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Mad Rex, Philadelphia, PA

Mad Rex

4.1
4.1
457 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Welcome to Mad Rex - a meeting place, dining haven, and watering hole for revelers from “all walks of life.” -where SURVIVORS indulge in food + drink at an urban outpost. An environment where patrons are encouraged to create their own “interactive rites" through virtual reality. Where despite the fallout there’s still a sense of food, culture, community and ART that still thrives.

All Parties of 12 or more are considered a banquet and may require a fixed menu and price per person.
To set up a banquet, please call Mad Rex or email our Marketing Team at madrexevents@rexgryphon.com

Disclaimer: All parties six (6) guests and over will have a mandatory 20% Service Gratuity added to their check. For all Parties of (6) or more the bill cannot be split more than (4) ways. We recommend if you need the Bill Split you bring cash for your convenience.***

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2 people

11:30 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen Hours Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (267) 773-7566

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are interested in a formal dinner or social cocktail atmosphere, Mad Rex is here to cater to your needs. Our most popular event package is our Family Style Lava Rock Dining Experience where you are able to select (2) appetizers, (3) proteins, and (2) sides and a dessert spread

  • Private party contact

    Mad Rex : (888) 676-2611

  • Neighborhood

    Fishtown

  • Cross street

    Laurel Street

  • Parking details

    $20 parking lots within walking distance of Mad Rex

  • Public transit

    Market-Frankford Line is next door.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 457 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. J

    Jill

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I was a little disappointed with the cut back of their menu. This was a great place when they first opened but now not so much. The servers don’t wear the uniforms to give you the whole feel for the place.
  2. KH

    KatieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a man who was clearly intoxicated come up to our table 3 times. The first time we were polite and waited until he left. The second he came back with a friend and again we were polite until he left. Both times we gave short answers and did not really interact. The third time he came alone and sat down at the one empty chair at our table. We all just tried to ignore him when our server came over and recognized we were uncomfortable. He asked the man if he needed anything and when he walked away, I could tell he was going to get a manager to handle the situation. Before management came back, he grabbed my friend under the table so I ended up yelling at him to leave and made a scene because why should I care if I am rude to a stranger who has no respect for anyone else. But the manager, our server, and one other worker came by as this was happening. They made sure we were ok and also made sure that someone walked us to our car when we were finished eating. The man and his friends stayed at the bar and kept starting at us throughout the night, but the manager himself and our server escorted us from our table to the front door and then to our car. I've worked in food since I was 16, and I appreciate how they recognized there was a situation without us verbalizing it and taking the necessary steps. I cannot remember our waiter's name unfortunately, but he did a wonderful job reading and addressing the situation. And the food and drinks were great!
  3. D

    Dkat

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their happy hour menu! Those cheese steak egg rolls are to die for... And you can't go wrong with a $2 draught.. favorite new spot
  4. J

    Jeanine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good time! Great food ! Tables are spacious chairs as well
  5. CN

    ChanelN

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience and everything was delicious!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fun and lots of great drink ideas
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a birthday dinner for my daughter with a party of 10....Food was really good!!! Service was fast...Everyone there, was really polite nice chill environment....
  8. d

    deanah

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The virtual games are too much money The wings are good
  9. MD

    MarjD

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere and friendly service. Food was tasty. Would definitely recommend
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Delicious food and drinks. Ambiance was great. All decoration staffs and costumes was like real. Server Enes was awesome he was so nice and he did good job thank you
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome place ... Be a Survivor :))
  12. ED

    ErickaD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very different, nice decor, delicious food. Our waitress was very nice and attentive.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out waiter, Enes, was the best! Had such a great time! Also the food was good too!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very interesting. Will go back again
  15. S

    Srstruble

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was great but took a long time to come out.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was so fun. It was hectic because it was so busy and it was Valentine’s Day but it’s worth it!
  17. F

    Felia

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Waited over an hour for food that never came. Will never go back
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The server was an absolute sweetheart but the meal took well over 2 hours and the place was fairly dead. Food was middle of the road- we got steak and lamb. They comped is dessert without asking. I would try this place again but only for a bar experience.
  19. f

    fifi2k

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun times Good food
  20. NR

    NatalieR

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the unique atmosphere and the ability to not only have a great meal but also to engage in virtual reality experience afterwards. Really great family evening for us.
  21. DE

    DanielE

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance was perfect. Dennix was a great server as well. Will definitely be back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was awesome! It’s Valentine’s Day which mean restaurants could get extremely hectic, I know because I’ve been in the business, but they held it together! Well my server did at least Denix! He did a great job of keeping me and my wife informed of any possible delays and did an overall fantastic job with us. This place looks amazing too! Food was good price! Steaks at other restaurants could go for 50+ but not here. And it was really good on the rock. Can’t wait to come back next week. Hopefully my server is on.
  23. p

    phillyfoodjawn

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My fiance and I had a great time at Mad Rex! It was pretty busy so a little chaotic. We ordered from the survivor menu, which was a great deal for steak; however, I paid extra for this experience and ordered scallops, which didn't really didn't need much cooking time and were small compared to a steak. The food and drinks were great, though, and the whole vibe was really unique and fun!
  24. DA

    DAVIDK

    Atlantic City

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food super service
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We had a fine time over all. Our waiter was, literally, ill stating he couldn’t speak any louder because of is throat. The hostess could not accommodate us for at least an hour for the VR experience because of equipment malfunctions. We had wanted to have some drinks and do the VR before dinner (which is why we arrived at 5) but that didn’t work. The survivor menu was OVERPRICED! I got 4 scallops for $30. There was a smear of parsnip purée but nothing else. WHAT?!?! We had a party of 5, spent hundreds of dollars and left hungry.
  26. G

    Girl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The place looked nice, very cool decor. The online menu must be out dated because lamb lolipop was not on the menu in the actual restaurant. It was freezing cold in there, there was only one server who was serving all the rooms and the floor so he wasn’t able to come to our table much. The mashes potatoes are watery, over priced... I was extremely disappointed. The employees were very nice. thats all i can say really.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing! The food was great and they sang to my boyfriend. LOVEE this place!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have dinner! Staff was super friendly and the food was amazing!! The decor was outstanding! So glad we got to experience this place!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    This place had some much potential that just went to waste. We had an 8:00 reservation and was told we could not be seated for 20 mins and they would get us. They forgot to get us so we had to go up to the front after about 30 mins and then when we looked the place was not busy at all! Several empty tables!! Also, The menu had several things that they did not have available , and then we didn’t get any good for like an hour they were reaaaallly slow! Now, I’m talking an hour for appetizers and then like another 45 mins for entrees.! When we looked in the kitchen it seemed like everyone was just standing around!! We saw the bad reviews but tried to give them a chance. Unfortunately, everyone was right. I’m rooting for this place!!! It is a fun and interesting place compared to other restaurants! C’mon y’all get your act together!!! This place could be a real winner!!!!💕💕💕 The best thing about our visit was the bar! The service was attentive and the drinks were on point! Go there until the rest of the place improves!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    YOU WILL WAIT A LONG TIME FOR SEATING AND FOOD... RESERVATIONS DO NOT MATTER. The people working were nice so its not a comment upon them- this is a management issue. It’s not the same restaurant since when it opened. Regardless of reservation time and notwithstanding the fact that the restaurant isn’t crowded, you will be forced to wait another 15-20 mins and directed to their Virtual Reality Lounge to encourage you to pay to play their system. Frustrating! The lava rock cooking experience is something neat to do.
  31. RA

    RestaurantAdventurer

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Arrived on time for our 7:30pm reservation for 6 and were told that it‘d be a 25 minute wait because the kitchen was backed up. They wouldn’t seat us even though there were plenty of open tables on a Monday night! We had a couple folks who hadn’t tried virtual reality yet so we were glad to have that as a diversion, although it’s a bit pricey at $1/minute. Our server was nice but it was hard to hear him since the bar was so busy, and drinks got delayed. My friend ordered a cocktail which she thought was terrible and couldn’t drink— this got taken off our tab. They were out of crab dip, scallops, and lamb... all dishes we considered ordering. Food and portion sizes were good, and the salt slab survivor entree was fun to experience. Prices a bit on the higher side. Roasted brussel sprouts were delicious and the lobster pasta was very good, but chicken BLT was just okay (good flavor but chicken dry). Overall, go for the ambiance/decor, VR lounge, and a salt slab experience, but keep your expectations for the food and service low and you’ll have a good time.
  32. WR

