New and Soon-To-Be Open Restaurants in Philadelphia | Philly Views
November 10, 2017

New and Soon-To-Be Open Restaurants in Philadelphia

Written by Brendan Sweeney

These up-and-coming businesses are aiming to be the best new restaurant in Philadelphia’s already vibrant restaurant scene. From a retracting roof to a new spin on pizza, these concepts are stepping into the future and inviting all of Philadelphia along for the ride.

Some of these are recently opened, some are coming soon, but overall, it looks like Philadelphia is taking a step forward in the culinary world. Take a look at what’s new and coming here.

Coming Soon


1214 Chestnut St

Expected Opening: December 2017

Originally making a name for itself in Asbury Park, this pizzeria is situating itself next to the Brickwall Tavern, a sister restaurant, for a two-pronged, 22,000-square-foot attack on Chestnut Street in Center City.


Brickwall Tavern

1216 Chestnut St 

Expected Opening: December 2017

The yin to Porta’s yang , this spot is similarly the spawn of its original location in Asbury Park. The Brickwall takes a stylized spin on the conventional bar fare, including but not limited to salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees.



1001 S 17th St

Expected Opening: January 2018

Opening on the ground floor of the Carpenter Square condo building, this new restaurant will be an Italian BYOB. The masterminds of the project, Rosemarie Tran and Gianluca Demontis, already have Center City’s Melograno’s under their belt and are looking to put that experience to good use.



1528 Frankford Ave 

Expected Opening: Early January 2018

Some might say Middle Eastern cuisine is underrepresented in Philly’s culinary repertoire. Suraya aims to fill the void and will probably deliver more than you expect. This Levantine eatery will consist of a market, restaurant, and even an outdoor garden.


Mike’s BBQ

1703 S 11th St

Expected Opening: End of November/Early December 2017 

Owner Mike Strauss believes its best to narrow your area of expertise if you want superior quality. Brisket, pork, and chicken are the name of the game here. Strauss perfected his craft by wheeling his smoker around Philly to brew pubs and decided the time has come to make an official debut.


Tuna Bar

205 Race St

Expected Opening: December 2017

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Raw bars are all the rage and this one is projected to deliver the goods. The head chef Ken Sze is a fourth-generation restaurant owner, so the operation has the support of encyclopedic knowledge and tons of experience behind it. They’ll be specializing in sushi, sashimi, maki, and more.


Newly Open

Ugly Duckling

212 S 11th St

For those that are familiar with Northeast Philly’s Blue Duck, this restaurant, opened in September, is described as a quirky, smaller sibling with a hip-hop vibe. It still specializes in Blue Duck’s best, like burgers and sandwiches with duck fries, but it also delivers some new, unexpected offerings like tempura fried Brussel sprouts.


Sona Pub & Kitchen

4417 Main St

The famed Kildare’s of Manayunk had run its course and Sona emerged from the ashes. Along with the building’s thorough renovation, the menu adopted a New American style, and the beer selection has become surprisingly large since its opening in August.


Royal Boucherie

52 S 2nd St

Chef Nicholas Elmi is bringing raw and cold seafood options, tons of charcuterie and salami, as well as hot apps and larger entrees to Old City. After the opening last night, there’s a lot to be excited about.


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