Vernick Food & Drink
Excellent Food but. . . . .I made a huge mistake and ordered the Colorado Lamb Chops special instead of taking the servers recommendation on what the restaurants speciality is which is normally what i do. I was not please with the Colorado Lamb Chops but everything else was excellent, great service, great ambience, excellent beer selections, very happy overall5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat an experienceHow can toast be sensational?! At Vernick it is. We savored every, delicious, creative morsel. Celebrated a Birthday, but if you don't have an occasion...make one up. Vernick has it all: Food that you are talking about when you leave, service that is attentive but unpretentious, ambience that is inviting and simple. Stephanie, our server, was terrific and Drew, one of the chefs gave us great tips and even better food!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMVernick was superlativeDelicious food, excellent service, outstanding dining experience.
Looking forward to eating there again.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the food and service.Loved the food and service. Noise level was quite high so that it was difficult to hear the waiter and people we were dining with.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding and momorableWhat a wonderful dining experience. The food was unique, special, inventive and fun. Terrific combinations with special ingredients accented plates like rhubarb chutney. Highly recommend getting several small plates to sample lots of his awesome food. Can't wait to go back.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMIn a word: FabulousEvery bite is worth savoring. Outstanding chicken livers toast. Glorious pasta with rabbit ragu. Beautifully prepared red snapper. Superb mint sorbet. There was not one misstep.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food!Everything we had was fabulous! We ordered lots of appetizers and small plates and each dish had unique favors! Look forward to trying entrees. Fun to go with a few people so you can sample the small plates!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat atmosphere.We dined at Vernick to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We were seated at a table in the open window upstairs and greeted with a complimentary glass of prosecco. The servers were kind and knowledgable and the wine and cocktails were fantastic. The Cuban is a must for mojito lovers. It's a classy martini instead of a summery drink. The food was disappointing. I wanted so badly to enjoy the meal as it was a very special occasion but everything was overpowered by the burnt grill marks. The toast was not toasted but charred. It overpowered anything potentially delicious on it. While I would recommend the restaurant for its atmosphere and service, I cannot speak highly of our meal. I'd be willing to try other items in the future.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe sat in the bar lounge,We sat in the bar lounge, so I did not see the main dining room. Food was great, service was very good. Drinks were excellent. They were able to accommodate us early (before our reservation), which was great. Will definitely return next time we're in Philadelphia.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had delicious small plates.We had delicious small plates. The bill definitely added up, but the great food made it easier to pay. Very good and attentive service.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything about this placeEverything about this place is amazing. The food it out of this world.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA well kept secretLOVED LOVED Vernick. An evening of just small plates and a drink or two ended up with a4 course meal and more drinks. My reservation was at 9:30 but a little birdie told me to come in early and put our name down. A friend dropped in at 6:30 and by 7p we got lucky that a table for 4 opened up tine bar/lounge area. The rest of the night was trying just about everything on the menu. we started with the tuna poke (a must), pea & bacon on toast(delish) beef tartare. Then went ahead and ordered entree, sea bass, halibut, steak and more small plates. Select closeto 11p and spent $90 tip included per person. It was well worth it and we are coming back! Amazing service from the maitre d, to Ryan finding my green button on the floor and chef.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's small and can be loud.It's small and can be loud. open table only allows "energetic" for rating noise and it really needs to fix that). Service was outstanding and the wine list was great. Shellfish and seafood roast was really delicious.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMJust wonderful.The food and staff were perfect. It was a very enjoyable evening. The couple that own the restaurant work it and talk to their customers. The wife is the hostess who starts the evening off so graciously. The food is very eclectic. We were able to watch the chefs in action as we were sitting by the open kitchen. The husband is the head chef and really knows how to make his patrons happy.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMYummy yummyGreat food...favors just pop. Making food an art form! My only complaint is it is Very hard to get a reservation.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly and completely recommendedThis was my first visit to Vernick. I HIGHLY AND COMPLETELY RECOMMENDED IT. Our meal was outstanding in all regards. We let our server pick the courses for us and every one was delicious and incredibly complex with different bursts of flavor. BRAVO!!!! I can't wait to return. This is an awesone restaurant.