Kunkel's Seafood & Steakhouse

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The Kunkel family was introduced to the restaurant business in 1979, when Carol & John purchased a well established luncheonette located on Kings Highway in Audubon, called Del"s Luncheonette. The family lived above the business and our children were exposed to the restaurant business at a very early age. Family has always been one of the key ingredients to our success in every restaurant that we have owned or have operated since then. The feel of family is evident throughout Kunkel's, from the moment you walk in the door and are greeted by Carol, all the way to the kitchen where son Justin is preparing some of our great meals. You feel at home in our cozy dining room featuring two fireplaces and mahogany and painted woodwork throughout, which was designed and built by John. Please visit our website for additional Catering and Special events menu options https://www.kunkels.com/Home
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SN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We try things. You don't know what you'll find. Kunkel's was a find! Walking in the place is warm, people plus two fireplaces! Seated quickly, staff was attentive but we did not feel rushed. Our server answered questions and gave great suggestions. I'll try and take you course by course. Shrimp Cocktail...they were chilled but still warm inside because they were just cooked. Extra Large and very tasty, my Potato Leek and Chorizo Soup - BAM! You could taste everything in the bowl, flavor from the sausage compliments not distracts. Garden Salad with HOMEMADE balsamic (very tasty, not just vinegar and Oil), I opted for the Wedge with the special, again homemade, dressing. Lettuces and plates were both cold, but not the same temp, the salad was prep fresh and not pulled out of the walk in from earlier in the day. We're getting the vibe, this isn't fast fancy food it's made to order amazing food with great flavors. We're looking at each other in the "Did we just find a good place" manner. Main's to come...crossing fingers!!!

Mains arrive, Red Snapper with a wonderfully light white sauce. FISH COOKED PERFECTLY! The menus states all-butter, but it's not JUST butter. The chef understands the way to add an ingredient without crowding all the others off the plate. Delicate balance...wow. I had a Pancko and Dijon Pork Tenderloin special with a Apple and crazin white sauce, I know what your thinking - what the heck were you thinking ordering all that on one plate from somewhere you've never been before. The dish was amazing, first bite the pork was tenderized well cooked perfectly and had a wonderful crispy crust that covered and not smothered the meat. Sauce again was flavorful but not overpowering.

Not much left but dessert. NY Style Cheesecake, made in house along with all the other desserts except for the ice cream. But my favorite of all ends the review with three words, for those who love the dish well made.

Rice Pudding...YUM.

LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here and it will definitely not be our last. The food was outstanding and the service was as well. Our waitress "Denise the niece" is actually a family member of this establishment and was very friendly, knowledgeable and made the experience feel like we were dining with family.

EZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was warm and friendly and the food was presented well and very flavorful.

UD
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Reasonably priced but seem to be lacking something , maybe kitchen or serving staff ? A larger party was present . Slow to get courses out . NY strip steak was tough. Excellent bread . Sun dried tomato soup was very good . Side salads need better presentation - they look very flat/skimpy on a plate .

m
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s my 3rd time there and still amazing ....thanks for a great meal

TO
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service outstanding. From Carol greeting us at the door to the wonderful and attentive service from Denese the entire evening was very enjoyable.

LD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I will return. Love the family owned and family run restaurant. The food very well prepared and served!
My only complaint is the seating, I'm not a fan of the 2 seaters being all in a row and close to each other. I felt like the couples next to us could hear our conversation and vice versa. My suggestion change the seating arrangements. But that's just me : ) For a great steak and great service make your reservation!

KM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wonderful service!

e
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good ambiance local favorite

DS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here last night for our anniversary. The place is so warm and inviting with nice music playing, not the elevator stuff. We had thai calamari and mussels apps, I had the salmon and my husband got a rib eye and lobster tail(surf and turf). We also got dessert ( which is all home made) cheesecake and Carol's poundcake. Everything was amazing and cooked perfectly. The owner came to our table and was very friendly along with our server. We highly recommend Kunkel's and we will be back with friends.

l
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Six of us tried here. Our food was not cooked properly nor seasoned.
I had the Ahi tuna app. It was not seared on the outside and cooked medium, not rare. My NY strip was supposed to be medium rare, it was cooked medium well. My partner's Rib eye was supposed to be well done, it was cooked medium. We had to wait for one dinner. It came out 5 minutes after everyone else was served. It was salmon and it was cooked a inedible rare. By this time, my companion did not feel like waiting for a properly cooked entrée. She just decided to have the salmon removed from the bill.
Just about everything that was served needed some kind of seasoning.
It was not an enjoyable evening.

AR
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating and were able to provide an excellent birthday dinner for my girlfriend. The food was delicious and everyone was very pleasant.

M
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch. There Sunday brunch is new. The selection is outstanding. Normal breakfast foods prepared in new and unusual ways. The only thing missing was the mimosa.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice meal. The service was great and so was the ambience. We will go back again.

E
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Restaurant Week choices. Never a bad meal here!

OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner during Fall Harvest week therefore the menu was limited. Great value for our meal. Server was attentive and quick.

KB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a friend who owned an Italian restaurant for 27 years, she’s a very tough critic. She (& I) loved the food! I will def be telling people about our delicious meal on Sat night!

IB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a couple of times and everyone food was fabulous. Would highly recommend going here

DS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

We had to wait 24 minutes just to get a glass of water; however the food was outstanding.

i
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kunkels seafood and Steakhouse is one of our goto restaurants. The service is consistently good, the menu covers all of the bases and there are always specials.
Red snapper was a new addition, the fish was cooked and presently well. The grilled salmon was equally good but perhaps could have used a little more sauce on the side.

Desserts are always good.
Carol is a wonderful host. Dining is always a very nice experience, no rush, relaxing atmosphere

E
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

This was my first visit and I pleasantly surprised. The restaurant was relatively empty when I arrived. My waitress was absolutely fantastic. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and her service was spot-on. The menu was short but my meal was wonderful. Kunkel’s is a restaurant well worth a visit.

ME
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent but the price for my child's meal was way too expensive. the food was good but the prices was a little expensive. Also open table said the meals was under 30 but that wasn't really the case.

W
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always good !
Love that they are introducing Brunch on Sundays

V
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and atmosphere!!!

j
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and so was the food. I would go back and try something different. The pound cake was wonderful.

DG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. We always have a great experience here.

M
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Thursday Burger night. Great selection of burgers, didn’t get it cooked the way I like it but it was tasty nonetheless. It is a BYOB and we’ve eaten there before but never for Burger Thursday. Very nice and friendly owner and staff!

NZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have reviewed Kunkel's before but I would like to comment on burger night ( Thursday). I usually select a burger, of which there are sooooo many choices it is difficult to decide. They are home ground beef and are extraordinary but our wonderful waitress, Maureen, suggested the cheesesteak. Well, let me tell you being a Philadelphia native I have had cheesesteaks since I was a kid and I Just have to say that don't bother going to Gino's or Pats because this was the best one I have ever had. The meat is real thinly carved steak as tender as can be. The roll was toasted to perfection. The fries are always good but I didn't have room for them because the steak sandwich is huge. You really should try this wonderful place but make sure they leave a table for me!

C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we have something to celebrate - birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and we want to have a wonderful meal, we choose Kunkel's. The food is incredible, fresh, delicious and the quality is exceptional. We always have the best servers who make our experience a delight. The restaurant is cozy and warm, and noise level is low. You can bring a bottle of wine, enjoy an amazing meal from appetizers to dessert. It has become one of our favorite places to dine.

SD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was our first time at Kunkel’s and it was great! Our server was very attentive and professional. We are looking forward to going back again. Oh and the cheesecake was amazing!!! Thank you

WS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Maureen an excellent waitress. Food outstanding.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here is Amazing! BIG compliments to the chef because my steak was cooked perfectly and the lumpy mashed potatoes were to die for.❤️ I also want to THANK the chef for my piece of homemade cheesecake that was smooth and delicious, but also, because I had a bad day at work, he gifted me the 🍰 ❤️! I will most definitely be back and can't wait to tell others about my outstanding experience 😊

NZ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here more often than I cook! Every time I get their emails I just put the groceries in the fridge and go there for dinner. The Wednesday night Italian night is my favorite because they have grilled oysters. I have actually thought of ordering 4 orders and making that dinner but the seafood and pasta is so good I order both. Carol's pound cake is the icing on the cake--a must have for dessert. WONDERFUL! 👌

DK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I had dinner here for the first time last night. The food was amazing!!! Thai calamari app was so good, sun dried tomato soup was delicious. I had the chicken marsala and he had the Filet and lobster tail. Everything was cooked perfect. For dessert I had cheesecake and he had Carol's pound cake which was all made in house. Our server was attentive and friendly and the owner Carol came around and checked on us also. It's also a byob which is great. We will definitely be back with friends soon!!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. I brought my fiance here for his birthday and didn't realize it was a BYOB. The owner, Carol, was kind enough to bring us a couple of beers. The food was good and our server Maureen was very nice!

M
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service was good. The steamers are very good. The sun dried tomato soup was bad. Most likely from a can. The main dish was chicken Marsala it was terrible absolutely awful. And the prices are ridiculous. 2 dinners with the tip 93.00 I would not recommend this place to anyone.

AM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good food and great service! We have been there many times and have never been disappointed.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were happy to find Kunkle's! Everyone in our party enjoyed their entree. The staff was friendly and attentive. Nice interior. Would probably be great for a party or shower. We'll be back!

RA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was “restaurant week” and Kunkel’s featured a rather limited fixed-price menu. The food was good, but we were hoping for more variety. The bread pudding was dry (I got the end piece - not the middle), the Parmesan crusted flounder selection was barely crusted but good, the lettuce wraps were small but good, and the Jersey Tomato and mozzarella was good. No bread or rolls were served. I’d like to try it again, but with a full menu selection.

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all areas. Took advantage of "Farm to Fork" week offerings. My new favorite "eatery".

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