About Double Knot

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.

120 South 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Tuesday 5PM-10PM
Wednesday- Thursday 5PM-11PM
Friday-Saturday 5PM-12PM
Sunday 5PM-9PM

Cross Street:
Sansom St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 631-3868

Website:
http://www.doubleknotphilly.com/

Parking Details:
Limited street parking is available, in addition to public parking lots on Sansom Street in between 12th & 13th Streets and 13th & Broad Streets. There is also a parking garage on the corner of 13th Street, in between Chestnut Street & Market Street.

Executive Chef:
Kevin Yanaga

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:
Double Knot is an ideal location for entertaining. Two semi-private dining areas that can accommodate up to 30 and 40 guests respectively are perfect for gatherings of any occasion. The entire restaurant can seat up to 70 for a sit down dinner or in excess of 100 for a social gathering. The sushi counter offers a one of a kind, personalized experience for 12 guests. Our event coordinator will work with you exclusively as you plan your event.

Double Knot Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (75)
Special Occasion (62)
Good for a Date (61)
See All
Tasting Menu (52)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Fun (40)
Hot Spot (38)
Romantic (38)
Bar Seating (28)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Good for Groups (28)
Cozy (25)
Tapas (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Authentic (17)
Healthy (17)
Late-night Find (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Casual (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
People Watching (8)
Business Meals (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Spicy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
958 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

A little bit of a wait but that didn’t bother us. Our server was great and all of the food we ordered was delicious! Every plate left our table clean!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

As usual, Double Knot did not disappointment! Began with a smokey craft cocktail...the Double Know. Excellent flavor. The tasting menu was fabulous...every dish was pure perfection. More than ample servings ... salmon sashimi, yellow fin, scallops, steak kabobs, crispy brussel sprouts, Chilaean sea bass, perfectly prepared duck breast with rice, etc. I highly recommend both Double Knot and the tasting menu.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Unique spot with a nice ambience and a very lengthy & creative menu. Staff was friendly and knowledgable. If you are going to be seated at a counter seat, make sure it is away from the door. During the colder months the first few counter seats are a bit cold & drafty. The main restaurant dining area is very nice and the back bar is stylish and fun. Double Knot offers one of the most exotic culinary adventures in the city so be sure to check it out!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great dinner with friends, food was awesome! Our server David was top notch! Drinks are a little pricey but def worth it! Can’t wait to go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is always standout here. Always. Atmosphere is great. Unfortunately this visit, the food pace was far too aggressive. I get that the style is serve as prepared, but for a 10 course tasting menu the first five should not come all at once. It compromises the whole experience. It was clear the volume and demand here drives a turn the table mentality, but from an experience standpoint I’d suggest being a bit more cautious...

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything we ate was delicious. Many different items to taste. First time and it won't be the last time.
We need to do a better job in understanding how to order and will the next time. The small dishes are truly small. Sort of two bite samples.
So we ordered in 2 rounds , but it worked out.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food & drink. Lots of service. Tasting menu a great idea and way to ‘get around’.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The tasting menu is one of the best we’ve had in the city. So many options and so filling. Toro was amazing and the duck scrapple bao bun was a stand out!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

I think the maitre d desk could have been handled more gracefully. We made a reservation in early January for Valentine's Day at 9:30pm (you would think a pretty safe spot). When you have a 9:30 rezzie and you're told you will have to wait because there are no tables available, this indicates bad management of earlier seating. Messaging could have been delivered in a more customer centric fashion, more empathetic, perhaps we could have been offered a drink, but were told they didn't know when a table would become available and to go look for a seat at the bar. Ultimately wasn't that long a wait, and the night ended up great, but front end handling of the situation knocked us out of a great mood. A little too much preciousness and arrogance. Best things about Schulson and Starr restaurants are their maniacal focus on making the customer happy with very little hip restaurant cynicism. Felt a bit of the latter attitude that night. Again, in the end, though, a great night, great food, great wait staff (particularly our server) and great ambience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food and service

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Enjoyed our first experience at double knott. Look forward to going back soon

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Food was amazing! The blind chef’s tasting and service were perfect! The restaurant is a little dark and tight for space but well worth it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Good food and ambience. However, ordered plain white rice, but they added fish sauce to it anyway. A bit disappointed. Also, me and my date got very gassy from the food. Not sure if it was the fish sauce. Eel rolls were good. Monkey Fist was not great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was an absolutely incredible meal! Both my boyfriend and I LOVED the food and the ambiance. Would definitely recommend doing the chefs tasting. Rib eye scallion and duck scrapple is to DIE for! Incredible meal!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service, friendly and charismatic, great recommendations for food and drinks.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Romantic, Healthy, Fun, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Took my fiance here for an early Valentine's dinner. Everything was great! We arrived early and during happy hour so we started with drinks at Sampan's bar. Happened to stroll past Double Knot and spot two seats available at the bar. We moved there with our drinks and the Sampan bartender was kind enough to bring over the edamame dumplings we ordered. Requested we be sat downstairs a little ahead of our reservation since we were early and again they accommodated us. We ordered the 10 course chef tasting and it was amazing! The A-5 Kobe sushi was unlike anything I've had before (even different from the Kobe robatayaki which is also delicious) and the Salmon specialty sashimi was delectable. Also, all the cocktails were very well made as always. Really can't say more about this place other than I consistently experience a high quality of service, food, and drink that keeps my coming back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My date and let the chef choose our tasting menu. Amazing variety and so much food we couldn't even finish. Well worth the value. Favorite dishes were the variety of robatayaki skewers! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was amazing we loved the food and drinks

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was our second meal at Double Knot. The ENTIRE reason we came back was for the sushi omakase tasting menu. The first time we went, a couple months ago, my husband and I shared this omakase and he loved it so much it he wanted to get it again and not have to share.
Well, we were seated and discovered they got rid of it. Even though we told the waitress that was the entire reason we came to the restaurant, we were given only a sweet “I’m sorry.” We were very disappointed with this news.
We decided to order a la carte off the menu. The sushi and other dishes we ordered were delicious, but I am disappointed to say $250 later, my husband and I were still hungry.
No courtesies were offered, in fact, my husband ordered 1 uni sushi and 2 were brought to the table. We were charged for 2 which we didn’t dispute since he had eaten it anyway. We also ordered 2 extra egg sushi and was told the kitchen had ran out. It was only 9pm on a Friday night. The place was packed. It was shocking they were subbing out of items.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service3
value1

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was wonderful as always. My only issue is I specifically requested a table and was sat at the sushi bar. It not as enjoyable sharing the tasting menu at the sushi bar as it is at a table.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Amazing ambiance and selection! Very helpful waitstaff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The staff are exceptional and the food and drinks are always amazing

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We had the chefs tasting which is a dish from each section of their menu and it was fantastic. One of the best meals I have ever had. Each dish was thoughtfully prepared and executed to perfection.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I made a reservation at 7 PM. My 2 friends are pregnant waiting for the table 50 minutes. They offered us one appetizer free of charge. It was so embarrassing... really sorry because the quality of the food is great!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service1
value3

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was exceptional although it all did not come out together. We had to ask three times for the balance of our food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

we did the tasting menu and loved every bite! Look forward to going back. Edamame dumplings were delicious as was everything else

Tags: Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My overall rating is based on where staff tried to seat us - at the children’s table situated next to the kitchen door. No thank you. Our only other choice was to be jammed into the lounge area tables which look attractive in comparison.

Be sure to question your seating assignment.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was great and the service was great once we sat down. We had a reservation for 2 people. There were 2 people in front of us when we got there any they did not have a reservation. They were seated before us and we ended up waiting about 20 to sit down. We were told we had to wait longer so we can get at a table, rather than the sushi bar. When the hostess took us downstairs to seat us, she sat us at the sushi bar. We did complain and ended up getting a better table, although not ideal.

The food was amazing and our server was very good. We tried several different items from the menu. Much less expensive than the tasting menu. I cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

one word - AMAZING!! We had chef tasting menu and it was well worth it.. quite a lot of food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I think part of what makes this restaurant so memorable is the impeccable service. But in the end, the food always blows me away. I will eat here again and again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Very good food, both fish and robatayaki. Small portions, try to order some, decide what’s best for you, and then order some more.
Table area downstairs is better than the ground floor, the best table there is the round one on the podium, good for up to 7 people.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

My review will not be the first review you read here that says how amazing this food is at Double Knot!!! My husband and I absolutely loved everything we ate!! We did the chefs tasting menu...but we chose everything we ate except dessert (which was probably my only disappointment). Every course was fantastic!!!!
The service, by Sam(antha) was as outstanding as the food. She went out of her way to “extra chill” our white wine the way we like it. I also had an iced tea that she just kept refilling without me asking. Her recommendations as we were ordering were spot on as well.
You have to check this place out! The decor alone makes it worth it!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Absolutely amazing food and service. The tuna with spicy aoili is to die for. My only complaints would be finding the place, the sign was very small and I walked right past it, also I was seated less than two feet away from a stranger and it was pretty noisy but overall I'm still happy with my dining experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best experiences I ever had at a restaurant.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Absolutely outstanding from start to finish. Our reservation was for 9pm and we didn't sit until about 9:20 - so because we had to wait, they gave us 3 plates on the house which is just incredible hospitality. I told them ahead of time it was an anniversary dinner and they had champagne waiting for us at the table,also on the house. We did the 10 course Chef's tasting menu and were not disappointed. Service was also 5 stars. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Double Knot’s street level floor is busy! Good vibes for younger clientele. It’s a fun place. We sat downstairs and loved the atmosphere there. Our server Danielle was outstanding. I have to say that the ambiance and service were better than the sushi. We liked all of the food a lot, but the sushi was not my favorite. The rice overshadowed the fish and the spicy tuna didn’t seem to have much tuna in it. The bao buns are amazing, as well as the meats. I also loved the tuna under the Cold section!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Second time I’ve gone this week, a friend brought me the first time . The food is delicious and there is a wide variety on the menu. The lamb chop and Kobe beef
Skewers are incredible . The tuna rice cracker reminds me of a place in New York that served the same and it was just as good ! The Brussels sprouts are on the salty side, not a big fan of those. The edamame dumpling soup is phenomenal ! I also liked the sushi too, extremely fresh!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Awesome!!!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Simply put, WOW! Wish I'd taken the advice to get here a year ago. Excellent fresh ingredients and compositions. Not a wasted calorie in the meal - both from the sense that everything is superb and there are no "fillers" on the plate. The chef's tasting menu was an excellent decision. We were not disappointed with a single item. Excellent tuna poke and the sea bass entree was probably the best piece of fish I've ever had, and I eat a lot of fish. Can't wait to get back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The food was terrific, however the service was spotty.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.