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10 Best Philadelphia Restaurants To Up Your Romance Game



Planning the perfect date is often overwhelming. With so many great restaurant choices in Philadelphia, where does one start? Do you risk it with a newbie dining choice and hope all goes well? Or is it better to stick with a tried-and-true eatery that you know won't wow you, but won't let you down either? At 10Best we think you should do neither. Rely on our top choices of the best romantic restaurants in the city to steer you toward a place that's convenient, in your price range, and offers the kind of cuisine you and your date are in the mood for. If you're craving something a little different, try dinner on the Moshulu, a Philadelphia mainstay and top choice for the date you want to romance. If you're in the mood for something a little more toned down yet just as special, visit Valley Green Inn, a great restaurant that's set in beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park. Others may find spots just outside the city to cater to their love interest, such as the Dilworthtown Inn in nearby West Chester or the Melting Pot in King of Prussia. Both offer a wonderfully romantic atmosphere combined with a scenic drove on nice days to complete the package. 


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What could be more quaint than taking a drive through the picturesque Bucks County countryside to an 18th century stone barn which is on the National Historic Register to have a delicious dinner? This restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic dinner and time away from the hectic everyday scene. It's pretty, it's scenic, it's steeped in history and it's a great place to grab a satisfying meal as well. The restaurant is BYOB, so remember to grab your favorite vintage wine before you head out. Then select from the many offerings the menu here has to offer. French cuisine has never tasted so good.


Fork


Fork is an Old City gem that is cozy, modern and contemporary. Here, they serve up seasonal fine dining, including a $78 four-course pre-fixe menu where guests can select from a choice of starter, pasta, entree and dessert. The restaurant attracts a crowd looking for delicious yet edgy ingredient combinations. They proudly source many ingredients from local farmers in the surrounding area, and serve up dinner seven nights a week along with a delicious Sunday brunch you won't want to miss. Chef Eli Kulp's staff continues to churn out creative, handmade dishes that combine unexpected flavors and ingredients. Many times the evening's entire menu will center around a specific ingredient or item and move creatively from there. Stop in to see how this sleek eatery satisfies the palate in an interesting and creative way.




For a romantic, candlelit dinner, this 18th century restaurant offers consists of superb cuisine with an equally impressive wine list. The rustic brick is balanced with luxurious silk carpets, and the service is impeccable, making it the perfect location for a special occasion meal. Serving freshly prepared American-French Continental food with seasonal specials and delicious homemade desserts, this West Chester destination is easily accessed by car from the city. Outside seating is available in warmer weather, and the inside is cozy and filled with warm toned and wood furnishings. When it's colder out, there is a roaring fireplace to keep you toasty, which also adds to the romantic ambiance.


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The finest Italian cuisine in a uniquely intimate & romatically 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.


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Fairmount/Art Museum area
Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
Photo courtesy of Water Works


One of Philadelphia's only waterfront restaurants is one of its most romantic. This is thanks to the sweeping porch that provides for a drink or a meal full of breathtaking views of the Schuylkill River and of Boathouse Row. The restaurant was built into a 19th century public works facility whose architectural and engineering marvels made it a tourist destination for 100 years. Saveur magazine named Water Works a "Top 100 Experience," and Chef Darryl Harmon and his team have hosted some of the world's most noted figures in politics, entertainment and sports here. Regular folks can come here and enjoy its quieter and more intimate setting to share a drink and enjoy the views.


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Museum District & Fairmount Park
Rose Tattoo Cafe


Set in a quaint row house on Callowhill Street in the city's Fairmoiunt section, Rose Tattoo is great for anyone who appreciates an eclectic menu. Choices such as house made four cheese tortellini, pan seared sea scallops, jambalaya and baby back ribs deliver a solid dining experience when combined with a salad, starter or especially one of their delicious desserts. Close to many other city venues, patrons can dine and then head out for other activities easily and conveniently. The inside feels like home with plants and romantic decor to add to the ambiance. Special menus are also featured on holidays to mix things up and please their loyal fans and hopefully start new ones.


Valley Green Inn


Where else in the city can you find a park-like setting combined with an upscale eating experience that feels as romantic as if you'd driven miles away? Valley Green Inn offers inside dining as well as seating on their large porch for an experience that fits all kinds of people's expectations. Menu options such as cornmeal coated catfish, meatloaf Napoleon, filet mignon Moelle, vegetarian saute and duck two ways, give any hungry visitor an array of options. Combined with their variety of salad and appetizer choices as well as wonderful desserts that tempt the palate, this may soon become sone of your top city dining choices.




Elegant yet unpretentious, this traditional neighborhood bistro offers fresh, flavorful fare that takes patrons on a sensory stroll through the French countryside. Those who have eaten here claim it is the best French food outside of France. 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 followed by decadent Gateau l'Opera, an almond sponge cake with chocolate ganache, coffee butter cream and creme Chantilly. If those choices don't convince you to go there, the attractive original art they often feature might. Dinner on the outside terrace is also a treat in warmer weather.




Moshulu is an old 1905 four-master ship, now docked on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Of course, part of the charm of this establishment is that fact that it is indeed, a ship that one can eat on. Walking aboard and taking a seat on a ship is certainly a unique experience, and one that deserves to be experienced at least once. The Moshulu pays off with gorgeous scenery inside as well as up on top of the boat where one can watch the lighted boats leaving and arriving. The romantic table settings, great wine selections and desserts also add to the evening, which is sure to be one that won't be forgotten.




Talula's Garden is a an apty-named establishment featuring local garden-sourced ingredients. These ingredients are combined into contemporary American dishes designed to nourish and please. Set in a lovely garden patio (sit there if you can), the well-known city restaurant treats patrons to a plethora of fresh, seasonal and delicately-prepared cuisine. They do focus on cheeses, and feature cheese combinations served artfully to start your meal. Then it's time to move onto dishes such as the orchard pear salad, lemon glazed New England scallops or Block Island swordfish. Polish dinner off with a treat such as little sweet ricotta doughnuts or ripe orchard pear sorbet for a treat not soon forgotten. The chef's tasting menu is also an amazing choice for seasonal items and one-of-a-kind dishes.


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