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
393 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (213)neighborhood gem (206)good for groups (150)great for lunch (139)special occasion (127)great for brunch (110)hot spot (102)vibrant bar scene (97)romantic (96)late-night find (35)notable wine list (23)great for outdoor dining (21)scenic view (20)kid-friendly (20)Show More
  • pleasantly surprised
    jpddsVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    i've been to dandelion a couple of times, but this time i was pleasantly surprised with the food. for some reason, it seemed to be much better than previously. food was already good to begin with, but this time it exceeded my expectations. service was great too. our party had a blast and we all very much enjoyed our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went for brunch and the food and service was exceptional! One of the best meals I've ever had in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was not "Star" service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    All 6 of us enjoyed our meal. Food quality and taste was the same as times before. Service was not good and frankly disappointing for being a Steven Star restaurant. Expectation of his restaurants are not only great food but great service. Certainly Dandelion this time and to some extend the time before did not meet the expectation. If you have company and want to make sure the experience is SUPERB all around, I would pick Parc in this neighborhood for a great brunch and much much better service. Also, just a minor note: bread basket was not as diverse and as good as before. Clearly the baker is not the same.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious & Convenient!
    Nicole
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food is decent. Coffee was a little strong or the cream was a little weak. Scones are the BEST! The ambiance is AMAZING! So cute! And you can make reservations so that is exciting. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinesalot2VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    brought friends with us from London england and they loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dandelion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service is always impeccable here, food was just as good. It is expensive but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a large group and due to the rain ran a bit late, but they still allowed us to order off the brunch menu and took great care of us. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of England
    Irishgal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you are looking for a taste of England, The Dandelion is a must. Great ambiance, reminiscent of an English pub/restaurant in the heart of Philadelphia. Service is excellent and food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • England visited
    CARM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    English decorum and menu along with a Welsh server who was very personable and attentive. For just a moment it was like stepping off the street in Phila and into a restaurant in England. Fun drinks, good appetizers and fish and chips-all good. A really lovely lunch on a beautiful day in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Barb
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Love this place. It's cozy, food is comforting, never feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back at the Dandelion Pub
    webster
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I returned to the Dandelion for the second time in a week and this time was even better than the previous time. Kudos to Jillian, our server. What I most appreciated was that we were not rushed and when I told Jillian that we hoped we could take our time, she was very gracious in saying that was "absolutely fine." The ambiance is still a bit noisy but one van get used to it, depending where the table is. The service was especially attentive this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for group lunch!
    Kash
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Awesome food, refreshing cocktails, and the right ambiance for a group get-together. Our group of seven was seated on the 2nd floor by the window and it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great brunch
    briley
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Stopped by the Dandelion with my fiance's parents and siblings for a quick brunch before we had to head to the airport. It was perfectly casual (since we were so hungover from a wedding we needed something easy) and the food was great. The beet and salmon appetizer was divine. We will definitely be back next time we're in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dining Delight
    Lou28DawnVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my first visit to The Dandelion and my wife and I both found it wonderful. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, the service was great from the hostess through the numerous members of the wait staff that supported our waitress. The waitress was very attentive, without being intrusive, knowledgeable, personable, and professional. The food was delicious beginning with the warm bar olive appetizer and ending with a newly created dessert and everything in between. The wine list was very good and there creative cocktails that were equally as good. I highly recommend The Dandelion and intend to return very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal & atmosphere
    mbwein
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My parents were in from out of town and this was a great spot to take them! We all enjoyed our food (we had a hard time deciding… lots of great options!). Great service. Our waitress was very friendly, funny, and helpful with the menu. Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • webster
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I always enjoy The Dandelion. This time (September 3) the service was outstanding, as was the food. The issue for me is always the noise. I would love it if such a great restaurant could have 3-5 "quiet tables." The absence of quiet,however, won't keep me away from going again very soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • English pub with extraordinary food
    Mark
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I never thought I had food issues until now. I'm sure that we all have had good or perhaps great food before. However, the sauce on the fig cake dessert will make you want to smear it all over your body so that every pore can drink in/absorb/enjoy this remarkable toffee sauce. Now that I have that covered I'll move on to the review. The establishment is a quaint English style pub. Make reservations early. There are few outdoor tables available and the remaining seats are on two floors but the interior can get loud when busy. Any issue can be overlooked because the food is ... in a word ... amazing - with perfectly cooked fish and chips, or roasted chicken. The chef here is an expert at sauces... This establishment will become a staple!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    foodjunkie11
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    just like eating at a pub in England except the food is much better at dandelion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Sweet Place to Be
    gingerpup
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Many times going to a new restaurant you don't really know what to expect. From the moment you walk through the front door you're greeted with smiles and a very warm family feeling. The service was astonishing, and the food was fabulous. We could not have asked for a better start to the holiday weekend. We were there with a group of 7, and we all highly recommend checking this gem out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good ..
    Thee
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Either it's for lunch, dinner or just drinks, it's a great place to hang out with your friends. Very relaxing and chill-out atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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.
  • Solid
    AlBDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had brunch, which is difficult to distinguish, but the food was solid. Great Bloody Mary. Service was excellent. Atmosphere was also very nice. Overall, it had the quality and theatre one expects from a Starr restaurant. Would recommend and return without hesitation. I'm curious about dinner options.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
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    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.