Double Knot

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Double Knot, a Japanese Speakeasy, is the newest addition to MJS Restaurants brought to you by critically acclaimed Chef & Restaurateur Michael Schulson . This Sushi and Robatayaki bar tucked away on 13th Street beneath a first floor coffee shop features small plates, fresh ingredients and cool cocktails. This secluded gem is sure to be the city’s best hideaway.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience in the city. Everything was truly amazing!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. Service was very attentive, but a bit rushed. Room is dark (more oppressive than atmosphere). Seating and aisle ways a bit too crowded. Hard liqueur portions are extremely small. Pricing for 2 for dinner with 2 drinks @ came to $180 including tax and tip.

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IG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The 10 course tasting menu is the way to go. Small plate, but plenty to fill even a big guy. The food is THE BEST.

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GF
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food as usual!

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time. Terrific dining experience. I look forward to my next visit. Chef tasting menu is the way to go. Ryan, our waiter was awesome. Just wish the lighting was a little better. Highly recommend.

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JT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally found out why it is so difficult to get a table. We had to book a 5:00 dinner and took it just to get in. A great meal. We had the Chef's tasting menu but chose our selections. Our waiter, Ryan, was great! I'd come back!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food with awesome ambiance

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Poconos
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sena was the BEST’

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

This was the 2nd time I brought a group to dine. After waiting almost an hour the first time,( with reservations!) I was hesitant to try the double knot again. I had a smaller group this time and thought I’d have better luck. We arrived on time, and were told our table was almost ready, and shown to the bar. We had a drink- it was my adult son’s birthday, checked back with them, and was again told it would be ready soon. After an hour, I asked to speak to the manager, who apologized, and seated us . I think they have a racket going to automatically have you wait in the bar area, so that you’ll spend money first at the bar, before being seated. Once we sat down, the servers were courteous, and the food was good. Nevertheless, I will not go back. I’ve been kept waiting over an hour both times, and can’t give someone my business who cannot honor my reservation, and my time!

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JB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Double Knot has a cool vibe, but is a little dark. It is similar to Sampan but offers different dishes. Like Sampan, the food is outstanding, however the pace of the meal and the constant feeling that they want to turn your table ruins the experience. If you want a fast meal, this is your place! The waitress stood over me while I looked at the dessert menu pressuring me to make a quick decision. We dined in less two hours and spent over $100 per person. If you want a leisurely dinner this is not the place.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Freezing cold under a vent. They turned off the AC for about five minutes which was lovely but then turned it back on. Also service left a lot to be desired. Waited a long time for any food to show up and then everything came all at once - to the point where it didn’t all fit on our exceedingly small table and much of the food was cold by the time we got to it.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so polite and nice. Such a cool spot.

Ryan (server) was fantastic and very helpful. All dishes were thoroughly explained and phenomenal. Definitely would recommend

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v
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food and place is hyped as a hipster foodie hangout but dishes were unremarkable, expensive for typical small plates, and a disappointment- nothing to rave about but younger folks may care more about the underground atmosphere and vibe than the food.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great bargain and great energy upstairs during Happy Hour.

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DJ
Philadelphia
402 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very “trendy” experience with a dining crowd to match (not good or bad, but know where you are). We had managed to reserve an actual table (as opposed to a counter - which is also a nice option) but had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time to accept an appropriately apologetic offer of a small bistro-style table (which was very nice for 2 people). The 10 course tasting menu is a great option for the chef to showcase what the kitchen has to offer. While there in no “official” wine paring option, when asked our server offered to put together something for us which turned out to be very nicely done. The small plates were exceptional especially the truffled sea bass. Overall, a very good dining experience, albeit with the house struggling a little bit to keep up with their success.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Double Knot every year for my husband's birthday and have a fantastic experience every time. Definitely an excellent spot for special occasions.

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A
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu which is amazing. Definitely an experience.

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D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time diner. We had a reservation for 7:30 on a Thursday night. Waited over 45-55 minutes to be seated. The manager came by to apologize twice. They gave us a round of drinks for the inconvenience. Once seated the food and service was great

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c
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Our server was very nice and helpful. I liked that the menu is large and diverse since we had a group with different preferences. Everything was delicious. For me, the skewers were a bit to small.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 3

I had a client dinner and We felt very rushed throughout the dinner (we had the chefs menu). They just filled the table with plates and as soon as we ate something they immediately came with the next course. We were no sooner finished and we were asked to leave our table and go to the bar. Given the bill I would expect a better experience. Food was very good but I won’t go back there and I would not recommend any client dinners there.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was excellent and the food was great and they were very flexible the restaurant was very crowded!

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

Staff went out of their way to make our anniversary special. They have a separate vegan which I was provided. Food is excellent. Mostly small plates but beware the $20-30 entree portions are very large.

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ET
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic creative dinner - nic to share lots of small plates

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

My wife and I attended dinner on a Sunday night to celebrate both of our birthdays. We checked in and were then promptly sent to the remarkable downstairs dining room. For our meal, we opted for the Chef's Tasting which includes a selection of 10 shareable plates. We had the option to choose our own selections or allow the chef to select for us, and we preferred to be surprised. The first five plates came out quickly, starting with the Japanese scallop sashimi, the rice tuna cracker, and the shrimp tempura rolls. For robatayaki, we were served octopus and ribeye. I was mostly impressed by the rice tuna cracker. It was a simple piece of fried rice molded together into a "cracker" topped with spicy tuna. The texture and flavor were perfect and I could have probably eaten another dozen.

We had a nice break after the first five plates were served and then we were given the Japanese fried chicken and the edamame dumplings. I was least impressed with the fried chicken dish. While it tasted great and the batter was perfectly crispy, it was lacking the same amount of flavor that I expected after tasting the other dishes. For our final plates, we were served the broiled sea bass, the robatayaki hanger steak, and the crispy brussell sprouts. Of these, my favorite was the perfectly cooked seabass.

Our meal was complete after mochi topped with a sparkler to celebrate our birthdays. We were served vanilla, salted caramel, and passion fruit. Overall, we were very satisfied with our meal. I would like to go back for happy hour and order more of those rice tuna crackers and ribeye robatayaki.

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DA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was average, at best. It was so dark with only candlelight that you really couldn’t see the menu. The ambiance was great, sexy & unique for sure! But it was loud & dark, which made looking over the menu a real challenge. We chose the tasting menu bc of this & it was a real mixed bag. Some things were amazing! (The rice & the brussel sprouts) and other selections were nothing special. The server took so long to check on us, our drinks were empty for a while, including our water glasses. Instead of offering to get us the drink menu again to choose another cocktail, he lazily offered the same thing we were drinks. The clincher was dessert, the mochi, a cold, small disc on a rather large plate, no garnish, no sauce, no sprinkle of anything, lazy & no imagination whatsoever!! We expected more from this place.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous food, comfortably luxurious atmosphere, attentive staff. If you don't want to feel like you have to be rolled out the door at the end of the meal, Double Knot is the spot. We went with the chef tasting menu which at $60 a person was a pricey decision, but if you have choice anxiety or fear of missing out it is worth the price for the stress it saves you. The food and staff were so lovely I almost forgot to talk to the person I went with. Definitely will be back!
Also, don't miss out on coffee after dinner- it's like a dessert in and of itself! Ridiculous.

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

Fantastic.... go to place when looking to treat folks not always in city. Love this place !

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Absolutely no complaints. Great atmosphere, great food, and even better drinks.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OBSESSED. Best sushi of my life

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and incredible service

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MD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner but felt very rushed by our waitress.

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JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Really swanky nice place. Cocktails were interesting and good. Really nice place. The food wasn’t great. Got the broccoli with fish sauce. It kinda was definitely frozen broccoli with the taste of butter and pine nuts. No presence of fish sauce. I asked for Albacore sashimi, they said it only came as tataki. Seems rather odd. Makes me wonder how long ago the tuna was prepped that they couldn’t serve it raw. 3 of us shared 7 small plates and had 3 cocktails each. Was $300 after tip. Definitely wasn’t worth it and there’s tons of options within a 2 block radius. But again, really nice ambiance for a date or business meeting. I saw kids there. Not a place I would take kids.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I wish they would have kept the 'whole fish' dish how it was with the sauce on it. Now it's just a dry fish. I ended up taking it home, refying it and adding a sauce to replicate what it used to be.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Philadelphia

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, an absolutely amazing experience. The food was exquisite. The portion sizes were just perfect. The service was outstanding. I came here for an early birthday dinner for my gf and we were pleasantly surprised.

We tried the chefs tasting menu and every dish was just right. I was asked to pick a favorite and I couldnt. Every dish tasted amazing and for a Tuesday night, it was extremely packed. Barely any walking space (no exaggerations).

I would highly highly recommend this place to anyone and we’re definitely gonna make more visits!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Highly recommend for a friends dinner or date night. Everything I got to eat was delicious without being over priced.

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AH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. The only thing I wished was that they let us sit down while we were waiting for the final member of our group. Our reservation was 5:45pm so no one was using the table. Besides that issue, it was an amazing evening!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! One of the best meals I’ve had in Philly. The atmosphere provided for s great experience as well!

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EM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we have ever had hands down! Get the chef tasting menu!! Our waiter (I wish I could remember his name) was the best I've had ever! We had an amazing time

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DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Double Knot several times and it just gets better every visit. Best restaurant in Philly. The food is absolutely delicious. Get the Chef’s tasting...you won’t be disappointed!

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