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Russet
Russet
  • Address:
    1521 Spruce St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Neighborhood:
    Rittenhouse Square
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Russet Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://russetphilly.com
  • Email: contact@russetphilly.com
  • Phone: (215) 546-1521
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Wood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 15th and 16th
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Russet
An ingredient-driven BYOB restaurant dedicated to serving seasonally available local products with a focused, but constantly evolving menu reflecting the best meats and produce from our region.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I are trying to hit l of the best restaurants in Philly before moving out. We have been disappointed in a few. We went to Russet a couple years ago for brunch and it was absolutely amazing so we decided to try it again. This was hands down the BEST food we've had in over a decade. Probably the best dinner I've ever had really. I would recommend this place to anyone. It is less snobby than most foodie places which makes it even better!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We would not recommend this restaurant simply because of the service. Food was great and ambience was decent, but the service was very poor. The people were nice but had no clue how to coordinate. In turn, the wait was forever to order, get the food, and to pay. They also didn't give us silverware for the soup and coffee until we asked, but even after agreeing to, one guy never came back with a coffee spoon we asked for. No management seems to be in sight and no one bothered asking us how we are doing. We will not be going back no matter how great that Danish was."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Having been here before, we chose Russet for our anniversary dinner. It's a great place for a quiet and superb meal. Our experience was enhanced by the graciousness of our waitress and the staff when, unfortunately, a special bottle of Sancerre we brought with us was dropped and broken. The waitress offered to reimburse us the cost, but the owners insisted on paying for one of our meals plus both of our dessert, which more than offset the cost of the bottle. Their generosity only added to our already formed opinion that this is a restaurant to which we would happily return, especially on special occasions."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food was tasty, appreciated the local options, such as stinging nettle and pastured pork chop. Dessert was not spectacular tasting but beautifully presented. I would go again on a night where it might be quieter."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went here with my friend for brunch. We've been trying new places every Saturday. This week was Russet. We both really enjoyed our food, which was some ham and egg sandwich, the service was good, and the vibe was relaxed. The restaurant was basically empty, but it was refreshing."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Perfect pre-Kimmel Center event restaurant. Food was amazing and service for drinks, appetizer, and main course were perfect. But then our server disappeared. We waited way to long for someone to take our desert order, and waited even longer for desert to be served. Desert, when it finally arrived, was delicious."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I appreciated the restaurant for a quiet, cozy ambiance and ability to catch up with my friends. The food did not have a wow factor, but it was awesome to combine BYOB champagne with their fresh orange juice."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My brother came in from out of town and I wanted to treat him to something special for his birthday. A friend recommended Russet and it was just perfect. The food was delicious, fresh and inventive and the service was outstanding. I will come here again!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The sweet potato involtini was one of the best vegetarian entrees I've had. it was creative and savory and filling and it's so great to know that vegetarians can find something satisfying even on a very small menu. Desserts were also excellent, especially the ice creams and sorbets."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We loved the quiet, cozy ambiance of Russet to reconnect with old friends. That said, some things were a bit spotty with some items unavailable on the menu (which is already quite small) despite the early evening hour (6:45 pm reservation). Service was friendly, although we had to remind our waiter to return a bottle of wine that he'd set aside in the fridge for us."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Although my entree was delicious, I would never return to Russet due to the plain awful service my large group received. One member of my party had to get up at two separate occasions to find one of two waitstaff so we could order our next course and to pay our bill. I was shocked. When the server finally came to clear our table and take our order, she said they'd gotten a new computer system that day, yet she reeked of cigarette smoke. Difficult story to believe given the strong new smoke smell emanating from her and also extremely unappetizing. All who ordered the sausage at my table loved it and the three who ordered a sweet potato dish were quite dissatisfied as it had an overpowering horseradish component to it which was not listed any"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Russet is BYOB so it definitely does not have a notable wine list! It is a very nice, somewhat small place in what must once have been a quit prosperous row house. The menu is not very long, but the food was outstanding. (I'd have done more damage to the food if my companion and I had not just come from a quite nice reception. Never the less, the entire meal was excellent. We shared a dessert. I would be happy to go back any time."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Russet, and it will definitely not be our last. The food was outstanding, and they change the menu daily, which is an added incentive to go back often. The wait staff was knowledgable and efficient, without hovering. The evenings selections gave you a nice variety, there was something for everyone's taste. We love BYOB's, and this gem has shot to the top of our list. It is convenient for the Kimmel and the Academy and I recommend it for a pre-show dinner. I can't believe we have never found this restaurant before."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A close family member visited this past weekend and was excited to try out a new restaurant, particularly a BYO. Russet had long been at the top of my "Restaurants to Try" list because of their seasonal menu and effort to source ingredients locally. Having now been there, I can say with certainty, this restaurant lives up to its reputation. The staff was attentive, but did not hover. Our portions were perfectly sized, so that we left the restaurant saying "I ate more than I usually do, but I don't feel overly full". We each had a starter, fish for main, and dessert. Each course, while vibrantly flavorful, allowed you to appreciate the taste and texture of the ingredients composing the dish. We enjoyed the meal and did not feel rushed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I were excited to try Russet with our friends who have been there many times. Unfortunately, the food was wonderful - especially the pig liver appetizer, the halibut with buerre blanc sauce, and the salted caramel ice cream - but the service was not good at all. Our waitress was nice, but very inattentive most of the time. Our water glasses were empty a lot, we were served food and then had to wait for utensils, and my coffee got cold waiting for the cream to arrive. No one checked on us after we received any of the food courses to make sure we didn't need anything else. We would go back only because our friends had good service previously and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Russet was the best food I have ever had in Philadelphia. Definitely make a reservation and head there ASAP! You will not be disappointed AT ALL. It is nothing short of incredible!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Russet is a terrific farm-to-table BYO Pre-Kimmel Center find. Food is inventive but not crazy over the top. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Restaurant was full but noise level was totally acceptable. Whatever others said of it previously - service and noise - seems to be well in hand. Our meal was delicious and we will certainly return. Would suggest that if you have an 8:00 at Kimmel, make reservations for 6:00. We found that this allowed for a comfortable, leisurely dinner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We visited Russet for the first time on a quiet Sunday night in early March and had a delightful meal. The preparations and use of each ingredient were perfect in every dish we sampled . . . which, in my experience, is quite rare. Much to our pleasure, the "eat local" movement is alive and well here. We enjoyed the winter-focused dishes and would look forward to visiting during other seasons."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food at Russet is outstanding. However, they are close to the Kimmel Center, fill up at dinner time, and still accept reservations even when they have no tables available. We had a 7 PM reservation, having no show to attend. All tables were full, but we were assured one table was finishing dessert and would be leaving. No one left the restaurant before 7:30. Then there was no rush to bus our table. We were finally seated by 8 PM, one hour later! We had to request water and someone to open our wine three times before our pleasant waiter did it, since it was never done. We then heard a list of what was no longer available (all the best things on the menu.) This may be a decent place to go before a show, but get there by 6 PM!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This was our second visit to this small interesting byob. We went back because of its innovative menu and good location for pre concert dinner. However, on this occasion although the menu was still unusual and interesting, the food, when it arrived, was lukewarm and therefore much less appetizing than it was intended to be. Although our server offered to go back and have the meal re-done we did not have time for that as we had concert tickets. It was most disappointing. So it would be "fit for foodies" but only if the meal is served at the right temperature!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "very very slow service. took 30 minutes to get bread and water. a full hour for main course. then they got the check wrong but we were already so late we didn't have time to get it fixed. nice room but tables extremely close together. wait staff pleasant but clearly overwhelmed."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I decided to take my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner. Upon making my reservation on open table i put a special request for charcuterie because Russet won best charcuterie in philly in 2012. There was no charcuterie on the menu when we arrived but the first thing the waitress asked after pouring our water is if we were still interested, the chef would prepare a special platter for us. It was delish!!! We went for the chef's tasting menu and everything that came out was great! We tried food we never had before like quail and cuddle fish, the flavors were sophisticated and not overpowering. The dessert also came out with a candle for the birthday boy! I would definitely recommend Russet."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We were in Philly for a short visit and needed an early dinner - Russet had been on a list of BYOB's we wanted to try. It was a great meal. Though we forgot the wine and there are no nearby wine outlets - the meal made us forget the lack of wine. All the staff was great - but Oscar was most attentive and helpful. Pasta starters were "lick the bowl" good. Huge pork chop and beautiful duck breast were great entrees. We will be back. Room decor is a little tired, but food is worth a visit."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I read a lot of great reviews on yelp, then some not-so-good ones which made me nervous about our first visit to Russet. However, upon entry, the hostess was polite. Our server was energetic and friendly - she had a dry sense of humor, which may put some others off, but didn't bother us. The appetizers were killer! If I could have ordered my appetizer in an entree size, I totally would have. The entrees were good, but the flavor couldn't compare with the first course. I ordered the grouper; it was perfectly cooked for a fresh fish - seared just enough, which some might interpret as raw, but the flavor of the fish really came out. My friend ordered the duck. She said it was also good, but agreed our appetizers were better."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband and I recently went for dinner. It happened to be for our anniversary but Id recommend Russett any day of the week. Russett represents what we love most about Philly BYOBs. Unique and quaint setting, friendly and knowledgable service but not suffocating. And of course excellently prepared and executed food with a local flair. Thank you for an enjoyable evening all around!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Small discerning menu - very good combinations & presentation."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Great food, very professional service. The walnut ravioli appetizer was over the top. The pork chop and sauce were cooked perfect, large portion, and the sauce made the dish. We would go back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We came here for brunch on a Saturday and got an omelet and a pancake. The menu changes every week so the dish you love may not be available for the following visit. The service was very attentive. I would be hesitant to come on a Friday night because the tables are tightly packed and I could picture the restaurant being very noisy."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Farm to table dishes that change every day. Definitely worth the $$!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Really wonderful food and just the right amount of server attention. I had two appetizers for dinner and dessert and it was more than enough. They could have better bread. But don't forget to bring your wine. We didn't know about that so had this lovely dinner without wine."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Had such a good time in March 2013 decided to return for our March 2014 annual trip to Philadelphia. Seated quickly, arrived after pre-theatre. Server very friendly, this is a BYOB and my wines where handled well, one needing filtering and decanting. Food was very good. Restaurant tries to source local ingredients. Menu was very well balanced. Highly recommend. Seating is tight. Noise level was very high. Will return in March 2015."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We've been to the Russet before, and found the food to be excellent, nice atmosphere, and generally satisfactory service. On this occassion, the service was less than stellar, server seemed to be too busy, not attentive to being out of butter, water, etc. The noise level was excessive. Hanging acoustical panels/devices are seriously needed to reduce the noise levels. The BYOB option keeps us coming back, however. And no corking fee, either!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our first time. It wasn't great (for one thing the sauces were too salty), but we will go again simply for its nearness to the Kimmel Center. We drive in from Princeton and can't leave before 4.30. With the hideous I-95 roadwork problems that NEVER seem to improve, Russet is a nice alternative to places a considerable walk away (eg, a.kitchen, Parc, Meritage, Supper, Alma de Cuba). Still, my tilefish was good, and Andrew thought his pork good too, if overly salty. The starters were both very good and unusual. I had the blue cheese sformato, and Andrew had the spiced salami plate. Our server, Lauren, was excellent, as was the blood orange sorbet which had a wonderful texture. And it all came to $100. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Small bistro atmosphere with classy details. Menu is small, creative, and based on local market offerings. Delightful find."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Excellent cuisine. Fantastic staff. A true pleasure."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Let me start with good... BYO, decor, and fresh farm to table ingredients. Now the in between... the food was just ok. Got the papardelle app, potato ragu and snapper. All were good but nothing was exceptional. And the the bad... service was poor. The usual... flag the server down every time you needed something, disappearing act for a while, and a very cold demeanor -- not welcoming at all and rushed. In the end, I am glad my wife and I tried Russet but we agreed that it was a one-time visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Imaginative, well executed food with an occasional northern Italian flavor. One rarely finds a restaurant where the food is truly an interesting experience that invites one to savor and take one's time. There is a limited selection of main courses, perhaps five or six and the same number of appetizers. This ensures that everything item served is of the highest quality and well prepared. All are carefully put together, interesting and satisfying. Desserts are excellent. BYOB and enjoy an evening."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Russet offers consistently excellent and innovative dishes. The service is friendly and efficient. My favorite BYOB in Philadelphia!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Russett is the one restaurant in Philadelphia that we continue to enjoy. Everyone in our family and the friends we have introduced to it ask to go back. Everything we have ever eaten there is wonderfully prepared so that the ingredients blend beautifully yet maintain their independent presence in each bite."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant ... great food, fish is fresh and moderately priced and a byob to boot."
    Dined on 2/16/2014