The Pickled Heron
The Pickled Heron

The Pickled Heron

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thepickledheron.com/
  • Phone: (215) 634-5666
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Todd Braley and Daniela D'Ambrosio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Personal wines welcome, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small semi-private dining space that can accommodate up to 15 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniela 2156345666x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Susquhanna
  • Public Transit: We are located 3 blocks from the Market/Frankford stop on the Blue Line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Pickled Heron
The Pickled Heron is passionate about promoting local and seasonal products, staying in touch with the farms and farmers that supply us and producing artisanal breads and charcuterie to enhance the dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Pickled Heron reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (50)romantic (30)special occasion (25)good for groups (10)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Worth a drive to Fishtown!
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Why do we drive 45 minutes to Fishtown for dinner at the Pickled Heron? Because it is an exceptionally good meal! My wife and I (and our foodie friends) have been privileged to eat at fine dining establishments all over the country as well as overseas (including France). Quite honestly, we eat out way too often and as a result, it is difficult to consistently impress us (admittedly, we are food and wine snobs). Chefs Todd Braley and Daniela D'Ambrosio are culinary rock stars in our book. The French-influenced bistro menu is thoughtful, seasonally inspired, and concise. The food is spectacularly prepared with great attention to traditional flavor profiles and marked by prefect balance, subtle nuance, and creative twists. Presentation is rock-solid and unpretentious. This is not your typical stuffy formal French dining experience. It is a great neighborhood BYOB with unexpectly good food, served by nice people who care about your experience. Can't wait for our next visit! Larry S.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good experience but food disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Service was excellent all evening. It was friendly, efficient (not rushed), thorough and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was relaxed and romantic. However, the food, though well-prepared, was seriously under-seasoned. We expected bolder flavor but were disappointed in the mussels, soup, quail and monkfish. A little more salt and pepper and a kick of herbs would have made a big difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best dinner in a while
    lkylie
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We hit this place late on a Tuesday so we're the only folks there. The scallops were to die for, and they obligingly divvied up soup and salad into shared portions, plated beautifully. Nice to have such a high caliber restaurant in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is ...fine
    StellaGypsyPickle
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've dined there twice, the food was ok, better than last time, but under seasoned. They're small, carry 6 entrees, and run out of their selections - I had a choice of 2 that appealed to me.... The experience is ok, but the hype is phenomenal - which leaves me scratching my head as to why it's on the Top 100 list in the US according to Open Table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    CityEater222
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everyone at our table was underwhelmed by their entrees. Everyone enjoyed the apps and the general ambiance. The service was not bad but the waitress was clearly not use to a fine dining experience and was a little awkward. I'm willing to give it a second try, however. The restaurant is a much needed fine dining experience in Fishtown and I've heard great things from other people. It was nice to go to a place on Frankford that was BYOB and didn't have the waiters wearing flannels and skinny jeans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It'd be a gem in any neighborhood
    CrustyCurmudgeonVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The Pickled Heron is the shy, unassuming beauty who lives next door. Her presence delights everyone with whom she interacts, & she's so much more than just a pretty face. We met 2 other couples there for dinner last night for an amazing meal, starting with a charcuterie board for each pair (duck rillettes starring among cured meats and pâté). The others enjoyed their moules frites as much as I did my salad, & the main courses were all superb: grilled steak, skate wing, duck breast, lobster cavatelli, grilled shrimp - choosing among them would be harder than picking your favorite child. The room is simple, inviting, and filled with great local art. The small staff is more than up to the task. Thank you, Todd & Daniela - you're appreciated!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty b+
    Billy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was very good. A little heavy. Service wasn't great, but that's the case with byos. So no real complaints. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greg Moore wine/PH FOOD
    largreenVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A very special and well executed wine dinner with excellent wine/food parings
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too good
    KCK2
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The lamb was fatty. The food was too complicated. I like simple food. It was tasteless. I did love the soup.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    DiscerningMe
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was excellent. You can tell that the pair in the kitchen, which is open, put a lot of time and love into their cooking. The octopus appetizer was the most tender and flavorful that I've ever tasted. Our entrees were cooked and seasoned perfectly. We'll certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    JR45
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    After reading the reviews I thought we would have a memorable experience, but the memories were not great. The octopus appetizer was cold, it was supposed to warm and very rubbery. it was also minuscule in portion for $14. The apple soup was tepid and had a blob of cheese floating in it which was tasteless. The main course saved the evening, the steak was done perfectly and the corn/muffin combination was a great add on. The noise level is akin to a busy train station. Not sure we will repeat.Service was very slow and perhaps explains the cold food.
