From European small plates and contemporary American cuisine in Queen Village to Mediterranean and Italian in Society Hill, Philadelphia’s Center City Districts each offer a distinct sense of character and style. Steaks, chops and seafood abound at Penn’s Landing, while the Art Museum district is home to local favorite Bistro St. Tropez and Philadelphia institution Jack’s Firehouse. Reflecting the vibrant international influences and contemporary dining attitudes of the city, Philadelphia’s Center City Districts draw crowds of locals and visitors with their appealing diversity. From a stately Philadelphia steakhouse to cozy Italian dining, the restaurants in Queen Village, Society Hill, Penn’s Landing and the Art Museum district offer some of the best tastes of Philadelphia’s culinary scene.
American, Barbecue, Steak.
Occupying a 120 year-old firehouse near the Philadelphia Art Museum, Jack's Firehouse has become a Philadelphia institution with its classic American cuisine and rollicking bar scene. Now featuring exclusively locally farmed, organic ingredients, Jack's Firehouse of Philadelphia also offers an ample selection of vegetarian dishes. To top it all off, this Philadelphia restaurant boasts one of the city's finest selection of bourbons.
2301 Fairmont Ave., Philadelphia PA 19130
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic.
The London Grill of Philadelphia's Central City serves classic American dishes with contemporary Philadelphia twists, such as burgers, steaks, chops and other comfort food. The London Grill is a popular Philadelphia restaurant that distinguishes itself as a member of the FAIR FOOD organization, committing to using only local, ethically farmed and sustainable ingredients. The bar in this Philadelphia restaurant is equally popular for an impressive beer selection.
25 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia PA 19101
American, Latin American.
Truly a unique concept restaurant, Museum Restaurant of Philadelphia is situated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and features a seasonal menu that changes with the rotating exhibits of the actual museum, highlighting the cuisine of the country and region of origin of the artists featured in the exhibits.
741 N. 23rd St., Philadelphia PA 19130
American, Italian, French.
Located in the heart of Philadelphia's Art and Museum district, the aptly named Rembrandt's is a bar and café, respectively, that each feature sweeping views of the Philadelphia skyline. Rembrandt's serves full and bar menu's in both the restaurant and bar areas, and the cuisine at Rembrandt's would best be described as a combination of French, Italian and American traditions.
Penn's Landing Restaurants
Chart House Restaurant
555 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19147
The Philadelphia arm of the venerable Chart House national high-end seafood restaurant chain has recently been renovated to include the new City View lounge, an exhibition kitchen and expanded riverfront dining areas. The culinary philosophy at the Chart House of Philadelphia is par for the course, with local and regional fresh seafood, the finest steaks and chops, and aged prime rib anchoring the Chart House’s menu.
Keating's River Grill
201 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19106
Set inside the Hyatt Regency of Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, Keating's River Grill features expansive patio dining overlooking the Delaware River. Keating's River Grill serves a seasonal selection of fine steaks, chops and seafood prepared in contemporary American fashion. This Penn’s Landing restaurant also features a full bar with popular Philadelphia happy hour specials.
401 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19106
Moshulu is a unique Philadelphia restaurant that's actually one of the world’s largest four-masted sailing ships converted to a multi-level restaurant and bar. Docked in Penn's Landing, Moshulu serves contemporary American cuisine with an obvious emphasis on seafood. The deck of Moshulu is now the Bongo Bar, and features sweeping views of the harbor and the Philadelphia skyline. Moshulu is also the only four-masted sailing ship in the world that claims to have WiFi.
Queen Village Restaurants
200 South St., Philadelphia PA 19147
Serving up contemporary American favorites for more than 30 years, Bridget Foy's has become a Philadelphia institution. Bridget Foy's keeps it simple and affordable on the menu, offering a range of dishes from smaller bar menu fare like burgers and sandwiches, to large steak and seafood entrees. Bridget Foy's of Philadelphia also serves wines by the glass, local microbrews on tap and specialty cocktails from the restaurant's "Monkey Bar."
Society Hill Restaurants
120 Lombard St., Philadelphia PA 19147
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean.
The bar at Bistro Romano was taken directly out of a famed inland steam ship in the late 1950's, and to this day remains intact within this building that hails originally from the 1700s. Complete with an underground wine cellar that was once purported to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, Bistro Romano is one of Philadelphia's quirkiest Italian restaurants, featuring mystery dinner theatre Friday and Saturday nights, and live piano in the aforementioned bar.