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Restaurants near Penn


Food Courts

Franklin's Table: 3401 Walnut Street   $$
DK Sushi, Goldie Falafel, High Street Provisions, The Juice Merchant, KQ Burger, Little Baby's Ice Cream, and Pitruco Pizza. 

Houston Market: Houston Hall, between 34th & 36th Streets on Spruce, basement level   $
A campus food court with coffee, sandwiches, salads, sushi, pizza, Mediterranean bowls, ramen, burgers, and more.


Mark's Café: Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, ground floor   $
Coffee from local small-batch roaster Rival Bros, snacks, and sandwiches. Closes at 3PM (summer hours).

Avril 50: 3406 Sansom Street, 215-222-6108   $
Coffee, tea, chocolate, and international publications; no indoor seating.

Joe Coffee: 3200 Chestnut Street, 215-240-4577   $
Third-wave coffee and baked goods, with indoor and outdoor seating.

Starbucks: 3401 Walnut Street, 215-387-1914; 3421 Chestnut Street, 215-222-4237   $  (open late)

Dunkin' Donuts: 3437 Walnut Street, 215-222-7955
Long-running chain serving signature donuts, breakfast sandwiches & a variety of coffee drinks.

United By Blue: 3421 Walnut Street, 215-222-1617   $
Coffee and light snacks; limited seating. Proceeds support ocean conservation.


Baby Blues BBQ: 3402 Sansom Street, 215-222-4444   $$
Memphis Style BBQ with good lunch specials.

Beijing: 3714 Spruce Street, 215-222-5242   $-$$
Quick and easy Chinese food only a block away. Sit-down or take-out service; gets crowded at lunch.

Bernie’s Restaurant & Bar: 3432 Sansom Street, 215-921-6242   $-$$
Global comfort fare pairs with craft beer & wines at this comfy haunt with TVs & an outdoor fire pit.

Bobby’s Burger Palace: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-387-0378   $-$$
A creative and colorful take on the classic campus burger joint, designed by Food Network’s Bobby Flay.

City Tap House: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-662-0105   $$
One of Philly's longest draft lists (60 taps!) paired with pub fare. Large bar/dining room, outdoor seating.

Così: 140 South 36th Street, 215-222-4545   $
Sandwiches and pizza on their signature flatbread, along with soups and café salads; eat in or take out.

CoZara: 3200 Chestnut St 267-233-7488   $$-$$$
Trendy, two-floor Japanese izakaya-style bar & grill.

Dim Sum House: 3939 Chestnut Street, 215-921-5377   $
Atmospheric hideaway: Cantonese- and Shanghai-inspired dim sum menu with a full bar.

Distrito: 3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657   $$-$$$
High-energy restaurant inspired by the spirited culture and cuisine of Mexico City.

Federal Donuts: 3428 Sansom Street, 267-275-8489   $
A Philly original: donuts, fried chicken and coffee. Open until they're out.

Già Pronto Kitchen: 3716 Spruce Street, 215-222-7713   $
Salads and panini made to order with fresh ingredients

The Greek Lady: 222 South 40th Street, 215-382-2600   $  (open late)
Overstuffed hoagies and Greek specialties.

Han Dynasty: 3711 Market Street, 215-222-3711   $$-$$$
Authentic Szechuan cuisine known throughout Philly for the spice!

HipCityVeg: 214 S. 40th Street, 267-244-4342   $$  (open late)
Wraps, burgers, and salads; 100% plant-based.

Hummus: 3931 Walnut Street, 215-222-5300   $$
Fresh Mediterranean food. Don’t miss out on the falafel platter.

Jimmy John’s: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-222-7877; 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, 215-382-0805    $
Counter-serve chain specializing in sub & club sandwiches, plus signature potato chips.

Local 44: 4333 Spruce Street, 215-222-2337   $$  (open late)
Farther from Penn than most options on this list, but good pub food and excellent rotating drafts.

Louie Louie: 3611 Walnut Street, 267-805-8585   $$-$$$
American Bistro Offering French Inspired Classic Dishes and Creative Cocktails.

New Deck Tavern: 3408 Sansom Street, 215-386-4600   $-$$  (open late)
A Philly take on an Irish pub, with a large food menu. Home to the city's oldest weekly Quizo trivia.

Pod: 3636 Sansom Street, 215-387-1803   $-$$
Pan Asian restaurant with retro-futuristic design, sushi conveyer, full bar.

Ramen Bar: 4040 Locust Street, 215-243-9999; 3438 Lancaster Avenue, 215-921-5804 $
This noodle house boasts mod decor plus a menu of creative noodle bowls & other Japanese fare.

Sang Kee Noodle House: 3549 Chestnut Street, 215-387-8808   $-$$
Reasonably priced Chinese fare, specializing in noodle dishes.

Shake Shack: 3200 Chestnut Street, 267-338-3464   $  (open late)
New York's famous burgers and shakes come to Philly.

Sitar: 60 South 38th Street, 215-662-0818   $-$$
Good Indian food from the menu or the buffet, which serves both lunch and dinner.

Sweetgreen: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-386-1365   $-$$
Locally-sourced salads and wraps with your choice of creative toppings.

Spread Bagelry: 3602 Chestnut Street, 215-545-0626   $-$$
Montreal-style wood-oven bagels and sandwiches.

Tortas Frontera: 3602 Locust Walk   $
Tasty Mexican-style sandwiches and other quick eats.

Wawa: 3744 Spruce Street, 215-387-0029; 3604 Chestnut Street, 215-222-6422   $-$$  (open late)
Build-your-own sandwiches, plus coffee and packaged snacks. A Philadelphia fast-food institution. Open 24/7.

The White Dog Café: 3420 Sansom Street, 215-386-922   $$-$$$
Gourmet farm-to-table cuisine in a cozy, dog-themed historic townhouse.

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, 215-222-1400 $$
Guests dine on American fare while watching live musicians at this multilevel supper club.

Zavino: 3200 Chestnut Street, 215-823-6897   $$
Wine, small plates and pizza. Warmly casual atmosphere, outdoor seating.

Food Trucks

There are more than 60 food trucks around Penn's campus. Weekdays at lunchtime, clusters of food trucks may be found at the corner of 33rd and Spruce, at the corner of 34th and Walnut, and between 36th and 38th Streets on Spruce. Few are open on weekends.

Dining Guides

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