Bistro Romano

4.8
2819 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bar when you first come in is great and bartenders make great cocktails. Atmosphere of the downstairs dining room is great. Diverse wine list and food is all perfectly prepared.

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J
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Caesar salad is prepared table side and is fantastic.

The diver scallops were some of the best I've had.

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T
Philadelphia
146 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ate off the Restaurant Week menu and everything was delicious. Not only a great value but a phenomenal meal.

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

Great experience food was tasty and a good portion. The ambiance was very nice as well.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere, very romantic. The food and service were excellent

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HL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. We tried this restaurant for Restaurant Week and would definitely go back.

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AZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!! The food, the service, the ambiance.
Would definitely come back in the future.

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LD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we’ve had in years and we eat out often! Two days later and I’m still thinking about the gnocchi! The best I’ve ever had and that includes meals in Italy. Fantastic service and ambience. A true hidden gem. Go - you won’t be disappointed.

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C
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. The food and service are great.

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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was way too salty for the table as a whole. There was a bar/cocktail menu but the bartender said no when we asked. Then it appeared later.

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came recommended for date night and did not disappoint. Romantic atmosphere, attentive service. The wine flight was a good value.

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m
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried for dinner during center city restaurant week with my daughter. Food was great, server (Max) was fantastic. Wanted to bring home dinner for my wife who was working-couldn’t use the restaurant week menu, but food was fantastic. We will come back again definitely.

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

Went here for Philadelphia restaurant week — my girl friend and I were treated to world class cuisine and superb service. I will be making my way back here very soon!

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LB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week and this was our first time here. The place is absolutely adorable and romantic. Service from Jess was great, food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We will def be back and would recommend to anyone.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the restaurant seemed to be having a bit of a delay with reservations, the food and ambience more than made up for it. The lobster ravioli, gnocchi, and filet mignon were incredible. The exposed brick and dimly lit downstairs of the restaurant are reminiscent of restaurants found in Italy. Highly recommend.

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner on Saturday night and it did not disappoint! Our waiter Paul was awesome and his suggestions were perfect. I had the bone-in veal chop special and it was amazing. My wife had the spaghetti with lamb-ragu sauce and it was equally delicious. Table made caesar salad was fantastic as was the grilled octopus.

Everyone here goes out of their way to ensure you are enjoying your meal. The owner is on site and actively engaged with the customers making sure everyone is happy.

We also loved the building. A really beautiful historic old rowhome with stacked stone and brick walls. We will definitely be back sooner rather than later!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6th time being there, always amazing, always good food and great great service! Thank you so much again

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was bland. The drinks were great though!

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LD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience and really amazing food. Service was very good too. We will all go back and would definitely recommend it.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to dine. Service was great and the decor was even better.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Vienna was awesome, service oriented, accommodating, friendly and compassionate. She made our experience a great one.

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c
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most romantic restaurants we have been to.
Our waitress was exceptional
The food is absolutely divine!

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T
Philadelphia
147 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect!!!

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

not impressed. I was really looking forward to this based on the reviews and when we first walked in it seemed very promising--first I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the acoustics are great because there is no echo at all. Menu seemed great. Simple Italian which we like. Waiter friendly, etc--all the underpinnings to the beginning of a good meal. First course was the caesar salad for 2, prepared table side. First sign of a problem: The guy who "created" our salad--I swear to god was nearly far asleep and couldn't have appeared less enthusiastic as he called out the rote ingredients and poured them in. When called upon for further conversation, he was not impolite and even bordered on friendly, but I would not say he loved his job or even liked it. The first sign to me---always--that a restaurant is less than rewarded-by it's management--having worked in restaurants for years (which, yes I know everyone says--insert eyeroll)
Second sign: the salad itself was completely dry despite good ingredients. When I asked the our waiter if they might spare a little more (although authentically prepared fresh in front of you, it would not be out of the realm of possiblity to store a small amount of extra in the back created at the beginning of the shift--for just this purpose--rather than have the servers have to fetch it now--and you would not sacrifice authenticity.
Our meals arrive with a flourish and appeared delicious on the surface. My boyfriend had the lamb shank (average, though the sauce was near perfect, the shank itself could have been nicely seared on the outside, even if slow braised for 5 hours. It did come off the bone easily, but was much more sinewy than most lamb shanks. My Lobster ravioli, was good, yet unremarkable for the pricepoint.
Overall, server seemed eager for us to be gone.
I thought about it later and could not call it "bad" --but it had the overall feel of a "fascimile" of a good meal, and the service was less than stellar.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. The table was set up beautifully with rose petals scattered on the table. Our server, Elaina, was excellent. She "staged" the table for photos, took nice pics for us and was attentive when necessary but not overbearing. The food was absolutely amazing. I had the lobster ravioli and my husband had the hangar steak special. This was our second visit and we will definitely be back!

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a reservation last minute and I do not regret it. Paul did an amazing job taking care of us along with making sure that we were incredibly happy. The ambience was so incredible that the entire night was perfect. I'll definitely be going back soon

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f
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice with an amazing cesar salad made tableside... and since we had last been there, the menu has gotten more interestin with a range of new apps and some incredible homemade pastas

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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. We are new to Philly and wanted to dine somewhere nearby . We walked into this incredibly warm, cozy, Barcelona-like environment and were immediately welcomed by Sicely, the adorable hostess. She was gracious and showed us to the magnificent bar and Frank, the terrific bartender ( who made a mean dirty martini) . Anthony , the GM welcomed us as if we were beloved family asking exactly what type and food preparation we prefer. He escorted us down the steps to a perfectly well lighted cozy table where Jessica our waitress was equally attentive. Where did all these wonderful people come from?? They are ALL at Bistro Romano! Then the generous , colorful, perfectly seasoned and prepared dishes started being served and each to A+++ perfection!!! This chef knows how to meld texture, tart, natural sweet ( no sugar), and savory to absolutely perfection. Can’t wait to go back!!! I am extremely discriminating as to what I can eat and you’d never know it by how accommodating the chef was.
Rosie is the banquet Mgr and knowing her she’s equally as great at her job as the rest of the crew.
Whoever the owner is must be a great guy to employ so many first class professionals .

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! I will recommend and go back again if I have a chance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing! Perfect romantic dining experience. Went for NYE, could not have been more impressed! Take your date here!!!

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ME
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great meal each time we have dined there. Whether it is a special occasion or just to go out to have a nice meal. The wait service is nice and always make you feel special, and treat all customers very well. The hostess, always greets you with a smile and shows appreciation for your dining there.

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c
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 4th. New Years Eve dinner celebration with Bistro. The food ALWAYS A WINNER !!!!!

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AK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Philly, and has been for over 10 years. We no longer live in the Philly/ NJ area, but we make it a point to come back to have dinner here at least once a year.

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b
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific--the risotto was as good as any we have had in Venice; the waitress was exceptionally wonderful; and the staff knew it was our 50th anniversary and treated us well, with complementary champagne. All together an enjoyable meal for my wife and me!

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These guys are amazing. Great food. Staff are amazing!!!!!!!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can’t say enough positive things about Bistro Romano. It was our top pick for our anniversary dinner, and they made sure to create a special set up for us on the lower level. Along with that gesture, our server was attentive and the food was out of this world (If anyone is wondering, the cesar salad lives up to the hype!). Thanks again for a great night!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and experience was amazing! The night started with rose petals and special plates for our anniversary. It continued with above and beyond service from our waitress Elena! The food was delicious and everyone was wonderful!!! Would definitely recommend Bistro Romano to anyone!

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Overall, disappointing. We went on a busy weekend night, booking well in advance. We were stuck at a table at the bottom of the stairs, in a place where they had no right to have a table (the place was full, no chance to relocate). It was at a narrow, busy intersection, and of course as the waiter was telling us the specials a busboy trying to squeeze by dropped a wine goblet—shards everywhere, with the waiter taking most of the incoming. The waiter told us the restaurant wanted to “make it up to us” with a free glass of limoncello, which it seemed almost every table was getting anyway.

The food was a disappointment...the off the menu fish special was comically overpriced at $38 for 5 mussels, half dozen over cooked, small shrimp, a handful of scungilli rings and a hunk of mystery fish, all floating in nondescript red sauce. The chef went overboard with the rosemary on the saltimbocca, pushing the edge of inedible. The hazelnut semifreddo, however, was outstanding.

To top it off, the coat check girl, returning from the back with our coats in a wad, tossed them to me, no attempt to help unravel the clump.

A night not to remember.

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KJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Every time i go there I’m impressed.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great but not fabulous.
I recommend

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