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Dec 8, 2010 03:52 PM

Fine dining alone?

I'm looking for a nice restaurant for a solo meal. I've been to many of the really good restaurants in Philly with others such as Fountain, Vetri, Amada, etc and am looking for a good fine dining restaurant for a solo diner (something I haven't tried before). I'm more a fan of American or any ethnic food except traditional French (so not that excited about Le Bec-Fin). Thoughts I've had are: Prime Rib, Davios, James...what else comes to mind? I like a quieter (but not empty) place for a meal at a table instead of at the bar.

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  1. I know Lacroix sounds French, but it's pretty American. It's a lovely setting for a meal. And, I don't know how quiet it is, but I would put Zahav on the list for you to try.

    1. Fine dining means different things to different people, so you might get more precision if you clarify. Do you mean Daniel/Per Se level dining, or would you say more Gramercy Tavern level? The latter is much more plentiful in Philly. I'd put the following as good options in the less-fancy category: Matyson, Chloe, 10 Arts, or Meme (the first and third being somewhat "fancier," but all have good food). I don't think of them as "fine dining," but I might also look at Koo Zee Doo, the assorted non-Amada Garces places, Barbuzzo, etc. None of them are terribly quiet, but they're all quite good.

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      1. re: the scribbler

        Koo Zee Doo is really not a good place for a lone diner, the portions are meant for sharing and are humongous.

      2. You might look at uhockey's experience eating around the city, he ate most of his meals alone:

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        1. re: barryg

          But he ate enough for three meals at each place...

        2. I think James is a good option, as is Zahav. How about Meritage?

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          1. re: Bigley9

            I vote going to Zahav and seeing if you can ingest a whole lamb shoulder a-la-uhockey!

          2. Bibou has a cute counter with two seats where you can schmooze with the chef and staff. You would also be fine at one of their tables but we really enjoyed the counter.

            No matter where you sit you can be sure of a spectacular meal.