Bud & Marilyn's

4.7
2960 reviews
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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. The comfortable dining room seats up to 100. The Mid-century modern design evokes the feeling of an updated rec room from the 1970's and features vintage American flea market finds from all over the country. Table seating, bar seating and chef's counter seating are available. Bud & Marilyn's is located in the heart of center city at the corner of 13th & Locust Street in the bustling Midtown Village neighborhood.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food is always good. The dining room is very loud though and that makes the experience a little less than great... but other wise very good!

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G
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Bud & Marilyn’s is very popular and it’s easy to see why. The decor and menu was interesting. Service and the food were both good. However it is way TOO NOISY. You had to shout in order to communicate, and sometimes even that didn't work. The noise level is unhealthy for the customers and the staff, and really detracts frthe the place.

I realize that this issue is bigger than one restaurant, but things would be improved with attention to better acoustics. Some of the issue is also generational...younger people tolerate noisy conditions. I'm also willing to bet that louder noise levels are related to higher volumes of alcohol sales.

Perhaps someday quieter restaurants will be a trend. For now I guess it's best to order food from a delivery service.

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MK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Pricey for the portions.

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AS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken sliders must have

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G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time for my wife and my second time here. The food and revive was outstanding. The only disappointment was my drink, the Marlyns Old Fashioned. It was pretty watered down, mainly I think because it was not mixed well.

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l
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere. Great neighborhood vibe. Super servers - very attentive and charming. Very easy to hear and converse with my friend even though the place was hopping. Delicious Old-fashioned. Falafel crusted cauliflower - delish; little fried chicken sliders (I forget what they call them) - tasty. I wouldn’t order the meatloaf again - it was a little undercooked and bland, but the mashed potatoes were great. This is my second visit and I will definitely go back. It’s close to Broad Street, so perfect location for pre-theater dinner.

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

Biscuits are amazing...I was sorry I was too full to eat my second one but on the other hand I can enjoy that deliciousness again tomorrow. Excellent, excellent service! Great fried chicken. Looking forward to going back.

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SW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time for Brunch at this vibrant but a bit noisy restaurant. Menu and Cocktail selections were quite varied, large - portioned and delicious . We were always happy with our Dinners at B&M's but we'd definitely go back for Brunch!

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NI
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great!! Service was not bad but they were very busy so didn't make it to our table to check on us much. Otherwise, it was great experience and food/drinks were perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner during trip with friends to Philadelphia. It was a fun atmosphere with good food and drinks that wasn’t too pricey

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I went here for dinner over the weekend - everything was fabulous! The lamb was the best I have ever had. I highly recommend Bud and Marilyn’s!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing service! David was an excellent server - personable, friendly, and professional. The food was delicious, especially the pierogies! The noise level was a little much, but overall the ambiance was cozy and cool.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I met our college son here for dinner before a show. I has a Froze’ (a slushy rose’ drink), hubby had beers. I ordered the Arctic char (amazing!!!), my son had the steak which he loved, and my husband had short rib stroganoff. We were happy with our choices. Too full for dessert😞. Next time we come I have to taste the pierogies!! Our waiter was great, and he had the kind of voice that is great for a noisy place. We could hear him no problem over the crowd which rarely happens! I thought he should do voice-over work😃 Highly recommend!

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Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I’m very conflicted writing this review. I loved the ambiance and vibe of the place. My wife and I arrived on a Saturday night at 4:30 for 5:15 dinner reservations. We grabbed seats at the bar and ordered 2 drinks. We informed the bartender we had dinner reservations. She walked over to the other bartender and said “they have dinner reservations” and rolled her eyes. Lol cool.. My wife and I own a restaurant, so we didn’t let her judgement phase our enjoyment. Pretty sure she figured we weren’t going to tip because we were dining in. Jokes on her. We left her $5 and would have ordered another drink if she was more pleasant.

Our waiter was nice enough. He didn’t seem to really have too many recommendations or much knowledge of food. We ordered 2 appetizers, Nashville hot buns, and 2 entrees. Within 2 minutes of placing our order, the first appetizer was out and not even a minute later came the second. All the other dishes were delivered less than 10 minutes after the two appetizers. Dinner felt really rushed, which we weren’t thrilled about.
The food itself was good. Our two seafood dishes tasted too much like seafood which is never a great thing. The star of the show was the meatloaf. Funny - I never order meatloaf for dinner, but I felt inclined to do so after reading from other reviews how delicious it was. Hands down - fantastic. Everything else was just good.
The noise level of the place was overwhelming. The music was way too loud, which causes the guests conversations to be louder than the music and with such a tight space, it was not a pleasant mix. My wife and I tried having a conversation, but after a few minutes we gave up and ended up just listening to the two groups talking loudly next to us.
All in all I must say I was a little let down by the whole experience. We drove an hour from the AC, NJ area to try Bud & Marilyn’s (a restaurant I’ve wanted to try for a while). I’m happy we experienced it, but not sure we would ever go back.

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CC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is my favorite meal, and Bud & Marilyn's did not disappoint. We ordered the shakshuka, which had just the right amount of heat to be interesting without being overwhelming. Fun brunch cocktail menu, too. We'll be going back, for sure.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Staff was so kind and accommodating! Food was impeccable, we came for brunch and I ordered the caramelized Apple French toast. Noise level is a little loud, but it is perfect for a quick and casual date. Definitely would come again!

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

The food was excellent! The service was outstanding. The small things were done very well. Attentive knowledgeable server who was quick to get us what we needed. I will definitely be back.

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HJ
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Bud & Marilyn's occasionally because we really like their food and the place. It's definitely a place to visit because you'll get a reliably good meal.

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NB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is tasty and so are the drinks. Service is great as well. Nice for a dinner for 2-4 people but wouldn’t recommend for groups

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a note about a birthday in our reservation. Before we even mentioned it during the meal, the server surprised us with a candle for our birthday guest. It was such excellent service!

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RE
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cinnamon roll was incredible. Shrimp Benedict was good minus overcooked bland shrimp. Bloody Mary needed some more zing.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. We got our food extremely quickly and staff was very pleasant!

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J
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the food/drinks to the service was fantastic. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. The drinks were on point. Can’t wait to come back!

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f
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hostess went out of her way to accommodate our large party. The food was very good and a bit out of the ordinary. We'd definitely go back.

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

Thoroughly enjoyable dinner. The informal setting is perfect for the wonderfully creative menu supported by attentive and friendly service.

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

Food was great and drinks were fun! Waiter was helpful and efficient.

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G
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone from the hostess to our waiter was very nice. The location is nicely 50s and the food and cocktails are extraordinary. If you like fried chicken (my favorite) this is the place to go. The breading is seasoned perfectly, crunchy and crisp with tender and juicy chicken underneath. The topper is their homemade hot sauce that is perfect. Spicy but not uncomfortable and a fresh salsa taste. My companion had the scallops and she loved them and the little corn cakes (pancakes) that came with them. All the cocktails look great. I had the Hemingway daiquiri ( or a few of them). They were citrusy and made you think you could be drinking with Ernie himself. Another comment on the waitstaff. Our guy was David and he was friendly, pleasant and competent. Food was delivered in a timely way. He was attentive without being intrusive.
Tables are close together so be comfortable in getting to know your neighbors but it all comes together to be a great dining experience.

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DP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Real comfort food in a casual and "local" feeling atmosphere. We would recommend the cheese curds and, of course the fried chicken. We had our teenage son and his girlfriend with us and they loved it as well.

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken was amazing! Great happy hour. Excellent dinner

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JJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for cake and cocktails, everything was shareable and delicious

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ND
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Fried chicken in the city!! And the biscuits were delicious! I also recommend the cheese curds. The Service is quick & the staff are super friendly!! Great energy & nice crowd at the bar!! Definitely going back!!

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GW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

That food was fantastic. The menu is full of tasty and creative versions of Southern comfort food.

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. I love this place

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great overall experience, services was outstanding and the food was very good.

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TH
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great service as always. One of our favorite date night spots

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DL
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent weekend dinner! Brick chicken is delicious.

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m
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed some creative bourbon cocktails and made dinner out of appetizers. The beet salad and the buttered buns were outstanding. Service was quick and efficient. The only down side was the noise level - pretty loud for a place for a nice dinner out.

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was too expensive and the seating was cramped. Overall the food was tasty.

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KR
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and amazing food. Especially love the Nashville hot buns and scallops.

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, and the server was very accommodating in recommending vegan options. He was attentive and very helpful.

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