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The Best Bars for Foodies in Philadelphia

The bars in Philly always seem to be on point. Full of craft beer, delicious cocktails, and hearty bites, they promise a great time for visitors and residents alike. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable’s most expert, seasoned diners. Here’s a list of the best bars to go to in Philadelphia when looking for a fun night out.

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The OpenTable Team
18 Restaurants
Updated 29 January 2021
Restaurants:Pub & Kitchen, Bud & Marilyn's, Parc
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, French
Neighborhoods:Center City, Rittenhouse Square
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Pub & Kitchen

$$$$
American
Center City
4.7
565 reviews
Pub & Kitchen is upscale meets neighborhood bar and pub. Stop in for brunch on the weekends, they have a bloody mary that is rightfully famous, or try a weeknight evening for dinner and a few beers. There's a fantastic burger on the menu and the Old Fashioned is always a great libation option.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$
American
Center City
4.5
4419 reviews
This Locust St. local cocktail bar has one of the neatest vibes in the entire city of Philadelphia, it's like scene from the 1950's—just imagine Sinatra singing in a corner and you'll get what it's all about. Try their special fried chicken, grab the Great Gatsby cocktail, or get in on a Friday for their popular Friday Night Fish Fry.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Parc

$$$$
French
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
14119 reviews
A taste of France in Philadelphia. The look and feel of Parc is straight out of a Parisian bistro, and the wine list is tres magnifique. An absolute must-visit for any wine connoisseurs in Philly. The food menu is just as welcoming, with classic French dishes and plenty of special fish offerings. Stop in for brunch for even more delights—the crab and avocado dish is a delight.

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El Vez

$$$$
Mexican / Southwestern
Center City
4.6
6087 reviews
One of the best Mexican places in all of Philadelphia, El Vez is bright with a traditional Latin feel. It's the spot in the city for tequila. Try the Gran Jefe, which mixes tequila, orange liquor, limes, oranges, and cinnamon. As for the food, it doesn't get much better than a traditional Mexican feast. Choose from one of five different guacamoles to start with, then dine on tacos, enchiladas, carne asada and much, much more.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$
Italian
Old City
4.5
3350 reviews
Capturing the feel and the flavors of Italy's Amalfi Coast, this Italian favorite on Walnut Street offers a tremendous selection of Italian wines and traditional Italian dishes. The Aldo's Seafood Harvest is a fresh-from-the-sea treat for the table and the crab meat tacos definitely make a trip to Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti a must.

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Saloon Restaurant

$$$$
Italian
South Philly
4.9
1817 reviews
As old school as it gets, this traditional Italian chophouse and wine bar is great for a dinner and a drink. It has a fine selection of wines, some delicious vintage cocktails, and classic dinner dishes. A great place for a meat-and-potatoes meal.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Serpico - Philadelphia

$$$$
American
Center City
4.7
1538 reviews
From the James Beard award-winning chef Peter Serpico, Serpico is a distinctly modern dining spot with an Asian-fusion twist. Go for the sirloin tatami, fried duck legs, or enoki mushrooms. Stay for the incredible cocktails, the mezcal-driven Herbal is a particular favorite.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Amada PHL

$$$$
Spanish
Old City
4.7
7771 reviews
Amada PHL, from chef Jose Garces, is arguably the premier tapas spot in all of Philly. They offer delicious $5 happy hour dishes, like olives, ham croquettes, and spicy potatoes. Plus. there’s an amazing selection of cocktails named after the films of legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar—the "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down" is superb.

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Buddakan - Philadelphia

$$$$
Asian
Old City
4.7
9764 reviews
Enjoy a fine modern Asian cuisine dinner or a few rounds of sake all in the shadow of a warm, welcoming 10-foot-tall Buddha statue at this wonderful Chestnut Street destination. The ambiance makes it as a top spot in Philly, but the food is what keeps the people coming back.

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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - Philadelphia

$$$$
Steakhouse
Center City
4.6
8504 reviews
Located in a historic landmark, Del Frisco's offers classic steakhouse elegance with a great selection of cocktails. Its rich steak, seafood, and poultry dishes have made this place not only popular in Philadelphia, but also in its eighteen other locations across the US.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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The Love

$$$$
American
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
4932 reviews
This warm and welcoming spot, from Philadelphia dining giant Aimee Olexy, has one of the nicest bars in the entire city. It’s a great place to relax and drink from a list that prizes fine beer, wine, and creative cocktails. The food menu is just as delectable and consists of seasonal pastas and hearty dishes.

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Talula’s Garden

$$$$
American
Washington Square
4.8
10982 reviews
Looking for a farm-to-table experience? This unique indoor-outdoor spot specializes in just that. Grab a beer or glass of wine and peruse the cheese bar, the lush vegetation creates a calming atmosphere that is perfect for a quaint evening out.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Alma De Cuba

$$$$
Cuban
Center City
4.5
4752 reviews
A culinary trip to Havana, complete with fine rum, daiquiris, and mojitos, right in the heart of Philadelphia. There’s a lush Latin ambiance and structure to the dining experience, and the Cuban dishes are delightful. Try the churrasco or sea scallops with serrano ham, both are delicious.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Zama

$$$$
Japanese
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
1939 reviews
One of the best sushi bars in all of Philadelphia, Zama serves an electric Rittenhouse Square clientele in an intimate setting. There are high-quality dinner dishes, the flattened tuna with truffles is a favorite, and an excellent list of cocktails and sake.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Continental Midtown

$$$$
American
Center City
4.7
1531 reviews
So many options at this three-floor after-work rooftop bar destination, a favorite for the young professional crowd. Down one of the cocktails in the lower lounge floors or head up to the roof deck for a martini and take in the views of the city.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$
American
Rittenhouse Square
4.7
578 reviews
The 19th and Spruce location of this Philly favorite is the spot to go for some neighborhood vibes, a beer or two, and a burger. There's a nice, local feel to the place, with shakes on the menu and all-natural smoothies, perfect for powering up an afternoon or morning.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Redstone American Grill - Marlton

$$$$
American
Marlton
4.6
4646 reviews
Just outside Philadelphia in the Promenade at Sagemore, the local outpost of the Redstone American Grill is a great place for a fine glass of wine or a cocktail with a classic steak or chicken dinner. If there's a game on, head over to the bar for some apps and beers.

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Butcher & Singer

$$$$
Steak
Center City
4.8
7526 reviews
This acclaimed spot is a throwback to the golden era of Hollywood—classic martinis and cocktails, steaks, and a raw bar on the menu. It’s straight out of mid-century Los Angeles, just transplanted to Philadelphia.

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