Charcoal BYOB

4.7
581 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 493-6394
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ferry Street
Additional
BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wheelchair Access
What 581 People Are Saying
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MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!

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

As always... great food, great wait staff, great view, great experience. Thank you!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have read great reviews but never had an opportunity to visit. I'm glad we did. The menu is unique and the dishes I sampled and ate were delicious. There is no other restaurant in the area which offers this level of culinary talent.

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D
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with two friends. It was busy but not slammed so we didn’t feel pressured to get done. Wait staff was very good. She checked on us just the right amount of times. The hot chicken was very good. The pickled cucumber that cane with were a pleasant surprise. We will be glad to go back for another friends get together.

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l
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!!! Everything is always so different and exciting...fresh and tasty! The pasta was phenomenal (perfect for our vegetarian guest) and the chicken never disappoints. The Duck was perfectly done and scallops delicious. And that was just the main main course! The starters were... one more delicious than the next. And the bread...amazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was so good that we are now back for breakfast!

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, delicious food prepared professionally and served with hip, friendly servers. Best food in area, worth the drive.

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S
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charcoal is a fun find! The menu is not large, but you want to order everything on it because it all sounds so good! We would return for a special occasion or just spur of the moment dining. We really enjoyed the our meal and conversation with friends. BYOB

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LM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great local spot for a quick lunch or dinner. The pasta dishes are always amazing and they come in a small or large plate. Charging $5 for bread is a bit much, most places even in pricey Philly areas that are in the same price range include it-but okay, I’ll go along with this. The bread is wonderful. As is dessert here....my favorite guilty pleasure is the donut. OMG....there’s none even close anywhere. It’s less than 1/2 mile from my home and I appreciate the sophistication and style of the menu-small but premium choices, great ingredients of high quality (like the Griggstown Chicken)....we keep coming back and feeling grateful that we have this option nearby.

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k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Dishes ranged from good to excellent--important to choose carefully, given the higher than average prices. (Of course, bringing your own does help offset the prices...)
The heirloom tomato salad was fine, though a couple of more slices of tomato would have been appreciated. The rye radiatori was was tasty dish, more so because of the bacon bolognese. Of the mains, the seared duck breast was exceptional, both for the tenderness of the meat and the creative blend of peanuts, grilled watermelon (!), and coconut yogurt. Must try! The other main, hanger steak, while perfectly acceptable, was uninspiring. The meat itself was sinewy in places, and the accompanying horseradish mashed potatoes were doled out quite sparingly, as if something quite precious. Our spirits were lifted once more by the dessert, the polenta budino, a winning combination of sweet, crunchy, and salty.
Overall, a very good experience that, with a little better luck in selection, could have been excellent.

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J
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always well prepared and interesting. Seasonal additions are delicious and make return trips worth it. Serving staff is well versed in the menu selections and are ready to advise on ingredients and preparations.

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PK
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful spot for lunch recently. It's BYOB with large windows overlooking the Delaware.Salads and sandwiches attractively presented and delicious. Only three dessert choices, but all winners. Ice cream made in house as are the breads..

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CC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place continually blows our minds! Great BYO with amazing chefs, awesome food, perfect ambiance and top notch service. PS. Get the donuts for dessert - they're so good we're having them as dessert at our wedding!

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A
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portion size is shrinking, but the flavor is exploding. Everything was delish except the blah blah cucumber salad.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is without question the best restaurant in the area. The dishes they create are no less than genius. I go here often and am constantly impressed. The menu changes constantly and the ingredients are locally produced where possible. I'd eat anything they served even if it was something I generally do not like,I know I would like their version of it. 6 out of 5 stars

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CR
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I LOVE this place. Been here 3 or 4 times and always have an amazing meal. It is definitely a bit pricey so we reserve it for special occasions, but always worth every penny. The food is fresh, innovative, creative, and delicious! Everything is bursting with flavor and color. One of my all-time favorite places. Great for date night!

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We came during restaurant week, but there was no mention of that, either on the restaurant's website or during the reservation process. The limited price-fix was $36, and 4 of the dishes offered were pastas, a cheap strategy on the restaurant's part. The house bread, which is a simple no-knead, is priced at $5 an order, which seems exorbitant. Portions were very small, and the deep-fried hangar steak was just wrong -- ill-conceived and tasteless. Of the party of 6, 2 didn't want dessert, and yet we had to pay the full price anyway.

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HG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome!!! Perfect date night with my husband! BYO which is awesome too!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week. Had the scallops. They were cooked to perfection--I gave the chef a 2 thumbs up. The amount of everything was just enough--didn't have to bring some of it home. Very fresh and creative, but simple ingredients--the way it should be.

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TD
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We chose Charcoal based on one past visit, and reviewing the menu on the website. However, when we got there, we found they were participating in Yardley Restaurant Week. So many of the dishes we were looking forward to weren't available. Would have been nice if the website had made mention of restaurant week, since they obviously update the menu on the website for seasonal dishes. We will probably go back, but not frequently. Takes about 25 minutes from home, and costs about $100 for two, even though it's BYOB. Not an every week destination.

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is creative and delicious. View of the river is lovely, and they were able to honor my request for a table by the window. We were entertaining a friend from the south of France so this was important to me. Our waitress was efficient but a little on the surly side.

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h
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish more amazing than the next. Never disappoints. The place to go when you want to impress your guests.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Limited menu. We happened to choose successfully. Food was good but...
If we chose other options???

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L
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, everything a la cart, including the bread! Earthy dinnerware, diner type utencils? BYOB, still on pricey side. Limited selection.

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OT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfection. I eat there too often to review very time -- but for now -- we ate there last night and were dazzld the duck was crispy on the outside, just right on the inside and the watermelon side was out of this world.

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C
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best in Buck's County, consistent, inventive, delicious!

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S
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is great for breakfast (served until 2 pm) or lunch; there is an extensive selection of sandwiches, salads, burgers, omelets, etc. All the food is fresh and well-prepared, well-presented. Prices are moderate.

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c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As an excellent home chef I often more than not can always improve on the dish I have ordered.

NOT HERE all I can say is WOW and THANK YOU... Everything was exceptional!!!

I will be back! Liked the I/2 portion option on the pastas as we could not wrap to go … Great spot when staying over near the Trenton airport. View of the river at sunset was a plus!!

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Z
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual, I was not disappointed with the quality of food and inventive cuisine. Took my friends for dinner and they were really impressed. My favorite restaurant by far. I live in New Hope and we have a few good places here but if i want a "treat" i go to Charcoal.

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E
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exceptional and the menu changes occasionally so there is always something different. The staff is friendly and helpful. Don’t forget to save room for the incredible desserts!

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Place is just Ok. Nothing that special. Ordered calamari and tuna for appetizer, they lacked any pop very bland. Wife had the fish it was ok. I had the duck breast which was below average. Would debate about going back. There are better places to eat than here.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent view of river. A bit overpriced. Menu is a bit limited. It could use a few more light and healthy items.

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b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant with elevated food. You can taste the difference from other restaurants. The chefs work their craft to come up with new innovative dishes. Great food.

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DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great BYOB. Excellent food. Small Plate. Great view over the river.

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CH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent food put together in a very creative way

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Yardley

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s
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is outstanding and such a nice atmosphere

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SP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My first time at Charcoal did not disappoint! Great, funky food. Simple menu so everything was good.

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A
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another tasty dinner at charcoal. Although the portion size seems to be getting smaller, the flavor of the food is getting better

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MM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion Charcoal continues to be one of the best restaurants in the area. The food Is consistently good, the river views are beautiful and the service is excellent.

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