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February 05, 2016

14 romantic Philly restaurants for the perfect date night

Great eateries for Valentine's Day (or any day)

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to think about what you'll be doing Feb. 14. Whether you're looking for classic romance - dim lighting, cozy seating - or something hip and different, there are plenty of romantic eateries in Philadelphia. 

It can be tough to snag a dinnertime reservation at one of the joints below on a regular weekend, let alone just a week before Valentine's Day (early planners do not mess around). However, considering Valentine's Day is a Sunday this year, there's no shame in scheduling a V-Day-adjacent meal - or keeping this list in your back pocket for your next special day. 


227 S. 18th St.

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Rittenhouse Square's Parc restaurant.

Stephen Starr's Parc is well-trod Valentine's fare for a reason. The ambiance and decor replicate a sumptuous French bistro, the food - even the snails! - is consistently delicious, and it's located right on Rittenhouse Square, so you can see and be seen. If you're going for full-fledged fantasy romance, Paris is always a good idea.  

Jane G's

1930 Chestnut St.

In the mood for Szechuan? Then there's no better place for a date than Jane G's. Located right in the heart of Center City, it's lively and modern-looking on the inside and has a killer wine list. If you're feeling daring, try Jane's Dan Dan Noodles - you won't be sorry. 


8th & Christian streets

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Coeur, 824 South 8th Street in Bella Vista.

The latest from the owners of Local 44, Clarkville, Strangelove's and Memphis Taproom, Coeur is the restaurant group's big sister. It's dim, it's cozy and it's hosting a full week of Valentine's deals from dinner specials to beer school. Just don't expect a quiet room; when the house is full, you'll hear it. 

Bistrot La Minette

623 S. 6th St.

Tucked away right off South Street, you'd never know Bistrot La Minette is right around the corner from a string of record shops, vintage stores and kids on "hoverboards." Francophiles will feel right at home in this quaint bistro that's become a French Philly stalwart since its 2008 opening. 

Bistro Romano

120 Lombard St. 

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Bistro Romano Italian restaurant in Society Hill.

Recently named one of America's most romantic restaurants by OpenTable (and the only Philly restaurant to make the list), Bistro Romano has been serving up Italian fare since 1973. The Society Hill building itself is worth the trip; it was built in the early 1700s and was once a part of the Underground Railroad. 


237 St. James Place

If you've never been to Zahav, you're missing out, but if you're never been on a date to Zahav, now's the time to check it out. In addition to their usual great modern Israeli food, they've brought back their amazing lamb shack deal just for February. Strike while the iron is hot, people. 


306 Market St.

The intimate setting of this long-beloved Old City favorite is perfect for a night out. The in-demand spot requires planning ahead; their delicious-sounding $99 Valentine's Day meal is booked solid, but any dinner (or brunch) with Fork's contemporary American fare is a good one. 


105 S. 13th St.

This Marcie Turney/Valerie Safran establishment is perfect for a casual dinner. The wine bar serves raciones, which are a bit bigger than tapas, aka the perfect size for sharing. You'd be remiss not to try the chorizo. 

Pub & Kitchen

1946 Lombard St.

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Pub & Kitchen is located near Rittenhouse Square.

If you and your sweetie prefer beer over wine and burgers over steak dinners, then Pub & Kitchen is your kind of romantic. The warm tavern vibe will have you all snuggled up on a cold (maybe?) February night, and the kitchen is open 'til 1 a.m. if you want to stick around. Plus, they'll host a pre-Valentine's '80s Prom Night party Saturday, Feb. 13, complete with a king and queen. 

Fitler Dining Room

2201 Spruce St.

Pub & Kitchen's sister restaurant Fitler Dining Room has just as cute a dining room with a more bright and airy feel. If it's nice enough outside (which, considering 2016's crazy weather so far, who knows), sit outside on the sidewalk cafe for a great view of the neighborhood alongside yummy comfort foods. 


1536 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Stateside restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue.

The locally-sourced small plates of well-loved East Passyunk joint Stateside have just enough variety to keep you interested in the menu all night without overwhelming you with options. Pull up to the bar and try a new spirit when you're done; their whiskey list is extensive. 

Ralph's Italian Restaurant

760 S. 9th St. 

Will your love stand the test of time? Who knows! One thing we do know for sure, though, is that Ralph's will. The nation's oldest Italian restaurant, Ralph's has been serving Philly since 1900 and has been in its current locale for 101 years. Make like former guests Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. and join the neighborhood next time you need a special meal. 


401 S. Columbus Blvd.

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Moshulu is a boat restaurant that floats on the Delaware River.

For some, nothing says "I love you" like fine dining with a view. Hop on board the Moshulu, under its bright lights and atop its rocking deck, for a night that has all the beauty of a night at sea without all the sickness. If you hurry, you can grab seats at Moshulu's four-course Valentine's dinner, which is being served all weekend.  


110 S. 13th St.

Another friendly Safran/Turney spot, Barbuzzo's Mediterranean menu gets romantic for Valentine's Day with a multi-course pre-fixe complete with their famous salted caramel budino. Couldn't get a spot? Just hit them up another day - that budino is worth making time for.