Old City Philadelphia Restaurants Surround the Major Historic Attractions

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Old City Restaurants


City Tavern, at 138 South 2nd Street - the finest of the Old City restaurants


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But since you can't try them all, during your limited time in Philadelphia - whether you're a visitor, college student, or a local resident - here's a guide to help you figure out which Old City restaurants are right for you...


Added, Tuesday, August 3, 2010...

City Tavern - The Ultimate Old City Philadelphia Restaurant

City Tavern is an incredible, meticulously researched replica of an actual 18th-century colonial tavern, on its original site at 138 South 2nd Street (2nd Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets). It was reconstructed with complete authenticity for the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations. It is now a high-end restaurant, where you can eat historically accurate 18th-century meals, served by waitstaff in colonial dress. City Tavern provides an ambience that permits you to believe you are eating in the midst of the American Revolution. It was the favorite hangout for many of the Founding Fathers, when Philadelphia was the political capital of the new nation.

One note, though - it is really expensive. But even if you don't eat there, just go in to see what it looks like - it's worth a look.


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The Best Places to Find Craft Beer in Old City

Triumph Brewing Company - 117 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut, between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.625.0855 -

This microbrewery also has locations in New Hope, Bucks County, and Princeton, New Jersey.

Beneluxx Tasting Room - 33 South 3rd Street, Lower Level (i.e., basement speakeasy level) - Located on 3rd Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets - 267.318.7269.

The name Beneluxx derives from slang for the three affluent Western European nations of BElgium, the NEtherlands, and LUXembourg (get it, now?) Aside from the cool name, you can tell it's a 21st-century restaurant since its official phone number is a cell number (you can tell by the 267 prefix). Lots of beers and fondues on the menu.

Eulogy Belgian Tavern -- Located at 136 Chestnut Street - Chestnut Street, between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.413.1918 - Opened in January 2003 by a Belgian-American entrepreneur, in a historic building that in 1832, hosted the jewelers Bailey, Banks, and Biddle.


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Italian Restaurants and Pizza Places in Old City

Ristorante Panorama - 14 N. Front Street - located on Front Street just above Market Street - 215.922.7800 -

Expensive, but has a good Italian ambience.

Spasso Italian Grill - 34 South Front Street -Located on Front Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets - 215.592.7661

Has a casual dining room.

La Locanda del Ghiottone - 130 North 3rd Street - Located on 3rd Street between Arch and Race Streets - 215.829.1465

The restaurant's name is the Italian phrase for "the Place of the Gluttons"!. Casual BYO restaurant.

Positano Coast - 212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor - Located on Walnut Street between 2nd and 3rd. 215.238.0499 -

Dolce Restaurant - 241 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut, between 2nd and 3rd Street - 215.238.9983 .

This dressy Italian restaurant opened in the summer of 2004, by the owners of Paradigm.

Has an elevated, open air dining area.

Pizza Places / Other

Gianfranco Pizza Rustica - - Located at 6 North 3rd Street - 3rd Street just above Market Street. 215.592.0048

Old City Pizza - 100 North 3rd Street, located at the intersection of 3rd and Arch Streets - 215.574.8304

If you just want to grab a slice, and be on your way...

SOHO Pizza - 218 Market Street - Located on Market Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets - - 215.625.3955

Casual stop for pizza.

Campo's Deli - 214 Market Street - Located on Market Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.923.1000

Inexpensive, mom-and-pop, cheese steak and sandwich place operated by the Campo family - which has been in Old City since 1947, when the neighborhood was much less trendy, than it is today.

Pete's Pizza Joint - 215 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.629.0150.

Nick's Roast Beef of Old Philly - 16 South 2nd Street - Located on 2nd Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets - 215.928.9411 -

Nick's is not trendy at all, and is more akin to a neighborhood watering hole than the other Old City hotspots. There are two locations, as the original was - and remains in - South Philly. If you like basic, inexpensive American food, this is a good choice.

Sonny's Famous Steaks - 228 Market Street - Located on Market Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.629.5760.

It's not our favorite cheese steak place, but it's a convenient, inexpensive location if you're out enjoying Old City.


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The Plough and the Stars - 215.733.0300 - This Irish restaurant derives its name from a 1926 play by the Irish playwright Brian Friel, first performed in Dublin, called The Plough and the Stars.

It is located on the east side of 2nd Street, just above the intersection of 2nd and Chestnut Streets. If you like history and architecture with your meal, it is located in a former bank known as the Corn Exchange Building, constructed early in the 20th century.

