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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Philadelphia County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Philadelphia County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Time restaurant
4.8 (825)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Center City
About the restaurant
When seated in the dining room during a performance there will be a $5 charge per person to support our ability to present live local music.

Time offers something for everyone.
The cuisine at Time focuses on seasonal American cuisine. Every palate will be satisfied by the plates that Executive Chef Pat Szoke creates in a cosmopolitan, stylish atmosphere.
The main dining room offers an elegant bar, ample comfortable seating and live music every night.
The Whisky Bar & Tap Room offers twenty beers on draft, over One Hundred single malts, small batch bourbons, whiskeys and Ryes as well as a 3 flat screens with the game on.
The upstairs Lounge dances until 2:00am Fridays and Saturdays. This space is also great for private events throughout the week!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I have not been out in Philly in many years- so glad we chose Time for our get together! The style and ambience and Philadelphia charm was exactly what we were looking for- kind of felt like we were back in our youth! Food was amazing!!! Our server, Clarissa think, was so kind and helped us decide among options. Also, even though we sat near the happy hour then band entertainment, we could still hear each other speak. Great, great experience. Thank you so much!
A photo of 118 North restaurant
4.6 (235)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
118 North is excited to welcome guests for indoor dining. Acoustic musical performances will accompany your dinner service each night! We are very excited to host and serve you once again while maintaining sensible safety precautions for all of our wonderful patrons and restaurant staff.

Please be courteous of social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when you are not dining. We appreciate your support!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food was delicious but our waiter, Danny was the best waiter we have ever had. He made us feel right at home and took a genuine interest in our group. Great service but most of all a wonderful person with many thoughtful insights
A photo of The Bellefonte Cafe restaurant
4.6 (230)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
About the restaurant
The Bellefonte Cafe: Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Music, since 2002!
Top review
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
My favorite neighborhood hang. Especially the porch.
A photo of Iron Lion restaurant
4.6 (84)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Iron Lion Brewery | Eatery | Music Venue offers casual pub fare with and live music on Friday Night, Saturday Night and Sunday during our Brunch.
Be sure to ask about our specials, entertainment live up and Sunday Brunch .

We offer LIVE MUSIC every Friday and Saturday Night, plenty of table seating, one of the largest wrap around bars in the area and an outdoor patio (open in season).

Signature dishes include:
Smitties Pretzel, Pub Burger, and Wings

Located inside at the North Entrance of The Markets at Hanover

Join us at this family friendly pub!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Always great service and entertainment!! Thank you
A photo of Midnight & The Wicked restaurant
4.6 (48)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Center City
About the restaurant
Midnight & The Wicked offers four unique spaces. Experience live music and one-of-a-kind mixology as you lose yourself at the glamor and excitement of the 1920s at Midnight Lounge, The Vault, and The Crimson Theater. Or, Indulge in the forbidden pleasures of a bygone era at The Wicked Nightclub (open Friday & Saturday at 10pm).

As summer approaches, we’re excited to announce a more relaxed dress code to ensure you enjoy your time at Midnight and The Wicked in comfort and style. We want everyone to feel welcome and at ease while maintaining the high standards of our venue.

PERMITTED: Clean jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sneakers and sandals.........NOT PERMITTED: Sweats, hoodies, sports jerseys, explicit clothing or large graphic t-shirts, crocs, work boots, flip flops, ball caps (Fedoras and other stylish hats are welcome)

