Unexpectedly Romantic Date Spots in Philly


Liven up your love life with a fun outing at one of these offbeat date spots in Philly.

  • Bar Rittenhouse Square
    Ranstead Room Map 2013 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 215-563-3330
    Atmo.27 Decor26 Service24 CostM

    After grabbing tacos and margaritas at El Rey, check out this hidden bar behind the restaurant, where the sexy ambiance (and boudoir art) is perfect for canoodling over cocktails.

  • Asian Spring Garden
    Umai Restaurant Map 533 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 215-988-0707
    Food26 Decor19 Service23 Cost$33

    Eating with chopsticks is always fun on a date, especially with creative sushi and a BYO policy involved.

  • Diner Northern Liberties
    Silk City Map 435 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 215-592-8838
    Food25 Decor20 Service21 Cost$33

    Live music, root beer floats, and a funky hipster diner vibe (complete with updated comfort food) make this a fun spot for a laid-back date.

  • Burmese Chinatown
    Rangoon Burmese Restaurant Map 112 North 9th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 215-829-8939
    Food24 Decor15 Service21 Cost$18

    Turn your date into a culinary adventure at this Burmese restaurant in Chinatown, where you can try exotic dishes like curry spare ribs, pumpkin soup topped with fried onions, and crispy fish and pineapple in super-spicy red curry and coconut sauce.

  • Mexican Rittenhouse Square
    El Rey Map 2013 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 215-563-3330
    Food21 Decor19 Service20 Cost$26

    The kitschy decor, Mexican street food, and "mucho grande" margaritas make this Stephen Starr spot a favorite for low-key happy hour dates. Hint: check out back-room bar Ranstead Room afterward for a little more fun.

  • Mediterranean Washington Square West
    Effie's Map 1127 Pine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 215-592-8333
    Food20 Decor15 Service19 Cost$39

    Bring a bottle of wine and get to know your date better over traditional, stick-to-your-ribs food like your Greek grandmother would make.

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