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What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

Heading to Philadelphia and I'm looking for the best restaurants to try while I'm visiting. Open to all types of food! What are your top places to eat?

11 Answers

answered by
Eva from New York City

Garces Trading Company has very good tapas and a wine store in the restaurant instead of paying high by the glass prices.

I also love Reading Terminal Market but always get the Cajun food. And, I bring home Apple and Apricot butters from the Amish stand every trip. 

Federal Donuts which has several locations around the city is a do not miss! I bring their fried chicken and donuts back to NYC from Philadelphia - it's that good (they can't believe it). 

Han Dynasty Han Dynasty - multiple locations - excellent Chinese food. 

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  1. Garces Trading Company (attraction)
  2. Federal Donuts (restaurant)
  3. Han Dynasty (restaurant)
  4. Han Dynasty (restaurant)
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answered by
Johnny from Las Vegas

Philly Cheesesteak at Ishkabibble's Eatery!!

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  1. Ishkabibble's Eatery (restaurant)
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answered first by
Jeff from Philadelphia

The Blue Duck- it's in the Northeast, but is an excellent spot for center city food for suburban prices. I love it especially for brunch. It's BYOB and has a very relaxed ambiance.

Call ahead for reservations because there's not much worthwhile nearby. 

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  1. The Blue Duck (restaurant)
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answered by
Debbie from Colwyn, Pennsylvania

I really like Georgio's on the Pine.  It is a BYOB.  You will need reservations.  

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  1. Georgio's (restaurant)
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answered by
Julia from Phoenix

Hi Katie!

The City of Philadelphia definitely has some fantastic food options, some of the best in my opinion. Here's a few:

Jim's Steaks(best cheesesteaks)
Parc(more upscale, French)
La Colombe Coffee Roasters (coffee + bakery)
Sabrina's Cafe (breakfast and lunch)
Good Day Deli(breakfast spot)
Green Eggs Café (breakfast and lunch)

This is just off the top of my head. I recommend looking online for more diverse food options. Have fun eating your way through Philly! 

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  1. Philadelphia (city)
  2. Jim's Steaks (restaurant)
  3. Parc (restaurant)
  4. La Colombe Coffee Roasters (restaurant)
  5. Sabrina's Cafe (restaurant)
  6. Good Day Deli (restaurant)
  7. Green Eggs Café (restaurant)
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answered by
Russ from Pittsburgh

So many good choices in Philly. Partial to Vernick Food and Drink for a nice dinner out. Fat Ham for casual Southern and whiskey. For cheesesteaks and such skip the touristy ones that everyone shows on tv and seek out Johns Roast Pork. Better cheesesteak than most but don't miss the roast pork. Zahav is as good as its reputation and interesting takes on Israeli/Mediterranean cuisine. Townsend and High Street as well. And a trip to Philly isn't complete without a trip to DiBrunos in the Italian Market. Enjoy!

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answered by
Sherri from United States

My favs are Barclay Prime, Ocean Prime, R2L, Davio's, Valanni's, The Cheesecake Factory, Xochitl, Cuba Libre (loved the Tapas Brunch-all you can eat for $28 per person), Buddakan, and The Little Lion. All restaurants are located in the Center City area of Philadelphia.  

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answered by
Shanna from San Felipe de Puerto Plata

Another great question! I'll narrow this to my top 7: The Capital GrilleDevon's DeliveriesOcean Prime, and IX (19) located in the Bellevue. If you love great food and a view, R2L. IX also has pretty views.

If you like a small restaurant but very big in quality/food, I recommend Sampan(Asian fusion). Enjoy your visit!

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  1. The Capital Grille (restaurant)
  2. Devon's Deliveries (attraction)
  3. Ocean Prime (restaurant)
  4. R2L (attraction)
  5. Sampan (restaurant)
  6. IX (attraction)
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answered by
Olivia from Philadelphia

Zorba's Tavern is a great spot for delicious Greek gyro. Their tzatziki sauce is phenomenal and their pita is on point. I also would suggest trying their Greek coffee. It has really great outdoor seating near the Eastern State Penitentiary

I love Fat Salmon on Walnut street in Washington Square Park for great sushi. I suggest making a reservation because I have had to wait on a Tuesday before. 

Good Dog Bar has an incredible burger that is injected with roquefort cheese. Also, order their baked mac & cheese. 

Zavino has incredible pizza and all pasta in made in house. 

Little Nonna's is an order Italian restaurant (the ambiance is amazing). They have white mushroom arancini balls with truffle oil. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be those.

Hope that is helpful :)

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  1. Zorba's Tavern (restaurant)
  2. Eastern State Penitentiary (attraction)
  3. Fat Salmon (attraction)
  4. Good Dog Bar (restaurant)
  5. Zavino (restaurant)
  6. Little Nonna's (restaurant)
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answered by
Brian from Philadelphia

The Dandelion and South Philadelphia Tap Room- for beers and elevated pub food

ParcVernick Food & Drink and Serpico- progressive American splurges

Osteria - for some of the best Italian on the east coast

Abe Fisher and Zahav- Israeli

Kanella - Greek

Dim Sum Garden and Buddakan- Chinese and dumplings

Barclay Prime,  Del Frisco's SteakhousePalladino's - steak

Amada and Jamonera - tapas

Khmer Kitchen and I Heart Cambodia - Cambodian

Vedge and Charlie was a sinner - vegetarian

Los Gallos and Taqueria La Veracruzana - Mexican

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  1. The Dandelion (restaurant)
  2. South Philadelphia Tap Room (restaurant)
  3. Parc (restaurant)
  4. Vernick Food & Drink (restaurant)
  5. Serpico (restaurant)
  6. Osteria (restaurant)
  7. Abe Fisher (restaurant)
  8. Zahav (restaurant)
  9. Kanella (restaurant)
  10. Dim Sum Garden (restaurant)
  11. Buddakan (restaurant)
  12. Barclay Prime (restaurant)
  13. Del Frisco's Steakhouse (restaurant)
  14. Palladino's (restaurant)
  15. Amada (attraction)
  16. Jamonera (restaurant)
  17. Khmer Kitchen (restaurant)
  18. I Heart Cambodia (restaurant)
  19. Vedge (restaurant)
  20. Charlie was a sinner (restaurant)
  21. Los Gallos (restaurant)
  22. Taqueria La Veracruzana (restaurant)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Inside Reading Terminal Market, head to Di Nic's-order the roasted pork sandwich with peppers!  Amazing!

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  1. Reading Terminal Market (restaurant)
  2. Di Nic's (attraction)
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