Published on March 31, 2016

9 Perfect Spots for Group Dining in Philly

Looking for the perfect spot for your next reunion with relatives, birthday party or client dinner? Finding a place with great food, an accommodating space and the right ambience can be tricky. Here are 9 spots sure to delight any crowd.


1. BRAUHAUS SCHMITZ (Society Hill)

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Perfect for enjoying hearty cuisine and festive drinks with family and friends, Brauhaus Schmitz is an authentic, convivial German restaurant and beer hall offering house-made Bavarian pretzels, charcuterie and plenty of delicious sides.

2. HERITAGE (Northern Liberties)

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Heritage serves seasonal New American fare, including raw bar items, cheese plates and other bites great for sharing with friends or coworkers after-work. Situated inside a former Northern Liberties warehouse, the homey restaurant offers plenty of places for gathering, from the 40-foot bar (where 38 beers are available on tap) to the cedar-paneled dining room and rooftop garden.

3. ALLA SPINA (Fairmount)

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Great for birthdays, business meetings or holiday celebrations,  Alla Spina is an Italian-inspired gastropub with a pork-focused menu that spotlights pub fare, small plates and hard-to-find seasonal and local brews. A variety of private dining options, including a lofted space on the second story of the restaurant and a large communal table, are available.

4. AMADA (Old City)

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Amada — the first restaurant from award-winning Chef Jose Garces  — is well-suited for a fun night out with friends or team dinner, offering a contemporary take on traditional Spanish tapas, including charcuterie and cheese boards, flatbreads and a special chef’s selection. Groups can enjoy a Spanish feast in its private dining room, semi-secluded lounge or at a communal table in the main dining room.

5. OSTERIA (Fairmount)

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An award-winning Northern Italian-inspired eatery, Osteria is ideal for celebrating a special occasion with loved ones, dishing out homemade pastas, authentic Neapolitan- and Roman-style pizzas and wood-grilled meats and seafood. The industrial setting is home to a dining room that is both spacious and inviting, as well as a private kitchen table, wine room and glass-enclosed patio.

6. TINTO (Rittenhouse Square)

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With cuisine and drinks inspired and informed by the Basque region of Spain, Tinto is award-winning Chef Jose Garces’ intimate tapas bar and restaurant. Tinto’s small plates menu, vast array of ciders and pitchers of sangria make it an ideal spot to celebrate a birthday or company milestone.  

7. SOUTHGATE (Rittenhouse Square)

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For a fun night out with adventurous friends, Southgate is a match made in heaven, delivering Asian-inspired Korean gastropub fare. Enjoy rice bowls and small and large plates alongside cocktails, sake, soju and draft beers in a lively, chic setting.

8. SBRAGA (Rittenhouse Square)

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At Sbraga, Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga serves up inventive and seasonal New American small plates with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients. The restaurant offers a variety of options for families and friends no matter the occasion, delivering frequently changing prix fixe, a la carte and tasting option menus in its spacious, inviting dining room.

9. AMIS TRATTORIA (Washington Square)

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A lively, comfortable loft-like space, Amis is perfect for a variety of occasions with its rustic, Roman-style Italian share plates menu of house-made pasta and charcuterie. Celebrate with family and friends or toast to that someone special with a delicious cocktail.

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