Booker's Restaurant and Bar

4.6
525 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 525 people are saying
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4.5
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4.7
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This will be my third time at Bookers over the years and I still enjoy being there. Great place, adorable outdoor decor, and great service from my server.

My only two complaints were that my fish had bones in it and I’m aware that it’s natural, but I would’ve liked a heads up. Secondly, one of the food runners brought us the wrong food and then debated with as to whether it was right and then debated with the server. It would’ve been easier to just fix it instead of arguing with us. She later came back and admitted it was her mistake and apologized, but a lesson in how to deal in customer service and that she doesn’t need to be right might be helpful.

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Timm
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our waiter, Ben, was very knowledgeable and friendly and the ambiance is nice. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience, great food, some noise bc of the trolley’s going back and forth, but good overall! Nice outdoor dining set up too! Really enjoyed my experience!!

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MillennialMom
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, atmosphere was nice! Would request outdoor seating next time.

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SHARB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS!! The staff was welcoming and friendly! Definitely will be back again!

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MichaelP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service sketchy..food good

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Bigjohnson
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and environment. A bit pricey but still worth it.

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JoanneC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good time for happy hour

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vipjwjw
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is terrific. Great food in a lovely setting.

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LornaH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Well spiced, generous in portion. The cocktails were also delicious. Inventive combinations. The service was excellent- Michael was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. We loved it and will be back!

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MarqC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great drinks and customer service. Love the outside dining

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GabrielaL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my grandparents out for brunch to celebrate their anniversary and my grandmother’s 67th bday. This was their first time and they loved it!!!

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GretchenH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Delightful atmosphere. Service just right.

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Alivein215
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good. The service was just a bit slow. Our waitress was very nice but I felt like she would leave our food and drinks and disappear for a while before she came back to check if there was anything else we needed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

This is my second time visiting Bookers and the service was even better the second time. I was seated and served in about 18 minutes. I had steak and eggs. While the eggs weren’t completely fried hard, it was still delicious. I didn’t necessarily enjoy the deviled eggs, and my May Flower cocktail didn’t really have a kick but it was still pretty and delicious. Overall, I would return again.

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Fola
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time I came in to when I left, the service provided was impeccable. The hostess, my server, the bar staff and various food runners all did their own jobs while helping each other out to keep patrons happy. My server was knowledgeable about the menu and drinks, providing details when asked. Now every time I think about the food I ate that night, (Mussels, collard greens, cornbread, deviled eggs salmon sliders, limoncello cake) I throw my head back in deep satisfaction. Perfect temp for everything, portions even bigger than I expected, melt in your mouth greatness. If you're looking for a Southern-style home good eat with a modern twist, this is your place.

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NateW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great service 😉👌🏾💯

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bookers was great for my second date night with ny boyfriend! Loved the food and so did he!

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SheenaN
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Overall great experience! Nice drinks! I expected more from the food but, it wasn’t horrible! Definitely want to try it out again for dinner instead of brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great

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EricF
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent and fast service will visit again in the very near future

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good time always. Just beware that you may have to wait despite a reservation. I waited 45 mins although I had a reservation. Which was a first time I waited so long to be seated. Free samples are always good. Thanks Hornitos I was a little disappointed in the grits they were so bland. Lacked flavor and salt other than that my other food was fine and the vibe is always good. I love the live band and Dj.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service!!

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CynthiaG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner at the Booker‘s restaurant on Baltimore Ave. the food was excellent I ordered the blackened fish with garlic mashed potatoes and collard greens everything was delicious. I also ordered the lemon cake which was $9.00 I received a slice that I considered worth $2.00. That ruined the whole dinner for me. The servers were bringing out corn bread slices bigger than the slice of lemon cake I receive. 😟

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LaurenT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went to Bookers for brunch. This was my second time there. The food was delicious. I'm so glad that my table was outside because it was super loud inside. I did not get any drinks this time, but the drinks are also good.

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PatriceR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting Booker’s and I must say that everything was great. The food, the server and the people were great. I will definitely be going there again.

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EbonieR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely . Clean .. food was great !!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

I was really excited about having dinner here. I’m sad to say I was disappointed in the food. My husband ordered the friend chicken breast, asked for palenta instead of mash potatoes, got the mash, when speaking with the waiter he then says, oh the kitchen said we’ve been out of palenta for a few weeks.....

Greens tasted like they were out of a can.
The only thing I enjoyed was the carrot cake and the Jack Apple Spritzer........

I don’t think I’ll be retuning.

Signed,
Disappointed

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SouthwestPhillyChris
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good time for early Mother's Day celebration dinner.

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CeeCee
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed atmosphere, great servers, and great food! We had a great time! No complaints!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for my friends bday and the place was BEAUTIFUL 😩 the servers were very nice and welcoming and the food was amazing as well. Huge portions for good prices

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Keya
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Service friendly staff and great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I believe it was a very good 1st time experience! A few tweaks could have made the experience excellent! But all in all a good and special day for the birthday girl!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love love love bookers!!!!

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Amber
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Michael, was awesome!! He made great recommendations and was very attentive to us.

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NJPB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was FANTASTIC! Our food was so delicious! We were given plenty of food, so much that we needed take out service. The only issue... we needed a deeper container to take our food home. The waitress was not able to wrap the food in foil or clear wrap. We were given a paper bag, and when we left, we were 50 meters from the restaurant and the bag broke!!!!! All of our delicious mussels, shrimp and pasta hit the ground! My girlfriend was furious ! We only needed some additional wrapping to secure the container. Other than that....excellent! I will be back, but I plan to eat ALL of my food on site or see the manager for the proper take out container.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ok
Drinks were
Great

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jball
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was very good. Will definitely be going back again and again.

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Former
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had reservations. When I arrived, I was told that they had 'over-seated' and I would have to wait 15 minutes. We were told that the owner wanted walk-ins to be seated, regardless of those with reservations. We waited 30 minutes, and were never seated. We left.

Why have reservations if they're not going to be honored?

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vipGaryH
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Excellent location. It was an enjoyable way to spend a summer like day in April. I'll be back

FAQs

Booker's Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 883-0960.

Booker's Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 525 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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