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Braised Veal Ossobuco - Bistro Romano, Philadelphia, PA
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Bistro Romano

4.8
4.8
4328 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
This Historic Landmark in Society Hill, 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 and the romantic underground wine cellar for two to four. Wine Cellar reservations book the Wine Cellar Experience on OpenTable. We are now celebrating our 35th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 925-8880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Kedziora

  • Catering

    Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.

  • Private party facilities

    Bistro Romano can accommodate private parties of up to 125 people for a sit-down meal or 200 for a cocktail party in the 120 Room. Other rooms are available for smaller groups. Bistro Romano specializes in Business Meetings, Wedding Receptions, and Rehearsal Dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Michael or Joette Granato: (877) 925-1170

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Cross street

    Between Front and 2nd

  • Parking details

    Parking at 215 Lombard Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $25.

  • Public transit

    Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus

  • Entertainment

    Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

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Experiences

  • Valentine's Chef Tasting Menu

    $99.00 per person

    Jan 3 - Feb 15, 2023
    VALENTINE'S CHEF'S TASTING MENU February 14, 2023 | $99 per guest Reservations 5p - 10:30p; allow 2.5 hours for dining https://www.bistroromano.com/menus/
  • Valentine's Wine Cellar Experience

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jan 4 - Feb 15, 2023
    Experience the Private Wine Cellar Table on Valentine's Day. Chef's 5 Course Tasting Menu. www.bistroromano.com/menus
  • Wine Cellar Experience

    $100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
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What 4,328 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Philadelphia

    Best Overall

  • Philadelphia

    Best Food

  • Philadelphia

    Best Ambiance

  • Philadelphia

    Best Value

  • Philadelphia

    Romantic

  • Philadelphia

    Italian

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  1. FS

    FrontStreet

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Haven’t been here in over 10 years. The food was good and the service was fantastic. Our servers name was Hannah and she did a great job. Checked on us enough but not too much and was very knowledgeable about the menu.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the restaurant week was great value!
  3. PM

    PatrickM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience for my family and extended family at Bistro Romano. Sean is an outstanding bartender and makes the best Old Fashioned in the city. The Carrot Cake is the best I’ve ever had. My niece raved about the Gnocchi and my nephews can’t wait to go back with their wives. I’m looking forward to my next visit.
  4. RK

    RyanK

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellence!
  5. JP

    JandP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant week menu was amazing as was the superb service. Will definitely come back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You must try the wine cellar experience. Worth every penny and so romantic 🥰.
  7. FB

    FeliciaB

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious but our server made the evening special. She recommended several dishes and was so accommodating to our needs. Such a gem.
  8. KF

    KyleF

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience as always. Restaurant week menu was incredible.
  9. SG

    SeanG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Great food and a lovely atmosphere!
  10. EM

    EmiliaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar before our reservation. The bartender was great & drinks were amazing! Then we went downstairs to our table. Little tight there but great atmosphere & food was delicious. Management very professional & helpful.
  11. MD

    MaeDee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant with a thoughtfully crafted vegan/vegetarian menu. Unfortunately, it is not included during restaurant week if you were interested in visiting. I highly recommend the brussels sprouts.
  12. YA

    YotamA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience in a “cellar” like atmosphere. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Would go again
  13. L

    Lizzy

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, excellent food, stellar service
  14. d

    drbreen

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time back after 3 years. Seated at the bar waiting for our table. Sean was an excellent host and our cocktails were perfect. Finally, we were escorted down stairs to a very private table for 2. After pondering the menu for restaurant week, we decided to experience the chef tasting. We were not disappointed. 5 courses. We were stuffed. The only suggestion would be to have another protein, perhaps a fish dish instead of back to back pastas. Also, the sauce with the gnocchi was a little too much. Lighter would have been better. The pairings on Michael's list were superb and Marisa added a special touch. We will be back. Do you validate?
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the restaurant, the food , the service , everything was perfect, or server was amazing, very attentive, food delicious from appetizers to dessert, will recommend n defetnely will go back !!
  16. SP

    SahilP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service as always. Been going here every year for an anniversary
  17. JK

    JeffKathy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of coolest places in the entire city. Secret little gem.
  18. G

    Girlfriends

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, server attentive and nice atmosphere
  19. EL

    ELArce

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was absolutely delicious, everything we chose tasted so good! Our server was also amazing and you can't beat the ambiance. It is expensive, so not an everyday place for me but I will be coming back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love this place!!! Never disappoints.
  21. JY

    JamesY

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I have dined at Bistro Romano many times. It was always a pleasant experience, and I like the content. Things are different there today. The food was fair at best. That’s the best thing I can report. Don’t know what happened there but it’s not pleasant anymore. Regrets
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great from the staff to the meal. Thank you!
  23. TV

    TiffanyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner/service was great & will definitely be back!
  24. DB

    DougB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant overall. Excellent food, super service. Will be back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10. Some of the best bites of food you’ll ever have. I dream about the gnocchi. Service is impeccable. Wine selection is next to none. If you’ve never been here your missing out on some of the best food you’ll ever have.
  26. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    276 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    276 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had both of the chef's weekly specials the RIBOLLITA SOUP and SEARED DAYBOAT SCALLOPS. The soup was delicious and perfect for the cold day when I was there. Very hardy and rich broth with a nice blend of winter vegetables. The scallops were sweet and cooked perfectly, with a nice seer on the outside. The butternut squash was a delicious touch, and the staff chose the perfect wine to pair with both dishes.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional. Service was even better! Our waitress was amazing fun and attentive. The space was cozy, crowded but intimate still. Great experience all around!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I have been a diner at Bistro Romano for years and while I still love going for the romantic ambience and the great food, I hate to say but I miss the table side ceaser salad. Desert sizes appeared smaller and our server was not as in the ball as usual. Also… no bread basket at the table? Kind of a bummer since it used to be so good. Hoping chef will bring back some of the hits from the old menu!
  29. L

    Leebo

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. Atmosphere is interesting. I like the location. Easy to get in and out. Reasonably priced
  30. R

    Reny

    New York Area

    372 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    372 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here! The Caesar Salad was wonderful. We found the mussels succulent, but a little too spicy for us- so be ware. The Swordfish was Spectacular- moist and marvelous! The veal was delicious!!! The carrot cake was the perfect ending to our experience!!!
  31. BW

    BlairW

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An experience at Bistro Romano is incredible in every aspect. the staff, food and environment are there to make you feel special.
  32. AW

    AWFoodie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the chef special. Absolutely amazing. Ate until we couldn't anymore. I will certainly be back.
  33. J

    Jerry

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been there in 20 years because of moving out of the area. Well tonight we returned and had a great meal. The halibut was delicious and my husband had the veal and he raved about it. I think the sauces were great on each dish. Large wine list. Service was over the top from the time we arrive and throughout the evening. Will definitely come back.
  34. JR

    JohnR

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Long standing old Italiano spot in old city. Ambience in the cellar second to none. Food was perfecto, gnocchi and ny strip second to none. Service was outstanding and overall atmosphere is a must dine. One of my favorite spots in philly. 4.5 easily
  35. CR

    ChristineR

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Took a chance with the Chef’s five course menu. Each dish was delicious! It was a great way to try things we would t necessarily have ordered. Also opted for the Michael’s wine flight. Again, did not disappoint. Service was great and the pace of dishes perfect. Will definitely go back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food. Can’t wait to go again!
  37. DB

    DianneB

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant! We sat in the lounge so we could enjoy the piano player. We shared a few appetizers and everything was delicious, especially the mussels! We would definitely return!
  38. SB

    SteveB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wish their was some bread served with the meal - other than that is was delicious
  39. T

    Tatar

    Philadelphia

    276 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    276 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the RACK OF LAMB with herb fregola, roasted parsnips, and toasted pine nuts. The chef cooked it to the perfect temperature and the bar staff picked me out the perfect wine to pair with the lamb. Excellent. Thank you all for the great experience.
  40. S

    Speedy

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Quaint, warm establishment with a wonderful ambiance. Excellent pasta and veal dishes. Tasty sauces and a splendid, impressive Italian wine list. Our only complaint and oddity was the lack of bread. No bread available. Our waiter told us so, emphasizing that there was only a focaccia appetizer with cheese that could be ordered. But no table bread. No white bread. No normal bread. Hard to understand. Never been to an Italian restaurant in the USA or Italy that did not have bread. The waiter did bring us 3 pieces of focaccia under a napkin, saying that he was sneaking this for us and told us not to say anything. More than a bit odd.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.8 stars by 4328 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Romano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Bistro Romano

120 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Front and 2nd

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking at 215 Lombard Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $25.

  • Public transit

    Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Kedziora

  • Entertainment

    Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 925-8880

  • Catering

    Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.

  • Private party facilities

    Bistro Romano can accommodate private parties of up to 125 people for a sit-down meal or 200 for a cocktail party in the 120 Room. Other rooms are available for smaller groups. Bistro Romano specializes in Business Meetings, Wedding Receptions, and Rehearsal Dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Michael or Joette Granato: (877) 925-1170

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