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.”

1446 E. Hunting Park Ave Philadelphia PA.
(215) 289-3070(215) 289-3070

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 11:00am-11:00pm Fri & Sat 11:00am-12:00am Sun 12:00pm-10:00p

4.00 (1 review)
509 South St Philadelphia PA
(215) 925-3026(215) 925-3026

My name is Tom Vasiliades. I am the proud owner of South Street Souvlaki. For nearly 38 years my dedicated staff and I have been serving the finest, award-winning Greek & Mediterranean fare at my restaurant on Philadelphia’s historic South Street. I stand committed to quality. Fresh food prepared daily with that old-country-know-how offers our loyal patrons world class meals. My staff & I always keep on top of our game. Our work ethic always provides you a predictably memorable experience. One thing we particularly take pride in is our cleanliness. Besides our routine cleaning, we do an intensive cleaning and powerwashing of all our equipment every Monday. Our charcoal grill, gyro-rotisseries and food service areas are right up front...for all to see!

907 Race St Philadelphia PA
(215) 627-8883(215) 627-8883

Viet Thai is an excellent dining experience with a quaint atmosphere and an extensive menu. The rice-paper/bamboo burrito is exquisite

5.00 (1 review)
211 North 11th St Philadelphia PA
(215) 923-8088(215) 923-8088

welcome to philadelphia's 1st izakaya & upscale karaoke lounge

We are proud to honor the value of a hard day's work, with the Japanese tradition of stress relief; making time to relax with co-workers, eating, drinking, karaoke. Whether you're looking for a place to hold a serious meeting or just to hang out with friends, Yakitori Boy is the perfect choice! dine & relax izakaya style:

Izakaya is a Japanese version of a pub, serving a variety of small dishes for snacking while drinking. We specialize in Yakitori skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables, seasoned and skillfully grilled to perfection. We also offer "half sushi rolls". We believe food is better shared, naturally our menu is tapas style…which we affectionately refer to as Japanese Tapas or “Japas”. We encourage you to order a variety of dishes so that you and all of your guests can sample, enjoy and satisfy your “foodie” cravings. need to unwind?

Why not karaoke? There have actually been studies done to show that karaoke can relieve stress! Bring that up at your next staff meeting! Our second floor features our Japas Karaoke Lounge, as well as 8 private karaoke rooms. Come for happy hour. Host your holiday party. Hold a business meeting. Celebrate a birthday. Start your bachelor or bachelorette party off right. Take mom for Mother’s Day. Impress your date. Make a fool of yourself. Watch other people make a fool of themselves. Eat, Drink, Sing

640 N Broad St Philadelphia PA
(215) 763-0920(215) 763-0920

The second restaurant to join the Vetri Family fold, Osteria, as its name would imply, draws its inspiration from traditional osterias found in Northern Italy, and is the realization of a dream Vetri Family partners Jeff Benjamin and Chefs Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud had while standing amongst the grapes of the Ca’Marcanda vineyards in Tuscany.

Since opening in 2007, Osteria has become one of the country’s most critically acclaimed Italian restaurants, receiving a 3-out-of-4 bell review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and earning Chef Michaud the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” for his work helming the kitchen.

Convivial and inviting, Osteria’s heart is its open main kitchen from which its award-winning menu of antipasti, homemade pastas, house-cured salumi, authentic Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas, wood-grilled meats, seafood and decadent desserts are crafted. Signature dishes include Chicken Liver Rigatoni with cippolini onions and sage; the Lombarda Pizze with baked egg, bitto cheese, mozzarella and cotechino sausage; and the House-Aged Rib-eye “Fiorentina” for two. And like all Vetri Family restaurants, complementing this menu is a fine selection of wine, handcrafted cocktails and craft beer.

Classically designed to have a warm, evocative aesthetic in an industrial setting, Osteria’s spacious dining room, glass-enclosed patio and private dining rooms—including a chef’s table—make it the perfect place for occasions of all scopes and sizes, whether it’s a quiet night out with friends and family, or a boisterous celebration with dozens of guests.

9495 E Roosevelt Blvd Philadelphia PA
(215) 464-8349(215) 464-8349

The first Ale House Restaurant was opened by owners Jack and Claire Miller in Jupiter, Florida, in 1988. This successful casual-dining restaurant chain attracts customers from all walks of life by offering great food and drinks at an unmatched value. The chain has grown steadily, but conservatively, with a total of 57 restaurants throughout 8 states, as of March 2012.

Since its inception, the Ale House has continued to develop into a classic restaurant success story, even being named one of Nation's Restaurant News' "Regional Powerhouse Chains."

When an Ale House Restaurant opens its doors, it quickly becomes identified within the local community as the ideal meeting ground for people to come relax, have an enjoyable lunch or dinner, socialize with friends, game watch on one of the largest collections of HD TV's to be found, or bring the entire family in for a great meal and some fun; all experiences personified by the Ale House motto "A Reel Great Place to Catch a Good Time!"

All Ale House Restaurants contain a full-service bar featuring wine, liquor and over 75 varieties of beer. Two featured proprietary menu items include the "World Famous Zingers®" (signature boneless chicken wings coated in a choice of sauces) and a layered homemade ice cream cake dessert known as "Captain Jack's Buried Treasure®."

Designed to attract a broad variety of customers, the Ale House menu focuses on Food Quality, Freshness and Value. The menu offers delicious Steaks, fresh Seafood, original Pasta dishes, healthy Salads, robust Sandwiches and homemade Desserts, all served within the comfortable and social atmosphere of a neighborhood family restaurant.

The Ale House continues to build a strong base of enthusiastic, loyal fans, with the Company’s Mission statement simply stating: “All Actions Create Ale House Raving Fans."

2331 E Cumberland St Philadelphia PA
(215) 425-4460(215) 425-4460
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