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European restaurant right of Rittenhouse Square - Aleksandar, Philadelphia, PA

Aleksandar

4.3
4.3
439 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Aleksandar is the newest addition to the acclaimed Rittenhouse Square restaurant scene. We are inspired by seasonal ingredients, chef-driven techniques, and the traditions and flavors of ancestral and modern Europe. Chefs Montana Houston and Ja'mir Wimberly Cole bring their unique perspectives on the intersection between Contemporary European Cuisine and the bounty of the Northeast.

With floor-to-ceiling windows, large-scale original artwork, and cozy wood finishes, we at Aleksandar strive to marry Old World authenticity and modern culinary flare. Aleksandar is an approachable introduction to different corners of Europe, a place to discover new flavors and old traditions. Reservations are highly recommended. Walk-ins are accommodated whenever possible. We look forward to your visit!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary European, Modern European, European
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 279-7738
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Montana Houston
  • Private party facilities
    **PRIVATE EVENTS AVAILABLE**We offer private event packages. Book via email. Please send all inquiries to eat@restaurantaleksandar.com.
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 439 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

439 Reviews
  1. PeterA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. The bar is wonderful and the dining room was quite nice. I had the octopus and lamb loin and my wife had the perogies and the halibut. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I had a reservation here for Valentine’s Day which I made over a month in advance. The Sunday before the reservation I received a call around 6:30pm saying that I had to call the restaurant to put a credit card down and if I didn’t call back that night (about a five hour time period) that they were going to cancel my reservation for me. I was traveling and luckily saw the message and called them. All the hostess said was that this was because the manager wanted to have credit cards to charge $50 in case of no shows. I am okay with putting a card down but the fact that they called me because of an error on their end and they didn’t do this from the start was very rude and unprofessional. Not only that, I was told this was for a $50 no show fee, but when I got a second reservation confirmation it said I was now signed up for a $150 per person tasting menu which was never mentioned by the restaurant when I called. I ended up cancelling my reservation due to this poor experience. I was excited to try this restaurant, however, this poor experience forced me to adjust my Valentine’s Day plan three days before the holiday. Hopefully in the future they plan more accordingly and enhance their customer experience.

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  3. PhillyFoodie

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Tasting menu on Valentine’s Day was $120 pp and with one drink and tip the entire bill was $349 - the most expensive meal we have ever had. This would not have been an issue had the food and experience been top notch. It was far from it. The Server was extremely hyper, erratic and could not stand still. We order the waygu medium well and we had to send it back as it was very rare. The crab bisque was extremely salty and a very small serving. We enjoyed the beet toast and the dessert. Overall is was extremely underwelming and disappointing as two Polish folks who were really expecting an amazing elevated meal. We both had to take Tums when we left.

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  4. Bill

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Compared to all the other amazing restaurants in Philadelphia, my wife, and I could only give this one three stars. The atmosphere was pretty good, but the food was subpar in our opinion. The appetizer was overcooked, and the main course was underwhelming.

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  5. PamelaC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited Aleksandar's for the first time during Restaurant week. We had a great time! The food was amazing (our group of three all tried a different entrées and all were superb) and the service was great. The restaurant had a great vibe - we will definitely be back again - the perogies alone would make it worth it!

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  6. BrianO

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cold appetizers that taste as if they were stale, asked multiple times if I was done eating each course while food was still on the plates. Overall food was mediocre and dinner was rushed. Would not recommend

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  7. CasualFoodie

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food...wish some of the dishes came our warmer. Sadly we had signed up for counter seating which normally would be fine but the chair were super small even for a 6 year old.

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  8. FBEG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food, service was ok. We went there for restaurant week and was great.

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  9. AJade

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed lunch at Aleksandar with friends. The servers were polite and attentive. Food was delicious and flavorful. Ambience of the restaurant was chic and modern.

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  10. sairsind

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for restaurant week lunch. The ambience of the restaurant is one of the best we have experienced in Philly. The artwork adorning the walls is first rate. Service was attentive and fast, though not exactly welcoming. We noticed the owner of the restaurant pitching in to help seat guests and bring out dishes, which I thought admirable. My wife and I both liked our starters very much. Her salmon with trout roe and jalapeño sauce was cooked perfectly and the spice from the jalapeño enhanced the flavor without overpowering the dish. My short rib was not sufficiently drained before being plated onto the bed of polenta and was therefore sitting in small pool of water, which caused it to lose some of its flavor. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and we would certainly return.

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  11. CathlynM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good. The sea bass looked a bit dry but was moist inside and the sauce with it was wonderful. It is a cute space but, like most places in Philly, can get very loud when crowded. The service was excellent.

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  12. tmgre

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We went during Restaurant week. Great energy in this place and has a very beautiful atmosphere. I was disappointed with the portion size of my Chilean Sea Bass. It looked like a sampler plate instead of an entree. Also, the waiter came over an excessive amount of times throughout the meal. Obviously, an attempt to get us to hurry along--even though we had not exceeded the restaurants 1.5 hour policy. A bit overkill and it made us feel unwelcomed even though we just dropped $400 with tip (4 people). I urge all restaurants to not do this! Its a total turnoff!!

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  13. TomaszC

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious 😋 Seventh Heaven!!! Owner and service amazing!!!

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  14. rxpeesee

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant was pretty loud so it took away from the ambiance. Food was good. Had the beef bouguinon which was very well done, but needed more sauce. The foie gras was very good and the toast had a nice char on it. Just felt like the meal was overpriced for the overall quality. Would probably go back.

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  15. gourmande

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had looked forward to trying Aleksandar and dined at lunch during restaurant week. The food (perogies and short rib with polenta) was very tasty, but the noise level was terrible (shouting ricocheting off of too many smooth hard surfaces). The front of the house seemed a bit quieter, but I shall not bother to go back.
    AleksandarResponded on February 2, 2024
    Hello, We hope you're enjoying your afternoon. We do apologize for the noise. Could you help us by letting us know if it was other diners who were noisy or if it was the music? We do our best to create a fun and comfortable dining experience. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Restaurant Aleksandar

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  16. VanessaS

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was okay, but the menu felt safe. Service was a little rocky at first but I think maybe they swapped our server or something, and then it was more consistent.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    325 reviews

    5.0

    325 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant week offering at Aleksandar was wonderful - the soup was delicious and I hope it makes it to the regular menu.

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  18. Elly

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Almost all tables were occupied but our reservation was very punctual. Our waiter immediately came to our table after we were seated. Our service was exceptional throughout our meal. Meal was delicious with very creative touches. The menu included numerous impressive selections. Alexandra was a very enjoyable and relaxing dining experience. We are planning on returning in the future.

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  19. LimL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I visited here during the restaurant week. Food tastes good and I also like the way they present their main dishes.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was under cooked (raw) didn’t even take it off the bill. Noisy to the point of almost having to scream Carothers table. The menu was limited to three entries I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone

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  21. mmrohrer

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My coworkers and I went to Aleksandar for lunch during Restaurant Week and really enjoyed our experience! A starter and main dish is only $20 per person, which is a steal. All starter and main dish options, except for the BLT Texas Toast, were ordered by someone at the table. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their meals. I can speak for the pierogies and the risotto - I thought both were very tasty. I could have used one or two more pierogies, but I think the risotto was the perfect portion. My colleague rated the miso squash soup a 10/10. Two of us finished our meals with an espresso martini (my first one ever) and they were expensive but delicious. Our server was very attentive and friendly, and the food arrived quickly. This was my first visit to Aleksandar and I really liked the decor and how cozy it felt. Can't wait to visit again soon and try the soup and salmon!

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  22. Shannon

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The wait staff and servers were welcoming and very eager to start our meal. Drinks/food came out quickly, but little attention was paid to us afterward. We had to flag someone down to get our check after sitting for 20+ mins. The food was delicious though and I would definitely come back again.

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  23. Natalie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were quick to help, the food was amazing, and the ambiance were beyond my expectations. I️ had the Harvest Salad and the Butternut Squash Risotto as a lunch special for restaurant week. I️ paired it with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and it blended the whole meal together. Highly recommend!

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  24. Jules40

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here to celebrate friend's bday. Happened to be during Restaurant Week. Unfortunately did not realize until after we sat down that only RW menu was available. The foie gras appetizer was good. I always had it as a solid piece but here they turned it into a mouse texture and piped it on toast layered with slices of tangerine and micro greens. I went with the lamb chops for main entree. While the sauce and the vegetable accompanied and presentation was excellent and tasty the lamb itself was totally undercooked. It was not cooked at all. It was just charred om the outside and raw in the inside. My friend and I both ordered it and both the same. Neither one of us could finish it. I choose to take it home and cook it myself. The dessert was tasty. Each of the course were healthy portion size so not too much. Our server was a little sloppy and rushed. He was aloof. Even though I informed the hostess (and she took note of it) that the bday friend had short grey hair, our server placed a candle on my dessert (I have black shoulder length hair)--awkward. This is my second time coming here. The first time was a much better experience.

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  25. BeeC

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dined with a group of friends during restaurant week & we throughly enjoyed the experience. The food was wonderful, we had excellent service and the restaurant is beautiful.

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  26. Chao

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Made a reservation and still waited 20 minutes for a table. I don’t know what’s wrong with everyone’s tongue but my sea bass was extremely salty. The desert was mediocre for a $60 course. The place was extremely noisy and I can hardly hear anything, me and my friends have to yell and that made me frustrated. My fork was taken away and not replaced with a new one when my food came. The waiter gave my friend one spoon and still didn’t figure out that the soup is his. Very overpriced for a bad experience

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  27. DeanM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have not tried Restaurant week in a long time. Started out with the Foie Gras which was tasteless. Though my wife's pierogi had good flavor. For the main course I choose the lamb chops, which turned out to be just fat on a bone. Lastly the Tiramisu, was eatable but nothing special. The martinis were excellent, and the service was fine. Overall a disappointing dining experience

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for restaurant week. Food was very mediocre and felt mass produced.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Since it was restaurant week, the staff seemed to all be on the same page. The food and service was very very good. Will be back after RW!

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  30. FoodLover

    Philadelphia

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Aleksander for the first time Saturday for their 3 course restaurant week dinner. It was fantastic! The restaurant was very well staffed with excellent service! We both LOVED our meals and the very nice atmosphere! The cocktails were also excellent! We'll be back!

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  31. Christophe

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience with Aleksandar was wonderful! My partner and I went there for Restaurant Week and we were blown away by the quality of the service and the food. Even though it was really busy, the staff came through to make us feel special and made sure our needs were met. The best dish was the Harvest Salad. However, we were a bit disappointed with the presentation of the Braised Short Ribs since we were used to eating them on the bone. Otherwise, it was fantastic.

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  32. DonnaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for center city restaurant week. Food was outstanding. Portions were a little small. It would have been nice to be able to buy additional assonance beside dessert.

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  33. Indigo

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at Aleksandar. The food was delicious; the servers were attentive. I will go again!

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  34. AyshiaP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time there and we had an amazing experience. It was across from where we first met in person so the day was sentimental. We will come back!

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  35. Dchris

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Restaurant Aleksandar for Restaurant Week. I think it’s is the best food I ever eaten!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service , great food, great presentation. Good portion size. It was fantastic

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Flavors of all courses and drinks were amazing. Service was slightly disorganized. Runners didn’t know their tables and kept bringing food to the wrong groups. My lamp chips were very fatty but the meal itself was divine. Would definitely return.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Winter resteraunt week 2024 Menue was okay. The lamb and pierogis were bland. Dessert was great though. Seabass though small was also great along with the Miso squash soup.

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  39. PassionFan

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great ambience. They struggled keeping dinner service in healthy balance with the volume of diners which was unexpected for a restaurant at that price point. Not sure I’ll go again.

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  40. Priscy

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was awesome. Casual elegant with a flair of art deco. The food was delicious and served quickly. Mary our waitress was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. The wait staff were also very attentive to refilling water and clearing table. I will definitely be returning even solo to sit at bar and enjoy the delightful food. Great date night or family/friend spot.

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Aleksandar is rated 4.3 stars by 439 OpenTable diners.

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126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary European, Modern European, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Montana Houston
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 279-7738
  • Private party facilities
    **PRIVATE EVENTS AVAILABLE**We offer private event packages. Book via email. Please send all inquiries to eat@restaurantaleksandar.com.
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