City Guide: Philly's Center City Restaurant Week 2020

Restaurant week returns to Philadelphia September 13 with some new restrictions for safe dining outdoors.

A Taste of Philly

It's back! Center City Restaurant Week on Sunday, September 13 through Friday, September 25. And, for the first time, it will include prix fixe take out meals in addition to three-course lunches for $20 and dinners for $35. 

Restaurant Week Safety

More than 60 restaurants in Center City (downtown) Philadelphia have signed up to participate and each restaurant will follow health and safety protocol by CDC, and guidelines set by the city and the state. Diners are asked to help keep workers safe by wearing masks until it’s time to eat or drink. Stay six feet away from others when possible, and wash your hands often. Take advantage of the take out option if you prefer to eat at home, if you feel sick, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Cocktails from Marker’s Mark and Hornitos tequila will complement Restaurant Week menus and cocktails to-go will be offered at some restaurants.

Additional Details

During Restaurant Week, parking will discounted to $9 or less at participating Philadelphia Parking Association and Philadelphia Parking Authority facilities. For details, visit Center City District's website.  Restaurant Week is typically one of the most affordable times to visit Philadelphia restaurants and a great chance to try new eateries. It was created by Center City District in 2003 as an economic driver for restaurants during what are often slow seasons (January and September). It’s been so successful in Philadelphia that it has spawned similar events in the surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs. 

It's back! Center City Restaurant Week on Sunday, September 13 through Friday, September 25. And, for the first time, it will include prix fixe take out meals in addition to three-course lunches for $20 and dinners for $35. | WhereTraveler

Our Top Picks

  • Fork (Old City) This beloved Philadelphia classic has survived the test of time. It’s nearly 25 years old, yet it always seems fresh thanks to restauranteur Ellen Yin’s commitment to re-inventing the restaurant on an ongoing basis to meet shifts in diners’ expectations. This is the first time Fork has participated in Restaurant Week. It Fork is usually out of your budget, this is a great time to give it a try.
     
  • The Wayward (Center City) This is the newest restaurant to be part of Restaurant Week and you’ve gotta love the chutzpah of a restaurant willing to open during a pandemic. Chef Yun Fuentes, who began his culinary career in Puerto Rico, worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten in New York City and then for some of Philadelphia’s biggest name restaurateurs (Jose Garces, Stephen Starr and Michael Schulson), is getting a chance to show his stuff at this American Brasserie with French roots. The new restaurant  is located off the lobby of the new Canopy by Hilton Hotel that’s part of the East Market development of shops, restaurants, offices and homes.
     
  • Cocktails and beer/wine are not included in the fixed price, so if you want to keep the price down, make reservations at one of the BYOBs on the list so you can bring your own bottles, including Pumpkin, Branzino Italian Restaurant, Melograno BYOB, Mercato, and Ristorante Aroma.
     
  • Trattoria Carina (Fitler Square) While every restaurant has outside dining right now, this charming little  corner spot is especially romantic with overflowing window boxes and lush greenery under fresh green and white awnings.
     
  • If a restaurant you’re yearning to try is not participating in Restaurant Week, it might be a perfect snag a reservation there. Two good choices are the covered patio at Zahav or outdoor sidewalk cafe at Vedge.
     

For more information about Restaurant Week, including a list of participating restaurants, click here, and follow on Twitter and Instagram @PhilaRestaurantWeek.

Mercato is one of the top BYOB spots on the restaurant week list | WhereTraveler