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  • Top Fisftown BYO
    BusinessLunchVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Truly good food with incredible service. This is yet one more reason to go to Fishtown. The Pickled Beets were particularly impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have dined here a number of times and it's always wonderful. The food is deliciously tended to with attention that makes me feel completely over-indulged afterwards. The atmosphere and service make you feel warm and welcomed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good!
    ckjdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the muscles. My husbands soup was good but could have been a bit more flavorful. He had steak as his entree which was perfectly cooked! My veal was very good but I thought his steak surpassed it. The ambience was nice, a bit quiet, I suspect because we were there on the earlier side. The server was very attentive and helpful when it came to the menu. Overall, it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bangin!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food so good. Great menu. Good vibes. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva la France
    BirthdayB8sVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Everything was excellent. The froi grois was incredible, as was the entire meal. A definite must for anyone looking for a friendly place to sit and have a great dining expirience...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahead of the Curve
    FishtownDentist
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I am proud to have such a fine French bistro-type restaurant in my very own Fishtown. Pickled Heron broke the barrier here of only bar food pizza. It is a wonderful, cozy BYOB that delivers fine dining at a very high level. We were attended to by Sean (Shaun?), who made sure that every detail was taken care of in a very timely manner. The menu is varied enough to suit every palate. I started with the Foie Gras, which had a delicious smoky flavor and was quite enjoyable. The grilled octopus appetizer was cooked to perfection, not chewy at all. Our entree selections of veal breast and duck breast were surprisingly large portions, which I never expected (but was happy with) from a french restaurant. I can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always awesome!!!!
    ZsuzsibVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is my go to place for sophisticated, great food. It's one of those special places tucked away in a funky neighborhood. Try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • centercitygalVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had some very good dishes here including the foie gras and the grilled shrimp. We especially enjoyed the dessert, blueberry cake with buttermilk gelato. However, the noise level rose as the evening progressed, and it was impossible to talk.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect dinner
    Casita
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    first visit for restaurant week. Great corn soup and meat with regular portions (unlike many of the reataurant week menues. Dessert was good Ice cram and pastry. It is a BYOB, staff was grat serving the drinks. It is a beautiful setting, impeccable white tablecloths and delightful dinnerware. The neighborhood is worth exploring
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    EatingOutAgain
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Loved the food, service, and ambiance. Had the chicken in Hay. Moist tender and flavorful. Buttermilk ice cream on blueberry cake is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    farkleVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our 6th trip to Pickled Heron and once again we had a delicious experience. It was restaurant week and my wife chose that menu while I went a la carte. If this restaurant was in center city it would be booked month's out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will definitely go here again!
    nottobecritical
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Pickled Heron was delicious! We started with the heirloom tomato salad, the baby arugula salad with peaches and bacon, and the moules frites. Everything was super fresh, but the mussels were the star. The saffron, mustard, white wine broth was fabulous, and the mussels were nice and fresh, no grit. The grilled shrimp entree was very simple, but cooked perfectly. My husband had a steak and he raved continuously as he ate it. Our other dining companion had the pork loin which he said he would get again in a second. Portions sizes were just right, we all cleaned out plates and felt satisfied, not bloated. Which was perfect because the desserts were excellent with the gateau with lavender, honey and sea salt being our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 247 reviews are from the The Pickled Heron reviews archive.
