Last updated Nov 12, 2009

Where to Eat in Philadelphia!

Philadelphia is home to a wonderful restaurant scene.  If you chose one of the city’s great BYOB options and would like to bring along a bottle of wine, Center City has two liquor stores:

Wine and Spirits                           Wine and Spirits (A Premium Store)

8 Penn Center Plaza                     1218 Chestnut Street
1628 John F Kennedy Blvd          

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Continental Mid-town

Stephen Starr's twelfth restaurant in Philadelphia promises a unique dining experience.

European

1801 Chestnut Street

215-567-1800

http://www.continentalmidtown.com/

La Viola

In Short – If only Center City had more little bistros like this uptown gem. The setup is simple enough; one room, crammed with cozy tables for two, and one menu of inexpensive Italian dishes.

Italian/BYOB

235 S. 16th Street

215-735-8630

http://philadelphia.citysearch.com/profile/11632393/philadelphia_pa/la_viola.html

Cash only

Lolita

The kitchen embraces simple ingredients, yet the food will speak to you with assertive flavors, textures and colors. Favorites include lobster and sea scallop ceviche, Morita-cumin grilled beef tenderloin, and guacamole with a mix of sweet potato, taro and blue corn chips.

Mexican/BYOB

106 S. 13th Street

215-546-7100

http://www.lolitabyob.com/lolita/ 

Cash only

Monk's Café

 Monk's Café prides itself on an astonishing selection of fine beers culled from breweries large and small throughout the world. One of the finest selections of Belgian beers on draught in America can be found at our Back Bar and an additional selection up Front.

European/Pub

264 S. 16th Street

215-545-7005

http://www.monkscafe.com/

Nodding Head

This fantastic little pub brews all of their own beers on site, including Grog and George's Fault, both of which have won the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival (2002 and 2005 respectively). All of their beers are fantastic, and they are winning awards left and right. To top it off, the food is some of the best pub fare in the city.

American/Pub

1516 Sansom Street

215-569-9525

http://www.noddinghead.com

Twenty Manning

A friendly neighborhood spot with sleek, modern styling, serves up outstanding French-influenced Asian fare.

American/Pub

261 S. 20th Street

215-731-0900

http://www.twentymanning.com/tm/20man_flash.html

$$$

Alma de Cuba

 A Stephen Starr triumph of Cuban cuisine.

Cuban

1623 Walnut Street

215-988-1799

http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com/

Audrey Claire

The intimately set, open-air restaurant offers a tour of Mediterranean foods reminiscent of the West End.

Mediterranean/BYOB

276 S. 20th Street

215-731-1222

http://www.audreyclaire.com/

Cash only

 Barclay Prime

Stephen Starr's oft described " luxury boutique steakhouse".

Steakhouse/Seafood

237 S. 18th Street

215-732-7560

http://www.barclayprime.com/

Butcher and Singer

Stephen Starr's finest. The menu includes an array of perfectly charred steaks and chops, coldwater lobster and iconic entrees like Lobster Thermidor, Steak Diane and Shrimp & Crab Louie. Paired with a Perfect Manhattan and personalized service and you are sure to feel like a celebrity.

Steakhouse/Seafood

1500 Walnut Street

215-732-4444

http://www.butcherandsinger.com/ 

Byblos

Offers a diverse menu featuring homemade specialties and exotic Mediterranean cuisine.

Greek

114 S. 18th Street

215-568-3050

http://www.byblosphilly.com/ 

Friday Saturday Sunday

A quiet residential neighborhood is a pleasant backdrop for drinks or dinner to compliment the wonderfully diverse American cuisine.

American/BYOB

261 S. 21st Street

215-546-4232

http://www.frisatsun.com/

La Fontana Della Citta

Albanian born chefs dominate this lovely BYOB's exquisite cuisine.

Italian

1701 Spruce Street

215-875-9990

http://www.lafontanadellacitta.com/ 

Los Catrines/Tequila's

A showcase for culinary delights as well as a feast for all the other senses.

Mexican

1602 Locust Street

215-564-0181

http://www.tequilasphilly.com/

Matyson

A leader in the Philadelphia "Bring Your Own" restaurant scene. Patrons are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages and there is no corkage fee.

American/BYOB

37 S. 19th Street

215-564-2925

http://www.matyson.com/

Mémé

A casual, rustic dining experience with no pretense to be found. The 36 bottle wine list walks the same unassuming, artisan path as the cuisine.

French

2201 Spruce Street

215-735-4900

http://www.memerestaurant.com/

Mi Lah Vegetarian

Proudly serves local, seasonal, vegetable-forward vegetarian and vegan food.

International

218 S. 16th Street

215-732-8888

http://www.milahvegetarian.com/

Noble American Cookery

Noble's mission is to make you feel at home and to create a truly special dining experience, from the inviting and original decor to Chef Cameron's perfectly prepared menu of simple, seasonal ingredients.

American

2025 Sansom Street

215-568-7000

http://www.noblecookery.com/

Parc

Recalling the chic brasseries of Paris, serving traditional bistro fare in a charming and comfortable space. This stylish addition to Rittenhouse Square pays tribute to French café culture, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

French

227 S. 18th Street

215-545-2262

http://www.parc-restaurant.com/

Tavern 17

The restaurant specializes in “bites and flights,” small plates paired with selections from Tavern’s 12 craft brews on tap and 30 wines by the glass.

American

220 S. 17th Street

215-790-1799

http://www.tavern17restaurant.com/

Tria

The menu focuses on beer, imported cheeses and tapas-style salads and sandwiches.

European/Wine

123 S. 18th Street

215-972-8742

http://www.triacafe.com/

Village Whiskey

A classic American bar with over 80 whiskies and bar snacks.

American

118 S. 20th Street

215-665-1088

http://villagewhiskey.com/

$$$$

Davio's

A stylish, up-scale northern Italian steakhouse located on the second floor in the historic Provident Bank Building just off fashionable Rittenhouse Row.

Italian/Steakhouse

111 S. 17th Street

215-563-4810

http://www.davios.com/phil/index.html

La Croix

International cuisine combining Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Japanese, and American flavors to create his own infusion. Elegant yet relaxed, Lacroix offers a truly distinctive atmosphere.

French

210 W. Rittenhouse Square

215-790-2533

http://www.lacroixrestaurant.com/

 Le Bec-Fin

One of Philadelphia's signature trademarks of simplicity, elegance, and flavor.

French

1523 Walnut Street

215-567-1000

http://lebecfin.com/

Roy's

Combining the freshest local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices, each creation leaves you with the feeling that you've just found paradise.

Seafood/Fusion

124 S. 15th Street

215-988-1814

http://www.roysrestaurant.com/index.asp

Smith & Wollensky

An acclaimed wine list, rich ambiance and personal waiter service are designed to provide you with a truly memorable steakhouse experience.

Seafood

210 W. Rittenhouse Square

215-546-1700

http://www.smithandwollenskysteakhouses.com/locations/philadelphia_steakhouse.htm

Tinto

The ultimate expression of what a Basque wine bar should be, draws inspiration from the rich cultural and culinary traditions of Basque country, inspires, tantalizes and satisfies.

Spanish

114 S. 20th Street

215-685-9150

http://tintorestaurant.com/


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