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Bistro Romano

4.8
3678 reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

1P to 8P. Be the Favorite Child | We Cook | You Treat Mom Bistro a la Carte Menu & Chef Features. Crab Stuffed Bronzino, Burrata Prosciutto & Melon, Pan-seared Beef Medallions, Lobster Ravioli, Caesar Salad & Amazing Desserts. House-made Pastas, Cocktails & Wine, Excellent Service, Granary Dining.

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1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 3678 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
Ambience
4.6
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Lamar
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall the experience was wonderful!! Me and my girlfriend were celebrating our anniversary. Once we stepped foot in the door they made us feel welcomed. We’ll definitely be back!

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AshA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible and the ambiance was was perfect for an intimate dinner. Our server was so kind and attentive. Can not wait to go back.

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vipTorchure
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our group of four thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bistro Romano. The food was delicious and the service was attentive and efficient. Our favorites were the octopus appetizer, the gnocchi, the veal saltimbocca and the tiramisu.

We discovered this place because they accepted my Open Table voucher. Now we look forward to coming back, with or without a voucher.

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TonyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, services, and ambiance were perfect! My wife and I would definitely recommend Bistro Romano.

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sergiod
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, amazing food, amazing service.

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vipTina
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved Bistro Romano. The food, the service and professionalism was outstanding.
The octopus was the best we ever ordered. As was the seafood Brodetto served with a terrifically delicious saffron sauce was a memorable culinary experience.

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vipJamieM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere - will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome setting. Excellent food and wine. Great service. I will be back!

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DavidH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Let me start with the positive, they had very good drinks. We tried 4 of their signature cocktails. All were reasonably priced and tasted great!

When it came to the food, it was alright. The Short Rib Croquettes were overcooked. The Medium-Rare Filet came out barely seared. Overall, everything came out alright, but nothing was fantastic. When you go to a place like this, you have expectations that you're getting a great meal. If I wanted to go somewhere average, I would have gone somewhere else and saved a lot of money.

Finally, the service was just ok. We had to ask our waitress multiple times for a drinks menu. Again, there was nothing terrible about the service, I understand that servers get busy, but on the flip side, there wasn't anything amazing about it.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 27 April 2021

A pleasure speaking today; as discussed our team is equipped to make sure guests are enjoying their selections. If not we immediately remove & remake, suggest something else or remove it from the check. A manager visited twice, no indication you were displeased. Our goal is to make sure guests leave pleased & excited to return. We appreciate you will give us another chance & remain hopeful your 2nd visit will be amazing, not average. Again apologies & thank you for the review. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great

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vipkat4
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent!

Bistro Romano
Responded on 26 April 2021

Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I’ve been a long time fan of Bistro Romano, but this was our first time dining at the restaurant since Covid. We were not disappointed. The service was excellent, the atmosphere is still rustic, cozy and very comfortable, and the food was prepared to perfection. We had the braised short ribs as an appetizer, along with salads, followed by a salmon dish and seafood risotto. We finished off with a chocolate torte and carrot cake which were a perfect ending. My only small criticism is that the menu did not have a good vegetarian option. I am a plant-based eater most of the time and try to adhere to that when dining out, but will eat seafood on occasion. I would’ve loved to see something without meat or fish, like mushroom risotto or even just an appetizer like bruschetta. But I know I’m particular and did not expect to see a vegetarian selection - It just would’ve been a bonus. We still had a great experience and will definitely dine here again.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 26 April 2021

Thanks for joining us & for the great review, we appreciate it. Wanted to pass along that we do offer a vegetarian menu, which includes grilled fig flatbread, vegetable farrotto, among other items, and is listed on our website and available from your server. It is always great to hear from our Bistro Fans! Thanks again for your detailed review and for joining us indoor. Glad you enjoyed and we look forward to your return. Team BR.

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VirginiaF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Two visits.. two exceptional meals! My fave place in Philadelphia

Bistro Romano
Responded on 26 April 2021

Two for two plus fave, we'll take it! Thanks for joining us & for the great review. Team BR.

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vipPeterP
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was excellent. Recommend the shashito peppers calamari and pork chop. Great wine list.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 26 April 2021

Thanks for the excellent, we appreciate it. Delish recommendations too! Glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time for my mom’s birthday, very comfortable, felt safe, great service and value and can’t wait to go back! Food as always was excellent, thank you!

Bistro Romano
Responded on 19 April 2021

Glad you enjoyed; thanks for celebrating Mom at Bistro & for the 5star on food, service & safety. Team BR.

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LoriP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Hostess was very welcoming. Food was very good. The bread and sun dried tomato spread was awesome. Short rib croquettes, an appetizer, were a little dry. Bianca Sangria was great.

Our waitress did seem to forget about us towards the end of our main entrees. We had no food nor drink left and we were kind of just waiting. Who I think was a manager or the owner did walk by our table a handful of times and so we asked him for the check. Our waitress did then come over with the check, and not that we wanted anything else, but we were not asked if we wanted dessert or another drink. Our waitress was nice, she just seemed to have forgotten about us.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 24 April 2021

Thank you for sharing details from your visit in your review and on the phone; it was a pleasure speaking with you. There were a few missteps with your service, our apologies. On occasion we fall short; we value our Bistro Guests who let us know when we do in order to improve. Bistro is known for amazing food and excellent service; we look forward to your return so you can enjoy the Bistro experience we expect for our guests. Thanks again. Team BR

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vipRobert
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always terrific. The food is amazing. It's a wonderful ambiance. And the service was spectacular

Bistro Romano
Responded on 24 April 2021

Thank you for the 5stars, we appreciate! Also nice speaking to you. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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vipallytringali
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the city! Incredible food & service

Bistro Romano
Responded on 24 April 2021

Thank you! Philly has many great restaurants & Bistro is delighted to receive your high honor. Team BR.

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DavidD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful setting for my girlfriend and I’s anniversary dinner. Food was excellent. We were seated in the private wine cellar room. It made for a very romantic dinner evening!

Bistro Romano
Responded on 19 April 2021

Delighted our candlelit wine cellar played a part in your important anniversary celebration and that you found the food excellent. We value your recommendation and 5stars. Cheers. Team BR.

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vipShonta19125
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Bistro R crew and all the fixings are outstanding. For over 12 years Ive been a happy dining customer and they never cease to amaze me. Mike does not miss anything and he does not cut corners on the quality of the authenticity, quality, taste and finer food and drinks. They continue to offer continuity and resilience. Also, Wil the server was outstanding and so kind. He paid close attention to detail and offered award wining service with 100% customer service excellence.

Thanks for welcoming me and my husband this evening. It was so GREAT to see you all again.

See you soon.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 18 April 2021

It was great seeing you both; glad we could catch up a bit. Thanks for the 5star review along with your compliments, we appreciate it. Twelve years, time flies! Team BR.

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Chris
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great! Service was great, Victor the manager was very attentive. They made sure to check on food safety for the person who has food allergies.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Victor, chef & team pay close attention to food allergies & dietary requests. Glad you enjoyed our food & service. We appreciate the high marks. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there to celebrate my friends’ birthday and it was great! The server and runner were so nice and helped us order new foods for us to try. We even tried their homemade Limoncello!They also helper serve and cut the cake I brought in as well.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Birthdays & Bistro, delicious & fun! Thanks for celebrating with us, sharing your experience & the 5stars. Team BR.

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TimD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. All safety protocols in effect. Excellent all around!

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thanks for the 5stars; great food & service in a safe environment is on the menu at Bistro. Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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DeborahH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anna was great! Food was amazing, thank you for accomadatinv my special request!

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thanks for the 5stars on our food & the service experience with Anna. We appreciate it. Thanks for dining with us. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and great service.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Your comments are exactly what we want for all of our guests. Thank you for your visit; glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, ambience and service all amazing!! Joey was a fantastic server!

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Three for three, we'll take it! Thanks for joining us. Team BR.

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vipJayphilippe626
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. The filet and Burrato appetizer were so good .

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thanks for sharing a few of your favorites, glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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4747ca
Singapore
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice evening and good food and wine options. The food was copious, a little too much for some of us, and of a high standard. The desserts were nice too. I wouldn't go so far as to say amazing or memorable but very nice.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thank you for sharing your experience & for the 5stars, we appreciate it. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it, our server was Awesome,

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thank you!! Team BR.

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KyongK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm somewhat a regular here so I enjoy the food. I was here for a business dinner for a visiting executive from a client company. The only issue for the evening was they ran out of the Tiramisu for dessert. No complaints otherwise.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

A Bistro VIP indeed. Apologies about the tiramisu; guests that evening shared your fondness hence the sellout. We appreciate being your go-to for client dinners and with your family as well. See you soon. Thanks, Team BR.

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
225 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have been going to bistro Romano for many years they know me and it's sort of a family situation now the food does not disappoint. I usually have the veal saltimbocca which is delicious. And I also had the roasted cauliflower soup which was just outstanding.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thank you for your private note and for the 5star review. You are a valued guest and have been a Bistro VIP for many years; "your" table is always at the ready for you. Hope to see you soon. Thank you, Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was super nice and on top of everything! The food was the most delicious Italian food I have ever had. It is a pricier restaurant, but completely worth it. Will absolutely be back!

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thanks for the 5star; glad you enjoyed our food and service. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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vipCelesteL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific as always!! Caesar salad is the best I have ever had; never dissapoints.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Terrific.....super! Thanks for the extra kudos for our Caesar, must say we agree!! Thanks again, Team BR.

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vipLeandro
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

When you go stick to the food they're known for such as the Caesar Salad and any pasta with bolognese. The rest is just average.
The wine store at the entrance of the restaurant is confusing since we asked the hostess and she said that we could have, at the table, any wine you'd buy at the store, but as soon as we sat down, the waitress said that we received wrong information and that we needed to order from the wine list.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Glad we had an opportunity to speak, thank you. Our apologies for any confusion. We look forward to your return. Team BR.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there for my mother in laws birthday. Overall we had a great experience. Definitely will go back.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thanks for celebrating with us; glad you enjoyed. Team BR.

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Ronron
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This has been my third time there this year and I have enjoyed each experience! The food is amazing! The overall atmosphere and ambience is very warm and romantic too. The service has been top notch as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can’t recommend this place enough! Very delicious, great service and ambiance.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat upstairs next to the bar and our waiter/the bartender (forgot his name) was very accomodating and knowledgeable of the menu!

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viptracy
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My birthday.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 30 March 2021

Thanks for joining us for your Birthday celebration and your note. Team BR.

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CherylR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I'm always a fan of Bistro Romano. The food is great and the service is impeccable. I hadn't been there in quite some time, but was pleased that they were following Covid protocols and I felt very comfortable.

Bistro Romano
Responded on 30 March 2021

Thanks for returning and for the 5's on food the safety of our guests glad you felt very comfortable enjoying dinner inside the Granary. Thanks again, Team BR.

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FAQs

Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Romano also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 925-8880.

Bistro Romano is rated 4.8 stars by 3678 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Romano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=819163bf.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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