February 05, 2016
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.
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
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.
120 Lombard St.
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.
1946 Lombard St.
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.
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.
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.