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About Petruce Et Al
Petruce Et Al is a modern eatery located in Philadelphia. Dim lighting and rustic yet contemporary decor give the restaurant a warm and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy one of the many signature drinks, such as the Mexican Firing Squad or the Man Man-Hattan, while sitting at the bar area. The attentive staff at Petruce Et Al is happy to help any customer navigate the menu, find the perfect table or assist with any food allergies or sensitivity customers may have.
The menu at Petruce Et Al focuses on modern American cuisine with great taste and beautiful presentation. Begin the visit with homemade grilled sourdough bread, served with whipped ricotta butter. Entrées, which often rotate based on the season, include such options as chicken liver paté, agnolotti and bone marrow pizza. Complete the visit to Petruce Et Al with one of the specialty desserts such as pineapple cake or the brownie sundae.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday, Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Bar opens at 4:30pm
S 12th St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Jonathan & Justin Petruce
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Petruce Et Al Ratings and Reviews
The menu was very limited and didn't offer everything you would expect with that wonderful oven in the back (wood - grilled seafood, veggies, pizzas, whatever). There were no specials even though it was Valentines Day. That said, what we ordered was great and artfully prepared. The server was very attentive and recommended a great wine. Overall, we were happy.
Tim, one of our favorite sommeliers , the "et al", was no longer at Petruce when we arrived for a Valentines dinner. We were told he had moved on to Kensington Gardens.
How very disappointing.
The meal was excellent as usual, but you know, not quite the same experience.
Wish there was a website for these things.
I was slightly apprehensive to eat here due to the limited options on the menu, but I took a chance....I'm grateful I did. We had a reservation for Saturday evening and were seated fairly quickly when we arrived. I will say that you cannot come to the restaurant hungry as the service is on a bit of a delay. However, if you are willing to have a long dinner with some friends and talk, this is the perfect place. The waiter never rushed us through our meal, which was great. Other restaurants in the area focus more on table turnover rather than table experience. Each of us ordered something different from the menu and we thoroughly enjoyed everything.
My husband and I ate dinner here on Saturday, Jan. 30. Our reservation was for 9pm. The place was basically empty. Our waitress looked tired and clearly wanted to go home, but she tolerated us. In her defense, when we ordered the lasagne, she "warned" us that they bake it in the oven and it's "crispy." Just so you know, at Petruce, "crispy" is code for "blackened." It looked and tasted like a charcoal brick. We asked the manager (presumably he was the manager) and he said oh yes, that's the way it's supposed to be. There was no offer to take it back or exchange it. The menu changes every 2-4 weeks, so hopefully they read this and take it off. I wish I could at least say our drinks were good, but they were slow to arrive and poorly mixed (one watery, one too strong). I think these guys know how to cook, but they want to reinvent/experiment with every recipe. No thanks.
We have visited twice and both times we were very impressed with delicious and beautifully presented offerings. The menu is not huge, but the selections are varied enough to please any palate. Both of our visits marked special anniversaries, and Petruce proved a great choice for quiet celebration. The server was attentive but did not rush us or bring the next plate until the first was finished. We will certainly return as it is now among of our favorite spots.
BYOB a new concept in Philly, I guess, Bring Your Own Bread, what a disaster of a restaurant especially during restaurant week. You have a dish on the menu which calls for a toasted bread with some chicken liver and how come you run out of bread for a 7pm reservation. Oh by the way, they did serve bread to the new customers who just happen to sit on the table next to ours. What a shame!!
Doesn't it say something about this place. It's empty for god's sake.
Only order the lamb carpaccio if you are fond of the bitter taste, cause though nicely presented, the bitterness overpowers all the other flavors of this dish.
The entree of pork shank was quite nice and would definitely recommend this.
The dessert of semolina is quite something with coconut n orange flavors. The other dessert of semi fritto was confusing as there were no sweet flavors n doughy in texture.
Most important, don't sit near the windows as it's quite frigid n cold in that area. It's better to sit inside.
The server was quite good n he was the only server with a pleasant personality
This was my favorite new restaurant. They had an innovative, original menu and great customer service. On my recent visit, there were three "snacks," three small plates (two of them raw, the other cold) and three entrees (steak and striped bass for more than $30 and pasta for $28). That was it. No more homemade bread or a greater variety of choices.. Not anxious to return.
