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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Cuban Restaurant
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“Cuba Libre opened its first location in Old City, Philadelphia in 2000, giving guests a passport to Cuba's intriguing flavors and culture. The cuisines of different ethnicities have been gently simmered in the cultural cauldron of Cuba to create what is now the Criollo (home-style) cuisine of the island. They often have free or low-cost dance events!”
  • 27 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The ultimate date spot - this restaurant is literally a gigantic boat. Not cheap, but fantastic food, decoration, and being on a docked boat make this a wonderful experience if you're going for a special night out. They have a much less expensive happy hour for drinks on the deck Mon-Fri from 4-6pm. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“$$$ - Stephen Starr's first restaurant serves an eclectic menu & classic martinis in a neo-diner space. Great Spot. Crispy Calamari Salad and the Seared Tuna. Espresso Martinis and the Astronaut made with Tang! Great spot for people watching! Indoor and outdoor seating.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
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“Locally famous for Chinese and Szechuan foods. The Dan Dan Noodles are the thing to try! Worth the drive. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sassafras has great food, great live jazz and top flight scotch. A very friendly place to relax and listen to some cool music. A single female can feel comfortable here.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great food and a really good steak sandwich (outside of going to South Philly) ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“With a name like Khyber Pass, you may not be sure what you're going to find. What you get is well damn good creole / southern cooking in a restaurant space next to a relaxed local bar. PRO TIP: They have some great vegan options too!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“A venue for all sorts of innovative performance. There's a bar/restaurant on site, and an outdoor beer garden during the warmer months. FringeArts curates the Philly Fringe Festival for a couple weeks each September, with a dizzying number of shows all over the city (some at FringeArts, some at other theaters, some at weird locations--public libraries, churches, parks, the homes of random individuals).”
  • 9 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“La Peg has a great selection of food, and if you are not yet hungry, enjoy a refreshing drink at their outside bar.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pub
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“Great music on the weekends, good drinks, and diverse crowd. Fun to dance and have a drink. Lots of bars along Old City (2nd & Chestnut)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cure your taco and carne asada cravings at Lucha Cartel. Funky Day of the Dead-inspired decor sets a lively vibe at this offbeat cantina with beer & tequila.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Set in the Old Original Bookbinder's, Jose Garces' saloon offers seafood, a raw bar & retro drinks.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, this two-floor spot offers prime views of the Christ Church steeple and Benjamin Franklin Bridge, along with a playful menu of internationally influenced comfort foods and Neapolitan pizza. The bar pours eight rotating local beers, cocktails and boutique wines.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you like Chinese, this is the spot for you. A Chinese restaurant, not a casual take out spot.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“French inspired, small plates, great happy hour selection. Located in Old City & an walkable (02 miles)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“In the heart of Old City's bustling nightlife strip, Bleu Martini's neon blue lights make it hard to miss.”
  • 2 locals recommend