The Plough and the Stars
123 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106Neighborhood:
InternationalPrice: $30 and under
The Plough and the Stars
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.ploughstars.com/
- Phone: (215) 733-0300
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Gastro Pub, International, Irish
- Executive Chef: Ishmael
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: The Plough has a Mezzanine level for private parties a room with full bar for sit down dinners or cocktail & hors d’ouvres receptions. a 107" TV, sound system & AV equipment available. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday's, business meetings or celebrations of any sort! Please call for availability & details.
- Private Party Contact: Marion Ryder 215 498 2367
- Entertainment: Join us everyone Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm for LIVE music with Tyrone's own, Raymond Coleman! Sunday evenings feature our traditional Irish Session! Our session is open to the public and If you play an instrument,please join us from 5-9pm!
- Special Events: Open and serving a special menu Thanksgiving day! Call 215.733.0300 for more details! -- Open 'til 2am 365 days a year! -- Join us every weekend for LIVE music! Fridays & Saturdays Irishman Raymond Coleman sings everyone's favorite ballads and Sunday from 5-9 we have our Traditional Irish Session -- all musicians welcome! -- Open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! Live Music on the Holidays!
A word from The Plough and the Stars
At the Plough & the Stars the owners are determined to bring the true taste of Ireland to Philadelphia, our food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence. We were awarded by Citysearch as Philadelphia's Best Brunch. We have been featured numerous times on the Food Network and have cooked at the James Beard House in New York. Enjoy our famous Mussells Veloute, Striped Bass with Potato Crusted Scales or Guinness Casserole. Or if you prefer you can dine on our casual bar fare. We have installed the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland and installed by Guinness technicians. Each pint of the 12 beers on tap is perfect. The atmosphere created by the simple, yet powerful decor and fills a visitor to the Plough & the Stars, with an overwhelming feeling of awe and inspiration. The stage is set for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Weekend nights turn the Plough into one of Old City's favorite bar scenes!Continued
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The Plough and the Stars reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)Show More
- Quaint Neighborhood FindJacquesMumphrey27Dined on 11/4/2014We dined at this little gem after a day of touring Old City, and we are quite happy we did. The decor of this pub is beautifully impressive. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the daily specials. The beverage selection was intriguing, and there were several options I wanted to try. The food was very much of the comfort variety, with large portions and hearty dishes. I can personally recommend the Guinness casserole and the Tuna, as both were ordered and enjoyed at our table. We were too full to try dessert, but upon looking at the menu, we decided we'll have to make a special return trip to order the entire dessert menu. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for good food and drink in Old City.Special Features:
- One word, mediocre.OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/1/2014Food was nothing special and was expensive for what you got. Could have cooked at home much better and way more interesting. Bar is very loud. Service was excellent though.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/31/2014The Plough is terrific - the building has so much character and the food and service are the best! We make it a point to visit this restaurant every time that we get to Philly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Anniversary Dinnerdkellynd89Dined on 10/25/2014My wife and I had a wonderful evening celebrating our 16th Wedding Anniversary. Our server was fun and timely. The food was properly proportioned. We will return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/11/2014the tapas platter was absolutely delicious and the service was outstandingSpecial Features:
- Hard to Findbcarr0405Dined on 10/10/2014Putting aside the fact that the listed address deceived me, the food, service, and atmosphere were enjoyable.I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/27/2014The Plough and the Stars has a varied menu with solid choices. The wine by the glass is fairly priced and very good. Friendly, quick service, perfect for getting to a nearby movie on time.Special Features:
- disappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/12/2014I am a philly foodie and have been.wanting to try the restraunt so.I figured it's restraunt week would be a good time to do so. it's very loud. Although they were accommodating because we were late for our dinner I received better service from the bus boy then the waitress. as for the food I had the.salmon with crab and it had a very overpowering salt taste. So for a drinking night great for.food not so muchSpecial Features:
- Disappointing DinnerDinearound9Dined on 9/12/2014It was a very loud and disorganized environment. Dinner conversation difficult due to music and bar talk.Had to walk through serving prep area to access restrooms. Had to wait approximately 45 minutes for an unremarkable meal.
- Not the same old PloughChickieBVIPDined on 9/12/2014It's been a few years since we ate here. We've avoided mostly because of what used to be a really impossible noise level. That's gone at dinnertime. It's a lot quieter now, which is ok for us but clearly not as good for the business. It isn't as hip as a lot of the new places, and should probably bow out of the hip cuisine arena and get back to its Irish roots. During Restaurant Week there was only one Irish-sounding stew on the menu, and it was just a bit warm out for me to try it. The seared sesame-crusted tuna was great but could have used a bit of spice in the drizzle. I've always loved their creme brulé. This time it was paired with a small, very rich chocolate mousse that was more like a chocolate truffle and really fine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 237 reviews are from the The Plough and the Stars reviews archive.
- sneakyjohnpfarDined on 7/26/2014Ordered two menu choices (1 per person) for dinner and was charged for "restaurants week" which was more expensive then the items ordered off the menu.. won't be coming back.. as that was sneaky, vegetable pasta and pot roast dinner 40.00 a piece!!! Won't go back and won't recommend
- Excellent MealOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 7/26/20143 of us went for the Old City Restaurant week. However, we ordered ala carte instead since we aren't really dessert eaters. The warm tomato and brie appetizer was fabulous - could have made an entire meal from that! We were seated upstairs with a nice view of the street. Much quieter up there as there was a "pub crawl" group downstairs. Not our first meal there and it won't be our lastSpecial Features:
- True Irish Barmet1021Dined on 7/20/2014Incredible food and our service could not have been better. We sat outside and you get an amazing view of the city. They had a true Irish band playing inside. I highly recommend this restaurant for an amazing old city dining experience.Special Features:
- AmazingKingEyesVIPDined on 7/13/2014One of the hottest places in the whole city! Truly amazing!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and service in old cityGiselleDined on 7/10/2014My husband chose The Plough & the Stars for his informal birthday dinner. We love it here and were not disappointed! Our server was very nice and attentive. The food was excellent, as always. I highly recommend the braised chicken, yum! Guinness pot roast, pork tenderloins got high marks, too. Very casual, artsy vibe, historic architecture, a fireplace, and big screen tv. We will definitely be back ;-)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great brunch menuKnitsVIPDined on 6/8/2014Lovely brunch here- menu has good choices of traditional brunch items with Irish twists to some. There is some outside seating on high tops. They also have Iridh music sometimes, tho not when we were there. We have eaten here several times and the quality is quite consistent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- decentniklovenightDined on 5/24/2014Food was good. Music was super loud for a restaurant. Good drinks. Server took a long time tto come over and to get us anything we ordered.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special Lunch?worldhooferDined on 5/19/2014I booked a reservation based on the menu selections listed on Open Table. This menu, meant to be helpful in selecting a restaurant, was nonexistent in the restaurant. Hoping for some inspired fare, the menu was ho-hum: burgers, fish and chips, stews, pubby food that while good wasn't great. Very disappointing for a graduation luncheon. The restaurant isn't actually on Chestnut Street ... it's on 2nd street, mid-block. No way to know that until spending 20 minutes looking for it. Our server was very efficient and friendly; she was the best part of our entire experience. Sorry to say I would not recommend Plough and The Stars to anyone; I'd be too embarrassed.
- Graduation lunchJudiVIPDined on 5/18/2014We had lovely graduation day lunch with a gathering of 10 family and friends. The food and service were excellent - atmosphere charming and location in the historic district worked out perfectly. The plough omelet and reuben sandwiches were big hits!Special Features:
- Food was good service not so hotLadyDiDined on 5/11/2014We have come to Plough several years for Mother's Day brunch and always had a wonderful time. The food and drinks were still good but service was very disappointing .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food but much too loudBermudagirlDined on 5/10/2014We came here because they just started carrying the Scottish beer, Tennents. Met up wih another couple and were seated on the upper level almost directly above singer/guitar player. While he was good, it was absolutely impossible to hold a con ersation. We went elsewhere for coffee. Hostess/manager stopped me pn the way out and I complained about it and all she could say was "I asked him to turn it down". Who is in charge - management or entertainers? I think, since the bar was hopping with people singing along, drinkers are more profitable than diners so the choice was made.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service was wantingLawrenceDined on 4/27/2014The Food was outstanding, but the food service not so much...timing of the meals all getting to the table was about five min apart...often we were waiting for someone to help us with drinks and are food server tried to take our order (party of seven) without paper then soon realized she needed something to take the orders with...not a big deal, just starts off the meal poor. as I said the food was really great, the music was fun and drinks were well prepared.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Irish Food and AtmosphereDaveHVIPDined on 3/22/2014Good place to go for beer and pub food. We were there for a birthday party which was a bar only event. Got there early enough to have some food. I ordered the Plough Tapas plate which was very good. Nice amount of roasted peppers, olives, hummus, mozzarella (fresh), and smoked salmon. I had an order of their buffalo wings and wasn't very impressed. They were heavily breaded with sauce poured over. Not a big fan of breaded wings. My son had the shepherds pie which he said was very good. Nicely done crust and excellent savory flavor inside.Special Features:
- Great Irish pubKathDined on 3/16/2014Great irish pub year round! sundays irish session music the best , celtic football viewing. From the bar menu I had fish and chips on a saint Paddy's weekend, Unfortunately they were very greasy, but the fish inside the fried breading was good. The beer was good! We also had curry chicken which was pretty tasty. A fun time and staff very friendly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun on St Patty's DayDisappointedDined on 3/16/2014Step dancing, Great Music, and Terrific Food.. Who could ask for more ? Not us ! Plough remains one of our favorite places to dine in Philadelphia ! Service is always perfect. We have Never been disappointed , and we have been coming here to dine ever since it opened.Special Features:
- Full Irish BrunchBootsnShortsDined on 3/16/2014It was excellent as it has been in the past. Full Irish for breakfast and also the omlette du jour. Nothing but rave reviews all around. Food was timely, well prepared and quite enjoyable. Service was excellent. Not a bad word to be said.Special Features:
- great food!karenVIPDined on 3/9/2014we expect pretty food comfort food at an Irish bar, but this exceeds expectation. The tomato soup is the best I have had, and the dinners are amazing - guiness roast with potatoes and braised chicken - outstanding. An Irish band sits at a table and plays which is great without being so loud you cannot have a conversation. The building is an old bank, so high ceilings and a great Old Philadelphia look with an Irish flare. The only "hoky" part was the giant screen with a loop of Irish scenery - took away from the old world charm of the place a bit for me. We are planning to come back - it is really a great find.Special Features:
- We had brunch, so can't commentOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 3/9/2014We had brunch, so can't comment on dinner. The service was friendly and thoughtful, and the atmosphere allowed conversation and there was no rush at all. The food was very good, inventive and fresh. The poached pear salad was particularly great, as was the classic Irish Coffee.Special Features:
- Always SolidGTicemanDined on 3/9/2014I don't come here enough for a bite. I am a bit over the nightlife, but brunch or any other meal is outstanding here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spot in Old CItyBobnKathleenDined on 2/22/2014Easy to get to and fabulous food. Saturday brunch is a great treat. The home baked breads is a fabulous start to a wonderful meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outsanding surprisePatrickVIPDined on 2/15/2014Wonderful food, for a hugely enjoyable evening. Drinks and food were outstanding. The lamb was out of the world good with a mint gravySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SurprisedFritzDined on 2/14/2014Was expecting an Irish Pub dining experience and ended up with a truly great dining experience at "pub" prices. Will return again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent!DLRdatenightDined on 2/8/2014Dinner was great! The steak was the best I've ever had, mussels were delicious and the truffle cake was to die for!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great evening with friendsklb22Dined on 2/8/2014I've been the Plough and the Stars many times and have always had a great time. This time was no exception - the Guinness Casserole was great as usual and my guest loved the Sesame Tuna Loin the potato hash and balsamic reducition were perfect. For dessert we tried the flourless chocolate cake and the philadelphia style ice cream - both very good. If you're looking for a place to enjoy great food in a relaxed environment you can't go wrong with The Plough and Stars.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fod was excellent and plentyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/31/2014Fod was excellent and plenty of it I would recommend to anyoneSpecial Features:
- Food was great and our waitressOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 1/30/2014Food was great and our waitress was so pleasant and attentive
- YummySMS1093Dined on 1/30/2014The food was fabulous! Loved the poach pear salad!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun placeAstrojoVIPDined on 1/29/2014Went for restaurant week w 4 people and we all had a very good time.Special Features:
- Great steak!TenderoniDined on 1/28/2014The food was delightful. The ambiance was exquisite. The attentiveness of the owners/managers was pleasant. They made sure everyone enjoyed the experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Tuna Loin is a mustgivemecakeDined on 1/27/2014Dined in for restaurant week, no complaints other than when we asked the hostess for a warm seat, she sat us in front of a window, and you could definitely feel the draft. This is a shame because part of the reason I wanted to try this place is because of the fireplace. Service was good, but our waitress neglected to bring us water even though it was the first thing we asked for. Overall, a good experience, I'd recommend it.Special Features: