About Parc

Stephen Starr's stylish addition to Rittenhouse Square pays tribute to French cafe culture, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, ideal for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. Parc recalls the chic brasseries of Paris, serving classic French fare in a charming space. Red leather banquettes topped with frosted glass provide a sense of intimacy. Details such as well-worn wooden chairs, vintage framed paintings and photos and antique brass fixtures transport guests across the Atlantic. French doors spill onto a sidewalk terrace covered by a dark red awning perfect for dining "en plein air." Reservations are not accepted for outdoor tables.

**A note from the restaurant**
Outside seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

227 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday thru Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am Lunch: Monday thru Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm L'Apres Midi: Every day: 3:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

**A note from the restaurant**
Outside seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Cross Street:
Corner of 18th and Locust Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 545-2262

Website:
http://www.parc-restaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available. Pricing is $24/car & $30/SUV’S (pricing may vary by day) starting at 3:30-4:00pm in front of Devon Seafood Grill next door. Public lots are available on South Rittenhouse Square & Chancellor Street. Street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Goodwin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Nicole Coombe in our Special Events Department for more information: Nicole@starr-restaurant.com // 267-886-1408

Parc Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (196)
People Watching (191)
Good for a Date (181)
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Special Occasion (162)
Neighborhood Gem (153)
Great for Lunch (151)
Great for Brunch (142)
Fit for Foodies (139)
Fun (126)
Scenic View (118)
Hot Spot (118)
Good for Birthdays (116)
Sunday Lunch (116)
Good for Anniversaries (108)
Casual (106)
Authentic (106)
Romantic (94)
Pre/post Theatre (85)
Good for Groups (81)
Business Meals (75)
Worth the Drive (72)
Notable Wine List (62)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Handcrafted Cocktails (53)
Bar Seating (52)
Vibrant Bar Scene (46)
Comfort Food (42)
Cozy (42)
Happy Hour (40)
Afternoon Coffee (37)
Late-night Find (36)
Seasonal (30)
Afternoon Tea (23)
Kid-friendly (22)
Healthy (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Quick Bite (16)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Great Beer (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Tapas (7)
Disabled Access (6)
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Organic (2)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

I had read about Parc looking French but was amazed by the interior details! Even the restrooms were in keeping with the theme. My choice for breakfast was a delicious and somewhat spicy polenta based dish. The setting is beside a large city park-like square with good opportunities for people watching from a window seat. It would be great to sit outside but November weather did not make that tempting this visit to Philadelphia.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Parc fully met our expectations as a classic and classy bistro. My Salade Lyonaisse and Lamb Shank were superbly prepared, delicious and generous beyond the bounds of my appetite. My wife was thoroughly pleased with her Salade Verte, and we were very impressed at the response when she mentioned her Steak Frites was a bit too rare. Although she initially declined the waiter's offer to take it back go the kitchen, a manager came out to repeat the offer, and a more senior manager then followed up to make sure the more well done meat was to her satisfaction. Their sincere and graceful extra effort underscored that Parc is a special restaurant and reinforces our desire to come back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve been to Parc twice in two weeks. It’s excellent. I started first with a Sazerac. This is a fantastically smooth New Orleans cocktail, unbelievably subtle. It’s not on the menu, but the waitress said they always have it, so ask for it, the gentlest cocktail you’ll ever have (strong as a martini or Old Fashioned). Next time I had something rather rougher, Philly-produced and concocted absinthe. It was fun, and there’s an apparatus of water over sugar you get to watch as your drink clouds (like pastis). The bread is great, the baguette is as good as I ever had in France. The nut bread is delicious, but filling, and there was a third bread not memorable. I had the tuna carpaccio with a creamy leek sauce; they call it vinaigrette, but nothing in the slightest acidic. It was smooth too (like the sazerac) and delicious. The second time I had salmon tartare, and you might think tartare, carpaccio, what’s the difference? But the salmon tartare is not smooth and gentle, but peppery, feisty. Good! But then (second visit) I had the sea bass, and I have to say, it was too much food: the sea bass with tapenade is a big meal, and I wouldn’t recommend having a strong hors d’oeuvre in front as I did. First visit, after sazerac, tuna in creamy leek, I had I had the veal in creamy mushroom sauce, and perhaps that was all too smooth altogether, but there you are, wrong choices that were all delicious regardless. This is a fine place. These two dinners were virtually $100. each, with a glass of wine too each time. It's a lot.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent wine list and delicious entrees. The table service was very attentive and polite.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Their bread basket is fabulous, and so is the tarte Tatin.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and great food. Loved it!

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic place to dine...food, atmosphere and people are wonderful

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great Beer, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Restaraunt was very loud . My son had the duck which tasted great but he said their wasn’t enough on the plate. At the prices some kind of side or small salad should have been included. My veal was excellent

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Great spot for both indoor and outdoor dining.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Wanted to meet up with out of town friends visiting for the weekend at some place close to the Sofitel. Mid-week I thought "maybe" reservations would be a good idea. It's not just a good idea, it's a must! I was very surprised that the only opening for 4 people was at 2pm on Sunday. That said, our table was immediately available whereas drop-ins were being told a minimum of 45 minutes.

