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The Plough & The Stars

123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
(215) 733-0300
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Ranked #287 of 3,722 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: American, Irish, British
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Transit: Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco
Description: At the Plough & the Stars the owners are determined to bring the true taste of Ireland to Philadelphia, our food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence. We were awarded by Citysearch as Philadelphia's Best Brunch. We have been featured numerous times on the Food Network and have cooked at the James Beard House in New York. Enjoy our famous Mussells Veloute, Striped Bass with Potato Crusted Scales or Guinness Casserole. Or if you prefer you can dine on our casual bar fare. We have installed the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland and installed by Guinness technicians. Each pint of the 12 beers on tap is perfect. The atmosphere created by the simple, yet powerful decor and fills a visitor to the Plough & the Stars, with an overwhelming feeling of awe and inspiration. The stage is set for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Weekend nights turn the Plough into one of Old City's favorite bar scenes!
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77% Recommend
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English first
Inman, South Carolina
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Our party of 9 had lunch here during a trip to Philly. We had several different sandwiches and entrees and all were very tasty. The breading on the chicken tenders was delicious, the Caesar salad was good. Our waitress was very nice. My husband tried a couple of beers and liked them. They have a good selection on tap. She... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

There are a lot of choices of restaurants in Philadelphia but if you want a place that offers good food reasonable prices and an amazing selection of beer, go to the Plough on 2nd street just up from Chestnut. I had a delicious organic duck breast and red pear salad while my wife had the filet special ($20) that was... More

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were wandering Olde City looking for a place to grab a not-too-leisurely meal and saw some good reviews for this place. Attractively set in what seems to be an old bank building, The Plough and the Stars is a lively, friendly, loud-ish bar restaurant with a lot going for it. There were fresh veggies and dip for the taking,... More

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Laredo, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you're sight seeing in downtown Philly and need a good place to stop in for good food, great atmosphere and a great drink selection go here.

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I don't write reviews often, in fact this is my first. The bartender was more interested in eating the service. She ate behind the bar and was more interested in drinking her shake than giving service. The Shepard pie was mashed potatoes , with mashed potatoes, with mashed potatoes with a little bit of beef and Tomatoes. Poor service, average... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Our service was horrible, it took well over 30min for my food to arrive (the restaurant was not crowded when we arrived) we never received any drink refills and could not get our waitress to get refills/ 2 round of drinks. However once the food arrived it was very food. The combination of curry and french fries sounds so odd... More

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Brookfield, WI
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Went for a drink with a group here. Music was so loud that could not hear the person sitting next to me. Extensive beer list.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I sat down to have brunch on a Sunday morning and chose to sit outside because we had a small dog with us. We were told that they would have to hold my Credit card while we ate, because they where worried that we would run off with out paying. We are a middle aged couple with kids and a... More

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

A bar of contrasts; probably one reason I have always enjoyed this place to such an extent. During the day it is a laid back Irish pub, with a roaring fire in the winter, little tables and stools, an Irish session potentially to add some music to the experience. At night it teams with all sorts of people; I’ve seen... More

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Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
492 reviews 492 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Arrived after 7 pm on a Friday and we were seated quickly. We enjoyed watching the Philly's baseball game on the big screen. Nice selection of beers include the famous Yuengling Lager. Do try the seafood chowder, the crab cake and the prosciutto tapas. We also treated ourselves to Philadelphia style homemade ice cream.

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