There aren’t that many fancy date-night restaurants in Sea Isle City, but if you want to go out and have a nicer meal on the island, it should be at La Finestra. It’s an Italian spot right on the water with lots of classics (focus on the pasta and seafood dishes) and a candle-lit dining room that’s best used for a summertime date night. After you finish sharing the pappardelle with short rib ragu, you and the only person you trust to put sunscreen on your back without missing any spots can head to the beach and watch the stars while “Summer Nights” plays somewhere in the distance.
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Res Ipsa in Rittenhouse is a casual cafe during the day, but turns into a full-service Italian restaurant at night that’s perfect for a date.
Tre Scalini is a small Italian BYOB on East Passyunk with a bunch of sidewalk seating when it’s nice out.
Mercato is an Italian BYOB in Washington Square West that has a ton of outdoor seating in the summer.
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Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream
You’ll have to wait in line for Springer’s, but the 50 homemade ice cream flavors are worth it.
Circle Pizza is pretty much the only place you want to get pizza from if you’re in Avalon or Stone Harbor.
Quahog’s Seafood Shack
Quahog’s is half seafood restaurant, and half take-out taco shack. You should make room in your summer for both halves.
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