50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia

Hungry Pigeon | Photo by Jason Varney

Last updated: December 17, 2017

50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia by Rank

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  1. Hungry Pigeon
    Queen Village
  2. Vernick Food and Drink
    Rittenhouse
  3. Laurel
    East Passyunk
  4. Palizzi Social Club
    East Passyunk
  5. Zahav
    Society Hill
  6. Vetri Cucina
    Midtown Village
  7. Vedge
    Midtown Village
  8. Serpico
    Bella Vista
  9. Friday Saturday Sunday
    Rittenhouse
  10. Fork
    Old City
  11. Townsend
    East Passyunk
  12. Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
    Fishtown
  13. Bibou
    Bella Vista
  14. Royal Izakaya
    Queen Village
  15. Kanella South
    Queen Village
  16. ITV
    East Passyunk
  17. Abe Fisher
    Rittenhouse
  18. Double Knot
    Midtown Village
  19. Zeppoli
    Collingswood
  20. Noord eetcafé
    East Passyunk
  21. The Good King Tavern
    Bella Vista
  22. Res Ipsa
    Rittenhouse
  23. Little Fish
    Queen Village
  24. Fond
    East Passyunk
  25. Will
    East Passyunk
  1. Cheu Fishtown
    Fishtown
  2. V Street
    Rittenhouse
  3. Hardena
    Point Breeze
  4. Helm
    Kensington
  5. Saté Kampar
    East Passyunk
  6. Pizzeria Beddia
    Fishtown
  7. Perla
    East Passyunk
  8. Stock
    Fishtown
  9. Southwark
    Queen Village
  10. El Compadre
    Italian Market
  11. Kensington Quarters
    Fishtown
  12. High Street on Market
    Old City
  13. Stargazy
    East Passyunk
  14. Bud & Marilyn’s
    Midtown Village
  15. Le Virtù
    East Passyunk
  16. Russet
    Rittenhouse
  17. Talula’s Garden
    Washington Square West
  18. Poi Dog
    Rittenhouse
  19. Oyster House
    Center City
  20. American Sardine Bar
    Midtown Village
  21. Kim’s
    Olney
  22. Rooster Soup Company
    Center City
  23. Kanella Grill
    Washington Square West
  24. Brigantessa
    East Passyunk
  25. Mr. Martino’s Trattoria
    East Passyunk

50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia by Neighborhood

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Bella Vista | East Passyunk | Fishtown | Kensington | Midtown Village | North Philly| Old City | Point Breeze | Queen Village | Rittenhouse | Society Hill | South Jersey | Washington Square West

Bella Vista

East Passyunk

Fishtown

Kensington

Midtown Village

North Philly

Old City

Point Breeze

Queen Village

Rittenhouse

Society Hill

South Jersey

Washington Square West


Townsend’s côte de boeuf | Photo by Jason Varney

1. Hungry Pigeon

Queen Village | American
743 South 4th Street, 215-278-2736

As Philly gets more experienced with its restaurants, we’re learning more about ourselves as diners — what gets us hungry, what makes us tick. Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley figured out some universal truth with Hungry Pigeon, because between breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, nothing here feels put-on or phony. The homey American food is local and light, but never fussy or lazy. Today, that’s exactly how we like it.

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2. Vernick Food & Drink

Rittenhouse | American
2031 Walnut Street, 267-639-6644

Greg Vernick’s eponymous restaurant has now spent years as both a popular neighborhood restaurant and a destination. This has as much to do with the cozy, easygoing space as it does the consistent food, which hits that perfect balance between comfort and class.

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3. Laurel

East Passyunk | French
1617 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-271-8299

Nick Elmi’s original Philly restaurant continues to be an avatar of modern fine dining in this city where fine dining is being revived. And he keeps this position for the simplest reason: Even as Elmi expands into multiple concepts and locations, the menu at Laurel still feels handwritten by him every night.

