A theater experience just wouldn’t be complete without a show-stopping meal to accompany an amazing performance. And lucky for you, the restaurants surrounding the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus are just about as diverse as the Kimmel Center itself – there is something for everyone, no matter your budget, tastes, or age.
“Come. Sit. Stay.” A short walk from the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, Good Dog Bar is one of the coolest bars in Philadelphia (located on 15th Street) and the perfect place if you crave a fun atmosphere! Stop by before a show, and snack on delicious bar fare and fun daily specials, all while checking out the adorable dogs that grace the walls. Also, with a large beer list, you have plenty of options to choose from to complement any meal!
Celebratory Dinner? Estia Restaurant is just steps away from the bustling Academy of Music on Locust Street, and can accommodate large parties at comfortable booths, as well as small parties at its cozy tables. The warm and bright interior welcomes you and your family with a Greek menu that is approachable, varied, and, of course, includes a robust wine list. !Opa!
Are you trying to accommodate a lot of picky eaters? No fear, because The Cheesecake Factory has something for everyone! With a menu that is as big as a book, this family-friendly restaurant just around the corner from our Cultural Campus on Walnut Street is sure to appease everyone in your group.
Looking for an immersive dining experience before an immersive night of theater? The Dandelion Pub in Rittenhouse is the perfect place! Whether you crave afternoon tea, a classic English meal, or just a drink or two before your show, The Dandelion is a creative atmosphere full of delicious options to choose from. From Shepherd’s pie to welsh rarebit, you cannot go wrong and truly feel as if you are sitting in one of the best pubs in London!
In a rush and looking for something super, super quick? Then you’re in luck as our Cultural Campus is centrally located to a number of fast food joints to fulfill your taste buds in no time. Check out Freshiii for health-focused salads, wraps, and more; take your pick of Mexican bites at Chipotle or Qdoba; or pick up a burger and fries at Five Guys, Wendy’s, or McDonald’s!
Pizza is the one food acceptable for any occasion or time of the day - and your theater visit is no exception! Pietro’s offers gourmet pizzas with a variety of toppings from the traditional margarita, to the inventive short rib. The atmosphere is always lively and the location right on Walnut Street is truly unrivaled. So, whether you’re bringing your grandmother to the ballet, impressing a special someone at the Orchestra, or about to indulge in some roaring comedy, Pietro’s is a crowd-pleaser.
In the mood for some post-show snacks and drinks? Sip and savor at Del Frisco’s Grille! A lively atmosphere with comfy booths, lavish tables, and a stunning bar, this is the perfect place to keep the party going after a high-energy performance. With a refreshing, modern menu featuring American fare, you can decide between tasty appetizers, delicious sandwiches, or a fantastic entrée, paired with a fun, hand-crafted cocktail from their expansive drink list!
Date Night? If you’re bringing a date to the theater, you are already getting major points! If you really want to top off your romantic evening with the perfect meal, visit La Croix at The Rittenhouse. La Croix has the distinction of a staff equipped with award-winning culinary experts as well as a sommelier. The menu is fresh and seasonal, offering an innovative take on classic favorites with exotic and exquisite flavors.
Matinee Brunch? XIX, perched on the nineteenth floor of the elegant Bellevue Hotel and our neighbor on the Avenue of the Arts, is your one-stop-shop for the best-of-the-best meal– brunch! Come hungry before your matinee for a buffet of meats, cheeses, and pastries, and enjoy a main course (we recommend the eggs benedict, but the pancakes are delicious too!) with brunch cocktails and coffee. If you don’t feel like royalty after the exceptional service, just peek down, out the 360-degree windows onto Philadelphia!
Still unsure of the best restaurant to accompany your theatrical experience? Check out more of our dining recommendations, located just steps away from our Cultural Campus!