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Bistro Romano

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3399 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 32nd 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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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 3399 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Drea
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The outside seating was extremely hot and humid. I would recommend they get some fans.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable dining for an outdoor experience

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CatherineG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Their outdoor seating was across the street and very spacious. Will go again!

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vipMerle
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! So nice to get out..thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! The outdoor seating under the canopy on 2nd was cool and comfortable. Service was top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is incredible! The freshest seafood I’ve ever had, and the service was amazing. Dining here was a great experience and I will definitely be back.

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CorinneB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at bistro Romano and our experience could not have been better. Due to other tables hanging around they did not have a table ready when we got there however the servers and managers were incredibly accommodating and apologetic, we wait 5 min max while they came up with a solution. From the time we got there till we left the service was impeccable. Our server, I believe his name was Sean, was amazing, some of the best service I’ve ever gotten. And everything we ordered was amazing. Some of the best food we’ve had. They did a really nice job making things work with all the restrictions. We have been recommending this place to all of our friends since dining at bistro Romano and will definitely be back

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RaquelE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were delicious. The waiters were excellent. They had a space at Head house square set up with social distance. The servers brought the food safely covered to the table. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with outdoor dining. We sat in Headhouse Square. Limited menu, but absolutely fantastic food, drinks, and quick service.

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SilverB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. I wish there was more selection on the menu, but I understand why it was selected option. The server spoke clear and made me and my date very comfortable. Definitely looking to go back

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AmberB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was top notch. The General Manager was friendly and funny. The food was very fresh and delicious. I would come again and bring my friends.

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vipYummy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where do I begin??? This place takes dining to a whole new level.

It’s amazing they’re finally open again - albeit small. Two tables! More to come.

Their service is impeccable. Wait staff is so kind, focused on safety, attentive and informed.

Amazing drinks and wine.

The food - food from the Gods. So crazy good. Every. Last. Morsel.

I’m new to the neighborhood (not the restaurant). This is my new “go to” spot. Be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this dining experience was superb! The server was attentive, efficient and friendly (she even brought us a champagne toast to celebrate my boyfriends birthday which was a nice surprise). The food was beyond amazing! Thank you for a wonderful evening

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ThomasD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Glad they are open with the quarantine. We sat outside and the waiter was very attentive. Will def be back.

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HowardN
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughter’s 21st birthday and the Cate, our server, was gracious and timed our meals perfectly.

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Sjk920
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We made reservations weeks ago for March 15, which happened to be the day before the state/city closed restaurants for dine-in service. But the date was meaningful to us so we kept the reservation. We had the place to ourselves for most of our dinner! But in our booth it didn't feel awkward, and the ambiance of the cozy basement seating and crooner music is always great anyway. Our server was great, and unfailingly cheerful; she seemed very glad that we were there! They couldn't make their Caesar salad tableside as they usually would, which of course was understandable but it was still worth ordering for their house-made dressing. Both our entrees were very good, and the gelato dessert was a perfect portion size for splitting after a filling meal. All of that is a tad pricey, of course, but for a special occasion is definitely worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was great, the hostess and the manger was great as well. Really good experience

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JoeB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool Ambiance and great food. We did the chef tasting and were very please.

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vipExcellent
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal in a very cool setting, certainly. The food was great. Beyond great. The service was above average. However it was pricey. Otherwise an outstanding meal, but I just can't say it was a good value since the prices were so high.

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ToddS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I went to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. We arrived and we seated promptly. They accommodated all of my requests and helped create the best and most romantic night. Sand the food was outstanding. Highly recommend the house made ricotta. We’ll be going back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited here for the first time on March 13,2020 , love it, Hubby & I enjoyed ourselves, The lovely hostess didn’t get her name, but she was so nice & kind and very hospitable, She got us to or seats, & we sat & our waiter Mr. Shawn very awesome guy, took our order & was on top of things, making sure we had what we wanted, & making sure we were ok, The manager came by to check on us, I mean it was a awesome experience, we will be going back, for the prices it was worth it, love it. Environment was very nice , a Good outing, we supposed to went on our anniversary day but it took us two weeks to get there, lol but it was worth it, love the music in there also.

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vipLaura
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious creative drinks at the bar then went downstairs to the dining room. Feels like you’re walking into a wine cellar. The waiter was attentive and friendly. We were 2 couples. They made a caesar salad tableside which was very good. I had a duck ragu buccatini which was out of this world . My husband had a juicy pork cutlet that was cooked to perfection. Our friends enjoyed fettuccine bolognese and the shrimp dish in a light lobster broth not heavy and very flavorful. There was also an amazing wine list. We are all Jersey foodies but have been going to the Philly flower show the last few years and always head over to bistro romano to end the night and they never disappoint

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vipJoeW
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent. The flat bread the charcuterie board and Caesar salad was outstanding so was the bottle of wine and the service and the staff. The place is so quaint we love sitting at the bar . bartender Sean is always wonderful and makes the best drinks

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DavidD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice spot. Had to wait to be seated though, but it was a very busy night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal at Bistro Romano! My colleagues and I dined here last Saturday This is my favorite restaurant in Philly. Super charming with incredible food. I had the chef’s tasting menu...delicious! Super chef!!! My colleagues had the octopus and calamari appetizers, Caesar salad and lobster ravioli. All were fabulous!the chocolate cake is fabuloso!

The owner clearly takes pride in Bistro Romano. Thank you!!!

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vipNRosario
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily is JUST WONDERFUL! She’s a keeper. Treat her well. She is on pointe with everything. She’s got personality, pays attention to detail, is professional and has etiquette.

This care made our night besides a good wine & food.

We have a great experience and already started recommending others to your restaurant.

See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual our waitress made the best Caesar salad and the food was outstanding the atmosphere in its place is really great ,we will definitely be back thanks for all the great work and delicious food

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SharonB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I would recommend this place to everyone!

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vipflwcyw
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All occasion place original architecture oh old townhouse. Nice waiter, good service. All pasta made in house, delicious taramisu.

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vipSigi
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very good "go-to" restaurant. The food is always good, the service nice, the ambience pleasant, and a good value.

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KaitlynB
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. My wife and went for our anniversary and they put rose petals on our table and even brought us each a glass of champagne. The food was amazing, we both had the lobster ravioli and fried calamari.

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PATRICKC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town guest

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Jereshro
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and romantic atmosphere were both amazing.

JT
vipJT61214
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite date night spot after a long week. Everything was fabulous. Never disappoints.

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Vsolo
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Romano is a great restaurant that we have been going to since 1998 and it never disappoints.
The only thing I realized it had been 3 or so years since we were able to make it there :(

It is almost a well-kept secret.

Food, service, the atmosphere is always great. Prices a very reasonable for Philidelphia.

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vippooknnook
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very very nice experience! Attention to detail with everything but the way people were seated. Wasnt crowded yet we had a very loud intoxicated group seated next to us when there were several other areas to seat them. My only complaint.

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RaymondP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great night out at Bistro Romano. The food and service was both excellent. A great atmosphere for a couples dinner.

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vipgregorys
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice piano bar. dinner seating in the basement has a lot of character. nice and quiet on sundays. great specials and happy hour

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Great ambience especially the piano player in the bar area. Great place to enjoy the evening with family and friends and have a great time.
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Milo
Philadelphia
6 reviews