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
376 reviews since June 3, 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 (206)neighborhood gem (193)good for groups (141)great for lunch (125)special occasion (116)hot spot (100)great for brunch (97)romantic (95)vibrant bar scene (94)late-night find (30)scenic view (20)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (18)kid-friendly (16)Show More
  • Sunday brunch was uninspired.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The brunch menu is weak, and the execution weaker. Very mediocre dishes and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tasty Food, a bit Rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here. All of the food we ordered (Fish 'n Chips, Steak 'n Chips, Dandelion Salad, Smoked Salmon and Trout pate) was delicious. One very minor quibble with the food was it was a tad on the salty side, but not too badly. They had great beer selection, and cask-conditioned ales as well, which was a big plus. The only thing keeping me from giving it a 5/5 stars was because it felt a little bit like they were rushing us through towards the end of the evening (possibly due to an over-eager busboy). Overall, though, it was great!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was ok but our waitress was rude and impatient. I have never left a review before but feel compelled to do so. I have eaten at this restaurant before and at several of Mr Starr's restaurants and have never experienced such bad service. I had friends in from out of town and wanted to take them to a place that had not only good food, but good service too. I picked the wrong place to take them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun hot spot with great food, drink
    antiqmeisterVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Best Bangers and Mash with rich onion gravy, sticky toffee pudding, very knowledgeable sommelier, people really enjoying themselves........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    David
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My second time here and better than ever! This time came with my daughter and wife and were kindly sat at a comfortable table with a great view of the city. They were more than considerate to my daughters needs and brought her dish out first. We were also invited to take our time even though it was a busy night. Wife agreed the food was marvelous: pork belly-wow, liver parfait, beef tartare, ceasar salad, fish n chips. I can't say enough about this place. The historic building and decor are worth seeing alone, offering out of towners like us a real Philly feel (even though it's a British themed pub). Will be back again for sure! Try the Dark and Stormy cocktail!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Second visit. More impressed.
    SnowVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Excellent good, amazing service. Happily go back. The half roasted chicken was my favorite. The fish and chips looked good, by tiny portion of fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    Svaroopi
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Warm, welcoming staff. Love the decor, the curb appeal, the food & drink. We definitely will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 time did not disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was the 2nd time we came with the same group and we all had the same wonderful experience as the first time. I think this will be our spot to celebrate our girls birthday brunches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Dandelion is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. I love going here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We recommend
    carolegVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time at this delightful restaurant. We ordered house-made ricotta and duck-chicken liver parfait. Both were totally delicious and came with yummy breads. Portions were plentiful. The cod used in fish and chips was excellent. Our server was exceptional.. attentive, knowledgeable, pro active and friendly. An overall great experience
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch!
    Elyse
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    They even noted my open table comment that there was a birthday in the group and surprised us with a small dessert and a candle. I was really impressed. The brunch was delicious too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KEVIN
    kuaichang
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I cannot rave more about my server kevin. knowledgeable, helpful, and considerate without being overbearing. dandelion is a very nice place, but what puts it over the top is staff like kevin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but way overpriced
    Metscoc
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Nice atmosphere, although very noisy, food tasty but some of the meals hardly have anything on the plate. I paid 27$ for literally 3 sea scallops with 4 gnocchi with some raw peas and a small lettuce leave on top, the whole covered by a special green sauce. The other 3 meals were tasty pies, less expensive and with more food to enjoy. Probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good
    JewelEats
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I didn't know what to expect for British food, but I was surprised to find several items that I enjoyed. The duck foie gras was delicious, and the London Underground was a great ending. The atmosphere was charming, and our waiter was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Came for lunch with business associates and it was excellent. Cool decor, fast service, great food. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    MarO
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was not "Star" service
    LoveFoodVIP
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AAAAHHHH-MAAAZZINNGGG!
    Downtowndish
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was probably one of the best meals I have ever had. From the outside, the restaurant looks like it was transported directly from the streets of London. The interior decor was so unique-with a different theme in every room. My friend and I ate in what was dubbed, the "dog room" with portraits and trinkets of different breeds of dog. The service was excellent, and our server was very kind, the food was to.die.for. The bloody mary was delicious as well :) I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
  • Brunch
    VinsMomVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have been here several times for lunch and enjoyed it. I thought it would be fun to try the brunch menu. The food was so-so, most of it in deep need of salt. Super bland. We also had bloody mary's and mimosas which were tasteless.....not enough booze?....not sure what it was. Strange. We enjoy the ambiance, but I think we will stick to lunch in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.