Top Philadelphia Restaurants For Holiday Cheer

Top Philadelphia Restaurants For Holiday Cheer

With cozy vibes, rustic decor and a plethora of twinkly lights, here are our picks for where to wine and dine in the Philly area if you’re in need of some holiday spirit. – Chelsea Karnash

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Casselli’s
7620 Ridge Ave (Roxborough)
215-483-6969

For a festive, throwback atmosphere (plastic fish, handmade photo collages and tons of lights in various shapes are the main decor) and amazing (cheap!) Italian food, GO HERE. Just don’t take my table, k?

The Dandelion
18th & Sansom Sts
www.thedandelionpub.com

Set inside a gorgeous old rowhome near Rittenhouse and sporting an abundance of plaid and vintage goodies, this British pub offers the kind of comforting, hearty fare and strong cocktails that make it perfect for a holiday meal.

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Irish Pub
20th & Walnut St
www.irishpubphilly.com

The place is red and green and resembles a child’s toy Christmas train. Around the holidays, the outside is decked out in lights. Plus, it’s centrally located. The perfect spot for casual food and drink with a side of holiday cheer.

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London Grill
2301 Fairmount Ave
www.londongrill.com

This little corner restaurant has tons of holiday and seasonal events and specials, and the lights outside make for a festive vibe year-round.

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McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St
www.mcgillins.com

Comfy, old-as-dirt and bedecked in Christmas lights. What’s not to love?

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R2L
2 Liberty Pl, 37th Floor
www.r2lrestaurant.com

Want an amazing view of the city’s Christmas lights? You can’t beat R2L’s! But be warned — that holiday cheer comes at a price here.

Standard Tap
2nd & Poplar St
www.standardtap.com

This NoLibs eatery makes a lot of lists we put together, and this one’s no different. Here’s why: farmhouse-in-the-country vibe, urban location. Lights. And a fireplace. Glorious.

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Tavern on the Hill
8636 Germantown Ave (Chestnut Hill)
www.tavernonthehill.biz

There’s nothing that’s not Christmas-y about Chestnut Hill during the holiday season, and the cramped quarters, ancient décor and live entertainment at this “cozy village pub” reflect that.

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Valley Green Inn
W Valley Green Rd (Wissahickon Park)
www.valleygreeninn.com

It doesn’t get prettier than the Valley Green Inn in fall and winter. Take a walk (or a hike) through Wissahickon Park before you stop by this historic restaurant for dinner and a hot toddy or chocolate (by the fireplace!). You seriously won’t believe you’re within city limits.

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Pretty much anywhere in South Philly…

Because it looks like someone threw up Christmas on this section of the city no matter where you turn. And that’s a wonderful thing.