Lunch

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 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)

9 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)

8 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)

7 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)

6 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)

5 Genji
Sake martini anyone? Perhaps, alongside a selection of fresh sushi in this upscale Japanese restaurant. Great service, fresh sushi creations, and a decidedly sophisticated ambience make this Rittenhouse Square eatery a popular choice. (215-564-1720)

4 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)

3 Shiroi Hana
This restaurant may be small in size, but the tastes that emanate from the sushi bar and the kitchen are colossal. Steamed dumplings, oysters, and impeccable sushi are enjoyed by the young and old alike. If you see an empty seat, you better grab it. (215-735-4444)

2 Sang Kee
This eatery can easily be missed upon first glance. With fresh produce hanging in the front, you might miss the restaurant that's on the side next to the big windows. Delicious won ton soup and all the traditional Chinese specialties, such as crisp duck and golden scallion pancakes. Whether you select chicken, beef, pork, or seafood, you can't go wrong. (215-925-7532)

1 Lee How Fook
Authentic Chinese dishes of gingered beef with scallions, shrimp in black bean sauce, and a myriad of other tasty combinations are available from this family-owned and operated Chinatown restaurant. The salt-baked squid and shrimp are particular favorites. (215-925-7266)


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Swann Café & Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Live Music, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$$
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Bistro St. Tropez 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible
Cuisine: European, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$
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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: $$
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Yangming 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Fusion
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: ST. JOSEPH'S
COST: $$
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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: $$
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Genji 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$$
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Buddakan 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Take Out
COST: $$$
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Shiroi Hana 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: Center City
COST: $$
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Sang Kee 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $
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Lee How Fook 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $