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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Philadelphia County

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Philadelphia County? 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 (108)
$30 and under
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 5 days ago
Excellent sushi experience. One of the best I've had even compared to some very high end spots.
A photo of Salute Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.9 (84)
$31 to $50
Sinking Spring
About the restaurant
Salute Ristorante Italiano it is an authentic Italian restaurant

located in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.

Our menu is full of traditional dishes. Each dish is made with market and seasonal
products. From the hands of our chef and fresh pasta such as ravioli and our homemade desserts.

Top review
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Always a great experience, great food, great service, owner always makes you feel welcome
A photo of The Melting Pot - Wilmington DE restaurant
4.8 (1875)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & fabulous four-course dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to get-togethers with friends, meetings or large groups. The Melting Pot always hits the spot. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Server was great. Looks like veggies are being skimped on. No broccoli 3 pieces of cauliflower tons of apples. Meats were good and desert.
A photo of Vita Nova - University of Delaware restaurant
4.8 (611)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
About the restaurant
Vita Nova is now closed for the summer session. We will reopen on September 3rd, 2024 for lunch and September 4th for dinner. We look forward to serving you again in the fall semester. Reservations can be made starting in the middle of August through OpenTable, by calling (302) 831-0500 or via email at vitanova@udel.edu. If booking for more than 4 guests, please call or email.

Our Bistro is available to rent for meetings or events year round with food and beverage service through UD Catering. Please call 302-831-0500 or email vitanova@udel.edu for more information.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
This was our third visit there and each time it was excellent.
A photo of Ooka Japanese Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse restaurant
4.8 (973)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Ooka is a groundbreaking Asian restaurant set in the unsuspecting area of Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. Opened in July of 2009, Ooka is setting the standard for forward thinking Japanese cuisine and gourmet hibachi in Southeasten Pennsylvania. The restaurant is highlighted by warm earth tones, deep banquets, lively hibachi entertainment and dim candlelight atmospherics. Ooka takes a modern minimalist approach to classical Japanese dishes with utmost thought and attention to purity, simplicity and seasonality. Ooka keeps focus on the constant evolution of Asian cuisine keeping grounded in the classical techniques of Japan.

- We have an exceptional Whisk(e)y, Bourbon & Wine menu
- We offer takeout & lunch specials

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food always excellent. Service was excellent. A bit noisy, but to be expected for a Friday night.
A photo of 1857 Jackson House restaurant
4.8 (83)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
About the restaurant
At 1857 Jackson House it is our desire to bring the best food and hospitality we can to the state's capital and community of Dover. Our menu is fun yet creative, seasonal and mainly focused on elevated comfort foods with the Jackson House touch.
Our dishes and craft cocktails are made fresh and from scratch daily. We look forward to hosting you, family, and friends.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Great experience. Sun was hitting the side of my face. A half pull down shade of some sort would do the trick. Will be dining again with you real soon. Love sitting outdoors.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Bethlehem restaurant
4.7 (2552)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & cocktails, as well as fabulous four-course fondue dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to a get together with friends, meetings, or large groups, The Melting Pot always provides fun & lasting memories. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Absolutely one of the best experiences we’ve had! Thank you guys so much!
A photo of Deerfield restaurant
4.7 (725)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Come join us at Deerfield Golf Club for a truly one of a kind experience you and your guests are sure to not forget! Whether it be the delicious food prepared by our Executive Chef Mike Josephick, the Deerfield famous Hospitality we set the gold standard to, or the classic ambience of our property that will be sure to transport you back in time; Deerfield has it all! Open Table is used for our Holiday events, which include: the Easter Buffet, Mother's Day Buffet, Father's Day Brunch, Thanksgiving Buffet, and Brunches With Santa.

We feature two dinning spaces for the holiday buffets; The Main Ballroom & the Sussex Atrium. The Ballroom is where most guests will be seated and where the buffet will be. The Sussex Atrium is perfect for larger parties who want a more private experience (Guests will have to carry plates from ballroom to Sussex if seated in).

Failure to show up to your reservation will result in a charge to the card on file.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex are accepted.

Top review
Dined on May 12, 2024
Deerfield provides a fantastic holiday Sunday Brunch Buffet with awesome food stations in a beautiful dining room. Great service provided by an excellent staff. Highly recommended for an enjoyable Sunday meal.
A photo of Scarpetta restaurant
4.7 (359)
$31 to $50
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
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 Cafe Antonio restaurant
4.6 (561)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Cafe Antonio is a home-style Italian restaurant located in Morrisville, PA.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Great food & service. Big group of diners for a Monday indicated the popularity of the restaurant,
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