COVID-19 Travel Resources and Reopening Guidelines

Dine in Philadelphia with Confidence

September 8, 2020

Philadelphia restaurants that have taken the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge.

Per new guidelines implemented by the City of Philadelphia, indoor dining at local restaurants can resume at a reduced capacity and with health and safety procedures in place beginning January 16, 2021. In addition, there are still thousands of seats available for outdoor dining throughout the city. These restaurants, breweries, and beer gardens are delivering appetizing experiences while still committed to upholding health and safety standards, such as requiring masks when not eating or drinking, reducing capacity, and spacing tables apart. Several businesses are are taking extra measures to keep guests safe by utilizing touch-less experiences or digital menus and ordering. For those listed below, consult each restaurant’s website to learn more, view their menu and make reservations.

Positano Coast in Old City features a seafood-rich menu of Italian classics is presented to guests in a safe “al fresco” setting via a sidewalk seating and a beautiful streetery just steps from the historic Merchants’ Exchange Building. Even more seafood is available nearby at Garces Group’s The Olde Bar, which invites diners to enjoy its menu indoors while seated at socially distanced tables placed within cozy, library-like nooks throughout the restaurant. Other Garces restaurants that have signed the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge include, Amada in Old City, Village Whiskey in Rittenhouse, Buena Onda in Fairmount, and Distrito in University City.

The Olde Bar's updated interior features socially distanced tables in a library-like setting. Photo courtesy of Garces.

If you’re craving Asian fare, set your sights on Philadelphia’s historic Chinatown neighborhood, specifically Yakitori Boy, who is offering outdoor dining along 11th Street and indoor dining with reservations. The izakaya features a menu of Japanese tapas, noodles, sushi, skewers, and other dishes, as well as a generous collection of specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and sake. For more sushi and a fine selection of robatayaki meats and vegetables make your way to Midtown Village and grab a table at Double Knot, which has expanded outdoor seating along 13th Street. Double Knot is just one of several restaurants throughout the city operated by the Schulson Collective, who has signed the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge for eateries including neighboring Sampan, Alpen Rose, Harp & Crown, Giuseppe & Sons, Osteria, and Via Locusta.

Another local restaurant group that has taken the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge is High Street Hospitality Group, which operates several restaurants in different neighborhoods of the city. In Old City, you can enjoy a fine dining experience and contemporary American menu filled with fresh, seasonal, and inventive items at Fork. Their outdoor streetery is equipped with heating units to keep guests warm in the cooler seasons and their menu is available for take-out or delivery if you’re unable to score a reservation. Stationed just off Rittenhouse Square, a.kitchen is known for its celebrated wine and spirits program and its menu — accessed digitally by scanning a QR code — that ranges from small plates to full meals. Thoughtfully spaced and frequently cleaned outdoor seating is available, as is take-out and delivery.

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Private, heated greenhouses are available to reserve outside of Harper's Garden in Center City. Photo by FCM Hospitality/Harper's Garden.

FCM Hospitality, a collective that operates ten bars and restaurants throughout the city, has also signed the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge. One of their locations, Harper’s Garden, serves a rotating menu of contemporary American meals along 18th Street in Center City and has introduced several private, heated greenhouses on their patio and along the street to keep diners safe and warm during the colder seasons. One of FCM Hospitality’s newest restaurants, Juno, serves Mexican-American dishes in a 3,00 square foot open air setting along Spring Garden Street, not far from The Rail Park. Reservations are required at both restaurants and guests are given an set amount of dining time based on group size at each, all in an effort to maintain social distancing and to maintain a steady flow of guests. FCM also operates the city’s largest restaurant space, the 35,000-square-foot Craft Hall near Rivers Casino Philadelphia and the Delaware River Waterfront. There, guests can enjoy local craft beer from Mainstay Independent Brewing and a menu of BBQ and pizza featuring dough and bread from Lost Bread Company, both of which operate out of Craft Hall. For a full list of FCM Hospitality concepts, click here.

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Conveniently located close to historic sites in Old City, Campo's specializes in cheesesteaks and hoagies. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Seeking a traditional Philadelphia cheesesteak? Popular local shops such as Campo’s and Jim’s South Street have also pledged to uphold health and safety standards while still serving up the iconic sandwich. Both shops offer their menus for take-out and delivery, with outdoor tables also available. To take your taste buds on a journey beyond Philadelphia, opt for global cuisine offered by restaurants such as Cuba Libre, whose Latin American menu can be viewed, ordered from, and paid for digitally in an effort to reduce touchpoints and keep diners safe.

While fans won’t be able to enjoy Philadelphia sports inside stadiums, local sports bars will be presenting the games and their menus in socially distant settings. Known for their famous CrabFries and proximity to the stadiums, fan favorite Chickie’s & Pete’s is a popular destination on game days. Tables can be reserved online for their patio and tented seats outside, or for social distant indoor dining. McGillin’s Old Ale House — the oldest continuously operating pub in the city — is another great destination on game days, with tables available outdoors along Drury Street or inside the historic tavern. The pub has implemented high-tech solutions to keep visitors safe, including touch-less ordering using QR codes in place of traditional reused menus.

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Yards Brewing Company's outdoor terrace has tables spaced apart beneath their massive brewing tanks along Spring Garden Street. Masks are required when not eating or drinking. Photo by E. Cunicelli for PHLCVB.

Philadelphia’s celebrated craft breweries are also committed to keeping guests safe while pouring pints of locally brewed beverages straight from the source. Operating out of a spacious new brewery along Spring Garden Street, Yards Brewing Company’s taproom opens up into outdoor seating beneath the towering containers and extends further onto the sidewalk. Limited indoor seating is also available, with increased ventilation created by wide open garage doors and carefully placed fans. An outdoor tent with heaters now covers sections of their outdoor patio space, allowing patrons to comfortably enjoy their visit even during chilly or inclement weather. A few blocks away, Love City Brewing has increased their number of outdoor seating options by installing a massive, circus-style tent in the neighboring parking lot. Home to a community beer garden in the summer, this space hosts regular brewery patrons, providing them with ample room to spread out and maintain social distance. First-come, first served indoor seating is also available at Love City Brewing, and the brewery regularly features food from their Spring Arts neighbors, The Lucky Well BBQ.

Other restaurants are continuing to offer take-out and delivery, with their diverse menus able to be enjoyed on your terms — either at one of Philadelphia’s parks, or in the comfort of your home or hotel.

To see which other local restaurants, breweries, beer gardens, and cafes have taken the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge, click here. For a full list of restaurants offering outdoor dining, click here. To see which restaurants are open for take-out or delivery, click here.

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