Bistro Romano

★★★★★
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  • 120 Lombard St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Cross street: Second Street

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  • 215-925-8880

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Bistro Romano is a restaurant I always bring my family and friends when they're visiting from out of town. Everything I've eaten here has been wonderful, and the prices aren't too expensive either. The atmosphere is great - although I've never come to the dinner theater, I always sit downtstairs and it's so cozy and romantic. Bistro Romano is great for a quiet dinner with my husband, or a group dinner with 6 or 8 of my friends.

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★★★★★

Bistro Romano is a restaurant I always bring my family and friends when they're visiting from out of town. Everything I've eaten here has been wonderful, and the prices aren't too expensive either. The atmosphere is great - although I've never come to the dinner theater, I always sit downtstairs and it's so cozy and romantic. Bistro Romano is great for a quiet dinner with my husband, or a group dinner with 6 or 8 of my friends.

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere

Cons: make reservations just in case

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The athmosphere is romantic and fun. Get there early to enjoy the piano player at the bar. We always look forward to their salad. The few times we went we never had a complaint or problem. This is truly one of the best in the city of Philadelphia. Make sure you make reservations to ensure your chance for great food.

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★★★★★

The athmosphere is romantic and fun. Get there early to enjoy the piano player at the bar. We always look forward to their salad. The few times we went we never had a complaint or problem. This is truly one of the best in the city of Philadelphia. Make sure you make reservations to ensure your chance for great food.

Pros: ambience, food selection

Cons: must have a reservation

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I travel a lot for business and always try the local Italian restaurant wherever I go. This is by far the best Italian I've ever eaten. We started with the tableside caesar salad. It was fresh and delicious. I ordered the smoken chicken ravioli for my main entree and it was amazing. The setting was quaint and the restaurant was relaxing. Make sure you try this if you're in Philly. You won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

I travel a lot for business and always try the local Italian restaurant wherever I go. This is by far the best Italian I've ever eaten. We started with the tableside caesar salad. It was fresh and delicious. I ordered the smoken chicken ravioli for my main entree and it was amazing. The setting was quaint and the restaurant was relaxing. Make sure you try this if you're in Philly. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Amazing food and service

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My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner, it was outstanding. We would both like to tell you from the bottom of our hearts that the restaurant has been one of THE best experiences we ever had. The setting in on the lower level was fantastic! The mood was so relaxed and inviting the entire evening. The piano upstairs was just enough to hear, but not overwhelm our conversation. We had a great dinner; the food was amazing, and the service! I dont know where to begin, but our waiter, Todd, was great. Engaging, yet not making us feel pressured and offered a great wine for our dinner. He was knowledgeable and fun. We also wanted to thank the staff for decorating our table with the rose petals and the complimentary glass of champagne. AMAZING! The combination of all those elements made the night very memorable. We will DEFINITELY dine at the restaurant as often as we can.

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★★★★★

My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner, it was outstanding. We would both like to tell you from the bottom of our hearts that the restaurant has been one of THE best experiences we ever had. The setting in on the lower level was fantastic! The mood was so relaxed and inviting the entire evening. The piano upstairs was just enough to hear, but not overwhelm our conversation. We had a great dinner; the food was amazing, and the service! I dont know where to begin, but our waiter, Todd, was great. Engaging, yet not making us feel pressured and offered a great wine for our dinner. He was knowledgeable and fun. We also wanted to thank the staff for decorating our table with the rose petals and the complimentary glass of champagne. AMAZING! The combination of all those elements made the night very memorable. We will DEFINITELY dine at the restaurant as often as we can.

Pros: Great Food, Excellent Service, Beautiful Restaurant

Cons: None

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Not romatic - loud, the bar with the pianists was the quietest area. My wife and I had to sit side by side just to hear each other talk and I am LOUD. Food was average - comparable to a mediocre chain. For a highly recommended establishment, I would expect homade pasta and more attention to detail. I would not go back.

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★★★☆☆

Not romatic - loud, the bar with the pianists was the quietest area. My wife and I had to sit side by side just to hear each other talk and I am LOUD. Food was average - comparable to a mediocre chain. For a highly recommended establishment, I would expect homade pasta and more attention to detail. I would not go back.

Pros: Location

Cons: Loud, not a significant menu selection, do not waste your time with reservations as walkins sit before you. Business casual no

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bistro romano is a perfect place to have a romantic dinner. the atmosphere is great and i loved how there were rose petals on the table. service was a little slow... but maybe they're just short on workers haha. i highly recommend it. food was excellent. dessert was even more excellent. everyone who worked there were extremely friendly.

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★★★★★

bistro romano is a perfect place to have a romantic dinner. the atmosphere is great and i loved how there were rose petals on the table. service was a little slow... but maybe they're just short on workers haha. i highly recommend it. food was excellent. dessert was even more excellent. everyone who worked there were extremely friendly.

Pros: ambience, people, atmosphere

Cons: service .. (but everything else makes up for it)

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This place has the best ambience and wonderful service! My boyfriend and I ate in the little room, where there's only one table, and wine bottles surrounding you. Very private and romantic! The food was excellent, and we didn't want to leave! I especially like that you sign your bottle of wine when you're done and place w/everyone else's, leaving your little mark there. I can't wait to go back!!

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★★★★★

This place has the best ambience and wonderful service! My boyfriend and I ate in the little room, where there's only one table, and wine bottles surrounding you. Very private and romantic! The food was excellent, and we didn't want to leave! I especially like that you sign your bottle of wine when you're done and place w/everyone else's, leaving your little mark there. I can't wait to go back!!

Pros: Ambience, service, food

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If you are looking for a restaurant that does something a little different, special and romantic then I would definately recommend Bistro Romano. The food is EXCELLENT. My husband and I went there to celebrate an anniversary together. I reserved the wine cellar as a surprise. The wine cellar is definately a neat place to eat. It's a very small room (without a door) with a table for just two inside. You eat by candlelight and there are rose petals on the table. I was so excited to take my husband to this private wine cellar and my only disappointment (if you could even call it that) was that it was smaller than I expected adn it wasn't so private. It was a bit noisey outside of the cellar and since there wasn't a door the noise traveled into our little room. Don't get me wrong, it was a really neat experience and we would defiantely do it again. It's just good to know what to expect. Enjoy!

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★★★★☆

If you are looking for a restaurant that does something a little different, special and romantic then I would definately recommend Bistro Romano. The food is EXCELLENT. My husband and I went there to celebrate an anniversary together. I reserved the wine cellar as a surprise. The wine cellar is definately a neat place to eat. It's a very small room (without a door) with a table for just two inside. You eat by candlelight and there are rose petals on the table. I was so excited to take my husband to this private wine cellar and my only disappointment (if you could even call it that) was that it was smaller than I expected adn it wasn't so private. It was a bit noisey outside of the cellar and since there wasn't a door the noise traveled into our little room. Don't get me wrong, it was a really neat experience and we would defiantely do it again. It's just good to know what to expect. Enjoy!

Pros: different experience, romantic, great ambiance

Cons: cellar is not as private as expected

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We went to Bistro Romano for my Birthday. It was perfect! The atmosphere was just right - romantic and private without being snooty or fussy. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. The waiter was helpful and available without hovering. The selection was excellent and the food at the neighboring tables looked as delectable as what we were eating! The wine list is very impressive, with a wide range of choices and prices to suit any taste and pocketbook. The owner came around towards the end of our meal to make sure everything was satisfactory, and we had a lovely conversation with him. We can't wait to go back for pasta night and lobster fest, and we are looking forward to returning for our next special occasion. This is definitely my new favorite Italian restaurant!

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★★★★★

We went to Bistro Romano for my Birthday. It was perfect! The atmosphere was just right - romantic and private without being snooty or fussy. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. The waiter was helpful and available without hovering. The selection was excellent and the food at the neighboring tables looked as delectable as what we were eating! The wine list is very impressive, with a wide range of choices and prices to suit any taste and pocketbook. The owner came around towards the end of our meal to make sure everything was satisfactory, and we had a lovely conversation with him. We can't wait to go back for pasta night and lobster fest, and we are looking forward to returning for our next special occasion. This is definitely my new favorite Italian restaurant!

Pros: Service, food, atmosphere. Caesar salad is made right at the table!

Cons: Nothing was bad.

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I just adore this restaurant! It is in a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful decor and wonderful food. I would reccomend to anyone i knew.

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★★★★★

I just adore this restaurant! It is in a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful decor and wonderful food. I would reccomend to anyone i knew.

Pros: Wonderful food and Beautiful Atmosphere!!

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This is one of the best in Philly! Everything is wonderful, from start to finish. The waitstaff is very friendly and helpful with suggestions, and the food is over the top fantastic!

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★★★★★

This is one of the best in Philly! Everything is wonderful, from start to finish. The waitstaff is very friendly and helpful with suggestions, and the food is over the top fantastic!

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i've dined at bistro romano on several different occasions and each experience has been nothing but wonderful! the murder mystery dinner theater was highly entertaining and the price reasonable, although nobody at the establishment had any idea of what we were talking about when we mentioned the offer of one free drink as mentioned on citysearch. dinner downstairs in the cozy dining area was really quite romantic. i don't recall what each of us ordered, but everything was just delicious and the service was warm and attentive without being overbearing. the one thing i would recommend above all is the tiramissu. it was just perfect!

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★★★★★

i've dined at bistro romano on several different occasions and each experience has been nothing but wonderful! the murder mystery dinner theater was highly entertaining and the price reasonable, although nobody at the establishment had any idea of what we were talking about when we mentioned the offer of one free drink as mentioned on citysearch. dinner downstairs in the cozy dining area was really quite romantic. i don't recall what each of us ordered, but everything was just delicious and the service was warm and attentive without being overbearing. the one thing i would recommend above all is the tiramissu. it was just perfect!

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This is an great restaurant that is located off the beaten path on Lombard Street. We dined on Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with Roasted Peppers that was to die for, several of our guests had the outstanding Caesar Salad prepare at our table, for entrees we had outstanding Filet Mignon with a Barolo wine sauce that was superb, others had the Lobster Ravioli, another great entree, Shrimp and Scallops over pasta, Roasted Duck and Fresh Grilled Tuna. All of which were over the top. The service was very attentive without being stuffing. Mark, our waiter even provide complementary after dinner drinks since we were celebrating my wife's birthday. It really is a great place.

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★★★★★

This is an great restaurant that is located off the beaten path on Lombard Street. We dined on Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with Roasted Peppers that was to die for, several of our guests had the outstanding Caesar Salad prepare at our table, for entrees we had outstanding Filet Mignon with a Barolo wine sauce that was superb, others had the Lobster Ravioli, another great entree, Shrimp and Scallops over pasta, Roasted Duck and Fresh Grilled Tuna. All of which were over the top. The service was very attentive without being stuffing. Mark, our waiter even provide complementary after dinner drinks since we were celebrating my wife's birthday. It really is a great place.

Pros: Filet Mignon , Caesar Salad, Service by Mark

Cons: None

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The food and service were excellent. We dined last night for the first time and I must say the Caesar Salad was the best, the Filet Mignon outstanding and the Cannoli was the best I've had in Philly. I had selected the restaurant based on the very positve reviews on Citysearch. I was very very pleased. The wine list was extensive and had one of my favorite bottles of Brunello, it was priced very reasonably. The atmosphere is very unique, it reminds me of somehthing in Europe. Tables are well spaced and offer privacy for conversation. Excellent experience.

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★★★★★

The food and service were excellent. We dined last night for the first time and I must say the Caesar Salad was the best, the Filet Mignon outstanding and the Cannoli was the best I've had in Philly. I had selected the restaurant based on the very positve reviews on Citysearch. I was very very pleased. The wine list was extensive and had one of my favorite bottles of Brunello, it was priced very reasonably. The atmosphere is very unique, it reminds me of somehthing in Europe. Tables are well spaced and offer privacy for conversation. Excellent experience.

Pros: Excellent Food, Great Service, Caesar Salad

Cons: Crowded

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The ambiance is great but the food was only ok. Had the calamari appetizer which was average. Have had fresher squid at other places. The duck was a bit dry and below average. Was a bit disappointed. Did not try the salad but that looked interesting...

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★★★★☆

The ambiance is great but the food was only ok. Had the calamari appetizer which was average. Have had fresher squid at other places. The duck was a bit dry and below average. Was a bit disappointed. Did not try the salad but that looked interesting...

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Overrated

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one of the finest restaurant I've been to. Special nights are awsome!!

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★★★★★

one of the finest restaurant I've been to. Special nights are awsome!!

Pros: seated promptly

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I booked the wine cellar table based on a coworkers recommendation. I had not realized until I was seated that the wine cellar has only one private table which is extremely romantic. The food was excellent. We had the Calamari Fritti, Caesar Salad prepared tableside by a very friendly & professional young waiter, and as an entree I had Lobster Ravioli and my wife had Talapia with Gorgonzola and Spinach. All were clearly outstanding, the fish was fresh and a nice size with plenty of flavor, the ravioli was the best I've ever had. For dessert we had the Pumpkin Bread Pudding, great taste, excellent rum sauce. Service was outstanding, we were seated timely for our 8pm reservation. I can highly recommend without hesitation and we'll be returning very soon.

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★★★★★

I booked the wine cellar table based on a coworkers recommendation. I had not realized until I was seated that the wine cellar has only one private table which is extremely romantic. The food was excellent. We had the Calamari Fritti, Caesar Salad prepared tableside by a very friendly & professional young waiter, and as an entree I had Lobster Ravioli and my wife had Talapia with Gorgonzola and Spinach. All were clearly outstanding, the fish was fresh and a nice size with plenty of flavor, the ravioli was the best I've ever had. For dessert we had the Pumpkin Bread Pudding, great taste, excellent rum sauce. Service was outstanding, we were seated timely for our 8pm reservation. I can highly recommend without hesitation and we'll be returning very soon.

Pros: Food , Service , Private Wine Cellar T

Cons: None

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I went to this restaurant with one of my fellow co-worker, too bad because this place is very romantic. The food was good, not over the top, but very good. I am still wondering if it worth the money though. It is unic place, perfect for a date, anniversary... To me, the ambience as important as the food, I was blessed. Claustrophobic, avoid!

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★★★★☆

I went to this restaurant with one of my fellow co-worker, too bad because this place is very romantic. The food was good, not over the top, but very good. I am still wondering if it worth the money though. It is unic place, perfect for a date, anniversary... To me, the ambience as important as the food, I was blessed. Claustrophobic, avoid!

Pros: Unic decor, Excellent service

Cons: food quality/price

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The atmosphere was great and the food tasty. I really enjoyed the pasta primavera in pink sauce and my partner enjoyed his lobster ravioli. The tableside Ceaser salad was pretty good, but not what I would call a Caeser salad.

We went pretty late for a weeknight - 9pm. The place was empty and our server sullen and not very happy to have us there. I suspect we would have enjoyed the meal more at an earlier hour when there were more customers, and the server happier to see us. The desserts didnt seem all that interesting, so we passed on them (something I rarely do).

On the way out, we met the owner. She went far above and beyond to get us a cab. She was wonderful, and I wished she had been with us through the meal!

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★★★★☆

The atmosphere was great and the food tasty. I really enjoyed the pasta primavera in pink sauce and my partner enjoyed his lobster ravioli. The tableside Ceaser salad was pretty good, but not what I would call a Caeser salad.

We went pretty late for a weeknight - 9pm. The place was empty and our server sullen and not very happy to have us there. I suspect we would have enjoyed the meal more at an earlier hour when there were more customers, and the server happier to see us. The desserts didnt seem all that interesting, so we passed on them (something I rarely do).

On the way out, we met the owner. She went far above and beyond to get us a cab. She was wonderful, and I wished she had been with us through the meal!

Pros: good pasta, nice decor

Cons: sullen service

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This one of the best restaurants I've dined in. I entertain regularly for business and dine out five nights a week and I must say Bistro Romano is a real find. My group of five were very well attended to by the service staff, the music was a mix of Sinatra and Italian - not to loud, the wine list is great - very extensive and very well-priced. However it's the food that makes this restaurant so wonderful. The caesar salad is over the top - made at the table. The lobster ravioli was sensational. The cannoli reminded me of one I tasted in Sicily. Management sent us over a complimentary lemoncello with the dessert. Really the Best!

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★★★★★

This one of the best restaurants I've dined in. I entertain regularly for business and dine out five nights a week and I must say Bistro Romano is a real find. My group of five were very well attended to by the service staff, the music was a mix of Sinatra and Italian - not to loud, the wine list is great - very extensive and very well-priced. However it's the food that makes this restaurant so wonderful. The caesar salad is over the top - made at the table. The lobster ravioli was sensational. The cannoli reminded me of one I tasted in Sicily. Management sent us over a complimentary lemoncello with the dessert. Really the Best!

