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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Excellent Italian
1. Excellent Italian
"We both ate pasta dishes and were very impressed."
spiritualfudge
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2. Great for special occasions
2. Great for special occasions
"Quaint restaurant out of the way in a scenic walking neighborhood."
Leslie R
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3. Live Piano - Friday & Saturday
3. Live Piano - Friday & Saturday
"enjoy a drink before or after dinner at their bar with a piano playing"
billborda
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About
This Historic Landmark in Society Hill, 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 and the romantic underground wine cellar for two to four. Wine Cellar reservations book the Wine Cellar Experience on OpenTable. We are now celebrating our 36th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.
PRICE RANGE
₱1,745 - ₱2,326
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We booked a table for 8 people and were “guaranteed” a reservation for 3 hours. At 2 hours and 15 minutes we were asked to leave after spending $1,000. After speaking to the manager we were comped $30 in desserts and were told it’s only...because it’s graduation weekend. We were here trying to celebrate a graduation…More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 16, 2023 via mobile

Fabulous food! The truffles with gnocchi was absolutely amazing. My with said they served the best Brussels sprouts she had ever eaten. Romantic atmosphere in the cellar, flawless service, and a memorable meal. They have separate Menus for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diners, so...tons of choices.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They were kind enough to change my party of two to four very last minute for Mother’s Day. Exceptional. With the late notice we would not have gotten in anywhere on the busy restaurant holiday. 5 stars

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food but chaotic service. Everyone is in a big hurry. During our meal, the kitchen sent out the wrong number of salads, the wrong flavor of gelato and served coffee before desert. Food is plunked down on the table. When told of the mistakes,...the waiter was eager to make it right but when the bill for two is 150-200 (including a 20% tip), you expect perfection. Yes, this is not a tragedy. But it was a mess.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed January 3, 2024

First let me say, Bistro Romano has been one of my favorite restaurants in the city for a long time. HAS being the operative word. Your experience here will vary greatly based on where you are seated in the restaurant. The cellar is beautiful, romantic...and has the best service. The main level and the party space upstairs are, sadly, much less atmospheric. It also extends to the level of service. After a particularly disastrous dining experience this weekend, I can safely say, if they put you anywhere other than the cellar, leave immediately. Over the weekend, we were one of 4 couples seated amidst massive party groups upstairs. It took 25 minutes for a server to notice we were there. At that point, the party tables were so loud that we could only point at the menu and pantomime with the server what we wanted. We were overlooked all night, they served us food that was cold (probably sat around too long waiting for someone to pay attention to us). Despite complaining to multiple servers/busers, no manager ever appeared anywhere in the restaurant during our 2 1/2 hour dining ordeal. All 4 of the tables complained, but nobody seemed to really care. That's probably going to be the case anywhere other than the cellar. Since that dinner, we've talked to a number of friends and they've all relayed similar stories - they used to love Bistro Romano, but then had a horrible experience and won't go back. We'll miss it. But with so many other exquisite Italian restaurants in the city, there's really no reason to settle for substandard treatment in the name of greed. If they weren't able to deliver an experience up to their standards, they shouldn't have taken the reservation.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed October 14, 2023

The food here is excellent! The gnocchi is amazing, and the goat cheese pasta in brown butter was delicious too! I didn't love the pumpkin cake I had for dessert, but my husband's pistacio gelato was awesome. The waitress was great, too. If we weren't...just visiting for a day or two, I would love to go back!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 26, 2023

Both the remarks and the photographs of the location exuded warmth. We were not let down. Excellent meal was served. The atmosphere was welcoming and cozy, and the service was commensurate.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 10, 2023 via mobile

Really great atmosphere, service - and the food was truly well made and unique. We tried the chef’s 5-course dinner and everything was amazing with great presentation. Excellent service. Even when our server was busy, others stopped by to check on us and refresh our...drinks and remove plates etc. I would visit here again every time I get a chance to be back in Philly.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed May 30, 2023 via mobile

It was a great dining experience. Both meals were full of flavor. I appreciated that the portion sizes were generous. I also liked the vibe of the place, eating in a basement like a stone cellar.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 23, 2023

Our meal at Bistro Romano was sensational! The setting is romantic and beautiful, but warm and welcoming. The food was some of the best Italian I've had (and the wine). Our server (Katie) was helpful with recommendations. I would visit this often if I lived...anywhere near.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 7, 2023

Extremely happy with our experience. We had a reservation foe 630 and were sat immediately in a great location in the lower level. We had been celebrating our 1 year anniversary and were given a happy anniversary card signed by the staff. The food was...excellent, the service was as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed January 22, 2023 via mobile

The restaurant has cozy seating downstairs with exposed brick walls and romantic lighting and there is plenty of attentive service snd oversight of staff. The menu is not overwhelming but has plenty of nice choices with some things slightly original but certainly with something for...everyone. We opted for the restaurant week special this time which was a great deal and the short ribs and the pasta w veal and pork sausage ragu were both excellent and well presented. Plenty of great beverage options as always. A nice romantic dinner for two. Will return.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed December 17, 2022 via mobile

Hosted a business dinner. We had the tasting menu which was beyond amazing. Prices are very reasonable. Great selection of wines and good cocktails. Very quaint ambiance. The octopus, filet mignon and everything else were outstanding. The server was knowledgeable. No wonder this restaurant got...the 4th place ranking out of over 2,500 restaurants. Would highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 21, 2022

Food was very good. I had Bolognese which I loved. Wife had steak which was fine. Service was good. atmosphere nice. price was right. I would go again

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 8, 2022 via mobile

I had the RACK OF LAMB with herb fregola, roasted parsnips, and toasted pine nuts. I also had a side of mashed potatoes. The staff picked me out a excellent bottle of wine that paired with the lamb.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Response from geegee2708 | Reviewed this property |
the 1st floor has the piano player. the basement may be quieter and more intimate, with the main attraction being the private seating area for engagements and anniversaries... an area that sits under Lombard Street and was... More
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If having drinks/wine, appetizer, main course and dessert with gratuity you should plan on $90/person. If not a drinker reduce by $20. No dessert reduce by $10. It was a delicious, fresh meal. Enjoy.
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Parking garage aboutone block away was $17 on a weeknight. Weeknight at 7pm there were several open metered street spaces, of which I took one for $7.50 for three hours.
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Bistro Romano is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5