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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
  • Phone: (215) 625-0988
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • 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
  • Special Events & Promotions: Friends and Family Dinners on Tuesday evenings from 9 PM on feature $25 prix fixe menus. See our website for more information!

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. 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 and was recently named a Food & Wine Magazine 2014 Best New Chef. Craig LaBan, Phiadelphia Inquirer, describes "[his] food [as] hauntingly good'. We hold seats for walk-ins. Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "The space is lovely, and the service is good. We had the tasting menu. The potted shrimp appetizer and striped bass collar entree were amazing; I mean really, really great. A multi-layer sorbet crumble dessert with raspberry creme was also excellent. The other dishes.... The octopus pasta dish looked great, but all we could taste was the massive dose of saffron. The duck over green tea pasta tasted weird and had disgusting presentation; it looked like cat food. Their wine program needs work. I asked for something light, dry, and most of all, not sweet. I was forced to try a rich Gewürztraminer. Uhhh. Then I was served one wine that tasted like brie, followed by a wine with so much apple flavor, I thought it might be cider. Choose carefully."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Imaginative, fresh,surprising. The pastas house made, the Arctic char was perfectly cooked with a crisp skin and melt-in-your mouth flesh, and the selection of house baked breads was fantastic. We ordered the 8 course let-the-chef-select-the-dishes and were not disappointed. Portions were generous. Staff super knowledgeable and friendly"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Beets with a beef broth? Onefof the many fabulous dishes we tasted. The lamb ceviche was stellar."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I stopped the restaurant earlier because considering a party of four reservation. Noisy due to reflection off the hard walls. The maitre d' turned away from me when I asked some questions about the menu. Nonetheless, I was asked to make a reservation for two. We gave it a try on a Wednesday night, just the two of us. The arctic char was extremely oily, being generally oily, it was too oily as prepared. The mushroom small plate was quite good. Surprised by a pasta only entree menu, possibly lack of menu research. The server, unlike my maitre d' experience, was initially cool but when I liked his wine recommendation turned quite cordial. Two small plates, a salad and the mushrooms + wine/cocktails = $96 before tip; reasonable."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Each course was perfectly presented, balanced tastes, and wonderful. Food was interesting, even amusing as the plate of different textured beets. Portions were restrained. I would recommend the tasting menu for a full dinner meal. I plan to return to sample breakfast and lunch."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Loved everything we got. So delish!! The mushroom and beets were so good. The pastrami pasta was the best thing to ever hit my mouth."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Somewhat confusing menu but server was helpful with descriptions of amounts and wine pairings. The noise level, however, marred the experience (all the better to concentrate on the excellent food, I suppose) and the barware did not do justice to the unique and delicious artisan cocktails."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Heard some good things about this new restaurant and tried it the other night. It was a bit expensive but so worth it. The menu was creative and so delicious. Each dish I tasted was amazing. The Spicy Crab Pasta was my favorite! The space is small so I imagine when others taste and realize how wonderful it is, it will be packed. I am now dying to try the brunch and lunch too!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "All of the food was made from scratch and to order to include the pasta. My aunt only does a gluten free diet and the chef was able to accommodate her by making one of our pastas gluten free and giving her gluten free bread. Everyone was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed the food greatly and the restaurant had a relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Something must have been going on in the kitchen. This was one of the worst service experiences I've ever had. I had two children with me (7 and 9) too and they just couldn't get it together. We got some food, waited over an hour for other food. It was just a mess."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Small plates, small portions, small eclectic menu in a neighborhood with many mediocre restaurants...we will return for another sampling but not for a while..."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Following an amazing, large birthday dinner event at Fork two months earlier (immediately following "the fire"), when all hands were on deck to make sure our event took place without a hitch, we decided to try Fork's little sister, to partake more casually in Eli Kulp's creative offerings. We were not disappointed. Truly "fit for foodies", High St on Mkt's approach to fish, meats, and vegetarian offerings is so innovative and pleasant. (Their home-baked breads and accompaniments are fabulous, as well.) Though we found the ambience to be nice with its openness and informality, truly High St stands out as a gem for sustainable, modern dining."