Hickory Lane American Bistro
Hickory Lane American Bistro

Hickory Lane American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hickorylanebistro.com/
  • Phone: 2157692420x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday and Friday : 11:00 - 3:30pm

    Bar Menu and Cocktails, Monday through Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30

    Dinner: Monday through Sunday: 4:30 - 10:00pm.

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

    Bar Menu and Cocktails, Monday through Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Albert Alvarado Jr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call and provide details on what type of event to determine if Hickory Lane can be a part of your engagement.
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  • Special Events: Please call and provide details on what type of event to determine if Hickory Lane can be a part of your engagement.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corinthian Ave
  • Public Transit: SEPTA Route 48 and 7
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking with a public lot next to Eastern State Penitentiary. Parking lot is owned by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

    Valet Parking - Friday and Saturday Night
A word from Hickory Lane American Bistro
Hickory Lane American Bistro features cuisine founded in exceptional, fresh and local ingredients prepared under expert technique by Chef Albert Alvarado Jr. Formally of Green Eggs, and his team practice classic techniques and modern food science in the creation of simple yet delicious and beautiful food. Hickory Lane offers Lunch, Dinner and Brunch in a elegantly rustic dining room with plenty of outside cafe seating. Featuring an eight seat copper bar that sets focus on simplicity. The bar showcases old world and new world selections of beers and wines while the cocktail and drink options are made from classic recipes with new twists and spirits. Hickory Lane is ideal for a quick bite, leisurely meal or exceptional fare. We are located across from the historic Eastern State Penitentiary on the corner of Fairmount and Corinthian Ave. Feel free to stop by or make a reservation, either way you will remember your first visit and that is what makes you will want to come back.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Hickory Lane American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)great for outdoor dining (37)great for brunch (24)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (10)great for lunch (10)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)romantic (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our group of 5 had dinner here before going to the Terror behind the walls. Had a reservation for 8:15 and they seated us promptly. The food was excellent --- Of course it was noisy and hard to hear each other, but to be expected. Would definitely go back!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous onion soup
    NessaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The French onion soup was really excellent. Two of us had their very good burgers and one had a pasta dish. Everything was enjoyable. It was too cold to eat outdoors, but there is a nice outdoor area for warmer days.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Spot
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Met a colleague there for a friendly chat. We sat outside and enjoyed the Fairmount neighborhood scene. Delicious fare and cool smooth wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    livetoeat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Four of us went to brunch after a charity run. The food was ok, but it all came out at different times which was kind of annoying. Nothing was that spectacular. My husband ordered the mexican breakfast as it was highly recommended. It was just soggy tortilla chips in a red sauce with a couple of small pieces of sausage. His was the last out, so I'm not sure why it was so soggy anyway. I also asked for toast when my food came out it took at least 20 minutes to come out. I was done my food at this time and I had also waited to eat until my husbands food came out. Our waitress was great, attentive, apologetic for how the food came out and how long the toast took.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Jive123
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It was fun, very good food. Kind f just classic american. Basically it was just what I wanted it to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch in Philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A small spot but very nice. The staff is excellent and the food is even better. The grits are real; not out of a package. And it's topped off with a perfect piece of thick, crispy bacon! The pork belly just melts in your mouth. The beet salad is very fresh and not overdressed. Pay attention to the specials because you'll want to order each one. They even make infused liquor for your brunch drinks. Hickory Lane is a must when you're in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch spot!
    eph09
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great place to head for brunch, partly because it's in Fairmount and thus not mobbed by crowds like the popular brunch spots in Center City. I was able to easily make a reservation that day for our party of 7, and we sat in the cute outdoor seating with nice views of the penitentiary and Fairmount Ave. Another thing I appreciated was the extensive menu that included several vegetarian and vegan options because we had a vegan in our group. They seemed to have a lot of great sweet and savory brunch dishes, some unique ones as well as some classics. My pork belly eggs Benedict was delicious. They also have an entire menu of mimosa flavors although I didn't try any of them this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, wine, people watch & service
    Happycouple
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outdoor seating has a view of the towering Eastern State Penitentiary, which was really amazing. Our waiter, Harrison, was awesome. Food was delicious. We had a fabulous mushroom bruschetta and a five-onion soup to start. I had the pork option which had an amazing sauce and beautiful presentation. It was perfect. My husband had a pasta dish that was great. It was a little loud outside because of the location, but we expected that and didn't mind the chance to be right in the action. Great spot to people watch. Inside looked beautiful. Next time we are in Philly again, we will stop by here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twist on brunch
    bcreviewer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nice to find an upbeat, fun vibe brunch place. I had pork belly benedict, cooked perfect w some crispness to it, giving wonderful flavour to whole dish. The other dish we ordered was their special w lox and was delicious too ! Not happy about latte, would of liked a bigger cup, but will return !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    Melissa
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food and perfectly suited for the Fairmount neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Horrible food never tasted anything so bad not one dish edible didn't complain never come back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch and Dinner!
    KTMCVVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here for both brunch and dinner. For brunch, they have an awesome mimosa list! Dinner was fantastic as well. I ordered the cheese platter for appetizer, as well as the squash fondue and Steak Frites. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Dinner or Brunch
    fairmounter
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been several times for brunch and just recently for dinner. Food is excellent - good quality ingredients, well prepared, good-sized portions. It's priced fairly for the quality of the food. Really appreciate as well the variety on the menu and the different price points - there's something for everyone. A good pick if you have guests who want to try something a little upscale but not out of their comfort zone. Service is friendly but seems to come in spurts - at our recent dinner, our server disappeared for long stretches of time. It was nice not being rushed, but things did drag a bit. Not that big a deal though, and would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood brunch spot!
    JanMarieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been here twice and it is my new favorite place for brunch. Beverage menu is interesting, service is delightful and the food does not disappoint. We have had the specials both times and they were amazing. Once a chicken and waffles benedict and the other was peanut butter cup French toast. Totally decadent and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local restaurant, good prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was wonderful and the service was great. The only negative was that it was very warm inside the restaurant. Since it was a stormy night, everyone was inside and even though they did lower the temperature, it was still too warm. BUT, I definitely will be back and hopefully it can be a night when the windows are all open.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Weekend Brunch in Fairmount
    Tomato
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Hickory Lane, on a corner in Fairmount, is a small restaurant with outdoor seating. It's casual décor and wonderful wait staff provide a relaxing place for brunch. The creative assortment of waffles, pancakes, eggs and lunch options look and taste terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the French Toast for Dessert!
    JanMarieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Met a friend here for brunch, nabbed a great table in the shade and had a wonderful meal. The server was friendly and attentive. When they did not have the wine I ordered she had recommendations and brought me tastes without me having to ask for it. We both had eggs Benedict, mine the special chicken and waffles Benedict (delicious) and my friend the classic. We shared the special "peanut butter cup stuffed" french toast for dessert and my friend summed it up best saying "I'll never be able to have plain French toast again". It was ridiculously good. I will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Celebration!
    FunkyMama
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Wonderful menu! Mark is a great waiter! We all loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a terrible experience. The place was so noisy you could not hold a conversation. The food was adequate. The food looked better on the menu than it appeared on the plate. I do not enjoy soggy potato slices at room temperature Some of the windows were open so there was no air conditioning. It was just not for us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 231 reviews are from the Hickory Lane American Bistro reviews archive.
  • Hickory Lane Bistro
    nschmid15
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The staff was very pleasant and efficient. Food was deliciously prepared, but be prepared, they are rather small plates (a man may not find it fulfilling). I really had a nice time eating outdoors with the penetnetary as oir backdrop. I would recommens it and I would most likely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BuonaCenaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We haven't been to Hickory Lane in about a year, and the restaurant has changed in unfortunate ways. The meals we ordered were good, but the temperature requests for the fish weren't followed, and overall the meals lacked the inventiveness of a year ago. We were there on a very busy Friday night, and the hostess was clearly overworked and clearly disgruntled, acting almost as if our presence was an inconvenience and making us wait for a table that was already set for service. The seating is very close and the noise level high making conversation difficult; it was much easier to hear the conversations going on at the next table than it was to communicate with my partner. A very un-notable wine list.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunate bad experience
    df88VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We have been to Hickory Lane a handful of times and always pleased by both the food and the service. Unfortunately this night failed to meet those expectations. Despite having a large number of empty tables outside, we were told we could not be seated outside (the same tables were empty when we left after out meal). The hostess was less than helpful or gracious about the seating arrangements and when our food came out out of order (appetizers before wine!) she did not do as much as apologize. Seating aside, it was clear the staff was stretched thin and the hostess made no effort to apologize or accommodate us while we were sitting right next to the door and had all of the traffic from the kitchen and patrons interrupting our meal
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy spot for a special occasion!
    2diners
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    So glad we took advantage of this quality setting to celebrate a special time. Loaded with atmosphere, the small tables contribute to the intimate feeling inside this neighborhood restaurant. Our service, by Sarah, was outstanding! Our entrees were done to order and served with a notable presentation. Delicious food, friendly staff and moderate prices will bring us back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Had the Hickory Burger and it was one of the best I've had in Philly! We split the brunch special which was the Oreo French Toast and we all loved it at our table. It was perfect! Definitely going back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My new brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Our first brunch at Hickory Lane was great! The pork belly benedict was to die for. I had the biscuit and gravy benedict special. The Chef should make this a menu staple. The biscuit melted in my mouth. My Daughter is a big smoked salmon fan and she said the platter was the best she ever had. We can't wait to go back when we're in Philly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • True Neighborhood Gem
