Booker's Restaurant and Bar

4.5
556 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 556 people are saying
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Luv2dine
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Considering we sat outside, it was very busy and noisy on the street, but overall very nice restaurant. We’ll definitely go back

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RobinD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and awesome service.

A perfect place for date night.

KJ
KelliJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food service was good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I ordered a mimosa it was hot, the waitress forgot pieces to our order she brought us the bill before even asking if we wanted dessert it was just not a good experience.

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Leah
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I purposely made reservations for indoor seating to avoid the heat just to be in a hot and stuffy environment. Sweating so much I couldn’t enjoy my meal. Bad experience, mediocre food, but my server was great

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

For my 1st time, on my birthday, the experience was great! Food was well seasoned and warm when we received it. Our waitress was excellent and great ambiance. I will definitely come back

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Adreeonah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bookers was the perfect spot for some good food, soul music (we loved the selection of classic R&B music they had playing), and chill vibe for me and my girls. Mike, our waiter was excellent and very attentive. The food could have been a little hotter and the presentation needs work but overall the flavors were good and we left satisfied. The bread budding and Henny punch were amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this restaurant. Great food with a varied menu. Great service. We ate outside where they’ve created a charming space with gauze curtains and twinkle lights. Noise from Baltimore Ave is hardly noticeable. Great restaurant for any occasion!

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AnitaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Booker’s and I throughly enjoyed everything. The food, service, atmosphere were all excellent. I will certainly be coming back!

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Wjohnson
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and service, food wasn't to great.

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ElaineS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great addition to West Philly's restaurant scene. Large portions, interesting selections.

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Salaam21
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Loved that it was black owned. The atmosphere was nice. The food was ok.

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JewelM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious 🤤. Enjoyed the atmosphere. Service was great. Will go again.

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vipdalila
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Blackened catfish is good

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TarrynN
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, expertly prepared, and served to please the eyes as well.
All the waitstaff was very attentive - Brittany was great!
The outdoor dining area was nicely done and added lovely ambiance to the experience!
Saba - the owner - was helpful, pleasant and humble - kudos and continued success! 👍🏽

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Yvonne
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Took my husband for brunch for his birthday-he loves breakfast and fortunately his meal was great with the exception of the “home fries”. He and my daughter were expecting homemade potatoes but they tasted like the bag from Simply Potatoe. My daughter‘s and my food was not good. Her waffles were overcooked-hard and mine were undercooked-I tasted the mixture. I ordered the Chicken, Shrimp & waffles-I received chicken tenders instead of fried chicken pieces as describe on the menu, the shrimps seemed like the box of frozen already made shrimps and again my waffles did not taste done. So unfortunate for us but thankful my husband enjoyed most of his meal-the Veggie Omelette & Cheesecake Frenchtoast.

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vipPhoenix
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I decided to take my date to Bookers because she had never been, although I have many of times. I even get brunch delivered to my home from here.

The waiter Michael was great, but the food wasn’t good. The mussels were small and dried out. I returned the plate. The next batch which was fresh was better. The Calamari was overcooked and rubber like and smelled burnt. I returned the plate. The cornbread was cold, sent it back. My bistro salad with shrimp was ok but the walnuts weren’t candied and the shrimp wasn’t cooked as it has been the 100xs I’ve ordered it. Catfish was dry as well.

Needless to say for a $135 bill, I’d rather drink the special drink of the night then to eat the food here. I’ve been when they first opened and to say that the food has taken a major downward spiral is me being nice. Needless to say, I thought I was doing something by visiting with my date for it to turn out a disaster.

I will only return for my Huevos rancheros and that’s it.

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Chama
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Work get together. Nice environment. Great service food was very good oxtails great.

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Shana
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I heard a lot of great things about this restaurant and decided to finally go check it out for myself and I was pleasantly surprised. I decided to go for dinner after work but made reservations just in case. The hostess was very welcoming and friendly and our waitress was very accommodating. The mashed potatoes that came out with my meal wasn’t very hot so I sent it back but they quickly resolved the situation. The rest of the food was fresh and cooked perfectly. I must also mention the cornbread and strawberry butter, I can’t even begin to describe it……..Melt in your mouth! I will definitely be going back.

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BoutPhil
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The polenta for the short ribs was not as palatable as anticipated - too loose…the ribs were good.

Nice sitting outside with the curtains and fan - gave a beautiful breeze and setting.

One of the more likable establishments I support!

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MeganO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After hearing such wonderful things about Booker’s we finally were able to go and it exceeded our expectations. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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MarilynJ
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Booker's and the dinning experience was extremely excellent, Michael made me feel special and I loved it, I will be returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely a 10/10 experience, from the waiters consistent service to the great food served everything was great for my first date there

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LaQuanaS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Bookers was recommended to me by a few friends. They easily accommodate a table for 5 outside. Luck enough we came during happy hour. I ordered the chicken sliders from the happy hour menu, which was pretty good. I ordered the Buffalo cauliflower, I sent I back as it was too soggy for me. I was disappointed with my drink. I ordered Cosmopolitan from the happy hour menu, and it didn’t taste like a Cosmopolitan. Each time I order a drink each drink taste different or look different. It was never a consistent taste for a simple Cosmopolitan. The the choice of Vodka they use during happy hours through the taste off. I will try them again, but a different option next time!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Almost everything was overcooked or burned

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very busy. The decor and ambiance of the establishment is beautiful however, the service and food was not as pretty. The food was bland & the staff were too pushy. My reservation was for 8:30 I didn’t get seated until 15 minutes after. I got seated one place then was asked to relocate. I was relocated to a seat near the restroom so my party and I kept being interrupted by guests trying to get to the restroom. I was not pleased with the service but again it’s a beautiful place.

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Timm
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
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 on June 18, 2021
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 on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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SHARB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service sketchy..food good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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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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AngieC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time but definitely not my last.
I loved the broad menu!!

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vipjwjw
Philadelphia
67 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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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 4.5 stars by 556 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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