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“A romantic evening”
Review of Bistro Romano

Bistro Romano
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Ranked #73 of 4,459 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between Front and 2nd
Transit: Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
Reviewed July 26, 2014

booked it for an anniversary dinner. manager greeted us with champagne. staff was very attentive and helpful. contrary to previous reviews, we had great veal. my wife had the saltimbocca and i had the owen. paired with a great super tuscan. nothing to disappoint (except that we left behind our doggie bag. a great evening and then a nice comfortable walk back to the ritz carlton.

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2  Thank CraignCheryl
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

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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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 Italian sausage with broccoli rabe and white beans. An excellent German Riesling was a perfect complement to the meal.

As has been the case on every visit here, our server was wonderful: friendly, prompt, answered questions and seemed to appreciate our thanks.

Tip: when you make reservations, ask for a table downstairs. There are tables upstairs in the bar area and the food and service are the same but if you don't want to be in a bar with a piano you'd prefer the larger but still more intimate lower level.

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2  Thank Medstrike
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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 so over powered with sage, it was barely edible. The chicken bracciole had this odd sweet and sour flavor....very sweet and just strange. We really wanted to like this place and were very surprised at the food quality. There are too many great restaurants in the Area....this just didn't cut it.

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1  Thank traveltina
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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 a recommendation from the hotel. The overall visual impression is good - stylish part of Philadelphia - and a nice old "romantic" setting in the restaurant itself. The menu looks interesting - more than enough for fans of Italian food - but then the impression worsened. The starters were mixed - stuffed mushrooms good but salty, mozzarella fritti a bit bland and light on the mozzarella itself. Then the main courses arrived - don't think we've ever seen so much pasta on a plate before (and that includes when I was at university!). Suddenly it made sense why we saw several other groups/couples leaving with "takeouts". But the main gripe was just the quality of the food.....watery tomato based sauce in one case, and a fairly bland duck ragu sauce in the other. Better results would have been achieved from pre-prepared pasta sauces, in our view. And the quantity....was just ....daunting. Quite a negative surprise given the reviews we'd read and so on - the only winner from our dinner was a nearby down & out who we gave our "takeout" pasta to!! There are better alternatives in Philadelphia.

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1  Thank Monty_Greenhedges
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