Bistro Romano

4.8
3019 reviews
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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 30th 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.

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Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 4:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:45PM - 11:00PM

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly exceptional. Absolutely wonderful. I have not had that good of a meal in years!

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and again everything was delicious ... We definitely will be back !!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food at reasonable prices. Great atmosphere

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what a great find in Philadelphia. love the piano bar on the upper level. Music was not too loud that you couldn't have a conversation and the food was fantastic

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N
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS, WONDERFUL NEW MENU SELECTIONS!

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EN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my goodness was this place good!! Went here as part of a "girls trip" to Philly and was impressed to say the least. The 4 of us split the cesar salad (for 2) and calamari for an appetizer. Both were DELICIOUS!! The quality of the food and attention to detail were evident in every bite. I had the Lobster Ravioli which was excellent. Two of my friends had the Gnocchi and let me tell you, it friggin melted in your mouth!! The garlic cream sauce was also delicious. Other friend had the Ocean Trout special, which I didn't try but looked good! Wine selection was decent and our server (Jess - I think?) was super sweet and very knowledgeable about all of the menu items. Loved it so much that I already have reservations for this upcoming weekend when my hubby and I are coming down foa concert. EIGHT THUMBS WAY UP!

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g
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazing evening! Jonathan and Tara, our servers, were very attentive and thoroughly knowledgeable about the chef’s exquisite menu. They made our night so special starting with the rose petals decorating the table. We enjoyed everything about the evening including the extensive wine list and savory entrees. The Heirloom Tomato appetizer was out of this world! Perfect accompaniment to the warm rustic bread which started our taste bud adventure. It was a busy Saturday night...we felt like we had the restaurant to ourselves. Thank you for the outstanding service.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so nice she went over and above for me and my girlfriend for her birthday. She is the best I ever had there

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L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved this place. Wait staff could have been more attentive. Asked for bread 3 times and never asked if I wanted another drink.

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there a number of times and always enjoy it

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Calamari appetizer very much, my wife's Salmon was outstanding , however the Veal short ribs I ordered were not very good, they were extremely over salted with lots of fat and very little meat , certainly not what was expected for a short rib. Our service was outstanding . We would certainly return as there were many other options on the menu .

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AW
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, would return if staying here longer. A great find and would thoroughly recommend

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QT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnathan’s passion for the restaurant’s offerings, amazing professional service, and enthusiasm for his colleagues’ talent made our special evening even more special. We plan to return and we will tell others about our fantastic experience at Bistro Romano. Thank you.

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CE
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quintessential Philadelphia! Very charming atmosphere. The Bellini Gondola flight was fun. Table-side Caesar was adequate, used anchovy paste in lieu of anchovies as well as pre grated cheese. Next time We would prefer to try some of the other starters. We both had pasta entrees that were excellent! The Gnudi was fabulous! If you are not familiar with this it’s like an Asian soup dumpling meets a ravioli. The Spaghetti Bolgneae was delicious.

We will definitely return only next time skip the Caesar.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 18, 2019

The management team was so happy to hear that you enjoyed you pasta selections and the Bellini Flight! There are some wonderful starters to choose from on the menu for your next visit. We wanted to mention that the anchovy paste and cheese used for the salad are both ground fresh in our kitchen beforedinner service. If requested, your server would be happy to include whole anchovies or provide cheese grated table-side if you choose to order the salad again. Hope to see you soon!

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience celebrating our 11 year wedding anniversary. It was so romantic. The food was delicious! We had the 5-course chef menu. Definitely, the most value in these dishes. It allowed us to try several things. All was great! Our waiter was so patient and explained everything to us beautifully. We will be back! A++

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z
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food!!! The staff was nice and the place setting is nice and quiet.

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was our sever and gave excellent
Service the veal saltimbocca was superb!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was excellent. Made the mistake of showing up early in that created a problem. I was disappointed that we were going to be charged $2.50 per plate for a cake we brought in. The service was excellent. I don’t think it makes sense to have to take all the food orders all at once but they brought it out in a timely fashion. I would have preferred to order some appetizers and then think about the meal choices after the fact.

We originally were supposed to have nine guests and we ended up with 13 and they accommodate us well. I will use this restaurant again.

Parking was ample.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fifth time here and it just keeps getting better. I'm not going to get into detail, but if you love great food, just make a reservation and you'll be glad you did!

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l
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Took my girlfriend here for birthday dinner and would recommend getting the chef special (6 course meal specialized for the table)!

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S
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We ordered the pasta bolognese. Bolognese had overpowering smoky taste. Pasta was undercooked, not even al dente.

Bistro Romano
Responded on June 16, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. The management team was disappointed to hear that you were not pleased with your dinner. We are always happy to adjust any dish to make sure every guest leaves feeling satisfied with their experience. I understand that a replacement for the Bolognese was declined on the night of your visit, but I do hope that you dine with us again soon so that we can introduce you to the wonderful summer items that have been added to the menu.

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k
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was friendly and attentive. Cesar salad little dry. Filet delicious.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our food was amazing and the atmosphere was great. Our waitress was ery pleasant and accommodating.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A pleasant surprise for us, being that when we are Philadelphia we’re never in that part of town. The Restaurant has lots of character and looks to be a good choice for that special occasion.
Our dinner was very good. We both enjoyed our entrees.
Only complaint was the Caesar Salad, thought it was tasty the lettuce looked a little past it’s due date. A little funky and brown in spots. For the price that shouldn’t have been the case. Other than that it’s definitely worth a return visit.

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JD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in an enjoyable atmosphere. Excellent valve.

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c
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always loved this place while we lived in Philadelphia. We moved out 500 miles away of Philly 5 years ago, but since we were visiting the city, we just had to return. Once again, absolutely outstanding but even better. We don't know how this is possible because it was perfect before. We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary. Our table had red rose petals, very nice touch. If you haven't had Caesar salad prepared table side, then you haven't eaten the real thing. We both had the salmon poached in olive olive oil. It was very flavorful and not oily at all. We also had the black ink linguine with crab. What a fantastic combination of flavors! For desert we had zepolle, not in the menu, but after all it was our anniversary. Out of the park! The service provided by Jessica was on the mark. She was there when we needed her but gave us our time. The food, service, and ambiance are better than before, and that's a lot to say. That night, we had the privilege of listening to the musical interpretations from the pianist. Trust me, he's really good. Excellent wine selections btw. We may have to come back to Philly more often.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Bistro Romano. Our waiter Johnathin made the experience memorable and his knowledge of the menu was outstanding. His personality was top notch and really made our dining experience. The food was divine! The Ceasar salad really is amazing and absolutely worth ordering. We had four people in our party and everyone was beyond happy with their meal selections. I was celebrating my birthday and Johnathin made sure that my experience was nothing short of special. There are no words for the homemade limoncello! The raspberry sorbet is remarkable!

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, intimate ambience in a dramatic, historic setting. Truly outstanding food and friendly, professional--even entertaining--service. Terrific value for the price, compared to other top restaurants. HIGHLY recommended.

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f
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First trip to Philadelphia

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RW
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi and the calamari were delicious. I highly recommend the restaurant. Penn’s Landing is also nearby for sight-seeing and strolls!

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OT
Cologne Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I had in USA

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and extraordinary service (thanks, Jonathan!). Would come back to Philly every weekend just to come here.

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BR
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Exceptional service! We have eaten at bistro Romano many times over the years. It is our go to romantic restaurant for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. The waitresses and waiters are always attentive. The food is almost always excellent. The main dining room is set up such that even when the room is full you may see from your table only a few others. And the ambient noise level will still be low. We recently had dinner there to celebrate our anniversary. We were greeted with rose petals on the table and were given limoncellos at the end of our main course. We will continue to return when we want an excellent meal in a romantic environment.

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OT
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Bistro Romano, and the evening was exceptional. We love their "table side prepared" Caesar salad because it is freshly made and can be customized to each person's taste. After that excellent starter, our entrees arrived. My Swordfish entree was amazing, and my wife's Salmon was prepared to perfection. We were given a nice bottle of Chardonnay wine to celebrate our anniversary, and this made the dinner so very special. We will certainly be back to Bistro Romano in the very near future!

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CO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Allison, our server, was very attentive and personable.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Allie, was great! The Caesar salad fo Teo made at the table was fun and delicious. The brodetto was fabulous, as was the ink squid pasta.

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CH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the tasting menu. It was just the right amount of food and timed appropriately. The food was excellent and you can choose the courses or have the chef pick them. I took my fiancé here to celebrate our engagement and it’s romantic ambiance did not disappoint.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my graduation party here with 12 people and the experience couldn’t have been better! The wait staff were extremely kind, professional, and truly sought to make the night enjoyable. The food was absolutely delicious (the chef is outstanding!) and there was a dish for every person’s taste (even the picky eaters only had great things to say). We arrived earlier than the reservation time and sat at the bar where the bartender was helpful, talented, and knowledgeable. Overall an amazing experience and each of us will definitely be returning!

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TA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a special occasion and were not disappointed. The food and beverage were outstanding as we had expected (from previous reviews). Yet, it was the staff and service that made this experience so special. They went out of their way to make this a memorable celebration. Thanks for the attention!

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