Bud & Marilyn's

4.7
2673 reviews
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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.

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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was delicious- I'll be dreaming of that giant cinnamon bun...

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service - highly recommend - lamb was amazing and the best fried chicken I have ever had.

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

Great experience overall! They care about their customers and their food, and it shows! We'll be back.

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AA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it...food was great. Get the cinnamon bun delicious!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party of ten for brunch. Staff were above and beyond accommodating when some of our party was late. We never felt awkward or rushed which can sometimes happen in this situation. Food was wonderful -all our out of town guests loved it!

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were great and big pours. Appetizers -- cheese curds and cinnamon roll were amazing. Entre was great too. Will be back for sure !!

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

Great food, service and quick seating! Best fried chicken around! Local craft beers were fantastic!

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RP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The salad was over seasoned to the point of being inedible. The entrees were mediocre. The noise level was high making conversation difficult. This might have been a bad night for them.

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GM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff that great and helped us decide on a fun and tasty variety of food to share among 5 people. Love coming here!

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bud & Marilyn's never disappoints! The food, the drinks and the service was excellent, as always.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect, great value for the portions.

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SV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was to die for... we tried a lot.. the fried chicken.. the scallops.. the short rib stroganoff... but the funfetti cake (that LOOKS LIKE it is going to be too sweet to eat) was the star of the show. And the Lakeside cocktail! So good. Can't wait to go back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed their biscuits and gravy, replaced the sausage gravy with the mushroom gravy & it was SO GOOD. Server was patient, kind & attentive. Recommend making reservations on the weekend.

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LT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a fun, creative Sunday brunch in this busy, bustling spot. Server was charming, competent and knowledgeable about ingredients and each dish. So many choices. The lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries were a big hit. There were terrific twists on traditional breakfast choices. The decaf coffee was flavorful and hot.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this establishment. The food is always delicious and top-notch service. I’ve be there dinner and brunch and was completely satisfied. I recommend it to all my friends that visit Philadelphia.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time. We will definitely be coming back.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Overall this was a great experience. Our server was so kind and helpful the entire time. It was a little loud and the music at one point was just a single drum beat sound over and over which was a little off putting but nothing terrible. I would 100% recommend people try it out!

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BK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our table was ready ahead of our reservation time, the wait staff was quick and attentive. The food was served in generous portions and was very tasty. Also a good value! The noise level was a little off putting but my brunch partner and I could still carry on a conversation. I would highly recommend Bud & Marilyns.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary brunch

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Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent brunch! I’d highly recommend splitting the cinnamon roll. It’s the next cinnamon roll I’ve had! The spicy chicken sandwich was also delicious. I’ll definitely be going back!

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D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal before the theater! Great crowd. The service is exceptional! Would highly recommend!

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m
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

My meatloaf was very special. BUT, we wanted to split a salad and asked if it could be split in the kitchen. We were told, an emphatic NO. When the salad was presented on A plate and we had to ask for another. To divide the salad was most cumbersome and highly inconvenient, a large spoon would have been helpful. Or better yet, have had it done in the kitchen.

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CP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Very noisy. Food excellent

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I frequent Bud and Marilyn’s before shows (Broadway Philly). We love the food and hip vibe. This time, we split appetizers. The steak tartare was the best I’ve ever eaten! The Moroccan salad was meh. Too saucy for both of us. The chicken sliders never disappoint! We love sitting at the back counter next to the kitchen. Unfortunately, I made a reservation for that space, but when we got there (even tho we were on time) they did not hold the space for us....telling us that they don’t hold that space because of happy hour. That was disappointing! It was also disappointing that the bar was too crowded to enjoy the happy hour prices. We love Bud and Marilyn’s and will continue to go there while we have a show subscription. They might want to consider a pre-show special with ticket proof. The best dish I’ve ever had is the braised short rib stroganoff!

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Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our lunch at Bud and Marilyns. The food was delicious except for the fries which were a little tasteless. Small place so I wouldn’t recommend it for a romantic evening. We were next to 3 friends and their conversation was so loud that I wanted to jump in on it. All in all, though, it was a good place for our late lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner

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TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Having been to all of them, I'd rate this the best of a group of 5 restaurants in the same area. You could say that cheese curds and broccoli thinly coated with falafel before frying aren't health food, but they sure were delicious. Huge portions of meat loaf and reasonable size pork chops, clever and delicious, if heavy desserts. Nice meal.

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AL
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is the Roasted Heirloom Carrot salad a gateway to the vegetarian lifestyle? If they didn’t also make delectable fried chicken, it would be. I went back and had it the next day before catching my train back to Maryland - it’s that good. They also have an outstanding craft beer list. The service was exemplary. I clearly need more business trips to Philly.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal of interesting small plates to share w 4 of us before we went to a show. Had great service and plenty of time to make it to 730 show on Broad St with a 530 reservation.

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CK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Liked the restaurant and theme. Wish they had more gluten free.

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l
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, inviting atmosphere, friendly and great service! Would DEFINITELY recommend the pretzel roll appetizers and the fried chicken entree! SO DELICIOUS!!!!

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C
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous as always! Friend and I wanted lunch after Flower Show and made a last minute reservation. Started with the cheese cards which are a must always! Friend's first time having them and she loved them too. Split the fried chicken sandwich and Mediterranean salad (forget the exact name but it had hummus, lemon yogurt and falafel) which worked out perfectly. Honestly, the fried chicken wasnt as crispy as other times I've had it there, but still great overall. Cocktails on pointe as usual! Think you gained another new customer in my friend.

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Very tasty brunch. No complaints at all. Will definitely return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Different kind of dining experience than your typical Philadelphia restaurant.

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

Everything was great! Only draw back was it was dark so it was hard for our parents to read the menus.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was an enjoyable dining experience after attending the Philly Pops. We arrived a few minutes early and were promptly seated. Service was excellent. The food selection was just right and delivered timely. We look forward to a return to B&M.

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CE
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Glad I made a reservation as this place was crowded and hopping on a Saturday. We were early so unfortunately the table was not ready - we headed to the bar and ordered some drinks. I had a very tasty Moscow Mule. Unfortunately I did not check the menu and didn't realize it was just brunch. And by just brunch I mean almost every menu item was eggs or contained eggs. Having an egg allergy brunch is always hard. I found a tofu dish that I ordered without the eggs. It was overly salted and could have used some more veggies. I was a bit underwhelmed by the menu. If I return, I would try to go for dinner or weekday lunch. My friend ordered some off menu items and they were very accommodating. Service was friendly and great. It is a noisy atmosphere but we were able to easily carry on conversation at the table.

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch, good food, and attentive wait staff.

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Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been here a couple times before. Food is always good. Server not as attentive - place was packed. Glad I made a reservation.

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