Booker's Restaurant and Bar

4.4
246 reviews
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Booker’s Restaurant and Bar is West Philadelphia's latest gathering spot, an urban bistro serving up New American comfort food with Southern flair. Enjoy a glass of bourbon, wine, or beer as you explore our eclectic menu, made for the diverse community we serve. Omnivores, vegans, kids, and adults alike will all find something to love at Bookers, so join us for our famous weekend brunch, our daily happy hour, or dinner and drinks. Our mouth-watering dishes, our comfortable vibe, and our neighborly service will give you a meal you won’t soon forget.
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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

On my previous visit I came for brunch and sat at the bar. It was taking an unusually long time to be served and as soon as we were about to summons someone, the manager came over, apologized for the wait and explained that there were two large parties and they were understaffed so orders would take longer than usual. We'd placed drink orders and were still deciding whether we would stay for food or go elsewhere. Well out came a complimentary order of calamari, which of course made our decision easier. Not only did we appreciate that he apologized for the wait, he also provided a complimentary dish, which was small enough not to put a dent into the day's earnings, but big enough in gesture to keep us there and make more money. We ordered a couple more rounds of drinks and some food (tbh-i cannot remember what all we had ordered). FF to yesterday, my most recent visit and this time i was with a group and everybody's food was delicious. We had the mimosas, which were all tasty: Vanilla Peach, Spicy Blackberry and Sunset. I had the Salmon Cake Benny with cheese grits, someone had the Catfish Benny, another had the Cheesecake French Toast and one had a side of scrambled eggs with turkey sausage. We all enjoyed our food. The hostess was a sweetheart and our waitress was great! We ended up being put out after three hours of holding up a table, but it was understandable. That just went o show how comfortable we were and that we enjoyed the environment. I will def be returning!

AG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere , would definitely go back

KR
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, vegan offering, and good ambiance. Can't wait to visit the Beer Garden

E
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and service were all great!! Our server, John was nice, attentive and helpful!! Enjoyable evening with girlfriends!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We came to Booker’s for a birthday celebration. The ambiance and service were both good, but the food was horribly executed. First, I ordered a grilled watermelon salad with goat cheese and there wasn’t any goat cheese on it. This would have been OK except that no one came by the check on how the appetizers were, so by the time they offered to put goat cheese on the salad, the grilled watermelon was soggy and cold. For my entree I ordered the steak medium rare, and it came out medium well. My boyfriend and aunt both ordered the pork ribs, which were under cooked and hard. Although the food was horribly executed, the manager did try to remedy the experience by re-cooking the steak, giving me a complimentary glass of wine, and the birthday girl a complimentary dessert. Those efforts were definitely appreciated. Booker’s could be an excellent spot in west philly if the food was on point.

ND
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect vibe! Great food, great service, great fir date nite or hanging with friends.

HB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner and I chose to visit for our weekly date night dinner. The atmosphere was extremely diverse, welcoming and friendly. The food was delicious and served hot which is a big deal for us. We had the seafood Mac and cheese as an appetizer and it was to die for. We also had the mussels; the country fried chicken and creole vegan jambalaya and it was very tasty and satisfying. We are looking forward to visiting again for the brunch which was recommended by our waitress. If you are looking for a mellow vibe with great food and drinks please visit Booker’s.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booker's has great food, good cocktails and excellent service. My only complaint is that their tables are often very wobbly! So wobbly that the past two times I've gone there, we've been moved from one table to another because the wobbliness was impossible to fix. Other than that, though, it's a nice place to eat.

TS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Booker's is a quaint restaurant with a cool vibe. It reminds me of something you might find in Tribeca or the Village. A friend and I attended on a Saturday for brunch. We ate in the main dining area which has a wall of glass doors trimmed in a beautifully stained wood which open to allow fresh air in. I had the black eyed pea hummus and the shrimp and grits. Both of which I would highly recommend. Service was quick and the food came out nice and hot. I will definitely visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great! It’s a wonderful spot! Would definitely go back.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon my arrival I was greeted by a warm smile from a very welcoming hostess. The decor is impressive and the ambiance is warm and inviting. The wait staff is attentive and engaging.
Lastly, the food is DELICIOUS.

I'm looking forward to going back.

SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really great the service was fantastic we will be back thank you!!

TP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great - 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays!!

b
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at Booker's. It was a fantastic experience. Wait staff very attentive and fast service. Food was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service

KH
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My 4th time @ Booker's. Seafood Mac/Cheese, the best I've ever tasted! Crab cake Sliders, delicious. Louisiana Omlet satisfied my Cajan roots. Hummus, better than mine! Salad fresh ambience very pleasant. I've recommended to several friends, each we're more than satisfied. I'll be a regular.
The one glaring misstep was desert. Either send the pastry chef for lessons or take the pineapple upside down cake off the menu! Major disappointment!!! I got it to go, or I'd have demanded it be removed from my bill! You'd do better to use a box mix & follow the instructions. I know to never order dessert again (won't take a chance on any of your other offerings). Surely the cake wasn't prepared by the same chef who prepared the delicious savory items, because no self respecting chef should want his name & reputation associated with the awful cake I was served!
Karen Harvey

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Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I took a friend there for brunch. I live in the suburbs (Malvern area) and seldom have brunch in Philadelphia so this was an adventure for me.
Service was prompt; the special orders were correct the first time.
My salad was delicious. My guest had an omelette which she said was excellent.
Although it was around noon on a Sunday, I was able to find parking within less than a block.
I would certainly return.
Sorry we forgot to take photos.

AP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Drinks were good. We had the calamari but it was over cooked, macaroni was delicious, catfish was just ok, greens were perfectly seasoned, my friend enjoyed her crabcake sliders and for dessert we had pineapple upside down cake but it was not what we expected and not good at all. This place has nice staff and I would come back for a happy hour. Prices are reasonable. Relaxed environment.

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Atmosphere was warm and welcoming. Service was above average! All in all, a great experience!

N
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first time here and I enjoyed being there. The live music was awesome. The food and drinks I had were great. The only thing I would suggest improvement on is the wait time for the food coming out.

JL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booker's has food that is familiar but done with flair. Service is efficient. I would call the noise level "moderate" but for a decent part of our visit it was extremely noisy due to one table in the room. I would not choose it for quiet conversation. Overall it is a stylish spot for drinks, brunch, etc.

T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was was delicious, The staff were very informative and I really enjoyed this restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of my favorite neighborhood spots. Great food and service.

ED
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always great. Service not so much. Every time I’ve been, I’ve had to wait a significant amount of time to even speak to a waiter/waitress much less order something.

k
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!!!
I so love the cat fish sliders and the shrimp and grits. Can’t wait until my next visit

LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great. Loved the ambiance and the outside seating as well. Food varieties were excellent.

DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great first time experience dining at Booker's. The food was delicious and service was superb as well. My husband and I definitely will return to dine again.

We all felt very welcomed by the GM. She was very nice. Her name escapes me. Keep up the excellent service.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We waited an hour before we received our first course and drinks. Our waitress was not pleasant at all. Didn’t check on us at all. We waited another 30 minutes for desert which was a piece of cake. The wait between courses was ridiculous. Bathrooms weren’t clean.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my second time coming to Booker’s Restaurant and Bar and I absolutely loveeee it! My first time here, one of the owners of the center came to our table personally to chat with us and ensure we were enjoying ourselves. The second time was amazing too! The food is AMAZING. The only reason why I gave their service a 4 star was because it took our waiter some time before bringing out our meals. Other than that I will definitely be returning!

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was ok. Service was terrible. We waited an hour in between each course with no apology.

NT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Favorite local spot, good drinks and eats. Great ambience

MM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an awesome experience. The staff and food was amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Our server lacked professionalism and just overall appropriate courtesy. He did not follow up at our table for drinks, check in on the table if we needed anything, could not request dessert, food was delivered to each person at different times which was very odd. I requested the check and boxes to pack our food on two different occasions because of neglect of attention to our table. The manager stated they were understaffed, however when we approached our waiter about the bad service, he brushed us off stating rudely, just tell his manager. Overall food was good but service was terrible and inattentive.

AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live right around the corner and bring all my friends here for brunch!! The brunch cocktails and mimosas are delicious and the food is some of the best I have had in Philly. Some of my go-to’s there are Buffalo cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Chicken and waffles, Rancheros, and the blueberry cheesecake french toast. Cute interior and outdoor seating, and staff is always great:)

LJ
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow due to the waiting staff cant go into the kitchen or bar area to get sodas or condiments. I will not be going back

MD
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a great time at Booker's celebrating my wedding anniversary. We will definitely be back.

DJ
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the sweat potato crusted salmon. It’s phenomenal.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was immaculate from the service to the food. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to come back!

JJ
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food atmosphere and prices are good !!! My husband and I consider Bookers one of our favorite spots to go to.

SD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, delicious food and reasonable prices. Noise level was somewhat loud. Overall experience was great. I will dine there again and recommend to others.

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