5 best restaurants in Philadelphia
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
For perfect panoramas
Beautiful city views draw you into this stunning restaurant atop the Hyatt Hotel at the Bellevue, with its elegant architecture and modern artwork. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows offer vistas of the city’s skyline and beyond while you dine on a sophisticated menu of New American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. From fresh stone crabs and lobster to sautéed trout, along with steak frites and pan-roasted chicken, everything about this place makes for unforgettable fine dining.
200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215 790 1919 www.philadelphia.bellevue.hyatt.com/en/hotel/
Lacroix at The Rittenhouse
Fine dining in a hotel setting
Cuisine, service, surroundings, atmosphere… Lacroix ticks all the boxes. Set within the deluxe Rittenhouse Hotel, it boasts a creative French menu that changes with the seasons and is accompanied by wines from the 4,000-bottle cellar. Sample the seven-course tasting menu or three-plate lunch and dinner menus and enjoy foie gras followed by striped bass or field lamb, and finish with a chilled coconut panna cotta. Perfect.
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215 790 2533 www.lacroixrestaurant.com
Tel: 215 625 8800 www.zahavrestaurant.com
Offering a truly unique dining experience, Zahav is the home of modern Israeli cuisine in Philadelphia. Since it opened in 2008, it has served baked-to-order laffa bread in the wood-burning oven and sizzling skewers of meat, all in a space designed as a Jerusalem courtyard. The golden limestone walls and floors and hand-carved tables create the perfect ambience for enjoying cold beers and cocktails alongside delicious hummus and mezze dishes, as well as a tantalising tasting menu.
237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Vernick Food & Drink
For the freshest fare
A new favourite on the Philly scene, Vernick Food & Drink serves an amazingly simple yet outstanding menu. From tasty toasts topped with charred spinach and fontina or Maryland crab, to mains of steamed halibut and braised beef cheek, the husband-and-wife team creates an inspired selection in a bright and airy venue. Small and large plates, wood-fired specials and raw snacks are topped off with decadent desserts – try the roasted date cake or banana pain perdu.
2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 1 267 639 6644 www.vernickphilly.com
Finest Philly cheesesteaks
The cheesesteak is a staple in this city; a meat sandwich with your choice of cheese and fried onions. And there’s nowhere better than Geno’s to try this local delicacy - for more than 40 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it has offered the ultimate cheesesteak experience. For lunch, dinner or a quick snack, you can rock up here and state your preference… Wiz cheese? Provolone? Peppers? There’s sure to be a queue behind you so make up your mind first!
1219 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tel: 215 389 0659 www.genossteaks.com