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 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2545 reviewsTripAdvisor (2545)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1915 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148-2216
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  • #2
    Beiler's Bakery
    #2 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1223 reviewsTripAdvisor (1223)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    Reading Terminal Market 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #3
    Miller's Twist
    #3 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 165 reviewsTripAdvisor (165)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #4
    Bistro Romano
    #4 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 555 reviewsTripAdvisor (555)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European, Seafood
    120 Lombard St Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602
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  • #5
    The Victor Cafe
    #5 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 647 reviewsTripAdvisor (647)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-6213
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  • #6
    V Street
    #6 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 159 reviewsTripAdvisor (159)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4647
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  • #7
    Cafe La Maude
    #7 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Cafe, Mediterranean
    816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2271
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  • #8
    Talula's Garden
    #8 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1343 reviewsTripAdvisor (1343)
    $$ | American
    210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3514
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  • #9
    Reading Terminal Market
    #9 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10054 reviewsTripAdvisor (10054)
    $ | 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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  • #10
    Vernick Food & Drink
    #10 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 783 reviewsTripAdvisor (783)
    $$ | American
    2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4493
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  • #11
    Bassetts Ice Cream
    #11 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 616 reviewsTripAdvisor (616)
    $ | American
    51 N 12th St Ste 45 Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #12
    Zahav
    #12 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1570 reviewsTripAdvisor (1570)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    237 Saint James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3936
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  • #13
    Hershel's East Side Deli
    #13 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 368 reviewsTripAdvisor (368)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Deli
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #14
    Gran Caffe L'Aquila
    #14 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 695 reviewsTripAdvisor (695)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe
    1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132
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  • #15
    The Original Turkey
    #15 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 190 reviewsTripAdvisor (190)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #16
    Terakawa Ramen
    #16 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 164 reviewsTripAdvisor (164)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Asian
    204 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1813
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  • #17
    Butcher and Singer
    #17 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 806 reviewsTripAdvisor (806)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1500 Walnut St Ste M101, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3523
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  • #18
    The Couch Tomato Cafe' & Bistro
    #18 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 505 reviewsTripAdvisor (505)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, Pizza, Soups
    102 Rector St 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19127-1507
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  • #19
    Vedge
    #19 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 674 reviewsTripAdvisor (674)
    $$ | American
    1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5572
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  • #20
    Capogiro Gelateria
    #20 of 5,241 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 425 reviewsTripAdvisor (425)
    $ - $$ |
    119 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4807
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