Explore a variety of dining options from our Dining Partners!

The Arden Bar

The bar opens 45 minutes before curtain and during intermission!

Food and Drink at the Theatre

Enjoy your meal at the Arden! For your dining pleasure, café tables are available in the Arden Lobby overlooking historic Old City. Please consider ordering take-out from one of our wonderful dining partners (listed below) and bring your meal to the Arden to enjoy before the show!

Looking for great dining in Old City?

When dining in Old City, we recommend these restaurants that support the Arden! All offer a 10% special discount for Arden patrons when you present your tickets at time of ordering. Please ask your server for more details.

2nd Story Brewing
117 Chestnut Street | 267.314.5770 

Specializing in hand-crafted beer brewed in-house, they offer informal fare (fish & chips, fondue, burgers), traditional entrees (salmon, roast chicken) and exotic choices (coconut curry stew). For extra fun, try the chocolate chunk bread pudding (house-made pretzels & brioche topped with bananas foster) or the “Big & Boozy adult sundae” (Franklin Fountain custom house-beer ice cream with lots of toppings finished with honey whipped cream).

214 Market Street | 215.923.1000 

For 70+ years, this family-owned deli restaurant focuses on Philly favorites: hoagies and steaks – with over 16 choices from traditional to creative (ex: “FLYERS ICE” STEAK with Philly Cream Cheese, Fresh Tomato, Jalapeño Cheddar, and Oregano).  Plus soups, salads, and sandwiches and gluten-free and vegan options. They’re such a Philly tradition, they’re also at Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center.

232 Arch Street | 215.629.2337 

This 32-seat BYOB is a “casual neighborhood eatery” serving fresh, locally-sourced New American cuisine from Wednesday through Saturday nights. You’ll find standards: onion soup, scallops, and ribeye steak, plus ever-changing creative options such as: roasted pumpkin & ricotta ravioli with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds or the Chloe Salad with baked panko crusted goat cheese, red onion, and orange chipotle dressing over mixed greens.

138 Market Street | 215.923.6069 

The first of Stephen Starr’s 21-restaurant empire, the Continental offers eclectic choices day and night. Examples of the around-the-world menu include snacks: Szechuan Shoestring Fries, Kimchi Chicken Quesadilla, and Greek Guacamole. Small plate examples: Beer Battered Shrimp & Calamari, Veal & Ricotta Meatballs with marinara, and steamed chicken dumplings. Large plate examples:  Jumbo Lump Crab Pad, Steak Frites, and Chicken Tikka Masala.

Cuba Libre 
10 South 2nd Street | 215.627.0666 

The décor takes you back to 1950’s Old Havana. The menu contains a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cuban cuisine. Examples: pineapple guacamole cubano with crispy plantain chips, traditional Cuban black bean soup, coconut crab fritters, pulled pork with classic sour orange mojo and smashed yucca. Or sample more familiar choices, such as Argentine-style steak.  You’ll also find authentic Cuban cocktails and a large variety of rums along with a full bar.

306 Market Street | 215.625.9425 

Known for 20+ years for its interesting Contemporary American menu and high ceilings with twinkling lights, Fork serves “locally sourced and seasonally inspired” dishes of interesting combinations.  Examples: duck confit and poached egg with candied pine nuts & buttermilk ranch for brunch. For dinner – a Lamb Tartare appetizer with fermented pepper, kohlrabi, and almond dukkah and/or among their hand-made pastas – Stinging Nettle Rigatoni.

Franklin Fountain 
116 Market Street | 215.627.1899 

This old-fashioned ice cream parlor has bow-tie-wearing staff serving classic ice cream parlor/soda fountain favorites year round of handmade ice cream, including vegan flavors, with too-many-to-count toppings in sundae, split, soda, or milkshake form made with handmade syrups. They also feature seasonal specialties such as the Fall’s Apple Butter Ice Cream filled with local apples, Bauman Family Fruit Butters & Cider apple butter.

