Great Food & Service
My wife &.I have dined here several times & like it very much. Our guest from. San Francisco accompanied us; she was complimentary of the food & service. We dined early on a Sunday night before attending a play at the Susan Roberts Theater. Not a fancy ambiance but tasteful & convenient to theaters.& concert hall. Prices are reasonable for this neighborhood.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great night out
We met our friends whio are living in the Rittenhouse Square area and decided to try Branzino's as a BYOB near them. We came in from New Jersey via the High Speed Line which was very convenient. We had eatened at Branzino's in the past which we remembered as being a nice place as a part of the evening events. This time the dinner was to celebrate birthday's and was the main event.
Everything about the dinner was excellent. I would reccommend it highly and expect to dine there again in the near future.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best meals EVER!
OK, so I had family in town and we wanted to go for a nice dinner at the last minute. Branzino had last minute space for 6. *Brownie points for being open and accepting an 8:15 PM reservation on a Monday.
The place was almost empty. We asked for a table in the garden in the back, and we were promptly seated at a nice table in their lovely garden. We had the attention of 3 wait staff for a leisurely 2+ hour dinner. The food was EXCELLENT the service was EXCELLENT, we never felt rushed or like we were the only patrons keeping them open, even though we were.
Food, ambiance, service, all together this was one of the most pleasurable meals I can remember in a long career of dining out.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely surprise
My wife and I have wanted to try Branzino again ever since learning that a new chef (from Fish and Little Fish) had arrived. The last time we ate at Bronzino was two or three years ago when the fish was great but everything else a disappointment. Well, the disappointment is gone and this place is now serving up one heck of a meal. We will be back again very soon. Forgot to mention that Branzino is a byob. My favorite type of restaurant.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Place For A Special Night
I chose this restaurant to propose to my girlfriend, and I made the right choice. The staff was more than helpful, and the outside area where I popped the question was very romantic. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting a nice romantic evening.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the prix fix menu for lunch which is a pretty good value. The panzella salad was a disappointment. Too much frisée and dressing, too little tomatoes and bread. The Bronzino was excellently prepared with crispy skin and the panna cotta was also excellent. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and large with outdoor seating on the sidewalk and in the back.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
a solid eh plus
First time at Branzino. Had the branzino for dinner and I've had better. In fact most places are better. But, here's the thng- BYOB. nice main dining room and outdoor garden. Desserts were decent. May not resturn, but wouldnt cmplain if asked to
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great outdoor space
Branzino's food is solid (though not the best in the city) but the outdoor patio and the fact that it's a BYO make it a great place to go to on a summer night with friends or for an evening date. Service was great.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delightful garden
A hidden gem of an outdoor dining experience. The food was outstanding but with limited choices. The staff was very professional and attentive. All-in-all a wonderful dining experience. On another note, the"famous" skate wing should be put back on the menu. It was special and is missed.
The only negative note: We called several times (no answer), left message for a garden reservation. As a back-up made an Open Table reservation with our garden request. When we got there it was as if we just walked in from the street and, we were made to wait for a duce even though there were two 4-tops open. We were told that these were only for parties of 4. They were left empty and later given to two two parties of 2. We felt lied to.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has done a
This restaurant has done a great job of the rennovations. Now the ambiance is as great as the food.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely courtyard dining
Just a great evening altogether. Octopus was fantastic!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Branzino for branzino
We always come and get the branzino.....we never get tired of the table presentation and this time it was even better than ever. We love eating outdoors and the renovation of the new space is lovely.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun BYOB with above average food
We had a group of 10 coming for a 30th birthday dinner. We called only a few days ahead of time, but they were able to accommodate our party with no trouble. It is hard to say whether the restaurant itself is loud, or if it was just us being loud, but we had a great time and the food was above average for a byob.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely space for this downtown
Lovely space for this downtown BYOB. Some of the dishes were amazing, such as a grilled octopus appetizer, with an incredible mix of flavors complementing the fresh grilling, and a fabulous veal porterhouse, and others were good to very good. I wish Chef Stollenwerk success in his new location.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place for a romantic dining. Service and food was amazing.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at Brazino on a Saturday night around 8:00 for a party of 4. Our server was excellent! He was quick, attentive, funny and just the right level of "there". It's a BYOB!!!!!! Which is awesome! The decor is old world italian. It's very nice for a romantic evening or a big group dinner. Our total check was 150$. They have outdoor street dining as well as dining on the back secluded patio.... Which is adorable! The food was delicious! The pasta was fresh, the seafood was awesome and the dessert was great. We reserved easily on open table & our reservation was honored. I would definately recommend & will return!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, needs more customers
We were delighted with our food, the warmth of the service, and the beauty of the outdoor garden, and disappointed that more people were not in a series of really large spaces. Our own opinion is that the atmosphere should be made a bit less formal and less intimidating, because everything else about the restaurant is wonderful.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-Race Carb Loading
The restaurant was able to satisfy a hungry running group looking to fill up on carbs for a half marathon the next morning. Even though our head waiter seemed to be a little upset that some of our party arrived late, the portions were large and the food was delicious. I only wish we remembered that it was a BYO experience.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great restaurant & BYOB!!!
wonderful meal... selection for restaurant week was great!!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is outstanding, especially
Food is outstanding, especially the Branzino. - perfection. Service exceptional. . Portions very nice. Very busy restaurant with lots of energetic people. First time visit. Definitely will return. BYOB. Dining outside in nice weather in a little courtyard area would be nice.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
An aura of old-fashioned dining...in a very good way. Quiet, vestiges of back-in-the-day lushness, wonderful service, unique flavors and tastes...who would have thought that Grilled Salmon on a bed of Potato Salad could be compatible??? Or, that Apple Sorbet would be SO full of lovely Apple flavor? I am very pleased, and will go back.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to this restaurant
We went to this restaurant during Restaurant Week 2013. Nice menu. Food was wonderful! Waiter/staff attentive.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
Went here for restaurant week the bonus this place is BYOB! I wasn't paying attention when I picked this place that we could bring our own alcohol.
We sat right next to the court yard with outside seating. Our server was excellent. Our food was cooked perfectly.
We will definitely go back to Branzino's!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every year during restaurant
Every year during restaurant week my friends and I try a new restaurant . Branzinos met all of our expectation for a great eating experience. We would definitely go back again
9/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Out of a party of 8 out only complaint was the bread.....the food was superb, the staff attentive and surroundings are beautiful......but the bread PLEASE serve fresh not fozen bread......there are too many great bakery's in Philly to serve bad bread!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Post "Chef Mike" Review-
We went for Rest Week lunch - we alweays go. Since last RW Mike Stollwerk came and left as chef. The food was as delicious as before but some pre-Mike favorites were gone - Bowties with Shrimp in pink cream sauce for instance - and portions were much smaller. Also no Octopus (another RW fav). But service still great. And it's BYOB. Not sure who is cooking now. Seems different than before "Mike" (who we never tasted there.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
Friends and I chose Brazino to celebrate restaurant week in Philadelphia. We had excellent food in a beautiful atmosphere. The service was very good and we were not rushed out. We would most definitely return to try their full menu.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We didn't realize it was restaurant
We didn't realize it was restaurant week so we didn't get the regular menu. That being said we had a very good restaurant experience, service was great, food was good and the garden in the back is beautiful
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Birthday with Benefits Dinner
This was a surprise pick for a birthday dinner and happened to fall on restaurant. Service was a bit slow as we had to keep flagging down our waiter for service. Food was delicious and well portioned.We had the veal porterhouse and the branzino, both cooked to perfection. A bonus to this great spot was that it's a BYOB. We will come back here.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week dinner
Place was packed, but food was first-rate and service was outstanding considering the crowd. They were out of one dish (at 8:30 pm on a Saturday night) but there were plenty of other tasty choices. The prix fixe menu for Restaurant Week was good and everyone (five of us) enjoyed our meals. The lamb belly and hanger steak entrees and arugala and pear salad were all very good. Noise level was quite high, but two large tables celebrating birthdays may have made it especially loud. Worth a visit. We at upstairs, which is a very hard room. The front small dining room was very quiet.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything is just right!
Second time at this restaurant and it was even better than the first. The menu changed which is a plus as there are not many choices but everything we have had is delicious. The hardest thing is what to choose.
The portion sizes are perfect. The staff is attentive, but not overly. The bread is warm.
It is quite charming and you can eat with white tablecloths or not and even eat outside, weather permitting of course.
We are looking forward to another visit next time we are in Philly.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, even better service.
So we went to this place because we had heard such good reviews about the food there. The food was superb. The server offered to fillet the Branzino on spot for me. Made my life easier, and gave her extra points in my book for service. The lemon butter sauce was done to perfection, the fish was light and flaky. Delicious! Even though it did not look it initially, towards the end I was very full. However, my husband wanted to eat pasta and he ordered the crab ravioli from the primi section. Even though it was delicious, the portion was really small, even for a dinner-sized portion Also, when they brought out my latte, it was ice cold.
Because it's expensive, it's good for special occasions. But completely worth the trip.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a party of six finicky people and each person rated the food and service Excellent!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food; entrees priced
Good food; entrees priced high so ate 2 first courses which were tasty and well prepared.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
a return visit
byob....In the past ,we've dined frequently at Branzino's and have truly enjoyed every meal . Branzino (fish- sea bass) is a favorite of mine. I try it everywhere I have the chance... theirs is still one of the best I've had. We dined last night and were not happy to see that they now charge $32. for this dish.....way too pricey. Seems they have changed their menu, and raised the prices. We will definitely still visit, but will have to use a bit more discretion.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We both had fish (branzino
We both had fish (branzino and red snapper) and both were very good. A very pleasant meal, indeed.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I were treated like royalty! We celebrated my birthday last night and it was perfect!.. service, food, décor, all wonderful!.. A gem! Don't miss it when in Philly...
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent Italian; try the Branzino
If you have not had it, try the Branzino here because it is really tasty. Very flavorful without being fishy at all; ask them to filet it table side. Pork and veal dishes at our table were excellent as well.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food/excessive noise
We had a delicious dinner. But we were bothered by the excessive noise levels. the restaurant should install some acoustic material to dampen the noise.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the namesake, branzino.
Try the namesake, branzino. It was served in a luscious butter sauce with capers. Mussels were good and plentiful; and the pappardelle with rabbit ragu was rich and delicious. Too bad we didn't have time for dessert.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best kept secret
Not exotic but delicious Italian food exquisitly prepared. Classic Italian food well presented.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Big group pre show
Dined at Branzino prior to comedy show. Great food great spot by backbwindow. Food courses were fantastic. Not rushed. Staff made sure we stayed on schedule. Great place for group of 10.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A best-kept secret
Our dinners were exquisite, especially the fennel salad and the branzino. The waitstaff were most accommodating, and the space is elegant and much like a private home. This restaurant is truly Rittenhouse Square's best-kept secret.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Branzino at Branzino
BYO, but that's OK - cost to value ratio was well below .1 (thats excellent). Recommend the shaved fennel salad, and the Branzino (de capitato and perfectly seasoned). Forget the negative reviews on Yelp, the service was great. Not too chatty, but patient. Better half dined on the Rabbit ragu and friends were very happy with the veal chop and the polenta. This place will see us again, Kudos Luan Tota, not the first Albanian to make a great restaurant!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Service
Loved my experience at Branzino. The room is beutiful, the food was wonderful and the service was very attentive. i had the cavetlli pasta as an appetizer - it was perfectly portioned and delicious. The main course - branzino - was done very well - grilled crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I went with a group of six - we brought several bottles of wine (its a BYOB) and the server paid close attention to making sure our glasses were full. A delightful evening.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
For a wonderful quiet dinner I would highly recommend this beautiful venue.
The servers were attentive and the food was wonderful.
Between the 4 of us we tried a little bit of everything from steak to pasta to the Branzino.
Each of us was very happy with our choices and our meals.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Groups
We went here with a group of 6 people. The seating was comfortable. They didn't try to fit too many people around one table like some restaurants do. It's BYOB which is great when you have a large group. Food was delicious. Everyone liked their meal. Meals averaged around $25-35 for just the meat. Sides were separate. It can be a little pricey but well worth it. Would definitely go back.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had show tickets, and we let the waitress know, and everyone was very attentive and efficient and made sure we had our food served timely. We had plenty of time to enjoy dinner and make it to the show.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bronzino is a comfortably classy restaurant. Excellent and elegant without being pretentious. The branzino is amazing! A little disappointment this time because I was surprised by spicy red pepper In a seafood with linguine dish. It's a matter of personal taste, but I don't like spicy seafood and I think the description should include that this dish has some bite.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
good food, BYO is a bonus
unfortunately, we were sitting next to a REALLY noisy table ("Sorry. We're from South Jersey!") which I don't blame on the restaurant, but it still had an impact on our evening
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM