Permanently Closed - Neuf

4.5
199 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed. A North African-inspired French Bistro in Philadelphia's historic Italian Market.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Moroccan, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Thursday: 5:00 - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

BRUNCH:
Saturday & Sunday: 11a - 3pm

BAR:
open til midnight
Happy Hours: 5-7pm
Late Night Bar Specials: 10pm-12mid
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Phone number
(215) 309-5847
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joncarl Lachman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Christian & Carpenter
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Parking details
Street parking, or the public lot on Carpenter (west of 9th Street)
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6
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JP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Neuf. It was a great evening and the food was spectacular :)

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R
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 1st time at this BYOB tucked in between shops along the Italian Market stretch of 9th Street. The Bouillabaisse was phenomenal as was the Lyonnaise salad. The chocolate bark for dessert was also amazing. Malik, our chef, and Molly, our server, were gracious and welcoming. The French-Moroccan menu had many creative offerings. We thought Neuf would become one of our new favorites, but were informed as we congratulated our server on our very pleasant experience that the following night would be the last for Neuf. Truly a loss!

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l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The service was very poor.
The waitress made a remark to my husband that upset him very much.
It was very hard to find parking on a Sat. night. My stepdaughter couldn't find parking and it made her 40 minutes late. My husband was already anxious about her lateness when the waitress said to him, "Where the hell is everybody?" I took it as a joke, but he thought it was rude and inappropriate.
I know that some restaurants like to have an entire party present to seat the party, but when a restaurant is located in an area where parking is difficult, it should be more relaxed regarding this issue, in my opinion.
Not only was the waitress rude to my husband, but there were two mistakes made in the order, and the service was very slow.
However the food is excellent and so were the drinks.

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s
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad to hear they are closing.

This was our second (and I guess final) visit to Neuf. We celebrated Easter with family and friends there on Sunday. As with the previous time, the food and drinks were delicious. Several of us had different shakshuka, mine was the lamb and apricot. We all loved them.

We were very disappointed to hear the they are closing in two weeks due to the lack of evening dinner traffic. I hope to hear in the future that they can open in another, better location for them.

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A
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! Would definitely recommend!

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Z
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neuf is my favorite brunch place in Philly. The pear and brie omelette is the BEST! I love the ambiance, the friendly wait staff and of course Chef Joncal Lachman - always a delight! If you haven't tried Neuf for brunch - treat yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, creative north African inspired food, a nice break from the same old same old which most of the hot restaurants seem to have trouble breaking away from. Portions are generous - leave room for dessert.

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j
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food but a bit too salty. We were lucky enough to get waited on by the chief/owner. He is such a great guy and loves what he does.

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S
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Sunday brunch, lots of delicious choices, (French toast with fresh raspberries was decadent), lamb burger well cooked, shurshuka choices u usual and very good, French press coffee delicious, mimosa was not the usual...tasty! Overall very good and we will return!

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NO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful dining experience - made even more fabulous by the friendly and well-informed server, who turned out to be JonCarl Lachman!

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v
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect night all the way around!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for brunch and had the Goat Shakshuka (yum yum yum! yolk was runny, goat was tender, sauce was amazing, altho not spicy/hot) Oyster sandwich (so fresh, so good), the Lamb Burger (the burger was well cooked, nice and pink, juicy, but could have more flavor or sauce) and the French Toast (really yummy, crunchy, similar to funnel cake, but lighter).

Bacon here is amazing by the way. I want to come back just for the open faced oyster sandwich. Service was kind, prompt, attentive. French press coffee is unlimited, charges per mug $4, which for a coffee drinker like me is such a steal.

They let us sit there for two hours, and even kept bringing us coffee after we paid the check!

There's also fruit and vegetables vendors outside, and we bought some very cheap and tasty veggies.

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Z
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neuf is my favorite brunch place. Food is always amazing. Relaxing atmosphere. Hosted by the best restauranteurs, Chef Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan. Good times. Never disappoints.

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KD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

2nd time here. Food very good both times. Atmosphere nice. Tagine very good. Ask for rice in Tagine if gluten free. Waitstaff a little distracted both times. Usually can find street parking nearby.

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BT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The Bar tender would not honor the happy hour which ended at 7:00 claiming that she does last call for happy hour at 6:45-6:50. Funny thing was I tried ordering at 6:52 and there we're only 3 or people at the bar all taken care of. I found this both disappointing and disrespectful.

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RV
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely excellent! Food wasn't bad, but I wasn't that in love with my shakshuka. (In Israel, green shakshuka generally means no tomatoes. Not so at Neuf! But I should have asked.) My friends' food was all great, the coffee was glorious, and the service was exceptional. I would definitely return here.

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C
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such outstanding food. I love the Tunisian Meatballs! We had the spicy goat tagine, but the meatball and sauce and goat cheese blew us away.
The bread was amazing! We need more of that bread! My husband wanted to buy a whole loaf of it :)
I had the fried oysters and that was (to me) especially delicious, delicately fried, with a delicious shmear.

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m
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Neuf is one of my favorite spots to eat in the city. The food is always wonderful and the ambiance very warm and cozy. Perfect for a date night. Unfortunately, the service was sub-par this visit. The waitress seemed aloof and was rather inattentive to us. She put the wrong order in for my husband's dinner and didn't check up on us until we had to hunt someone down close to 10-15 minutes after it was served. The staff made up for it with a free dish and a glass of wine, which was nice, but I was still shocked at how off the service was. This is very unusual for Neuf. I will definitely go back because it is one of my favorites, but I was disappointed this time around.

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PP
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for brunch because I read great reviews. Place is cute. We got a window seat for 3 which was good. Food was good, but I was expecting GREAT food. My brother ordered the tagine. It was sausage, bacon and all sorts of other pork products over cous cous in a pot with a dome. Expected there to be a sauce with maybe some veggies. It was BORING. Probably won't go back as there are so many phenomenal restaurants in the city.

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P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall an enjoyable night! Mains were tasty, but nothing extraordinary. Portion sizes were a bit on the big size. It would be better if they dropped the price and size on mains--encouraging diners to order more small plates. Service was excellent. Very nice vibe in the restaurant making for a fun outing.

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P
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the combination recipes of french and N. African. Wonderful. The braised lamb was delicious.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our server was less than enthusiastic. I told her it was my son's birthday (4 of us were at the table) I asked her if they had a desert menu - she answered yes. She never offered us desert when we were finished our meal, didn't bring a cookie or something for my son and just left the check. Unprofessional. My daughter is a server so I gave her 20% - reluctantly.

We were so looking forward to coming to Neuf and our server really put a damper on it.

Unfortunately.

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b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great brunch spot. Took the kids. Food was delicious despite the waitstaff missing a few of our coffees.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Seafood wasn't the freshest... I did like the environment and the service.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They only had one high chair In the restaurants and three tables had babies including ours. Not kid friendly.

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RS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful find right in the heart of the italian market. interesting food and great ambience,

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is good. Super fast. Flute player was too loud

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OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb sausage and date shakshuka was incredible

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S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, moroccan / french inspired. Can't believe I'd lived in Philly for years and never heard of this place!
- Interesting, unusual food (we had goat & rabbit among other things).
- Great service, lovely cosy ambience
- Right in the Italian market

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit is an adventure in dining. Keeps getting better and better. Our foursome loved every bite. Cocktails inspired. Service so special. Very welcoming.

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C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Caught up with friends for brunch, will have to go back and try the rest since we couldn't decide on what to eat!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was stellar. The cocktails were delicious. The small plates and appetizers were fantastic. The tagines were very good but not as interesting as the small plates and appetizers. Wine list was a nice size and interesting. Desserts were light and lovely, though the candied orange was surprisingly musky and a little bitter. It wasn't bad, just very different than what was expected.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Neuf!! Great brunch spot. Staff is really friendly and courteous. Could not wait to go back and was not disappointed on my second visit. In the heart of the Italian market, so was really fun to walk around after brunch. Looking forward to our next visit.

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PM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a new favorite brunch spot! My friend and I were pleasantly surprised by the hefty portions and perfect seasoning. Definitely returning soon.

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RF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My experience was a bit disappointing. Friends have said very positive things about Neuf, so I wanted to try it. But the Lamb Tagine was bland and overcooked. I read Craig Le Ban's review from about a year ago after I got home. I was shocked that after so much time had passed since he penned his review that the food still had the same problems he described. My friends ordered some of the other dishes he criticized -- my tasting of their food confirmed Le Ban's opinions.
I'll give the restaurant another chance in a few months, since it has so much potential and the staff and venue have so much charm, but I will order something totally different.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The New Year's Eve prix fixe was a gluttonous delight. Portions are generous for a fine dining experience. Staff is incredibly helpful.

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great Meal with just ok service including a change of staff in the first course of our meal. The Tunisian meatballs were absolutely amazing and the goat leg tagine was outstanding. Both were dishes We ordered at a large table with several other items and they far surpassed everything else we ordered.

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F
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Amazing Moroccan salad and quails.

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PB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fantastic dining experience at Neuf. They were kind and flexible with our requests to add two guests to our reservation and change the time of our reservation at the last minute. The cocktails were yummy and unique, and the food was delicious! None of us had ever tried goat before, and we all agreed it was great! I really love its location in the Italian Market and the overall feeling inside with the grand windows in the front. Thanks, Neuf!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing with service to match!

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