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4. Palizzi Social Club

East Passyunk | Italian
1408 South 12th Street, No Phone

Were you smart enough to get your membership before everyone else learned that this is one of the best restaurants in the country? If so, you’re one of the lucky few who get to experience Joey Baldino’s soulful homage to South Philly Italian cuisine and culture. This remade social club, which had been in operation for nearly a century, wasn’t so much remodeled when it was taken over by Baldino (whose family have been members for decades) as it was recovered — with its multi-colored bar stools, menu full of crab spaghetti and raviolo, and old men in the corner picking out Louie Prima songs on the guitar.

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5. Zahav

Society Hill | Israeli
237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800

Zahav remains a place where we can taste the moment when our restaurant scene exploded. The fact that it tastes a lot like grilled duck hearts with pumpkin tahini and kebabs over leek goulash owes everything to the modern Israeli tastes of Michael Solomonov, who will be one of our own no matter how many fried-chicken-and-doughnut joints he opens in other places.

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6. Vetri Cucina

Midtown Village | Italian
1312 Spruce Street, 215-732-3478

Now that he’s left his corporate role at URBN, Marc Vetri is more focused than ever, cooking in his Spruce Street kitchen almost every night, charting the course of modern/traditional, high-end Italian food in Philly.

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7. Vedge

Midtown Village | Vegetarian
1221 Locust Street, 215-320-7500

Pork belly is easy. Steak is easy. Show us what you can do with an ugly carrot or a funny-looking mushroom; that’s what counts in culinary prowess these days. And nobody — nobody — does vegetables like the crew at Vedge, who take a no-holds-barred approach to our modern, herbivorous tastes.

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8. Serpico

Bella Vista | American
604 South Street, 215-925-3001

Since opening day, Peter Serpico’s best trick has been showing us a cuisine in progress — never still, never staid, never boring, and always exploring (via dry-aged duck mole and chicken-and-snail lasagna) the boundaries of what regional American cuisine can be.

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9. Friday Saturday Sunday

Rittenhouse | New American
261 South 21st St Street, 215-546-4232

It’s still surprising to us, too — the way that owners Chad and Hanna Williams took this longtime city institution and so quickly turned it into an indispensable restaurant. But their remodel wasn’t just a fresh coat of paint. This was an up-from-the-dust reimagining of what a Rittenhouse Square restaurant could (and should) be in this day and age.

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10. Fork

Old City | American
306 Market Street, 215-625-9425

No kitchen in Philly is better at balancing the impulses of talented young chefs with a solid grounding in New American classicism, to make a menu that’s both modern and timeless.

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11. Townsend

East Passyunk| French
1623 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-639-3203

From the short, polished bar to the white tablecloths in the dining room to a busy Friday night when everyone is eating foie gras with hazelnuts and poached lobster in carrot-ginger puree, Townsend remains our best answer to the question of whether or not fine dining in Philly is dead.

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12. Wm. Mulherin’s Sons

Fishtown | Italian
1355 North Front Street, 215-291-1355

Philly will never be cool by any conventional standard. But spend an evening at the bar at Mulherin’s, drinking sour beers and perfect Clover Clubs and eating pizza from the big wood-fired oven in the back, and you’ll be able to pretend, just for a little while, that maybe someday we could be.

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13. Bibou

Bella Vista | French
1009 South 8th Street, 215-965-8290

Prix fixe, seven courses, with no substitutions — there’s something very old-school about Bibou. But the charming staff, the BYO policy and the French menu cooked by a deeply schooled crew make dinner here feel very much of the moment.

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14. Royal Izakaya

Queen Village | Japanese
780 South 2nd Street, 267-909-9002

You want to see the bleeding edge of Philly’s restaurant scene? Come here. Elbow your way into a seat at the crowded izakaya in front to drink sake, watch the anime, and eat plates of Japanese sausage and fish jerky. Or make a reservation for a truly transcendent sushi experience in the quiet back bar, where Jesse Ito crafts rolls that will make you regret every other piece of sushi you’ve had before this.

