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What to Eat in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's dining scene has experienced a culinary makeover in recent decades, with new dining establishments rapidly popping up all over the city. The pricier restaurants are concentrated around trendy Old City and Rittenhouse Square (Parc, The Dandelion and The Love are two relatively new favorites). Meanwhile, you can enjoy French, Indian and Japanese fare in Center City. Head to South Philly or Center City for simple Italian and farm-to-table cuisine (Talula's Garden is a hit with both critics and visitors).

But no trip to Philly would be complete without tasting a soft pretzel or a Philadelphia cheesesteak. A hoagie-like sandwich made with thin slices of steak and cheese and often accented with onions, peppers and mushrooms, Philly's trademark sandwich is best experienced in South Philly. Recent travelers specifically recommend the area's Italian Market for your own customized cheesesteak, but Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks are also popular stops. Another great place to sample a variety of foods is the Reading Terminal Market.

BYOB (bring your own bottle) establishments abound in Philly and can help keep you within budget, since you can pick up your own libations and take them to the restaurant. Call ahead if you're unsure about a certain establishment's BYOB policies.

Find the Best Restaurants in Philadelphia

  • #1
    Ristorante Pesto
    #1 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3012 reviewsTripadvisor (3012)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1915 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148-2216
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  • #2
    Beiler's Bakery
    #2 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1287 reviewsTripadvisor (1287)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    Reading Terminal Market 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #3
    The Victor Cafe
    #3 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 722 reviewsTripadvisor (722)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-6213
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  • #4
    Cafe La Maude
    #4 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 173 reviewsTripadvisor (173)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Cafe
    816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2271
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  • #5
    Bistro Romano
    #5 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 627 reviewsTripadvisor (627)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    120 Lombard St Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602
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  • #6
    V Street
    #6 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 180 reviewsTripadvisor (180)
    $ - $$ | International
    126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4647
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  • #7
    Miller's Twist
    #7 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 188 reviewsTripadvisor (188)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #8
    Reading Terminal Market
    #8 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10585 reviewsTripadvisor (10585)
    $ | Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, Dutch, Seafood, Spanish, Asian, Greek, Middle Eastern, International
    12th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #9
    The Original Turkey
    #9 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 201 reviewsTripadvisor (201)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #10
    Hershel's East Side Deli
    #10 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 393 reviewsTripadvisor (393)
    $ | American, Deli
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #11
    The Couch Tomato Cafe' & Bistro
    #11 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 525 reviewsTripadvisor (525)
    $ - $$ | American, Pizza, Soups
    102 Rector St 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19127-1507
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  • #12
    Terakawa Ramen
    #12 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 183 reviewsTripadvisor (183)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Asian, Soups
    204 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1813
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  • #13
    Bassetts Ice Cream
    #13 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 635 reviewsTripadvisor (635)
    $ | American
    45 North 12th Street Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #14
    Vernick Food & Drink
    #14 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 814 reviewsTripadvisor (814)
    $$ | American
    2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4493
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  • #15
    Zahav
    #15 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1639 reviewsTripadvisor (1639)
    $$ | Israeli
    237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3936
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  • #16
    Vedge
    #16 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 715 reviewsTripadvisor (715)
    $$ | American
    1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5572
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  • #17
    Talula's Garden
    #17 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1409 reviewsTripadvisor (1409)
    $$ | American
    210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3514
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  • #18
    Butcher and Singer
    #18 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 839 reviewsTripadvisor (839)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1500 Walnut St Ste M101, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3523
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  • #19
    Dutch Eating Place
    #19 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 491 reviewsTripadvisor (491)
    $ | American, Dutch, Cafe, Diner
    1136 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2956
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  • #20
    Vetri Cucina
    #20 of 4,852 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 346 reviewsTripadvisor (346)
    $$ | Italian
    1312 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5885
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