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“Uninspired Food ... Great atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sassafras International Cafe

Sassafras International Cafe
48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2810 (City Center East)
215-925-2317
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Ranked #378 of 3,724 restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Eclectic, International
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Neighborhood: City Center East
Dallas, Texas
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113 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Uninspired Food ... Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Stopped for dinner, just to find a very uninspired menu. Basically it screamed, "would you like a burger....or a burger...". There were other choices, but the burger seemed safe.

Our experience, go for the beer, go for the cocktail, go for the jazz, go for the atmosphere, but don't necessarily go for the food.

Would we return? Maybe...

FYI: GREAT, friendly service and a very warm welcoming atmosphere..... just Uninspired Food ...

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Baltimore, MD
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101 reviews 101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Good beer, better ladies' room!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

When we stopped in for a drink, the kitchen was not open yet. We were there until 3 pm, when it did open. But after looking at the menu, it seemed kind of uninspired, so we passed. Good beer, though, which quenched our thirsts. The cocktail menu looked nice, too, but we stuck with beer.

Nice old décor downstairs, with velvet drapes and dark wood. The best part, odd as it may sound, is the ladies room.

One large room, painted in bright, bold colors, in a kind of Gauguin-esque style. Worth walking up the stairs just to have a look. And the great artwork along the stairs, in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec, complete with can-can dancers!

Visited November 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Delicious Cocktails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Head to Sassafras if you’re looking for a place where they really know how to make a good cocktail. The bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly. The vibe is very 1920’s Americana, which is fun. And if you get hungry make sure to try their sweet potato fries, delicious!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I ordered the grilled cheese and tomato soup. While the soup had a delicious flavor, it was served lukewarm. The grill cheese contained a lovely combination of caramelized onions and apricot jam. However, the yellow cheese was clumped in the center of the bread, and the bread was not buttered or oiled before it was grilled. Therefore, I was eating dry, slightly burnt bread with my lukewarm soup.
Also, be warned that the on-line menu is not up to date.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good drink great variety of burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It had been awhile since I had gone to Safrass. I had enjoyed it then and I was very pleased with my return visit. The beer selection was well above average. I ordered a bison burger that was Delicious. We ate at the bar, the bar tenders were attentive and accomodating

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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