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMwe sat downstairs in the openwe sat downstairs in the open kitchen room. The service was wonderful. Our waiter was very helpful in answering our questions and he was right on with his suggestions. our food was delicious-so well prepared and wonderful tastes. The pea and bacon toast was unreal as was the grilled romaine. I would go back in a minute. Wonderful wine. The cocktails coming from the bar looked great. Everyone who greeted and helped us were so friendly and accomodating.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Meal in PhiladelphiaOne of the most creative, surprising, delicious meals I've had in Philly in a decade. Service was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly, and the food was outstanding.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best, if not theOne of the best, if not the best restaurant in Philly. Must try the sea urchin with scrambled egg. Awesome servers.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMVernick is Worthy of the BuzzVernick is worthy of all the buzz. The food is excellent, a very interesting menu that is very well executed.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time dining at VernickFirst time dining at Vernick and it was fabulous. Split the beef tartare with horseradish..flavors burst in your mouth delicious. The main course was also split, the special branzino..brought to the table were a couple of nice treats from the chef...a thimble full of pea soup and tuna tartare..both were excellent. Our waiter suggested we order the days greens...we did, but could have done without them as our fish came with a grilled green...Had red wine suggested by our waiter.. a smooth and tasty malbec. Desert was just out of this world, roasted date cake. I had visited Morocco recently and it took me back to their wonderful flavors!
We were seated in the back room...nice, as the noise level was low.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic food! Great flavors,Fantastic food! Great flavors, not overdone, creative and delicious. Would highly recommend and will go again soon4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMStill great, service has improvedWent back after about a year and Vernick continues to be great, the service which was a little weak when they first opened has noticeably improved with smart fast servers with experience that shows. While it was crowded Sat night there were several open tables but you wouldn't know that by looking at reservations online, also we were early but had to wait until our time even though the tables were open, most likely to encourage bar drinking. And speaking of the bar, you get a VERY carefully measured drink, no heavy hands here... but good for specialty cocktails.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was delicious.Everything was delicious. Standouts: halibut and the date cake.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMimpeccable evening dining at 5:30Honestly I do not often write but this experience deserves a few words. We are food and wine lovers. We cannot give justice with words to our evening here. Relaxed, very friendly, knowledgeable wait staff that all work together aiming to please. Wines area excellent; not what you may know but pairing with food at the recommendation of our waitress were spot on (with tastes of any to assure your choice). And the food, harmoniously constructed for the palate, scrambled egg with sea urchin, homemade cheese on toasted sourdough goodness with ramp, and the choices continue to excitably surprise your senses. We had such a great experience we will be back. Sit upstairs at the window. Go small plates and share you won't be disappointed.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMI couldn,t stop talking aboutI couldn,t stop talking about the food. Everything we had was exceptional. There was a great variety of foods to choose from, especially since we don,t eat meat or shellfish. Look forward to returning.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMVernick raises toast to aVernick raises toast to a whole new level. House-made mozzarella and grilled whole branzino with orange/fennel were fabulous.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMI great addition to PhiladelphiaI great addition to Philadelphia restaurants. It should be tried by everyone who enjoys great food.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and serviceExcellent food and service as always! Love sitting at the bar.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience.. May beGreat experience.. May be one of the best that Philadelphia has to offer! Excellent food and beautiful restaurant. Takes us right back to ny- apart from the fact that it is a two-storied restaurant. We will definitely be back.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMBest restaurant in Philadelphia.Best restaurant in Philadelphia. Hands down. We went for a special occasion, but will be back often to take others and try what we didn't. Spectacular.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best meal that we haveThe best meal that we have had in Philadelphia in a long time. The food was innovative and expertly prepared. The service was superb. It was a great evening.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding dining experienceFor my trip to Philadelphia last week I decided to make reservations for Vernick Food & Drink mainly because it was the #1 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor. The reviews prepared me for a good dining experience but it was actually OUTSTANDING! The food was amazing, service: top notch, atmosphere: relaxed & somewhat casual, dessert: to die for (do yourself a favor and try the roasted date cake with the coconut gelato, I was tempted to order another one because I was sharing desert, it was pretty much the best thing I ever ate!) I will probably plan another trip to Philadelphia in the near future just to go back to this restaurant and it was hands down the best part of my trip!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were celebrating my boyfriendsWe were celebrating my boyfriends birthday and everyone on the staff made us feel so welcome. The service was impeccable. Even though we were too stuffed for dessert, they sent us a birthday dessert with a candle. Everyone made us feel so special and we had a really great night!!! The food was outstanding as well. We loved everything.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best meals in Philly!Every time I've been to Vernick it has been wonderful and everyone in my group has really enjoyed their meals. While their meat dishes are great, their vegetable dishes are particularly tasty, so it is a good place to go with a group that includes people who don't eat meat.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again Vernick Food andOnce again Vernick Food and Drink out did itself with the food, service, and experience. Everything was excellent and highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic DinnerOur Server, Gus, stepped up to suggest the best offerings that we requested---fresh fish & fine sides. The opening surprises from the chef were an excellent tease to our palates; a sample fit to inspire for the follow-on courses (our tastebuds were tumbling with enjoyment). Gus recommended the fresh grilled Sea Bream in answer to our request for the best fish entree. It was outstanding! Gus also provided a wine pairing that excelled. While not usually a fan of team serving, we were very pleased at the team service at Vernick---it shows when the whole staff is focused on delivering a feast! Suggestions from Gus on salad and desert made the difference between a fine dinner and the banquet we actually enjoyed. A rare treat!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous addition to the PhiladelphFabulous addition to the Philadelphia restaurant scene!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing experience but serviceAmazing experience but service can be quick with the starter section of the menu!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent meal!! Grilled romaineexcellent meal!! Grilled romaine is superb!!
Grilled sea bass is excellent!! Our new favorite restaurant in center city.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMTwo time winnerThis was my second visit and I took a business associate from Atlanta. She said it was the best meal she had enjoyed in ages. Great for calorie watchers, as they have grilled fish, grilled veggies and salads without all the junk, but everything done with super freshness and flavor. A real winner but very noisy place. Not good for hearing impaired unless it's very early or very late when the rush is over. Delicious friendly hip place.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA hidden gemOn a scale of 1 to 10 Vernick is 15! Everything was off the charts and superb! The hostess and staff were very accommodating . The menu was fun and we enjoyed the "toast" appetizers. The back room is a hidden gem ! We booked our next visit back on our way out!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe people are as warm andThe people are as warm and friendly as the food and wine excellent. I try and have dinner here as often as possible.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT restaurant. Good food,GREAT restaurant. Good food, AND good service. I really enjoy the "small plates" option.
My ONLY suggestion would be this restaurant and others that have a second floor. I think it is important to ask customers if they are ok sitting on the second floor. Sometimes guests that appear to not have any physical challenges, might in fact have an invisible disability.
Overall - Fabulous evening! THANK YOU.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been recommending VernickI have been recommending Vernick to everyone (although, of course, getting a reservation is no small thing). It is among my favorite restaurants of the moment.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLove it. Second time hereLove it. Second time here and it was a good as the first! Excellent service, amazing food. Please stay away so we can get a reservation.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had expected a fine meal,We had expected a fine meal, but all four of us agreed that it was as fine and innovative a meal as we had ever had, and our waitress was as knowledgeable, thoughtful and gracious as any waitress I've had in my lifetime - and I'm 79 yers old and I spend most of the year travelling around the world and dining out. Bravo! A memorable experience, and we'll be back as frequently as possible.3/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAll in all everything wasAll in all everything was great, particularly the smaller dishes. Only complaint was that the waiter was not very helpful -- basically snickering and commenting that it was "amusing" that we were asking for suggestions on what or how much to order. Given that waiters/waitresses specifically make recommendations as to what dishes and how many dishes to order,especially with a shared-style menu, I'm not sure exactly why he looked at us like we were from a different planet when asked. He was ultimately attentive and the food was great-- this just wasn't really the service I expected from such a "hot" restaurant.2/24/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible, creative, imaginative,Incredible, creative, imaginative, scrumptious food! Put this on your bucket list for sure. Can't wait to go back. It took over a month to get a reservation for the time we wanted but worth the wait! Go, you will love it!!!2/21/2013 12:00:00 AMBar none, my favorite restaurantBar none, my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. Cocktails are top notch. Food even better.
Happy almost one year anniversary!2/14/2013 12:00:00 AM