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About Kensington Quarters

Kensington Quarters is a full-service restaurant & bar that is centered around whole animal butchery and serving ingredients from the region’s most dedicated farmers producing responsibly-raised, natural products with minimal interruption. It is located along a bustling corridor of Fishtown alongside many popular shops, cafes and nightlife spots.Chef Damon Menapace prepares his rustic farmhouse-style cuisine and writes his menus based on what’s fresh and seasonally available from his farm partners.

1310-12 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Lunch: Friday: 12pm-3pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
Frankford Ave and Thompson Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 314-5086

Website:
http://kensingtonquarters.com/

Catering:
by request: info@kensingtonquarters.com

Parking Details:
ParkAmerica Parking lot on Front Street, between Thompson St & Master St
(1 block away from the restaurant)

Public Transit:
2 blocks from the Frankford & Girard subway stop in the Blue Line

Executive Chef:
Damon Menapace

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We will be serving a prix fixe dinner menu for $75pp, along with a $30 wine pairing. A limited a la carte menu will be available at both bars.

Kensington Quarters Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for a Date (22)
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Local Ingredients (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Fun (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Great Beer (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Seasonal (11)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

Anniversary. Thank you for the complimentary glasses of champagne! Everything was amazing!

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·Dined 5 days ago

quite good. food wonderful and the authentic feel of the decor

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

great food....a little tight on the seating in the back room

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Pork shoulder was amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good ambiance, good cocktails, but ultimately the food isn’t very good. I’ve been to Kensington Quarters a few times now and I don’t think I’ll be back. Last time I was there was for brunch and I ordered an overpriced cocktail (to their credit, it was well made) and the breakfast sandwich which consisted of some flavorless, chewy beef and was supposed to have kimchi but what I got was more of a slaw. Something about a soft egg and cole slaw that just doesn’t go together. Pretty gross sandwich. A friend who I was there with spent some time wrestling with a pork shoulder before sending it back. It had so much connective tissue that a steak knife could not get through it. My gripe about the sandwich may just be a personal thing but when you advertise meat as your big seller and serve someone a cut that is completely inedible, that’s a pretty big mistake. As a hunter and someone familiar with butchering large animals, the meat we were served was better suited for a grind pile rather than what we got.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Super salty burger! I could only eat half. Food took a long time and the desert we wanted sold out (and we were there for an early dinner). The only reason I give them a 3 is the vegetables were very good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Run, do not walk. Outstanding in every way. We especially loved the burger and the swordfish was phenomenal. Cool ambiance and lovely service. Highly recommend.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing locally sourced meats and produce with the most unique and thoughtful wine list in the city. My husband and I love Kensington Quarters and just brought my entire family (4 year old nephew included) to dinner. Everyone was blown away with food and service- especially how accommodating they were to our 4 year old diner. Can not recommend this place enough!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

It is a carnivore’s delight. The mixed grill is great for large groups though my favorite item was the pasta with meat ragu and chard. Cocktails were excellent as well.

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, great service, KQ remains excellent for steak and pretty much any other kind of meat (mixed grille contains sirloin, spiced beef, goat skewer, kielbasa, Hungarian sausage, duck, chicken, and more). Also great pastas and veggie sides. Some items are pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food! Great menu! Great cocktails! Waiter helped with any questions we had and the plates were perfectly sized that we could order all the things we wanted to try, but it was the right amount of food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was outstanding! The service was good but a little overwhelming. Everything happened very fast. The appetizer came out before our wine. It seemed like everyone was in a rush. Would definitely return if I was ever in the neighborhood again.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our experience was great! We had a party of 4 adults and 2 kids (5 and 2). We all enjoyed our food; salad, entries and desserts. Our server was perfectly attentive. The space, and the neighborhood, itself has a fun atmosphere. (The only slightly confusing issue was that they offer highchairs but don't provide changing are in the restrooms.)

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Recently had brunch at KQ. The standout of the restaurant is the food. Highlights are the burger, and Pork Eggs Benedict. My friend thought the bacon was stellar!

Here are the downsides: hostess stand. Was acknowledged when we arrived and then stood for at least 10 minutes while the hostess sat the patrons ahead of us.

The server, although nice, was extremely slow. She didn’t deliver drinks quickly, requests for refills of coffee were either slow or ignored. We wish we could have had more beers or mimosas - but the server didn’t offer.

While I’ve been to KQ before for happy hour and that was a good experience, with other locations in the area for brunch, I’e Mulherins, Cheu, not certain I’ll be back for brunch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Such a great spot! Everything was absolutely outstanding. We’ll be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, People Watching
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The crispy potatoes and cherry grove baked Brie were superb, as was the swordfish,

However, the aged ribeye at $75 was not as tender as I expected given the price and reputation of KQ as a fine purveyor of meat. Furthermore, the 24 oz serving (which is presented sliced) was very undercooked (we had ordered Medium) and had to be sent back to the oven. While the staff handled the miscue sympathetically, I am surprised that the ribeye would have been served very rare given the specialization of the restaurant. I’ll return since the swordfish was amazing and the potatoes the best I’ve ever had!

Next time we will try the hamburger instead!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was absolutely outstanding. My husband & I ordered the Mixed Grill, which is a plate that features "all the meats" from the menu. Our waitress warned us that it would probably be too much food for just two people, but we were curious enough about trying all of the meats that we ordered it anyway. They were kind enough to separate the meat (one sausage) that contained gluten since I'm sensitive to it. It was a fantastic meal and we brought home leftovers for the next day's breakfast. Can't wait to return someday soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best vegetables I have ever eaten in a restaurant. The pork chop was very big, but parts of it were tough. The vegetables were amazing. The pork chop was disappointing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was spectacular. As a vegetarian I normally lower my expectations for a animal protein focused restaurant but the options and the dishes were great.

The wait time was ridiculous. It took two full hours for dinner - and the restaurant was nearly empty. It was very disappointing. Especially because the dessert menu looked great. But after an excruciating wait for everything- being seated, having our order taken and waiting for the meal to arrive - we were exhausted from being there and needed to get out!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great meal. Our poor waitress seemed spread too thin and we felt bad for her. The entire staff, including our over-stretched waitress, were very nice. Bartender and manager were great, too. I chalk it up to an off night and will definitely be back. The swordfish was the best I've ever had. And the potatoes were to die for.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

2nd time. nice area that's up and coming. Service was great

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Came here with family and friends and everyone had a great experience. Even my vegetarian wife was able to find three menu items that worked for her. We ordered the meat plate ($100) which served four, as well as several appetizers and additional sides. The waiter politely suggested that the meat plate came with sides, but we wanted to try almost everything. It was good of him to advise that we might be ordering too much, but, respectfully, he had never seen us eat before. We had no trouble finishing.

We enjoyed a round of cocktails, a bottle of wine, and brandy at the end. Everything was spot on. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

After sitting for at least 15-20 minutes without any acknowledgement I was starting to get annoyed. We were thinking of leaving but I had heard so much about the place. So my first wine took the edge off for the wait of the food but my glass did not last and again I was without food or drink for at least another 20-30 minutes. It's a shame I think the vibe is great and the food was wonderful but the wait staff was absolutely awful! The waitress would come over with a big grin like everything was normal. It took everything I had to tell her to forget the smiling at everyone and get her butt moving. It was a very frustrating experience. I am not sure if I would give it another shot.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed a night out and a great meal. They did a great job of accommodating us being late as parking was tough but we went South of Girard and found lots of parking.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent in every way.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great and the service was exceptional! Have not seen an operation run so smoothly. The people are clearly well trained and appear to love working there. Can’t say enough about our experience!

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

There was one item on the entire menu that could be for a vegetarian guest. The staff was unhelpful with this request, and let me eat some bread and baked cheese for dinner. The food that the meat eaters got was okay, but not anything amazing, especially for a butcher. Very disappointing yet expensive meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Overall, very good. Party of 7 was pleased. Service was outstanding.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

My daughter and I went here to celebrate her 30th birthday. Everything about it was awesome-from the food to the service. We will be back!!!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We were visiting from Virginia and came upon this gem. Loved it! Can’t wait to visit again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent service and a really fun atmosphere with a great back patio and a visible butcher room. The food was really good too. We'll be back - I've heard great things about the brunch.

Tags: Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Made a reservation for a Saturday evening after discovering how great their Sunday brunch is. We were excited to finally try their dinner. I ordered the special which was a suckling pig and my date ordered a pasta dish. My entire dish was honestly disgusting. It was way too salty to eat. I saw the reviews on here saying the same thing but I thought they were overreacting. However, our drinks were nice and the service wasn't bad. The best part was the charcuterie plate. Just beware the entrees.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Outstanding restaurant. The waitress was very helpful in helping us decide on an entree. She was first class. Also, the food was delicious. We had the roast duck and it was superb. Highly recommended restaurant if you are ever in the Philadelphia area.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, People Watching, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Would definitely come back here again. Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Anxious to come back and try other menu items.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent service! Very attentive staff from what was possibly the owner/manager to the waiter to the bus people. Food was amazing and well prepared. The plates were portioned so the table could share. The pricing was more than reasonable as well. All around an incredible experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Very nice ambiance, good food, the range of selections is not all that great. Good place for Meaties!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This was the perfect location to enjoy great food and still be able to have conversations with the people you're with. Our server was pleasant and attentive and the food was unique and delicious! The whole experience was outstanding!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fantastic meal, wine list & great service! Highly recommend KQ

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had been once before & had a wonderful brunch: the best hamburger & pulled pork sandwich in recent memory! However, this dinner we were not so lucky. Loudness was tolerable but the music was irritating & didn't help. We shared charcuterie plate which we felt sausage was overly smokey/salty. Then for dinner I had the duck which was delicious but too salty. My husband had pork shoulder (& greens which were so salty he couldn't eat them). The pork shoulder itself was very well cooked (moist & tender) but too smokey & overpowering. Portions were not terribly large & we were for the price not enough to satisfy. Probably won't go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Went to Kensington Quarters for my son's 18th birthday - he is a foodie and meat lover - the mixed grill did not disappoint!!! The spicy carrots were delicious but for the price it would have been nice to get at 2 or 3 more slices on the plate - Beef tartare was perfect especially with the homemade potato crisps - I wish I could have ordered a bag of them to take home

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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