The Dandelion
The Dandelion

The Dandelion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedandelionpub.com/
  • Phone: 2155582500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, Gastro Pub, British
  • Executive Chef: Robert Aikens
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Meg Torpey 2672383649

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th and Sansom
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Dandelion
London's culinary revolution comes to Philadelphia with this unique gastropub. Cozy rooms and intimate bars create a storied, Old World aura, while updated seasonal takes on British food make up the menu. In keeping with tradition, our casks and tap craft beers are always rotating, a proper afternoon tea service has a sweet and savory menu and classic family-style roasts are served on Sundays.
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The Dandelion reviews from OpenTable diners
405 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (209)neighborhood gem (204)good for groups (154)great for lunch (146)special occasion (138)great for brunch (118)romantic (105)hot spot (101)vibrant bar scene (96)late-night find (42)notable wine list (25)great for outdoor dining (21)scenic view (21)kid-friendly (21)Show More
  • Great Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fast, quick, great service, good food. The perfect lunch spot if you're strapped for time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Atmosphere
    glensidegourmet
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Lots of stuff to look at and a great personality. I was surprised by the fish and chips - I was expecting the entire meal to come in an open cardboard box, as I have had it in the UK, but they served it as a single piece of cod on a plate, with just the chips (French fries) in the box. The fish was very light - really excellent. I think the fish pate would have been better if they had served it with crackers or lighter bread instead of the heavy bread they served it with, but my companions loved it. They also need to work on their wine selection - it's limited. That said, the wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and it's a very fun restaurant, especially if you like beer. Overall, a great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've returned yet again
    savannahtraveler2013VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my fourth time at Dandelion in the last 6 months. This is all about what a restaurant should be. The whole dining experience was perfect in every way. From the ease of reserving a table, to the friendliness of the staff when leaving. This trip was extremely notable because of the number of people who attended to us, and the knowledge and attitude of the staff. I have never encountered one employee with an attitude. That is the way all restaurants should be. The decor is over the top--fun
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Dining in the City
    SMCizMe
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was greatly pleased by The Dandelion. The crowd is energetic no matter what time of day I have been there. The staff is abundant and all welcoming and pleasant (special thanks to Ronnie for her insight and individual attention) The selection is surprisingly big for such a niche establishment and even has a few classic standbys for the less adventurous diners in your group. There is a nice depth to the flavors that is unexpected from such simple dishes, but even down to the batter on the fish and chips, there was a complexity not generally expected from such a dish. Highlights included: Heirloom tomato salad, oysters, fish & chips, and the sticky toffee pudding. Seating note: Snag a table in the upstairs bar if possible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun restaurant
    Disappointment
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dandelion is a fun and delicious restaurant choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Starr Experience
    Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dining in a Starr restaurant is like Disney for adults - the themeing of the space is almost hyper-real. Service started a bit rough when our waiter went to another table that was just seated, but while we had been there for about 10 minutes with no service. After that all was well though. The homemade ricotta was probably one of the best things I've ever tasted. I went with a burger and it did not disappoint. Wife had cheddar scones in Stilton and spinach and that was really good as well. Early on a Saturday there were kids there, so this is child OK if dining early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for lunch!!
    DrJonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dandelion delights for lunch!! My daughter and I went for an end-of-the-week treat and this was perfect...the warm roast beef and panna cotta were to die for!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service at lunch
    LeahVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have been to The Dandelion fir lunch several times and it is a great setting. The food is good, service attentive, and setting relaxing. The shrimp cocktail was plentiful for an appetizer portion and the risotto was excellently prepared. The ice cream we shared for dessert homemade and a great ending to the meal. Sometimes the sound level can get noisy bit that depends on where you sit and the hostess can help with that. Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Ghazah
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    LOVED it. This was my second time here and it was more impressive than a year ago. The menu continues to incorporate seasonal foods and allows for adventure and uncommon choices. Everything was cooked to perfection. The crab risotto was incredible as was the duck & chicken mousse- highly addictive. I will not wait so long to go back this time. Our server was a true pro-keeping an eye on us and without being interruptive, she checked in just as we needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not thrilled
    MrsRamsey
