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Permanently Closed - Pistachio Grille

4.1
298 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Welcome to The Pistachio Grille, where nuevo world cuisine meets the relaxed environment of this intimate BYOB. Enjoy our attractive ambiance as Ray Moscardelli, chef and owner, serves up the freshest of fish, seafood, and gourmet cuts of meat that he hand-picks himself daily. All of our delicious meals are made to order.
Chef Moscardelli, a graduate of the prestigious Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute, designs his menus to cater to the distinguished palate. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on weekends. A full catering menu is also available upon request. All major credit cards are accepted. BYOB.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00pm,

Sunday: 8:00am - 1:00pm;

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 643-7400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Raymond Mosscardelli
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Catering
Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Norristown Rd
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Parking details
Ample parking available.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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4.1
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3.8
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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We were really looking forward to this, but unfortunately disappointed. Most of the food was ok, but my dessert (creme brûlée) came out burnt to the crisp on top and ice cold on bottom...I really couldn’t even believe a chef would let that get to a table. Plus the restaurant was very cold, and the bathroom had NO heat, I literally saw my own breath. Not so good experience and we won’t be going back :(

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2.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was excellent
Service was bad
25 minutes to get a menu
They were out of one of the specials and one of the regular meals at 7:30
Second order of bread took 20 minutes to arrive
Entrees took almost an hour to get
Vegetables were cold
Not particularly concerned about these obvious issues
Overall disappointing

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Business meal and everyone love it! It's a BYOB so great to bring what we like! Bread and onion peppers free and excellent! Soup fantastic! Meals grea too!

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2.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Have been to this restaurant at least 5 times previously and most food was very good - this time all 4 dinners were not good - pasta was undercooked, chicken so tough I couldn't cut it with my knife - not happy

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

My short rib and my daughter's salmon w/crab were very good, but some of my wife's eggplant dish was sliced too thick and not entirely cooked through. The top of my creme brulee was burnt and the very cold at the bottom. The service was very good.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

I had been to Pistachio Grill several times for lunch with colleagues but this was our first time on a Saturday night. As always, the food was excellent. The service was attentive and the ambience comfortable and quiet--very conducive for the friendly conversation we craved. A neighborhood gem!

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service and meals. Quiet enough for conversation.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent meal as always. Specials and desserts were superb. A hidden BYOB gem in Maple Glen!

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1.0Dined on November 4, 2017

I was very unhappy with my experience. My husband and I went out for a date night. Our sever never read us the specials. They were out of filet and swordfish and the soup of the day. My husband ordered the lamb chops they came out raw. They took it back, but left the veggies and potatoes to get cold. They never apologized. Our waiter never came back over to us. When asked about the specials the hostess was rude. My eggplant was burnt to a crisp. The one blonde waitress in her forties , literally kept giving me the stink eye!! The one of the worse experience I ever had at a restaurant. This is my first review ever, hopefully they read it and realize not to treat people so rudely!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Neighborhood gem! Artful pairing of fresh ingredients,creative menu, fabulous sauces!

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food, friendly and knowledgeable staff. The cream of mushroom soup was probably the best I've had. Only downer is BYOB. Lucky there is a wine store just round the corner.
Will go back.

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

3rd or 4th time we've eaten here. Food has always been good but the service this time was extremely slow and not responsive to requests. Arrived at 6:30 and informed the server that we needed to be out of there by 8:00 for a movie. She delayed taking our orders for a good 10 - 15 minutes and the food didn't arrive at our table until 7:30 or so. By the time we'd eaten we had no time for dessert so they restaurant lost out on some additional revenue. Given all the other restaurants around I don't think we'll be back. We've had better food and much better service elsewhere for the same or little more cost.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Everything was great for me - the soup, entree, etc. Will definitely return another time.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

All of our meals were wonderful. Service was great, never felt rushed. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was good but the order came out totally not how we ordered it! I have been here many times and it's been excellent. Tonight has me not coming back for a while. It was if our order was deliberately ignored. Also our server must have been new as every question we asked her she had to find someone else for the answer.

