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HELP - Business dinner (3 foodies) in Center City, Philly

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I need a recommendation for an expensive French, Italian or American restaurant for 3 business people who enjoy great food. I am not a local so please help!

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  1. When? If you have time, get a reservation at Vetri (I believe they reserve tables a month in advance). If not, go to Osteria.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      up to 2 months out for Vetri, up to one month out for Osteria

      1. re: Bigley9

        Would love to get into Vetri. If not, any other suggestions?...

    2. Also in the event you can't get Vetri/Osteria, what kind of environment do you prefer - quiet, hip, etc?

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      1. re: Bigley9

        Not hip (3 guests are in their 60's). Quiet.

      2. How about Gayle?

        1. My first thought would be Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel, fancy, great service, quiet, and out-of-this-world food.

          If my first choice was Vetri/Osteria and I couldn't get in, I'd go to James. Chef is a Vetri alum, service and food are excellent and restaurant is comfortable and not too noisy.

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          1. re: urbanfabric

            Agree, Vetri first choice, Lacroix second choice. You won't be disappointed with either choice.

            1. re: mschow

              I agree with both Lacroix and Vetri. Other great options especially for the age group would be Brasserie Perrier, The Fountain, 10 Arts, Estia or XIX.

              1. re: hillster

                Was able to make an 8:30pm reservation at Vetri. Thanks everyone for your help!

                1. re: TatyanaG

                  Just put yourself in their hands - they are the best hosts ever