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Fitz and Starts, Philadelphia, PA

Fitz and Starts

4.5
4.5
483 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Fitz and Starts is a from-scratch bakery, cafe, and bar from one of the original partners of Hungry Pigeon and JBF Semi-Finalist Pat O'Malley. Our menu features completely seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients from local and small producers that we simply prepare in to sandwiches, salads, and small plates. We feature a selection of carefully curated wines, beers, and ciders that are available to purchase to stay or to go.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed–Fri 8:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 278-2736

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pat O'Malley

  • Catering

    Fitz and Starts is excited to now offer catering/large orders and other off site options available. Select from our wide selection of house made breads and pastries or build a menu from our seasonal menu options.

  • Private party facilities

    Fitz and Starts is a perfect relaxed, and casual venue to host your private event. Food and drink packages vary based on your needs. To schedule a meeting with our events coordinator please contact us through email: hello@fitzandstartsphilly.com

  • Private party contact

    Pat O'Malley: (215) 278-2736

  • Neighborhood

    Queen Village

  • Cross street

    Fitzwater Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 483 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. c

    christinel19

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Really delicious food but limited menu. We sat outside and it was a nice ambience with lights and appropriate social distance. The street was quiet for a Friday night. Really pleasant experience and good service!
  2. S

    Sue1983

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Terrible. Now I know why they charge $25 per person if you cancel because if I had asked anyone who had been there, they would have warned us. Drinks were tiny and overpriced and wine was gross. Cheese plate was laughable. 3 hunks of mediocre cheese with a bowl of bread chunks. No fruit, nuts or any accompaniments a standard cheese plate would have. We asked for 2 burgers and fries cooked medium. The server (if you can call her that) said that they cook all burgers at the same temp but it would still be pink. There was ZERO pink and ZERO taste. My friend did not get the fries with her burger and my husband did not get the green salad he ordered with his pork. Fries came out later and they charged her for a full portion and the salad came out as my husband's dessert since he had finished his meal by then. The rigatoni looked and tasted like they had scraped all the leftovers off of previous diners' plates and reheated with a teaspoon of sausage added. No comps, no apologies but with the 20% service charge already included, the server doesn't really have any reason to care. Never again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Ok food.
  4. R

    Russ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Hungry Pigeon was great. Service was kind and incredibly sweet. Food and wine was pretty good. Everything was just a tad expensive. But the ambiance more than made up for it.
  5. BM

    BMLOVESFOOD

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently just what you need
  6. c

    christyp

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I wish the menu had more choices, but the food we did order was very tasty. If they continue to update the small menu with new choices, I will be sure to return!
  7. l

    lvbks40

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to this charming restaurant and we were so glad we chose to go! The watermelon salad and veggie ratatouille were so original, wonderfully flavorful and visual art! The staff were so helpful and friendly. Felt I’d known them for some time when we left. I so recommend you go!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Socially-distant, outdoor dining at its best. Would definitely go back!
  9. D

    Didelc

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food although the menu is very limited, maybe just because of Covid-19. Nice enough setup for outdoor seating on the side street.
  10. RA

    RAL1

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even with a somewhat limited menu during the time of COVID, Hungry Pigeon never disappoints. Excellent outside seating situation.
  11. M

    Maha

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I had been to Hungry Pigeon a few times in the past, and the food was outstanding. But on this occasion, the best plate we ordered was a cheese plate (so something not prepared by the restaurant itself), most of things were just mediocre (literally, I was looking for flavor in everything), and the worst dish was the tuna tartare that was inedible for me (my fellow diners ate it, but were wondering if they’d get sick from it). This was extremely disappointing.
  12. AH

    ArdethH

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beet salad divine; chicken great taste but too salty; cherry pie to die for, and excellent service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Chicken was a little undercooked.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We enjoyed most of what we got but the swordfish dish. When we complained to waiter that fish was very fishy tasting his answer to us was” well it’s fish that’s why it’s fishy” . He took it away an we assumed we wouldn’t be charged for it . Not only were we charged but they packed it up in a brown paper bag to take home . Why would we want that??? Anyway spoke to manager and she said same thing “ it’s fish that’s why it’s fishy” . In our experience with fish if it’s fishy it’s frozen and not great quality . Manager did wind up taking charge off bill but so disappointed that they handled the matter the way they did . Probably won’t go back too many better restaurants in Philly that treat their customers better
  15. SC

    SCPG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb- each dish was flavorful but not overwhelming, with subtle flavors and varying textures throughout. We loved the communal table and overall ambience.
  16. AV

    AllisonV

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, cozy atmosphere, always attentive, never rushed. Pre-Ordered the Lasagna, absolutely fantastic! Finished the night with a slice of the $100 chocolate cake and a glass of milk! Highly recommend!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    The service was terrible. Everything came out all disjointed and when it arrived at the table, the servers came to the table and just yelled out the order like an auction. Broccoli rabe was super bitter. The pasta was dry. None of the starters were very good except the mushrooms were awesome, and the cheese plate was great. We tried almost everything on the menu. It was loud, drinks took forever. We were there for a special occasion and regretted the choice.
  18. PF

    PhillyFoodGirl

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I would recommend this restaurant as it was beautiful inside and the service was professional. It was however quite expensive for what we received and I was underwhelmed by the dishes.
  19. c

    ccinphilly

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Having heard great things about the Hungry Pidgeon over the years, I was expecting much more from this neighborhood restaurant. While the menu was interesting, I found the food over salted and over sauced. Also, while the concept is a simple down home eatery , having a $10 glass of wine served in worn juice glass was a turn off.
  20. EH

    EmilyH

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food, experience would have been better with a private table.
  21. l

    ladyl

    Philadelphia

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    loved it and never had such great mashed potatoes. Ya got to love the little things. Seriously everything we tried was well seasoned and wonderful.
  22. T

    Tbird

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We ordered several different items from the menu and honestly, nothing blew me away, especially at the menu price point. The server was also incredibly awkward. Initially, all over us to order and then would disappear for long periods of time. We had to flag her down to ask for our second course. For the money, I'll go somewhere else.
  23. BM

    BradleyM

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Locally sourced food, no further than 1 1/2 hours from Philly, that is prepared creatively and is delicious! A must go to restaurant for comfort cooking and a relaxing, great night out!
  24. DS

    DatenightbeforeShow

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was great!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    This was one of the worst meals i’ve had in philly. the restaurant was cute, the service was good. but all 6 of the dishes missed the mark. too salty, undecooked, bland. etc. there was nothing myself or my husband ate that we would want to have again.
  26. d

    dee201

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful meal! I was a little nervous reading some of the reviews but very happy I went to check it out for myself. The food was amazing! I would have given 5 stars but the dessert was so so but everything else was outstanding!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food Only issue was they forgot to put a candle on the cake :(
  28. V

    Vicki113

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Overrated. Not a lot of food choices, poor cocktail selection.
  29. BB

    BryantB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu was somewhat short but the wait staff was eager to walk us through it and help us choose a meal that was well-rounded and complimentary. The bread was, as to be expected, excellent. The sourdough tartan was wonderfully tangy and the focaccia light and airy. I could have used a little more crunch on the focaccia, but I'm not complaining. The brussel sprouts were incredible and intense. Plenty of char complimented the sweet sprouts. The sauce was tangy and filled with umami from the colatura and pine nuts. The gnocci were rich and balanced. And the chicken was perfectly cooked. The sauce was rich and well balanced and filled with a variety of mushrooms. The choice of oyster mushrooms was a bit off-putting and flooded your mouth with moisture when you bit into them, but that was my biggest criticism. The menu changes frequently and is sure to keep you coming back. The wait staff is eager to help you find a meal that suits you palate. Highly recommended.
  30. w

    wineguy

    Philadelphia

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Second visit was disappointing. Some things (brussels sprouts) were outstanding, some things not so much ($30 half chicken was way overcooked). Service was good, good vibe. Warning: wine and cocktails are served in tiny vessels. Beers are normal sized. Get the Tired Hands IPA. I probably won't be back. I think , for dinner, it is a bit overrated.

