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My husband and I are sending our daughter to my sister's for the weekend and celebrating our 11th anniversary at home. Woohoo!

On Saturday, we were thinking of going into town and seeing a couple of movies then heading to a nice dinner. We'll probably be at one of the Ritz theaters, which is why I said Old City, but the clubby vibe is definitely not what we're looking for so we can really go anywhere. I've searched the threads for romantic anniversary dinner and read about lots of wonderful-sounding places, but like everyone I think I'm a special snowflake so I'd like recommendations geared to my "unique" circumstances. ;-)

Le Bec-Fin and its ilk are not on the table due to budget constraints, and a nice BYOB would be ideal but it's not a deal-breaker. I ruled out some of the recommendations I read about in other threads due to noise - of course a place should be busy on a Saturday night, but we would like to be able to have a conversation without screaming over the din.

My husband does not like seafood; otherwise we're up for anything.

Thanks everyone!

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  1. Go to Xochitl. Its a Oaxcan Style Mexican food...very refined, not like Chi Chis or something....its at 2nd and Lombard on headhouse square.

    big flavors, great staff,

    gaucamole is a must made table side....

    good drinks, awesome tequila list

    Have fun

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    1. re: EastCoastWineMan

      xochitl is definitely a good suggestion, and is smallish and not too noisy. excellent food and tequila list.

      panorama is romantic, but it can run pretty expensive there. their duck papardelle is insanely awesome though.

      it's not too far from old city to chinatown, or northern liberties. modo mio (just past no libs in the kensington/fishtown grey area) is outstanding for a memorable meal (a byo).

      1. re: mazza3

        Thank you! We're in Chinatown several times a month as a family, so we won't be heading there this time. I will look at Xochitl and Modo Mio for sure. If anyone else has any other recommendations, keep them coming!

        1. re: oliviasaru

          mmm, i second modo mio. some of the best, most underpriced food in this city IMO. 4 courses for $32 cannot be beat, especially when you're stuffed after the second! :) if you will be at the ritz it's easy to hop on the MFL and get off at girard; modo mio is a 2-min walk west on girard from there.

          also zahav might be worth checking out, right next to (above, sorta up the kill from) the ritz five. i ate there again last night, before a film and that place is solid. i really enjoyed my meal.

          1. re: rabidog

            Love Modo Mio but I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic evening because of the noise level.

            1. re: joluvscards

              i like the noise level, it keeps conversations private. and it isn't really that loud, just happy.

      2. re: EastCoastWineMan

        We ate at Xochitl last night and it was FANTASTIC. We both loved it. Great food, excellent service. and very cozy atmosphere.

      3. We very much like August, at 13th and Wharton. Small, pretty byob with delicious food.
        It's not Old City - more south - but not far, easy street parking. You need a reservation.
        Cash only.

        1. We love Bistro7. BYOB and really good new american food. On 3rd near Market. You can hold a conversation even when the restaurant is full.

          http://www.bistro7restaurant.com/dinn...

          1. Chloe on 2nd and Arch.

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            1. re: jl0328

              2nd

              1. re: saturninus

                3rd. Just remember, no reservations.

            2. I'll second Bistro 7, and 3rd (?) Xochitl...and also suggest Positano Coast, which is right in front of Ritz Five. I had not been in a long time, until my fiance and I had our day-after Valentine's meal there last Sunday, pre-movie. It was even better than I remembered, and quite romantic I thought--even seated at the bar. Although you probably don't want to sit in the bar area on a Saturday night. I highly recommend the grilled octopus, gnocchi (wow), and duck breast. Not overly expensive; we each had three drinks, shared three apps and two entrees, and the cost was about $135.

              1. We went to Bistro 7 the day before Valentine's Day last year and had a memorable meal. The best gnocchi we have had and it's not even an Italian restaurant. Also must try the fries fried in duck fat. It is just north of Market Street.

                We had also been to Fork and had a slow, really slow, meal that wasn't worth any kind of wait.

                1. Thanks so much, everyone! We've had to change our plans - now we're going to see Coraline in Cherry Hill and then back into town for dinner. I'll let you know where we ended up. Either way, we have lots of new places to try in the next few months! :)

                  Thanks again for all your help!