The 10 Best Restaurants In Fitler Square, Philadelphia

Lauren Gruber

Fitler Square is a quiet, residential section of the Rittenhouse neighborhood. Among its beautiful town homes are restaurants tucked away that add to a romantic atmosphere not afforded too many other places in Philadelphia. Read ahead for our guide to the 10 best restaurants Fitler Square and its bordering streets have to offer.

1. Tria Fitler Square

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American

Tria Fitler Square, 2227 Pine Street
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Tria Fitler Square is a sophisticated wine bar and dining room that sits right across from the stunning trees of Fitler Square’s pocket park. With a dining room of sleek wood and chic lattice wallpaper, Tria offers the best in beer and wine lists, but unlike the other Tria wine bars, this restaurant offers medium plates for dinner. Their seafood dishes—grilled octopus and crispy seared trout— are particularly excellent. Pair your meal with bruschetta or a cheese board and, of course, one of their many international wines or beers to learn about the rich flavors from national and international venders and breweries.

2. Fitler Dining Room

Fitler Dining Room

Fitler Dining Room serves gourmet American cuisine in the heart of the ivy-covered neighborhood. The white New England style restaurant boasts a rotating, seasonal menu of fresh seafood like Atlantic cod or hearty classics like grilled skit steak – start off your meal with the freshly shucked oysters. The open kitchen and soft lighting add to the intimacy of the experience.
Address & phone number: 2201 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-732-3331

3. Il Pittore

Bistro, Restaurant, Italian

Located just a block and a half from the technical boundary of Fitler Square, Il Pittore is a classic Italian bistro and staple for Fitler Square (and Rittenhouse) residents.The menu is mostly inspired by Northern Italian fare and creates a mix of traditional and modern styles. With the house made bread, enjoy the handmade pasta like the popular lobster-filled tortellini or ravioli with the splendor of mushrooms and truffle butter. The latter is a ingredient highlighted in the pasta dishes. Paired with their curated 200 bottle wine list (with a sommelier for suggestions), Il Pittore is a piece of Italy in Philadelphia.

4. Gusto Pizzeria

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian

Gusto Pizzeria, Philadelphia
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Large portions of artisan dough help make Gusto Pizzeria a Fitler Square favorite. This hidden gem serves crust that is not too thick nor too thin, and fresh ingredients and very reasonable prices make Gusto pizza heaven for gourmet pizza lovers. Check out their specialty pizzas, from chicken pesto to the primavera.

5. Ants Pants Cafe

Cafe, American, Australian, Tea

The cute, modern breakfast cafe takes inspiration from Australian cuisine. With unique takes on breakfast favorites, Ant’s Pants adds some flair to the usual entrees. Choose from their cheese fries with sriracha or their infamous bacon stack, a sourdough sandwich piled high with bacon, arugula and sunny side-up eggs. Wash it down with an Australian coffee, which is the regular brew mixed with ice and vanilla ice cream. ©angela n./Flickr

6. Audrey Claire

Audrey Claire

Sitting on the cusp of the Fitler Square neighborhood, Audrey Claire offers a mixture of Mediterranean and creative American-inspired dishes. The chic BYOB offers grilled flatbreads to comfort plates of roast chicken but with a twist of pomegranate molasses.
Address & phone number: 276 S 20th St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-731-1222

7. Vernick

Restaurant, American

At Vernick, the secret to success is a a surprising introduction of simple ingredients that blend together to make a pronounced impact of flavor. Take sweet white corn and crunchy scallions with a drizzle of chile aioli, or a beef tartare mixed with Parmesan and shaved horseradish – inventive Chef Gregory Vernick’s ingenious, yet simple combinations might be why this highly popular restaurant gets packed so quickly, so be sure to make reservations beforehand.

8. Grace Tavern

Bar, Pub, American, Pub Grub

A large list of international and local craft beers helped to name this bar the best in the city. Original and ornate 1930s tin-pressed ceilings and beautiful architecture make it sophisticated, yet still casual. Grace Tavern is located in a quiet area right off South Street, and average drink prices are cheap. Their menu also serves tasty items like the blackened green beans that you can eat-in or order out.

9. Sotto Ristorante Italiano

Sotto Ristorante Italiano

Sotto serves up classic, rustic Italian dishes. Go for favorites like grilled octopus and ravioli bolognese – the service doesn’t skim on portions. Dishes will be full of seafood or served large. The hidden gem is located underneath the Walnut Street bridge, but its ambience with dim lights and cork decor keeps the night intimate and lively.
Address & phone number: 151 S 24th St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-496-9222

The breakfast quesadillas, shown here, and Mexican-inspired brunch dishes are some of their most popular.©Tom Ipri/Flickr

10. Honey’s Sit-n-Eat

Restaurant, Diner, Cafe, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food

While the original location is located in Northern Liberties, Honey’s on South Street has just as much quality. Serving Southern comfort food done right, their brunch is the most popular time to eat in, with the huevos rancheros and their breakfast bomb—giant buttermilk pancake stuffed with scrambled eggs and meat and potato of your choice—as house favorites. Their fresh-squeezed orange juice and fried green tomatoes add to the humble, country cafe flair.

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