Restaurant Week is for the Vegetarian

With over 100 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 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

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Pictured above: Alice Pizza

Alice Pizza 

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 
🔗 $45 Dinner Menu | $20 Lunch Menu 

Ancient Spirits & Grille  

As the first herbal cocktail lounge in America, Ancient Spirits & Grille blends herbal flavors and authentic spices for unique combinations across their menu. Standout experiences on this year’s CCD Restaurant Week menu include the paneer tomato pie, the ardel umpluti (bell peppers stuffed with herbs and vegetables) and the mescolare parate di cavolfiore veg, made with cauliflower, potato and a blend of herbs and spices.  
📍 1726 Chestnut Street 
🔗 $45 Dinner Menu | $20 Lunch Menu | Reservation 


Harper’s Garden  

Tucked away only a few minutes from Rittenhouse Square, Harper’s Garden offers a warm ambiance, both inside and outside in their cozy greenhouse-covered tables! Vegetarian specialties include the artisanal cheese board appetizer, the mushroom ravioli with taleggio cheese and black trumpet mushroom, and the apricot millefeuille.  
📍 31 South 18th Street 
🔗 $45 Dinner Menu 


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 roasted squash salad, the spinach fettucine with artichokes, and the pear and cranberry galette for dessert.  
📍 261 South 13th Street 
🔗 $45 Dinner Menu | Reservation 



Pictured above: Libertine

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Pictured above: Melograno BYOB

Melograno BYOB 

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.  
📍 2012 Sansom Street 
🔗 Reservation 

Monster Vegan 

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


Spice Finch 

Featuring “seductive Mediterranean flavors” in the words of Craig LaBan, Rittenhouse’s Spice Finch features elevated comfort food like broccoli tabbouleh and shakshuka, along with delicious, unique additions like chickpea wedges. 
📍 220 South 17th Street 
🔗 $45 Dinner Menu 

Veda Modern Indian Bistro  

While preserving Indian heritage, culture, and flavors, the menu at Veda incorporates a modern outlook and approach. Specials here include the Kadai paneer in a spiced tomato-based gravy and the hara bhara kabab: patties made of mashed green peas, spinach, chickpeas and potatoes. 
📍 1920 Chestnut Street 
🔗 $45 Dinner Menu | $20 Lunch Menu | Reservation 



Pictured above: Veda

Check Out the Full Menu

With over 100 restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week, there are so many options to pick from! Check out the full list today, and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win dinner once a month for a year

This article was initially published on January 6, 2023.