The Best Cheap Eats in Philadelphia

The OpenTable Team

Philadelphia is a favorite tourist destination in America. The city is rich with cultural treasures and has a laid-back vibe with a unique and welcoming personality. It's also a haven for foodies. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether looking for one of the city’s signature cheesesteaks, a gourmet burger, or some kind of wonderful ethnic dish never tried before, Philly has you covered. Keep reading for the best cheap eats in Philadelphia.

Restaurants:Marathon - 19th & Spruce, Jones, Smokin' Betty's
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Comfort Food
Neighborhoods:Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
409 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Fun
Marathon has been around since the '80s, serving up juicy burgers in their cozy 10-seat dining space. They pride themselves on being a true neighborhood joint and pay special attenRead more
Healthy in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Jones

$$$$·American·
Center City
2,107 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Cozy
  • Great for Brunch
Jones describes itself as a fun-loving homage to mid-century Americana and classic homestyle cooking. Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, the space is funky and energRead more
93% recommended
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Smokin' Betty's

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Center City
1,539 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Smokin’ Betty's is the place to go for messy but delicious BBQ, burgers, and flowing beer at reasonable prices. They guarantee a great time and they're perfect for after-work hangoRead more
89% recommended
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Continental Midtown

$$$$·American·
Center City
811 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
The Continental Mid-town offers three stories of fun just to make sure there is something for everyone at this palatial restaurant. Whether you’re hanging out in the lounge, swingiRead more
92% recommended
American in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

In Riva

$$$$·Italian·
East Falls
1,427 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Scenic View
In Riva is the first restaurant by local chef Arthur Cavaliere, who wanted to bring a taste of Naples to Philly cuisine. Located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in East FalRead more
100% recommended
Scenic View in Philadelphia

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
2,904 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Positano Coast brings the beauty of the Amalfi Coast in Italy right to Philly's Old City for you to enjoy! Pop in for brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour and you’ll find amazing vRead more
94% recommended

FARMiCiA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
3,524 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Located in Philly’s historic Old City, FARMiCiA is a 122-seat restaurant and bar known for their creative menu that showcases local, seasonal ingredients. You can find plenty of afRead more
93% recommended
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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,908 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Bud and Marilyns is a classic Philly-feeling joint; a retro American restaurant from chefs Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran that features updated American comfort food highlightingRead more
96% recommended

Lolita Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Center City
1,469 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Lolita is a modern Mexican restaurant in Philadelphia's Midtown Village that has been open since 2004. Another of Marcie Turney’s classics, Lolita went through renovations in 2014 Read more
86% recommended
46 people mentioned the Guacamole
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Amada PHL

$$$$·Spanish·
Old City
7,751 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Romantic
Amada is the first restaurant by chef Jose Garces and opened in 2005 to serve up rich, classic Spanish cuisine. It has a huge dining room with a chef’s counter and a second dining Read more
94% recommended
478 people mentioned the Sangria

Rouge

$$$$·International·
Rittenhouse Square
394 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Rouge is one of Philadelphia’s most classic neighborhood restaurants. It has been open for 15 years and its location in Rittenhouse Square makes it a prime destination for locals aRead more
89% recommended
7 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
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El Vez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Center City
5,656 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
El Vez is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in Midtown Village that makes a great cheap dining destination if you’re looking for a bright and boisterous place to hang out. Read more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
256 people mentioned the Guacamole
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Parc

$$$$·French·
Rittenhouse Square
12,298 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
Parc is a Parisian-style restaurant located in Rittenhouse Square that pays tribute to French cafe culture, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served seven days a week. They have greRead more
97% recommended
French in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
188 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Zama

$$$$·Japanese·
Rittenhouse Square
1,739 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Zama is a traditional Japanese restaurant with a modern twist. They feature a whole slew of unique specialty rolls and over 30 a la carte sashimi choices, as well as a wide varietyRead more
98% recommended
Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
38 people mentioned the Edamame

The Dandelion

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Center City
6,202 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
The Dandelion is a unique gastropub that brings London’s culinary revolution to Philadelphia. Walk in and you’ll find cozy rooms and intimate bars that will transport you back to tRead more
97% recommended
Gastro Pub in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
429 people mentioned the Fish Chip

Pod

$$$$·Asian·
University City
3,158 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
Pod is a warm and welcoming modern oasis located in University City. They have a large lounge where guests gather to sip colorful cocktails, people-watch, and catch up with friendsRead more
93% recommended
40 people mentioned the Lettuce Wraps
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Effie's Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
637 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Effie’s Restaurant is a little townhouse located on Antique Row in Center City. They're modeled after a Greek taverna and have that same warm, familiar vibe of walking into the homRead more
90% recommended
24 people mentioned the Greek Salad

Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,408 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of Center City. The menu is full of small plates for sharing and they cook up pizzas in thRead more
98% recommended
464 people mentioned the Budino

Tequila's Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Rittenhouse Square
3,091 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
Tequilas Restaurant is a go-to spot for cheap Mexican food in Philadelphia. It’s been around since the 1980s when the owner, David Suro, brought his knowledge of Mexican cuisine toRead more
95% recommended
50 people mentioned the Margaritas
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