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I really want to like the Dandelion, but somehow I am always disappointed by the food. It is just never flavorful enough, as though they are stuck in England circa 1970, when it was still just meat and two veg. Fortunately, like England of an earlier day, the beer is good, especially the Bombardier, and so is the atmosphere. I keep returning in the hope of finding the right dish. It is not the rabbit pie, the bangers and mash or the deviled eggs. And please, will everyone just stop serving food on flat pieces of slate! I am tired of having no place to prop my knife and watching my food roll onto the table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dandelion is such a wonderful place
    CElliotte
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Me and my colleagues have eaten at this resturant on several occasions and have never been disappointed. The menu selection and the professional staff always create the ultimate dining experience. Thanks
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is excellent British
    kenshap
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Everything here has been delicious. Our favourites are the burger, duck bolognese, fish and chips and the shepards pie. Their beer selection is top notch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pub
    Danbasi
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great pub for diner on a sunny day. I was extremely impressed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dandy ole Pub
    DissapointingDishVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sat across from the bar hard to have a conversation @ 4 30pm "tea time" Shepards pie was interesting choice,, heavy gravy hid the taste of lamb it was a better dish in London but this is center city not across the pond $4 for a glass of lemonade was a bit much considering 1/2 the glass was ice First time I ate @ Dandelion, a popular place in center city..people constanly coming in even if they didn't eat The bar was constantly noisy & vibrant! And I understand there is a bar on each level. Limited menu at that hour..friend had the burger said it was very salty $16 Glad I saw the place seems to be very popular
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently solid
    bleubook
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Arrived for brunch and initially was not thrilled to be the only additional table seated next to a large group. But our server was terrific, we didn't end up feeling neglected at all. Food was the perfect combination of traditional and unique without ruining it. For example, our oysters had a dill pickle mignonette sauce. (Which worked beautifully.) Also appreciate the availability of a very good scotch for the end of the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but late
    dinneranddrinks
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dinner and drinks at the Dandelion were great. Great ambience. This was a special occasion and we were a large party (8), so I was sure to book the reservation weeks in advance and to confirm with the restaurant that they would be able to accommodate us. I was assured it would not be a problem. However, on the night of the reservation, we had to wait over 40 minutes for our table. Not only was this disappointing, but I had hoped that the restaurant would comp us some part of our bill, or even a round of free drinks--they did not. Overall we were so happy with the service provided by our waitress. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and the food was great. But the way our reservation was handled makes me hesitant to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Dandelion is always Great
    BLKcustomer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our family loves the Dandelion. My daughter requested we go here for her birthday. The service is always excellent and the food is fantastic. Nice selection of beers and other drinks. The only problem on this visit was the group of abut 18 at the table beside us. One individual in this group was very loud and distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • post-theater meal
    foodmaven238
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was my first visit to the restaurant, which I shoes primarily for its location (near theater and hotel). What a pleasant surprise-nice atmosphere, good food, but the best part was the staff. Knowledgeable, very friendly and accommodating without being the least bit intrusive. Loved the beer list, am still thinking about the homemade ricotta appetizer, and very reasonable pricing-all in all it was a really good experience. Would recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Bad Sound
    likegoodfood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I took six visitors from out of town to the Dandelion on a Thursday evening. We had a 7pm reservation and when we arrived, the bar area was packed while I waited for the others. Soon, the others arrived and we were seated promptly. The wine list impressed the group, who are all avid wine drinkers. The menu was interesting, and the food was delicious. The service was very slow, considering it was a Thursday night. In addition the noise level was way too high. I could not carry on a conversation with all of our group. In conclusion, I would recommend this restaurant for 2-4 people. There are lots of steps and we had 6 people in their 70's. I did not hear about an elevator but there may have been one.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little noisy but really great
    francesVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It was quite loud, but they have great decor & tables/chairs. It's really different, and it's very british despite the fact that everyone is an american. Great bar menu, great selection of beers, decent wines, and really interesting cocktails. The beef tartare, whelsh rarebit, oysters, and fish & chips were to die for. The crab risotto was decent, but I'd 100% definitely go there again. reasonable pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • family friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My family was visiting from out of town. It was a wonderful place to take them for brunch- you can make a reservation, fun decor, quiet, plenty of space. Perfect for folks unfamiliar with an urban brunch scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced fancy Gastropub!
    Nikki
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was good, but the portions were small and it is a bit overpriced for what it is. Service was ok. The hostess and waiter were a bit short, but I'm guessing because they were busy. Not great but not terrible. Seating is a bit cramped, and it is loud. So don't go there is you are looking for a quiet romantic evening.
