Bud & Marilyn's

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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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CR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Everything was good until the mouse showed up. When we mentioned this to the waiter he joked that it was a restaurant pet. Then claimed that they are all over Philadelphia. I don't know about that. Gave us a 10% discount and brought the check out immediately. Could wait to get us and the couple next to us out as quickly as possible. We were seated next to the front door so maybe, just maybe he had just snuck in but they didn't seem too concerned.

PF
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was well prepared - the roasted chicken, scallops and fish and chips - and enjoyed. The service was good, but the restaurant was very noisy and table conversation was difficult. The desserts were quite large - three scoops of ice cream and very rich and overly sweet pies.

We will return but not too soon.

CL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service! We will definitely go back for brunch, lunch and/or dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic, as usual. Great value, awesome ambience, excellent food.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were staying at the Independent Hotel and went there before a show. It was very convenient. They were very busy but server was on top of it and we had no problem getting our food and drinks quickly. We had the steak tartare, cheese curds, chicken sandwiches. All great. So good we came back after the show!

AS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally enjoyed dinner at Bud and Marilyn’s. Tasty food, excellent service-
It was an around wonderful experience. Highly recommend

AM
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, a delicious meal and delightful and knowledgeable servers. Thanks!

Annmarie

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous and our server Hanna was very friendly and courteous. She provided recommendations that were excellent. This was our first experience at Bud and Marilyn's but would definitely go back.

S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I met up with a friend prior to an 8 pm show. We had a wonderful time at the restaurant. The waiter got us our check on time, so we were able to make our curtain. Food was delicious. Note- It is a bit loud on a Sat night, but that is to be expected.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Been there many times but this time was not up to par - sat in front section (very noisy) - one of our party ordered the salmon entree order was same as table next to us BUT portion size and presentation were very different- a little more consistency from kitchen would be appreciated

r
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was delicious. Drinks were really good. Service was on point. Wish we lived in town because this would definitely be my favorite spot. Like everyone else has said- get the cheese curds!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great modern look to the restaurant. Service was great without feeling rushed/pressured.

JP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for Saturday brunch. The restaurant was bright, the atmosphere was energetic and fun. Loved the layout with the placement of the bar and dining tables. From the person who greeted you at the door to our server and all the wait staff, everyone was warm, friendly and inviting in a way that made you comfortable and feel like they really appreciated your business. The brunch choices were unique and varied and what we ordered was delicious (you have to try the “sticky bun”). When we left we felt like we just attended a great party with friends. I guess we’ll be going back!

MP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fried cheese curds, short ribs stroganoff, and fried chicken/biscuits were amazing. Also had this fantastic wedge salad with interesting toppings that were outstanding. Tables were a bit loud and cramped but otherwise perfect experience.

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

Amazing. Great dinner, even better service. Food and drinks arrived promptly despite the Friday night crowd. Our waiter, Mike was super attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was outstanding. Started with cheese curds and the heirloom tomato salad to split. Both delicious. For dinner we both had Marilyn’s Fried Chicken. I was going to try something else and have some of my husband’s, but as I saw servers walk by delivering this dish to other tables, I knew I wanted one of my own. It did not disappoint! The standout for us was the dessert. Banana Cream Pie. It is definitely not your average. It was probably the best dessert I’ve ever had. Even after a very filling dinner and a declaration to only have a few bites, I ended up eating more than my husband. We both agree it was one of our favorite meals and can’t wait to return. The GM who sat us and visited our table during our meal could not have been more accommodating or friendly. We will be back!

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

Birthday dinner - excellent all around!

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here was a treat! Having lived in Southern Wisconsin for 4 years, I appreciated the history and attention to detail in the vintage midwestern decor. The fried cheese curds appetizer was to die for. Had a bit of nostalgia reminiscing of special trips to Culver’s for fried curds and custard. I ordered the short rib stroganoff and it was heavenly. Finished off the night with the banana cream pie. Simply divine. Wonderful place!!

KW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was superb!! Our food was even better!! So quick and tasted absolutely outstanding!! Can’t wait to try their brunch!

RB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We heard good things about this restaurant. They did not disappoint. Fast service and great food

H
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service was great . It was a bit too loud to talk .

SW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD!
GREAT SERVICE !
We had a wonderful time
Will absolutely go back for another delicious meal

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The dining room was too loud. I couldn’t hear the server when she spoke to our table.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Philly restaurants. The food is delicious. The staff is friendly. We always have a good time!

RB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bud and Marilyn’s is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant that offers excellent comfort food prepared in slightly
unusual ways! The food is great, and the service is just as good! I will come back here again!

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great drinks, fun and delicious menu- miss the lobster buns! Salad was small, fried chicken and stroganoff were stellar, but the biggest standout was the terrific service from our waiter- he was fantastic and made the evening.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

$17 cosmopolitan on the silent upgrade/up charge a bit of a gouge, and unfortunately becomes the experience that is most remembered about B&M’s. That and the fried cheese curd. Get the cheese curd. Definitely.

GB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Got seated at reservation time quick food prep

FS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We had the cheese curds, Nashville hot buns, salmon dish, and short rib stroganoff. For dessert we enjoyed the confetti and the chocolate cakes. Sipped on an O-F but I can’t recall which one. Will be dining again!

G
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food Amazing !!
Drinks Dangerously Delicious!!
Who would have thought
Cinnamon and Grapefruit
Service On Point

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

“Delicious food and very prompt service. Great place to take to someone visiting.”

JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time and we will definitely go back! Food and service was very good. Will need reservations.

MF
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great Brunch.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very noisy

JE
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband thought it was the best fried chicken he's ever had.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week

AN
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cheese curds, while heavy, are so freaking good! The fried chicken sandwich is amazing, but I could do with a bit more of that jalapeno sauce and a bit more spice. The bread pudding dessert was one of the best things I've ever eaten! My only complaint, as far as ambiance, is that it's loud and packed, so conversation is difficult. The decor is adorable, and drinks are good. The value for restaurant week is amazing. I'll be back again and again!

m
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Some of the food was tasty but some was a little heavy handed on the salt for my preferences. I would recommend that if there is an à la mode option for a dessert, maybe not put the ice cream on until just prior to taking it out. Mine was nearly completely melted by the time it arrived :-/

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Found a hair in my food, but it was so good I couldn't even stop.

M
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater dinner. Excellent waiter and delicious food and drink. Will definitely go back.

V
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Our server was awesome so sorry I can't remember his name to give him some personal praise.

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