Fare Restaurant

4.3
1318 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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Apalhere
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and cocktails ,never disappoints!

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vipElizabeth
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was fab and so were drinks and pancakes. Eggs were not great unfortunately especially for a restaurant that seems to prioritize good ingredients. Hope they switch to farm raised local eggs and butter soon for a more scrumptious scramble! But can’t emphasize enough how lovely the staff is. Our food was quick and everything aside from eggs was delicious. And bonus points for having added a changing table in the ladies (and hopefully the mens) restroom.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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VictoriaS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Service was good!!

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is always excellent. A little disappointed that appetizers took so long and when they came out, main meals came out 5 minutes later. Felt a bit rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Great ambiance and outdoor heaters. Food was poor.

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Isabella
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

First time I came and was not impressed. I made a reservation for 4 people and they seated our friends who came earlier and when I came they sat us at a different table because they couldn’t find our reservation. Brussel Sprout salad was extremely salty. We asked for a refill of coffee and they said we had to pay for it, after spending $200 on dinner. When we requested to speak to manager, waitress brought us a cold coffee refill and when we told her it was cold, she never brought us another cup. Poor service! Will never come back!

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davem
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

don't order the flank steak. Leather is more tender.

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Wallace
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, so well and creatively prepared and presented, portions were generous, service was great. A bit pricey, but worth it. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Salmon and Brussel Sprouts were both over cooked.
Waiter was very tough to get a hold of and we had to wait 25 minutes for him to come back after we finished our appetizers to order food.

Some food was okay, some wasn’t cooked well. Gnocchi was good, however other weren’t so much.

The ambiance of the place is pretty cool and it can make up for the other wise average/below average food/service.

I would go back for only appetizers or happy hour - not spending money on dinner here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fare was a really good find for us! We got something to eat before our set time for the State Penitentiary Haunted House. We started out with drinks, they were really strong but GOOD, so no complaints there. Then we got appetizer’s which were a caesar salad (really good), calamari (wasn’t to bad), and the fries with parmesan cheese (AMAZING!!!!!). The fries come with some kind of dipping sauce that was really good! We did not get any entrees because we order two rounds of fries. I would definitely be back!

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vipKqua
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was really great! Food was very good. It had been two years since I had been there but was exactly as I remembered.

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SharonR
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service all around good

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tony
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside dining experience

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BenB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The location is great and the seating outdoor is precious. The food is fine. Service was disorganized: didn't prompt for drinks before order, didn't prompt for refill in a timely manner, no smile, no enthusiasm and brought the wrong bill at our table!

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RyanB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Genuinely the worst food I’ve ever had from a restaurant. The crispy tuna was clearly taken from a freezer and microwaved (and if not, they did a great job mimicking the odor and texture you’d get from doing that); the octopus was flavorless (and the olives it was plated with were rancid); the branzino ($32!) was unseasoned and undercooked. First time in my life I’ve been not just underwhelmed but unable to finish branzino. They also subbed the ordered wine with something else that was distinctly sweeter. I left with a huge bill and empty stomach because the food was barely edible. I’d say they should stick to cooking vegetables but their Brussels sprouts smelled like a gym locker and potatoes were soggy and flavorless. Blows my mind how anyone can eat at this place twice.

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SondraS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening, very accommodating and attentive wait staff Loved your happy hour picks and our wine as well
Will return again. I’ve also been for brunch. Also wonderful

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rosareview
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Worse service I have ever had in Philadelphia- waitress couldn’t care less. We wanted to walk out.

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vipKatztro
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

good food but service was slower than I had hoped. for example, my tea arrived after my dessert was eaten. this was the theme for each food item and request.

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AccidentalVegetarian
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place was packed last night even when we left at 9:30. Great lamb chops on the special menu. We all enjoyed our meal and our wine. Nice that we can still dine outside.

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BarbL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour food and drinks are great

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susant
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great food and lovely ambiance. crab cakes are amazing1

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service. Subpar food for a high price. Hostess was rude. I will not return here.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice brunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Service was great. Food can fast and was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

food took so long to come out, server didn’t check on us once

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vipSuzanneK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Biggest issue: we waited over an hour to get served our meal (the drinks did come quickly) even though others around us were getting served, even if they arrived after us. We had to flag down our server to get our food (not easy--I suspect they were understaffed). We ate in the patio, which has a great view of the Eastern State Penitentiary but it's just a concrete courtyard, so nothing special. The food was OK--we liked the crabcakes and flank steak, but they were nothing exceptional and the sides were pretty meh. Not planning on returning.

