Restaurants in Philadelphia

Contemporary adaptations of traditional Spanish tapas comprise the menu at this Old City restaurant, which was opened in 2005 by James Beard Award-winning chef Jose Garces.

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

The Fountain at the Four Seasons faces the single-burst Love Park fountain and Robert Indiana's famous Love sculpture. The restaurant serves French-influenced American cuisine in a lavish 107-seat dining room featuring dark woods and crystal chandeliers.

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 Old City. Its interior resembles an old Havana street scene.

This Center City restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine and invites customers to BYOT — where the "T" stands for tequila. The space consists of exposed brick walls, an open kitchen, black-framed mirrors, and dark wooden furniture.

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

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

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 Chinese food at this upscale-casual spot on the Main Line.

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 original owners, took over in 1989 and renovated the space into a three-story building with a lounge.

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-owned by the Metropolitan Bakery team, is well loved for its contemporary American fare.