Philly Top 25 Restaurants: July 2018

Philly is no longer just known for its cheesesteaks anymore. The culinary scene has been transformed, thanks to the number of chefs and restaurateurs elevating the city's food game. 

Many of these chefs are at the helm of the restaurants on Foodable's Top 25 Philly Restaurants list.

On this ranking, there are nine restaurants that have made their debut on the Foodable Top 25, including two of the top three restaurants. 

Double Knot, a coffee shop, and lunch spot hybrid known for its sushi, dumplings, meats, and other food offerings served in the basement lands on the list for the first time ever at No. 2. 

Rounding out the top three, we welcome Hungry Pigeon, an American restaurant in low-key Queen Village that serves up comfort food with a twist. 

Landing at the coveted No. 1 spot is Foodable Top 25 veteran Laurel, which was No. 1 in the last ranking and continues to land on this socially curated list. This stylish BYOB (bring your own bottle) bistro owned by Chef/Owner Nicholas Elmi has made a name for itself by serving delicious French & American fare. 

Other new restaurants include the Lebanese cafe Suraya at No. 5, the Italian restaurant Vetri Cucina at No. 7, the new American restaurant Friday Saturday Sunday at No. 9, the Israeli restaurant Zahav at No. 16, the farm-to-table BYOB spot Helm at No. 17, the American eatery and bar Kensington Quarters at No. 20, and the seafood gem Little Fish at No. 21.

Check out what other restaurants return on the list this month below!

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  1. Laurel | Video | 183.66
  2. Double Knot | 183.65
  3. Hungry Pigeon | 183.09
  4. VEDGE | 183.06
  5. Suraya | 183.01
  6. Townsend | 182.99
  7. Vetri Cucina | 182.42
  8. High Street on Market | 182.18
  9. Friday Saturday Sunday | 182.16
  10. VERNICK | Video | 182.06
  11. Little Nonna's | 181.62
  12. Abe Fisher | 181.55
  13. A Mano | 181.09
  14. Serpico | 180.61
  15. Fork | 180.09
  16. Zahav | 179.56
  17. Helm | 179.02
  18. Birchrunville | 178.66
  19. Bibou | 178.61
  20. Kensington Quarters | 178.33
  21. Little Fish | 177.16
  22. Wister | 177.09
  23. Fond | 176.08
  24. Noord | 175.11
  25. a.kitchen+bar | 173.65

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

This month, NOORD eetcafe makes its No. 1 spot debut with an impressive Social Score of 181.28, a.kitchen+bar climbs into the Top 5 at No. 2 (up from No. 10), and Vernick Food & Drink moves back up on the list, to No. 3.

NOORD is a BYOB restaurant serving Dutch cuisine (brunch and dinner) on Tasker Street. Dinner menu items include Amsterdam-style Mussels (beer-steamed, garlic, fennel, star anise, dried basil, house potatoes) and Konijn in het Zuur (rabbit leg confit, smoked sausage, lardons, baby turnips, zuurkool). The brunch menu includes a 12-hour braised brisket hash and takes on a variety of eggs-and-sides dishes. Plus, deep-fried french toast.

Last month’s frontrunner, Laurel, moves down a few spots to No. 4. Big movers for August include Abe Fisher and Will BYOB, and we welcome back three restaurants to the list: Talula’s Daily, PHO 75, and Barbuzzo. 

Check out the full ranking list below!

Clams and zuurkool   at NOORD  | Yelp, Elva L.

Clams and zuurkool at NOORD | Yelp, Elva L.

Artic char at Vernick Food & Drink  | Yelp, Meredith B.

Artic char at Vernick Food & Drink | Yelp, Meredith B.

Grilled octopus at a.kitchen+bar  | Yelp, Flora W.

Grilled octopus at a.kitchen+bar | Yelp, Flora W.

Truffle crusted wagyu beef, braised cheek, broccoli, black barley, garlic chips at Laurel  | Yelp, Sari A.

Truffle crusted wagyu beef, braised cheek, broccoli, black barley, garlic chips at Laurel | Yelp, Sari A.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 NOORD eetcafe 181.28  
2 a.kitchen+bar  180.44  
3 Vernick Food & Drink 179.17  
4 Laurel 179.12  
5 Le Virtù 177.55  
6 Federal Donuts 177.38  
7 Bibou 176.74  
8 Abe Fisher 175.93  
9 Fond 175.33  
10 Little Nonna's 175.12  
11 High Street on Market 174.31  
12 Vedge 173.09  
13 Serpico 171.07  
14 Blackfish 170.26  
15 Fitler Dining Room 170.09  
16 Will BYOB 170.02  
17 Sbraga 169.64  
18 Birchrunville Store Cafe 169.24  
19 THE FAT HAM 169.02  
20 Avance 168.79  
21 Pub & Kitchen 168.57  
22 Santucci's 168.34  
23 Talula's Daily 167.89  
24 PHO 75 167.67  
25 Barbuzzo 167.59  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: December 2014

The Philly Top 25 Restaurants continues to add new faces to the list this December. While this month's list still contains familiar names, Foodable welcomes four new restaurants to the Top 25 list before the end of 2014.

Described as “American cooking with a rustic twist”, High Street on Market makes it debut at No. 1 with the social score of 175.17. This restaurant draws its inspiration from the diversity of cultures and rich history of Philadelphia. The restaurant, Vedge still remains among the top three, at No. 2. While last month's victor, Vernick Food & Drink drops to round out the top three. 

Besides December's top dog, Foodable welcomes a few other new restaurants. The contemporary French-Italian restaurant, Birchrunville makes the list at No. 14. The restaurant, Abe Fisher, known for its Jewish cuisine lands at No. 21 and Percy Street BBQ makes it debut at No. 23.

Check out the full list below! 

Salmon Sandwich at High Street on Market  | YELP, Helen N. 

Salmon Sandwich at High Street on Market | YELP, Helen N. 

Fresh Hearts of Palm at Vedge  | YELP, Roopa S. 

Fresh Hearts of Palm at Vedge | YELP, Roopa S. 

C hicken confit, radish, and edamame spread on toast at Vernick Food & Drink  | YELP, Michelle L. 

Chicken confit, radish, and edamame spread on toast at Vernick Food & Drink | YELP, Michelle L. 

Grilled Swordfish at Little Nonna's  | YELP, John R. 

Grilled Swordfish at Little Nonna's | YELP, John R. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 High Street on Market  175.17  
2 Vedge  174.92  
3 Vernick Food & Drink  174.14  
4 Little Nonna's  173.92  
5 Serpico  173.19  
6 Laurel  172.94  
7 Le Virtù  171.63  
8 Bibou  171.29  
9 noord  170.73  
10 Will BYOB  170.62  
11 Sbraga  170.34  
12 Blackfish  170.16  
13 Fond  169.84  
14 Birchrunville  169.67  
15 a.kitchen+bar  169.51  
16 Fitler Dining Room  169.29  
17 Talula's Daily  169.06  
18 Avance  168.28  
19 Federal Donuts  168.17  
20 Pub & Kitchen  167.50  
21 Abe Fisher  167.39  
22 John's Roast Prok  166.72  
23 Percy Street BBQ  165.36  
24 The Fat Ham  165.19  
25 Paesano's Philly Style  162.65  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: September 2014

What's going on in the culinary scene of Philly this month?

24 of the restaurants this month return from last month. One new restaurant known as Bistrot La Minette, joins these Top 25 veterans at no. 24. This french bistro focuses on serving traditional dishes from France with the freshest seasonal produce, unprocessed ingredients, and humanely raise meat. 

As for those 24 other veterans still dominating this month's list– there were some shifts. Serpico moves from no. 3 last month to the no. 1 spot this month, with a social score is 173.92. The no. 2 restaurant, Bibou moves up from no. 5 last month. Little Nonna's remains victorious at no. 3 after being in the top five for the last few months. And last month's newbie Pizzeria Beddia holds on at no. 22 again this month.

Check out the full list below!

Steak au Poivre at Bistrot La Minette  | YELP, Carlo M. 

Steak au Poivre at Bistrot La Minette | YELP, Carlo M. 

Mushroom custard ravioli with toasted pine nuts in a buttery broth at Serpico  | YELP, Bryce Q. 

Mushroom custard ravioli with toasted pine nuts in a buttery broth at Serpico | YELP, Bryce Q. 

Mahi tuna tartar at Bibou  | YELP, Juliana K. 

Mahi tuna tartar at Bibou | YELP, Juliana K. 

Seafood grill at Little Nonna's  | YELP, Michelle L. 

Seafood grill at Little Nonna's | YELP, Michelle L. 

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Serpico 173.92
2 Bibou 170.83
3 Little Nonna's 170.55
4 Vedge 169.83
5 Le Virtù 169.63
6 Sbraga 166.82
7 Talula's Daily 165.52
8 Vernick Food & Drink 165.27
9 Avance 163.72
10 Pub & Kitchen 162.17
11 Fond 161.74
12 Will BYOB 161.64
13 John's Roast Pork 161.59
14 The Fat Ham 160.62
15 Fitler Dining Room 159.07
16 Paesano's Philly Style 158.74
17 Fork 157.52
18 Noord 157.22
19 Santucci Square Pizza 155.70
20 Federal Donuts 155.41
21 Barbuzzo 154.18
22 Pizzeria Beddia 152.66
23 American Sardine Bar 151.14
24 Bistrot La Minette 149.72
25 Pho 75 149.62

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: July 2014

This month, we welcome Philadelphia into our Foodable Top 25 lineup! In a city where cheesesteaks are (infamously) sacred, locals know that Philly dining is about so much more than that — this list is proof of its emergence. 

Kicking things off at No. 1 with a Social Score of 168.52 is Serpico, the delicious brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Peter Serpico and Stephen Starr. The intimate restaurant, which offers 60 seats, is a dinner-only venue that boasts fresh, seasonal fare with a wine list that’s been selected to pair with menu items. Nestled on South Street, the sexy Serpico, with an unassuming brick exterior, boasts global cuisine that ranges from Raw Diver Scallops to Pork & Kimchi Stew.

Also rounding out the Top 5 for July are Little Nonna’s, Talula’s Daily, Sbraga, and Avance.

Check out the full list below!

Sliced Diver Scallops, Buttermilk, Poppy Seeds, Green Chili Paste, White Soy, Chive at Serpico  | Credit: Yelp, PhillyBestByob X

Sliced Diver Scallops, Buttermilk, Poppy Seeds, Green Chili Paste, White Soy, Chive at Serpico | Credit: Yelp, PhillyBestByob X

Chilled Dashi Soup at Serpico  | Credit: Yelp, Marissa C.

Chilled Dashi Soup at Serpico | Credit: Yelp, Marissa C.

Cope's Corn Ravioli with Chorizo, White Cheese, Pickled and Roasted Onions, Sour Cream, Lime at Serpico  | Credit: Yelp, Bryce Q.

Cope's Corn Ravioli with Chorizo, White Cheese, Pickled and Roasted Onions, Sour Cream, Lime at Serpico | Credit: Yelp, Bryce Q.

Tataki of Spanish Mackerel, Pickled Ramps, Soy, Rice Pearls, and Olive Oil at Serpico  | Credit: Facebook, Starr Restaruants

Tataki of Spanish Mackerel, Pickled Ramps, Soy, Rice Pearls, and Olive Oil at Serpico | Credit: Facebook, Starr Restaruants

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Serpico 168.52
2 Little Nonna's 167.94
3 Talula's Daily 167.38
4 Sbraga 164.72
5 Avance 164.17
6 Pub & Kitchen 163.85
7 The Fat Ham 162.10
8 Le Virtù 160.83
9 Fork Restaurant 160.09
10 Vedge Restaurant 159.83
11 Fond 159.11
12 Vernick Food & Drink 155.93
13 Will BYOB 155.85
14 John's Roast Pork 155.51
15 Federal Donuts 155.34
16 Bibou 155.17
17 Paesano's Philly Style 155.00
18 Noord 154.85
19 Santucci's 154.83
20 Pho 75 154.66
21 American Sardine Bar 154.49
22 Fitler Dining Room 154.32
23 Le Chéri 153.98
24 Barbuzzo 153.64
25 Kanella 153.47