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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 #252 of 3,732 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $14 - $40
Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 11:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Irish, British
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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78% Recommend
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English first
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1,137 reviews 1,137 reviews
770 restaurant reviews
473 helpful votes 473 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I stopped here for a beer. This is an Irish bar and the bartender was from Scotland and had a very strong Scottish accent. The place itself is really lovely. An old bank building with high ceilings, two floors and nice, clean bathrooms. They have quite a few good beers on tap. It has two levels, with... More

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Paris, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The food was very good as well as the drinks. It's nice to be able to eat outside and it is close to a lot of cultural things. We had a nice dinner and I would definitely recommend this place!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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120 reviews 120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great Irish pub that everyone will love. Take the kids after the Wanamakers Chrstmas show. They will love the traditional low tables and live music. They will love the fries and other treats. Adults will enjoy the spectacular setting in an old bank with roaring fireplase. The bar draws a sophisticate and attractive crowd. The Irish drinkk, food and hospitality... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Two moms and two daughters (Age 10) - we stopped in here for an early dinner/late lunch after sight seeing all day.... we had some salads and apps and the girls had some things of the kids menu - very nice experience! Server was lovely - food was good and just loved the atmosphere! Would definitely tell folks to head... More

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Santa Rosa
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95 reviews 95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was a terrific place to step out of the summer heat and enjoy a traditional pub lunch. The service was very attentive, and it was easy to pretend we were in Ireland with a waitress who actually was FROM Ireland! Our food was prepared quickly, and it was delicious. We had the Guiness Casserole and Shepherd's Pie. Both were... More

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McLean, Virginia
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316 reviews 316 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Plough has interesting decor. It offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy yourself with your friends. Service was considerate and attentive. The food was good overall. The fish portion of my fish and chips was quite large, though it was a bit salty and a tad overcooked (starting to get too soft). The fries were tasty. The chef... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

What a cool place to watch some soccer and grab a pint with some phenomenal food. The Angus burger and curried fries were excellent. The Guinness is always perfectly poured. But, don't feel trapped, they've got another 30 different beers available. If a daytime soccer match isn't your type of scene, then this place will work for you at night... More

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Inman, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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24 reviews 24 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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