Restaurants in Philadelphia

Our list of restaurants in Philadelphia. Feel free to rate and review any and all restaurants.  Your opinions on  menus, sommeliers, wine lists,  BYOB programs, and  table service are very important to us.

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5.00 (1 review)
1822 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States

Tiny, sleek Japanese-Korean eatery with a deep menu featuring items ranging from sushi to bibimbop.  

Fans of this Japanese-Korean BYO in Logan Square "could eat here every day and not get bored", thanks to an "enormous menu" that ranges from "fresh", "inventive" sushi to "outstanding" bibimbop, served by an "attentive, but laid-back" staff; there's a "young, casual" vibe in the "sleek" setting that's about as "big as a minute", but that doesn't deter devotees from "coming in for more."

-Zagat

5.00 (1 review)
1617 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, United States

A tight menu of creative French & American fare in a small, stylish BYOB bistro.

 

His albacore starter may be the best raw tuna dish in town, firmed ever so slightly in tepid olive oil before being dressed with the delicate sweetness of shaved Asian pears and a powder of frozen horseradish and yuzu "snow" that melted in mouth with a cooling sparkle. A bracing edge of mustard oil, chile-spiked ponzu, and fermented daikon cubes were the perfect foil to assertive Spanish mackerel seared crackly warm on the skin side and sashimi raw on the reverse. A study in Berkshire pork - loin roasted, belly braised, tender shoulder pulled then formed into a patty - was memorable for its elegant necklace of huckleberry, kale, and chestnut sauces.

Elmi's foie gras terrine was even more beautiful, a silken slab of creamy pink marbled with bitter cocoa and paired with a fine mince of cuminy, caramelized celery root - an earthy sweetness that gave the luxurious liver an unexpected exotic twist.

-Craig LeBan, Philadelphia Inquirer

521 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, United States

Ulivo restaurant is a neighborhood BYOB located at 521 Catharine Street at Passyunk Avenue in the Queen’s Village section of Philadelphia. With its vintage copper ceiling and Tuscan tile the 50 seat dining room creates a warm and comfortable space for neighbors and patrons to relax.

Owned and operated by Chef Joe Scarpone, the food is Italian in spirit; simple, seasonal cooking with deep flavor. Our menu changes daily and is driven by our commitment to using seasonal produce and sustainably-raised meat and fish and features hand-made pasta.

1046 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, United States

There is no other restaurant in Philly that's as devoted to the pleasures of house-smoked fish and rich sauces scented with anise and mustard. The seared scallop appetizer comes over an actual mustard soup, in which house-baked pumpernickel croutons bob in broth that's vivid orange with pureed carrot and mustard grains, then streaked green with tarragon oil. An even creamier mustard broth is the backdrop for a whole brook trout, its bones replaced with buttery Jerusalem artichoke stuffing, then topped with the peppery crunch of wilted mustard greens.

Before Lachman's done with us, we will know our lohikeitto from our zuurkool, and how those creamy bitterballen pork croquettes clearly help foster a sense of genuine gezelligheid - even if that expression of conviviality is otherwise considered to be untranslatable abstract Dutch.

That's because while Noord's flavors may be distinct, it's a kindred spirit to the legion of other 35-seat chef-owned BYOs that represent some of the best, most intimate aspects of Philly's dining scene. With its penchant for updating rustic flavors rather than modern cuisine (sorry, no "new Nordic" crispy lichen here), I almost think of Noord as a northland cousin to Cypriot Kanella - but with herring and Smørrebrød bread samplers decked with smoked fish.

-Craig LeBan, Philadelphia Inquirer

5.00 (1 review)
1915 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, United States

Ask a regular and they'll tell you this East Passyunk Crossing BYO is "as close as it gets to Italy in Philly", serving "old-fashioned, authentic" cuisine delectable enough to make guests leave their "plates so clean they don't need washing"; the "understated" atmosphere is embellished by "interesting drama" from the colorful clientele, while "accommodating" servers ensure a "never-fail-you" experience.

-Zagat

611 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, United States

What do we love more than our pizza? This very excellent, and dare we say, poetic, quote from Philly's toughest culinary critic and most elusive diner. Now, just for fun, do you agree or disagree? Read the full review here.

"...as far as I’m concerned, they are all chasing Nomad Pizza, whose most elemental pizzas, the Margherita and Marinara, are as close to perfection as I’ve tasted this side of Napoli. It begins with the dough, which is left to ferment for several days before cooking, and develops a complex malty sweetness. In the oven, it takes on an elegant constellation of char-spots, and an irresistibly savory, luxurious chew that dusts my lips with flour when my teeth sink deep into its crackly crust. It has a profoundly roasted flavor that lingers for hours after the meal is over. But Nomad’s toppings are not to be overlooked, either, including an uncooked sauce that’s not too sweet, too tart, or too salty, but a sunbeam of vivid tomato that brightens all the other ingredients — the milky sweetness of buffalo mozzarella with the Margherita, the dusky herbaceousness of oregano, whole basil leaves and zesty garlic with the Marinara, or the piquance of salami kissed with a golden drizzle of local honey on the Spicy Sopressata..."

1120 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States

The Farm & Fisherman is a 30-seat BYOB owned by husband-wife team Josh & Colleen Lawler.  This intimate setting allows for a truly hands-on approach from these two accomplished chefs. Josh served as the former chef de cuisine at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a renowned restaurant considered one of the pioneers in the locavore/farm-to-table movement.  Colleen served as sous chef at the New York Times 3-star restaurant Picholine, known for its focus on quality and creativity.  Together, Josh & Colleen have merged the combination of their experiences and focus to return to Philadelphia where they are both from and met while attending Drexel University.  The menu, which changes with the nuances of the seasons, features the finest sustainably sourced ingredients including meat, fish, and poultry.

Craig LaBan, in his enthusiastic 3 bell review of The Farm and Fisherman, said “This BYOB exemplifies the best of the farm-to-table movement…This is a restaurant that should restore our faith in the possibilities of a philosophy that's far more than a fleeting trend.”  Philly Magazine also recognized the restaurant awarding it with the Best of Philly 2012 award for Best Farm-to-Table saying “this fresh and inventive BYO is the real deal.”

7337 Elmwood Ave Philadelphia PA
(215) 365-7445(215) 365-7445
700 S 4th St Philadelphia PA
(215) 922-3274(215) 922-3274
221 N 11th St Philadelphia PA
(215) 592-1163(215) 592-1163

The Lai family came to this country with little more than the clothes on their backs. But with talent, vision, and plenty of hard work, they raised their children and made a success of their businesses. Yes, the Lai family has truly lived the American dream.

But the reality wasn't always so bright. Husband and wife Nhu Lai and Thuyen Luu, together with their eight kids, fled Vietnam in 1978 by boat to Malaysia. They spent nine months in Malaysian refugee camp and then boarded a plane from Malaysia to Philadelphia.

By 1982, they had saved enough money to start a grocery store in West Philadelphia. In 1984 they saw a new opportunity, and started a tiny restaurant called Vietnam on the edge of the city's vibrant Chinatown. Despite its diminutive size and simple decor, the restaurant soon earned a reputation for it's outstanding food. In fact, it could barely contain all the people who wanted a taste of this exciting cuisine!

The couple worked seven days a week to build their two businesses. In 1989 Nhu Lai and Thuyen Luu turned Vietnam over to their son Benny, who has lifted the family's dream to a whole different level. The beloved "hole in the wall" has evolved into a handsome space that includes the upstairs lounge, Bar Saigon.

59 N 11th St Philadelphia PA
(215) 873-0258(215) 873-0258

At Dim Sum Garden, we offer all our customers exceptional Chinese food at prices you’ll love! Always made with fresh ingredients and our family recipes, Dim Sum Garden wants to be your one stop for high quality Chinese food! Start your meal off right with our piping hot Shanghai wonton soup, loaded with big chunks of house-made wontons. Now you’re ready to dive in: choose from a wide variety of options, including beef with broccoli, scallion pancakes, pork with sauce noodles, and of course, our signature Shanghai Crabmeat & Pork Soup Dumplings. Come in today for takeout or let us deliver to you! Find out why Dim Sum stands out from the res

4.50 (1 review)
1847 Callowhill St Philadelphia PA
(215) 569-8939(215) 569-8939

Welcome to one of the great contemporary American bistros in Philadelphia. The Rose Tattoo Café, located on the corner of 19th and Callowhill Street has been a favorite among many since 1989. The uniquely eclectic menu that changes with the seasons, and won over by the romantic ambiance that the flower-filled interior, surrounding dining balcony, and gorgeous decorations provide draws in guests.

Housed in a 100-year-old Victorian building, the Rose Tattoo Café has the look and the taste of a memorable restaurant. The atmosphere is ideal for romantic dinners, business meetings, or simply a place to have drinks after a long workday.

Whether it is an intimate dinner party, business function or any of your special occasions, The Rose Tattoo Café is the perfect place to host all of your memorable events. We can accommodate parties from 12 to 75 people. Choose from one of our four private dining rooms to enjoy a sit-down dinner. Or host a cocktail party in one of our bar areas, which can comfortably hold up to 50 people. On Sundays, the entire restaurant can be reserved for parties of 40 or more.

The Rose Tattoo Café offers a variety of hors d'oeuvres and menu items to choose from in order to make your event as special as possible. If you have a specific request for your party, do not hesitate to ask. We aim to make every event an unforgettable one.

8000 Horrocks St Philadelphia PA
(215) 725-2020(215) 725-2020

Welcome to Dattiolo's Delicatessen, wherw we have carved out a piece of Italy right here in Northeast Philadelphia. We pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality products at the best prices. Prepare yourself for the best cilinary experience on the web, so take your time, check out our specials and seasonal products, and be sure tot take in everything. And if you don't see it on our site call or come in, we probably have it or can get it. We promise the highest quality and satisfaction is always quaranteed!

2302 E Norris St Philadelphia PA
(267) 259-6493(267) 259-6493

Ida Mae's is a breakfast & lunch place in the heart of Fishtown. From the Irish Breakfast to Pierogies to Huevos Rancheros and beyond, we offer a hearty meal you will not soon forget! Come see us soon! Great Place, Great Food, & Great Friends

735 S 10th St Philadelphia PA
(215) 413-3999(215) 413-3999

Started in November of 1997 when Samantha opened the doors to a different kind of diner. The Morning Glory Diner opened in the heart of Bella Vista, before there ever was a ‘brunch scene’. Sam wanted a place with great nomads grub that was made with lots of love. That is still the difference between us and all the rest! Everything we serve is mindfully made from scratch with the freshest of ingredients.

We’ve made made a ton of friends along the way and lost a dear few. So whether you’ve been a regular for the past 16 years or you’re someone who’s looking to try us out, we would like to THANK YOU for supporting a truly local Philly business.

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