The 7 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia

12th February 2020 // By Elite Traveler

The last decade has seen Philadelphia’s restaurant scene evolve rapidly, as it now plays host to plenty of variety, from French to Japanese to Modern American. Philadelphia’s Center City boasts a number of restaurants and offers an appealing combination of American and international cuisine. No matter what your taste, our guide to the best restaurants in Philadelphia offers plenty of upscale restaurants to choose from. These are Elite Traveler‘s picks of the best restaurants in Philadelphia.

Vetri Cucina


After honing his skills across the US and Italy, chef Marc Vetri returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and has since garnered a reputation for his Italian cooking. The popularity of Vetri is a testament to this, receiving a handful of accolades, including a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Vetri specializes in authentic northern Italian dining and solely offers a custom tasting menu featuring dishes such as prosciutto cotto, eggplant rotolo and chocolate polenta souffle for dessert. The restaurant offers a wine list of 2,500 bottles, focused primarily on Italian wines from various regions. Dining here is an intimate affair, with Vetri only seating 32 guests in the dining room with additional space for private dining, including a test kitchen.