Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the star between New York City and Washington, D.C. The largest city in Pennsylvania is most notably known for its rich history, while in the city you can see such American historical landmarks like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia is also a top choice for foodies due to their exquisite local fare and legendary chefs.
These restaurants on our list feature an incredible selection of gourmet dishes, ranging from French cuisine to executive-level steakhouses. When you’re looking for upscale dining selections, these are the hottest places to go in Philly.
Noted as an opulent New American seafood restaurant, you can’t experience any finer dining in Philadelphia than XIX Nineteen located at the Bellevue Hotel. For one, it’s got the best atmosphere in the entire city due to its location, 19 stories up above Center City. The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views and gigantic pearls that dangle from a historic cathedral ceiling.
It’s the food as well at XIX restaurant that drives guest’s crazy from breakfast fare like Crab Cake Benedict to the Berkshire Pork Osso Buco and Spiced Aspen Ridge Prime Boneless Ribeye, you can experience true indulgence in some of the finest prepared dishes by executive chefs. XIX also has an award-winning bar and lounge area, which is perfect for cocktails and private parties.
The restaurants around Rittenhouse Square are truly outstanding. If you want the five-star steak experience, Barclay Prime is the place to go in Philly. Known for its $120 cheesesteak, you won’t forget this dining experience. You will find the most exquisite flavors in traditional gourmet dishes that people love like Maine Diver Scallops, Foie Gras, and Prime Filet Mignon. However, they also have some amazing wine selections and Philly favorites, such as the cheesesteak. The ambiance inside is intoxicating. This is a great place to stop by for happy hour or dinner, but it’s the perfect place for special occasions.
Located in Rittenhouse Square as well, The Love is the perfect spot for romance and enchantment. Everything about this place is eclectic and cozy with a California Italiano vibe that you can’t help but fall in love with. Dinner service here is extravagant, but you’ll love the wine and steak dishes, as well as Acorn Squash Pomodoro, Scallops, and Maple Salmon. It truly is a treat to spend the evening in a restaurant with a quiet ambiance and delicious food.
This famous restaurant is located by the Penn Center, and it’s a top choice for swanky eats in Philadelphia. Located 500 feet about the city on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, the restaurant features wall-to-wall breathtaking panoramic views of the city. The restaurant offers creative American cuisine by Chef Daniel Stern. The menu is a special treat with its unique dishes that are based on what is in season. Start off your meal with the Lobster “Roll”, enjoy the Veal Tenderloin as your main entrée and make sure to save room for the Chocolate Tart for dessert.
Located in the Old City, you will love this Latin fare restaurant that makes incredible cocktails and spicy dishes. The Chilean Sea Bass is well worth the price at this local upscale restaurant, where Pork Jawn Brao, asparagus, and calamari come to meet. There is something for everyone at this eclectic spot, and you’ll get a real homey feel from the staff and its top chefs.
Every food enthusiast should add Philadelphia to their list of cities to visit for its delicious food options. The star between NYC and DC is the perfect city for history, fun and delicious food.