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Bistro Romano

120 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602 (City Center East)
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Ranked #25 of 3,691 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between Front and 2nd
Transit: Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
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87% Recommend
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English first
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We found this restaurant on trip advisor with pretty high rating and a certificate of excellence. However, it didn't even come close to average! The food was cold, not well prepared and as we asked for more bread we got a saggy portion. The service wasn't the best and the waiter didn't even know what was on the menu or... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A friend suggested the restaurant to me, knowing I was looking for authentic good homemade Italian food..perfectly correct, she was!! The restaurant is located right off South st. In a quaint historic building.. I wanted somewhere quiet and romantic and THIS was! Everyone was nice and went out of their way to help.. We were seated in the cellar area..perfect!... More

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Wethersfield, CT
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Don't be lured to Bistro Romano by the photos of warm brick and quiet wine cellar dining; this place is loud, cramped and the food is uninspiring. A sub par veal saltimbocca was served with a watery sauce; it was a great disappointment and the other entrees were no better. There are far better places to spend your money in... More

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic meal, we were placed downstairs in lovely setting. Ordered house speciality to start, cesar salad and was wonderful enjoyed the presentation of how salad made. Pasta dishes for main plentiful. Staff excellent, highly recommend.

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Edina, Minnesota
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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Had dinner with a business associate. Nice setting for that purpose; quiet, cozy, can hear each other talk. Food was good; menu is basic, traditional northern Italian with a few rotating entrees. Great wine list but a little on the spendy side.

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Haddon Heights, New Jersey, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I will give this restaurant an excellent rating because of their delicious food and ambiance. I booked the Wine Cellar for a romantic Valentine dinner for two for me and my wife, when we showed up they informed us that there was an error and they did not have our reservation. Needless to say we were not happy and were... More

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Freehold NJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were so surprised to enter this quaint little bistro and find an ambiance that was romantic, quiet, and oh so different! They have a table for 2 in the wine cellar! The service was excellent, the staff gracious, and the prices were reasonable. Highly recommend this!

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south jersey, nj
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is our 4th visit, and we will keep coming back. This historic building is a beautiful place to eat (exposed brick and beams), and we have been overjoyed by the quality and taste of the food every time. The staff are usually very attentive. We have chosen multiple items on the menu and from the daily specials, and have... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews 135 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was our 4th visit to Bistro Romano, and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere is just as nice as it was previously, and the food was excellent. Even though it was Saturday night and virtually every table was taken, the service was also excellent. Still highly recommended!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Bistro Romano. For our first course, I had the Cesar salad while my wife had the Suppli Al Telefono. Both were very good. I especially appreciated that they accommodated me by preparing my Cesar salad table side for one. For our entrees, I had the risotto special with diver scallops, calamari and porcini... More

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