Enhance your dining experience with these artistically rich restaurants.
White Dog Café makes its love of canines known.
Tucked behind Sampan, Graffiti Bar—a 30-seat, private, open-air patio— features the works of three renowned street artists: A Lot, Rune, and Distort. View these colorful creations while enjoying Sampan’s popular happy hour, full of cocktail choices and favorites like edamame dumplings and pork bao buns. 124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501
This Stephen Starr bistro features a large part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Dutch tile work. Donated by the Graff and Garvan families, the beautiful tiles that cover the upscale eatery were created in the Netherlands between the 18th and 19th centuries. 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-684-7990
Hotel Palomar’s “art in motion” theme comes to life via locally created artwork on display throughout the hotel. Next time you are dining at Square 1682, stop in the hotel to check out Toni Silber Delevire’s oil painting Intersection, which prominently hangs on the hotel’s living room wall. 117 S. 17th St., 215-563-5006
Part of the Vetri family, Lo Spiedo, meaning “The Spit,” is home to fresco-style wall paintings by artist David “Distort” Sol. While the idea for the murals was inspired by the Sistine Chapel, the designs mostly evoke a butcher shop, integrating the décor with the menu full of pork ribs, farm brisket, and chicken wings. 4503 S. Broad St., 215-282-3184
“The current pieces hanging were created with a combination of hard charcoal, screen-printed brocade paper, and pastel accents,” says the South Street eatery’s general manager, Heather Rodkey. Enjoy the scenery with one of the restaurant’s rotating selection of specialty burgers, each created by a famous Philadelphia personality, as part of its Citywide Special Burger Series. 1516 South St., 267-319-1366
At the turn of the 20th century, the location where the Rittenhouse now stands was the home of AJ and Lois Buchanan Cassatt—brother and sister-in-law to artist Mary Cassatt. Today, three of her paintings hang in the hotel’s tearoom, including Gardner Held by His Mother (1887) and Reine and Margot Seated on a Sofa (1902). Enjoy them alongside Earl Grey tea and bites of tuna tartare. 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-546-9000
Check out Sonesta Philadelphia’s new digs, the product of a $30 million renovation last September. In addition to updating the hotel, Sonesta created the Art Bar—a lounge that offers small plates and cocktails. Be sure to walk across the hall to the in-house art gallery to view exhibits of local artists curated by Philadelphia’s own Center for Emerging Visual Artists. 1800 Market St., 215-561-7500
Vintage Wine Bar
Since its inception in 2006, this wine bar and bistro has featured monthly rotating art installations. Owners Jason and Delphine Evenchik, former performance artists, believe displaying local artwork is an integral part of supporting the community. Each artist displayed receives both opening and closing shows where viewers can enjoy complimentary treats and happy-hour drink prices. 129 S. 13th St., 215-922-3095
White Dog Café
A staple around UPenn, White Dog is known for its whimsical décor as much as its eclectic fare. Owner Marty Grims says the dog-themed artwork was “designed to create the intimate feeling of dining in a well-furbished home and display our love of dogs.” Next time you’re enjoying a beet and arugula salad, look for George Rodrigue’s popular painting The Blue Dog, which proudly hangs above the fireplace. 3420 Sansom St., 215-386-9224