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vipAlliC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I never write reviews but I had the absolute worst experience at this restaurant on Saturday. My boyfriend and I had reservations at 6:45. We got there on time and ordered our meals by 7pm. 730 rolls around and we have not been checked on once. Finally at 740 we ask the hostess to see if she can get an update on our food. We let her know that we were on a time crunch and had to be somewhere by 8pm.

Our waiter doesn’t end up coming over to us until closer 750 and said our food still wasn’t ready yet. My boyfriend ordered the chicken breast which apparently takes 45+ minutes to make…since when does it take that long to make a chicken breast!?). Regardless, had we been told this up front then we would have selected a different option. Also I ordered a flatbread and fries which should have been out within 15 minutes.

So again, it is now over an hour into our reservation and the server finally comes to check on us after we had to ask for him multiple times. We apologize and let him know that we are more than happy to pay for our drinks and give him a nice tip. But, at this point we have an event we have to go to and can’t wait any longer. He then proceeds to tell us to get up and leave. We are caught off guard and told him again we wanted to pay for the drinks and compensate him but he said no just get up and leave… NOW. We were honestly shocked and felt extremely disrespected.

Important to mention that they were unstaffed and taking a bunch of walk ups that night that they shouldn’t have if they couldn’t even manage the tables who had reservations.

I was very disappointed since I was so excited to try Fare but would NEVER EVER go back again. I have lived in the city for over 10 years and no “high end” or actually any restaurant in Philly has come close to this bad of service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Fist let me say, I’ve been here many many times before…. And what I find is that the experience is waning more & more each time I go. We first sat inside cause it’s chilly outside at night. Well it was freezing inside cause they had their AC on & I guess they couldn’t adjust it??? So outside has no heat lamps. Ok, whatever.
But my dinner was not good, my roasted potatoes were cold & old… my fish tocos were very salty. I got a new batch of potatoes, slightly warmer. But it was about 9:30-10:00 so I presume they were closing soon so the thought of sending the tocos back scared me slightly… so we took our food to go. My friend’s chicken was no better. I’m heating my leftovers for breakfast, hoping the salt would dissipate… no such luck. I don’t know what’s happening to Fare but they should buck up & do better… a very disappointing late nite ‘fare’.

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viphydeme
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Octopus was delicious and tender. Crabs cakes were moist and the drinks were tasty

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RyanE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was ok, but our service was really bad and the waitress was far from personable or even remotely nice. We even noted there was a birthday in our party and we asked to bring dessert out and they forgot to acknowledge or even attempt to do that. Just bad bad oversight and details. Almost all the servers were just not friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was, per usual, terrific. Loved our waiter - he was friendly, professional, and quick! The food was delicious - one tuna tartare, one burger. And the drinks were great - dirty martini, pino noir [but kudos on stocking Liberty School!]

It is our go-to spot for early and late dinners, as well as brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fare is a great spot for drinks, a nice bite to eat and a chill ambiance

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vipYorkville
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I live in the neighborhood so FARE is my go to for a nice Happy Hour. I think the manager has excellent customer service skills. The prices are great, service always friendly. As a matter of fact, I have plans to go to FARE three times this week.
I like the outside dining options. It was a little bit noisy on my last visit, but just what was happening in the neighborhood and not the fault of the restaurant!!

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Apalhere
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Good portions and even a kids menu!

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vipcrash
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was so poor. Almost an hour an a half before we got our food after we ordered. Server never came over to check on us or the food. Has to even ask for silverware and right amount of water glasses for the table. Good food but not worth the hassle!

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vipMarcus
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good; three diners had mussels which were delicious. Outdoor space on the side was very basic, not particularly attractive or comfortable. Service was ok, except when paying for the check, we wanted to split it 50/25/25 (one couple, 2 single diners) with 3 different credit cards and the server said: "Lets not make this complicated" and would only split it equally! Seriously?!?!?! Would be reluctant to go back.

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piglet
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The appetizers were very good. The flatbread pizza was unique, it was on the sweet side. The truffle fries are great and the zucchini chips were quite good. However my bronzino was ok.

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Fam4
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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AccidentalVegetarian
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to be able to get excellent food, drink, and service safely outside. We shared a number of appetizers from the Flatbreads to the soft shelled crab. Everything was delicious. Fare carries Chimay, a lovely Belgian style ale, so I was delighted.

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MichaelG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
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.

FAQs

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

Fare Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 1318 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.