Fare Restaurant

4.5
1265 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Fare is a restaurant and wine bar located in the heart of the Art Museum area on Fairmount Avenue across from historic Eastern State Penitentiary and only a few blocks away from the Philadelphia Art Museum. Our cuisine can be described as clean, focusing on sustainable, local, organic, artisan ingredients with many seafood options. We also serve 10+ wines by the glass, as well as sustainable wines, 50+ craft beers and a novel cocktail menu. This restaurant was built with eco-friendly materials throughout.
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ryan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Happy hour was not great value, small quantities for the food. The cocktails were poorly made.

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vipMariaA
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed we’ll be back!

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vipidriveworldwide
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and reasonable HH prices

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Bella
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Hostess was young & untrained - she was sweet and pleasant but not very helpful. We were seated 1/2 hour before food service began. Asked if we could order drinks & were given water with a promise of a server. 15 minutes later I approached the bartender to ask if we could order drinks! She found a server & from there on in it was a fantastic time. Our server, Elliot was excellent- he even ran & got us some paper menus! The food was delicious- every course. I would definitely return, but not before 4:30 when food service began. Thanks Elliot for making my husbands 70th birthday a success 🎂

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SmoothReyn
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sat outside on a beautiful Saturday evening, so the ambiance was excellent. Healthy portions with appetizers & entrees, all food was well prepared and drinks were very good.

Our server did a great job of allowing our conversation to flow while providing attentive service without being intrusive.

Added to my list of local favorites👍🏾🙂

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DarrylC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Aways my go to restaurant when friends are in town. Love it!

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vipMarcus
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Have eaten here before; usually reliable so brought some out of town friends on a Saturday night. Surprisingly not terribly busy but service was slow. We got food menus right away but not drink menus. When server finally showed up to take drink order, she was annoyed we didn't have drink menus, and stormed away. Tuna tartare was good flavor but had some obvious tough tendons that shouldn't have made it in the dish. Octopus appetizer was very nice! Friends were very happy with their food; but I ordered vegetable ravioli that was bland. So it was fair evening at Fare ;) A bit disappointing visit but would still come back.

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AraxiB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great restaurant, delicious food, nice atmosphere and great cocktails. We also had good service

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Arthur
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. Food is worth the price

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vipMadison
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fare has an AWESOME happy hour! Super discounted cocktails, wine, and snacks. Easy to share stuff, too. I will say, though, that the oysters I got were a little funky which was kind of disappointing. They didn't make me sick or anything - they just weren't the best quality. Everything else was delicious! Highly recommend the Farmhouse Flatbread, the friend shrimp, and the calamari.

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PaulH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently amazing. We come here frequently.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The “small plates” were larger than the entrees! Octopus was excellent and tender. Crab cakes delicious. Zucchini and eggplant fries were thin and crispy, not greasy. Fish tacos just OK.

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Sammy
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Fare is a neighborhood, been there maybe 10 times, so post-pandemic, it's hard to give a five-or four-star rating. The one waitstaff fellow did a yeoman's job, was pleasant and very good. Likely because of cut-backs,the dining room has been reduced, a curtain separating the kitchen, or parts of it, from the main restaurant. And there's the rub. The clatter, the banging, the racket from behind the curtain almost rendered conversation among three people difficult, at times impossible. Surely things are not so bad that something can't be done about reducing the noise level, not from the talking of guests but from what at times must be a decibel level of 100. At least twice, dishes fell either to the floor or inside a container. It would be very sad to have this compromise the appeal of an otherwise fine restaurant.

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viplobster101
Philadelphia
378 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We ordered fish tacos, watermelon salad, chicken, mussels and sushi roll. Everything was good but service was slow.
Happy hour choices are great.

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Karen
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It took a while to get our order taken, but once it was, our food came promptly and it was delicious!

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DocAWill
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Cute place in great area, Fairmout. However, the food was bland.

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Eric
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I wanted to love Fare because it seems like a neighborhood gem in so many ways, but I was severely disappointed with the food. My asparagus wasn’t trimmed, my friend’s pasta was overcooked and soggy, my potatoes had clearly been reheated so the texture was all off, and overall everything just wasn’t very flavorful. With entree prices in the $30s, I was really expecting more :(

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Juls
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waitress, Olivia was great! Attentive, friendly but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went for their happy hour menu which had a wide variety of food & drink. Like the fact their happy hour is longer than a lot of other restaurants from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

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JennyH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is a great casual light choice. The flatbreads were excellent as was the assortment of spreads. We had those And a delicious watermelon salad and it was perfect for a warm evening outside. Service was aloof but efficient.

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vipGrt2dine
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine. Service very customer oriented.

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vipDianeM
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food at Fare is always very tasty, making it a pleasure to go there. We sat outside which was pleasant but surprisingly noisy. Granted it was a Saturday night but the motorcycles and big engine cars were really annoying and intrusive. Inside would have been much better. The service was surprisingly poor - Fare usually does better that that. We sat for quite a while before anyone came over, and no one ever asked if we wanted anything other than water to drink - at any point while we were there. (While we didn't need anything, I would have ordered something if asked.) It was pretty obvious that all we had was water, and our water glasses were empty for the second half of our meal before we could get anyone's attention to fill them. Even just asking the question "Does anyone want anything else do drink?" should have come up at least a couple of times. Since restaurants make a good bit of their profit from beverage sales, this was pretty glaring. Just seemed very inattentive and uncaring about providing even a modest level of service. Thankfully the food was delicious, and we were happy to just enjoy our friends' company. Please do better, Fare.

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LadyA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fare is a great place to unwind. The food was delicious and the service was perfect.

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Bt23
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Olivia was the best server. great service. happy hour menu was perfect. very good value for the price

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Claire
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beet salad was delicious, otherwise food (ravioli, salmon) was OK. I'd say not quite worth the price, but a good option if you just want a solid meal and are willing to spend on it.

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pd11
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fine meal, though not outstanding. Good service.

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vipCarlosM
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was very good, but it got cold waiting for utensils. Had to ask twice for the menu, the app wasn’t working. The most attentive was the busboy.

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vipVeraD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fare is always a great place to eat. The outdoor cover keeps you comfy in all weather and the servers are pleasant and helpful. The menu has a great variety and the food is tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brunch! I especially enjoyed the guava mimosas!

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NiyaC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was just off that day. Usually really good

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PeppermintPatty
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Mushroom flatbread was terrific. Fish tacos also very good. We went for Saturday lunch but menu was limited to brunch. Nice outside dining right across from cool Eastern State Penitentiary historical site. Good neighborhood. Friendly staff.

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Ruby
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outside seating was good. Service was a little slow because of the number of people dining. The waiter was very good but exceedingly busy.

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vipcseafous
Austin
52 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time there. First trip to Philly and some family who live there suggested we try their brunch. Their patio was perfect for a party of six to go out in the cold rainy weather. Our server was really friendly and professional. The food was fantastic and enough for two meals. I would definitely eat there again.

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vipTracyA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, the live music was loud but created a great atmosphere. The service was great, attentive but not overbearing. The food came out quickly and was delicious. Their drinks are refreshing. A really wonderful experience!

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vipSdiner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food would be great for brunch or just a date

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vipBrklyntoPhilly
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fare is a great neighborhood spot—it was so fun last night. The bronzino and crab cakes are all we ever order. Excellent. Also recommend the octopus appetizer.

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PatriciaP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. I got the crab cakes and my companion had chicken . Both meals were well prepared and nicely presented. The cocktails were tasty as well.

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vipPamS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were outside and it was a hot day so it was a little overly warm, but thrilled they have outdoor/covered seating. They were out of what I wanted to order (avocado toast), so that was a little disappointing, but I ordered mushroom flatbread and that was delicious. Family next to us had a yappy dog, but we are dog lovers so that was OK. All in all, a very good city, outdoor dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Food and service were excellent.

FAQs

Fare Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 639-3063.

Fare Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.