Charcoal BYOB

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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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MH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Dined Saturday night with my husband and son. Outstanding food (great, safe gluten free options) and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday for son
Let them know ahead of time but they forgot
Food is excellent although pricey
Service very good
Brioche donuts are the best dessert
Been there many times
Small venue
Limited parking
Reservations a must

A
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious. Just a handful of dishes to select from, but all are tastefully prepared

r
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We haven't been here in a while, so forgot how good this place is. Food was truly excellent!

FH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Pacing and service was perfect. Setting was absolutely lovely. Can't wait to come back!

SV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went for a mid week lunch. They easily accomodate to special requests and substitutions. The food was great and you can’t beat the river view.

TL
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food in Bucks County. Hands down. Had an absolutely incredible meal at Charcoal.
Started with the superb grilled octopus and the brilliant beet spaetzle. Then on to the succulent duck breast, sweet and sour cauliflower, and blistered shishito peppers. Charcoal knows how to prepare vegetables - while other restaurants may undercook or overcook - not Charcoal. The cauliflower was perfectly tender and the shishito peppers were gorgeously blistered. The meal was finished as every meal at Charcoal should be - with an order of their incredible brioche doughnuts with caramel sauce.

KW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly delicious and creative food dishes enjoyed by all!

GW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was excellent. Has shrimp and grits, followed by yardley hot chicken, and finished with donut sundae. All were amazing and made from scratch

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for friends from NJ to meet us for a relaxing Dinner

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful view of the Delaware, exceptional creative and perfectly prepared food. The staff was smiling, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Understated, uncluttered decor let’s guests focus on the experience. Can’t wait to come back!

AD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant, our go to date spot. Highly recommended...the bread and doughnuts are a must.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, delicious food and great views overlooking the Delaware River

MH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is fantastic. Everything on the menu is delicious, but I wish there was a just a few more selections. However, this is a minor regret with a seasonal rotation. The atmosphere is open and clean but still affords some intimacy.

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Interesting menu and moderately priced ($40/person plus gratuity)

BS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were delicious and broiled to perfection. The pistachios with the green beans were a perfect pairing with the scallops. We both ate every bite!

But the best was the Granny Smith Apple Cake with Brown Butter Cake, Apple Compote, Granny Apple Sorbet and a drizzle of Raisin sauce. Oh My God!

VP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I have been to Charcoal many times over the years, but our dinner the other night was the all time best. We were celebrating a birthday and enjoying our table with a beautiful view of the river. The food was spectacular. We had a salad with roasted squash and thin sliced apples, with nuts and a dressing that was based from creme fraiche. We also had the diver scallops and were so amazed to see what a generous portion we received--so tender and delicious too. We love Charcoal!

EN
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. High quality ingredients. BYOB is a plus.

J
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first time visit to Charcoal for dinner. Will definitely come back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Restaurant in Bucks County!

MA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and overall experience. I had not been here for dinner until tonight. I will definitely be back.

JB
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal! We enjoyed the cucumber salad, lobster & grits, scallops, pasta and amazing desserts. Loved it all!!
Good service and fun night was had by all. Can’t wait to return.

F
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always get the fried chicken. Everyone had a great meal. From appetizer to desert. Only thing that sort of gets to you is that they charge $5 for bread, although it is amazing. Since this is a byob, you can understand that, but, they should not charge if you want a couple of extra pieces, like two per person.
Probably my 6 th time there and will go back.

t
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a group of mostly seniors from our church who eat lunch out once a month. This was the first time most of them ate at Charcoal, although it’s a neighborhood place for me. Everyone enjoyed everything. Only complaint, they couldn’t all see the river!
I’m sure they will want to return again and some found a new place to go themselves.

4
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was very disappointed in my anniversary dinner at Charcoal. Since I seek out BYOB restaurants, I was happy to find another restaurant to try in my area since it had high reviews. Unfortunately, my experience did not get high reviews. I felt the menu was not a true reflection of the actual food items. Even after the server explained the food choice I was considering ordering and then did order it, it was not how the menu or server described. Also, if a restaurant is going to charge higher prices for meals I expect the meal to be flavorful and properly seasoned. I was hoping for a much better experience for our celebratory dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when I go to Charcoal BYOB. Delicious food, friendly service and fantastic ambiance. We will be back and highly recommend it whatever the occasion.

R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat... this time it was better than ever. These guys are really on their game and we will be coming very soon!

j
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love Charcoal. The service is exceptional and the food is amazing. We were there for our anniversary and the welcome we got was awesome. Also they accommodate special dietary requirements without a fuss and without making you feel out of place or uncomfortable for asking. We highly recommend this restaurant!!!

SA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent.

D
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting food, great ambiance, attentive service without being overbearing. We loved dining here.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good meal and the service was great.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, especially small plates.

JK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always great and the servers are friendly and helpful and always smiling. Not a large menu but every offering is a winner.

RB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and consistent. And.... BYOB, what else could you ask for! A pearl

A
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently delish!! The octopus app and pasta are particularly tasty

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is original and fresh and always tastes great! Never had a bad meal here.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant! The food is outstanding, the staff are friendly and the ambience is lovely. Most definitely recommend.

CW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is EXCELLENT!!! Be aware though. It is a noisy place because it is so busy and with all the wood—wood chairs, wood floors and a big open space.

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

k
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

If this is your first visit, don’t ignore the bread appetizer. The best sourdough bread that I ever had. A little pricey and not a lot of choices, but I consider the small menu a plus. My wife is a little picky and had a hard time picking but did enjoy her meal as I did.

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