Philly’s Latest Restaurant and Bar Openings

Everything you need to know about what’s new and what’s next in Philadelphia's dining and drinking scene, all in one place.

Fringe Bar, the new bar and restaurant at the FringeArts. / Photograph courtesy of Fringe Bar

Philly’s dining scene never sits still. Restaurants and bars open, close, move, tinker with concepts, reinvent themselves and the way the game is played. If you have a day job that keeps you preoccupied or maybe even a demanding Rottweiler or a couple of kids who are consistently barking your name, it might be hard to wrap your head around it all. Lose focus for a minute, and the whole scene can shift without you noticing.

To help you keep up with your city, we’ve got this list: a big, ever-evolving tally of the newest and most notable restaurant openings in the region. Think of this guide like a monthly checklist of all the new stuff happening in Philly — a to-do list for the truly dedicated diner. As new restaurants, bars, or cafes set up shop, we’ll add them to the scroll. Then we’ll go check ’em out. (Be warned: just because a spot makes its way onto this list, doesn’t mean we’ve been and necessarily condone a visit there.) If the restaurant is great, they might make their way onto the Philly 15. If they’re city-defining, they might end up on the 50 Best Restaurants list. But it all starts on this Openings guide.

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The Latest Restaurant and Bar Openings Around Philadelphia

Nipotina, South Philly
Italian Sandwiches
Chicken-cutlet sandwich fans, we see you and love you. And Marlo and Jason Dilks see you and love you, too. This West Passyunk shop from the team behind Slice Pizza and P’unk Burger opened with a menu of cutlet and meatball sandwiches, plus vegan and gluten-free options, and breakfast sandwiches. There’s plenty of space to sit down with your loot — including a little outdoor area — in case you’re in the business of having a leisurely lunch break. Your email inbox can handle itself for an hour.

A spread of Latin American dishes at Bolo in Rittenhouse / Photograph by KC Tinari

Bolo, Rittenhouse
Latin & Rum Bar
A Latin American restaurant just opened on Sansom Street in the space where Starr’s Il Pittore used to be. The rum bar on the first floor is designed to embody chef and owner Yun Fuentes’s grandparents’ marquesina in Puerto Rico, where people used to gather and drink sangria and Cuba libres before appointments in Fuentes’s grandmother’s beauty parlor. Upstairs, the restaurant can seat 60 guests for meals consisting of ceviche, piscolabis, lobster mofongo and more Latin dishes inspired by the chef’s upbringing and experience working in high-end kitchens in New York, Puerto Rico and Philadelphia. Read more about the opening here.

Bar Lizette, Mount Airy
French, German, and Alsatian (plus drinks)
The owner of Mount Airy Tap Room (Rob Pelszynski) recently opened a new place in the neighborhood to drink cocktails and wine, and dig into piles of moules frites. As far as drinks go, Bar Lizette plays with classic cocktails (a fat-washed vodka martini with a salt-and-pepper tincture, for example, or a drink that reads like a white Negroni met a sour and fell in love over a mutual interest in tequila). The food menu borrows from French, German and Alsatian cooking traditions. So if you’ve been waiting for a place to eat chicken schnitzel on a pretzel bun or French onion soup in the area, this might be it.

Cafe Tolia, Old City
Cafe & Bakery
Meet the new cafe on North 3rd Street serving bomboloni, savory bread stuffed with olives and feta, breakfast sandwiches, and plenty of La Colombe coffee. The owners, Elbe and Yusuf Insel, recently moved to Philly from Düsseldorf, Germany. Their cafe is designed to feel distinctly Mediterranean, modeled after time spent training in Istanbul and vacations along the Aegean sea. Closed Mondays.

Bar 1010, Northern Liberties
The former owner of Bakeria 1010 in Linwood, New Jersey, recently took over Spuntino on North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties. His name is Mike Fitzick, and he’s been fussing over his pizza techniques and dough particularities for years (now using Spuntino’s wood-fired oven). These pies are very good, and there’s a liquor license in the mix.

Bower Cafe, Midtown Village

At Bower Cafe’s new location, you can record a podcast in a booth with the background noise of a coffee shop. Or you can come for coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches, and listen. The Inky has more on owner Thane Wright’s cool new project.

Fringe Bar, Old City

This new indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant has replaced FringeArts’ La Peg across from Race Street Pier. The menu leans American and pubby, generally speaking (meaning: snacky stuff like charcuterie boards and pimento cheese, plus double cheeseburgers, Cubanos, and Oreo pie). Views of the Delaware and espresso martinis on draft await — in case you’d like a future Saturday (or a post-show hang) to involve such things.

Dock Street, Fishtown
Brewery with snacks, wine, and cocktails
The brewery that originally opened in West Philly 15 years ago, has a new home on Front Street next to the Girard Avenue El stop. The team shut down their Baltimore Avenue spot back in 2022 (Carbon Copy has taken over), and currently operates a Washington Avenue location in addition to this new space. Expect takeout beer, some light bar snacks and sandwiches, seven-ish cocktails to choose from, and a bathroom plastered with Benjamin Franklin wallpaper. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Amada, Radnor

Jose Garces opened the third location of his Spanish tapas restaurant in Radnor. You know the drill.

Mawn, Bella Vista

Married couple Phila and Rachel Lorn have been kicking around the Philly restaurant scene for years. But Mawn is the first restaurant that is theirs alone — a Philly-Cambodian biographical mash-up housed in the 9th Street space where Kalaya began. We’re talking papaya salad, head-on soft shell shrimp with fish-sauce caramel, num pang made on Sarcone’s rolls, Cambodian-style chicken noodle soup and fried half-chickens. At this new BYOB, Southeast Asian dishes take center stage. But, according to the team, “Mawn is a noodle house with no rules.” I can’t wait to check it out.

A breakfast sandwich from Forin Cafe’s new all-day location in Kensington. / Photograph courtesy of Piacere

Forin Cafe, Kensington
Cafe and bar

The second location of Forin’s cafe/restaurant/“lifestyle hub” is now open at 2525 Frankford Avenue in Kensington, offering a scaled-up version of the original spot’s retail collaboration, coffee, breakfast sandwiches and share plates. The biggest change at this new location? There’s a bar featuring wine from Forin’s own winery and cocktails (and late-night espresso).

Wine and snacks at Superfolie, a new bar in Rittenhouse / Photograph by Ian Shiver

Superfolie, Rittenhouse
Wine bar

Husband-and-wife team Chloe Grigri (of The Good King Tavern and Le Caveau) and Vincent Stipo (who helped open Vernick and works in commercial real estate and hospitality consulting) opened a neighborhood wine bar at the ideal moment — just in time for spring in Rittenhouse. They’ve got 30 seats, a zinc bar, a 72-label cellar full of small producers and chef Michael Valent from Good King to oversee the menu of small plates. More details here.

Kiko’s Peruvian Kitchen, Collingswood

Here’s to more Peruvian restaurants opening in Philly. Collingswood has a new place serving papa la huancaina, lomo saltado, and ceviche — all of which looks great. Kiko’s is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. If yuca fries, Peruvian shrimp fried rice and aji de gallina aren’t reason enough to cross the bridge now and then, I don’t know what is.

Pasteis de nata and peri peri chicken at Gilda, now open in Fishtown/ Photograph by Paolo Jay Agbay

Gilda, Fishtown

Who isn’t going to be excited by a Portuguese cafe serving pastéis de nata, chorizo breakfast sandwiches, salt cod fritters and peri peri chicken? Well, that’s exactly what Brian Mattera and Brian Oliveira are doing at Gilda, open now in the former Girard Bruncherie space at 300 East Girard Avenue. They’re open for breakfast and lunch every day but Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show up early: They’ve been selling out of treats before 10 a.m.

Dankbaar, East Passyunk
Northern European

Noord’s Joncarl Lachman is back, this time with an intimate BYOB focusing on the cuisines of Northern Europe. Escargot, rabbit rilette, cider-braised pork and housemade breads fill the menu, along with smoked fish, gravlax and mushroom-walnut pate. It’s nice to see Lachman back in the game after a couple years away, and with Dankbaar, it looks like he’s definitely playing to his strengths in the neighborhood.

Kook Burger & Bar, Center City

A burger operation from Brigantine set up shop in the middle of Center City, selling smash burgers and over-the-top milkshakes to the swells. They’re also offering breakfast for those of us who don’t like starting the day before the sun is well on its way towards high noon. Kook Burger did well at the Shore, so here’s hoping they can bring that same brand of casual Shore excess and bright summer joy to the heart of Philly.

Simmer Down, Wilmington
Cocktail bar

Should you find yourself in Wilmington and in need of a cocktail, the new bar at the Quoin Hotel is now open and ready for you. Simmer Down is serving Sazeracs and martinis downstairs from the main restaurant in a 53-seat space once used for the storage of gold bars and fur coats (known as “The Money Room.”) They’ve been playing up the speakeasy element since the soft open a few weeks back, but just head downstairs and look for the door or ask at the host’s stand and you can check out the place (and its giant, two-wall mural) for yourself.

Pho Today, South Philly

This casual Vietnamese spot (with another location in New Jersey) just opened in the plaza at 11th and Washington, offering several different varieties of phở, plus bún bò huế, rice and vermicelli platters and bánh mì for the neighborhood. There are plenty of places to sit in here, as well as a menu section dedicated to smoothies in case you need to charge up your battery before or after running errands on a Sunday.

Crown Tavern, Glen Mills
English pub

A new place to eat comforting English pub food in the ‘burbs. Expect fish and chips, beer cheese fondue, roast beef with horseradish, deviled eggs topped with blue crab, and a couple pints of lager to wash it all down. Add in the taxidermied animals, weird dog paintings and a good gin and tonic, and I’m all in.

A spread at the Hayes in Midtown Village / Photograph by Lexy Pierce Photography

The Hayes, Midtown Village

Townsend Wentz has picked up the space next to his Spanish spot, Oloroso, on Walnut Street and turned it into an American tavern called the Hayes. After some time spent in soft-open mode and operating quietly with burgers, fried oysters, winter soups, and cocktails from the big, antique bar, Wentz and company are now running lunch and dinner services seven days a week. Expect dishes like chicken wings, roasted pork belly with chickpeas and kale, steak frites, bowls of mussels, beet salads and an eponymous burger with Cooper sharp and spicy mayo. Basically, a little bit of everything. The bar is open ‘til midnight every night, and the kitchen shuts down at 10:30 p.m.

Korea Taqueria, Grays Ferry
Tacos & Sandwiches

Bulgogi cheesesteaks. Gochujang fried chicken sandwiches. Birria. Korean chicken wings. Kimchi nachos. What’s not to love? This business just went from beloved food truck to brick-and-mortar. So take a look at the menu, and go show ‘em some love. Korea Taqueria is open for takeout and delivery from Tuesday to Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gass & Main, Haddonfield

Chef Dane DeMarco made a splash in Jersey with Burgertime NJ, a casual joint dedicated to the greater glory of tater tots and messy burgers. Well, now they’re up and running Gass & Main, a somewhat more restrained and formal American BYO that still manages to sneak in some wild notions like a dirty-martini cheeseball, fancy ants on a log (with chicken liver mousse and brandied cherries) and Nashville hot ‘shrooms. G&M is doing brunch, lunch and dinner services. This is definitely one to keep an eye on if you’re in South Jersey.

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Curiosity Doughnuts / Photograph by Michael Persico

Curiosity Donuts, Doylestown

Aki and Alex from Ideas In Food have been evolving their doughnut game for a long time, winning awards (including being named semifinalist for the James Beard Awards) and gathering devotees along the way. And, on February 9th, they’ll have a brand-new brick-and-mortar location on Edison-Furlong Road in Doylestown, slinging yeasted doughnuts with flavors like Earl Grey lychee, Fruity Pebbles Crunch and cherry-glazed. These are some of the best and wildest donuts you can eat in the region. I’m psyched for this one. You should be, too.

Palenque, Italian Market

Taqueria la Veracruzana is now Palenque, a Mexican restaurant with a long list of tacos, burritos, tortas and some impressive-looking house specials like alambre and pechuga Azteca. Palenque is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week.

De La Terre, Downingtown

A 40-seat, neighborhood French BYO offering oysters, kombu-poached shrimp, escargot spiked with Fresno chiles, venison with chanterelles and duck breast in a huckleberry and beetroot gastrique. If that sounds like your kind of Friday night, then you’ll be happy to know that De La Terre is open now on West Lancaster Avenue.

Delco Steaks / Photograph by Christopher Leaman

Delco Steaks, University City

There is, of course, room for reasonable debate about who sells the best cheesesteak in this city. But any list of those top producers must include Delco Steaks — seeded rolls and all. The good news? If you’ve never ventured out to either their Broomall or Ridley locations, there’s now one open at Penn’s Franklin’s Table Food Hall in University City.

Kismet Bialys, Reading Terminal Market

The Kismet crew has been on a tear lately. This newest location — a stall in aisle B of Reading Terminal Market — serves traditional and novel takes on the bialy. The most recent special offered was called the ‘Strami: pastrami, melted swiss, Fishtown pickles, mustard and a potato-chip crust. There are sweet options available, too. Plus a version with bacon, egg, and cheese.

Garces Trading Company, Center City
Cafe & Market

The Garces Trading Co. brand has seen ups and downs over the years, expanding and contracting, closing, then operating as a ghost kitchen and a training space. But recently, the project has come back onto the scene as a kind of market and cafe. Think of this like an ad hoc food hall: part coffee shop, part bakery, part restaurant, part market … and with its own catering operation to boot. The newest location is currently up and running on the first floor of the Kimmel Center (where Garces already has Volvér). Garces Trading Company is open during the day for cafe hours and for late-night hours on performance nights.

Queens-based soup dumpling spot Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao opened in Cherry Hill earlier this month. / Photograph by Hannah Albertine

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, Cherry Hill, NJ

One of Queens’s famous soup dumpling spots opened a location in South Jersey. Yes, there’ll be a wide variety of dim sum and noodles on the menu, but what really matters here are the xiao long bao — specifically the crab-and-pork soup dumplings that made the place famous (and beloved) when it first opened in New York. Come hungry. Be prepared to wait. And don’t forget to try a side of the scallion pancakes.

Farina Di Vita, Queen Village
Italian Grocer

Jason Okdeh and Brandyn Luis Ortiz just opened their own boutique Italian deli and pasta shop at 3rd and Catherine. Right now, it appears they’re operating primarily as a takeout deli (with hoagies, Italian meats, etc.), but they’re looking at expanding into offering a full-on market experience. They’re rolling things out slow, so go easy, but after having a look at their sandwich menu, I’m hoping they’re able to continue expanding in the future. Farina Di Vita opens at 11 a.m. every day but Monday.

Sunpress, Audubon, NJ

Nachos, tacos, Key lime pie and Cuban sandwiches all in the same place? Sign me up. Also, they’ve got a burrito made with hot Cheetos, if you’re into that kind of thing.