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Top 15 Lunch Spots in Philly

It doesn’t matter if I am planning a business trip or a vacation; I always research the best places to eat in that city.

Why not take advantage of the delicious, distinctive and diverse options available where you are visiting? America has the unique privilege to offer a copious variety of food styles depending on the region you are visiting. Whether it is chicken and waffles in the Georgia, clam chowder in Maine, Texas Tex-Mex, meat and potatoes in Nebraska, Wisconsin cheese curds, kale salad in California or a cheese steak in Pennsylvania, you are likely in for a treat when you indulge in the well-known specialty for that area.

Philadelphia, like many other major cities in America, is fortunate enough to offer more than just it’s famous cheese steak (which I will explore more in the list below). Philly hosts an impressive section of high end chefs and global cuisines, many of which are detailed in the top 20 bulleted list below.
These 20 restaurants are consistently given the best ratings among patrons and food critics alike.

We have done the research, so all you need to do when picking the perfect lunch spot during your next business trip to Philadelphia is; decide a cuisine, set a budget and choose an area. Below we outline estimated cost per plate with 1-5 dollar signs ($), we provide the type of cuisine, address of the establishment, a review pulled from a satisfied customer on Yelp and our summary of the food and atmosphere as well as any important notes. Enjoy!

1. Pat and/or Geno’s

•  $

•  Cheesesteaks

•  Pat’s King of Steaks – 1237 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19147

•  Geno’s Steaks – 1219 S. 9th St,. Philadelphia, PA 19147

•  5 Star Review

 ⇒  I’m a fan of both Geno’s and Pat’s. It just depends on what kind of day I’m having, sometimes it is hard to choose!

•  The first thing people tend to ask visitors or residents of Philadelphia is the age-old question, “Pat’s or Geno’s?”. These two local staples dish out a cheesesteak you’ll never forget.

2. Metkraft at Reading Terminal Market

•  $

•  Grilled Cheese Specialists

•  51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

•  5 Star Review

I’m in love. The staff is friendly and helpful (even to indecisive people like me), and the food is heaven any kind of cheese lover.

•  Perfect for a decadent lunch on the go. You’ve never had a grilled cheese quite like this one. The cheese is so good they even sell it for you to take home and enjoy later.

3. Pitruco Pizza

•  $

•  Pizza

•  Check their website to find their daily spot – pitrucopizza.com

•  5 Star Review

There’s nothing like fresh, delicious, and affordable brick oven wood-fired pizza. When you bite into this pizza, you can practically taste the tomato orchards. The dough and cheese are also very fresh and tasty. You can literally see the guy tossing the dough inside the truck!

•  You can’t have a list of popular restaurants without at least one food truck! This restaurant on wheels has clearly mastered (very) quick service wood fired pizza.

4. El Camino Real

•  $$

•  Tex-Mex

•  1040 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

•  5 Star Review

This restaurant is located right across from Piazza  so the parking is really convenient and it is a fun area to be in. I love the food and the service is great.

•  This friendly and casual restaurant offers a fun fusion between Mexican and southern bbq… a must try!

5. Honey’s Sit-N-Eat

•  $$

•  Southern Comfort Food

•  800 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

•  5 Star Review

Great brunch spot!! All of the dishes are pretty reasonably priced, and portions are generous. Plus the service is really great, very attentive and nice.

•  If you’re looking for an early lunch (in other words, brunch) this should be number 1 on your list. You won’t regret it!

6. National Mechanics

•  $$

•  American

•  22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

5 Star Review

Another great find in Philadelphia! Of course if you want some great bar food, National Mechanics has you covered — that said, I was very impressed with their main entree / dinner menu.

•  This restaurant is an ode to Mechanics National Bank, the original owner of the building built in 1837. It features a unique theme and style and hosts a classic American menu with a Philly flare.

7. City Tavern

•  $$

•  Colonial American

•  138 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

•  Traditional American Comfort Food

•  5 Star Review

Had lunch there with a dear friend during restaurant week…service was great, atmosphere was fun, and beer samples are gold.

•  Colonial America is recreated at this tavern in Old City where servers are dressed in clothes authentic to the period and serve old fashioned American classics.

8. Bierstube German Tavern

•  $$

•  German

•  206 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

•  5 Star Review

I cannot say enough good things about Bierstube. My husband and I were blown away by the food, atmosphere and beer selection. I highly recommend for large groups.

•  Brats, burgers and brews are the known staples in the Old City establishment. If your working lunch includes alcohol, choosing from their 23 German drafts is a must!

9. Farmicia

•  $$

•  Farm-to-table

•  15 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

•  5 Star Review

Our food was delicious and FRESH! There were so many great choices on the menu, the most picky eater would be able to find something that they would most definitely enjoy.

•  This purely organic restaurant can satisfy vegetarian and meat-eaters with an excellent meal accompanied by fun, casual atmosphere.

10. Amada

•  $$$

•  Spanish tapas

•  217-219 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

•  5 Star Review

The food is spectacular, I haven’t had one bad thing here, and I have been multiple times!

•  This traditional Spanish-style tapas is the first restaurant in Philadelphia by Iron Chef, Jose Garces. From appetizers, to entrees to dessert, this menu will not disappoint.

11. Buddakan

•  $$$

•  Asian fusion

•  325 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

•  5 Star Review

Buddakan s everything you’d expect from a fine dining establishment. Nice ambiance and top notch service.

•  This 175 seat restaurant can accommodate large groups and offers a unique take on sleek Pan-Asian food.

•  Note: Be sure to make a reservation in advance of arriving.

12. La Famiglia

•  $$$

•  Fine Italian

•  8 S. Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

•  5 Star Review

La Famiglia Ristorante is one of the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia. You should try their Paccherri pasta, simply delicious! Everything on the dessert cars is unbelievably good! Can’t wait to go back!

•  This Italian culinary staple has been serving the Old City neighborhood for over 30 years. If these walls could talk…

13. Fork

•  $$$

•  New American

•  306 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

5 Star Review

There aren’t enough stars to describe how much passion there is in this food. This is art. Exceptional experience!

•  This hip American bistro has been pleasing Old City’s residents and visitors since the mid-1990’s. You can look forward to enjoying a menu that is reinvented regularly.

•  Note: Lunch is only served here Wednesday through Friday.

14. Sbraga

•  $$$

•  New American small plates

•  440 S. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19146

•  5 Star Review

The food was delicious! And we also really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the service.

•  Enjoy creative New American small plates prepared by Top Chef winner, Kevin Sbraga, in this modern & rustic space.

15. Morimoto

•  $$$$

•  Japanese & Sushi

•  723 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

•  5 Star Review

I was blown away by how much I enjoyed my meal and our wait staff was warm, inviting and informative.

•  Iron Chef Morimoto’s first American restaurant offers contemporary Japanese and exquisite sushi.

•  Note: You should plan ahead to make a reservation here, as one of the cities most pretigious resturants, it books up quickly.

We hope this list of lunch spots is helpful to you and your team.  

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