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“Perfection”

Vernick Food & Drink
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Ranked #4 of 4,339 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $65
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 20th
Transit: Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station
Description: Located at 2031 Walnut Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Vernick Food & Drink is an inviting neighborhood bistro. Chef Gregory Vernick focuses on using extraordinary regional products to create a menu of approachable, globally-inspired dishes. The "Drink" side of Vernick Food & Drink features craft cocktails, as well as careful selection of domestic and imported wines and beers. Since opening, Vernick Food & Drink has earned accolades from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation, StarChefs and more.
Philadelphia
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Had a lovely evening in this Manhattan like gem. The fare was fresh, delicious, and creative. Wonderful, chic ambiance. Loved it!

  • Visited March 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“High on my favorites list”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Hard to get a reservation but worth the effort. Try the different "Toasts" and "Grilled Romain". YUM!!

  • Visited April 2013
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best meal we have ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

We went here for dinner. Our food and my husband's drinks were amazing. We tried combos of food we would never thought would go together. We tried some toast, asparagus, mozzarella cheese dish, huge steak, and chocolate cake. We would visit philly just to eat here again.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Seabug11
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Pennington, New Jersey
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91 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Very good but not quite up to the hype”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

So we went here knowing that it's a hot restaurant in Philly and perhaps we expected too much. Yes, the service is excellent -- attentive without being obtrusive. And the "toasts" are an outstanding way to start your meal. I highly recommend the crab. But be careful about how much food you order (which is somewhat confusing by the way the menu is set up). If you are a couple, I recommend sharing 3 toasts and then each have a large plate -- no small plate. We had a table for 4, had 4 toasts, 2 small plates, and the big seafood dish to share. Once dessert came around it was too much food. With regard to dessert, although it is highly rated I would avoid the chocolate cake. It's just nothing special, and it's too large and somewhat dry. The atmosphere of this place is bustling. We ate upstairs and it was quite loud. So if you want a subdued atmosphere for a quite conversation, this probably isn't the place for you.

  • Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Outstanding dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

For my trip to Philadelphia last week I decided to make reservations for Vernick Food & Drink mainly because it was the #1 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor. The reviews prepared me for a good dining experience but it was actually OUTSTANDING! The food was amazing, service: top notch, atmosphere: relaxed & somewhat casual, dessert: to die for (do yourself a favor and try the roasted date cake with the coconut gelato, I was tempted to order another one because I was sharing desert, it was pretty much the best thing I ever ate!) I will probably plan another trip to Philadelphia in the near future just to go back to this restaurant and it was hands down the best part of my trip!

  • Visited March 2013
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