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Over the past decade, Philly has shed its image as a cheesesteak-and-pretzel town to emerge as one of the premier dining destinations in the country—making the best restaurants in Philadelphia some of the most noteworthy in America.
That’s mostly due to a crop of young, talented chefs who, instead of jutting off to larger cities like New York or Chicago, are staying in the City of Brotherly Love to build a community of inventive, world-class eateries that are bringing top-notch flavors and amazing vibes to every corner of the city.
These spots have nabbed national attention and give Philadelphians the chance to not only enjoy the foods we’ve always loved (hello, red sauce and meatballs!) but work in a range of dishes from across the globe—from Dutch to Japanese to Indonesian.
It’s getting harder to keep track of the best restaurants in Philadelphia, but we put our feet to the ground to compile this list that represents the places that locals love the most—the ones we talk about and return to over and over again. Stick to this list to find a range of amazing places to eat and drink that are located in some of the best neighborhoods in the city and that fit every kind of budget—from the pricey spots for special-occasion dinners to more casual options for any old Saturday night.