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Booker's Restaurant and Bar, Philadelphia, PA

Booker's Restaurant and Bar

4.4
4.4
792 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.

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Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 883-0960

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please details your event needs bookers.bmore@gmail.com or call us directly 215-883-0960

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Cross street

    Between 50th and 51st on Baltimore Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    34 Trolley

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Bookers Happy Hour 4 - 7 7days a Week. Daily Special $10

Happy Hour Tapas

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates$6.00

    Pitted dates wrapped in bacon with a fig balsamic glaze

    • Salmon Sliders$9.00

      Fresh salmon blend on brioche buns with dill aioli, old bay seasoning, micro greens

      • Spicy Meatballs$6.00

        Two meatballs with parmesan cheese, house marinara

        • Steak Sliders$6.00

          Green peppers, caramelized onions, cheese sauce

          • Thai Wings$5.00

            Sweet and spicy, cilantro, sesame seeds and scallions

            • Fried Calamari$6.00

              Peppadew peppers, spicy arrabiata sauce

              • Wisconsin Cheese Curds$8.00

                Served with spicy arrabiata sauce

                Vegan Optional Selections

                • Buffalo Cauliflower$5.00

                  Red hot butter, carrots, celery, bleu cheese sauce

                  • Black Eyed Pea Hummus$8.00

                    with fresh veggies and warm pita bread

                    • Handcut Fries$3.00

                      Drafts

                      $5

                      • Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA

                        • Blue Moon Belgian White

                          • Modelo Especial Lager

                            • Dock Street Rye IPA

                              • Stone Tangerine IPA

                                • Allagash Saison

                                  • 2Spills Pilsner

                                    • Angry Orchard Rose Cider

                                      Wines

                                      $5

                                      • Pinot Grigio

                                        • Merlot

                                          • Sparkling Wine

                                            Cocktails

                                            $6

                                            • Mojito

                                              • Vodka Lemonade

                                                • Whiskey Ginger

                                                  • Margarita

                                                    Sangria

                                                    $6

                                                    • Green Apple

                                                      Best City Wide Special

                                                      $7

                                                      • Draft Beer

                                                        • Well Shot

                                                          • Fried Pickle Chips

                                                            Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                            What 792 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                            4.4
                                                            4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                            • 4.4Food
                                                            • 4.4Service
                                                            • 4.6Ambience
                                                            • 4.3Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Everything was good , will be back again

                                                            2. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                                              overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                              Service was very promptly and swift! We arrived 15mins before our reservations, sat down and ate under an hour. I got the catfish entree. The collards were not my fave so i got green beans switched for them which was way better. The ratio of potatoes to the catfish I think was too much. Perhaps reduce the amount of mash or add another piece of catfish. The cornbread was really good but the strawberry cream didn't compliment it well. Overall good time would visit again for brunch in the future.

                                                            3. A

                                                              Artjunkie

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Nice happy hour menu with plenty of cocktails to choose from. The hostess Pam was awesome. Good food and drinks. Loved the Thai Wings. We enjoyed the outdoor seating.

                                                            4. E

                                                              Emma

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great ambience. Food is excellent and service was very responsive.

                                                            5. JM

                                                              JenniferM

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Went to Booker's to celebrate our son's graduation - we had a great waiter and a wonderful time. The outdoor area is adorable and food was amazing. We truly enjoyed our lunch.

                                                            6. NW

                                                              NicoleW

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                              Our waiter was awesome, the food took over an hour to come. It was our anniversary and we just packed up our food and came home. And we spent over $150 and didn't enjoy it. Kinda bummed.

                                                            7. S

                                                              Sissy4

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Had a sisters dinner last night. Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and pleasant service. Great atmosphere!

                                                            8. AB

                                                              AreB

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              21 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              21 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                              I really wanted to like Booker's more! The food was good, but nothing special (obviously based on one meal). The service was slow: Our cocktails, which we'd ordered before ordering dinner so that we'd get them before we got dinner, arrived mid-meal. It was noisy, but part of that was that we were sitting at a patio table almost adjacent to an inside table with a group celebrating a birthday. The hostess was wonderful. Will try again for weekend brunch.

                                                            9. RH

                                                              RobinH

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Server was friendly, courteous, professional. The food was excellent.

                                                            10. CA

                                                              CAROLYNB

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              We enjoyed ourselves but I have 2 recommendation: They should display 2 messages on each table so that customers will be aware of 2 unfavorable policies. Also the wait staff should wear masks inside. 1. Automatically adding 20% gratuity to each check(eat in and take out) is a bit much. If you feel that you have to include gratuity, why not 15% or 18%, especially for take out orders. It was a bit annoying to find this out at the end. 2. To automatically round the bill up to the nearest whole dollar........ and say we don't do change was annoying.

                                                            11. K

                                                              Kentucky

                                                              Baltimore

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The ambience, customer service & food was outstanding.

                                                            12. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                              overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                              As much as people speak highly of this place I was highly disappointed. 1. It’s time for a bigger space super tight and uncomfortable. 2. That’s seafood Mac and cheese isn’t seafood Mac n cheese. My Mac had nothing but water in it. Looked as if someone just threw the noodles in some cheese sauce just horrible.

                                                            13. C

                                                              Cheryl

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Our Server was fabulous!! Veery accommodating waitstaff. Prompt service!

                                                            14. JK

                                                              JuranK

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              I enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Great service too!

                                                            15. s

                                                              sandy

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great food, waitress was professional.

                                                            16. EK

                                                              EKJones

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Service was excellent. Food came out quickly.

                                                            17. A

                                                              Amazed

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                              overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                              Let me start by first saying that the previous two times I loved this place. However this past Saturday was a mess. We were sat at 7:45, given water and a drink, ordered food and didn’t see the waiter for another hour! No asking if we needed any more water, another drink or anything. An hour in and we finally got our apps. Then about 45mins later we got our food. Slow service is ok but nothing for an hour is ridiculous. Food was ok, I’ve had better from there, and was like warm so idk if we were forgotten about or what…all I know is $160 later we left and were disappointed.

                                                            18. PM

                                                              ProudMaMa28

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                              The food was really good. Portions and quality of food was reasonable for the pricings. Seafood mac and cheese was outstanding.

                                                            19. TD

                                                              TiaD

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Outstanding service from placing our reservation to paying our bill. We had a wonderful dining experience, including exceptional customer service. We told everyone about it and can’t wait to go back.

                                                            20. J

                                                              Jani

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Delicious food, great service. Would definitely go again

                                                            21. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              My mom got a promotion so we went out to dinner, we had a blast! The food was incredible, also the value of their happy hour menu was top notch!

                                                            22. MT

                                                              MaishaT

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                              Great experience!..definitely will come again. A great venture for any event, very enjoyable setting and great drinks and food. Will be back.

                                                            23. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                              Brunch was good. Nothing special but nothing bad either. I was expecting a twist to make their food stand out but the service was great which is much if not more than outstanding food. Outstanding food with bad service is a turn off and I don’t return. But here, you’ll get average food not super nice service from the hostess to the guys bringing out the food to the server. I’ll return and I do recommend. Oh the ambiance was nice. Nice, clean (she even swept the floor before we sat down) outdoor seating with plastic barriers.

                                                            24. LS

                                                              LaShauntaG

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              I love Brookers, food always on point.

                                                            25. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great experience. Good food!

                                                            26. FC

                                                              FreyaC

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Went for my friend’s birthday and enjoyed the ambiance and service. The grits and eggs are just ok, but the fried chicken and shrimp were amazing.

