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“Simply amazing food, interesting cocktails, impeccable service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vernick Food & Drink

Vernick Food & Drink
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Ranked #4 of 4,318 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $65
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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.
Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Simply amazing food, interesting cocktails, impeccable service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Vernick was all it was cracked up to be. Comfortable, casual atmosphere and simple dishes executed perfectly. Dinner started with an amuse bouche of butternut squash soup with a hint of cayenne and creme fraiche floated on top. It was dreamy and balanced and a great seasonal touch. We tried a few different toasts, the group concensus was that the charred spinach and fontina was the best. I had the black sea bass with tomato sauce. It did not disappoint. The brussel sprouts were caramelized deliciousness, the salads were beautiful and tasty. The best dessert was the apple crisp, the caramel was fantastic and balanced the tart apples. We sat downstairs and I really enjoyed watching the chefs in the open kitchen. We are a discerning bunch, and left with no complaints. Yum.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Amazing all around. The service was exceptional with staff making educated suggestions based on our questions. The food was incredible, one of the best sea bass dishes I have ever had. The atmosphere was lively and energetic without being noisy. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Visited October 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“One of the best meals...ever!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Simply put, this is one of the finest dining experiences I have ever had...and I have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. A lot goes into a statement like this! The simple truth is there are many good restaurants that hit on one, two or three aspects of a great dining experience. The tuna was fantastic, the beef tartare was out of this world, our pasta with duck was fresh, tasty and a huge delight and the brussell sprouts were simply the best I have ever had. Vernick Food and Drink hits on all of them.

1. Food - can't say enough about our experience of the food. From the knowledgeable waitress, to the proper and exciting description of the items, to the presentation and finally to the flavors. Wow ! Fresh ingredients, expertly put together, creative presentation and just really wonderful tastes.

2. Service - from the inquiry over the phone to the hostesses to the waiters and waitresses, hands down this was pne of the most pleasant aspects of this business. Oh yes, this is what so many people who open up restaurants forget...they are running... a business. Vernick's gets it; customer first, be professional and pleasant, train everyone to perfection and be passionate about customers and what you do. Our waitress was a lovely young woman who knew everything about the food, presented it in an unpretentious way and was delightful. Other waitresses attened to our table during the veening because they all cover each other's backs and even took the time to say goodbye. Bingo; Vernick has it.

3. Ambiance/Atmosphere - the interesting thing about Vernick is that it appeared t me that anyone could feel at home here; hispsters, a work crowd, parents, grnadparents. They seem to be able to make a seamless blend between having energy but not have it take over the place. Kudos to having a beat and some funk but not to the point of being deafening!!! Also the feel of the restaurant is upscale, comfortable. It makes the perfect coupling to a fabulous meal.

4. Price - what I so appreciated about the restaurant is they have not gotten out of control with their pricing. The cost for the meal is very reasonable and that ingratiates a business to repeat customers.

5. Portion Size - most restaurants today are turning out monster portions of really bad food or tiny portions for crazy sums of money because they believe it's the in thing to do. Vernick gets the idea of making great food at reasonable prices and creating a portion size that allows you as a diner to experience the greatness of this chef without feeling overloaded.

6. Ownership - any owner who is still walking the floors of the restaurant with a baby about 2 weeks away!!! really cares about her business. She stopped by our table and within seconds we felt like old friends. We were so happy for her and her husband; the chef and told them they easily rival the great restaurants of New York.

This is a great restaurant. Treat yourself while you are in Philly!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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287 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“On par with Boulud, Burke....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Ordered three appetizers for just the two of us: seafood salad, lamb pappardelle, steak tartare. All were excellent in presentation and execution.
My wife had half roast chicken and I had lamb. Both were excellent. Oddly, no bread service.
Ice cream sandwich and apple tart were excellent as well.
We actually started at the bar - bartender was attentive, informative and made a cayenne tequila drink.
Nice wine-by-the-glass selection. Decor was very nice. Lighting was borderline too dark, but not too bad.
Rest room was clean but had those air dryers. Without papers towels, how does one open the door without touching the knob?
Bottom line- great everything and we'll definitely be back.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank j952
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New York
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“You have to love young, creative people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A great restaurant for foodies. As children, I guess they were never told to not play with their food. Thank Goodness ! From the interesting cocktails to the masterful kitchen... this is a winner.

Visited August 2013
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