Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick Food & Drink

Vernick Food & Drink

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vernickphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2676396644
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Bar: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm - 1:00am

    Monday: CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Gregory Vernick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station
    Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. We do not have valet parking at this time. The closest parking garages include:
    - Parkway: corner of 20th and Walnut St (outdoor lot)
    - Rittenhouse Garage: entrance on 20th between Walnut St & Chancellor St
    - Central Parking: 2027 Sansom St.
    - Patriot Parking: 2102 Sansom St.
A word from Vernick Food & Drink
Located at 2031 Walnut Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Vernick Food & Drink is an inviting neighborhood bistro. Chef-owner Gregory Vernick, a Cherry Hill, NJ native, focuses on using extraordinary regional products to create a menu of approachable, globally-inspired dishes. The "Drink" side of Vernick Food & Drink features homemade sodas, as well as a carefully crafted selection of domestic and imported wines and beers and perfectly poured cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Vernick Food & Drink reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (142)special occasion (98)neighborhood gem (84)hot spot (74)romantic (61)vibrant bar scene (47)notable wine list (40)good for groups (22)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Gastronomic exploration
    Jess
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    From initially picking this place i knew it would be a gem, it over exceeded my expectations! The food was phenomenal and so delicious! It truly was a gastronomic exploration of food pairings and flavors! Every dish was like a newly wonderful surprise in my mouth! Would definitely recommend it to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, comfortable atmosphere
    RonPhiladelphia
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We came here for a birthday dinner and were seated at a two top upstairs next to the open balcony wall, and the setting was just perfect. Even though it looked out onto a busy Walnut Street, it was interesting and lively without being oppressive or too noisy. Their wine selections were excellent, and each course of the food was quite delicious. Interesting and creative, but the underlying ingredients shine through for each. I have heard a lot about this restaurant, and it certainly met my high expectations for a special occasion wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • linguafood
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was the highlight of our recent visit to Philly. The toasts are insanely delicious & I could've easily made an entire meal of them. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had to try based on OT
    CJCbostonVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Gosh, these reviews on OT are stellar. Perhaps our expectations were too high - though it was good we were left a bit underwhelmed. A few specifics - room is comfortably small with space between the tables thankfully. No loud music so easy for conversation. Wine list is modest and very old world - for those who need a new world red there will be some options that come close. Food - creative - the toast was our favorite - in fact the bread was perfect, the pumpkin butter was rich and smooth. The sea bass and roasted cauliflower were Ok but for us not the wow that others described. A small detail - the online menu is close to what they had though some minor changes were noted in case you get your heart set on something!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!
    lkp214VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Have heard rave reviews and finally was able to get a reservation. Every dish was exceptional...pate toast, artichoke soaked in red wine, lamb ragu, roasted pepper cauliflower and the wood-fire Lancaster half chicken. The food was supplemented by friendly and knowledgeable service and an extensive wine and beer list. BRAVO!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't disappoint
    RosieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My first meal here was when I was in town for Christmas 2013. It was so memorable that I returned for another visit when I was in town for a conference. My friends and I shared some starters to include the pea and bacon toast and mushrooms with a molten egg. I had the pork steak with a side of greens. Dessert was equally wonderful. The place is small and intimate so you feel relaxed and unrushed. I hope I can return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Sunday Supper
    vinojam
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Three friends and I enjoyed an amazing Sunday dinner at Vernick. We started with delightful selections from the interesting cocktail list. We shared a two toasts and two small plates; each was delicious and thankfully the staff paced them so our table was not overly crowded with small plates. Our entrees were all amazing (my favorite: the pork) and went perfectly with the bottle of wine our waitress, Ashley, helped us select based on our collective wine preferences. Everything was so good we decided we had to try a couple of desserts; both the pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie were fantastic and the presentation of each was unique. I look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not overrated
    Ss2009VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This place is amazing. The toasts were a stand out, as was the cauliflower. We shared 6 small plates and 3 desserts between 3 people and it was a perfect meal. Pims Cup was also on point in the cocktail arena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • QuinnVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Wonderful service, in a very laid back but intimate atmosphere. The true star was the food... my wife and I shared 3 toast, 2 raw dishes and 2 small plates which was plenty of food with a wide range of exciting flavors. The stand outs were definitely the Fromage Blanc with Meyer Lemon Chutney Toast and the Tuna Poke with spicy soy sauce and candied ginger and macadamia nuts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • why did i wait so long?
    petrusscotusVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    excellent fish and thoughtful vegetables. excellent pasta. wine by the glass could improve now my favourite in west center city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine Dinner!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Starting with excellent Negroni,s at the bar, we had a choice for seating. Decided to sit in the back dining room where there is an open kitchen. Clean & smart & amazingly not too noisy. Excellent service, Waiter, Ethan, was very helpful in answering our questions about the menu & wine. Carpaccio (to die for) & Avocado with Spicy radish to start, then 2 small pasta plates. Best was the tagliatelle with duck ragout. Then a large plate, which we shared. Best venison, we had ever eaten, so tender, with braised brussel sprouts on a lovely sauce. For dessert we shared an individual apple pie with creme fraise? icecream. Delicious!! Dining room on 2nd floor with big windows facing street is another choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Vernick has certainly taken its place among the best restaurants in Philadelphia. The menu is somewhat limited at first glance but the flavor s and combinations are excellent. It's amazing how they can make a simple chicken taste so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Service!
    Charles
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Vernick was a excellent place to dine. I took my girlfriend there for our 1 year anniversary. I picked it because I had heard of it through some people I worked with before. It surely did not disappoint. The waiters and waitress were constantly checking up on us and they also offered us food compliments of the chef. I would recommend this place for anyone that loves good food and wants a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A new favorite
    brianmVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went here on a Tuesday night, so a bit less crowded but still lively. We waited at the bar for just a few minutes, but we didn't mind -- our drinks were well crafted and refreshing. Once we were seated, everything was perfect. The service is some of the best I've experienced, and the staff actually paid attention and had a sense of timing! I had the rabbit, my dining companion had the cod, both of which were excellent. I can't wait to go back and try something new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was fantastic. We had several smaller plates and the tuna poke, lamb over grilled peaches, and fresh pasta with duck ragout were our favorites. Cocktails were good as well as several great wines by the glass. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good ambiance
    PhillyfoodenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was of course wonderful, perfect for our anniversary dinner! However, our table was about 2 inches from the table next to us, so it felt as though we were eating dinner with them too, which would usually be okay but not as good of a table for a romantic celebration
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome meal (as always)!
    SLC922VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    tomato and eggplant toast, tuna poke, seafood salad, romain and fig salad, tagliatelle with duck ragu, side mushrooms, side greens, blueberry pie, cab franc and coffee. What's not to like about that?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively with good food
    DiDo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A lively restaurant which was buzzing on the evening we visited. Excellent food with a twist. Different menu with toasts, raw e.g. Oysters, small and large plates. Very different and worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Philly
    hmorrowVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The best restaurant in Philadelphia. The food is new and imaginative Every bite is bursting with flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All I can say is "fabulous"
    Deedee
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    From the moment we stepped in Vernick we are pleased. From the wine list, to the appetizers, salads, entre then dessert, each course was better than the one prior! Interesting combinations and flavors. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We at at a table inside but the windows were open to the street so we could enjoy the beautiful night. I would highly recommend Vernick!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhillyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Each time I eat at Vernick, I can't wait until I go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always...
    BillrVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It's always tough to get in! But when you do score a resy? Wow!!! What a great meal! (Oops, this review just made my chances even harder to get a resy. Darn!!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had an excellent experience here. Our waitress and other wait staff were very attentive and answered all our questions. I loved the beef tartare on toast and my husband loved the grilled romaine with figs and aged cheddar. Braised rabbit an sausage with swiss chard was savory and tender. The little mini ice cream sandwiches were just the right thing to end the meal on a high note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as usual
    Alan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We are regulars at Vernick, best food in Philly, staff is outstanding, wonderful young people who do an outstanding job and enrich the experience. Grilled Romaine and Chicken are a must, Toast is out of this world Enjoy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Without question, my new favorite restaurant. At first I thought I may just be caught up in the elation from celebrating my anniversary, but after a few days of thinking it over, I know my feelings for this place are genuine. Service was outstanding. Hostess seated us directly in front of upstairs window, very romantic. Started with complimentary cava, then beef tartare on toast & tuna poke. Amazing. Meta #2 & Green Hour for cocktails. Polar opposites, but perfectly balanced. Egg fettuccine, mussels with couscous, and fish special for entrees. Incredible. Finished with blueberry pie and chocolate semifreddo. I don't think I've ever had another dining experience where every dish was so over the top. Unforgettable night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    OscarVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is an exquisite restaurant. Everything is top notch. The food is inventive and beautifully presented. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had heard so many good things about Vernick I was concerned that it would never live up to the hype. Well, it did not disappoint. Service could have been a bit better given we had a few 'dead spots' between plates. But the food itself was great! Highlights were the grilled romaine salad (you must have this salad), roasted pork (real nice, moist, not too salty) and the rhubarb crisp which is more like a pie. All other plates were good as well, just not as memorable as those mentioned. Enjoyed the experience and looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent all around
    KeitherVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything our group had was very, very good. From the chicken, to the rabbit, to the seafood appetizers. It was a very well done dining experience all around. Worth the wait. Definitely one of Philadelphia's finest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodlover96
    foodlover96VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Love everything about Vernick from the first day they opened Great food and amazing and friendly staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive
    JellyotterVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved Vernick! Wonderful food and very nice service. Ethan was just great. Get the uni over scrambled eggs, and save room for the blueberry pie for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can you get it delivered?
    Govols
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was fantastic. The server was aloof and careless. We asked for more of something and he told us he didn't want to bother the chef. Really? He's afraid of the chef? It was so loud upstairs I couldn't hear my friend talking. So, the place has changed from a calm, romantic dinner spot to one of those places that serves tables of 10 and has a chef the staff is afraid of. Does that mean I should be afraid of him too?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • famished
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The seafood and shellfish roast is amazingly generous and delicious. My server was very knowledgable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous...as always!
    MagentagirlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One course after another, the food delights! We shared several toasts and then moved onto small and large plates. My mother, a foody from way back, declared her wood grilled chicken the best she's ever had! And did I mention that the service is perfect?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    DinerDude
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Vernick before attending a play in Philadelphia. The restaurant is small, but we had a nice table on the second floor overlooking the street. The menu is not extensive, but there are some interesting choices. Everything we tried was delicious, and the service was extremely attentive and friendly. I can understand why Vernick has received so many positive reviews.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    Iguanette
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good restaurant. Well located. Original and tasty food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Philly!
    Barcalover4
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything was outstanding! The food was excellent and the service was superb! It was my second time dining at Vernick and I enjoyed sitting in the back room by the kitchen. There was an energetic vibe from the kitchen and seeing all of the dishes come out was fun! I will highly recommend Vernick to all of my friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food: Interesting takes on traditional dishes. Everything was delicious. Drink: Wide selection, uncommon labels. Staff: InCREDibly knowledgable! Able to recommend excellent pairings of both cocktails and wines. Service was impeccable, personal, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Couscous with tarragon cream and mussels, grilled sourdough with fromage blanc and pickled cherries, lamb confit and peach salad -- just some of the really great food we had. One of the best 5 restaurants I have eaten at in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for After Theatre Dinner
    Weenjoyeatingout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Vernick after attending a musical. The toast appetizers were unique and delicious, especially the crab toast and fried green tomatoes toast. We both had black sea bass as our entree; it was excellent. Service was outstanding and the wait staff's knowledge of the menu made our dinning experience an enjoyable one. You should give Vernick a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner at Vernick
    BaltPhillyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We started off with a corn purree shot amuse, perfect way to start the meal. We ordered the avocado and pepper toast along with the MD crab toast, both of which were exceptional. Next arrived the lamb belly with peach salad, the artic char with fried skin and dill, and the uni with warm scrambled eggs. The chef sent over the fluke crudo which was really nice of him. Everything was amazing. Entrees, a 1/2 chicken, the atlantic cod with shrimp dumplings in a lemongrass broth, and the braised rabbit leg and rabbit sausage. Wow, again everything was fantastic. Dessert included dark chocolate gelato, the cornbread pudding, the milk chocolate semifreddo, and the blueberry pie. Everything was fantastic but the star was the blueberry pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate