The Pickled Heron
The Pickled Heron

The Pickled Heron

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thepickledheron.com/
  • Phone: 2156345666x
  • Hours of Operation:

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

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

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • 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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
The Pickled Heron reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (25)romantic (25)good for groups (7)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Neighborhood bistr0
    Marcpc
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 234 reviews are from the The Pickled Heron reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • nice dinner!
    stmshop
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    First time dining here. Good service and good food to enjoy with our friends. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleased
    PHILLY4
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Everything was very good. We found a parking spot on the street two doors down but on the sidewalk outside the restarants was trash and a random cheese steak smashed all over the sidewalk, luckily we dodged it ! So initially we were concerned but inside was clean and beautiful .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully prepared/presented meal
    Msavage444
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is one of my favorite spots in all of Fishtown! Great service and fantastic food perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday celebration
    ElyseUUVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Six of us went to TPH for my birthday. We were greeted warmly and shown to our table. It is a small restaurant but you don't feel it. It is a BYOB and the wait staff made sure we had the right glasses for our different wines. The menu is small but just right. I loved my veal breast! I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service but food too tough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Atmosphere was great, and food was very creative. But the duck and the steak were too chewy. Good flavor, but the food texture needs to be improved.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Family event, so there were two grandchildren in the group of six. Nice round table in a corner for us. Waiter and staff handled us all really nicely. Dinner was really good with couple of entrees and combinations of soups, salads, and starters taking care of our appetites. This night was at least our fifth dinner at PH - it's right at the top of our list for Philadelphia dining. Went home for family birthday cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Laban advertised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Those of us who have gone to Bibou over the years have done so strictly for the extraordinary quality of the cooking -- not the ambiance. Now there's a place you can experience equivalent modern bistro fare within a charming, polished and comfortable environment. There were three in our party and each of us would rate every aspect of our experience at the Painted Heron as excellent. Standout dishes included the arctic char gravlax with a pungent olive tapenade, the seared sea bass, the duck confit cavatelli and the beef bourgignon. Desserts were also wonderful, especially the creme brûlée. It's a byob and even the wine glasses were high quality. Highly recommended in all respects -- and very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Terrific food. Excellent, low-stress environs. Great staff. All good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tried but missed
    Mikew
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Was very excited to try this Resturant. The three of us ordered the crispy duck entre as an appetizer. The crispy duck was served rare. Was not happy. Moved to the $14 grilled calamari and wondered where the rest of the order was. The high point of the meal was the foie gras course. Excellent..!! The jam paired deliciously as our 2001 Sauterne. Our waitress was nice, put up with jesting and had a fun spirit. We then split the steak Bavette and the seared stripped bass. Presentation was really sloppy and the fish was smelly and we three did not eat it. We mentioned this to the waiter, saw him tell the two chefs, but nothing was done about our concerns.....NOTHING. Creme brulet for dessert. No interest in returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous..we have enjoyed
    MuffinVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Fabulous..we have enjoyed many meals at The Pickled Heron~ Food is always seasonal, creative and delicious. Todd, Daniella and staff truly care about your dinning experience. Make sure Shaun is your server. Foie gras was spectacular (as usual). Venison special was tender, cooked perfectly with perfectly prepared Brussels sprouts. Crème brulee rocked
    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.
  • Fantastic Every Time
    ilike2eatfood
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I've come to the Pickled Heron countless times, and every time and every dish is great. The deserts are probably my favorite post, if I'm to be honest; they make everything from scratch, get as much local as possible, and reply care about their food. It's a great place to go if you're near Fishtown... or even if you aren't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pickled Heron wins again
    HappyFull
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Got to try an array of duck-based spreads prepared in a way that was entirely new to me. All was delicious. The bass was the perfect temperature and consistency, with delicious fresh kale beneath. Our opera torte was great and the exact right size for two to share. A great dinner for my girlfriend and I, BYOB for a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a break!
    Smitty
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We had our meeting at the Pickled Heron in their curtained off area and I must say that we were so caught up with the great ambience, food, and service that for a moment we forgot about the snow & ice. What a break it was for our gang to have our meeting there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    JimwithJenVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I have never had a bad dinner here as everything is always great. Get away from the chain restaurants and enjoy some fine dining here. It is a BYOB with street parking. We usually get all three courses so it can be a bit expensive but cheeper than a trip to France and they now take Credit Cards! I would like to tell you what is good here but the menu is ever changing due to what is fresh and in season. So don't be afraid to try something new as everything I have tried here has been exceptional. My tip would be to go early (6ish) as it is nice and quiet and you can make sure you get first choice on the menu. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite French restaurant
    omnivore
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This place is the best. The food is creative and delicious and the preparation is always perfect. The service is excellent as well. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a gem in Fishtown
    SdSHVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    What a surprise find for us -- The Pickled Heron. I'm glad that it was Restaurant Week and I couldn't get a reservation at any of the BYOBs I usually like in Old City! There was the Pickled Heron with an opening. The restaurant is darling -- from the moment we entered using the beautiful bronze heron door handle. Menu was interesting and had something for everyone in our group. Moules Frites was outstanding, as was the sea bass, duck and little neck clams in fennel stew. Delicious and reasonably priced. Easy parking. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was great but it
    cookie
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Everything was great but it was cold every time door opened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantatsic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great neighborhood place and the food was fantastic. It could have used some music, however!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The storm
    LobsterVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We were the only 4 in the restaurant on Friday night and had a lovely meal. They stayed open just for us which was greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.