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20+ Great Restaurants in Old City and Philadelphia’s Historic District

Tasty eats in Philly’s original city

Old City and Philadelphia’s Historic District are home to more than just iconic attractions — they’re also home to plenty of memorable restaurants to explore.

In fact, some might call many of the Historic District’s restaurants attractions in themselves, offering experiences that can easily rival your sightseeing ventures.

There are eats crafted by celebrity chefs, outdoor dining atop the deck of a four-masted sailing ship and Colonial-costumed servers offering an authentic 18th-century dining experience.

From wood-fired pizza (with toppings like prosciutto, pistachio or black truffle!) to handcrafted cocktails and more, here are more than 20 great restaurants awaiting you in Old City and Philadelphia’s Historic District.

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Han Dynasty

Popular for fiery flavors and traditional Schezuan dishes

With accolades from CNN and Anthony Bourdain, this contemporary Chinese restaurant puts a twist on the classics. Diners are asked to choose their spice level, numbered one through 10, for an array of savory dishes.
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Cuba Libre

A little bit of Old Havana in Old City

Cuban and Latin cuisine and refreshing mojitos fit perfectly in this setting that appears straight out of Old Havana. Helmed by two-time James Beard Award-winner Guillermo Pernot, the kitchen offers the “15 Tastes of Cuba” tasting menu nightly and an unlimited tapas brunch on weekends.
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The Olde Bar

Jose Garces' Old City seafood spot

Jose Garces' Olde Bar revives the Old Original Bookbinder's, a mid-20th century landmark Philadelphia restaurant. Keeping the early seafood house's spirit alive, a full raw bar greets guests upon walking in the door, and a catalog of crab cakes, Cape Cod mussels, lobster rolls and more fill the menu of delicious eats.
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Capofitto

Neapolitan-style pizza from the masters of gelato

At Capofitto, the crew behind Philadelphia’s beloved gelato mini-chain Capogiro wows with their Neapolitan-style pizza from a custom wood-fired oven. Weekend brunch features pasta, egg dishes and pizza, of course.
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Farmicia

Delicious, organic cuisine in Old City

At Farmicia, the staff serves tasty food and beverages created from local and organic products in a relaxed yet lively environment. Plus, half-priced happy hour specials make it an ultimate post-work destination.
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2nd Story Brewing

House-made brews and causal pub fare

A local farmer teamed up with her son-in-law — who also happens to be a brewer — to open this restaurant, brewery and bar combo, the only brewery in Center City Philadelphia. The menu includes fish and chips, burgers and house-made pizzas, with plenty of healthy options in the mix as well.
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DiNardo's Famous Seafood

Shell-cracking seafood in Old City since 1976

A Philadelphia seafood institution for nearly four decades, DiNardo’s gets crabs flown in daily from the Gulf Coast and serves them hot and dirty, Baltimore-style or with garlic. They also prepare seafood specialties, steaks, pasta and chicken dishes.
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The Gaslight

Creative pub food crafted from a former Top Chef

This bar and restaurant from Top Chef alum Jason Cichonski features interesting takes on the classics (think Kung Pao spare ribs). Cleverly named drinks and daylong brunch keep the fun going all weekend.
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