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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Philadelphia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!


A photo of Umami Steak and Sushi Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (108)
$30 and under
Japanese
Old City
About the restaurant
At UMAMI STEAK & SUSHI BAR, we spotlight this taste as we combine traditional Japanese techniques with premium fish and steaks to bring you a delicious dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent sushi experience. One of the best I've had even compared to some very high end spots.
A photo of Aqimero restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1130)
$30 and under
Contemporary Latin
Center City
About the restaurant
Situated in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Aqimero offers the chance to unwind while savoring wood-fired grill flavors. Expect nothing short of excellence from acclaimed chef and Aqimero restaurateur Richard Sandoval. Our kitchen features wood-burning grill and Latin-inspired notes that enhance the tastes of an eclectic menu, while a stunning atmosphere encourages guest-to-guest connections over shareable plates and carefully crafted cocktails. It is our pleasure to serve residents and visitors alike in a relaxed setting where memorable dishes are expertly executed and stylishly served.
Top review
TeeR
Dined 1 day ago
Great ambiance! Great vibes, waitress was attentive and pleasant, food was amazing and drinks were delicious. Will definitely be returning!
A photo of Scarpetta restaurant
4.7
4.7 (359)
$31 to $50
Italian
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant
The philosophy of Scarpetta’s kitchen is to create bold flavors by amplifying the essence of seasonal ingredients. The signature pastas are made in-house daily and are paired with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. The understated-yet-elegant approach to design creates an environment that is simultaneously stylish, welcoming, and inspiring.
Top review
andrewgvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Ryan was our server. He noted my "vegetarian" request immediately upon greeting us. We were given a great table overlooking the Square. The food was fabulous. We had a wonderful salad that was arugula complimented by figs and candied walnuts (and goat cheese which I requested to be omitted). My main plate was Spaghetti with Marinara-delectable hand made and hand cut spaghetti noodles where the sauce with basil was clinging to the pasta. My friend ordered the Short Rib Angelotti (I'm not sure if the spelling) Amazing!! Dessert was sorbet on a bed of crumbled meringue. A perfect dinner and I am such a picky eater!! I will return ASAP.
A photo of Via 417 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (326)
$30 and under
Italian
Jenkintown
About the restaurant
New BYOB Italian restaurant in Jenkintown area…

We strive to bring Italy home right here in Jenkintown. Our meals will be filled with warmth, elegance, and an Italian touch. Welcome to Via 417 where we bring elegance, class, and contemporary atmosphere. Hope to see you soon & leave you with a full & happy belly!

…Public Parking lot available near the restaurant
Online ordering, private events, and catering all will be available…

Yours truly, Kelvin & Izzy.

Top review
Barbvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
We had a 6:00 reservation and sat down upon arrival. Our waiter was attentive and professional. The food was outstanding!!
A photo of Gnocchi restaurant
4.6
4.6 (586)
$30 and under
Italian
Queen Village
About the restaurant
Creating Italian food from scratch with love in Philadelphia!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Gnocchi always delivers. It’s an oasis in a busy area that you can relax and have a great meal with the chef and owner, doting on you as a special guest in his house. The food is phenomenal, the dimly lit wood and brick dining room is a relaxing respite, and the desserts are eye roll back delicious. Remember it’s cash only and allows BYOB. My favs are the gnocchi w/ bolognese or the chicken parmigiana.
A photo of NaBrasa Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (27)
$50 and over
Brazilian
Center City
About the restaurant
After opening its 1st locations doors in April of 2009, NaBrasa Brazilian Steakhouse has set out to bring the Brazilian culture to the Philadelphia suburbs. NaBrasa has made a statement in achieving that goal in providing new and exciting dining alternatives while providing elite customer service. Nabrasa offers 15 cuts of meat and fish as well as a gourmet salad bar for one all-inclusive price.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great food and dining experience. Lots of variety.
A photo of Chickie's & Pete's - Roosevelt Blvd restaurant
4.5
4.5 (326)
$30 and under
Seafood
Northeast Philly
About the restaurant
This large Northeast Philadelphia location opened in 1999 and is located at 11000 Roosevelt Boulevard. Indoors it features two big bars, a private dining room, a 14-foot Big Screen, and plenty of TVs to meet every sports enthusiast's needs. Outdoors the Boulevard offers an all-season covered patio and deck where we often conduct large parties and feature live bands amongst the expansive bar and updated TVs.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Food is always good. Soccer game was on every tv which I was hoping there would be some basketball or something else on 1 or more TVs but other than experience was good
A photo of Izakaya by Yanaga restaurant
4.5
4.5 (181)
$30 and under
Izakaya
Fishtown
About the restaurant
Izakaya by Yanaga

Experience by yanaga for yourself!

Top review
JohnL
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Would highly recommend going here, we had a great time
A photo of Ding Feng Tang restaurant
4.5
4.5 (10)
$30 and under
Dim Sum
Chinatown
About the restaurant
Ding Feng Tang - is a mix of Taiwanese food and Shanghai Soup Dumpling house concept with northern Chinese (Beijing) style skewers. Chefs are from Taiwan, Shanghai, and northern China Soup dumplings made fresh in house daily every day. The name Ding Feng Tang means: Basically means Chinese & Taiwanese Food The partners just basically created this concept as a mixture of all the favorite foods they loved from all their travels throughout China and Taiwan
Top review
AlexGvip
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Great soup dumplings. Cant wait to go again. Very clean
A photo of North Luxe Lounge restaurant
3.4
3.4 (15)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Upper North Philadelphia
About the restaurant
New bar and lounge with a range of delicious soul, finger and fulfilling food. Our bottle list is extensive down to our signature drinks. Stop by and check us out!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
The food & drinks we’re great & it’s definitely a vibe
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