The Society Hill Hotel - Located at 301 Chestnut Street, at the intersection of 3rd and Chestnut Streets - 215.925.9570 -

National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant - Located at 22 South 3rd Street - 3rd Street between Market and Chestnut Streets. -215.701.4883

National Mechanics makes its home in the National Mechanics Building, which was built by architect William Strickland in 1837. It has seen over the decades, banks, churches, bars, clubs (and the occasional fire) but remains intact. Its original purpose was as the home of the Mechanics National Bank.

Cuba Libre - Located at 10 South 2nd Street - 2nd Street just below Market Street. 215.627.0666 - This Cuban restaurant opened in December 2000, and caters to an upscale clientele.

Fork - Located at 306 Market Street (Market between 3rd and 4th Streets) - 215.625.9425 - . This place is very expensive, but is critically acclaimed.

Sassafras International Cafe - Located at 48 South 2nd Street - 2nd Street just below Market Street - 215.925.2317 -

If you're wondering about the name - "Sassafras Street" was the original name for "Race Street". (Although the Cafe, ironically, isn't actually on Race Street!)

The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar - Located at 138 Market Street - Market Street between Front and 2nd Street - 215.923.6069 -.

This place is very conspicuous, on the southeast corner of 2nd and Market Streets, right next to the SEPTA el's 2nd Street Station.

Chloe - 232 Arch Street - located on Arch Street, between 2nd and 3rd. - 215.629.2337

This BYOB is somewhat expensive.

Race Street Cafe - 208 Race Street - Located on Race, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. 215.627.6181 -

Not really expensive, and has an impressive selection on tap and in bottles.

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Mad River Bar and Grille - 126 Chestnut Street - Chestnut between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.923.5553


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Brasil's Restaurant and Nightspot - 112 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut, between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.413.1700

This upscale club has been the preeminent Latin-dancing nightspot in Philadelphia, for 12 years.

Swanky Bubbles Restaurant and Champagne Bar - 10 South Front Street Located on Front Street between Market and Chestnut Streets - 215.928.1200

It is a cocktail bar, with sushi and Asian cuisine.

Old City Cheese Shop - 160 North 3rd Street - Located on 3rd Street, between Arch and Race Streets - 215.238.1716.

Don't let the name fool you - it isn't just a cheese shop; there's a restaurant. It opened in the fall of 2006, replacing Petit 4 Bakery.

Farmicia - 15 S. 3rd Street - Located on 3rd Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets. - 215.627.6274 (Note the extremely easy to remember phone number...)

Mrs. K's Koffee Shop - 325 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets - 215.627.7991.

You can eat outside, here.

Prive - 246 Market Street - Located on Market Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.923.8313

This is a nightclub, but a Mediterranean restaurant as well.

Marmont Steakhouse and Bar - 222 Market Street - Located on Market Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.923.1100

The only steakhouse in Old City.

Amada - 217 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.625.2450.

Upscale, Spanish tapas restaurant.

European Republic - 213 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - but a better way of describing it, is as the intersection between Chestnut and Strawberry Streets. 215.627.5500.

This is a very difficult location, as several other restaurants - Meju (Korean), Mandoline, Dardanelles, Sabooor!, and Tropico - all tried their luck here. This is an European style, Belgian pommes frites place, which has recently opened. Perhaps European Republic will break the jinx on this spot.

Q BBQ & Tequila - 207 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.625.8705 -

A Southern-style barbecue place in this Northern city.

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Asian Restaurants and Sushi Bars in Old City

Zento - 138 Chestnut Street Located on Chestnut, between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.925.9998 (note the easy to remember phone number).

Japanese sushi bar.

Karma - 114 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut, between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.925.1444 - an Indian and Pakistani restaurant.

Buddakan - 325 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets - 215.574.9440.

If Asian fusion is your thing, this is the place for you.

Han Dynasty - 108 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut Street between Front and 2nd Streets- 215.922.1888

Old City Asian Bistro - 206 Market Street - Located on Market, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.922.6222 (incredibly easy number to remember).

In this case, the name of the restaurant tells it all - you see the sign, you know what you're getting! Namely, Asian Fusion cuisine in Old City Philadelphia.

Ariana Restaurant - 134 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut Street, between Front and 2nd Street - 215.922.1535.

This place has Afghan and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Kabul - 106 Chestnut Street - Located on Chestnut Street, between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.922.3676 -

An Afghan restaurant, if you're in the mood for something exotic.

Uzu Sushi - 104 Market Street - Located on Market Street, between Front and 2nd Streets - 215.923.9290 (another easy number)

Cafe Spice Bistro - 35 N. 2nd Street - Located on 2nd Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets - 215.627.6273 -

Indian fare.

Mizu Sushi Bar - 220 Market Street - Located on Market, between 2nd and 3rd Streets - 215.238.0966 -

A moderately priced sushi bar.





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