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Group-Friendly Restaurants in Philadelphia That'll Satisfy Your Crowd



Options. That's what groups need. The Philadelphia restaurant scene is fortunately not short on delicious food options as well as restaurant environments that crowds of all sizes and shapes can enjoy. It's not difficult to discover that special niche that your group enjoys as far as food, and dining space, as well as a vibe that works! Looking for fun and funky? Check. Looking for intimate and classy? Check. More interested in a satisfying suburban restaurant option? Check. Whether your office staff is set on heading out to a cozy Northern Italian hot-spot like Davio's for mouth-watering pasta choices, or you want to duck into a fun Mexican eatery like El Vez with gal-pals to sample superbly cooked south-of-the-border specialities, you can do so easily. Satisfy your group's dietary needs and desires, as well as their palates at one of the many fantastic fooderies this city and its surrounding neighborhoods have become known for! Group appetites are not things to be messed with, so appease yours with hearty cuisine, attractive decor, and atmospheres that cater to all tastes. Big or small crowds, rowdy or reserved members, large appetites or smaller ones, in the city or out, there's a dining option for your bunch. Pass out the forks and let's eat!


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Located near the Academy of Music, Estia delivers contemporary Greek cookery in a setting that has the look and feel of an enclosed courtyard, complete with an azure ceiling, white-washed walls and a live olive tree. The menu emphasizes whole grilled fish and seafood, most of which is caught in the warm waters of the Mediterranean � dorado, European sea bass, white snapper and even Langoustines. If your appetite is more terrene in nature, look to delicious "mainland" selections like lamb chops, filet mignon and organic chicken. For groups willing to pass and share, there are a number of awesome mezedes, both hot and cold.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Treat your crowd to true Greek Mediterranean dining complete with gourmet traditional dishes in a stylish and comfortable venue.

Sharon's expert tip: Indulge in the Theater Menu if you're headed to a show, or try the whole fish if you're a seafood fan.

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The finest Italian cuisine in a uniquely intimate & elegant setting located near Philadelphia. A local favorite for years, this gem offers upscale, sophisticated Italian dining. Sample the perfectly prepared fresh fish, the homemade pasta,and select a great accompanying beverage from their wine list. Free on-site parking and a plethora of dinner choices for patrons of all kinds. Members of your party will want to try the Lobster Salad, Linguine ai Frutti di Mare, Ravioli di Aragosta, Gnocchi, Pollo San Marco, and Soft Shell Crabs. Opt for expertly crafted dishes of fish, pasta, veal, or chicken for a truly satisfying meal.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: This restaurant is family run with their own herbs grown on site. A suburban gem, this is Italian at its best.

Sharon's expert tip: Save room for the Tiramisu and Creme Brulee!

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Elegant yet unpretentious, this traditional neighborhood bistro offers fresh, flavorful fare that takes patrons on a sensory stroll through the French countryside. In a quiet candlelit garden, the superb staff delivers ceramic wine pitchers, addictive homemade baguettes and fresh mussels topped with creamy tarragon sauce and poached egg. Diners then savor Dijon-braised rabbit or tender beef bourguignon among other selections, followed by things like decadent Gateau l'Opera, an almond sponge cake with chocolate ganache, coffee butter cream and creme Chantilly. Be sure to ask to dine outside if the weather is nice as the feel is secluded enough to believe you may actually be amongst the French themselves.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Conveniently located near many go-to sites in the city, this restaurant serves up delicious French delicacies for group dining.

Sharon's expert tip: Dining on the patio with fresh bread, a glass of wine and a delicious French entree may make you think you're actually in France.

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Capital Grille - Philadelphia


From inspiring seafood dishes to amazing steak options, the Capital Grille delivers a solid dining experience to patrons in Philadelphia. Located next to City Hall, this traditional mainstay is a great place to fill up on food as well as conversation. Get an order of the lobster cakes or delve into a Kona steak that's cooked-to-order. Sample the lobster bisque, compliment things with an order of truffle fries and snag a cocktail to boot. Desserts will end your meal with a sweet and decadent wave. Try some of the delicious coconut creme pie or a piece of their creme brulee.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: A dependable steakhouse restaurant, the Capital Grille offers groups a robust environment where they can talk it up while chowing down.

