Can't wait to return!
Everything was delicious. We had the manchego with frozen apple foam - Fun!!! The scallops were perfectly cooked and the tuna special with orange and fennel was one of best dishes I've ever had. We had the truffle flatbread and I was tempted to order another to go. The decor inside is great but I look forward to dining outside on our next visit.
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food! We thought
Outstanding food! We thought chef Ansill only makes good French food but we were wrong he also makes excellence Spanish tapas! We ordered about 8, 9 tapas dishes and they were all very very good and tasty. I read the review from zagat and it said "appealing for adventurous diners" but I found the place have a good variety of poultry, seafood and steak dishes that can fit everyone. Nice place to bring a date or go with a group of friends. The tables are spread out enough for privacy. We are living out of town, it takes us about 1 hour and 10 minutes to go there but we will be back soon. Highly recommended
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ambience is great. Very romantic.
Ambience is great. Very romantic. A bit overpriced but food is good.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved Bar Ferdinand!
We ate dinner at Bar Ferdinand on Mother's Day - and it was fantastic! We loved everything we ordered, and we had a good variety of tapas - starting with a cheese plate. I look forward to going back and trying more things that are on the menu. My daughter spent last summer in Spain and she was very impressed with the quality of the tapas. We had eaten here once before and thought it was good - I think it is even better now, with a different chef. The service was wonderful, without being intrusive. I highly recommend Bar Ferdinand!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a stellar place
Welcome David Ansill!!! The paella was THE best we've ever eaten and we've traveled far and wide in Spain. The tapas, too numerous to mention, were equally outstanding.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bar Ferdinand has always been
Bar Ferdinand has always been a fun place for small plates, interesting beers and fine Spanish wines. With David Ansill, the food has taken a step up, with some dishes like the Paella being memorable.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very very nice really overall..
The only thing that kept my overall rating from being 5 stars was I didn't think the shrimp tapa was "fresh". The shrimp were more on the firm side of texture. But overall, really a nice evening out w/ the family and some friends.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another nice dinner at Bar Ferd
The Patatas Bravas were awesome and made us talk about our trip to Spain the whole night.
I wish I lived close by so I could stop in at 5pm for a beer and an order of Patatas Bravas and some jamon.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and atmosphere
I've never been to a tapas bar before - I liked this place and will return. The menu was unique, we liked the manchego frito. The atmosphere on a fridaywas lively and the lighting was dark (which I like). The waiter was nice, attentive, and able to answer our questions. The only complaint I had was that the alcohol tasted watered down. We got a pitcher of the red sangria; not sure if the ice cubes melted, but it was definately watery.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not that the food wasn't great, but the sangria was delicious!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was terrific! Wasn't sure if we were going to like it, but were so happy we went.
The baked goat cheese with honey and pine nuts is incredible. You have to try the shrimp and garlic too.
My favorite drink was the Palomino! You can't go wrong with any of the desserts but the Flan was my favorite! Can't wait to visit again!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best paella!
This is our second time dining at Bar Ferdinand, and like the first it was excellent! Best paella short of traveling to Spain!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for brunch for my wife's birthday, and we were not disappointed! Every plate we tried was excellent - we cannot wait to go back!
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been meaning to come to bar Ferdinand for a while, and I'm glad we finally did. The food was delicious! I loved the octopus and the almond cake with lavender, and I loved the outdoor dining, this is a great spot to puppy watch! Our server was quiet and unobtrusive but knowledgeable. Thanks!
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been here a few times and
Been here a few times and the food is always delicious.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed this restaurant
Good food, good ambiance; and able to try some different tastes. Looking forward to going again
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A surprising new discovery!!
The restaurant is very tastefully decorated and the ambiance is youthfully vibrant! Our waitress was quite attentive. We were a little disappointed that our table was not wiped down adequately between our dinner and dessert. The next course was served on a sticky table which was unappetizing. The food, however, was very good. Loved the Tapas. The paella was quite oily and lacked flavor. The dessert was exceptionally good. Excellent flan. Overall, it was a very good dining experience.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great atmosphere
Amazing food... The date and bacon empanadas were one of the best things I ever ate. Live dancing and music on Friday nights was a treat as well. Definitely will go there again for my next hot date.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came in with a group of friends to celebrate. We tried tons of dishes, which is great. The portions seem just right for sharing, even with 6 people. Our drinks were fabulous and the waitress was very attentive.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time, definitely not the last
Bar Ferdinand was DELICIOUS! Obviously, I'd heard good things - but never went. I don't know what took me so long! Everything we had was super tasty. Yummy!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tapas at their best
If you are looking for great Spanish food, you do not have to go to Madrid or into a pricey restaurant in center city this place is absolutely fabulous. Fresh and very tasty food here.
7/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tapas Tops My List
It was incredibly hot out, and a bit hot inside, despite a lack of crowd. Loved the date and bacon empanadas, but really loved the special, Pacu "ribs." Flavorful food all around. Gambas ajilo was not quite as good as it used to be, but still very tasty. Order the Palomino, a perfect drink for a hot night.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always love Bar Ferdinand, but...
The food is always outstanding.
This past trip was not my favorite. Too many loud parties in the back room, made it very difficult to talk. Our wine arrived warm, and our server was kind enough to take it back and chill it.
We were a bit surprised by the new menu. Some favorites were no longer available.
All in all, we will go back, but were slightly disappointed by this last dining experience.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a wonderful dining experience
We had not been to Bar Ferdinand in quite some time and we were delighted to see that it is still the same wonderful dining experience! I recommend the Date and Bacon Empanada, Manchengo Frito, Almond Crusted Eggplant and the Spanish Octopus. To drink - in general I LOVE Spanish cava.
It was a beautiful summer evening and we wanted to dine outside. Bar Ferdinand is the perfect location for outside dining, We look forward to our next dining experience with Bar Ferdinand.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back
We sat at a nice table outside on the pedestrian walkway...great for people watching! Our server was spot on regarding menu recommendations. The Patatas Bravas and Seared Scallops Tapas were very good. The grilled octopus was as good as I have ever had. The pork belly was also wonderful. We also tried the special, Braised Ox Tail, and it too was delicous!! Now find myself planning our next visit so I can try the paella.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
gave the new chef a try, not
gave the new chef a try, not as many great dishes as before. Flavors good not great, great server. Inside bar is always attractive and would be good for wine and a few small plates,new large dishes a disappointment
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I could have eaten all night!
Some of the most creative and delicious food we've had this year! Worth every penny and then some.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding, would definitely recommend this place. The only problem was finding it, doesn't really distinguish itself from the sister restaurant next door which is loud and crowded. Service rivaled high end steak houses in center city
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have dined here a number of times and we keep coming back. We took friends from out of town here this time and they enjoyed it as much as we did. We have tried quite a bit of items on the menu. They are all equally delicious.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought another couple from the burbs to experience a neighborhood of Philadelphia they had never seen and of course we chose Bar Ferdinand. We ordered several small plates and the paella which was well worth the 45 minute wait. We also loved the bronzino which was done crispy. The staff was very attentive and we were blessed with a beautiful evening for eating outside. Will definitely return.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's an experience that begins when you walk into the beautifully designed foyer that resembles a moroccan palace. Once seated the menu lures your senses toward delectable delights upgraded from the traditional tapas. Whether it be the Crispy Pork Belly w Butternut Squah in Bacon Sherry Dressing; Seared Duck Breast with Figs & Pistachios; or the Rabbit with Carrot Puree in a Saffron Sherry you'll indulge in unforgettable foodie delights of no comparison. Mmmmm
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went this past Saturday. We sat outside as the weather was great! We ordered 4 tapas and 1 entree and shared it all. The food was great! Service left a lot to be desired. All the food came out at once. We would have preferred staggered or as each was ready, not all at the same time.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fun night our with family!
I've eaten at Bar Ferdinand for brunch (love the bloody marys!) before, but it was my first time for dinner, and I came with my partner and in-laws. We were all very pleased with the tapas selection and variety - especially because our group included a few vegetarians. Thanks for a lovely dinner - we will certainly be back!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pre-concert dinner
Had tickets to the Verizon center in Philly and chose this resturant.
Parking was not bad and the food , service were amazing.
I will be back!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food w/ a great vibe; we will definitely be back very soon...
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and wine was just perfect. The waitress was very down-to-earth and just seemed to know exactly what we wanted. Get anything that has mushrooms in it. Also, the pork belly was amazing! This was the perfect date to impress a special lady. The music was awesome too.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Little Taste of Spain
What an excellent experience for a restaurant kind of out of the way from the central Philidelphia locaitons. Excellent decor, incredible bar and wine list, very friendly and professional staff and well the food. I took a group of 7 people all from the food industry, including 2 international executive chefs. As each plate was brought out, it became a better and better experience. Add a few bottles of excellent wine and our dinner could not have been any better. Don't forget to listen to the specials, aside from Erin our waitress being very friendly and professsional, the selection was truly a creative combination of flavors outside the normal tapas. It was a quiet night at the restaurant, but incredible experience.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Requested back room and were quickly accommodated. Waitress excellent in suggesting dishes - knowledgable about gluten free choices and accommodating about having the kitchen make things without flour where possible. Also, waitress terrific in timing and ordering which dishes came out when - lightest to heaviest. Easy and efficient, pleasant experience which will be worth returning to.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
David Ansill is probably the best chef in Phila. His genius lies in small plates, intense flavors and gorgeous arrangments. His skill is in extending the palate of traditional tapas to create a new and excellent experience.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great and the price wasn't bad. $3 Bloody Mary & mimosas
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM