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Bistro Romano

4.8
4.8
4078 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

This Historic Landmark in Society Hill, 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 and the romantic underground wine cellar for two to four. Please call for Wine Cellar reservations. We are now celebrating our 35th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.

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Dining areas

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 925-8880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steven Howells

  • Catering

    Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Michael or Joette Granato: (877) 925-1170

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Cross street

    Between Front and 2nd

  • Parking details

    Parking at 215 Lombard Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $25.

  • Public transit

    Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus

  • Entertainment

    Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Notable Wine List

  • Philadelphia

    Romantic

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  1. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great job by the team taking care of our party of 12. Food and drinks were excellent. Will certainly be returning during my next trip to Philadelphia as well as recommending to others. Thank you!

  2. ST

    ScottT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very charming. Excellent service. Authentic old city Philadelphia experience.

  3. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    BEEF PORTERHOUSE with swiss chard, king trumpet mushrooms, caramelized onions, red wine reduction was delicious. Perfect temperature excellent side's a great chef's special.

  4. TR

    TRAVELBUG

    Philadelphia

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food, service, ambience were absolutely amazing. This is the second time we’ve been there in two weeks. The black pepper macaroni is an absolute must. Our waiter Luke again was terrific. It is definitely a must go to Restaurant. Can’t wait for next time!

  5. N

    Newjerseynana5

    Philadelphia

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always , excellent dinner, most delicious and fantastic cocktails. !!!!

  6. DE

    DE74

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great atmosphere! Never disappoints.

  7. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The CARAMELIZED PORK CHOP with bacon, brussels sprouts, parsnip, maple-bourbon fig sauce. The pork chop was moist and well seasoned and matches perfectly with sweet fig sauce and earthiness of the parsnip and brussel sprouts.

  8. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful time and the food put a smile on our faces. I had the PANSOTTI RAVIOLI with goat cheese, ricotta, confit grape tomato sauce, sicilian pistachio, and basil pesto. It was delicious fresh and sweet, very summertime perfect.

  9. TR

    TRAVELBUG

    Philadelphia

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just a perfect little gem of a restaurant that marks off all the boxes. Our waiter Luke was very very good - we will definitely be back!

  10. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had two excellent chef's special meals, the SPINACH & BABY ARUGULA SALAD with strawberry, quinoa, gorgonzola, italian dressing; and the CORN RAVIOLI with roasted grape tomatoes, corn puree, rosemary. The salad has the perfect amount of dressing, offset the piquant flavor of the cheese and the sweetness of the strawberries. Excellent. The ravioli has a nice sweet and creamy flavor that the slight acidity of the tomatoes balanced deliciously. And a shout-out to the staff, Sean in particular, for the wine he chose but all the other servers concurred with. It was the perfect wine for both items I had.

  11. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had the chefs special LAMB LOIN with spinach, shishito peppers, fingerling potatoes, and red wine reduction. The lamb was delicious and cooked perfectly. The meat was succulent and the reduction was perfect with this meal. And again the staff makes you feel like you are at home. Victor picked out a great red wine for me to have with my dinner, and then you see the smiling faces of both Philycia and Hailee when you first come in. I could also tell that they are friendly and efficient when dealing with the other guests as they greeted them at the entrance. Again a great staff both front and back of the house.

  12. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the CAMPANELLA with baby bella and shiitake mushrooms, asparagus; and creamy champagne leek. Delicious and filling, so much that I needed to get it to go. Maris picked an excellent wine for me; and Philycia helped made the evening much more enjoyable with her smiling face. The staff ALL make me feel great when I walk through the front doors and I see and hear from the other customers that they feel the same as I do. Definitely a neighborhood jem, so glad that I found out about you 17 years ago.

  13. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The VEAL CHOP MILANESE with baby arugula, pickled vegetables, fresno peppers, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic glaze is a perfect classic Italian entree and this is one of the best that I have had. The chop was delicious, moist and the breading has a nice crunchy texture. The veggies and balsamic were a perfect counter point to the chop and mozzarella. Definitely delicious and cooked perfectly.

  14. IB

    IsabelleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Bistro Romano has become my bf and I’s go to nice dinner out. The food is always fantastic and there’s always enough options (as a vegetarian it can be hard to find enough sometimes). My meat eating boyfriend has loved any cut we’ve gotten from there and the gnocchi is to legit die for, as it’s the only thing I’ve tried entree wise and would probably not switch to anything else ahahaha. The ambiance is gorgeous and while it was busy the first time we went, it was so nice and quiet the other night.

  15. K

    Katherine

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We sat upstairs near the bar because of my dad’s mobility issues. The waiter (Sean) was so attentive and helpful. The food was outstanding and the ambiance was great for a special occasion. We’ll be back!!

  16. LM

    LaishaM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you dine here ask for Quinn he was amazing very attentive and kind. The food was amazing just needed maybe a little salt other than than this is a great place for a romantic evening or just for a quiet family outing definitely going back

  17. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For Memorial Day weekend had the FILET MIGNON with carrot puree, spinach, and garlic herb butter with the additional butter-poached lobster tail. The filet was beefy, cooked to perfection, and the lobster was buttery and delicious. This was the perfect surf and turf for the start of the summer. They also chose for me the perfect wine that went well with both of the proteins. Thank you Victor for the helpful wine pairing and making the ambiance a five star night.

  18. o

    outandabout

    Philadelphia

    269 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    269 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    An old standby that I have been going to for decades now. It's nice to go into an establishment where they know you and treat you like family and give you a little extra goodies. That does not color my view though this food is very good. The chef knows his stuff.

  19. SH

    StacieH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    LOVE this restaurant!! The food is great (the gnocchi is my favorite)! The wait staff and manager are very welcoming. They also have a vegetarian menu which is appreciated. The ambiance of the basement dining room is lovely. Our anniversary was made extra special when the manager brought us complimentary champagne to celebrate. Highly recommended!!!!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a great experience for my girlfriends birthday the staff was amazing and the Caesar salad is Definitely worth the wait the fettuccine Bolognese is a must have!!!!!!!

  21. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the ZUCCA pasta with wild boar ragout, ricotta salata, carrot, celery, paprika, and onion . This was an excellent pasta sauce on a great shaped pasta.

  22. n

    noah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great experience, chefs tasting was absolutely delicious and service was outstanding.

  23. L

    Luke

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and I came to celebrate a special occasion and were simply blown out of the water. Everyone from the bartender, Sean, (who makes his own specialty lemoncello) to the managers, Victor and Boris, went above and beyond to give us a night truly worth remembering. The kitchen deserves a special shout out as well. I’ve eaten a lot of food from Bistro Romano these past few months, but the duck special with cherry sauce was the by far the most delicious and it paired beautifully with one of the many outstanding bottles of Super Tuscan featured on their wine list. Chef Innocent continues to raise the bar and each new menu addition makes it worth coming back time and again. Make sure to ask for Kish as your server. His professionalism is surpassed only by his personableness—no one could ever dare describe his service as poor. If you’re looking for a top notch meal in one of the most pleasant settings in the city, the team at Bistro Romano will deliver. Something tells me I will be back here very, very soon.

  24. BL

    BrandonL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I originally visited this restaurant for a Valentines day special meal with my girlfriend in February of this year. After a lackluster experience at that time, management reached out to me and expressed their sincere apologies - and even offered some financial incentive to return. I am so HAPPY to share that our experience on this occasion was wonderful!! Our server was attentive and informative. He was so very helpful, even having the kitchen pre-divide our lobster ravioli course (which we had intended to share anyway)! The thought that went into that gesture was not lost on us. The rest of the meal including the burrata, ny strip, nightly special duck, and homemade banana chocolate chip gelato were all phenomenal. The wait staff/kitchen did an incredible job spacing out our 4 courses. We would recommend this meal to any of our friends or family and would as well suggest anyone looking for an upscaled date night/night out. Thank you to all parties responsible for facilitating a great experience.

