Hungry Pigeon

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$31 to $50
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American
Located on the corner of 4th and Fitzwater street in the charming neighborhood of Queen Village, Hungry Pigeon serves New American small plates and family-style dishes with plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. Chef/Owners Scott Schroeder and Pat O'Malley (Two time James Beard Foundation Semi-finalist) focus on responsible sourcing, and total utilization cooking, drawing inspiration from all types of comfort food. The dining room features a large communal table to encourage talking and sharing among friends, both new and old, and a curated natural wine, cocktail, and beer list pairs perfectly with the casual setting.
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Maha
Raleigh
4 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.

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ArdethH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chicken was a little undercooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 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

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SCPG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 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.

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AllisonV
New York Area
1 review
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 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.

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PhillyFoodGirl
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.

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vipccinphilly
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 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.

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vipEmilyH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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vipladyl
Philadelphia
109 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.

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BradleyM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 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!

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vipTbird
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on February 17, 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.

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DatenightbeforeShow
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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dee201
Philadelphia
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Vicki113
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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

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BryantB
Philadelphia
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.

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vipwineguy
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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.

Hungry Pigeon
Responded on February 15, 2020

You 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.

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vipRuth
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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!

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WillH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and friendly.

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ItMe
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. Food and service were excellent.

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vipVicky
Philadelphia
75 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.

Hungry Pigeon
Responded on January 12, 2020

We 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.

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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Penndoc
Philadelphia
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.

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DanielE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Second time going here and again not impressed and left wondering what all the hype is about. Solid start with all apps/starters quite appetizing. Downhill from there, entree's were ok at best. One entree was so salty couldn't even eat and were forced to send back. I haven't had something unedible in a long time from much lesser establishments. Overall disappointment.

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vipSarah
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We went for New Year’s Eve so had the pre fixe menu. All of the food was very good, although priced a little high for the holiday. The only thing we were disappointed with was the lack of accommodations for those with dietary restrictions. If you wanted the pre fixe menu the entire party had to participate, however no options or substitutions for vegetarians were offered. This meant that our one guest had to pay the full price without getting the benefit of being able to eat the main course (both options were beef).

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, friendly service, very cool setup on the inside.

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vipLyndaZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My second time at Hungry Pigeon, brought my daughter from Chicago. Food was overall good, but i didn't like a table right in the window with another group practically on top of us with their coats. Cheese and bread good, baked squash delicious, pasta nicely done, but a bit spicy for me. The radicchaio was a bit tough and bitter, we should have selected something else. We ordered bread and butter first, nicer if the bread was warmed up. We didn't realize bread also came with the cheese otherwise we would not have ordered a separate plate. Limited menu, chicken or pasta for the main plate.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just across the board, all you’d ever want for a lovely Christmas Eve dinner. Delicious!

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vipTedS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to this well known restaurant was a wonderful experience. Our table was ready when promised. We immediately met the chef/owner who was in the front of the house and was personable and fun to interact with. Our meal was outstanding. Great cheeses, interesting dishes and all very very tasty. We will be back to our new neighborhood favorite!

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vipsouthphilly
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here and sharing dishes with my friends. Everything is delicious and they are super nice. I highly recommend coming to Hungry Pigeon for a great evening with delicious food.

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vipCarol
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The food is good but the seasoning was overpowering. Too much salt.

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RemediosIvanF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delight to come to Hungry Pigeon, thank you for the quality of restaurant that you are.

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vipharvey
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place. Nothing negative and will return often. Only comment is about one of the waitresses that was a little “too serious”.

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Hungry Pigeon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 278-2736.

Hungry Pigeon is rated 4.5 stars by 473 OpenTable diners.

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