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Oloroso

4.6
4.6
833 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
A dark, fragrant style of Sherry, Oloroso is a perfect accompaniment to our wood oven tapas at Philadelphia's newest Spanish restaurant!
Join us Saturdays and Sundays for Tapas Brunch Buffet from 10:30 AM-2:20 PM!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Siesta Sat, Sun 2:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 324-3014

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Townsend​ ​Wentz

What 833 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. LI

    LIly

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Although I was reluctant to order the pigs head the reality is it was delicious
  2. M

    Mack

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good food. Not crowded at all. Great atmosphere. Great individual waiter. Drinks a little pricey for the buffet. Dessert section not replenished.
  3. LE

    LEONARDO

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good, we tried the patatas bravas, the fried octopus, the croquetas de bacalao, the paella, and everything was excellent, the service as well was great and the waiter a very kind guy, he even offered us a cheesecake that we ordered to celebrate my sister in law’s birthday, and it was one of the best cheesecake I have ever had. I suggest you to make a reservation, since this place get full pretty quick. I would definitely go back again to try more dishes 😋
  4. D

    Delish

    Philadelphia

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and inventive. So much fun to sit near the open kitchen and watch the action
  5. KS

    KellyS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t say enough about this restaurant. We had wonderful dining, attention, and ambiance. My daughter spent time in Spain last year and the tapas were on point- if not better! Excellent drinks and friendly wait staff!!
  6. DF

    DianeF

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Food was good but we never had our water refilled or asked if we wanted another cocktail. Went somewhere else for my second drink!
  7. PS

    PattyS

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Townsend Wentz totally delivers. The service was superb, each dish fabulous -I recommend all of them - and friends with us who were first timers swore they will now be regulars.
  8. IE

    IE727

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great menu with delicious options.
  9. JP

    JPCBoston

    New England

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good, service good. Due to the restaurant being crowded, I say at the bar vs. chef table. Next time I'll take the chaos at the chefs table.
  10. EL

    EugeneL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Overpriced and overrated. It was my first time at Oloroso. I picked it up after reading rating and reviews. I love Spanish Tapas, but in a city like Philadelphia with such places as Amada and unfortunately now only history like Majorka every new restaurant must offer perfect food. Spanish restaurants also never so loud and noisy. You could say it's called bar, but then make it just a bar. Space is not suitable for a bar and a restaurant and a kitchen in two narrow rooms. People who work there are trying to do their best, but it seems like there only two of them. Of all dishes we tried only one was OK, all others looked and tasted like being prepared long ahead and reheated. Scallops(3 of them) been served on a bed of other seafood and potatoes(?!), dish was called scallops. And it was practically the same as paella with potatoes substituted for rice. Charcuterie plate for 25$ was miniscule and not very fresh. Chorizo advertised as homemade, but Wegman sells a better quality Chorizo for only 13$/lb. And it was a bad idea to put pomegranate juice into Sangria. Was it to kill a bad taste of cheap wine? Sherry and bread been very good, but I do not think it was enough to make up for overall bad experience. After visiting I am curious - how the good reviews are done? Or successful chefs stop caring about quality of their restaurants after achieving positive responses in the beginning.
  11. i

    iojoe

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I have always enjoyed Oloroso and found it superior to Amada but was disappointed this time around. The croquetas were always the best, as they were light and flavorful. It appears the recipe has been changed and not for the better. The rice in the paella was overcooked (and we had a native Spaniard at the table to confirm). While the food was served promptly, we were rarely checked once it was delivered and thus had a table of dirty dishes without having been asked for coffee or dessert.
  12. WD

    WillD

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I love the Sunday brunch here. The buffet is delicious, fresh, and healthy. Wait staff friendly, and chefs behind the buffet always eager to discuss their creations. Only minor disappointment is that on the last visit at 12:30 I was told that one could not order a sherry as the bar was not open (not to worry - there was plenty of Sangria available, so we didn't suffer too much). But my previous visit had concluded with a perfect little glass of sherry which was sadly not an option this time. Nonetheless, overall I will be there for Sunday brunch every time I'm in Philly!
  13. S

    Stryk23

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff and service was exceptional. All the small plates we had were very good, if slightly overpriced. Our experience would have been 5 stars but for the very disappointing Paella Oloroso, which is their signature dish. We looked forward to it being the delicious culmination of an enjoyable dining experience. Unfortunate, unlike everything else we had, it was dry and overcooked. Portions of the rice was brown and hard, shrimp dry and very little seafood for $44.
  14. LC

    LauraC

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Bread was incredible as were the tapas
  15. P

    Pepster

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    octopus very good. pass on the cheeses and meat apps.
  16. KO

    KathyO

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing tapas
  17. F

    Foodies

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall1food4service4ambience3
    If you like bread, potatoes and eggs this brunch is for you. I have never seen so many dishes of potatoes, eggs and bread before. They had seafood paella which we were looking forward to taste. it was in a very small dish (smaller than a personal size pizza) of paella for whole restauran and very bland. Salmon was very dried almost like salmon chips. We had high expectations before we came but very disappointed.
  18. F

    Foodieforlife

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great brunch spot.for variety of fresh delicious food for a great value.
  20. CD

    CrystalD

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hospitality. Great service. Awesome food
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Our “table” was actually a prep station at the bar in the upper dining area. Inches from the place settings were stacks of prepared deserts and other uncovered food items being used by the cooking staff. We told the hostess that we would rather eat at the main bar, if no other seating was available. The reservation was made months in advance, and identified as a “special occasion “. It was a holiday, so we understood that the restaurant was busy, and trying to accommodate as many guests as possible, but being assigned a make-shift dining area was disappointing.
  22. A

    Ayotunde

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Went on Valentines day. The ambiance was great and the food was great.
  23. P

    Phillyfish

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Spanish tapas in the city
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Brunch was very good. Lots of options. Really good service.
  25. AJ

    AJ215

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Consistently has great food and drinks. Waited a bit for service but once service started they were on top of everything.
  26. NN

    NomNoms93

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great evening and loved dinner. I will defiantly be back!
  27. MT

    MarlTom

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good tapas find in Center City
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Loved the place food was a bit spicy but well prepared and great presentation
  29. M

    Margaretb

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful first visit. Server, Alex, was very helpful with menu advice. Sherry and tapas and dessert were perfect. We’ll be back!
  30. E

    Encantada

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding. This is not a low-budget restaurant, but we do not mind paying for outstanding food and excellent service. I believe that some websites classify this restaurant as Mexican, but it is definitely Spanish (as in Spain.) Brought back my experiences from many years ago when I lived there.
  31. S

    Sunni

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    very nice pre dinner show. we were happy to order a range of Tapas and the food arrived in stages which was perfect. The service was good but not great. As they got busier, our waiter seemed to forget we were there.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff was very patient with our picky eaters. The food was phenomenal!
  33. HM

    HeatherM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delicious. Great experience sharing tapas with friends...friendly, knowledgable waiter helped us select enough to make a meal. Nice wine to go with it. Close to theatres.
  34. D

    Doctor

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Unfortunately service wasn't very good during this visit to the restaurant. Our waiter was no where to be found after taking our order. We heard that they were short-staffed that evening and our waiter was also helping out at the bar. The food was still very good but service was not up to par.
  35. ON

    OliviaN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very bad experience and had to wait almost an hour after our reservation to get our table. We asked for our drinks comped and they refused. On top of that, it was a dinner for a special occasion.
  36. BJ

    BrandonJ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe at the bar. Short wait for table during restaurant week but nothing major. All courses of food came out really fast and were great portion sizes. It gets pretty hot towards the back near the oven so try and get a seat towards the front unless you are dressed lightly.
  37. SG

    SarahG

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful experience - definitely planning on coming back! The shrimp & chickpeas and the meatballs were phenomenal, and the cocktails complemented our meal nicely. Our server was able to recommend an very good sherry to complement our dessert, too!
  38. E

    Ellie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Good restaurant, but the foods were too salty. The service was great!
  39. SC

    SusanC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous. Waiter was wonderful. Very accommodating to my food allergies. Second time there. Will go again soon.
  40. V

    Vera

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I recently went for restaurant week so we got a great tasting of the menu. The eggplant was out of this world!!! We sat at the chefs counter and Alex kept us engaged during our whole experience. Can’t wait to go back for another meal.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th​ ​Street

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Siesta Sat, Sun 2:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Townsend​ ​Wentz

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