Five Hot New Restaurants to Check Out in Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square’s restaurant scene is heating up this summer, and your 1500 Locust apartment is right in the middle of all the culinary creativity.

From fine dining to pub food to pizza, loads of new restaurants moved into our neighborhood in the last few months.

Here are some of the summer standouts:


Poi Dog — The casual snack shop, six blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, rotates its menu but emphasizes Hawaiian street food. Also, keep an eye out for the traveling Poi Dog food cart throughout the city!


Rione — The pizza joint focuses on authenticity — meaning handmade dough and ingredients imported directly from Italy! The slices are baked in rectangular trays and, per tradition, sliced apart (or sold in full trays) with kitchen schears. Visit the shop, about six blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, for a real pizza experience.


Res Ipsa — About a half-mile from your 1500 Locust apartment, Res Ipsa is a café by day and BYO dinner hot spot by night. The breakfast and lunch menus focus on healthy small bites, while dinner expands to include seafood, poultry and other expertly plated dishes.


Rooster Soup Company — Eat well and do good at the same time at this unique concept, just two blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment. The diner-style eatery donates 100 percent of its profits to a hunger-relief program at Broad Street Ministry, making it the first restaurant of its kind in the nation. But you don’t have to just dine here out of the goodness of your heart — it recently topped several national top-10 food lists!


Bocconcini — Four blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, Bocconcini is the latest Italian BYOB to hit the neighborhood. From apps to pasta dishes to desserts, Bocconcini focuses on locally sourced ingredients, all served in an intimate setting, perfect for date night.


Poi Dog

100.5 S. 21st St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103




102 S. 21st St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103



Res Ipsa

2218 Walnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103



Rooster Soup Company

1526 Sansom St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102




1334 Pine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107