Learn how Philadelphia is preparing to welcome back visitors with the PHL Health Pledge.

Dine in Philadelphia with Confidence

September 8, 2020

Philadelphia restaurants that have taken the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge.

Indoor dining has returned to Philadelphia — with restrictions in place — and thousands of seats available for outdoor dining throughout the city, meaning there are many restaurants, breweries, and beer gardens that are delivering appetizing experiences while still committed to upholding health and safety standards. Restaurants must adhere to city, state, and national guidelines, including requiring masks when not eating or drinking, reducing capacity, and spacing tables apart, however some 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. The restaurant plans to resume indoor dining in the fall. Even more seafood is available nearby at Garces Group’s Amada, which features a daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and menus filled with Spanish tapas that are able to be enjoyed at outdoor tables along Chestnut Street, to-go, or delivered. Other Garces restaurants that have signed the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge include The Olde Bar (also in Old City), Village Whiskey in Rittenhouse, Buena Onda in Fairmount, and Distrito in University City.

Chef Jose Garces' authentic Mexican restaurant Distrito has installed an expanded patio that accommodates up to 80 socially distant diners. Photo courtesy of Distrito.

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. In addition to shaded outdoor seating in their lush streetery, the restaurant will be offering a single, special occasion table for seating up to 4 in their front window and other carefully spaced indoor tables that can be utilized in the event of rain. 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 and (limited) indoor seating is available.

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.

Though fans may not be allowed to enjoy Philadelphia sports inside stadiums, local sports bars will be presenting the games and their menus in socially distant settings. Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia is one such option, allowing fans to reserve tables inside and outdoors for Eagles games. Home to the largest screen outside of the stadium, Xfinity Live! has also implemented new health and safety practices to keep fans safe, including digital menus, contactless ordering, and sanitizing stations throughout the property. Known for their famous CrabFries and proximity to the stadiums, fan favorite Chickie’s & Pete’s is another popular destination on game days. Tables can be reserved online for their indoor, patio, and tented seats. 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 and a limited number of seats available inside (seating for Eagles games is first-come, first-served, but reservations are accepted other days and times). The historic bar has implemented high-tech solutions to keep visitors safe, including touch-less ordering using QR codes in place of traditional reused menus (disposable menus are also available).

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 — affectionately referred to as the “Backyard” — has also been set up, allowing for more space during inclement weather and screenings for sports games. A few blocks away, Love City Brewing is taking their outdoor seating options to another level by installing a massive, circus-style tent in the neighboring parking lot. Home to a community beer garden in the summer, this space will host regular brewery patrons, providing them with ample room to spread out and maintain social distance. Inside the brewery, they are keeping air constantly flowing through the space with large fans and open windows, and have enhanced their HVAC system to accommodate the smallest particulate filter possible.

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 squares, at Dilworth Park’s new Dinner at Dilworth (Wednesdays and Thursdays through October 7, weather permitting), or in the comfort of your hotel.

Dinner at Dilworth offers a collection of outdoor seating with live entertainment and cocktails to-go available in Dilworth Park. Photo by M. Stanley for Center City District.

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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