Restaurants for Students in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    Pat's King of Steaks

    34 reviews

    Listen: I'm fortunate enough to live a very short walk away from Pat's. My next door neighbor is one of its happy/grumpy employees, and a cheesesteak wiz whit was the main sustenance of my wedding day! I really didn't get to eat much during the reception and upon heading home to get changed, I wanted nothing more in the world ...

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  • 2

    Reading Terminal Market

    Best place to go for a quick bite when you don't know what you want. Reading Terminal offers such a wide variety of food - to eat there and take with you - and anything else you might want. The book stand is full of rare, old finds. You'll be surprised by what you come across.

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    Jim's Steaks

    23 reviews

    If you want to try a REAL cheesesteak, definitely try Jim's. Not as good as it used to be, but definitely fun for a quick bite before a concert or bar hopping adventures.

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    Geno's Steaks

    27 reviews

    Geno's or Pat's? That is the age-old question for visitors (and residents) to the City of Brotherly Love. When I visited the first time, I tried both cheesesteaks - and came to the conclusion that while Pat's was more tasty, Geno's was far friendlier in service. However, that was 6 years ago. On my last outing, in 2008, I preferred ...

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  • 5

    La Colombe Torrefaction

    6 reviews

    OK, I admit being a bit of a coffee snob. But La Colombe is one of my favorite coffee shops anywhere in the world. Amazing cappuccinos, cool atmosphere with high ceilings and red walls. I make a point of coming here every time I am in Philly and am always happy when I do. They also have good pastries, croissants ...

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    Woody's Bar & Restaurant

    The beating heart of Philadelphia's gayborhood, Woody's has been in business long before you were born, and it will still be around long after you've departed from this existence. Gogoboys, students, leather daddies, and bears alike flock to the multiple bars and dance floor like clockwork each weekend. Like many gay bars with restaurant components, I've never heard of anyone ...

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    Pho Xe Lua Viet Thai Restaurant

    3 reviews

    This is my go-to place for pho, a Vietnamese noodle in beef broth dish. Rich, intense broth, fresh basil, and generous portions of thinly sliced rare beef (which cooks itself while it is steeped in the steaming broth) make this restaurant's pho a very authentic and flavorful experience. And at $6, this may be the best deal in Philly. Be ...

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  • 8

    Bob & Barbara's Lounge

    One of the coolest dive bars in Philly. The house special is a shot of Jack Daniels and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. You can also "super size" any cocktail and get it served to you in a pint glass!

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  • 9


    7 reviews

    A little disappointed after hearing great reviews. Brunch is mediocre with a few standouts, but great drinks. I'm sure dinner is delicious, too. Try the chocolate spice cake! Super good! Also very cool interior.

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  • 10

    Tony Luke's Old Philly Style Sandwiches

    11 reviews

    Although not as well known as some other cheesesteak shops (hey, Pat's, I'm talkin' boutcha), this one just tastes better, I've found, as along as you get the roast pork with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe instead of more traditional chopped steak. It's not too far from the airport either, so make this your first and/or last meal in Philly.

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  • 11

    City Tap House

    4 reviews

    College students and beer connoisseurs love City Tap House for its rooftop and insane selection. Create a profile at the bar that keeps track of which of the hundreds of beers on tap you like and dislike. The standard gastro pub fare helps patrons keep pace during long nights of drinking.

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    Bobby's Burger Palace

    2 reviews

    Good burgers. Bobby's is a step up from a fast food place. Burgers are big and you can choose from a variety of styles. Seating is largely at large shared tables - not a place to bring a date - but its good for a quick lunch.

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  • 13

    Percy Street Barbecue

    2 reviews

    Good barbecue. Three flavors of sauce come with the meal. As with many other Philadelphia restaurants, a mind boggling number of beers available. Pies are home made.

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  • 14


    8 reviews

    When this first opened in Philadelphia all of the Wharton students were thrilled. 10 years later it appears a bit dated, though still a cool concept. A space age interior and pan Asian cuisine. The cocktails are good. It's a mixture of Penn Grad students and trendy academics (whatever that is).

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    The Dandelion

    5 reviews

    Easily the best British-like food and atmosphere you'll encounter outside of England. Pretty expensive, but the food is totally worth it.

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    Fun restaurant with great food and an equally impressive menu! When I went we did family style dishes, which was a great way to try a bit of everything (it was pretty hard to decide as a lot of dishes piqued my interest).

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  • 17


    12 reviews

    Right across from Rittenhouse square sits this cute brasserie. From the chairs and the seating arrangement to the cuisine, It is very much like a French bistro except for more pleasant servers. The food was excellent - I had a salade lyonnaise and the other members of my lunch party highly recommended the steak tartare and salade ni├žoise. It was ...

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    Monk's Cafe

    15 reviews

    As noted, this is an awesome place to drink a wide variety of eclectic beer. However, the food is also phenomenal. Get the mussels or one of the burgers. You can't go wrong with anything here.

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  • 19

    The Franklin Fountain

    The ice cream was amazing! Definitely a must-see in Old City!

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  • 20


    8 reviews

    Obsoletely great Japanese food the place is pretty awesome also has choice of other cocktail and other fusion food

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