NoBL
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NoBL

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://noblbyob.com/
  • Phone: 4844612689
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday thru Saturday, 6-10pm, Sunday, 6-9pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Sam Jacobson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: NoBL is happy to provide food for your off-site event. Please inquire by calling.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a semi-private back room that can seat up to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Ellie Lyons 4844612689

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baltimore Ave.
  • Public Transit: NoBL is walkable from the Lansdowne Stop on the Media/Elwyn SEPTA Regional Rail Line.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Two doors away from NoBL is a 100 space municipal parking lot. There are also street parking spots out front.
A word from NoBL
NoBL is a casual restaurant serving comfort food with a Mediterranean tilt. We also feature a great Sangria mixer (provided you bring your own wine to mix in)
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NoBL reviews from OpenTable diners
  • NoBL is still kickin' it
    RickB
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Brought some friends to NoBL this past weekend. It was my first visit since they had revamped the menu. Decor is the same as before while menu has moved away from the multiple small plates approach. Still quite delicious and my friends raved about the food. Only negative was being seated to close to the jazz combo. They were great but our proximity made conversation next to impossible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent , however
    jerry
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Food was excellent , however there are hugh service issues that need to be corrected
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • This is such great place
    lekker
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    This is such great place for a cozy good meal in the neighborhood. Lansdowne has improved since this little gem has opened, The menu is very interesting and I can always find a lovely fresh fish dish.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NoBL is a quaint little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    NoBL is a quaint little place that could probably attract more business with a colorful awning or signage because we passed right by the place and had to go into Sycamore to find out where it was.The trout and spinach salad were excellent. We found the kale a bit salty and the cheese on the polenta a little too strong for my taste, otherwise very good.The appetizers were quite expensive, more than the entrees; maybe they were meant to feed a table?? We didn't order any, so really don't know.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and the wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Great food and the wait staff very polite. We really like the atmosphere here. This was our second trip and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was an absolutely fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    It was an absolutely fabulous dining experience. Love how the old hardware store was redone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Reasonable Sunday Evening Respite
    LansdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    We again had an excellent meal especially when one considers value to quality. While not haute cuisine, and as designed, simpler food than its sister, Sycamore, down the street, it is an excellent meal for the cost. Started with their complemenatry plate of of nuts and dried fruits, and we had (as we usually do)the mezze plate. A very complimentary choice of bites- I particularly liked the dandelion salad with tahini dressing, the crostini, and the serrano ham. My wife had the baked haddock on sweet potato puree, and very much liked it. I had the lamb burger which I should have ordered medium in hindsight as opposed to medium rare (too juicy for the bun), and it was quite good. We finished with the beignets. Dinner with tip- $60!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • aim for the stars so if you miss...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    The food was good, and served at a standard and price point that is hard to complain about. The sevice was not good. Salads came out without main ingredients, nothing came out for over a half an hour, starters sat under the heat lamps with out being served... it was disorganized. Yet the atmosphere and the BYO policy made the wait not a big deal, and as I said, the food was great for the price. Go in with realistic expectations for the location and you will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The decor is very well done.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    The decor is very well done. Our server was great. The food ehh...very small portions and everything we got tasted just ok. We will go back and give it another try:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the inside of the restaurant,
    Debbie
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Loved the inside of the restaurant, the ambiance and the atmosphere. Unfortunately the food was not as good :(. Really wanted to love this local convenient restaurant but the selection of main courses was very limited. The appetizer was much better then the main course but wouldn't go back for just that.
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  • Best burgers!!! Go Thursday
    PhillyPhoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Best burgers!!! Go Thursday night for Burger Bar. Amazing burger, amazing roll, lots of add-ons.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our third time eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This was our third time eating at NoBL - have gone back due to loving the food and atmosphere. That changed Saturday night. We arrived for our 7:15 reservation and were seated immediately, and ordered pretty quickly too, then waited an hour for our salad and another 40-50 min for our entrees. Apparently the large party of 18 or 20 people in the back room threw everything off. They were out of the dish I wanted on the already small menu, and the kitchen seemed not able to keep up with the orders. Server tried to make things right but could not overcome delays. NoBL - if you are having a private event you should close the rest of the restaurant. Seems that you can't do both, and you have turned us off. Big disappointment.
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  • I am not good at describing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    I am not good at describing food but I will say the dinner here was excellent and the prices pretty reasonable. The food was a little slow in coming but the servers were very personable and knowledgeable. It appears the night we were there an unexpected large party was being accommodated and that is probably why the service slowed up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Especially liked the large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Especially liked the large table in the enclosed area and the friendly reception by the staff. Price really reasonable and the portions were just right. The nibble tray was a great idea. The menu options were really attractive and makes you want to go back. The 25 cent/hr parking almost next door makes it easy to think about going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was so good and a byob
    Mare
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    food was so good and a byob you can not bet that, loved the sangria mix, a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    I've been a long time resident of Lansdowne and am definitely not your Olive Garden kind of girl. Saw this place while driving by and it definitely looked inviting enough to give a shot. Ambience is great although or table squeaked something terrible which drove me crazy. Waiter was very informative and friendly When the food came I chuckled at the small portions for the prices but we both took home leftovers because it was quite rich. I had the vegetable polenta which was music to my mouth and the hubby got coffee glazed duck meatballs. I do not like duck but definitely enjoyed my test of these! It wont be a regular place but we will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Based entirely on food it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Based entirely on food it was very good, perhaps even excellent. However the service was sub par. It was as if it was the first night they opened. Only 3 tables when we were there and they seemed unprepared and confused....
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  • It was my third time there.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    It was my third time there. Even though there were not alot of patrons in the restaurant the night that my companion and I had dinner there, the service was quite slow. What usually was a leisurely 45 minute to one hour dinner turned into a dinner that went over an hour and a half. Luckily we didn't have to been anywhere else, but if we did......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waitress and cook went
    lekker
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The waitress and cook went out of their way to give me extra veggies. We love this neighborhood gem for a regular lovely dinner out!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good experience
    Kathy
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    NoBL is the more casual sister of Sycamore. The restaurant is BYO (Lansdowne is a dry town). We went for an early Saturday dinner with 5 people, 3 of whom had lambburgers and appeared to find them delicious based on the fact that there wasn't a crumb left on the plates. Our other friend had a vegetarian polenta which I tried and found delicious. I had the skate, which I never had before. I highly recommend if you're a fish lover. Excellent slightly blackened preparation on a bed of shredded brussels sprouts. Skate has a mild taste and meaty texture. Thanks NoBL for a great experience. What the service lacked in efficiency was made up for in enthusiasm.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    NoBl, just like her sister restaurant, Sycamore, is fantastic. The food is delicious (duck meatballs and funghi pizza are out of this world) and the atmosphere is eclectic. The prices were also incredibly reasonable for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The burgers were delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    The burgers were delicious! it was a fun , casual dining experience. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Service still an issue
    chrispyVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    First time back since NoBL reopened several months ago. Now instead of tapas its a regular, although very limited, menu. We were there for the burger night, either beef or lamb with a choice of 5 topings, all unusual but our selections were very good. There were about 5 other entres on the menu so don't expect a lot of choices. Back when it was a tapas place we did have problems with the service, but chaulked it up to the difficulties in serving many multiple courses. However, now with a simple, regular menu the service is still not good. Seemed to be enough servers but they were extremely disorganized. Don't know what their problem is but if we are to become regulars they need to improve the service quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and delicious dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The food was wonderful, and creative and delicious. We had a great table right next to the kitchen and watched the chef prepare plate after plate. We four all agreed we would be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Other than not knowing the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Other than not knowing the menu as well as would have been helpful, the server was attentive and good. Though as mallish menu, I appreciate that everything we got was delish. The fish was outstanding. I would also like to see more side dishes - maybe a few more vegetables offered. I will def be going back to NoBL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location environment
    Cbeitz
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    I was glad to find another option for local dining that is BYOB. park next door in the municipal lot, don't forget to pay! Walk a short half block to the restaurant. BE WARNED, as it is not posted, cash only! There are several options for ATMs within walking distance. For a Friday night the place was fairly empty. There is an open kitchen concept so if you like sitting and watching the chef, request one of two 4seat high tops. Have a larger group? Request the quasi private room, created by vintage windows, with thick block tables & benches. I was a bit put off with the storage of restaurant sundries upon walking in. There is a piano at the front door, but no one playing on the night I was there.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food. Hipster decor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Great food. Hipster decor. Def will return and recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Welcome back NOBL !
    Amethyst3
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    This was my first time since NOBL re-opened. I was very impressed. It was nice to see some familiar dishes but fun to try some new ones. The caesar salad with huge, tender shrimp was delicious! I had the gnocci which was very good, cooked with cumin which I wasn't expecting but it was a different twist. Our waitress, Courtney (hope that's right) was amazing and attentive and recommended the donuts for dessert - do not leave the restaurant unless you tried them - so scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Dinner w/the extended family.
    lovegoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Dinner w/the extended family. Some dishes -- mezze app; spaghetti bolognese; carni pizza; pork rib; outstanding BANANA beignets!! -- were excellent. Others, like fungi pizza, were disappointing. In all, 3 generations from teens to grandparents were happy. Sat at a big booth. Also notice the big (up to 16) table in the back -- would be a fun place for a group/party. Esp. w/the Sangria mixer to add to the BYO wine. CASH ONLY remember.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They found a perfect night
    lekker
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    They found a perfect night out comfort food formula in this wonderful former hardware store space. We will be going here often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dr watts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    food is very good. The noise level was a little high, tables are to close togeather.
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  • Bit disappointed in the NoBl
    EarlgreyVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Bit disappointed in the NoBl reboot. Still the same service issues even with the new menu. My daughters food was pipping and mine lukewarm. The time between sitting ordering and courses in a restaurant with only four other diners was much too long. Also. If you've recently switched to CASH ONLY, informing diners at the start of the meal, not as they are handing you the check and you are pulling your credit card out of your otherwise empty wallet would be a good idea. Again: yummy food, subpar service. Not sure if I can give then another chance.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A really enjoyable dinner
    anthronora
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    A really enjoyable dinner out. Service is friendly and good, the fellow diners were happy and friendly, the environment is completely not stand-off-ish, the food was very good (we had the mezzo appetizer, lamb burger and pizza). The food isn't as amazing as Sycamore, but it's not supposed to be - this is the casual, more comfort food sister. Prices are amazingly good. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • This was NoBL's first night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    This was NoBL's first night back after a hiatus. Food was very good, but probably should be labelled as "small plates" rather than entrees (no sides). Loved the mezze,and the fish was perfectly prepared; risotto was a bit salty. Service was not as smooth as it could have been(eg: server asked us-after clearing bread plates & dipping oil-if we wanted "more bread or something"). Entrees took a LONG time coming out of the kitchen; appreciated the comps to make up for the delay. Liked the sangria mixer. Hoping that things are smoother after a few weeks back in business.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Welcome back- its terrific!
    LansdinerVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    The newly revamped NOBL got it spot on. Simpler fare and very reasonable prices, maintaining a strong Mediterranean tone. No longer small plates, the menu is diverse enough but with something for everyone (my wife is a pescatarian and I an omnivore). Portions are large and where very well done. While not haute cuisine the dishes were excellent for what they were- peasant food. Do try the mezze plate- a real bargain and a great way to have lots of little tastes. Well done- we will definitely be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Portions very small for the
    Molliere
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Portions very small for the price (salads) . Servers should be a bit more attentive and kitchen an bit faster but overall a good experience. Everyone friendly and the food very good. I will go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun time and great BYOBs.
    joepa
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Fun time and great BYOBs. VERY Glad they are open again
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • After having benn there before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    After having benn there before they closed and again after they re-opened, I have to say that everything from the moment you walk in the door to the time that you leave was pleasant and just plain old good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Wonderful evening with lovely
    lekker
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Wonderful evening with lovely menu choices ending with great jazz at desert. Do it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The prix fixe Thursday night
    MsBoyerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2012
    The prix fixe Thursday night dinner is a great deal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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