Philadelphia Travel Guide

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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 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2458 reviewsTripAdvisor (2458)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1915 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148-2216
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  • #2
    Beiler's Bakery
    #2 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1205 reviewsTripAdvisor (1205)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    Reading Terminal Market 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #3
    Miller's Twist
    #3 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 157 reviewsTripAdvisor (157)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #4
    Cafe La Maude
    #4 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 159 reviewsTripAdvisor (159)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Cafe, Mediterranean
    816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2271
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  • #5
    The Victor Cafe
    #5 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 636 reviewsTripAdvisor (636)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-6213
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  • #6
    Bistro Romano
    #6 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 544 reviewsTripAdvisor (544)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European, Seafood
    120 Lombard St Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602
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  • #7
    Reading Terminal Market
    #7 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 9923 reviewsTripAdvisor (9923)
    $ | Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, Indian, German, Irish, Caribbean, Dutch, Southwestern, Seafood, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Spanish, Asian, Thai, Greek, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Jamaican, International
    12th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #8
    Talula's Garden
    #8 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1325 reviewsTripAdvisor (1325)
    $$ | American
    210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3514
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  • #9
    Vernick Food & Drink
    #9 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 780 reviewsTripAdvisor (780)
    $$ | American
    2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4493
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  • #10
    V Street
    #10 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 155 reviewsTripAdvisor (155)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4647
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  • #11
    Zahav
    #11 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1552 reviewsTripAdvisor (1552)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    237 Saint James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3936
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  • #12
    The Couch Tomato Cafe' & Bistro
    #12 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 504 reviewsTripAdvisor (504)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, Pizza, Soups
    102 Rector St 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19127-1507
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  • #13
    Bassetts Ice Cream
    #13 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 611 reviewsTripAdvisor (611)
    $ | American
    51 N 12th St Ste 45 Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #14
    Hershel's East Side Deli
    #14 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 365 reviewsTripAdvisor (365)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Deli
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #15
    The Original Turkey
    #15 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 187 reviewsTripAdvisor (187)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #16
    Gran Caffe L'Aquila
    #16 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 679 reviewsTripAdvisor (679)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe
    1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132
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  • #17
    Terakawa Ramen
    #17 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 160 reviewsTripAdvisor (160)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Asian
    204 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1813
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  • #18
    Butcher and Singer
    #18 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 798 reviewsTripAdvisor (798)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1500 Walnut St Ste M101, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3523
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  • #19
    Vedge
    #19 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 669 reviewsTripAdvisor (669)
    $$ | American
    1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5572
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  • #20
    Capogiro Gelateria
    #20 of 5,225 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 425 reviewsTripAdvisor (425)
    $ - $$ |
    119 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4807
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