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Those who think ‘cheesesteak’ when thinking Philly food: Think again. Philadelphia — long known for American history, passionate sports fans and, yes, cheesesteaks — continues to emerge as one of the country’s finest culinary destinations.
More than a decade of development has transformed the region’s dining scene from merely memorable to absolutely abundant. Explore this section to find a restaurant (or a few) for your next visit.
Named the “Best Pizza in America” by Bon Appétit
The ingredients are simple, the space is small and the rules are succinct at Fishtown’s lauded Pizzeria Beddia: no slices, no phoning ahead and cash only.
America’s oldest farmers’ market
Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”
Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner
Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.
Cold beer and tasty food steps from Independence Mall
Independence Beer Garden is an outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park that supplies America’s most historic square mile with a destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.
A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses
The Di Bruno Bros. specialty store on Chestnut Street is an absolute must-see if you appreciate food. At all. Seriously. This place is very close to a boutique foodies heaven.
The critical favorite brings Israeli cuisine to Society Hill
A modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav — which means gold in Hebrew — offers authentic Middle Eastern fare in a family-style dining setting typical of the region.
The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant
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.
Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant
At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand 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 eats to modern take on Spanish fare.
One of the nation’s most acclaimed Italian restaurants
Star chef Marc Vetri’s titular restaurant is considered one of America’s finest Italian restaurants. If you find yourself at a table here, consider yourself very lucky.
Charming farm-to-table BYOB in Rittenhouse Square
Located in Philadelphia’s scenic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Russet is a charming BYOB focused on creating quality cuisine with the freshest ingredients.
Small, Basque-country-inspired plates near Rittenhouse Square
Chef Jose Garces’ Tinto showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.View More
Neighborhood bistro from Chef Jose Garces in Washington Square West
Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — full-service bar and restaurant — highlights the Chef Jose Garces’ favorite foods from his travels to cafes throughout western Europe.View More
Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant
At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand 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 eats to modern take on Spanish fare.View More
Garces goes homegrown
Jose Garces takes a decidedly American approach at the aptly named JG Domestic, his creative, whimsical eatery in the Cira Centre.View More
Jose Garces tackles the classic American spirit, with bar snacks to match
Located in a Rittenhouse Square, Chef Jose Garces’ prohibition-like bar Village Whiskey features a library of over 80 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch.View More
A theatrical dining experience by Chef Jose Garces at the Kimmel Center
Based on Jose Garces’ world travels, Volvér offers two distinct experiences for diners: a sparkling wine, caviar and small plates experience in the stylized bar and a decadent multi-course chef’s tastings in the intimate dining room.View More
Jose Garces resurrects a history-steeped seafood haven and landmark
The Olde Bar serves items like Fish House punch, raw and fried oysters, snapper soup and strawberry shortcake for two in booths and at the bar.View More
Tapas and tequila reign at this funky Mexican hot spot
At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth.View More
A modern steakhouse with a rural chic feel
Located inside The Logan Hotel, Urban Farmer Philadelphia brings a modern steakhouse to Logan Square.View More
Cosmopolitan culture with an artistic sensibility
The Logan hotel nods to Philadelphia’s rich history, but its atmosphere exudes modern luxury with fresh color palettes, updated rooms and meeting space, a renovated spa and fitness center and a brand-new restaurant — Urban Farmer Steakhouse.View More
Revolutionary flair and classic southern cuisine
Offering brunch, lunch and dinner, The Little Lion offers American food with Southern flair just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.View More
Philadelphia-based café serving coffee, cold brew and more
With more than a dozen locations in Philadelphia, Saxbys is a coffeehouse heavy-hitter offering refreshing beverages in a comfortable café setting.View More
Dance (or laugh) the night away at this hidden-in-plain-sight cabaret
This elegant second-floor lounge (upstairs from restaurant Creperie Beau Monde) has a u-shaped bar, curtained booths and a petite dance floor that hosts both dancers and cabaret artists.View More
Cozy brewpub serving housemade beer in Fairmount
At Fairmount’s brewpub and restaurant Bar Hygge, enjoy up to seven house-made beers alongside American contemporary cuisine.View More
Waterfront dining at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
For a waterfront dining experience, look no further than Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.View More