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Fork Restaurant
Fork Restaurant

Fork Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.forkrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 625-9425
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am- 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Eli Kulp
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether you are planning a business meeting for 6, a simple dinner party for 12, or cocktail reception for 50, Fork can handle all the details necessary to make your next special occasion a huge success! Our catering staff strives to tailor our services to your needs and is dedicated to bringing to your event the same quality & sophistication that our restaurant is known.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Check out upcoming events at forkrestaurant.com!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd
  • Public Transit: Septa Bus Lines 42 & 17, 3rd Street
    Septa Regional Rail, Market East Station
    Market-Frankford El, 2nd Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking convenient to the restaurant: -The Bourse Parking Lot: 400 Ranstead (4th between Market & Chestnut) $6.50 with validation
A word from Fork Restaurant
Fork, acclaimed for its contemporary American cuisine for over 15 years, features 2014 Food & Wine Best New Chef Eli Kulp’s inventive-but approachable menu inspired by the region’s finest produce, seafood and meat as well as the area's deep history. Part of Fork's allure is its hip, stylish, sophisticated interior, where the dining experience is anything but stuffy and uncomfortable. Fork's hand-painted chandelier shades catch your eye as you look above the cast-concrete bar. Modern contemporary murals painted by Anthony DeMelas accentuate the height of the ceilings. Since opening, Fork has received the praise of many local and national publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, Town and Country, Food and Wine, Wine Spectator, Zagat's and Gourmet. Fork has received 15 Best of Philly awards from Philadelphia Magazine.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "We are foodies, frequenting fine restaurants in New york, Europe etc and Saturday night was our first time eating at Fork! How lucky we are to have this caliber restaurant in our city….it is a shining star. When we arrived we were escorted to the bar; during our fifteen minutes there I asked the bartender about a particular after-dinner drink that a friend had told me about…immediately she asked if I'd like to try it and gave me a beautiful small glass with a sip or two for me to enjoy. Nice.We were seated and within minutes our waiter began taking very good care of us. Our meal, from start to finish, was stellar and we are looking forward to our return to Fork. This one should not be missed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food and service was outstanding. The lobster was wonderful,very different. I look forward to going back, that will be very soon.We loved your restaurant"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Good atmosphere; they never rush you from the table, even after the meal is finished; small portions; good wait staff"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "A friend and I went to Fork as a prelude to visiting the Barnes. As had been my experience in several visits over the years, the food and the service were flawless. We took advantage of the $25 two course lunch. The soup and salads were fresh and imaginative. The salmon was perfectly prepared. The service was attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "From the time we walked in to the last bite of dessert our experience was fantastic. All of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful (female bartender was a bit short with us). Our waiter was very helpful, pleasant and had impeccable timing. The servers were great and humors as was most of the staff. It was my daughters 21st birthday and just about everyone wished her a Happy One. And the food, just wonderful. We preordered the duck feast and it did not disappoint. Best duck we've ever had. Our wine was perfect, decanted and brought to our table as I specified. A BIG thanks for that. Our dessert was a perfect finish complimented with a very nice espresso. Thank all of you for making my daughters 21st so special."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. Waiter was outstanding. 1 problem kept the evening from being 5 star. Restaurant refused to seat us for 20 minutes because only 6 of our 7 people were ready to be seated. It felt like he wanted to force us to buy a drink at the bar and wait in a very uncomfortable bar setting as opposed to seating us at our table. The restaurant was empty at the time and our table was available the entire "punishment" period. Seemed unprofessional and set the evening off on a very bad note."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "They way they prepare and serve their meat dishes is interesting and delicious. The fact that they serve you a meat dish with three different cuts of an animal three different ways led to a very satisfying dining experience."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "There are many superb restaurants in Philadelphia, but I know none as good as the recent re-incarnation of Fork. My wife and I had the tasting menu. It's pricey - $75 per person - but it's also a real bargain. Every dish is vibrant and imaginative. The service is impeccable, friendly without the least hint of obsequiousness or condescension. The speciality drinks are excellent as well ."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal here. From the peach consommé starter to deconstructed guinea hen, 1-layer lasagna, and luscious gnudi, everything our foursome had was fresh, inventive, and delicious. Wine prices are absurd, however, so the total cost of nearly $200 per couple makes it a place we will not go back to often. Too bad."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was great, but the staff made the experience wonderful. We were treated like VIPs, even though it was our first visit."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "While the service at Fork was exemplary, the kitchen tries too hard to be creative. The result- a mishmash of flavones,that often do not work. Had the tasting menu and all four of us agreed there wasn't one dish that we wish we had more."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent meal AS ALWAYS! The food is consistently good paired with superb service. Every time I visit Philadelphia I make sure to visit Fork!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "New to Philly - Fork has an outstanding bar in the front of the restaurant that can handle groups - try the lamb trio...the best."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I took my husband to lunch a few days ago. We had seen that it received three bells from Craig LeBan since our last visit and were curious. The meal and wine were superb. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was good; however, very expensive. Our party of three all ordered the lasagna which turned out to be two lasagna pasta with a white drizzle sauce and mushrooms. We were told it was a vegetarian lasagna, with which we all were okay, but there wasn't much to it. We left hungry. $35 for lasagna and $30s for wine. We won't be returning. We chose Fork because of the great reviews and website and it was within walking distance to the hotel."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I went here with my parents. Everything was stellar and our server was great and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had a fantastic date night here. The food was simply incredible and the service was amazing. I loved every second. It was, however, quite pricey."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was good and the menu nice. the place also has a nice ambience. The only complaint I have is that one of us ordered tea, which was served in a very unfriendly tea pot. As a result it kept spilling and our table was wet most of the time. No one bothered to wipe it and we had to do that repeatedly ourselves. It was very unpleasant."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "First, the complaint: The one thing that took some of the edge off an otherwise excellent experience was that we were not seated until 15 minutes after our reservation. Fork called 24 hours earlier to ensure I would honor our reservation. The should be equally scrupulous about meeting their obligation. Anyway....The beet salad and sea bass I ordered were great. My wife thought her lobster dish was superb, as was her scallop appetizer. Fork has to be the first restaurant where I could not get my Sapphire martini, but that did help me discover Bluecoat gin (apparently made in Pa) which was actually a great find. Service was efficient without being intrusive."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fork combines ingredients in an unexpected, highly enjoyable way. I had lobster over polenta with subtle, unexpected flavors throughout. Teenage son said his steak was probably the best he'd had. Numerous fish and seafood dishes, also pasta dishes, seasoning is ingeneous. I hear it has been nominated for a James Beard award this year, and thus, it is a hotspot with great energy, a bit noisy. The kitchen is open, the staff is happy and enthusiastic. Don't miss this place if you are in Old City Philly."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Was amazed at how busy this place was for a Monday night - really great atmosphere. Waited at the bar whilst our table was prepared - love the bar in the middle of the restaurant - creates a nice space. I had the trout cavier with bagel toast to start - that was delish. Then the sea bass afterwards. I am not a big eater so loved the portion sizes. Service was up and down. The hostess was lovely and very friendly. Our waiter however was a tad grumpy - my friend asked for recommendations on the menu and you could tell he was frustrated and just wanted my friend to choose so he could take the order. Tut tut. Remember these are the type of reviews that go on Open Table. Would I rush to go back - not quite so sure yet."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I love the food but I just think they need to have a better cocktail menu"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Very disappointed in food. One guest had eggs benedict with pork belly, did not like the preparation at all. French toast was very good, but how easy is French toast? My winter salad was good, with some interesting ingredients."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "not that we have been here many times, but several times over several years amazingly, the restaurant always holds up, with every change that takes place creative and really good food, good service, and with people away at the shore on a friday night, it was not crowded and the noise level was excellent for a conversation with our guests"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was our third visit and a very disappointing one. The two hosts were rude and unfriendly. The food was just ok. My fish was actually inedible.The steak was fine as was the salad. I think Fork caters to regulars and true foodies so if you want the $95 chef's choice, you maybe OK. It is unfortunate because we had really enjoyed our first two experiences, years ago."