Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Philadelphia and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Jim's Steaks thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Mainland Inn, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 White Dog Café
Located in the University City area, this eclectic café serves wonderfully prepared New American cuisine and dishes up a bit of social activism on the side. (It works diligently to benefit poor and disenfranchised people locally and internationally, and it supports sustainable sources of seafood, organic growers, and family farmers.) Midday entrees include salads, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, and creative fresh fish dishes. Dinner features incredible options like sherry cumin-glazed lamb sirloin, seared Alaskan halibut, and pan-crisped Peking duck breast. (215-386-9224)

9 Le Bec-Fin
The turn-of-the-century décor is a perfect match for the elegant nouvelle French cuisine at this favorite Philadelphia restaurant. For starters, try the tuna sashimi, chilled white asparagus soup, or their signature crab cakes. Escargots are served in a champagne hazelnut butter sauce — a creative twist on the traditional wine and garlic sauce. Entrees include Guinea hen perfumed with fennel stick and tea, and salmon in pastry with morels and asparagus. The wine list is extensive, with over 700 varieties, but the sommelier selects a wine flight for each meal if the choice is too difficult. (215-567-1000)

8 Rouge
Snug but chic, this bistro is especially popular in the spring and summer, when patrons sit outside and watch as Rittenhouse Square buzzes with activity. A prime place for people-watching, Rouge draws a beautiful evening crowd that doesn't have a problem dressing to the nines. As for the eats, the fare hovers in the vicinity of New American, from gourmet burgers to pan-seared Atlantic salmon. Brunch is a particularly attractive affair that features dishes like chilled Watch Hill oysters, eggs Norwegian with Scottish smoked salmon, dark chocolate chip pancakes and cinnamon French toast. (215-732-6622)

7 Beau Monde
Beau Monde is crazy for crepes! Though this beautifully decorated eatery serves appetizers and salads as well, the crepes are the main attraction. And they aren't just for dessert. For dinner, try a buckwheat crepe stuffed with herbs and chicken or shrimp. For dessert, the sweeter wheat crepes are served with fruit or cream filling. Reservations are accepted for groups of six or more. (215-592-0656)

6 Swann Café & Lounge
For an elegant evening of live music and dancing, The Swann Lounge is tops. In addition, the Swann also offers a lovely Viennese dessert buffet. The range of options is staggering and includes such indulgences as chocolate raspberry fondant cake, Viennese strudel, chocolate mousse cake, pecan Marjolaine, almond Kirsch torte or strawberry Romanoff trifle. An especially impressive affair is their Sunday brunch, during which patrons enjoy live jazz by the fireside while indulging in eggs Benedict, French toast, to-order omelets and carved meats. (215-963-1500)

5 Bistro St. Tropez
The hip yet quaint ambience makes this bistro a winner. The culinary treats, ranging from risotto with parmesan veal to bouillabaisse, offer a wonderful combination of French-Mediterranean tastes. Hidden in the Marketplace Design Center, Bistro St. Tropez's decor and savory delights make it well worth the search. (215-569-9269)

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4 Arielle's Country Inn
Cozy confines sets the mood at this romantic eatery, reminiscent of the old taverns you'd find while exploring the French countryside. The cuisine and service are impeccable. Imaginative and reliable dinner courses may include broiled rainbow trout with pistachio and herb-garlic crust or crusted chicken breast with smoked ham and cheese filling. (215-453-3800)

3 Yangming
Opulent in decoration with etched-glass panels, this New Chinese cuisine has attracted a loyal following across all age groups. Full banquet menus are available year round. Reservations suggested. Business casual attire. (610-527-3200)

2 CinCin
This Chinese restaurant presents a romantic atmosphere with its dark wood interior, soft lights, and background music. Szechwan beef, scallops, lobster, and fresh fish are prepared with delicate care to deliver just the right balance of taste. If you're looking for something different, some of the dishes even have a touch or two of French flair. Reservations suggested. Business dress attire. (215-242-8800)

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1 Buddakan
You know right away that this will be special, from the Zen-like entrance with its wall of flowing waters. Duck and shiitake postickers, lobster fried rice, sesame crusted tuna, make for a memorable meal. After your meal, try the chocolate Bento box for two, a sampler of five unique little desserts. The bar gets packed and stays packed, but don't let the noise deter your mission to enjoy a wonderful meal. Make sure to rub the Buddha statue on your way out. Advance reservations are recommended, especially for weekends. (215-574-9440)

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White Dog Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: University City
COST: $$
Le Bec-Fin 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$$$
Rouge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$
Beau Monde 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Swann Café & Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Live Music, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$$
Bistro St. Tropez 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible
Cuisine: European, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$
Arielle's Country Inn 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French, Seafood, Steakhouse
COST: $$
Yangming 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Fusion
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: ST. JOSEPH'S
COST: $$
CinCin 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
COST: $$
Buddakan 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Take Out
COST: $$$
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