Where to Eat in Philly on Mondays (and Tuesdays!)

It can be tough to find a place to eat on Mondays these days. Hence this list.

Lately, it feels like every restaurant in the city is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The reason isn’t a mystery: staffing continues to be a huge problem for restaurants across the city, and even with slowly increasing wages, it’s difficult to staff a restaurant seven days a week. That said, sometimes the mood strikes, or a celebration must be had. On those occasions, these are the places that we turn to.

 

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Casa Mexico, Bella Vista
If you struggle to make it to South Philly Barbacoa during it’s limited weekend hours, head to Casa Mexico every day of the week for a taste of Cristina Martinez’s homey Mexican cooking. The menu is always rotating, but hits include mole, cochinita pibil, and ceviche.

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House, Chinatown
Nan Zhou gets busy on the weekends. We’re talking, like, an hour wait. Skip the crowds by going on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the noodles are fresh but the wait is short.

Dim Sum GardenChinatown
Dim Sum Garden is another spot where weekend lines get really, really long. Take advantage of their Monday hours by ordering several rounds of soup dumplings, which come out faster and fresher than during peak hours.

Loco Pezmultiple locations
All three Loco Pez locations are open Mondays and Tuesdays, so you can get your waffle fry nacho fix any day of the week.

 

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Murph’s BarFishtown
Murph’s is famous for being an incredibly Philly spot: an Irish dive bar with excellent Italian food. If it’s not on your Philly restaurant bucket list, it should be, and you can check it off on any Monday.

Human Robot, Kensington
Monday and Tuesday nights are perhaps an underrated evening for meeting friends for a beer. Do it at Human Robot over their Tuesday special, a $2 MILKTUBE — their Philly version of a foamy Czech tradition that’s great for weekday drinking.

 

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KilimandjaroWest Philly
Kilimandjaro makes for a cozy weeknight meal of whole red snapper, fluffy couscous, tender lamb, and more.

Pho 75East Passyunk
Pho 75 is always there for us with a hot bowl of their comforting, aromatic soup. Mondays, luckily, are no exception.

Booker’s Restaurant and Bar, West Philly
Looking for a Monday happy hour or a celebratory spot for a birthday dinner? Booker’s is your spot, with plenty of drink specials, space for groups, and a menu stacked full of comfort foods.

Local 44, West Philly
Easy neighborhood bar vibes, plus a few six-packs to go from the bottle shop before you close out.

Bing Bing Dim SumEast Passyunk
We love Bing Bing any day of the week, but especially on Mondays, when a 5:30 dinner can take you from happy hour (which runs until 6:30pm) all the way through to dinner time, when we recommend going for the generous portion of dan dan noodles.

 

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Cheu Noodle Bar and NunuFishtown
Cheu and Nunu have wisely combined forces for a broad menu that ranges from rich ramen and yakisoba to nigiri, sashimi, and some of the best high balls in the city.

Pizzeria BeddiaFishtown
If you’re going to walk in to Pizzeria Beddia, the best time to do it is on Mondays and Tuesdays, where, with a little luck, you can snag a bar seat or an outdoor table and enjoy a few glasses of wine paired with some of the best pizza this side of the Atlantic.

Via LocustaRittenhouse
Date night vibes on a Monday or Tuesday? That’s all Via Locusta. Book ahead for one of their cozy outdoor tables, or sit at the marble bar for a more casual vibe, and don’t forget to order the focaccia.

SurayaFishtown
For a big group dinner on Monday nights, make a reservation at Suraya and take advantage of their Taste of Suraya menu, which makes it easy for everyone to sit back and enjoy without debating over the endless menu choices.

 

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Cafe Gabi, Spring Garden
When the weather gets cold, the velvet-lined dining room at Gabi is where to be for casual weeknight dinners, drinking affordably priced house red wine, diving into a bowl of onion soup, and enjoying a sub-$30 steak frites.

Clementine’s Stable CafeFairmount
Clementine’s offers an eclectic menu of seasonal dishes in a bright and airy new space on North Broad, which, starting just recently, are available at their newly added Tuesday dinner service.