Published on March 2, 2016

5 Rittenhouse Square Restaurants Locals Love

Looking to try a new restaurant near Rittenhouse Square? Here's a list of Rittenhouse Square restaurants locals and critics love.

5 Rittenhouse Square Restaurants Locals Love

1. Vernick Food & DrinkVernick Food & DrinkVernick is a New American eatery serving Chef Greg Vernick's large and small plates. The drink list spotlights classic, current and seasonal cocktails, with a curated selection of mostly international wines also available. The setting — a former bookstore — is sleek and inviting, situated inside a Rittenhouse brownstone.

2. Southgate

SouthgateNamed for a South Korean landmark and a gateway to both South Street and South Philadelphia, Southgate is an Asian-inspired gastropub featuring Korean spices and flavors. A select menu of rice bowls, salads and small and large plates is available to enjoy in the intimate, industrial-chic space, while specialty cocktails, sake, soju, wines and draft beers fill the ample drink list.

3. Rex 1516

Rex 1516Rex 1516 serves Southern-inspired comfort food including homemade bread and lots of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. The restaurant and bar features reclaimed wood panels and white marble table tops in a sleek, rustic space. A strong beer selection plus craft cocktails and wines are offered.

4. Sbraga

SbragaAt Sbraga, Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga serves up inventive and seasonal New American small plates with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients. The frequently changing menus include prix fixe, a la carte and a tasting option that includes a seat at the chef's counter. The inventive cocktail program is matched by the curated wine list, while the dining room stays rustic yet modern with a balance of high ceilings, wood-paneled walls and tiled floors.

5. a.kitchen

a.kitchenAt a.kitchen, Chef Eli Kulp's menu reflects creative and flavorful American small plates with a focus on seasonal ingredients and old-school techniques. An award-winning selection of food-friendly wines and craft beers accompany the fare, and cocktail connoisseurs can visit the adjacent a.bar for an even more expansive selection of libations. The stylish and sleek space remains minimal with a white marble-topped bar and white oak accents.

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