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Zahav

Middle Eastern 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From the laffa bread to the Israeli-born chef Michael Solomonov, everything is authentic. — BlackBook

Where modern Middle Eastern started. — Bon Appétit

It’s still serving a bevy of flavorful small plates, including downright addictive hummus (try the Tehina, topped with cumin, lemon, and parsley) and luscious beef-and-lamb kofte. — Condé Nast Traveler

Solomonov’s Middle Eastern combinations include mellow, musky, twice-cooked eggplant salad served next to nutty hummus with blistered flatbread. — Travel + Leisure

James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov carefully prepares creative, contemporary Israeli cuisine — Where

Morimoto

Japanese 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Morimoto may serve the priciest oh-toro tuna in town, but when you're eating in the eponymous modern showplace of Japan's Iron Chef, you're paying for a meal and a show. — Frommer's

One of the best fusion restaurants in Philadelphia, it brings contemporary Japanese cuisine to the table through Chef Morimoto’s blending of traditional Japanese cooking with Western flair. — DK Eyewitness

Morimoto is high concept and heavily stylized, from a dining room that looks like a futuristic aquarium to a menu of globe-spanning influence and eclectic combinations. — Lonely Planet

The best shrimp tempura ever. Anywhere. — Not For Tourists

Although he's rarely in house, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto created the imaginative Japanese fusion menu at the heart of this striking restaurant. — Gayot

Amada

International 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Authentic tapas is superb, and homemade sangria makes it even better. — Not For Tourists

A dash of Spanish inspiration in Old City, with over 60 tapas dishes at around $10, great paella and fine red or white sangria. — Rough Guide

A Spanish restaurant serving authentic tapas based on the earthy Mediterranean flavors that have long been the passion of founder and executive chef Jose Garces. — DK Eyewitness

Since his debut with Amada in 2005, chef-restaurateur Jose Garces has opened three more restaurants in the city, all of them instant and enduring hits. — Fodor's

Unanimously praised, Amada gets right to the point with an always-reliable menu of classic tapas, reimagined by versatile chef Jose Garces. — BlackBook

Fork

American 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The bistro-style menu contains dishes like handmade papardelle with braised duck ragu, house-smoked organic salmon, and wild mushroom risotto. — Travel + Leisure

This bustling Old City bistro offers comfort food with a creative edge. — Michelin Guide

Fork has updated its signature creative American fare to emphasize house-made pastas and a changing array of "feasts" built around particular animals. — Gayot

Located in the heart of the Old City nightlife district, Fork offers a mix of casual sophistication and an urban, upscale style. — DK Eyewitness

A former warehouse, this elegant but laid-back 68-seat bistro is Old City's version of New York City's famous Gramercy Tavern -- a local favorite. — Frommer's

Vetri

Italian 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Acolytes attest "heaven on earth" can be found in an "unassuming" townhouse in Washington Square West, home of Marc Vetri's flagship Italian, a "gastronomic tour de force". — Zagat

Book well in advance for a table at this tiny 35-seat stunner, one of the hottest restaurants in town — Where

Critically acclaimed seasonally-changing menu includes Italian classics and contemporary innovations. — BlackBook

The best Italian restaurant in America? That's what the critics say. — Frommer's

Intimate and romantic, one of Philly's best. — Not For Tourists

White Dog Cafe

Cafés 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This homey, antiques-filled dining room is as well-known for its food as it is for its social activism — Where

The ground lamb for those mini-burgers is paired classically with the piquancy of a roasted tomato-olive tapenade and a tart drizzle of tzatziki yogurt. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Delicious, creative food in three Victorian brownstones near the universities. — Rough Guide

"Still top dog" after 30 years, this University City "mainstay" and its newer Wayne offshoot "delight" patrons with "gorgeously prepared", "seasonal" eclectic dishes. — Zagat

Progressive liberal idealists served locally-sourced organica and tasty cocktails. — Not For Tourists

Parc Brasserie

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fancy French bistro. Lobster cocktails. — Not For Tourists

Parc is less ostentatious than some of Starr's creations, and that's a good thing. A classic bistro where you'll never go wrong with the steak frites or côtes du Rhône. — BlackBook

This enormous polished bistro is in a prime people-watching spot on Rittenhouse Square. Brunch and lunch menus hit the right notes and are good value. — Lonely Planet

Restaurateur Stephen Starr's fondness for themes ... has reached perfection in this vast but meticulous stage set placed on Philadelphia's most desirable corner. — Fodor's

The amazingly crusty baguettes and country bread from pastry chef Frank Urso and his baker, Carlos Apricio, may be the best in the city. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Barbuzzo

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The smart-rustic furnishings set a cozy tone for the Mediterranean-influenced kitchen and well-stocked bar — Where

From my vantage point, snug at a church-pew table at Barbuzzo and munching on the super-cracklin' "snap!" of smoky "pig popcorn," Marcie Turney looks to be on fire. — Philadelphia Inquirer

At Barbuzzo, the modern Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown Village, chef/co-owner Marcie Turney doesn'€™t just proclaim a locavore bent. — Gayot

Dinners start with snacks such as roasted bone marrow, sheep’s milk ricotta, or boards of cured meats. The menu features sharable items and includes pizza, pasta, and proteins. — Travel + Leisure

This buzzing Mediterranean tapas joint has inspired an almost religious devotion among nearly every demographic of Philadelphian. — Fodor's

Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Another top-notch hotel restaurant, Lacroix offers an amazing treetop view over Rittenhouse Square -- and an even more amazing menu that borders on daring. — Frommer's

When you want to "propose", "celebrate" or just "pamper yourself", devotees recommend the Rittenhouse Hotel's "top-drawer", "special-occasion" spot. — Zagat

The seasonal menu offers either a tasting or a la carte experience, with chef Jon Cichon overseeing the kitchen. — Gayot

Elegant restaurant on the second floor of the Rittenhouse Hotel ... with stunning views of Rittenhouse Square. — DK Eyewitness

Set in the stately Rittenhouse Hotel, Lacroix is a restaurant of understated elegance. — Forbes Travel Guide

Marigold Kitchen

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Experience inventive, avant-garde and refined New American cuisine, served as a prix-fixe tasting menu in a charming Victorian rowhome. BYOB. D (Tu-Sa). — Where

Options may include squash soup with thyme foam, squab with chocolate foie gras ragoût, and for dessert, basil crème brûlée. — Travel + Leisure

“Bring on the bubbles” declare devotees of this “special-occasion” BYO New American in University City. — Zagat

When planning his season's menus, Israeli-born chef Michael Solomonov looks to the Middle East as often as to Italy and France. — Concierge

The elegant townhouse on leafy 45th Street in University City must be in some kind of culinary vortex --- despite changing chefs and owners, things just get better. — Gayot

High Street on Market

Delis 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Old City American bistro Fork has long had an adjacent market-based offshoot --- Fork etc. --- that specialized in soups, sandwiches and other gourmet-to-go items. — Gayot

The best bread in the East—and a full menu to go with it. — Bon Appétit

This more casual next door neighbor and sibling of Old City's Fork, open morning through evening, is a showcase for the chef at both eateries, Eli Kulp. — Zagat

At chef Eli Kulp’s casual eatery High Street on Market, even the most carb-phobic of diners tear into the excellent house-made baked goods, including bagels, croissants, and decadent cakes. — Condé Nast Traveler

The upscale market-cafe craze is in the midst of another Philly flux, with some exciting new offerings on the scene. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Tinto

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There are few restaurants in the city cooking food at such a high level of quality and intricacy for such large crowds. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Located in the city’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, this cozy, chic restaurant draws inspiration from the rich cultural and culinary traditions of Spain’s Basque region — Where

Every decadent thing you could think of is on the menu. — Not For Tourists

The menu is solidly Basque tapas so expect a preponderance of meats with a sprinkling of shellfish, and the wine list is almost exclusively Spanish. — BlackBook

The small, stylish, dimly lit and clandestine-feeling bistro from Iron Chef Jose Garces serves petite, Basque-inspired plates out of two narrow side-by-side storefronts. — Frommer's

Supper

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The first thing to notice about Supper is how much there is to notice about its interior; the design is elegant but casual, playful but sophisticated. — Michelin Guide

This couple-owned small-plates brasserie is known for its haute renditions of short ribs, chicken wings, fried potatoes, chicken (here, duck) and waffles, and deviled eggs. — Frommer's

Farm-to-table; seriously, it's up in Newtown Square. — Not For Tourists

Supper was a pioneer in the city's now-thunderous farm-to-table stampede. Chef Mitch Prensky serves small plates of New American fare sourced from a Bucks County farm. — Fodor's

New York-born Mitch Prensky and his wife Jennifer followed up their Global Dish catering business with this stylish South Street restaurant. — Gayot

Alma de Cuba

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pumpkin-seed-crusted scallops pair marvelously with a silky puree of gingery pumpkin sauce. A musky adobo spice rub gives Colorado rack of lamb an exotic zing. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Alma de Cuba, one of the original Stephen Starr eateries, has stood the test of time. It'€™s still a sexy spot for drinks and dinner and the menu is solid. — Gayot

