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Restaurants in Historic Philadelphia

In Historic Philadelphia, four-star dining rooms coexist with unassuming, note-perfect neighborhood bistros. Boisterous upscale taprooms counterbalance romantic foodie hideaways. And family-operated Bring-Your-Own-Bottle (BYOB) establishments share the sidewalk with high-profile restaurants owned by star restaurateurs.

National Geographic Magazine recently called Old City “the liveliest urban neighborhood between Soho in New York and SoBe [South Beach] in Miami.”

Filled with restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and lounges, it’s easy to see why this is one of the premier dining destinations around.

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  • Amada

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.

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  • Buddakan

    Where creativity and cachet loom large

    Buddakan

    A towering gilded statue of the Buddha generates elegant calm in this 175-seat, Pan Asian restaurant from restaurateur Stephen Starr

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  • Cuba Libre

    A little bit of Old Havana in Old City

    Cuba Libre

    This popular Old City spot is designed to resemble a street scene in Havana — and you can’t beat the mojitos.

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  • Farmicia

    Delicious, organic cuisine in Old City

    Farmicia

    A green-thumbed tribute to sustainable cuisine in the heart of Old City

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  • Fork

    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

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    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

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  • La Famiglia

    An Old City landmark for fine Italian cuisine

    La Famiglia

    For more than 30 years, La Famiglia has been one of Philadelphia’s top culinary institutions.

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  • Morimoto

    The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant

    Morimoto

    The restaurant’s namesake and head chef, Morimoto (of Food Network’s Iron Chef fame), has created a menu offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cusine. While regulars flock here for the exquisitely prepared sushi, Morimoto offers diners a broad spectrum of flavors that delve beyond nigiri and sashimi.

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  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks

    The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

    What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

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  • Ristorante Panorama

    Superb, moderately-priced Italian cuisine at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City

    Restorante Panorama

    Ristorante Panorama is an award-winning restaurant located just off the beaten path in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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  • City Tavern

    Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City

    City Tavern

    Our Founding Fathers’ favorite haunt — and the fuel-provider during the writing of the Declaration of Independence, City Tavern recreates the Colonial Philadelphia experience

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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