    Fitz and StartsResponded on February 15, 2020You are correct Wineguy, the glasses we serve the wines in are stemless, but despite the thickness or shape of the glass it's in, the volume of wine pour is 5oz.

  31. R

    Ruth

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had heard really great things about HP before arriving, and the restaurant did not disappoint! Do not be fooled by the seemingly simple menu. From the small plates through the entrees, everything was delicious and insanely flavorful. I am not a vegetarian, but I highly recommend the grilled eggplant entree. Overall, it was a great experience. Bartenders, servers, and hosts were all attentive. Will definitely be back!
  32. W

    Will

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is outstanding. Menu rotates, but everything is excellent. Would recommend a few small plates and a main to share - but the price does add up.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic and friendly.
  34. IM

    ItMe

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food is thoughtful and unique at Hungry Pigeon, so I will always be interested in what these guys are going to do next, but we knew what we wanted and our server talked us into getting more than we needed. This just made me feel suddenly that it wasn't about the food, it was about filling quota.
  35. TL

    TomL

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    $60 for the whole fried chicken sounds like a lot, but it easily fed 2 couples so at $15/person it is not a bad deal.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Love Hungry Pigeon and dinner there often. Had the chicken and found it to salty. My dinner companion order two appetizers as her main course and I ordered the chicken and brussel sprout. The waiter never asked if the appetizers would be the main meal. After waiting 20 minutes for my chicken dish, I asked the waiter when I could expect it. She told me she had’t put in the order. Not the food or service I am use to at Hungry Pigeon.
  37. MJ

    MattJ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always. Food and service were excellent.
  38. V

    Vicky

    Philadelphia

    87 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Not a happy camper. Food was extremely salty. You could feel the salt on the the food and I was drinking water all night. They charge for the bread which was not that great. Stick with brunch.

    Fitz and StartsResponded on January 12, 2020We appreciate your feedback and I will pass your notes on the salt to the Chef. As for the bread though, in the event you don't totally understand how our restaurant works. The bread we are charging for is made every day in house by a team of bakers who we pay a living wage. We use flour from local and respectable mills, and we serve domestically produced 83% butterfat cultured butter from Vermont. We believe these decisions make ALL the food we produce are worth more than being given away.

  39. PM

    PatriciaM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delightful meal. Enjoyed a few starters and shared a large plate. Service was outstanding. Food delightful. Will return.
  40. P

    Penndoc

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food at a reasonable price. My wife and I had a date night and we knew things were good because we got a parking spot less than a block from the restaurant. Well things got better from there. The cocktail and wine were delicious. The starter was tasty, but did not compare to the flavors in our entrees. The Jersey bouillabaisse was savory and the Guinea Hen is a juicy flavor bomb that was brought out by a chef owner. He seemed a little grumpy but that only added to the experience! Dessert was great. The best part was the leftovers the next day. We will be back. Superb.

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Fitz and Starts using the Order Online button. Fitz and Starts also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 278-2736.

Fitz and Starts is rated 4.5 stars by 483 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fitzwater Street

  • Neighborhood

    Queen Village

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed–Fri 8:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pat O'Malley

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 278-2736

  • Catering

    Fitz and Starts is excited to now offer catering/large orders and other off site options available. Select from our wide selection of house made breads and pastries or build a menu from our seasonal menu options.

  • Private party facilities

    Fitz and Starts is a perfect relaxed, and casual venue to host your private event. Food and drink packages vary based on your needs. To schedule a meeting with our events coordinator please contact us through email: hello@fitzandstartsphilly.com

  • Private party contact

    Pat O'Malley: (215) 278-2736

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