Food + Drink food plate table dish meal lunch different items cuisine fish brunch breakfast hors d oeuvre sense produce meat bunch sliced several
Food + Drink

Where to Eat Well in Philadelphia

You’re in the City of Brotherly Love. You love history. You love food. You couldn’t be in a better place. Within blocks of Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers stood, stalwarts in Philly’s food scene represent strong. After filling your mind with our country’s founding tenets of freedom, feel free to fill your belly at one of these fine Philadelphia dining establishments.

See recent posts by Mandie Drucker, Marriott Traveler l Photo courtesy of Garces Group


Located behind minimalist yellow-glass doors on Chestnut Street, Morimoto not only serves up Iron Chef–caliber modern Japanese cuisine and sushi, it’s also like walking into a modern-art masterpiece. The ceiling made of polished, undulating hardwood mirrors the floors below, highlighting the cloud-like, sculptural walls. The booths are made of translucent glass that color shift as you sit, making the the restaurant continually evolve before your eyes.

The otherworldly decor suits sushi that is also out of this world, especially when hand-picked by the chef. Put yourself completely in his hands and order the Omakase, a special multi-course menu. If you are lucky, the chef could be Iron Chef Morimoto, himself. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time; this beautifully choreographed meal takes a leisurely two and half hours.

Food + Drink indoor function hall stage ceremony musical theatre Resort ballroom auditorium

Photo of Morimoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia


James Beard Award–winner Jose Garces opened this tapas gem in Old City in 2005, and it’s been a favorite of locals and not-so-locals ever since. Garces brings a taste of authentic Andalusian cuisine (from the southern coast of Spain) to Philly, with recipes based on centuries-old traditional recipes. Take your time perusing the jam-packed menu divided by type (classic, meat, fish, vegetarian); there’s something to satisfy every palate. One of Amada’s tastiest bites are the Spanish flatbreads. Try one topped with Lamb Mergeuz, dates, harissa yogurt and toasted almonds, or, for veggie lovers, topped with artichokes, wild mushrooms, black truffles and manchego cheese. And if you’re feeling thrifty, don’t miss the $5 tapas at happy hour with some house sangria.

Food + Drink indoor ceiling table floor restaurant Bar meal café interior design cuisine
Food + Drink food indoor dish churro cuisine snack food produce meal flavor
Food + Drink food dish pizza cuisine produce italian food meal breakfast baked goods fresh sliced

Photos of Amada courtesy of Garces Group


Phildelphians head to Buddakan when they’ve got something to celebrate and with good reason — the soaring ceilings, giant gold Buddha statue and Deco-style black and white décor scream special occasion. But any occasion is perfect to enjoy this sumptuous Asian-inspired cuisine. Buddakan’s family-style menu draws on the traditions of Asian cultures with dishes meant to be shared. Start with the house sake or a one of Buddakan’s classic cocktails with an Asian twist, like the Kyoto Mule, with vodka, sake, ginger beer, lime and Thai chilies. For appetizers, try the tuna pizza and Kobe beef sate. The Dim Sum menu offers an impossible choice of divine dumplings. While the comprehensive sharable entrée categories include beef, shrimp, chicken, fish and vegetarian options. Whatever you desire, Buddakan delivers.

Food + Drink indoor pink Design pattern wallpaper

Photo courtesy of Buddakan


Hustle and bustle meets simple and delicious at Barbuzzo, chef Marcie Turney’s and partner Val Safran’s award-winning Mediterranean-inspired spot. Turning out simple, handcrafted and insanely delicious dishes from its open kitchen, Barbuzzo is a popular local fave, especially for its pastas. Try the Parsnip and Ricotta Cannelloni, filled with braised duck sugo, black trumpet mushrooms and shaved chestnuts or the Pan Seared Gnocchi with guanciale (cured Italian pork jowl, similar to pancetta), chanterelles, kohlrabi, truffle butter and thyme. And if it’s pizza you desire, take heart: Turney and Safran worked at a Neapolitan-certified pizzeria to perfect their pies and their hard work is your reward. Barbuzzo also offers quite a few rare, smaller-brewery domestic beers, like Ommgang Gnomegang (NY) Belgian Blonde or Troegs Pale Ale (PA). And make sure to leave room for the Salted Carmel Budino (a kind of custard) with dark chocolate crust, vanilla bean caramel and sea salt — dessert dreams realized.

Food + Drink person table color indoor Drink sense meal
Food + Drink food plate meal indoor bowl dish buffet cuisine supper brunch sense dinner asian food lunch different several sliced
Food + Drink person table indoor meal people group dinner sense Bar restaurant crowd

Photos of Barbuzzo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

Blackbird Pizzeria

Blackbird is Philly’s first vegan pizzeria, but omnivores will feel welcome too. Close to Independence Hall, Blackbird Pizza is as friendly on the wallet as it is on the conscience. For pies, try the Haymaker, with garlic butter, seitan sausage (a wheat-derived meat substitute), onions, red sauce, fresh oregano and Daiya cheese. In the mood for a sandwich? Try the Seitan Cheesesteak, which gives the classic Philly cheesesteak a run for its money. They even make meatless Buffalo wings. In short, plant-eater or not, you’ll find something at Blackbird to fill you up and make you happy.

Family Travel Food + Drink Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways food dish pizza cuisine italian food produce european food vegetable toppings sliced

This story was published as part of a partnership with Marriott Traveler. Read the original story: 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Freedom to Eat Well in Philadelphia by Mandie Drucker, a regular contributor to Marriott Traveler.

More from Marriott Traveler:



All products are independently selected by our writers and editors. If you buy something through our links, Jetsetter may earn an affiliate commission.