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Recommendation for nice, but not too fancy?

My wife and I are coming down from Maine to Philadelphia in 2 weeks and staying two nights. We're looking for a recommendation for a restaurant that has great food and experience, but isn't a place that we'd be out of place if I didn't wear a tie or sportcoat. Many thanks!

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  1. Its summer ... its hot and humid .. and there are no places where jackets are required around here. Can you give us a bit more information as to what kind of food you like or are looking for? Do you have a budget in mind for dinner?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Thanks for the early response. We'll be staying downtown without a car. Fairly open to types of food, but no French. Budget would be not unlimited, but $200 for the 2 of us wouldn't be out of the question. I suppose what we're mostly looking for is a relatively relaxed, not very stuffy atmosphere.

      1. re: justoneguy

        I like Fitler Dining Room very much. 22nd and Spruce. Relaxed yet very nice atmosphere and very good food.

    2. Philadelphia in the summer months can be quite hot and humid therefore most/many restaurants will not be concerned if one is not wearing a sportcoat and/or a tie. It is the tea shirt and sneakers which might garner negative attention at some of the non-bar spots. You may enjoy Amada for small plates, Zahav for Mediterranean (a national award winner) , the Rittenhouse Tavern with a lovely courtyard, the Oyster House for well you guessed it, Dandelion for British fare, Tria a wine bar with excellent small plates. A spot which gets little love here but my guest always tell me they enjoy is the historic City Tavern, probably best for lunch and/or drinks. Welcome to Philly!

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      1. You do not need a jacket or tie anywhere these days. Most places are very casual. In an upscale place, a shirt with a collar would be acceptable.

        Where will you be staying? Our recommendations vary depending on whether you need to stay in center city or will have a car and don't mind a short drive.

        There are many lovely restaurants with excellent food - give us a little more information.

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        1. re: sylviag

          I replied to cwdonald above, then tried to give the same response to you but it won't let me! So see above... :)

        2. I will mention two of my favorites.
          Greek seafood can be found at Estia across from the Academy of Music.
          A charming French restaurant that will make you feel you are dining in France is Bistrot la Minette.

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          1. Coming from Maine, I would avoid all the fish/seafood places and go for something you can't get there. As others have said, I don't think you will find anything to be too stuffy, and your budget should be ok for most anyplace.

            There are so many different kinds of places with different cuisines, so I'll throw out a bunch of places that have excellent food and a relaxed vibe: Zahav, Vernick, Vedge, Amis, Osteria, Amada, Barbuzzo, Jamonera.

            Some can be tough reservations, so I'd browse some menus and jump on opentable to see what's available during your trip.

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            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              To follow up on HungryintheBurbs great recommendations

              Zahav- is modern Israeli food. Outstanding lamb shoulder prix fix menu.

              Vedge one of the most upscale vegan restaurants in the country. Great place to visit in the summer when the produce is the freshest.

              Amada, Tinto, Jamonera and Bar Ferdinand are all tapas restaurants.

              Amis, Osteria are italian restaurants from Marc Vetri. The former is known for its pasta, the latter has outstanding wood fired pizza, vegetable ante pasta, and good pastas.