Over the past 19 months and counting, restaurant owners and restaurant employees have had to make a constant and ever-changing calculus about what’s safe, what’s not, and what will keep businesses afloat during the still ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Indoor dining in Philadelphia ceased, restarted, stopped again, then started again as coronavirus cases fluctuated, and as a result, many restaurants were forced to close.
Now, the restaurant industry is embracing some semblance of normalcy in Philly (albeit while grappling with a labor shortage) and diners are returning to new and old spots, eager to support our city’s beloved dining scene. Many places are asking for proof of vaccination, or for diners to wear masks indoors, per the city mandate, so come prepared.
In the past, the Eater 38 has been a list that aims to show off the most alluring dining destinations Philly has to offer its residents and visitors alike. For the fall refresh, Eater Philly is continuing to focus on places both big and small, fine dining and casual, where sandwiches, tasting menus, takeout, and sweets are all available, to suit every fancy. After all, variety is the spice of life — and in Philly, you can have it all.
Restaurants on this map have been open for at least six months. For the most exciting new restaurants in town, go here.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More