Charcoal BYOB

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661 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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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F
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I ordered a salad and it came with my entree. I said I did not want it because it came late they still charged me for it.
The waitress didn't seem to care and the manager even said I had to pay for it despite the fact that I didn't eat or want it.

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

Food was amazing as always. The waiter we had was a little frazzled and it showed, but overall experience was really good.

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AW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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

Great food as always. Interesting combination of flavors and texture. I would recommend trying several plates and sharing.

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charcoal BYOB is one of my favorite local restaurants. I've never been disappointed with their food or service. Make sure you get in early on Sundays for brunch, because the line is literally out the door. Brunch, dinner, and breakfast is incredible and their menu changes fairly often so there are tons of new things to try.

Their donuts are impossible to describe in a review. Just order them and thank me later.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, attentive staff! Even moved our table from a small 2 person table to a 4 person table with a water view! Food was absolutely delicious

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding. We passed around several apps and deserts at our table and all of them were terrific. I ordered the scallops and they were delicious!

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always and the service is perfect. The view of the Delaware can't be beat.

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A
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite BYOBs. The food is delish and the service is always good. But the prices are creeping up and at our last visit scallops were $30 and steak was $37...with a few apps and dessert its a $100 dinner for 2 at our local bistro...we will be back, but not as frequently with these new prices.

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

Great experience for our first trip. Only gripe is that portions are generally small for the price you pay. We knew that going in so we ordered an extra appetizer so we wouldn't be hungry when we left!

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was amazing! You can even have ice cream for breakfast, so that alone makes this restaurant forever in my favorites:) The view over the water is so calming. Staff is so friendly. Food absolutely fresh & delicious.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charcoal is without question the best restaurant in the area. It's like Jesus, a unicorn, and Godzilla all had a baby together and wrapped the baby in a delicious magical rainbow

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J
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely worth the trip for the duck and the cassoulet. Service by Dallas is excellent and food preparation is the best in the region. Take the time to experience this BYOB establishment

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SB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is consistently good at Charcoal. And there's almost always something for everyone on the menu - picky eaters and foodie types alike. For dinner, the hot chicken is a winner as is the penne in vodka sauce. Brunch - don't miss the benedict specials. Dinner is lively but relaxed, while brunch feels like a bustling downtown diner. Be sure to save room for brioche donuts.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. We will definitely be coming back. It was really one of the best meals I've ever had and can't wait to go back.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing food. The menu changes often, with the seasons and fresh available ingredients.

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BF
Philadelphia
158 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food, as always. Very busy night, which slowed down the kitchen and stretched service to the point where we got the bare minimum in terms of coverage. For a restaurant this good with hefty prices, the turnaround from the kitchen and attention of the service needs to be much better.

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e
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food prepared with great imaginative flavors that make dining a pleasant experience.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, decent service, BYOB with quality glassware for wine. The restaurant aesthetic is a bit minimalist and parking is limited at peak dinner hours. Get a reservation on weekends as it fills up fast

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Been a while since our last visit and glad we went back!! Very reasonable and great value!! Excellent food!!

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PK
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch is very good, but Dinner is exceptional. View of the Delaware can't be beat. Always busy and easy to see why.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating friends engagement

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G
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food, a total must visit!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and service. The food is creative and delicious

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good enough but the prices were pretty high. Lots of children, pretty well behaved but they were acting like children. The service was great. Not very cozy or romantic.

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L
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since we moved to Newtown, charcoal has been our favorite place to go! I have never been disappointed.

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SD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough good things about Charcoal BYOB. Everything we ate was DELICIOUS! M husband and I live in the city and we’re used to good food. We consider ourselves foodies. And honestly, this place is up there with the best restaurants downtown. Highly recommend Charcoal BYOB!

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food took forever but was well worth it

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been back in a while and it’s still outstanding. Really delicious, city-level dining. We had the calamari (excellent), a small rye pasta carbonara (great), the scallops (great), and the fried chicken (excellent). We’ll be back soon!

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JS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! The only complaint would be we needed to wait a bit with a reservation because two ladies at a table for five sat at their table for a full hour after they finished with a line of people waiting to get in. I think they should have been asked to leave. So rude!

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r
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food creatively presented. Fine combos of taste.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Ever!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down me and my husbands FAVORITE restaurant! We try to come for any and every birthday or date night. They have outstanding service, quality food that packs the most incredible flavor combinations and the atmosphere is divine. PS don't skip the bread!! its the best you'll ever have

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MK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time eating at Charcoal and each time the food, service and ambiance have been great!

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RG
Atlantic City
34 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always perfectly prepared. Great food choices menu is always changing with fresh very thought out flavors.

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