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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Philadelphia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Philadelphia? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (4398)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Center City
About the restaurant
Rittenhouse Grill is the new name of the long-standing steakhouse operating in the Warwick Hotel since 1997. A neighborhood staple, Rittenhouse Grill features Live Piano and a uniquely elegant atmosphere fit for special occasions.

Stepping into Rittenhouse Grill feels like walking into an old-school supper club straight out of the 1940s, there is always live piano, classic cocktails & professional experienced staff to make your nights memorable.

Top review
CraigfromNewHopePAvip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful place. Garth does a great job. The food is delicious and the piano adds to make it a great choice.
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4.8
4.8 (916)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Old City
About the restaurant
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW PRIOR TO BOOKING
Outdoor reservations are weather permitting and must be specified upon booking the reservation. Specific table requests are considered but not guaranteed.

Tuna Bar is a Japanese Raw Bar and Grill concept created by Owner and Chef Kenneth Sze. Located in Old City Philadelphia, Tuna Bar boasts a relaxing, upscale atmosphere serving fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The diverse menu offers traditional and specialty sushi rolls, raw oysters, scallops, hand-selected fish, and shareable entrees. Tuna Bar offers a fully stocked bar of wine, sake, and spirits. There are no outside food and beverages allowed. There is a $40 dessert/cake fee for guests that wish to bring in a dessert/cake for their special occasion.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Simply outstanding in every aspect. Highly attentive and helpful service, somewhat loud as the evening went on, but the quality and diversity of dishes were a treat beyond compare. We had a broad variety of offerings that were recommended by staff. Each was a taste and texture sensory delight. The experience reinforced our desire to return here more often.
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4.7
4.7 (830)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Center City
About the restaurant
When seated in the dining room during a performance there will be a $5 charge per person to support our ability to present live local music.

Time offers something for everyone.
The cuisine at Time focuses on seasonal American cuisine. Every palate will be satisfied by the plates that Executive Chef Pat Szoke creates in a cosmopolitan, stylish atmosphere.
The main dining room offers an elegant bar, ample comfortable seating and live music every night.
The Whisky Bar & Tap Room offers twenty beers on draft, over One Hundred single malts, small batch bourbons, whiskeys and Ryes as well as a 3 flat screens with the game on.
The upstairs Lounge dances until 2:00am Fridays and Saturdays. This space is also great for private events throughout the week!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great spot for date night. My wife and I had a great time. Love the live music and drinks. Food was amazing
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4.7
4.7 (51)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Center City
About the restaurant
Midnight & The Wicked offers four unique spaces. Experience live music and one-of-a-kind mixology as you lose yourself at the glamor and excitement of the 1920s at Midnight Lounge, The Vault, and The Crimson Theater. Or, Indulge in the forbidden pleasures of a bygone era at The Wicked Nightclub (open Friday & Saturday at 10pm).

As summer approaches, we’re excited to announce a more relaxed dress code to ensure you enjoy your time at Midnight and The Wicked in comfort and style. We want everyone to feel welcome and at ease while maintaining the high standards of our venue.

PERMITTED: Clean jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sneakers and sandals.........NOT PERMITTED: Sweats, hoodies, sports jerseys, explicit clothing or large graphic t-shirts, crocs, work boots, flip flops, ball caps (Fedoras and other stylish hats are welcome)

We hope this update makes it easier for you to enjoy your evenings with us. Thank you for your continued patronage, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Top review
MarcP
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Incredible atmosphere and ambience. Server was attentive and polite. We had a great time!! (Note: rated food “poor” only because they do not serve food but N/A was not an option.)
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4.4
4.4 (765)
$50 and over
Tapas / Small Plates
Fishtown
About the restaurant
A one-of-a-kind, modern-day cabaret experience... Fabrika features a fresh and unique take on dinner and show!

There are Tickets and Minimums that apply to each of our shows, please be sure to check our website for more info on each show's pricing! www.fabrikaphilly.com

We require a credit card for all reservations. Advance payment is required for parties of 7+, and all tickets must be purchase together.

TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. We charge a no show penalty for parties that do not honor reservations made in the amount of the ticket price for that show. THURSDAYS FREE THROUGH APRIL!

Seating is based on your reservation time so the earlier your reservation, the closer to the stage you will be sat!

Call us between the hours of 11:00 am-7:00 pm if you have any questions or need help booking!

215-203-0202 or info@fabrikaphilly.com

Top review
JessA
Dined on May 31, 2024
This is a special place where I get to see my beautiful friends perform. The artists are incredible and versatile and some of the best in philly. GO! Enjoy!! ...but maybe italian meatballs should just be "italian meatball" on the menu, since its a single meatball for $14.
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4.4
4.4 (1401)
$50 and over
Chinese (Taiwan)
Old City
About the restaurant
Mei Mei led by Chef Jay Ho, is a vibrant cornerstone of Philadelphia's dining scene, offering a captivating blend of Asian fusion cuisine in the heart of Old City. Mei Mei is renowned for its lively atmosphere and innovative dishes that reflect Chef Jay Ho's creative vision and culinary expertise.

The restaurant's ambiance is as inviting as it is stylish, with an energetic yet intimate vibe that sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you're seeking a lively evening out with friends or a memorable meal for a special occasion, Mei Mei provides a welcoming environment that caters to all occasions.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
I went there for my birthday and it was my time there the service was great and the food was amazing I would come back to visit again
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4.4
4.4 (222)
$31 to $50
Jamaican
University City
About the restaurant
"Jamaica is not just the home of Reggae icon Bob Marley and a place where everything is IRIE. Jamaica is also known for having one of the most flavorful cuisines in the world. Our upscale-casual eatery and bar offers a truly authentic combination of the best that Jamaica has to offer through our music, culture - and of course, our amazing food. Our aim is to excite taste buds, create great vibe and leave our customers always wanting a repeat of their experience!"
Top review
LewisMD
Dined 2 days ago
Great experience! We had a large group treating the soon to be groom for dinner and the Manager and hostess did EVERYTHING to accommodate us. The food was delicious, drinks excellent, the music was great, just a wonderful vibe that screams JAMAICA! Our waitress went above and beyond! I highly recommend IrieEntree.. believe me…”Everything there is IRIE!!!”
A photo of Sueno restaurant
4.3
4.3 (579)
$30 and under
Traditional Mexican
Center City
About the restaurant
Sueno, Craft Concepts Group's newest location from Teddy Sourias! Extensive tequila selection, exceptional margaritas, and traditional Mexican street food inspired menu. We are located next to our seasonal popup Tinsel/Nightmare before Tinsel.

Please keep in mind that we only allow a certain amount of reservations to keep room for our walk up customers. We want to do our best to welcome as many of you as we can!


Top review
JoyM
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Place is beautiful! Food was good! Everyone was super nice! Will go back again!
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4.2
4.2 (97)
$30 and under
American
Society Hill
About the restaurant
Set on the Delaware River waterfront and located inside a historical riverfront pumping station, Fringe Bar is Philadelphia’s newest experiential, active fun space. As the latest addition to the FringeArts campus hub, the newly renovated bar and restaurant provide a highly versatile venue for unforgettable experiences year round. Dine indoors and enjoy our soulful pub cuisine featuring snacks and bites alongside an array of eclectic and funky beverage options enhanced by custom entertainment ranging from jazz ensembles, to funk bands, to cabaret, and more. Dining experiences are further accentuated by the soaring views of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge in our industrial-chic space directly adjacent to FringeArts’ renowned state-of-the-art 220 seat theater. Outdoors is Haas Biergarten, which serves as a vibrant, plant filled space in the warmer months and an intimate, cozy space in the cooler months.
Top review
AngelaGvip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
The atmosphere and outdoor space are great. The food and service is good (but not awesome) but the price is relatively good for what you get. I would go back with friends or if I was there for a show. it is more spacious and the outdoor patio with the view of the bridge is great! And Cherry Street Pier is across the street which is a nice thing to do after dinner to sit by the water.
A photo of Yakitori Boy Japas  - Philadelphia restaurant
4.1
4.1 (591)
$30 and under
Japanese
Chinatown
About the restaurant
DINING RESERVATIONS ARE ONLY FOR OUR 1ST FLOOR RESTAURANT, NOT FOR KARAOKE.
• Make an inquiry for a karaoke room/lounge table @ yakitoriboy.com/sing or call our Events Team at (215)-923-8088 ext. 3



WE CAN SEAT UP TO 20 GUESTS AT 1 TABLE (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)! FOR RESERVATIONS WITH A PARTY OF MORE THAN 5 GUESTS, PLEASE CALL US AT (215)-923-8088 EXT. 1 TO MAKE A RESERVATION!

Yakitori Boy is a premier izakaya destination in Philadelphia! We serve a variety of tapas style dishes (japas), sushi and a variety of yakitori. On our 1st floor, we have restaurant seating and a full bar serving delicious food and cocktails. The 2nd floor features our lounge, bar and private karaoke rooms that can accommodate up to 20 guests for business meetings and private parties. Come eat, drink and sing!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food, outstanding service, in a fun atmosphere! I picked the place based on written reviews, and it did not disappoint!
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