The Best Places To Get A Business Lunch In Center City

10 spots perfect for impressing clients or colleagues.
This is the dining room at K'Far.

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Whether you’re meeting a high-powered lawyer, looking for your next ex who’s in finance, or grabbing lunch with your mentor for career advice, Center City has lots of places for a business lunch. These 10 restaurants have tables large enough to accommodate your Powerpoint printouts, digital pads, and excellent food that will please even the pickiest eater that could buy and sell the place. 

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You have a small rivalry with the marketing department after they brought in hoagies for the CEO. Pitch lunch at Dizengoff in Center City—it’s a meal they can’t compete with, and not just because of the good food. Yes, you’ll find incredibly smooth hummus, an addictive parsley salad, and a spicy shawarma-spiced lamb pita, but it’s because of the lively atmosphere, too. The large, colorful Israeli restaurant is always filled with business people, families, or couples playing hooky for the day and toying with the idea of coming back for dinner and drinks. The next time your co-workers think they’ve impressed your boss with a better-than-average caesar salad, pull this place out of your back pocket. 

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Lacroix is an international (but heavily French) restaurant on the second floor of The Rittenhouse Hotel. While it’s not the most exciting spot, it’s spacious, beautiful, and has fantastic views of Rittenhouse Square. Try the root vegetable carpaccio, beef tartare with potato chips and smoked paprika, or the juicy steak au poivre if you have a nice-sized group to share it with. There are plenty of tables and large booths where your coworkers can pass around oysters, or you can reserve the private dining room for politely pretending that you haven’t heard your boss tell the same story a thousand times. 

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There are a lot of restaurants in Center City that look like places where a tech CEO would plot world domination, but K’Far is one of the only places someone lowkey like an assistant's assistant would approve of. This bright and modern Israeli bakery and cafe serves great marzipan challah danishes, Jerusalem bagels, and salads and bowls light enough that you won’t need to pinch yourself to keep from falling asleep in the office later on.

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Your out-of-town clients requested you take them to a “very Philadelphia restaurant.” Don’t think twice—take them to Parc. This French brasserie in Rittenhouse Square is an icon, and works great for a casual one-on-one with your manager or an eight-person lunch to discuss the company’s infrastructure (if it’s a nice day, request outdoor seating). The menu has something for everyone and is heavy on classic French bistro food like moules frites, escargot, and sandwiches on buttery baguettes. 

Somehow this meeting has expanded to four people, none of whom you know very well, and you just got a last-minute Slack that a few of them is vegetarian. Harper’s Garden is the place to go. It’s big and has a spacious front patio, so you can take over a table on a sunny day or a booth inside and hash out this quarter’s strategy. When it comes to the menu, they have grilled butternut squash, potato leek soup, grilled shrimp sandwiches, and a lengthy wine list—which should also appeal to the group. 

The Dandelion, a British pub in the middle of Rittenhouse, is the one spot in Philly that says, “I want to do business with you, but first, I’d like to drink a pint.” This place certainly feels British, with photos of Elizabeth II, English Bulldogs, and union jacks hanging on the wall. You can start your lunch with beers at the bar, and then make your way back to the more upscale dining room for a burger (one of our favorites in the city), fish and chips, or a lamb shepherd’s pie.

JG Sky High is fancy. It has 360-degree panoramic views of the entire city and French-and-seafood-heavy dishes that look (almost) too good to eat. But your accountant can wear a golf shirt and not feel as out of place as a college freshman who’s lost on the first day of class. They serve things like egg toast with caviar, crispy sea trout sushi, pepper-crusted sirloin, and other dishes that are perfect for when your boss hands you the corporate card and tells you to take care of the top clients. 

Planning a big group lunch, whether with clients or just with your team, is always stressful. Instead of overthinking what place will please the most, just book a table at The Love. This American spot a block from Rittenhouse Square is about as close to a universal crowd-pleaser as you’re going to find. The lunch menu ranges from ricotta ravioli and a juicy cheeseburger to salmon and farro, and has some impressive desserts (like the lemon crème brulée). The service is fantastic, and while it’s always busy, it’s never too loud to have a conversation about the Dow Jones.

Eating a giant steak drenched in a pool of buttery jus at lunch may mean an afternoon of Tums, but if you get one from The Capital Grille, it’s worth it. The Center City steakhouse has wood fixtures, white tablecloths, and is an easy place to kill time until your clients have to catch a train at 30th Street Station. The best thing the old-school spot has is a rich dry-aged NY strip that you can get on their lunch menu for $37 (cheaper than the $55 at dinner). This atmosphere is the right amount of laid-back, while still being nice enough to feel like a stiff, work thing.

Shiroi Hana is a two-story Japanese restaurant in Rittenhouse that’s been a bastion for business people for over 30 years. It has a sleek, low-key scene that works for celebrating your boss’s transfer to Cleveland—but it’s also upscale enough to impress your colleague from compliance who underlines words in emails. No matter what type of business lunch this is, share a few plates of soft shell crab with ponzu sauce, hand rolls, and beef sukiyaki until the deal closes.  

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