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Bistro Romano

4.8
3698 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 32nd year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass. Wine Cellar seating available—contact the restaurant directly to inquire and book.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 3698 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLuvtoeatout
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Tom was excellent. He made our meal with his attentiveness.

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RaymondP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always a excellent meal. Staff was great. Just another outstanding visit to the Bistro.

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ClayR
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening for my daughter's birthday. Her husband is in the Army and was sent on an assignment to a base in Mississippi, so he could not be with us. The hostess gave my daughter a hand written love note that was from her husband while seating us. He called ahead knowing we would be there and the staff wrote the note as he dictated it over the phone from Mississippi. It was a fabulous surprise. Everyone involved was attentive and kind. Food and wine were fabulous. Thanks for a great evening.

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TonyaB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was really good and we had a great time for our first Mother’s Day. Sometimes we felt that we had to ask our server for something a few times before it would come but outside of that we were satisfied with the overall experience.

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viptoblerone
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back at this restaurant after 10+ years, It has only got better with time.
Every detail was just right. We tried the calamari and beef briskets for appetizers, both were best of kind.
The Veal Santimboca and Fetuccini Bolognese were great, cocktails were great, service impeccable.
The ambiance at the basement tables is unique, quiet, the old walls make you feel like George Washington just left the building.
I'll be looking for a excuse to come back here soon.

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ViLa
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and intimate. Incredible service. Wonderful Mother’s Day celebration.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, Great food, Fair value!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

We were seated late and our waiter seemed like he didn’t want to be there. However, the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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Andrew
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The calamari was among the best i have ever had!

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AngelL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was amazing !! The mood was definitely set through out the whole restaurant! Five stars !!

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vipTatar
Philadelphia
163 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The potato leek soup was excellent, the leeks were sweet and the soup was velveteen in texture.
The beef medallions were cooked to perfection on a base of creamy rice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been twice and both times have been treated like nothing short of family. During my most recent visit my wife believed her pasta was underdone and we asked for it to be redone, staff and chef apologized profusely and came back with not only her meal but a free dish of fettuccine Bolognese and came back several times to check in and make sure everything else was okay. I’ve never once been disappointed here, I only wish I got the opportunity to come here more!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot so much! From the incredible cellar like ambience to the service and not to mention food is INCREDIBLE. Dined here twice and both times were out of this world. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipCarolynG
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food/service/atmosphere/accommodations for unique allergies was all above and beyond.

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Lamar
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the experience was wonderful!! Me and my girlfriend were celebrating our anniversary. Once we stepped foot in the door they made us feel welcomed. We’ll definitely be back!

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TomM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for an anniversary dinner. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent.

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RobertW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our wedding anniversary and we were treated like royalty from beginning to end. The food was great and service even better

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lukeR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very well cared for and the food was incredible.

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LisaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Romano ALWAYS delivers amazing food and never disappoints. We have been there many times but brought friends with us this time and they can’t stop raving about how delicious the food was and how nice of a spot it is. Thanks again Bistro!

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AshA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the ambiance was was perfect for an intimate dinner. Our server was so kind and attentive. Can not wait to go back.

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Ronron
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there four times this year so far, and each dining experience has been incredible! The Caesar salad and the mussels are amazing! But every dish I have had there has been exceptional!

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sergiod
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, amazing food, amazing service.

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vipTorchure
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of four thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bistro Romano. The food was delicious and the service was attentive and efficient. Our favorites were the octopus appetizer, the gnocchi, the veal saltimbocca and the tiramisu.

We discovered this place because they accepted my Open Table voucher. Now we look forward to coming back, with or without a voucher.

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TonyS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, services, and ambiance were perfect! My wife and I would definitely recommend Bistro Romano.

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vipTina
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved Bistro Romano. The food, the service and professionalism was outstanding.
The octopus was the best we ever ordered. As was the seafood Brodetto served with a terrifically delicious saffron sauce was a memorable culinary experience.

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vipJamieM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere - will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome setting. Excellent food and wine. Great service. I will be back!

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DavidH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Let me start with the positive, they had very good drinks. We tried 4 of their signature cocktails. All were reasonably priced and tasted great!

When it came to the food, it was alright. The Short Rib Croquettes were overcooked. The Medium-Rare Filet came out barely seared. Overall, everything came out alright, but nothing was fantastic. When you go to a place like this, you have expectations that you're getting a great meal. If I wanted to go somewhere average, I would have gone somewhere else and saved a lot of money.

Finally, the service was just ok. We had to ask our waitress multiple times for a drinks menu. Again, there was nothing terrible about the service, I understand that servers get busy, but on the flip side, there wasn't anything amazing about it.

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 27, 2021

A pleasure speaking today; as discussed our team is equipped to make sure guests are enjoying their selections. If not we immediately remove & remake, suggest something else or remove it from the check. A manager visited twice, no indication you were displeased. Our goal is to make sure guests leave pleased & excited to return. We appreciate you will give us another chance & remain hopeful your 2nd visit will be amazing, not average. Again apologies & thank you for the review. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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vipkat4
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been a long time fan of Bistro Romano, but this was our first time dining at the restaurant since Covid. We were not disappointed. The service was excellent, the atmosphere is still rustic, cozy and very comfortable, and the food was prepared to perfection. We had the braised short ribs as an appetizer, along with salads, followed by a salmon dish and seafood risotto. We finished off with a chocolate torte and carrot cake which were a perfect ending. My only small criticism is that the menu did not have a good vegetarian option. I am a plant-based eater most of the time and try to adhere to that when dining out, but will eat seafood on occasion. I would’ve loved to see something without meat or fish, like mushroom risotto or even just an appetizer like bruschetta. But I know I’m particular and did not expect to see a vegetarian selection - It just would’ve been a bonus. We still had a great experience and will definitely dine here again.

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thanks for joining us & for the great review, we appreciate it. Wanted to pass along that we do offer a vegetarian menu, which includes grilled fig flatbread, vegetable farrotto, among other items, and is listed on our website and available from your server. It is always great to hear from our Bistro Fans! Thanks again for your detailed review and for joining us indoor. Glad you enjoyed and we look forward to your return. Team BR.

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VirginiaF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two visits.. two exceptional meals! My fave place in Philadelphia

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Two for two plus fave, we'll take it! Thanks for joining us & for the great review. Team BR.

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vipPeterP
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Recommend the shashito peppers calamari and pork chop. Great wine list.

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thanks for the excellent, we appreciate it. Delish recommendations too! Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time for my mom’s birthday, very comfortable, felt safe, great service and value and can’t wait to go back! Food as always was excellent, thank you!

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 19, 2021

Glad you enjoyed; thanks for celebrating Mom at Bistro & for the 5star on food, service & safety. Team BR.

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LoriP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Hostess was very welcoming. Food was very good. The bread and sun dried tomato spread was awesome. Short rib croquettes, an appetizer, were a little dry. Bianca Sangria was great.

Our waitress did seem to forget about us towards the end of our main entrees. We had no food nor drink left and we were kind of just waiting. Who I think was a manager or the owner did walk by our table a handful of times and so we asked him for the check. Our waitress did then come over with the check, and not that we wanted anything else, but we were not asked if we wanted dessert or another drink. Our waitress was nice, she just seemed to have forgotten about us.

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 24, 2021

Thank you for sharing details from your visit in your review and on the phone; it was a pleasure speaking with you. There were a few missteps with your service, our apologies. On occasion we fall short; we value our Bistro Guests who let us know when we do in order to improve. Bistro is known for amazing food and excellent service; we look forward to your return so you can enjoy the Bistro experience we expect for our guests. Thanks again. Team BR

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vipRobert
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific. The food is amazing. It's a wonderful ambiance. And the service was spectacular

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 24, 2021

Thank you for the 5stars, we appreciate! Also nice speaking to you. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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vipallytringali
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the city! Incredible food & service

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 24, 2021

Thank you! Philly has many great restaurants & Bistro is delighted to receive your high honor. Team BR.

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DavidD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful setting for my girlfriend and I’s anniversary dinner. Food was excellent. We were seated in the private wine cellar room. It made for a very romantic dinner evening!

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 19, 2021

Delighted our candlelit wine cellar played a part in your important anniversary celebration and that you found the food excellent. We value your recommendation and 5stars. Cheers. Team BR.

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vipShonta19125
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro R crew and all the fixings are outstanding. For over 12 years Ive been a happy dining customer and they never cease to amaze me. Mike does not miss anything and he does not cut corners on the quality of the authenticity, quality, taste and finer food and drinks. They continue to offer continuity and resilience. Also, Wil the server was outstanding and so kind. He paid close attention to detail and offered award wining service with 100% customer service excellence.

Thanks for welcoming me and my husband this evening. It was so GREAT to see you all again.

See you soon.

Bistro Romano
Responded on April 18, 2021

It was great seeing you both; glad we could catch up a bit. Thanks for the 5star review along with your compliments, we appreciate it. Twelve years, time flies! Team BR.

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Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Romano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 925-8880.

Bistro Romano is rated 4.8 stars by 3698 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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