moderately priced restaurant near Kimmel Center
We're sending my dad to an orchestra concert for his birthday. We're interested in throwing in dinner, but cost is definitely a limiting factor. All the restaurants we know and love in that part of town are pricey. Are there any reasonably priced options nearby where they can get a nice meal and bottle of wine?
Thanks for all the recommendations. Keep them coming! My dad does enjoy fish and seafood, but it's not a requirement. I guess we hadn't really decided on a price range. We wanted to get a feel for our options. I'll pay a little more to get a good restaurant, but I can't go too overboard right now. the BYOs may be a great way to control costs.
We go to the orchestra almost every weekend, so we are familiar with all the surrounding restaurants.
Our favorite BYOB is Branzino, on 17th St. just a few doors north of Spruce. This is just 2 and a half blocks from the Kimmel Center. The food is delicious, with lovely ambience and good service.
We like La Viola West, but it is more hectic and often a bit rushed. It is more reasonably priced. The old La Viola has a horrendous noise level; West is better.
For a good meal at a restaurant with a bar, I would recommend McCormick and Schmick's, across from City Hall. This would be 4 blocks away, which might be too far.
Although it is a chain, the seafood and fish are always fresh and good. I will be posting a recent review shortly. If your folks like fish, there are many, many appetizing choices.
Estia, on Locust St., is very lovely and has a prix-fixe - either $30 or $35. However, you can't very well tell them they have to order the prix-fixe and the drink prices are high.
The best buys are the BYOB's. Perhaps you can give them a nice bottle of wine to take with them.
La Viola is my favoritre pre-theater spot. Delicious italian food, it is a BYO so you will need to bring a bottle, but that also keeps costs down. It gets crowded so if you go, its best to go early pre-theater especially if you have a big party (and call ahead to arrane it). There are two restaurants, La Viola and La Viola West (across the street). I prefer La Viola West.