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  • Four stars; it's been five before
    asset25
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Returned to the Dandelion to celebrate a birthday (seems to be our annual destination). Always a great spot for authentic British food - there is a native in our group who can vouch for this. We come for Sunday roast on special occasions, as we did on this last visit. The restaurant was incredibly crowded but despite that it was still an enjoyable experience. Great drinks and attentive service. The beef of the roast itself was slightly disappointing - the meat was tougher than it has been on previous visits. I chalked this up to the fact that it seemed to be a particularly busy Sunday. The flavors were great, as always. We'll surely be back, and hopefully next time it'll be a five-star experience once more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent service, great food. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Congresstart
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had an outstanding experience. The burgers are amazing and the servers are well-informed and helpful. Fun people watching. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    GoSteelers
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Dandelion is in a multi-level brownstone and has numerous small rooms. It is very crowded and noisy. That being said, the service was excellent and the food was great, except the dessert. Entrees were fish and chips and scallops with potato gnocchi. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the gnocchi was sparse, but delightful! Skip the Mango Arctic Roll for dessert, though. It lacked flavor and was not satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    GoodFoodStuffs
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had an excellent birthday lunch at the Dandelion, topped off with an amazing dessert! Very cool place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing pub!
    Soixante97
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Vibrant English pub in the heart of center city, great vibe, large variety of beers, excellent food and service!! Fit for smaller groups as well as larger ones - you will have a wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Service Lacking
    RiterReVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went to The Dandelion for lunch with a friend. The food was great, but the service was not up to par. My friend ordered tea, and when she realized it was spilling from the teapot, she pointed it out to the server, expecting he would bring us another napkin and instead he kind of just chuckled and walked away. After our appetizer, which was the cheese board came, we noticed that two of three biscuits on the board had nuts. My friend has a nut allergy and so we asked if we could get more of the non-nut biscuits because of her allergy, and they charged us $5 for 3 biscuits! While the food was great, I had the mussels which was a generous portion, I doubt I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Enjoyable
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Celebrated a birthday with our adult children on Sunday night. Food was delightful and service was terrific. We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the Ricotta!
    SummerGirl464
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The house-made ricotta is probably one of the best things I've ever eaten. Anywhere. Ever. It's served with crispy, toasted pieces of sourdough. It spreads like butter. It's light. It's fluffy. It's absolute heaven. It is what drove me to write this review, in all honesty, and the sole reason I will come back to The Dandelion. If this place ever closes down, I might cry because I'll never get to taste the ricotta again. Get it and thank me later. The rabbit pie was great. Highly recommend it. The fish and chips were good, but they weren't the best I've ever had. Next time we go, we'll probably try a couple of different entrees, but I will ALWAYS go back for the ricotta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i can't get enough of this place
    riss
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    everything is amazing and consistently on point every time. my only problem is i want to order the whole menu each time, and it's a struggle to narrow it down to just one entree. Especially when my fiance refuses to share because his is just too good to share with me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch with character
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A unique setting with great food. The mussels were especially wonderful. Our waiter was really helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Philly41477
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a wonderful, romantics evening over cider and fish and chips at the dandelion. We started with the dandelion salad, which was out of this world. The fish and chips were some of the best I've ever had, although the chips were a bit too salty for my taste. We capped it off with a delicious pot of loose leaf tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Iluvphilly
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had tickets to see "The Beatles" and the Philadelphia Orchestra so I thought dinner at an English pub would be the perfect dinner spot and we were not disappointed. From the moment you approach the building you get in the mood. I had asked for a nice table as it was for my husband's birthday and we were coming with friends. Dandelion gave a lovely bay window table with a view of the skyline. Our server was very knowledgeable, helpful and responsive and didn't barge in right at the climax of your story to ask, "How is everything?!" Our guests all said they wanted to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complimentary and Curious Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great, intriguing food! British gastro-pub set in a well-restored Philadelphia townhouse. Waiter had great recommendations and the managers checked on our table several times throughout the meal. Wonderful drink selections that complimented our meal very well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Energetic scene, good food
    JPTW
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I was expecting something more from a Steven Starr restaurant. Food was good, but not great. Drinks were fabulous and hip scene in room with the bar. Risotto was too greasy, but olives were tasty as was the bread. The rest of the food was OK. I don't know if I would go back for the food. I liked the atmosphere and the drinks so would be a good stop to hang at the bar for driniks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was just OK, notting to write home about.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch
    KatPat
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This place has a great ambiance! It really mimics a London pub feel. The food is delicious. I had a lovely brunch there. The chicken liver mousse was a perfect way to start our meal. We ordered a bagel and lox as well as an egg sandwich and both portions were generous and more than satisfactory. Also, little bonus was that one of the girls from the movie Coyote Ugly was sitting at the table right next to us. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Jenn
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was fantastic. Our group mainly stayed with the English theme with fish and chips and the bangers and mash, but gave high marks! I had the skate and it was to tasty. Good bar menu and the Dog Room bar is really cool. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate