Rouge
Rouge

Rouge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rouge98.com/
  • Phone: 2157326622
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Sam Noh
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Rouge
For fifteen years, Rouge has been Rittenhouse Square's original dining destination with a commitment to impeccable service, quality food, and ingredients.Rouge remains a favorite among locals as well as visitors for atmosphere and park-side seating.


Come-sit, eat, drink, relax and watch the city of Philadelphia go by.
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Rouge reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (20)great for outdoor dining (17)scenic view (14)hot spot (14)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)vibrant bar scene (13)special occasion (11)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Rouge
    Sbmw
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Each time we are in Philadelphia, we must dine at Rouge. It is always wonderful and we have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely setting but noisy
    MitchdishVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Rouge is a wonderful restaurant. It's a shame that it is so noisy that you can't take advantage of the intimacy the decor privides
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's been a couple of years since I've dined at Rouge. Not the level of food quality I've experienced in the past. The soup was great but then it went downhill from there. We ordered two salads, the duck and the steak. They were very large so it would have been nice if the waiter informed us as we probably would have shared the salad and ordered another dish. The salad to saturated in salad dressing to the point the lettuce starting wilting. The quality of the wine by the glass was terrible. Cabernet had no body to it whatsoever. Switched to the Malbec but the same. The hostess was very sweet, welcoming and greeted us with a smile while the waiter was not very engaged or friendly, she was just going through the motions.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High end bar that serves good food
    GENXDINERIII
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Eating at Rouge was a mixed experience. I probably should have done more research before taking my wife there for her birthday dinner. We don't mind a reasonable amount of noise while eating but feel like we shouldn't have to shout at each other to hear ourselves sitting across the table. The bar is situated right in the middle of the restaurant with tables for diners placed to either side. The bar is clearly the energy center of the restaurant and seems to be the focus of attention. I felt like the restaurant aspect was secondary. It felt like an upscale bar that just happens to serve really good food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great wine
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loved the food as usual and the steak frites were delicious. The most impressive thing was the deliciousness of the sparkling rose. I think I could've drank an entire bottle to myself. The staff was friendly as always. Looking forward to going back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I chose Rouge bases on ther reviews I read and it did not disappoint. Great views prime location excellent menu beautifully prepared and presented. Small but sophisticated bar scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night!
    Foodiemomoftwo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything was wonderful, from the service, food and accomodating my friends gluten allergy. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as always
    MegsVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Met a friend for our annual dinner at Rouge. And, again this year, it was just as delightful. The view, the food, the service are all spectacular, especially on a breezy night in August. Enjoyed the usual menu items, still consistently delicious. Discovered a new wine, a rose bordeaux, crisp and refreshing and the perfect fit for our dinner. Service was impeccable, attentive and unrushed. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great night!
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were there for my son proposing to his girlfriend. Everyone from the sweet and wonderful hostess our waitress the pink French champagne and sliced strawberries , cheese, nuts and fruit made for a night we will never forget.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible!!!!
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a 7 pm reservation. On arrival, we were shown to a table in the middle of the bar - noise level was deafening; certainly not what we had anticipated for a date night. Conversation would have been virtually impossible. We indicated that we wanted a different table, and wanted to sit outside. "We don't take reservations for outside seating" we were told. Our reservation was promptly cancelled by Rouge (I learned this later when I received a message from Open Table at 7:09 indicating cancellation). We were treated like persona non grata - because we wanted to sit outside, we were made to feel like we were in the way and a nuisance to the maitre'd. Our frustration level was such that we walked next door to Parc for dinner. NEVER AGAIN!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    JT0101
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I was very disappointed with my dining at Rouge. My Fiancé and I heard about this restaurant through a friend and heard wonderful things and a great experience - ours was different. Our service was not very friendly and didn't even introduce himself when greeting. I was very taken back by the way we were forgot about and how unfriendly our server was. Our special day was a little dampered.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunny in Philadelphia
    suefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Located across from a park with a great cruising scene by car or by foot. All dinners came to the table hot from the kitchen. I had the striped bass which was done perfectly, with a crispy crusted outside and a flaky hot inside, on top of julienne vegetables with a broth that you wanted to dunk your crusty dinner roll into. Scallops with risotto were good, 4 medium scallops, could have been either larger or perhaps 6 to the order. Duck stir fry was a different to the regular beef or chicken. It was done well since duck can be fatty. If you like burgers, they serve a very large mound of ground beef cooked to perfection, topped with carmelized onions. It very well could satisfy a meat lovers craving.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rouge is right (again)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Rouge is always fun. Lots of people, dressed well, speaking casually and eating and drinking with joy. Thanks to Amy and Katie!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Enjoyed my visit. Service was friendly and attentive. LOVED the pomegranate margarita!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food, lively scene, terrific location, very loud. Had a great server who added to the positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Made friend's return home special
    PhillyPhoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I made reservations for long lost out of town friends on their first night in town. They received a special table as requested, terrific food and service, and made me look like a genius for picking Rouge, which already was one of my summertime favorites.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the Rouge reviews archive.
  • Excellent Service
    wmbv
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Excellent service at dinner on a weekday. The bibb salad with endive was amazing - probably one of the best salads I've eaten in a restaurant. Plan on eating the burger with a knife and fork. Delicious, but the bun could not withstand the moisture from the grilled onions.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food great service
    logan0203VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Went with a party of 6 and the food and service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Business Dinner!
    ANENVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Food was wonderful, service terrific...great for business dinners. Great bar scene. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great cocktails, lousy salads
    WhiteBreadVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I love the atmosphere at Rouge. Staff is attentive and friendly. Cocktails were excellent. Unfortunately the skirt steak arugula salad was terrible. The steak was tough and flavorless. It tasted like a muscle. It was the worst skirt steak I have had anywhere. The chopped salad wasn't much better than the arugula. The chopped chicken was stone dry and the salad overall had little flavor. The next time in town, I will stick to the hamburger and cheese plates.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our table was in the bar area and was very loud. Unfortunately, it must have been happy hour with people all over our table. It was so bad, we couldn't hear each other and decided to leave before ordering drinks or dinner. We didn't eat but I couldn't complete my review without adding a food star rating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy birthday dinner for my hubby
    Lovedthefood
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Food was amazing! We had the tuna small plate, scallops, organic chicken, burger with truffle fries. Every dish was very yummy! We still can't figure out how they were able to cook chicken breast to be so moist and juicy. We loved every dish! Our waitress was awesome! Friendly, and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rouge
    Sbmw
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Every time we are in Philadelphia we visit Rouge and it never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This not my first time at
    MichB
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This not my first time at Rouge. The atmosphere is amazing and keeps me coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had a wonderful dining experience
    Hback
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I had a wonderful dining experience at Rouge. The mushroom toast was perfect as a starter and the Branzino was light and delicious. And of course dessert, chocolate cake was just divine. Our waiter, Peter was fantastic. Attentive, knowledgeable and very sweet. I am looking forward to going back and hopefully soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Lunch
    Merry
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Great lunch menu....relaxed atmosphere....perfect service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service, and ambiance!!
    PhillyDiner
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Well I can say for certain that the salmon is outstanding, but the hamburger looked equally satisfying. Definitely be sure to order the fish tacos too...quite an excellent starter, and between those and an entree, plenty of food for a complete meal! Don't worry about saving room for dessert, because it can't compare to the regular dishes ... BUT if you happen to get there before the seasons changed, the pumpkin creme brulee is a tasty dessert that can be easily shared! Two thumbs up!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the room but food was ok
    kbk618
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The room was so cute! It's a small room with a great view of the park. The bar is in the middle of the room and it's great for people watching. The table had chairs and a couch which was very comfy. We went for restaurant week and choose the 3 course menu for $35. We heard rave reviews about their burger and had to try it. We were so disappointed! The burger was terrible! no taste and the roll seemed stale. It's huge but no flavor. You can get a tastier burger at red robin. They would not sub the regular fries for the truffle fries, so we ordered both. The truffle fries were ok. I should of just stuck with the regular fries. Bread pudding was DELICIOUS!! would go back for that. $190 bucks later & we should of went to shake shack
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    Jenna
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I've eaten at Rouge plenty of times but this was the first time I brought my boyfriend. It wasn't that great. I'm not sure if was because we ordered the restaurant week menu but the service was subpar. We ordered burgers that although were good took forever! NOT SURE WHY? They were both medium? Our server was not very attentive or friendly. I usually enjoy this place but this time I was disappointed, I want to show him a good time. Another server or hostess did take a glass of wine and beverage off of the bill which I accepted but the damage was already done. the atmosphere and food was good though....
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    Janmarie
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    great menu and choices for everyone. Burger was HUGE and amazing. I had apple pie for dessert and it was sub-par but the creme brulee was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good, But Overpriced
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Good restaurant, open late, but overpriced, and waitress pushing food on us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food. bit pricey
    EstroVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Have nothing bad to say. everything was good but was not overwhelmed. but again, all was good, but it's a bit pricey to my taste. restaurant week deal made it worth while
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegantly Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Intimate setting, cozy. Excellent food and nice portions. Our server was absolutely fantastic, as were the other employees. They really make you fell like it's your home. We really had an amazing New Years Eve dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a lovely meal Sunday
    pivnik1
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had a lovely meal Sunday evening sitting at a window table gazing out at Rittenhouse Square decorated with holiday lights. Plus delicious rouge burgers, wonderful choc chip bread pudding and relaxing and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lousy food and way over priced
    siner
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Chicken is hard to do well. But for $23 it would be nice if it was not dry as a bone. The spinach and mashed potatoes were the only edible part. My daughter had a burger. She loved it and the fries were also good. But again, a burger for $19 should be better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Larry
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Rouge is reliably good. The menu is limited to items that are well prepared. Excellent burger and truffle fries are always among the best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rouge Gets it Right
    yldcat03
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Rouge is a permanent fixture in Philly's restaurant world and last night I was reminded why. I love the ambiance of this restaurant and the weekly additions to their menu will keep me coming back. I took a client here and the service was great - attentive, but not intrusive. Used dishes and flatware were removed promptly and water and wine were filled without flagging anyone down. Mushroom toast and apple & cranberry cobbler were definitely worth mentioning in this review. I typically enjoy rouge alfresco for wine and light bites, but I'll be back to dine inside again this winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    Dave
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    This was a wonderful location for a business dinner. The staff treated us like we were royalty. Upon surveying the room, they somehow afforded the same courtesy to all other patrons. I will more assuredly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud Music Misses the Mark
    Deb126
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    The music was so loud it went right through me and made me want to leave as soon as my entree was half eaten. The food was good enough and the server was very attentive. I would not go back unless I was assured that I would be in a quiet location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At a recent lunch, we enjoyed
    MareVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    At a recent lunch, we enjoyed an indoor table by the window on a beautiful day. The menu is varied; the food is very good; the service is professional. Of note, was the delicious dessert -- blueberry ice cream! Probably the best ice cream I've ever tasted! Go and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.