Best Restaurants for a Business Dinner in Philadelphia

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Some meetings deserve to be held away from the boardroom. And if you’re looking for a place to host a business dinner in Philadelphia, you’re in luck. The City of Brotherly Love is full of excellent restaurants well-suited for high powered meals. Whether you’re looking for a banquet room for your MBA club or a more cozy setting to talk with potential investors, these restaurants are sure to please any palate.


Zagat praises Vernick’s “playful twists” on American “staples.” Vernick, located at 2031 Walnut Street, offers everything from Island Creek Oysters with ginger and citrus to red snapper with smoked Yukon potatoes. Furthermore, Vernick can host groups of 12 in its main dining room, and groups of up to 45 can be accommodated by buying out the restaurant.

Barclay Prime

Barclay Prime

Barclay Prime

Gayot called Barclay Prime one of the 2016 Top 10 Restaurants for Business Dining in the Philadelphia area. Barclay Prime features a raw seafood bar and a variety of steaks and entree choices. The restaurant at 237 South 18th Street can seat up to 40 dinner guests for special events.


According to Esquire, “Lacroix is quiet and has a second-floor view of Rittenhouse Square, roomy banquettes, and decently priced fine food.” Located at 210 West Rittenhouse Square, the restaurant serves up fare such as venison and veal cheek. Their semi-private dining room can serve up to 32 guests.  

Goat Hollow

Goat Hollow

Goat Hollow

BizBash praises Goat Hollow’s “reclaimed wood decor, a wood-fired hearth, and elevated pub fare.” The 300 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue restaurant serves upscale burgers and barbeque. The second-story dining area can accommodate 37, while the main level can hold 100.

Talula’s Garden

Philadelphia Magazine called Talula’s Garden “simply as good as it gets.” Located at 210 W. Washington Square, the restaurant serves up dishes such as Black Pearl Salmon and Roasted Rohan Duck Breast. The fresh fare would likely impress any classmates or potential clients looking for a business dinner in Philadelphia.  


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Lindsay Mack

Staff writer covering feature articles on higher management education issues and the MBA space in particular for MetroMBA.

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