2201 South St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914639.945226 -75.178823
Neighborhoods: Fitler Square, Center City
cool place, not too complicated – went here with family for my birthday. it was nice, the food was good. Not spectacular. the waiter was nice, kinda slow on specials- like he just read it a minute before. the sea bass was tasty. the menu is not too large, so review before you go.
terrible food and strange service, should be 0 stars – i'm all for eclectic, and the interior was certainly that, but we had a terrible experience at L2.
I'm not sure if it was because it was a sunday night, or they lost their chef or what...
the food was terrible, terrible, terrible. it came out too quickly and was bland upon bland. so bland i don't even feel like i should get into the lack of presentation.
the bread was stale. the salad had too many conflicting flavors with an overly sticky and sweet dressing. the fish special was chewy and undercooked and the fried tomatoes were "meh" at best.
the music was TERRIBLE. a luther vandross entire CD. not even in an ironic sense.
the wine list was short and forgettable.
our server was overly jokey to imply complete and utter insecurity.
for some reason he elected to bring us two deserts on the house to "apologize" even though we had revealed nothing of our distaste. this was the icing on the cake, so to speak, with gelatinous-diner-pie and "hostess" chocolate "cake" which did not deserve the powdered sugar on top of it.
we had to go to "10 Stone" down South St. to beer and laugh ourselves into better times.
This place is rocking again! – Had to re-review this place! Just was in for another try and boy what a difference. I guess the last was an off night for me. The food is back to the old high standards, which is very high! And the staff always make you feel like old friends. Love the banter between everyone as well, from the bartender to the waitstaff and hostess.....always a great time to be had. Definitly a great place to keep coming out to.
Great Food, Wonderful Atmosphere, – Had the L2 and Blue Cheese salads in the past which were great. My wife loves the Ceasar salad, it has a nice bite to it. The calamari is prepared perfectly.You can never go wrong with the Shrimp appetizer. The filet with crabmeat is also always a winner. When it comes to desert, you have to get the Mocha Divine ( a flour-less chocolate tort) it sits pretty heavy but it is well worth it. Overall this is a winner of a resturant, we return as often as we can. The Hostess is a trip!
Nice for informal dining – I've been to L2 several times over the years and can only say good things about their food. Tastefully prepared, pleasantly served, moderately priced. Great for casual dining.
Not great – Live down the street and heard great reviews... they all were wrong. The duck was so dry and bland that I was unable to eat it. The salad was ok... nothing memorable. DEFINITLY will not be returning
A charming corner restaurant right outside the Center City hubbub. – In Short
This neighborhood spot's faux unfinished walls, red wood and carpeting, portraits, paperweights and pottery create an antique-shop atmosphere. Hidden behind a wall, the dining room is dimly lit and romantic. Service is efficient and knowledgeable. Standouts include salmon (offered with basic balsamic or hot wasabi), filet, the veggie dish of the day, and buttery-smooth Chilean sea bass with pesto-artichoke topping. Homemade mocha cake or vanilla cheesecake are perfect closers.
Nice Date Spot on the West Side – My date and I went out for the jazz duo and had dinner, drinks. It was comfortable and intimate. The server was nice and the bartender makes a great drink. The bar has neat sliding shelves. The place is small enough to be able to talk to your date and still hear the music. I had the french onion soup which wasn't so great but the 2 dirty martinis made up for it. My date had an average caesar salad. The vocalist and guitarist were fine but I wouldn't really go there just to hear music. It's laid back enough to head there for drinks and food on a weeknight. Overall, I'd definitely go there again even though it was a little far south for us and ended up taking a cab ride back. If you live in the area, do stop by at L2. The bartender makes the place.
Try the Chicken Parm – I can see why L2 has been voted the most romantic restaurant in Philadelphia. However, I would vote it the most eclectic restaurant in Philadelphia.
The Caeser Salad was forgettable, the fried Tomatoes with Mozzarella were good, though bland, but the Chicken Parmigian was absolutely wonderful.
My wife enjoyed the Shrimp appetizer and was delighted by the Pasta Mickie.
I would definitely return!
#1 in my book! – I think L2 is definately the most romantic restaurant in Philly! Great lighting, great music, great service and most importantly, great food!
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