Center City’s restaurant landscape is ever-changing and keeping up with all of the latest and greatest spots to dine is a job in itself. But when you’re slammed at work and need to make a reservation for your next power lunch, the last thing on your mind is spending valuable time reading over restaurant reviews. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for business lunches in Center City, so you can put your focus on closing the deal.
135 S. 18th St.
In the mood to dine outside? Bask in the sunlight across the street from Rittenhouse at a.kitchen. Awarded three bells by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, their Rittenhouse Power Lunch menu ($25) has something for everyone. Choose from starters like olives and cheese, roasted mushroom soup or smoked beets and mains like grilled octopus and roasted chicken breast.
210 W. Rittenhouse
Looking for a great one-on-one meal with a view? Be sure to reserve a spot by the window (on the second floor) at Scarpetta in Rittenhouse. The high-end Italian restaurant offers a prix-fixe lunch menu for only $28. The three courses include options like chicory salad or creamy polenta as a starter and their much-raved about spaghetti or organic chicken as the main entree. End your meeting on a sweet note with either a coconut panna cotta or chocolate cake.
10 Avenue of the Arts
Need a breath of fresh air after spending the whole morning cooped up in the office? Make a reservation at Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero, a Latin-fusion restaurant located inside of the Ritz Carlton. The lofty space and lush seating will transport you to a swanky, tropical paradise.
Share some guacamole with the table and enjoy a wide selection of tacos and ceviches to go along with it. Not feeling adventurous? They have a wood-grilled burger on the menu along with an organic chicken sandwich that you can get with either fries or a salad.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
1800 Market Street
Dining with a larger group? Ruth’s Chris has three private dining rooms to choose from — the Spirit Room which can hold up to 25 guests, the Infinity Room which can hold up to 45 guests and the 1800 Degree Room which can hold up to 12 guests. The elegant interior is sure to impress and their menu offers a wide variety of meat and fish options to satisfy a range of tastes.
200 S. Broad St.
If you’re looking for over-the-top ambiance, XIX Restaurant at the Bellevue is a real stunner, with its impressive skyline views from the 19th floor. Dine at the bar for a slightly less formal lunch or completely wow your guests with seats in the main dining area, complete with a 36-foot-high domed ceiling, 19-foot chandelier and strands of pearls hanging above the raw bar. From 11:30 a.m. through 2 p.m., enjoy their three-course Cafe Lunch Table menu for only $22.
Where are your favorite spots for a power lunch? Tell us in the comments below and we just might add it to our list.