Fare Restaurant

4.4
1284 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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Fam4
New England
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside and the space was great! We will go back.

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MichaelG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Fare always does a very good job with the food. We take our daughters from Temple University there on weekends to see them and hang out and have a good time and have healthy and satisfying meal. I strongly recommend this restaurant.

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Dionne
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall experience was good. Ordered a burger medium rare, it came medium well. I wasn’t too concerned but the burger had no flavor. The pastrami is a nice touch but didn’t make up for the flavorless burger. At $20 it should be a good burger.

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vipNeetPR
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was excellent! The food was delicious and the ambiance was on point. The perfect experience, right? Wrong.
The only reason why I didn't give the experience a perfect score is because we had to fight so many FLIES in our initial seating area. It was crazy - fighting to eat your food. BUT once we were moved to a different section, it was much better. 🥰

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Gage
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Nice ambience. Poor service- server was not very friendly. Average food.

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vipDianeM
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fare is a go-to restaurant for us - always tasty and always reliable. We had a delicious brunch.

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Aidaniels
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, food and service.

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vipJackPhilly
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Special softshell crab salad/app was fabulous.

We shared the clam/mussels/sausage seafood in broth again--it is excellent & enough for 2 unless you're starving.

Short wine list but nice choices.

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JoAnn
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fare is always a great choice! Food is terrific, service is great and moderately priced. The outside dining area just makes this place extra special!

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vipDawnM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was very good, although presentation could be improved. Serving/plated looked very basic, cafeteria style. Waitress was clearly unhappy & lacked interaction until we mentioned to the hostess that the service was terrible. Hostess lacked attentiveness as well. Disappointing experience after a colleague highly recommended.

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dalk
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is OK. Kind of bland. I wish there were more side options.

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EricW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The server was great - it was the time it took to get our meals as they were “backed-up”

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good , service could improve..

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Foodisgood
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fish tacos were excellent!

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Nice menu. Neighborhood gem.

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vipRoDa
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a solid neighborhood choice. We sat outside which meant occasionally car noise/engine revving, but otherwise was quiet. Lots of food options for all types of eaters.

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Mostly good food but seriously bad service. Even after telling server by my husband that it was his Birthday, she did not say HappyBirthday. And we arrived shortly after 7:00 and the new trainee server offered us the Happy Hour appetizers but then came back and told us she made a mistake and couldn't do Happy hour prices. Not very accommodating.

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vipDfromDelaware
Philadelphia
276 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal brunch friendly service at a great value with superb food. Your avocado toast is the best I have ever eaten fish tacos were wonderful too. And you have great coffee. We will be bs k fir sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Darwin, was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Our server was rude.

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JudyS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We ate at a nice outdoor patio table. The appetizers and salad was really good and abundant. We had a very pleasant dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fare never disappoints. One of my favorite spots in the city!

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Fantastic local spot.

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Debbi
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner Friday evening at Fare was lovely!

Staff were friendly and accomodating, the menu offers interesting variety, and the food was very good.

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Ryan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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vipMariaA
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed we’ll be back!

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vipidriveworldwide
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and reasonable HH prices

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Bella
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipMarcus
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
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
10 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
381 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.

FAQs

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

Fare Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1284 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.