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“PURE AWESOMENESS” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kraftwork

Kraftwork
541 E Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Formerly Kraftwerk)
215-739-1700
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Ranked #248 of 3,785 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Cuisines: American, Bar
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Oslo, Norway
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“PURE AWESOMENESS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Burgers to die for, fantastic fries, friendly staff, a sensational selection of beers and competitive prices along with great music. If i lived in Philly this would be my hangout!

Two thumbs waaaaay up!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Paciano, Italy
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99 reviews 99 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Kraftwerk brunch? Oh yes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Short version: Ambiance great. Staff great (especially Zach). Beer and cocktails great. Food innovative, uncomplicated, and great. Prices reasonable for VERY good food, drink and dining experience.

We arrived 30 minutes early from Harrisburg for brunch and the staff graciously let us in to get out of the cold. Even though they were busy with setting up for what would be a HUGE rush for brunch, they took time to offer us water and coffee while we waited.

The place is just cool. Industrial chic with handrails in the bathrooms made with huge repurposed industrial wrenches, Large saw blades and other implements of production are used effectively as art. The front door pull is a large wood screw...What could be tacky or theme-park overdone is exactly the opposite. The aesthetic is fun, while at the same time, honoring the neighborhood legacy of working people.

Enough about the space. We went there for the beer and the food!

Many times places that are hyped as "the best" are victims of their own good press, failing to meet the high expectations of diners. Kraftwerk is not that restaurant. They hit it out of the park on all fronts. In addition to the cool surroundings, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and professional. Our server, Zach, was more than willing to discuss the beers that interested us and there were many! His descriptions of how they were made and what the flavor profiles were made it easy for us to narrow down the selections. 2 of us opted for flights, one (who had been to Kraftwerk before) opted for her favorite from a prior visit and the cherry chipotle infused bourbon Manhattan roped me in. The Manhattan...WOW. It's not easy to get a wow from me (let alone in all caps) but this cocktail was perfection. It delivered on flavor and the burn from the peppers was just right, not building to discomfort.

Most of us opted for the specials. Brussels sprout, bacon and caramelized onion quiche (good, but we all agreed better in concept than execution as the mushy texture of the sprouts was not our pleasure). A riff on eggs benedict with parmesan polenta in place of the muffin, topped with rocket and an egg poached to the diner's exact preference. Yummy. Smoked salmon plate was unexciting, but just as described and delicious. I had the smoked trout salad. Dare I use two WOWs in one review? I do. By itself, it looked like run-of-the-mill tuna salad and I was second guessing my choice. One taste with the accompanying pickled onions and I heard the heavenly choir of food angels. The flavors were perfectly paired. There were large pieces of nicely smoked trout in the salad and the accompanying potatoes were crispity crunchity delicious.

The joint was jumpin', but the ambiance was energetic and bustling, NOT loud and rushed.

At the risk of sounding bossy, if you're in the area, GO!
ps-In the spirit of complete honesty, one of us ordered a salad but got potatoes instead, but we honestly didn't care.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Delicious food and beer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We had a wonderful experience at Kraftwork in Fishtown. Awesome service and atmosphere... very knowledgeable servers and bartenders. The appetizers and sandwiches/burgers were delicious. We all got "flights" ... four 6 oz beers to start because there is so much to choose from. If you love craft beers... this is your place. Highly recommend!! Will definitely go back soon.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Brunch, Lunch, Dinner - ALL AMAZING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I love Kraftwork. Really. It's a great atmosphere with an always changing selection of craft brews and a great menu. Items are always changing, but the cheese platter, burgers, and muscles are all consistently good.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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NEW JERSEY
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“Works for us!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011 via mobile

This was our first visit to Kraftwork, a restaurant and bar. Our youngest daughter had eaten here before, enjoyed her meal and recommended that we come. This establishment is known for it's beer selection and good food. We ate brunch on Sunday at 10.30. The restaurant/bar just opened and there was no problem with seating. An hour later, the  restaurant/bar which has limited seating was full. The brunch menu is adequate and creative. Two of us had omelets and two had quiche. The food was excellent and served in a timely manner. The servers were knowledgeable and quick to the 
table. However there were a few glitches in service but nothing that would prevent us from returning. Pricing is what you would expect from a restaurant/bar in the city. Brunch for 4 including bloody marys ran $70. Will come back to check out their beer selection and burgers.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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