Franklin Social Kitchen & Bar
Gather with friends, family and colleagues, as Ben Franklin frequently did in his time – He was quite the entertainer didn’t you know and enjoy a meal showcasing an attitude that's all Philly. Join us for a craft beer from around the corner, or an award-winning wine from around the world.
Whether you're craving a quick bite or full meal, Franklin Social will bring you the best products and flavors from around the region to entice your taste buds. All of this Philly flair is brought to you by a friendly and engaging team that should make you feel right at home. Franklin Social allows you to take part in a piece of American history, while creating a piece of your own history all in a vibrant, welcoming environment.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
For starters, telling people they open at 7, and then telling everyone to come back at 7:30 is not a nice way to begin.
Temp was colder than it needed to be, server was obviously doing more than she should have and wore it on her sleeve.
Food included one slice of toast on the plate, which is never expected.
We visited the restaurant at 7 pm on a Saturday night. We were stunned to see we were the only people in the whole restuarant for the first 10 minutes. The bartender almost seemed to be annoyed. Not a great experience.
It is a good hotel restaurant - the food was okay but not particularly well-prepared. The wait staff was great.
Amazing experience and atmosphere
Food was average, service was great 😊
Great friendly service, interesting variety of menu items, food was delicious. Nice convenient location.
We were there in the beginning of May. It was empty in the restaurant. The food was good and the service was very good. We found the music they were playing to be a bit annoying. It’s pricey. But as long as I have good food and good service I don’t mind.
Food was delicious and service was excellent. A hidden gem. Highly recommend!
The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. A mist enjoyable late lunch on a Wednesday afternoon.
Braised ribs with barley risotto was yummy. Spicy shrimp was good not great. Brussel sprouts were over-cooked. Not sure what type of place this restaurant is really trying to be. Wait staff outfits didn't make sense in relation to the ambiance they seem to be going for. Hard to see past it being a hotel-restaurant. A bit pricey for what you get.
This restaurant was amazing! It has ample comfortable seating options, great ambiance, and beautiful decor. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was spot on! We enjoyed the Mac and cheese, deviled eggs, and two different types of salads. Planning to go back ASAP.
Nice place, with good food. Our waiter was very confrontational and not pleasant at all.
Nice place. It was cold when we were there. Servers didn’t rush you for sure, but it did take a bit of time. Food was ok.
The food was great and you could tell the staff was working hard. They made it clear when we sat down that food was taking a long time to get made, not sure of it was a staffing issue but they were right. Still a great time.
Went there for a 3-course Thanksgiving Dinner. It was amazing!
Just stayed in the hotel that houses this restaurant and ate two breakfasts and one dinner there. At all meals, half the food was served cold. At dinner, we had to ask for bread and it was stale. Service well intentioned but under trained and inefficient. Would never recommend this to anyone.
Pleasant atmosphere, good service, tasty food .I had the club sandwich which was a nice variation on a traditional turkey club. Slightly pricey but good.
We had a terrific dinner - appetizers were great and entrees well prepared, pleasing, served hot. The service was terrific. It is a shame more people don't try this - the menu is good and everything was delicious. It is a bit noisy b/c there is no break from the bar, but otherwise terrific.
Small restaurant in a good location. There were 7 of us for brunch and all of us loved our food. I had a wonderful salad with avocado and chicken, others had waffles with fried chicken, hamburgers and delicious truffle fries, and breakfast egg type dishes.
Definitely underrated. Excellent quality!
The food was excellent
The food was absolutely amazing-- the best burger I've had in years! I highly recommend!
I went for restaurant week. It was only $20. The food was outstanding.
The bartender and our server were very nice and did a good job but... the drinks were weak and tasted just okay. The happy hour prices were the same as normal prices for food and drinks. The food although good weren't very filling and definitely not worth the prices.
Server was a bit curt after I asked where our pretty simple order was. Two moz flatbreads.
Gracious staff! As soon as I entered the Hotel Lobby I was greeted warmly he Concierge. Best service ever! Everyone from the Barman to the Wait Staff were lovely and solicitous. Thank you!
Great Sunday brunch - best croissants in Philadelphia. The service was excellent (we were in a time crunch to get to the Constitution Center) and our server was kind, helpful and we made it in plenty of time. Starting with a first rate Bloody Mary, everything was tasty and served perfectly. I would highly recommend this wonderful new brunch place.
We went here (place has been renamed and I cannot remember the new name) for breakfast after a night in the city. The staff was super friendly and helpful, and the food was tasty. Unfortunately we happened to be there at a time when an awning was being installed right outside of where we were seated. So the constant noise of a drill going into concrete was not our favorite :) Otherwise it was a good experience.
We were looking for a good meal in a city we are unfamiliar with, and found a gem at Chez Ben! The service was attentive, the food was excellent!
We had a wonderful meal. It is a terrific menu. The server was attentive but not overwhelming. The only downside was the noise from the bar - there was a loud group of four there. I would recommend this for a new place in Olde City.
The food was good. The service was horrible. The waiter COMPLETELY forgot about us most of the time, his coworkers served us. The place wasnt even filled.
Enjoyed trying a new place during Restaurant Week. All the dishes had a great combination of flavors. Service was friendly and attentive.
Good was very mediocre. We also didn't know that the restaurant was located in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel. Service was good, but prices were high for what we got. Additionally, the temperature in the restaurant was about 60 degrees when we arrived. We literally had to ask to raise the temperature.
Not worth it at all!! Basically disappointing diner food!
I made a reservation at Chez Ben to celebrate New Years Eve with my wife and another couple. When we arrived we had to wait for 15 minutes before we were seated, much of that time was spent without having even been greeted. The restaurant was clearly significantly under staffed for the evening so I was willing to overlook the unwelcoming start to the evening. Once we were finally greeted, the hostess gave us grief for confusing her by “standing near the valet stand rather than the host stand”- I’m not quite sure how we’re were supposed to know the difference when neither was staffed, there was no sign, and they were both right next to the entrance to the restaurant. After we sat down we waited for at least another 5 minutes before we were even offered water. Our server was ultimately very friendly and was pretty competent given that he was a bartender by trade. We each opted for the 3 course prix fixe menu: between the four of us we had the lobster bisque, surf and turf, chocolate terrine, scallop tempura, duck breast, creme brûlée and bread pudding. Overall the food was OK, but it wasn’t really worth the price. The deserts were all pretty bad. My wife had a piece of plastic stuck in her chocolate terrine; the creme brûlée was a lumpy custard and had not been brûléed properly. My duck was cooked correctly and was tasty, if not particularly interesting in how it was prepared. The one saving grace was that the cocktails were quite good and they comped two of our drinks in recognition of how long we had waited. It was clearly an understaffed night so I wouldn’t say that our poor experience with the service was typical, however I can’t say that I’d recommend Chez Ben overall.
Burger was great, beer selection good, but the French fries were soggy and not fresh from the fryer.
This is a great place with great service
The food was not very good. They keep changing the menu. Maybe they will get it right at some point. Bring back the french onion soup.
We didn't realize that the restaurant is part of the Renaissance Hotel, that would have been helpful in locating the restaurant. We were a party of 5, with 3 generations. There was plenty on the menu to please everyone, however 3 people ordered the same dish and it came out looking a bit different on each plate...
Service was very good, friendly, attentive and helpful ... all with a sense of humor!
We enjoyed our time at Chez Ben and would recommend to anyone looking for a casual place to eat or have a drink, before or after the Revolutionary Museum! Great location....
Franklin Social Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 931-4260.
Franklin Social Kitchen & Bar is rated 3.7 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.
Franklin Social Kitchen & Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftfly.com/shop/franklin-social.
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.