Fitler Dining Room
Fitler Dining Room

Fitler Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fitlerdiningroom.com/
  • Phone: 2157323331x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Served Daily Starting at 5:00pm
    Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Robert Marzinski
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd & Spruce St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 2026 Rittenhouse Square, between 20th and 21st Streets and Spruce and Locust.
    A lot on the corner of 22nd and Walnut.
    Rittenhouse Garage 2000 Walnut Street.
    Garage at 2031 Lombard Street

A word from Fitler Dining Room
Fitler Dining Room, an intimate 32-seat bistro, located in Philadelphia’s charming Fitler Square neighborhood serves a straightforward, progressive American menu from Executive Chef Robert Marzinsky. Dishes are prepared with classic and modern techniques, focusing on locally-sourced ingredients. To pair, a thoughtful list of wine and craft beer is offered. Fitler Dining Room is open for dinner seven days a week and brunch on Sundays
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Fitler Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (64)special occasion (37)romantic (37)great for outdoor dining (34)notable wine list (20)great for brunch (15)late-night find (5)good for groups (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Lovely place
    Acm5255VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great for a romantic date or groups, it is a small place but accommodating. The ambiance is casual but trendy. They have a robust selection of wine and the food was all delicious and very unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jackfan
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    As is often the case with small restaurants, appetizers were outstanding; entres were okay. Green Beans and goat cheese appetizer was particularly tasty. My greatest complaint is that we had to wave for the waiter several times during the evening. To their credit, waiters not assigned to our table were superbly accommodating when flagged-- but it begs the question: where was our waiter, or anyone interested in whether we were prepared to order more and spend more money? Clearly uninterested or disengaged. Evidently, attention to guests and the progress of their meal is not of concern to Fitler's waiters. It was okay, but I left thinking I wouldn't rush to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food--moderate prices
    goodeater
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great dinner this week. Innovative menu, moderate prices, and one of the best desserts I've ever had. Toasted blueberry cornbread (!) with blueberry compote, caramel ice cream and caramel popcorn!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My expectations were too high...
    HotAirVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    On the one hand, I was very happy I could order from the regular menu during restaurant week, but I didn't find FDR on par with Farm and Fisherman, Cochon, Pumpkin, Matyson, Will, Fond, etc. I don't like the requirement that you must give your credit card upon reserving, either. Our waiter was top notch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had a wonderful date night night here with attentive service and surprising yet delicious flavors in the main dishes. Even the oyster appetizers were unusually good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top-notch brunch
    kenzie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If you want to be surprised and delighted by brunch, this is the place to try. You will not find the typical, syrupy late morning, upgrade on IHOP that has come to stand for brunch. What you will find is stunning seasonal variety and perfectly savory fare. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    chompchompchomp
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    FDR has been a great time with great food every visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Innovative versions of your favs
    KMagnussVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Creativity goes a long way in my book and Fitler Dining Room really impressed! The oysters were presented with fish eggs instead of the standard horseradish and cocktail sauce combo, the salads were bursting with fresh bright flavors, and the skate was served over a savory broth. Unfortunately, the desserts were dry and overcooked. I will dismiss this as being a Restaurant Week issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    powersgirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    So thrilled we finally got to Fitler Dining Room. The food was excellent, perfect portion size and unique pairings is every dish. Our server was prompt, courteous and attentive, and everyone we encountered on the staff was a pleasure. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent & Creative New-American!!
    PhedreVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Finally got to Fitler Dining Room for brunch this weekend with my parents, who were visiting from out of town. I wanted to give them a taste of the excellent restaurant scene we have here in Philly, and boy did this place Fitler the bill! Lovely drinks and good coffee to start. I had heirloom tomato and eggplant ragout on grits with a poached egg - to die for. My mom had the seasonal gnocchi (with peaches, etc) and added a poached egg on top - fabulous. My dad is still raving about the classic breakfast - the best poached egg, the most flavorful breakfast potatoes, the wonderfully tasty sage sausage. A winner all around! Can't wait to get here for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    PhillyFrankVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a great venue with the food being just wonderful. I had a new drink of Lillet and champagne. Off the map!! Just a real gem...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer Sunday Brunch
    chopphilly
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a lovely Sunday brunch at FDR! So many great choices for meals it was hard to decide! My only qualm was there were no sweet options on the menu when we went - not a french toast or pancake in sight. The biscuits were quite delicious though! Definitely going back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    PhillyphoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This restaurant has 9 tables w an open kitchen. Great ambience, if a bit loud. Service was lackluster. Waiter didn't seem familiar w menu or wines, seemed disinterested in general, gave us little to no direction, and couldn't have been less excited about the menu. As a result we weren't sure we ordered well and felt we didn't have a great dining experience. We were also cramped in what originally looked like a cozy corner. The food was fine, but the experience overall left us feeling cold. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Intimate and charming
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    THis was our second time dining at Fitler Dining Room. It is an intimate little corner space in Center City on the quiet corner of Spruce and 22nd. They have a nice selection of wines. Their food seems mostly locally sourced and in season, and the preparation was unique and excellent. We were there on an early weeknight and it was very quiet. The service was good. And the experience overall positive. With many excellent choices in center ciy. I will certainly return here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    MattyMo
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Came for my wife's birthday with a small group. From the oysters, to the sangria, skate and bass, the food was masterfully prepared. It's a gem.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    diningduo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service was fabulous. Limited menu but definitely worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    DickVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful dining experience - every dish was perfectly done. Service was great. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    FredVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our third visit to FDR. We like to go there for special occasions because it feels like a special place-- intimate, cozy, romantic, homey. Every dish we've had in 3 visits has been phenomenal, beautifully prepared and presented and delicious. Prices are certainly reasonable for the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great menu. nasty waitress
    MervinTheSheriff
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I enjoyed my meal but won't be coming back due to unnecessarily nasty service. The waitress acted visibly pained at every question. We weren't a problem party and our questions were basic (i.e. What juice do you serve?) and she acted floored when we asked for bread. I guess the butter you put out was decorative? Lose the attitude. You work here. I'm eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    PhiladelphiaVisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great visit to FDR! Pleasant dining room with view of open kitchen, friendly service, and oh the food! Great choices for carnivores like me and veggies like my wife. Had a special Japanese fried chicken app which was scrumptious! Hangar steak was perfect. Best in memory! Wife loved the beet salad and the veggie plate! Agnolotti egg plant pasta was perfectly done. We finished sharing a cornbread, blueberry dessert which was capped with a dollop of caramel ice cream ... Inventive and a delight! We will return!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    KateVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We ate at Fitler Dining Room for the first time last night and we will definitely be back. The food was terrific from appetizers to main courses to desserts! The service was friendly and attentive. I would go back just for the vegetables!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Neighborhood Bite
    RestaurantAdventurerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Came by for dinner on a Saturday evening around 6pm after making reservations the day before. The service was courteous and accurate, and we enjoyed a table on the sidewalk. Not the nicest views but it felt like a neighborhood rather than a busy street. The food was very good and visually appealing. My husband enjoyed the duck breast and I liked my fish. I also enjoyed the interesting flavors in the charred snow peas and the panna cotta dessert. Well done, FDR, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MAYBE AN OFF NIGHT
    BIGRED1VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    LeBan wrote this place up a whie back and we had been meaning to try it. I think we may have caught them on an off July weeknight. Only 5 people in the dining room which to us didn't have much ambiance. Potato rolls outstanding, and the servers were great. We had a few drinks before coming here so really didn't notice if they had much of a wine list. It sort of felt like they had the second string in the kitchen, as it took a while for food to come with so few people there. My oyster appy came out way too scorched and should have never left the kithcen under a watchful eye. But it was handled very well and quickly replaced and was quite good. Wanted to really like this place and I'm sure others do, but just didn't do it for us.
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  • Disappointed this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My first visit was great so I had high expectations this second time. I was surprised the menu on arrival was slightly different than the one posted on their website. They had replaced halibut with striped bass, which is really unfortunate. The portion size was much too small, made even worse value-wise by the $32 price of the entree. Appetizers were also tiny. Only dessert was adequately sized. You know something's wrong when you have a three course meal and leave hungry. Flavor was just ok; certainly not good enough to make up for the other issues with the meal. Overall, a poor value and a disappointing second visit that will likely discourage a third.
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  • consistently outstanding
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was my 4th meal at FDR and everything was perfect. The server I had again was not only attentive w/o crowding us but also helpful. I learned to trust her recommendations as she's made great suggestions in past meals there. I love the atmosphere here and my guest in from NYC found the place to be impressive. I chose this as our meal destination for the confidence I have in a great meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food and service was outstanding, but needs a realistic wine list with not overly priced wine for a person who might like just a glass to accompany dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Creative food beutifully presented
    ecoth14
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was extremely impressed by the flavor combinations in everything we ate, but particularly with the vegetable dishes. The portion sizes were quite good, service was excellent and the ambiance is lovely. I appreciate that the menu changes seasonally and have confidence it would be good regardless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enough with the strawberries.
    ByoBrunette
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We've all experienced a restaurant menu centered around seasonal ingredients. No problem. But if every dish includes strawberries, effort must be made to keep them from all tasting the same and being too sweet. My friend's beautiful fish was drowned in a cold strawberry sauce that was an awful pink color and absolutely cloying. My pasta had a sauce that, when accented with strawberries, was akin to eating noodles in BBQ sauce.
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  • Cool Food
    foodiefunkadelic
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Foodies will love this place. Really fantastic combinations of flavors and ingredients, cooked very well. Artsy approach to american comfort food in a fantastic, low key location. Nice dining room, cool people. No bar, only beer and wine, but a nice selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well done
    Randy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    we had a great meal for our anniversary dinner -- highly highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fairmont
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderful. I had the Halibut, came with a strawberry sauce that was a real surprise. Light and summery, it was terrific. For appetizer, I had the duck liver parfait. Came with a light strawberry gelatin on top, delicious and certainly did not scrimp on the portion size. Ended with a terrific dessert, a chocolate gateau with frozen peanut butter mouse on the side and a cherry sauce. A little pricey at $10, but after my first bite, knew it was worth it. The gateau was incredible, warm and rich. Only suggestion, both my date and I thought that the cherry sauce didn't go great with the gateau. Would have gone with a rich whipped cream instead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 191 reviews are from the Fitler Dining Room reviews archive.
  • Responsive Innovative Accommodating
    2ObservantGuests
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Fitler Dining Room is an excellent restaurant. The food is inventive, the restrained menu allows the chef to create memorable dishes. No culinary slacking here. The staff was very responsive and invisible at the same time. A high compliment. I asked for a specific table at 7.15 on a Friday night. At 7.15 I was lead to that table. I love the cool composure of the place. My only complaint is the wine selection, it is price gouging. I had a mediocre white Bordeaux that was not nearly on par with everything else. FDR should not treat wine as a profit center and know that if they respected my wine palate as much as my culinary palate I would be back. it was an $11 dollar bottle sold for $55.00 c'mon, really? 500% mark up? Tacky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Shippy
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Unfortunately our overall experience was underwhelming-from the food to the service and the very high prices for minimal food.
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  • Eateries4NAN
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Charming spot with excellent food. Greta neighborhood enhances the experience. Staff very cordial. I will go there again when visiting philly.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ice storm....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I have dined here on several occasions and three times during the summer months in the last two years. The food is ALWAYS absolutely delicious and well worth the visit. However, it has been SO COLD!!!!! inside this restaurant during the summer months that I have literally been wrapping my napkin around my lap because the air conditioning is so chilly. And darn my luck to have it raining outside on 2 of my three summer visits so eating outdoors was not an option. PLEASE!!! Warm it up in there!!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived up to expectations
    fabfoodinphilly
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    So tasty + quaint, cozy, and just-right portion sizes. What else do you need? Don't miss it!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food Relaxing Evening
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was our wedding anniversary and we wanted to have a nice, not over the top, relaxing evening with good food . Fitler Dining Room is the perfect place for exactly what we wanted. We had a cozy banquette, some drinks to start. I had the asparagus appetizer, my husband the scallops. True to form he had the hanger steak and I had the sea bass. All was absolutely delicious. It's graduation season, so there were two large groups in the restaurant, and for such a small space, they took up most of the energy. But it was not too intrusive. Service was perfect, right there when you needed them, not when you didn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Steve
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I really enjoyed Fitler Dining Room for our Mother's Day Brunch. More importantly, so did my mother. I would definitely like to try them again when they were not so harried with a Mother's Day crowd. The food was still stellar, but I think the service was feeling the strain of the crowd. And yet, they were all still delightful. We went for brunch, but I really can't wait to go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our party of 6 was a little disappointed in Fitler Dining Room. The reviews were very good, however the food was simply above average and the service was mediocre at best. We are an experienced group of diners and felt that the experience did not meet expectations and was not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great meal
    kenron113VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    went at 5:15 after we went to the Square Art festival - food was inspired especially the lamb ragout app. we were the only ones there so early so we got them to change the music from 70' rock festival to a more gentle swing music
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic