Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Ad Lib
Craft Kitchen and Bar
A comfortable gathering place where people come together to celebrate, debate politics or simply spend time with friends and family, Ad Lib is a “new take” on a traditional American Tavern.
Food and Drink offerings are old favorites “turned on their side” and full of surprises. Our food and beverage chefs combine classic preparations with contemporary creativity. Ad lib specials, the “Ad Lib Lunch” and Ad lib social hours celebrate spontaneity. This is a place to share food and share stories. There’s no script, just a stage set for you to wing it!
This is food that is fun to cook, fun to eat, fun to share. And, you can try many dishes in one visit with the large offering of small plate options. Guests can choose from over 40 small plates, over 30 wines by the glass, over 60 selections of beer and an ever changing list of craft, barrel aged and edible cocktails.
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Jskka
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! This was my second visit to Ad Lib. Very enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet due to low volume. Only one other table being served.
Great digs, can see it hopping in the evening.
Chicken sandwich and burger were very well prepared. Lunch was attractively and promptly served. Fries and chips were great but a little over salted for us. Will return and recommend.
Thank you!

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RobinM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with great service and menu. My 16oz rib-eye was one of the best I’ve ever had and my wife’s filet was also great

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Eknox
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there and it turned out to be a very great experience for my husband's birthday surprise. Thank you.

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TobyK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Drinks weren’t made too well, food was okay but overpriced.

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Penn
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were looking for a dining experience outdoors to celebrate a birthday among family safely. The Ad Lib Cafe gave us that opportunity to do it safely and have an enjoyable dining experience and good time together. The food and service were excellent.

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RichHolly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We treated ourselves to this lovely place for our 25th wedding anniversary. The staff, not just our server, were completely attentive to us and made our experience amazing.

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JOHNC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and Parker was fantastic. The food was delivered fast and it was cooked perfectly. The staff accommodated our changes and made it a very pleasant evening.

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vipShannonP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Server was good but a bit intense. Love the ambiance and the food was great. It’s in the Hyatt, which is usually a turnoff for me, but great location.

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Nellie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the staff was very efficient and courteous our waitress Amanda new the menu items and was able to answer any questions about them, the food was great and we topped off the night by walking one block to see the Harrisburg fireworks display, the only bad part about that was that somebody brought there dogs to the fireworks and one of them took off running down front street full tilt and I'm hoping he didn't get hit, he was scared to death from the banging of the fireworks, I pray he was found and is ok.....

NEVER BRING A DOG TO A FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!!!

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NicoleC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place (1700 Degrees specifically - the 2 are currently merged) is our favorite for a reason. Despite the limits with COVID-19, they still managed to make it a special night for my husband's 40th birthday. The food and service were excellent from start to finish. The menu is more limited (it's a combo of 1700 and Ad Lib) but we were not at all disappointed. We enjoyed perfectly made cocktails, meatballs and salad for our first course, filet and halibut for the main, and we shared the most amazing piece of carrot cake for dessert. The staff went above and beyond to make it a great night (and our first out to dinner in 4 months!).

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vipCapnJak
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. I like having items from AdLib and 1700 Degrees. Service was good and precautions, social distancing, staff coverings were all observed.

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ArdenD
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved being able to be outside and it was a lovely evening.

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DavidI
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First post quarantine dining out experience. Outdoor seating, so accompanying increase in noise level. Our server, Rob, was outstanding, as was the food. Social distancing and mask use were observed.

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PatriciaG
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered came out hot and fresh. I would 100% recommend this place.

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Anthony
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service for our first post-quarantine meal. A little pricey.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and craft cocktails are all something to write home about! Great atmosphere, ambiance, and hospitality! Definitely recommend the cauliflower & Brussels sprouts appetizers to start! Steak was cooked perfectly and paired well with their homemade Worcestershire sauce!

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vipJosephG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service, the food is acceptable.

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Datefor2
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dinner while in the “yellow phase,”so we were outside on the patio. Everything was handled very well. We were able to order from a smaller menu that was a mix of both Ad Lib & the 1700 steak house. Food was wonderful! Sanitizer was available, silverware came wrapped in plastic wrap, paper menus, etc. we felt safe and well taken care of while dining.

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JasonH
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time, but this evening with Amanda as our server she was personable, friendly, and right on with everything! And it was great to see Dave (bartender) after our two month COVID break....

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great place for tapas and small plates. Food was very good however our service could have been better. Several times we had empty drinks and had to remind our waitress for our beers and cocktails, which one of those drinks was forgotten.

Other than that, good experience but no need to return on a repeated basis.

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vipjskutt
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server Steph was fantastic!

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Rachel
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ad Lib was a great way to have a fancy meal for a reasonable price! The food was so fun and different. The ingredients in some dishes were so obscure that I just had to trust that it would taste great. And it did! We didn't have a single complaint. Our bartender, Isaac was knowledgable and well-spoken. Our server, Stephanie was so helpful with giving recommendations! Her energy was contagious; it made us even more excited to be there!

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar
Responded on March 2, 2020

Your feedback is greatly appreciated! We are so happy to hear about your wonderful experience and look forward to serving you again in the future.

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LawrenceM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were awesome! The valet parking was an added plus.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birthday, but didn’t acknowledge it:(

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vipklc71953
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes we had a great experience

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RobinR
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live local, but always enjoy eating at Ad Lib. Food and service are great.

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JanR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Express lunches are always new and fresh. They mix up their menu frequently.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Good food as usual. Bad music choices, as usual. Don’t let your atmosphere ruin an otherwise solid dining experience.

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Pondie
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Driving through. Had trouble finding. Guitar player with great voice played.

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Landon
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was amazing but the drinks could have been a bit stronger.

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vipPhilipH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The open table menu lists one of the best whisky lists I have ever seen. I was skeptical as this is in a Hilton Hotel. Upon arrival I was told that those whiskeys are only available during whiskey month. When the manager came over she was unpleasant and said there MAY be some of them leftover what did I want. I wanted to select from the list. Food was good, typical hotel restaurant.

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Jodil
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to brunch at Ad Liv to celebrate 2 November birthdays! To our surprise, they offered a buffet! The fruit was ripe and delicious, the Monkey Bread ooey gooey and the fresh omelette Swede delicious! We will come back again!

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vipJLewis
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good. It was packed on a Monday night so service was a little slow. Very nice ambiance. Cool place.

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JayN
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and awesome drinks. I loved it so much I've already made another reservation. Cant believe I didnt know about this place before!

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vipMeganH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My husband and I wanted to try something new downtown, so we gave this a shot. They have a tablet to see pics of the menu which was neat. Beers were pricey but they had a variety. We ordered an appetizer, shareable plate and a pizza. Our appetizer came out last 😩 but it was DELISH! Brie monkey bread with honey, oh so good! Our server was a bit out there and we felt like she forgot about us a few times but she said she was having an off day? Macaroons for dessert were so dry they fell to pieces, not how they should be. So- was it good? It was just ok, I don’t see myself returning.

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vipKristine
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found Ad Lib by doing a restaurant search in the area. We were on our way back home and wanted to find a place for a quick, light dinner that was not fast food. We found it at this hotel restaurant! The restaurant was not very busy, but everything was great! The server was friendly and made some great suggestions. We ordered wedge salad, roasted cauliflower, the small spaghetti squash (they offer 2 preparations) and the lamb shepherds pie. All were served quickly and tasted great.

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riverrita
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Our group had six people total. The server was curt, almost to the point of rude. She took our menus away before we were finished ordering. Sorry that we were ordering slow. We had trouble getting a server to continue to take our orders. We were planning on spending at least another $100 on entrees, but it appeared staff would have rather have us spend our money somewhere else. Which, we did.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Serving staff were very attentive and couldn’t be more helpful.

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us!

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Great4food
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice décor. Quality of food and presentation is very nice. Entrees seem a little overpriced but small bites and handhelds give you plenty of options. The flat bread special of the evening was outstanding. Would definitely recommend trying this place. No need to worry about parking as valet is complimentary if you dine with them.

FAQs

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 237-6419.

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 181 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.