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Booker's Restaurant and Bar, Philadelphia, PA

Booker's Restaurant and Bar

4.4
4.4
819 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 37 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

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What 819 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    The food was ok but they did not use any salt, my husband and I and other guess all asked for salt and pepper. Big miss for me, but service was great and food came fast. Nice little spot but a no for me

  2. T

    Terrence

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite restaurant in the city of Philadelphia! Always great service and excellent food.

  3. G

    Germaine

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The chairs needs improvement better chairs other than that the place

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    It was only ok . It was very noisy . I kept hearing the dishes get clanked around. The service was slow even though I saw a lot of people working. Buffalo cauliflower was good. Coupon was good but too much spaghetti .

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    It took more than 45 minutes to get our meal

  6. DO

    DanaO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Wasn’t greeted upon arrival. Hostess was distracted and had to be assisted by another staff member even though there were dozens of employees just standing around. Drinks were watered down. Food subpar.

  7. OW

    OliviaW

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was definitely a good experience

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The waffle and duck was not good because the duck was dry as hell. When I say dry I mean super super dry. The waffle was just okay.

  9. RR

    RobinR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Birthday celebrations

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience every time I come . Friendly staff

  11. LR

    LauraR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I was with a party of 3. I had the oxtails. They are very spicy and good! My companions had the porch chop and short rib. They liked them very much. Very pleasant staff and they were attentive. We will definitely be going back 😊

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My Gabby Graduation after party was awesome. #bookers food was amazing as usual 🔥🔥🔥❤️ #congrats #graduation #1stgrade here she come 💕 #ilovemyfamily ❤️

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience2

    Waitresses was super nice BUT I got the wrong change back from my bill and never received my appetizers. No apologies... 🤦🏽‍♀️

  14. DW

    DianeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about my visit was fantastic. The food was delicious and the waitress was very helpful and attentive to us. I will definitely be coming back soon.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We sat outside. Not a fan of the deliveries made out front with trucks throwing off heat and honking. Slower service, but the place was packed. However, our food came out quick once we ordered. Sever was very thorough, and professional . Food was excellent! I suggest reducing portions and charging less. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience.

  16. g

    gregoryc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The music was just too loud; have to shout to be heart. It's a restaurant - not a disco. To be fair, the music was turned down when we requested.

  17. SE

    SEW8

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    This was much better experience than my last. Servers and host very friendly and got me seated right away. The drinks and food were good and it was a nice atmosphere. The Drinks took a little while to come out , and we were served complimentary chocolate cake because it was my friends birthday .

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food and service

  19. ME

    MarkE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great customer service and great prices. Atmosphere was nice restaurant was clean. Will definitely be back. Food was delicious.

  20. C

    Chynadoll

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to celebrate your special event or day. The atmosphere is beautiful and the staff are pleasant

  21. PP

    PamP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good, nice choices. Loved the Blackened catfish! Omg! Will Be back when in town

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Had a beautiful graduation dinner with friends. The serving staff was incredible!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came into town for date night and decided on dinner at Bookers. We have seen this restaurant on IG and wanted to visit as we love to support black business. We were seated promptly and everyone from the host to our waiter were friendly and welcoming. The vibe is great and the patrons were a nice mixed crowd. We had the crispy Brussels and lamb shank with yellow rice…Food was delicious and the lamb fell off the bone. After dinner we walked over to Bayou Lounge, which is adjacent and ended up spending the next three hours watching a group of phenomenal spoken work artists. The place was setup like a really chic, intimate salon and the crowd reminded me of the old school Philly places where you might run into Jill Scott or someone from the Roots…definitely a vibe. Already planning a return trip…Funky verbs Funky words…

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food- fantastic! Service was even better. Asia serviced us and made sure we had a phenomenal experience. The chicken and shrimp and waffles was great. I came for the Buffalo cauliflower and was not disappointed. The inside is super cute. I will def go back soon.

  25. SB

    SamaryaB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5

    We had to wait very long for our food and when it did come it was overcooked and I was very disappointed

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My Neice enjoyed her birthday celebration at Bookers

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was good , will be back again

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    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.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent!

  30. A

    Artjunkie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    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.

  31. E

    Emma

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  32. JM

    JenniferM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. RH

    RobinH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  37. 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.

  38. K

    Kentucky

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambience, customer service & food was outstanding.

  39. 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.

  40. JK

    JuranK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Great service too!

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 819 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 37 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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