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120 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602 (City Center East)
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Ranked #103 of 3,758 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Front and 2nd
Transit: Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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86 reviews 86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The Bistro Romano is a cute cellar restaurant in the Society Hill neighborhood. On a cold night, we were warmly welcomed in the vestibule where coats are checked, and despite the fact that we had walked in without a reservation, we were cheerfully shown to a cozy booth downstairs. There was some sort of dinner mystery entertainment going on in... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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182 reviews 182 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
875 helpful votes 875 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This dark stylish basement bistro offers upstairs quality cuisine & service. An extensive menu is complimented w/ numerous specials that (the night we dined there) included a delicious 16 oz. pork chop, served w/ fresh figs atop a bed of divine garlic mashed potatoes. A large block of fresh bistro salad was almost too good looking to eat & a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My wife and I had an amazing experience! It was a date night in the middle of the week and the atmosphere was great. It was very authentic Italian feel. The price was what you would expect for an upscale Italian bistro. The servers were very nice. One nice touch was the private wine room that you can have a... More

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271 reviews 271 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Attentive service and a lovely environment.... AND THE FOOD!!!! A really delicious meal with great choices, from classic to inventive and all very well priced for the quality and fro the portion size. A great place to eat while in Philadelphia!!! Absolutely well worth going to!

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We went to this restaurant to celebrate a retirement and everything was wonderful, we started at the bar for a few drinks before dinner and then headed downstairs to the restaurant. The Caesar Salad was the best I have ever had, they make it right at your table, the atmosphere was very quaint and it was like being in Italy.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the Penn's View hotel and asked where we could go to spend a great evening for dinner for our honeymoon. They suggested Bistros Romano and set up the reservation for us. We got there and they were very respectful and took us right to our seat. The atmosphere was amazing and we had never eaten at... More

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Port St Lucie, Fl
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Everything was great except the food. Gnocchi was undercooked. The caesar salad was just that, a caeser salad. They make it at the table and it's all the rage. Not worth the $10 per person for a salad, but by far the best part of the meal. The server took our 80% full plates and asked if we needed boxes.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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195 reviews 195 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Six of us went for dinner. Most of the tables are downstairs without an elevator, but there are some upstairs. The main area is small, but picturesque, as the walls were bare brick, reflecting the age of the building. Seating was somewhat tight. We had 4 different appetizers and 6 entrees. All of them were very good to excellent. The... More

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18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We visited during a business trip to Philadelphia. We started with the Caesar salad prepared table side. It couldn't have been better. I had the special - osso buco ravioli and my wife had the grouper. Both were perfect. Paired with a nice Super Tuscan and it was one of the finest Italian meals I've had in a restaurant -... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not our first time here and it is pretty consistent. Food is good, the prices are fair and service is always great. I had the ravioli and they were light and delicate. They have a really nice wine list and the primotivo was excellent. I might pass on dessert and have an appetizer next time.

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Additional Information about Bistro Romano

Address: 120 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602
Phone Number: 215-925-8880
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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