With over 80 restaurants participating in this year’s Center City District Restaurant Week, planning where to eat can be a challenge, especially for plant-based diners. Luckily, vegetarian options in Center City are endless, and our top eight Restaurant Week picks offer some of the best meatless meals in town. Be sure to check out the full list of participating restaurants for Restaurant Week.
Pictured above: The Goat Rittenhouse
Started nearly 30 years ago in Rome, Alice Pizza brings the authentic Roman pizza experience to the heart of Philadelphia. Their four course dinner celebrates their mouthwatering pies and an array of Italian specialties, like the sformato, a savory baked parmesan cheese and zucchini souffle with sauce.
📍 235 S 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
With a focus on modern classic food and drinks, the Goat Rittenhouse was formed by a few friends and colleagues with ages of industry experience to create a space for relaxed eating and drinking. Menu highlights include a vegan beet tartare, curried deviled eggs made with fresno chilis, and so much more!
📍 1907 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Chic and sophisticated in its menu and setting, Libertine in Midtown Village is also a perfect pre-theater dining spot. During Restaurant Week, don’t miss standouts like the hearty root vegetable risotto followed by coconut milk panna cotta with passion fruit and grilled pineapples for dessert.
Featuring their Rome-born chef's rustic fare in a compact, open-kitchen space, Melograno BYOB has been a go-to spot in Rittenhouse Square for years. You’ll know why after trying their tartufate, a pappardelle with forest mushroom black truffle, walnuts and pecorino, or gnocchi di semolina with spinach, peppers, mushrooms, sage and pecorino.
Pictured above: Libertine
Pictured above: Spice Finch
Restaurant Week’s sole vegan-only restaurant, Monster Vegan is a scary-good spot with kitschy horror movie décor and favorites like a meatball crostini made with Impossible Meat that you’ll be howling about for weeks to come. And the Chicken Parmesan with Tindle chicken? To die for.
📍 1229 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Featuring “seductive Mediterranean flavors” in the words of Craig LaBan, Rittenhouse’s Spice Finch by Top Chef alum Jennifer Carroll features elevated comfort food like broccoli tabbouleh and shakshuka, along with delicious, unique additions like chickpea wedges.
📍 220 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Nothing will set the mood for dinner like live jazz music! Time Restaurant’s seasonal American menu offers distinct bites at every course, ranging from buffalo brussels sprouts to fusilli pasta in a brown butter sauce with roasted butternut squash, sautéed kale, crispy parsnip, and parmesan cheese.
While preserving Indian heritage, culture, and flavors, the menu at Veda incorporates a modern outlook and approach.
📍 1920 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Pictured above: Veda