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JG Domestic

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794 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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About

JG Domestic is an American-style restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that specializes in serving artisanal cuisine. The restaurant utilizes fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers so the menu changes seasonally.

JG Domestic serves lunch daily and offers a bar only evening service. Lunch at the restaurant consists of snacks, soup and salad, burgers and fries and sandwiches. Blue plate specials at the restaurant include crab cake sandwich, BBQ pork sandwich with whiskey BBQ sauce, shrimp and grits and fish and chips. JG Domestic offers bar snacks and a full range of alcoholic products in the evenings, including a variety of domestic whiskeys and craft beers.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:45pm

Bar Menu: Monday-Friday: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 222-2363
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jose Garces
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Private party facilities
With the rustic meets modern décor and locally sourced cuisine, JG Domestic's unassuming event spaces are ideal for gatherings of business or the business of socializing. Indulge in the vast beverage list with a whiskey flight or beer tasting in the private room or bar area.
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Private party contact
Private Events: (888) 989-4030
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Catering
JG Domestic, Chef Garces’ beautiful restaurant located in the Cira Centre, can host large social or corporate events The ultra chic space boasts a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline. Enclosed by glass windows with a scenic view of Center City, the Cira Centre lobby can be swiftly transformed into an elegant venue for any memorable occasion such as a seated brunch, dinner, wedding or cocktail reception for up to 400 guests. For more information and to schedule a tour, please call our private events team at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
29th St at the Cira Center, adjacent to 30th Street Station
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Parking details
$12 Self-Parking after 5pm is available with validation in restaurant.
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Public transit
Adjacent to 30th Street Station and easily accessible via all Septa Regional Rail lines, as well as Amtrak.
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Special events & promotions
With the rustic meets modern décor and locally sourced cuisine, JG Domestic's unassuming event spaces are ideal for gatherings of business or the business of socializing. Indulge in the vast beverage list with a whiskey flight or beer tasting in the private room or bar area.

Private Dining Room 1
Capacity: 12 seated
Includes a view of the open kitchen

Private Dining Room 2
Capacity: 36 seated; 40 standing cocktail reception
- Features a flat-screen TV
- Ideal for business meetings and presentations

Non-private Communal Table
Capacity: 16 seated

Bar Area
Capacity: 40 standing cocktail reception

Full Restaurant
Capacity: 156

Full Restaurant with Cira Centre Atrium
Capacity: 250 seated / 400 standing reception.

Please call our private events team for more information at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.0
service
3.8
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3.7
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5.0Dined on January 22, 2011

Need a better cocktail menu......Other wise one of my favorite new restaurants! Great Food!!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2011

What you would come to expect from a Garces restaurant--great foot, original concepts, outstanding and informed wait staff and good wine list.A little pricey but well worth it.
A place to definitely revisit.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2011

Excellent food and drinks, with many standout items including the house cocktails, duck entree, steak, and the beignets.
However, JG is constrained by the fluctuating levels of service. Having spent $240 for dinner and drinks one would naturally assume that things like refilling water glasses, perhaps pouring the wine, waiting more than 20 minutes for dessert and bringing the bill would happen in a well paced fashion. This was not the case, and needs attention.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2011

Had a wonderful time at the restaurant. The food was terrific and the service was outstanding and attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2011

Simply put...this is perhaps one of the finest dining experiences I've ever had the opportunity to partake in. Their service was outstanding and the food was spectacular. You should not miss out on this culinary masterpiece.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2011

Enjoyed the delicious small plates

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2011

We were a party of 7 for lunch and the food was disappointing. After a few appetizers, 3 of us ordered the Big Eye Atlantic Tuna which is a misnomer. It was 3 small, 1 1/2" slices of tuna, no more than 1/8" thick served with overdressed greens. If the baby artichokes were in the salad, they were not apparent. The best bet at our table was probably the burger. The waitress said it was the same as Garces's Village Whiskey burger, which was one of the best burgers we ever had. JG Domestic's location is great, especially for us mainliners looking for an adventure, as it is located in the Cira building across from 30th street station. Unfortunately, the food was not good enough for us to want to return in the near future.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2011

Interesting concept of bistro bar in lobby of building. Fine for lunch, a drink or informal dinner. Food was interesting, smaller plates as advertised, and nicely served. Parking was discounted, which was nice. Still $11.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2011

Food and cocktails were very good. However, it definitely takes the "shared plates" concept too far; the boar and lamb were tasty but sharing a single cut of meat doesn't make any sense. The restaurant interior seemed fine, but where we sat at the front made us feel like we were eating in a mall food court. Tasty food, but not sure if we'd hurry back.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2011

We had an amazing meal. We loved everything that we ate (and we ate so many different things). The service was also excellent!! We have been to all of Jose Garces restaurants. I think that this is by far by favorite experience.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2011

Another winner from Jose. Food outstanding- pecans, slim jg, house smoked meats and pekin duck were stand-outs. Rub eye was great and larger then expected. Don't skip dessert if you can manage to save room. Our waitress and bus boy were super attentive, so much so my husband tipped our bus boy on the side. This space seems more spacious and not as cramped as his other places, as well as more laid- back, all in all 5 stars- will be back...it's also the perfect place to go if you're picking up someone at 30th st. station, just tell them to meet you at this bar, you'll be glad you did!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2011

Excellent food. The tables were a bit wide considering how loud the place is - would have preferred to be sitting closer so we wouldn't have to should, or hear our neighbors shouting to each other. The service was fantastic, and our server was very intuitive.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2011

Never met a Garces restaurant I didn't like.....and JG Domestic is no different. The hickory smoked pecans are additictive, lobster cappuccino was awesome, as were the marvesta prawns. I do have to disagree with the Inquirer's comment that the crab gratin was boring - that was my favorite - I thought it was amazing. Looking forward to going back.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2011

food was divine! Unique items served in the most exquisite manner! I loved the decor and the fact that there was parking so close. Our server was a bit dry and stumbled a lot over the menu, perhaps she was new. She should be excited and passionate about the food, it was wonderful!

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2011

They seem to still be finding their way. The food was unremarkable, unlike
other Garces establishments where the food is always special. I'm certainly going
to try again in a month or so as I have no doubt the wrinkles will be smoothed away.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2011

As a vegetarian, I found that there were only a few dishes that were fit for me. However, I really enjoyed the food that I could eat.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2011

Had lunch here on a very quiet, snowy day. Excellent salad. Only complaint was tables in lobby area are very bright due to natural light, almost a bit too much so.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2011

The food was incredibly inventive and delicious. Our service (especially our waiter) was outstanding. An excellent dining experience all the way around.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2011

Wonderful winter dinner with my family. After an overly sweet house cocktail (Pennsylvanian), we enjoyed interesting and reasonable wines by the glass (the rose and rose sparkler are both highly versatile and recommended). The food and service were even better. From the delicious buttermilk-dressed mixed greens followed by Alaskan octopus, with Persian lemon and jalepeno, and perfectly cooked lamb loin, to the as-good-as (better than?) Cafe du Monde beignets, we will return soon (or as soon as I can scare up $65/person)

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2011

as soon as we walked in the door we were treated like royalty by all (hostess,bartender,wait staff and Chef Dave.
we tried the chefs tastings AWSOME!! from the smoked pecans right through the lobster cappucino and into jidori chicken, with a few other dishes that had us dancing in our seats with delight. most definitly our new favorite place to enjoy the greatest dining experience in this town

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2011

As expected, Jose Garces has produced another winner!!
This is a great location for meeting others coming into the city by train, as you can just walk across the indoor bridge and never have to go out in the cold or fight the traffic.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2011

This was a weekday lunch with colleagues. The restaurant itself is visually appealing. The tables up front where we sat are very close together which made it difficult to get into and out of without butting (literally) up against the next table. The food was very good--not exceptional. My burger was tasty. The beignets were delicious! The service was good -- not exceptional. Our waitress could have been more attentive. In spite of some flaws, I'll go back.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2010

Find the location weird -- I'm guessing this is also why Rae had a problem.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2010

We went on New Years Eve and they were offering three different menus. 65, 75, and 95. We chose the $75.00 menu which included a lobster cappuccino, a Kobe carpaccio, and bacon pecans! Everything was so delicious. We were seated at a booth, and the benches were so close together. My boyfriend and I kept hitting each others knees and we were sitting all the way back in our chairs. All in all a great experience, but next time I'll sit at a table.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2010

I love all of Jose Garces Restaurants, however I was less then impressed with the food. i had the $95 pre fix menu for new years eve and my beef was so rare I was afraid to eat it. My oysters tasted like they had salt water still in them and my espresso was burnt. We also tried to get an earlier reservation and was told that they could try and squeeze me in earlier then I wanted and when we got there was practically no one in the restaurant until 9pm. I asked for a 7pm reservation but was told they could only do a 645. However we were probably one of 5 other couples at that time.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2010

Strange location in the lobby of an office building. Ate with 2 other guests for a 2:30 lunch. Service was slow and must have had a new able runner who kept delivering food to the wrong tables even though there were only guests at 3 tables.
-Shrimp Po' Boy: below average
-Shredded BBQ Pork w/ apple slaw: average; carried by unique slaw
-JGDomestic Burger: PROBABLY THE BEST HAMBURGER I HAVE EVER HAD
-Lobster Cappuccino: above average, but not worth $14 for a bowl. Would not accomodate a cup.
-Duck Fat Fries: average; what's the fuss about?
-Regular Fries: average

Overall, i don't see how this restaurant survives the year. Not exactly a destination location.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2010

It was the night of the Eagles-VIkings game so the place was fairly empty. The service was extraordinarily attentive and knowledgable. The food was sublime, especially the Lobster capuccino, Wagyu carpaccio, potted duck and (whole animal) rabbit. The chicken entree was massive but some of the other dishes were portioned very small.
The space is unfortunate (under an escalator in a lobby) but they are doing the best with it that is possible.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2010

With a range of fun, quirky, and creative dishes, JG Domestic is a foodie's delight. The most impressive menu items in our experience were the Bourbon dessert (to die for!), the squash and black kale, the crosnes and potato dumplings, and the sugar pumpkin croquettes (more a dessert than a side dish). The service was formal, but personable. We arrived early and they allowed us to move the reservation up a half hour. The light wood and greenery gave the ambiance a clean, tranquil quality in one of the more bustling portions of the city. It's only a hop, skip, and a jump from UPenn and Drexel, plus the offer a voucher for a reduced price on parking.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2010

Excellent food and unique selection

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2010

Chef Garces Iron chef holiday tasting was excellent!

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2010

outstanding food and service. would definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2010

Very good. Not a great selection, but everything I did have was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2010

we've been to 2 other Garces restaurants, by far this was the best exsperience, food was good & interesting. Standouts, lamb ribs, flatbread, chiken[oh the onions!], salad, just great, we'll be back soon, would love it if they offered one BYO nite, so that it's a bit more affordable more often.

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2010

Our experience was mixed. The food was mostly good...but we had to wait way to long in between dishes and courses. Our server offered us more breadsticks for the fondue, but brought them a good half and hour later, so the fondue was no longer hot AND we were charged for them! Often our server just disappeared. Also, the prices are too high for the portions and, sadly, for the quality of the dishes we had. The pheasant was tasty, but $28 is a lot for 1/2 a pheasant and some jus. The Raw Market cold plate also bombed. $18 for a few slices of fluke and, while the garnishes looked pretty, there was next to no taste on the plate. We might try lunch sometime, but won't be returning for dinner.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2010

A fantastic treat as we sampled the chef's Iron Chef meal of sparkling wine. Excellent food, excellent wine and a very cordial staff from management through to bus boys.

We will definitely try another of Chef garces restaurants.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2010

Looks like another winner for Jose Garces. A number of unfamiliar things on the menu, which may seem a little "high falutin" for an all-American restaurant. But the servers were good about explaining, even though a few of them struggled with pronunciation of some of the items. Larger portions than we expected, so 11 "small plates" was too much for 3 people.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2010

Excellent service at lunch on Friday, wonderful food, nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2010

Garces' new venture is a vast improvement over its predecessor in this space. Offers some of the best menu items from his other establishments, without the wait!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2010

Came here for a Work lunch! Everything was great, food and service! I will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2010

Food was well prepared and delicious. Among the best in Philly. However, in comparing the featured tasting menu to the iron chef battle, certain dishes were omitted. For example, missing were one of the appetizer / wine blini pairings, the ceviche/granita and the cava honey on the dessert. Would have liked to have the full meal as seen on tv, as advertised. Overall, looking forward to the next featured iron chef meal.

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