The 10 Best Restaurants In South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Photo of Robert Wilder
9 February 2017

South Philadelphia, a perennial haven for those seeking cheesesteaks and pretzels, has expanded its culinary scene quite a bit over the last decade. Read ahead for our guide to South Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

Talula's Garden

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Talula's Garden, Philadelphia
Talula's Garden, Philadelphia | Or Hiltch/Flickr
Tucked away in Philadelphia’s beautiful Washington Square West is Talula’s Garden, a chic and cozy restaurant that boasts intimate indoor as well as spacious and elegant outdoor seating options. This single floor restaurant offers patrons fresh ingredients and dishes by utilizing farm to table dining. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try cheeses from around the world by ordering one of their artisanal cheese plates. On Sundays, Talula’s offers a decadent brunch from 10am to 2pm.

Honey's Sit 'N Eat

Restaurant, Diner, Cafe, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
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Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat has been an an institution on the Fitler Square restaurant scene for the past two years. Named the Number One breakfast spot in Philadelphia in 2013, Honey’s continues to deliver sensational food at affordable prices. This cash only BYOB is a community mainstay and caters to both vegetarians and carnivores. Breakfast deals are also available for early risers, starting from 7am.

South Street Diner

Diner, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dessert
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John M.P. Knox
John M.P. Knox
The South Street Diner, located at the end of Philadelphia’s most iconic street, serves up single portions that are big enough for two. Breakfast is served all day, and homemade desserts are available for those with a sweet tooth. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the diner is situated in a prime location, with Old City, Penn’s Landing, and Spruce Harbor Park just a short walk away.

Sabrina's Cafe

Cafe, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea , $$$
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Sabrina’s Cafe, Christian Street
Sabrina’s Cafe, Christian Street | ©Chhaya Kapadia/Flickr
Located in the historic Italian Market, Sabrina’s Cafe puts a new spin on breakfast. Sabrina’s is known for its brunch and for its vibrant atmosphere, where you can find homemade mugs and local art decorating its walls. Sabrina’s prides itself on fresh produce, and the stuffed Challah French Toast is the uncontested favorite on the menu. Reservations are a must on the weekends, when lines can sometimes stretch around the corner.

American Sardine Bar

Bar, Pub, American, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, $$$
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Justin Kern
Justin Kern | Flickr
Located in the up and coming Point Breeze neighborhood, American Sardine Bar is re-defining the term “gastro-pub.” Serving artisanal sandwiches, great bar food and locally produced microbrews, American Sardine Bar is a major asset to the Point Breeze community. During the summer months, the pub offers outdoor seating with a mix of individual and community style dining. Their signature Sardine Sandwich is a must-try for all newcomers.

Mixto

Restaurant, Bistro, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Caribbean, $$$
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There’s no shortage of Latin flavor at this two story Washington Square restaurant. Mixto serves an array of Latin inspired dishes within a casual atmosphere. Be sure to stop by Mixto during its happy hour to order one of their signature margaritas!

Fond

Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Fast Food, Dessert, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Fond, Philadelphia
Fond, Philadelphia | ulterior epicure/Flickr
Located on East Passyunk Avenue, Fond, a new American restaurant that excels by using simple ingredients, is in constant competition with multiple fine dining establishments and is known for its extensive wine list. Voted 2015’s 17th Best Restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine, Fond continues to impress, and this single level South Philadelphia establishment has the ideal intimate setting for any romantic evening.

Bibou

Restaurant, Bar, French, $$$
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French cuisine comes to life at Bibou. Voted the Best French Restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine three years in a row, Bibou continues to impress with its sophisticated representations of traditional French fare. Head chef Pierre Calmels was a 2014 James Beard semi-finalist for best Chef Mid Atlantic, and the recent switch to a prix fixe menu allows patrons to sample a multitude of French inspired dishes. Bibou is a cash only BYOB, which encourages its patrons to pair their meal with red wine.

Paesano's

Canteen, Food Stall, Food Stand, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food
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Cavaller92 | Flickr
Paesano’s is a serious contender for the best sandwich shop in Philadelphia – and it’s got some stiff competition. Winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2009 and 2010 Best Sandwich Shop award, its Lasagna Bolognese is giving the cheesesteak a run for its money for best sandwich in Philadelphia. Located in the historic Italian Market, Paesano’s is regularly filled with tourists as well local residents. Paesano’s also offers gluten free bread options, and dessert to accompany your lunch and dinner entrees.

Chickie's & Pete's

Bar, Restaurant, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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There is no restaurant in South Philadelphia that better represents Philadelphia’s sports culture than Chickie’s and Pete’s. Constantly packed with people, this South Philadelphia institution continues to draw people in with its world famous Crab fries. Located just down the street from Philadelphia’s professional sport stadiums, it is the best place to watch any home game besides going to the game itself. The atmosphere is electric, and the open layout allows for large groups.

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