The Plough and the Stars
The Plough and the Stars

The Plough and the Stars

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ploughstars.com/
  • Phone: 2157330300
  • 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: International
  • 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!

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a garage right next door to the Plough on 2nd Street.
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!
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The Plough and the Stars reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (7)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (6)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (4)fit for foodies (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I 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 much
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the same old Plough
    ChickieBVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It'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:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sneaky
    johnpfar
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Ordered 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    3 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 last
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Irish Bar
    met1021
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Incredible 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:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    KingEyesVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    One of the hottest places in the whole city! Truly amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service in old city
    Giselle
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My 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:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch menu
    KnitsVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Lovely 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:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent
    niklovenight
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food 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:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Lunch?
    worldhoofer
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation lunch
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 228 reviews are from the The Plough and the Stars reviews archive.
  • Food was good service not so hot
    LadyDi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but much too loud
    Bermudagirl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was wanting
    Lawrence
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The 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:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Irish Food and Atmosphere
    DaveHVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Good 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:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Irish pub
    Kath
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Great 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:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun on St Patty's Day
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Step 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:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Full Irish Brunch
    BootsnShorts
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    It 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:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food!
    karenVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    we 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had brunch, so can't comment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Solid
    GTiceman
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I 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:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in Old CIty
    BobnKathleen
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Easy 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:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outsanding surprise
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Wonderful food, for a hugely enjoyable evening. Drinks and food were outstanding. The lamb was out of the world good with a mint gravy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    Fritz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Was expecting an Irish Pub dining experience and ended up with a truly great dining experience at "pub" prices. Will return again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    DLRdatenight
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Dinner was great! The steak was the best I've ever had, mussels were delicious and the truffle cake was to die for!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening with friends
    klb22
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I'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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fod was excellent and plenty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Fod was excellent and plenty of it I would recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great and our waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Food was great and our waitress was so pleasant and attentive
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    SMS1093
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The food was fabulous! Loved the poach pear salad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    AstrojoVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Went for restaurant week w 4 people and we all had a very good time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steak!
    Tenderoni
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The food was delightful. The ambiance was exquisite. The attentiveness of the owners/managers was pleasant. They made sure everyone enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Tuna Loin is a must
    givemecake
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Dined 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:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise Drink Menu
    Falsk
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Came here for Restaurant Week, so I was already pumped for a great meal, but discovering the spiked hot chocolate was the best part of the night. Would definitely come back for drinks during the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    Nicole
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We had dinner reservations and stayed for the awesome Irish music and friendly bartenders. Can't wait to go back. Food was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great fireplace...perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    great fireplace...perfect for a winter evening with good comfort food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not Great
    JgsjrVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    If you are looking for a friendly spot for a beer and decent food this place works. The service is good and the wait staff is friendly- so overall a good sport with reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Every time I go to the Plough and the Stars I always have a great experience. The food is always great, the staff is always friendly and I love the music whether it is Raymond Coleman playing or traditional session.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Arden Lunch
    gioias
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Six of us ate lunch here before our 2pm matinee at the Arden. The food was excellent and the service also. We have eaten here a number of times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Grand Time
    PhillySax
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    There's nothing like a traditional Irish breakfast for Sunday brunch at this holiday- festive Irish pub/restaurant. The menu is varied and we all enjoyed our selections, seated near a well-tended fireplace and a decorated Christmas Tree at least 25 feet tall. The Wasabi Bloody Mary was just right! We will return. Great beer selection, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbearable noise level
    inner34VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The food was good, the service was great and the restaurant is clean and beautiful....but the noise was unbearable. During dinner we were basically screaming at each other just to barely hear what the other said.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic