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Bud & Marilyn's, Philadelphia, PA

Bud & Marilyn's

4.6
4.6
4801 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bud & Marilyn's is a retro American restaurant from Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. The menu features updated American comfort food utilizing fresh and local ingredients. Our bar features local craft beers, handmade American classic cocktails and an affordable wine list. Our focus is simple - good old American cooking, great drinks and warm hospitality.

Bud & Marilyn's is located in the heart of center city at the corner of 13th & Locust Street in the bustling Midtown Village neighborhood.

We currently offer indoor (STANDARD) and outdoor seating for parties up to 4 guests maximum.

Happy Hour is only available at our bar and outdoor seating.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 546-2220
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Marcie Turney
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us for private dining options.
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Cross street
    S. 13th Street
  • Parking details
    Parking Lot located across the street at the corner of 13th & Locust.
  • Public transit
    Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut Locust Station Take the PATCO high-speed line to the 13th & Locust stop
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 4,801 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

4,801 Reviews
  1. RandyY

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Would benefit from more lighting, difficult to read menu's. Service and food was on point as usual! We love showing our friends and family this spot when they come into town!

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  2. philmumzee

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Friendly service but staff was stretched by having lots of tables.

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  3. Gunter

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Sun at Noon not the best time to go… too busy. Food creative but a miss. Good ingredients.

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  4. DavidO

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    My partner and I both had the crispy tofu and rice bowl. It was very well composed with interesting ingredients (kimchi, broccoli, peas, Korean pickle, and the tofu. The dish was quite substantial and satisfying for us both. Kudos for the composition!

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  5. FredericK

    Saarbrucken

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super Service (witzige Kellnerin!), tolles Menü. Atmosphäre war großartig. Wir hatten eine Art separée.

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  6. JasonL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience here. All the food were thoughtfully prepared. A feast of flavors!

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  7. AnnA

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu very much. All 3 courses were fabulous and a great price at $45!

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  8. GoCanes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best stroganoff I have ever had, my girl loved the tuna. We are Hurricane fans in town to watch Miami at Temple and the waitress’ boyfriend plays for the Owls. The banter was great and she was amazing. Highly recommend for the food and especially the people.

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  9. Tyler

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service. Would recommend to friends. Seating can be a little tight

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  10. MGAdventures

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and even better service. The tables are a little closer together than I like in this post-COVID world but otherwise a great experience. I’d highly recommend!

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  11. DianeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, good food. Will definitely come again

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  12. Viretarmis

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    If your preferred dining ambience is your grandpa's rec room or a bus depot, this is the place for you. Cheap tiles on the floor, subway tiles on the walls and mirrors - in other words, a lot of hard surfaces to bounce noise off. (Acoustic ceiling tiles or baffles might help. ) Right now the place is noisier than a high school cafeteria during prom week. The stroganoff couldn't decide where it came from (Italy?) or what it was supposed to be (salty?). The fried chicken was good. The cheese curds were cheesy and curdy (and quite the belly bombs). Salad and dessert were good. Service was quick, friendly and efficient.

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  13. AlanB

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch, which was fantastic. Great (and spicy!) Bloody Marys, large portions, and delicious food.

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  14. BestBankerinTown

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We did brunch there on a Saturday- great location and walkable to other attractions, breweries/bars, etc. I got the Truck Stop Special and thought it was very good. The other three in the group found their food to be just good. Slightly healthy twists on much of their menu, not a bad thing at all, just different. The sausage gravy, for example, was with mushrooms and not creamy (more broth based I think). I liked it, just not what I expected. The service was on point and their brunch cocktails were big hits all around.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was slamming and I know good food lol GOOOOOOOO

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  16. AliCatinPhilly

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don’t miss the signature fried chicken! The Nashville buns and cheese curds are a great start to the meal too! Enjoy the mid century vibes of the place as well!

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  17. garyc

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Went before a show at the Miller Theater, it was just a couple blocks away. First time there. Seating is tight, you will get to know the folks at the adjacent tables whether you want to or not. Old tavern vibe, busy bar alongside the small table seating area with a half wall separating it. We both ordered the house specialty, Marilyn's fried chicken. Each order was half a whole chicken fried crispy, tender and juicy inside, quite tasty. Their homemade hot sauce was flavorful, almost too mild to be called a hot sauce, but went well with the chicken. Plate was served with two huge southern style biscuits with honey infused butter. Nice. No sides with order at $25 each. Had a Moscow mule which was a bit pricey at $14, but it is center city so it is to be expected. Tried the vegan mint chip ice cream for desert and it was surpisingly good serviced with a sprig of fresh mint leaves for garnish. Overall, it was enjoyable, the food was good, just don't expect more than what they provide. Waitress was attentive from greeting to presentation of the check, with a smiley attitude that made us feel happy to be there.

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  18. austinm

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very solid evening with good food and great service. Great for a date night

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  19. Andrewc

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, and the food was even better. Recommend sitting by the kitchen!!

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  20. Love2eat

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fast service, good food but noisy.

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  21. LisaK

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Philly Club cocktail was sweet and delicious! Swordfish skewer was so tasty and so many chunks of swordfish!

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  22. JimB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is elevated and delicious, the prices are very reasonable. Chocolate-peanut butter cake for dessert is a must (but prob best to share). Highly recommended.

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  23. AndreaA

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have never had a meal at Bud and Marilyn’s that wasn’t amazing, and this was just the same. My guest was visiting from out of state and even said she wished she lived closer to go again. Always get the Nashville hot buns, try the curds, get the fried chicken… you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu!

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  24. murr

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu - lots of ‘comfort food’ - plus reasonable prices, charming helpful server, and FANTASTIC chocolate peanut butter cake!

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  25. BingDing

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time dining here. Cheese curds were yummy. Marilyn’s Fried chicken was very good. Chicken was moist and hot. Our dining experience was highlighted by the front row seats to the Naked Bike Ride passing by outside - too funny.

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  26. Cathiv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is THE place for fried chicken. Hubby enjoyed that while I had the hanger steak, which I could cut with a fork. Service was outstanding.

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  27. MeganM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    best espresso martini i’ve had in philly! staff were so kind and amazing!

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  28. DHam

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is a hidden gem! Fried chicken and grilled corn a must. Hot buttered buns fabulous.

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  29. tomw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The fòod is always great, but it was quite noisy .it

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  30. steve

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Stopped in for Seafood Sandwich Night. Loved my Lobster Roll

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  31. outandabout

    Philadelphia

    325 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    325 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The restaurant had a very good promotion this week for 40 or $45 and is very well received by the attendance there. The food is good comfort food very reasonable prices and maybe because of that it also attracts a crowd that you would not find and find her dining establishments. That's not being snobbish it's just a statement of fact. If you're wanting to see a well-heeled and well-dressed place this is not it. People do not have to dress expensively but I really don't like sitting next to people in flip flops baggy shorts wrinkle t-shirts etc.

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  32. HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every visit to Bud & Marilyn’s is a treat. Whether it’s cocktails, appetizers, sharing plates, a big meal of all the things, it’ll be great and the service spectacular! If you haven’t gone yet, do it!

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  33. ErnieBinUtah

    Salt Lake City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A nice place for a casual meal! Great chicken buns!!! And generally a lot of food but while everything else was pretty good, there was a lack of pizazz that took the 'great' off. I must however compliment Alissa (sp) our waitress who was wonderful. Friendly, warm, caring. She could be a great server in any environment and i wish her the very best. The Nashville chicken buns were soooo yummy as a starter. But the cocktails were just not right. We drink Woodford bourbon and started with regular drinks and then doubles. Never tasted right. The "Sage and honey" specialty cocktail was very nice. Sweet but yummy. The crab and pasta lacked crabmeat. TOO minced and lost in the noodles. The jambalaya was really pretty good Half a small lobster, some good andouille sausage and shrimp is hard to beat. Good marks on that. I would certainly go back as the place was comfortable, just not anywhere near fine dining.

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  34. IzzyI

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    our server was lovely and enthusiastic, by far she was the best thing about the meal. we were immediately sat in a dark, secluded corner, despite the restaurant being empty and despite us designating that we were there to celebrate a birthday. the food lacked composition, the flavor was muddy and mediocre at best

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great place for happy hour deals during the week. HH burger was also good

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  36. DanO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our fourth time going to Bud and Marilyn's, as new transplants to Philly we "discovered" this place on our first trip here. The food and atmosphere is top notch, if you love Mid-Century Modern, you are going to love this place. The service is excellent. Our server remembered us when we came back over a month later, what a way to welcome us to the city.

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  37. JaeDeveraux

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My friend and I went to Bud & Marilyn's to celebrate a birthday. The hostess was very nice. Our waitress was quite attentive. The food was delicious, well-portioned, and reasonably-priced. We loved the Nashville hot chicken buns. The watermelon salad was very good. I recommend the meatloaf and mashed potatoes if you're looking for a tasty and hearty meal. I would definitely return to this restaurant.

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  38. MarkD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, food is excellent . Highly recommend

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  39. outandabout

    Philadelphia

    325 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    325 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Comfort food at it's best,although the chicken was overcooked and dry.

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  40. PaolaZ

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ottimo ristorante, ottimo servizio, ottimo cibo dia di carne che di pesce. Porzioni molto abbondanti

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bud & Marilyn's using the Order Online button. Bud & Marilyn's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 546-2220.

Bud & Marilyn's is rated 4.6 stars by 4801 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    S. 13th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking Lot located across the street at the corner of 13th & Locust.
  • Public transit
    Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut Locust Station Take the PATCO high-speed line to the 13th & Locust stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marcie Turney
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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