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: Very Popular

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What I did'nt know and should have researched in advanced was that the upstairs portion of this restaurant is a bar and there was tons of smoking and was too loud. It was not as cozy for a romantic date.The food was not as great as was hyped out to be. I had the prime rib which was on special that night. However, it was not made to order and was tasteless. Medium-well came WELL. My fiancee had the crispy duck which was not crispy at all due to the sauce. Our attendant was not knowledgeable enough about their menu. He could'nt answer half the questions we asked. Desert was nice. It was not overly sweet. I would NOT recommend the ceasar salad to anyone. It was terrible, too salty and too much powdery parmesan cheese was used. The wine list was good enough and the prices were also okay.

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★★★☆☆

What I did'nt know and should have researched in advanced was that the upstairs portion of this restaurant is a bar and there was tons of smoking and was too loud. It was not as cozy for a romantic date.The food was not as great as was hyped out to be. I had the prime rib which was on special that night. However, it was not made to order and was tasteless. Medium-well came WELL. My fiancee had the crispy duck which was not crispy at all due to the sauce. Our attendant was not knowledgeable enough about their menu. He could'nt answer half the questions we asked. Desert was nice. It was not overly sweet. I would NOT recommend the ceasar salad to anyone. It was terrible, too salty and too much powdery parmesan cheese was used. The wine list was good enough and the prices were also okay.

Pros: wait staff, desert

Cons: no parking, bar, loud

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I had family visiting from out of town and I wanted something really nice for their first visit to Philadelphia and boy did I hit the jackpot with Bistro Romano! From the first step in the door until we stepped back out onto Lombard Street, everything was perfect! Our terrific server, Jessica, guided us "gently" through our evening never rushing but always present to take care of us. The appetizers and entrees were all so good that we ended up sharing portions so everyone could taste what everyone else had. Whatever you do, don't pass up the Caesar salad ... it's "to die for!" My family was so impressed and I was so proud of myself for finding this City "treasure!" Looking forward to our next visit to celebrate my daughter's birthday.

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★★★★★

I had family visiting from out of town and I wanted something really nice for their first visit to Philadelphia and boy did I hit the jackpot with Bistro Romano! From the first step in the door until we stepped back out onto Lombard Street, everything was perfect! Our terrific server, Jessica, guided us "gently" through our evening never rushing but always present to take care of us. The appetizers and entrees were all so good that we ended up sharing portions so everyone could taste what everyone else had. Whatever you do, don't pass up the Caesar salad ... it's "to die for!" My family was so impressed and I was so proud of myself for finding this City "treasure!" Looking forward to our next visit to celebrate my daughter's birthday.

Pros: Wonderful food, Execellent service, Great value

Cons: Cumbersome parking

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My wife and friends immensely enjoyed the dinner and supper club show that featured the City Rhythm Orchestra it was truly spectacular. I had been on the Bistro's mailing list for a while but had never been able to get there for dinner. I had read many of the reviews about the Bistro including Zagats but as good as they were they didn't adequately describe how wonderful both the cuisine and the staff are. I look forward to many a dinner in this fine establishment.

The wait staff is personable, the piano bar was cozy and inviting. They made me feel like a frequent patron on my first visit.........

Jay Brown......

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★★★★★

My wife and friends immensely enjoyed the dinner and supper club show that featured the City Rhythm Orchestra it was truly spectacular. I had been on the Bistro's mailing list for a while but had never been able to get there for dinner. I had read many of the reviews about the Bistro including Zagats but as good as they were they didn't adequately describe how wonderful both the cuisine and the staff are. I look forward to many a dinner in this fine establishment.

The wait staff is personable, the piano bar was cozy and inviting. They made me feel like a frequent patron on my first visit.........

Jay Brown......

Pros: Cuisine, Service, Reasonably Priced

Cons: None

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What a place? Not even sure how i stumbled upon it approximately two years ago. The place never gets old. Amazing and unique daily dinner specials . I have been there many times with my wife and make it a point to treat the rest of my growing family to the unique "old World" Itallian flavors that hit your nose from every dish. The steak is out of this world; especially when there is smoked mozzarella on top. Well worth the money spent. I have been to all of the FANCY over priced yippy places in the city, but at Bistro Romano's you are at home feeling as though the restaurant is revolving around you and your special guest. Cannot say enough! Oh yeah, try the Ceaser sald! Out of this world and prepared table side! Oh, I even forgot the chocolate sprinkled, mouse drenched, cream puffs. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

What a place? Not even sure how i stumbled upon it approximately two years ago. The place never gets old. Amazing and unique daily dinner specials . I have been there many times with my wife and make it a point to treat the rest of my growing family to the unique "old World" Itallian flavors that hit your nose from every dish. The steak is out of this world; especially when there is smoked mozzarella on top. Well worth the money spent. I have been to all of the FANCY over priced yippy places in the city, but at Bistro Romano's you are at home feeling as though the restaurant is revolving around you and your special guest. Cannot say enough! Oh yeah, try the Ceaser sald! Out of this world and prepared table side! Oh, I even forgot the chocolate sprinkled, mouse drenched, cream puffs. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Atmosphere, quality servive, resaturant know-how

Cons: none, at, all

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WOW, what a sensational evening we had. We tried the Caesar Salad prepared tableside, it was outstanding. We also had the smoked mozzarella and tomato salad which was equally delicious. I chose the tender veal saltimboca and my wife had a beautiful Stuffed Pork Chop which was on special that evening. The food is exceptional, and I mean really exceptional. For dessert we tried the tira misu and cannoli, both of which had superb flavor. We had a very nice bottle of Cabernet that was reasonably priced. The extensive wine list has received the Wine Spectator Award.

We give Bistro only raves and compliments. The staff extremely professional and service was impeccable to every detail, the food excellent and remarkably delicious and the portions very large, the restaurant inviting with beautiful draperies. For an outstanding and unique dining experience with a romantic feel, Bistro Romano is highly recommended.

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★★★★★

WOW, what a sensational evening we had. We tried the Caesar Salad prepared tableside, it was outstanding. We also had the smoked mozzarella and tomato salad which was equally delicious. I chose the tender veal saltimboca and my wife had a beautiful Stuffed Pork Chop which was on special that evening. The food is exceptional, and I mean really exceptional. For dessert we tried the tira misu and cannoli, both of which had superb flavor. We had a very nice bottle of Cabernet that was reasonably priced. The extensive wine list has received the Wine Spectator Award.

We give Bistro only raves and compliments. The staff extremely professional and service was impeccable to every detail, the food excellent and remarkably delicious and the portions very large, the restaurant inviting with beautiful draperies. For an outstanding and unique dining experience with a romantic feel, Bistro Romano is highly recommended.

Pros: Exceptional Food, Impeccable Service, Romantic Atmosphere

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I have to say this. If you trully enjoy this restaurant, you don't know food.

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★★☆☆☆

I have to say this. If you trully enjoy this restaurant, you don't know food.

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Easily one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. We were well very well attended to by the service staff. The food makes this restaurant outstanding, it was truely the best. The caesar salad was made at the table and was a real treat. The flavors of all the fresh ingredients combined to the finest caesar I've experienced. For entrees we had a duck with barolo wine sauce that was cooked to perfection and had an excellent flavor. We also had the gnocci with sausage, another great choice. The wine list is very extensive and fairly priced. We received a complementary lemoncello with our tira misu, another fabulous creation. I plan on returning next week with another couple.
I can't say enough of how great our evening at Bistro Romano was. Keep up the excellent work!

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★★★★★

Easily one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. We were well very well attended to by the service staff. The food makes this restaurant outstanding, it was truely the best. The caesar salad was made at the table and was a real treat. The flavors of all the fresh ingredients combined to the finest caesar I've experienced. For entrees we had a duck with barolo wine sauce that was cooked to perfection and had an excellent flavor. We also had the gnocci with sausage, another great choice. The wine list is very extensive and fairly priced. We received a complementary lemoncello with our tira misu, another fabulous creation. I plan on returning next week with another couple.
I can't say enough of how great our evening at Bistro Romano was. Keep up the excellent work!

Pros: Food, Wine List, Service Staff

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My spouse and I had an excellent dinner at Bistro Romano last night. The food was outstanding, we started with the Caesar Salad which was prepared tableside and was the best we've tasted anywhere, we ordered the Lobster Ravioli and Filet Mignon - both of which were superb. And for dessert we had the Cannoli and Tira Misu - again both of which were clearly one of the best we've ever had including many NY restaurants which we visit. The server, I think his name was Brad provided very great attentive service. The manager came over to check on us during our entree and even sent over a complimentary Italian lemon liquor for an after dinner drink. Outstanding and highly recommended.

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★★★★★

My spouse and I had an excellent dinner at Bistro Romano last night. The food was outstanding, we started with the Caesar Salad which was prepared tableside and was the best we've tasted anywhere, we ordered the Lobster Ravioli and Filet Mignon - both of which were superb. And for dessert we had the Cannoli and Tira Misu - again both of which were clearly one of the best we've ever had including many NY restaurants which we visit. The server, I think his name was Brad provided very great attentive service. The manager came over to check on us during our entree and even sent over a complimentary Italian lemon liquor for an after dinner drink. Outstanding and highly recommended.

Pros: Food, Service, Location

Cons: Booked on Many Nights

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Ambiance? I give them at least a 9.0.

Service? A solid 8.5.

But food? Overrated.

The "Best Ceasar Salad in Philadelphia" was a ripoff for the 18.00 we spent on it. Sure, it's made tableside but not worth the hype. The one-glass-each of 'boring' Chianti was probably a bad call on our part but the food was inexcusable. The veal chop lacked flavor, and the smoked ravioli was a jumbled mismash of unmatched spices and sauce. The desserts tasted like Hersheys chocolate syrup... which would have been okay had we gotten something remotely like chocolate but ... in tiramisu?? No kaluha flavor, no espresso and the white chocolate mousse tasted more like sour cream than anything else.

It was $122.00 of pure waste.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ambiance? I give them at least a 9.0.

Service? A solid 8.5.

But food? Overrated.

The "Best Ceasar Salad in Philadelphia" was a ripoff for the 18.00 we spent on it. Sure, it's made tableside but not worth the hype. The one-glass-each of 'boring' Chianti was probably a bad call on our part but the food was inexcusable. The veal chop lacked flavor, and the smoked ravioli was a jumbled mismash of unmatched spices and sauce. The desserts tasted like Hersheys chocolate syrup... which would have been okay had we gotten something remotely like chocolate but ... in tiramisu?? No kaluha flavor, no espresso and the white chocolate mousse tasted more like sour cream than anything else.

It was $122.00 of pure waste.

Pros: ambiance, decor, wine list

Cons: difficult to park, overrated

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Excellent service and cuisine. Good presentation and flavor. Well prepared and served at proper temperature. Ambiance is exceptional. Intimate setting and a great historic building. Highly recommended. Pricing is moderate.

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★★★★★

Excellent service and cuisine. Good presentation and flavor. Well prepared and served at proper temperature. Ambiance is exceptional. Intimate setting and a great historic building. Highly recommended. Pricing is moderate.

Pros: Atmosphere, ambiance, food quality

Cons: Tough getting a reser

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I've been to Bistro Romano 3 times now and the food is excellent (the Filet Barolo is the best steak I've ever had), the service is great and I love the ambience...very romantic. Location is near South Street do finding parking is the only con.

2
★★★★★

I've been to Bistro Romano 3 times now and the food is excellent (the Filet Barolo is the best steak I've ever had), the service is great and I love the ambience...very romantic. Location is near South Street do finding parking is the only con.

