Bud & Marilyn's

4.7
4022 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.

Support Bud & Marilyn's during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4022 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great fried chicken and banana pudding. wonderful service

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vipRobertS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely horrendous.....start to finish.
267 608 8769 if want more info

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Hickle
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very underwhelmed for such a promising looking and well acclaimed place. The ambiance was a little worn though a classic interesting old diner design. Needs some sprucing up but overall one of the better things about this mid city casual restaurant. The menu looks enticing with a variety of home style choices without being pretentious or mundane and certainly not too many choices. Unfortunately the food was generally disappointing and not what would be expected.

Our wedge salad was the best thing we ordered as the crispy onion rings on top of an interesting and well designed assortment of salad ingredients were tasty and worked well together along with the large chunks of bacon one hopes for in a wedge salad.

The pierogis were fair. The filing was decent but on the skimpy side. The dough was tough and not fresh. The garnishing helped but would not recommend this choice.

My son ordered the Marylin fried chicken which was a generous portion of plump white and dark pieces. He enjoyed the dark meat but was under seasoned and the breast was dry. Came with 2 square biscuits that were huge but hard as a rock and totally inedible.

My wife ordered the double patty melt which was actually a double cheeseburger as it was served on hamburger bun with all of the standard condiments including lettuce and tomato. Hard for me to accept defining that as a patty melt. She did say it was flavorful with generous quality beef patty’s.

Finally I order the short rib stroganoff which was comprised of a very nice tender pulled short rib. The sauce was tasty with a rich red wine flavor but overly salty. The pasta was not traditional wide egg noodles but a combination of pasta including what they might consider gnocchi? They were little pillows of semolina based pasta not potato as gnocchi should be. This was ok but kind of a departure again from norms and not expected.

Overall the service was fine. Very adequate for a casual type venue such as a this. Food came out quickly

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JC420
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice place. Great food, service and cooked fast. Will be back again.

JC
JoeC
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice location and decor

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RobertK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The waitstaff seems sleepy. Restaurant didn’t look as clean as is the past. Long periods of time between ordering or getting courses. Food was good, but not as good as in the past, with the exception being a tomato and grilled peach salad.

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vipPrivate
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent

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Becky
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem and excellent choice for dinner! Service was exceptional!

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KaitlynB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch place! There were 4 of us and we just picked a few things off of the menu and split amongst us all and it worked out perfectly. I got the lakeside cocktail because it was recommended - it was wayyyy too strong. The person who recommended it said it wasn't like that before so must've been a heavy pourer behind the bar. But overall we enjoyed it!

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vipTaylorD
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and high quality American food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed a night in the city, dinner and drinks here before a show. The food was great, drinks even better, but the server was a little slow and not extremely friendly. I do recommend it though, was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always on point, service was great, and it wasn’t super crowded. Bud and Marilyn’s has always been great. Highly recommend

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vipShannonK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great vibe with elevated comfort food. Not for the weak of stomach! But mmmmm it is good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food 🥘 the staff was superb. It was a little warm in the establishment but it was crowded. The drinks are well made but somewhat soft on the alcohol, i had the pork buns and salmon entree both were wonderful! The regal begel cocktail was a favorite although i had the gin replaced with vodka and loved it. Our server was lovely and attentive , the food again was quite enjoyable with a kitchy ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience. Pleasant environment and service

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Emmy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch

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Dlag
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service !

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vipleahp
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautifully decorated!

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Dragondiner621
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with the pierogis. We loved them so much next time we are getting two orders! Perfectly done.
Dinner was the beef stroganoff for me and the burger for him. Both were exceptional. Cannot wait to eat here again.

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MelissaD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Went to this restaurant with my two teen sons. It was so loud, the waitress could not hear us order, ask for more water or the check. Once we got our meal, we did not see her again until we flagged her down, though the restaurant was not full. The fried chicken was dry and the biscuits were terrible. The chicken sandwich was good.

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010ickD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited menu but very good food. The staff are extremely friendly and attentive. Conveniently located in the heart of Center City. Great place for a first date or anniversary!

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Arthur
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10am brunch reservation on Sunday, outside was lovely. It was chill at 10 and quiet. dog friendly. indoor vibe was cool. food was very good, big portions. will definitely be back again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

My chicken and waffles was cold and tasted old.

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JosephQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Cocktails were amazing, food was delicious and filling.
Drew, our waiter couldn’t have been more attentive, friendly and helpful.
Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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MaryR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Casual ambiance. Service is great. Very Covid Safe.
I had the Mary’s roasted chicken and it was Delicious!!!

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Caitlinm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great drinks and excellent service. We sat inside, but I think I’d prefer outdoors next time. Highly recommend!

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MrWonderful
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was great. drinks were delicious! made a reservation, it was the only one available only to show up in find numerous open tables. Ordered the fried chicken which seemed overcooked and crispy. it tasted like it was reheated

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Kate
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was quick, though the Nashville Hot Chicken was underwhelming with dry, under seasoned meat. Wedge salad and cheese curds were great and I appreciated the aesthetic. Average for the area.

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RyanC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food (we started with the cheese curds and both got the Nashville hot chicken) and drinks! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best fried chicken and biscuits!

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vipLinda
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The server was so nice, along with the food runners. I liked the outside seating as well. The only thing that was lacking was the food, and I'm disappointed. The chicken was dry and I felt the entire meal (drinks included) lacked flavor. I know there are better places to dine in Phladelphia

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

I love Bud & Marilyn’s. It’s been a while since my husband and I visited, so we were excited to return post-Covid for a date night. I booked our reservation and looked over the menu via opentable. When we arrived the menu availability was completely different from what is posted on open table. More than half of our favorite items (including the alcoholic juice pouches) are no longer available. The menu has literally been cut in half, which is fine, but I would have liked to no this prior to booking our reservation.

Needless to say, we were very disappointed.

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pollym
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good, especially the salad. A bit pricey.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

A little salty. Food was okay but nothing special

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch

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vipRodl
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My new favorite spot!

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TonyaB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, went for brunch, food was good. Shrimp Benedict was good as was the cinnamon roll!! Would definitely recommend,

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vipGAFNYC
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

One and done. Very casual eatery. Was at least hoping for good food and good drinks. Neither panned out. The biggest disappointment was the incredibly dry and shockingly bland fried chicken. Not sure how you can make fried chicken tasteless but they figured it out. Plus the bone dry consistency of the white meat portions made it inedible. Martini was a bit watered down. And the server was nowhere to be found. First and last time here. Only reasons for two stars and not one was the Wedge salad. Was inventive and tasty. Should have just stopped there.

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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 4.7 stars by 4022 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.

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