High Street on Market 
308 Market Street | 215.625.0988 

This informal cousin of Fork sits next door with a local-artisan decor. It offers traditional classics – Pastrami on Rye, alongside more edgy options – High Street’s Chef Salad with roasted turkey, bologna, soft boiled egg, feta, chickpeas, tomato, & green goddess. Dinner examples: Honey-glazed Farm Chicken and Duck Egg Carbonara. Something for everyone. Meals are paired with domestic artisanal wines and bottled and hand-crafted cocktails.

Luna Café 
317 Market Street | 215.309.3140 

Luna Cafe serves scrumptious breakfast and lunch option daily til 3pm: vegetarian, gluten-free options, indulgent choices, or meat-lover specials – you’re covered. Fried chicken and waffles, tofu scambles, Brioche French toast topped with house-made cinnamon apple compote and whipped cream, warm quinoa bowls (with black beans, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, avocado and cilantro aioli on arugula topped with a sunny side up egg and/or sausage), burgers, turkey clubs.

14 North Front Street | 215.922.7800
Proud of their Guinness World Record as the world’s largest wine bar (150+ wines by the glass and wine-flight tastings), this Italian restaurant serves generations-old family recipes reimagined for today. The menu contains traditional (home-made pastas, eggplant parmigiana, etc), creative (ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers, Chitarra pasta with Lobster & Saffron Sugo and Summer Squash) and popular (pan-seared scallops, angus steak) dishes plus indulgent desserts with wine pairings.

Pinot Wine Boutique 
227 Market Street | 215.627.WINE 

A wine lover’s playground filled with an array of chic and functional wine accessories, specialty items, and more! This fun shop is a favorite among local wine lovers, and a tourist destination as well. Pinot has a full schedule of tasting classes, which take place in Pinot’s wine cellar – a warm welcoming setting that’s highly conducive to socializing and learning about wine. This cozy space is available for private parties – perfect for birthdays, bachelorette parties, singles and networking events, customer appreciation and team building events. Pinot is a two-time Best of Philly winner and the exclusive Philadelphia outlet for Paradocx Vineyard. Wine tastings available anytime!

The Plough & the Stars 
123 Chestnut Street | 215.733.0300   

A Western European menu with a strong Irish influence, options include traditional pub favorites, more sophisticated fare for foodies, and vegan, gluten-free and heart healthy options. The environment is fun and casual. They offer 12 beers on tap through “the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland.” On weekend nights, the Plough becomes a lively bar scene.

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti 
212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor | 215.238.0499 

Just a few blocks away, you will discover the pleasures and beauty of Positano, Italy. Savor Inspired Mediterranean Cuisine with delicious dishes, expertly prepared by our chefs. Choose from our “must have” Crudo menu, while sipping our signature Positano Lemon Drop cocktail.  In warmer weather, enjoy Positano Coast’s 2nd floor patio and Sopra Lounge for an open-air breeze and spectacular views of the city. Positano Coast is perfect for before or after the theatre! Open 7 Days. Lunch & Dinner. Valet Parking. BYOB Sunday & Monday. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-7pm & Sunday 1-5pm (Available at the bar only).

Race Street Café 
208 Race Street | 215.627.6181 

”Every neighborhood should have a Race Street Café.” Stop by for lunch, dinner, a late night snack or brunch to sample our diverse menu. To quench your thirst, we offer 15 constantly changing draught beers, including a hand pump, as well as many quality liquors and wine.

Shane Confectionery 
110 Market Street | 215.922.1048 

The Franklin Fountain is Philadelphia’s premier old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Soda Dispensary featuring delicious house-made Ice Creams, Toppings, Soda Syrups, and More! Shane Confectionery is America’s oldest continuously run confectionery, where we continue to produce a wide array of chocolates, caramels, fudge, hard candies and other seasonal specialties.

26 N. 3rd Street | 267.239.5900 

Wister in Old City Philadelphia is a modern and urban neighborhood BYOB. The always fresh menu is seafood focused and contains farm to table produce. The boldly flavored menu which changes seasonally has modern twists on familiar flavors. Wister is also vegan-friendly and has seasonal vegan options. We pride ourselves in our daily delivered seafood, our locally sourced ingredients, warm and friendly staff, and astounding service. Even our focaccia bread is made from scratch daily. Wister is perfect for dinner with friends, date night, dining alone, or a large get together.