Cons: Parking

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My wife and I had an excellent dinner last Saturday night. We were celebrating our anniversary in the wine cellar, we called a few weeks in advance to reserve it, it was sensational. A private dining room for two, very romantic. The caesar salad was outstanding and prepared at our table. It was the best version of caesar we have tasted. For entrees I had the stuffed filet and my wife the lobster ravioli. Both were excellent. The filet was stuffed with spinach, roasted peppers and a nice provolone cheese. The ravioli was to die for. For dessert we shared tira misu, another superb creation. The manager, I think his name was Alex even sent us an after dinner drink of lemoncello. I felt like we were back in Positano. Our server was very caring and she seemed to anticipate what we needed even before we requested it. Highly Recommended

2
★★★★★

My wife and I had an excellent dinner last Saturday night. We were celebrating our anniversary in the wine cellar, we called a few weeks in advance to reserve it, it was sensational. A private dining room for two, very romantic. The caesar salad was outstanding and prepared at our table. It was the best version of caesar we have tasted. For entrees I had the stuffed filet and my wife the lobster ravioli. Both were excellent. The filet was stuffed with spinach, roasted peppers and a nice provolone cheese. The ravioli was to die for. For dessert we shared tira misu, another superb creation. The manager, I think his name was Alex even sent us an after dinner drink of lemoncello. I felt like we were back in Positano. Our server was very caring and she seemed to anticipate what we needed even before we requested it. Highly Recommended

Pros: Excellent Food, Wine Cellar, Caesar Salad

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This place is great! The Bistro Romano is an Italian restaurant which has an atmosphere that is appropriate for a romantic night with a loved one or for a casual night out out with your friends. On Friday and Saturday night they have a piano bar and also have a Mysery Dinner Theater upstairs. This was great. Prices are very reasonable, too.

5
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This place is great! The Bistro Romano is an Italian restaurant which has an atmosphere that is appropriate for a romantic night with a loved one or for a casual night out out with your friends. On Friday and Saturday night they have a piano bar and also have a Mysery Dinner Theater upstairs. This was great. Prices are very reasonable, too.

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Everything here from the drinks to the food, to the surroundings was wonderful. The acting was superb and kept everyone guessing. I would definitely go again.

2
★★★★★

Everything here from the drinks to the food, to the surroundings was wonderful. The acting was superb and kept everyone guessing. I would definitely go again.

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I have been dining at the Bistro for over 12 years and in all that time I have never experienced anything other than excellent food and friendly service. The owners, Mike and Joette are always at the front door to greet us with a smile and a welcome back!

The artichoke and mushroom appetizer melts in your mouth and the Caesar salad, which is made at your table, is superb! The selection of main courses, from traditional Italian dishes to seafood and meats are absolutely scrumptious!

Go with your partner or take a group, it is most definitely an enjoyable dinner!

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★★★★★

I have been dining at the Bistro for over 12 years and in all that time I have never experienced anything other than excellent food and friendly service. The owners, Mike and Joette are always at the front door to greet us with a smile and a welcome back!

The artichoke and mushroom appetizer melts in your mouth and the Caesar salad, which is made at your table, is superb! The selection of main courses, from traditional Italian dishes to seafood and meats are absolutely scrumptious!

Go with your partner or take a group, it is most definitely an enjoyable dinner!

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Instead of the Prom saw the dinner theater, fabulous food and a funny show. Added a horse and carraiage at the door (seperate cost) and made a memory we'll always cherish. The next step is to eat in the exclusive wine cellar on an aniversary. Exceptional interior that captures the flavor of the city and leads into a great night in old town. Dinner theater option is a good value vs heading to NYC.

2
★★★★★

Instead of the Prom saw the dinner theater, fabulous food and a funny show. Added a horse and carraiage at the door (seperate cost) and made a memory we'll always cherish. The next step is to eat in the exclusive wine cellar on an aniversary. Exceptional interior that captures the flavor of the city and leads into a great night in old town. Dinner theater option is a good value vs heading to NYC.

Pros: atmosphere, service, value

Cons: parking

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Clearly one of the best restaurants in the city. Food is always great (steaks, pastas, seafood), atmosphere is second to none. There is no better table for a date or anniversary than the wine cellar room. Recommend: Call ahead and reserve.

I also have been there several times on business dinners. Perfect bar area for drinks before dinner, good menu with different options and quiet but active atmosphere and most important, consistently good.

2
★★★★★

Clearly one of the best restaurants in the city. Food is always great (steaks, pastas, seafood), atmosphere is second to none. There is no better table for a date or anniversary than the wine cellar room. Recommend: Call ahead and reserve.

I also have been there several times on business dinners. Perfect bar area for drinks before dinner, good menu with different options and quiet but active atmosphere and most important, consistently good.

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Great place -- for young couples, business folks, visitors and neighbors! Don't miss the wonderful setting and the terrific food. Very diverse menu.

2
★★★★★

Great place -- for young couples, business folks, visitors and neighbors! Don't miss the wonderful setting and the terrific food. Very diverse menu.

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This restaurant went above and beyond in giving my wife and I the most romantic anniversary dinner ever. The food and service were exceptional. Highly recommended. Ask for the wine celler if possible especially if it is a special occasion. A hidden gem in philly.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant went above and beyond in giving my wife and I the most romantic anniversary dinner ever. The food and service were exceptional. Highly recommended. Ask for the wine celler if possible especially if it is a special occasion. A hidden gem in philly.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

Cons: NONE

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Bistro Romano is an excellent spot to cozy up with a date or even a group of friends. The dim lighting and excellent ambience is amazing in the quant downstairs dining room. The food is amazing , especially the table side ceasar salads! The servers at Bistro Romano are also very friendly and helpful with suggestions for the phenominal wine list. I would highly recommend this restaurant for all get togethers and dates.

2
★★★★★

Bistro Romano is an excellent spot to cozy up with a date or even a group of friends. The dim lighting and excellent ambience is amazing in the quant downstairs dining room. The food is amazing , especially the table side ceasar salads! The servers at Bistro Romano are also very friendly and helpful with suggestions for the phenominal wine list. I would highly recommend this restaurant for all get togethers and dates.

Pros: Service, Presentation, Ambience

Cons: , No Parking Lot

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I went to the Dinner Theatre with my church group, a bunch of women. We saw the murder mystery dinner theater. We were seated immediately by wonderful and gracious hosts. I attended with a broken ankle, and the waitstaff even thought to offer me an extra chair to prop my ankle up. The baked alaksan salmon was to die for wonderfully complimented by the seasoned vegetables. The actors singing voices left something to be desired, however, I feel that was all part of their act. I sincerely enjoyed myself, due to the waitstaff/actor, the cozy ambience and delicious food. I would reccommend taking a date, your mother, a bachelorette party, or any occasion to the Bistro Romano.
As I understand it, they have a wine cellar room, where there is only one table set up, with rose petals. This would be a very romantic setting for a wedding proposal or an anniversary.

PROS: Beautiful Historic Society Hill location, Service was excellent
CONS: None

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I went to the Dinner Theatre with my church group, a bunch of women. We saw the murder mystery dinner theater. We were seated immediately by wonderful and gracious hosts. I attended with a broken ankle, and the waitstaff even thought to offer me an extra chair to prop my ankle up. The baked alaksan salmon was to die for wonderfully complimented by the seasoned vegetables. The actors singing voices left something to be desired, however, I feel that was all part of their act. I sincerely enjoyed myself, due to the waitstaff/actor, the cozy ambience and delicious food. I would reccommend taking a date, your mother, a bachelorette party, or any occasion to the Bistro Romano.
As I understand it, they have a wine cellar room, where there is only one table set up, with rose petals. This would be a very romantic setting for a wedding proposal or an anniversary.

PROS: Beautiful Historic Society Hill location, Service was excellent
CONS: None

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I cannot choose which I like the best -- ambience, warm friendly service, outstanding food, or value for an incredible night. All are simply superb!

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I cannot choose which I like the best -- ambience, warm friendly service, outstanding food, or value for an incredible night. All are simply superb!

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I went to the Dinner Theatre with my church group, a bunch of women. We saw the murder mystery dinner theater. We were seated immediately by wonderful and gracious hosts. I attended with a broken ankle, and the waitstaff even thought to offer me an extra chair to prop my ankle up. The baked alaksan salmon was to die for wonderfully complimented by the seasoned vegetables. The actors singing voices left something to be desired, however, I feel that was all part of their act. I sincerely enjoyed myself, due to the waitstaff/actor, the cozy ambience and delicious food. I would reccommend taking a date, your mother, a bachelorette party, or any occasion to the Bistro Romano.

2
★★★★★

I went to the Dinner Theatre with my church group, a bunch of women. We saw the murder mystery dinner theater. We were seated immediately by wonderful and gracious hosts. I attended with a broken ankle, and the waitstaff even thought to offer me an extra chair to prop my ankle up. The baked alaksan salmon was to die for wonderfully complimented by the seasoned vegetables. The actors singing voices left something to be desired, however, I feel that was all part of their act. I sincerely enjoyed myself, due to the waitstaff/actor, the cozy ambience and delicious food. I would reccommend taking a date, your mother, a bachelorette party, or any occasion to the Bistro Romano.

Pros: Waitstaff, Inexpensive, Ambience

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From the time you enter until you're ready to leave, Bistro's management & staff do their best to make your meal memorable.

Even during peak dinner time, each course is well prepared and served at the right pace.

Specials of the day are inventive and offer great value. And, their attention to detail during our visit and their follow-up between visits, makes you feel appreciated.

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★★★★★

From the time you enter until you're ready to leave, Bistro's management & staff do their best to make your meal memorable.

Even during peak dinner time, each course is well prepared and served at the right pace.

Specials of the day are inventive and offer great value. And, their attention to detail during our visit and their follow-up between visits, makes you feel appreciated.

Pros: Superb cuisine, excellent service, fine wines @fair cost

Cons: bar area >crowded

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This is the only restaurant in Philly that I will have dinner. I've tried other Italian restaurants but Bistro is by far the Dealers Choice. Teh food is out of this world, the service is outstanding. I was got engaged this past December in the private wine room.
There were rose pedals covering the table, the setting was candle lit and the waitress was a doll. The owner and staff are very complimentary, on the house dessert and you are treated like a celebrity or royalty. I live a few doors down from a high class restaurant in Queen Village and the service and food doesn't compare to Romano's.
Sign up for the VIP list, I get certificates and dinner offers through my email all the time. What else can I say, it's my all time favorite restaurant! Cheers!

2
★★★★★

This is the only restaurant in Philly that I will have dinner. I've tried other Italian restaurants but Bistro is by far the Dealers Choice. Teh food is out of this world, the service is outstanding. I was got engaged this past December in the private wine room.
There were rose pedals covering the table, the setting was candle lit and the waitress was a doll. The owner and staff are very complimentary, on the house dessert and you are treated like a celebrity or royalty. I live a few doors down from a high class restaurant in Queen Village and the service and food doesn't compare to Romano's.
Sign up for the VIP list, I get certificates and dinner offers through my email all the time. What else can I say, it's my all time favorite restaurant! Cheers!

Pros: Candlelit, Romantic, Authentic

Cons: None, None, None

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I just celebrated my birthday here last night and it was perfect. The food was amazing (filet, cannoli) and the Wine Cellar room is amazing for any special occasion. I HIGHLY recommend this place! I will definilty be going back soon!

2
★★★★★

I just celebrated my birthday here last night and it was perfect. The food was amazing (filet, cannoli) and the Wine Cellar room is amazing for any special occasion. I HIGHLY recommend this place! I will definilty be going back soon!

Pros: Romance, Food, Service

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My wife and I dined at Bistro Romano last night. The food is was excellent. I really enjoyed the Caesar Salad which is made right at the table. The Lobster Ravioli was the best and Cannoli better than any I tasted in South Philly. Service was outstanding, very professional and attentive. I would highly recommend. It's located in a very nice historic building. Extensive wine list with nice Italian and California selections.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I dined at Bistro Romano last night. The food is was excellent. I really enjoyed the Caesar Salad which is made right at the table. The Lobster Ravioli was the best and Cannoli better than any I tasted in South Philly. Service was outstanding, very professional and attentive. I would highly recommend. It's located in a very nice historic building. Extensive wine list with nice Italian and California selections.

Pros: Great Food, Service, Location

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My boyfriend and I were in town for a wedding & this restaurant was recommended to us, so we decided to check it out. The food was delicious, the service superb. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough!! Yummy!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I were in town for a wedding & this restaurant was recommended to us, so we decided to check it out. The food was delicious, the service superb. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough!! Yummy!

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

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I have been in Bistro Romano three times since I move to Philadelphia back in July. The first time I selected due a review in this web site, it was to celebrate my wife birthday and our first day in the city, and I did the best choice. First, the restaurant owner confirmed by email my reservation, and place a red flower and wine on the table as I requested when our arrival to the restaurant. Scene cannot be more romantic, food amazing, and excellent service. Good wine list and the best Cesar Salad I ever tried (a waiter did it in our table). I took my parents when they came from Puerto Rico, and they love it. The third time we went to see the Murder Theater upstairs, and was hilarious. A must visit place in Philly.

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I have been in Bistro Romano three times since I move to Philadelphia back in July. The first time I selected due a review in this web site, it was to celebrate my wife birthday and our first day in the city, and I did the best choice. First, the restaurant owner confirmed by email my reservation, and place a red flower and wine on the table as I requested when our arrival to the restaurant. Scene cannot be more romantic, food amazing, and excellent service. Good wine list and the best Cesar Salad I ever tried (a waiter did it in our table). I took my parents when they came from Puerto Rico, and they love it. The third time we went to see the Murder Theater upstairs, and was hilarious. A must visit place in Philly.

Pros: Scene, Food, Service

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My wife and I went for the first time Saturday. I must say we were very impressed, food was outstanding, service very attentive, ambience extremely romantic. We reserved the wine cellar which is a private room for two in the actual wine cellar, it's illuminated by candles and the table covered with rose pedals, perfect for our romantic evening. We ordered the Caesar Salad, which was prepared at the table, the best I've tasted, my wife had the Filet Mignon stuffed with spinach, portobello mushroom and provolone and I had the Lobster Ravioli, both were perfect. The filet was very tender cooked to perfection and served with a delicate red wine sauce. I enjoyed the lobster ravioli in which you could really taste the lobster; it had an outstanding sherry sauce. For desert we shared the cannoli, it was fabulous. Request the wine cellar for an excellent romantic dinner.

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★★★★★

My wife and I went for the first time Saturday. I must say we were very impressed, food was outstanding, service very attentive, ambience extremely romantic. We reserved the wine cellar which is a private room for two in the actual wine cellar, it's illuminated by candles and the table covered with rose pedals, perfect for our romantic evening. We ordered the Caesar Salad, which was prepared at the table, the best I've tasted, my wife had the Filet Mignon stuffed with spinach, portobello mushroom and provolone and I had the Lobster Ravioli, both were perfect. The filet was very tender cooked to perfection and served with a delicate red wine sauce. I enjoyed the lobster ravioli in which you could really taste the lobster; it had an outstanding sherry sauce. For desert we shared the cannoli, it was fabulous. Request the wine cellar for an excellent romantic dinner.

Pros: Great Food, Romantic Ambience, Caesar Salad

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Bistro Romano is a great place to eat whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a family dinner. The food is delicious and the restaurant is very cozy.

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★★★★★

Bistro Romano is a great place to eat whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a family dinner. The food is delicious and the restaurant is very cozy.

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Entree was delicious. Caesar salad had great dressing and was tasty. The service was good and atmosphere was wonderful. All in all, a great experience.

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Entree was delicious. Caesar salad had great dressing and was tasty. The service was good and atmosphere was wonderful. All in all, a great experience.

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The service was great and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Attentive staff. Food is good.

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★★★★★

The service was great and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Attentive staff. Food is good.

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The atmosphere is one of old world ambience, with exposed brick walls and lighting that is low for mood, but just right for seeing the menu and your food. The service was excellent, and so is the food, the portions generous. The menu was

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The atmosphere is one of old world ambience, with exposed brick walls and lighting that is low for mood, but just right for seeing the menu and your food. The service was excellent, and so is the food, the portions generous. The menu was

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I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The highlights of the meal were definitely the Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the delicious cannoli.

5
★★★★★

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The highlights of the meal were definitely the Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the delicious cannoli.

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Loved the Mystery Theatre more than I expected! Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and great service.

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Loved the Mystery Theatre more than I expected! Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and great service.

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The food is excellent, especially the Cesear Salad (ours was prepared by Jenn and was excellent). And, the service is wonderful. We go there for all special occasions.

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★★★★★

The food is excellent, especially the Cesear Salad (ours was prepared by Jenn and was excellent). And, the service is wonderful. We go there for all special occasions.

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My favorite Philadelphia restaurant. Will be returning next month and many more times. Why not? I'm always delighted!

5
★★★★★

My favorite Philadelphia restaurant. Will be returning next month and many more times. Why not? I'm always delighted!

 

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