The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is home to many performances, including the Philadelphia Orchestra’s many shows, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and some of Broadway’s biggest hits. And a day spent enjoying these different acts is sure to work up an appetite.
Whether you’re in the mood for a sophisticated dining experience or just want a quick bite, the Kimmel is conveniently located near some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants. Dig in.
You can’t get much closer than this: Volvèr is located on the lobby floor of the Kimmel Center. The décor is almost as breathtaking as the theaters that live above it, with gold-toned couches near the bar and works of art on the walls. Dress your best and make a night out of the Kimmel without leaving the premises: grab a drink at the bar before your show and then return after for an elaborate 8- or 12-course menu. And with items like swordfish with hibiscus and black garlic in addition to a cannoli appetizer with salmon mouse, the meal itself feels like a performance on its own. 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.670.2303
If you instantly think gyros and hummus plates when you think Greek food, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find the extensive menu offerings at Estia. The chef puts a spin on Greek staples—adding shrimp to the classic saganaki and roasted eggplant to the hummus—but it’s the bottom of the menu where the restaurant really shines. If you’re in for a long performance at the Kimmel, opt for an item on the whole fish selections and end the meal with a Greek Coffee—it will keep you awake for the show. 1405-07 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.735.7700
See Philadelphia from 500 feet above while dining on lobster mac and cheese, salmon frites and steak tartare. Dinner is always a stand out at this spot atop Two Liberty Place, but if you’re strapped for time or seeing a matinee, we suggest going for the happy hour (M-F 4:30 pm-6:30 pm). The sunset punch is a rotating imbibe geared towards the season and is the perfect accompaniment to the actual sunset you’ll catch sight of from the bar. 50 S. 16th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.564.5337
Kevin Sbraga, winner of Top Chef season 7, leads the kitchen here and credits the show for teaching him not to play by the rules when it comes to food. Sbraga is just steps from the Kimmel Center and serves up everything from octopus and salmon to risotto and rigatoni with pork shoulder. Order a la carte or try the prix fixe menu, which gets you a four-course meal for $55.
440 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.735.1913
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have taken over Midtown Village, with five restaurants all within a few blocks of each other. Little Nonna's is known for their meatballs—stuffed with fontina cheese and served with soft polenta—which go great with a side of garlic bread, topped with sea salt for an added burst of flavor. 1234 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.546.2100
If you’re in a time crunch, grab and go is the name of the game at Plenty Café. Upstairs seating is available for quick consumption of a chorizo sandwich with scrambled eggs and garlic aioli or grab some house-made granola and a hand poured coffee to enjoy on your short walk up the street to the Kimmel. 1602 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.560.8684