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The Ultimate Guide on Where to Eat in Fishtown

Indulge in amazing food at these places in Fishtown.

Fishtown is a Philly neighborhood that is full of food, art, music, and plenty to do. After spending time exploring this part of town, you may find yourself getting pretty hungry. The good news is, there’s an endless list of places to eat here, so you’ll be able to stumble upon something pretty quickly. But how can you know which restaurants are worth the time and money? Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for restaurants in town.

happy couple enjoying lunch at a restaurant in fishtown

So, whatever you’re craving, there’s bound to be a place on our list that should give you your fix. Whether you want some sushi, ramen, Italian, or classic American cuisine, you’ll know where to get it after reading this list. Keep reading to learn a bit about each location!

Best Restaurants in Fishtown

  1. Suraya Restaurant
  2. Cheu Fishtown
  3. Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
  4. Elwood
  5. Kensington Quarters
  6. Front Street Cafe
  7. Hajimaru Fishtown
  8. Fabrika | Bar & Restaurant | Fishtown Philadelphia
  9. Sancho Pistola’s

Suraya Restaurant

1528 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 302-1900
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Looking to try something new? Check out Suraya Restaurant. This local spot is actually a market, garden, and restaurant. Serving Lebanese food, this is a very popular spot among locals. There is also seating in the garden, so if you’re in need of some vitamin D, this is the place to go.

Suraya serves brunch and dinner, so you’ll have to stop by a couple times to try both. We recommend the halabi kebab, fatar meshwi, taboule, or fatteh. Be sure to grab a cocktail or some wine with your meal!


Cheu Fishtown

1416 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (267) 758-2269
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If you’re craving some Asian cuisine, swing by Cheu Fishtown. This local restaurant serves Asian fusion dishes and has a full-service bar. With a vibrant and lively interior, this is a great spot for a night out.

With a menu offering sushi, noodles, small bites, and more, there’s a little bit of something for everyone at Cheu Fishtown. Be sure to try the red dragon roll, yuba veggie roll, miso ramen, or shrimp tempura sando!


Wm. Mulherin’s Sons

1355 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 291-1355
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Trying to find a great Italian spot in town? Head over to Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. This neighborhood restaurant serves Italian cuisine in an old whiskey distillery. With private rooms and a seasonal menu, this is the perfect spot for a special occasion or just a typical night out.

With pizza, pasta, and more Italian classics, everyone will love eating at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. Try out the mafaldine carbonara, spicy jawn pizza, chili marinated striped bass, flat iron steak. Make sure to try a signature cocktail too!


Elwood

1007 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 279-7427
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If you prefer restaurants with a BYOB policy, try out Elwood. This restaurant is all about local, organic ingredients and allows its patrons to bring their own alcohol. Elwood also focuses on family-style dining so their food is perfect for sharing.

Elwood offers a modest but delicious menu to choose from. We recommend the catfish and waffles, hay roasted guinea hen, or Brooke-Lee farm rabbit. Be sure to have some cheesecake or funnel cake for dessert!


Kensington Quarters

1310 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (267) 314-5086
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Another spot that prioritizes seasonal and local ingredients is Kensington Quarters. With an emphasis on sustainable practices and delicious food, it’s no wonder this is a popular spot. Serving American cuisine in a repurposed warehouse and outdoor seating, this is a great place for large groups.

Kensington Quarters also has a fairly short menu, but it’s just as tasty as any other spot. Be sure to try the raw barnegat scallop, chitarra, seafood conserva, or guinea hen. Don’t forget to sip on some wine, beer, or a cocktail!


Front Street Cafe

1253 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 515-3073
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Continuing the local ingredient trend, another great restaurant is Front Street Cafe. This spot is optimal for when you want some healthier options. Serving American cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients in a garden setting, Front Street Cafe is a beautiful spot for any meal.

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this place is great for any time of the day. Try out the griddled cheese, bbq jackfruit sandwich, chipotle turkey burger, or pesto pasta. Make sure to try the vegan cheesecake or lemon tart for dessert!


Hajimaru Fishtown

200 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 426-8700
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If you like ramen, you’re going to love Hajimaru. This restaurant serves delicious ramen as well as a few other dishes for those who don’t like the dish. With plenty of glowing reviews, it makes sense that this is a popular place.

Hajimaru’s menu is filled with ramen options, rice bowls, and appetizers. We recommend the chicken katsu curry ramen, Hajimaru signature ramen, chashu don rice bowl, or gyoza. Be sure to try a Japanese beverage while you’re there!


Fabrika | Bar & Restaurant | Fishtown Philadelphia

1108 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 203-0202
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Looking for dinner and a show? Look no further than Fabrika. This spot is quite unique with three floors, two bars, and a main stage. With a full-service menu and entertainment like jazz night, variety shows, and drag shows, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a night on the town.

Fabrika’s menu has a wide variety of flavors, so most should be able to find something. Be sure to try the mushroom flatbread, pork belly, branzino, or pretzel fritters. Don’t forget to order some dessert and a cocktail or two!


Sancho Pistola’s

19 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (267) 324-3530
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Rounding out our list of restaurants is Sancho’s Pistola’s. This local restaurant serves Mexican cuisine and drinks in a casual setting. With nearly 700 reviews, it’s clear this is a popular spot.

With a vast array of tacos, entrees, burritos, and more, you’ll definitely leave this place full. Try out the pork belly banh mi tacos, tempura shrimp tacos, chicken enchiladas, or carnitas steamed buns. They even have five varieties of guacamole. Make sure to grab a margarita or tequila too!


Final Thoughts

After reading this list, you’re probably already planning your next night out. We don’t blame you, there’s obviously a lot of great restaurants to try in this Philadelphia neighborhood. With different cuisines and atmospheres, you may find yourself wanting to try them all.

Which spot will you try first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you drop us a line and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a Philadelphia local who enjoys checking out Philly's restaurant scene every chance he can. He grew up in South Jersey and now lives in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood. Ryan also enjoys traveling and checking out local eateries in every city he visits.