Kensington Quarters

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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 Matt Harper prepares his rustic farmhouse-style cuisine and writes his menus based on what’s fresh and seasonally available from his farm partners.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kensington Quarters will be offering a 4 course Prix Fixe menu for $85 per person with an optional wine pairing. A limited a la carte menu will be available in the bar area only.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to this restaurant before and the food is always super tasted as are the cocktails. I made a reservation for a large group and called ahead since one person in our party was vegan. They noted it in our reservation and mentioned it on the phone when they called to confirm. When we arrived at the restaurant the wait staff worked with my friend and the kitchen to craft a bespoke dish that she loved and when we ordered starters to share the wait staff consulted with her on how and what to modify with the apps to accommodate her. Overall our entire party was super thrilled with their meal and no one felt like they had to compromise!

JK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Our waitress was really nice and gave excellent recommendations for my dietary restrictions.

PH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was tasty, atmosphere was great. Server was rude, didn't even crack a smile, and barely spoke to us throughout our visit. Portions were far too small - we all left hungry!

D
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our meal at Kensington Quarters! Our table ordered a variety of small plates, a pasta, and a few mains and shared and enjoyed every single dish! The only (mild) disappointment was dessert. The selection was small, and the one we ordered to share (chocolate pudding) was fine but not up to the level of the rest of the meal.

t
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish. Beer list and cocktails were interesting and good! The service was timely and friendly. The food was fantastic. The prices were reasonable. Will definitely be back.

DP
Philadelphia
140 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The KQ was very good. Service was top notch and ambiance is cool. Decent layout, and overall enjoyable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately our meals and coffee were all cold! All of the flavors were great though. Love this place and I’ve never had a bad meal, but today wasn’t the day :(

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very pleasantly surprised! Highly recommended.

OT
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, highlighted by a squash salad, beet salad, gnocchi and best in philly burger!!!

PG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was delicious and service was great.

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. The decor and ambience is really great, welcoming yet trendy. The servers were all extremely friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and products, with good suggestions. The food was spectacular - the MP ribeye was expensive, but completely worth it, cooked perfectly and the lamb sausage was incredible. We would definitely go back.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service amazing, food amazing. Really good restaurant! Only thing is portions are a bit small.

OT
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with innovative flavors and outstanding service! Can’t wait to go back

C
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Im not sure if it was sitting outside that caused the issues or not, but our service was poor. We were never told that there were any specials and came to find out that there was. Also our waitress dissapeared for a while in the middle of our meal. The pasta we ordered actually came out after our other main, which didnt make much sense either, almost as if it was forgotten. Our steak came out cold, and the sides came out after we had already had the steak for about 10 mins. The food was good, but would need to see improvements in service to come back.

ND
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food, service was good. Expensive, coffee service was abysmal.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, gorgeous patio, lovely wait staff.

LB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent! 👍

BB
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This was our first time at Kensington Quarters and we had been looking forward to it. When we walked in, we were impressed by the friendly vibe, views of the butchers at work in the meat locker, chefs at work in the kitchen, and a local crowd dining amicably. Our table on the first floor was nicely located and we were anticipating a good meal. Unfortunately, all of our meals fell short. First, the charcuterie appetizer was meager, not tasty, and uninspiring. Next, the pasta platter was small with just four tortellinis, a few cut up vegetables, and too much sauce. The hamburgers were tasty, but at $20, not a good value. The potatoes that accompanied the hamburger were the best item in our meal, and were quite delicious. Overall, though, we felt our meals were not a good value; the food was not appetizing, and we wouldn't return.

DG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience we had! We had listed on our reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and they really went out of their way to make my husband feel special! We enjoyed a few appetizers which were all incredible! They were still running the meat and 3 Wednesday special which was so great! My husband got a steak. All of the food was cooked perfectly! The wine was great. The staff could not have been more helpful, pleasant, and kind. We thought this would be too pricy and a special occasion that we'd be unlikely to repeat. After such a great experience I know we will be back!

AD
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting new spot in a fun neighborhood. Food is excellent and service is attentive and knowledgeable.

EL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent a beautiful fall evening on the garden styled back patio. The staff lighted candled lanterns as the sun set that lent coziness to the surroundings. We arrived just as happy hour was ending, but were offered the opportunity to order from the happy hour menu. We tried the scrapple and fell in love with the salty crunchy savory bites. And all agreed the pate on the charcuterie plate was some of the best we have had. I ordered a burger, my table mates ordered the duck and tile fish respectively. My burger was delicious - juicy and flavorful, but the duck and tile fish entrees were outstanding. No need to get fancy drinks, the house wine is food friendly and reminiscent of something you would be served with your meal in a small European cafe, exceptionally good without pretension. The entire staff was friendly and attentive. Kensington Quarters absolutely deserves its spot in Philly Mag's Top 50 Philly restaurants.

PH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, but the service was extraordinary. Friendly vibes, great atmosphere, the bartender made me feel very welcome and right at home for Saturday brunch. Definitely a good visit, and will go again next time I am in town.

KR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for brunch

Nice beer selection

w
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place.....would recommend, especially if you are a meat lover

s
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

nice place in fishtown...park on street...good service....good for meateaters which unfortunately I am not....

l
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I could eat the chef's dirty farro for breakfast, lunch and dinner! And that's not even a main course! The duck breast is superb, as is the market-priced ribeye. The sear on the ribeye is amazing. The waitstaff is very attentive and helpful. KQ is my favorite restaurant in the city.

DS
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We liked this place a lot; great ambience and good food. But we ordered the tasting menu and didn't feel like it was a great value. If you go, I'd recommend you pick what you'd like from the menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Took 40 minutes to have our drinks brought to us. Everyone's good was sooo salty. 3 of us that had a steak or burger was all under cooked! Potato cakes so to speak were flipped over so you couldn't tell they were burnt!! But it was nice of the manager to come out and tell us that every place cooks meat differently and she would do us a do us a favor and shave 10 % off!. Ok! Disappointed and dissatisfied!

KT
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious! Maybe the best burger I've ever had. The "large" charcuterie plate was not larger. The wine (by the glass) was so so. It took our friend almost 30 minutes to get ONE signature cocktail, and the place wasn't even busy. Said the bartender was "backed up" - it's 1 drink. I would give it another chance because the burger was so good.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated in the garden, it was a beautiful night. Goat cheese tortellini and ham tasting were fantastic, as was the drink list. Kq burger is deserving of its reputation.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great diverse menu. Food & service was excellent.

RO
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal there. Best small beer list in the city (Tim’s influence). Nick was great server.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service.

MB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great devices. Excellent quality food.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible

CA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Amazing experience tonight at Kensington Quarters. Our service was amazing, along with the food (seriously we did not have one bad thing). We did not know that they had a happy hour, and are so happy we stumbled upon this gem. Excellent healthy, but yet still hearty food and proportions. Cocktails on their happy hour were excellent. We also got to see the meat being cut while we were dining - what an awesome experience! Can’t wait to dine here again.

SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Must have been an off night in the kitchen! Dinner with the wife and kids. Steaks were not cooked to requested temperatures and had to be returned TWICE. Waitress tried to make up for it by offering free desserts. Unfortunately, desserts weren’t very good. Overall dining experience was very disappointing. Will not be returning.

JR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter suggested this place for brunch and I was not disappointed.
I ordered their eggs Benedict that included fresh sliced ham and the best potato I have had in a long time. The eggs were cooked to perfection and hollandaise sauce was delicate and smooth.
The ham was moist, not to salty. Service great and attentive.

I want to go back for dinner the next time I’m in Philadelphia.

OT
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service! Burger was one of the best in philly!

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