Libertine

4.3
409 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in Midtown Village, Libertine is Derek Davis’s 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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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRiverhores
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to meet friends and enjoy a great meal! Chef Derek Davis does not disappoint! Plenty of outdoor seating and the big open windows bring the outdoors in!

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AmyR
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Loved it!

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Audie
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was divine, everything was prepared beautifully, and is definitely a must-visit restaurant in Philadelphia.

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Elizabeth
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our brunch - food was good, mimosas were a great price, the place was cute and the service was good!!

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MeredithB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was fine. They were out of crab cakes which was disappointing. I was given one of two crab cakes but charged for two. My friend ordered steak salad. Some of the steak was overdone and some of it was significantly underdone.

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Techpowercloud1
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good. You should go here. Great balance of flavors.

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vipJJ71
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The server, host and the entire staff were very pleasant and hospitable! Apps and entrees were a little on the bland side except the filet with chimichuri and grits. That was out of this world. Desserts were decadent and to die for. Service was slow. Now they were short staffed like the rest of the world and had a server leave early due to an emergency and we felt it. Manager presence was lacking and probably could have saved the service. A simple table visit with an apology would have sufficed. Food was prepared excellent just Bland. Need to revisit the basics. Would probably try again on a week night.

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NotGoingBack
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

tried few drinks and didn't like it, pure sugar. service was really bad. waitress was confusing tables. food being brought from kitchen and wondering around tables asking who ordered what. good luck if table next to you ordered the same thing. i ordered beer and it never came. we were there during restaurant week and nobody offered regular menu. tried some dishes that are not on regular menu and it wasn't good, my stake was drowning in oil (no exaggeration).

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LisaJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though they were understaffed, our server(Alexis) was awesome.
The staff was very friendly.

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vipRodneyF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to be out again in Center City and Libertine was fun, welcoming and a nice restaurant week find.

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OutsideDiner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Have wanted to try the old 'Westbury space' for awhile now. Believe it had been closed for a bit, like many places during Covid. We had a nice time, dining outside, on a very nice Friday May night. My only complaint, like others, is that the service was VERY slow... Believe the owner has commented on that, but there didn't appear to be any info shared while we were dining (sorry, food will be out shortly, etc.). There didn't seem to be any issue as far as the staff was concerned, but we waited a very long time after getting drinks, to ordering, then a VERY long time until our food came out (just sandwiches). I would definitely try this place again, especially as the world returns to normal...

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Bray
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place was cute, clean and the food was fresh.

I will def come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great. The waiter was awesome and our food was delicious!

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vipJackPhilly
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

For starters we got roasted beets and the burratta/tomatoes & split both.

We couldn't decide so we got a Crabcake appetizer and a Crabcake sandwich for mains.

All was excellent.

Bartender makes the tonic for G&T! And the LizTaylor cocktail with gin & prosecco was so good we had a second round.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The experience at Libertine was awful. From the moment we walked in, the staff acted extremely disgruntled and unethused. When we sat down, it took fifteen minutes for us to see our waitress and put our drink orders in. We sat for another thirty minutes after receiving our drinks, waiting to put our food orders in. After being seated for a total of fifty minutes and not having seen our waitress since receiving our drinks, we left cash at the table and left to go to Bud and Marilyn’s, where the service was amazing and we were able to eat and drink in a timely manner. We were extremely disappointed with the service at Libertine and we could tell neighboring tables were having an equally awful experience. I would not recommend and will never return.

Libertine
Responded on May 15, 2021

To put it lightly, we are mortified by your comments. True, like everybody else in this world we are having trouble staffing our restaurant. Each day gets a little better but after being closed for a year we are certainly having a hard time getting up to speed. I so apologize for your experience and pray that you will find it in your heart to give us another try. Please ask for me when you come in and I will take care of you personally! Derek Davis

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DebbyK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good, but the staff understood and were having issues that night. But overall, yikes!

Libertine
Responded on May 15, 2021

True, we had many issues the night you dined with us. Obviously, we , like most other restaurants are understaffed and we are hoping to hire more folks. Hopefully as the covid restrictions lift and the younger people all get vaccinated we vcan get up to speed. Please, when you return, ask for me and I'll make double the effort to ensure you have a wonderful time. Derek

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vipZack
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Its a safe bet for a last minute reservation. I believe they had just reopened from CV-19 shutdown and i think our servers was the only server on that day. Previous visits had been better.

