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Bistro Romano

4.8
3640 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 - 5:00PM

What 3640 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, our server was Awesome,

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KyongK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm somewhat a regular here so I enjoy the food. I was here for a business dinner for a visiting executive from a client company. The only issue for the evening was they ran out of the Tiramisu for dessert. No complaints otherwise.

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
219 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been going to bistro Romano for many years they know me and it's sort of a family situation now the food does not disappoint. I usually have the veal saltimbocca which is delicious. And I also had the roasted cauliflower soup which was just outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super nice and on top of everything! The food was the most delicious Italian food I have ever had. It is a pricier restaurant, but completely worth it. Will absolutely be back!

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vipCelesteL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as always!! Caesar salad is the best I have ever had; never dissapoints.

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vipLeandro
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

When you go stick to the food they're known for such as the Caesar Salad and any pasta with bolognese. The rest is just average.
The wine store at the entrance of the restaurant is confusing since we asked the hostess and she said that we could have, at the table, any wine you'd buy at the store, but as soon as we sat down, the waitress said that we received wrong information and that we needed to order from the wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for my mother in laws birthday. Overall we had a great experience. Definitely will go back.

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Ronron
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my third time there this year and I have enjoyed each experience! The food is amazing! The overall atmosphere and ambience is very warm and romantic too. The service has been top notch as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t recommend this place enough! Very delicious, great service and ambiance.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat upstairs next to the bar and our waiter/the bartender (forgot his name) was very accomodating and knowledgeable of the menu!

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viptracy
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for joining us for your Birthday celebration and your note. Team BR.

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CherylR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I'm always a fan of Bistro Romano. The food is great and the service is impeccable. I hadn't been there in quite some time, but was pleased that they were following Covid protocols and I felt very comfortable.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for returning and for the 5's on food the safety of our guests glad you felt very comfortable enjoying dinner inside the Granary. Thanks again, Team BR.

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vipJoeW
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ...Service was superb. Veal and fillet sooo delicious. Cauliflower bisque was sooo good .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Considerate staff, lovely and cozy ambience.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for the 5star; enjoying the food, service & ambience is exactly what we want for our guests. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from beginning to end! Food, service, atmosphere! The lobster ravioli and rib eye steak were out of this world as was the carrot cake.Michael, the owner was so nice, accommodating, attentive. My favorite restaurant in Philly.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for the high honor of favorite, we'll take it & appreciate it! Thanks too for the great review and for sharing your favorites. Team BR.

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AmyV
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots to eat in the city. Delicious! Can't wait to go back.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for including us on your favorite list! Glad you enjoyed and look forward to you return. Team BR.

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lmg1
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend to Bistro Romano for his birthday. We ordered Gnocchi and Lasagna with Lamb ragout and both were delicious and hearty. The downstairs seating is cavernous, moody, and beautiful. Our server was so attentive and personable (I believe his name is Gelli).

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thanks for the high marks and for celebrating with us. Glad you enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Team BR.

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BenF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic setting very friendly staff was very helpful
made for a great first date!!

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Glad you enjoyed the granary ambience; thanks for choosing us for this important first date. Team BR.

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vipBernie
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect!!!

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DM210
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good. Service was ok. Server seemed a little overwhelmed.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Glad you enjoyed the food yet disappointed to hear about the service. We did try to reach you, left a voicemail to learn more about your visit and to apologize you did not experience the exceptional service for which we are known. Should you wish to speak to us kindly call 215.925.8880. We appreciate it when our guests let us know if we fell short in order to improve. We hope to hear from you. Thanks, Team BR.

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cookie
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful evening. We were seated downstairs as per our request. Our server was extremely attentive. We chose the 5 course Chefs choice. Every course was better than the last.

What a memorable evening. We will definitely be back.

Muriel Kruger

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 30, 2021

Delighted to hear of your memorable evening regarding the Chef Tasting & service. Thanks for joining us and for this excellent review. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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Ronron
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome menu. Delicious food

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Thank you! Thanks for joining us & for the high marks.

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RebeccaW
Pinehurst
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails my expectations, food, wine and service always excellent

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Great review! Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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vipLaura
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove from NJ to have a meal here. Discovered this gem a few years ago . Last night we went with the tasting menu which pairs wines with each course. Started with a lovely Rose sparkling wine. The chef sent over a pepper pureed soup that was creamy and delicious. We had the choice of letting the chef choose our courses or we could choose ourselves. We had a few diet restrictions so we chose. After the soup came a juicy tender octopus appetizer paired with a Smooth white wine. Followed up by 2 short rib croquettes accompanied by a tasty Montepulcino. To say stuffed at this point was an understatement but our server slowed everything down bringing the bottles of wine to show us what we were drinking. We never felt in anyway rushed. Next course was an amazing homemade fettuccine in a meaty bolognese which came with a very smooth housemade chianti that we immediately ordered bottles to take home with us. Our main course was the veal saltimbucca. Thin slices of tender veal with a crispy prosciutto and just the right amount of cheese with a delicious wine reduction over a pureed mash potato. They paired the veal with a fabulous Argentinian Malbec. Dessert was a chocolate cake of some sort that my chocolate loving husband scooped up. This was accompanied by a glass of port. The whole dinner was an experience I would highly recommend. The portions are generous as was the wine pour so you will be more then satisfied. The atmosphere is very romantic. The whole table has to join the experience in order for you to participate and it is well worth the ride from NJ. The 4 of us have dined in many restaurants in NJ and NYC as well as traveled alot and we all agreed one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. You also couldnt beat the value for all the food and wine we had. We will definitely be back

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Your review presents a wonderful detail of the Chef Tasting certainly the experience we want for our guests. Your attention to detail is a pleasure to read regarding your courses, wines & service. We are thrilled to be on your Best Dining Experience list. Glad to hear you enjoyed the wines & purchased a few to go. The Wine Shoppe invites our guests to select a bottle to uncork at home & remember your night at Bistro! Thanks, Team BR.

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JULIEP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service was great! Atmosphere was amazing!

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Three for three! Delighted you enjoyed & thanks for sharing your great review. Thanks for dining with us. Team BR.

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Siti
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally a perfect temporary escape when u need one. The service was of the best I have experienced, there were no gaps anywhere. The entire staff are in complete sync over there, keep it up !

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Glad to hear Bistro delivered for you; appreciate the kudos on service. Thanks for the 5star! Team BR.

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GinaT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! I was the perfect place to celebrate my best friend's birthday!

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Best Friends, Birthdays & Bistro! Thanks for celebrating with us & for the high marks. We appreciate! Team BR.

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JustinL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool atmosphere, felt safe with all COVID restrictions observed.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

The ambience of the 18th Century Granary is cool, we agree! Stone walls safety of our guests excellent cuisine & exceptional service a priority as well. Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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ParkerL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Brought my girlfriend here and we were seated and served immediately. From the overall service to the manager checking on us frequently this place is professionally delicious.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 19, 2021

Your "incredible experience & professionally delicious" is exactly what we want for our guests. Thanks for the joining us & for the 5stars! Glad you enjoyed, Team BR.

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vipRobertT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Loved the food but the dining area feels a bit like a basement and dark. Maybe ok for a couple but we were there as a family.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 10, 2021

Thanks for joining us with your family, glad you loved the food! Our building dates back to the 18th century complete with stone walls and candles which adds to the ambience. As you know the dining room is located below street level; this grotto-like setting is unlike any other and has been a neighborhood mainstay for 33 years. We appreciate your four stars and for taking the time to share. Thanks. Team BR.

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CatharineC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful seafood dinner with amazing Manhattans and Tiramisu for dessert. A new favorite place for us.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 10, 2021

Happy to be a new favorite place for you! Thanks for the 5stars. Glad you enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dessert. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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vipDinnerDiners
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service as always! Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu items.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 9, 2021

Appreciate the kudos to your server & glad you enjoyed. Thanks. Team BR.

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vipDolceV
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making my daughter’s 31st birthday extra special! So delicious!

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 3, 2021

Our pleasure and thanks for celebrating the important day at Bistro. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks, Team BR.

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MaureenB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for an early dinner with my son. The staff was very attentive. They allowed us to choose our table and left us plenty of time to order, while checking on us along the way. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the veal saltimboca and my son had filet mignon. Both outstanding. Highly recommended.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thanks for your review; glad you enjoyed the veal saltimbocca and filet mignon two of our guests longtime favorites. We appreciate the high praise and look forward to your return. Team BR.

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GelinaD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to here for a date night. Amazing experience all around! Highly recommend!

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 3, 2021

Date Night is always on the menu at Bistro; thanks for sharing and for the high marks! Team BR.

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TeresaB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food is consistently delicious.

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Jessica
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal with my husband. Food was outstanding as was service. Would definitely return.

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vipKristaS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and the service was amazing. The manager came by several times to check in on us. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Only downside was that our favorite bartender, Sean, was off for the night. Hopefully we will see him on our next visit.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thanks for joining us and for the great review! Sean caught a well deserved weekend off and is certainly a guest favorite, ours too. We look forward to your return. Thanks, Team BR.

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vipJulieW
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 9, 2021

Cheers! Thanks for joining us. Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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vipNick
Philadelphia
134 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance at Bistro Romano is second to none in the city. Great wine list. Imaginative menu well executed by the kitchen staff. My tuna crudo was one of the best I ever had.

Bistro Romano
Responded on March 2, 2021

Thanks for the high marks; we value our guest reviews and appreciate you sharing your experience. See you soon! 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 3640 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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