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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
  • 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
  • "I have never had a bad meal here. The food is amazing from start to finish. Service is great as well. When Andrew is in the kitchen he always makes a point to come into the dining room to say hello to guests. Everyone feels like a vip. Can't wait to go back. I am still dreaming about the beet gazpacho."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience; when considering farm to table none better than Russet. The four course pork tasting menu was an incredible value."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • " Arrived for an early Sunday dinner. By my watch we were 3 minutes early. The server appeared a bit miffed at our early arrival. Service after however was efficient and friendly. we ordered sparkling water which is an extra charge. Our first bottle was removed before it was empty and another brought without asking us if we wanted it. The pork chop was the best that I have had in a long time. The first course clams could have had a bit more sauce. we have eaten here before and find the food always well prepared and creative."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I moved from Portland, OR, another active foodie & restaurant scene and have found Russet to be my absolute favorite Philadelphia dining option. This farm to table cuisine is consistently consistent. The preparation truly excites the palate. Presentation style is artistic. The service is tops in my book and I have always sent a note back to the owner/chef extolling their skills and professionalism. I have been and will continue to return time and time again. Russet is my absolute go-to choice in Philly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been to Russet several times now and never a bad meal! Love that the tables are not too tightly packed. The service is always charming. Only place I really have dessert. Sunday prix fixe is a great deal."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fatty otherwise unexceptional pork chop very salty mashed potatoes hidden by asparagus wilted and green color invaded by dark gray color with side of extremely bitter kale. Service was polite but poorly timed as there was only one waitress"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Ordinarily, I like dining at Russet but if they continue the way they were on Monday night, I will not go back. The waitress did not come back to the table with our wine nor the food order for 50 minutes although there were only two other tables with people. Some of the dishes we wanted to order were not available."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I went to Russet for restaurant week, the food was heavenly and I loved the decor. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Years ago, this charming spot on Spruce Street was my kid's favorite coffee house because of their stellar Italian sodas. Now, it is has morphed into MY favorite restaurant, with fresh and innovative menu items to make dining out a special occasion. Starting with the dressing on the salad, you know you are in for a good experience, and that feeling stays right through the dessert and coffee. This summer, they offer special three-course Sunday Suppers; my salmon entree was accompanied by excellent gnocchi and a pea sfromatta that I am still thinking about."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was great. Nice BYOB. The staff could have been a LITTLE warmer. No one was rude, but I didn't get the sense I was their top priority. But I'll definitely go back again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The meal was delicious although the portions were on the small side. We split a salmon tartare appetizer then each had an entree - chicken and tile fish. The salmon was diced and mixed with a dressing, perhaps mayonnaise based, which was a surprise. Chicken was moist and cooked perfectly. The thick fish filet, perched on a bed of vegetables, was also cooked well. We sent the cheesecake back - it tasted like blue cheese and was awful. The mousse was very good. Service, though, left much to be desired. Our waiter couldn't answer our questions about ingredients and was not versed on the dishes. The menu changes frequently, but he should have been educated since there are only 5 or 6 choices in each category. Not attentive, didn't refill water."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed our usual pre-Pennsylvania Ballet dinner last Thursday. The food was excellent and, of course, the BYOB feature is attractive. Didn't have time for dessert, but they look delicious."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I came here with my wife and another couple for dinner on a Sunday. Totally exceeded my expectations. This is the type of place where you want to lick the plate so as not to waste the sauce. All our appetizers and main was super. All the food is tasty and really hit the taste buds. The restaurant was actually only 40% full and I was surprised that Russet does not get the same recognition as some of the other big names. I have been to many similar BYOB in Philly over the years including Bibou, Fond, Farm&Fisherman, Pumpkin, Laurel, Will. Thought Russet was just as good as any of them, if not better. I would say the only negative was that the munu was limited in choices with only 4 apptzrs and 3 main courses to choose from."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "i have been to russet twice before and both meals were fantastic. the food was great, the service was great. this past time i went with a larger party (6 people) and we were in the back room all by ourselves. it was nice that it was quiet, but the music would stop playing for ~20 mins at a time and so it was a little too quiet and awkward. this visit, i was very very disappointed by the gratin. this was more like a frittata almost than a gratin: it was very very eggy and not cheesy. there were mushrooms that were soaked in something that tasted really bad. this was a miss, russet! i was told the strawberry shortcake dessert was a strange mix of warm and cold - which is unsettling with a dessert with cream."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Quite disappointing. Very cute place and nice service. Menu very limited. Portions were quite small. My wife and a friend had to send entrees back as were inedible due to so much salt. They were not busy at all. if this is their best on such a quiet night, I don't understand and the good reviews. BYOB a nice plus. Would not return. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Although there were only 3 or 4 other parties at the restaurant, our service was pretty bad. That overshadowed the food and is what sticks out in my mind "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I went for a medical school graduation dinner with my family. We tried the spring garlic-ricotta ravioli and house-cured prosciutto as starters - the ravioli was in a deliciously light lemony butter sauce and we savored every bite of the tender prosciutto. For main courses, we had the bass, pork chop, swordfish, and guinea hen leg - all main courses were prepared perfectly. I especially liked the pork chop, it was very juicy and well seasoned. For dessert we tried the chevre cheesecake and spearmint ice cream. My guests and I left the restaurant feeling full and satisfied - the food is high quality and the portions are big enough. I would highly recommend this restaurant, it is great for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Had walked by Russet many times and finally decided to make a reservation there and I'm so glad I did. The food was so good all across the board. We were a group of 8 and everyone got different dishes o I can say across the board everything from the Guinea Hen to the pappardelle was fantastic. For a menu that changes on the fly, they really had everything well thought out for our dinner. This really is a Philly gem!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "First time was magical; this time less so, but food was AMAZING again. Maybe lights up too high this time, but things seemed grody around the edges (dead-ish Christmas wreath still over door, dead amaryllis in window, dusty dried stuff around, bespeaks carelessness). Was so impressed first visit, brought guests this time. Waited too long to order dessert, then waited too long to receive it, one waitress trying to dessert everyone at same time. Service sort of mechanical. Would have liked to add pepper to salad (no offense), but none available. Hated the music. Sorry to focus on the negatives, but these are distractions from food, which again, is still AMAZING. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I went to Russet for both brunch and dinner a few times, and it's hands down the best food I've had in Philly. It's farm to table so the menu changes daily and I've never ceased to be amazed. The portion sizes are just right so you can actually get an appetizer, main, and dessert and not feel insanely full. I can't recommend specific dishes since they change so much, but as I've said, everything I've tasted has been fabulous."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Spring had arrived! We feasted on ramps, morels, stinging nettles, handmade pastas, slow roasted lamb, and other seasonal delicacies. Can't believe we've put off trying this excellent BYOB. The food is amazing and the waitstaff is warm and welcoming. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had delicious food-- wonderful shrimp in a tomato broth with mustard greens, moist halibut on greens, but the service was just TOO slow. For 2 courses, it was 2 hours. Even though we might have had room for dessert, we just didn't want to continue sitting. So we immediately asked for the check. Waitress was very pleasant, but the service needs to be more efficient. Not sure if I'll return because of that problem."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing! My friend and I brought two wines, the server recommended based on what we brought. The Gnocchi I had was melt in your mouth amazing! And definitely save room for dessert! Their ever changing menu and locally sourced ingredients led to a wonderful taste of PA!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went for brunch on Mother's Day. The vegetables were delicious, and the cheese grits were flavorful but extremely creamy. Unfortunately, the portions were so tiny we all left hungry... and we are not big eaters. For the same price, you could get a more satisfying and special meal elsewhere. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "If you are looking to give your taste buds a treat, you have come to the right place. Owner/chef extraordinaire Andrew offers a unique variety of foods all beyond delicious. I had the halibut that was the best I have ever eaten. The brisket was crazy good! Andrew's homemade pastas are out of this world! The servers could not be nicer or more accommodating. Thank you Rachel!! To top it off Russet is a BYOB!!! Treat yourself and someone special! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a great lunch there a year ago. Head maple sausage brunch last Sunday. Food was awful. Sausage was burnt. Potatoes were also burned. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "True to its promise of fresh, healthy, tasty food prepared simply but elegantly. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was amazing- definitely one of the best in the BYO world and service was also great. Was dissapointed to be put in extremely loud back dining area for larger groups. Could barely hear and didn't have the same ambiance as front dining room. Would recommend this place if you can be seated in the front or are with a very large party with a younger group."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Love to come here when I come into town. Food is high quality and interesting. Service friendly and unobtrusive. Had the halibut which was very good, fresh. LOVED the cheese selection on the cheese plate. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Delicious bread-- too bad we were only given tiny pieces to sample, a doll house bread basket for 4 of us, barely sufficient for one person. we were able to get seconds then kindly asked for more but were told that there was no more bread, they were baking some. If you're going to charge $30 for entrees, how do you skimp like that on bread? Some diners have big appetites and can enjoy fine cuisine with modest portion sizes if there is good bread to balance out with some caloric value. Also the server said he would get back to us on this but never did so."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "A very nice dining experience with delicious food. Would be 5 star except service was spotty. Our waitress twice confused the order and brought incorrect food. She was very gracious in her errors...very non millennial...and corrected things. All in all, because of her behavior, it was still a lovely dinner and we would return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My wife and I live some fifty miles outside Philadelphia; whenever we dine in the city, invariably we gravitate to Russet. Their menu is inventive and always exciting. In addition, as a diabetic, they are always ready and willing to accommodate my needs. The staff is efficient and knowledgeable. No matter how crowded the room, we are made to feel as if we are the only table that matters. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We were a party of four, and we had a lovely dinner at Russet. I had the striped bass and it was terrific, with a delicate sauce. For the price, though ($26, as I remember) I would have liked to have had a bit more food. The veggie that came with the fish (fiddlehead fern) was delicious but insubstantial. The bread was also not particularly good...so I left a bit hungry. Fortunately, Russet is BYOB; otherwise, it would be too expensive for me!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "ambience mediocre....only ONE server. Not friendly. Food was good, but not great."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "When we arrived at 8, we were given a table in the hallway. We preferred to wait for a nicer location (there was a table that wasn't set yet) - it took the waitresses 20(!) minutes to clean and set it for us. We asked for the waitress's for the amount of courses to take, and were advised to add more if we'd like. When we did want to add another plate, we were tole that it's after 9 PM (we asked for the extra dish around 9:05..) and kitchen was closed already--> one of the worst and slowest services ever. Very disappointing. As for the food that we did get to order: the lemon ravioli was excellent; the vegetarian delicious mushroom course was interesting (we loved the sweet-savory flavor); and the tilefish was nice. Loved the desserts too."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Russet - is consistently excellent with innovative dishes using local produce and great staffing! thank you!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Truly in season choices. All delicious. You could go back and every time would be different."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Went to Russet for brunch with two friends, arriving a half hour after brunch service started. Though we were 1 of only 3 parties there, we couldn't (short of standing up and waving our arms) get a server's attention even to get started with coffee. Absurdly long waits for everything even though it was fairly empty and staffed with what seem an appropriate number of servers for the space/crowd. Finally got coffee but no sugar or spoon. By the time the sugar & spoon arrived, coffee was cold. Entrees came out at different rates & were just not that good (my omelet had a rubbery consistency). When my bacon wasn't served with my entree, the server's response was it takes longer as it's "carved right off the pig." It never did come."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Another "farm-to-table" place that does have a talented chef who makes interesting and creative pairings of food. The menu is quite limited, however, as it changes nightly. For those diners who want something less adventuresome, the choices are limited. The location would make it perfect for a pre-show meal, but the kitchen and staff can't seem to handle the pace. Although friendly and earnest, the staff was slow with the entrees and we had to beg 3 different servers for our check to leave. We were unable to order coffee and dessert because of the bad timing, although we arrived promptly for our 6:00pm reservation and advised the hostess that we had an 8:00pm show. Service issues should have been worked out by now..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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