Waitress was pleasant and wasn't rushing us, but at being told we needed a few more minutes to order the second time, the smile wasn't quite as bright. Two of us had the avocado and toast, another had the eggs benedict (sans meat), and the fourth had an omelette. I also had the yogurt and fruit parfait. All seemed to enjoy the food - I liked the combination of pouched eggs with the creamy avocado on whole grain toast. Plentiful fruit (mostly blueberries!) along with the greek style yogurt in the parfait. Enough to share with others. The menu was excellent - it's hard to believe anyone couldn't find something of interest to order. The complimentary bread basket had a nice variety of breads, including a nut bread that was amazing.

The biggest problem was the noise level inside. Don't go expecting to have intimate conversation or if you're hoarse. The problem with the noise is the louder you talk to be heard, the louder others talk to be heard. You deal with it, but it limits conversation.

Cost was about $125, including tip. For four, for brunch that included a few extras it seemed right in line with expectations.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary.

We sat near the windows on the Rittenhouse Square side (as requested) so the view was great, but unfortunately we were also sitting next to the door that kept opening for the servers to exit to attend to the outdoor guests so it was chilly sitting there.

Our server was great and attentive but not overbearing (didn't catch his name).

Every meal presentation for Sunday brunch was spectacular from the oysters to the charcuterie tray that we requested that wasn't on the brunch menu but was made special for us.

All of our entrees were great from the cheeseburger to the steak frites and the moules frites.

Dessert was wonderful-crème brulee and chocolate cake. The server arranged for a "Happy 50th Anniversary" message on the serving dish at dessert that was a special surprise.

The atmosphere is noisy, but fun. The scene is buzzing and the experience is a real joy. We've been here about 4 times before and will certainly return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

The bread assortment was fabulous, per usual. Our neighbor friends had never been to Parc before. The husband is a bit of a fussy eater - sent them several menus to local establishments in advance and this one pleased Mr. Fussy the most!

The service was quite good and the food delightful.

Just a little noisy for conversation - but I was expecting this having been here a few times in the past!.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Birthday, the waiter brought out a little dessert for us!!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Parc to celebrate his birthday ...we had a wonderful experience and what a great way to spend his birthday !! Thank you !

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

For the price of the food, the quality was subpar. I've had better meals at a lesser price.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

From the moment you walk in, you are greeted with amazing service in a truly authentic French setting. The restaurant is large for being in center city, with a large full bar and year-round outdoor seating (overhead heaters for winter). Hands down my favorite Steven Starr restaurant. It does get pretty busy so make a reservation!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great Beer, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service & delicious food! Nice view of Rittenhouse Square & eclectic ambiance!

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love Parc, always fantastic food and exceptional service. My lunch on Saturday was once again outstanding. Always buy 2-3 baguettes to take home and put in the freezer. When I heat them, they take just as fresh as the day I bought them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

the food was fantastic. It was a shame that despite leaving my credit card with my server, a different server dropped off a bill at our table, which made it very uncomfortable because I had already left my card with the server ... but besides that the food was great. Minor details on Customer Service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service for brunch. Would return.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing! I just felt bad that I have got wasted and no chance to say thanks to who served us. I'm so sorry!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food (love their bread baskets!), energetic atmosphere, great experience overall!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cheeses to start and breads were delicious. Dinner, including Mac and cheese, the special Boullibase was delicious. We were seated near a very rambunctious group of loud women which made it difficult to relax/hear at times. Too bad actually. Fun atmosphere otherwise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Dinner with family was delicious and delightful for the 4 of us. Fish bread salads and deserts were terrific. Loved it
Service fast courteous

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I will write a review when I have been there a few times. I intend to go back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, People Watching, Late-night Find, Authentic, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Everything was! Next time I am in the area I will get a reservation there.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food is always fresh and delisious!!! Good for any occasion !!! Great service as well!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went there for dinner for my wife's birthday. We had excellent drinks and food. Our waiter was one of the best that we have ever encountered. Really nice time at PARCC on a Wednesday night., decent crowd but not crowded.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Going to Parc is a treat. The food is so fresh and delicious and the ambience is very like a French Bistro. Beautiful view of Rittenhouse Square too!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Delicious French bistro fare. The chicken liver mousse is not to be missed!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was great! Thanks for a great birthday dinner for my dad.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

They need a Gluten Free menu or at least mark present menu items that are made Gluten free

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had to wait 10 or so minutes beyond our reservation time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food. Great service. Always a solid spot for brunch!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great Food, not over priced. Just a little too loud hard to hear servers. But they were very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was fantastic. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, but very busy, which limited our access to more regular service.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fun ambiance! Great food. Good cocktails (French 75) and wine selection. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a birthday dinner here for my husband and had a great time. The food and service were wonderful

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was so loud we had to scream to hear each other. I would have rather been somewhere else.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching
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