Fare Restaurant
Fare Restaurant

Fare Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://farerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2676393063
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 am to 3 pm
    Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 3 pm to 10 pm
    Friday and Saturday, 3 pm to 11 pm
    Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Perry Katsapis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off site catering for groups of any size.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corinthian Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking with a public lot next to Eastern State Penitentiary.
A word from Fare Restaurant
Fare is a restaurant and wine bar located in the heart of the Art Museum area on Fairmount Avenue across from historic Eastern State Penitentiary and only a few blocks away from the Philadelphia Art Museum. Our cuisine can be described as clean, focusing on sustainable, local, organic, artisan ingredients with many seafood options. We also serve 20+ wines by the glass, as well as sustainable wines, 50+ craft beers and a novel cocktail menu. This restaurant was built with eco-friendly materials throughout.
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Fare Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (37)great for outdoor dining (35)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (17)special occasion (12)good for groups (10)notable wine list (9)romantic (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Noise
    FoodNotNoise
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The restaurant itself, like so many, is too noisy for conversation. We lucked out in that they had just put up a tent outside that was unlighted, so no one else ate was eating there and we were able to enjoy our food without the stress of a noisy restaurant. The food was as good as it has been on prior visits and the service was fine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb eating experience
    simonpm
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Every dish the 5 of us had was excellent, well prepared and beautifully presented. The service was friendly, solicitous and efficient. The restaurant was nice and quiet making chatting possible without having to shout. We plan to return for more ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    cu4lunch
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had a group go to Fare for lunch and had an excellent experience. Food was delicious and service was great. Would definitely recommend Fare and hope to dine there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit Did not Disappoint
    Dadmeister
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were here for the first time for Brunch with friends about a month ago. We enjoyed it very much and returned for dinner. Food was excellent. We split two octopus salads among the three of us. Octopus was very tender and outstanding. My wife and I had crabcakes stuffed with avocado and my daughter enjoyed her scallops. We moved to the neighborhood in June and walked out of Fare realizing it will be our go to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely outdoor area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a great location for outdoor dining. Along the side of the restaurant, the space is decorated with vertical gardens on both sides. You are away from the traffic and the furniture is comfortable. The food is varied and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I've been to Fare before, but this was my first time for brunch. The food was really good, as was the service. If I still lived in Fairmount, I would go there regularly for brunch -- much better than some of the popular brunch places in that area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was slow. Almost like the waitress forgot about us and the food came out cold
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    AnniVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I've been to this restaurant several times previous, but this time they had the patio and outdoor dining open. It was great! Ambience, Service, Food, Specials. Really had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Lunch/Dinner Option
    MarjorieVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    All five of us enjoyed our lunch selections and the service was absolutely wonderful and accommodating! With many organic, farm-to-table choices prepared in an artistic fashion, we were very happy. Although the outdoor area was not being utilized at the time, it's landscaped beautifully with very attractive, vertical wall vegetation. I look forward to the opportunity to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was well-prepared; an excellent lunch. Also, it was very quiet, and just about the only restaurant open in the Museum area on Monday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    Dadmeister
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We have recently moved to the Fairmount area of Philadelphia so are still exploring restaurants. We have never been to Fare and went there with friends from out of town. Excellent brunch. Service was great and food was outstanding. Plenty of options on the menu. Bloody Mary had a lot of horseradish which I consider a good thing. Vegetarian omelet was enjoyed by those who had it. I had the eggs Benedict which was very good. My wife and I left the restaurant convinced that we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY!
