306 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- 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: American, Contemporary 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: Check out upcoming events at forkrestaurant.com!
- 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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
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Fork Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
251 reviews since July 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (198)special occasion (141)romantic (90)neighborhood gem (75)notable wine list (69)hot spot (57)vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (23)great for brunch (20)great for lunch (17)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (1)Show More
- AMAZINGyambuDined on 11/18/2014This is one of the best restaurants I've been to in a long time, in every way -- but especially the rather unique dishes on the menu. I took some well-traveled business colleagues there for dinner and they said the same thing. We all tried different things, and each raved about how good their choice was. The place was lively and the table next to us was fairly loud, but we could still carry on a conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't miss itAmyJoVIPDined on 11/17/2014I hadn't been to Fork for a while. It is better than ever and should definitely be on everyone's list to try right away. The aperol and sparkling wine combo is the perfect way to start your meal. Then, we shared the very free form lasagna. It is out of this world - strong flavors but we mopped up the sauce with bread to get every last bite of it. We opted for the duck four ways for our entree. It takes some time to prepare but is well worth the wait. Beautifully roasted duck breast, salads with duck hearts & prosciutto, and duck confit, and amazing duck meatballs...with a wonderful duck jus for the breasts...just superb! We didn't make it to dessert with all that food. I cannot wait to return. BTW, the restaurant also looks amazing and the staff is super friendly and attentive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not as good as it wasOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 11/16/2014We loved Fork while living in Lower Merion for 16 yrs. It was one of our favorite restaurants downtown. We choose it to go for a brunch after back to Philly area after spending some time in Chicago North Shore suburbs. The meal and ambiance did not meet our expectations; we had to move twice to get a warm place table; the place was quite cold around the front door and the bar. The restaurant was not even busy. The food portions were quite small, butternut soup was lukewarm, pasta - spinach pappardele's sauce was too salty; and the choice of desserts was not great. Gluten free options on the menu were small; wine list is fine but expensive. Overall we were very disappointed.
- dinealotDined on 11/15/2014Food excellent, but somewhat too salty. Very pricey as wellSpecial Features:
- AncufeDined on 11/14/2014Excellent service. Great choice of wine by the waiter. Took me on time for my reservationSpecial Features:
- Over PricedLeslieDined on 11/14/2014The food was outstanding, but way over priced even for Philly. A 7-8oz bone in sirloin was $50. Well above the price for that size meat. Service was great as always. The new menu was interesting and very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Eh. It was fine.beentheredonethatDined on 11/11/2014The atmosphere is great. Warm, simple, seasonal decor had us feeling cozy. The service was polite and attentive but...awkward. I don't know how else to describe it. The hosts and servers just didn't seem comfortable, hesitant to speak, and it just made us feel weird, not at all at ease during our meal. The bartender was the only chill one. The food was decent. Not amazing, not at all bad. Just pretty good. VERY SALTY. So so so salty. Everything was salty. But presentation was great, it was very fancy, and the portions were not unreasonable. Overall, not a bad meal but I would not go back. Been there, done that.Special Features:
- Culinary adventureNewEnglandTasterVIPDined on 11/10/2014Fork's four course house menu offers a true culinary adventure. In addition to your choice of starter, pasta and dessert, the kitchen sends out an array of exotic nibbles. On the evening I dined, we were served items such as heirloom carrot crusted with seaweed, alongside a cordial glass of celery juice and I believe, hibiscus; a local sampler plate with bialy and cream cheese, and cheese stuffed pretzel bites; and before dessert, chocolate and cherry soda. Even the bread course was unique, with squid ink bread and seaweed dusted butter. Overall, the creativity, attention to detail and execution of the Fork kitchen staff is phenomenal. Beyond that, the staff is very welcoming and the owner even stopped by to chat with us before we left.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thank you, Fork!FairmountFoodieDined on 11/10/2014Food was excellent and imaginative, and before the entrée came some tiny-bite-sized morsels to stave off hunger. Every dish had its own deliciousness. Restaurant is quiet by today's standards and pleasant elegance. Staff was attentive without being intrusive. All were friendly and clearly it mattered that we enjoy our meal. We did. This place has never disappointed, and it's high on our list for special occasions.Special Features:
- Amazing experiencenobu2Dined on 11/8/2014The food was really something else, they kept sending out some appetizers I assume cause we got the 75$ choice of appetizer pasta entree and dessert and everything was just incredible.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Dinner in 2014OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 11/8/2014dinner was amazing, from apps to pasta to dinner to desert. Loved every part of the dinnerSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful experience.beuhlabyDined on 11/8/2014My husband and I went to Fork to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. The customer service was excellent. The host greeted us right away and got us seated at the bar while we waited for our table. The bar tender was friendly and recommended a mixed drink for my husband and a red wine for myself. Our reservation was on time and we were seated within 10 minutes. The service from the wait staff was impeccable. They were extremely attentive. All dishes were explained when brought to the table. The food was very good. I would however, expect a bit more considering the prices, however it was still very delightful. The entire experience was great and I would recommend Fork to anyone looking for somewhere different to go.Special Features:
- JRozDined on 11/7/2014Reserving through open table worked out great. We were seated quickly. We choose the house option and truly enjoyed every item. The food was superb. We also received excellent service due to all staff members being extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. We would indeed return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unbelievably sophisticated foodRefinedVeganVIPDined on 11/7/2014It's hard to believe that their kitchen can keep producing such spectacular dishes. The restaurant is very nice, if a bit crowded as a result of their great success. But the food they delivered is what you'd expect at some Michelin-starred famous place. Every course is another delightful surprise.Special Features:
- Incredibly Interesting foodOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/7/2014The menu and ambiance of this restaurant are top notch. The creativity in the kitchen is enormous but doesn't always hit the plate just right. I do admire the effort and would recommend this restaurant to any foodie/gastronome. We had a cream cheese that had an added hint of hay. Yes, hay - I found out hay and clover are "siblings" so then it made more sense. Well worth the dining experience as it creates wonderful conversation as well as tingles the palate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice meal but overpricedPADinerDined on 11/7/2014Those 4 stars next to Fork's name in the restaurant listings -- they're there for a good reason. The food and service were excellent but the restaurant is overpriced and not by a little, i.e., be prepared to pay between $200-300 for dinner for two (including tip) from either their ala carte or pre-fixe menu, $14 to $20 for a glass of wine (one-third full), few wines under $50 a bottle, and supplemental charges for the best items on the pre-fixe menu. Portions are moderately sized. Food is very nicely presented, imaginative, and the flavors are generally superb. The staff are all young but well trained and accommodating.Special Features:
- Delicious duck mealOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/7/2014Went to Fork for dinner and ordered the Duck special for two. Very attentive service, delicious food, good wine. Would go back again. We did also have the lemon verbena ice cream and bread pudding which wasn't as good as the duck, and the Vitello Tonnato which was great.Special Features:
- Don't miss this one!Jamonera1Dined on 11/6/2014We felt pampered from the moment we arrived and enjoyed the design of the restaurant, which has a good variety of types of seating. The food can't be surpassed--we especially loved the beet salad and the lamb dish, both very complex, rich in textures and tastes, and beautiful. Our waiter and his assistants were attentive and informative, without being overbearing. A thoroughly pleasurable experience!Special Features:
- Really fine diningLJENashvilleDined on 11/1/2014My husband, daughter and I had a special occasion and chose Fork through Open Table reviews. It was super. We had the tasting menu which was full of little tasty surprises. My daughter had the lamb , my husband the swordfish and I had the rib eye steak. Sometimes with tasting menus you are locked in but we were able to chose the main items. The service was friendly and attentive. It was busy that night with a lively bar scene going on but we were able to talk even so. I think most foodies would be pleased with the variety and quality of choices. The presentation of courses were inventive but not too crazy- the food took front stage. I would certainly recommend this for a special occasion.Special Features:
- Flavor focused.JaeHanDined on 11/1/2014Fresh ingredients. Lots of Italian and subtle Asian influences. The Chef's Tasting meal was a fairly good value; paying $75 includes extra bits of food and drink with your appetizer, entree, and dessert. Food is prepared from scratch with love. A pretzel bite filled with cheese wiz and mustard let us know that food there is meant to taste good above any sort of culinary pretentiousness. The chicken entree lacked seasoning and flair, but it was cooked extremely well. I guess that's what we get for ordering something boring. The coconut custard had a ginger sauce topping that reminded me of a Chinese dessert that includes warm ginger sauce and fresh hot soft tofu. Maybe an Ellen Yin influence? We'll be back another season!Special Features:
- Wonderful eveningOldcityDined on 10/31/2014We had a lovely dining experience. Very original dishes - the kind you just can't make at home. It was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 10/30/2014We arrived on time for our reservation, the restaurant was half empty. The hostess greeted us, said she would be with us in a few minutes, and disappeared. Another hostess came and stood with us and made small talk. The first one finally came back to us after a good 10-15 minutes, and sat us next to the empty table we had been standing next to the whole time. It was really strange and annoying. We opted for the tasting menu. The "clam bread" and "pretzel cheese" bread were both tasteless and dry. Apps were very good, pastas were good. The $48 NY strip, ordered medium rare was rare, blue with white strips of raw fat and inedible. Swordfish was unpleasant tasting. Disappointing evening from many aspects.
- Fork ForeverMaryGDined on 10/27/2014We have always loved the Fork. It was our go-to place when we went to the Ritz Theaters. Then it went more upscale. There was always good food, now it is showier, costlier. Last Monday night after Birdman, 4 of us went. My friends liked their branzino, but I had a weird swordfish, cut into pyramids, covered with black spices and ?? mushrooms? I would have preferred something less "special". Sides were delicious. Salads were creative, but lovely. My oysters were fresh and sweet. Wine list is sufficient to one's desires. The desserts are so complex and special, it is hard to imagine wanting one. I like the decor, feeling of the place. We will always go there, although the price tag keeps rising.Special Features:
- Amazing food; priceyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/26/2014Fork was definitely worth the visit...if you are a foodie with and an adventurous palate. Each course was extremely small but the flavors were exquisite! We thought we ordered the fennel pappardelle but the gnudi was brought to our table instead, but it was fabulous. The main course was ridiculously small. The cocktails were mediocre. Again, this is for foodies, not for those who are super hungry and/or on a tight budget.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FRM FeedbackHockeyDadDined on 10/26/2014Second visit with in 3 months. Special dinner. Food, presentation and service are all excellent. Chose the house menu and really liked the surprises and creativity. Tasted things that I never thought I would. I believe that the house menu with choices is worth the money. Tight spaces, with the 2 top tables close to one another. Very loud on a Sunday night. Enjoyable! I will return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of my 10 best dinners everShevaDined on 10/23/2014And I have been to Keller, Bocuse... The Chef is very creative and produced original food without loosing his common sense. I could taste everything and I knew what it was. It was well cooked and presented. No cream sauce on everything. We had the $75 tasting menu (u still choose appy, pasta, entree ,dessert), all good size. A festival of subtle tastes. Service very professional but not pompous nor pushy. Just very minor gauche moves from the waiter's aide. All in all, this is 6 stars on the food and 5 on everything else, because very few restaurants in the world have served food this enjoyable all through dinner. Highly recommend the sweetbreads and the lamb, especially the belly cut served along neck and loin. A superb treat!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulElisaTDined on 10/23/2014Went in for an hour lunch, ended up staying for almost 4. A true dining experience. Every dish was better than the next. The fennel pappardelle is a must! We truly enjoyed every minute and every bite!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great dinnerHBcookDined on 10/19/2014We were in Philadelphia for a couple days and chose Fork as one of our dining destinations and were not disappointed. Didn't have the best table location (they never pay attention to "notes" on opentable). I hate being seated by the kitchen or some odd spot because there are only two of us. Anyway, we had a great server and our food selections were wonderful. The wine list is quite unusual with very few California wines. The waiter worked hard to find me a white that I would like, took 4 or 5 tasters! This is not a large restaurant so be sure to reserve in advance.Special Features:
- Never disappointsFoodfanVIPDined on 10/18/2014Hadn't been to Fork in a couple of years, since the new chef took over, but it was still wonderful, and maybe even more so, albeit also more expensive than I remember it being. But the roasted beets appetizer, and both our main courses were just delicious. Service was wonderful - friendly and helpful, but not intrusive. Definitely won't wait two years before going back!Special Features:
