Kensington Quarters

4.6
454 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(267) 314-5086
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Damon Menapace
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Catering
by request: info@kensingtonquarters.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Frankford Ave and Thompson Street
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Parking details
ParkAmerica Parking lot on Front Street, between Thompson St & Master St
(1 block away from the restaurant)
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Public transit
2 blocks from the Frankford & Girard subway stop in the Blue Line
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
454 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
72%
Very Good
20%
Good
5%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was beyond excellent! Food and ambience and cocktail menu was fantastic

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal at Kensington Quarters! 4 of us for brunch, all us were raving what a delicious meal. Portions were the perfect size, great service, cool atmosphere...what else could you ask for?!?! The GM, Tim, ROCKS!!! Always look forward to returning to KQ!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and they brought us out champagne for our anniversary

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Philadelphia
1.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

The small plates are delicious but the entrees are overpriced which I’ve heard from many people. I got the seared tuna and it was extremely over cooked and a very small thin cut for what it typically is. We told them it was over cooked and they basically just responded that’s unfortunate

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambience of the store is very nice and high ceiling gives openness. It was quite on the Sunday morning but service was slow. I wouldn’t have minded usually but almost 50 minutes preparation for three dishes in near empty place seemed to be too long. The food was good overall but pork shoulder on Benedict was a bit too salty for me.

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New York Area
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food Hostess very helpful in finding just the right table. Great for carnivores

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TG
Minneapolis
2.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Kensington Quarters was highly rated on OpenTable but unfortunately I found myself underwhelmed with my experience. I ordered the KQ Burger and mushroom toast from the happy hour menu, the crispy potatoes, heirloom carrots and the apple fritters. I started with a drink and asked for a Coke. I was served an off-brand cola which is sacrilege for anyone who loves Coke as much as I do. When I ask for a Coke, I want a Coke, not a Pepsi and definitely not some obscure brand Cola. The mushroom roast was great but unfortunately for me, the KQ Burger I was served had cheese when I had asked for no cheese, and the brioche bun was dry, definitely not worth writing home about. The worst part of the meal were the heirloom carrots, apparently the previous version of this dish that had received rave reviews was spicy but the summer version served [with dill and mint] was bland and undercooked, and I left most of it untouched. The highlight of the meal were the apple fritters which were delicious. The service was lackluster especially since I complained about the cheese on my Burger but the server never returned to tell me why they had got the order wrong. Will not be returning

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G
Philadelphia
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Average food that is a little overpriced. Nice ambience. Good seating availability.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a neighborhood gem. great food, great wait staff professional friendly courteous knowledgeable and passionate about the food they serve. we had dinner before going to see a show at the Fillmore. The Fillmore is within walking distance. the menu is eclectic and fun. our waitress gina h was very attentive, friendly and very passionate about the menu, she sold on the special for the evening and it was great. the manager stopped by our table and was very pleasant and proud of the restaurant. the open kitchen is fun theater and while we didn't have a drink at the bar it looked fun and a great place to eat as well. if you love food, love people passionate about food you will love Kensington Quarters . i cant wait to go back again.

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was over-priced & has a very limited menu. The food was good, but we agreed we would probably never go back. There are so many options in Philadelphia, there's no need.

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New England
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been wanting to try Kensington Quarters for quite some time now, and was very excited to finally get to go. The expectations were very high and they were sadly not met. Though the dining experience was okay, and the food did taste very good the service we received wasn’t great at all. On coming in no one was at the host stand, we had reservations made but there was no one to seat us. It took us standing there for almost 10 minutes just waiting at the stand staring out into the restaurant until finally the bar tender came over. They asked us if we were waiting or had a reservation and before we could answer assumed we were just waiting. Luckily my brother cut in and mentioned we did in fact have a reservation and we were finally seated. After being seated it took quite a while for someone to come get our drink orders but once those were finally put in and we were able to order food the service was more attentive throughout the remainder of our meal. I enjoyed the meal but I didn’t absolutely love it like I wanted to. Especially for paying $20 for a burger. I wanted it to be the best burger I’ve had in Philly and it was just kind of good. The carbonara and the pork shoulder were enjoyed by the rest of the party. And the dark chocolate pudding was very rich and was a great dessert.

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service! Great food! Our first time trying this out. A la Anthony Bourdain we aren't huge brunch people but this brunch was awesome. The steak and eggs were really good. Everyone loved their meal.

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MC
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come for the delicious food, great cocktails and are always blown away at the service. Our server was there only 2 months and it seemed like she was there since the beginning. Friendly, helpful, on point. Candace - and her cocktails always make the meal extra special.

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JA
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food portion is small, hence making it pricey. Overall, its a really nice place for a date and friends to hang out

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with for a brunch outing with husband and family. I had a reservation and was seated promptly. Everyone was attentive, food was great and so were the drinks. This is our new favourite spot.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our party loved everything except the monkfish which was fishy. The drink menu was different and fun and the appetizers were inventive and yummy! I had the pork entree and it was tender, juicy and delicious! Others in our party thought the chicken was the best main course.
The outdoor patio was spot on with attractive plantings, lighting and comfy furniture.
We will definitely make the patio a “go-to” for the summer!

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Las Vegas
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We eat out a lot, and we’re pretty easy to please. Therefore I don’t usually write reviews, but this place was excellent! The food was really good. We ordered the fried chicken as an appetizer and the meat plate as an entree for the three of us to share. It was $100 and at first sounded like a trap, but my son wanted it and the waitress highly recommended it. Totally worth it. It came with several items of beef and a few vegetables for good measure. Every piece was excellent. It was the three of us and we had leftovers to take home, so probably too much for date night, unless one of you is a lineman for the Eagles. Service was very attentive and we found a parking lot around the corner.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my bf's parents here they loved it. It's a cool place with good food especially the meat! They made a mistake in our order so we got complimentary pudding which was incredible! Awesome service.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience. I've been here for work dinners and dates, never let down. The service is superb, and I have yet to find a dish not experly prepared.

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J
Los Angeles
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised by the quality and selection and great simple seasonings and flavors.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A surprising addition to the list of "foodie" restaurants in Philadelphia. The menu is limited but inventive. The chef succeeds in blending ingredients that do not usually live together into a vibrant, sophisticated and tasty meal. Among the highlights of the meal were fried chicken, grilled lettuce and the seared tuna entree. A more varied wine list would help complete this marvelous addition to the Philly food scene.

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Orlando
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were great. Our server was a bit inattentive and forgot a couple items but overall I would go again.

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M
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went here for my anniversary dinner. It was lovely, the food was great and so was the service. I enjoyed everything we ordered. They even brought us a glass of prosecco to celebrate. The restaurant itself was cute and clean.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow...so good! Really nicely prepared and amazing taste and flavor. Our server was top notch and helpful in her reccomendations.

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice lunch good quality burgers and charcuterie. Service was fine. Wines overpriced both bottle and glass. Room became too loud with one boisterous table nearby. Hard to hold a conversation.

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Philadelphia
2.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Inconsistent cooking temperature of veggies, had the suckling pig special which wasn’t - very heavy on the mustard. Charcuterie plate was good, would order again.

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Cincinnati
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My colleagues and I had a great time at Kensington Quarters. All around the food and service was great. We had a few small plates and shared the large meat plate. The plate was more than enough for the four of us and was s great way to taste the myriad of meats that are provided by this former butcher shop. Definitely a great place to visit if your near the Fishtown area.

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BM
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at K. Q. We had an early dinner before a concert. Fun place with good food. The service was exceptional.

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Toronto
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went specifically for the burger - which I had read was excellent - while I was in town for a couple days. I dined alone at 9:30 pm on a week day, so can’t speak to usual ambience when it’s busy, but service was excellent and the burger was truly delicious - juicy, cooked perfectly, and so flavourful. Savoured every bite. Would return without a doubt.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was outstanding. Great food and service. I would love to go again.

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GL
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for Mother's Day Brunch. The food there is so fresh and prepared so well. Each dish is well balanced. The foods are sourced from local bakers, farmers, and the meats are right from there, I mean it’s a butcher shop and the meat is done right there. Such wonderful flavors. The staff is excellent and professional. It’s a very crisp and clean looking place, yet you feel right at home. We were under a speaker and we could still speak normally, just so thoughtful of their customers. The beer list was outstanding. Our new favorite place. Seriously, you like really good food, great beer (wine’s not to shabby either) and professional staff, go here.

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MN
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are always great, been many times and they never disappoint!

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JE
4.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Would have enjoyed more of a selection of beers. We thought the wine list was much too long and the beer list much too short. :)

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. One of my favorites in Philadelphia!

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D
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent! It great sitting outside. The service is fantastic.

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SW
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this blind for a Bachelor Party dinner in the Kensington area. We could not have been more pleased. The food was phenomenal. We ordered 2 of the Meat Platters for our table and everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The Potatoes and Fried Chicken were all the rage as well. Service was incredible, I can't wait to go back.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great. Food.
Great. Service.
Very accommodating and food-allergy friendly.

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PL
Philadelphia
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

4 of us split the mixed grill, which was basically a massive platter of meat and vegetables for $100. Such a great value. Our table was a little late being ready, so we got cocktails at the bar, which were amazing. Worth the visit.

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FF
Philadelphia
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lunch with friends. Food was great!

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an enjoyable meal. Three of us shared all the plates. They were all outstanding, from the beet salad, to the fusili pasta dish, mushroom toast, and duck breast. Still hungry, we ordered the fried chicken! Then shared dessert.
Tim Kweeder (sorry if I misspelled that) picked out a lovely Zweigelt red wine to go with everything and it was perfect.

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