Sharon's expert tip: Try the lobster cakes!

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The Little Lion
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*The Little Lion was damaged in a fire and is currently closed.* Lunchtime can leave you wanting something more, and something a step above the same old choices. This recent addition to the restaurant scene in Old City delivers on taste, ambiance and atmosphere. Patrons like the attractive and fun decor that although keeps things simple, still pleases with bright colors and clean lines. This eatery also pleases by being conveniently close to many historic attractions. The place satisfies with delicious choices for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night snacks. From Red Velvet French Toast to Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese, to Kale Pesto Pasta, there's sure to be a dish that satisfies.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: If you like meat, this is the place for you! Enjoy free parking, great menu options, rave reviews and room for groups!

Sharon's expert tip: Try the fried green tomatoes or country fried chicken, or order up a specialty cocktail for fun.

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Fun and energetic decor and a lively environment make this a must-visit for the hip and happening. Fresh and flavorful Mexican food such as homemade salsa, lobster tacos, and sweet and tasty churros make a visit here worth its weight in pesos. If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine that's fresh and well-made, El Vez doesn't disappoint. Step out with girlfriends or coworkers and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere complimented by south-of-the-border entrees that please one and all. Chicken quesadillas, homemade guacamole, a variety of seafood taco options, salsa, nachos, carnitas and more will keep your crowd very happy. Ole!

Recommended for Group Friendly because: El Vez does not disappoint those in search of the perfect Mexican cuisine experience in Philadelphia. Groups love the fun decor and ambiance!

Sharon's expert tip: Sample the mahi mahi or the lobster tacos for something different, and be sure to make a reservation, as this place gets busy for a reason! It is also Gluten-free friendly.

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The story of Fogo de Chão® began in the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil, where its founders were born. Dining is a little different in a churrascaria but don't worry! The servers explain how everything works. You can choose from pecanha, a prime cut of sirloin or Beef Ancho which is a prime part of a ribeye. This has amazing flavor and is one of the most popular cuts at the restaurant. Side dishes include warm cheese bread and mashed potatoes.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: This authentic Brazilian steakhouse is classy without being snobby. Start with the salad, and move onto the many wonderful and mouthwatering meat choices!

Sharon's expert tip: Don't think skipping the salad is an option! It's worth your time and then some!

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Elegant in a traditional fine dining way, Davio's luxurious dining room invites patrons to unwind with quiet conversation and mouthwatering northern Italian cuisine. Menu masterpieces include the flavorful filet mignon paired with pancetta-peppered green beans or Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, as well as comforting pasta dishes like hand-rolled gnocchi with wild mushrooms and truffle oil. Davio's famous Philly cheese steak spring rolls served with zesty homemade ketchup are a favorite among those in the know. For breakfast, housemade granola offers a healthy option next to made-to-order omelets and smoked salmon.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Northern Italian delicacies designed to bring your palate to it's knees in a pleasant and relaxing environment that's perfect for group dining.

Sharon's expert tip: Gluten intolerant diners have dozens of savory menu items to choose from.

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Owner-chef Jose Garces' tantalizing tapas � Spanish octopus and garlic shrimp among them � give his fabulous lobster paella, suckling pig and other main courses a true run for their money. If you're with a group, for a special treat let Garces hand-select the tapas for your table; at $55-65 per person (wine pairings optional), it's well worth the price. Flamenco dancing is featured every Wednesday, and their sinfully good signature sangrias are available throughout the week. This contemporary Spanish spot is a welcome treat for folks looking for a little something different, something delicious, and something entertaining no matter what the occasion.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Visitors rave about this gem of a restaurant. From great service to exquisite food options, you'll want to keep coming back.

Sharon's expert tip: If you're meeting a group for a special occasion, order a half or whole suckling pig 72 hours in advance for a real treat.

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Buddakan
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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.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Buddakan's got a unique environment that kicks your dining experience up a notch. A relaxing atmosphere and superb food choices make this a true group-dining treat.

Sharon's expert tip: Be sure to sample the edamame ravioli for a true treat!

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