Abe Fisher

4.7
1306 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Abe Fisher in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia serves up a sophisticated take on Jewish cuisine in a chic and handsome interior.

The menu at Abe Fisher includes classics with a twist, like chicken liver mousse, borscht tartare, cholent pot pie, Hungarian duck and veal schnitzel tacos. You can also get family-sized portions for certain items like Montreal smoked short ribs with homemade rye bread and mustard. For dessert at Abe Fisher, choose from an almond cake, apple tart, or the bacon and egg cream. There is also a full bar and a wide selection of amari.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional meal. We've traveled all over enjoying as many different dining experiences as we can. This one was truly unique. As if you were at the Jewish holiday table in the 60s or 70s but timewarped forward by a masterful magician of a chef with no holds barred. You must know that any dietary "laws" are thrown to the wind. Think back to the day when bubbie happily knew nothing about sodium or cholesterol for just one night. Funny, it was hard to do at first for us but realized that the chef needed us to go along with the program just for this one meal. We chose the short rib tasting menu. Since I really wanted the latke on the tasting menu they ran one out. Also surprised us with a gratis squash dish from the prix fixe side. Friendliest service and surprise glass of champagne as it was our anniversary. When we go back hope that Amir is still there to guide us through our meal. Sorry if I spelled your name wrong.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here was amazingly attentive and kind. We had a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic and we would absolutely return.

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JS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Every plate was delicious and the service was exceptional. Even a surprise from the kitchen for my birthday!

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MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We only lived on Philly for a year. The Hungarian Duck tasting menu was the best thing we ate for that year! So much food with such great service! Pace yourself and come hungry!

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Philly's finest..................the Chef is amazing!

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NJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting and fun menu. Group of 4 got to try almost everything on menu. Return visit required!!

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal and service!!!! Creative and imaginative menu - executed just perfectly. Fabulous way to celebrate a couple of July Birthdays. We will be back.

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s
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was wonderful, but it's so noisy I could not hear my dinner companion. A bit pricey too!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and everything was delicious. Went for our anniversary and they went out of their way to make it feel special.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. It was a challenge to finish the amount of food presented in the tasting menus.

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RT
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A fairly casual place. Our waitstaff was terrific. The food portions are adequate but pricing is a bit steep for what you get and I found some of the dishes were too salty.

They ‘gifted’ a couple of dishes and we were already full by the time the 2nd gift of sweet potatoes arrived. We hardly touched it. The table next to us ordered the $75 short rib and it was huge. I couldn’t believe it when the couple finished the entire thing with the other dishes they ordered. Nothing memorable stood out for me that I’d hurry back.

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A
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect finish for the philly trip! The salted brisket and veal schnitzel tacos are top notch.

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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner was spectacular. The Hungarian duck prix fix was a parade of delicious foods and the wine/sake pairings were spot on. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a great experience! Wolf made our evening super memorable. Thanks for the outstanding hospitality and a delicious dinner, drinks, and wine. We can’t wait to return!

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L
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous on all fronts - food & service. Decor, lighting, temperature all on point. We would have ordered everything on the menu. The volume and selection of the music detracted from our experience.

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Could taste the flavor in every single meal brought out. They were able to accommodate us in both menus. Definitely coming back.

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d
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good and plentiful, but the flavor of the duck in the main dish left a little to be desired.

Brought a bottle of wine and asked about corkage and they acted like they'd never received that question before which was astonishing. The server then came by after some discussion and told us the corkage was 45 dollars. Everyone in our group found that to be absurd and I'm pretty sure they just pulled that number out of a hat based on our group being 4 people. I've been to a number of really fancy restaurants before and I've never seen corkage over 25-30 dollars. That left a somewhat bad taste in our mouth and we decided to just drink the bottle after dinner. Not sure the wait staff really has much experience.

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OT
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, we tried almost every dish and nothing disappointed. Highest marks to the egg and bacon cream, the borscht tartare and the smoked salmon crudo. They also have a very good wine list and the decor is quite pleasant.

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DJ
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely amazing experience dining at Abe Fisher! We were celebrating our anniversary, and our server and team did a phenomenal job of taking care of us, and flooding up with "bonus" items from the kitchen. The food and service were second to none, and we will absolutely be back the next time we're in Philadelphia!

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BW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great just came to the table way too fast . Felt like speed eating !

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SL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an exceptional experience at Abe Fisher. Food was excellent—particular highlights were a chicken and crepe dish with morels and kale and stuffed cabbage with cherries. Service was exceptional.

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j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant goes out of its way to modify dishes according to any dietary restrictions of its customers. The staff also makes sure that the dishes come out of the kitchen correctly for said diner with food restrictions.
The staff is extremely friendly.

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LK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. If you go, ask for Alex!

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JP
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best, most overlooked restaurants in Philadelphia. The menu is one gem after another, and when you pair that with some of the best service anywhere, you have an unbeatable recipe - sorry for the pun.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my goodness. This place is amazing. The food, the people, the space itself. There’s nothing about Abe Fisher that wasn’t perfect for our visit. My new favorite restaurant, for sure. Looking forward to coming back often in the future.

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MG
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

First ... service was excellent ... table was cleaned between each course, servers were attentive but we didn’t feel rushed.

Ambience was odd ... music was blasting (Maybe we are too old) including loud Led Zeppelin songs. Tough to converse and the music seemed out of place.

Food was hit or miss. We had the chef’s tasting - Montreal style braised short ribs. First course ... The breads and spreads were a 10 ! Excellent! 2nd course ... I asked fir no cheese but the salad was covered in cheese ... I should have sent it back. The sweet potato dish was excellent. The 3rd course was the ribs and they were inedible. Felt like I was eating a glass of salt. I could barely swallow the food. Extremely disappointed. We only ate a few slices. My wife agrees with this assessment.

Dessert was also hit or miss ... the maple custard and chocolate parfait was excellent but the raspberry tort was overwhelmed by rosemary ... didn’t finish it.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an experience! Everything is made for sharing so order something different from each other. You won’t be disappointed! Between the two of us we were able to try our 6 menu items AND 3 surprise and delight items from the chef. An epicurean delight and worth every penny. The waiter was spot on with wine recommendations as well.

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U
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Date night with my hubby before Jewish services. Apropos.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! 5 stars

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent all-around meal. Food and flavors were of highest quality, ambience is hip and entertaining, and service was outstanding. Would recommend to anyone and I will be back.

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j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us shared the short ribs tasting menu, and every bite was delicious. The service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. We went on a Tuesday night, so it wasn't very busy, thus I can't really speak to the noise level. An outstanding meal!

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TC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool space, modern, fun. Great service, very attentive and knowledgeable staff. Excellent and unique cocktails. Well thought-out menu. Unique selections not found in very many places. Every item was perfectly prepared and presented. You will not leave here wanting more! This is what dining should be. Could not recommend any more highly. Outstanding in every way.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for our anniversary and tried the tasting menu with Montreal Short Ribs. Highly recommend! Our only complaint was with the music volume— not sure if it was the acoustics of the room, but it was quite loud and made it difficult to hear each other and our server.

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GF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved every part of it. Restaurant had a great atmosphere, the wait staff from start to finish were informative and attentive, and most importantly the food was simply delightful. We went with the short ribs tasting menu and each course was inventive and fun to eat. Others at the table complained about the cold coffee (the tea by comparison was appropriately hot) and the staff quickly apologized and removed the coffee from the bill. We like eating out well often and this place ranks right up there as one of the best experiences we’ve had!

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience. Very delicious food and great friendly service. We live in San Francisco, it met SF restaurant standards! I would highly recommend!

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Noise level out of this world!!!!!!!! Brisket was nothing but fat!!! Every thing else tasted of to much of salt!! If you are going to charge me 12.00 for a bourbon at least give me a full 1 oz. shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Borscht Tartare was to die for - such a simple dish done soooo well!

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FA
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

Expensive. The ribs are way to fatty. The taster menu does not provide good value

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were awed by the food and further awed by the customer service. Every staff member was beyond courteous and very knowledgeable. It was truly a pleasure to dine here.

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t
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was incredible! Love this place...

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