Located right on the Delaware River, Center City is one of Philadelphia’s most busy and vibrant neighborhoods. See where visitors get the best dishes, as we take a look at our favorite Center City restaurants.
Quality Italian food is easy to come by in Philly (see: South Philly), but Little Nonna’s always feels like a classic Italian Sunday supper. The “gravy,” a simmered red marinara made from San Marzano tomatoes, is served every night in addition to other comforting staples like fontina-stuffed meatballs, eggplant, and roasted veggies. A homey 40-seat dining room is lined with wooden tables that are set with red-checkered napkins and mismatched china, ensuring that every element creates a comforting experience.
1234 Locust Street
Vedge is not only a great vegan restaurant; it’s also is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. Ordinary vegetables are elevated to sophisticated dishes that will change your perceptions of them forever. Radishes, turnips, rutabaga, and the like take center stage over cheeses and meats. But those typical staples aren’t missed—the inventive flavors are more than memorable without them. The menu rotates by season, ensuring the freshest local ingredients.
1221 Locust Street
What Jamonera lacks in dining space, it makes up for in atmosphere and taste. Dimmed chandeliers and heavy drapes create an intimate and cozy vibe for enjoying creative Spanish tapas. Shaved jamón ibérico, smoked-garlic-aioli-drizzled fried potatoes, and manchego-filled meatballs are just some of the snacks that pair well with an extensive list of sherries.
101 S 13th Street
Locavores love Russet, where seasonal, farm-to-table New American dishes are well-prepared and well-priced. Every ingredient is noticeably fresh and sourced from local farmers. Each dish is creatively crafted. Past items have included a homemade gnocchi, roasted eggplant ravioli with pine nuts and cherry tomatoes, and Tuscan-style pork sausage. Don’t forget to try the dessert, too—cheesecakes, cortadas, and pastry baskets are just some of the delicious, freshly-made sweets.
1521 Spruce Street
No list of Philly restaurants is complete without Jose Garces. His culinary workshop, Volvér, features massive tasting menus ($95 for the eight-course and $150 for the 12-course) and a dazzling selection of New American creations. Marinated octopus, charcuterie, wild boar ragu, and crab cake are a few of the notable plates. If the high price tag is overwhelming, head next door to Bar Volvér for some more casual bites.
300 S. Broad Street