Cinder Copper & Lace

3.8
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Rittenhouse craft beer bar and artisanal pizza kitchen features 32 taps and 70+ bottles with a focus on ciders/sours.

Pizzas, mussels, small plates, and cheese/charcuterie boards in the open kitchen focusing on local ingredients. Creative and classical toppings that are prepared in a custom-built wood-fired pizza oven. Beer is poured from our full custom design system housed in copper pipes.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great wings and Brie dip!

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Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Was here for restaurant week. First time at Cinder. Unfortunately the last time. I was looking forward to it. The service was slow even as the night went on and it got less crowded. The food looked better than it tasted. The menu was different from online. The waitress said it was an old menu. Maybe it’s best for drinks and bar bites. I’ll never know. Too bad. Inside was nice and lively crowd.

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FR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went during restaurant week and had a really good time. The food and service was exceptional.

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was ok but not quite served as described in the menu- missing garnishes, etc. Service and food coming out of the kitchen were very slow- couldn't finish dinner bc we had to leave to catch a train

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was good and great deal for restaurant week price. Had tons of left overs! Service however was TERRIBLE. Our server was great but the kitchen took FOREVER. I have been to plenty of other restaurants during this special week where you can get 3-4 courses for only $35 and it still takes an average amount of time (about an hour to an hour and a half for the whole experience). We were at Cinder for two and a half hours and ended up just asking for our desserts to go since it was taking so long. Wouldn't go back.

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DB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I came to Cinder for restaurant week. The food was ok, nothing amazing. The service was very slow. The whole experience took 3 hours, which wasn’t awful since I was catching up with a friend. But the place wasn’t even crowded , so I was just confused. I liked the ambiance. It was a little expensive, but I enjoyed the 4 courses. If I were to come back, I would maybe cut out a couple things.

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PF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was extra slow when it wasn't that busy. Food was bland. Ordered the crostini and the mussels and the bread that came with it was not toasted at all. Everything was bland. The only. Thing my husband and I liked were their pizza.

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for Restaurant Week and the menu was not the same as advertised online. The quality of the food was not great and it was not worth the price. Service was adequate and the place is nice, but might be best for just small apps and drinks.

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V
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beer and cider selections were excellent, the food was great and the service was great.

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C
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Selection of beer and ciders is wonderful. Love the local farm support.
Went for restaurant week 2019 and it was fantastic. One of us ordered from the restaurant week menu and the other ordered just a salad. My friend and I shared everything since the portions were so large. The salads were delicious, lots of cheese-based dishes, and the pizza was an entire pizza! The mushroom pizza was fabulous. The chocolate torte wasn't anything special, but it was a nice option to have instead of cheesecake (more cheese!).

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for restaurant week and pleasantly surprised by the portion sizes. Food was well prepared and service was great. We sat in a high top in window which was perfect people watching. Would come back again.

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J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very slow. looking around everyone was looking around waiting for something. seemed like the restaurant was understaffed. seemed like a waitress and a bartender were working the whole place. food came out barely warm. The fries were great. The steak had no flavor very under seasoned.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week to celebrate our birthdays. Our waitress was super nice and accommodating. We loved everything but our only complaint was we wish the toast on the crostini and Brie creme brûlée was more toasted. The ricotta crostini was borderline soggy. But other than everything was excellent. Will definitely come again!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I tried Cinder for Restaurant Week and had a generally good experience. I appreciated the 4-course menu, but the first half was better than the second. The Restaurant Week menu also differed from what was listed on the RW website, which was disappointing.

The appetizers, brie creme brulee and costini were great - they were interesting and different. We each then had a salad and thought they were less creative, but well portioned and had good ingredients. We each tried a different pizza after that and they were good. I would order them again, but wouldn't go there just for the pizza. Finally, the dessert cheesecake balls were a little too deconstructed, and needed a crust or graham of some kind. The other dessert we got was the cheese board, which was very disappointing. It was the same brie, once again, and a mediocre cheddar. It was also the same bread as with the appetizer. It wasn't a great finisher, since it was almost identical to the appetizer. I was expecting it to be more of a dessert cheese board, or at least significantly different than the appetizer.

We also each had the sours flight, and while it was overpriced, the beers were excellent. They had many more on the menu I'd like to try.

Finally, the ambiance is nice. It's a bit dark in there, but that was fine for what we were looking for. Unfortunately, another (adult) guest became outright belligerent during the football game for at least 15 minutes. I kept wondering why the bar tender or manager wouldn't step in. She was yelling, screaming, and throwing a fit on the floor (literally), and ended up starting a confrontation with another guest. It was embarrassing for her, but worse for the restaurant, since nobody stepped in to escort her out until her friends decided to leave with her. It really was a damper on a generally good meal at a place we'd never been to before.

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AU
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Came here for restaurant week because of the menu I saw on the website. Got here and the menu was totally different. Not good. Incredibly loud atmosphere with people at the bar screaming like this was a sports pub. Wouldn’t come back.

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DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was awful. Waited 15 mins for a drink. People at other tables had to wait a long time for their food .

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. We waited 45 minutes for food to be served and cancelled the one entree that still was not ready. Food that was served came out at all different times and was only okay. Don't waste your time or money.

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FS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

My husband and I decided to try Cinder Copper & Lace as part of restaurant week. Our 1st 2 courses were amazing and the cider mussels were probably the best I have ever tasted. However after that point, it felt we were being pushed out of the restaurant because they had a private party coming in that the restaurant was closed to the public for. Our main courses were brought well before we had finished the 2nd course (which was those amazing mussels that I wanted to finish). And then the dessert was placed down on the table after I had eaten only 3 bites of the main entree. The check was put on the table immediately following the dessert plate placement. We were only inside the restaurant for approx an hour and 20 min. Which for a 4 course meal, seems extremely rushed. We took the time to secure babysitters for the evening and would have liked the opportunity to enjoy our meal a bit more leisurely. Had the restaurant notified us of this private party when we made the reservation or even when they called to confirm the reservation, I may have felt differently about being rushed out, or quite honestly, I may have switched my reservation to another restaurant. Babysitters and date nights out don’t happen often.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came out for restaurant week

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food but service was extremely slow.

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

We came for restaurant week and several options on the menu were unavailable including basic items like potatoes. When we asked for a vegetable substitute since they no longer had the fries advertised with the meal, the waiter said the restaurant ran out of vegetables and only had mushrooms left. How is that possible?! There were long gaps in between each course. Overall, it looks like they were struggling in every aspect and it was a disappointing dining experience.

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PD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was very good, especially the apps and snacks. However, the service was not good. Our entrees were served before our apps, despite the entrees being ordered about ten minutes after we placed orders for apps. One of the entrees was so late it arrived after we were full from other food. We didn’t see our server for 15 minutes at a time, and had to ask multiple times for water to be refilled. We got different drinks to the ones we ordered. Some of it was due to the server having too many tables and no support from other servers.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great place to eat. Food and service was awesome. Craft beer choices were fantastic.

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SW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there before the Grinch. We had a reservation for 6. We were there for about 2 hours having a great time. The fries were AMAZING!

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S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious mussels and outstanding pizza. Enjoyed!!

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JH
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered an appetizer and came out after dinner. All entrees came out at different times. Great beer list but overall just an ok experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch menu. Delicious and friendly service

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OT
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Read reviews here about Cinder and decided to try it for brunch. Should have figured when only 2 other tables were there that it was not going to be a good experience. Coffee was super strong - I am OK with dark roast but this was not drinkable. Belgian waffle cold. Frittata was not cooked all the way through. It’s a shame cause the restaurant space is nice. Wish the food quality was better. Too many better choices in that same area.

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RS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wait staff was inattentive at times, but food was delicious. Highly recommend the mussels and pizza. Brussels sprouts app was great!

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RM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Cinder twice within the Thanksgiving weekend. Once for Lunch and Brunch. Both experiences were good. Food was fresh and well appointed. Excellent staff!

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PS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very limited menu but all items were delicious. The Brussels sprouts, Belgian style mussels, and Margherita pizza well all excellent. And the IPA on special was terrific! Great server too - casual, fun, made great recommendations.

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C
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picked Cinder because of its great location. Had a fantastic brunch. Will return another time to try lunch or dinner.

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and informative staff! Welcoming hostess and manager! Amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pizza and beer. Beers come in different portions so you can try different ones. Pizza types are creative

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EM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value and meal right before the theater. The location was perfect. Happy Hour specials and many options to try. We had mussels and they were so tasty and fresh! Can't wait to try another flavor. Wine on tap was an excellent touch. The restaurant is very loud so having a conversation can be tricky.

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M
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was cold, not particularly flavorful. I was really hoping for better. Perhaps it is better with a drink.

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S
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Pizza crust was burnt. Veggie platter was ok but nothing special. Very disappointed in mussels- only half opened??
Said something to waitress who said Ok???
Waitress was not with it. We left her 18% tip but usually leave 20 or more.
Will NOT go back here
Had to get waitress to wait on us and she never smiled !!

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ES
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our first visit. If you like craft beer and ciders, it should be on your list of restaurants to check out

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BH
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu offered a variety of upscale bar food. Our two pizzas were delicious, and larger than expected - a good value for the money. A lot of hard surfaces made for a bit of a noisy place, and it was a bit dark. However, the server was friendly and attentive. Overall, a nice evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catching up with a friend to plan our families vacation together next year.

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