Top 10 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Top Ten Can’t-Miss Restaurants in Philadelphia
The City of Brotherly Love is a place rich in history, culture, and personality. It’s the city where the founding fathers adopted both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the Liberty Bell found its home, and where Rocky Balboa climbed the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Athens of America is also known for its food. From hoagies to barbecue, from ethnic food offerings to the ubiquitous Philly cheesesteak, this amazing city has something for everyone. Here are the top ten eateries in Philadelphia that you can’t afford to miss.
#10. Bud & Marilyn's
Out for brunch or dinner in the City of Brotherly Love? Bud & Marilyn’s is a must-visit restaurant.
Owned by Chef Marcie Blaine Turney and Valerie Safran, two iconic Philadelphia restauranteurs featured later on this list, the restaurant is an homage to Turney’s grandparents, you guessed it, Bud and Marilyn.
The restaurant features an Art Deco style that is just as decadent as the cinnamon rolls, waffles, and variety of cakes they serve. Bud & Marilyn’s can seat up to 100 people, so you’re going to want to get your reservations in early.
Sometimes you’re in the mood for some classic American-style food: burgers, wings, chicken sandwiches — that sort of thing.
If the mood strikes you while you’re in Philadelphia, Sutton’s is the place to go. The restaurant, located a short drive from the heart of Philadelphia, offers a pared-down menu of American classics alongside some mouth-watering international options, like Mexican-style corn.
Want a drink to go with your meal? Sutton’s can do that as well. You’ll find a range of alcoholic beverages at this restaurant, ensuring that you and your dinner mates enjoy the night out.
#8. Mi ‘N Tea
Looking for some Vietnamese cuisine? Located on Philadelphia’s Main Street, Mi ‘N Tea brings the authentic flavors of Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches to eastern Pennsylvania.
The idea was born out of the founders’ parents’ vision for a Vietnamese restaurant in Philadelphia when they immigrated from Vietnam. And according to the founders, the restaurant is a special endeavor.
“We get a little competitive about serving the very best of everything, including premium teas and authentic ingredients, prepared fresh just for you,” they write.
While you’re there, grab some fresh-brewed Taiwanese bubble tea. You won’t regret it. #7. Little Nonna’s
Any restaurant crawl needs a little Italian. That’s probably what Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran were thinking when they founded Little Nonna’s, a beautifully simple Italian restaurant located in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village.
You’ll find all the classic Italian dishes along with some unique culinary creations at Little Nonna’s. The restaurant accepts reservations for both lunch and dinner, and where you want to sit is up to you: Little Nonna’s offers seats both indoors and outdoors in its charming garden space.
Whether you’re looking for a unique dish like the campanelle nero, a squid ink pasta with shrimp, or just spaghetti and meatballs, Little Nonna’s is the place to be.
#6. Geno’s Steaks
For a modern take on the classic Philly cheesesteak restaurant, any self-respecting tourist has to visit Geno’s.
Geno’s offers numerous sandwiches (both cheesesteak and not) for your enjoyment, along with a bevy of sides and drinks. Combine that with can’t-miss neon signs adorning nearly every inch of the unmistakable restaurant’s corner location, Geno’s is the perfect place to get a taste of some of the best cheesesteaks Philadelphia has to offer. After you eat, make sure to grab your friends or family and snap a photo at the distinctive location.
#5. The Dandelion
USAToday’s 10 Best list called The Dandelion “a hidden treasure,” and we agree. However, while it is often the case that eating in the city can be a bit more expensive than your average suburban restaurant, The Dandelion is one notable exception.
This charming recreation of a classic British-style pub offers numerous delicious dishes like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and others that will transport you straight across the pond.
The Dandelion is located just a short walk from Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, making it the perfect place to grab a positively gobsmacking (as our British friends would say) bite to eat after seeing the city’s sights.
Perhaps you or the person you’re with are on a vegan or vegetarian diet. Philly has something for that, too: Vedge.
Vedge, as the name implies, offers an almost entirely vegetable-based menu. You won’t find any meat in this restaurant, but what you will find are numerous deliciously creative healthy plant-based meals, like the charred baby beets with creamy horseradish, black lentils, watercress, and sunflower dukkah, or the asparagus with smoked white beans, and rutabaga béarnaise.
#3. Talula’s Garden
Looking to get something light? How about something a bit heartier? You’ll find it all at Talula’s Garden, a classy American-style restaurant located directly within Philadelphia’s iconic Washington Square.
The restaurant’s menu features mouth-waterers like Talula’s Fried Chicken Dinner with maple butter cornbread, thyme gravy, and sautéed snap peas in jalapeño honey directly alongside
creative twists on lighter options, like Peaches & Burrata, a dish featuring fresh peaches, burrata, grilled ciabatta, arugula-fennel salad, radishes, and pickled shishito.
The restaurant itself is — you guessed it — garden-themed, with rustic accents like string lights and beautiful flora that make it a can’t-miss destination.
If you’re looking to get a bite to eat straight from the Middle East, look no further than Zahav. The upscale Israeli eatery located just a few blocks from City Hall offers a variety of delicacies from the founders’ home country in a rustic yet modern environment.
Zahav offers a back-to-the-basics menu containing staples of Israeli food, such as hummus, laffa bread, and falafel.
What’s more, the restaurant was also named the Best Restaurant in America at the 2019 James Beard Awards.
#1. Jim’s South St.
What kind of Philadelphia restaurant list would this be if we didn’t feature the best cheesesteak in the number-one spot?
Jim’s South St. is one of Philadelphia’s most recognizable landmarks, and for good reason. The restaurant consistently dishes out the best Philly cheesesteaks in the region.
If you pass by Jim’s, you’re bound to see a line of people wrapped around the restaurant’s corner location, all waiting for Jim’s signature cheesesteak. Sure, the sandwich is a messy one, and the restaurant perhaps not as upscale as some other restaurants on this list, but as a wise man once said, when you’re in Philly, you do as the Philadelphians do.
In this case, that means downing a guilt-free Philly cheesesteak slathered in Cheez-wiz.