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15. Kanella South

Queen Village | Cypriot-Greek
757 South Front Street, 215-644-8949

Now that Konstantinos Pitsillides has a charcoal grill, a rotisserie and a wood-burning hearth at his disposal, there’s nothing stopping him from putting out some of the best Greek-ish eats in the entire country.

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16. ITV

East Passyunk | Eclectic
1615 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-858-0669

Only Nick Elmi would have the guts to open a “neighborhood bar” with caviar service and a happy hour that includes $5 salmon tartare spiked with black garlic, $4 cans of High Life, and sour-cream-and-onion-flavored chicharrones.

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17. Abe Fisher

Rittenhouse | Jewish
1623 Sansom Street, 215-867-0088

Jewish food is so deeply rooted in tradition that it hasn’t really changed at all in — what, 5,778 years? That’s why it’s so damn cool to see chef Yehuda Sichel at work, ripping the ancient cuisine out of the ground, giving it a good twist, and proving to us that Jewish food can too include schnitzel tacos and Chinatown-style duck with schmaltz rice and steamed pretzel buns.

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18. Double Knot

Midtown Village | Japanese
120 South 13th Street, 215-631-3868

Sure, upstairs is a great coffee bar, lunch spot and happy-hour destination. But going down the dark stairs and stepping into the beautiful candlelit basement dining room is still one of the most impressive restaurant experiences you can have in Philly. Actually sitting down and eating dinner? That’s another one.

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19. Zeppoli

Collingswood | Italian
618 Collings Avenue, 856-854-2670

Considering this is a city with a million Italian restaurants, a place has to be pretty special to warrant us actually leaving its limits for a plate of pasta. Zeppoli is that special.

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20. Noord eetcafé

East Passyunk | Northern European
1046 Tasker Street, 267-909-9704

We didn’t even know we liked bitterballen, snert and pickled herring before Joncarl Lachman opened Noord. Now, we can’t imagine living without them.

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21. The Good King Tavern

Bella Vista | French
614 South 7th Street, 215-625-3700

In an ideal world, every neighborhood bar would have a kitchen that served a perfect steak frites, shareable socca, and burgers studded with cornichons. While we may not live in a perfect world, we do have the Good King, and some days, that almost feels like enough.

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22. Res Ipsa

Rittenhouse | Italian
2218 Walnut Street, 267-519-0329

By day, a funky little neighborhood coffee shop and lunch spot with excellent breakfast sandwiches. But five nights a week, Res Ipsa turns down the lights and becomes the city’s best modern Italian BYO, with perfect spaghetti and clams, amazing grilled octopus, and specials that are sometimes good enough to make you wish you had a time machine so you could come back and eat them all over again.

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Photo by Jason Varney

23. Little Fish

Queen Village | Seafood
746 South 6th Street, 267-455-0172

Little Fish is so little. Being there feels like chef-owner Alex Yoon is cooking your food right at your table, like you’ve hired him for the night. And his cooking is as light as air — as it should be, seafood is often better left untouched. The restaurant itself? Darling, with hand-written menus and chummy, professional service. It’s all just so… adorable.

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24. Fond

East Passyunk | American
1537 South 11th Street, 215-551-5000

Where else but in Lee Styer’s kitchen could Korean beef tartare and Spanish octopus rub shoulders with pork belly over cheddar grits and grilled duck hearts — and none of it seem the least bit out of place?

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25. Will

East Passyunk | French
1911 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk, 215-271-7683

What was once one of this city’s most daring modernist kitchens has mellowed over the years, finding a delicate middle ground between the cutting edge and the comforting.

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26. Cheu Fishtown

Washington Square West | Asian
255 South 10th Street, 267-639-4136

It was Cheu that brought back Asian fusion — that made it intellectual and cool and fun again. With its black garlic chicken wings, falafel buns, brisket ramen and smoked pork dumplings, Cheu gave a new vitality to a cuisine that had been a joke for too long. And with the new, larger Fishtown location, partners Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Daragh have brought to life their best version of the restaurant that changed it all.

