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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1525 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

A sleek bar with world-wide wines by the glass or bottle, plus cocktails, small plates & brunch.

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.”

5.00 (1 review)
420 S. 2nd St Philadelphia PA
(215) 320-8000(215) 320-8000

Founded in 1995 by Stephen Starr, Philadelphia-based STARR Restaurants is one of the fastest growing multi-concept restaurant companies in the country. STARR Restaurants include Buddakan, Morimoto, The Continental, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-Town, El Vez, Jones, Alma de Cuba, Pod, Parc, Butcher and Singer, Pizzeria Stella, El Rey, Ranstead Room, The Dandelion, Talula’s Garden, Frankford Hall, Il Pittore, Route 6 and seasonal food-stand SquareBurger in Philadelphia and Morimoto and Buddakan in New York City's thriving Meatpacking District. STARR Restaurants expanded to Atlantic City, NJ, with Buddakan and Continental restaurants at the Pier Shops at Caesars in 2006 and to Fort Lauderdale, opening Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale in 2009 and most recently Makoto in the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami. Stephen STARR Events is the group's full-service catering and special events division, managing projects including Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rat's Restaurant at Grounds For Sculpture, Caffè Storico at New-York Historical Society, and Serai at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Stephen Starr has earned numerous awards and accolades, and was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by Bon Appétit magazine in 2005 and Zagat Survey New York City in 2007. Starr also received the TimeOut New York Readers’ Choice Award for “Best New Out-of-Town Restaurateur” in 2007. **

8229 Germantown Ave Philadelphia PA
(215) 247-7570(215) 247-7570

American Bistro Cuisine in a casual urban setting, offering Chestnut Hill's premier outdoor dining.

Open every day for lunch, dinner and late night drinks.

1136 Arch St Philadelphia PA
(215) 923-6175(215) 923-6175

For nearly 100 years, the Nicolosi Family has played an important role in Philadelphia's rich culinary history. In 1918, Gaetano Nicolosi opened a butcher shop in South Philly. He called the shop "Nicolosi's," and it was a true family affair. Gaetano's family lived above the shop, and he raised his five sons Benny, Anthony, Dominic, Felix and Johnny to work alongside him in the family business.

2004 Fairmount Ave Philadelphia PA
(215) 232-7748(215) 232-7748

Everything we serve is made fresh. We aim to please your sweet tooth.

2538-2540 Welsh Rd Philadelphia PA
(215) 969-6600(215) 969-6600

Since our start we believe in one thing, perfection. Las Margarita’s roots are deep within the Tex-Mex restaurant industry, our start began in Oklahoma were Victor Perez opened his first restaurant. As the business began to flourish and the many recipes and signature tastes were born Victor decided with his wife Victoria to head east and open the first Las Margaritas located in Northeast Philadelphia in 2003. The restaurant was a hit bringing something new and exciting including atmosphere and authenticity to real Tex-Mex and of course our signature Margaritas; it was a solid home run. In the preceding years more locations and more availability for our guests to experience the best that Las Margaritas has to offer! Come and see us today!

8826 Frankford Ave Philadelphia PA
(215) 338-5113(215) 338-5113

Joe Morozin Sr. opened his very first eatery when he was sixteen years old. The road was paved with hard work, dedication and perseverance. It led from the GI Inn to White Way to the Torresdale Diner to The Dining Car. The Torresdale Diner was originally located at 8828 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia from 1960 to 1980. In 1976 its name changed to The Dining Car.

The "new" Dining Car was constructed on-site in New Jersey and trucked to its current location at 8826 Frankford Avenue in 1980. Not wanting to interrupt service to its customers, both diners were actually operating at the same time for a short while. Some customers even picked up there coffee cups from the old diner and walked over to the new diner to sit and finish up there. Once all of the patrons were served, the "old” diner was closed.

Since that time, the "new" diner has been operating 24 hours, 7 days a week. Not only was the building new, the diner's approach to food was also. Taking The Dining Car from convenience restaurant to destination restaurant offering a full array of American/Continental cuisine. The facility also offers a full service award winning bakery.

The key to continuing success of The Dining Car's operation is family-based. The Morozin family oversees all daily operations. Judy graduated from Penn State University with a degree in restaurant management and is responsible for the training of all front-of-the-house personnel. Joe Jr., also a Penn State grad, oversees all back-of-the-house functions. Nancy Morozin, a Moore College of Art & Design graduate is the general manager.

The concept of "family" has trickled down to the staff. The Dining Car boasts one of the most experienced staffs in the business, with several key employees working 35 years or longer. This helps reinforce The Dining Car's family values. The customers are also treated like, and considered part of, The Dining Car family. Nancy Morozin, a board member of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Nazareth Hospital, created The Dining Car’s "Heartfare" program. This section of the menu is dedicated to health-conscious guests and for those with specific dietary needs. Continuing the family's culinary tradition, Ms. Morozin added a very successful Market and Bakery to the front of the diner in 1988. Nancy is also a member of the Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a world-wide, invitation-only philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.

The family is very generous with their time and expertise; several other neo-diner operators have learned the trade at The Dining Car. The Dining Car has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with its community by actively participating with local schools, churches, hospitals, police districts and various neighborhood associations. The Dining Car also services the community another way - it remains one of the few area diners open 24 hours a day; only Christmas closes The Dining Car!

5.00 (1 review)
1743 South St Philadelphia PA
(215) 545-2775(215) 545-2775

Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill

Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill offers Philadelphia, PA the best pizza in town!
Come in today and find out why customers are raving about our delicious gourmet pizza, juicy cheeseburgers, and our famous 18” steaks!

Our great food, combined with the highest quality service and the best value around, truly sets Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill apart from the rest. Come dine with us in our comfortable and clean dining room, or enjoy the convenience of pick up or speedy delivery service!

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