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Friday Saturday Sunday

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City Center West
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261 S 21st St, off Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4815 (Rittenhouse)
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice, local spot.

A longtime favorite. Cozy. Can become noisy. "Blackboard" menu specials besides regular, limited menu. Food is imaginative and very good. Full bar. Very friendly staff. You will want to come back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Harris H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

A longtime favorite. Cozy. Can become noisy. "Blackboard" menu specials besides regular, limited menu. Food is imaginative and very good. Full bar. Very friendly staff. You will want to come back.

Thank Harris H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Unfortunately we were there on their second to last night of business. It was excellent, as always. Not sure what it will be or how it will hold up too all these years of excellence!

Thank Adam K
Media, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We have been going for 8 years every August! This is a very special place, always a great meal, friendly service, and very clean!!

Thank Matt J
Mount Royal, New Jersey
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173 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A small, but intimate restaurant that serves creative and well-prepared meals. The variety of the menu in addition to the specials has an offering for every palate. In spite of the small kitchen, meals are prompt, well presented, and served at the appropriate temperature. It's off the beaten path; read neighbourhood location, makes you feel quite at home almost literally.... More 

Thank Caroline C
Hopkinton MA
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Found Fri Sat Sun listed as one of Philly's romantic restaurants before a weekend visit and booked a table for Friday night. The place is small and dark, with some interesting decorative touches that do make it feel like a cozy romantic bistro. The food was excellent, from the mussels we shared to the crab cake and filet entrees. With... More 

Thank Keith R
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was on Open table & stumbled upon the name and decided to look at the menu... I did my research and it looked like a winner. We were so very impressed with the whole experience!! Staff: friendly, fantastic talented people! Atmosphere: cozy romantic lovely & warm! Drinks: fantastic fresh and amazing! Food: OMGGGGG DEVINE! we will be back you... More 

Thank larissa d
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

wonderful food, good service, nice atmosphere! Menu has something for everyone, everything is delicious. Seasonal changes, never boring! Right near Rittenhouse Square. A neighborhood gem!,

Thank Mila G
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We met some old friends here while visiting Philadelphia. Unlike some noisy restaurants I've been to lately, this one was quiet enough to hold a conversation. We liked the little twinkly white lights and overall atmosphere. Our waitress gave us good service and never made us feel rushed. I ordered the duck and when I asked how the chef cooked... More 

Thank Nancy505
Hope, Rhode Island
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We took our son here for his birthday and it was a wonderful meal. We started with the cheese plate which had a variety of three cheeses, apple puree and fried wonton bread. Then we had the Mussels which were by far the best Mussels we have ever had, sweet, succulent and buttery. My son ordered the Striped Bass, I... More 

Thank Rosox218
New York City, New York
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450 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I took the steep walk up the stairs to the fish tank bar a few weeks ago to find that some things in life remain constant. I had a drink and then headed to the theater. I returned a few weeks later for a bite with my friend and her daughter post theater. We ate downstairs because there was no... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 261 S 21st St, off Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4815
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: 215-546-4232

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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