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OP pictureFebruary 19, 2019- Philadelphia has a long history as a center for theater. After all, Philly is home to the oldest continuously operating theater in America in the Walnut Street Theatre — dating back to 1809. Not to mention all those pre-Drew Barrymore actors who hailed from the Quaker City

Check out some of the best restaurants to dine at before, or after, a night at the theater:

  • Ocean Prime — the luxury steakhouse and seafood restaurant at 15th & Sansom St serves a nightly three-course Pre-Theatre Menu from 4-6:30 pm for $49. Guests enjoy luxurious options such as Lobster Bisque and White Truffle Deviled Eggs for apps. Seconds come in the way of Filet Mignon, Blackened Snappers, Sea Scallops or Free-Range Chicken. Desserts include warm Buttercake or classic Crème Brûlée. Vegetarian options available. 124 S. 15th St., 215-563-0163; Ocean Prime Pre Theatre Menu
  • Rex 1516— the Southern-inspired award-winning restaurant headed by Chef Justin is walking distance away from several beautiful Philadelphia theaters like: The Kimmel Center, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, and many more. Serving up great happy hour specials every day of the week from 5-7 pm, such as Mardi Gras Monday Hurricanes and Alabama Turkey Tails. 1516 South St., 267-319-1366;
  • The Twisted Tail— the Headhouse area Juke Joint and restaurant is a stone’s throw from South Street and Society Hill is known for its live acts, brown spirits and smart cocktails. Stop by for a before show social hour, 5-7 pm, including half prices draft beers and Crawfish Mac n’ Cheese. Twisted is also walking distance to Arden Theater and other venues. 509 S. Second St., 215-558-2471;
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  • Oloroso — The award-winning Spanish restaurant from Chef Townsend Wentz has many delicious options for a theater night out, including Paella Oloroso and Scallops Con Batata. Known for their wood-fire Spanish dishes, they’re just a few blocks away from Walnut St. Theatre and Lantern Theater Company. 1121 Walnut St., 267-324-3014;