Cleo’s Portico Offers Alfresco Dining, Great Views & Keeps the Cleopatra Fervor

Photo by Ryan Collerd

The search for Cleopatra’s tomb continues, but the search for classy, themed dining has ended. And the result is only steps away from the world premiere exhibit, Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt at the Franklin Institute.

In concurrence with the exhibit, the Frog Commissary—the exclusive caterer to the Institute—has opened “Cleo’s Portico,” an alfresco dining experience that offers light Mediterranean cuisine and Egyptian-themed cocktails.

After viewing rare Egyptian pieces, guests can munch on elegant fare like Stuffed Grape Leaves or Babaganoush while taking in rare views of the Parkway. Cleo’s Portico is located outdoors on the museum’s second floor, north terrace, which overlooks the Ben Franklin Parkway.

To compliment the event, Cleo’s drink menu is packed with sophisticated beverages with clever names like the Cleopolitan or the Egyptian Mojito, Isis, which combines White Rum, Goldschlager, mint, lime and soda.

All items are reasonably priced and the pop-up café also offers a children’s menu, creating an experience that won’t break your budget and is enjoyable for the whole family.

Accessible exclusively to museum-goers, Cleo’s Portico is open Thursday through Saturday, noon to 8pm and Sunday, noon to 5pm. Monday through Wednesday, the café is closed to private parties. Cleo’s requests reservations for groups of 20+ people.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 215-448-1369.

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1200


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