About Bistro Romano
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 25th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Between Front and 2nd
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.
Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
Parking Meters are free after 5pm on Wednesday nights . Discounted parking at Park America Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $9, Friday and Saturday $19. Acquire parking pass from hostess.
Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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Bistro Romano can accommodate private parties of up to 125 people for a sit-down meal or 200 for a cocktail party in the 120 Room. Other rooms are available for smaller groups. Bistro Romano specializes in Business Meetings, Wedding Receptions, and Rehearsal Dinners.
Bistro Romano Ratings and Reviews
Enjoyable dinner for the five of us. Wai ...
Enjoyable dinner for the five of us. Waiter was helpful, manager visited the table and we were greeted when we arrived and when we left we were thanked for dining at the restaurant. We will be back. Other diners were sociable. Pricing was very reasonable.
Parking was expensive for the weekend. O ...
Parking was expensive for the weekend. Our server, Elena, was phenomenal! She made suggestions, spoke from experience and was very friendly. She even made sure to check on us after our meal, at the bar. The 2 guys working the bar were very friendly, not shy with the booze and incredibly attentive. Try the Smoked Old Fashion! The live piano was very enjoyable and not too loud. The atmosphere was relaxing, unusually pleasant and felt private. We wish we could recall the manager's name because he was friendly and made sure to check on our experience. Don't bring the kids, it's not that kind of place. Also, if I hadn't worn a sport coat I would've felt underdressed. Overall, we recommend Bistro Romano for any special occasion, especially something intimate.
The Risotto Verti, I was not sure about ...
The Risotto Verti, I was not sure about how much I would like this, I knew it would be good. But after I had it, OMG this was another eleven PLUS on a scale of one to ten. The food that is coming out of your kitchen is outstanding. The server's and managers also were doing a great job, with there being a show upstairs. I saw them getting slammed and they just went with the flow. EXCELLENT. Thanks again for being so close to the neighborhood, it's like a mini vacation everytime I come in.
I had items that are on the new bar menu ...
I had items that are on the new bar menu. The Salumeriia plate was the perfect size. I also tried the Porcini dusted pork ribs, and they are fantastic. The new Menu was easier to read and has some good autumn selections for me to try.
Busy Saturday night. From seating until ...
Busy Saturday night. From seating until we left was just under two hours. However, our server Vienna was outstanding and kept us abreast of any delays for any of our courses. Great, small, under-rated spot that we will definitely visit again.
Try the upstairs bar with piano player f ...
Try the upstairs bar with piano player for a nostalgic night of music in a roomy space and stick to the salads and charcuterie. The veal was tough and the pasta sauce flavorless, and the subterranean, hectic space falls short in ambience. To their credit, the servers are nice and responsive, and they reimbursed the veal, which we didn't expect but appreciated.
The Lamb Chop special this past weekend, ...
The Lamb Chop special this past weekend, was by and far the best Lamb that I have ever had. I have eaten Lamb Grease, Italy, France, Australia and at a myriad of restaurants throughout the United States. And this Lamb Chop was superb. It was a hectic night at the restaurant but everything seemed to go off without a hitch. My compliments to the chef , wait staff and the managers. Thanks
Where to start. I have been coming to Bi ...
Where to start. I have been coming to Bistro Romano for several years, and have enjoyed everytime I have been here. But I can honestly say that over the last couple of months, everything has been turned up to eleven. Not only the food, but the service, the management and even the customers have gotten better. Bistro Romano is my GOTO restaurant and I hope to continue to be able to this fine establishment. I just really appreciate being able to come here.
Bistro Romano has a very traditional ita ...
Bistro Romano has a very traditional italian ambiance. The mood is set almost immediately as you enter the restaurant with the welcoming staff and historic decor. The level of service from the hostess providing a warm welcome, to the bartenders setting the stage with the casual conversation. The servers are exceptional with the attention to detail explaining the menu and any specials of the day. The manager Anthony was very helpful, his knowledge of pairings was truly impressive.
The menu has something for everyone, Michael, the exec chef is a gifted culinary genius.
A great find. Intentionally arrived earl ...
A great find. Intentionally arrived early to enjoy a few pre-dinner drinks at the bar and listen to the pianist. We surveyed the meals others were receiving during this and knew it was going to be a wonderful evening. Divine food that is the best Italian I've ever had. Hand made, perfect. Extensive wine list or order cocktails. Knowledgeable and attentive staff, but left to enjoy our privacy. A perfect evening.
Great restaurant with a bar upstairs and ...
Great restaurant with a bar upstairs and dining downstairs. The place has ambiance and its staff are friendly and courteous. Would recommend to others to try this place if they are able. Did not feel the prices were overboard for the food that we received.
I have never been disappointed by anythi ...
I have never been disappointed by anything that I have ordered. The wait staff is very friendly and informative. The Manager used to be our server (we are regulars) and now he's Manager! He came by to personally say hi to us and he even remembered us. This is a great restaurant for a date night, special occasion or to impress out of town guests!
Delicious, good service, loved the atmos ...
Delicious, good service, loved the atmosphere, enjoyed the dining experience. Don't take a birthday cake in and expect plates without a $2.50 per plate fee. Didn't see that coming, it's all good though, I don't know if that is SOP for restaurants, but it was the only way we could have the cake/sing that day due to everyone's schedule.
I had come in for the pasta night dinner ...
I had come in for the pasta night dinner, but ended up with the special off the bar menu. Excellent as always. Kudos to Sean and Kyle and the rest of the staff, when the bar seemed to get hit all at once. The staff made it work, and move effortlessly. Enjoyable time, thank you.
Bistro Romano is our go-to place when we ...
Bistro Romano is our go-to place when we want excellent food, quiet conversation, romantic atmosphere. It's our go-to place when out-of-town visitors come, since we can catch up with one another without shouting over the noise, and the food is always outstanding. It's a good value for the price. It's always reliable, and the only place I know of in the city to get a Caesar salad prepared at the table. This occasion was a birthday - two, really, as there were three of us and two had birthdays. By the way, if you fill out the contact card with your information, they will send you a coupon on your birthday month to be used for a free entree.
had 8:30 reservation when we arrived sti ...
had 8:30 reservation when we arrived still very busy and while we were waiting manager brought my wife and I 2 glasses of wine and my 12year olds an appetizer for the extra wait. Now that is service! We have dined here before but it has been a while. Would definitely recommend.
Terrific atmosphere. Food is always fant ...
Terrific atmosphere. Food is always fantastic and the service (Florian) was exceptional. The all wood bar came from an old ship and dining area is the basement of an old brownstone. Highly recommended for a date.
My husband and I went there for restaura ...
My husband and I went there for restaurant week, we thought this would be a good way to try out a new restaurant. We had to wait 20 min after we got there on time, then we felt rushed the entire meal. The staff kept trying to take our food right after we would get it. Very disappointed but great location.
Lovely! This is a classic Italian favori ...
Lovely! This is a classic Italian favorite of mine! The bartender has been there 12 years and know how to serve guests. Staff go above and beyond to please customer. Good consistent delivery of food. I met the owner mike who is quite the host too.
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