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We took our dad (a huge foodie) here for Fathers Day and had a great time. The food was delicious, but I wish their menu had at least one or two "safe staple options" for people who aren't as adventurous. The selections were pretty unique, and the quality of the food was great overall. Their bread plate with all of the spread is definitely worth trying. The only thing we were bummed about was that their menu apparently didn't get updated online, so the menu we looked at prior to booking our reservation wasn't the same menu we had to choose from. My dad had his eye on the rabbit entree when he picked the place and it was no longer an option."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been to fork several times, my favorite of all Philly restaurants. My visit to High Street on Market was just as memorable. My date and I had the Chef's tasting and every dish was as great as the last one. If you haven't been go quickly, you are missing a great meal."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The dinner was way too expensive for what we got. Charging for bread and spreads is unacceptable, especially when the spreads were small smears on a board."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Service - very attentive, knowledgeable about the wine, cleared quickly. Salad - somewhat disappointing despite good seasoning/variation of pickled and raw greens (heavy on the dressing (pooled in bowl)) Fois Gras Shrimp pot - excellent, Bread board - exceptional and the Pastrami Ragu w/ Dill oil - well composed in flavor/texture/presentation. The desserts were a low point - the pound cake, while delectable, was a bit dry in the mouth with the amount of oat topping. Additionally, trifle was a heavy desert to follow pastas. Nevertheless, delightfully thoughtful experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It was one of those weird experiences, when you commonly liked everything you ate (except desserts in our case), the food was very creative and inventive, the service was great in the beginning with some little flows by the end, the ambiance was cozy and nice, the value was absolutely great ($45 for 8 courses), but you still can't say if you wish to return. Why?.. Because almost every dish was filled with carbs and fat and none of them were so yummy and so remarkable that it gave you a craving to repeat the experience. we left stuffed and not very happy. Might be it's just not "our cup of tea" because we've read all these positive reviews expecting it to be so great, but we are not hooked to this place and you judge for yourself."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I had really high expectations for this restaurant considering the amount of press it has recently received. With that said, the restaurant didn't completely live up to those expectations though it was very good and I would recommend it to others. The food was inventive but I wasn't blown by any of the dishes on our tasting menu. Don't get me wrong, it was still better than most restaurants. It just wasn't as good as I expected. If you're a foodie - check it out. If not, go somewhere with those staples you know you'll enjoy. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, but servings are a bit small if your very hungry. Waiters and Waitress were very professional and went out of the way to make our meal memorable."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Small plates well presented with excellent combinations of flavor and textures. Pasta dishes are superb, great organic breads and don't forget the martinis. Been here several times and never disappointed."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food here is high quality fresh, innovative menu. Had dinner here late after a play so only had appetizers but loved the bread served with the Green Chickpea hummus. The vegetables in the Spring Fry were delicious. Husband enjoyed the smoke duck ragu. Planning on going back for dinner"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I was so impressed with High Street on Market! I went for lunch and dinner. For lunch, my mom and I had the duck meatball sandwich, the world's best grilled cheese, and the broccoli salad. All were delicious. High Street has a phenomenal bread program. I went back for dinner and was amazed at how different the restaurant at night...dimly lit, great soundtrack, casual in a great way. My friends and I tasted a ton of the small plates, in addition to several pastas. The dishes were all incredibly creative and flavorful. High Street does great things with vegetables. (Note: the vegetables are not usually vegetarian.) The gorgeous pastas are all made in-house daily. The wine list was great and service blew me away. Definitely eat here! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu and it was a truly remarkable meal. Started with fantastic drinks and ended with delicious desserts. Could have had a dozen of the lobster knuckles and a whole bowl of the rhubarb jam served with their home made bread. Will return very soon!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Limited menu that seemed to be trying way to hard. Pasta was good but not worth the price. Was really excited to done here knowing it is tied to the legendary FORK which it is connected to. The best part was the bread which is made in house. Overall I'd say a miss for dinner. But I hear that breakfast is pretty decent."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "the food here was good and very interesting. we liked the crispy leaves and excellent bread. entrees were decent portions and the wine list was respectable. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My wife and I were blown away by the tremendous Fare. It's a tapas like approach to local cuisine, and perhaps a little too salty on occasion but overall delicious!