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“Our favorite restaurant in Philly!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro Romano

Bistro Romano
120 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602 (City Center East)
215-925-8880
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Ranked #105 of 3,484 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between Front and 2nd
Transit: Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Our favorite restaurant in Philly!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Bistro Romano serves excellent Italian cuisine in a charming atmosphere, with impeccable service. Last weekend we celebrated my birthday there, taking advantage of an e-mail offering returning clients a three course menu with wine for only $29.99, with a $20 certificate thrown in for a future visit! I had the Sicilian Tilapia and my husband had the Pescatore, both of which were excellent. There were 6 choices of entrees from which to choose and we had enough left for dinner the next night. We have traveled extensively and our dinners at Bistro Romano compare favorably with local restaurants in Italy. Bistro Romano uses great marketing strategies, luring diners to return on weekends with Philly's worst weather (hot, humid or cold, snowy) or other times when business may be slow. Respond early if you get that e-mail as they book up early! Get on their e-mail list if possible - you won't be disappointed!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Exceptional dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Chose this place because we would be in the area for the weekend based on the reviews here on trip advisor. I am so glad. The place is just beautiful. The piano bar upstairs is very cozy for dining, but we chose to go downstairs to the wine cellar dining area. Very cozy atmosphere.
The place was packed on Sat. night but that did not delay our reservation or service.
The food was fabulous from the Suppli al Telefono and the scallops appetizers, we had the Funghi ravs and the Shrimp and Scallop Venenzia, including a table side prepped caesar salad....all excellent!!! Service staff are all very friendly and very attentive. There are a lot of workers because its such a busy spot and therefore, well run, no waiting and service and food is outstanding, not to mention, not overpriced in any way!
Would HIGHLY recommend and plan to return when in the area.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hamilton Square, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“MYSTERY & DINNER - WOW”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

While this was not the best meal I have ever had at a restaurant - it was still an excellent meal. My wife & some friends went on a Saturday Night to their Mystery Dinner Theater and the whole night was terrific. We have been to several Mystery Dinner Theaters, such as in Florida, New Jersey, and other states, but this was by far the best. Our friends had their Pasta Dinner and said it was really very good, while my wife and I had the fantastic salmon meal. The minestrone soup was very good (and I don't like minestrone soup!) as was the salad. The main entree was served hot and was excellent! The actors were very friendly and played their parts very well. We would not hesitate to return to Bistro Romano!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, beautiful, and delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

The website calls this a romantic restaurant, and I can definitely see that, but we had a non-romantic party of seven and it was great.
Food was amazing. Farfalle primavera was so good. Fresh veggies, awesome seafood, peach tiramisu was incredible. Wish I lived closer!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fishkill, New York
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Romantic Evening in Philly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I found Bistro Romano during a google search while planning our trip to Philadelphia for the weekend. Booking reservations was easy through OpenTable. We were seated in a private and romantic table seating downstairs. The food was great with large portions and the service was very friendly. I was also able to reserve a private horse and carriage ride through another company to pick us up at Bistro Romano's door just after dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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