Bistro Romano

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This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 30th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass. Wine Cellar seating available—contact the restaurant directly to inquire and book.

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Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 4:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:45PM - 11:00PM

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London
5 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, would return if staying here longer. A great find and would thoroughly recommend

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnathan’s passion for the restaurant’s offerings, amazing professional service, and enthusiasm for his colleagues’ talent made our special evening even more special. We plan to return and we will tell others about our fantastic experience at Bistro Romano. Thank you.

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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was our sever and gave excellent
Service the veal saltimbocca was superb!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was excellent. Made the mistake of showing up early in that created a problem. I was disappointed that we were going to be charged $2.50 per plate for a cake we brought in. The service was excellent. I don’t think it makes sense to have to take all the food orders all at once but they brought it out in a timely fashion. I would have preferred to order some appetizers and then think about the meal choices after the fact.

We originally were supposed to have nine guests and we ended up with 13 and they accommodate us well. I will use this restaurant again.

Parking was ample.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fifth time here and it just keeps getting better. I'm not going to get into detail, but if you love great food, just make a reservation and you'll be glad you did!

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l
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Took my girlfriend here for birthday dinner and would recommend getting the chef special (6 course meal specialized for the table)!

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S
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We ordered the pasta bolognese. Bolognese had overpowering smoky taste. Pasta was undercooked, not even al dente.

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k
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was friendly and attentive. Cesar salad little dry. Filet delicious.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our food was amazing and the atmosphere was great. Our waitress was ery pleasant and accommodating.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A pleasant surprise for us, being that when we are Philadelphia we’re never in that part of town. The Restaurant has lots of character and looks to be a good choice for that special occasion.
Our dinner was very good. We both enjoyed our entrees.
Only complaint was the Caesar Salad, thought it was tasty the lettuce looked a little past it’s due date. A little funky and brown in spots. For the price that shouldn’t have been the case. Other than that it’s definitely worth a return visit.

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JD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in an enjoyable atmosphere. Excellent valve.

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c
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always loved this place while we lived in Philadelphia. We moved out 500 miles away of Philly 5 years ago, but since we were visiting the city, we just had to return. Once again, absolutely outstanding but even better. We don't know how this is possible because it was perfect before. We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary. Our table had red rose petals, very nice touch. If you haven't had Caesar salad prepared table side, then you haven't eaten the real thing. We both had the salmon poached in olive olive oil. It was very flavorful and not oily at all. We also had the black ink linguine with crab. What a fantastic combination of flavors! For desert we had zepolle, not in the menu, but after all it was our anniversary. Out of the park! The service provided by Jessica was on the mark. She was there when we needed her but gave us our time. The food, service, and ambiance are better than before, and that's a lot to say. That night, we had the privilege of listening to the musical interpretations from the pianist. Trust me, he's really good. Excellent wine selections btw. We may have to come back to Philly more often.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Bistro Romano. Our waiter Johnathin made the experience memorable and his knowledge of the menu was outstanding. His personality was top notch and really made our dining experience. The food was divine! The Ceasar salad really is amazing and absolutely worth ordering. We had four people in our party and everyone was beyond happy with their meal selections. I was celebrating my birthday and Johnathin made sure that my experience was nothing short of special. There are no words for the homemade limoncello! The raspberry sorbet is remarkable!

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, intimate ambience in a dramatic, historic setting. Truly outstanding food and friendly, professional--even entertaining--service. Terrific value for the price, compared to other top restaurants. HIGHLY recommended.

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f
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First trip to Philadelphia

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RW
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi and the calamari were delicious. I highly recommend the restaurant. Penn’s Landing is also nearby for sight-seeing and strolls!

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Cologne Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I had in USA

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and extraordinary service (thanks, Jonathan!). Would come back to Philly every weekend just to come here.

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BR
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Exceptional service! We have eaten at bistro Romano many times over the years. It is our go to romantic restaurant for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. The waitresses and waiters are always attentive. The food is almost always excellent. The main dining room is set up such that even when the room is full you may see from your table only a few others. And the ambient noise level will still be low. We recently had dinner there to celebrate our anniversary. We were greeted with rose petals on the table and were given limoncellos at the end of our main course. We will continue to return when we want an excellent meal in a romantic environment.

