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The Most Romantic Philadelphia Restaurants

Ten Romantic Dining Spots for All Tastes and Budgets

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We all know the image of the classic romantic restaurant — the low light, the rich French or Italian cuisine, the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling or fireplace in the corner. But romance means different things to different people, which is why this list of romantic Philadelphia restaurants is also includes recommendations for sushi, picnics, pizza and more. Don't worry — there are still a few classics thrown in, and all are perfect for celebrating an anniversary or Valentine's Day — just remember to make reservations for cupid's holiday far in advance.

Bar Ferdinand

Bar Ferdinand
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Jose Garces might think he has the lock-down on Philly when it comes to gorgeous tapas, but Northern Liberties' Bar Ferdinand is the only tapas eatery you need. Beautifully prepared "small" plates provide ample portions, dried roses hang around the bar and in the summer the restaurant offers outdoor seating under the lights of Liberties Walk.

1030 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-923-1313

Le Bec-Fin

There are good reasons why, after 40 years, Le Bec-Fin is still synonymous with fine dining in Philadelphia: the luxe and spacious interior, the impeccable service and of course, the food. Meticulously prepared French cuisine like buttery escargot cassolette, truffle chestnut soup and the infamous dessert cart (piled high with cakes, tarts and fruits) make Le Bec-Fin an incredible spot for a romantic evening.

1523 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-567-1000

Beneluxx Tasting Room

If you're a fan of fondue, skip the Melting Pot and instead head down the stairs in Old City to the Beneluxx Tasting Room. Not only does the restaurant offer cheese and chocolate fondues, but it also serves fine beer, wine, cheese and chocolate in convenient (and frugal) tasting portions.

33 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
267-318-7269

Morimoto

Morimoto's Interior
Image: Starr Restaurants

Whether you subscribe to the belief that unagi is an aphrodisiac or just love sushi, take a seat with your date in one of Morimoto's booths to experience what is arguably the best sushi in Philadelphia.

723 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-413-9070

Creperie Beau Monde

For all the romance of French food in a more casual environment, head to Beau Monde. Offering elegant savory and sweet crepes and French wine in a warm bistro atmosphere, Beau Monde is a wonderful place to celebrate.

6th & Bainbridge Sts.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-592-0656

Osteria

Vetri, Mark Vetri's flagship restaurant, is recognized as one of the best Italian restaurants in America. But instead of going straight for the big cheese, consider trying Chef Vetri's more rustic (but still romantic) Osteria. The restaurant serves a full array of seasonal pastas, mains and appetizers, as well as inventive pizzas with toppings like octopus, black walnuts and squash.

640 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-763-0920

Fond

scallops at Fond
Image: Meg Favreau

Opened by two former Le Bec-Fin chefs, this South Philly BYOB offers beautiful contemporary American cuisine in a more casual, intimate dining space.

1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215-551-5000

DiBruno Brothers

Yes, it's a store, not a restaurant. But with piles of cheeses, baskets of bread, fresh fruits and gourmet jams, DiBruno Brothers has almost everything you need for a romantic picnic or dinner at home — just add the wine.

1730 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-665-9220

930 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
215-922-2876

Horizons

Horizons, Philadelphia's premiere vegan restaurant, serves upscale, romantic food and drink that pleases vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

611 S. 7th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-923-6117

Fountain Restaurant

Fountain Restaurant
Image courtesy of the Fountain Restaurant

1 Logan Square? Even the address exudes class. With views of Alexander Stirling Calder's Parkway fountain and food that's received the elusive four bells from Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan, the Fountain Restaurant is almost guaranteed to provide a memorable meal whether you go at breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-963-1500

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