The 38 Essential Restaurants in Philadelphia

The can’t-miss, best-of-the-best restaurants in Philly for filling jerk chicken, flaky French pastries, rich birria ramen, sustainable seafood, and much, much more

In case you haven’t heard, in Philly, food is our love language. Here, culinary delights range from flaky empanadas to oversized dosa to crudo sliced so thin it melts in your mouth. Options for dining out are almost debilitatingly numerous, and save for a few exceptions, Philly is home to every cuisine you can imagine. Forget what they told you: It’s not all cheesesteaks and hoagies (though those are pretty great, too).

Over the course of the pandemic, Philly’s restaurant owners have found themselves in limbo more times than not, with closures, openings, closures, and openings disrupting our vibrant dining scene. As a result, many restaurant owners are still asking that — when you dine out — you bring your vaccination card along with your mask, despite the city lifting COVID-19 restrictions in April. Whether you’re dining in, taking out, or getting delivery, be kind and tip well. It’s been a whirlwind of a time for the restaurant industry.

For the summer refresh, Eater Philly is continuing to focus on places both big and small, fine dining and casual, where sandwiches, tasting menus, takeout, and sweets are all available, to suit every fancy. After all, variety is the spice of life — and in Philly, you can have it all.

Restaurants and pop-ups on this map have been open or operating for at least six months. For the most exciting new restaurants in town, check out our Eater heatmap here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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