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Braised Veal Ossobuco - Bistro Romano, Philadelphia, PA
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Bistro Romano

4.8
4.8
4794 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
This Historic Landmark in Society Hill, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad and the romantic underground wine cellar for two to four. Wine Cellar reservations book the Wine Cellar Experience on OpenTable. We are now celebrating our 36th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 925-8880
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
  • Private party facilities
    Bistro Romano can accommodate private parties of up to 125 people for a sit-down meal or 200 for a cocktail party in the 120 Room. Other rooms are available for smaller groups. Bistro Romano specializes in Business Meetings, Wedding Receptions, and Rehearsal Dinners.
  • Private party contact
    Michael or Joette Granato: (877) 925-1170
  • Neighbourhood
    Society Hill
  • Cross Street
    Between Front and 2nd
  • Parking Details
    Parking at 215 Lombard Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $25.
  • Public Transit
    Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
  • Entertainment
    Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
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Experiences

  • Wine Cellar Experience

    US$125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    The Bistro Romano Wine Cellar Experience is available Wednesday to Sunday at 5PM or 8PM for parties of two or four guests and includes: 5-Course Tasting Menu, curated exclusively by our executive chef, in our private cellar with candlelight, a rose petal-topped table, and limoncello after dinner drinks. $125 per guest + tax is prepaid when reserved. 20% gratuity is added to your guest check when you dine. Additional charges include beverages. Wine Cellar Experience is reserved for three hours. Any questions kindly call 215.925.8880 before reserving. The Experience is nonrefundable.

What 4,794 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia County

    Romantic

  • Philadelphia County

    Italian

  • Philadelphia County

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  • Philadelphia

    Best Food

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  • Philadelphia

    Romantic

  • Philadelphia

    Italian

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

4,794 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I did the wine cellar experience and it was amazing. I really liked the privacy of the little nook we were in and the service was impeccable. The chef even let us switch out options on the preset menu due to dietary restrictions. They were very accommodating we also got a bottle of Champagne since they had some good ones for a reasonable price for restaurant prices lol we did a Premier Grand Cru 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc for $95. Between that and the food I was in Heaven!!!!

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  2. Tatar

    Philadelphia

    356 reviews

    5.0

    356 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for the Pasta & Wine deal, which this week was Spaghetti Amatriciana, with guanciale, aleppo chile, and pecorino romano. It was so delicious that I ordered a second one, because I didn't want to miss having it again. Excellent job thank you all.

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  3. Doncampreview

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    There aren't many places where the food is good but I wouldn't return. I know that restaurants are now more expensive so $200 for two is to be expected. However it shouldn't be too much to ask that there be a table cloth on the table. For birthday rose petals on the table, I paid an extra $10. While other tables had table cloths there was none on our table. It's really should be a small thing but if the table is to be decorated, decorate it. It's a simple detail.Normally I do tip 20% but last night I removed $10 from the tip to cover what I consider an insult. When most of the tables have table cloths and there's none on my table, I wonder what the message is.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Don’t trust what they say on opentable….We booked a table for 8 people and were “guaranteed” a reservation for 3 hours. At 2 hours and 15 minutes we were asked to leave after spending $1,000. After speaking to the manager we were comped $30 in desserts and were told it’s only because it’s graduation weekend. We were here trying to celebrate a graduation…

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall was a great experience! Only complaint was for the $$$ for each dinner….bread should be included or even a simple salad.

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  6. NickF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I always come there for our date night and this time we came for Mother’s Day with our kids and it was just as fantastic and wonderful as it always is it was a very busy holiday and the food and service was still on point. dinner was amazing. Desserts were fantastic.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    My experience dining there years ago was absolutely amazing. However this time around it was absolutely by far unacceptable!!! Once we were seated it took a waiter an half hour to get around to even offering us a glass of water! Our appetizers were ok, for our entree it was poor I ordered the Lamb chops with what was supposed to be mashed potatoes underneath but whatever it was the color was green😩so I ask for a side of real mashed potatoes they taste like boxed potato buds smh… my husband had the Swordfish topped with crab meat fortunately for he enjoyed his dish😀 but it was Mother’s Day witch technically was suppose to be my day. We won’t be dining there again. On a good note our dessert was delicious…

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome Mother's Day experience. Delicious, heat ambiance, music.

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  9. Tatar

    Philadelphia

    356 reviews

    5.0

    356 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The HEIRLOOM TOMATO PANZANELLA salad was delicious I was the MEZZELUNE pasta.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best waiter who provided great service and made our dinner even more enjoyable!! The food as always was delicious. Great Philadelphia restaurant that only keeps getting better.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, nice price, been my go to for Italian in Philly for 30 years. These guys know how to do it

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the piano player during our meal and bar atmosphere

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding and the bartender was great! Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for great food and atmosphere.

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  14. AngeloR

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from start to finish was amazing ! Great food , cacio Pepe Brussel sprouts was amazing !

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  15. TomS

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable meal and experience in historic setting

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  16. Steve

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had two of the pasta dishes and each was delicious and a good quantity. The tiramisu was also delicious. Very comfortable ambiance.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our time here! It is our go to celebratory dinner place !!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a reservation here based on the reviews and we were not disappointed. The entire experience was wonderful, food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive. We would highly recommend Bistro Romano.

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  19. AbadiT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Not my first time here, this time came for anniversary dinner, my first visit was way better overall. Food was better, service was way better, i even left a note that is our anniversary and yet the service and the experience wasn’t special.

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  20. JaneanneG

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal! Great service from Nick as our waiter and Sean, the master behind the bar!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went with the wine cellar experience to celebrate my fiancée birthday and it was absolutely amazing! The ambiance, the chef tasting menu and our service from Keesh and the rest of the staff was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend

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  22. Tatar

    Philadelphia

    356 reviews

    5.0

    356 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had some excellent red wine a delicious Tiger Prawn appetizer and a tasty Short Rib Ravioli served with a Broccoli Rabe Pesto with a nice hit of Aleppo pepper. Very nice meal and I had to take some home with me.

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  23. kevinc

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and having a dedicated gluten free menu was greatly appreciated!

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  24. Rich

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience in a subterranean cave-like environment. Not cheap, but worth every penny

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  25. supru

    Philadelphia

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t been in years but glad to have returned. Started with house white wine and a cocktail for hubby. Shared their Caesar salad, then we each had a pasta entre: ravioli with butternut squash and linguin with clams. Also shared a mushrooms side and foccacia. All the food was delicious! Ended with sharing a cannoli and a cappuccino. Overall great experience in a romantic setting (2-person booths in the lower level) with an our wonderful server Rachel.

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  26. Ambe

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service OK but food was phenomenal as usual. Reccomend the goat cheese dip and the duck. Everything melts in your mouth. Also a note that the bartender has made awesome drinks every time I’ve been but the bartender who was working this time I can’t say the same. Both drinks we had were not good even in the slightest. Overall we will be back because this is our go to spot as long as they keep up the superior quality it will always be worth the price 👍🏻

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  27. HollyA

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is amazing. Best gnocchi in the city. Live piano music. Wonderful service. Go visit.

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  28. Tatar

    Philadelphia

    356 reviews

    5.0

    356 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the chefs weekly special filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious.

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  29. Tommie

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided to try their $20 wine & pasta night at the bar. Everything was amazing! Bistro Romano never disappoints!

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  30. Sadie

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for the Pasta e Vino special. We had specified that we would prefer a table in the bar area. When we arrived, the hostess was exceptionally rude and sat us at the bar (forcing many people to stand up so we could squeeze into the corner). Nobody ever filled the tables the whole time we were there. Food and service were otherwise fine, but our initial in counter with the hostess soured the experience.

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  31. Tatar

    Philadelphia

    356 reviews

    5.0

    356 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Pasta e Vino special and it was delicious, with half of the patrons also having and saying that they thought it was also delicious and a great deal. I also had a very nice bottle of wine.

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  32. JudiP

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal! Everything was perfect-the service, the ambience, the food-and the extensive wine list. Just sorry it’s not in Massachusetts!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the GNOCCHI, SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE, and VEAL SALTIMBOCCA. Our waitress, Rachel, was spectacular.

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  34. JeffC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time. Won’t be my last. Delicious food. Marvelous wine selection. Very cool atmosphere.

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  35. GlennD

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eat in the Wine Cellar and you will remember forever

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  36. hungry

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and service as usual. Rachel, our server did an outstanding job.

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  37. DouglasB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inimate dining experience with good food and great service.

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  38. shoelady70

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special $20 pasta and wine was terrific value. The “extras” (salad and bread) were pricey but good.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fresh pasta. The basement, low lit ambiance adds to the experience. Will surely return in the future.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat. I love the atmosphere and the old world charm. Katie, our server, was simply amazing and the food…magnificent!!

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FAQs

Bistro Romano does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Romano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 925-8880.

Bistro Romano is rated 4.8 stars by 4794 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Romano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bistro Romano

120 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between Front and 2nd
  • Neighbourhood
    Society Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking at 215 Lombard Garage at 215 Lombard Street: Sunday-Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $25.
  • Public Transit
    Septa: 40 Bus, 57 Bus
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Piano Bar Friday & Saturday; Mystery Dinner Theater Friday & Saturday - Must call 215-238-1313 for Mystery Theatre tickets.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 925-8880
  • Catering
    Bistro Romano provides off-site catering & theme parties for 25 to 2500.
  • Private party facilities
    Bistro Romano can accommodate private parties of up to 125 people for a sit-down meal or 200 for a cocktail party in the 120 Room. Other rooms are available for smaller groups. Bistro Romano specializes in Business Meetings, Wedding Receptions, and Rehearsal Dinners.
  • Private party contact
    Michael or Joette Granato: (877) 925-1170
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