    merdealors
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My bronzino was sublime! Very thin slices of lemon had been put inside the center of the fish, the flesh was then humid, not dry, and lightly flavored. I started with a perfect scallop ceviche. As a side, the spinach were some of the best I ever had, it tasted like good spinach, the produce flavor was not killed by too much of anything, like garlic for instance. I guarantee that you will love your food! BON APPETIT !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reviewer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great overall, but considering we made a reservation, we didn't get a very good table in a dining room that was half-empty when we got there
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went to FARE to celebrate my birthday two nights ago and had a fabulous time! The food was out of this world (I highly recommend the gingered beet salad and avocado crabcakes), the wine was excellent and George's service was impeccable. We sat outside and were encouraged to relax and enjoy. George brought me a slice of the best blueberry pie I've ever tasted (with ice cream) for my special celebration. I would highly recommend this restaurant and plan on returning again and again, especially when we have out-of-town guests who want to have a true Philadelphia foody experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely outdoor brunch
    LuLuEats
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Excellent menu with vegan options. Cocktail made with pineapple rum and coconut water was disappointing; I'll have to try a different drink next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spotty service
    jillian0804
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Have been here a few times for brunch. The food is good but the service has been spotty and inconsistent; we waited for almost an hour after ordering for our food the other day, while other tables who had arrived long after we did got theirs. Our waitress apologized and gave us a free hummus plate, which was appreciated (although their hummus isn't very good), but it was unclear what took so long. Don't come in expecting things to happen quickly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good octopus
    dm715VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The drinks were not very good. I had one w gin and cucumber. The octopus salad was very good. Our server was friendly but busy and didn't come back too often and we had to wait awhile for the check. Lobster ravioli was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing outdoor seating!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This is a great place for a night out with the girlfriends or even a romantic date. The outdoor seating is wedged between 2 brick buildings and is just very cozy. Perfect weather of course is a plus. Strip steak with chimmichurri and an Argentinian Malbec made for a perfect night! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Right Fit
    fdenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We needed a place for drinks and food in Fairmount and discovered the delightful staff and food of Fare. We were able to sit outside for hours in the area that borders the restaurant. My husband tests the bartenders everywhere he goes by asking for a Vesper and if they do know how to make it, how it rates. A+ for the bartender for the Vesper and for the Dirty Martini ordered by my friend. The Greek salad and the soft shelled crabs were wonderful. The soft shells were plump and plentiful, stacked 3 high and thoroughly enjoyed. We wanted to hang out even after finishing so I asked for a plate of cut up watermelon which wasn't on the menu and out it came, again, perfect and plentiful. The staff was terrific and so accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    jhebs
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    They have a small menu but the food was very good. Everything we ordered had a great taste to it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch with Heart-Healthy Options
    ducky
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This as our first brunch at Fare, although we'd enjoyed dinner there several times. Unlike much of the competition, Fare's brunch menu includes relatively heart-healthy brunch options - like the grilled chicken sandwich (where only the bacon adds a tinge of guilt). Our guests enjoyed the French toast, and the unusual apple ricotta pancakes. The cider selection was good, and the restaurant was unusually quiet on a slow Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    HungryHawaiin
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was my first time eating at fare and the food was delicious. The service was friendly and we ate outside which was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • phillyfoodnut
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We went to Fare on a Tuesday at 1:30. We were the only ones in the restaurant for the hour that we were there. The food all came out at once, but everything seemed fresh and made to order. There were complaints from our group that many items were too salty, but most of the dishes were flavorful and interesting. The flank steak wrap was to tough and the pieces were cut too thick for the delicate wrap. The scallop ceviche was delicious but could have used a few more scallops. The fish tacos were delish and the fries were to die!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JimboVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very nice. Will return. Great brunch spot. Outdoor seating was just right
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Brunch
    kkates
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to Fare for a father's day brunch. I chose Fare based on the menu options as we are gluten free and Paleo. Most brunches are heavy in breads, waffles, etc. Fare offered a number of omelettes and a grass fed burger with side salad. The turkey bacon and roasted sweet potatoes were delicious. They were busy (good for them) so there was a bit of a wait for food but well worth it. They compensated us for the wait with banana nut muffins (which my daughter could have).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal
    DianeM
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have been to Fare a number of times, and it is always excellent. The selections are different, creative and really tasty, making for an even more enjoyable experience. Very good service, nice vibe and ambience. We should come here more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fare never fails
    laur11186
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I have been to Fare many times since moving to the Fairmount area. The food is consistently of the highest quality and very fresh tasting. At Fare, you Center City-quality food and drinks but at a better price and in a less pretentious setting. Despite the exceptional food, my favorite thing about Fare is the service. I recently dined there for a graduation brunch with 11 loud Italians who hadn't seen each other for a while. The server was incredible - never rushing us and helping each person to select the perfect meal. Then I went with a friend who is gluten- and dairy-free and I am meat- and dairy-free, and she patiently helped us alter menu items to fit our preferences and we ended up with an incredible meal thanks to her and the chef!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative Menu to fit All Types
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Fare is a neighborhood restaurant with a destination clientele. All ages, all types dined here and enjoyed the varied menu. Creative cocktails started the night with twists on classics like the White Manhattan or a sparkling lemonade that was perfect for a summer day. The menu offered lovely appetizers including raw seafood, sandwiches and entrees for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans. Service was professional and non-intrusive. I recommend Fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disapointing
    wishitweremoreVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Fare was fair. Had eaten here last summer and it was delightful. Disappointed in this meal, don't think I'll bother to return
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 482 reviews are from the Fare Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great night
    Kryger
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My first time at Fare after living in Fairmount for 18 months. I regret not going sooner. Great menu selection, including a lot of vegetarian & vegan options. Nice wine and beer list. Good value. Great service. Nice ambiance. All around great spot in the neighborhood. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The Fairmount restaurant scene continues to grow and improve. We went to Fare after having to cancel reservations elsewhere and could not have been happier with our decision. We had brunch there and all the egg, pancakes and salad selections were perfect. Everyone loved their respective dishes and when they were out of our dessert choices, they surprised us with a different dessert and did not charge us. I'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch
    flyinV
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I had a brunch for 7 people and the staff was very accommodating and the food was excellent. I would definitely recommend Fare to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fairmount delight
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The warm leek and fennel salad with goat chese was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unusually disappointing
    Ieatalot2
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to Fare a handful of times now and been overall happy but this was definitely my worst experience there. I normally don't write retaurant reviews but the service was extremely poor and the food was way below their normal standard, very forgettable. One of us ordered coffee and it was straight cold, not even lukewarm. It's a shame, normally this is a reliable spot for a good meal but after this experience I doubt I'll be back and definitely not for brunch/lunch
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeatedly excellent
    Triman1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been to Fare several times and it always has terrific service and organic, delicious food. The menu has some unique dishes and the bar has an excellent selection and the bartenders pour a generous drink. Highly recommended. BTW, the location is near center city and there's usually free street parking nearby.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find in Museum Area
    MargieBVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The menu at Fare is eclectic and all dishes ordered by our party of five were excellent including an outstanding branzino. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun time
    Tequilagirl2VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It was our second time at this restaurant. Food was delicious, fun atmosphere, great drinks. Went with a group of 6, everyone had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Service
    robinVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I love this place and have been here a number of times. My "mom's" group met there for our monthly fun and talk and the server was more than kind as we asked questions and sat for a long time. The wine list is great and the food is delicious. We all LOVED the grilled squid salad and the creme brulee with expresso ganache was yummy. Thanks for a dependable and fun/yummy gem in Fairmont.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    ilona
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We had the short rib flat bread which was amazing, my friend wanted to order another one just for herself. The grass fed sliders were amazing, the meat melted in my mouth! Those two dishes are a must! Friendly Greek server that we had a fun time conversing with. We came at an off time so the place was fairly empty and the food came out fast.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is tired
    OpenTable Diner Since 1990
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Mediocre food and a waiter who did not feel the need to write down our order, instead relying on his "excellent" memory. He delivered the wrong food. After we finished our entrees he dropped the check on our table without even asking if we were interested in dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic