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Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick Food & Drink

Vernick Food & Drink Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vernickphilly.com
  • Phone: (267) 639-6644
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Vernick's stellar reputation is deserved. An excellent, energetic vibe. Seats on the second floor are essentially on a balcony, which makes for romantic dining on a nice evening. Stellar wines by the glass -- all a bit out there; no over-oaked Chardonnay here. We shared a lamb/peach dish, a pork steak dish, and a pasta dish. All were outstanding. Seek your waiter's advice on what to order; you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "For our first time at Vernick we had the good fortune to be seated opposite the kitchen where Greg Vernick presided like a zen master on what elsewhere might have been a slammed Saturday night. Instead food, service, ambiance and a summer evening converged in a way that made the night joyfully tranquil and the meal a contemplative feast. Toasts, which most other places would would be a high-profit afterthought, here are perfectly composed (our crab as with lemon aioli was a sonata); sea bream crudo let the fish speak its true, unctuous nature; roasted mushrooms with peanuts from the wood burning oven tantalized and paved the way for a roasted whole daurade with grilled romaine. The wine list is stunning and not extortive, the staff serene."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Vernick is the best restaurant in the Philly area Everything is always delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We discovered Vernick's last November. We loved it the first time and on a brief stop in Philly we decided we needed to go back. So glad we did! The food is awesome and the service is superb! I went back to congratulate the chef. I asked a server - is the chef here? He replied "he is ALWAYS here!" I loved that! In this age of celebrity chefs with restaurants all over the world, it was nice to dine in a great spot where the chef is actually there and on the line! The toasts are fantastic and a unique category I wish was served elsewhere! My pasta with morels and roasted onions was delish and my husband salad was great! We shared the roast chicken and it was terrific!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've been to Vernick several times in the past few months and the food is just scrumptious. The service is fabulous. The menu changes frequently so it's hard to review specific dishes. We had a couple of toasts (fried green tomatoes were terrific!) and several small dishes (peach and lamb salad). All were terrific. Our server's timing was perfect...timely but not hover...not obtrusive."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We have enjoyed dining at Vernick multiple times. Unfortunately this was not our most favorite visit/food. All the dishes we got was consistently too salty. We ate on the late side and perhaps Chef was home with his family and we got assistant chef(s) with heavy hand on salt. This was our first experience of the blueberry pie. Highly highly recommend. Quite big, nice size to share between two to four people. If you are visiting the restaurant for the first time and noise level is important to you, ask not to be seated upstairs especially if the windows are closed. Depending on who dines that night it can be too noisy"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We have now been to Vernick a handful of times, and it has yet to disappoint. The toasts are simply delicious. I love the fromage with cherries, a friend ordered a second beef tartar, such was his love for it...there was no one clear winner because they are all winners. We tend to go with new people each time, so that we can justify ordering most of the menu. Much love to the chicken, which is typically something we never order out, but here, we order it every single time. But we would be remiss if we did not also order the sea bass or the beef. The flavors will linger in your mind for days. Of course, leave room for the blueberry pie. That lingers in my mind for months..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I chose this location due to the Trip Advisor rating as #1 in philadelphia. Vernick is good, but not the best in philadelphia. We sat outside which was fine. Not very scenic but comfortible. Very active sidewalk scene if not at the center of rittenhouse square. I had the organtic chicken wit the tomato and cheese salad (a variation of a caprese). The tomato salad was spectacular and a touch spicy, which. I like a lot. The chicken was okay, under cooked so a left half. My friends had the day fish and rabbit. By all accounts the rabbit was exceptional. The catch of the day was very good as well. One highlight was our waitress, she was exceptionally nice and just the right level of attentivness. A very good experience all in all."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Best blueberry pie ever! Leave room for dessert. Also, very interesting appetizers with grilled toast with different toppings including one with fried green tomatoes and another with avocado and spicy radish. Delicious. Entrees are good too. Great food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The staff were friendly and informal, welcoming and attentive. The food was excellent, We had the skirt steak and the cod. Both were perfectly cooked and had complex mixes of flavors that made each bit a delight. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Top notch all around! Food, service, attention to detail. Would certainly return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. Each dish from appetizers to dessert was delicious and well-executed. Our server was prompt and knowledgeable. Loved the atmosphere. Excellent experience overall."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This restaurant has it all. They really thought of their decor right down to the books they put on the shelves and the mason jars filled with their chili oils. We sat in the back of the restaurant near the kitchen and it was great to see the food as it was coming out. They are so organized. Each type of employee has a different "uniform" and the place it just awesome. The food had so many layers of complex flavor. I wish I could eat there everyday. The warm ricotta with rhubarb and basil is delicious. As well as the grilled artichoke and crispy potatoes. Order those 2 dishes together so that you can dip your potatoes into the artichoke's saffron aioli sauce. My husband's rabbit was great too. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "A poor second to Talula's Garden! After reading the reviews we were really looking forward to Vernick but it was loud, the food was good - but not great - and the beer list small and not very interesting. Food had too much finishing salt and it did not live up to it's hype."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is by far the best restaurant in Philly in my opinion. My companion and I ordered 8 items total to share and they were all great, two of which were life changing dishes that I'll never forget (peaches with lamb belly confit, and mussels with cous cous and sweet corn). I was here when it first opened and had a similar experience... the arctic char crudo is also amazing. Service was extremely attentive and knowledgeable without being invasive."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere, and service at Vernick is top notch. Would come back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Vernick is always a tough reservation to get during peak dining times. Everything is top-flight and you always see chef Greg Vernick working in the open kitchen. The servers are very knowledgeable and accommodating. You can dine with standard "large plate" entrees or mix it up with various components on the menu--pastas, small plates, salads, big plates, etc. The blueberry pie dessert was more than enough for two--huge. A must-visit for foodies."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Shulie was an amazing server! The food was unbelievable! Both of my friends were still talking about it the next day!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Vernick. The party of two attending with me were extremely impressed with the food, service and ambience. We are definitely returning."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Odd drink menu Not great for vodka drinkers When we walked in , table not ready and bar was packed , no place to sit ."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everything was tremendous. The octopus was so delicious I laughed after tasting it. Fresh, simply prepared, perfectly prepared flavorful food. Inspired."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My highly anticipated visit to Vernick fell a little flat. Everything was fine, but my husband did not enjoy his sea bass dinner at all, which put a damper on the meal. I have to say that the steak tartar toast was by far the best thing we ate all evening and the lamb confit and peach salad, while being ridiculously small for the price, was absolutely delicious. With so many great restaurants in Philly, we do not often revisit, but I think we will take another stab at Vernick, even if the only thing we order is the toasts!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Staff was knowledgable and accommodating. Fun time!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Every time we dine at Vernick we try something different and have been pleasantly surprised how amazing each dish is. The tastes are unlike anything we have ever experienced. Among all the options in Philly, it says a lot to say this currently is our favorite spot. The service is outstanding as well."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Best drink (old fashioned), best appetizer (crab toast), and best dessert (blueberry pie) I have ever eaten. Greg Vernick gets my vote for best chef in Philly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We elected to try a bunch of small plates. Try a variety of toasts (notably the beer tartare and the fried green tomatoes if available). The Tuna poke with sweet soy and the chili glazed octopus are also winners."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Having read great online reviews, vernick didn't disappoint. We ordered the spicy radish/avocado and tuna poke starter, followed by the roasted seabass and pork chop, and a side of sautéed greens. We finished with carrot cake. Every dish we had was excellent, perfectly cooked, seasoned, presented. Would have loved to try everything on the menu as we looked around and all the dishes others were having looked just as good as ours. The tables around us all cleaned their plates, as we did. Will definitely return next time we have the chance."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was excellent. We had small plates which gave us a variety. Every dish was perfectly prepared, not over-done. Loved the grilled peach w lamb, fried green tomatoes and chilled seafood plates. Had sorbets for dessert (too full for anything more). They were fruity and bright, not "iced", excellent!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I would never recommend this restaurant Philadelphia has great restaurants but not this one everything was over salted. We sent back one of the appetizers and it came back extremely spicy which it wasn't supposed to be at all. Main courses were also over salted This was not a good dining experience"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I had been wanting to go here for a long time and it's hard to get a Saturday night reservation at a decent time. First I should note that I originally made it at 5:30 as that is all they had but when they called the day before to reconfirm I asked for something later and was able to move it to 6:30. First the setting was great - had a window seat overlooking Walnut St with pretty flower boxes and great view. The food was so good. Tuna poke was amazing! Grilled romaine salad with cherries, figs and cheddar cheese - yum! My 3rd small dish of the lamb/peach salad was OK but the other 2 made up for it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "great food, service impeccable, sound knowledge of both wine and food by the waitstaff, all make this the perfect dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "An all-around top-notch restaurant. The food is fantastic, the service, great, and the space is really quite lovely. You can't go wrong. Go!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This place lives up to all the reviews and rumblings. From the service to the food, it is a great place to go if you are a foodie. I would recommend the fire roasted platters because you cannot go wrong. It's also a must for dessert to save room for the blueberry pie. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We received a gift certificate to Vernick. We saved it for a special occasion, and we are glad we did. We were seated at the pen windows overlooking Walnut Street. it was just lovely. The food was very inventive, and each course had a surprise. We would never have thought of some of the combinations, and enjoyed it all. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Wow! What a food!!! We asked to speak to the manager and my wife was telling him for 10 min how amazing everything was. I am very picky and critical with food, but this was an absolutely fantastic experience. Next time we are in Philadelphia, I will be sure to make reservations here! I do not want to name our favorite dish - everything was so exceptional that singling out any one would be unfair... "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Loved Vernick! Our group of four was early for our dinner reservation so we started out at the bar. The bartenders concocted unique drinks that went down a little too smooth... The "special" was coconut milk, rum, basil, and strawberries. In other words, heavenly. We sampled a good portion of the menu and not one thing disappointed. The tuna poke was delicious and the oysters were outstanding! The restaurant was very accommodating and the chef sent out a few special items which were thoroughly enjoyed. Sitting upstairs by the open windows is the way to go. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. This is the second time we’ve been here and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The atmosphere is beautiful and we like that the tables aren’t too uncomfortably close together. The servers are incredibly knowledgeable and you can tell they all have a passion for food/wine. It’s really nice to know that not only the chefs love what they serve but the servers do as well. Last but certainly not least the food is absolutely delicious! Innovative, fresh, tasteful, etc. We highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Excellent experience. I had the rabbit and my husband had cod. Both delicious. Oysters were excellent as was the rhubarb berry crumble. Service was very pleasant and not overwhelming. Will will go back. I especially liked sitting near the open kitchen. Excellent wine that was suggested by our server. A nice mix of people of all ages."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is where to go (if you can get a table) to experience modern fine dining. It's not stuffy or overly formal, but it has a quiet elegance that really works. The "& Drink" in the name is true.. they have a wonderful hand in cocktails and what they offer is both classic and innovative. The food is excellent. While the menu is a bit vague, the servers can help construct a memorable meal. The food was of a uniformly high quality and the presentation and service clearly matched the output of the kitchen. The meal is not rushed but it's no pokey either. The price point is very fair for the overall quality of the experience."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "deliciouS! SMALL PLATES AND LARGE PLATES TO SHARE!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014