  • Best Neighborhood bistr0
    MarcpcVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Fine food, authentic, friendly staff...and it's easy to park in front.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fishtown Gem!
    JDBphillyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our 2nd time to the Pickled Heron and we are planning on returning soon. Great BYOB away from the rush of Center City. My wife and I could not decide on an appetizer, so we ended up getting 3 entries. We started by sharing the scallops w/ pea pierogies and a carrot puree. Wonderful flavors as each item complimented the next. For the main dish, we selected the tilefish and duck breast. Each serving was enough to satisfy our hunger and allow for some take home. Also the bread! Home baked, sliced about ½ hour before we got there and delicious!! For dessert we took the strawberry short biscuit to go and like everything else - incredible!! Service, ambience, food all 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, hands-off service
    Kent
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    It is small and it was completely packed when we arrived, so it was a bit loud, but the noise wasn't problematic and it seemed quieter once we got into the meal. All of the food was excellent. For appetizers, we did the seared foie gras and lump crab cake and the lamb and duck entrees. The service was pretty hands-off. We brought a bottle of white wine (not the right wine for the entrees we decided on, but it's what we brought with us!) and the wait staff did not put it on ice for us to keep it chilled. We should have said something, but it didn't occur to us until we were midway through the meal and the wine was getting to be room temperature. Waitstaff also never refilled our glasses of water or wine. We'll go back for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderful small restaurant. Food was excellent, portions smallish. Desserts slightly less outstanding. It could benefit from some noise absorption, but overall a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good but not enough
    hungryVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food is good but the portions are really small.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fishtown Pioneering
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have dined at TPH probably 5 times since it opened approximately 2 years ago. Each time we had a very nice experience. The apps and mains are always well thought out and carefully prepared, nice twists on the French experience. Service has always been the best..we have had the same waitress almost every visit..so its a good place to work too...gives off that kind of vibe. Just wish they took credit cards, but you can't have everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining Experience
    ThePhillyPorkchop
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I went to the Pickled Heron on a Friday evening and had a delicious meal. I started off with the foie gras as an appetizer which was truly out of this world. I then had the pan seared duck with pea risotto with trumpet mushrooms which was amazing. I loved every aspect of my meal. My date had the pan seared scallops with asparagus which was also extremely delightful on the palate. Another great thing about this french inspired restaurant is that it is a BYO which makes it very affordable. I highly recommend it to everyone especially for a nice romantic dinner or for a nice dinner with family and friends. I will absolutely be back....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinners and Desserts
    patThai
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Pickled Heron is something different from the many cafe/bars in Fishtown. Higher end dinners and delightfully different desserts. Menu had a choice for everyone. Plenty of Fish to choose from and varied meats and vegetables.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Phenomenal dining experience! The good is fresh, tasty, and the portions are generous. We couldn't find room to finish our entrees, but can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! An extremely friend staff (I highly recommend Sean if you are able to have him as your server), and the chefs are absolutely lovely. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day brunch and had a fantastic meal. Too bad this little gem is not open regularly for weekend brunch. Food was outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique Restaurant, Intimate space
    1n1m
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went on a Saturday night and had a very nice time. Unique menu items with locally sourced and foraged ingredients. Food was good but a bit on the delicate-flavor (bland) side.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • N2Pair
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Always a favorite, and we love to take friends to this interesting neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome BYO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Daniella and Todd are amazing chefs! The scallops, lobster, mussels, and dessert were out of this world!! Thank you for a great dinner :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fishtown spot
    NolsVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A terrific restaurant off the beaten track Worth the trip from Center City
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • YcookVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Nice, quiet, relaxed atmosphere with good food and service in an"off the beaten track" location.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Cyndee
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Thanks for a lovely evening. We enjoyed the food, service and a place where we could relax and enjoy our friends. Loved the fact that it was byob!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Advice
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I can't think of enough adjectives to describe our experience. From the perfect server to scrumptious dishes, this place is one of Philly's best stops. Just go!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall