Garces Trading Company
Great as alwaysNot a quiet restaurant inside - calls out for some fabric on the walls to absorb the sound, but outside dinning is great.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNo doubt a winnerThe food was very on point. Had the cheese steak and definitely will be having it again. The two friends I was with are foodies and they seemed very pleased too. Only down side was that the waitress wasn't very personable, however she was always there when we needed anything. Great food, great space. Definitely will be back for more.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMUnderstated room; great mealThe atmosphere is a little quirky with the takeout line very visible and a boutique wine store inside the restaurant. Call about BYOB rules. But there was no denying the mastery of Chef Garces' cuisine. We did the tasting menu for $40 and were very happy with the choices. But be warned, it was a big meal. We will be back!6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistent and deliciousI've been to Garces Trading Company 4 times now and each time has been wonderful. No complaints.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMNoisyThe place is to noisy. While the food was good, the portions were unusually small. I had the fusilli. It didn't cover the bottom of the dish.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMHard to evaluate -- we onlyHard to evaluate -- we only had a small luncheon salad. It took forever to get a cappuccino, which wasn't hot. One must order something more suggestive of the kitchen to really give a review. I've always liked the restaurant very much.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic every timeEverything on the menu is consistently excellent. My favorite thing to do is to order the chef's menu, give the server a few notes about what the group likes, and then sit back and marvel as dish after beautiful dish is brought out to the table. I've done this a few times and it has been wonderful each and every time. Great service.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMA favorite placeHave dined here many times and introduced it to friends. Love being able to purchase the infused olive oils and vinagers.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMMmmm CheeseWe were in Philadelphia for the weekend and had heard about the Graces Trading Co. Only a 10 minute walk from our hotel at the convention center they have perhaps one of the best cheese and cured meat selections weve ever seen in a restaurant. What makes this place unique is they are also a market where almost everything they serve is available to purchase and take home including their cheeses, meats, dipping sauces and olive oils/vinegars. The service was excellent as was the food. We tried their speciality hangar steak paired with their suggested wine for the dish. The steak was tender and juicy, the potatoes were tasty and the wine matched nicely. We recommend the Graces Trading Co. especially if your a cheese lover.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food!I loved everything about Graces Trading Company!
The variety of cheeses and charcuterie is amazing, the pizzas are baked to perfection and all ingredients are top quality.
The relation between price and quality is terrific and the portions are quite satisfying.
My only complaint is that the macaroons were really bad.. Hard, dry, tasteless.. Nothing that reminded me of all the other great dishes I tasted.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and staffLove all of Garces restaurants. This was a first for Garces Trading Co. We did the Chef's Tasting. It was delicious. We had someone with a shell fish allergy and they accommodated us with extra protein in another dish. We were also celebrating 2 birthdays and they pulled off desserts with candles really well. There is a little store front where you purchase cheese, oil, vinegar, pastries, coffee...etc. The macaroons are to die for!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMthe scallops were amazing,the scallops were amazing, and especially liked the cheese plate that included paired condiments. I'll be back!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWay to Go Garces!For any foodie that appreciates consistent great food - Garces is the place. It's been a long time since literally EVERYTHING ordered was fantastic - could not say one was better than another.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicioso!Pluses: wonderful selection of cheeses and charcuterie as well as interesting condiments
delicious vegetable tapas for vegetarions, such as cauliflower and lentils
Minus: the noise level was well above comfortable; difficult to have a four-way conversation5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGroup lunch before Graduation!We had a group of ten for lunch that everyone enjoyed. Service was great, food very good!5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI'm a sucker for their food.I'm a sucker for their food. It's some of the best cheese, wine, dessert, pasta, and flatbread in Philadelphia.
I can't complain but my parents were particularly picky during graduation weekend and it didn't help that one of the hosts was snooty while the rest were trying to do their job.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat LunchThis was our second time and just as good as the first. great food, great service.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMEvery bite deliciousGarces was a fabulous place for the family. I highly recommend the sea bass, the cheese and meat trays, and the mushrooms side. A more thorough explanation of the meats and cheeses in the chef's selection would have been appreciated though. Lastly, the macarons for dessert were absolutely wonderful, especially the blueberry lemon one.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMMost foods are great. ServersMost foods are great. Servers have been friendly and helpful. Pick your own wine at PLCB with staffs that are willing to help. Great BYOB, although only first bottle does not have corkage fee.
Great ambiance, but extremely noisy.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe only place I know of toThe only place I know of to get a great deep dish in Phila.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food. Our server letGood food. Our server let us take our time. BYOB for one bottle and an excellent wine list by the glass option. Some table in the middle are pretty tight. Can get noisy. Fun place to eat. Pizza was great.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the $40pp chef tastingWe had the $40pp chef tasting with teh $20pp wine tasting - was delicious - especially the cheese/charcuterie course.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were in for a weekday lunch.We were in for a weekday lunch. Food and service were great, two tops were a bit small for more than one dish at a time, but a great time overall. Serrano ham pizza was fantastic.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best part about GarcesThe best part about Garces is that it serves a wide variety of very basic foods - cheeses, pastas, grilled meats - beautifully presented. Dinner was a treat.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWasn't feeling the cauliflowerWasn't feeling the cauliflower side but loved the place, atmoshpere and server4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a really great meal hereHad a really great meal here over the weekend. Had the chefs cheese selection was phenomenal! Each cheese was paired with a sauce/condiment that worked wonderfully. I ended up buying two of the sauces at the end of the night, the Truffle Lavendar Honey and the Garlic Dulce de Lechi. The Goat Bolognese was savory and delicious.
We split the Spring Verrine for dessert. An intersting flavor profile with the basil mousse.
