Abe Fisher

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great happy hour - all about the creative food and the wine list is not to be missed!

JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My wife and are I are big foodies. We both work in the biz, and tend to dine out fairly often. We have a long list of restaurants ranging from Michelin Star recipients all the way down to the delco word-of-mouth deli. Abe Fisher has been on our list for a long time and we decided to finally try it out for restaurant week. We were warmly greeted by the manager at the host stand and sat immediately at a nice table. The restaurant was full so the timing there was great. We were instantly greeted and explained how the RW menu worked. Ambiance was decent, music at a good level, lighting was perfect. The swarmed service really worked and never was confusing. My wife's cocktail was inventive and cool. Courses were timed nicely, we were given proper mise en place. Unfortunately, the food missed the mark significantly on every course. The flavors, textures, balance, and presentation just did not live up to the hype. I could go into more significant detail but i will give credit where it is due. The quark panna cotta was one of the best desserts I've had in recent memory. The dishes seemed really cool, and fusion-y and well thought out on paper, they just didn't deliver.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal as well as the service. I arrived 5 minutes early and had to wait for my table until the actual time of my reservation but once I was seated the service was great. The food was delicious and had a great appearance. Overall, I really enjoyed my evening.

BL
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and amazing food. Everything was perfectly executed with amazing flavor. Will be back

LJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went during restaurant week and did the restaurant week menu. The breads and spreads were ridiculously good, so that was a hard act to follow. We had the bluefish and sweet potato appetizers, which were good but not great. I had the salmon, which was excellent, and some sort of pear-almond tart for dessert (which was phenomenal). Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt.

DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant’s food was as impressive as their ambiance! Would definitely go back

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

NP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time trying for Restaurant week. Very nice experience with great service.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a terrific meal at Abe Fisher- fantastic food and good service. The restaurant is very comfortable and even with a full dining room you could easily carry on a conversation. Loved the breads and spreads and the potato latkes were really delicious the dill sour cream and the roasted apple jam added the right amount of sweetness. The staff was very nice and accommodating regarding food allergies. The only minor quibble was our waiter seemed somewhat untrained- had some issue with taking drink orders and forgot to put them in. The excellent kitchen runners made up for him and we were well taken care of overall.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was only slightly above average. The food was very good but not excellent. The space was fairly small and compact. The table seemed far away from the table so I was crunched over most of the time.

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing. Better than anticipated. Cannot wait to make another trip to Philly

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ordered the prix fix with the wine pairings , server was excellent , knowledgeable and well versed on the menu and pairings , the spreads came out first , all perfectly prepared , a few minutes later the pickled mackerel then the kale salad immediately , the courses were brought out too quickly and they literally overwhelmed the table and the wines were left to catch up , we asked the server
To slow down and he was very attentive and allowed us to enjoy each course before plating the main course , the Hungarian duck , all perfectly prepared and plated , the desserts were equally well prepared , the food was authentic , unique and our only commentary was that here was far too much kosher salt used in food particularly the kale salad . The service was outstanding , always an outstanding experience

IL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely out of this world! Everyone should experience this place!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE dinner was incredible

CJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Good food with layered complex flavors. A real treat. The food experience is bigger than the ambiance, but overall a pleasant night out.

d
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

After reading many excellent reviews, my wife and I were really looking forward to our dinner at Abe Fisher, but unfortunately the whole experience really fell flat. First, the style of service here is odd. Although we were greeted by one server, that server was not very attentive and wasn’t often around, so it felt like we were constantly dealing with a different staff member each time we needed something, and no one was really keeping tabs on us in any consistent way. It was very disjointed. As far as food, we knew we wanted to try the Montreal style short ribs (which were excellent), which meant we had to do the chef’s tasting menu. I found it odd that even though this menu came with all the same things as the cheaper prix fixe menu, which allows you to choose each course yourself, we were told we couldn’t choose our own starters or dessert - it was chef’s choice only. We were initially ok with this, since the server also led us to believe we’d be getting extra courses and a nice sampling of the menu, when in reality, all we were given were the same breads and spreads, 2 starters, and 2 desserts as the cheaper prix fixe menu, but without any input from us. The two starters we were given were the salmon tartare and the sweet potatoes, neither of which really seems like a great way to showcase the ‘modern Jewish cuisine’ of the restaurant. These dishes felt like things we could get anywhere. Similarly, it seemed stupid that we couldn’t just tell them which two desserts we wanted, which led to us getting two we weren’t really interested in, and not having olive oil cake we were looking forward to trying. The breads and spreads were ok, but not memorable, and the small amount of bread given was ridiculous in comparison to the large portions of the spreads. When we asked for extra bread, it was a long process to get more. Despite much of the food being pretty good, especially the short ribs, the rest was unremarkable and service was too mediocre to want to return.

K
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tasting menu and friendly staff

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavor and interesting and distinctive dishes it would be hard to find anywhere else. Highly recommend!

T
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great take on classic Jewish food. I loved the brisket, and the breads and spreads are a must.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always phenomenal. So flavorful and everything is good. One of the most underrated restaurants in the city.

h
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is pretty amazing...Not only was the food we ordered amazing, but there were small, thoughtful bites in between (amuse bouchée-ish bites) that were a delight.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night out with my wife. Such interesting, creative and mouthwatering take on Eastern European Jewish themed food. We had the Montreal Short Rib and the Duck three wats. Short rib was so tender it melted off of the fork. All three duck dishes were delicious in addition to the house made pretzel bao buns.

