Charcoal BYOB

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787 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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!! The scallops were perfectly done, the short ribs melted in your mouth and every bite was better than the one before it! Don’t get me started on the doughnut, heaven!

p
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't beat the ambiance and views of the Delaware River. Had 7 PM reservation, had to wait 20-25 mins to be seated. Once seated service was immediate, appetizers ordered and brought right away. Bread is amazing. The Grilled octopus was delicious but a bit on the skimpy side. The 2 pastas (Fermented Lemon & Ink Fusilli and Rye Radiatori) unusual and very delicious! The Seared Duck was so flavorful, tender and cooked to perfection.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the menu is somewhat limited, it is a great dining experience. If you have room for dessert, the donuts are worth the binge!

VP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charcoal is a favorite spot in Yardley, PA, overlooking the river. It's a very special place in every way. And I try to go at least every couple of months.

m
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The scallops have returned to divine......! I love Charcoal. Looking forward to next time in a big way.

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal! Beautiful, relaxing atmosphere👍

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

2nd time here! It’s our favorite date night place.

LS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrate every significant event in our family at Charcoal. Our 29th anniversary dinner was outstanding! Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food was spectacular. The only time I ever order duck breast is at Charcoal. It is always cooked to perfection. His time, it was paired with roasted asparagus and gnocchi; topped with a butter-herb sauce. The gnocchi were sublime....and I’m convinced that the butter they use has other-worldly properties. It was a magical dining experience.

C
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience

E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was impeccable at Charcoal. From the bread to the cucumber salad to the fermented lemon and ink fusilli to the donuts, it was all over the top delicious!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the food to the waitstaff was great. We will definitely be going back.

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the bread! Love the food! Love the donuts! The best duck I've ever tasted. Great views and lovely ambiance.

T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus has returned to the menu and was super with the spicy pepper marmalade, Meyer lemon and ago blanco. Other great new additions were the shisito peppers in green peppercorn marmalade and the beet spaetzle. The hot chicken is always delicious, as are the duck breast and diver scallops! Love this restaurant!

W
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very fresh and good

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charcoal service and food are awesome...we always have a great time here

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience. The food is delicious and the staff wonderful.

EP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We’re not accommodating to kids. Very few menu options. The could not manage to split a meal the had two pieces of chicken equally so that two kids could share it.

m
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the best food pennsylvania as we've experienced it in 35 years of living here.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and recommendations were great. Food was as delicious as we had heard it would be.

BK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming to this place for several years, great for brunch and dinner alike... always rotating in some interesting seasonal specials and twists.

CH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been there many times before. My Uncle and his wife from Phoenix really wanted to go to Charcoal because of the river view. We did get a window table. We had a wonderful visit without any disappointments. Very recommended.

RE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, the food was delicious and the staff very friendly and professional. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be back!

OT
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charcoal BYOB is a pleasant under the radar local restaurant. The dinner menu has innovative options that are worth the visit. Our most recent dinner consisted of sharing a shrimp and grits appy followed by duck and also the day boat scallops entrees. The scallops had Thai flavorings which blended well and were not too spicy. My wife's lightly grilled (after sous vide) duck dinner included soft gnocchi, asparagus and mushrooms in a tasty jus. I am writing this review because we both agreed that the duck entrée was one of the best we have had in many years of fine dining.

BF
Philadelphia
185 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Charcoal for decades. Just when you think they cannot improve, they reach new heights. The oysters and cauliflower appetizers dazzled, as did the pasta entrees and the fried chicken. They brought back the pretzel ice cream tonight, and it has that wow factor. Putting it in a sundae with their signature donuts provided an exclamation point to the evening.

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, from the hostess, servers and staff. The food was delicious, innovative and created, at least from my appetizer and main dish (corn and green beans salad to the scallops with peaches). The combination of flavors were perfect without diminishing the flavor of the protein and the other elements. I never had dessert and this time I tried the doughnut with a nice expresso that completed the experience. Congratulations to the Chef and all those in the kitchen!

N
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner! The wait staff was friendly and helpful. Charcoal does not disappoint. Definitely will be going back and definitely will be recommending to friends.

l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short rib dinner was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had! Superb.

LA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal! Original, tasty, and filling. Hands down the best local restaurant!

NG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, creative, and beautifully presented entree. Attentive and knowledgeable server.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very wonderful. We even forgot our wine bottle case and they called us about it.

Food was terrific and service was helpful but not overbearing.

The noodle dishes are well balanced and the hot chicken was on point.

M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bread was great. Cacio pasta was soupy and awful. Chicken was very spicy but a good dish.
Menu is very heavy and does not have many light summer offerings

b
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Chicken were short ribs great, as was cucumber salad and shrimp and grits. Dallas did a find job as server. View is wonderful - of the Delaware. Being on the second floor is a big help.

SA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place.

KP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to find the restaurant on OpenTable. We were drawn to the farm to table approach and the fact they buy from local merchants and farmers. The food was freshly prepared to order and the combinations were very creative. I had the the grilled corn and green bean salad and rye radiatori and my wife a cucumber and cantaloupe salad (not on the menu) and the Yardley hot chicken. For desert, we shared brioche donuts with caramel/coffee sauce. Everything was absolutely delicious. A nice view of the Delaware River and our server could not be nicer and more informative. If back in the area, we definitely will return!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s outrageously good. One dish is better than the next.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit here. Everything was delicious. The service was outstanding. We will definitely be back again.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

PS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, the ambiance relaxed but gorgeous...my favorite local restaurant

CG
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I see why the Philly Inquirer ranked this riverside restaurant as one of the suburban restaurants worthy of the trip. While the menu selections are not that wide, they are thoughtful and interesting. Each dish bursted with flavor - like the cauliflower appetizer, spicy and sweet with a bit of a crunch. The food is fresh and very well prepared. The short rib was one of the best I've had, and the scallops were fresh, deliciously spicy and perfectly cooked. The view of the Delaware river is stellar, this restuarant is perched above River Rd so the traffic doesn't interfere. It's serene atmosphere is a perfect foil for the food. BYOB keeps the cost down. Entrees hover around $30 but pasta dishes in the $20 range. It's totally worth the trip.

V
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner.....creative. Food top quality. Beautiful view of the Delaware River. DON'T skip the bread or Dessert!

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