Bernie's Restaurant & Bar - UCity

4.3
54 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Casual mid-scale American cuisine & craft beers, serving University City & surrounding areas!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
M-F: 11:30am-2am, Sat & Sun: 10am-2am
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Phone number
(215) 921-6242
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 34th & 35th Streets
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Public transit
36th Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 54 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is good and the restaurant is nicely laid out for getting together with friends and co-workers. Enjoyable and a feel-good atmosphere.

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D
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We dined on a Sunday evening with a party of 6. The restaurant was not crowded. The wait-staff assigned to us seemed inexperienced. Our drinks were delivered piecemeal. Our entrees were delivered piecemeal as well.
2 of us had ordered soup which was served well after our main entrée was delivered.
Additionally more than half of the main entrees were cold when served and needed to be returned to the kitchen to be reheated. I am not uncertain if the issue here lies with the wait-staff or kitchen staff.
The food was flavorful, but the cold entrees and poor service immensely detracted from the overall experience. I cannot recommend this establishment. Hopefully, this was a aberrant experience in their overall performance.

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TL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a bday brunch with about 7 people and we really enjoyed it. I had never heard ab ki ut bernies and was happy to discover the 25 brunch and bottomless mimosa .. the venue is very nicely decorate and cozy for a relaxed weekend brunch with friend- they even had a really cute balcony with fire pit...was surprised that it was so empty for a weekend (maybe all the ucity kids had left for Thanksgiving??) ...AND there was soo Much food and it was really good ... so glad to have found this little diamond....will def be back

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I left my hat on my seat, and before I was even back at my office someone called to let me know they had it and would keep it in Lost & Found for me. Great customer service!

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D
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This should be so much better! The atmosphere and service are fine but the food is weak. Hard to find healthy options and those offered (like the vegetarian banh mi) are unacceptably bland. Banh mi are great, but this is just meh. Burgers seem fine.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food is outstanding. The menu is great with plenty of choices for all different types of eaters.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

THE SERVICE WAS VERY SLOW AND THE FOOD WAS BROUGHT OUT AT DIFFERENT TIMES. BUT THE FOOD WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR A DECENT PRICE. NOTHING TOO SPECIAL BUT NOT BAD

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was really good and portions were big.

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KH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food choices. Everything we had was excellent. Ambiance was very nice. Service was very good.

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AH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot, very accomadating. Sadly they ran out of wings by 9:30. And I’ve heard great things about their wings so I would think you would have more than enough. I will definitely go back. And parking was even great.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was decent and drink prices were good. They were out of some drinks and didn’t offer to comp or even taking anything off for them. But as we were packing up to leave we was about 2 or 3 mice scurrying around on the floor.

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Close to our son at Penn. Went for a birthday dinner and had a great time. Large portions, good selection, excellent service. Could have done without the TV but otherwise loved it.

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BH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I appreciated the varied menu and beverage options, the high quality of the food and the reasonableness of the prices for the quality and location. I have already recommended the restaurant to others and will make sure to visit on my next visit to Philadelphia.

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U
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and tasty appetizers! Clean space with outdoor seating and comfortable barstools.

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

In 50 minutes of being there we received two drinks and were then told the kitchen was backed up and we couldn’t even place a food order for 10 more minutes. We were not offered any discount on our drinks and left the restaurant to eat next door. Sounded like internal confusion around how bad of a back up there was which stemmed from a large party earlier in the night. The restaurant was mostly empty when we were there. Hope they fix these service issues - place was cool

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GT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, outstanding service. I'll be going back in the near future.

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JE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This will be my new go to restaurant when I’m in the area; service was exceptional and food was spot on.

Had desert too.......homemade cheesecake is to die for!!!!👍🏽🙌🏽

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for a farewell celebration for one of our team members. It was difficult to hear conversation among the four of us.

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AJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great beer selection. Nothing on the menu stood out at me.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the environment

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LE
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, but service was terrible. Wrong drink orders, wrong food orders and then we were forgotten. We waited forever to get the check. And the restaurant wasn't that crowded. I might give it one more try. Hopefully I get a better server.

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N
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Crab Sammy was delicious. The ingredients had a nice amount of crab according to my colleague.
The lasagna lunch special I had was very good. It had all vegetables. It came with a side salad which was a pleasant surprise. We both ordered the Strawberry Lemonade and it was a very tasty light refreshing summer drink.

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t
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty wings, nice presentation, and fresh food.

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S
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

too loud having our cute waitress miss some orders.....unfortunate mishap in the kitchen which delayed some meals. manager took off an order to make up for the screw ups.
would I go again.....probably, food was good.

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A
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a great place with excellent food and wonderful ambience. Very nice staff! We'll be coming back

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TD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.
Great staff
Great atmosphere.
We picked this place for University City and were glad we did. It was a nice discovery. We will return.

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N
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Seated in a very dark area. Music was so loud, almost impossible to hold a conversation. Server was inexperienced, although he was trying his best. Waited 30 THIRTY minutes for appetizer to be served. Then entree came out 10 TEN minutes later. Out of three identical entrees - one was cold, one was tepid, one was acceptable. Cookie on ice cream sandwich was stone-hard, impossible to bite into. Will not return.

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m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! My date and I got a private table which was cool. The place was very relaxing and the food was delicious but a little bit pricey, which is to be expected for the area and the quality of the restaurant.

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PC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience. no chardonnay available by the glass, they brought the incorrect appetizers, the meal was very spicy and the ice cream sandwhich was more cookie than ice cream. Our server was good but unfamiliar with the menu.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was friendly and courteous but our order took far too long to arrive. We had allowed one hour for lunch, but I was late for my next meeting as a result of the delay

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m
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Mediocre menu, dreadful food. Ordered a turkey sandwich with some type of mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato with a side of chips. I asked them to hold the tomato, but they didn't. In the end that was OK because the tomato slice was so small I could barely see it. They did, however, forget the mayo. The mayo hopefully would have helped as the sandwich was so dry I could barely swallow it. It was served on brown toast, which tasted more like stale bread than toast.

I only are about a third of the sandwich and then three in the towel.

I have no desire or intention to ever go there again

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our 5 people party experience was great from our 60 something year old mother in law down to my 5 year old son. The pancakes and French toast are how they should taste everytime, amazing! We all left so happy with our food and our experience. Only thing, they should tell people when they offer water to put a price on it. We were offered 3 types of water 2 of which they charge for and didn’t disclose until you get the tab.

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AV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

It is very noisy. I sat a table for two in the front part of the restaurant and it wasn't even full but all the noise echoes of all the walls and the hard surfaces.

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A
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the decor of this location, the food was great and the service was on point! But the noise level was loud, it was very hard to hold a conversation with a group of 4. Not the best place for a business lunch, but I'll come back.

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a
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I love this restaurants food SO much. I have been here many times, however, every time I have a meal here, the service is INCREDIBLY slow (both from the bar and the kitchen). Would recommend, but would like to see quicker service

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, beer selections, service. Extremely noisy

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M
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The waitstaff were pleasant and attentive, however the food is mediocre (or worse). Crispy chicken salad and grilled caesar salad with chicken took about 30 minutes to appear on the table. The chicken was tough and the caesar salad tasted too heavily of anchovies. The rosé wine was very lackluster. If this restaurant is to survive in a space which has seen quite a number of quick demises, it needs to to improve the quality of its offerings asap.

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E
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mostly overpriced, but the salads are surprisingly good and a decent value.

I wish there weren't televisions everywhere.

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