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Group Dining in Philadelphia

Date January 10, 2024

Group Dining in Philadelphia

A bit of an aerial view of people sitting on both sides of a long table across the middle with plates of food as hands reach toward the items on the table

Philadelphia is known for its celebrated culinary scene, an impressive array of international cuisines, and iconic local eats.

Here are a few of the many area eateries that accommodate groups — large or small — allowing everyone in your party to savor the flavors of the city in an efficient, affordable way.

Positano Coast

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 212 Walnut St.
Nearby Attractions: National Liberty Museum, Benjamin Franklin Museum, Independence Seaport Museum

At Positano Coast, seasonal Italian dishes, including pasta, chicken parmigiana, salmon limoncello, and more are available in a group menu with inclusive pricing. Groups can enjoy their meals either indoors or in the open air on the restaurant’s second floor patio space. The restaurant’s largest space can fit up to 60 guests, with other spaces able to comfortably seat between 30-50 guests.

Pink and green brightly colored chairs are seated around shiny blue tables with large lights hanging overhead, large windows are off to the left letting in natural light, as well

With the help of world-renowned designer Pietro Del Vaglio Studio, Positano Coast – an award-winning Italian and seafood restaurant, bar, lounge, event space and outdoor dining destination – underwent renovations that were completed in early 2022. Photo by A. Martino.

Spasso Italian Grill

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 34 S Front St.
Nearby Attractions: BlueCross RiverRink, Independence Seaport Museum, Spruce Street Harbor Park

Warm and casual, Spasso Italian Grill, features a beautiful group-ready lounge and banquet room. The restaurant can accommodate from 20 to up to 200 people and creates a relaxing environment for groups taking a pause between their activities. The private space is complete with its own bar and allows patrons to choose their own music.

The Plough and The Stars

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 123 Chestnut St.
Nearby Attractions: Museum of the American Revolution, National Liberty Museum, Benjamin Franklin Museum

The Plough and The Stars presents a menu of Irish pub favorites (think: traditional fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beer-battered Irish bangers, and Guinness-braised Angus Beef casserole). All dishes, sauces, and breads are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients from local and responsible farms whenever possible. The Plough serves its authentic dishes in a bi-level space with a second-floor balcony area perfect for groups.

People sit on either side of rectangular tables filling the space. Servers appear near tables, waiting on customers. Red letters spelling "love" sit on a mantle above a fireplace. Two large windows let in natural light. Crosses are propped up on the windowsills.

Photo courtesy of The Plough and The Stars.

McGillin’s Old Ale House

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1310 Drury St.
Nearby Attractions: LOVE Park, Wonderspaces, Ensemble Arts Philly

McGillin’s Old Ale House — the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia — is a historic setting for groups in the heart of downtown. Pouring pints since 1860, McGillin’s can host groups on the first-floor or in their second-floor private dining space, equipped with a private bar. Groups can enjoy their menu of homemade American comfort food and Irish classics. Menus are available in English, French, and Japanese. Their tap list features 30 beers, including exclusive beers brewed in collaboration with Pennsylvania’s own Tröegs Independent Brewing.

A neon sign for McGillin's Old Ale House hangs outside of the establishment. An American flag is hanging beside it. Both are attached to an old, brick building on the right

McGillin’s Old Ale House. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1201 Filbert St.
Nearby Attractions: Wonderspaces, Fashion District, African American Museum

Maggiano’s Little Italy can accommodate groups ranging in size from 8-200, with private banquet spaces available for larger parties. They offer four different rooms to rent, each with capacity ranging from 20-75 people. Their menus of chicken, seafood, pasta and more are available in three-course options for lunch and dinner at multiple price points.

A table full of plates of food is in the center. Two people are passing a white rectangular plate full of different desserts

Dessert Sampler. Photo courtesy of Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Fogo de Chão

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1337 Chestnut St.
Nearby Attractions: Dilworth Park, Lucky Strike, LOVE Park

Fogo de Chão’s Philadelphia location is housed within the historic Caldwell’s Jewelry Building just south of City Hall in Center City. The Brazilian steakhouse can seat groups in either a semi-private setting in the main dining room or in one of their private dining spaces, with a menu that can accommodate special dining needs, such as vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free menu items.

A white dish of shellfish, lemon wedges, and a silver cup of sauce appears off to the left, with pieces of meat on a wooden plate to the right, a wine glass appears behind the plate, along with a bottle of wine

Photo courtesy of Fogo de Chão.

Yards Brewing Company

Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
Address: 500 Spring Garden St.
Nearby Attractions: Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Franklin Square, North Bowl

In Northern Liberties, Yards Brewing Company can accommodate groups at their 70,000 square foot brewery, which features several group-ready settings, such as The Garage, able to accommodate 60 people cocktail-style and featuring a pool table, darts, and shuffleboard. Here, your group can sip local suds brewed on-site while enjoying a menu of soups, salads, snacks and sandwiches, including cheesesteak egg rolls, a chicken cheesesteak, and a Yards IPA pretzel served with Philly Pale Ale Beer Cheese. Yards offers two separate rooms to choose from and can accommodate small gatherings of 25-55 guests, or venue buy-outs for up to 200 people.

A group of people stand holding drinks outside of Yards Brewing Company's facility

There are a variety of spaces for your group to gather at Yards Brewing Company’s 70,000-square-foot facility, including a indoor Garage space just off of the main taproom, or outside beneath the brewery’s large fermentation tanks. Photo courtesy of Yards Brewing Company.

Xfinity Live!

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia
Address: 1100 Pattison Ave.
Nearby Attractions: Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, Wells Fargo Center

In South Philadelphia, Xfinity Live! can accommodate groups of any size ranging from 20 to as many as 6,000 people, as full buyout options are available. Conveniently located next to the stadiums, at Xfinity Live! your group will be just a quick walk away from Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, and the Wells Fargo Center, with sweeping views of the Philadelphia skyline. Xfinity Live!’s unique venue space offers an incomparable setting for private events and an exciting alternative to a standard banquet hall.

Three large TV screens hang over a bar. Barstools are shown lined up across the bar with tables and chairs, along with booths fill the space

Xfinity Live! Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Grand Palace

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia
Address: 612 Washington Ave.
Nearby Attractions: Mummers Museum, Italian Market, Insomnia Cookies CookieLab

Open seven days a week, Grand Palace, the Chinese seafood restaurant, offers lunch and dinner packages for groups to make planning a meal together even easier. Grand Palace offers guests a traditional, yet unique atmosphere where they can enjoy a bold culinary experience.  The space is also available to book for private events including birthday parties, and corporate events


Want to explore more places to eat in Philadelphia? Check out our list of new restaurants and other new offerings near the Pennsylvania Convention Center.