15+ Essential Restaurants To Visit On 13th Street In Midtown Village

The 13th Street corridor in Midtown Village is one of the densest restaurant rows in Philadelphia...

In the past decade, Philadelphia’s Midtown Village neighborhood has blossomed into one of the most exciting dining destinations in the city. An area that, 10 years ago, was better known for its grit is now widely regarded as one of the city’s best restaurant rows and nightlife hubs.

The recent openings of Double Knot and Tredici have added two more killer restaurants to the already eatery-filled three-block stretch of 13th Street between Chestnut and Locust streets, one of the densest restaurant hubs in the entire city.

And with the news that this spring will welcome Tiki to the bar space at 13th and Drury streets, the 13th Street thoroughfare just keeps on looking up. Who says 13 isn’t a lucky number?

This list will help you find the essential restaurants to seek out on 13th Street. All of the following restaurants are located along (or within a few steps of) the three-block stretch of 13th Street between Chestnut on the north and Locust on the south.

But, remember, this is just a taste of the awesome options in the neighborhood. Here, we zeroed in on 13th Street between Chestnut and Locust streets, but just off this corridor, there are tons more excellent spots to visit.

Stay tuned for a forthcoming roundup of bars and clubs along the same 13th Street corridor — there are just so many that another list was needed.

For much more on what’s in Midtown Village, check out this Philadelphia Neighborhoods section on visitphilly.com.

What are your favorite spots for dining on 13th Street? Let us know in the comments below.

Double Knot

Sampan proved so popular that Michael Schulson has opened a second restaurant next door. Double Knot is a comfortable lunch spot and coffee bar upstairs — think bahn mi, rice bowls, and a few baked goods — but descend down to the basement and prepare to be dazzled by Chef Kevin Yanaga’s sushi offerings, a huge array of robatayaki (grilled) dishes, and a full menu of pan-Asian flavors similar to what you’ll find at Sampan.

Double Knot

Where:Double Knot, 120 S. 13th Street

www.doubleknotphilly.com

Tredici Enoteca

Glossy marble and brass fixtures make Tredici, the newest restaurant from the folks Zavino, an elegant new dining destination. Chef Carlos Aparicio’s Mediterranean menu is made up of plates to share and the raw bar offerings and the gnocchi are particularly good. Still, Tredici is at its best on the wine list where the by-the-glass pours are a full quarter of a bottle and you can try a half pour of anything you like.

Tredici Enoteca

Where:Tredici Enoteca, 114 S. 13th Street

www.tredicienoteca.com

Bud & Marilyn’s

Sputnik-era mid-century styling and a menu of homey, American comfort food means that the 13th Street newcomer, Bud & Marilyn’s, feels like it has been there for ages. Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney’s latest, the restaurant is named for Turney’s grandparents and the menu is full of dishes that recall a specific moment in American food culture. Deep fried Wisconsin cheddar, chop suey and a buttermilk-blue dressed wedge salad serve as the prelude to generous entrees like Marilyn’s fried chicken with bread-and-butter pickles.

Bud & Marilyn’s

Where:Bud & Marilyn's, 1234 Locust Street

www.budandmarilyns.com

Charlie was a sinner.

Vegans and vegetarians love Nicole Marquis’ upscale cocktail bar and restaurant for its menu of plates that feel indulgent without using a single animal ingredient. But just because the restaurant’s menu is vegan doesn’t mean that you’ll be staring down a salad. Plus, the ambitious cocktail menu is impressive enough that even committed carnivores will find something to enjoy.

Charlie was a sinner.

Where:Charlie was a sinner., 131 S. 13th Street

www.charliewasasinner.com

Zavino

Often, we think of pairing pizza and beer. At Zavino, however, the pizza-and-wine combo is where it’s at. Sure, the comfortable corner eatery at the corner of 13th and Sansom streets offers an array of cheeses and chunky salads, too. And also small plates like ricotta with rosemary flatbread; marinated olives; or romesco roasted cauliflower with hazelnut and lemon-herb breadcrumbs. But once you’ve laid eyes on the menu of pizzas and the wine of relaxed but interesting offerings, it’ll be hard to look at anything else.

Zavino

Where:Zavino, 112 S. 13th Street

www.zavino.com

Vintage

Ten years since it opened, Vintage just gets better with age. One of Philadelphia’s tried-and-true wine bars, it boasts a beautiful space with exposed brick, a wall made from re-purposed wine crates and a chandelier made from bottles. The wine list is more extensive than many restaurants in Philadelphia, complete with 60 options available by the glass and the option to build one’s own flight of three-ounce pours.

Vintage

Where:Vintage, 129 S. 13th Street

www.vintage-philadelphia.com

Sampan

Dumplings, pot stickers, bao buns and sticks of satay, Chef Michael Schulson has locked down creative Asian cooking in Midtown Village since 2010. Shrimp pad thai, crispy Brussels sprouts with fish sauce or monk fish kung pao; the flavors at Sampan are supremely satisfying, hitting all of the desirable contrast notes between the soft and the crunchy, and the spicy and the sweet. Sampan is insanely popular at happy hour but if you can, snag a table or a seat at the bar and settle in for the chef’s tasting: a selection of seven dishes plus soft-serve ice cream for only $45.

Sampan

Where:Sampan, 124 S. 13th Street

www.sampanphilly.com

Barbuzzo

Barbuzzo is perhaps best known for its budino, a grown-up pudding cup of caramel and chocolate perfection. Before you can have dessert, though, you have to finish your dinner — and it’s not going to be a chore. Boards loaded with charcuterie and colorful vegetables, wood-fired pizzas topped with local mushrooms and taleggio; pears and gorgonzola; or truffled farm egg. Plus, handmade pasta and gorgeous plates of wood-fired seafood dishes to round out the menu.

Barbuzzo

Where:Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th Street

www.barbuzzo.com

El Vez

Philadelphia’s own technicolor tequila temple, El Vez remains a supremely fun place for dining and drinking downtown. The circular bar at the center of the room, ample outdoor seating and the array of table-side guacamole in many flavors are just as great as the day the restaurant opened a decade ago. Eat nachos, quesadillas or enchiladas, and drink whatever you want, but don’t leave without snapping a souvenir strip in the photo booth at the back of the restaurant’s dining room.

El Vez

Where:El Vez, 121 S. 13th Street

www.elvezrestaurant.com

Capogiro

Beautifully airy, superbly flavored gelato and sorbetto, it’s no wonder that Capogiro was rated the best in the world by National Geographic Traveler. Every morning they fill the case with a rainbow of seasonal flavors: Sicilian Pistachio, Champagne Mango, Burnt Sugar, Chocolate Banana, Thai Coconut Milk and more. Beyond the sweet, Capogiro has simple breakfast and lunch options in the style of the Italian espresso bar and, unsurprisingly, they make beautiful espresso beverages. Ask for a gelato affogato for the best of both.

Capogiro

Where:Capogiro Gelato Artisans, 119 S. 13th Street

www.capogirogelato.com

Jamonera

When you can’t go to Spain go to Jamonera. Go big with an order of seafood-studded paella, or go tapas-style with little bites of the umami-bomb Jamon Iberico de Bellota, ablondigas, charred shishito peppers and bacon-wrapped dates. Save room for a selection of sherry at the end of your meal. Whether you prefer the oxidative, off-dry amontillados or caramel-rich, super-sweet Pedro Ximénez, you'll be pressed to find a better selection anywhere in town.

Jamonera

Where:Jamonera, 105 S. 13th Street

www.jamonerarestaurant.com

Lolita

Open since 2004, the Mexican menu at Lolita started things off for 13th Street restaurant kingpins, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Though the days of B.Y.O.T (bring your own tequila) expired when Lolita got a make-over and a liquor license last year, the menu of tacos, toastadas and vibrant, colorful vegetable dishes and entrees is better than ever. Plus, there’s a to-die-for Monday through Thursday late-night happy hour of drink specials and $10 snacks. Sheetpan nachos, anyone?

Lolita

Where:Lolita, 106 S. 13th Street

www.lolitaphilly.com

Opa & Drury Beer Garden

Opa’s modern Greek food brings Mediterranean blue to Sansom Street. Make a meal of small plates such as grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and walnuts; zucchini fritters with feta and shrimp; or spreads like fava bean hummus and skordalia. Fire-kissed entrees like grilled lamb, whole fish and bright vegetable sides make this food that feels rich and satisfying without being heavy. Plus, on a beautiful day you can enjoy a beer beforehand or a meal in its entirety in Opa’s adjacent Drury Beer Garden.

Opa & Drury Beer Garden

Where:Opa, 1311 Sansom Street

www.opaphiladelphia.com

IndeBlue

Most of Philly’s Indian restaurants tread a well-worn path of take-out standards, but IndeBlue ups the game. Chef-owner Rakesh Ramola delivers an ambitious menu of Indian and Indian-inspired dishes: samosa chaat with tamarind-date chutney; crispy cauliflower, meaty kebabs and robust vegetarian entrees. At lunchtime, opt for a sampling platter to maximize the variety of colorful dishes. At dinner, a four-course tasting will only run you $37. Dine on Tuesday evening or at Sunday brunch and your meal will be accompanied by live sitar and tabla music!

IndeBlue

Where:Indeblue, 205 S. 13th Street

www.indebluerestaurant.com

Green Eggs Cafe

The folks at Green Eggs have brunch absolutely figured out. Dr. Seussian entrees like red-velvet pancakes the size of a layer cake, a minimum of six different kinds of eggs Benedict, shrimp and cheesy grits, and “The Kitchen Sink,” a cast iron skillet full of scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, peppers, onions and a biscuit. The plates are huge, the dishes customizable, and there’s always a great mix of both sweet and savory options. Even better? They’ve always got several interesting vegetarian and vegan options, so there’s brunch for everybody.

Green Eggs Cafe

Where:Green Eggs Café, 212 S. 13th Street

www.greeneggscafe.com

1225 Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge

Mere paces from 13th Street, this modern sushi and sake restaurant and lounge is a go-to spot for fancy cocktails, tasty sushi and a broad menu of Asian fare, plus a lively bar scene. Housed in Philadelphia’s original Stetson Hat Company building, Raw's long and narrow layout takes patrons through a modern Japanese dining room with bamboo ceilings to a charming backyard patio where you can enjoy your sushi and sake in peace.

1225 Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge

Where:1225 Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge, 1225 Sansom Street

www.1225raw.com

Wishbone

With a location in Midtown Village and a location in University City, the cooks at Wishbone Philly are pros when it comes to serving finely prepped fried chicken. The fried chicken takes many forms including sandwiches, wings, chicken tenders, chicken-topped mac and cheese and more. Your fried chicken wish? Answered.

Wishbone

Where:Wishbone, 210 S. 13th Street

www.wishbonephilly.com

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