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Bistro Romano

4.7
3778 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 3778 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCarol
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined outside under the Shambles. Good food and great service added up to a 5 star experience.

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lindah
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! Thanks to our server, Mike!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was extremely efficient and friendly! I tried a wide variety of dishes from the menu and all the food was excellent. The grilled octopus, one of my favorite dishes that I have tried many variations of in Philadelphia, was the best I have had yet. I will certainly recommend this restaurant to others visiting and living in the city!

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vipEerieMiri
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff and greater food in a restaurant full of charming ambiance.

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vipReginaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at Bistro Romano. We had dinners several times here, alway spot on food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Appetizers:
- Caesar Salad
- Grilled Octopus

Entrees:
- Truffle Gnocchi
- Lobster Ravioli

Drinks:
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Watermelon Julep

Service was very fast and courteous, always made sure our glasses were filled and all our food arrived in the first 15 minutes after being seated. Caesar salad was great but grilled octopus didn’t suit our tastes, would like to try other appetizers next time. Gnocchi and Lobster Ravioli were delicious and were our favorite parts of the meal. I would not recommend the watermelon julep, it tasted like pure alcohol and had no watermelon flavor.

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Sventino
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful spot in olde city. Delicious food. Romantic ambience. A perfect date spot or place to celebrate an occasion.

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Renata
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience. The house Chianti is FANTASTIC!

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GavinR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was actually amazing. Exceeded expectations. I’m not a big Italian food guy but props to the chef. Service was good too and atmosphere was great for a date.

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vipLondon6dj
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here about 13 years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed my experience back then. I must say, my experience this time was just as fantastic. From the hosts, our server, and the very delicious food. I can’t say enough good things about Bistro Romano. This is a great place for a romantic date to a family dinner. I’m looking forward to visiting more often.

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, our server Mike was busy and still able to take great care of us and he gave us outstanding service. Would come back here just to have him wait on us again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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FoodLover124
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's no surprise to me why Bistro Romano was once named one of the most romantic restaurants in the United States. I've been here twice and both times I was just blown away. Great ambiance and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Ambiance amazing! Service was trash and food was mediocre. Will not return.

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vipLisaB
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Michael James was awesome. Great recommendations, very personable and he enhanced our dining experience. We dined outside for the first time and although it was nice, we’d prob opt to dine inside in the future, mainly bc the ambiance inside is so lovely and being outside (bc it’s so far away) I think slowed the efficiency of the experience. That said, I appreciate the thoughtfulness and attempt to offer a variety of options for for both indoor and outdoor seating. The black pepper macaroni was superb, and you can’t beat the bread. Caesar salad was great, too. My date got the fettuccine Bolognese and while the homemade pasta was simply divine, I wasn’t a fan of the smoky taste of the sauce. All in all, just a preference, not commentary on the quality. Also, my date was pleased with it, though he did prefer my dish ;) Thanks for another great experience. We will def be back!

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John
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was pretty good but nothing amazing for $30 an entree. The portion sizes were at least pretty big. Tiramisu was very ehh. Cannoli was good. Ambiance on the first floor is nice and then they take you to the dining area in the basement which is very dingy. It’s supposed to be artsy and rustic but it’s just an old basement with nicer flooring. The walls are the foundation of the building and the ceiling has all of the pipes and wood framing exposed. Not a terrible dining experience because it is different and the food and drink aren’t bad, but not a good enough experience to go back again due to the rather high price and a failure to wow.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ambience and food! Our waiter was amazing!

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RodgerW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like food prepared with attention to detail, this is the place to go. Caesar salad and chocolate torte to die for. Gnocchi was out of this world, and I’ve eaten gnocchi in Italy. Service was helpful, attentive and timely. I travel to Philadelphia and never miss the opportunity to dine at this truly outstanding restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Going back ASAP

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RichardW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very delicious meal. Fresh made ricotta appetizer was so creamy and smooth. Had fettuccine bolognese and it was tremendous. Highly recommend.

Only negative is that the wine list markups are steep, potentially 4x versus 3x at most others. It is a very good list, just over-priced.

100% would go back here, Plan on it this weekend while in town.

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StevenK
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled octopus and shrimp risotto were fabulous..

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
230 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food never fails to disappoint I've been going here for years and they've had a new chef now for a few years and the food is markably improved

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

NY Strip was definitely not what I expected, especially for the price. Taste and quality was good, but 5 small slices of meat was not what I think of when ordering a NY Strip.

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JacobB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Tasted very close to authentic Italian food.

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KathiD
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro Romano staff is so thoughtful! We had an outdoor reservation. They had the foresight to call us and let us know that if we were comfortable with the idea we could be seated indoors!

Besides this the food was incredibly delicious. I highly recommend the calamari appetizer,
Shishido peppers, and Charcoal Oyster Mushroom, Campanelle pasta. The wine selection is great and reasonable.

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BarryK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Atmosphere romantic service was great. FOOD!👍🎊🎉

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vipJim10011
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

We dined outside, so can’t comment on ambience, but the food was excellent. We had the fresh corn ravioli and the soft shell crabs with frisée. Both were daily specials and were delicious. We also had burrata with peppers, etc, and lobster ravioli, which were both very good. I would highly recommend based on the food.

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StanS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always - our favorite Philly Italian restaurant.

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ClareW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service! Will deforest return every time we come to PA!

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vipDolceV
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in Philadelphia!

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AdrianP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing. Suggestions from the server were also very helpful. Server was very tentative and always refilling drinks.

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Sunny
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience at Bistro Romano. Very location in the city.

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YeinY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second time visiting here within a month, and both my experiences were great. All menus were very delicious, and their staffs were nice and knowledgeable. I would definitely come again more often.

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JohnI
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service great, food great, friendly and seemed to care. Thank you for a nice evening.

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vipSallieG
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant and bar is awesome. The ambiance is wonderful and the food is special. This was our 6th time, and even after a year and 1/2 lull, the bartender remembered us.

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JenayB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The customer service was superb . Food was delicious very authentic tasting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in the city. The food and service are always wonderful. Will be back as always!

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Zeno28
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Bar and waitress service was well done and everyone enjoyed their meals. Appetizers was excellent and nice wine selection. There are lots of great options in Philly. I highly recommend Bistro Romano.

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RonnieDanger
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and wait staff was very attentive. I want to go back and try more menu items! Ambiance was great.

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Reviewer1234
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The temperature of the restaurant was extremely warm. Service was great. They should not sit people near the kitchen. There is too much disturbance and it is too warm for customers. Our server was excellent. Overall enjoyed the experience but it was a shame that it was so hot during our time there.

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 3778 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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