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I need a dressy philadelphia restaurant.

My girl friends and I are looking for a good girls night out restaurant. We're looking for anything in Philadelphia or the philadelphia region. Preferably something with a dress code. Thanks!

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  1. What kind of food do you want? What's your budget? Is the scene more important than food?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      we dont care what kind of food. We're open to mostly any kind of budget, but we'd prefer nothing over $30. I don't quite understand you but we still want good food. We dont care what kind of scene.

      1. re: BecomingAFoodie

        So are you looking for somewhere classy or more loud and fun?

        1. re: BecomingAFoodie

          Sorry for all the questions, but your request is so broad it is hard to know what to recommend. Is the $30 for entrees, or for the whole meal? Many of the most upscale restaurants are kind of sedate, not necessarily what I think of for a girls' night out, and likely to push your budget. There are a lot of fun, lively places with great food, but they tend to be more casual.

          Also, many of the good food restaurants in Philly are BYO, but I'm guessing you'd like a place with a bar. I'd suggest checking out Parc, Alma de Cuba and Amada.

          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            I guess my friends and i have a differnet kind of girls night out then youre think of. We like nice places that we can sit down, enjoy and good meal, and catch up all while looking great.

      2. Can't do any better than the venerable Le Bec Fin!! Your pocketbook will be thinner but you will be happier and look smashing.

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        1. re: arepo

          I thought the OP was quite specific actually. Unless I read her wrong, she wants good food (hopefully not over $30 for an entree but will do it as she states, "open to almost any budget"!) with fancy digs and couture clothing to show off with her friends in an upscale atmosphere.

          I didn't read bars and lively places from her. I might be wrong but she even stipulated a place with a dress code. That smacks of elegant to me.

          But, what do I know??

          1. re: arepo

            Dunno about that, "girls night out" doesn't usually imply elegant and a lot of the clubby type places (like in old City) are some of the only places with real "dress codes" like no tank tops, Timberland boots, caps, etc. Of course these are almost all bad choices for dinner.

            1. re: arepo

              thanks arepo! You actually interpreted everything right!

                1. re: arepo

                  No place with good food in Philadelphia has a dress code that is more than business casual. So rule that out as a criteria.

                  So if you want to go where the beautiful people go, perhaps go to Rouge, or Parc on Rittenhouse Square, or perhaps Morimoto for Japanese, or Amada in Old City.

                  If you want to go to a place with a dress code for drinks, go to Hop Sing.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    The restaurant in the Union League has a strict dress code and is good, but you need to go with a member.

                    1. re: barryg

                      Fair point, and the Union League membership coordinator lives up here in Buckingham (and hangs out at a dive bar and has wings on wing night). They did a very nice Republican Fundraising event a few weeks ago. But getting in is definitely invitation only. Lots of local alumni groups hold events there, but all that said, probably is not an option for the hens night out.

                    2. re: cwdonald

                      Good point cwdonald. That's the first thing I thought when I read the OP's post. Unfortunately, it's not always business casual. I dined at Vetri on a Saturday night and two people in jeans were sitting nearby. Call me a snob, but it took away the specialness of the evening for us. Or perhaps they were saying, Vetri is an everyday thing for them so why dress up. I've seen the same in a 3 star restaurant in Paris and I really dislike it. Business casual is fine though.

                      1. re: JanR

                        If you read Marc Vetri's Twitter feed, he recently told someone who asked that there isn't really a dress code at Vetri. He wrote, "whatever makes you feel good".