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I can't say enough good things about Hickory Lane. The food is over the top. The bartenders make very good drinks. The wait staff are super. It is a small space, but I never feel crowded in. In a neighborhood with plenty of places to eat--some within eye shot--this is the best around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, okay service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have dined at Hickory Lane several times prior and have always had a wonderful time. However, on Mother's Day, they seemed rushed and unorganized. We were eating with two toddlers and the hostess forgot to tell the server that we were seated. We waited over 10 minutes for our server, and we finally had to ask the bartender to alert our server of our presence. Because we had waited so long, we asked if the kitchen could rush an order of French fries for the children. We were told the kitchen was too busy. However, we saw many orders of fries going out to other diners. Our food was unbelievable delicious and we will go back. We think perhaps for special occasions, they should serve a limited menu and hire extra staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    KyleToro
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've been to HL 5 or 6 times now and i plan to continue. Brunch is perfect, especially when the weather is great. Dinner is quite sophisticated without being over the top. My wife, as well as our parents, love HL. It's worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!!!
    JPav
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Living in Fairmount, I previously looked at the menu for Hickory Lane and wasn't excited, so I had not been - until this weekend. A friend recommended their brunch and I thought, "Why not?!" I am SO thankful - it was truly outstanding! The mimosas (I chose blood orange and "mystery"!), the Pork Belly Benedict, the Churro French Toast - OMG. The food was truly fabulous, and it's now my go-to spot for brunch. The service was also great, and even the staff in the (tiny!) open kitchen were very friendly and thanked us all as we were leaving. I can't wait to return for lunch, dinner, brunch again....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spot to celebrate spring!
    FairmountFoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I went with friends from out of town, for an early Saturday dinner before a dance performance. The experience was lovely, from start to finish. Relaxed atmosphere, great food, and hospitable service. I can't wait to try it again, maybe for weekend brunch or late-night drinks and apps.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't be late
    Like2DineVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Showed up at 6:25 and was told that the Pri Fixe, which ends at 6:30, was not available. Received a rude reply when I asked for it. First and last time eating here.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meals with Friends - the best
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    On this our second dining experience we arrived to a dining room lit with brilliant late spring afternoon sunshine that seemed to match the moods of the diners and staff. Cocktails here are a tasty and an educational experience, be sure to take the time to see what delicious specials are available before ordering your regular, otherwise you might miss out on a delicious and tasty alternative. Large parties were the order of the day we were here and the staff managed these with aplomb, getting all the diners served together, and making sure everyone had what they needed. Our friends enjoyed a wide array of menu choices, full dinners or lighter fare and everyone loved their choice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    great food, a very nice waitress, cold and unfriendly hostess.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful surprise
    jacintVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Looking for somewhere new in the Art Museum area, we found Hickory Lane. The crab & mango wonton salad appetizer is just extraordinary while the "sandwiches" completely understate their size, tastiness and creativity. Talking to the couple at the next table for guidance on the menu, we chanced upon frequent visitors from the neighborhood who spoke highly of nearly every dish. We will return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dinner off two
    Baileys
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Needed a cozy place to eat and celebrate a promotion and our first night home from our wedding! We did the mushroom bruschetta... And will certainly do them again! The bouillabaisse was remarkable and well-sized, even for a guy.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent brunch!
    krssstn
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I took my mom and dad here for brunch to celebrate my mom's birthday and everything was really wonderful. Our server was really friendly and suggested great food and drink choices when we were having trouble deciding. Our food was excellent. We sat inside and they had the big front windows open and the whole restaurant gets this really enjoyable cross breeze going through it. I will definitely go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish & delightful for girls night
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food and service are great at Hickory Lane, but it's so noisy and the tables are just smashed together. Those are my only complaints. Otherwise, it's a great choice. Have been there a number of times and have never had a bad meal or service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would go back, but...
    Sarita2882
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I went there on the same day as the Fairmount Arts Crawl so I am going to give them a pass on the fact that the overall experience was just OK. They were ill prepared for the crowds and did not communicate that issue well to customers. Food was very good, even if my burger did come with a dot of chocolate on it...I will go back but if the service is as bad as it was on this day, it will be my last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    bigredlouVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Brunch is average. Tables are on top of each which makes the place very loud. Waitress was polite but looked like she was directed to push us out. Not the best experience
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but Nice!
    sal1107VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had driven by the restaurant on several occasions but finally had the opportunity to try it out. The place is small so there's not a lot of seating and tables are very close together. We enjoyed the food, theh restaurant, and service but it was a bit noisy. This might be expected for a Saturday night and the size of the place. We tried holding a conversation but it was a challenge unless we really put our heads together. It was our first time to the restaurant so we'll give it another chance and see if our experience is similar. You might be able to find on-street parking. It's a block away from a public parking lot (closer to 19th Street on Fairmount), which was convenient. The dress code varied between casual and dressy casual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.