Best Mediterranean in Philadelphia

November 18, 2014
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by Zagat Staff

Club Med: Philadelphia's best Mediterranean restaurants.

Barbuzzo
Mediterranean · Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

“Incredible” pizzas, “farm-to-table” salads and other “serious” eats, plus a budino dessert that’s “out of this world” , come out of the open kitchen at this Mediterranean in Washington Square West; although some report “jackhammer” -like decibels and “cramped seating” , most consider it a “win every time.”
Figs
Mediterranean · Fairmount · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

Many consider this "intimate" , cash-only Fairmount BYO near the Art Museum the "perfect spot for any occasion" , thanks to “fantastic” , "reasonably priced" Mediterranean fare and “friendly” servers who "won’t rush you" ; though some find it “small” , the room is “comfortable” with “spacious tables” , while outdoor seating under trees is "lovely."
Audrey Claire
Mediterranean · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

This “super-cute” Rittenhouse Med BYO is a “go-to” for “wonderful” , “creative” plates served by “friendly” staffers who “know what they're talking about” ; most feel it’s “well worth” putting up with the cash-only policy and no reservations Fridays–Saturdays, and while some complain of “limited elbow room” and “noisy” acoustics, the seasonal outdoor seating is “great for people-watching.”
VALANNI
Mediterranean · Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

“Not your traditional Italian” , this "chic" , "modern" Washington Square West spot deals in “think-outside-the-box, palate-teasing” Mediterranean-inspired tapas and "strong" , "adventurous cocktails" ; it's "convenient before or after a show" , the bar scene is “bumpin'” and "awesome" DJs spin late-night, meaning it can get "loud" and "crowded" – though service remains "quick" throughout.