Libertine

4.2
154 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located in Midtown Village, Libertine is Derek Davis’s newest contribution to the Philadelphia food scene and celebrates the history and future of our great city. Chic, sophisticated and playful, the indoor dining and bar area with seasonal outdoor seating running along the entire length of the property at Spruce and 13th Streets. The contemporary American menu is planned seasonally around what is available and freshest at the markets and complimented by scratch specialty concoctions, 20 wines by the glass, and a significant handful of local craft beer. “Good Eating, Drinking and Fine Hospitality” is served every night of the week and brunch on the weekends.
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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I like bottoms less mimosa during brunch but they don’t always around to bring drinks for you. One time I waited 30 mins for a drink. Then the time ran out and I didn’t get that many glasses. They do t give u a lot per glass either and not much champagne in it at all.

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MW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Libertine. Looking forward to going there again soon!

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b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent... hope it works

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NZ
Philadelphia
284 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Valentine’s Day dinner here was absolutely PERFECT!! I am a difficult to please, vegan, and we told this phenomenal chef and owner about the dietary restrictions, and we got the most AMAZING dinners!! Every bite, melted in our mouths!! The salad was a baby frisée and shaved fennel with dark red beets and orange segments, in a light citrus dressing, that was so GOOD! So fresh, and delicious! Absolutely perfect!
So was the fresh handmade spinach fettuccine dish, with sautéd spinach, tomatoes, and garlic, in a sun-dried tomato dressing, that absolutely melted in my mouth! My mouth is watering as I write this!
We were warmly greeted at the door, and felt so welcomed to be there! Thank you for the perfect dinner! Five stars!!! Not only were we pleased to perfection, but all of the neighbors at tables around us, were smiling, in delight, of their exquisite food! We were curious, and so we asked. The table next to us, ordered some five dishes, having an absolute feast! We asked them what everything was! But their smiles said it all! Thank you, Chef Derek, for this delightful, NEW, gem of a restaurant, in the perfect location! Beautifully decorated! Again, 5-Stars! WE LOVED IT! We are so excited to come back!! Valentine’s Day was our very first time!
Thank you for PURE PERFECTION!! 💌🏆

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BW
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excelent and the specialty cocktails are both unique and very well balanced. The secret chicken is absolutely delicious. Will definitely be going back even if not staying in the hotel.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about libertine was great the front of house staff was awesome food was great overall great nite out.

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d
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t miss the amazing Secret Chicken, you’ll be sorry if you don’t. Of course the burger might just be the best in town! Always our go to in the neighborhood. Consistently fine, yet comfy casual.

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S
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I liked Libertine a lot. Being a senior it reminded me of an old fashioned restaurant, kind of a throw back to the places that came to Philly back in the day to start the restaurant renaissance in the city. And D. Davies was part of that. No quinoa, kale or pomegranate on the menu to my knowledge. Just good straight forward food with hearty portions and a $35 early bird dinner that is a real bargain. We liked: the lamb meat balls, baby calamari (the best!) and short rib pastrami sliders. All were excellent. The scallops with rock shrimp rice was the highlight on the entrees. Also good the pasta with crab if you like olive oil. Steak frites was not a standout, maybe because so many restaurants do it better. Desserts were fun. Funnel cake with ice cream, waffle with pineapple sorbet and weakest the panne cotta (again it is done better other places) All in all we had a very satisfying meal and I will be back, especially when in the area for a performance on Broad Street.

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AH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were excited to go because of the review written by Inquirer food writer, Craig LaBan, and it was perfect for getting to a concert at the Kimmel. My dining partner has multiple food allergies so we couldn't take a chance on the dinner menu but were looking forward to the Sunday brunch (we stayed at the Marriott Fairfield). We each had variations on the eggs benedict. Eggs had been in holding too long and were almost hard cooked and cool. My dining partner thought the Canadian bacon was flavorful , but not typical--more like Virginia ham; the smoked salmon on mine was perfect. The Mimosas were weak; wine list is good and varied. We weren't certain who was our server--one asked for our drink preference, another took the food order. Dining partner was concerned about nutmeg in the hollandaise-first server said he was sure there wasn't any but did not check with the chef. Initially noise level was high because of the number of patron and the hard surfaces. After most of the crowd disappeared the ambient noise was normal.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for brunch. Sunny side up eggs were served over hard. Side of fruit went on the plate first, leaving a pool of pineapple juice under the hash. Toast bar had tasty bread, so there’s that.

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MA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Restaurant and great food. I would recommend!

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T
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The cocktails were a great way to start the evening, I had the Charlie Sheen and enjoyed it thoroughly! We ordered some appetizers for the table and I would say the friend chicken skins with the hot honey are a must. Also, since we're talking chicken, make sure you call dibs on the secret chicken. It was delicious and the fingerling potatoes were coated in butter and cheese....delicious. However, acoustics were a little off, so it was hard to hear our table of 7.

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r
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent, and the cocktails were very good. Unfortunately, the rest of the meal was very disappointing. Specifically, the scallops were over cooked and over seasoned. The accompanying cous cous was odd—it was mixed with peas, peppers, and small shrimp. Honestly, it seemed as though it came out of a can. The lamb meatballs were stewed in a tomato sauce that tasted like Chef Boyardee. We wanted to like this restaurant. We used to go to Derek’s in Manayunk, so we were hoping his new place was just as good.

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LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was very mediocre from presentation to taste and extremely overpriced. We had excellent service but that can't make up for bland, uncooked food

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m
New York Area
277 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a hidden gem. I have eaten here a number of times. The menu--tilted toward seafood--offers loads of options. The drinks are well made and affordable--Dave knows how to pour. The space is very attractive. There is a very good, reasonably priced wine list. The only thing off this time was that our initial waiter (shorter guy with a longer beard) was a bit overly eager to move us along. He disappeared and was replaced by Dave and a tall African American waiter who were just super, and who were more than happy to let us take our time--we spent a fair amount for dinner for three, so we were hardly diddling time away.

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RF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was uniformly excellent - delicious and creative. But the portions were ridiculously small, particularly given the prices. Even the dish labeled "Major Commitment" left me hungry and unsatisfied.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Not our best experience at Libertine. Food was lack luster this time around and service was slow.

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r
Philadelphia
92 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Although this restaurant is well located, and the service is excellent, it falls short in comparison to other places. The starters including the Brussels sprout salad, lamb meat balls and chicken sliders were outstanding and well priced. The overpriced red wine (two bottles) was mediocre and served cold. One entree (scallops) was so awful it had to be returned. The trout was lackluster and the crab meat pasta was devoid of substance and not enjoyable. The desserts lacked creative flair, but the French press coffee was excellent. The bill of $155.00 per couple could have been better spent elsewhere.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent, but it was extremely cold at our seats. We were by the windows and the front door.

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M
Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The entree menu was limited, but the food and service were good. I would consider returning.

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DT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The cheeseburger was excellent, the half chicken was too salty, and the lobster burger was just okay. Overall the place looks pretty, but the food is mediocre.

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R
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We had high expectations going in but found the room small, the tables close and menu was a bit disjointed. The food was good, I wouldn’t say great and portion size was a bit small.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Stellar service. Cannot wait to return. Beautiful night all around with my 75year old parents and teenaged son. Coming back!

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JE
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious! We would definitely go again.

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was just ok. Our server was incredibly rude and unfriendly, which really ruined the experience.

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H
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I went for Restaurant Week. Two out of the three items were not what I expected but still tasted good. I ordered the eggplant appetizer with ricotta cheese and roasted red peppers. It was huge and not how I imagined it. I thought the eggplant would be sliced and roasted. It was very tasty but I didn’t want to fill up on that. The scallops with the rock shrimp cous cous was out of this world!!! For dessert, once again I thought it would be different but it was very good. The graham crackers must have been homemade bc they tasted so good. The cake was yummy. I thought it was going to be a slice of flourless cake. My friend had the pork with pasta and the apple dessert. She raved about her meal. She had the eggplant appetizer too and devoured it. Our server was very gracious and we even made a friend with another couple dining next to us. Cute restaurant, and despite the challenge I had finding a specific parking lot, the evening was great!

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Appetizers and dessert were delicious! I was underwhelmed with the secret chicken, and wish I ordered something else. Great happy hour drink prices but I wish food was included! I would visit again for happy hour and apps.

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MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waitress seemed annoyed with our table. They ran out of salmon which was what half of the table was going to order, which was a bummer.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was fine but not terribly interesting. With so many places to go, I won’t return.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time. Wecame for bruch and we thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and the ambience.

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MF
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my fourth time (first time for my wife and adult daughter). Every visit the food has been consistent REALLY good. The eggplant caponata, meatballs, chicken buns (!!!), followed by salmon, house chicken and scallops— all were fantastic. And the S’mores - Incredible!

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C
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice addition to the neighborhood. We were there for restaurant week, so will return to test the regular menu.

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EH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, very small and you sit basically with the table next to you.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were there to celebrate two birthdays and before the theater. Drinks were excellent and the food was outstanding.

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OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative and varied menu, cool atmosphere, nice bar too!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I was really looking forward to eating here for restaurant week. The corn fritter appetizer was greasy, the scallops in my entree were rubbery and tasteless, and one spoonful of my s’mores dessert was disappointing enough. I feel bad writing such a review because the staff was very attentive but the food was banal and uninspiring.

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ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed Libertine. It was lively without being too noisy and it's a beautiful room, pretty sophisticated and casual at the same time. The service was outstanding. The wait staff is really well-trained and the service is as good as you would find in restaurants with much higher pretensions. And the food! Well that was really very good. Interesting and inventive without being pretentious or overly fancy. I loved everything I had. The lamb meatball appetizer was particularly good and Chicken 2.0 is worth coming back for.

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MC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! Everything single item that the 4 of us ordered was delicious. I can't wait to go back.

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J
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I recently dined at Libertine during restaurant week. Overall, I'd say it was an average dining experience. The service was a bit slow at times, and we did have the wrong wine delivered to our table. The wine list was large and laid out in a way that was easy to understand the differences between the wines. Unfortunately, not all of the wines on the list were actually available. As far as food went, I really enjoyed the Thai spiced chicken buns appetizer and the apple cranberry tart dessert. My entree of the day boat scallops, however, was way over-spiced. Even though they were cooked excellently, I could not properly enjoy the scallops due to the amount of pepper used in the spicing. Overall, I would not return to this restaurant due to the variety of other choices in the area of equal or even better value.

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E
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We met friends for Restaurant Week for an early dinner. The restaurant is a clean, stylish, warm place.
The roasted eggplant starter was excellent. (Served with nice roasted peppers and good toast). My husband had deliciously light lamb meatballs in a good sauce. I had very large, tasty sea scallops with shrimp couscous. (There was a slightly spicy sauce which was too spicy for me, but I was able to eat around it).
Our friend had the surprise chicken which looked delicious.(he had a cold so I wasn’t doing any tasting)! Desert was warm, white chocolate bread pudding with large, excellent blackberries. All four of us fully enjoyed our meal. We will definitely return!
The staff were experienced and pleasant.

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