Three stylish... floors form this flashy restaurant, known for its marvelously fresh and refreshing mojitos, glorious black bean soup, and slow-roasted pork shank. — Frommer's

A bit of scrolled ironwork greets diners, followed by a swank bar pulsating with Cuban music that lets everyone know this is a happening place. — Fodor's

From Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr, Alma de Cuba has a minimalist style with glass walls, clean-lined furniture, and portraits of Cubans on the walls. — Travel + Leisure

Buddakan

Asian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu, which is family style and stars sesame-encrusted tuna steak, calamari salad, wasabi mashed potatoes, and edamame ravioli, is so good, you won't want to share. — Frommer's

Delicious pan-Asian fusion entrees cost well over $20. Admire the 10ft gilded Buddha in the modernist interior while dining. — Rough Guide

The edamame (soy bean) ravioli, wasabi tuna pizza, and miso-glazed black cod are enduring classics. — DK Eyewitness

The great golden Buddha has smiled upon this Stephen Starr restaurant, now replicated in New York and Atlantic City. — Gayot

Still "buzzing" after many years, Stephen Starr's "sexy", "swanky" Old City Asian earns Philadelphia's Most Popular title thanks to "creative", "exceptionally flavorful" food. — Zagat

Jones

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This busy spot is one of the few places near Independence Hall where you can have a reasonably priced, sit-down (early-to-late-night) meal with the kids. — Frommer's

Amongst the warm of a Brady Brunch-styled dining room, comfort food comes alive. — BlackBook

Those “jonesing” for “comfort-food classics” such as “killer mac ’n’ cheese” head to Stephen Starr’s New American off Washington Square. — Zagat

A member of Steven Starr's ever-expanding restaurant empire ... this Center City restaurant specializes in designer comfort food. — Travel + Leisure

Work on an order of monkey bread while deciding between American classics such as fried chicken and waffles and traditional Thanksgiving dinner. — Concierge

Standard Tap

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The beer's the thing at this Northern Liberties landmark, which set the high bar for gastropubs when it opened in 1999. — Gayot

Still a local “benchmark”, this Northern Liberties gastropub attracts an “amazing cast of characters” with its “always-changing” chalkboard menu of “delicious” American eats. — Zagat

We’re just going to say it: the Tap is the heart and soul of Northern Liberties. — On the Grid

Unlike much of the country's recent crop of "gastropubs"—which are often just casual restaurants with an ambitious chef, Standard Tap is the genuine article. — Concierge

This food is ambitious with an honest homemade quality that rises far above the potato-skin/nacho cliches that fern bars worked so hard to standardize. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Friday Saturday Sunday

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Though the menu (like the decor) is somewhat dated, the finished product is generally pleasing. — Fodor's

Friday Saturday Sunday has been a labor of love for its owners since the day it opened in 1973. — BlackBook

The Tank Bar on the second floor is a great place to get lit. — Not For Tourists

The tented ceiling imparts a vaguely Moorish feel to this intimate restaurant. — Gayot

Friday Saturday Sunday has adapted to the times through an appealing informality, a renovated bar upstairs, and approachable cuisine. — Frommer's

Osteria

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This casual, contemporary industrial loft-meets-wine cave is a bit off the beaten path -- but is so worth the trek. — Frommer's

This Roman-style eatery exceeds expectations with seasonal homemade pastas, thin crust pizzas and wood grilled meats and fish in a warm, industrial space. — Where

Award- winning Italian restaurant with a good selection of pizzas and antipasti, entrees such as wild halibut for $25–30 and delicious desserts. — Rough Guide

Osteria is more than a consolation prize for the many who are thwarted by the two-month back-up in reservations at Marc Vetri's eponymous fine-dining restaurant. — Fodor's

More tasty (and a little cheaper) Italian grub by Mr Vetri. — Not For Tourists

Continental Mid-Town

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A fashionably mod update on a diner, Continental boasts hip crowds, eclectic, fusiony tapas and specialty cocktails. — Lonely Planet

Stephen Starr's uptown branch of his original Continental is a draw for its affordable global tapas and inventive cocktails. — Gayot

“Amazing martinis” and “tapas-style” Eclectic dishes are served with “a twist of fun” at Stephen Starr’s “too-cool-for-school”, “midcentury modern” Rittenhouse Square diner. — Zagat

Like its older, Old City sister, this colorful corner restau-bar is about good times, and surprisingly good food. — Frommer's

You're not sure what decade you're in once you enter the vast, retro playground that shares a name with the Old City martini lounge, also from blockbuster restaurateur Stephen Starr. — Fodor's

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