Downtown Philadelphia Dining
Philadelphia offers one of the most diverse, eclectic and vibrant restaurant scenes in the world. Of course, Philly is known for its cheesesteaks, cheesecakes and cream cheese, but restaurants near our Center City hotel offer an abundance of choices.
Great restaurants near Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia are not hard to find. Incredible dining experiences await within just a couple of blocks of the hotel. Below are some suggestions, but if your palate is craving something specific, let us know and it will be our pleasure to point you in the right direction.
There are plenty of restaurants in Center City Philadelphia, but here are just a few of our favorites:
Butcher and Singer
1500 Walnut Street
This is a great steakhouse with a hint of Hollywood. Enjoy perfectly charred steaks and chops, coldwater lobster and iconic dishes like Shrimp & Crab Louie.
325 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia Magazine says: “Without benefit of stage or band, Buddakan buzzes like a nightclub. And the food, Asian fusion dishes constructed as avant-garde architecture — edamame ravioli, duck breast with roast garlic five spice jus — is a show all by itself.”
227 S. 18th Street
Located at Rittenhouse Square, Parc pays tribute to French café culture, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Ideal for a quick bite, or a leisurely meal.
723 Chestnut Street
The flagship restaurant of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto serves contemporary Japanese cuisine and sublime sushi. An … array of special sakes, wines and specialty cocktails complements the menu.
121 S. 13th Street
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and caramelized bananas.
Ok…the best places for cheesesteaks and cheesecake in Center City Philadelphia? There are plenty of options, but here is one recommendation for each near our Center City hotel:
118 S. 18th Street
Cheesesteaks, plus a whole lot more. They have an extensive menu and great food. Did we mention they do cheesesteaks?
Midtown Diner III Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge
28 South 18th Street
1801 Chestnut Street
124 South 18th Street
Photo by G. Krist for GPTMC