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance, loved the service. Waiter Nate was at tentative and charming. When the food came out it was even better than I expected. Perfection"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We dined here as a group of 4 last week. Our service was very slow and waiter did not make typical rounds as he did with other tables. We took the time and calculated out the tips and separated the bill for each of our 4 credit cards. After 10 min the waiter came back (seeming displeased) and stated that the total for our credit cards to be rung up must be the total sum exactly as per total on bill - that we cannot add on the tip amount - which is the first we've ever heard of this. So we had to take the time and recalculate and make sure the total did not exceed the total on the bill. It's very disappointing that the total time spent at restaurant for standard dinner was almost 3 hours, instead of a typical 2 hour event. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Beware of their "specialty" unmarked bottled cocktails (they don't have a bar); we decided to try the martini because that's what we would have ordered had they had a bar. My husband's was acceptable but I had to send mine back twice because it was a sweet, citrusy concoction, not up my alley. It stalled our dinner and instead of comping the last try, they were defensive and gave me a story that this new batch of martini's is using an orange bitter in it (bitters are not an ingredient in a martini). This was on top of their attempt to change my reservation and offer a table next door 2 days before because they got an extra large party, knowing it was a birthday celebration for my husband. Food was great but not enough to recommend."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "casual/ fine-dining, small plates, unique flavor combinations at dinner amazing breakfast sandwiches at brunch i actually prefer the brunch fare"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I have read many laudatory reviews of this restaurant over the past few months, and was very excited to get there a few nights ago. Our family of four foodies had a very enjoyable evening. There were a couple of disappointments. Our server neglected to inform us of plates and a wine that we're not available (we ate at 7 PM on a Sunday--apparently late in the week with supplies dwindling). The restaurant was reasonably full; our server seemed a bit frazzled, rushed, and neglecting. The ancillary staff came through, however. The plates we had were extremely well prepared. I look forward to another meal at High on Market St. or Fork"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "don't let the menu stump or intimidate you. everything sounds weird, esoteric or even scary. it's kinda like zahav in that sense. trust me though, all the food that i've tried here is amazing. make sure to get plenty of veggies because it's super fresh. also, it sucks to shell out money for bread esp. when other places give that out for free, but they're made in house and soooo tasty. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Had a great dinner. The wines by the glass list was truly unique, and included little-known regions producing ancient wines. It was hard to decide what to get, because everything sounded so good. Each dish was a delightful mix of flavors and textures. Chef Eli has made a Reuben sandwich into a pasta dish. The service was exceptional, with the entire staff pitching in to run food, clear, pour water, etc. The decor manages to be trendy while still giving a nod to the colonial district. And the playlist could have been one of my own. I can't wait to return and have been raving about it to everyone. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great range of flavors and texture across starters and pasta plates. Service was attentive and helpful. Our only complaint was the mark up on wine selections. The pinot we selected was priced at 3 times the retail. Doubling the price is acceptable but the nearly triple mark up is excessive raising question about future visits."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "High Street on Market is a fantastic restaurant utilizing in-season, fresh, local ingredients to craft some of the best dishes we have ever eaten. While the menu frequently changes, favorites include the potted shrimp, mushrooms, squash hummus (this season is green chickpea hummus), wagyu beef, lobster bucatini, and eggplant agnlotti. Don't skip out on the bread plate and homemade butters...I am usually one to scoff at paying for bread, but this platter is worth every penny. Service is excellent. Get there now"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My friend and I came in for dinner Friday night and were not disappointed at all. The food was fantastic. I advise everyone to try their house made bread and accompaniments. We had the mushrooms, Wagyu, sea bass collar, their tortellini of the day and a date dessert. My least favorite was the collar, but it wasn't bad by any means. I will be back for sure. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was by far the best restaurant we dined at while visiting Philly. Every dish we ordered was outstanding in preparation, flavor combinations and presentation. Was not the usual ho hum small plate restaurant. We are still thinking about our wonderful dinner at High Street on Market!!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Potted shrimp in foie gras? Chow chow? This crazy menu WORKS....I was utterly enchanted with the food, the flexible, patient and accommodating waitstaff, and the trendy buzz of the place. I shall return. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Fabulous! One dish was more inventive than the next. The combination of flavors seemed scary at first, but each dish had ingredients that worked together beautifully and tasted great!! Thank you for this new inventive dining experience. I will definitely be back again--soon!!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Innovative food with very limited menu. Great service. However, surprisingly expensive for what it is. Portion sizes are small even for a high quality restaurant. Pretty noisy. Would probably recommend for breakfast or lunch rather than dinner. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014