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The Saint James
The Saint James

The Saint James Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saintjamesphilly.com/
  • Phone: (610) 649-6200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am-3:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am-3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday & Monday, 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schulson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether for an impressive lunch meeting or an intimate dinner gathering, The Saint James, Suburban Square’s new dining destination, is a beautiful and accommodating restaurant. Our customized private event menus offer you and your guests unparalleled culinary excellence, while our stunning dining room sets a comfortable-yet-gracious tone, with white-washed bricks and plush leather banquettes. When you plan your event with us, you can be sure that your guests will be well fed, well cared for and will leave marveled.

    Simply select one of our menus, created by Executive Chef Michael Schulson and we’ll do the rest – portioning the family-style spread, accommodating your needs and those of your guests and ensuring that when you arrive for your celebration, all you and your party need to do is relax and enjoy each others’ company. For more information, or to begin planning your event with us, please contact Ariel Bronstein at 215.255.5829 or Ariel@Sampanphilly.com
  • Private Party Contact: Ariel Bronstein (215) 255-5829

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Coulter Ave. and St. James Place
  • Public Transit: Suburban Square is conveniently located to Septa's Regional Rail at Ardmore Station. Accessible by multiple bus routes along Montgomery and Lancaster Avenues.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is an abundance of free parking in the multiple lots surrounding Suburban Square. The Saint James is conveniently located adjacent to the Times Building in the Courtyard.
A word from The Saint James
The Saint James is an American bistro that brings exceptional food, drinks and hospitality to Suburban Square. Featuring an affordable, contemporary menu of satisfying cuisine, The Saint James features three distinct dining areas: a bar and expansive 120-seat dining room separated by a sky-lit foyer, each outfitted with leather-trimmed seating and plush booths, fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a 50-seat landscaped outdoor patio open throughout the warm weather months. With a rustic-modern look and feel and a menu of perfectly executed American standards, The Saint James reflects the new benchmarks for excellence in restaurants: a refined neighborhood restaurant with approachable food that is simply and perfectly prepared in a stylish, welcoming setting.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "St. James has improved the noise level. The food is great for a suburban spot. had the fish tacos and kale salad. Both quite good. I've also had great appetizers during happy hour at the Bar. I would recommend this place now."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Had a great booth to conduct a business lunch. Waiter was great in working around our discussion and being patient. Food was great; highly recommend the salmon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Awful food except for the Mac and cheese. Terrible service. Great location. It took over an hour for our food to arrive and the restaurant was not busy. Manager comped us dessert and drinks. I would not go back to eat but the location is nice to sit outside and have drinks."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our wait person was non- existent and had to go to bar ourselves to get drink order as well as check. If I could select no stars for service I would. Mussels were gritty and the only person that really took care of us was bus boy. Unfortunately this was my sister's birthday. Will not likely go back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was fresh and good, and the service was friendly, when we got it. We waited 30 minutes for our food at lunch time on a not-so-busy Wednesday at noon. I'm guessing that they were understaffed, as we saw our waitress very few times, and the manager stepped in to help clear the dishes and get us our check."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We were seated at 7:10, our waitress took our order at 7:15. Our 2 cheeseburgers & 1 Caesar salad arrived at 7:55. Our waitress NEVER visited our table again after she took our food order. She didn't refill our sodas, never checked on us once our food did arrive...NOTHING. The kind man bussing tables offered to refill our drinks and we even asked him to bring us our check...HE deserved the tip (which was not deserved by our waitress)....so incredibly disappointed. She apologized when she brought us the check, it was the first time she had spoken to us since she took our order. The food was good and atmosphere nice but the treatment from our waitress was terrible and will certainly deter my friends and I from returning anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "FOUR OF US HAD DINNER THIS PAST MONDAY NIGHT. MOST OF THE PEOPLE WERE EATING OUTSIDE BUT WE CHOSE TO BE INSIDE. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD, THE SERVICE WAS OK. THE SERVER DID NOT INFORM THE WAITERS THAT BROUGHT OUR DINNERS WHAT ENTRES BELONGED TO WHOM SO THERE WAS CONFUSION AT THAT TIME. THE DINING ROOM NOISE WAS QUIET BECAUSE THERE WAS ONLY ONE OTHER TABLE OCCUPIED."