Rittenhouse Square restaurants are an eclectic blend of fine dining establishments and accessible neighborhood bistros. From American cuisine with Asian influences at Twenty Manning to complex, Basque-influenced tapas at Tinto and contemporary Mexican fare at Tequila’s, Philadelphia diners have a lot to choose from in this vibrant dining neighborhood. Rittenhouse Square Italian restaurants are popular with locals, who seek out straightforward pasta and pizza at Bellini Grill, Northern Italian flavors at Le Castagne and Tuscan cuisine with traditional Jewish-Italian influences at Il Portico Ristorante.
The latest venture of restaurateur extraordinaire Stephen Starr, Barclay Prime is an ultra-high-end Philadelphia steakhouse concept restaurant that features aged premium beef, rare imported Kobe and Australian beef (36 oz. bone-in Tajima Kobe porterhouse, $250), a daily raw bar and an eclectic wine list. Located in Philadelphia's historic Rittenhouse Square, Barclays Prime features one of the more opulent and expensive menus in all of Philadelphia, with entrees such as the Kobe cheesesteak, which comes in at $100.
220 S. 16th St., Philadelphia PA 19102
Bellini Grill of Philadelphia keeps it simple with a straightforward and affordable approach to both northern and southern Italian cuisine. Bellini Grill offers a substantial menu of pastas, pizzas and entrees, including wide selection of veal preparations. Bellini Grill doesn't have a liquor license, so Philadelphia restaurant goers are encouraged to bring their own wine.
Branzino Italian Ristorante
261 S. 17th St., Philadelphia PA 19103
Branzino Italian Ristorante receives high marks from Philadelphia restaurant goers for its value, serving high-end Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Branzino Italian Ristorante is named for a Mediterranean sea bass, and thus the restaurant features a heavy emphasis on seafood. Branzino Italian Ristorante is also one of Philadelphia's abundant BYOB restaurants.
Devon Seafood Grill
225 S. 18th St., Philadelphia PA 19103
Devon Seafood Grill imports the finest seafood from the world’s oceans to Philadelphia daily, and prepares dishes with an emphasis on lighter, elegant presentations of ingredients. Devon Seafood Grill also features one of Philadelphia's more extensive raw bars, as well as a popular weekend seafood brunch.
Il Portico Ristorante
1519 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA 19102
Il Portico brings the flavors of Tuscany, with traditional Jewish-Italian notes, to Philadelphia's Walnut Street restaurant district. The signature flavor at Il Portico is the use of truffles in many of the restaurant’s dishes. Il Portico bakes their own bread onsite and makes all of their pastas. Floor to ceiling windows offer views of Walnut St. from the second floor dining room.
1920 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA 19103
Owned and operated by the Philadelphia Italian restaurateur family extraordinaire, the Senas, Le Castagne focuses on the cuisine of northern Italy. Le Castagne has won several accolades in recent years for its wine list, featuring a handpicked selection of Italian, American and global vintages.
500 S. 20th St., Philadelphia PA 19146
Critically acclaimed in the Philadelphia restaurant press, Meritage is a contemporary American restaurant in Center City featuring a popular wine bar that serves small plates, eclectic sandwiches and a wide selection of imported cheeses. Meritage of Philadelphia also features an international wine list with over 200 vintages.
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse
210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia PA 19103
The Philadelphia location of the Smith and Wollensky national brand of high-end steakhouse restaurants is no exception to the Smith & Wollensky philosophy, which centers around the onsite butchering and aging of USDA prime beef. Smith and Wollensky of Philadelphia also features a wide variety of chops and fresh seafood selections.
220 S. 17th St., Philadelphia PA 19103
American, Gastro Pub.
This brand new Philadelphia restaurant brings Asian fusion small-plates and much more to Rittenhouse Square, including seasonal outdoor dining and an emphasis on cocktails and wine with over 1,200 bottles on site. Tavern 17 aims to be the neighborhood tavern, yet with high-modern sensibilities. Philadelphia restaurant goers rave about the happy hour special menus and prices at Tavern 17.
1602 Locust St., Philadelphia PA 19103
Tequila's Restaurant of Philadelphia serves contemporary Mexican preparations with an emphasis on flavors from "La Frontera," a region that extends 100 miles into both Mexico and the United States. While the food at Tequila's Restaurant of Philadelphia is critically acclaimed, the restaurant is perhaps best known for having- predictably- the finest selection of tequila's in all of Philadelphia.
114 S. 20th St., Philadelphia PA 19103
Tapas / Small Plates, Basque.
Philadelphia restaurant critics are quite fond of chef Jose Garces' second Philadelphia restaurant venture, Tinto, which showcases traditional Basque cuisine from the northern regions of Spain and southern France in a tapas-style format. Tinto features an expansive wine list featuring both French and Spanish vintages, and the dining room is enclosed in wooden racks holding Tinto's collection.
261 S. 20th St., Philadelphia PA 19103
Contemporary American, Asian.
Twenty Manning is the second venture of Philadelphia restaurateur Audrey Claire, and this neighborhood bistro is a favorite amongst both critics and Philadelphia restaurant goers. The kitchen at Twenty Manning is headed by chef Kiong Bahn, who prepares contemporary American cuisine with Asian influences. Chef Kiong uses only fresh, local ingredients at Twenty Manning, including herbs from his own garden.