                                                            27. E

                                                              Eric

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              1.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                              overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                              In town so decided to book a reservation to celebrate a birthday on a Friday night and added a special request for a person with crutches. Ended up seating us at a high top table. Server was knowledgeable but service could have been a lot better. Food was a total disappointment. Seafood Mac and cheese was served on aluminum foil inside a skillet. Pieces of the aluminum foil was forked and swallowed. Ordered food to go and both meals were burnt and inedible. Definitely not worth the $200 we spent. Left the entire meal in the trash at the hotel. :-(

                                                            28. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                              Decent experience taking my mother out as I live in NC and both wanted to try this place for the first time while I was home visiting. Great atmosphere and vibe by far on a Friday @ 1:00pm Everything was good overall with the exception of the service. The service was rather slow took about 15 mins for drink and later the food followed shortly after. The entrees were good; shrimp and grits & fish and grits. Nice and hot, well prepared. Sunset Mimosa not bad at all. I would give it another shot in the future, however the “service” definitely needs improvement especially for the price point of $70 plus for dinning of 2 and if your going to add automatic gratuity if the bill is $100 or more. If you have time and not in a rush great place to dine, however if you have time sensitive plans after I would not recommend.

                                                            29. T

                                                              Tiffgoins

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              This was such an amazing eating experience. Bookers remind me of the great Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem. Chill vibe, great food, lovely music, and the food is delectable.

                                                            30. TE

                                                              TEAK

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                              overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                              Food served was not hot but warm. Server should be retraned on how to serve and remove dishes from table. The website did not say there was a prefixed menu.

                                                            31. T

                                                              Trayday

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                              We had a pre-fixe menu which included appetizer of gumbo, berry salad , bacon wrapped asparagus or avocado toast. The main courses were fried chicken and shrimp with waffle, salmon and grits, seafood omelette,duck breast with waffle. Dessert was carrot cake, limoncello cake or bread pudding. My only complaint is that they ran out of carrot cake for my dessert. The service was outstanding and the staff is super friendly and professional Kudos

                                                            32. DC

                                                              DamienC

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                              Must visit !!! The Food was Amazing , pricy but worth it ....

                                                            33. MA

                                                              MurielA

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                              The food and portion sizes were really good. The service was great and it's a nice atmosphere. I will definitely come back again.

                                                            34. C

                                                              Christopher

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                              atmosphere was fun and upbeat service was friendly and fast there was a dirty plate at the table which left a sour note

                                                            35. SS

                                                              SheilaS

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              My day was simply fabulous. Me and my sisters had a wonderful time. The food was great. And the atmosphere was friendly and pleasant. I’ll be coming back soon. 👍🏽👍🏽❤️

                                                            36. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was served hot and it was delicious. Everything was wonderful.

                                                            37. LP

                                                              LovefindinggemsinPhilly

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great food, wonderful staff, love the outdoor seating as well as the indoor/outdoor seating (love when the door leading to outside is open).

                                                            38. C

                                                              Caroltim

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Booker's is a gift to the neighborhood. The food is fantastic. The outside area, where we sat was lovely. Wait staff friendly and competent.

                                                            39. A

                                                              Arie

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              3.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                              overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                              Waiter forgot drink order. Resturant lost power, had to change order shortly after I choose something else power came back on, had to look for waiter to get original order and then ask about where our drinks were. No discount for inconvenience or complementary drink / shot / dessert.

                                                            40. T

                                                              Tory

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                              overall2food1service3ambience4

                                                              Food was excellent last year now it is terrible. The scenery is beautiful but over all not worth the money we spent there.

                                                            Safety precautions

                                                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                              • 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

                                                            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 4.4 stars by 792 OpenTable diners.

                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                            Booked 40 times today
                                                            Google Map for Booker's Restaurant and Bar

                                                            5021 Baltimore Ave Philadelphia, PA 19143

                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Cross street

                                                              Between 50th and 51st on Baltimore Ave

                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                              University City

                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                              Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              American, Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Dining

                                                            • Dress code

                                                              Casual Dress

                                                            • Parking details

                                                              Street Parking

                                                            • Public transit

                                                              34 Trolley

                                                            • Payment options

                                                              AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                            • Phone number

                                                              (215) 883-0960

                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                              Please details your event needs bookers.bmore@gmail.com or call us directly 215-883-0960

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