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Dinner options near Medical Tower at 17th and Locust

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My good friend - and dentist - and I usually enjoy a dinner out after he has finished drilling holes in my head. As of late, we've done Davio's, Devon, Bronzino, Bistro La Viola and the Oyster House. He's recommending Sbraga and Casta Diva. Anyone want to chime in on these or recommend anything else of interest?
Many thanks.
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  1. Only can share comments of some friends who I would qualify as having "good taste" and who frequent the Philadelphia food scape. They highly recommended Sbraga with the notation that it is moderately expensive which is almost as subjective a term as is "good taste".

    1. I've only been to Casta Diva once but liked it. Byob, good food and nice atmosphere.

      1. I'd heartily recommend Sbraga, it gets better every time I go there. Cafe Casta Diva is good but not in the same league.

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        1. re: Buckethead

          Hm...I may have to go back to Sbraga sometime, then. Was there soon after they opened and thought it was very good, but not so exceptional that it's floated to the top of my list again. Sounds like it's improving, though.

        2. I guess I'd go to Sbraga since you've never been there, to see what all the buzz is about. I personally wasn't a fan of the tiny portions (though they were delicious, and beautifully presented), it's not a place to go if you are really hungry. Maybe you won't be too hungry after the dentist so that would be good.

          If it were me I'd be interested in trying Rittenhouse Tavern, which is also in that neighborhood.

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          1. re: rocknroll52

            Good assumption, tiny portions-post dentist visit. We loved the Rittenhouse Tavern a while back when the courtyard was open. Then the food and service were quite good, indeed.