Restaurants in Pennsylvania

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One of Philadelphia’s most unique eateries, Abe Fisher serves foods of the Jewish diaspora. Traditional ingredients are deliciously transformed:... Read More

This Rittenhouse gastropub is popular with the after-work and date-night crowds. The dining room has exposed brick walls and banquette seating. High... Read More

From Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr, Alma de Cuba has a minimalist style with glass walls, clean-lined furniture, and portraits of Cubans on... Read More

Contemporary adaptations of traditional Spanish tapas comprise the menu at this Old City restaurant, which was opened in 2005 by James Beard Award... Read More

Chefs Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney bring Mediterranean to their row of restaurants on 13th Street with Barbuzzo, where ingredients like French feta,... Read More

Barclay Prime is a multi-room steakhouse housed on the first floor of what was once The Barclay, a luxury hotel built in 1929. The design is part old... Read More

Steven Starr's vastly expanding dining empire includes some two-dozen restaurants, and though Buddakan opened back in 1998, this Old City temple to... Read More

On Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, the Hollywood of old appears anew in Butcher and Singer's blending elegant gilt, marble, and golden chandeliers... Read More

The whiskey wall with over 600 varietals of whiskey should be reason enough to try out this downtown restaurant by owner chef Richard DeShantz. But... Read More

Those with a sweet tooth or a hankering for seasonal pies should swing by this little Lawrenceville bakery. The cakes are elaborate confections of... Read More

The dishes, served in summer on a greenery-ensconced gazebo, include Thomas Jefferson’s own peanut soup recipe. Read More

Authenticity isn’t the goal at this small, hip space where they serve up quirky ramen fusion such as a rich, brothy bowl with brisket, noodles, kimchi,... Read More

The rustic French menu of terrines and crêpes is perfect for lunch. Read More

This Philadelphia newcomer communicates comfort through traditional French-country dishes. Read More

This Pittsburgh coffeehouse and roastery has six unique locations around the city, each with its own cool vibe that is a far cry from Starbucks. Their... Read More

With locations now in Atlantic City, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Cuba Libre's original Philadelphia branch is situated in a nightlife-heavy strip of... Read More

Since chef Justin Severino opened Cure in 2011, Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood has become a sort of foodie enclave. Along with his wife,... Read More

From your seat at Dinette’s bar, it’s surprisingly entertaining to watch the chefs fan out pizza dough before it hits the oven. Owner and chef Sonja... Read More

West Philadelphia's Distrito serves modern Mexican cuisine in a 250-seat restaurant decorated with kitschy details like vivid pink lighting and a wall... Read More

Exclusively serving hummus plates (except on Sunday when shakshua hits the menu for brunch) this casual eatery often has lines out the door. Creamy... Read More

Step back fourscore more years in time with roast duck and porridge at this stonewalled restaurant built in 1776. Read More

Set inside the Reading Terminal Market, this Center City breakfast spot is known for its country-style dishes. Long lines are the norm on weekend... Read More

This colorful space serves delicious house-made guacamole and has a wall lined with hundreds of tiny Day of the Dead figurines. Read More

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Enjoy a classic clam shack experience (the clam cakes or whole bellies are the way to go) Read More

It would be hard to miss this Old City restaurant, with its colorful name-bearing banners running down the building. The relaxed 122-seater, which is co... Read More

With five locations, this fried chicken and donuts shop has become a staple of the Philly food scene. “Hot Fresh” donuts get showered in vanilla spice,... Read More

Reminiscent of a Texas barbecue joint, this Stephen Starr restaurant serves smoked meats by the pound on trays with brown paper. Enjoy brisket,... Read More

If you have a big group (10 or more), join an Amish family, the Fishers, at their farm for a family-style dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes, and... Read More

Located in Old City, this New American restaurant specializes in fresh seasonal cuisine, much of it sourced from local farms near Philadelphia. Hand... Read More

In an Old City neighborhood dominated by hoagie joints, this Market Street ice cream parlor is, by design, old school. With a make-it-from-scratch food... Read More

Down where the restaurants taper off in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is the new Argentinian eatery, Gaucho Parilla. You can smell the wood-fired grills... Read More

Known all over the world, Geno's has been a pioneer of that greasy tradition, the Philly cheesesteak, since 1966. Located at the very same South... Read More

Favorite local chef Eli Kulp elevates bakery and diner fare at this new destination in Old City. Breakfast pleases all palates with items such as the... Read More

With locations in two of Philadelphia's hippest neighborhoods, this popular brunch spot always has a line. It’s worth the wait for Southern and Jewish... Read More

Located in the Fairmount neighborhood of the Art Museum District, this former 19th-century firehouse serves dressed-up, country-style food. Chef-owner... Read More

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A member of Steven Starr's ever-expanding restaurant empire (which includes more than two dozen eateries on the East Coast), this Center City restaurant... Read More

Knoebels is also notable for some of the most inventive theme-park food in America, including peanut butter and jelly milkshakes and deep-fried brownies. Read More

Ask a local from the Strip District where to get a fancy cup of coffee and chances are they’ll tell you to go to La Prima. The owners are Italian, and... Read More

Chef Georges Perrier opened Le Bec-Fin in 1970, growing the restaurant to be one of the finest French dining rooms in the United States. Diners&mdash... Read More

Serving authentic Abruzzese meals in South Philadelphia, Le Virtu cooks up Italian food that stands out in a city filled with it. Homemade pastas... Read More

What’s great about the family-run Legume is that everything—from the menu to the dining room—is the result of an active dialogue and thoughtful... Read More

Meant for “open-minded, convivial Philadelphians,” this shop has two locations and uses Pennsylvania ingredients to make small-batch ice cream in... Read More

This Center City restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine and invites customers to BYOT — where the "T" stands for tequila. The space... Read More

This British-style pub in the Art Museum District offers indoor and (in season) outdoor seating. Placed along a solarium-style wall of glass and brick,... Read More

Housed on the first two floors of a 1907 Victorian mansion, this University City restaurant is well-loved for its BYOB policy and its ever-changing menu... Read More

This gastropub in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District serves simple, tasty lunches, brunches, and dinners that are as straightforward as the establishment’s... Read More

Just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, this neighborhood eatery serves New American dishes that are both inventive and affordable. The 55-seat... Read More

Situated in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, this no-frills pub is known for its immense selection of Belgian brews. The dim, narrow space contains... Read More

Half the delight of going to Morcilla is sitting in the cozy, floor-to-ceiling honey wood–paneled dining room and watching the waitstaff, chefs, and... Read More

The Japanese-cooking expert on the television show Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto helms this upscale restaurant—its plain, minimalist façade... Read More

This oyster bar has a Russian owner with good taste in champagne and a Cajun chef who adds southern comfort foods like po’ boys and gumbo to the menu.... Read More

North Bowl Lounge ‘n’ Lanes is housed in a former auto mechanic's garage, with exposed ductwork and brick walls, and polished concrete... Read More

Vintage and art bikes hang from bicycle-themed murals on the ceiling. Try a locally brewed Pedal Pale Ale with a hamburger—Pittsburghers call them... Read More

Pamela's is an iconic Pittsburgh breakfast staple. The original Squirrel Hill location opened in 1980 and they've since added five more in Oakland,... Read More

It wouldn’t be Philly without a cheese steak, so lay on the Cheese Wiz at this iconic restaurant. “Pat” is Pat Olivieri—the... Read More

This rustic Tuscan-style trattoria serves wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas in an intimate space. Read More

Some customers line up three hours early for the pizza—which serves two—topped with tomato, whole milk mozzarella, aged cheese, and extra virgin olive... Read More

A Naples-meets-NYC-style pizzeria from restaurateur Stephen Starr. Order the pizza topped with clams, broccoli rabe, pancetta, and mozzarella. Read More

The most casual eatery in hometown hero Marc Vetri’s growing empire of popular Italian restaurants. Now with two locations, Pizzeria Vetri uses custom... Read More

Restaurateur Stephen Starr opened this pan-Asian restaurant, designing the interior with futuristic neon-lights and cylinder-shaped dining booths called... Read More

Primanti's is home to the Pittsburgh-born sandwich you've probably heard of—yes, the one with the french fries and crunchy cole slaw piled right on top... Read More

In 1997, Louis Sarcone, Jr. and Anthony Bucci took their great grandfather’s bakery rolls and created a menu of 40 different hoagies. Then they... Read More

On a quiet side street, Sette Luna cultivates a short Italian menu. The wood-burning oven imparts warmth, but the crustless cheesecake is what dreams... Read More

Smallman Galley doesn't call itself a "unique dining experience" just for kicks. It's a 6,000-square-foot food hall in Pittsburgh's Strip District that... Read More

Southwark’s owners source their ingredients from local farmers, co-ops, and often even from their own gardens, supporting the sustainable Slow... Read More

Chef-owner Susanna Foo, who closed her high-profile, namesake fine-dining restaurant in Center City after a 22-year-run, serves her no-boundaries... Read More

Just browsing the menus at Tako will tell you that its chefs take Mexican food to another level. There is a build-your-own-guacamole menu, from which... Read More

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At his elegant hacienda-style restaurant, David Suro, who grew up near agave fields in the Mexican state of Jalisco, serves drinks by mixologist Junior... Read More

For the last 25 years, Tessaro's has been slinging beef patties on their hardwood grills, which you can smell wafting from the restaurant when you walk... Read More

What makes the Cafe at the Frick so great is not its leafy green surroundings on the Frick Museum estate. It’s really all about the gingerbread-house... Read More

Not many Pittsburgh establishments have a Bloody Mary bar like the Commoner’s. This English pub–inspired restaurant below the Kimpton Hotel Monaco... Read More

The old-school diner—clad in shiny steel punctuated by retro curved windows—has been baking its popular sticky buns (“grilled stickeys... Read More

The restaurant serves candlelit period meals including dishes like peanut soup, and the specialty is Game Pie made of turkey, pheasant, and duck. Read More

Celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga brings the South to Philly at this University City spot. Brace yourself for the Hot Chicken entree that balances burning... Read More

The Fountain at the Four Seasons faces the single-burst Love Park fountain and Robert Indiana's famous Love sculpture. The restaurant serves French... Read More

Parents will appreciate the hearty breakfast—kids will love the 20-plus kinds of pie. Read More

Nuzzle in secret at one of only two tables in the wine cellar of this 1780 farmhouse, and choose from rustic dishes like the lamb rack Dijonaise and... Read More

Since 1927, this Pittsburgh institution has been turning out chewy, warm, salty pretzels on the city’s South Side. They are hand-twisted, as they’ve... Read More

Many Pittsburghers like the Vandal because it’s really like no other restaurant. The weekend brunch menu offers rich dishes like scrapple with chicken... Read More

Chef Jose Garces' second Philadelphia restaurant, Tinto, takes its cues from the tapas and wine bars in the Basque region of Spain. The dining room is... Read More

Tony Luke, Jr. founded his South Philly sandwich eatery in 1992 and put a gourmet twist on his hometown’s traditional cheese steak. At a no-frills... Read More

Tria opened this first location of its now citywide bar and café chain in Rittenhouse Square in 2004, based on the trinity of beer, wine, and... Read More

Vedge offers no animal products, but don't call it a vegetarian or vegan restaurant. This is a vegetable restaurant only. One of Philadelphia’s... Read More

Considered one of the best Italian restaurants in the nation, this fine-dining landmark is usually booked two months in advance. James Beard Award... Read More

The Lai family fled both Vietnam and a Malaysian refugee camp before opening this once tiny Vietnamese restaurant in 1984. Benny Lai, the son of the... Read More

Water Works Restaurant & Lounge's riverfront view—which includes a cluster of buildings reminiscent of old Rome, Boat House Row, and the... Read More

Lobster ravioli and filet mignon may be off-message, but are followed by chocolaty desserts. Read More

This self-described neighborhood tavern at the Ace Hotel, led by Pittsburgh native Brent Young, roots its menu in local and regional ingredients and... Read More

At the top of the Bellevue, commanding an aerial view of Philadelphia from the domed 19th floor, XIX Nineteen Café serves New American cuisine... Read More

Xochitl (pronounced “so-cheet”), a tequila bar/restaurant at the foot of Pine Street in Society Hill, serves Pre-Hispanic Mexican dishes... Read More

Philadelphia celebrity chef Michael Solomonov’s Israeli fine dining spot is one of Philadelphia’s most creative and delicious culinary destinations.... Read More

Pittsburghers swear by this beloved family-owned small-batch roastery on Penn Avenue, which also has a drive-through down the block. Read More

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