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The flavors of the Mediterranean are featured prominently in many of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants, like Estia along the Avenue of the Arts, Rittenhouse BYOB Audrey Claire and the Water Works Retaurant and Lounge, where a Mediterranean-inspired global menu is the perfect complement to the unparalleled view.

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  • Zahav

    The critical favorite brings Israeli cuisine to Society Hill

    Zahav

    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.

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  • Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    A gorgeous restaurant and lounge on the banks of the Schuylkill River

    The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    More than 140 years after it closed for business, Fairmount Park’s famed Water Works — onetime home to the engine room for Philadelphia’s cutting-edge water department — reopened as a chic destination lounge and restaurant.

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  • Valanni Social

    Stellar food and drink just off the Avenue of the Arts

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Valanni Social.

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Medi-Latin eatery Valanni Social, which boasts one of the best late-night snacks in town — a feast of roasted feta, Greek olives, hummus and pita, spicy pulled-chicken empanadas and grilled adobo beef kebobs.

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  • Barbuzzo

    Crowd-pleasing pizzas and Mediterranean dishes on 13th Street

    Barbuzzo on 13th Street in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village neighborhood.

    The Mediterranean-inspired Barbuzzo from Marcy Turney and Valerie Safran has helped transform 13th Street into a major destination since opening in 2010.

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  • Hummus

    Healthy mediterranean delights

    A number of toppings, from olives to tahini, add even more flavor to the homemade Mediterranean delights at this healthy hotspot, where the staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable. The combo platter comes with a taste of everything, including lamb kabob and falafel balls.

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  • Greek Lady

    Gyros and much more

    With heaping gyros, salads and desserts, Greek Lady fills hungry bellies without emptying wallets. Outdoor tables fill up fast when it’s warm outside.

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  • South Street Souvlaki

    An enduring Medi cafe right on South

    One of South Street’s longest-running and most enduringly popular Mediterranean hideaways, SSS allows you to sit in or take your spanikopita, kefta and moussaka to go.

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  • Village Belle

    Contemporary Italian courtesy of the brothers Campanero

    One of the rare spots with a view of the Delaware River, Village Belle belongs to chef-brothers Joey and Louis Campanero, who grew up down the street. The Mediterranean menu stars homemade crespelle, meatball sliders and, at brunch, eggs Bendetto.

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  • Dmitri’s

    Classic Greek eats

    Philadelphia’s third location of this mini Greek chain sports a BYOB policy (like the original in Queen Village) and serves classic Greek dishes, including lamb, kebob, grilled octopus and spinach pie.

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  • Novita Bistro

    A cozy BYOB serving Italian dishes with Moroccan and Mediterranean hints

    A romantic, 40-seat dining spot with exposed brick walls, the snug Novita Bistro BYOB serves Italian dishes with Moroccan and Mediterranean hints.

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  • La.Va Cafe

    A neighborhood cafe anchoring the corner of 21st and South

    Coffee shop by day, BYOB by night, this comfortable venue serves Israeli-style treats along with pastries and coffees.

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  • Roberto Cafe

    A charming Italian BYOB on South Street West

    This tasteful BYOB on South Street receives praise for its authentic Italian cuisine, befitting atmosphere and speedy, friendly service.

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