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Nov 7, 2007 10:10 AM

Romantic Restaurant Close to Rittenhouse Sq.


Have booked in to the Rittenhouse hotel for a Saturday in early December with the dear lady wife. I am looking for a romantic informal restaurant, that serves lighter food (New American? Italian / French)...Recent postings on Brasserie Perrier not to good. Rouge is OK. Want to escape Rittenhouse - thus no to Lacrois. Not a great fan of Stephen Star restaurants - although may go to Alma de Cuba for a mohito to start the night off. Thought about 20 Manning - would welcome any other suggestions - BYO is OK. Must be walking distance of Rittenhouse Sq.

Please help!!!



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    1. re: saturninus

      Hi - thanks for the reply. I understand Matyson has changed hands - father in law has taken over - or something like that - is the quality still the same?

      1. re: FriskLamb

        We dine there regularly. So far we have noticed no difference in the quality of the food. As I understand it, Matt's cousin and sous chef has taken over. Evidently he has been with Matt since they opened.

    2. I would head to Snackbar, it's about half a block north of Twenty Manning.

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      1. re: Buckethead

        Thanks - just went to their website and they do not have a menu - what sort of food do they have?

        1. re: FriskLamb

          I replied earlier but it was deleted, here's their menu as of this month:

      2. XIX - It's the 19th floor of the Bellevue (Broad and Walnut). A great lounge to enjoy a pre-dinner drink (next to the fireplace) and a beautifully romantic dinning room. The dinner menu looks fantastic, though I've only sampled their bar menu, which was great. If you're into oysters, they had a huge raw-bar that dominates the center of the dinning room.

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        1. re: mje113

          Thanks - good idea...thought it may be a little formal...

          1. re: mje113

            I second XIX. Very romantic, great view, food and service are excellent.

          2. ever been to Tequilla's? super yummy upscale mexican. really nice waitstaff and candlelight. not too pricey either. :)

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            1. re: miffyrabbit

              Thanks, wife not big on Mexican (although she does love a good margarita

            2. This may be a stretch but have you tried Il Portico on Walnut neat Le Bec Fin? It's Tuscan cuisine and IMO very good.