Top New Restaurants Near the Pennsylvania Convention Center

March 31, 2022

Check out the newest top restaurants all within walking distance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is the perfect spot for meetings and conventions with its central location and many surrounding hotels. There are already so many great food options in nearby Chinatown and the Reading Terminal Market, just steps away. If you walk a few more blocks, you can experience Philadelphia’s thriving food scene and see why WalletHub ranked the City of Brotherly Love one of the Best Foodie Cities in America.

You’ll find these spots perfect for a post-conference or post-shopping break. Most importantly, all of these places are perfect whether you are dining alone or with a large group.

Good Luck Pizza Co.

Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s newest addition to 13th Street specializes in thick-crust pies with high hydration and a long fermentation process. It’s already gotten a special shoutout for its excellent gluten-free dough, developed by chef George Sabatino. 105 South 13th Street, Center City.

7 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center


Photo courtesy of Dolce Italian Philadelphia.

Inspired by Fellini’s 1960s Rome, this mod Italian serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the new W Philadelphia Hotel off of Broad Street. Pizzas, housemade pastas, and other Italian fare like veal Milanese are paired with Italian-inspired aperitifs, cocktails, and digestifs. 1437 Chestnut Street, Center City.

8 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center


Wood-fired pizza and pasta in an upscale setting is the latest from restaurateur Michael Schulson. The pizzeria features a marble bar and crisp American-style pies. 112 South 13th Street, Center City.

8 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Huff & Puff BBQ

A slew of BBQ options—from St. Louis ribs to Texas-style brisket—are on offer at this casual Washington Square West spot. Vegans have plenty to choose from too, including smoked watermelon, corn “ribs,” and cauliflower “burndends.” 246 S 11th Street, Center City.

10 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Sooo Delicious Soul Food Café

A popular food truck has a new permanent home in Washington Square West. Aminah McDaniel and Angel King turn out soul food favorites like mac and cheese, greens, and wings. 1112 Locust Street, Center City.

10 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Ancient Spirits and Grille

Ancient Spirits and Grille. Photo by Society Hill Films.

This three-story, 7,000-square-foot Rittenhouse spot bills itself as the first “Ayurvedic herbal restaurant and cocktail lounge” in the U.S. Here diners have the unusual option of scanning a QR code to create a personal menu tailored to their body type, metabolic energy, and dietary restrictions. 1726 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse Square.

12 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center


After making a name for himself at Abe Fisher, chef Yehuda Sichel took the casual route in 2020 with his namesake sandwich shop. Fried chicken, brisket, swordfish, and more are served on house-baked milk bread and sourdough. 32 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse.

12 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Mabu Kitchen

French-inspired Southern comfort food is on the menu at this Washington Square West BYOB from chef Ayad Sinawi. Named for a village on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, it offers dinner and weekend brunch. 1120 Pine Street, Center City.

14 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Cover photo: Ancient Spirits and Grill. Photo by E. Marenco.


To learn about additional venues and for more information and assistance in planning a special event in Philadelphia, contact the PHLCVB Convention Services team.

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