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XIX Nineteen - The Bellevue Hotel
Located at 208 South 13th Street in Philadelphia's midtown village serving small and shared plates, craft cocktails, beer and wines by the glass. You can enjoy a cocktail in our upstairs Social lounge while admiring bustling 13th street from our second story windows or relax and admire. The six-story mural by artist James Burns of Mural Arts of Philadelphia is visible throughout the building and is best viewed in 'The Social' the bar upstairs under the retractable glass roof, the first of it's kind in Philadelphia.
When we arrived for our reservation the host informed us that the restaurant was closed for a private party. I explained that I had made a reservation weeks ago and was never informed and received a reminder the day before. She was unapologetic. I’ll never go again. Opentable also should have notified me.
To begin, my friend and I were the only people in the restaurant for our entire visit. That was a bitr unnerving. The front and side walls were all open and construction was going on on 13th street right outside the restaurant for the whole time. The noise was deafening. And there was loud music playing. The menu is small and very limited. And, in fact, the menu which was sent along with the OpenTable reminder the day before, was not the menu we had.
The waitress was very kind, obviously trying very hard, but was a little clueless. Not sure what wines they had. Not sure of how to describe items on the menu. At the end of the meal asked if we wanted to see the dessert list, and when my friend (celebrating her birthday) said "yes", the waitress said, "Actually, there is no dessert list We only have three different ice creams".
The food was generally good, except for a ring of greens (broccolini, I think) around my chicken (actually quite good), which was roasted to the point of being burnt. It was like ritual sacrifice. My friend's steak was well done, not medium as requested.
All in all unsatisfactory. I ended up apologizing for taking her there. She was a good sport and said it was an "unusual" experience. But not one to be repeated.
Me and wifey did an overnight trip to Philly. We found Maison on line with decent reviews. We got there for happy hour and was informed that they couldn't give us Happy Hour prices for some reason. Secondly, the menu they list online was totally different than what they provided in the restaurant.
I was surprised they were out of several items on the menu when it was only 6 pm when we arrived.
Lastly, they didn't provide an itemized check which I find very dubious.
They were obviously short staffed but they struggled in other areas that showed this was not a one time occurrence. They had practically nothing available from the menu (every entrée had a modification, ultimately a downgrade), the service was very slow, never got one thing we ordered and the food was subpar. Three out of the four of us got sick later in the day as well. I was bummed that a space that had lots going for it visually lacked everywhere else.
Great organic, local flavors and pairings! The drink menu is refreshing and well crafted. Sarah at the front desk was awesome, Nick provided excellent and knowledgeable service, the kitchen was fun and open. The restaurant is perfect for people watching and is open to enjoy the night air. Overall great, new, super local and fresh eats find.
This was the worst meal we've ever had in Philadelphia. We went for brunch and we both ordered the steak and eggs. It should have been called "Steak and egg" because the plate contained just one burnt piece of steak (rare on the inside) with one egg on the side, Sunny side up. Nothing else. The steak tasted awful, and we couldn't get the burnt taste out of our mouths.
We will never return to Maison 208.
I was there for Sunday brunch. Menu did not match menu on the website, too few choices, no toast or bread??? Which is odd for brunch items, no potatoes come with or offered as sides?? Any egg dish should have this as a choice, whether it comes with, or offered as a side as your apple sausage does.
This was my third visit to Maison 208 and the previous two visits were stellar. But something has definitely changed since my last visit. The issue is primarily with the management that evening. After adequate appetizers (the bone marrow was delicious, the poutine had severe cold spots in the fries). We were served duck that was recommended at medium rare and was still very, very tough and lacked any real flavor. Followed by a creme brulee dessert that was genuinely burnt ( not caramelized, just burnt). After complaining about it, we were told that is how the chef was taught and that's how he makes them and there was no changing it, not even an offer to change the dessert we ordered. No manager ever came of to check on our meal and ask how things were, despite that fact that the restaurant was nearly empty and there were only 2 other patrons. The manager seemed too caught with talking to his friend at the bar to properly do his job and be proactive in the service provided. This was one of the worse visits to any establishment I've ever had.
This was horrible. Found hair in my food. So many good brunch places in Philly that this isn’t worth it.
This place was great!
Music was a little too loud but everything else was fantastic!
Great food but the music was far too loud.
The halibut was unusual and delicious...loved the oysters too
The French toast was pretty but was kinda of dry. The place was very pretty and a nice place to catch up with friends. However our waiter didn’t come to us for a while when we first got there. I would go back again to try another meal.
Brunch was great. I love the aesthetic. There was a private event upstairs so we couldn’t see the retractable roof. But we will be back.
Service was a little strapped on a late Saturday afternoon when half the restaurant was empty - the duck was tough and overcooked, but the dish overall was well-conceived, and the drink I had - Lunch Poem - was delicious and balanced and took forever to get. Asking for water three times shouldn't happen anywhere, no less at a purportedly upper middle brow establishment.
cool bar with a neat atmosphere - kind of bland food and not a great beer selection - ok for the novelty, not a regular place for us.
We tried to get a cappuccino, but their machine was. It working. One of the party wanted eggs benefits they have on the website, but was told they aren’t making that right now and the website has not been updated. They also ran out of champagne for mimosas.
The place was packed and took about 20 mins to get a drink ordered, let alone getting the drink.
The food was AMAZING, but they need to work on the rest
Love the steak, but wife is a vegetarian so we have a hard time picking this place
Atmosphere very nice. Food and presentation at best mediocre. If they don’t improve the food drastically this restaurant will not survive. Hopefully for their sake they will make major improvements
Nice setting for the evening. Walls opened up to allow enjoyment of the nice evening weather. Food and service was good. Drinks were good as well
To start we had the soft shell crab, I had never had soft shell crab before and I wasn't a fan. For entries we had the Roasted Chicken, and Burger both were okay. If I were to go back I would go for a drink at the retractable rooftop bar.
The food was awful. So unfortunate because the staff is nice and the restaurant has a great location
Absolutely wonderful. Food is so delicious. Awesome experience and we will definitely be going back.
Nice place to have dinner before a show!
It was good, they just changed the menu the day we ate there so it wasn't what we had viewed online the day before and it is kind of a weird menu. The food wasn't bad though. However, there are so many good restaurants in the city, I wouldn't make it a point to go back here.
Our server Emma was amazing 💕
We went to this restaurant based on description and decent reviews. What a MISTAKE! First clue was empty restaurant at 7:15 on a Friday night in center city Philadelphia . Food was horrible and pricey, small portions even for tapas. No bread- just crackers that really tasted like saltines. We left and will not return
Suggested to our waitress to update her resume as we were her only customers on a Friday night!
Loved the restaurant, especially the decor and the indoor/outdoor murals!! One of the best french onion soups I've ever had and the duck confit was also extraordinary albeit a bit too salty. Would definitely recommend to friends!
Small dishes, purported to be “sharable” we’re tiny but presented on large plates. We ordered two small plates each but even so we all left hungry. And it was very expensive for what we got.
Not worth the money. Don't go if you're hungry. Don't order the lobster. The roast chicken was the only good thing that was worth the price. Martinis served in a wine glass. Bad form.
Beautiful ambiance. The staff was very friendly and constantly made sure our dining experience was great. Will dine again very soon.
For the most part, the food was delicious but the portion sizes were very small even for tapas style small plates.
Before this restaurant closed, this was a favorite lunch spot in Philly's Midtown (Gayborhood) area. In the spring and summer, the open windows were so refreshing and really added a nice break from the office. It's a shame that this restaurant is no longer in business. I would have had it on constant rotation for lunch meetings.
We had a disappointing evening.
Two of our 4 dishes were average at best.
Service was slow
The food was initially good we had 3 small plates.
We ordered the Snapper - which was served with the head and was frankly awful, totally without taste and served with a sauce that was nasty.
Also the prices are higher in the restaurant than on this app. The snapper was $6.00 more than stated on this app. When we complained the server was very annoyed in spite of the fact that we had been very complimentary regarding the small plates .
We asked to speak with the manager because we felt that something should have been taken off of the bill. That did not occur.
We went to the restaurant to see if it would be appropriate for a corporate event- based on the way we were handled.
We will never return to this restaurant!
Very dissatisfied with how we were treated.
A wonderful concept with open view of kitchen. Chef was friendly and explained how he cooks meals.
Food was good. Our waitress was helpful. We found it strange that only a few patrons were in the restaurant on a Saturday night. We went upstairs around 10 pm and it is a really nice space. No music was playing. We ordered a drink from the bartender, and she was a bit rude. No eye contact and seemed like it was a chore to make a drink. She was not busy at all, so I was surprised that she didn't ask us if we wanted a drink, since we were at the bar for some time before we got her attention. I would go back, and check out the music next time.
The staff was very nice and accommodating. However, drinks took forever and they weren’t even busy. And good took even longer. When we finally got our food, we were pretty disappointed. We ordered oysters which were very tangy, grits that were too gritty, chicken that had no flavor whatsoever. It was an expensive meal that left us hungry at the end of the evening.
They’re making an effort but still need some work - service was a little slow for our section. We chatted with the table next to us who happened to order the same ribeye that we did medium rare - theirs was quite rare, ours was medium -well done. Nice ambience and manager was aware of issues hopefully will improve with some fine tuning
The food quality was very uneven. One dish good, the next inedibly burnt. Wait staff spent most of their time talking to each other. After finally taking an initial drink order, no additional drinks were offered. It was quite a disappointing.
Maison 208 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 999-1020.
Maison 208 is rated 4 stars by 337 OpenTable diners.