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27. V Street

Vegetarian | Rittenhouse
126 South 19th Street, 215-278-7943

AIt’s one of the coolest bars in the entire city, and its kitchen is dedicated to making delicious, all-vegetable versions of classic global street eats. V Street’s whole thing is so impossibly right, impossibly good, that the fact that it’s all vegan feels like a prank. It’s not — it’s just the real deal.

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28. Hardena

Point Breeze | Indonesian
1754 South Hicks Street, 215-271-9442

Yeah, one of the best restaurants in the city, and you’ll walk out the door having spent only $20 or so for a filling, satisfying, delicious meal for two. Modeled after Indonesian workingman’s cafes, it’s where to go for beef rendang over rice, served cafeteria-style, with sambal over everything. It’s a place of startling authenticity and deliciousness.

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29. Helm

Kensington | New American
1305 North 5th Street, 215-309-2211

Helm is the ultimate example of that small, intimate, chef-driven place where everything on the ever-changing chalkboard menu is there because the kitchen wants it to be, and you’re friends with half the dining room before you even sit down.

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30. Saté Kampar

East Passyunk | Malaysian
1837 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-324-3860

There’s only one way to do Saté Kampar: Dive right in. Order as many sticks of saté as you can, get messy with a bowl of snow crabs, drink from a coconut.

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31. Pizzeria Beddia

Fishtown | Pizza
115 East Girard Avenue

It’s open four nights a week. It sells 40 pies, tops, each day. No phone, no slices, no reservations — just a man, his dough, an oven, and the greatest pizza in America.

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Kamayan dinner at Perla | Photo by Jason Varney

32. Perla

East Passyunk | Filipino
1535 South 11th Street, 267-273-0008

Turns out an upscale Filipino restaurant that occasionally becomes an eat-with-your-hands, banana-leaves-on-the-table family-style feast is just what we needed.

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33. Stock

Fishtown | Southeast Asian
308 East Girard Avenue, no phone

Tyler Akin has poured years of dedication, professional training and research trips to Southeast Asia into his 18-seat BYO. You can tell, because Stock puts out some of the best noodle soups, salads and banh mi in the entire city.

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34. Southwark

Queen Village | New American
701 South 4th Street, 267-930-8538

A comfortable American bistro complete with a charming backyard patio (for when it’s warm), a bar that cares (but never takes itself too seriously), and a kitchen that really invests in its surrounding community — sourcing locally, keeping the menu light and fun, and holding the doors open late for industry folk.

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35. El Compadre

Bella Vista | Mexican
1149 South 9th Street, 267-746-7658

Everything that could be said of Cristina Martinez’s lamb barbacoa has already been said, so let’s move the conversation over to those perfect weekday tortas (built on house-baked bread) and the most soulful guisados in all of Philly — two more reasons to obsess over this 9th Street restaurant.

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36. Kensington Quarters

Fishtown | American
1310 Frankford Avenue, 267-314-5086

Last year, Kensington Quarters went through a small remodel that focused the space as more restaurant (which was always what it was best at), less custom butcher shop. They followed that up with a series of pop-up dinners, wine dinners, and oddities like aging and serving 100-day rib-eye steaks. The result is a restaurant experience that’s better now than it’s ever been (and it was always pretty good).

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37. High Street on Market

Old City | American
308 Market Street, 215-625-0988

During the day, High Street’s sandwiches (breakfast and otherwise) are among the greatest in the city. At night, the kitchen’s let loose to do its thing: novel homemade pastas, gorgeous vegetables, and pasture-raised meats cooked perfectly.

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38. Stargazy 

East Passyunk | British
1838 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-309-2761

When Stargazy opened, it was like a proof-of-concept that small, weird, chef-driven restaurants can not just survive in Philly, but thrive. Today, chef Sam Jacobson’s very British pie shop continues to exert an outsize influence on the neighborhood and serve some of the most comforting sausage rolls, meat pies and baked goods in the city.

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39. Bud & Marilyn’s

Midtown Village | American
1234 Locust Street, 215-546-2220

Apparently, Philly was craving a 1970s Midwestern-themed restaurant — which is exactly what Bud & Marilyn’s is — serving the meatloaf, fried chicken and cheese curds of your youth in a slick, deliberately tacky space.

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40. Le Virtù

East Passyunk | Italian
1927 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-271-5626

Under the command of new chef Joseph Voller, Le Virtù remains the rustic, traditional Abruzzese restaurant it’s always been — even if today’s menu is slightly more modern.

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41. Russet

Center City | American
1521 Spruce Street, 215-546-1521

Simple, honest-to-goodness cooking from a small, farm-focused kitchen in Rittenhouse. Rusticity here is timeless, not a played-out trend.

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42. Talula’s Garden

Washington Square West | New American
210 West Washington Square, 215-592-7787

Sure, the idyllic garden itself is all the reason you need to go to Aimee Olexy’s Washington Square restaurant. But it’s really her dedication to a purer form of modern American cookery — so smart, fresh and real — that keeps Talula’s forever on our minds and at the tips of our tongues.

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43. Poi Dog

Rittenhouse | Hawaiian
102 South 21st Street, 215-279-7015

Simply put, Poi Dog is the happiest restaurant in Philadelphia, thanks to the brightly colored, delightfully low-rent space, the smiling staff and simple fast-casual ordering, and, mostly, the food — giant plate lunches of nori fried chicken, rice and macaroni salad and Spam musubi, with Okinawan doughnuts for dessert.

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44. Oyster House

Center City | Seafood
1516 Sansom Street, 215-567-7683

From the curated gin list and the expert shuckers who love to talk bivalves to tasting dinners, a killer happy hour, and a smart way of balancing nostalgia with modernity, Oyster House never stops trying to be better than it was yesterday.

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45. American Sardine Bar

Point Breeze | Gastropub
1800 Federal Street, 215-334-2337

If nothing else, Philly is really, really good at the gastropub — and there’s no better spot in the city to throw down on excellent sandwiches, grilled sardines (natch) and pints of Nodding Head than at American Sardine Bar — a gastropub for this new era in dining.

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46. Kim’s

Olney | Korean
5955 North 5th Street, 215-927-4550

The banchan are never boring, the staff is friendly and helpful to rookies, and the menu of things to put on the tabletop grills (fired with real hardwood charcoal) is big enough to be interesting but not so big that it’s overwhelming. Kim’s is family-friendly, down-and-dirty Korean BBQ done exactly right. Plus, free ice cream for dessert!

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 47. Rooster Soup Co.

Rittenhouse | American
1526 Sansom Street, 215-454-6939

Between the bowls of smoked matzo ball soup, ham-and-biscuit sandwiches, life-altering banana cream pie, and weekends complete with boozy brunches and late-night breakfast karaoke, Michael Solomonov’s diner concept would have been good enough already. But the fact that it exists to generate donations to help the city’s most vulnerable, with 100 percent of profits going to the Broad Street Ministry? That makes it special.

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48. Kanella Grill

Washington Square West | Cypriot-Greek
1001 Spruce Street, 267-928-2085

There’s Kanella South, with its wood-fired ovens, charcoal spit, elaborate entrées and Greek wines, and then there’s Kanella Grill, its little sister — a BYOB armed with just a grill, some meats, fresh vegetables and a whole lot of herbs. Call it your once-a-week, no-frills street-food spot.

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Antipasta at Brigantessa | Photo by Jason Varney

49. Brigantessa

East Passyunk | Italian
1520 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-318-7341

In the summer, dinner at Brigantessa can easily become the best South Philly Italian lawn party you’ve ever been to. And in the winter, there’s no cozier place to hole up with some super-traditional Neapolitan pizza and a bountiful spread of rotating antipasti.

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50. Mr. Martino’s Trattoria

East Passyunk | Italian
1646 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-755-0663

Step inside this weekends-only BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue, and time will literally stop. The Earth won’t spin; the outside world will cease to exist. Mr. Martino’s is transportive — a restaurant where the simplest pleasures, like friendly service and pasta fagioli, strip away all but a perfect evening.

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