Fare Restaurant

4.3
1325 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1325 people are saying
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vipGabby
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unfortunately the bacon flatbread had 3 plain pieces w just a piece of apple. I just felt that there could’ve been more of the sauce and bacon on all of the pieces so it was a little underwhelming. Also, my friend’s challah burger did not have any pastrami. The service was impeccable and we loved the atmosphere. This is the first time I was dissatisfied with the food.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
388 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service
Ate outside
Varied menu
Always enjoy

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vipCamdenbill
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food. Lovely atmosphere.

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Casey
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the joy of dining at Fare for a NYE dinner with some friends of mine. The inside was decorated for the New Year and it was overall a very cute restaurant. The food was amazing -- we got appetizers, drinks, entrees and finished the night off with dessert. I felt like the place is reasonably priced and the portions are large. I'll be back again!

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is excellent. Great restaurant in Fairmount section.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun servers, great times

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vipMaryV
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome dinner . Fresh fish, delicious apps, great cocktails....

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LaurenM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Couldn't comment on the food because we never got served. It took about 5 minutes for anyone to even acknowledge our existence. I understand there is a staff shortage, but there were at least 5 wait staff that walked right past us and didn't even say someone will be with you, etc. After we sat, we waited another 10 minutes with no acknowledgement from any staff. We ended up leaving and going to the restaurant next door.

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JudieN
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Seafood pasta was outstanding.

Restaurant was hardly full yet service was slow.

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BridgetG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the quality food, friendly service and delightful heated outdoor seating area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was well cooked but lacked flavor. I had the award winning crab cakes. They were mediocre- unfortunately.

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EvanT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great vibe and awesome live music plus great food

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vipTime2Dine
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was not good and I say this despite the fact that I know it’s a tough time to have and maintain good staff. Our waiter needed more help, fewer customers, and much more training before he was on a solo “flight”. We felt badly for him but the service was so slow that our food came out (in a strange order) not even hot. Others were aware of the situation and once an item was served by someone from the kitchen who knew that item was being ruined by sitting there.
I’d have been more understanding, having dined at Fare many times over the years, despite it being my suggestion to a friend who never had been there, if another server (or perhaps owner) hadn’t sat talking and joshing with a table of four nearby while we waited and waited for everything.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best food! We had the Beet salad, Greek salad and the Mediterranean Flat Bread. Their Crab cakes and Swordfish special were amazing. No kidding, this place is awesome! Thank you Fare for doing it exceptionally right!

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vipEyeB
Philadelphia
140 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is delicious, interesting and nicely presented. Outside eating in the cold is never comfortable but sufficient enclosure and heat lamps make it manageable- would bring a blanket for legs next time!

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Apalhere
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and cocktails ,never disappoints!

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vipElizabeth
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
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
106 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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Marie
Philadelphia
3 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
3 reviews
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
3 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

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 1325 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.