Went their for new years eve so not sure if this counts for all nights. Ordered the striped bass, it cost $32 dollars. The portion size was tiny, fit for an appetizer. If the taste and quality of the food is good enough I understand the compromise. However this was not the case.
Although I was looking forward to the bread and the pork that I had experienced the previous few visits, the evening was still a success.
We started the extravaganza with the kale salad followed by the Brussels sprouts, which were exquisite.
For the main course we ordered the vegetarian option as well as the steak; fantastic.
For dessert: apple crisp.
FYI: Anathème Rouge is composed of 50% Aramon grapes from 100 year old vines, 30% Cinsault from 60 year old vines, 10% Carignan 70 years old and 10% Grenache 80 years old.
We were a party of four and asked for some guidance on how to order. Our server told us we could order separately or family style. We ordered two things from each course category because we wanted to try a lot of things. Each dish was absolutely delicious, but the portion sizes did not make ordering family style appropriate for a party of four--we each ended up with two delicious bites for each course. If you're hoping to share (and all the dishes are worth sharing!), I would suggest you do so only if you have a party of no more than 3. Everything we ordered was amazing, but the agnolotti was particularly memorable.
An innovative use of spices and ingredients is how they prepare food at Petruce!
Starting off with a Sazarac cocktail (how many bar restaurants even know what that is) which was expertly prepared set the mood for an excellent evening!
Chicken liver mousse with candied walnuts and raisins was an excellent appetizer. It was smooth, creamy, and rich all at the same time. This was served with charred sourdough bread. Absolutely excellent.
The pork shoulder was black on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. It was accompanied with pickled-eggplant, kimchi, peanuts and mint. These were ingredients that I never thought would work together but they do.
Our dinner at Petruce was delectable. As far as foodie restaurants go this is one of your best options in Philly. The brussel sprout appetizer was packed with out of this world flavor. I ordered the duck as my entree which was prepared and paired perfectly. The ambiance is nice, the wood oven / open kitchen offers a nice touch. We were slightly underwhelmed by the service but with a few more tweaks Petruce could really establish itself as a go-to fit-for-foodie spot.
Petruce was a terrific experience - our server, Paul, was wonderful, efficient, informative and fun. The meal was delicious; we shared everything: we started with amazing Brussels Sprouts and a creamy, tasty Chicken Liver followed by a unique eggplant pizza (the eggplant was pureed and took the place of tomato sauce) and those were our "firsts." Our "second" was simply named "chicken" and it was perfect. And yes, we even found room for dessert, the soft-serve sundae for me and an apple tarte for my husband. Cannot wait to go back!
Petruce Et Al was the perfect spot to have dinner after a play at the Forrest Theater. Many of the surrounding places had an active bar scene happening, but this was a lovely quiet place where my friend and I could just relax and enjoy our meal. The food was excellent and our server was most pleasant. I would not hesitate to recommend Petruce Et Al to anyone that was in the 11th and Walnut area and seeking a quiet meal at a very fair price. Looking forward to returning some day.
Only disappointment was that we could not get dessert. I had made a 5pm reservation and noted that we had a 6:30 show. When we arrived they acknowledged the show time, but I clarified that we had to be out the door by 6:15 the latest. There was a period of time we were waiting for our server between clearing entrees and giving us the dessert menu and again between giving us the dessert menu and taking our dessert order. I'm sure it's the normal speed of things when you don't have something to do right after dinner, but for us it was disappointing to not get to try the dessert.
Petruce is an amazing dining destination. The food is fantastic. They really utilize the wood fired oven expertly. Standouts were the Brussels sprouts dish and the octopus arancini. Even the bread and butter is ridiculously good. Our service wasn't great though. Lots of attitude and disinterest from our waitress. She clearly wanted to be elsewhere.
Every dish is beautifully presented and delicious. Menu changes almost daily. Chef does particularly amazing things with vegetables - the baby carrots dish is always my favorite, but the Brussels sprouts are addictive. The entrees are always beautifully prepared, filling, and delicious, but not heavy and fastening.
They have the best kind of good wine list : eclectic selection of delicious, high quality wines from various regions, all by the glass so you can try different wines, with an excellent sommelier guiding you unpretentiously towards the best choices for the palate.
Weekend in Philly with old friends. Near the condo we rented. Last minute reservation which always makes one nervous. Arrived early and sat at bar. Only one tender for the whole place. She was none too friendly or accommodating. Took forever to acknowledge our presence though we tried to engage her. Did not appear to be super busy, in fact spent 5 minutes putting away glass ware before finally taking our order. Waitress was almost equally unpleasant, almost surly. Food however was terrific thank goodness. we got 2 appetizers and 2 entrees and shared. Brussel sprouts and duck were out of the box and really tasty.
Overall, a good experience. A little friendlier service to go along with the food would really up the ante for this fine neighborhood find.
Very limited choices especially for someone with lactose intolerance. Unwilling to make a pizza with only half with cheese, so that we could share it. Advised us to each get one as an appetizer, but that was more than enough for a meal, so we had to cancel our entree.
Pizza crusts are great. Drinks were fine....small pour on the wine....
Our party of four shared three appetizers: a pizza, brussel sprouts, and a carrot app. All were very good. The entrees were all well-received except for the lasagna which was overly burnt, not just 'caramelized' on the top. The halibut in particular was well-cooked, but the sauce that came with it was too much butter and not enough of any other flavor (it was supposed to be sweet potato). Desserts were below average for this class of restaurant. The apple strudel was basically a bunch of cooked apple chunks with not nearly enough strudel. The "soft serve" dessert was also not very good. At $9 apiece, you should skip dessert here and get it elsewhere. Even Ruby Tuesday's would do dessert better.
Besides dessert, the other letdown is service. Wait time to order was long. Our water glasses went empty for a while, and the water jug on the table was empty for a while, too.
I might come back if there's an entree that sounds great; the halibut was almost worth coming back for except for the off sauce. I didn't find Petruce to be good enough to mark as a favorite on OpenTable. In this price range, there are better options in Philadelphia (helm, Townsend, Farm and Fisherman to name a few).
I recently was in Philadelphia for Homecoming at Penn. On the Saturday night of that weekend, my wife and I always have dinner with a particular classmate and his spouse. I try to pick out a restaurant in Center City that will be interesting and not over the top expensive. This year I chose Petruce et al. Our reservation was honored and we were seated in a very spacious booth on the second floor. However, it took quite a while before we saw our waitress for the first time. I ordered my standard weekend drink, a Jameson's on the rocks, while the two women decided on white wine and followed the server's suggestion as to wine by the glass. My classmate is a teetotaler. The pours were average. The menu is very limited -- about 10 appetizers, six entrees, and six individual pizzas cooked on a wood-burning oven. The one special, a roasted lamb shoulder, served for two ($60.00) did not appeal to anyone. Our first indication that our waitress had a bad attitude occurred when she came to take our order. While my wife and I were ready and made our choices right away (shared a kale/romaine, radish Caesar salad, duck breast for her, and pork shoulder for me), our friends had not yet decided on their dinners so the waitress stormed away. When she returned, it was apparent that she was annoyed with us. They ordered the Caesar salad, a brussel sprout appetizer, a pizza, and a chicken entrée. I requested another Jameson's but was told that they had run out of that brand of Irish whiskey. After rejecting her effort to get me to upgrade to Red Breast, I settled for a John Powers Gold. The two women then ordered refills on the recommended wine. When she came back with the drinks, there was only one half glass of wine. Her explanation -- they had run out of the white wine as well. While we were comped on the half glass, it was very strange that a restaurant would be out of two common liquors by 8:30 PM on a Saturday night. That being said, the food was quite good.
We never expected to find such a great restaurant in the midst of Philly's tourist area. But Petruce was fabulous. My friend's lasagne was the lightest I've ever tasted and my duck had the perfect combination of tastes. With food this good I don't know why my husband got pizza - but it also was delicious. Too bad we ate late and didn't want dessert. Next time!
Petruce et al has an interesting layout. Up front you can sit at a table in the bar area. In the back you can sit at a table in the kitchen area. The food was excellent, particularly the liver appetizer. The duck entree was prepared medium rare and was terrific as was the pork shoulder. The only drawback, if it's a draw back for you, is that the entree portions, by themselves, would not fill you up. However we didn't leave hungry. The server was knowledgeable and properly attentive. The prices will not empty your wallet either.
All in all, we enjoyed the dinner.
The menu at Petruce et al. is serious - limited to a few really good selections - and the food is seriously good. The wines are well chosen to complement the food. The noise level is moderate, so you can also enjoy a conversation with your meal! We highly recommend the soft serve sundae, which is unexpectedly complex and delicious.
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