We hope this update makes it easier for you to enjoy your evenings with us. Thank you for your continued patronage, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Top review
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
This is a unique bar soon to be restaurant establishment, which re-creates the 1920s with Dark-wood motif and ornate glass, sconce, archways and backdrops. Despite the authentic recreation the comfort and ergonomics of the chairs were such my wife commented she could have easily falling asleep on hers. We loved how many different rooms and themes that this establishment has to offer and cannot wait to return next time in roaring 20s attire! Josh, owner, has created something exceptional within the heart of Center City. His warm welcome and hospitality exudes through him and every staff member who await to make your night special. Special Note: The establishment is new and its kitchen service has not start so pardon the false 5 star food score. Eat before or after as we did and we wish a speedy Health District approval for food service to Josh!
A photo of The Tavern at New Hope Winery restaurant
4.5 (270)
$30 and under
New Hope / Lambertville
About the restaurant
Come join us at The New Hope Winery for lunch, dinner or a refreshing hand crafted cocktail. Located between Peddler’s Village and New Hope, The New Hope Winery offers classic, American fare with our own country twist. Growing from our original bistro that accompanied our wine pairing, we have been cooking up mouth-watering meals for over 5 years. With our incredible chef Larry Brown, formerly of The Raven, we are constantly expanding our menu with new and creative dishes. Our menu changes seasonally with local availability and we offer creative and delicious specials weekly. During warm times, we offer outdoor seating. Wine flights are available in addition to unique and delicious custom cocktails and we have live, local musicians performing during every meal. If you haven't stopped in yet, you're in for a wonderful time!
Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
The menu appears to be somewhat limited at first glance but it really isn't limited. The choices are delicious and oh so good!!!! We enjoyed the flatbreads..a perfect compliment to the wine. Service was attentive and hit some great choices for us.
A photo of Frost Doylestown restaurant
4.5 (246)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
About the restaurant
A New York Style Restaurant, Martini Lounge and Wine Bar, with Mediterranean Fusion Tapas, Eclectic Small Plates, Pintxos and Full Fare Experiences, complemented with unique and rare wines, in the Heart of Historic Doylestown. Winner of 2023 Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence"
Live music every Friday & Saturday
Please reach out to your concierge directly for Upstairs Library Lounge Reservations.
Top review
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
The tapas items we ate were delicious and beautifully served. We enjoyed the musicianship and talent of the player.
A photo of Fringe Bar restaurant
4.3 (93)
$30 and under
Society Hill
About the restaurant
Set on the Delaware River waterfront and located inside a historical riverfront pumping station, Fringe Bar is Philadelphia’s newest experiential, active fun space. As the latest addition to the FringeArts campus hub, the newly renovated bar and restaurant provide a highly versatile venue for unforgettable experiences year round. Dine indoors and enjoy our soulful pub cuisine featuring snacks and bites alongside an array of eclectic and funky beverage options enhanced by custom entertainment ranging from jazz ensembles, to funk bands, to cabaret, and more. Dining experiences are further accentuated by the soaring views of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge in our industrial-chic space directly adjacent to FringeArts’ renowned state-of-the-art 220 seat theater. Outdoors is Haas Biergarten, which serves as a vibrant, plant filled space in the warmer months and an intimate, cozy space in the cooler months.
Top review
Dined on May 23, 2024
The service was slow, but it looked like it was one waitress for the whole outdoor seating. The food was good but the fries were cold. The atmosphere was nice. The price was a little high for burgers and chicken sandwich.
A photo of Copabanana restaurant
4.2 (551)
$30 and under
University City
About the restaurant
Copabanana University City has become a Penn institution with its genuine campus vibe. With ceiling to floor windows and a sidewalk cafe overlooking the campus scene, the Copa is also a popular destination for the nearby Penn hospital complex -- only a block away.

The Copabanana serves legendary margaritas, gourmet burgers and Spanish fries as well as Carribbean and Mexican fare. Copa is a true original and a refreshing oasis in a sea of bland corporate chain restaurants.

Join your friends at the Copabanana today!

Top review
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Copa never disappoints! Best margaritas in the city!
A photo of The Ridley House restaurant
4.1 (37)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The Ridley House is a New American
Restaurant & Bar modeled after a traditional
Hall & Parlor Home. The space is comprised
of three unique rooms & seasonal outdoor
beer garden. Guests can enjoy options from
our rustic American Farm Fare menu,
handcrafted cocktails, & robust selection of
craft beer.

Thank you for choosing The Ridley House for your dining experience! We are delighted to host you and your guests. For parties of 12 or more, we offer a specially curated menu to ensure seamless service. Please note that an 18% Gratuity will automatically be added to the bill for parties of 6 or more. Additionally, we can accommodate up to four payment cards per check. Please note a card must be on file to confirm large reservations for 12+, we look forward to serving you!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
We attended the Mother”s Day brunch and everything was very well organized. At first we went happy being seated in the bar because my MIL has health issue, but the hostesses eagerly accommodated our request the wait staff were attentive and the food was outstanding.
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