Best Restaurants Around South Street

August 31, 2018
by Zagat Staff

Ten places to try around one of Philadelphia's most popular streets.

South Street Souvlaki
Greek · Society Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.1

So "the decor ain't much to write home about" , but this "quirky" , "ancient" South Street taverna "survives for a reason" : its "homemade" Greek fare "tastes like Athens" and is doled out in "generous portions" ; with "inexpensive" tabs to boot, it's a wonder it remains one of the city's "best-kept secrets."
Southwark Restaurant
Cocktail Bar · Queen Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

Reopened under new owners, this cozy tavern on a Queen Village corner maintains its classic, handsome atmosphere and its locavore approach to American cookery, while adding a few modern touches and a specialty cheese plate. The bar specializes in old-time favorites.
Ambra Restaurant
Italian · Queen Village · $$

The team behind next-door cocktail favorite Southwark bring this petite Italian to Queen Village, serving a four-course prix fixe menu with plates like swordfish crudo, smoked tortellini with egg bottarga and Sicilian-style lamb breast – dishes that build on tradition with modern techniques. The 16-seat space makes a big impact, thanks to warm wood panels, metalwork and concrete accents.
Pumpkin BYOB
American · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

"Fresh, local and just flat-out good," this "exquisite, seasonal" South Street West New American BYO is especially appreciated for its "deal" of a $45 Sunday five-course prix fixe; though its "small," "cozy" space gets "crammed," it packs "big appeal," with "just-dim-enough lighting" for "date night" and a staff that's "polished without being pretentious" "what more can you ask for?;" P.S. cash only.
Middle Eastern · Society Hill · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

Venture "down a dark side alley, ring the doorbell" and "feel like you've traveled thousands of miles away" at this Moroccan BYO off South Street, where seating is on "large cushions" at "low tables" , there are "rugs everywhere" and "sometimes belly dancers" provide the "delightful entertainment" ; "delicious" fixed-price "feasts" ($25, cash only) complete the "wonderful experience."