Over the past 16 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 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 returning to some semblance of normalcy in Philly (albeit while grappling with a labor shortage) and diners are eagerly returning to new and old spots, eager to support our city’s beloved dining scene. All COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted for now, and in exchange, restaurants are busy and bustling places again.
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 summer refresh, Eater Philly is focusing 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.
The four recent additions include newish places — Down North Pizza, eeva, and Kampar Kitchen — and a stalwart local spot that is a necessary addition to get us through these hot summer months. (Lookin’ at you, Siddiq’s.)
Restaurants on this map have been open for at least six months. For the most exciting new restaurants in town, go here.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More