If you are planning on attending an exciting performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, there are a few things you should know. Is the fact that the complex is named for Sidney Kimmel, the entertainment mogul who funded its creation, one of them? Maybe.

But you’ll certainly be interested in knowing more about what restaurants and accommodations are located close to the theater. Restaurants near Kimmel Center Academy of Music are diverse and are just the ticket for great dining without the rush of getting to the performance on-time. And the great Philly hotels are perfect for making a weekend out of a trip to see a show. The city has so much to offer visitors!

This is all great info to know since there are so many amazing performances happening at the Kimmel Center during the next few months.

About the Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center is home to the:

  • Verizon Hall
  • Perelman Theater
  • SEI Innovation Studio
  • Commonwealth Plaza
  • Hamilton Garden

Some of the upcoming shows at the Kimmel Center include the Philadelphia Orchestra, An Evening with Keali'i Reichel, the opera Semele, Eric Andre: Legalize Everything Tour, and more. The Philadelphia Orchestra will be presenting its Opening Night Concert and Gala in mid-September.

Pre-dinner Drinks and Dining

There are so many world-class restaurants near the Kimmel Center Academy of Music. Some of those that are recommended include:

1. Volvér - located on-site

You can find delicious food and drink with specials from Wednesday through Sunday from 4 PM to 7 PM. There is a pre-theater menu as well as casual cocktails.

2. The Capital Grille Philadelphia - 1338-46 Chestnut Street

Steak, fine wine and service are all noted for the impeccable quality. They are open for lunch and dinner. French Onion Soup and New England Clam Chowder are on the lunch menu and are must-orders if you love soup.

3. XIX - Nineteen - The Bellevue Hotel

Situated on the 19th floor of the Bellevue, New American dishes are the call here. Views are spectacular, and the food ranges from seafood to brunch dishes. With a setting in a national historic landmark, the fine setting elevates the dining experience. Whether pre-show or after-show, XIX Restaurant makes a memorable addition to any night.

4. Estia - 1405-07 Locust Street

A few blocks from the Kimmel Center, enjoy elevated Greek and Mediterranean fare in this high-end gourmet venue.

Hotels in the Area

There are many fine downtown Philly hotels to choose from if you are attending a performance at the Kimmel Center. These include:

  • Cambria Hotel Downtown
  • Bellevue Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
  • Holiday Inn Express Midtown
  • Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

Other Attractions

You might want to experience some of the other wonderful sites that are set in this vibrant center of Philadelphia, a city that has often been underrated.

Rittenhouse Square is a historic neighborhood where events take place. Walk the park and surrounding streets. Originally planned by William Penn and his survivor, Thomas Holme, Rittenhouse Square dates back to the 17th century.

The African American Museum and the Museum of the Revolution are favorites of families and travelers. Independence Hall and a host of other historic buildings are located close to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

There is much to check out, before or after attending a performance. Historic sites and hotels, as well as superb views, are found all over the area. Downtown Philadelphia has it all.

Published by Ella Maclin