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Zahav

Middle Eastern 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Israeli street food given a gourmet spin. Modern techniques and excellent ingredients add extra gloss (and expense) to traditional snacks, salads, and kebabs. — DK Eyewitness

Zahav, which means gold in Hebrew, showcases chef Michael Solomonov'€™s love for the foods of his homeland. — Gayot

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

Tucked beneath I. M. Pei's Society Hill towers, this rustic but edgy Israeli restaurant offers a relaxed, terra cotta-tiled setting for savory, comforting meals of tahini-rich hummus. — Frommer's

Morimoto

Japanese 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Although dishes are primarily drawn from Japanese cuisine, there are global influences in some, like the roasted foie gras with kimchi miso and scallion pancakes. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

Amada

International 92 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

There are more than 60 varieties of tapas, from charcuterie plates, to spicy soups, to vegetable-stuffed empanadas. — Travel + Leisure

Iron Chef Jose Garces's first restaurant does a bang-up job of being many things to many people. — Frommer's

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

The long communal tables foster a bustling, happening and loud atmosphere. — Lonely Planet

Vetri

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

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

Chef Mark Vetri blew into town from New York, where his cooking had garnered all sorts of kudos. — Fodor's

Rustic Italian meets special occasion. — Bon Appétit

At nearly 14-year-old Vetri, my posterity list of dishes is long, from the sublime spinach gnocchi to the wood-smoked goat and truffled-onion crepe. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Book well in advance for a table at this tiny 35-seat stunner, one of the hottest restaurants in town. Chef/owner Marc Vetri’s award-winning cuisine shines with delicate takes on classic... — Where

Fork

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

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

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

Happy sounds have always emanated from diners in this comfortable, elegant eatery. — Fodor's

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

Upscale without being obnoxious. — Not For Tourists

White Dog Cafe

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

This neighborhood institution is the kind of funky-yet-upscale place that college students get their visiting parents to take them to for special dinners or brunch. — Lonely Planet

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

A favorite among University of Pennsylvania students and professors, this stalwart specializes in locally sourced, sustainable foods. — Fodor's

Consistently good, occasionally great, and always organic. — Concierge

High Street on Market

Delis 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Favorite local chef Eli Kulp elevates bakery and diner fare at this new destination in Old City. — Travel + Leisure

He has grounded his innovative menu in whole grains, farm-fresh ingredients, and sublime baked goods and pastries, then uses that sure footing to surprise you at every bite with unusual combinations. — Frommer's

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

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

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... — Condé Nast Traveler

Parc Brasserie

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

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

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

Ideal for a light snack or a more leisurely meal, this French bistro offers many classics such as onion soup and escargots, as well as meat and fish platters and a choice of baguettes. — DK Eyewitness

This gleaming, patinaed, 250-plus-seat corner brasserie dominates the see-and-be-seen scene on Rittenhouse Square. — Frommer's

Barbuzzo

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

You'd get "fresher" produce only "in the middle of a farmer's field" gush fans of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's Med "gem" in Washington Square West. — Zagat

Like an outré Mediterranean farmhouse, gunmetal gray French bistro chairs mingle with old church pews and Italian marble. — BlackBook

This wood-fired eatery boasts smoky-delicious pizzas, to-die-for seasonal salads, beyond-rich homemade pastas, and a fried-to-order pork crackling appetizer and salted caramel budino. — Frommer's

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

The smart-rustic furnishings set a cozy tone for the Mediterranean-influenced kitchen and well-stocked bar. Reserve a table for simple, yet amazingly flavorful fare including roasted... — Where

Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

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

Luxe out at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Make a night of it. — Not For Tourists

Featuring sumptuous cuisine, a spectacular wine list and inviting décor, Lacroix has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the city’s best dining destinations. Reservations... — Where

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

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

He is bigger on elegance and shorter on whimsy than his predecessors with straightforward dishes like Hudson Valley duck with golden beets and Swiss chard. — Fodor's

Marigold Kitchen

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

Extremely fine dining frequented by the university crowd. — Not For Tourists

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

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

There is the inevitable liquid nitro smoke fuming around the tables at Marigold Kitchen. — Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Supper

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

... the small-plate phenomenon isn't going anywhere - especially if the new places continue to be as good as Supper, the ambitious South Street restaurant from Mitch and Jennifer Prensky. — Philadelphia Inquirer

“Comfort food meets fine dining” at Mitch and Jennifer Prensky’s “modern rustic” South Street New American, where they “take fresh, local ingredients seriously.” — Zagat

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

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

Buddakan

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

This enduringly popular hotspot features contemporary Asian creations in a theatrical atmosphere, including a 10-foot golden Buddha. L (M-F), D (daily). — Where

Many dishes are designed to share, and standouts include tuna "pizza," Malaysian spicy lobster, and wasabi-crusted filet mignon. — Travel + Leisure

Pricey Starr Restaurants Asian fusion - everybody has a birthday there. — Not For Tourists

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

Jones

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

The '70s make a comeback at this avocado and cork-floored establishment steps from Independence Hall. Get nostalgic with the feel of home cooking with dishes like fried chicken and... — Where

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

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

He's done it again, creating an engrossing inverse world in which deviled eggs and fried chicken with waffles are suddenly trendy. — Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Friday Saturday Sunday

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

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

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

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

Four decades young, this “charming”, “unfussy” Traditional American “institution” off Rittenhouse Square “welcomes everyone like a regular.” — Zagat

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

Tinto

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

Designed to resemble a wine cellar, the expanded Tinto spotlights the very best of the Spanish table and a 50-plus-bottle wine list that highlights Spain'€™s grapes. — Gayot

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

Chef Jose Garces went to Spain to research food and wine for Amada, his Old City tapas restaurant, and while he was there he fell in love with Basque Country. — Fodor's

This "impeccable" Rittenhouse Basque is Iron Chef "Jose Garces at his best", showcasing "innovative" pintxos (small plates) that are "huge in flavor". — Zagat

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

Continental Mid-Town

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

“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

It is the edible equivalent of a K-tel classic, a collection of chart-busting flavors borrowed from the oeuvre of Starr's restaurant empire and wrapped for mass consumption. — Philadelphia Inquirer

With such cool design, it's a shame such uninspired preps attend. — Not For Tourists

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

This three-story restaurant and bar boasts a penthouse rooftop patio complete with an indoor/outdoor bar, fireplace, full-grown trees and retro décor. An international menu includes... — Where

Distrito

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

High-energy spot with a menu of fresh interpretations of classic Mexican fare, all inspired by the spirited culture and cuisine of Mexico City. — Where

There is plenty that'€™s familiar on the menu, from traditional guacamole and nachos to ceviches, enchiladas, tamales and quesadillas. — Gayot

The vibrant pink and lime decor doesn't drown out the taste of the contemporary Mexican fare. — Lonely Planet

Mexican food is given the tapas treatment by chef Jose Garces. Meticulous preparation and quality ingredients, like Kobe beef, elevate even the humble taco to new heights. — DK Eyewitness

West Philadelphia's Distrito serves modern Mexican cuisine in a 250-seat restaurant decorated with kitschy details like vivid pink lighting and a wall of Mexican wrestling masks. — Travel + Leisure

Vernick Food and Drink

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

Chef-owner Greg Vernick creatively riffs on classic forms like bruschetta and pasta with intense flavors and bold presentations. — Condé Nast Traveler

The seasonally-driven menu allows you to take a mix-and-match approach, by pairing smaller dishes, perhaps his signature "toasts" with toppings of fromage blanc and apple chutney. — Gayot

Simple and inventive. One of Philly's best restaurants. — Not For Tourists

Seasoned with olive oil and touched with just the right golden tint of char, these half-inch-thick slices are irresistibly springy pedestals for an array of clever toppings. — Philadelphia Inquirer

And (fancy-ish) comfort food for all. — Bon Appétit

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

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

This cutting-edge restaurant, bar, and lounge brings modern Cuban cuisine to Philadelphia. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

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