HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.
If you like, we’ll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.
Is this your restaurant? Claim this listing

Hickory Lane American Bistro

372 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem (654)
  • Fit for Foodies (426)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (286)

Similar Restaurants


Hickory Lane American Bistro offers an eclectic aspect to American classics by adding international ingredients and flavors to give Philadelphia diners a new and unusual experience. With artisan-crafted sandwiches, chef specialties and appetizers on the menu, it would be difficult to leave Hickory Lane American Bistro unsatisfied.

One of the unique sandwiches is the duck �Rachel� which includes a house cured duck pastrami, cabbage slaw, gruyere cheese and 1,000 Island aioli on toasted sourdough. It is served with sweet potato fries and a pickle. Another house specialty is the Scottish salmon which is served with garlic spinach, cilantro jalapeno cream and quinoa. There are a number of vegetarian options on the Hickory Lane American Bistro menu as well.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation

Bar Menu and Cocktails, Saturday &Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30

Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday 4:30pm-9pm
Wednesday - Saturday 4:30pm-10pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(215) 769-2420
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Albert Alvarado Jr
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Please call and provide details on what type of event to determine if Hickory Lane can be a part of your engagement.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Corinthian Ave
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
There is street parking with a public lot next to Eastern State Penitentiary. Parking lot is owned by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Valet Parking - Friday and Saturday Night
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
SEPTA Route 48 and 7
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Please call and provide details on what type of event to determine if Hickory Lane can be a part of your engagement.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
Please call and provide details on what type of event to determine if Hickory Lane can be a part of your engagement.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 372 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
NewYorkerOnrBusiness (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

The veggie burger was unusual and was one of the best I have had in a restaurant.

vipLawrence (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Have been going here since it started out as a BYOB - have loved it ever since

outwithbuds (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

What a wonderful place for brunch. The pork belly benedict is suberb. This is my third visit and I cannot wait to return.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The burger was delicious and pulled pork was savory.

vipPhilly (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The food was excellent and our server, Harrison, was outstanding. He was courteous, attentive and very pleasant. We would go back.

Foodie3 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Had a wonderful brunch with my friends. This is a true gem in the neighborhood. Live a few blocks from Hickory Lane.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Food was fabulous, service excellent. Open kitchen also adds an interesting touch.

vipLuv2dine (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

My daughter has been coming here for breakfast often and so finally I had a chance to try it out. I really like the quaintness and the location. The staff was exceptionally nice, everyone was pleasant & greeted us upon entry and exit. I had the blueberry French toast with a side of eggs and turkey bacon. The French toast was delicious, the eggs were, eggs and the turkey bacon could've been cooked a little longer. My daughter had the shrimp and grits. The shrimp were huge, I wasn't a fan of the grits, they were too thick and lumpy for my taste. I'm not sure I'll be as frequent a visitor as my daughter, but there were a couple of other items that I would like to give a try.

vipc3686 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

Nice outdoor seating. Great cocktails and food.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

If you're looking for a quick and casual brunch spot in Fairmount with great food and good service check out Hickory Lane. I've eaten outside a few times, they usually have tables available and it's never too crowded. They have good options for picky eaters, as I am not the adventurous type. And they're helpful in allowing you to take out something you don't like or add something you do like (small fee depending on what you're adding).

vipphilly (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Good meal with nice wait staff in a comfortable environment. One big negative however is that they refuse to stock any decent scotch Whisky

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

The meal was very good. However, I almost lost my guest waiting for the tart dessert. Much too long. Wine list is VERY limited. Need a most extensive choice for full bottles.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Had an amazing dinner on Mother's Day. Everything was delicious!

vipJeffTrexler (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Excellent dinner - great food and good drink selections. I thoroughly enjoyed my duck pastrami sandwich - so rich and complex with flavor. Will definitely have again.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

This is a very pretty restaurant- in an area which is growing, and quite walkable. We'd gone for brunch here several years ago, (had a great experience) and were looking forward to showing our our of town friends a nice place/special dinner.

Our dinner came to ~$200- so one would expect that the basics would be there. The food was ok- drinks ok- but the water needed filtration (awful.. and we are from Philadelphia) and the after dinner decaf tasted like a watery sanka from the 70's. Each ruined the taste of our lovely after dinner profiteroles! The restaurant was not crowded, and neither the server nor bartender were busy. Server, however, was quite polite and attentive.

It just seems like the quality has fallen off sharply since opening. Every restaurant has an off-night so we're willing to give the benefit of the doubt- but just an extra focus on the little things would have made the time with our guests so much more pleasant.

ptadvk (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Thoroughly enjoy this local Fairmount eatery. Sunday brunch is terrific as is every day dinner. Service and staff are friendly and attentive. Always a good choice. In nice weather, wonderful to sit outside. Gets busy for Sunday brunch and may be a little boisterous if its packed, but its still a great place. Always a good neighborhood go to.

vipdarpon (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Some of the best French toast I've enjoyed in quite some time. Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Served with syrup on the side, you hardly need it, as the powdered sugar does enough. Topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries, in the middle of winter (HOW?), this is dessert for breakfast.

Mimosas are generous and light, large pours and large glasses, keeps the champagne flowing.

Pork Belly Eggs Benedict is generously sweet, savory, and oh so rich. The portions don't appear at first to be very filling, but a little goes a long way, particularly with those crispy house potatoes.

Recommendation: If you're going for brunch on a Sunday, they take reservations, and it's worth it!

vipAllan (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Dined at Hickory Lane before but this time decided to "introduce" a better cuisine to our 6-yo granddaughter.
Being in the area didn't hurt either :)
While we had a 4:30 reservation, we got to HL slightly earlier. Although the kitchen was still closed we were greeted very warmly and seated immediately. Our waiter took our drinks order and gave us plenty of time to look over the menu.
5 mins after the kitchen was 'officially open' he took our order and was constantly attentive throughout the whole meal.

We started with the cheese plate, I then opted for Red Pepper bisque and the famous HL burger, while DW went for Duck Raechel and GD - Mac-n-Cheese
Totally delicious and nice portions too

Wonderful time and great meal!

vipCpgranados (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

I was visiting my friend who just moved to Philadelphia and we found this spot on open table. It is situated in an up and coming part of Philly, close walk to the museum of art. I thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic menu and the friendly service.

We had the special--Fig french toast and the egg platter breakfast--we shared them both. My friend had a bloody Mary that turned out to have just the right kick to it--a bit spicy. We sat for a long time and the waitress was very friendly and most of all, they did not rush us out. The place is quaint and comfortable. It appears there a lot of locals that frequent this restaurant.

I highly recommend it for the food, service and ambiance.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Cocktails not great