Restaurants to Get the Best Value for Your Dollar in Philadelphia

Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of what cost savings means to them. For some, it simply means where they're going to get the most food for their dollar. For others, it means where they get a little extra with their meals. Philadelphia dining patrons looking for something a bit out-of-the-ordinary for definitely-ordinary pricing would rank other places at the tops of their lists. For 10Best, the range we stick to is actually quite broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus on our list of best value eateries. In addition, we also share really nice restaurants that have especially nice perks such an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. Little extras, value-enhanced specials, perks that bring up the value of your dining experience no matter where the venue falls on the pricing scale are places that make it to our lists. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Philadelphia, let us introduce you to a few of our city-wide favorites, starting with Banana Leaf and Paloma. They're low in expenditures and high on appeal. Other great values worth mentioning come from staple establishments like San Kee or Nam Phuong. Value has never tasted so good.



Formerly a hotspot known and frequented by mainly Philadelphia dock and construction workers, this venue has seen a recent upturn in clientele and popularity. Now folks from all walks of life stop here to see what the fuss is all about, and may...  Read More



Get a lot for a little at this intimate little gem of a foodery in Logan Square. While it's nothing special as far as looks or ambiance, this place rocks where it counts - in the food department. If you want brisket done like nobody's business,...  Read More



Modest signage announcing "Steaks Beer-Hoagies" and the simple redbrick facade in no way prepare you for what this Roxborough treasure has in store. Indeed, those in the know claim that Dalessandro's may serve up the area's top cheesesteak –...  Read More



Founded by an Italian family that had been operating butcher shops and sandwich stands in South Philly since 1918, Tommy DiNic's is still ran by the same family, serving some of the finest sandwiches in the nation. In fact, the Travel Channel...  Read More



Wood paneling and painted bamboo shoots give this Malaysian restaurant an authentic feel, one that is fully born out in the menu. Guests are faced with a combination of exotic and familiar dishes. The seafood lo mein is a particularly benign...  Read More



It's no wonder that Ray's Cafe & Tea House is perennially crowded. Authentic and affordable Taiwanese specialties such as beef noodle soup and Taiwanese rice noodles populate the menu, and the plump dumplings are without peer in Philadelphia....  Read More

Mama's Vegetarian
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When in the mood for something delicious, convenient and vegetarian, think Mama's Vegetarian. This scrumptious, kosher, Middle Eastern eatery serves up delicious vegetarian fare every weekday. With menu options like soup of the day, platters...  Read More

McGillin's Olde Ale House
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A Philly staple since 1860, McGillin's has remained true to its heart over the years, serving great eats and cold beer to everybody from Ed Bradley and Ethel Merman to Robin Williams and Will Ferrell. Inside, the place has the timeless look of a...  Read More



South Philadelphia's Vietnamese delicacy, Nam Phuong specializes in delicious food using quality ingredients, combined with exceptional service. The restaurant itself is wide open and feels spacious. There are a variety of menu items to select...  Read More



This 3-story 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. Once you know it's there, however, you'll want to point it out to...  Read More