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Food and service were great! The drinks were delicious and nicely sized for the price. Would have given better score for ambience if we weren't sitting next to a screaming child and if we hadn't heard someone yelling from the kitchen"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Eating outside, warm summer night, great fresh food, excellent service, the saint James delivers each and very time! Always a pleasure, a menu that is reliable and doesn't take advantage..tasty..dependable..a must!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A year ago I read the poor reviews this place was getting , but I decided to give it a try. This place is run by amateurs. Waited 20 min for appetizers, 1:30 hours for my food and when it came , it was the wrong order, but they wanted to charge me the higher price of my original order. On top of that the waitress seemed to be offended because I was annoyed by her poor service. She was lucky my wife gave her a tip, I wasn't going to give any. It's a shame this place could have been awesome. I noticed that Not Your Ordinary Joes is opening next door, so I guess and hope the Saint James will be a goner soon"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The evening started with a mojito that tasted more like a gin and tonic due to the skimpy amount of mint. Our starter took a long time to come and when we inquired about it we were told it was coming and then suddenly the entrees were there. A bill was slapped on the table without the offer of dessert or coffee - which we wanted. Maybe we should have just left since that took a really long time to come as well. The management was responsive and did comp our dessert and the outdoor area is charming but I'm not sure I would rush back there. They need to find better servers if this is a recurrent theme."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Appetizer took an hour to come out. Every table around us complained that it was taking forever. Scallops were over cooked, penne wasn't hot, flatbread was tough to chew."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Service was terrific with friendly and attentive waitstaff including the maître d', waiters, and bread/water guy. The food was also quite good and the ambience/room lovely. I'd definitely go again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Made reservation based on recommendation of others . They did we must try the shrimp cocktail appetizer . Shrimp were large and quite good . Our waiter indicated they were out of the ribs( my first selection). Seemed odd on a Sat night at 7:15. Anyway my selection was Cobb salad with dressing on the side. It came smothered in vinegarette . My wife had salmon tartar which she enjoyed. We ordered a second round of cocktails which waiter forgot. Problem seemed to be that while we ate inside , staff had tables outside as well. This caused some of the issue. However, willing to give it another try at some point."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Disappointed in the food, mine as well as my young son's. I had the kale salad, which was basically kale with a few pine nuts and a vinaigrette. So boring. I ate a few bites and asked to take the rest home; why? was I thinking it would taste better on day two? My son order linguine marinara from the kids' menu. He said it tasted funny and wouldn't eat it. Funny in this case means: it tasted salty. No other real taste to that dish, just the salt. I'd had brunch here a few weeks ago and noticed the salt then too, but I like salt, so it didn't bother my at the time. We all like the cheese plate. It was nice sitting outside. I wish the food had been better."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "A fun early dinner family outing! Prompt service to an outside table on a glorious afternoon. A few shade trees would help but otherwise nice space. Cold beer, hot food with well sized portions leading to fabulous desserts (and huge dessert portions). The negatives included slightly tough steak, very salty fries, and a limited beer list but the largest issue was the lack of shade outside!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The outdoor dining area is just lovely in good weather. It felt like we were on vacation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Parking is easy and free. There is a lovely outdoor seating area, and two options inside - a vibrant Bar and a relaxed dining area. You are warmly greeted by Karen - a fabulous Hostess! The bar vibe is energetic with a Happy Hour Menu. The Truffle Flat Bread is fabulous. The wings are done just right - but there are many other options including kale salad, humus, fish tacos etc. – some favorites remain consistently but the menu does change. The more traditional dining options are also great – including beef and turkey burgers, salmon, sea bass, chicken, braised short ribs, or steak frites. The wait staff is very attentive – but special kudos should be given to Jennifer who is an exceptionally friendly and efficient server."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The Saint James has improved both food and service over the past few months. This is a good thing because the space is lovely as is the location--we really need a good place to eat in Suburban Square. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The outdoor area is great - but the service could be better outside - had to find someone to get a steak knife and salt and pepper - lack of attention after the meal was delivered"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We were here once before and it was great! Unfortunately this time we were literally sitting with the people next to us ( bar area) ....hate hearing others conversations. Also new menu is not as good as old . Need better (finger food/sharing )appetizers. Probably will not return :("
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We didn't know what to expect but knew it would be great if Michael Schulson was involved. Great food. Great bar. Great place."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went for lunch. I had the turkey burger and my dining guest had the regular beef burger. Both were delicious. Only complaint service was a little slow but our waitress was friendly"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I decided at the last minute to go out for dinner on Sat night, and Opentable suggested St James. We began our meal outside, and when it got colder and darker asked to be moved inside and the waitstaff were most accommodating. We made vegetarian selections (beet salad, mediterranean plate, truffle flatbread) and all were delicious. Dessert strawberry panna cotta was perfect and beautifully presented. Teas served loose leaf in a press pot--just right."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was solid and good, but nothing memorable. The service was attentive, if a bit too familiar and rote. (I get weary of waitstaff saying "No problem," as though you might have created one.) The best thing: the ambience was quiet, which made it great for conversation. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "the architect and decorator did great job. try the roasted salmon with couscous. a favorite."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "It was nicer then we expected, we will go back Would give it 3 1/2 stars"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Delicious cheese board, beet salad, steak and chocolate chip cookies! Even better service. Jennifer was awesome. Good food is easy to find... Great people are not! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I was looking forward to a good meal in Ardmore and was disappointed. The waiter kept trying to sell us drinks and more food and the food was just OK. I ordered the cobb salad. It came with iceberg lettuce and some crumbles of blue cheese and bacon. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Everything about The St. James was great, except my main course."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Good choices for everyone in the family. I like that the bar area is separate from the main dining area, so dining is much quieter. We had both pub fare and entrees. The menu is not huge, but it was well-executed. Beer list is very good."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "My wife and I stopped in for dinner. We decided to eat in the bar area and enjoyed the atmosphere and food. As an added benefit, we were there during happy hour and ordered some inexpensively priced appetizers and drinks. I look forward to going back."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "There is nothing special about the Saint James that would make me want to go back. $50 without tip for two omelets, a small overdressed salad and two cups of coffee. While the platters were bountiful and they were accommodating about an infant at the table there is nothing that makes you want to go back for this price."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I am not a big kale lover but at The Saint James the kale salad is excellent combining herbs, feta and fresh kale together to become something I could eat every day! Top it with chicken or salmon and it's really delicious. BTW after you have had the "healthy " meal- try their cheesecake- it's stellar! Great service as always."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We had an errand in Ardmore and decided to grab dinner here the other night. It was a little empty but it was the middle of the week, cold and raining. Everything was great (food, service, etc) was terriffic. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This may become my favorite neighborhood restaurant. So nice to have the wait staff recognize you and the waiter recalling what you order for drinks! Food was fresh, service impeccible and the restaurant was filled with couples, families and kids. Deliciously prepared salmon over kale salad! Yummy rolls and fabulous desserts. Saint James is here to stay. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great food, reasonably priced for the quality and portion size. Shrimp are deliciouso! Excellent wait staff and a restaurant you can count on, a nice change."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We have been to st. James several times. We take the kids. It's great for all of us and my husband I feel like we are having a night out too!the food is well done. Kale salad is delicious!!! 5 star from us! Thank u!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall nice french bistro style experience in terms of menu. Food was good, but limited menu choices."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wow. Just wow. The space and mix of textures throughout was warm and inviting. Our waiter, Sheldon, was perfect. The food - We started with the hummus. The olives, peppers, and cucumbers were perfectly offset by the garlic in the hummus. For the main course, I had Scampi and my friend the pasta bolognese. The portions were much bigger than they looked and were delicious. I have ordered scampi at a number of chain and boutique restaurants in the area, and this was by far the best ever. Really. We finished the meal with warm cookies and fresh whipped cream which were sinfully decadent and the perfect ending to an exceptional meal. We both agreed that it was not only worth the trip, but The Saint James was worth several return visits."
    Dined on 3/26/2014