About Garces Trading Company

Garces Trading Company is a full-service bar and restaurant focused on Chef Garces’ own favorite dishes from his travels to cafes throughout Western Europe, with a focus on Italy, Spain and France. Our thoughtful menu of cafe staples is served throughout the day, and our bar offers a wealth of cocktails, wines and beers that pair beautifully with our menu.

House Specialties
Charcuterie & Cheese, House Made Mozzarella, Lyonnaise Salad, Steak Frites, Pan Seared Scallops, Poulet Roti, Trout Almondine, Fresh Fruit sangrias and an extensive European wine list.

1111 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European, Contemporary European, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
7 Days a Week 4-6pm

Cross Street:
Locust & Quince

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 574-1099

Website:
http://www.garcestradingcompany.com/

Entertainment:
If you book a private event at Garces Trading Co, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.

Catering:
Bring your favorite Garces Trading Co. specialties to your next event. Garces Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere. Please call, 215-670-2381 for more information or email catering@garcesgroup.com

Parking Details:
In addition to street parking, there are public parking lots on Locust between 12th Street and 13th Street and also 11th Street between Walnut St. and Locust St.

Public Transit:
Subway:
-Take the Broad St line to the Walnut-Locust Stop
or
-Take the Market-Frankford line to 11th Street Station

Bus Route #:
-9

Executive Chef:
Jose Garces

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Designed to reflect the style of chic European markets, the multi-purpose space features a wide open floor plan that can accommodate events both large and small. If you’re looking for a creative gift for your attendees, Garces Trading Company has a unique selection of house-made and imported foods to select from. Wine from the adjacent boutique provides the perfect complement to your European bistro-style event.

Private Dining Room
Capacity: 22 Seated/30 Standing
The Salon
Capacity: 32 Seated / 40 Standing

Bar/Retail Corridor
Capacity: 35 Standing reception

The Salon & Bar/Retail Corridor
Capacity: 55 Standing Reception

Window Seating
Capacity: 18 Seated

Full Restaurant
Capacity: 135 seated / 150 Standing Reception

For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team to schedule your reservation at 267-284-7979 or email paevents@garcesgroup.com

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Private Dining

Garces Trading Company is home to a variety of spaces ideal for groups of all sizes. Our talented team prides themselves on creating a welcoming, festive atmosphere for you and your guests, and we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally about your upcoming celebration.

Garces Trading Company Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (25)
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Good for a Date (20)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
People Watching (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was pretty good, but nothing that would make me want to come back. Our server got our drinks and then disappeared for about 15 minutes. We did the 25pp deal, each getting a chicken sandwich, and a starter (i got a coffee, he got a bloody mary) Seems a little expensive to still pay that much if I opted out of an alcoholic beverage and still paid the same amount.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic as usual- always great food, service and atmosphere!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined 4 days ago

Very good staff. Very good food. Would eat here again and again. Only complaint is that the bathroom could have been a little cleaner.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Great spot in Center City. Service was exceptional. Food was spot on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good food. I find that all Garces places have a tendency to over salt some dishes (duck fat fries shouldn't taste like a salt lick). Service was OK to poor. When you order a chefs tasting with a wine pairing, you expect an explanation of the dish and the wine to well, be paired. Three different servers dropped off our dishes. 1 took the time to explain what it was and comment. One of others dropped a dish of fusilli in some kind of sauce, dont know what because wasn't told. It came with one of the wine pairings. The last server came by after we finished that course and said "here's the chicken" dropped the plate and walked. After trying to get her attention and finally asking a busser to get her, we asked for the wine pairing. Then we're told there wasn't one, it came with the pasta. I asked why not with this course? She replied that they were supposed to come out together. Well they didn't I pointed out. After. Some awkwardness she asked if we would like to buy an extra glass of wine or get the dessert wine served with the chicken. Not a great experience overall.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

I've eaten there multiple times and have not had a bad dish yet. The food is excellent!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Do not recommend for Sunday supper “special.” You may get more for your money by ordering from the regular menu. Salad was just ok and looked like a serving for one thought it was intended to be served family style. The Italian fried chicken was under seasoned, but the accompanying fried veggies and potato style were good. Again, the portions were small for the price per person. The restaurant was very empty so word may be out that this place is not a great value.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our waiter was very knowledgeable and was able to help us find some great choices! Smaller menu but the few options are all amazing. Ambiance was a slightly older crowd, so it was a more quiet and calm feeling.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was as usual, excellent. Service that efficient. Server knowledgeable and helpful. Surroundings pleasant. Have visited many times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I came here with a couple of friends for brunch. $20 pitcher of mimosas...can’t beat that, especially in the city. The menu wasn’t awesome, but the food here is so good. I’ve been here for dinner before. Their house made mozzarella is to die for. I would recommend coming here for brunch, or dinner!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great brunch place!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Have not been here for some time, maybe three or four years. Should have been back sooner. Was great, all, service, food, wine, everything. Was a great meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Overall, our experience was fine. The restaurant environment was very comfortable. Large restaurant but still cozy enough and noise level was fine. Food was quite good. The only issue we had - and we've decided to not let it stand in our way for another visit - was the service and timeliness of response. When we arrived at 6:15 pm for a 6:30 pm reservation, the restaurant was not crowded at all but we did mention we had theatre tickets for 8 pm. It was confirmed that we had plenty of time for an unrushed meal. This said, our main meal came to us very very late leaving us little time for enjoying it in an unrushed manner. We did ask the waiter 4 times to check on the meal. It's not clear if he never checked or he did and there was nothing he could do about it. Overall comment, the waiter did not seem concerned at all that despite more than sufficient time for our dinner, we were ultimately very pressed for time given the length of time it took for the main meal to arrive. We were able to identify a manager who checked right away for us. The manager ended up - as a courtesy (we did not ask for this) discounting our meal by 10% which was very nice of her. All in all, we would go back but will hope for more timely service and a waiter who understands concerns if things are running late.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Really enjoyed our dining experience. Duck fat fries were delicious!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent Brunch. Selections are creative and the food is fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My hubby and I went out for a much needed date night. Everything was amazing from the food to the wine. The vibe was fun and hip. My favorite bite of the night was the lentil fritters. So tasty!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

French bistro feel with inventive twist to menu. Duck fat fries were a treat. The small plates to start with a cheese mix to plate was a nice start to our meal. We couldn't decide if the short rib lasagna was our favorite or the scallops. Everyone was jumping in on the lemon tart, unassuming in description but tangy and refreshing with the berry compote. Making the entire experience a delight was our perky server who snuck in to remove plates, refill glasses and make suggestions without disturbing our group conversation. Next time, the pappardelle with lamb ragu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Just wonderful Food was great and Liz our server was terrific.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Selena’s service was fabulous, food excellent, ambiance was great!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always excited for a meal at a Garces restaurant. I am a big fan of Tinto and the Trading Company and we really enjoy trying the tasting menus. We were there on Friday and it did not disappoint. Had the $40 tasting menu. Everything was very good, if just missing that extra bit of magic that a meal with Chef Garces can provide. We will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was delicious, service was great, and the place has an overall really nice upscale yet unpretentious vibe. We were visiting from NYC but we'll be back to Garces next time we're in Philly!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The BEST brunch I’ve ever had! Delicious!! You get so much for the fixed $25 price. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love their Lyonaisse salad. Different from others in that they use shredded duck meat instead of bacon. Really good. Scallops were delish although a preparation was a little rich. Meatballs always yummy. Trout plain and good. A healthy choice.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I've been several times to Garces Trading Company and it never disappoints. This time, I went for the short rib lasagna and it was awesome. The service was very, very good too. People accompanying me for dinner also made several remarks on how good their food was.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The ambiance at GTC is charming and the food delicious. The inside is almost like a cozy cafe meets French country charm. The food is unique with most dishes being French-inspired, but with twists from other cultures. The value was spot-on for each of the 7 members of our business party. Highly recommend to others.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

While the food tasted decent, the portion sizes were shameful for the prices charged, particularly the mixed charcuterie starter. Tiny, very thin slivers of two cheeses and one meat, a dab of mustard, a dab of jam, about a tablespoon of honey. Over $30. Insulting. The trout entree was a ridiculously small piece of fish and a forkful of vegetable. Three scallops on the scallop entree? Really? The two pasta dishes approached acceptable size and the bread was good. Otherwise, very poor value for the cost. Will not be returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great experience. We selected the chef tasting menu. Food was great. Service was great. High energy vibe. We had a fun time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Not fast, but the food was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Way too noisy, and it was a Wednesday night. Had to talk loudly just to be heard across the table. The food and service were quite good, though.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had our rehearsal dinner here and LOVED it, but were very dissapoointed this time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The tasting menu for 55 a person was underwhelming and not very good. Very standard fare but expensive. It's probably time to change the menu or the restaurant entirely. It can't compete.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It was perfect for our wedding anniversary. We enjoyed the Sunday supper deal. Staff was sweet, with a complementary bubbly rose.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our party of 5 celebrated a birthday and were no disappointed. The food was excellent the server was great and the location was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good vibe, interesting menu, wide variety of choices. Very loud, so forget having a comfortable conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We were really disappointed that a restaurant of your caliber would not split checks. It becomes a burden for your guests to have to take the time and effort to figure it out. We won't come back and will be sure to tell anyone who plans on dining there about that issue.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Went with my friend for restaurant week and everything we had was delicious. Our servers were fantastic and I really loved the olive oil / balsamic vinegar bar for the pre-meal bread basket. Would definitely recommend to others and would also definitely go back to check out their regular menu!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Went twice during restaurant week and am anxious to return to try their regular menu. Portions were very generous and the food was excellent. Very good service. Glad to have found this upon a recommendation of a friend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went to Garces Trading Co. for Restaurant Week. Loved everything we tried. Food magnificent. Liam, our server very knowledgeable and delightful. Highly recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Key West)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was great and so was service. We will return for dinner.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The restaurant menu was fabukous

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