Overall one of the best meals I've has in a while.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed the food and ambience!We enjoyed the food and ambience! We'll return again, if we can get a reservation!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMCasual garces BYOBBYOB. This has a much more low key and casual feel than amada. It's more like a cafe. The food was delicious and it's great that the wine store is connected to the restaurant. I had tha pasta special which was small but it was a good portion size. We split a salad and then each had out own entrees. We liked everything we ordered. It started getting crowded but we didn't feel rushed out when we were lingering to finish our wine.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner choiceFirst trip to Philly- this restaurant offered wonderful food, great service and a lively ambiance. We shared a goat cheese and pesto appetizer that was delicious. My husband had fusilli carbonara that was really rich and satisfying. I had pasta with clams - the seafood was flavorful and substantial, and the pasta was perfectly cooked. The bread was amazing, too. We were too full to try dessert but the menu was very nice. The atmosphere was classy-casual; you could dress up or wear nice jeans - a nice option when you have been walking all over the city all day.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Sunday dinner!My husband and I took our dear friend, visiting from Mexico, and our daughter-in-law to Garces Trading Company for a Sunday dinner.
Our food was supberb!!! Our waiter was friendly, helpful and attentive. We loved our cheese plate. Our dinner was excellent and the desserts were divine!!! Will absolutely go back.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA great place for a quick lunchI took my parents here because she is a fan of Iron Chef Jose Garces. While we may not have seen the chef the experience was great. We stopped in during the "Limited Lunch" menu, but don't let the title stop you. The burger on the menu is great and so is the frites made in duck fat. The ham and cheese sampler is also amazing. Be sure to stop by the dessert case after your meal.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful meal. Great flavors.Wonderful meal. Great flavors. Cheese pairings were perfect.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFelt like I was in Europe!Felt like I was in Europe! Food was very good and fresh, but it did seem a little overpriced.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMYum!The deep dish pizza is phenomenal. The tomatoes are so fresh and the duck fat crush is so perfectly crumbly. It takes 45 minutes, so put the order in right away and then enjoy some charcuterie and beer or wine while you wait. It was very filling, but we still had the Almond Joy to top it all off -- a delicious combo of coconut, hazelnut, and ginger flavors. A little pricey, but very worth it.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMCame here after my graduateCame here after my graduate school graduation and it was WONDERFUL! All 4 of us did the $40 tasting menu and we couldn't have asked for better food or service. We will be back!4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food. Tables a bitWonderful food. Tables a bit tight for the size of their serving pieces4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistentFlawless! We picked an extremly afforfable French wine from the store and our server was very knowledgeable and helped us select dishes for a great experince!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMService was excellent. HighlyService was excellent. Highly recommend the pizzas. Everything was really very good. I did find the duck entree to be a tad salty. Not sure if it was the rub on the duck or the endive. Overall though not a big deal.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMEach and every time, GarcesEach and every time, Garces Trading Company meets and betters our expectations. What a great, great place!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExceeded ExpectationsI had heard mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed GTC. Our food was delicous, the service was great and the wine list was extensive. We loved the idea of smaller plates to share and definitely left full!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI went for easter brunch,I went for easter brunch, so amazing, market style is so unique, try everything then just turn around and buy it! Amazing flavored oils, house fresh mozzarella is actually insanely delicious. Service was also fantastic out waitress was professional without being robotic and the gentlemen behind the cheese counter was very patient with my choosy friends and me. Overall wonderful experience, 10 out of 10!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAt a recent Saturday brunch/lunch,At a recent Saturday brunch/lunch, we really enjoyed the experience. This was a first-time visit (with young kids in tow) and we will definitely go back. The food was delicious (perfectly prepared), the service was terrific and the ambience appealing. They accommodated our kids with grilled cheese sandwiches made to order. The adult menu items to note: Duck fat frites, the Spaniard sandwich and the housemade grilled Gin bacon -- yum!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMone of the bestThe Duck Confit was amazing. The food is always incredible, and the service impeccable. The atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant, can't wait to come back!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was far from my firstThis was far from my first experience w/GTC and I brought two first timers w/me. We bought some wine from the shop attached and got to it. We decided on the "sharing is caring" dining approach and split a few small plates, pizzas and desserts.
Our server Jenn was prompt, personable and had a great knowledge of the menu. We were mised in between each course and when dinner service was at it's peak the Manager Brandon took the time to ask us how everything was up to that point and opened our second bottle for us. Always nice to see management engaging guests with sincerity (it seems a lost art) and makes you feel better about the overall experience.
The food was well spaced out per course and outstanding, as always!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMI entertained two work colleaguesI entertained two work colleagues here, at the suggestion of my daughter who lives near the restaurant. It was the first time for all of us at any of the Garces restaurants, and we had a wonderful experience. We chose the tasting menu, which is a great way for first-timers to try out many of the restaurant's signature plates. Stand-outs were the cheese plate, the scallops, the cod balls, and the vegetable dishes, including the beets, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. We asked for a quieter table when making the Open Table reservation, and our request was honored. Service was the perfect balance of friendly, knowledgeable servers who were not obtrusive. Can't wait to go back with family and friends and to try the other Garces restaurants3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMMy third Garces restaurant.My third Garces restaurant. All are fabulous. Can't wait to try out the other 2...3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMUsually very good.Normally an excellent place for great food. Our most recent visit had my wife's dish of roasted chicken arrive cold.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service! Loved the desserts.Great service! Loved the desserts.
The pizzas were really good.
We will be back for sure.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMEach time we return we sayEach time we return we say can't be better than last, but it is!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThanks Nathaniel for anotherThanks Nathaniel for another wonderful dining experience!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM