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“Country Bumpkin Meets Center City Pumpkin”
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Ranked #154 of 4,611 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: 17th Street
Description: Celebrating our 9th year! Hillary & Ian welcome you to their intimate 26 seat BYOB featuring a daily changing seasonal menu. Our Sunday $40 five course prix fixe menu is available all year long. Awarded 3 bells from Philly Inquirer's food critic Craig Laban!
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We love our food and over the past year, have eaten at wonderful restaurants for foodies in London, Paris, New York, Brussels, Madrid and yes, Philadelphia. Plain and simple – Philly, you don’t know what you have in Pumpkin. That can only be the reason why the restaurant wasn’t jammed tonight – okay, maybe because it was the first Sunday following the two-week restaurant week. But still…

We had heard how this was a foodie destination (maybe not quite like David Ansill’s Pif but a place to try some fascinating combinations). So, we packed some of our favorite libations from those earlier destinations and off we went. We fell in love with some of the beer from Brussels so we started with a bottle of St. Bernardus 12 and a Westvleteren 12. Little did we know how well that would go with the heirloom tomato amuse bouche that featured a picant sauce with a deliciously crunchy scallion and corn bread crumbs.

Next up was a delicately prepared shrimp and scallop dish with a touch of corn and a little bit of chopped chorizo to give your mouth a little of the tough love it deserved with this dish. The escargot was different than what you would expect at Bibou or even at Ansill’s old haunt. The polenta and garlic were a nice touch. We loved it.

Man can’t eat these goodies with just Belgian beer – even if it happens to be two of the best bottles you will get from the trappist variety. So, we pulled out a Cotes du Nuit from Domaine Rion just in time for our Long Island duck and arctic char. A perfect wine for both dishes. The duck was mildly flavored with honey carrot; the char had a nice sauce but it was really all about the fish.

Onward to dessert – if you have a hard time selecting between the butterscotch pudding and the warm chocolate cake, we have one suggestion – just don’t go here by yourself – make sure there are two of you so you can taste each of them.

This was a special meal that capped off our two weeks of Philly food dining, some restaurant week and some other. We found a real gem in the pumpkin patch and plan to go back.

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1  Thank Ricky R
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We went to pumpkin for dinner and it happened to be Philadelphia restaurant week. This was a surprise and the entire menu was a restaurant week menu. This was three courses for $35. Needless to say, this is a very good deal. There were three choices for appetizers and entrees. I had the shrimp and scallop appetizer. It was simple but cooked perfectly and delicious. My fellow diners had the other appetizers, escargot and pureed vegetable soup. All were outstanding. For dinner I had the arctic char. It was presented perfectly with small vegetables. My other diners had the duck. We loved it all and then had great desserts. The service was also outstanding. The only small complaint is that the restaurant is very small and can be extremely noisy but I would highly recommend it anyway.

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Thank NorthJerseyGirl040
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Wife and I got a sitter and decided to try out Pumpkin as we had heard good things about it but never made it to the restaurant.

Had early reservations b/c we decided too late, but that was fine as we were one of the only tables in the small space when the meal first started. People were rolling in after that, but since it is so small (max 10-15 tables) we were never waiting for a server, etc.

Very small menu and few specials--look online before you go--but everything we had was delicious, including the watermellon soup, pork two-ways and the scallops. Just make sure that you note it is a BYOB and street parking on South Street is the way to go--we found plenty of metered spaces available on a Saturday b/c 19th & 16th.

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2  Thank adlaver
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Reviewed June 5, 2012 via mobile

Quaint 8 table place, great service and tasty / nice presentation food and with bYOB can keep down the price

Thank KPS92-5
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Pumpkin is a well kept secret among foodies in Philadelphia. This place is a gem. I have never had a bad meal here. Only draw back is it's tiny and somtimes hard to get into. But, worth the wait and worth the effort.

Thank RedHotPatriot
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