Kensington Quarters

4.5
519 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kensington Quarters will be offering a 4 course Prix Fixe menu for $85 per person. A limited a la carte menu will be available at the bar.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 519 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is absolutely declicious. The small charcuterie board was a perfect start for my date and I, followed by a KQ burger each. Also got a beer and a mixed drink, all totaling to $98 including tip which is a great price considering the quality of the food. Highly recommend to those looking for a good atmosphere and delicious, top-notch food!

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MC
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continue to be impressed every time we go. Never a disappointment. Menu changes seasonally - the short ribs were delicious! The service is second to none. The staff always greets you with warmth and smiles.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food. Portions a bit smaller than I like.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

This was the second weekend in a row we came for brunch at Kensington Quarters. The service today left much to be desired. On several occasions we tried to get the attention of an employee and were unable to. We had to ask for more coffee and drink refills several times. It took well over 45 minutes to get our food. No one checked on us after our food was finally brought to us. At the end of the meal we were awkwardly checked on but at that point there was nothing to be saved of the experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Slow service

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Army-Navy family get-together. Servers were friendly and accomidating. Food was amazing- perfectly cooked, fresh, tender meat- all different kinds. Swedt potatoes and brussel sprouts were special!

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the beet plate. The combination of the beets and cheese were delectable! We shared the pork sample next and that dish was perfectly tender. I can’t wait to go back!

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CC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overall a bit disappointed that Kensington Quarters didn’t live up to the hype. The pork tasting, arguably what they are supposed to do best, was a big let down. The meats were dry, bland, and forgettable. The best dish of the night was the excellent agnolotti. My husband, who has been there before during the week, and loved it, suggested that the drop in quality was perhaps attributed to the bustle of a Friday night service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting together with friends means sharing the mixed grill- a little bit of everything on the menu that night. Kensington never disappoints!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were given complimentary champagne because we were celebrating an anniversary and the service was excellent even aside from that.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service; thanks!!

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BR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We go here often, as it is in my son's neighborhood. I love the food selection. Excellent meats. My trout was cooked to perfection, with a crispy skin and delicious side dish. The mushroom toast was a little skimpy on the mushrooms, but had excellent flavor. Nice selection of cocktails, and after dinner aromatics. And the basil ice cream hit the spot. Wonderful flavors.

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FD
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Way too loud. Getting tired of shouting at every restaurant anymore. If you're going to use nothing but hard surfaces you need some noise cancellation materials please! Had the trout entree - rice was way too salty, turnips were nice, trout was fine, but $25 price tag was very high. Dish was the size of a small plate. Sheesh. Basil ice cream and chocolate pudding were very good but not worth $10/each.

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M
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is the 3rd time we've had dinner at Kensington Quarters. Food and drink are both great, inventive. Noisy but fun. Our only gripe was the size of the pour of the glass of wine and cider we had - rather small. But we'll definitely be back.

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NR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My 2nd visit. Obviously this place has lost a good bit of its original vibe. It was once a very difficult reservation to get. Now it was not overly busy on a Saturday night.

Food is okay. Nothing spectacular but outrageously overpriced for what it is.

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p
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but the menu is VERY limited. Would have preferred more meat and fish entrees

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DN
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place I can definitely recommend for smaller groups, food is very tasty. Upcoming neighborhood.

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U
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere! Food was delicious we started with small plates of mushroom toast, fried chicken and Brussel sprouts. Fried chicken had a little heat that enhanced the chicken. Brussel sprouts had green beans that gave the dish an unexpected layer of flavor-really good. We ordered the mixed grill entree and it would have fed all 4 of us easily. The entree was delicious and the home made sausage and kielbasa were some of best I’ve tasted. Service was spot on! Highly recommend Kensington Quarters!

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l
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great burger here. Great wine list too with lots of natural wines! Will definitely be back again soon.

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V
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Great service. Interesting cocktails. Generous desserts. Never tasted duck so well prepared.

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails, great food - we were notified that our food would be a bit late because of an over cooked entree that was being refired. Appreciate the consideration and expectation of great food!

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MP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pretty good restaurant. The specialty drinks were great. The food was good, not outstanding for the price.

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W
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at KQ. Outside seating is comfortable and private. We ordered smaller sized plates, which made our dinner very reasonable and avoided the “full” feeling from large servings. Everything was flavorful and cooked perfectly. Great drink, wine, and beer selections.

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t
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food, small portions, but appropriate, great decor, staff was superb.

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JM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most outstanding meal was the Ribeye with potatoes. Superb!
The hardest part was leaving room for it all.
We are all still in a meat coma

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Only negative was that with the back door open, there were many flies inside

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JL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Burger and fried potatoes were amazing. Great cocktails and beer selection. Outside seating is great if the weather is cooperating.

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B
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the meat locker with windows -
Definitely for carnivores...

Spicy beef and kimchi very nice small plate ... great salad ...

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food either bland (pasta) or too salty (fish). Great service, but food was lacking

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a brunch reservation for a large party (12 adults, 2 children) and were accommodated at two tables, right next to each other. This set-up worked well and we were able to interact, as the tables are close. The service was excellent, our waiter was efficient and kind. Would love to go back and sit on the outdoor patio! Food was amazing!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family from out of town come for Sunday brunch and with 12 people plus 2 children, Kensington Quarters was perfect. They accommodated us at two large tables next to each other. The food was amazing, beverages were great as well! Our family will rave about this outing for some time :)

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L
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't rave about this place more. The service was one of the best experiences we have had in dining. The minute we walked in and were greeted and treated well. The bartenders knew how to suggested drinks and were attentive. We shared the mixed meats between 4 people and everything was cooked perfect and delicious. I can't recommend this place more.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Really not impressed with food and prices. Awkward kind of restaurant. More a hangout place to drink it seems.

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TL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kensington Quarters was a great dining experience! From the moment you walk in the restaurant you smell a certain aroma that makes you instantly famished. Our waiter took care in handling a member of our party with a black pepper allergy and helped pick out an entree. Food came out quick and hot and was fantastic.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food ! Service was so wonderful and workers were extremely welcoming and kind.

Loved the atmosphere of the place.

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HW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kensington Quarters is dedicated to sourcing from local farms and consistently produces great food with great ingredients. Staff is always professional and friendly. Great atmosphere, great place.

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CG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really enjoyable evening and we will definitely return.

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HE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! Service excellent, and food even better. Note: the fried potatoes are to die for.

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. They did nothing for it

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