The Traveler's Guide to Dining on East Passyunk Avenue

Follow our dining guide to Philly's most-buzzing dining scene.

Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue embodies everything that makes the city’s dining scene so remarkable: Accomplished, visionary chefs; casual elegance; and instantly appealing menus.


Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of the most recent season of Top Chef, recently opened his first restaurant. One bite of his transporting French-American food and that victory will make all the sense in the world. The fresh ricotta gnocchi is a must-try. 1617 E. Passyunk Ave., Phila. PA, 215.271.8299,



This Northern European standout charms with unexpected dishes like mini herring sliders.  Chef Joncarl Lachman is a genius in the kitchen; even his bread is stellar. 1046 Tasker St., Phila. PA, 267.909.9704,

Smorrebrod at Noord. (©Bob Moysan)



This is what all bars want to be when they grow up. Stateside offers an ambitious small plate menu to pair with domestic craft beer, wine or cocktails. The atmosphere is both sophisticated and laid back, and outdoor bar seats makes it a perfect place to grab a drink alfresco.  1536 E. Passyunk Ave., Phila. PA, 215.551.2500,


Chef Christopher Kearse’s attention to detail and willingess to break with convention results in dinners that enlighten and charm in equal measure. Go for the Sunday four-course prix fixe menu for a curated taste of locally sourced food. 1911 E. Passyunk Ave., Phila. PA, 215.271.7683,

The menu at Will BYOB showcases the flavors of the season. (©Jason Hook)


Fond has for years been a standout in the city’s dining scene. Chef Lee Styer, Pastry Chef Jessie Prawluckie, and Manager Tory Keomanivong join forces to create a stunning dining experience. The refined, seasonal menu might include such gems as wild boar pate, seared foie gras with cranberries or the delicous swordfish with white bean ragout. 1537 S. 11th St., Phila. PA, 215.551.5000,

Paradiso Restaurant & Wine Bar

Come for what Chef Lynn Rinaldi and Chef Corey Baver call “roof-to-table” dining: Their rooftop garden, as well as the honey sourced from the onsite,rooftop beehives mean that you can be confident that your food is among the freshest, most seasonally appropriate around. The homemade pastas are a must-order, and be sure to save some room for a cheese plate at dessert. 1627 E. Passyunk Ave., Phila. PA, 215.271.2066,

Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar
Seafood stew at Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar. (©Erin Pugh)

Black 'N Brew

This neighborhood coffee and café is a favorite among locals. Stop by during “happy hour” for $1 hot mug and iced coffees and $2 single-shot lattes Monday through Friday. Pair it with a sandwich or wrap for a quick and casual lunch. 1523 E. Passyunk Ave., Phila. PA, 267.639.6070,

Green Aisle Grocery

If you want to bring some of these great Philly eats home, make sure to stop by Green Aisle Grocery. Brothers Adam and Andrew Erace offer fresh eggs, milk, preserves, chutneys and more, as well as items from Philadelphia restaurants that locals and visitors alike cannot get enough of (think hummus from Zahav), and an unparalleled assortment of coffees, jams, meats, and more. 1618 E. Passyunk Ave., Phila. PA, 215.465.1411,