Where to Eat

Located just two blocks from bustling Rittenhouse Square, there are many restaurants within walking distance to Plays & Players Theater. We recommend the following:

Lou Bird’s
500 South 20th Street
20th and Lombard Streets, just four blocks from the theatre. Elevated New American fare in a warm, intimate space with a brick-lined bar, dining room, and café-style outdoor seating. “One of Philadelphia’s 50 Best Restaurants.” - Philadelphia Magazine

Russet (1812 Discount Available!)
1521 Spruce Street
Russet is Rittenhouse's newest BYOB, featuring a daily-changing Italian and French-inspired menu crafted from local and seasonal ingredients. 1812 patrons receive a 10% discount Sunday through Thursday, and a complimentary aperitif with dinner any time.

Black Sheep Pub (1812 Discount Available!)
247 S. 17th Street (on 17th Street between Spruce & Locust)
If you’re looking for some good pub food at very reasonable prices, this is the place for you! Laid-back, with bars and tables on two floors, they also have a great beer selection. 1812 Patron's receive 15% off food bill anytime (simply show your ticket or ticket stub in advance to receive the discount)

Oh! Shea's
1907 Sansom Street
One block from Rittenhouse Square with friendly atmosphere, great food, and daily drink specials. Oh! Shea’s has two large bars, two dining rooms, and seven flat screen plasma TVs for sports fans. Private parties are available for any occasion.

Monk’s Café
264 S. 16th Street (on 16th Street between Spruce & Locust)
Monk’s is a favorite of the 1812 staff. A fantastic brewpub, they not only have one of the best beer selections in Philadelphia, but some of the best mussels you’ll have anywhere! A true Belgian-style pub within walking distance to the theater.

Devon Seafood Grill
225 S. 18th Street (on Rittenhouse Square)
This upscale seafood restaurant has great atmosphere and also features seating at their large bar and great Happy Hour specials.

227 S. 18th Street (on Rittenhouse Square)
This trendy French bistro from Philadelphia’s own Stephen Starr is a great place to people-watch, especially on lovely evenings—it looks right onto Rittenhouse Square.

135 S. 18th Street, located at AKA Rittenhouse Hotel, at 18th & Walnut Streets

La Fontana Della Citta
Located at the corner of 17th & Spruce Streets
This charming BYO has great Italian food at reasonable prices.