Libertine
Responded on May 15, 2021

You are correct, we had just reopened and we are having trouble, just like the rest of the world, hiring staff for the right levels. Hopefully with the young people being fully vaccinated the hiring shortage will alleviate. We sure hope to see you again!

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Yumyum
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious and the staff was friendly, kind, and responsive. My only complaint was I got the burrata appetizer and it had the tiniest little sliver of burrata so I had to ask for more because it was ridiculously tiny. Otherwise everything was absolutely wonderful and I’d highly recommend.

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vipSarah
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great happy hour and very friendly service! Will visit again.

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vipGiov
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in the area right now! Food is exceptional, service is so amazing and it’s nice and open to the street!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Cute place and was looking forward to it. I love the colors. Wait staff was super nice. Unfortunately I found a hair in my food. They were quick to correct but kinda turned me off. Also, was a large bday party there and they of course had a right to be there but just makes it super noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience amazing atmosphere and most of all amazing food and great customer service

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vipEleanorK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are so happy that Libertine reopened! It is one of our favorite neighborhood places. Casual and classy. Great small plates and wine list. Awesome happy hour with all wines half price. Chef Derek and staff are super friendly. Highly recommended!

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vipsandi410
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have only been there for Brunch and it is always delicious. The owner is very pleasant and seems to make sure he talks to everyone in the restaurant.

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vipLouis
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun venue with terrific servers. Great pre-theatre or concert.

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WendyW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here three times and never had bad service or bad food. The food, in fact, is incredible. This is our go-to restaurant after seeing the Philly Pops. It's a block from the Kimmel Center and a block from a PATCO station. But it would definitely be worth the trip even if it was a hike. Love the food, the wine selection, and the staff. We will keep coming back. I have recommended Libertine to two different people and they both loved it, too.

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vipBirdine
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Fire roasted eggplant was outstanding. Small intimate venue with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed thoughtful and delicious cookies on the way out!
Innovative casual menu.

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vipTimR
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brunch - best in Philadelphia

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vipVicki11
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first time eating at this restaurant. I am vegetarian and have a restricted diet as well. They were so accommodating, it made the meal l even better for me. The food was delicious, everything was fresh and as described on the menu. Other people I dined with thoroughly enjoyed their meals as well. I got the autumn roasted vegetables, which was delicious, not oily at all. My main entree was the ravioli and that was fabulous! We also had dessert, I had the gelato-tasty and not too heavy. My friends had the S'mores, which they said was like a lava cake with marshmallow, plus the graham crackers brought it all together. Definitely will return.

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vipkellz
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab spaghetti is so good. We also had lamb meatballs and French onion soup. All so delish and the servers were very attentive. My husband had a beer that comes with a shot - he said it was really good.

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NancyA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation for 2 and changed it to 3 when we got there. The hostess was very pleasant and accommodating. We will definitely return on our next visit to the area.

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TITILOLAL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this restaurant. Nice, small and cozy with very friendly and attentive staff. The food was delicious; all courses. This is a great place to go before any show on the Avenue of the Arts. Service was efficient and timely and then a short walk back to just about any venue.

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vipJohnC
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service

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vfclead
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good, wonderful service. We'll be back for sure.

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vipCJK27
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Initial greeting by the seTver took at least 15 minutes. The pace of the meal was also slow. We arrived at 5:30, but found ourselves having to double-time it to the theater for a 7:30 curtain. Disappointing. But the food did not disappoint.

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Nil3875
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, welcoming atmosphere, and friendly service. Enjoyed everything. Definitely will be returning to try the rest of the menu!

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DaraK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. I highly recommend ordering the Charlie Sheen!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around, from being greeted and seated by Derek himself, to the fabulous friendly and personal service by Fred,we had a wonderful meal and felt special treatment all night long! We’ve been fans of Derek since his Manayunk days, and he continues to deliver delightful comfort food in a cozy setting where you’re made to feel like houseguests and not just customers. Will go again and again. Particularly for the secret chicken, the drinks, the roasted eggplant appy, and the real conversations with the man behind the meals.

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DOCJ87
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Derek was awesome! You could tell he really cares about his business and customer experience. The food was awesome, the drinks were awesome, and the service was awesome!

FAQs

Libertine does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Libertine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 398-5555.

Libertine is rated 4.3 stars by 409 OpenTable diners.

Libertine does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thegiftcardcafe.com/vcart/shop.php.

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.