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Hickory Lane American Bistro
Hickory Lane American Bistro

Hickory Lane American Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hickorylanebistro.com
  • Phone: (215) 769-2420
  • 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: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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.
  • Entertainment: 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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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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Horrible food never tasted anything so bad not one dish edible didn't complain never come back"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful menu! Mark is a great waiter! We all loved it!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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. "
    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"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "great food, a very nice waitress, cold and unfriendly hostess."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Tables were so close that our servers had trouble walking between them. Our beer was warm and they said that was normal. Overall, there was no reason for us to come back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A creative brunch and one of the best Bloody Mary's I've ever had."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Overall dinner was excellent. Upon entering we immediately said to each other that we thought they added more tables. This was really the only complaint, we were very cramped in the restaurant. There was barely room to walk to the table. We got calamari and French onion soup to start. The soup was super good. The calamari was good but overpriced for the portion. Knowing how good the burgers were we opted for a burger and pulled pork sandwich. Both were amazing. The drink selections deserves an A+ as well. Despite knowing how good the mix drinks are, I couldn't bring myself to order an $12 cocktail, so I went for some of the great beers they offer."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The three of us have all been many times and really enjoy the food. The burgers are the best in the city and two of us are big burger eaters. It is the top quality of all the ingredients and the ability to get the burgers to the liking of everyone. The service is excellent especially considering that the tables are very close together. The noise level is very high and makes conversation at the table difficult. But overall a great place for food. Will certainly return."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Mmmmmm, food was well prepared and service was phenomenal...we had just one little problem (well maybe two)... Hickory Lane is way too small (we felt like sardines having being seated in the central floor space). My husband and I were hesitant to move as getting my cell from my bag, adjusting my seat (kept scrunching towards the table to allow servers to serve) was a real challenge. Stretching my arms or bending my elbows clearly took me out of my lane and into the other guy' space. I wasn't comfortable which made my actual eating experience uncomfortable. What a dinner dinning disappointment. The other "little" problem...the " Valentine's Day Special" drinks were way too high...4 drinks came to $53 WOW! We weren't expecting that."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Atmosphere was good. Service was quick. Food was good but the burgers reviews in prior ratings were way overrated. It was a very cold night and the room was chilly and we weren't by the window so overall it is cold spot when it is cold out . Kitchen is by the door and the food was also cold quickly. The Mac and cheese is a great appetizer! So glad we tried it, sangria was tasty. We would go back probably in warmer weather. Staff were very friendly and responsive !"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Favorite part about Hickory Lane: they used to do this really cool thing where they had girl-scout cookie themed lunch. Each week or two a different cookie. This is a great little spot for brunch. The food is good and the ambiance is warm and friendly and feels like a place where you want to catch up with friends before starting another week!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The menu was varied and our food choices were absolutely delicious. We really loved the 5 Onion Soup and the Hanger Steak was cooked to perfection. The prix fix menu is a huge value. The service was charming. Well done all around."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Our food was quite tasty (the brunch chilicaques were the highlight). I ordered a cocktail which was pretty well done, but a bit small for the price and not as amazing as it could have been. Might not order the drink again, though they have some things worth trying on the cocktail menu. Still, I think their food (burger!) is well worth it even though it's on the somewhat pricier side in my opinion. You get what you pay for, at least, which is more than I can say of many places."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Got to restaurant early and sat at the bar - had a great conversation with two people next to made . bartender was very nice and added to the bar chatter. Crowed space but very nice - waitress was very sweet and helpful. Burgers were awesome (as she suggested)! Did not care for the bread pudding but the Italian crème desert was great. Nice place - great food - great prices. Great bar too!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014