The Best Bars for Foodies in Philadelphia

The OpenTable Team

The bars in Philly always seem to be on point. Full of craft beer, delicious cocktails, and hearty bites, they promise a great time for visitors and residents alike. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable’s most expert, seasoned diners. Here’s a list of the best bars to go to in Philadelphia when looking for a fun night out.

Restaurants:Pub & Kitchen, Bud & Marilyn's, Parc
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, French
Neighborhoods:Center City, Rittenhouse Square

Pub & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Center City
409 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
Pub & Kitchen is upscale meets neighborhood bar and pub. Stop in for brunch on the weekends, they have a bloody mary that is rightfully famous, or try a weeknight evening for dinneRead more
86% recommended
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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,540 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
This Locust St. local cocktail bar has one of the neatest vibes in the entire city of Philadelphia, it's like scene from the 1950's—just imagine Sinatra singing in a corner and youRead more
95% recommended

Parc

$$$$·French·
Rittenhouse Square
11,194 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
A taste of France in Philadelphia. The look and feel of Parc is straight out of a Parisian bistro, and the wine list is tres magnifique. An absolute must-visit for any wine connoisRead more
96% recommended
French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Rouge

$$$$·International·
Rittenhouse Square
394 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
Rouge is one of the prime hot spots in Rittenhouse Square—it's an upscale dining destination with great people-watching views of the city and it's perfect for date night. Cozy up tRead more
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El Vez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Center City
5,219 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
One of the best Mexican places in all of Philadelphia, El Vez is bright with a traditional Latin feel. It's the spot in the city for tequila. Try the Gran Jefe, which mixes tequilaRead more
97% recommended
Hot Spot in Philadelphia
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Fond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Philly
1,450 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
This intimate spot on 11th Street is a tiny, wonderful favorite. Stop by and treat yourself to a uniquely Philly creation—their “French Dip” cheesesteak, a twist on the local favorRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Tequila's Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Rittenhouse Square
3,091 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
This Rittenhouse Square restaurant serves some of the best authentic Mexican in Philadelphia. It has an ever-changing menu full of flavorful dishes and fine tequilas and cocktails Read more
95% recommended
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Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
2,479 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Capturing the feel and the flavors of Italy's Amalfi Coast, this Italian favorite on Walnut Street offers a tremendous selection of Italian wines and traditional Italian dishes. ThRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia
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Saloon Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
South Philly
1,281 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
As old school as it gets, this traditional Italian chophouse and wine bar is great for a dinner and a drink. It has a fine selection of wines, some delicious vintage cocktails, andRead more
97% recommended
Special Occasion in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Salty's Seafood & Ice Cream Shack

$$$$·Seafood·
Center City
1,882 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Jamonera is a flavorful hot spot renowned for their paella, but really everything they serve is worth a try—the crispy Calasparra rice is one of the best dishes in the city. Head iRead more
90% recommended
Seafood in Philadelphia

Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$·American·
Center City
1,545 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
From the James Beard award-winning chef Peter Serpico, Serpico is a distinctly modern dining spot with an Asian-fusion twist. Go for the sirloin tatami, fried duck legs, or enoki mRead more
94% recommended
American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Amada PHL

$$$$·Spanish·
Old City
7,506 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Amada PHL, from chef Jose Garces, is arguably the premier tapas spot in all of Philly. They offer delicious $5 happy hour dishes, like olives, ham croquettes, and spicy potatoes. PRead more
91% recommended
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Buddakan - Philadelphia

$$$$·Asian·
Old City
9,230 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Enjoy a fine modern Asian cuisine dinner or a few rounds of sake all in the shadow of a warm, welcoming 10-foot-tall Buddha statue at this wonderful Chestnut Street destination. ThRead more
93% recommended
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - Philadelphia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Center City
7,834 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in a historic landmark, Del Frisco's offers classic steakhouse elegance with a great selection of cocktails. Its rich steak, seafood, and poultry dishes have made this placRead more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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The Palm Philadelphia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
South Philly
944 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
The Philadelphia outpost of this legendary steakhouse chain offers a freshly refurbished drinking and dining experience. A huge eye-catching mural of Philadelphia landmarks provideRead more
81% recommended
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IndeBlue - Philadelphia

$$$$·Indian·
Center City
1,806 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
IndeBlue is ideal for a happy hour spot. Come here for a few delicious Indian appetizers, the maharaja cheese board or salt boti poutine are highly recommended, and pair that with Read more
93% recommended
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The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
2,418 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
This warm and welcoming spot, from Philadelphia dining giant Aimee Olexy, has one of the nicest bars in the entire city. It’s a great place to relax and drink from a list that prizRead more
97% recommended
American in Philadelphia
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Talula’s Garden

$$$$·American·
Washington Square
8,615 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Looking for a farm-to-table experience? This unique indoor-outdoor spot specializes in just that. Grab a beer or glass of wine and peruse the cheese bar, the lush vegetation createRead more
96% recommended
American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Alma De Cuba

$$$$·Cuban·
Center City
5,251 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
A culinary trip to Havana, complete with fine rum, daiquiris, and mojitos, right in the heart of Philadelphia. There’s a lush Latin ambiance and structure to the dining experience,Read more
91% recommended
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Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,617 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
One of the best sushi bars in all of Philadelphia, Zama serves an electric Rittenhouse Square clientele in an intimate setting. There are high-quality dinner dishes, the flattened Read more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Continental Midtown

$$$$·American·
Center City
672 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
So many options at this three-floor after-work rooftop bar destination, a favorite for the young professional crowd. Down one of the cocktails in the lower lounge floors or head upRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia

Pod

$$$$·Asian·
University City
3,156 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Located in the heart of University City, Pod has a modern and hip vibe that verges on futuristic. Have a few Sapporo beers or try something from their sake flight and sit in one ofRead more
86% recommended
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Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
394 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
The 19th and Spruce location of this Philly favorite is the spot to go for some neighborhood vibes, a beer or two, and a burger. There's a nice, local feel to the place, with shakeRead more
100% recommended
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Redstone American Grill - Marlton

$$$$·American·
Marlton
3,115 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Just outside Philadelphia in the Promenade at Sagemore, the local outpost of the Redstone American Grill is a great place for a fine glass of wine or a cocktail with a classic steaRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
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Butcher & Singer

$$$$·Steak·
Center City
6,702 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This acclaimed spot is a throwback to the golden era of Hollywood—classic martinis and cocktails, steaks, and a raw bar on the menu. It’s straight out of mid-century Los Angeles, jRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Philadelphia
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Tinto

$$$$·Spanish·
Rittenhouse Square
4,288 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“Basque” in the taste of this Spanish tapas bar—another entry into the scene from chef Jose Garces. With a tantalizing mixture of French and Spanish cuisine, some extraordinary sanRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Philadelphia
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