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A new trend is spreading across Philadelphia — restaurants are discovering diners’ heavy affection for small plates. This type of cusine generally encourages sharing and allows you to sample many more dishes than you would normally.
And better yet: many of these restaurants specialize in atypical flavors and adventurous ingredients. From pinxtos and tapas to contemporary American “snacks,” the selection is quite mouthwatering. Make a reservation as soon as you can.
A New American restaurant with world flavors at the Hotel Palomar
Hotel Palomar welcomes a New American restaurant with world flavors, amazing cocktails and an Art Deco decor
Small plates from the Basque country arrive near Rittenhouse Square
Tinto, the second restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces, showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.
True tapas and authentic Spanish drinks star in Northern Liberties
A hip tapas bar with delicious yet affordable food and drinks
Dedication to fermentation
What’s your addiction: fine wine, artisan cheese or craft beer?
Jose Garces tackles the classic American spirit, with bar snacks to match
Located in a Rittenhouse Square space evoking the free-wheeling spirit of a speakeasy, Village Whiskey is prolific Chef Jose Garces’ intimate, 30-seat tribute to the time-honored liquor.
Putting a modern spin on the classic tavern with artisan flights and bites
Located in the first floor of the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Tavern 17 puts a modern spin on the classic tavern with artisan “flights and bites.”
Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant
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.
Contemporary comfort food and cocktails at AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel
Part of the chic hotel AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel, a.kitchen and a.bar offer modern, contemporary dining and cocktails in an intimate space.View More
Freshly made artisanal breads and season ingredients from the team behind Fork
Since opening in the fall of 2013, High Street on Market by the team from Fork has garnered praise for serving high-quality fare and innovative baked goods.View More
Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront
FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.View More
Locally sourced American cuisine in a historic setting
Step through the wrought iron gates of the M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel in Center City and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the south of France.View More
Sip and sit at this Italian cafe
Outfitted as a retro-modern, all-natural Italian cafe, Gia Pronto satisfies its customers with its leafy salads, crisp panini and steaming hot espresso. All ingredients are free-range, hormone-free and never fried.View More
Sushi that is a cut above
Trained sushi chefs use only the freshest ingredients to make their high-quality maki, nigiri, salads and soups.View More
From the team behind the nearby Copabanana comes Redwood, a smart wine bar that serves a specialized selection of small plates and vino-friendly bites.View More
Indulge your curiosities
The international brews at this charming little cafe include 40 different artisanal teas and house-blended herbal infusions.View More
Rome if you want to
Chef Peter McAndrews, who also has Modo Mio in NoLibs, interprets Roman cuisine at his BYOB on Fairmount Avenue.View More
Former jazz hotspot brings the funk back
A former jazz-only haven, the revived Ortlieb’s stages a new entertainment lineup, featuring live rock, soul, funk and, of course, jazz.View More
A popular wine bar on South Street West
Wine connoisseurs feel right at home at Jet Wine Bar, which features vino from around the globe along with a revolving menu of small plates of meats, cheeses and sandwiches.View More
One of several excellent craft beer bars in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood
People come to this traditional American craft beer bar and restaurant for its nationally known twice-fried chicken, but they stay for the 12 draft beers on tap and a menu that focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients.View More
Fusion fare complemented by a spectacular wine list
Meritage features a fusion menu dotted with signature dishes, such as the local favorite Korean fried chicken. Two seating areas, a bar and a wine list praised by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast round out the dining experience.View More
One taste and you’ll join the Pez Heads
Patrons at this Mexican gastropub swear by the 10 kinds of tacos (carne asada, seitan and spinach, chorizo and potato) offered as low-priced singles, encouraging eaters to try as many varieties as they can.View More
If it warms you up and you eat it with a spoon, chances are there’s a killer version of it being served at Soup Kitchen Cafe.View More