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We arrived 5 min before reservation. The place was empty but the host asked us to sit at the bar as they were preparing our table after "previous patrons". Odd because the restaurant was 90% empty- clearly wanted us to spend $$ at the bar. Bar tender then cool and unfriendly. Our waitress (Kim) provided attentive and excellent service. My appetizer (oysters), my pasta (black and white with seafood), and the duck (and related side dishes) were excellent. We tried 2 desserts-- goat cheese ice cream (curious but yuck!) and corn ice cream w blueberry poundcake (meh). Bar and seating filled by our departure at 9pm.. the noise level unpleasant and hard to talk at that point. We decided it was a fun night out but not likely to return."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Friends and I have been going to Fork since it opened. We have consistently enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. A recent Brunch was disappointing. I had trouble finding something I wanted to eat. The bialey with house cured salmon was "designed" and served on a wooden board-a presentation deemed pretentious by all. An artistic smear of cream cheese was ridiculously meager and was difficult to scrape it off the board. A tuna melt was served on bread so thick and crusty that it was hard manage. One friend just took the lump of fish off the bread and ate each separately. The bread was delicious, just not well thought out in the dish. Fork is always worth going to. However, I will go elsewhere for brunch."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Amazing food and service ! We did 4 course meal and it was amazing ! We where full at the end and satisfied !"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "With doors and windows wide open, the loud busses and trucks on busy Market Street seem part of the restaurant ambience"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is the first restaurant I have been to in a long time where the rating system does not do the establishment justice. If I could sum up the evening in one word it would be Perfect. Everyone we came in contact was friendly but not overbearing. They were professional without being stuffy. The plates were absolutely gorgeous. Every taste was nuanced and a bite into any portion was superb. Please get the tasting meal so you can see and eat the extras from the chef. I would have paid much more for this dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is just not good. The dessert tastes like rotten mud. My entree was good but all 3 other entrees were not edible. Sad to say but I wouldn't come back. Ever."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We ended up here latish after a long meeting and event, so we weren't in it for the full experience...just a drink, an entree and, ultimately, one shared dessert among the three of us. All were fantastically good, but our server threw a lot of cold at the table when it became apparent that we weren't there for a bigger (pricier) experience. He wasn't rude, exactly, but made us feel a bit awkward. I later heard that attitude is this restaurant's most vulnerable point among Philly foodies. Roll with us, people, and we'll be back for that incredible sesame crusted, olive-oil poached fish dish."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Small, interesting menu. Food was delicious. Staff seemed put out; the hostess was so unfriendly."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fork is a great spot for lunch or dinner. I really enjoyed the Duck Confetti. The dessert was very good. I am definitely coming back to Fork. The staff was spot on as well."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My group of seven dined here recently and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Menu, meals, service were all top notch. I especially enjoyed my fennel pappardelle."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We ordered the prix fixe menu and were not disappointed. We were rewarded by all kinds of extra treats like crispy sour dough bread, cucumber soup, and pretzels stuffed with cheese. The mushroom and kale lasagna was decadent and dripped with creamy flavor. The entrees of crispy-skinned chicken and lamb three-ways were succulent and delicious. The white wine, recommended by our friendly and always helpful waiter, matched the meal with perfection. Fork it over anytime!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My daughter and I enjoyed the chef's tasting menu. The food and wait staff were incredible. The atmosphere was delightful."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "When ever I want to be sure of a novel menu with excellent food, I always think of the Fork. Favorite spot is eating at the bar. It seems to be the quietest spot in the restaurant and you can look out over Market St. My recent visit was for my birthday dinner and I invited friends who had never eaten there. They were very impressed by the food and the atmosphere. I'll return in a few months."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "From delicious cocktails to creative - but very edible- menu - Fork is wonderful. Plus, servers are efficient and friendly - not rushing you but also not making you wait. We had the table in the window - which was wonderful for celebrating birthdays of two out of four of us dining. Fork continues to be the restaurant to come back to!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was very creative and inventive. The full tasting menu offered a full array of tastes with many surprises. It is a great choice particularly if you are willing to explore dishes which you might not necessarily choose on your own. Tony and company offered top notch service. Cocktails and wine enhanced the experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014