Petruce Et Al
1121 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Petruce Et Al
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.petrucephilly.com/
- Phone: 2672258232x
- Hours of Operation:
Bar opens at 4:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Jonathan & Justin Petruce
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Petruce Et Al reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since May 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (169)neighborhood gem (92)special occasion (81)hot spot (67)vibrant bar scene (52)notable wine list (49)romantic (41)late-night find (18)good for groups (12)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
- This chef is so amazing!RilkeVIPDined on 9/20/2014This is my third time to Petrusz Et. Al and it is consistently great. The plates form small to Et Al are wonderful and if you go take friends you can share with because there are too many good dishes to try on your own. They also have wonderful mixed drinks and soda that they make "fresh" to order so be sure to try these. The only critique that I have is that the wine selection is priced on the higher side... in my opinion too high even for this section of the city.Special Features:
- bathroom lightingfrankyDined on 9/19/2014The only thing I would change about this restaurant is the lighting in the bathroom. Down right disturbing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious ...RobbyDined on 9/19/2014From the first bite we knew ... Petruce Et Al is amazing. We had many small - medium plates notably the Beef Tartar , Califlower, Chicken Liver, roasted Carrots(!), Beans, Sweet Potato and the Chocolate Torta. Simple foods prepared intelligently, every plate a winner. We can't wait to experience this again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Philly's hidden gemphillydinerDined on 9/19/2014We went with four friends for dinner Friday night. Every plate was delicious and prepared perfectly. This is our new go-to favorite. Noteworthy are the lasagna and the chicken, but you can't go wrong with any of the options. The cocktails are infinitely better than those at Barbuzzo, where we usually go.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ChuckDined on 9/17/2014The food and service were totally outstanding. Everyone works hard to make diners feel welcome, comfortable and well informed. One area of disappointment was the beverage program. The number of virtually all catagories of beverages is quite unique. Our main complaint has to do with the wine by glass offerings and the poor relationship of size of pour/limited selection in relation to the high prices charged. Other than the wine issue, Petruce et al is a wonderful food adventure!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- juanitajuanitaDined on 9/14/2014Our cocktails were delicious. Plates are meant for sharing. The Beef tartare, quail and yellowjack tuna were exceoptional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'll definitely go backOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 9/10/2014What a find! Right across from the Forrest and they did a great job making sure we had plenty of time to get to the theater. My partner and I got two small plates and two medium--perfect amount of food, diverse, beautifully presented and imaginative combination of ingredients. Plus, it was reasonably priced. A wonderful experience.Special Features:
- Perfect before show at Forrest!OcbeachgalDined on 9/10/2014I noted in my 5:45 reservation that we were going to a 7:30 show. Resturant is perfectly located across the street from theatre. All the staff acknowledged and worked in harmony to make this a perfectly timed experienced. Even nicely a compacted one of our group who was running significantly late. Best part was food is delicious ! Perfect sharing type of menu - with lots of variety.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Narrow menu tries too hardMemeDined on 9/10/2014Though the food was good, it was expensive for what was offered. It was food for "foodies" and not hungry people looking for a good meal. Each dish looked great and included a lot of different ingredients but we were still hungry when we left. Drinks very expensive. Very noisy with loud music made it difficult to have a conversation over dinner. Probably won't go back.
- Great food - bad servicebullittDined on 9/9/2014Food was stellar. Server was terrible. Had to find her to get water, drinks and to order. Steered us wrong on how much to order. Three men sharing a small piece of fish when she told us it was a 'large plate for sharing.'Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A wonderful dining experienceFromthesuburbsDined on 9/6/2014The creativity and variety of menu was superb. Something for everyone. Octopus, tartare and sea bass were simply outstanding. Will return to sample more of the offeringsSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great addition to Walnut StfoodiedudieVIPDined on 9/5/2014Petruce et al is great! Really creative and wonderful preparations..the carrots and sweet potato small plates were delicious, as was our sea trout ( med plate) and sea bass with housemate lamb sausage ( large plate). It is nice you have 3 different sizes of courses to chose from, to mix and share. Large plates are equivalent to modest-sized entrees. The " et al" section, are truly large plates meant to be shared. Also, even though the grilled bread costs $2, it worth it. Friendly service snd nice wines by glass. My only complaint is that I think the back ( main dining room) is too dark and narrow. We really couldn't even tell what was on our plate. up front, near bar and even in window wod be much more fun snd improve ambiance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It works!CeeCeeVIPDined on 9/4/2014Had the octopus, maksura? (some sort of sashimi), chicken liver mousse and quail. All outstanding and unusually presented and with atypical combinations that made it special. The octopus on a bed of some sort of creamy grain, fish had melon in the sauce, liver mousse had apples and was served with the most delicious grilled bread. I can't remember what joined the quail but I would definitely order it again. Only negatives: Red wine served in a white wine glass. Back of restaurant is basically ugly. All the myriad of ingredients in the open kitchen were displayed in plastic deli containers. Ceramic bowls needed!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LouieVIPDined on 8/30/2014I never expected this restaurant to be spectacular, but it was! The chef is extremely creative and everything was cooked to perfection.Special Features:
- exceptionalfirsttimerDined on 8/30/2014There is no downside to this review. From the bar to the table first class experience. What sets them apart is the quality of their staff. All highly experienced. The food is remarkable from the sweet potatoes to the octopus to the chicken livers and ending with the Lasagna. Well done Petruce et alSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A new dining experienceHungryIDined on 8/29/2014My friend and I had a very interesting meal with unusual but quite tasty inventions for all but one of the small/medium plates. Only disappointment was lasagna which was burnt on bottom and mushy like a wet moussaka. Service was excellent without being intrusive. Hungry ISpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ready2dineVIPDined on 8/29/2014Unusual choices each one fabulous. So kind to our dining partner who had some special dietary needs. Chef prepared a special vegetarian plate that was interesting, beautiful to look at and super delicious. Black Bass and lasagna to die for. 4 different starters one better than the next. It is wonderful to find a restaurant the offers different combinations that work and taste wonderful. Love it!!!!Special Features:
- UnpleasantOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/28/2014Charging $4 extra for an"up" drink without notice; $3 for bread and $18.00 for an octopus appetizer with only 2 small pieces of octopus is pretentious and only the beginning of this unpleasant dining experience. The worst was when the black bass entree came with a piece if lamb sausage in it even though the wait staff knew that we could not eat meat or poultry. The manager took the entree off our bill but belittled our disgust at having unknowingly ingested the sausage. He was rude and abusive even though the fault was theirs. We wanted to like this restaurant, but the way we were treated as customers was unconscionable. This was the worst dining experience in recent memory.
- Awesome dinnerLeeLee4433Dined on 8/27/2014We loved the food, very inventive and delicious! Our waiter was wonderful, very helpful and accommodating with dietary needs. The drinks were tasty and unusual, so different from the usual fare. We would go again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Once again outstandingbssttVIPDined on 8/26/2014This was our fourth time to Petruce. Each meal has just been outstanding. The food was delicious and the menu structure of small to large plates let us share an array of dishes- so many wonderful combinations and tastes! Highlights of the meal: the steak tartare was wonderful, so was the octopus and the carrots! The drink menu has some interesting as well as delicious cocktails and the wine and beer selections are outstanding. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, our waiter gave great suggestions for both dinner and drinks. We look forward to many more meals here!Special Features:
- As good as advertisedMicahBVIPDined on 8/23/2014We read great things about Petruce and it totally lived up to expectations. We were seated promptly and as scheduled. All hosts and servers were very friendly and helpful. It reminded us a bit of Vernick. All the dishes were excellent. And the wine selection is versatile in both selection and price. The sommelier was especially helpful in helping us pick the right wine. When he determined it was not up to snuff (before we tasted it), he chose a higher priced bottle and charged us the original wines' lower price. Absolutely nothing in the experience was not top flight. We look forward to returning.Special Features:
- Wonderful food and serviceMickeyVIPDined on 8/23/2014Second visit surpassed the first! Creative, delicious food and welcoming , efficient staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Meal Despite Limited MenudiningmaestroVIPDined on 8/23/2014Our party of four foodies dove into the Petruce menu with gusto and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious and inventive cuisine. However, we did feel that the small menu and meager wine inventory limited our choices. We hope that the continued success of Petruce will encourage the brothers to expand the menu and buy a few more cases of wine. Service was prompt and friendly unlike other reviews. Loud rock music, however, competed with normal conversation and marred an otherwise delightful evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tasty, Interesting FoodBarbaraManVIPDined on 8/23/2014It was hard to choose from among all the interesting choices. Two of us shared two small dishes and two medium dishes and we each had our own dessert Each dish had a variety of interesting ingredients. The octopus with conge was my favorite. We sat in the back. The noise level in the front was very high.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Expectations met and then some!foodismypassionVIPDined on 8/23/2014What a wonderful experience! Great location for theater goers and the bar opens early to accommodate before dinner! These brothers do it right! Simple food prepared well and then they add the sauces which take the entire plate to a whole different level and still there is one more surprise! There is something crunchy added to every plate! Every bite was a WOW factor! We also had the opportunity to watch how the kitchen executes dishes - it was like a well tuned symphony! And Paul, our server, helped us navigate through the menu and work with the bartender to serve us some fabulous wines to pair with our selections! Ask because not everything is on the drink menu! Looking forward to bringing my theater group here!Special Features:
- New Philly FavoriteDanEVIPDined on 8/22/2014The food was absurdly good. Surpasses Zahav as my favorite restaurant in Philly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good but not greatSpitdocVIPDined on 8/22/2014Having recently been to Le Cherie and Tremont, we were excited to have another experience at that level. It seemed to fall short. Offering us complimentary still or sparking water was like telling us that tap water was free. Meal was solid but to us definitely not 3 bells. Food was good but we did not appreciate any wow factor. Well located for Forrest Theater. We liked the chicken live but Hiramasa needed some bread or some accompanyment. Three of our 5 dishes showed up literally 4 minutes apart requiring us to move things around table to find room. Pork shoulder had a very tasty summer bean cucumber salad but it did not blend with the pork. Black bass was very good and breakfast theme. Overall, it was good and solid..nothing special B+Special Features:
- LizzieVIPDined on 8/22/2014We ordered most of the menu and ate it tapas style, not one bad thing. Drinks were a bit on the pricey side, but overall a great mealSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unhappy camperOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/21/2014Although upon seating at a recent 6pm reservation we informed waitress we had 7:30 show to make they were unable to get us out by 7:15 at which point we cancelled main course. Apologies by staff were made but no offer to at least comp the cocktails. Enuf said!
- Petruce et al was a hit!NephillyDined on 8/19/2014We dined this week at Petruce before a theater performance. We had no trouble with timing, our server had asked about our plans, and we were finished in time for the curtain-raising. The menu is simple - the dishes are named for the main component. The choices are listed by plate size (think tapas) & are served when ready. The presentation is beautiful & only outshined by the flavor! The dishes are completely unique. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another great food/paired wine mealReidVIPDined on 8/19/2014We love going to Petruce, especially because of Tim, the co-owner/somelier. He has an amazing palate, and we love to order several small plates and ask him to choose wines for us. With the chicken liver mousse he introduced us to the German Elbling varietal, a lovely Cava with the squash. An interesting, complex Bordeaux Merlot blend accompanied the duck, while a dry, complex Austrian Rose for the squid/chorizo plate. Finally, a tawny port with the chocolate torta dessert! We sat near the kitchen and were fascinated by the attention to detail in the preparation and delivery. Highly recommended!Special Features:
- creative and deliciousBarbieDined on 8/16/2014My husband i dined at Petruce on Saturday night. We went early for a drink at the bar. Drinks were excellent. We were seated on time across from the ovens/hearth and all the cooking action. The menu is extremely creative and more importantly, the food is executed to perfection. Our service was excellent, attentive and helpful in suggesting how much to order. The concept is that the food comes out of the hearth, including the bread which is delicious. Dessert was unreal. We would definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun Spot!VLfromWCVIPDined on 8/16/2014Really enjoyed dinner at Petruce et al. The drinks list is not deep but it is broad, with an interesting mix of coctails, interesting wines, dry ciders, even sherry. You can do pretty much whatever you want with small plates, medium plates, entrees and entrees for sharing. We got the 20 Oz. dry aged beef for two and were not disappointed. Many interesting choices to pick from across the board. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:
- Different flavors!!!VinsMomVIPDined on 8/12/2014As they use a wood fired grill and oven, the flavors of the food are quite different. We loved everything we ate.Special Features:
- SO GOODMikeVIPDined on 8/12/2014I enjoyed sharing 5 dishes with another person and then dessert. Everything was really good and beautifully made. The stand-out must have, is the Octopus. I've never had it like this before. Perfectly cooked and spiced just enough to have an interesting flavor that Ive not previously had with octopus. Definitely going back soon!
- we will not go backkdksVIPDined on 8/10/2014The food was good and the restaurant is attractive and comfortable. And usually those positive factors would suggest we'd be back. Usually, even if the other factors like service aren't stellar we would overlook it if the food was really good but in this instance our server was so condescending and unhelpful that it ruined what should have been a very nice dinner. He was so uncommunicative that we ended up asking the sommelier questions about the menu.
- Loved the chicken liverLuckyLewieDined on 8/9/2014Food was great and the wine recommended to us was excellent. Sat in back by kitchen, very cool! Would definitly go back for more.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Petruce: Paradox en Place2ObservantGuestsDined on 8/6/2014Innovative food prepared with care and ingenuity, presented with the right amount attention. Oddly, the room is as dark as a basement, my table was a single table at a 2 seat banquette-it felt like the rest of the table was amputated-a canyon between tables. Like Siberia or solitary confinement. The menu was overdetermined in presentation-the minimalism reeks of pretension and insecurity, but the food was over the top delicious. The confidence of the food was matched by a smart reasoned wine list. A 2012 Barbera D'Asti. Young Nebbiolo can be dodgy - not this one. Right price too. The website menu did not correspond to the evening's menu. Drag because I had chosen my entree and matched it to wine on the site-neither of which were available.Special Features:
- $$$ EhflowtopsVIPDined on 8/6/2014Great service, perfect pre post theater location but priced for this crowd. $3 for homemade bread? Mixology was ok, dishes have very interesting ingrediants but execution was not consistently balanced within and across dishes. Roasted carrot was excellent, Summer squash and Quail was underwhelming.
- Go for the octopusPhilGDined on 8/5/2014I found this gem looking for a place to eat prior to attending a play at the Forrest Theater. The menu is very eclectic and innovative. Plate sharing is encouraged, and allowed my wife and me to try 4 dishes (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large), which was ample food. The small plates consisted of the chicken liver and the sweet potato. Both were excellent. My only suggestion to the restaurant is to serve the liver (which is like a terrine of pate) with the hearty sourdough, not the brioche. The octopus was the next course to come out. It is unlike anything I have ever tasted. The octopus was so tender. The pork shoulder was the final dish, and the wood-fired cooking just rendered the meat so tender and flavorful. Can't wait to go back!Special Features: