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Planning a Theater Night at Kimmel Center? Here Are 10 Restaurants To Get a Delicious Bite To Eat First!

There’s one place in Philadelphia that’s known as a home for the high-level artistic performances. The Kimmel Center Academy of Music Merriam Theater, the Kimmel Center for the performing arts, or simply, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia is widely-renowned as the venue for many popular events this fall.

Some of the world-renowned musicians, Broadway productions, and performance events you can find at The Kimmel Center this fall include the world-conquering musical Hamilton; the opera Semele; Adam Ant: Friend or Foe; A Night with Janis Joplin, The Office! A Musical Parody; and Marc Maron. This fall, there’s a show or entertainment option to suit any taste. The center also offers venue rentals, adding to its diversity of entertainment offerings.

Located at 300 S Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you may be searching for nearby restaurants before catching an event at the Kimmel Center. Here is a list of the top 10 restaurants to get dinner or pre-show drinks at, all of which are of walking distance from the center.

Fine Dining

XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant

XIX Restaurant is about a 4-minute walk from the Kimmel. It is located inside Hyatt’s Bellevue Hotel at 200 S Broad Street. Since it is in a hotel, the dress code isn’t strict. Since XIX restaurant is an upscale, fine-dining restaurant, it’s recommended you wear smart casual attire, which could include dark jeans. Aside from its proximity to the venue, XIX has a dedicated Theater Menu should you choose this option. At the time this was written their theatre menu is priced at $40 per person plus tax. It includes a 2-course meal. For an additional $8, you may add a dessert option. Selection for the dessert portion includes The Bellevue Apple Dumpling, Key Lime Panna Cotta, Peaches and Cream Cheesecake, and the Tropical Chocolate Mousse Bombe.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is about an 8-minute walk from the Kimmel Center. Its address is located at 1428-1432 Chestnut St. This is another fine dining restaurant. They do not enforce a strict dress code, but to keep in style wearing a smart casual outfit is best. Their dinner menu offers a wide range of options, but of course, many come to the restaurant for their steaks. Main course offerings include hand-cut steaks with a starting price of $45 for an 8-ounce portion. They also offer Wagyu steaks, dry-aged steaks, and pan-roasted chicken.

Casual Dining

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is about a 6-minute walk from the venue. With branches located across the nation, many are familiar with their vast offerings. There is something for everyone at this restaurant. Not to mention, they offer a good variety of cheesecake flavors from carrot to salted caramel to velvet and many more. If you have visited a Cheesecake Factory before, you will know their menu offers a literal book’s worth of menu items. You can order pizza, steak, or pasta to just mention a few. Average pricing for dinner is about $30 per person with dessert.


Applebee’s has about a 5-minute walking distance from the Kimmel Center. Also known to offer a variety of choices, Applebee’s offers steaks, ribs, chicken, and pasta to just name a few. They also offer a “2 for $22” special. This includes 2 entrees and 1 appetizer. If you want something easy for any appetite, this could be the place.

Fast Food


Since the Kimmel is known to host many events, as briefly mentioned, there are quite a few fast-food restaurants in the area. Chipotle, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, and Five Guys are to mention a few of them. Of the four, the Chipotle located at 1512 Walnut St. is closest to the Kimmel with a 6 to 7-minute walk. A burrito or a burrito bowl with a side of their chips and famous guac will definitely hit the spot.


Wendy’s on Chestnut is about an 8 to 9-minute walk, you can grab a snack or a full meal there. Perhaps a large Frosty with some fries are just what you need to get your evening started. Or, you can try out a variety of offerings through their $1 menu.

Five Guys

Five Guys that’s also on Chestnut St. is a 9-minute walk away from the Kimmel. You can order hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches from Five Guys. Pair it up with one of their decadent milkshakes, and you’ll be wanting to bring some along with you on your way back to the Kimmel.


Finally, with a 12-minute walking distance from the Kimmel, Chick-fil-A is also located on Chestnut St. I bet you’re wanting to try out that chicken sandwich everyone is talking about. Don’t forget their waffle fries, they are extra yummy with their Polynesian sauce.

Pre-Show Drinks

Aside from some of the restaurants previously mentioned, you can order drinks at local bars in the area. In case you’ve already eaten and you’re looking to just kill time before heading to an event at the Kimmel, you may want to visit Howl at the Moon Philadelphia or McGlinchey’s Bar. These two bars are polar opposites, as one caters to a sometimes overly lively crowd while the other is somewhere you can order a few drinks and hear yourself think.

Howl at the Moon Philadelphia

If you are looking to get pumped up before a show at the Kimmel, Howl at the Moon Philadelphia is located at 258 S 15th St. and is about a 3-minute walk away. Take a shot, order a cocktail, or maybe a few bottles of beer. Just remember to keep time. You wouldn’t want to be late getting back to the Kimmel. Oh and if you just can’t get enough of the place, come back after your event as Howl at the Moon Philadelphia often hosts live music.

McGlinchey’s Bar

If you want a quieter place that’s famous amongst the locals, visit McGlinchey’s Bar at 259 S 15th St. This local dive-bar gives you that, “everyone knows your name” kind of vibe. Sit back, relax, and watch a few minutes of some television programming on their tube. McGlinchey’s Bar also offers food to snack on while enjoying your beverage, along with cigars.