Black Lab Bistro

4.6
529 reviews
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$30 and under
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Welcome to Black Lab Bistro. We trust healthy food make happy life. Our mission is to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. It is a perfect destination for you to spend the time with the boss, getting together with old friends or date night with that special someone. We have 3-course prix-fixe for $25, Serving from Sunday to Thursday. Our menu items including braised beef short ribs, lump crab cakes, duck and scallops are must haves. Diners are invited to bring their own wine, beer or champagne.

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BD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary!

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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No mimosa or Bloody Mary for brunch, but food is very good

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

Excellent food, a little noisy, but the taste is so yummy. I am vegan and the food was great they accommodated me! My husband had the ribs and loved them. BYOB with wine place 3 doors down, love it. Outside dining allows dogs.

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

Great food. I especially love the scallops - very fresh and perfectly cooked every time. Great that it is BYOB but they do make an excellent Arnold Palmer.

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NT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot with excellent service. Many, many good menu choices.

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J
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. It was a nice restaurant. It was hot outside and warm inside. I think they need to set the air conditioning lower. My only real complaint was that while the server was attentive, he did not smile or seem happy. I felt like it was a bother for us to be there that day.

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HS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Highly recommend the fried calamari and the crab cakes!!! I am from Maryland and I'm picky about crab cakes. These were fantastic!! Highly recommend Black Lab for date night or with friends. Great little spot

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AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I have dined at Black Lab on multiple prior occasions. The recent dining experience was abominable!
As was explained by the manager (?), she was not feeling her best. Despite that, the restaurant was at least 50% occupied and she appeared to be the only waitress.
We requested dessert and waited at least 20 minutes. At that point, one of the members of my group went "up front" and told the person in charge to cancel the dessert and to provide us with our check. It took several minutes and the manager arrived indicating that the dessert was already in preparation. We indicated we had cancelled dessert because of the long wait and poor service and wanted our check immediately. He again indicated the food was in preparation., Perhaps he never learned that in a commercial enterprise, "the customer is always right." He then presented a single check to the table whereas, when we placed our order, we specifically had requested separate checks.
Overall, the experience was unpleasant and I am not certain about returning,.
Allan M. Cohen, MD

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l
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The calamari was outstanding. Moist, not chewy and rubbery. Service was on point. Water filled several times. I had scallops which were done to perfection, although I thought the sauce was a little too salty. I also had the chocolate terrine. Loved the chocolate flavor, but I would have liked it to be more moist.

We always recommend the Black Lab, as we find their menu appealing and the service topnotch and friendly. We have been many times and will return.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Apparently new owner... cuisine doesn’t come close to what it used to be.

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B
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Black Lab as we wanted to explore restaurants in Phoenixville. It was a great choice. Menu was varied with lots of good choices. Also had some excellent daily specials. The appetizers and entrees we had were great. It is a BYOB so that is a great option. The owner (and her daughter) were delightful. Overall highly recommended.

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SB
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Ordered off the specials menu and was pleasantly surprised. Would definitely recommend. Will be back soon.

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good but the hostess and wait staff were rude and unfriendly!

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b
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The foo\ds generally very good and their Fixed price meals are good bargains.

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MI
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately indoors. The server was courteous and attentive. She had great food knowledge regarding allergens. The food was outstanding, as always! I had a short rib omlette with cheddar and onions along with breakfast potatoes and zucchini bread. Amazing! The restaurant is clean and the prices are reasonable for the quality of food you get. This is one of my favorite restaurants for brunch and dinner!

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ON
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely fab. I would go there again in a heartbeat.

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

As usual, the food and service were amazing. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Black Lab Bistro to everyone!

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food: Chicken curry chick pea soup was amazing, also the grilled shrimp with the mango sauce, and the berry dessert with fresh strawberries , blueberries, whipped cream in a delicate pastry crust.

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G
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Great chef, great service, consistent,love this place.

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NC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We sat outside and it was a beautiful day!

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was terrible but our waitress was friendly

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DW
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was very, very good for both baby boomers and millenials! It is very noisy, and, on a warm night was uncomfortably warm. The restaurant looks a bit worn, and I've noticed on 2 visits an odd smell as we walk in. I've been there twice and happy with food, service, and price, but "ambiance" needs some work

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T
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, but the sea food fra-diablo a little weak on sea food, but good flavor.

Good service. Clean.

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fis was delicious. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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K
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to dinner with friends. All of our meals were very good. The crab cakes and filet are excellent!

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OT
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Black Lab Bistro always! The service and food both excellent.

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W
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service and food was good for a busy Mother’s Day. Good menu, good value. I would recommend to a friend

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Mother's Day...on a day like this one would expect a little more...no flowers for mom, no little extra's like small desert for her. We ordered two of the specials - lobster stuffed with crab and a rubbed ribeye. Both overcooked. It is not the same place it was 4-5 years ago.

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AM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this restaurant and have dined here many times. Black Lab never disappoints! We will definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Mother's day brunch!! A variety of items on the menu - we chose the short rib omelette, french toast and crab Benedict. All were delicious. Orange juice was available to make our mimosas with the prosecco we brought. Definitely recommend!

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c
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and food were simply outstanding! Six of us dined and six were thrilled...That is remarkable. If only the place wasn't so noisy...

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AK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Been here several times now and it’s become my go to. Such a fun atmosphere and the crab cakes are amazing!

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R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

First time at Black Lab. Wanted Prix Fix menu but not interesting entrees. Ended up ordering Beef Shortribs but it was brisket. Very good but not the shortribs.

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f
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Brie appetizer was exceptional, everyone in our party enjoyed their entree. Waitress very helpful.

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LR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. The scallops are amazing!

The tiramisu isn’t the best, but there are other great deserts.

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s
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall good experience. My fish was excellent as were my friends short ribs. I was told the Jambalaya was just ok and my husband who is Italian did not like his seafood pasta dish ( but growing up in NY she has a pretty high pasta standard). Always love a BYOB. Was pretty noisy but it was busy so good for them. We’ll be back

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VD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great low key reasonably priced BYOB across from the Colonial. Varied quality menu.Highly recommended.

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KE
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambience was great...Attendant was great. Food was ok...not great - not bad. Bisque was so so. Duck was very very chewy...nice fat content - flavors were very good. Scallops excellent. We'll come back and try some other stuff most likely.

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Retirement send off

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I
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not busy at all on a Tuesday nite. Been going here for years. Always reliable. It can be noisy on a weekends.

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