There aren’t that many fancy date-night restaurants in Sea Isle City, but if you want to go out and have a nicer meal on the island, it should be at La Finestra. It’s an Italian spot right on the water with lots of classics (focus on the pasta and seafood dishes) and a candle-lit dining room that’s best used for a summertime date night. After you finish sharing the pappardelle with short rib ragu, you and the only person you trust to put sunscreen on your back without missing any spots can head to the beach and watch the stars while “Summer Nights” plays somewhere in the distance.
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Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
Mercato is an Italian BYOB in Washington Square West that has a ton of outdoor seating in the summer.
Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
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Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream
You’ll have to wait in line for Springer’s, but the 50 homemade ice cream flavors are worth it.
Circle Pizza is pretty much the only place you want to get pizza from if you’re in Avalon or Stone Harbor.
Quahog’s Seafood Shack
Quahog’s is half seafood restaurant, and half take-out taco shack. You should make room in your summer for both halves.
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