Philadelphia is home to some of the best restaurants, chefs and bar programs in the country.
Visitors and locals activate their tastebuds and embrace new experiences with every bite and sip at nationally known restaurants, late-night cheesesteak spots and tiny corner cafes.
Many of those establishments have been recognized over the years by the James Beard Foundation committed to working with and honoring chefs who uphold the organization’s values of respect, transparency, diversity, sustainability and equality. The foundation’s annual James Beard Awards showcase highlight the best chefs and kitchens in the nation working toward that mission, as well as the innovators whose hard work goes into making every plate and pour exceptional.
Here, we highlight the restaurants and chefs that have been honored in the foundation’s annual long list of semifinalists, nominees and winners between 2015 and 2022. While Philadelphia’s restaurants have been earning James Beard Awards since the 1980s, these places are currently some of the most reservation-worthy destinations in the region.
Iconic spots like Zahav and Vedge are multi-time honorees; High Street Hospitality and two of its critically acclaimed holdings, Fork and High Street Philly, have all been recognized; and more recently honored restaurants like Hardena and Kalaya show off the amazing flavor and incredible value that Philly’s new class of restaurants are brining to the city.
And the authentic Pennsylvania whiskey at Dad’s Hat and brews served at Monk’s Cafe are just two of the outstanding bar programs serving can’t-miss sips in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Check out our guide below to James Beard-recognized bars and restaurants offering phenomenal food and drink experiences around Philadelphia.