, but nonetheless, we will go back.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

What a great find! Not only was the food delicious but the service was amazing! Dined with another couple on a Saturday night. Our server informed us of a special one small plate, one salad, one pizza, one dessert and two drinks for a low price! Could. It believe this good food for such a reasonable price. We will definately be back. try the crispy artichokes and fig pesto pizza.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2014

Excellent food and excellent service! My boyfriend got the sausage and pepper pizza and I got the short rib pizza, which came with a delicious fig sauce! We had the fried risotto as an appetizer which was amazing, as well as complimentary biscotti and tomato bisque shooters which were adorable! Plus, the biscotti was super fresh. Our server was very friendly and attentive, which really put the cherry on top of our experience. We will definitely be back here!

My only complaint is that I didn't quite understand the serving sizes, and I had to ask.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

I had dinner there with 5 other friends, and we received top-rate hospitality the entirety of our meal and after. The food was delicious, and the wine selection was average. I'm really looking forward to going back again, particularly on a Sunday for the BYOB night!

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