Most Popular in Philadelphia

September 20, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Zagat users’ favorite restaurants in Philadelphia based on our most recent survey.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Bar · Chestnut Hill · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

If you're "not a beer lover" , this "upbeat" local chain of brewpubs will "make you one" with its “outstanding selection” of bottles and drafts backed by a “hefty” menu of “tasty” bar fare and "service with a smile" ; prime viewing of the brewing equipment is another plus, though some report that it can get “noisy and crowded” on weekends.
Chickie's & Pete's
Bar · Northeast Philadelphia · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

You get the "Philly experience" at these "energetic" sports bars where “addictive” crab fries and other American eats come in a “size suitable for five to six people" , and "friendly" servers "make you feel at home" ; the atmosphere is “fun” , though some say conversation is tough "unless you're sitting in the lap of your partner.
Chickie's & Pete's Cafe
Bar · Northeast Philadelphia · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

You get the "Philly experience" at these "energetic" sports bars where “addictive” crab fries and other American eats come in a “size suitable for five to six people" , and "friendly" servers "make you feel at home" ; the atmosphere is “fun” , though some say conversation is tough "unless you're sitting in the lap of your partner.
Chickie's & Pete's
Seafood · South Philadelphia · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

You get the "Philly experience" at these "energetic" sports bars where “addictive” crab fries and other American eats come in a “size suitable for five to six people" , and "friendly" servers "make you feel at home" ; the atmosphere is “fun” , though some say conversation is tough "unless you're sitting in the lap of your partner.
The Capital Grille
Seafood · Washington Square West · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Wonderfully seasoned ", " perfectly cooked " beef, " top-flight seafood " and " decadent sides " await at this national chain, a " steak lover's mecca " with an " old-school gentlemen's club " vibe and tabs fit for the “ 21st-century robber baron ” (but " worth every penny "); the wine list caters to both “ novice and oenophile ”, while the servers cater to everyone – " choreographed to perfection ", " they really make you feel like you're someone special.
Five Guys
Burger · Rittenhouse Square · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

This national hamburger chain’s "sloppily satisfying" patties and "massive bags" of "boardwalk-good" fries (plus "free peanuts to keep you busy" while you wait) will have “your arteries slowly clogging in delight" ; the "spartan" digs may not impress, but "friendly" service and "reasonable" prices help make it a “great choice” "when that temptation hits.”
Maggiano's Little Italy
Italian · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

The family-style portions range from "bountiful" to "wheelbarrow" (expect to "leave with a doggy bag" ) at these "friendly" , "bustling" Italians frequented by "large groups and families" seeking to feast on "reasonably priced" "old-world classics" ; the less-impressed shrug "standard upper-level chain" , but admirers note "there's a reason" they're "always packed.
Buddakan - Asian Restaurant
Asian · Old City · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

Stephen Starr's "Asian-inspired" "gastronomic nirvana" in Old City is still "staggeringly popular" , turning out "ah-may-zing" , "beautifully executed" fare served by an "attentive but not hovering" staff in "dark" , "spectacular" quarters beneath a “massive” statue of Buddha; the "people-watching" never disappoints, and though some feel it's "pricey" , most deem it “perfect for a date night or a special occasion.”
Amada
Spanish · Old City · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Jose Garces’ flagship Spaniard in Old City “never disappoints” with its “fabulous” tapas, “delicious” sangria and a wine list “built to please” , served by a “knowledgeable, courteous” staff; although some report “loud” conditions and caution “your wallet can empty quickly” , most say it’s “worth it for a special occasion.”
Zahav
Middle Eastern · Society Hill · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Travel to Israel and back in one night” at this “must-try” Society Hill gem, where a “deceptively simple” , “ever-changing” small-plates menu is presented by a staff that “seamlessly glides around and takes care of everyone’s needs” amid “beautiful” surrounds; it’s an "impeccable” experience, but “prepare to spend money – it's not cheap.”
El Vez
Mexican · Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

Even after all these years ", " high expectations " are " met and then some " at Stephen Starr's " high-energy but relaxing " Mexican in Washington Square West offering " awesome " blood-orange margaritas, an " amazing " guacamole menu and " out-of-this-world ceviches "; some say you have to " yell across the table " and " prices can add up quickly ", but " responsive " service helps make it " worth it.
Parc Restaurant
French · Rittenhouse Square · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

Stephen Starr "out-bistros most Parisian bistros" with this "très jolie" "people-watching" perch, where those lucky enough to nab an "outside table facing Rittenhouse Square" feel "transported" to the "Champs-Élysées" (but "without the smoking" ); inside, the "happening scene" can reach "daunting noise levels" , but given the "first-rate" French classics – from "sophisticated brunches and lazy lunches to fancy dinners" – and "polished" service, to most it's a "delightful experience" all the same.
Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Japanese · Penn's Landing · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

The shrimp is "flying" and onions are turned into "volcanoes" at this Japanese teppanyaki chain where the "entertaining" chefs turn out “delish” eats "right in front of you" ; a few describe the digs as "outdated" , but many recommend it for a “fun night out with a group.”
Nifty Fifty's
Diner · Northeast Philadelphia · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

If you wonder about time travel ", hit this " retro-style " diner chain that'll " take you back " to '50s halcyon days with its " old-school "–inspired look, " whirring malted machines " and " tasty " " burgers 'n' shakes " and other " cheap eats " to feed the " hungry hordes "; " beyond-accommodating " service completes the " family"-friendly picture.
Barbuzzo
Mediterranean · Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“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.”