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Bistro Romano

120 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602 (City Center East)
215-925-8880
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Ranked #50 of 3,720 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Marlton, New Jersey
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116 reviews 116 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very romantic date spot or business. Service was knowledgable and friendly. Food was of high quality and well prepared. I would recommend for that special someone!

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Haddonfield, NJ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We love this place - we came back on a Saturday night two weeks ago for the first time in about a year and were not disappointed. The glazed stuffed pork chop I had was one of the best ever and my wife reported her monkfish was equally spectacular. We split a delicious appetizer of salsiccia margaux: hot and sweet... More

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Tequesta, Florida
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221 reviews 221 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We really enjoyed the decor and atmosphere but just didn't like much of the food and I have to say, we are pretty easy to please. Best part of the meal was the Caesar salad. We asked for an app portion of risotto and was happy they accommodated even tho not on menu.....unfortunately, it had no flavor. Veal saltimboca was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

You know those restaurant experiences when, soon after starting the main course, you both look at each other and think "this isn't fun....I really want this all to be over..."? (and this isn't a marriage counselling scenario!) Well unfortunately this is exactly what we experienced .... We chose the restaurant thanks to some restaurant reviews (not on trip advisor) and... More

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Philadelphia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a very good neighborhood restaurant. The food was good, the service was on the mark and the setting was enjoyable

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

My husband and I started coming to Bistro Romano several years ago. Now, whenever we are in Philly, we make it a point to go there. It is worth the hour or more drive for us to get there. We love the food and have never been disappointed. I would highly recommend the Caesar salad which is made right at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Whole lobster, side salad and pasta for under $16, what's not to like! Having said that, pasta sauce was watery, but the lobster was excellent and the salad just fine. Menu looked expensive, but the Tues night deal was brilliant. Our first choice Prosecco wasn't available so they gave us the more expensive one at the cheaper price, complimentary limoncello... More

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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galloway
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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