    WendyR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    MadRex was terrible. We waited over an hour for our food. First, the kitchen was working on it, then they were backed up. Our server avoided us knowing we were angry. I spoke to one of three clueless hostesses and her answer to me was “I don’t know what to tell you.” When the food arrived, it was cold and greasy from sitting. Our burgers came out at the same time as the apps - there were raw parts in the burger. Was sick most of the night. Just awful
  33. j

    janellw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was good , our server was great & food and drinks came out pretty fast . My boyfriend and I enjoyed ourselves and coming back again
  34. AA

    AllanA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Set at the bar bartender Steve makes a great margarita went to the Filmore for a concert which is right around the corner very convenient
  35. BS

    BennaSue

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. Delish and a lot of fun!
  36. DM

    DonnaM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Horrible experience at Mad Rex. Waited 45 minutes for our main courses when we had told them we had a show at the Fillmore when we first arrived. We had to leave without eating in order to make the show, just paid for our drinks and appetizers. Will never go again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Terrible, terrible service.
  38. RN

    RodneyfromNJ

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Cool concept for a restaurant. Great food, both of our appetizers where excellent. Each of us ordered the Survivors Menu items. One Boneless Rib Eye and a Salmon. Both were delicious and fun to cook and eat!! Restaurant has lots to look at and within walking g distance to the Comedy Club and The Fillmore. Would eat there again for sure.
  39. M

    Madster

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    I dined at Mad Rex with a group of 10 people. The service was not great - we waited quite awhile for certain drink orders, 2 burger orders came out incorrect, and one person's entree took a long time to arrive. However, the food and drinks were all really good! We did voice our frustration with the service to the manager, twice. He understood and assured us that he would do something to help us out. He ended up taking off almost half of the total bill...and for a party of 10, the bill was very large! So, even though we were frustrated throughout the meal due to the sub-par service, the manager took care of us. The food and atmosphere were both really good. The manager said he was working on improving the overall service. If the service improvements are put in place, I would highly recommend Mad Rex!
  40. R

    Rusty

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We have been coming here for years, but I doubt we will ever be back. The ambiance remains the same, which is clearly the main draw, but everything else has been left to suffer. The menus have changed from apocalyptic leather bound tomes to laminated sheets of paper. We waited 45 minutes for our drinks and half our party's food was never rang in at all. The Himalayan cooking rocks are showing their wear, and one of ours has a huge piece missing. I'm not someone who likes eating until the whole table is served, which is impossible to do here unless food comes out at the same time due to the rocks cooling off quickly. So half our party watched us eat until their lackluster pita pizza that looked like it was uncooked and heated under the lamps in the window made its way to the table. Additionally, our food came before the sauces and sides we ordered, and when sauces did come they were neither flavorful nor very appetizing, and our meat was already cooked and getting cold. The sides were still good, and the appetizers were tasty. Come for drinks, apps, and vr games, dodge the sit down dinner entirely.

FAQs

Mad Rex offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 773-7566.

Mad Rex is rated 4.1 stars by 457 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Google Map for Mad Rex

1000 Frankford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Laurel Street

  • Neighborhood

    Fishtown

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen Hours Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    $20 parking lots within walking distance of Mad Rex

  • Public transit

    Market-Frankford Line is next door.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (267) 773-7566

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are interested in a formal dinner or social cocktail atmosphere, Mad Rex is here to cater to your needs. Our most popular event package is our Family Style Lava Rock Dining Experience where you are able to select (2) appetizers, (3) proteins, and (2) sides and a dessert spread

  • Private party contact

    Mad Rex : (888) 676-2611

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