NativX Foodie Hit List | Our Natives’ Favorite Spots Around Center City

Our Natives have covered the entire city of Philadelphia checking out the restaurant scene and one of their favorite neighborhoods is Center City. They curated their favorites. How many can you check off the list?

Each of our Natives specializes in a specific category like craft beer, fun dates, or boozy brunch. They have a deep understanding of each place they recommend to help you make a decision on what place fits you best. We ONLY show places that the Natives have vouched for and love!

Instagram/@missiontaqueria

Mission Taqueria

Address: 1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Melany - @tacosofphilly | Philly Tacos Native:
"Mission is the perfect happy hour place. It has everything you need:

Atmosphere with unique seating 
Amazing tacos priced reasonably 
You can mix and match and are not committed to eat the same 3 tacos that usually come in one order
The margaritas are delicious and strong "

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Instagram/@sampanphilly

Sampan

Address: 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

PhillyFoodGirls | Philly Foodie Native:
"Their happy hour is the best in the city. Definitely get the edamame dumplings."

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Instagram/@phloysterhouse

Oyster House

Address: 1516 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

PhillyFoodGirls | Philly Foodie Native:
"Try their Dump Dinner! For $35/person you'll get lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, & veggies served family style. There is a $20/person all you can drink add on, too!"

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Instagram/@barbuzzo

Barbuzzo

Address: 110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jill | Philly Dates Native:
"Great casual date night spot! Great apps, pastas and fabulous pizzas! Personal favs are the ricotta app & you can’t go wrong with a pizza!"

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Audrey Claire

Address: 276 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Austin | Philly BYOB Native:
"Awesome date night spot! Get a spot at the chef's counter if you can. Watching the chef work his magic is a nice little bonus to the already incredible food. Highly recommend the grilled octopus! **Cash only"

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Instagram/@castadivabyob

Casta Diva

Address: 227 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Austin | Philly BYOB Native:
"A great Italian BYOB not too far from Rittenhouse Square. Everything here is homemade and delicious! They consistently churn out homemade bread (waiter told us they bake a fresh batch every 20 minutes). It was warm and delicious when they brought it out so I believe it! I loved everything about this place!! Made for a great date night. \n\n Just a heads up it's a pretty small restaurant so naturally tables are close, if they're full and you don't like that type of atmosphere it might not be for you (it didn't bother me at all and this is pretty common for city restuarants just giving you the fair warning). CASH ONLY!"

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Instagram/@mhgrilledcheese

Milkhouse

Address: 16th St. &, John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mollie - @phillyfoodies | Philly Foodie Native:
"The BEST grilled cheese in the city, and honestly some of the best ice cream I've ever had too. Get their Grilled Cheeseburger, their take on a cheeseburger grilled cheese. It's a special, off-the-menu item and was only promoted on Instagram."

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Instagram/@parcrittenhouse

Parc

Address: 227 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Bari - @baris_belly | Philly Foodie Native:
"It may seem cliche to mention Parc, but it has always been good to me! There's something special sitting on Rittenhouse square drinking a glass of Rose, people watching while eating oysters. As I'd say, 'it's so Philly'."

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Instagram/@thedandelionpub

The Dandelion

Address: 124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Ashley | Philly Fine Dining Native:
"The words that comes to mind when thinking about The Dandelion is 'English Charm'. It should come as no surprise that Stephen Starr hits another home run. The best English food and atmosphere I've found in Philly!"

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Instagram/@pumpkinphilly

Pumpkin

Address: 1713 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Ashley | Philly Fine Dining Native:
"One of my favorite places in Rittenhouse Square. Perfect for a nice night out! I love the fact that they change their menu regularly to feature what's fresh and local. As a vegetarian, they were very accommodating."

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Instagram/@barbombon

Bar Bombon

Address: 133 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Emily - @phillysplantplate | Philly Vegan Native:
"This is my top recommendation for many reasons. I've taken many of my non-vegan friends here, and they love the food as well. Bar Bombon is an entirely vegan restaurant that serves Latin-inspired food and also accommodates gluten-free preferences. My favorites on the menu are the brussel sprouts, cauliflower tacos, and the Spanish meatballs. They also serve brunch on the weekends! Even though the food is phenomenal, Bar Bombon is still under the radar. To my surprise, I don't hear many people talk about it.

Making reservations is always a good idea, but you can get away with walking in on a week night or you can sit at the bar. Besides the food, the location is so convenient. It's right across from the Anthropologie store in Rittenhouse Square."

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Instagram/@doubleknot_phl

Double Knot

Address: 120 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Briana - @inbetweenrivers | Philly Tapas Native:
"Sit at the sushi bar and go with the chefs tasting! Ask for green tea and red bean mochi at the end."

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Instagram/@harpcrown

Harp & Crown

Address: 1525 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Adam | Philly Date Spots Native:
"Speakeasy decor and specialized cocktails that are made for many types of tastes."

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Instagram/@portapizza

Porta

Address: 1216 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jill | Philly Dates Native:
"Large oak doors welcome you into this restaurant's casual yet trendy atmosphere. Porta has something for everyone, no matter the size of the group! Great Italian food and pizzas. The menu also caters to all with vegan and veggie options.

Pro tip: while they don’t take reservations you can call ahead and be added to the waitlist in advance."

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Instagram/@abefisher_philly

Abe Fisher

Address: 1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Susannah - @sparkling_Sus_ | Philly Fine Dining Native:
"Chef Sichel intertwines the long, global history of the Jewish food culture in a creative and refined way. The Montreal Short Ribs are truly a culinary adventure. The ambiance is casually sophisticated; a place where one can relax with a cocktail and easily loose track of time. Come here with three good friends and indulge in the chef’s tasting."

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Instagram/@giuseppesons

Giuseppe & Sons

Address: 1523 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Jill | Philly Dates Native:
"If you come for dinner you’ll be ushered through what feels like a diner-esq restaurant (that’s open for lunch) down the stairs and you’ll walk into a massive underground dimly lit restaurant. Despite it’s size it has a very intimate/classy vibe. The whole experience makes you feel as though you stepped into a different era. The dishes are built for sharing but you can easily order one for yourself if you’d rather. The food is great!"

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