Can’t wait to return!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance. Went there on a whim and loved everything we had. Really good food and drinks

CC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abe Fisher is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I had done a web search for Hungarian restaurants on Yelp for the Philadelphia area. Abe Fisher came up at the top because the place serves a dish called "Hungarian Duck". Abe Fisher isn't Hungarian, but Israeli. To try the Hungarian Duck, one needs to be in a party of at least two people. The server said they would allow me to order the Montreal Style Smoke Short Ribs Tasting Menu, which was $66, even though I was by myself. My server advised me to let the chef pick what to bring out and I was asked if I had any food allergies or aversions. The food I got was enough for leftovers for the next day. I got breads and spreads (house made rye, challah, sour cream and onion chips, chicken liver mousse, roasted pepper cream cheese, everything bagel butter, and borscht tartare); sweet potato; smoked salmon tartare (a bonus the kitchen included); the short ribs; and bacon and egg cream (amazing dessert with lovely textures of the bacon in the cream). For drinks, I had three non-alcoholic ones and they were all memorable-- Salgam Showdown (guava, fermented black carrot, chili, mint), Sage Meditation (sage, white orchid root, tonic, lime), and Truly Spicy Water (sour cherry, jalapeno, soda). Several people waited on me and they each seemed to be my personal server. Allison was my main server and she was outstanding in making sure I was happy. The next time I come to Philly, I'll ask if I can get the Hungarian Duck Tasting Menu even if I'm by myself -- I'd be willing to pay any extra fee. There hasn't been any other dining experiences that I've had similar to that at Abe Fisher -- maybe Rendezvous in Central Square in Cambridge many years ago, but that was a modern French restaurant. I highly recommend Abe Fisher. I sat next to a lovely couple who told me they live near Rittenhouse Square. They both told me to try Zahav next, which I did the next day.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were blown away by the service! We received champagne and complimentary small bites to celebrate our anniversary. The staff could not have been nicer and the food was excellent. We raved about the butter that came with the bread basket and they even gave us some to take home. Between the food, excellent cocktails and wine, and the exceptional service, our meal at Abe Fisher was one of our favorites in the city.

T
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One fo the beat meals I’ve had all year! I woke up the next working and my first thought was about that dinner! We did the short ribs and they were tender and juicy. Can’t wait to go back!

SB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, a little too loud for conversation but overall had a good time

J
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on all fronts!

BP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good but not outstanding. The drinks were overpriced. We had a good time and an enjoyable meal but it’s unlikely we will go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! I wish the tasting menu had included a wider variety of small plates with smaller portions—it was hard to save room! The egg cream is truly the best dessert I’ve ever had. Great service.

A
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Decent food but overpriced small plates; even the glass of wine I ordered was stingy.

A
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A real surprise. Somewhere between and diner and fine dining with very, very good food. We decided to go ala carte.....probably not the smartest choice as the fixed price menus offer the best option.....but everything we had was great: well prepared, well presented and incredibly flavorful. The staff was gracious, informative and attentive. A really well done restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. They were so kind to us and made us out of towners feel so welcome. I went twice while in town!!! GO!!!

EN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time.

D
Minneapolis
181 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We absolutely loved Abe Fisher. Come hungry because you will wan to either do a tasting menu or try many Hingis on the menu which is what we did. We had the kale salad, matzo tamale, salmon and our favorite, the sweet potato. We also had a few small treats and amuses from the chef - a pleasant surprise. All of the preparations and seasonings were creative. Definitely not your grandmothers Jewish food! The wines by the glass are sourced from Europe and involved varietals new to us. Overall, it was a delightful experience.

SG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Abe Fisher. Our server gave excellent advice, was solicitous and funny. The food at this restaurant is very very delicious - with surprising ingredient combinations. A totally delightful experience. I would warn other diners - the food here is so good, it is very easy to overeat. Our server warned us that we might be ordering an impossible amount of food. We respectfully ignored him. In the end, I'm so happy i tried all those dishes but he was right!! I was very very full afterwards. I'll remember my meal here - so wonderful

MD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just incredible. Loved every bite.

m
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful combinations of flavors and presentations. only quibble was that salt and sweet were dominant in some dishes. Portions were huge, although servers were more than willing to pack leftovers for home. Interesting wine list and servers were helpful in offering advise. Noise level was almost excessive making conversation very difficult.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

For such a busy restaurant the noise level is relatively on the lower end. It’s a hip place, yet the ambience is quiet enough to have a meaningful conversation.

We ordered two appetizers, one small plate, two entrées, and one dessert. The waiter kept trying to sell us on the breads with the different spreads. For what we ordered it was a lot of food and we barely could finish anything. I think with the waiter’s suggestion it would have been way too much food. In order to enjoy each meal and not feel like you’re going to explode, it is best not to take the suggestion.

Food overall was good. Only a couple stood out, like the potato latkes and the bacon and egg custard dessert.

OT
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Expecting a wonderful dinner given the reviews, diner comments, and word of mouth... We were thoroughly unimpressed after the delicious first course of "breads and spreads". The biggest disappointment of the night, the last plate. We ordered the lamb with pomegranates. (Sound familiar, Philly?) At best, it way overcooked and the potato-something was an inedible mush. One big takeaway is that was the first night the lamb is on the current menu.

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