Restaurants in Philadelphia

Stephen Starr is the undisputed restaurant king of Philly and the primary reason for Philadelphia's emergence as a serious dining capital. Starr has no less than 10 top eateries, and has set the benchmark for others to better.

The Philadelphia's restaurants below have been grouped into three price categories:
Expensive (over $75)
Moderate ($25 -$50)
Cheap (up to $25)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one and the equivalent of a half-bottle of house wine. The sales tax of 6% is not included. Sometimes a gratuity (usually 15%) is added to the bill. If not, a tip of 15-20% for service is customary.

Vernick Food and Drink

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: New American

Greg Vernick’s ‘New American’ hotspot has developed into something truly special. It serves American classics, but also has a relentless focus on the best ingredients. Sea urchin with scrambled eggs rubs shoulders with buckwheat fettuccine on a hugely creative menu. But the real story here is the toasts: try the Maryland crab, it’ll be the best crab you’ve ever tasted.

Address: 2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 267 639 6644.

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Fusion

The setting is lovely - a long, narrow dining room with earthy tones, minimalist décor and large windows that overlook Rittenhouse Square. Here chefs dazzle diners with gamy selections and fish dishes on a creative bill of fare that allows them to mix and match from any part of the menu. Superb best describes the food, service and the wine list that boasts a cast of 500.

Address: The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 790 2533.

Butcher & Singer

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: American

A Stephen Starr classic, this Rittenhouse Square steakhouse is a throwback to post prohibition Hollywood or New York, with art deco interiors, a 9m-high (28ft) ceiling, dark leather booths with red velvet couches and waiters with long, starched, white aprons. The fantastic prime steaks aside, food lovers will faint at the sight of the towering plateaus of fresh seafood.

Address: 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 732 4444.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French and American

This French spot, run by chef Nicholas Elmi, has quickly established itself as Philadelphia’s most in-demand restaurant. Reservations fill up fast, often months in advance, but when you sit down to truffle crusted wagyu beef or seared foie gras, the wait will definitely have been worth it. It’s not obscenely expensive and is bring your own bottle.

Address: 1617 East Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 271 8299.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Vegetarian and vegan

Although a vegan restaurant, even confirmed meat eaters should visit Vedge to experience the hugely creative cooking. This is a place that turns humble roots into something so mouth-watering that you might give up flesh for good. It’s not just the food that draws in the customers: the mansion in which the restaurant is set is stunning too.

Address: 1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 320 7500.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: French

Directly opposite Rittenhouse Square, Parc is a glorious homage to Parisian brasseries. Again this has Stephen Starr's signature all over it with authentic French cuisine, crusty bread and an interior that screams Champs-Élysées. If the weather is good, get a table on the street and drink in the historic square. Its salad Lyonnaise with warm bacon vinaigrette and poached egg might just whet your appetite.

Address: 227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 545 2262.

Pat's King of Steaks

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: American

The best place to find cheesesteaks in Philadelphia is Pat's King of Steaks or Geno's. The same family has run the former since 1930 and for over 40 years, Pat’s and Geno’s have waged a friendly competition to win the title of best cheesesteak in town. Located in South Philadelphia, near the Italian Market, Pat's is the local eating place for these great sandwiches packed with sliced steak and melted cheese. Expect a long line and no nonsense service. Open 24 hours.

Address: 1237 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 468 1546.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Burmese

Situated just off Arch Street, the green facade of Rangoon is easy to spot. As the name suggests, Burmese specialities (spinach salad, chilli shrimp and thousand-layer bread with potato curry dip) predominate. Run by three Burmese women, this restaurant, with its simple interior, is a favourite with locals in search of exotic Asian food.

Address: 112 North Ninth Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 829 8939.

Geno's Steaks

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: American

At Geno’s, the 24-hour service is so quick that by the time you have given your order, your money will be taken and your sandwich will be waiting at the window. The inevitable queue will give you enough time to pick which cheese you'd like (Provolone, American or Cheese Whiz) on your cheesesteak.

Address: 1219 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Telephone: +1 215 389 0659.
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