Center City Restaurant Week is upon us again, which means that some of the city’s best restaurants will be serving three-course meals at just $35 a person -- a steal considering that at some of these places, $35 is less than you’d spend on a single dish any other time of the year. Don't blow your savings on a fancy dinner -- take advantage of these deals from some of the most highly rated (and expensive) restaurants, now through January 29th.
One of Jose Garces’ finest restaurants is also one of his most expensive, which can make selecting the right Spanish tapas even more difficult. Despite a tailored restaurant week menu, don’t expect the job of ordering to come any easier -- just make sure your dinner date is ready to “share” with you.
Must-try item: Flatbread with beef short ribs, horseradish, Parmesan, and bacon
Fitler Dining Room exudes charming ambiance on a sweet, quiet city street corner, and its open kitchen and dim lighting only add to its aesthetic bliss. When it comes to food, the bistro’s new American menu has refreshing concepts on a bit of everything, updating the menu seasonally alongside its curated wine list.
Must-try item: Cape Cod mussels
Avenue of the Arts
An 8oz filet will usually cost you upwards of $40 at Del Frisco’s, so it goes without saying that it's more than worthwhile to get the same dish, along with two other courses, for just $35. If that’s not enough to make you book a reservation, the venue itself is worth stepping inside of -- carved ceilings, ceiling-to-floor windows, and a wine elevator adorn the former bank space. Wear a jacket and tie or the nice dress hiding in the back of your closet -- you'll feel super fancy.
Must-try item: 8oz filet mignon with chateau potatoes
South Street District
This warm, welcoming French bistro just off of South St can easily tip your bill into the triple digits (especially when you dig into that extensive wine list), so breathe a sigh of relief while indulging in many of the spot’s classic French dishes at a discount without sacrificing any of the taste.
Must-try item: Escargots à la bourguignonne
One of Philly’s most important restaurants is getting in on some restaurant week magic, and guests can choose four courses for $35, giving ample opportunity to try its gastronomical twist on modern European plates.
Must-try item: Veal schnitzel tacos with anchovy mayo
Avenue of the Arts
Service at the bar and seating area is known to be top-notch at Capital Grille, as are its impeccably mouthwatering steak and seafood dishes. This is another place where one entree already trumps the cost of Restaurant Week, so make the most of it and get your steak on.
Must-try item: 14oz bone-in dry-aged sirloin steak
Consistently ranked as one of the best places to eat in Philadelphia (and most romantic), Zahav features dishes that range from classic simplicity (try the hummus if you want to feel alive) to extravagant plates infusing Middle Eastern tastes. Plus, you get four courses during Restaurant Week!
Must-try item: Lamb merguez with squash, cranberry, and tehina
For the ultimate impress-your-date night, look no further than Butcher and Singer. Low lighting, high ceilings, and white table cloths give you and your date a chance to dress up a bit before sinking your teeth into a perfectly prepared steak with chocolate-caramel tart for dessert.
Must-try item: Oysters Rockefeller
One of the best sushi restaurants in the city (which has a whole lot more than sushi on the menu) is offering four courses to its Restaurant Week visitors. Just save some room for the mochi.
Must-try item: Maki combination of spicy tuna roll, yellowtail jalapeño mango roll, and salmon avocado roll
Devon’s prime real estate on the perimeter of Rittenhouse Square Park makes it not only difficult to get a table here, but also ranks the spot amongst the area’s more expensive. The seafood-heavy Restaurant Week menu will give you a nice sampling of the good life as you dig into your crab cakes and gaze into the park for nighttime people-watching.
Must-try item: Lobster bisque
1. Amada217 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
2. Fitler Dining Room2201 Spruce St, Philadelphia
3. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse1426 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
4. Bistrot La Minette623 S 6th St, Philadelphia
5. Abe Fisher1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia
6. The Capital Grille1338-46 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
7. Zahav237 St. James Pl, Philadelphia
8. Butcher and Singer1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
9. Zama128 S 19th St, Philadelphia
10. Devon Seafood Grill225 S 18th St, Philadelphia
Garces' granddaddy of restaurants, Amada has a huge cocktail list with favorites like the custom Matador (ginger, bourbon, elderflower), plus some tasty, thrifty tapas, including Serrano ham croquettes and spicy potatoes.
Down the block from its park namesake, Fitler Dining Room's the Pub & Kitchen folks' makeover of the former Mémé, remodeled as a 1920s French bistro serving hefty comforts like truffle-stuffed skate wing and gnocchi with snails.
Located in what was once the lobby of the First Pennsylvania Bank, Del Frisco's Double Eagle is a show-stopping venue to go with heart-stoppingly good beef. The dining room at this Rittenhouse spot features sweeping three-story columns and a 40ft (1,200-bottle) wine tower at the center of the restaurant. In addition to its steak options, the menu offers a diverse seafood selection.
Bistrot La Minette is just about the closest thing to Paris one can find in the heart of Philly. The authentic French bistro is filled with red plush seating, lengthy rows of tables, each just inches from the next, and handsome unobtrusive waiters in button-up vests balancing trays of fois gras and red wine. The menu is built around fresh local ingredients, and traditional French flavors, offering everything from mustard-braised rabbit and white wine-roasted chicken to escargot in herb butter and tarte tatin (ridiculously delicious upside-down caramelized apple cake). The wine, beer, and spirits lists are curated with the same Francophile dedication, because a French meal is never complete without a glass of French wine.
Inspired by the food of the Jewish diaspora, Abe Fisher breathes new life to typical Center City cuisine with small plates incorporating a creative range of goods, from shrimp fried rice to veal schnitzel tacos.
This steakhouse should be at the top of your must eat list.
The interior of this modern Israeli restaurant is designed to resemble Jerusalem's network of hidden courtyards, with floors and walls built of gold limestone and tables hand-carved in dark wood. Zahav's food is equally reminiscent of the promised land: fresh laffa bread is baked to order in a wood-fired oven and lamb skewers are roasted over hardwood charcoal. The menu's true star is its hummus, a silky spread in which the key ingredients, chickpeas and tahini, share the flavor spotlight equally and aren't overshadowed by garlic, lemon, or olive oil -- though those three ingredients are surely present. The lengthy wine list includes a full section for wines with Israeli or Palestinian origins, and house cocktails incorporate Mediterranean notes like za'atar and pumpernickel-infused whiskey.
With any Stephen Starr operation, you know what you’re getting: great service, flawless execution, and a serious price tag. Butcher & Singer is a throwback to the old Hollywood-style steak- and chophouses, so it’s a perfect place to impress a date or celebrate a milestone with a delicious dinner. Low lighting, high ceilings, and white table cloths give you a reason to dress up.
After years of helming kitchens at Stephen Starr's Pod & Morimoto, sushi man Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka finally has a place of his own after transforming the former dark, clubby Loie space into a bright 80-seater w/ backlit maple slat-lined walls and a massiv
The seafood at Devon is sourced daily, so it's guaranteed fresh. Options like jumbo lump crab, fresh shrimp, and steaks are always available, but the fresh catch-of-the-day is definitely something to look out for.