Top 8 Old City and Penn's Landing Philadelphia Restaurants

Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Usa
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There are over 100 places to eat in the Old City / Penn's Landing area of Philadelphia. We've selected eight of our favorite restaurants with an eye towards featuring the vast array of cuisines found in this area that's a true dining melting pot of the region. These are presented in alphabetical order.

  • 01 of 08

    325 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    215-574-9440

    Perhaps Stephen Starr's greatest restaurant. The cuisine is modern Asian and the white décor is stunning. The dining room is dominated by a 10-foot Buddha. Executive Chef Scott Swiderski and his team create an exceptional, modern Asian cuisine prepared with French technique and spectacular presentation. The inventive menu incorporates the ethnic flavors of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian cuisines.

  • 02 of 08

    35 S. Second St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215-627-6273

    Cafe Spice bills themselves as a vibrant and contemporary Indian bistro. First opened near Union Square in NYC and honored by Nation's Restaurant Magazine as a "Hot Concept" for 2005, the Philadelphia restaurant, Cafe Spice introduces Philadelphians to a cuisine that's rising in popularity every year. With entree prices in the $15-20 range, at Cafe Spice, you can taste Indian cuisine without breaking the bank.

  • 03 of 08

    138 South 2nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    215-413-1443

    Imagine yourself stepping back to Colonial Times and sitting down for a meal in the largest English-speaking city outside of London. With authentic décor right down to the pewter dishes tankards and servers dressed in authentic Colonial garb, you almost forget how good the food is. Chef Walter Staib delivers a culinary experience inspired by the customs and foods of 18th Century Colonial America.

  • 04 of 08

    138 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    215-923-6069

    Set in a restored stainless-steel 60's diner, ​the Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar is another Stephen Starr masterpiece and one of old city's best places for a night out. The Continental is known for its cosmopolitans, margaritas and 15 varieties of martinis served in a personal shaker and the menu of global tapas which include Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Seared Tuna with Mushroom Risotto and Szechuan Fried Potatoes with Chinese Mustard.

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  • 05 of 08

    10 S. Second Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215-627-0666

    Travel & Leisure sums it up by saying "The rum bar with more than 60 varieties is the top draw at this Cuban spot, though the "cha cha cha" platter rates a close second. On warm nights the French doors are flung open, giving the place a striking resemblance to a 1940s Havana street scene." This multiple award-winning restaurant and bar is definitely the "in" place to be. Just don't show up to early in the evening.

  • 06 of 08

    401 South Columbus Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA
    215-923-2500

    Docked permanently on the Penn's Landing Marina, the Moshulu is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award (2005, 2006) as well as being recognized with many more honors for its excellence in food, service, and décor. The Bongo Bar and Deck offers a relaxing al fresco setting, where you can enjoy the breezes on the riverfront while having a casual dining experience.

  • 07 of 08

    723 Chestnut St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215-413-9070

    If you're an avid fan of the Iron Chef series on The Food Network and an admirer of Stephen Starr's restaurants, Morimoto is a welcome addition to Philadelphia's dining scene. Karim Rashid's blends traditional Japanese design with organic and sensual elements. Morimoto's extraordinary cuisine integrates Western ingredients and techniques with traditional Japanese cooking such as tempura, sushi, sashimi and yakimono.

  • 08 of 08

    125 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215-925-7027

    Old Original Bookbinder's is back and better than ever. John Taxin reopened his legendary seafood restaurant in 2005. It had been closed for nearly three years. In this case, smaller is better. The new 380-seat restaurant features an open kitchen; oyster bar; outdoor dining; a restored, clubby President's Room with its Amazon mahogany bar; plus banquet and meeting rooms. The menu features all of the classic Bookbinder's specialties.