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Vernick Food and Drink

2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
+1 267-639-6644
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Ranked #2 of 3,732 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $30
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 20th
Transit: Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station
Description: Vernick Food & Drink is an energetic bistro in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia. Chef Gregory Vernick, a Cherry Hill, NJ native, focuses on using extraordinary regional products to create a menu of approachable, globally-inspired dishes. The "Drink" side of Vernick Food & Drink features perfectly poured craft cocktails and a unique selection of wine and beer. Since opening, Vernick Food & Drink has earned accolades from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation, StarChefs and more.
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95% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
288 reviews 288 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We had very high expectations based on the TripAdvisor reviews BUT they were clearly met. First off, much more relaxed and casual than we expected - happy surprise. Also fairly low sound level which is rare for Philly. The service was some of the best we ever had - friendly, helpful. But the best part of Vernick, is the high... More

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We had a romantic dinner with excellent cocktails. We tried a few small plates. We tried some things we never had before....which was fun. Our favorite dish was a muscle and couscous small plate. It was a little too dark for me. I like to be able to really see my food. It was a very enjoyable experience. Our waitress... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We had dinner last night at Vernick. We were so lucky to sit at the chef's/kitchen counter. I don't think I could sit anywhere else now in spite of the great ambience elsewhere in the restaurant. We were able to watch the chefs prepare our meals. What a treat to be able to get a glimpse of cooking culture. It... More

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Austin, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

There's no way to explain how great this dining experience was from beginning to end. We started with the Peach and Lamb Confit (tremendous blend of flavors), moved to the Grilled Heart of Romaine (delicious) and ended with the Braised Rabbit Leg and Sausage (perfectly cooked). We sat upstairs at a table overlooking the street and they opened the windows... More

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Titusville NJ
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Friends and I went last night and everything was top notch. We started at the bar, and that's when we realized how special this evening was going to be. The special cocktails were not the usual fru-fru juice drinks. Blue Heat was tequila, lime juice, cayenne oil and extraordinary! The food menu is as inventive and creative as the drink... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Chef Vernick is a potential super star on the Philadelphia restaurant scene, although he is young, new to the business, and still operates only this one restaurant. He has a marvelous purity of vision and simplicity of style, coupled with excellent execution. It's hard to get a table, always, and for good reason. My favorite, when i can get a... More

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Arlington, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Our party of six was seated at the large table on the second floor. The staff was cheerful, friendly, and helpful. Between all of us, we ordered almost everything on the menu and found ourselves fighting over the plates. (Even friends and family won't share when something is exceptionally delicious.) The appetizers -- "toasts" -- are a great way to... More

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Our whole bronzino with fennel and orange was nicely prepared, as were the sides of mushrooms and greens. The best part of our meal, however, was the dessert of sweet corn pudding. There's also a nice selection of wines by the glass, including some unusual selections such as zweigelt from Austria.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

For our first time at Vernick we had the good fortune to be seated opposite the kitchen where Greg Vernick presided like a zen master on what elsewhere might have been a slammed Saturday night. Instead food, service, ambiance and a summer evening converged in a way that made the night joyfully tranquil and the meal a contemplative feast. A... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I *really* wanted to love this place given how amazing all the reviews are. But at the end of the day, our experience wasn't the amazing, life-changing culinary experience I had hoped for based on the reviews. I wish I could give this place 3.5 stars. Positives - The service is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable and sitting upstairs near the... More

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