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Nov 7, 2009 05:59 PM

Restaurants Near Academy of Music

My husband and I will be spending our first wedding anniversary in Philly and will be attending the PA Ballet on a Saturday evening. Would appreciate recommendations for romantic (or semi romantic) restaurants within walking distance from the Academy of Music. (NO Asian, Middle Eastern or Mexican please). Thanks!

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  1. There is a very lovely restaurant on Locust Street, right across from the Academy of Music, called Estia. It is Greek - has a large menu, specializing in fresh fish/seafood. You can look at their menu online.

    One of our favorite BYOB's, just a few blocks away, is Branzino. It is on 17th St, just above Spruce. Very nice ambience, excellent food. Philly has many BYOB's - you bring your own wine and the restaurant opens it and serve you at no extra charge.

    Ten Arts, in one of the hotels on Broad Street near City Hall, is not far. Very attractive and has an intimacy, even though it is off the lobby of the hotel. Very good food and service.

    There are a couple of chain steakhouses in the area, if that's what you want. One of them, Capital Grille, a couple of blocks north on Broad Street, is very attractive with some small rooms. Varied menu. Again, you can see the menu on line.

    You didn't mention price. The last ones I mentioned would be more expensive. Estia has a prix-fixe with a few choices in each category.

    Make sure that you get to our Reading Terminal Market while you're here. It's open weekends, is a short walk from Broad Street, and is really fun and interesting. Go for lunch - or breakfast.

    Reading Terminal Market
    51 N 12th St # 2, Philadelphia, PA

    Branzino Restaurant
    261 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    1405 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Capital Grille
    1338 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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    1. re: sylviag

      I agree that Estia is a lovely restaurant, a perfect place for a celebration. I have also had some good meals at Upstairs at Varelli and Sotto Varelli but not on the level of Estia.

      1405 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

      1. re: bentley1530

        I third Estia, especially for the fresh fish and octopus.

        1405 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    2. We like Valanni.

      1229 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

      1. Thanks for the recommendation of Estia. Unfortunately, I am allergic to fish and seafood, so that really would not be an option for us.

        1405 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

        1. I'm very fond of the Warsaw Cafe -- 16th Street below Pine.

          The atmosphere is Continental. The food is upscale Eastern European. Mama's in the kitchen. Son runs FOH. Doesn't get much play here, but they've been consistent for more than twenty years.

          While I'm not sure this would suit you, it certainly is not a fish place.

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          1. re: Seeker19104

            Second Warsaw Cafe. Very warm atmosphere, not super-romantic, but in keeping with a nice, intimate meal. Good food, although not real high end. May be just what you want before a show.

          2. XIX in the Bellevue building is just the street from the Academy and has awesome views of the city (it's on the nineteenth floor, get it?). Very classy and romantic.