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High Street on Market
High Street on Market

High Street on Market Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.highstreetonmarket.com
  • Email: info@highstreetonmarket.com
  • Phone: (215) 625-0988
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Eli Kulp
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd
  • Public Transit: 5th or 2nd Street, Blue Line; Septa Market Street Line
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is available at the Ritz at the Bourse Movie Theater, Bourse Parking Garage, 400 Ranstead Street on 4th between Market and Chestnut, for $6.50.
A word from High Street on Market
High Street on Market serves Chef Eli Kulp"s contemporary American, hand-crafted, locally-inspired foods. The casual menu is designed to be shared and is served family style. Located on Market Street (formerly High Street during colonial times), High Street's dining room features local artisan work, milk-painted wood walls and factory windows. Counter seating in front of the completely open kitchen makes you feel at home. Eli's food is accompanied by a select wine list featuring winemakers whose work reflects the place and people from which the wine comes. Inventive cocktails include bottled and hand-crafted classics as well as new creations. High Street also serves from morning to afternoon
house-baked breads from the local mill, sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, salads and roman-stye pizza. Eli Kulp is also chef of Fork. Craig LaBan, Phiadelphia Inquirer, describes "[his] food [as] hauntingly good'. We hold seats for walk-ins.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was excellent and the chef proved himself with an innovative menu after a fire next door interrupted business for a couple of days."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great service, very interesting wines that are fantastic, and unbelievably delicious food."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "High Street on Market has developed an innovative menu that was fun to try. Our party of 4 tried the chef's tasting menu. Kale chips, pickled vegetables, and a deconstructed pastrami sandwich were the highlights of the meal. The service was excellent. The casual atmosphere gave the restaurant an at home feel. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love this new rest. after going two times. Great if you are not looking for a heavy meal. Every dish is delicious and you can order as many as you like until you are satisfied. Very high quality ingredients with combinations of foods that are very creative. As good as Fork without the high prices. The breads are the best i have tasted in Philly. Do have the breads with spreads. Loved the wagyu dish, lobster bruchetta, potted shrimp, mushroom dish and crispy broccoli. a really fun place to go before the Arden Theater."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Music was too loud for easy conversation among a table of four. I'd argue with the "family style" label. I think it is just another small plates place in disguise. You basically need to want pasta for your main as there was really only one "family style" dinner entrée that evening. That being said, everything was good but I would not rush back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I visit Philadelphia several times a year and like to check out the newer restaurants. Based upon other reviews I was expecting something very special. The service was strange and bad. My guest and I had a 9:15 reservation and were asked to wait at the bar next door. They were ready for us at 10:15. By the time we were seated, they were out of about half the items on the menu. I've actually never seen that in a restaurant before. It's odd, as this restaurant is hot (according to the reviews) and I suspect often fully-booked. Maybe it was an off night, but they should be able to manage that better. While the food was nice, it was't worth the grief. There are a lot of nice options in Philadelphia."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is excellent. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This place had an interesting menu that consisted of irregular items. Not very vegetarian friendly, it seemed as though most of the vegetarian dishes consisted of raw foods. I feel as though they tried to outdo themselves on elegance. I would only recommend this place for hipsters as they would definitely enjoy themselves. Less classy people (like us) would probably find other places much more satisfying and much less expensive."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Working in old city I get take out from High Street for lunch, but finally made it for dinner and it was beyond worth it! The staff were attentive, but not overly, the food was wonderful and the portion sizes were perfect. Dessert put the meal over the top. I'll be back for dinner soon."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "After three visits since December, High Street has joined Sbraga and Zahav in my favorite Philadelphia restaurant list. I still lament the closing of James. We had the chef's tasting menu option for $45 (a great bargain) and once again it was very fine and included a few thing we might not have ordered on our own, ALL welcome. But we found it, finally, too much food. Unless you're ravenous, I recommend going a la carte. You can always add one more, if you find you need it."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Interesting menu and the service was outstanding. Great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We are big fans of Fork so were eager to try High Street. We were not disappointed. The menu, though small, is very interesting. Service was excellence and our server was very knowledgable about the menu. Overall, our dinner was wonderful. Looking forward to trying brunch."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great new restaurant! I usually avoid old city on weekend nights -- but now there is a great reason to go! Delicious food! My husband and I split several small plates, and enjoyed everything we tried. Our server was very attentive without hovering, gave good recommendations, and had a sense of humor. This place is definitely worth a try. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "All 6 of us loved it. Exceeded expectations. Very unique flavors. Perfect for sharing and experiencing a lot of different things. I think this is one of the best places in the city if there are 4 to 6 people. I think this new spot ranks up there in the same league with Zahav and Vedge and is perfect for vegetarians if that matters. Can't wait to go back for breakfast or lunch."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "8-course tasting menu $45 pp. Able to sample wine before choosing. Courses (good to excellent) were from the regular menu: odd crispy kale, delicious fried broccoli, interesting ginger-rye bread with ok butternut squash hummus, lamb tartare - good but I don't like raw meat, fabulous pasta filled with eggplant and goat yogurt, another delicious pasta with smoked duck ragout, braised pork shank over polenta -excellent, tender, accompanied by a sm. salad, finally 2 sm. desserts: a chocolate mousse-like thing with choco cookie crumbs and a combo of ice cream/sorbet with dates and sticky caramel, the better of the 2 desserts. A lot of good, unusual food for the $$! Good presspot coffee too. Tables are close, surfaces are all hard, VERY LOUD!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The review prepared us for 'unusual' but however positive, did not approximate describing how spectacular the menu and results are. I and my friends will return to taste all those other dishes we did not choose. We loved and were amazed at the unexpected and wonderful flavors in our choices. Congratulations!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for Valentine's day, so had the joy of choosing from a prix fixe menu (meh)...but the food was all very very good. My complaints are that the service wasn't quite up to the level you'd expect when you're dropping $100/person, and the atmosphere/vibe of the place (it's more of a cafe/grab-n-go market by day) is a bit strange for a high-end restaurant. As long as you know that going in though you shouldn't be too thrown off."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The meal was excellent--a bunch of shared plates (razor clams, fried broccoli) and two shared pasta dishes, one shared dessert and coffee. The highlight is the three breads with three toppings (at $8, though). There was definitely enough variety. We were impressed that the wine list was not crazy marked up (a recent issue at some spots). Our bottle of Hobo was $60 (almost $30 in a store, so that is not bad at all). The servers were knowledgeable and friendly. The space is probably better suited for the more informal breakfast and lunch crowd. Our meal for two came to $175 with tip. We would go back, but probably to try it for another meal besides dinner. Now we are anxious to try Eli Kulp's menu next door at sister restaurant Fork."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Welcomed addition to Old City. Definitely an improvement over Fork Etc. Went with the 8 plate sampling and was not disappointed. Highlights included: crispy broccoli, lobster tartine, and pastrami pasta. Delicious meal with delightful service."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "First time there and many things impressed us- the small plates were fantastic. However, there was disappointment. The pasta with lobster did not have any pieces of lobster- apparently it was combined in the sauce or had essence of lobster or something. Had to wait 30 minutes for a table, which we had reserved which is irritating. Dessert was bland. Would consider a return, though not for a while."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Interesting menu, lots of different tastes. Definitely recommend planning to share plates."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "This small restaurant has a great ambience and wonderfully creative food served mostly Tapas style. Don't miss the Kale chips and the sauteed mushrooms. We also had the orechiette pasta and enjoyed it quite a bit."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Excellent overall, because of innovative food deftly prepared, well-chosen but moderately-priced wines (especially for Pennsylvania), and attentive service."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a terrific dinner at High Street on Market last weekend. The shared plates were all (except for the beet salad) really good. We ordered a second dish of the Broccoli, which is fried "naked" and didn't last long in front of this group! If you're a fish lover, be sure to get the Striped Bass Collar - maybe the sweetest, most tender and flavorful fish I've ever eaten! The pastas were all very good - each a combination of elements that you'd normally not think to put together if you making pasta a home. We're all looking forward to enjoying High Street on Market in the future."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "High Street on Market always puts out an incredible meal. Even our "least favorite" dishes were amazing. love how the menu is veggie-centric (I'm not a vegetarian, but I love my veggies!). Wagyu beef, smoked duck pasta, and crispy broccoli, and squash hummus were our favorites this time. The mushroom dish was our favorite last time, but it didn't blow us away this time. We did have to wait about 15-20 minutes for our reservation (looked like they got behind because others after us waited as well) but we went over to Fork and got a drink and the hostess came to get us when our table was ready. Service is excellent, food is phenomenal, no complaints!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Excellent cocktails and interesting food, though slightly on the expensive side."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I normally don't write reviews for restaurants that I've dined at. This is, for the most part, due to a combination of laziness and a satisfied tummy. However, this restaurant deserves a few words. The food and the service here were both absolutely phenomenal. Our waitress Jennifer was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also very passionate about the restaurant. And her passion was not without justification - everything that I ate was superb (maybe with the exception of dessert, which didn't match the level of taste as the previous courses, but was still very enjoyable). This is my new favorite spot in Philly (sorry, Barbuzzo!)."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I had a great time. The service was spectacular. My date and I were very impressed with their grasp of what's being prepared. It was a great deal for restaurant week as well. The food itself was amazing. I loved every bite."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Even tho it was restaurant week, we had choices , six apps and entrees and a wine flight for $15. Best food around"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "this place quickly became one of my favorite restaurant! there were 3 of us and we ordered 3 restaurant week menu + additional 2 appetizers so we got to try a lot of different things on the menu! Everything that came out were amazing!!!!! except for the crumb cake and Trifle, wasn't a very big fun of them... Highly recommend, Kale Chips, Mushrooms, rabit, Striped Bass Collar, Wagyu Steak and coconuts ice cream :)"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This was out second time at High Street on Market and it was just as delicious, relaxing and enjoyable as the first! The food is wonderful and the ambiance is a rare find - great decor and a feeling that's both upscale and relaxed, with servers who are knowledgeable without being pushy or pretentious."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Decided to try this restaurant at the tail end of restaurant week. For $35 a person and a $15 wine tasting my fiancee and I opted for this restaurant for the numerous vegetarian options. We had tried the kale chips, hummus, mushroom dish, and fermented rabe. The clear winner was the mushroom dish which was textured very well and flavored deliciously. Our server was fantastic, attentive and available. For the main course we both had the eggplant dish which was also very good. Lastly we split the dessert and enjoiyed the crumb cake moreso than the chocolate trifle."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The sort of meal that leaves you smiling and wondering..what was that? In a good way! But oh my goodness..so delicious! We had the crispy broccoli, the mushrooms and they were both heavenly, the agnolotti which were divinely smooth and smoky and ..and ...and then the Wagyu beef which almost caused a scene...we were "sharing"...well when the Wagyu hit the table sharing became difficult! You may want to order two portions of this!! So the dishes sound simple but it is the smears and sprinkles of interesting flavors that make it amazing and the service is charming and simplicity at its best. Oh and the bread has got to be the best in town (sorry Parc you have been eclipsed). Desert was not as interesting..but seriously we were done by then.."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "This was my second visit to High Street on Market and I was just as impressed if not more by the restaurant. This time our party of four ordered a chefs choice of sharing plates. We loved how they would bring out new plates and we wouldn't know what was next. Everything was just soooo good. I believe that there were 8 different sharing plates. When we were finished we all were perfectly satisfied and the whole dining experience is not to be missed. I give this restaurant gold stars. I have also been to Fork and the wonderful service and food is on the same level for this sister ship."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The spare decor with large old Philadelphia maps was lovely, and I liked the open kitchen. Server Jared was excellent and attentive. The menu struck us as being unusual, but everything we tried was very good. The Manhattan cocktail was tasty, and I've never seen it come bottled before! The dish we liked best was the potted shrimps with whipped foie, which came with small buttered toasts. Could have eaten a couple of those! But everything was good. I had the green tea garganelle (looked like penne) with smoked duck ragu. Pasta was excellent. The ragu was tasty, but I did not perceive either smoke or duck in it. Desserts were wonderful. The owner came by to ask how everything was, a lovely touch. All in all, we would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great fresh locally grown food. My husband is a fast food lover and was upset when he saw the menu. I ordered 5 plate and dessert and every plate was wiped clean. Outstanding food and service."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The menu was limited but very creative. Appetizers were delicious and the entree was big enough to share. Apparently the menu changes frequently and there are more small plates than large. Wine list is limited , but very good, as are cocktails. The quality and service were excellent and my friend and I would definitely return."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Eli Kulp"s kitchen is hitting on all cylinders! A must-try for any foodie."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "most enjoyable newcomer, small plates but excellent food"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "so the word is that this is the sort of younger, more daring complement to fork Senior. I've been to fork and enjoyed it, but it was a fraction as memorable as the beautiful array of small plates that greeted us at High Street. fascinating, satisfying, compelling to no end. don't hesitate to experience it. I want more!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014