- InnovativeEricEVIPDined on 10/17/2014High on taste fork is a great restaurant. Portions are small but full of flavor. Wine chart a bit overpriced. But they have moscatel from chipiona a rare treasure in the usaSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tasting Menu ReviewGoPack15Dined on 10/17/2014My husband and I chose the Tasting Menu. Let's just say that we didn't leave hungry. Besides the four courses, we were presented with many small surprises in between each course. Our wait staff was a team effort. Coming from out of town, we were glad we dined at Fork.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MemorableDrBowTieDined on 10/15/2014Every aspect of the dining experience was superb. Highly attentive service, with just the right balance of respectfulness and friendliness. Every single dish was outstanding. Most memorable (for me, at least, if not for my wife) was the grilled sweetbreads appetizer. It's hard to find sweetbreads on menus these days, and these were the best. As was the bronzini, lobster, burrata, and pastas. Can't wait to get back to Fork.Special Features:
- Amazing!247foodieVIPDined on 10/12/2014First time here...no disappointments. The food was fabulous, our waitress was also super, and other than having a slight allergy to the juniper burning to smoke a dish, all was fantastic. Actually, an assistant to our waitress mixed me up some wasabe and horseradish and that worked like a charm to clear me up. Fabulous place!I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/10/2014Cooking and quality of ingredients were excellent. Service was attentive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing ExperienceJaniceDined on 10/9/2014Dining at Fork was very disappointing. Our drinks had to be sent back as they were watered down (we could see them being made), the noise level was off the charts and we could barely hear ourselves over the background noise. We were 8 minutes early for our 6 pm reservation but made to wait at the bar (no one was sitting at any of the dining tables) so we could purchase drinks, I'm sure. The food was good but marginal. After reading all the good reviews about Fork, this was a very bad experience and not one we will be repeating.
- Second time here since 4 years agoKMinArlingtonVADined on 10/8/2014Still a good choice for our staff get-away dinner from the convention center meeting. All of us enjoyed our meals, and service was great. Thanks, Fork!Special Features:
- Nice surprise in PhillyJuliusDined on 10/4/2014We were lucky to have stayed near Fork on a weekend trip, and decided on a whim to make a reservation: we weren't disappointed! Nice setup, very friendly staff, and a barman who took time to be very creative with a very good mocktail. Food is very high quality, not pretentious and very well made. It's easy to see why the Chef has won many recent accolades and so has the proprietor who came to check in with us. Overall very good and will certainly visit again the next time we are in Philly.Special Features:
- OutstandingCarolVIPDined on 10/1/2014Fork is definitely one of the best restaurants in the city. I have dined there on many occasions and it seems to get better and better every time. I never liked duck but my husband convinced me to try it since it's the best he's ever had. I was blown away. Amazing how they prepared the duck into a number of different dishes and the taste of each was incredible and unique. Everything was top notch and absolutely delicious!Special Features:
- Fresh and Fabulouspassion4fdVIPDined on 10/1/2014This is truly one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia now. We got the "tasting" menu and also were surprised with many additional bites from the chef. The food was fresh, well prepared, beautifully seasoned. We loved all the interesting bread courses (cheese stuffed pretzel bites and squid ink bread, etc) The sliced and roasted cauliflower was spectacular as was the pici black and white pasta. Everyone at our table consumed almost every bite and what we could not finish we took home in order to continue the feast the next day. Highly recommend to all foodies. Chef and kitchen did a great job. Waiter also steered us well in our wine selections.Special Features:
- Been there twiceAlwaysDiningOutVIPDined on 10/1/2014Food is good each time. Wine list very interesting. But both times the main waiter (Tom this time) could not have been more condescending to down right offensive. Monica was great and the other servers were refreshing. Only other ding was attention to detail that - thanks to Tom - allergies of a guest were not attended to even after reminders. Again staff other than Tom were great. Avoid him if you want enjoyable dinning.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.