Let’s Do Lunch: 17 Lunchtime Spots in Center City

When the clock strikes noon in Center City, the doors open to some of the 400+ restaurants offering delicious midday menus. From Italian to Indian, casual to upscale, check out an array of 17 lunchtime options in Center City. 

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East of Broad Street 

Aki Nom Nom 
From bento boxes and udon noodles to sushi rolls, Aki Nom Nom’s lunch specials are some of the best for your budget. There’s plenty of room, so grab the whole office for a team lunch. 
📍 1210 Walnut Street 
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Barra Rosa 
Whether you prefer a chicken parmesan or a classic soup and salad combo, Barra Rosa has Italian favorites that everyone in your lunch bunch will enjoy. 
📍 929 Walnut Street 
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Café Square One 
Café Square One recently opened a second spot in Midtown Village. Pro tip: if you’re under a time crunch, you can order ahead! 
📍 1225 Walnut Street 
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Caribou Café  
Located steps away from the Walnut Theatre, Caribou Café brings the French bistro experience to Center City as a destination for work lunches, a meal before a matinee, or anything in between. 
📍 1126 Walnut Street 
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With its colorful Caribbean-inspired interior, Flambo offers plenty of tasty Trinidadian dishes, including an array of vegetarian and vegan options. 
📍 205 S. 13th Street 
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Hard Rock Café 
Perfect for large group outings, Hard Rock Café is conveniently located on Market East. Well-known for their burgers, their extensive menu has lots of options to suit everyone.  
📍 1113 Market Street 
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The Hayes 
A cross between your favorite neighborhood tavern and a cozy cocktail lounge, the Hayes serves classic comfort foods with refinement. Settle into a booth and enjoy your lunch in style.  
📍 1123 Walnut Street 
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High Street 
Fresh bread and handmade pastas make lunch an elevated experience at this modern American restaurant. They also offer takeout from both their main restaurant and neighboring bakery.  
📍 101 S. 9th Street 
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Koto Sushi  
This sushi restaurant on Jewelers’ Row has all the ingredients for a great lunch downtown. Try their lunch specials, which are freshly prepared to order and served fast. 
📍 719 Sansom Street 
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The Morris 
Tucked next to the historic Morris House Hotel, this charming neighborhood steakhouse offers a rotating selection of signature dishes. A tented, heated courtyard offers additional seating. 
📍 225 S. 8th Street 
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Talula’s Daily 
With options for every palate, this bright and sunny space is perfect for a quick bite or grab and go meal. Bonus points: there’s a coffee bar.  
📍 208 W. Washington Square 
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West of Broad Street 

Ancient Spirits and Grille  
Priding themselves on their organic and herbal-based offerings, Ancient Spirits and Grille features plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.  
📍 1726 Chestnut Street 
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The Dandelion 
A taste of London, steps from Rittenhouse Square! This British-inspired spot features pub favorites like Welsh rarebit and fish & chips.   
📍 124 S. 18th Street 
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Gran Caffe L’Aquila  
Leave your salad at home and dive into a hearty Italian lunch at Gran Caffe L'Aquila. And after your meal, make sure you save room for dessert; their gelato assortment is produced daily. 
📍 1716 Chestnut Street 
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Pietro’s Italian 
A time-tested, family recipe for coal oven pizza inspired this Italian destination on Walnut Street. Shareable lunch pizzas, like the formaggi & sausage, pair with shareable small plates. 
📍 1714 Walnut Street 
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Restaurant Aleksandar 
For a more upscale lunch, Restaurant Aleksandar’s European-inspired cuisine features modern takes on classics like pierogies, chicken schnitzel, and more. 
📍 126 S. 19th Street 
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Thanal Indian Tavern 
Known for their authentic Indian flavors, Thanal Indian Tavern has a selection of vegetarian and vegan friendly favorites to brighten your workweek. 
📍 1939 Arch Street 
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