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Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Bistro Romano, and the evening was exceptional. We love their "table side prepared" Caesar salad because it is freshly made and can be customized to each person's taste. After that excellent starter, our entrees arrived. My Swordfish entree was amazing, and my wife's Salmon was prepared to perfection. We were given a nice bottle of Chardonnay wine to celebrate our anniversary, and this made the dinner so very special. We will certainly be back to Bistro Romano in the very near future!

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CO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Allison, our server, was very attentive and personable.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Allie, was great! The Caesar salad fo Teo made at the table was fun and delicious. The brodetto was fabulous, as was the ink squid pasta.

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CH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the tasting menu. It was just the right amount of food and timed appropriately. The food was excellent and you can choose the courses or have the chef pick them. I took my fiancé here to celebrate our engagement and it’s romantic ambiance did not disappoint.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my graduation party here with 12 people and the experience couldn’t have been better! The wait staff were extremely kind, professional, and truly sought to make the night enjoyable. The food was absolutely delicious (the chef is outstanding!) and there was a dish for every person’s taste (even the picky eaters only had great things to say). We arrived earlier than the reservation time and sat at the bar where the bartender was helpful, talented, and knowledgeable. Overall an amazing experience and each of us will definitely be returning!

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TA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a special occasion and were not disappointed. The food and beverage were outstanding as we had expected (from previous reviews). Yet, it was the staff and service that made this experience so special. They went out of their way to make this a memorable celebration. Thanks for the attention!

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PK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late getting there from Delaware but they happily held our reservation. While the dining room was busy, we weren't rushed. Dinner for 4. Loved the Caesar salad (made table side). Service was professional. Large vegetarian menu was a home run with one of our group. Brodetto, a seafood combo, came with a saffron sauce to die for. Tiramisu and coffee and we left with a smile on our faces. Great place!

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R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would not hesitate to return to and recommend this beautiful, romantic, delicious and extremely wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly service restaurant. This one was one of our all time favorites. Thank you Anthony and Max for such an incredibly great dinner and experience. We are looking forward to our return.

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RC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. Nice place for a romantic dinner.

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AY
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with beautiful meals. Everything was delicious.

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Obvious thought put into each meal, calamaria is to die for!

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server and hostess were fantastic; very accommodating and regularly checked in on us [without overdoing it]. It was a packed house on Mother's Day, but we still felt valued and taken care of. The steak was one of the best I've ever had, and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her dish as well. The meals came out quickly, and shortly after the manager came out to make sure it was to our liking. I definitely will be returning and highly recommend it.

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great, my wife and I loved the food but was a little pricey though. My kid was not too happy with his spaghetti, he said the noodles was kind of hard. Attendants and host were very warmful and accommodating but our waiter was just ok, took so much time for her to come back to us every time we needed something and she needs to smile more and not in a hurry to go to the other tables, not good impression. All in all, I gave it a 4 out of 5. Thanks.

Bistro Romano
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Ryan, Thank you for the kind words about the food. The management team was disappointed to hear that your service during dinner was less than stellar, but I truly appreciate the feedback. We review all guest comments with our team to ensure that we are always meeting guest expectations. I hope that you will choose to dine at Bistro Romano again so that we can provide you with the exceptional service we are known for. Best, Bridgette Assistant General Manager 215-925-8880

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining with a family member visiting from abroad.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to dinner for our 6th wedding anniversary on 5/11/19 and the service was excellent. We arrived to rose petals on our table. Our waitress was very attentive. We will be back!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Pretty setting with exposed brick walls. From hostess to bartender to waiter to manager, all excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Romano made our anniversary very special! We had a wonderful time!

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TT
Philadelphia
159 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Romano has always been a great dining experience. Food was great as well as the service. Menu items are varied plus they offer specials as well. If you go you need to order the Caesar salad made table side to start with as it is outstanding. Pastas are homemade. Nice wine selection however they are a bit pricey. This place is definite visit when in South Philly.

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D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, another great experience :)

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N
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The porcini rubbed pork chop was the best pork chop I ever had. Always a great experience

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