1521 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://russetphilly.com/
- Phone: 2155461521x
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
- Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
- 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
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.Continued
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Russet reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 6, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (64)romantic (47)special occasion (35)good for groups (17)great for brunch (13)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
- Never a bad mealOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/31/2014We went several times for dinner and this last week we tried the brunch, it was as delicious as our other meals. This restaurant deserve to be in the list of one of the top in the city. It is our neighborhood gem.I recommended it to all my friends. Also is a BYO, and that makes it more desirable.The service was impeccable.Special Features:
- You have to be open to the seasonmainlinemamaVIPDined on 8/31/2014I enjoy Russet very much, I love the idea of having what is fresh and is season. My husband, who is more of a scrambled eggs and white toast kind of guy, would prefer to have a choice of something simpler. The service was great and they've added some noise abatement which helped alot. This place is like a small bookstore - the books represent the interest of the owner. It is not Amazon where you can get anything you want. Embrace the experience because the chef does a GREAT JOB!!!!!!Special Features:
- Best Brunch in Phillyfg451147Dined on 8/24/2014The menu is short and seems to changes daily, and while there are inventive dishes (super delicious), there are also basics that are executed PERFECTLY, like their buttermilk toast, pancakes, etc. I cannot remember our waitress' name for the life of me, but she was exceptional. One of my pet peeves while dining out is when you're asked 235 times, usually with a mouthful of food, if everything is okay. Our waitress checked up on us just a few times, and it was usually to bring another bottle of champagne (if there even was a corkage fee, it was minimal- love that about certain BYOBs!) The prices were reasonable, especially considering the high-caliber food and it's location. HIGHLY recommend and will be returning. Thanks, Russet!!Special Features:
- Very good food. Very poor service!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/23/2014First, when we arrived, there was no one to greet/take our reservations. Finally a wait staff appeared and seated us. There was only one other table seated, but it took quite a while for our server to appear. When she did, she was not very pleasant and nor accomadating. She never took the time to pour our wine,which I noticed that the other server at other tables did. This was about the worst service we have ever experienced. I would highly recommend the food at Russet, but I would caution everyone about the terrible service. I also hope that the owner/chef would be aware of this and make some changes.I would recommend this to a friend.
- surly serverflawaterboyDined on 8/21/2014This was my last of several dinners at Russet this summer and as always the food and mood were superb; I chose a Thursday as my son accompanied us and I felt that would be a good choice for an uncrowded, leisurely dining experience. That was, indeed, the atmosphere but for some reason our primary server seemed preoccupied and annoyed as we ordered and continued to manifest this negative demeanor throughout our meal. High quality food is seriously compromised by low quality service.Special Features:
- Cool place, slow serviceKkadzDined on 8/15/2014Just be aware the service is slow, the food is awesome, though. It's a great place to relax and unwind!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- adventureous diningflawaterboyDined on 8/15/2014This was my second visit to Russet as I was anxious to see if this dining experience could match the high quality of the first. On both occasions I ordered fish which was harvested locally and cooked perfectly, served on a bed of unusual vegetables that were marvelously delicious. The food was fastidiously prepared, served promptly without fuss and the service staff were quite attentive. As a BYOB the price is very reasonable given the wonderful quality and fantastic preparation; on both occasions my wife and I were seated immediately and dined very leisurely with no feeling of "rush". The entire menu changes regularly and is limited to four or five first and second courses and we will certainly return for another fun dining adventure.Special Features:
- terrific food, erratic service146restaurantssampledVIPDined on 8/2/2014the food was spectacular! bitter chicory with sweet beets was genius. the pasta was amazing! the scallops were perfect, but I would have preferred lima beans to regular beans in the accompanying dish. However the service was sketchy. We ran out of water and were not offered more because we had purchased sparkling (normally a restaurant will offer regular tap if you finish the sparkling). The silverware was carefully removed from the beet salad and left on the table for the pasta course (because the pasta was better with beet juice?). We had to request coffee from the server because it was not offered by the waiter.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 7/27/2014Once I accepted the fact that the $ 35 tasting menu was not available at 2 p.m. on a Sunday (only later in the day), both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our brunch at Russet. . .Special Features:
- A Special PlacemebbyVIPDined on 7/25/2014What a treat to discover Russet on Open Table! This small and charming restaurant serves fabulous food from a menu that changes daily based on the local ingredients available. The celery vichyssoise was incredible, the duck breast sublime, and i finished my meal with the most wonderful peach and prosecco sorbet. The restaurant is on the first floor of an apartment building so you feel as if you've been invited to the chef's home. Because of the high ceilings and lack of fabric to absorb the sound, it can get quite noisy. The crowd was mostly young, and did not seem to mind the volume. Neither did I. I loved Russet and will be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- neighborDined on 7/25/2014We loved the appetizers (soup and sausage pasta) but were disappointed in the mains. The duck was tough and the fish too salty. Both dishes were too complicated. It was hard to taste the "real dish" and to appreciate the flavors.Special Features:
- Great mealMikeDDined on 7/23/2014We specifically went for the "paleo" dinner, which was a fixed price with four courses. The meal was fantastic and everyone seemed to enjoy it.Special Features:
- A wonderful findTitusDined on 7/20/2014My wife and I dined at Russet on Sunday for our aniversary. We really enjoyed the vibe in the space and from our server. It is classy but casual. I especially enjoyed the 90's Indy rock that was quietly piped into the background. Service was charming. My wife order the price fix and I had parperdalle with duck liver and Tile fish. Everything was excellent. Portions were perfectly sized. We're not dessert folks but enjoyed the cheese cake and chocolate/raspberry something. We'll be back with friends who, like us, can handle the concept of a finite menu based on a farm-to-table buisness model.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious!MoniqueVIPDined on 7/19/2014I was recommended this place by a friend, having never heard of it before. Wow. Just wow. The food was incredible and the service was impeccable. What more could you want?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food and a Great BYOBOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 7/8/2014This place has everything going for it. My wife and I ate here during our recent annual Philly visit. The food was excellent, service was professional and friendly. The menu is very small and changes virtually daily, depending upon what the chef finds inviting at the local markets. Located in a charming small brownstone, this is not only a great place for fresh, organic food, but a beautiful place to sit have a romantic dinner. Definitely not to be missed! This will be one pof our special go-to places every time we visit Philadelphia. Can't wait to come back!Special Features:
- I love this placeLvphillyVIPDined on 7/6/2014I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GregVIPDined on 7/4/2014Excellent dining experience; when considering farm to table none better than Russet. The four course pork tasting menu was an incredible value.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First ChoiceDinerDined on 6/28/2014I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A real gem of a place!redsonya75Dined on 6/28/2014I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- everything great except:LynnDined on 6/28/2014Arrived 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.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 6/25/2014Ordinarily, 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.
- DisappointedStuwDined on 6/25/2014Fatty 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
- A Spruce Street GemeatyourveggiesDined on 6/15/2014Years 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.Special Features:
- Good food. Nice atmosphere.OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/14/2014Food 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.Special Features:
- Good food, fair serviceSteveVIPDined on 6/13/2014The 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.Special Features:
- Love the Russet!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/12/2014Enjoyed 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- this time was a missbrewsterDined on 6/6/2014i 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.Special Features:
- Expected much moreBridgeexpertVIPDined on 6/4/2014Quite 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.
- ExcellentPhillyByobPhanDined on 6/1/2014I 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.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/1/2014Although 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 mindSpecial Features:
- Loved this Philly gem!vnutDined on 5/30/2014Had 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!Special Features:
- Highly recommend!iheartrussetDined on 5/29/2014I 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.Special Features:
- lalinea2Dined on 5/21/2014First 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Food in PhillyCaliGirlDined on 5/18/2014I 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.Special Features:
- Russet is a Gem!SlowfoodjackDined on 5/18/2014Spring 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food but VERY slow serviceSdSHVIPDined on 5/16/2014We 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.Special Features:
- DisappointmentTumarooDined on 5/11/2014Had 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.
- Tasty but tinyFloriPhillyVIPDined on 5/11/2014We 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.
- Worth tryingRamnationDined on 5/11/2014True to its promise of fresh, healthy, tasty food prepared simply but elegantly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and servicePhillyfoodie87VIPDined on 5/10/2014Food 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.