  25. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Chef's special MOULARD DUCK BREAST with sweet potato puree, baby turnip, haricot verts, and cherry reduction was delicious. Very enjoyable with the wine pairing that was recommended for me by the staff.

  26. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I had the chefs specials tonight. The GAZPACHO with tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, and red onion; and the SHRIMP FARFALLE PRIMAVERA with tricolor bowtie pasta, shrimp, broccoli, peas, garlic, in a light cream sauce. Both were perfect for the first very hot day of the year. The gazpacho was cool and refreshing and not too spicy, and the pastas cream sauce was delicious, buttery and with the veggies it's like a pasta primavera. And the that they paired for me was perfect. Delicious meal.

  27. v

    versa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Luke and Kevin were both incredible!! Food was delicious and the wine list was excellent. Super happy we decided to come here for my dad’s 60th!

  28. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I would have to think that with the $ the Restuarunt brings in that they could afford to do a little maintenance. In particular the table that I was sat at had bubbled and rough finish on it. It’s has been almost a year since I was last there and coincidently I was sat at the same table and the finish was damaged back then.

  29. M

    Mary

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food and ambiance was amazing! Our server was personable and knowledgeable. The wine was quick and refills were quicker. We will definitely be back! Sitting in the basement is the move!

  30. BG

    BrendaGH20

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meal and great service. Since I was dining alone I chose to sit at the bar which is a great location to people watch. Sean, the bartender, was great company during my meal and made the most delicious strawberry version of limoncello. I had a half order of mushroom risotto for an appetizer and the mushrooms were cooked to perfection. My Entre was the veal saltimboccaa which was quite delicious as well. Highly recommend

  31. PT

    PamT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our son's graduation. Outstanding in every way! Thank you!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Food was good. The booth was tight. The service was fantastic. The bill was $282 without tip for 4, which seemed high. There were only 6 drinks between the 4 of us, 3 entrees and no dessert. I did not get an itemized bill, which I will request. Not sure of I would go back.

    Bistro RomanoResponded on May 24, 2022

    Thank you for the review; glad you enjoyed the food & service. All checks are itemized. On 5.20 parties of four, we found no check total the same or close with food and drink. If you would share the name of the reservation, then we can pull the check and hopefully speak personally to review. At BR our goal is to exceed the expectations of our guests, not disappoint. We hope you will return and look forward to speaking with you. We also did send you a private note on 5.22.22 Thank you.

  33. SS

    StacieS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is amazing the staff left you wanting nothing, the food hit every taste bud. The restaurant itself is so quaint. A great pick for a night out. Would recommend will go back

  34. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had the special GRILLED FILET MIGNON with grilled asparagus, maitake mushrooms, potato puree, and red wine reduction. I had been wanting to have this since last Friday and then when I got to Bistro Romano I was going to change to a pasta. However better palettes than mine convinced me, it was not that hard, and I am glad that they did. The filet was delicious and cooked perfectly, juicy, tender and beefy. And the accompaniments all harmonized with filet. Excellent combinations, thank you chef.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wish I knew about this place sooner. I'll definitely be going back often.

  36. PS

    PamS

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bistro Romano is one of my favorite places to come to when I come to Philly - the food is excellent, the chef creates amazing dishes and if it is your first time going - do the Chef Tasting menu, it is a great introduction to a great place to eat and enjoy an evening! As for Brianna - she is a great at taking care of your table! And don't forget to try the owner's own Chianti - I buy extras for home!

  37. MC

    MrCE

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Cool spot and good food.

  38. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good meal, nice staff, and nice environment. We will go again next time we are in Philly.

  39. b

    bookgirl2

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation dinner

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent warm and friendly service right from the front door. The team were very knowledgeable, quietly efficient and very friendly. The food was exceptional and was by a long way the best we have experienced whilst travelling in the USA. Would really recommend for either a casual dining experience or a special occasion.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. 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 4078 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Romano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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120 Lombard Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Front and 2nd

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking at 215 Lombard Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $25.

  • Public transit

    Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steven Howells

  • Entertainment

    Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 925-8880

  • Catering

    Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Michael or Joette Granato: (877) 925-1170

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