London Grill

3.7
799 reviews
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London Grill is located in the historic Fairmount section of Philadelphia, close to the Philadelphia Art Museum and easily accessible from the Schuylkill Expressway with abundant parking available. This award winning restaurant boasts a Victorian bar and several intimate dining rooms and 2 banquet rooms. Serving New American cuisine, balancing comfort specialties like the London Burger and Fish and Chips with innovative dishes like the duck breast with beet risotto, several grilled fish and meat dishes and housemade pastas. There's a kid's menu also. Great for lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour, late night, outdoor dining and groups.
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RG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were at London Grill for brunch on St. Patrick's Day. She was very happy with her burger and said that the beef was of excellent quality. I could not help comparing my salmon eggs Benedict with the same dish at a favorite place of mine in Manhattan, and the Benedict at the London Grill just wasn't quite there. The slices of salmon were almost transparent, meager, and not very tasty. The muffin was doughy, under-toasted, and barely warm. The make-your-own bloody Mary table was for me the highlight of the brunch, offering a spread of condiments and sauces, large glasses and carafes of fresh cold tomato juice. I got exactly the right amount of horseradish, rimmed the glass with lime and a pesto concoction, and succeeded in producing a perfect and delicious bloody Mary. The service was fine, we had a sunny window table, and the room was quite enough for easy conversation. Though it was not loud, I was not thrilled at first with the sound of television coming from the bar in the next room; however I soon forgot all about this mild complaint.

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CF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This old standby is always comfortable. They went out of their way to accommodate special requests. The food and wine are, while maybe not the most innovative, it's what you want to eat. We love going here.

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F
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but the lunch & dinner menus are the same except for specials. Very old tables & chairs could use a refresh. Servers are very accommodating. This is more like that neighborhood place & caters to locals. Not a place I’d visit for a quiet conversation.

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j
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

TOO noisy. Much too long of a wait for food and food was okay. Not great.

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AD
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Broad menu choices, good specials, good food and service, quiet.

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GH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

went for dinner and the food was great, made from scratch, and reasonable prices. we look forward to going back.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was extremely poor, food took way too long to come out and was cold.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

London needs to add vegan options to the menu. There was little to zero to eat
They were the only place open New Year's Day, and so....

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BS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice New Years Eve dinner. It was a rainy evening so my husband and I decided to eat at a local favorite. They had noisemakers, hats and good food.

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MS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, but food used to be a bit better . Our waiter was delightful and attentive. My significant other’s dish was not attractive and difficult for him to eat. He had ordered the RanchoHuevos. My biscuit on the fried chicken was too breads.

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Y
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I added one star to this review because the restaurant is in my neighborhood and was opened on Christmas Eve. I do think, however, that if a restaurant decides to open on Christmas Eve, they should, at the very least, put a little effort into making the experience festive for their customers. This was not the case when I dined this past Monday. The food was lackluster. I ordered the tortilla soup and it was just a bowl of orange/brownish puree of something. A dollop of sour cream, a wedge of lime and maybe a tortilla chip or two would have made all the difference. My friend's chicken chowder looked like they scraped the very bottom of the soup kettle. And when he asked for more dressing for his salad, the waiter brought him what looked like a teaspoon full and explained that that was all they had!! The waiter was pleasant, but very harried. I don't know why he was rushing around so much, when the restaurant did not seem to be that busy. Dirty dishes sat way too long. My friend ordered a cup of coffee, and that was what he got. A cup of coffee, no cream, no sugar and no saucer.... I have had Christmas Eve dinner at London before and it has always been better in the past. There was absolutely no effort put into this dinner at all. Last Christmas Eve dinner at London for me!

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DF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

London has been a standby over the years. Unfortunately the experience was pretty lackluster recently. Mussels in white wine sauce had an alcohol burn, breaded cauliflower kind of soggy. On the other hand, the potato soup of the day was excellent. Not trying to drive people away. The place is usually better than this. Just really off tonite.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The room where we were seated was quite cold. We asked them to turn up the heat so they brought a small space heater that was hardly adequate

My daughter ordered “meatball sliders “. That is exactly how it read on the menu, no accompanying description. When they arrived it was chicken meatballs. Extremely fine ground chicken with mostly breading Very gross
Most people would have expected a classic meatball the way it was listed on the menu

The waiter got very snitty when we asked what kind of meatball it was. Nothing wrong with serving a chicken meatball but we all felt it should have been described as such on the menu. Also the waiter should not have been so rude when my daughter asked about it.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. They had a call out in the kitchen, so things were backed up, but staff helped entertain our kids and all was well.

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A
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I have always enjoyed London Grille because of the fun and professional bartenders, staff and the atmosphere. However, this past Wednesday, I took a friend to London Grille - who recently moved into the Fairmount area - because of it's neighborhood feel. I was so disappointed. We sat in the dining area (not the bar) because we had a lot to talk about (which is a great thing about this restaurant). However, I think our server had an attitude from the beginning. We ordered drinks and shared our food (octopus, salad, mussels - all excellent!) - you know how you love to dip your crusty bread into the sauce from the mussels? They didn't give us bread, so we asked our server. We were told that they were out of bread b/c they didn't get their order today and they were saving the bread for sandwich orders!! What? Saving for orders that haven't been submitted yet?? If I was the chef, and didn't get my bread order, I would have purchased bread at the Acme before I would tell anyone that they were out of bread! When we complained, they brought us "one" slice of Italian bread for both of us to share and then later, they toasted English muffins !! which at that point we were finished with our dinner! I know this may sound like a simple thing, but it really threw us off and with no apologies from our server. I will still go to this restaurant, I doubt my friend will, but I will call in advance to see if they got their bread order in!!

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J
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been to the restaurant over the course of 30 years. Not regularly but a few times unfortunately this last visit was very disappointing. Food was not as ordered. Salad greens were dirty. Service was extremely slow although server was perfectly nice and pleasant. There appeared to be kitchen and staffing issues.

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go frequently for lunch and supper, (not on the same day!), with friends and just family. It's cozy, friendly and friendly service.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 4 of us went on a Sunday night. We went before we took the haunted tour at Eastern State Penitentiary. We got in and out, the food was great and on the cheaper side for city food! Totally would go again.

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TM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Chris M. was wonderful. His knowledge of the dinner and drink menus was really helpful in making decisions. Chris was funny and personable. Steve at the host stand was very nice and easy going. the food was good and the price was very reasonable. The season cocktails were very good.

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Z
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Appetizers were pretty good. Meals were okay. My pasta had way too many mushrooms in it. My friend got the brick chicken with the mashed potatoes and said it was really good.
They were out of some of the desserts even though they were written on the chalk board.
I would go here again for drinks and apps but probably not for dinner.

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RG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food, food, food!!!! Terrible. 12 different dishes in our large group and pretty bad.

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AC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a great find. Food delicious and staff super friendly. Good night!

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SW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice place-- good food and atmosphere and good value. Only problem was no real urgency from server on getting our meals -- almost missed our time at Prison tour even after telling her our time constraint.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 5

We went because we were going to the penatentary. We saw the good reviews and unfortunately have to agree with the bad reviews.
My friend got the chicken with brie and there was no brie. We ordered nachos and mussles to start and only got the mussels 25 to 30 min after ordering them. Never got the nachos.
I ordered a burger with bacon and cheese wirh no bread because i have celiac and can not have it . My friend also ordered a burger and his was done wrong. Wrong toppings. Waitress took mine back and asked if it was an allergy and I said yes. She told me they would make a new one. After she left the table I heard the kitchen and staff makimg fun of me and my food allergy. Yelling "no bread!" Loud enough for everyone in the resturaunt to hear. It's bad enough I have to live with this. That is very embarrassing. Nothing was taken off of our bill despite the mistakes and embarrassment.

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D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have not been to this restaurant fir maybe 15 years. It used to be very niceGoing back was a huge disappointment. Very limited menu. Food not so great. Service is spotty.

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AW
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It took an hour for our food to come out and we were consistently lied to by the waiter when we asked what was going on. The food itself was fine (but not worth an hour wait) and the one good thing I can say is our bill was on the house. Seemed like the people next to us had a similar opinion but obviously I can't speak for them.

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Tables rock so bad I couldn’t stir my coffee. The coffee was cold. Eggs Benedict yolk solid as a rock.

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SS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Meatball sliders were lousy, couldn’t even finish them. Fortunately the waiter took it our bill. However my wife liked the lobster roll.

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S
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a nice choice for lunch in the Fairmount area. The day we went there, it was very un-crowded, so wonderfully quiet. The food was great: nothing fancy, but they did a great job on familiar favorites like hamburger, fish and chips, and veggie sandwich, (using very good bread, by the way). There is a good drink menu, with plenty of choices, and in general, it was a satisfying lunch. The prices are reasonable. We will be back.

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F
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I truly don't like writing bad/mediocre reviews, but this place deserves it. We were there for dinner on a Saturday and the place was empty (bad sign for a city restaurant). The server was nice enough, but he forgot our appetizers, and my burger was one of the worst I've ever had - it tasted like old meat and the fries were mushy and barely warm. Dessert - not-so-tasty chocolate cake, and no vanilla ice cream to accompany it. So much for that birthday dinner.

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DI
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food and menu need a serious overhaul. Burger was way over cooked and the spring rolls sucked. Fried pickles were okay. Just okay experience overall. Has potential to do better. Hopefully they can get it together.

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CT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the restaurant being super busy after the Bastille Day celebration, the service was excellent and the food was great.

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A
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We dined here after the Bastille Day celebration because it was close to Eastern State Penitentiary. Not surprised about how crowded it was but thrilled that we made a reservation through Open Table. Seated immediately. Server immediately asked us for our drink order before we barely had a chance to look at our menus. Didn’t come back for our food order after another server brought us the drinks. Manager finally took our order. Took over 45 minutes to be served our entrees. One of the poached salmon dishes was not cool properly. Sent it back. Size of salmon was small compared to many of the other restaurants we’ve dined at. The food did taste good. Guess we shouldn’t have been surprised by the poor service and long wait for our food as it was a special day with a lots of patrons coming in after the event.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were welcoming a new friend, a foreign exchange student who'd just arrived from France. I wanted to take him and my son out to dinner as they were just arriving here after a long flight and I thought they would be tired and hungry. I chose the London Grill based on others' reviews, and because I noticed there was a Bastille Day performance at East Penitentiary, a block or so away from the restaurant. The food was delicious; the wait staff were friendly and helpful; the atmosphere was celebratory. We all liked it. He seemed amused by some of the enthusiastic and dramatic entrances by who I assumed were actors from that East Pen performance.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The London Grill is a great venue to meet friends and relax, whether a special occasion or leisurely visit. We celebrated my birthday with a late lunch/early pub-style dinner prior to the Bastille Day cabaret show. We then concluded the evening with scrumptious desert and rose at The London Grill. The vibrant friendly atmosphere of servers and patrons alike truly made my birthday memorable. Thank you.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service!

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S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there for Father’s day 9 of us 5 adults, 4 kids. The staff handle everything well.

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DR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great lunch. Very nice staff. Great variety.

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B
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. I especially loved the kale salad -- which i did not expect.

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch after my daughter’s graduation. Our waiter, Bill, was outstanding and made our event and the London Grill meamorable. Probably would have enjoyed the dinner menu over the lunch menu. Nevertheless food was very good.

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