Charcoal BYOB

4.8
696 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Charcoal is a BYOB that boasts a modern American fare in a casual environment. We source the finest ingredients and believe in a healthy relationship with local farmers and purveyors, creating food which is thoughtful and precise. Our menu is a reflection of the season and how we feel at the moment.
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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most of the food was excellent. Don't recall ever paying for bread at a restaurant but it was worth every penny, nice crusty outside with soft center. I was happy to be there when the soft shell crabs are in season because the dish was wonderful, and my wife enjoyed the Rye Radiatori, the bacon bolognese was one of the best I ever had. I would skip the Oysters Rockefeller next time.

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LH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Good food and river view. Menu is pretty basic for breakfast and lunch.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a treasure, especially for breakfast. The food is delicious and reasonably priced, and the view is the best in Yardley or anywhere near.

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SD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was a wonderful

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J
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food keeps getting better each time we go. As it is close to my house, we dine here frequently. However, even if it was not close by I would still go here often, because it is that good. The short ribs were the best I have had anywhere.

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BB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

...Very creative, well prepared food. I real treat for foodies!!

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food! Our server was knowledgeable, attentive and kind. We appreciated that they tried to be sensitive to noise levels by seating groups and children at one end of the dining room and couples at the other.

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Charcoal is always fantastic. AMAZING food with a menu that changes seasonally (the cacio e pepe is a mainstay and never disappoints). Not cheap but worth every penny.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic from food to service. Already booked my next dinning experience with them.

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

Great river view. Excellent service.

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J
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Invited another couple to dine with us and they enjoyed the food immensely. Service from loyal staff is always first rate and food is well prepared and never needs adjustment in seasoning. BYOB is always a plus. We keep returning

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GO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food - there is always something craveable on the menu, Solid service, a lovely environment that manages to feel special and relaxed at the same time. Really, this is the best all-around restaurant in the area.

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t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another very good meal at Charcoal BYOB.

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CM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A limited menu is usually a good sign and Charcoal is no exception. We feel so lucky to have such an excellent restaurant in Yardley. Looking at the river while eating creative and delicious dishes is always a treat! It has no equal in this area.

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JF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fresh! Service was awesome and kind, we had a great date night. Awesome view! We can’t wait to come back :)

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Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another very tasty dinner at Charcoal. The new appetizers with shrimp/grits and salmon/greens were superb, and the pasta for the main course was perfect. Our lingering concern is the prices ($18-20 apps and $25-37 dinners) for a local bistro. But the food is way better than Harvest and Roccos so its worth it.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef-owners are dedicated to providing each customer with an outstanding and creative culinary experience...both in taste and presentation. Clearly great attention to detail has been lavished on each dish.

This is our third visit to CHARCOAL. Two dinners and 1 breakfast thus far, and we intend to continue experiencing the amazing and unique cuisine. CHARCOAL has become easily our favorite restaurant when we can make it down to Yardley. (We don't live nearby, sadly).

The short ribs with parsnip puree was tender, intense and had a bit of a kick to it, thanks to the Calabrian peppers. The duck breast served over Angliotti pasta (all homemade pasta here, folks!) was sublime. Rich slices, crispy skin, perfectly prepared.

Also, the chefs enjoy being playful with many of their dishes. For example, the dessert list, while short, is filled with dishes which are reminiscent of one's childhood, but re-imagined in an upscale, more adult and sophisticated way. Soft serve ice-creams are seasonally flavored and luscious. Recently one new dessert was a funnel cake, but underneath it was served with a rich cream and berries. Amazingly simple, yet elevated to a new level of deliciousness. A chocolate mousse is served with sugared walnuts and sea salt...again, a familiar dessert we all know comes with a new enhanced twist.

Oh, and I cannot forget to mention the bread baked there. Served as an appetizer with soft butter, it is worth the $5 for those 4 thick, crusty slices. It is a must here.

It's always a great delight to savor a visit to CHARCOAL. Looking forward to many. many more!

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NJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tight options. Curated, not limited. Don't know what to say about the doughnut sundae. Done right. Recommended

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J
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding meal. Staff are very knowledgeable about menu offerings and BYOB is a big +

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AH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They crushed it on everything we tried. We started with the bread and the cauliflower app which were both phenomenal. We had the duck breast and scallop entrees and were completely blown away by how great they were. We live an hour away and will make it a point to go back frequently.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the area! Innovative menu that taste delicious. The chef really understands the balance of each dishes. Our favorite appetizer is the cauliflower dish. The pastas and main courses are amazing. The best part is the mouth watering donut sundae!! Always a pleasure to experience the dining experience in this establishment.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time coming to charcoal for dinner. We enjoy both experience. We will definitely come back again. I highly recommend the oyster, calamari, praises prime rib, diver scallops, last but not least THE DOUGHNUT SUNDAE!!!

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OK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed dinner, and what i ate was delicious...i don't eat a lot of meat and there were very few vegetables available....

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EK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food!!!! The appetizers- cauliflower was amazing! The homemade pasta and fried chicken was to die for!

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food in Mercer/Bucks area. Always creative, delicious and a pleasant vibe. My go to for great food.

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

Delicious lunch. Slightly overpriced for what you get. But a good meal.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed with overall experience of the Restaurant. Could be more choices. Views were lovely. Could be more flavored iced teas.
Delicious lunch.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fabulous!

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

The short ribs were outstanding so were the scallops.
Desserts were also outstanding.
Only minus was the noise level.

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

Service and food were amazing. We were expecting a long wait but lucked out and got seated right away. Our server was excellent, views were lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed the food. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are always updating their menu with the best and freshest ingredients of the season. From the pasta creations to the delicious meat dishes, never disappoints. The duck was cooked to perfection and tasted delicious!

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ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Usually our experience is top notch at Charcoal BYOB. The food experience is unlike any other but the service this time around was a little slow. We will be returning because you can’t find food like this anywhere in the area!

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LR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just keeps getting better. We come to Charcoal about twice each year and always have a fabulous meal. This time was the tops! Every dish was PERFECT.

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BR
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Only gave it four stars because the teens had trouble choosing an entree that they would like. The adults loved the ecletic menu.

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Was disappointed with the braised beef for the price only 2 small cuts and no selection of a side was a shock

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KF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was creative and delicious. Amongst appetizers and entrees, we tried 2 of the house-made pastas and both were incredible. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive but not distracting.
Looking forward to a return visit soon.

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AC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for Birthday. Short ribs were good. Calamari was very tasty. Bread was awesome, as was the brioche with ice cream. Highly recommend.

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AL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience. Food was very tasty and portions generous. We sat close to the door and the draft from outside was a little cold, other than that we had a great evening at Charcoal.

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JG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was very good. Appetizers tasty, entrees delicious. Dessert donut sundae was tasty. Service very good as well

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O
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

After telling our waitress I couldn't eat seeds, and confirming they could replace the croutons on our fondue appetizer (croutons had seeds per the description), we got the fondue with seeds all over the apples and radishes. The waitress replaced it, but came back with about a half an apple sliced up, no radishes and a pot of cheese that wasn't even melted. Definitely not worth the $20. My wife's entree of scallops was underwhelming. Only 4 scallops with literally a few pieces of celery and potato sprinkled on top. Tasted good but a very meager portion. (And this in a restaurant that charges $5 for bread!) My hot chicken was great but could've used a starch or carb to go with it - just chicken and lettuce. Our dessert, which was comped due to our disappointment about the appetizer, was a brioche donut sundae and was excellent.

Overall the food wasn't bad but not worth what we paid. There is no ambiance to speak of; it reminded us of a cafeteria. The service was better after a bad start but nothing impressive. With all the other dining options around here I doubt we'll be back.

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