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.
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.
Got three recommendations by a discerning local and this was my favorite meal. Lasagna and Onion Soup. Others were great too, but I was surprised this was my favorite. This place is cozy, but no crammed.
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.
Would have liked the restaurant to offer both their regular as well restaurant week menus. Restaurant week menu limited in scope and the food mediocre. Both the onion soup and kale salad were very salty. Couldn't find an entree that was palatable.
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.
Visited for restaurant week. Service was amazing, but the appetizers and entrees tended toward over salted and unmemorable. We had the peanut semifreddo for dessert, which was fantastic.
Excellent dinner at Petruce this week. We had the 3 course prix fix restaurant week menu. Good options for each course and each selection was delicious.
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.
Service was a bit slow and disjointed but over experience was good.
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.
Delicious pizzas and main courses. Good service and appealing atmosphere. Quieter in the back even with the open kitchen there.
Limited menu, but enough options for most tastes. Very good service. Excellent pre theatre dining.
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!