What restaurants does The Rittenhouse have?

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Ashley Primis

The Rittenhouse offers four restaurants. Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, the main eatery at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, is a fine-dining destination that has been considered one of the best in the city since its opening in 2003. The food at the Four-Star restaurant is refined yet also playful with global flavor combinations and elegant presentations. The wine list is well-chosen, and the service is renowned.

Sunday brunch is a hallmark experience. The buffet is filled with thoughtful, first-rate offerings, such as just-shucked oysters, pork belly skewers and house-cured charcuterie. But the real centerpiece is the hot food station, which is set up in the kitchen. It makes getting the food as much of a treat as eating it. Expect to find savory (truffle-sausage-stuffed beef tenderloin) and sweet (smoked white chocolate grits with whiskey cherries) dishes in the kitchen.

For meaty fare, there’s Smith & Wollensky, a chain with outposts all over the country. It claims to be the only national steakhouse to do dry-aging and butchering in house. Of course, its specialty is steaks and filets, such as the coffee-and-cocoa-rubbed filet mignon with ancho-chili butter or the signature bone-in rib-eye, but you’ll also find seafood like Maine lobster on the menu.

Tea is served in the Philadelphia hotel’s peaceful first-floor Mary Cassatt Tea Room daily from 2 to 5 p.m. Large windows overlook a quant English-style garden. Nearby is the new Library Bar, a sleek spot for a quiet conversation and some upscale bites, such as black truffles with duck rillettes and fingerling potato chips with Osetra caviar and crème fraîche.

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