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Where to eat during Philadelphia Restaurant Week

Local foodies should head to these spots during Restaurant Week in Philadelphia to get the most bang for their buck

By Caroline Coral
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Get ready to feast. It’s almost time for Philadelphia Restaurant Week 2018, when local eateries by the dozens offer prix-fixe menus at a discounted set price, allowing local foodies the chance to try some of the best established and new restaurants in Philadelphia for a fraction of the regular cost. The list of participating restaurants can be overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down to 16 spots where you’ll get the most for your money—focusing on variety and those places that may typically be out of reach for the everyday budget-conscious diner. For the ultimate cheap date night, pair your dinner with our list of the best free things to do in Philadelphia, or make a night of it by catching a flick at some of the best movie theaters Philadelphia has to offer. Also, keep in mind that during Restaurant Week, Philadelphia eateries get packed—so you’d be smart to make reservations ASAP.

What is Restaurant Week in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia Restaurant Week is an biannual event produced by Center City District, where more than 120 restaurants offer a three-course lunch for $20 or a three-course dinner for $35.

When is Philadelphia Restaurant Week?

Restaurant Week in Philadelphia runs from Sunday, January 14, 2018, through Friday, January 26, 2018. For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, go here.

Where to eat during Philadelphia Restaurant Week

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17. Butcher and Singer

Restaurants Steakhouse Center City

While you can certainly opt for chicken or salmon when dining in Stephen Starr’s Walnut Street steakhouse, pros know that there’s really only one way to go here: Start with the caesar, match your medium-rare filet with a side of creamed spinach and finish up with a rich but perfectly portioned chocolate pot de creme. Winning!

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18. Malbec Argentine Steakhouse

Restaurants Argentinian Greater Philadelphia

If a trip to Buenos Aires isn’t in the cards, an evening at this intimate Headhouse steak specialist will tide you over until tango time. Grab a seat at the bar and kick off your meal with a quartet of empanadas. For dinner, go with anything off the grill—especially if it has chimichurri—and don’t be shy about exploring the South American wine list.

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19. Fogo de Chão

Restaurants Brazilian Center City

The advice of most cardiologists aside, an evening at a Brazilian steakhouse is something every meat-eating person should try at least once. You’ll typically pay $55 for unlimited trips to the well-stocked salad bar and an endless array of tableside-carved meats, which makes the Restaurant Week price tag of $35 a serious deal.

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20. DiNardo’s Famous Seafood

Restaurants Seafood Elfreth's Alley

With its wood-paneled walls and red-pleather banquettes, this stuck-in-time seafood house hasn’t changed much over the years and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Look out for throwback dishes like shrimp scampi over linguini and broiled flounder stuffed with lump crab—all served with a selection from the dessert tray.

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