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Veal not as tender as usual but tasty. Calimari a bit overdone

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their meals. Nice quite atmosphere. Love that they subscribe to Groupon.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

A nice place with high prices that suggest high end dining. Alas, the service was pleasant through rather amateurish and the food, though tasty enough, didn't match up the the Center City top-notch restaurant prices. My mushroom arancini apptizer were almost devoid of mushrooms and had little mushroom taste, while my wife's 1/2 spinach salad was pleasant enough but rather ordinary. Her gnocchi in Bolognese sauce tasted like frozen gnocchi (heavy and doughy) and the sauce was unexciting. Some porcini would have helped or a splash of wine or something. My short-rib over risotto was tasty enough---but for $30., the very sweet and un-complex glaze was surprising, as were several large globs of fat. The baby spinach in the risotto, though easy for the kitchen to add, ended up stringy (as baby spinach often does when cooked) which made it hard to pick up easy bites and left a lot of "stuff" in my teeth. Our shared key lime tart at dessert was EXCELLENT and very enjoyable. However, the dessert sampler plate brought in place of a dessert menu looked like tired samples from a few nights before that had been sitting out far too long. Second meal at Pistachio, but I think our last.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Very good, will definitely go back. Server very nice. Food good served hot. Ceasar salad not my favorite too much dressing and could have been tastier but overall very good food. Glad it is close by.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

We were 5 people squeezed into a table for 4 - 3 on one side, 2 on the other. Waitress didn't want us to move one to an end, but waiter was ok with it. We requested that 2 tables be moved together but both waitstaffers said those tables would be needed. However, we noticed throughout the evening that the tables were not going to be booked and they could have accommodated us at 2 tables pushed together. HOWEVER, the food was EXCELLENT and well-prepared. We will probably go again in spite of the staff.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

This is great food and affordable BYOB. We have gone several times and the chef does amazing stuff!

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Pleasant experience. Cioppino just needed more pasta. Otherwise nice BYOB.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

We always like the environment here. The service was nice and staff was friendly. Out of 7 things ordered 5 were good. The special watermelon salad had too many flavors and the chicken dish's chicken was rubbery. But the eqqplant dinner was delicious. The gazpacho and tomato mozzarella salad were both great too.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

I had heard good things about this restaurant but I was disappointed. Food was pricy but taste just ok. Maybe an off night but I likely won't return. Too many other tried and true places near by.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was fair and very overpriced. Will not go there again.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Service was prompt, table location was positive, food was fresh and tasty.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2017

The service was great. Atmosphere was quite. I was there for lunch and I felt the menu items were to "heavy" for lunch. I got a burger is it was over cooked. My friend got a seafood dish (can't remember what) and she liked what she got.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Very good meal. Loved the filet I had

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

I've always wanted to try this restaurant and I am glad I did. The menu offered many appealing dishes and my husband's gluten-free diet was readily accommodated. That and the fact that it's BYO, make Pistachio Grille a definite place to go back to. Only drawback was our seating. We sat at one of the four-top tables along the wall and there was "very little" room between backs of chairs to adjacent tables. Next time I m going to ask for a table in the middle of the dining room.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

One of my favorite places to dine!!
Fabulous food and service, thanks to Ray and Mark.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Great food. Service was excellent. Would highly recommend it

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Wondering chef/owner!! Great meal!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Just a wonderful experience. I had eaten at Pistachio Grill many times for lunch; this was the first time for dinner. Reasonably priced, excellent menu and the food was great. I'll be back for dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Service was efficient and very attentive. Food good but not hot. Didn't bother sending it back. Friend ordered off menu and was very satisfied

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Great food, good value. Always interesting combinations.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Food and service were great! Will go back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

This is our favorite local restaurant and it is always excellent! So happy to have a place like this close to home. We had specials this time, but everything on the menu has always exceeded our expectations.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We have not been there in 18 months
They always run out of food
It was overpriced for the meal we got
The portions were very small
We thought we would give it another chance but we are not going back at all

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

This place was just okay. They would not take our Groupon because it was Valentine's Day. And one of the entrees was not just wildly over priced but also undercooked and almost too rich to eat. They also totaled our bill wrong so that it was almost doubled, till we pointed it out and they corrected it. Waiter was nice, though. It's worth another try probably (at least to use our coupon).

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Been here a number on times and am never disappointed. Great food, all made on premises, great service.

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